IN BRIEF - Soy Aquaculture Alliance Names Executive Director
Saturday, August 12, 2017
The Soy Aquaculture Alliance board of directors has named Andy Tauer as executive director. He had been serving in the role on an interim basis. Tauer also previously served as director of livestock & aquaculture for the Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council. He has worked with industry partners to grow value-added soybean demand through increased livestock and aquaculture in the state of Indiana. Tauer also has overseen checkoff-funded research on improving soybean meal nutrition qualities for livestock and aquaculture. He has been actively involved in promotion of meat, poultry/eggs and exports for Indiana corn and soybean farmers.
While serving as interim executive director of SAA, Tauer has been working to grow the membership base, as well as forge relationships with industry leaders. In conjunction with his responsibilities, he will continue serving the Indiana Soybean Alliance and Corn Marketing Council by dedicating part of his time to the role of livestock director.
Comprised of both Qualified State Soybean Boards as well as industry partners, SAA is working to make US soybeans the most widely trusted and commonly used aquafeed ingredient. The Soy Aquaculture Alliance relies on strategic guidance from board members, who represent both the U.S. soybean farmers and the aquaculture industry.
Lima - TASA, the worlds’ leading producer and exporter of fish meal and fish oil, is delighted to announce the appointment of Gonzalo de Romaña as its new CEO, effective September 1st 2017. De Romaña will be replacing Carlos Pinillos, who announced in march his decision to stepdown as CEO of the company in order to pursue personal goals, ending a 31-year career at BRECA Group, 15 of them leading TASA.
In order to facilitate the transition process, Pinillos will continue in the company as an Executive Advisor until October.
De Romaña knows the fishing industry very well, he was CFO of TASA between 2010 and 2014. He left TASA and took the position of General Manager of CENTRIA, a Service and Administration company of BRECA Group, and in 2016 he assumed the position of CEO of Hoja Redonda an agroindustrial company of BRECA as well. Both companies that he ran after leaving TASA had excellent performance demonstrated by their results during the past three years.
Before entering TASA, De Romaña was the Financial Director of Duke Energy for Central America. He has a bachelor in Business Administration from the Universidad de Lima, and has an MBA from the Ross School of Business of the University of Michigan.
Fraser River salmon returns for 2017 have been very low.
The fish heading up-river to spawn are significantly below forecast levels, so that means limited fishing opportunities for everyone.
Following conservation in terms of DFO priorities is providing Indigenous communities with food, social and ceremonial (FSC) fishery openings, which have been few so far in 2017.
"It is challenging," acknowledged Jennifer Nener, DFO Pacific Region's director of salmon management, on a conference call to offer an in-season update on Fraser salmon with West Coast media on Friday.
Complaints about the lack of recreational openings for chinook salmon have been received by DFO in the wake of its cautious management adopted for conservation reasons.
Angola is due to start exporting canned fish to the European market following the inauguration on Friday in the municipality of Tômbwa, Namibe province, of two new units for canning, freezing and preserving fish, according to the Angolan press.
Pes-Sul, the unit for production of canned fish, has two processing lines and daily production of 125,000. Its owners are considering setting up a line to produce fish paste later this year.
The Minister of Fisheries, Vitória de Barros Neto, noted that the recovery of this unit allows Angola to have canned fish produced in the country again and in the medium term to start exporting to markets such as Europe, “where our canned fish previously had a presence.”
VICTORIA STRAIT, Nunavut - The email arrived in mid-June, seeking to explode any notion that global warming might turn our Arctic expedition into a summer cruise.
"The most important piece of clothing to pack is good, sturdy and warm boots. There is going to be snow and ice on the deck of the icebreaker," it read. "Quality boots are key."
The Associated Press was joining international researchers on a month-long, 10,000 kilometer (6,200-mile) journey to document the impact of climate change on the forbidding ice and frigid waters of the Far North. But once the ship entered the fabled Northwest Passage between the Atlantic and the Pacific, there would be nowhere to stop for supplies, no port to shelter in and no help for hundreds of miles if things went wrong. A change in the weather might cause the mercury to drop suddenly or push the polar pack into the Canadian Archipelago, creating a sea of rock-hard ice.
