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IN BRIEF - Crab meat from Venezuela linked to 9 cases of Vibrio in Maryland

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

WASHINGTON - Health officials have issued a warning after they said people became dangerously ill from certain types of packaged crab meat.

While Maryland Blue Crabs are a staple in the DMV, many places do sell crabs, packaged crab meat, and crab cakes with crab from elsewhere.

The National Aquarium in Baltimore reports that due to environmental degradation and years of overfishing, there’s not enough blue crab in the region to support demand, and grocery stores and restaurants often resort to selling imported crab.

Source: Fox 5


IN BRIEF - China going wild over ocean abalone

AUSTRALIA
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Scarce, high priced and in high demand, there’s no doubting the world’s most valuable shellfish, abalone, is big business in China.

Abalone is one of several aquatic species China holds in high regard, known in ancient times as the ‘elixir of life’.

In Mandarin Chinese, the word for abalone is ‘Bao Yu’, which sounds strikingly like the Chinese phrase for ‘guaranteed wealth’, a coincidence which has created a mythology that good fortune will come to those who consume it, particularly around the festival times of Lunar New Year and Golden Week.

Traditionally, abalone was caught wild from open ocean fisheries, contributing to its scarcity as it can take between three and eight years for the mollusc to reach eating size, depending on the species.

Source: ACBR


IN BRIEF - Over 200kg of fish destroyed by fisheries ministry

OMAN
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Muscat - A total of 228kg of rotten fish was destroyed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in Oman.

According to the Ministry, the yellow fin tuna fish that was rotten was found in the Seeb fish market.

“The Fish Market Control Team of the Ministry in cooperation with the Muscat Municipality destroyed 228 kg of rotten yellow fin tuna at the Seeb Fish Market,” the Ministry announced in tweet.

Source: Times of Oman


IN BRIEF - Fish firm lands SuperValu deal

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Skibbereen company, the Fresh Fish Deli, has signed an agreement worth EUR 500,000 with SuperValu to supply its fish cakes nationwide.

The move comes following the company’s participation in the Food Academy programme, which is a joint initiative between Bord Bia, the Local Enterprise Office Network and SuperValu.

Monica Buckley co-founded the Fresh Fish Deli in 2014, and since then has built up a network of local fish suppliers.

Source: Southern Star


IN BRIEF - NFDB to educate aquaculture farmers on antibiotics overdose

INDIA
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

With the United States and the European Union adopting zero tolerance policies towards antibiotic residues in the cultured shrimps, the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), along with other agencies, has decided to launch a massive awareness campaign for aquaculture farmers.

“As part of the Blue Revolution aiming at improving the fish exports from the country, we are keen not only on stringent implementation of the norms to stop the overdose of antibiotics, but also educating all the stakeholders on the risk of getting blacklisted for exporting consignments with high incidence of antibiotic substances,” NFDB Executive Director (Technical) Bimal Kinkar Chand told The Hindu.

Source: The Hindu


IN BRIEF - World's fish consumption unsustainable, U.N. warns

ITALY
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

ROME - A third of the world’s oceans are overfished and fish consumption is at an all-time high, raising fears over the sustainability of a key source of protein for millions around the world, the United Nations warned in a report on Monday.

Overfishing is particularly bad in parts of the developing world where many people already struggle to get enough nutritious food to eat, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report said.

“There’s too much pressure on marine resources and we need significantly more commitments from governments to improve the state of their fisheries,” said Manuel Barange, director of the FAO fisheries and aquaculture department.

“We predict that Africa will have to import fish in the future,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, adding that shortages could lead to higher prices, disproportionately affecting the poor.

Source: Reuters


IN BRIEF - CMFRI to promote cage fish farming

INDIA
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

In a major effort to increase the domestic fish production in the State, the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute here will implement a INR 15-crore project helping fish farmers to launch 500 cage farming units. The farmers will be offered subsidy and technical support to carry out the cage culture under the scheme, which is funded by the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), Hyderabad.

According to the programme, 40% of the total expense will be given as subsidy to the farmers who can conduct farming individually or in groups. Women and those from the SC/ST category will get 60% subsidy. The programme will be implemented in coastal districts of the State. Species such as sea bass, pearl spot, cobia, pompano and red snapper will be farmed.

The farmers from the coastal districts can register now at the Mariculture Division of the CMFRI to become part of the scheme. The applicants should be capable of carrying out the farming in water that is at least three metres deep during the low tide. Approval will be given only after a CMFRI team reviews the spot and various conditions of the water resources for farming, including environmental factors.

Source: The Hindu


IN BRIEF - China ripe market for local tra fish exporters

VIET NAM
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

HÀ N?I - Vi?t Nam now has more opportunities to promote its tra fish exports to China, according to the Vi?t Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).

China’s reduction of import duties on 221 seafood products came into effect from July 1 for members of the World Trade Organisation. Of which, the import duty would drop to 7 per cent for catfish fillets and fresh or chilled catfish from 10 per cent and from 12 per cent, respectively.

The tax reduction is an opportunity for Vi?t Nam’s companies exporting tra fish to China to increase profits. It would also promote exports, especially the exports of large traders and companies, to this country, the largest export market of Vietnamese tra fish at present.

Source: Viet Nam News


IN BRIEF - Oyster fee relief

AUSTRALIA
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Oyster farmers will have almost AUD 1.6 million in annual lease and licence fees waived over the next two years by the state Liberal government, who will honor Labor’s policy which was revealed prior to the state election.

The Marshall government will also aim to implement their election promise of restructuring aquaculture leases by the end of the year by amending the Aquaculture Act 2001, allowing existing aquaculture lease holders to borrow against their leases. 

The policies are a response to the Pacific Oyster Morality Syndrome (POMS) outbreaks in Tasmania in 2016, which saw South Australian growers unable to import Tasmanian spat to grow on their farms.

Source: Portlincoln Times


IN BRIEF - Fish firm lands SuperValu deal

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

SKIBBEREEN company, the Fresh Fish Deli, has signed an agreement worth €500,000 with SuperValu to supply its fish cakes nationwide.

The move comes following the company’s participation in the Food Academy programme, which is a joint initiative between Bord Bia, the Local Enterprise Office Network and SuperValu.

Monica Buckley co-founded the Fresh Fish Deli in 2014, and since then has built up a network of local fish suppliers.

As part of the Food Academy programme, the Fresh Fish Deli’s products went on sale in over 40 SuperValu stores in Munster and after proving popular, a nationwide deal with SuperValu’s network of 217 stores was secured.

 


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