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IN BRIEF - Conxemar closes 2017 with a total of 222 associated entities

Thursday, January 04, 2018

The Spanish Association of Wholesalers, Importers, Transformers and Exporters of Fish and Aquaculture Products (Conxemar) has closed the year 2017 with a total of 222 associated companies, the most representative of the sector of seafood processing in Spain, thanks to Its 21 new additions over the last year, totaling a turnover of more than 380 million euros and more than 1,200 direct jobs.

The first economic report prepared by the Zona Franca Consortium of Vigo indicates that Conxemar brings together the most important companies in the frozen seafood sector, which represent more than 62% of the total turnover of the industrial and commercial sector and the 54 , 7% of direct employment.

As a whole, these companies invoice more than 7,500 million euros and generate 15,481 direct jobs, which means that the entities associated with Conxemar account for 8% of the entire food industry in Spain, which reached 96,000 million euros last year.

IN BRIEF - Tighter requirements for commercial fishing licenses proposed

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

A proposal to tighten the requirements to get a commercial fishing license in North Carolina is nearing review by the state Marine Fisheries Commission following recommendations from a committee last week.

But any changes to the rules for being able to carry what is known as the Standard Commercial License would require the final approval of the N.C. General Assembly.

The panel, which was made up of commission Chairman Sammy Corbett, a commercial fisherman and dealer, recreation member Chuck Laughridge and scientist Mike Wickre, has submitted a list of five requirements. They will be subject to public comment before their presentation to the full commission at its February meeting in Wrightsville Beach.

Corbett noted in a press release from the Division of Marine Fisheries following the Jan. 11 meeting that the committee’s proposals “are not etched in stone.”

While the group’s meeting last week in Morehead City was open to the public, concerns have been raised over how they came about the proposal.

By Sam Walker / outerbanksvoice.com| Read full story here

IN BRIEF - IPNLF welcomes Alasdair Harris, Founder of Blue Ventures, to its Board of Trustees

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

LONDON, The International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF), the non-profit association that is committed to developing and supporting responsible one-by-one tuna fisheries and supply chains, is delighted to announce that Dr Alasdair Harris, Founder and Executive Director of marine conservation charity Blue Ventures has joined its Board of Trustees. In the role, alongside his fellow trustees, Harris will help guide IPNLF’s future progress, overseeing the governance of the organisation and informing its international work.

Harris holds a PhD in tropical marine ecology, and an honorary doctorate of science from the University of Edinburgh. He is a TED Fellow, an Ashoka Fellow, and was the 2015 winner of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

As social entrepreneur, Harris’s work focuses on developing scalable solutions to challenges in the marine environment, utilising approaches that bring economic value to coastal communities engaged in conservation efforts. Through these endeavours, he has helped set up some of the world’s largest locally run marine conservation areas.

IN BRIEF - Cabinet clashes over when Britain should ‘take back control’ of fishing from EU

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

A Cabinet split has opened over whether Britain should try to break with European Union rules on fishing during the post-Brexit transitional period. 

Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, is leading calls for the UK to pull out of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) in March 2019 to enable it to set its own rules over fishing quotas.

Other ministers, including Chancellor Philip Hammond, are arguing that Britain should not use up capital in forthcoming negotiations with Brussels to try to carve out a special deal for the fishing industry. Theresa May is under pressure from both sides of the argument as she prepares for talks over the details of the transitional period which follows Brexit.

By Nigel Morris / inews.co.uk | Read full article here

IN BRIEF - Investing in innovative technology to solve demand for naturally-grown shrimp products

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Transparency in food labels is set to emerge as one of the most significant food trends next year, as consumers become more conscientious about food safety. In the United States, trust is the primary factor that influences customers to buy products and what motivates companies to be more straightforward with their packaging.

In a 2016 study made by Label Insight, knowing where the food was sourced and how it was prepared is now part of people’s decision-making when it comes to purchasing what to eat.

Due to recent widespread scandals about food preparation, the call for natural, ethical and sustainable food has increased. For instance, Yorgo’s Foods Inc. and True North Seafood were recently involved in a massive recall of their respective products — the Greek-style food brands and Toppers Smoked Salmon Flakes — because of potential Listeria contamination. Imperial Caviar also issued a recall and a warning for its products due to the possible presence of dangerous bacteria called Clostridium botulinum.

By Anne Lu /ibtimes.com.au

IN BRIEF - Bidders hungry for part of Arctic surf clam fishery after decades-long monopoly

Monday, January 22, 2018

The competition for newly available Arctic surf clam quota off Cape Breton has three times more applicants than previously reported, which is a sign of the interest in a fishery that has been controlled by a single company for decades.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans says it is evaluating nine proposals vying for 8,924 tonnes of surf clams in 2018.

