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IN BRIEF - Aquatic products expected to rake in USD 9 billion by 2020

VIET NAM
Tuesday, October 03, 2017

HÀ N?I - Vi?t Nam expects to achieve 6 per cent growth in aquaculture and USD 9 billion from aquatic product exports by 2020.

The goals were set in the targeted programme on sustainable fishery development for the 2016-20 period recently approved by Prime Minister Nguy?n Xuân Phúc.

The programme prioritises aquaculture development through enhancing research capacity and modernising breeding production system with a focus placed on key staples like tra fish, shrimps, molluscs, tilapia fish and clam.

Source: Viet Nam News


IN BRIEF - Crayfish Plague alert as large numbers of dead fish reported in River Barrow

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Large numbers of dead freshwater crayfish were reported in the River Barrow in the stretch from Carlow to Graiguemanagh.

It has been confirmed using DNA analysis that the cause of death was Crayfish Plague.

This is the fifth outbreak of the disease to be found in Ireland in the last two years.

It is feared that if the disease spreads further, then it will threaten the survival of the entire Irish population of this endangered species.

This worrying situation is being investigated by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and the Marine Institute.

Source: Leinster Express


IN BRIEF - Survey documents impact of regulation on trout farmers

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, October 03, 2017

TWIN FALLS - A nationwide survey looking at the impacts of regulations on trout farmers is only about half completed, but that’s enough to indicate regulations are a burden.

One-third of the 88 respondents, to date, ranked regulation as the number one problem facing their farm. When those who listed it as second are included, regulation accounts for 68 percent of the responses.

“That’s much greater than anything else,” said Carole Engle, who was in Twin Falls for the combined annual meetings of the Idaho Aquaculture Association and U.S. Trout Farmers Association. The organizations are among the funders of a study to explore how much time and money is spent by the industry to comply with local, state and federal regulations.

Source: Magic Valley


IN BRIEF - Catalina Sea Ranch snags federal grant to start kelp farming

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Inside a cavernous steel warehouse built in the 1910s for the Port of Los Angeles’ then-booming fishing industry, Catalina Sea Ranch’s unique aquaculture labs are blazing a trail for a budding new U.S. industry.

A Cryolab nurtures bunches of genetically diverse breeding mussels growing in baths infused with phytoplankton. Many of their shiny black-shelled progenies, hanging on lines in federal waters 10 miles offshore, are awaiting the ranch’s first harvest in December 2017.

And ranch founder Phil Cruver just began work to produce his newest crop: giant sea kelp.

Source: Daily Breeze


IN BRIEF - Why This Malaysian Startup Delivers 'Mysterious' Seafood Boxes?

MALAYSIA
Sunday, October 01, 2017

MyFishman is founded on two simple concepts: to deliver a fresh local variety of seafood, while maintaining a sustainable fishing ecosystem through the support of local fishermen.

Established by Audrey Goo in March 2016, MyFishman aims to reduce pressure on high-in-demand fishes, especially during peak season.

To overcome this issue, Audrey believes they need to educate consumers on seafood varieties to enable them to relieve some pressure on high-demand seafood. Therefore, they introduced a new idea called a FreshBox.

The fish and shellfish are handpicked by the local fishermen and will be gutted, cleaned and frozen within 48 hours of docking before being packed into the FreshBox...

Written by Tee May Tan/vulcanpost.com | Read full story here


IN BRIEF - Sea are changing for the future of the Australian Seafood Industry

AUSTRALIA
Saturday, September 30, 2017

The future of the seafood industry is looking strong after representatives from all sectors across Australia and abroad came together at Sydney’s International Conference Centre for Seafood Directions 2017 from September 27th – 29th.

The two-day conference saw over 350 delegates from seafood supply, retail, aquaculturists, scientists, post-harvest, equipment suppliers, wholesalers, distributors, processors and food service companies explore concepts around the theme “Sea the Future” and be introduced to ground-breaking new technology, research and ideas.