KABANDA CHULU, Lusaka - Governement has been urged to suspend importation of fish from Asia where the tilapia lake virus disease has broken out and is affecting consumers and the productivity of the fish farming sub-sector.
Aquaculture Development of Zambia (ADAZ) trustee Fisho Mwale said Government should also start issuing health certificates prior to imports.
Mr Mwale said there is need to intensify health inspections of all imported fish if the country is to avoid having ‘discarded’ fish from Asia that is bad for consumption.
He called for the increased awareness by border staff of the mislabelling of Asian tilapia as Namibian Mackerel aimed at avoiding paying the normal tax duties. Mr Mwale said the outbreak of the tilapia lake virus poses a threat to Zambia’s growing aquaculture sector.
Kochi - Mariculture in India gets a major boost with the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) successfully developing the seed production technology of Indian pompano (locally known as avoli vatta), which has high commercial value both in domestic and international markets.
According to CMFRI director Dr A. Gopalakrishnan, this is the first report of the successful mass scale seed production of Indian pompano in the world. “The achievement is a major breakthrough in Indian mariculture business which will help the farming community to use the hatchery-produced seeds of Indian pompano for cage farming,” he said adding that mariculture activities would be diversified with CMFRI developing seed production technology of one more high value marine fish.
This is the fifth of its kind of an achievement made by the CMFRI after the institute developed seed production technology of cobia, silver pompano, orange spotted grouper and pink ear emperor. Indian pompano (Trachinotus mookalee) is the most suitable species for cage culture considering its fast growth rate, easy adaptability to culture conditions, quick acceptance of artificial feed, good meat quality and high consumer preference.
Wärtsilä has won a contract from Norway’s Hav Shipping AS to design the first hybrid-powered processing and transportation vessel for use in the fish farming industry.
According to Wärtsilä, a new, hybrid battery configuration will minimise exhaust emissions from the vessel by absorbing most of the engine’s load fluctuations and vessel load variations. The batteries also power the onboard hybrid propulsion machinery’s PTI/PTO (power take-in/power take-off).
A representative from Wärtsilä told Riviera Maritime Media that the hybrid operation is expected to result in fuel savings of 10-15% and reduced costs in engine maintenance.
“The batteries installed assist the diesel engine with variable loads coming from both sea conditions and onboard power needs, allowing the diesel engines to run on a stable load.”
Orleans, Calif – On August 2017 a team of researchers at the University of California, Davis led by Dr. Michael Miller, published a report in the journal Science Advances that may have sweeping ramifications for salmon fisheries management all along the west coast and Alaska. The report describes the genetic difference between Chinook (or King) salmon that migrate into rivers in the spring versus the fall. The research provides new insights into salmon evolution and reveals that spring Chinook salmon deserve to be treated as its own evolutionarily distinct unit separate from fall Chinook. Before the age of dams, industrial mining, and clear-cut logging, spring Chinook salmon were the most abundant run of salmon in many Pacific Northwest Rivers. Today these fish are nearly extinct throughout much of its historic range.
Already, the report has led the Karuk Tribe to start the process necessary to have spring Chinook in the Klamath River added to the Endangered Species List. The Klamath River flows from southeastern Oregon to California’s north coast and is one of three rivers that power the West Coast commercial salmon fleet. Klamath spring Chinook were specifically used in Miller’s study.
Spring Chinook enter rivers in the spring when snow melt swells rivers allowing the fish travel into the upper reaches of a watershed. Then they must reside in cold water areas all summer until they spawn and die in the fall. Fall Chinook migrate into rivers in the fall where they spawn and die relatively soon after entering fresh water. “Having two life strategies allow Chinook to take advantage of the entire watershed instead of just the upper or lower reaches,” explains Toz Soto, Senior Fisheries Biologist for the Karuk Tribe. “This behavioral diversity enhances the chances of long term survival for the entire population.”
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Marine protected area creation worries the fishing sector Argentina
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