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IN BRIEF - Collapse at salmon farm renews debate about fish farming

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

SEATTLE - A marine net pen holding 305,000 farmed Atlantic salmon collapsed this month, releasing thousands of fish into Puget Sound and renewing concerns that a new proposed salmon farm could harm wild salmon stock and cause other environmental damage.

The release at Cooke Aquaculture’s facility comes as the company is proposing a new expanded commercial facility in the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Washington state.

Canada-based Cooke, which operates five salmon farms in Washington that it acquired last year, would build 14 floating circular net pens about 1 ½ miles offshore. It would move current operations from Port Angeles Harbor and increase production by 20 percent. The project is in the permitting phase.

Critics say the recent fish escape highlights potential risks of open-sea fish farming. They worry about water pollution from fish feed and the potential for farmed fish to spread diseases and parasites to wild fish.

Source: Daily Astorian


EN BREVE - Indonesia expects relocation of Japanese fish firms from Thailand

INDONESIA
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

As a result of Indonesia's tough measures against illegal fishing, a number of Japanese fish-processing firms have expressed their commitment to relocating their factories from Thailand to Indonesia, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti said on Friday.

“One of the firms that has already confirmed its plans to relocate its factory is Itochu,” said Susi at her office in Jakarta as reported kompas.com, adding that Itochu’s commitment was conveyed during her recent visit to Japan.

Susi did not mention the other firms that had expressed interest in constructing factories in Indonesia, but she said those fish-processing companies already knew that currently Indonesia had an overwhelming level of fish production.

Source: The Jakarta Post


IN BRIEF - Oman Aquaculture Devt plans three new projects

OMAN
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Oman Aquaculture Development Company (OADC), a subsidiary of Oman Investment Fund (OIF), a wholly government owned sovereign wealth fund, has plans to launch work on three new fish farming projects in 2018 — part of a growing portfolio of aquaculture schemes designed to augment fish production in the face of dwindling domestic supplies of staple fish species.

The new ventures, which include a major hatchery as well, will effectively position OADC — the aquaculture investment arm of OIF — as a major player in the rapidly evolving fish farming sector in the Sultanate.

According to a key official of the state-owned entity, the new investments will build on OADC’s successful maiden project that commenced operation at Qurayat in Muscat Governorate earlier in 2017.

“Right now, we have one project in Qurayat, but we are preparing for another two — a land-based hatchery and another caged fish farm, in addition to a third project for shrimp fishing,” said Andreas Ntatsopoulos, Chief Operating Officer — Fish Farming. “All three projects will start (development) in the coming year,” he added in comments to the Observer.

Source: Oman Observer


IN BRIEF - Washington state halts salmon farm permits after fish escape

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

SEATTLE - Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has directed the Department of Ecology to put on hold any new permits for net pens after thousands of Atlantic salmon escaped into Puget Sound earlier this month from a damaged salmon farm.

State officials also announced Saturday the formation of a response team comprised of the departments of Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife, and Ecology. The team also includes the Office of the Governor and state Emergency Management Division.

It's not yet clear how many non-native Atlantic salmon escaped into Puget Sound from Canada-based Cooke Aquaculture's salmon farm off Cypress Island. Officials say the pens held about 305,000 fish.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle


IN BRIEF - Genetic variation of Japanese pink salmon populations inferred from nucleotide sequence analysis of the mitochondrial DNA control region

JAPAN
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

To estimate genetic variation and structure of pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) populations in Hokkaido, Japan, we analyzed the nucleotide sequence of about 500 bp in a variable portion of the 5' end of the mitochondrial DNA control region for even- and odd-year broodlines. Sixty-seven haplotypes were detected in the examined individuals. Among these, 25 haplotypes were unique to the even-year broodline, while another 30 haplotypes were unique to the odd-year broodline.

Five and three length-heteroplasmic haplotypes were detected in the even-year broodline and odd-year broodline, respectively. The distribution pattern of the 67 haplotypes was different among populations between both broodlines, while not different among populations within the same broodline.

The haplotype and nucleotide diversity were higher for even-year broodline populations than for odd-year broodline populations, suggesting greater genetic variation within populations of the even-year broodline. Analysis of molecular variance and pairwise fixation index estimates also demonstrated strong genetic differentiation between even- and odd-year broodlines, although there was no genetic differentiation among populations within the same year broodline. The neutrality tests and mismatch distribution analysis indicate that the demographic history of pink salmon in Japan differs between even- and odd-year populations. Together, these results suggest strong reproductive isolation between the even- and odd-year broodlines of pink salmon, and high gene flow with broodlines due to straying.

