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IN BRIEF - Kanematsu markets halal 'mentaiko' seasoned cod roe in Indonesia

INDONESIA
Saturday, October 07, 2017

Japanese trading house Kanematsu Corp. has started selling halal "mentaiko" seasoned cod roe in Indonesia after obtaining certification from the Indonesian Ulema Council.

P.T. Kanemory Food Service, a local joint venture between Kanematsu, and retail and restaurant chains operator Cimory Group, has developed a halal version of the popular Japanese delicacy with the help of Yamaya Communications Inc., a major mentaiko producer in Japan.

The Ulema Council recently certified the product as the world's first halal mentaiko that is free of sake, a traditional ingredient. Kanemory Food uses frozen Alaska pollock from Russia and the United States and makes halal mentaiko at a factory in Serang regency in Banten province.

Source: The Jakarta Post


IN BRIEF - US-China trade war escalates, with more taxes on seafood

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The trade war between the U.S. and China is amping up for Alaska’s commercial fishermen.

In June, China announced its intentions to levy a 25 percent tariff to imported American seafood including Pacific salmon, cod, Alaska Pollock, flatfish, crab, shellfish and other common commonly exported products. The announcement came in response to a U.S. tariff hike targeted at imported Chinese products earlier in 2018.

The Chinese tariffs went into effect July 6, impacting imported seafood destined for consumption in China itself. Seafood shipped to China that is intended for re-export after processing, either to the U.S. or elsewhere in the world, is exempt from the increased tariff.

Source: Peninsula Clarion


IN BRIEF - Seafood firm ‘sold frozen salmon as fresh’

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

A worker at a seafood plant that provides fish to a leading supermarket chain claimed he was constructively dismissed after blowing the whistle on attempts to pass off defrosted salmon as fresh, and to overstate the weight of fish.

The former pre-pack supervisor said he was forced to resign in April 2016 after alleging that his employer allowed frozen salmon to be passed off as fresh. The employee was caught up in these “unlawful practices” despite voicing concerns on at least two occasions, he said.

The man made the claims during a Workplace Relations Commission hearing earlier this year at which he was awarded EUR 15,000 for unfair dismissal and EUR 2,500 for his employer’s failure to give him an up-to-date contract.

Source: The Times


IN BRIEF - Scotland's top firms eye Japan Seafood Expo 2018 success as export market continues to boom

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Nine of Scotland's top seafood companies are set to head to Japan for the Japan Seafood Expo 2018 as they bid to cash in on an international export market worth nearly GBP 1 billion.

The delegation is the largest yet in terms of the proportion of Scotland's catch represented at the expo, which takes place from Wednesday to Friday.

Source: Insider


IN BRIEF - Texas shrimp farmers try new technology to prevent disease

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

LACOSTE, Texas - It was a Texas-sized shrimp dream, to breed tasty crustaceans far from shore but close to transportation hubs that would speed fresh seafood to swanky restaurants as far away as New York or Las Vegas.

But for 17 years and despite millions of dollars in trial-and-error investment, Dallas-based NaturalShrimp kept encountering the same obstacles that have bedeviled similar efforts across the globe: The shrimp kept getting sick. Devastating bacterial outbreaks in its closed-loop indoor farming system and other setbacks left the company with a cumulative USD 34 million deficit.

Now the Texas aquafarmers’ fortunes may be about to change. Five weeks ago, NaturalShrimp began putting its patent-pending vibrio-suppression technology — essentially using electrical currents to keep bacteria at bay — to the test in a 65,000-gallon tank at its pilot production farm a half-hour southwest of San Antonio.

Source: Magic Valley


IN BRIEF - New England shrimp population still looks bad amid shutdown

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine - A new analysis of New England's shrimp population doesn't bode well for the future of the long-shuttered fishery for the crustaceans.

The Maine-based shrimp fishery has been shut down since 2013 because of concerns such as warming ocean temperatures and poor survival of young. Scientists working with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission are assessing the shrimp stock, and so far it looks like little has changed.

