Through June 2015, seafood export turnover reached USD 2.97 billion, down 16% over 2014. Seafood export value of Vietnam in June 2015 reached the record low level in the last 3 months.
As reported by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, seafood exports of Vietnam in this month estimated to gain USD 527 million, down 20.9% from the same period last year. The US remains the leading import market of Vietnam fish, accounting for 19.3% of total export value. In the first 5 months of 2015, seafood exports to this market reached 473 million, down 29.1% from the same period in 2014.
Exports to Japan and South Korea, the second and third largest markets also dropped at respectively 11.9% and 5% to USD 365.6 million and USD 214.5 million. While fish sales to Thailand and UK were up 16.9% and 43%.
Federal investigators are looking into whether a Newport News seafood company falsely labeled crab meat from foreign waters as Atlantic blue crab and a "Product of the USA."
New court documents filed in U.S. District Court in Norfolk indicate that federal investigators believe that Casey's Seafood Inc. mislabeled crab meat at its processing facility in the Newport News Small Boat Harbor — then passed it on to Farm Fresh, Harris Teeter and other retailers in Virginia and out of state.
A federal search warrant was executed on June 17 at Casey's, located at 807 Jefferson Ave., in a search led by Special Agent Christopher McCarron, an investigator with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Tucked in a sheltered bay at Hardwicke Island in the Discovery Island chain is a series of 10 enclosures that look like a bunch of small swimming pools stitched together.
The Hardwicke Island salmon farm is one of 55 owned by Norway’s Marine Harvest, the biggest fish farm operator in B.C.
The 10 pens, going to a depth of 20 metres, contain around 600,000 Atlantic salmon. It’s one of 70 salmon farms in B.C. operating at any given time that annually produce a landed value of CAD 428 million, CAD 114 million in processing and support roughly 5,000 jobs in B.C. But at what cost?
Seafish has on Monday 29th June 2015 launched its 11th annual economic survey of the UK fishing fleet.
Over the summer months Seafish researchers will visit ports across the UK to speak to vessel owners and skippers from all sectors of the industry to collect data on fishing and vessel costs. By gathering this information Seafish economists will then be able to build a current and insight-led picture of the UK fleet's economic performance.
During the first week (29th June - 3rd July) the researchers will be in Scotland's north east covering Aberdeen, Fraserburgh and Peterhead.
Although this is only the first stage in the overall process of setting quotas for 2016, it would seem that these stocks will be in line for catch allocation increases in 2016. However, according to the ICES advice, quotas for some other stocks – such as North Sea prawns (langoustines) and whiting – will fall in 2016.
The latest research milestone reported for the project is the successful transfer of juvenile yellowfin tuna from laboratory tanks to a sea cage located near the Achotines Laboratory. This activity represents the first successful transfer worldwide of yellowfin early-juveniles to sea cages. The juveniles stocked in the sea cage, raised from larvae hatched from eggs spawned by captive yellowfin tuna broodstock, were 52 days old and ranged in length from 9 to 13 cm. Kinki University scientists and ARAP staff, supported by scientists and staff of the IATTC, conducted the juvenile rearing at the Achotines Laboratory, where IATTC scientists have previously reared yellowfin juveniles to 100 days of age in laboratory tanks on an experimental basis. The recent rearing and sea cage transfer of yellowfin juveniles by Kinki University and ARAP expands upon the earlier IATTC rearing studies, by utilizing Kinki University’s large-scale juvenile rearing practices developed in Japan and adapting them to yellowfin rearing.
Associated Seafoods Ltd (ASL) has been shortlisted in the Export and Young Shining Star categories of the Highlands & Islands Food and Drink Awards.
The awards celebrate excellence and achievement in the food and drink sector of the Highlands & Islands of Scotland. In the export category, Buckie-based ASL was shortlisted because of its success in developing new markets and products for premium Scottish smoked salmon and crab, including in the USA, China and Australia. ASL now exports seafood to five continents around the world.
In the Young Shining Star Award category, Tammy Rendall, a 20-year-old technical manager at ASL, was selected as finalist because of her outstanding achievements in setting up a new high-care crab processing department. She has also developed and implemented procedures and policies to enable ASL to secure prestigious BRC certification.
Henry Angus, commercial director for ASL, said: “We are delighted to have been selected as finalist in these two categories. Exports form a major element of our operation and we are continually seeking new markets and developing products to serve their requirements.
In an ongoing dispute over who gets covered with a Marine Stewardship Council certificate for Alaska salmon, the Alaska Salmon Processors Association on June 26 2015 reportedly withdrew from the binding arbitration process.
According to Stefanie Moreland, of Trident Seafoods, one of several processors of Alaska salmon who want to rejoin the certificate, ASPA's rationale is that only three companies were willing to take the risk of participating in the arbitration while they expected the entire industry to participate.
Efforts to reach ASPA for comment were not immediately successful.
The companies seeking MSC certificate coverage want the issue resolved because many of them have business dealings with wholesalers in Europe who want to purchase only MSC certified seafood. Many of these companies have sustainability certification from other certification firms with similar criteria for issuing such certificates.
Lobster capture season extended Canada
Fisheries and Oceans Minister authorised a four four-day extension to the Spring lobster capture season throughout the Gulf of Saint Lawrence to compensate for the lost fishing days on account of adverse weather conditions.
Provisional regime for hake fishery set Peru
The Ministry of Production established the July 2015 - June 2016 provisional regime for hake (Merluccius gayi peruanus) catch, in the framework under which the catch of this resource is authorized from 1 July to 30 June 2016.
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