Source: Springer Link


IN BRIEF - B.C. First Nations push province to revoke salmon farm licences

CANADA
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

British Columbia's new NDP government campaigned on a promise to transition the province's fish-farming industry away from open-sea pens to land-based sites, but First Nations are pushing for more aggressive action. They want the province to revoke the licences of unwanted salmon farms operating in their territorial waters.

B.C.'s aquaculture industry was once again in the spotlight last week after thousands of Atlantic salmon may have escaped a Washington State fish farm near the border.

On the weekend, Governor Jay Inslee said his state will stop permitting any new net pens after the incident.

Bob Chamberlin, chairman of the First Nations Wild Salmon Alliance, said he told B.C. Premier John Horgan in a meeting with other Indigenous leaders Friday afternoon that his government must make changes to the industry if it is serious about honouring its commitment to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Source: The Globe and Mail


IN BRIEF - Tribes worry about environmental toll from salmon spill

INDIA
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

 

Tribes are growing increasingly worried about the toll that the Atlantic salmon escape from a fish farm near Cypress Island in the Washington San Juans is taking on the environment.  Members of the Samish Indian Nation have spent years trying to restore natural habitat in the area.

Cypress Island is part of the tribe’s usual and accustomed area, and members have a special connection to the land.

“This is part of home, not just for me, but for my nation, as well," Chairman Tom Wooten said.

The tribe has made a substantial investment of time, resources, and money in restoring and preserving the habitat. “We're the stewards of this. We've been keeping it for everybody to use,” Wooten said.

Source: King 5


IN BRIEF - Fishery exports and Least Developed Countries

EUROPEAN UNION
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Fish is one of the world's most traded food commodities and, with the global population growing to an expected 9.7 billion people by 2050, demand for it fish also expected to increase. That offers valuable trade opportunities. In addition to human consumption, industrial need for fishery resources is projected to rise in the coming decades due to growing demand for fish oil and animal feed.

Wild catch alone will not sustain the increase in demand for fish. There should be deliberate actions by Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to enhance aquaculture development so as to meet the increase.

The UNCTAD study documents that, over the last three decades, global aquaculture production has tripled, growing at an average annual rate of 8.3 per cent. In 2014, aquaculture constituted 46 per cent of world fish production compared to 26 per cent in 1994.

Source: Unctad


IN BRIEF - Amazon: We’re lowering Whole Foods prices on Monday 28th of August 2017

UNITED STATES
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Alexa, lower the prices.

Amazon said Thursday 24th of August 2017 that its takeover of Whole Foods will close on Monday 
28th of August 2017, and its first order of business will be to make some items more affordable, according to a release.


“Whole Foods Market will offer lower prices starting Monday on a selection of best-selling grocery staples across its stores, with more to come,” the company said in a statement.

Items that will be marked down on Monday include organic avocados, organic brown eggs, organic salmon, almond butter, organic apples and organic rotisserie chicken. Amazon said it’ll keep the markdowns coming, and that Amazon Prime members will get additional discounts at Whole Foods.

“Everybody should be able to eat Whole Foods Market quality — we will lower prices without compromising Whole Foods Market’s long-held commitment to the highest standards,” Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consume, said in a statement.

Source: Whnt 19


IN BRIEF - Huron Capital Forms Seafood Platform With Two Acquisitions

UNITED STATES
Saturday, August 26, 2017

DETROIT - Huron Capital on August the 25th of 2017 announced it has made equity investments in Aquamar, Inc. and LM Foods, LLC to form a new platform, Aquamar Holdings, in the surimi seafood market, producing and selling crab flavored seafood to food service, food manufacturing, and retail channels primarily in North America.     

Based in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Aquamar was co-founded in 1991 by company president, Hugo Yamakawa, vice president of operations, Taka Iwasaki, and a former partner. Aquamar produces both frozen and refrigerated products, most of which are sold under the Aquamar brand name. The company is one of the leading manufacturers of shred style surimi in North America, selling to restaurant/foodservice customers and major retailers. Hugo and Taka will remain as influential leaders in the business and additionally serve on the board of directors of the new platform.

LM Foods was founded in the early 1990s and is based in Carteret, NJ. LM Foods primarily produces frozen, private label surimi seafood, offering premium, select and value products to its customers and selling premium products under the Classic Bay brand name. LM Foods CEO Mark Olivitowill lead the new platform and serve on its board of directors. Messrs. Iwasaki, Olivito and Yamakawa will be significant shareholders in the new platform in partnership with Huron Capital.

Source: Markets Insider


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