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IN BRIEF - Norwegian salmon exports to China fell on February 2018

Saturday, February 24, 2018

OSLO - Norway exported 192 tonnes of fresh salmon to China 3rd week of February 2018, down from 420 tonnes the previous week but up from just 38 tonnes during the same week a year ago, data from Seafood Norway showed on Thursday 22nd of February 2018.

While the volumes accounted for a fraction of total exports of 15,060 tonnes last week, Norwegian producers see Chinese demand as an important factor to balance growing global salmon supply, which weigh on prices.

In late 2016, Norway and China began to normalise political and trading relations following a diplomatic row over the 2010 award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.

Source: Reuters

IN BRIEF - Salmon plan could reinvigorate US industry

Saturday, February 24, 2018

A NORWEGIAN firm’s plan to build one of the world’s largest inland salmon aquaculture facilities in Maine has a chance to raise American salmon farming’s status on the international stage, people who follow the industry say.

Nordic Aquafarms wants to build a facility that would produce more than 60 million pounds of salmon per year.

The state typically produces between 18 and 35 million pounds of the fish per year, and production has ebbed and flowed, said Sebastian Belle, executive director of the Maine Aquaculture Association. Maine is the biggest producer of farmed Atlantic salmon in the US, but the US is a relatively minor player in the worldwide industry.

Potentially doubling the state’s production capacity would significantly alter the landscape.

Source: NTN News

IN BRIEF - Marine Harvest ASA: Ex-dividend NOK 2.60 February 23rd 2018

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The shares in Marine Harvest ASA will be traded ex-dividend NOK 2.60 as from 23 February 2018.

This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.

Press Release: Marine Harvest

IN BRIEF - Fish farmer Huon Aquaculture reports strong half

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Huon said its results for the six months to December 31 confirmed the strength of underlying momentum in profit growth it predicted after completing a three-year capital investment program in 2016.

Revenue increased by 28 per cent to AUD 170.5 million, compared to the second half of 2016.

Huon said that was due to continued strength in the domestic market and increased production.

Twenty-nine per cent of production was exported.

Huon said that reflected strong Asian demand.

Source: The Advocate

IN BRIEF - Experts divided on fish oil capsules

Saturday, February 24, 2018

They’re the fishy, golden capsules that help protect against heart disease, minus the unpleasant aftertaste – or so we’re told.

But a recent study has found that fish oil supplements have little effect in heart disease patients, sparking fresh debate about whether we should focus on eating the real thing instead.

Fish oils contain omega-3 fatty acids, a type of polyunsaturated fat needed for good heart health. Our bodies cannot produce omega-3s on their own so they must be sourced through our diet.

Studies have shown a diet rich in omega-3s is linked to lower rates of heart disease. But the evidence for bottled fish oil – the second most-popular supplement after multivitamins, according to the 2014 national health survey – has been mixed.

Source: The New Daily

IN BRIEF - Genetic tools complement the visual identification of endangered fish

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Genetic tools can be a powerful complement to visual identification of endangered fish, indicates a study from the University of California, Davis.

In the study, published in the journal Conservation Genetics, researchers conducted genetic analysis on fin clips from endangered delta smelt, threatened longfin smelt and invasive wakasagi smelt. The fin clips were among those collected as part of the Yolo Bypass Fish Monitoring program.

The scientists were looking for signs of hybridization, which they found is not a significant threat for this population of delta smelt. But the genetic analysis detected something they had not expected: About 27 percent of the fish originally thought to be native delta smelt in the Yolo Bypass were actually nonnative wakasagi. Overall, roughly a third of the samples were misidentified.

Source: Phys

IN BRIEF - Nigeria’s fish deficit hits 2.2m tons

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Despite smuggling and abuse of import quota restrictions, Nigeria is currently facing 2.1 million tons of fish deficit.

The Director of Federal Department of Fishery (FDF), Muazu Mohammed, said this in a chat with New Telegraph in Lagos.

He said that the country still depends on one million tons of fish annually as against the 3.2 million tons demand.

Statistically, the country’s total demand is estimated at 3.2 million tons, while it depends on 1.12 million tons of domestic production from aquaculture, artisanal and industrial fisheries.

Source: New Telegraph

IN BRIEF - Exports of tra fish to UK increase

Friday, February 23, 2018

HCM CITY — Tra fish exports to the UK were worth USD 45.7 million in 2017, an increase of 2.5 per cent over the previous year, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers.

It accounted for 2.6 per cent of total tra exports.

Vi?t Nam is the sixth biggest exporter of tra fish to the UK behind Iceland, China, Norway, Denmark and Russia.

The UK and the Netherlands are the two largest importers of Vietnamese tra fish in the EU.

Source: Vietnam News

IN BRIEF - Burren Smokehouse recognised as Green Seafood Business of the Year

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Green Seafood Business award, sponsored by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), recognises seafood companies that are exceling in sustainable business practices and the Burren Smokehouse’s commitment to sustainable sourcing and practices is evident in their business as Birgitta explains: ‘The Burren Smokehouse team are thrilled to win the Green Seafood Business award. We are passionate about developing our business in a way that protects the local environment and supports local communities.”

“We have made major reductions in energy savings of 29% and waste reduction both in food waste and waste to landfill by 19%. Our investment in energy efficient equipment has paid off as well as our change in work practices and commitment to our local community, education and networking. Burren Smokehouse sources 100% Irish Organic Salmon from the West Coast of Ireland and we have achieved Origin Green certification and the Burren Code of Practice for the Burren Ecotourism Network and Burren Geopark’

Jim O’Toole, CEO of BIM congratulated the Burren Smokehouse on their win; ‘Birgitta and Peter and the entire team at the Burren Smokehouse have consistently looked at innovative ways to improve their business and this includes building sustainable practices into their operations. The Burren Smokehouse have not only looked at cost efficiencies but their commitment to sourcing sustainable Irish Organic salmon and seafood for their products is testament to their dedication to sustainability across the seafood value chain. Well done to the team at Burren Smokehouse and all the Green finalists’

Source: Coast Monkey

IN BRIEF - White Castle Lures Cravers With Return Of The Seafood Crab Cake Slider And Shrimp Nibblers®

Friday, February 23, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio - White Castle is casting a wider seafood net with the return of the favorite Seafood Crab Cake Slider and Shrimp Nibblers. This latest seasonal catch is perfect for seafood lovers of all ages and will satisfy any Craver's appetite, just in time for the Lenten season. The tasty seafood crab cake, topped with a zesty creole sauce and served on the signature slider bun, is available at most White Castle restaurants for a limited time.

White Castle also adds to the limited-time lineup with a bold new mobile offer: a free Castle Combo with a first-time download of the White Castle mobile app. This free combo offer, which is redeemable following a new app download and registration, provides over USD 5 in value and includes four Cheese Sliders, small fries and a 20 oz. soft drink. The offer is available through April 13 2018 and must be redeemed by April 30.

"At White Castle, we've been innovators since 1921, when we started the first fast-food chain. Last year, we were again a leader by being the first to offer a seafood crab cake sandwich at all restaurants, and now we're excited to bring this tasty seafood sandwich back along with our popular Shrimp Nibblers," said Jamie Richardson, vice president of White Castle. "If you're looking for bold and unique seafood flavors, stop by a White Castle soon to try these limited-time options."

Source: PR Newswire

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