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IN BRIEF - Companies, Fishermen and NGOs urge IOTC to take action

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, May 19, 2017

London -  The International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) and its Member network are urging the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) to further enhance the management of stocks and reduce bycatch in Indian Ocean’s tuna fisheries, building upon the successful outcomes from last year. The call comes ahead of this year’s annual session (S21), which convenes in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on 22-26 May. At this pivotal forum, fisheries managers from 31 member countries must act to conserve the region’s multi-billion dollar tuna fisheries and protect the coastal communities reliant upon them.

2016 was regarded as a breakthrough year for the IOTC with the adoption of the world’s first harvest control rule (HCR) for skipjack tuna and the adoption of important measures designed to rebuild yellowfin stocks. It is up to the IOTC to maintain the momentum and take on other pressing issues that threaten the sustainability of Indian Ocean tuna fisheries.


IN BRIEF - New state-of- the-art fish health labs to support aquaculture growth

AUSTRALIA
Saturday, July 29, 2017

The McGowan Labor Government is furthering its commitment to expand Western Australia’s aquaculture industry, by establishing new high-standard fish health laboratories within the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre at Watermans Bay.

Boosting the capacity for research and investigation, the facility will support the State’s fast-growing aquaculture sector and ensure we can respond to issues that may affect biosecurity and aquatic animal health in fish farm operations.

When commissioned, six new laboratories will be available to meet the growing demands in aquatic animal health and researchers will also have access to existing wet laboratories at Watermans Bay, where fish and shellfish can be studied.

The fish health laboratory team will develop applied research projects, in line with industry needs and in collaboration with the Aquaculture Council of Western Australia.


IN BRIEF - Some of Hong Kong’s famous dried seafood vendors face uncertain future under HKD 1.3 billion redevelopment plan

HONG KONG
Saturday, July 29, 2017

But the HKD 1.3 billion plan will displace a number of dried seafood sellers who have done business in the neighbourhood for decades.

On the northwestern tip of Hong Kong Island, the 12,000 sq ft site is home to a group of low-rise buildings built between 1959 and 1978 near Des Voeux Road West – also known as “dried seafood street”.

Next to the site, a small public playground with a single swing, a slide and a few benches is surrounded by residential blocks and accessible only via small lanes.

Source: South China Morning Post


IN BRIEF - St. Lawrence disappointed by aquaculture delay

CANADA
Saturday, July 29, 2017

ST. LAWRENCE, NL – A recent decision by the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court, ordering a full environmental impact statement (EIS) for Grieg NL’s proposed aquaculture in Marystown and Placentia Bay, is having an affect on the town of St. Lawrence.     

“I’m really disappointed, and council is disappointed in the recent court decision for a full environmental review of this project,” Mayor Paul Pike told The Southern Gazette.

“From our perspective, the St. Lawrence fish plant was going to be used as processing facility and we were very hopeful that this project would be much-needed employment to the community and to the region.”

He added the processing of fish from the project would have provided up to 200 full-time year-round positions at the facility.

Source: The Southern Gazette


IN BRIEF - USDA Invests USD 15.7 Million for Research to Improve Livestock and Aquaculture

UNITED STATES
Saturday, July 29, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced 40 grants totaling more than USD 15.7 million for agricultural research on the production of beef, dairy, poultry, pork, and fish that people consume every day. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.
 
“To ensure a healthy and safe food supply, we need innovations,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “NIFA investments help foster the discovery and translation of new knowledge into science-based management practices to help America’s agricultural enterprises thrive and meet growing consumer demand.” 
 
The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative is America’s flagship competitive grants program for foundational and translational research, education, and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences. The AFRI Foundational program supports research in several priority areas, including animal breeding, reproduction, nutrition, and growth. These grants help improve the quality and efficiency of animal production in a variety of ways, such as through the creation of genetic databases, enhanced breeding methods, and research on the cellular, molecular, genetic, or whole-animal aspects of reproduction, nutrition, growth, and lactation.

Source: USDA


IN BRIEF - Upgraded shrimp and tilapia research centre

THAILAND
Saturday, July 29, 2017

A new and upgraded testing centre that will conduct research into larval and juvenile shrimp and tilapia nutrition and health has been opened by INVE in Chonburi, Thailand.

Called ITARC (INVE Tropical Aquaculture Research Centre), it replaces the SCRD facility that was previously on the site, and will concentrate on product development, with a particular focus on looking at novel diets and regimes that can optimize the balance of live feed vs diets without affecting the quality of shrimp fry and hatchery performance.  

We are world leaders in both live feeds and artificial diets for shrimp and will be using the facility to help producers to come up with feeding protocols that are as performing and cost-effective as possible,” says Patrick Lavens, New Business Development & Innovations Director at INVE Aquaculture.

