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IN BRIEF - UMaine awarded grant for Atlantic salmon farming research, Mainebiz reports

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Mainebiz reported the University of Maine is one of six companies to receive a Maine Technology Institute TechStart grant. The salmon louse is a common parasite affecting the Atlantic salmon farming industry that causes global economic losses in excess of USD 750 million a year, according to the article. The USD 4,500 TechStart grant, which will be matched by USD 6,450, will be used to evaluate an alternative to current industry practices, the article states.

Source: The University of Maine

IN BRIEF - Exports of tra fish to UK increase

Friday, February 23, 2018

HCM CITY — Tra fish exports to the UK were worth USD 45.7 million in 2017, an increase of 2.5 per cent over the previous year, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers.

It accounted for 2.6 per cent of total tra exports.

Vi?t Nam is the sixth biggest exporter of tra fish to the UK behind Iceland, China, Norway, Denmark and Russia.

The UK and the Netherlands are the two largest importers of Vietnamese tra fish in the EU.

Source: Vietnam News

IN BRIEF - Burren Smokehouse recognised as Green Seafood Business of the Year

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Green Seafood Business award, sponsored by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), recognises seafood companies that are exceling in sustainable business practices and the Burren Smokehouse’s commitment to sustainable sourcing and practices is evident in their business as Birgitta explains: ‘The Burren Smokehouse team are thrilled to win the Green Seafood Business award. We are passionate about developing our business in a way that protects the local environment and supports local communities.”

“We have made major reductions in energy savings of 29% and waste reduction both in food waste and waste to landfill by 19%. Our investment in energy efficient equipment has paid off as well as our change in work practices and commitment to our local community, education and networking. Burren Smokehouse sources 100% Irish Organic Salmon from the West Coast of Ireland and we have achieved Origin Green certification and the Burren Code of Practice for the Burren Ecotourism Network and Burren Geopark’

Jim O’Toole, CEO of BIM congratulated the Burren Smokehouse on their win; ‘Birgitta and Peter and the entire team at the Burren Smokehouse have consistently looked at innovative ways to improve their business and this includes building sustainable practices into their operations. The Burren Smokehouse have not only looked at cost efficiencies but their commitment to sourcing sustainable Irish Organic salmon and seafood for their products is testament to their dedication to sustainability across the seafood value chain. Well done to the team at Burren Smokehouse and all the Green finalists’

Source: Coast Monkey

IN BRIEF - White Castle Lures Cravers With Return Of The Seafood Crab Cake Slider And Shrimp Nibblers®

Friday, February 23, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio - White Castle is casting a wider seafood net with the return of the favorite Seafood Crab Cake Slider and Shrimp Nibblers. This latest seasonal catch is perfect for seafood lovers of all ages and will satisfy any Craver's appetite, just in time for the Lenten season. The tasty seafood crab cake, topped with a zesty creole sauce and served on the signature slider bun, is available at most White Castle restaurants for a limited time.

White Castle also adds to the limited-time lineup with a bold new mobile offer: a free Castle Combo with a first-time download of the White Castle mobile app. This free combo offer, which is redeemable following a new app download and registration, provides over USD 5 in value and includes four Cheese Sliders, small fries and a 20 oz. soft drink. The offer is available through April 13 2018 and must be redeemed by April 30.

"At White Castle, we've been innovators since 1921, when we started the first fast-food chain. Last year, we were again a leader by being the first to offer a seafood crab cake sandwich at all restaurants, and now we're excited to bring this tasty seafood sandwich back along with our popular Shrimp Nibblers," said Jamie Richardson, vice president of White Castle. "If you're looking for bold and unique seafood flavors, stop by a White Castle soon to try these limited-time options."

Source: PR Newswire

IN BRIEF - 'Huge concerns' at fishing bycatch error - Forest and Bird

Friday, February 23, 2018

An environmental advocacy group says the Government needs to do more to hold the fishing industry accountable after an error highlighted significant bycatch issues.

The Ministry for Primary Industries confirmed that 39 dolphin captures reported in December last year were actually a coding error. Two months later, it admitted the slip-up and the species caught was actually petrels.

Forest and Bird spokesman Geoff Keey said it was "hugely concerning" no one at the ministry or the fishing company involved seemed to notice or react at the time of the incident.

"Swapping dead dolphins for dead seabirds is no great relief for Forest and Bird," Keey said.

Source: NZ Herald

IN BRIEF - Resilience of Fishing Communities Being Strengthened

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Government has allocated JMD 75.3 million for the promotion of community-based climate resilience in the fisheries sector.

The project, which is being implemented by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, aims to enhance resilience to climate change among targeted fishing and aquaculture communities of Jamaica.

Details of the project are provided in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.

Among the targets over the 2018/19 period are the engagement of a consultant to design and prepare specifications for the upgrade of the existing (fish) hatchery, and the procurement of advisory services to the Fisheries Division in order to strengthen its capacity.

Source: Jamaica Information Service

IN BRIEF - A & A Finest Recalls Frozen Pork and Shrimp Dumpling Products due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen

Friday, February 23, 2018

WASHINGTON – A & A Finest, a Corona, N.Y. establishment, is recalling approximately 572 pounds of frozen pork and shrimp dumpling products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. The product contains egg, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label. 

The frozen, ready-to-cook pork and shrimp dumpling items were packaged on various dates between May 2, 2017 and December 6, 2017. The following products are subject to recall: [View Label (PDF only)]

37 cases containing 200 pieces of “PORK & SHRIMP SUI-MAI,” with an Item # of PS24-200, and packaging dates of 05/02/17, 06/23/17, 07/26/17, 11/29/17 and 12/06/17.