The quota will be worth many millions of dollars a year to the winner.

Until this year, the surf clam fishery was held entirely by Clearwater Seafoods, which sells the bright red meat in Asia for sushi.

By Paul Withers · CBC News | Read full article here

IN BRIEF - Seafood importers, exporters meet to address shrimp antibiotic issue

Monday, January 22, 2018

A high-level meeting of Indian and European stakeholders engaged in the seafood sector is slated to take place later this month in Goa to discuss solutions for complying with food safety regulations in the production and trade of shrimp.

The meeting is slated to be held on the sidelines of India International Seafood Show to be held in Goa from January 27 to 29, 2018.

Over the last 10 years, the EU Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG Sante) is increasingly focused on Indian shrimp.There was a growing concern that the EU is seriously worried over the use of antibiotics in Indian shrimps- a fact that has surfaced at regular intervals in its findings.

By Nirmalya Behera/business-standard.com | Read full article here

IN BRIEF - Young’s Seafood Announces Executive Appointments

Monday, January 22, 2018

Young’s Seafood Limited has today announced the appointment of Duncan McIntyre as Group Operations Director following a comprehensive and competitive search process. Duncan joins the UK’s Number 1 Fish and Seafood business to further strengthen its senior leadership team as it focuses on the delivery of the business’s strategic objectives.

With extensive experience managing manufacturing sites in the UK, Europe and Asia, Duncan has worked in the food and consumer-facing industries for 26 years. Prior to joining Young’s Seafood, he was a Supply Chain Director at Nomad Foods where he was responsible for the manufacturing process and distribution of finished goods, turning over a total of 300,000 tonnes per annum of frozen fish, vegetables and meals.

Duncan will join Young’s on Monday 12th March 2018 to replace Steve Lidgett who is retiring from the Company at the end of April.

IN BRIEF - Vaccines not protecting farmed fish from disease

Monday, January 22, 2018

The vaccines used by commercial fish farmers are not protecting fish from disease, according to a new study.

The study was compiled by researchers at the University of Waterloo, the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso and Chile's University of Valparaiso. It showed vaccinated fish tend to show more symptoms when contracting diseases, with the health impacts and ultimately deaths occurring as if they'd never received a vaccine.

In the study, the researchers tested the efficacy of the vaccine for the bacterial pathogen Piscirickettsia salmonis by comparing the reaction of vaccinated and non-vaccinated Atlantic salmon when exposed to the sea louse Caligus rogercresseyi in the lab.

Read full aticle here

IN BRIEF - Ireland, Scotland and Norway cited over sea lice in intensely farmed salmon

Monday, January 22, 2018

A new report commissioned by Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland (S&TC Scotland), has concluded that “the combined knowledge from scientific studies provides evidence of a general and pervasive negative effect of salmon lice on salmonid populations in intensively farmed areas of Ireland, Norway and Scotland”.

Impacts of salmon lice emanating from salmon farms on wild Atlantic salmon and sea trout, is published by the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, Norway’s leading institution for applied ecological research.

It is authored by Prof Eva B. Thorstad and Dr Bengt Finstad, both internationally acknowledged for their expertise in sea lice biology and interactions between salmon farming and wild fish.

The report is available at here
By Derek Evans/irishtimes.com | Read full article here

IN BRIEF - Young’s Seafood eyes China expansion as sale speculation intensifies

Monday, January 22, 2018

Young’s Seafood is planning to cast its net into the Chinese market as speculation intensifies over a multi-million pound sale of the business.

Chief executive William Showalter said the company was in talks with potential partners over an export push into the Asian nation after expanding the brand across supermarket shelves in America.

The food industry veteran refused to be drawn on rumours suggesting Britain’s biggest seafood firm could be snapped up by Princes’ Japanese-owner Mitsubishi Corporation.

However, he said it would not “take a huge leap of faith” to expect the group’s backers to start looking at “strategic alternatives” in the near future.

It comes as the Grimsby-based firm ploughs forward with an American expansion after partnering with Pennsylvania-based frozen fish supplier The Fishin’ Company to bring its products to US retailers such as Walmart.

By By Ben Woods, Press Association | Read full article here

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Brazil "Suspending the export of Brazilian fish to the European Union was a hard decision and still not well understood," the interim minister Eumar Novacki said at a meeting with businessmen from the fishing sector.
Icelandic blue whiting fishery receives MSC certification
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