Results of the stock assessment "look fairly similar to what we've seen in previous years," said Megan Ware, a fishery management plan coordinator with the Atlantic States. That means reopening the fishery any time soon could be a tough sell when regulators meet to discuss and vote on the subject this fall.

Source: The Journal Times


IN BRIEF - Autonomous drones will help stop illegal fishing in Africa

SEYCHELLES
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Drones aren't just cracking down on land-based poaching in Africa --ATLAN Space is launching a pilot that will use autonomous drones to report illegal fishing in the Seychelles islands. The fliers will use computer vision to identify both the nature of boats in protected waters as well as their authorization. If they detect illegal fishing boats, the drones will note vessel locations, numbering and visible crews, passing the information along to officials.

The pilot starts in October. The technology won't be limited to any specific drone system, ATLAN Space added, and that's important for the fishing industry. They could use gas-powered, fixed-wing drones to monitor the sea for long stretches, or a more conventional electric quadcopter for times when having a more stationary observer is essential.

Although there's no certainty that the pilot will lead to regular drone use, African countries may have strong incentives to sign up. Most monitoring tends to rely on crewed aircraft that are both expensive to run and have limited hours. Autonomous drones are not only more affordable, but can run around the clock as long as they have power. That could free humans to concentrate on either expanding their coverage or intercepting the offending boats.

Source: Engadget


IN BRIEF - Wisconsin commercial fishing operations record numbers

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

BAYFIELD, Wis. - Commercial fishing operations near the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior are reporting record numbers of whitefish and a strong recovery of lake trout since a decline in the early 2000s.

Craig Hoopman of Lake Superior whitefish told the state's Natural Resources Board that he's seeing record numbers of young whitefish and a strong rebounding of lake trout numbers, Wisconsin Public Radio reported .

Fishing has been exceptional so far this year, said Hoopman, who chairs the state Department of Natural Resources Lake Superior Commercial Fishing Board.

Source: SF Chronicle


IN BRIEF - Scientists turn to saildrones to collect fish data

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

When fishermen pull in their hauls of Pacific hake from the ocean this summer, they will know how many fish they can catch while still leaving enough to reproduce for future years.

Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration believe their yearly count of fish populations can become even more accurate with the use of a new technology: saildrones.

Since launching two saildrones off Neah Bay, Washington, in early June and two more out of San Francisco two weeks ago, researchers have been fine-tuning how they use the remotely operated, solar- and wind-powered vehicles that are sailing south along the West Coast.

This is the first time NOAA has tried saildrones for data collection along the West Coast after experimenting in Alaska. If the 100-day expedition is successful, the technology could become a common way to capture information.

Source: Daily Astorian


IN BRIEF - Fish oil supplements for a healthy heart 'nonsense'

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Cochrane researchers looked at trials in over 100,000 people and found little proof that it prevented heart disease.

They say the chance of getting any meaningful benefit from taking omega-3 is one in 1,000. Eating oily fish, however, can still be recommended as part of a healthy diet.

The review mainly looked at supplements rather than omega-3 from eating fish. Experts still believe the latter is good for the heart as well as general health.

Source: BBC


IN BRIEF - Sustainable aquafeed: Marine microalga co-product holds potential

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Dartmouth scientists claim to have created a more sustainable feed for aquaculture by using a marine microalga co-product as a feed ingredient. The study is the first of its kind to evaluate replacing fishmeal with a co-product in feed designed specifically for Nile tilapia. The results are published in the open access journal, PLOS ONE.

Aquaculture is the world’s fastest growing food sector, surpassing the global capture fisheries production in 2014. It provides more than 50 percent of the food supply to humans; however, it poses several environmental concerns. Aquaculture feed (aquafeeds) draws on 70 percent of the world’s fishmeal and fish oil, which is obtained from small, ocean-caught fish such as anchovies, sardines, herring, menhaden, and mackerel, that are essential to the lower end of the marine food chain.

Source: Food Ingredients


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