Source: FSIS

IN BRIEF - Russian red king crab fishery is MSC certified in world first

Friday, February 23, 2018

MOSCOW – The Russian Red King Crab fishery in the Barents Sea has become the first king crab fishery in the world to achieve MSC certification as a sustainable and well-managed fishery. The certification was awarded by independent certifier Acoura Marine following a detailed assessment.

The red king crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus) is also known as the Kamchatka crab or Alaskan king crab and is native to the Okhotsk and Japan seas, the Bering Sea and the northern Pacific Ocean. It was introduced to the Barents Sea by Soviet fishery scientists between 1961 and 1969. Today, this species is common in the southern Barents Sea shelf from northern Norway in the west to Kolguev Island in the east. The crab stock has been commercially fished in Russia since 2004.

IN BRIEF - Focus on seafood for Norwegian PM on visit to Japan

Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, to honor the unique relationship between Japan and Norway. High on the agenda was how these two ocean nations can work even closer together in the future, and further strengthen mutually beneficial trade relations, also within the seafood category.

The visit marks an important step towards even stronger ties in the future. Japan and Norway already have a special relationship when it comes to seafood, and we are keen for this collaboration to continue evolving, says Gunvar Lenhard Wie, Country Director for the Norwegian Seafood Council in Japan.

The marriage between Norwegian seafood and Japanese culinary tradition is already a worldwide phenomenon and the Norwegian prime minister celebrated this very special union during a visit to sushi restaurant Sushizen in Tokyo.

Source: My News Desk

IN BRIEF - Hong Kong supermarkets need to do better at labelling seafood accurately, to help protect threatened marine life

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Hongkongers love seafood, but how many can really identify what kinds of seafood we consume? Accurate and detailed information on labels is critical, not only for consumers, but for retailers: the case last year in Taiwan of a hairy crab sample containing dangerous levels of carcinogenic chemicals shows the importance of correct labelling to prevent food-borne outbreaks.

When consumers purchase seafood in supermarkets, information about species, country of origin and production methods is crucial for them to know if the product is sustainable or not. However, the city’s nine major supermarket groups failed to provide this vital information in 82 per cent of seafood products investigated, according to a survey by WWF-Hong Kong.

DNA analyses by the University of Hong Kong in December 2016 found four cases of possible violations of Hong Kong’s Trade Descriptions Ordinance and one case of overcharging due to mislabelling. Worse, the lack of labelling information may hide the environmental costs of dynamite fishing, illegal poaching or poorly regulated aquaculture practices.

Source: SCMP

IN BRIEF - Fisheries body confirms presence of farmed Atlantic salmon in Galway rivers

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Galway Bay fm newsroom – Inland Fisheries Ireland has confirmed that farmed Atlantic salmon have been discovered in rivers across Galway and Mayo.

Escapee farmed salmon have been detected in the Delphi, Kylemore/Dawros, Newport and Bunowen rivers.

IFI says up to 500 escaped salmon may have entered western salmon rivers during August and September 2017.

The fisheries body says the presence of sexually mature farmed salmon in rivers poses a potential threat to local wild salmon populations.
It says it’ll continue to monitor the situation and may need to conduct longer-term genetic studies on the impact of the presence of farmed salmon in the river system.

Source: Connatch Tribune

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IN BRIEF - White Castle Lures Cravers With Return Of The Seafood Crab Cake Slider And Shrimp Nibblers®
Republic of Ireland
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IN BRIEF - Burren Smokehouse recognised as Green Seafood Business of the Year
Viet Nam
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IN BRIEF - Exports of tra fish to UK increase
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Enterra receives more authorizations to sell insect ingredients for aquaculture feed
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EUR 17 million allocated to support innovation in fisheries and aquaculture sector
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Clearwater considering legal actions over surf clam quota allocation
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IN BRIEF - A & A Finest Recalls Frozen Pork and Shrimp Dumpling Products due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen
Feb 23, 02:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Resilience of Fishing Communities Being Strengthened
New Zealand
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IN BRIEF - 'Huge concerns' at fishing bycatch error - Forest and Bird
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MPAs should be 'a tool of management and not an end'
Russian Federation
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IN BRIEF - Russian red king crab fishery is MSC certified in world first
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Japan may exceed blue fin tuna catches again
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Fisheries, aquaculture production grew more than 20 percent in 2017
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High Liner sales grew in 2017, driven by Rubicon purchase
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Higher exports of live lobsters to Asia offset fall in sales to Europe
United States Two thirds of the live lobsters that the United States exported last year went to Asia, a percentage that reflects a growth of 36 percent year-on-year.
UN information exchange tool supports fisheries sustainability
Worldwide It is estimated that the global seafood trade is worth USD 140 billion, but overfishing and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing are putting the health of fisheries and ocean ecosystems at high risk.
Euro-Moroccan commission relies on favorable ruling by CJEU on EU-Morocco fishing agreement
European Union The EU-Moroccan Mixed Commission of Fisheries Professionals has warned of the damage and the negative socio-economic impact that an unfavorable resolution of the CJEU would have on both parties in relation to the current fishing protocol between the EU and Morocco.
Nine more stocks than in 2017 are now fished at sustainable levels
European Union Fishing businesses in the Atlantic, North Sea and Baltic Sea are enjoying a record on profits, due to a solid recovery of popular fish stocks which were severely depleted some years ago, claims the European Commission.
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