Source: Benchmark

 


IN BRIEF - Alaska Flatfish Fishery Completes 3rd Annual RFM Certification Surveillance Audit

UNITED STATES
Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is pleased to announced that the Certification Body, DNV GL, has completed the third annual Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification surveillance audit for the Alaska flatfish fishery. 

Originally certified in December 2013, the objective of an annual audit is to monitor any changes since the previous assessment. For a copy of the third annual audit report, click here. The client for the Alaska flatfish fishery RFM Certification is the Alaska Seafood Cooperative.

Press Release: Alaska Seafood Fisheries


IN BRIEF - Alaska Flatfish Fishery Completes 3rd Annual RFM Certification Surveillance Audit

UNITED STATES
Friday, July 28, 2017

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is pleased to announced that the Certification Body, DNV GL, has completed the third annual Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification surveillance audit for the Alaska flatfish fishery. 

Originally certified in December 2013, the objective of an annual audit is to monitor any changes since the previous assessment. For a copy of the third annual audit report, 
click here. The client for the Alaska flatfish fishery RFM Certification is the Alaska Seafood Cooperative.

Comments and information are welcome from interested stakeholders. For instructions on how to submit into the assessment process 

IN BRIEF - Enzymotec Launches New, Highly Concentrated' Krill Oil Product

ISRAEL
Friday, July 28, 2017

Enzymotec Ltd., a company that specializes in lipid-based products, has launched its new, “next generation” krill oil product, K-Real Gold. The company says that its newest krill oil features greater levels of highly concentrated omega-3s and astaxanthin and extremely high purity.

K-Real Gold’s purity and quality are purportedly owed to Enzymotec’s proprietary Multi-Stage Extraction (MSO) 2.0 technology—a process first launched in 2016. As with the company’s other krill oil offerings—a product line that includes an improved version of the company’s K-Real krill announced only earlier this year—the new K-Real Gold is notable for its low levels of trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) and trimethylamine (TMA), says the company.

TMA is the molecule responsible for the fishy odor sometimes found in krill oil products, and TMAO is a compound found in some marine products that has been linked with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. According to Itay Shafat, senior scientist, nutrition R&D, Enzymotec, K-Real Gold is the company’s highest-quality krill oil product to date and contains levels of TMA and TMAO so low that “they cannot be measured through the standard detection method.” He told Nutritional Outlook that K-Real Gold guarantees this in the product’s certificate of analysis, and that, while other manufacturers “may have improved the smell properties of their krill oils, none can make the same claims we can about K-Real Gold.”

Source: Nutritional Outlook


IN BRIEF - Thai seafood industry grapples with international scrutiny

THAILAND
Friday, July 28, 2017

BANGKOK - In Samut Sakhon, a thriving fishing port on the southern fringes of Bangkok, owners of boat repair shops and other businesses dependent on the seafood industry complain about a drop in income since mid-2015. They are not expecting a recovery soon. Similar grumblings can be heard throughout nearly 30 other major fishing ports in Thailand, where trawlers laden with catch from Thai and international waters drop anchor. All those involved in Thailand's lucrative seafood export industry are feeling the effect of a threat by the European Union in April 2015 to ban imports of Thai fish products unless the country's VND 5.5 billion sector ends environmentally damaging fishing practices and abusive labor practices.

The EU imported EUR 426 million (VND 496.5 million) of seafood products from Thailand in 2016 -- a significant drop from EUR 476 million the year before, according to European Commission figures. But it nevertheless remains Thailand's third largest market for seafood exports after the U.S. and Japan. The EU consumes 12% of the 1.8 million tons of seafood Thailand exports annually. By issuing a "yellow card," to warn of possible sanctions, the EU was hoping to press Thailand's military-backed government to end "illegal, unreported and unregulated" (IUU) fishing and improve labor standards. Brussels has maintained pressure since then, repeating its threat after periodic reviews and official missions.

Source: Nikkei Asian Review


IN BRIEF - New Bedford seafood manager charged with tax evasion

UNITED STATES
Friday, July 28, 2017

NEW BEDFORD – A New Bedford seafood manager was charged with failing to report USD 75,000 in earnings on his tax returns in federal court in Boston on Wednesday.

Orlando Cardoso, 44, was indicted on two counts of filing a false income tax return.

The indictment said that Cardoso was a manager of the scallop division of a New Bedford seafood processor. The indictment didn’t describe which seafood processor.

According to the U.S. Attorney, Cardoso claimed that the only income he had received was from his employer on his 2012 and 2013 tax returns.

Source: South Coast Today


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