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IN BRIEF - AVA's tender exercise for fish-farming land was fair

SINGAPORE
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Mr Chan Tzeh Wey highlighted that the recent Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) tender exercise for three land parcels for fish farming received lukewarm response, and suggested the AVA revise its scheme to encourage genuine farmers to participate in the tender (Encourage firms with farming experience to bid for tenders; Jan 25).

We, Opal Resources, were one of the bidders and would like to share our view as a fish-farming practitioner in Singapore.

We first thank the AVA for the new fixed-price scheme, instead of going by the highest-bidder model.

By Alex Siow Ching Hai/straitstimes.com | Read full article here


IN BRIEF - Seafood exporters lament GST provisions

INDIA
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Panaji: Seafood exporters attending the ongoing three-day India International Seafood show lamented that a number of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) provisions continued to be in the grey area, impeding their trade.

Participating in a technical session dealing with various aspects of processing and export of marine products, on Monday, the last day of the show, stakeholders acknowledged that the Centre has addressed many of their concerns over GST. Though they were happy with the merger of multiplicity of Central and State-level taxes, into a single GST. However, they were finding it difficult to understand the nuances of the new tax regime.

While the tax refund procedure had been clarified and simplified, exporters were yet to get the refunds as there was no timeline. Other thorny issues included merchant exporters’ warehouses and claiming drawback benefit, which took into account only the Central GST, not the State GST, they said.


ByPrakash Kamat/The Hindu | Read full story here

IN BRIEF - Salmon is more effective at preventing breast cancer than flaxseeds

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Salmon is more effective at preventing breast cancer than flaxseeds, new research suggests.

Fish-sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are also found in hemp oil, reduce tumors' size by between 60 and 70 percent, and numbers by 30 percent, in mice with a severe form of the disease, a study found.

Plant-based sources can also inhibit and treat breast tumors but are required at a higher dose, the research adds.

By By Alexandra  Thompson/MAILONLINE | Read full article here


IN BRIEF - Illegal fishing makes Pacific communities vulnerable, says minister

FIJI
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

SUVA, (Xinhua) -- The vulnerable Pacific Island region and its communities are particularly threatened by illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, a Fijian minister warned here on Monday.

Speaking at a symposium at the University of the South Pacific (USP), Fiji's Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau said that illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing robbed the rich Pacific island nations of its development opportunities as it reduced revenue from fisheries, undermined investment and employment opportunities that threatened the sustainability of fish stocks.


IN BRIEF - Coast Guard Intercepts Venezuelan Shrimp

NETHERLANDS
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

WILLEMSTAD - The Coast Guard intercepted a Curaçao boat with 33 crates of shrimp on board. It is suspected that the 'Don Martin' took over the cargo from a smuggler boat that met it halfway through Venezuela.

Upon return, the vessel was intercepted. The three crew members have been transferred to Customs with all their cargo.

The Coast Guard will continue to intensify its operations especially in the area between Curaçao and Venezuela to combat smuggling.


IN BRIEF - Aquabyte Raises $3.5 Million Seed Funding

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO /PRNewswire/ -- Aquabyte, a startup applying computer vision and machine learning models to dramatically optimize fish farming efficiency, today announced a $3.5 Million Seed Round of funding co-led by Costanoa Ventures and New Enterprise Associates (NEA) with participation from Princeton University and other strategic US and Norwegian investors.

Fish farming is the fastest growing sector of food production in the world with more fish being farmed than beef, representing nearly $160B in yearly production. The industry is rapidly expanding, with experts anticipating that protein consumption will increase world-wide by at least 50 percent by 2050. One of the largest challenges in filling the gap between current supply and projected demand is driving down the cost of feed, which currently represents 50 percentof the cost of fish farming.

SOURCE Costanoa Ventures


IN BRIEF - Project to boost cage fish farming launched

INDIA
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has launched a project to boost open-sea cage farming as part of efforts to trigger a Blue Revolution in the context of stagnating catch. The project envisages acceleration of cage fish production by providing effective training to 5,000 fishermen across the country with a financial assistance of nearly Rs. 1 crore from the National Fisheries Development Board under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare.

CMFRI has launched the first phase of the project to train fishermen in all maritime States. Accordingly, a three-day training programme began at CMFRI on Monday. As many as 50 fishermen from Ernakulam and Thrissur districts who have registered with the Kerala Fishermen’s Welfare Fund Board are attending the programme. As part of the project, CMFRI will offer training to 1,000 fishermen in the State, said a statement from the institute.


IN BRIEF - Five crab fisheries meet stringent criteria

UNITED STATES
Saturday, January 27, 2018

Five crab fisheries in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands have met the stringent requirements for certification under the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management program, two of them for the first time.

The newly certified fisheries were identified by ASMI on Jan. 18 as the Eastern Bering Sea Tanner crab and Aleutian Islands golden king crab. The recertified fisheries were the Bristol Bay red king crab, St. Matthew Island blue king crab and Eastern Bering Sea snow crab.

ASMI’s RFM model is based on the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations code and guidelines for credible certification, with assessments performed against the most well known internationally agreed upon set of principles for responsible fisheries management

Source: The Cordova Times


IN BRIEF - Shetland salmon packing factory leaks 'blood water' into sea

UNITED KINGDOM
Saturday, January 27, 2018

A Shetland salmon packing factory leaked "bloody" sewage into the sea, BBC Scotland has been told.

People had complained of an "offensive odour" coming from the Cooke Aquaculture's Mid Yell Plant.

It led to a Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) investigation in 2017 - which uncovered "significant" breaches of environmental conditions.

Cooke Aquaculture said it "never" discharged untreated waste water from its Mid-Yell packing facility.

A Freedom of Information request has revealed that Sepa was contacted by a member of the public in August 2017, who reported "weekly offensive smell complaints from locals, the school and tourists".

By Ewan MurrieBBC Scotland | Read full story here


IN BRIEF - Fishermen turn to scientists for answers amid poor catch in Black Sea

TURKEY
Saturday, January 27, 2018

Fishermen in Turkey’s Black Sea region are turning to scientists to understand what is causing the sharp decline in fish catches this season.

The fishing season has been a disappointment so far for fishermen in Turkey’s Black Sea region. They complain that the amount of anchovies (hamsi) and bonito they catch this season, which started on Sept. 1, is almost 80 percent lower when compared to previous years. They now want scientists to investigate the reasons behind this year’s poor catches.

The rate of fish catches changes dramatically from year to year and this is not a promising outlook, he said, adding that there must be an explanation for this sharp fluctuation over the years.

SINOP - Anadolu Agency | Read full article here


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