In a conference stream on markets and export opportunities, Margy Osmond, chief executive officer of Tourism & Transport Forum Australia urged the industry to recognise the potential of tourism for seafood businesses and to utilise the power of promoting Australian seafood to international tourists. 

For the first time at Seafood Directions, aquaculture had a dedicated stream which was opened with a keynote by Thibault Giulioli, chief executive officer of Indian Ocean Trepang (IOT) who addressed the audience on how IOT is transforming coastal communities in Madagascar for the better by teaching them Sea Cucumber farming techniques.

Disruption, country of origin labelling, innovation and connecting communities with seafood were topics that were discussed frequently throughout the two days, providing insight to the challenges and accomplishments of the various industry sectors. 


IN BRIEF - Northland men pay up after being caught taking rare shellfish

NEW ZEALAND
Friday, September 29, 2017

Two Northland men have each been fined NZD 500 after been caught illegally taking more than 40 of the rare and culturally precious shellfish, toheroa, from 90 Mile Beach.

The toheroa fishery was closed across New Zealand 35 years ago after toheroa numbers began to plummet.

Ministry for Primary Industries spokesman Steve Rudsdale says the incident is extremely disappointing especially when toheroa on 90 mile Beach are just beginning to re-establish themselves.

“These 2 people took 43 toheroa between them which is a very large number.

“It’s heart-breaking, really. If this sort of illegal take continues, it won’t bode well for a fishery that is already very fragile. Even disturbing toheroa can have an extremely detrimental effect on them.

Source: MPI


IN BRIEF - Iconic Seafood Chain Lands Prime Logan Circle Spot

UNITED STATES
Friday, September 29, 2017

Local crab haven Phillips Seafood no longer has an outpost along the primed-for-action Southwest waterfront, but is projected to try something different in bustling Logan Circle.

Washington Business Journal reports that the regional chain, which previously operated a popular seafood buffet on the very site that three weeks from now developers hope will be flooded with people mesmerized by the jaw-dropping Wharf complex, has signed a lease to open a new restaurant in the same plot Tex-Mex eatery Tortilla Coast abandoned earlier this summer.

Homegrown Clover Restaurant Group operates the original Tortilla Coast on Capitol Hill andexported the casual chips-and-salsa source further west a few years back. It closed unceremoniously in June 2017.

Source: Eater Washington DC


IN BRIEF - Tallink Silja becomes the world’s first cruise line to serve MSC certified seafood

FINLAND
Friday, September 29, 2017

Five of Tallink Silja’s cruise ships, departing from Finland, have become the world’s first cruise ships to obtain MSC Chain of Custody certification for the seafood they serve. The Tallink Group is one of the largest maritime carriers of passengers and cargo in the Baltic Sea region and this MSC certification demonstrates their commitment to sustainability and their support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), particularly SDG 14, which calls to conserve and sustainably use the oceans.

The ships, Silja Serenade, Silja Symphony, Baltic Princess, Galaxy and Silja Europa will now offer their customers sustainable and traceable MSC certified shrimp and herring. About 160 tonnes of shrimp and 22 tonnes of herring are consumed on these five ships annually. This certification ensures that customers onboard ships can enjoy seafood in Tallink Silja’s restaurants that has come from a sustainable fishery and can be traced from ocean to plate.

Press Release: MSC


IN BRIEF - Fishermen are frustrated by fishing ban

UNITED STATES
Friday, September 29, 2017

COOS BAY — While fishermen are known traditionally for their patience, many showed up to last night’s public meeting with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to show that their patience had run thin.

The meeting was scheduled to discuss Pacific halibut catching and sharing for the 2018 season. However, the highlight of the night’s discussion was the frustration with recent shutdown of bottom fishing in the area.

The bottom fishing closure, which happened Sept. 17, has done some actual harm to local economies that are dependent on fishing.

For example, in small fishing dependent towns like Charleston people working in bait and tackle shops are being laid off.

Source: The World Link


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