IN BRIEF - Washington state’s fishing industry caught in US-China trade war
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
SEATTLE — Much of the Alaskan fishing fleet is based at Fishermen’s Terminal in Seattle.
Like the waves themselves, Washington state’s seafood industry has ridden the economic ups and downs for generations as the prices of fish and crab fluctuate.
When asked about the trade war and counter tariffs between the U.S. and China, people in the fishing industry told KING 5 more about the effects of the Trump admiration’s tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum than the U.S. exports of fish to China.
Miami-based tilapia breeder Spring Genetics and El Salvador’s Acceso Oferta Local – Productos de El Salvador, SA DE CV have signed a distribution agreement to supply Salvadoran tilapia farmers and local organisations with high-quality tilapia fingerlings.
The agreement features the latest and improved genetics from one of the most advanced tilapia breeding programs in the world.
The tilapia strain is marketed under the Spring Tilapia brand has been recognised by tilapia producers in the USA and Latin America. Their stock has been selected for 19 generations on major commercial traits such as fast growth, survivability, disease resistance and fillet yield, and is the only tilapia strain with improved resistance to Streptococcus agalactiae and Streptococcus iniae in their genes.
BIDDEFORD, Maine - A Maine university will play a role as the American representative in a new international aquaculture project funded by the European Union.
The University of New England says it will be a part of the AquaVitae Consortium, which is aimed at speeding up development of sustainable aquaculture in countries along the Atlantic Ocean. The European Union is funding the $8.9 million project through the Horizon 2020 program.
The university is joining 35 other groups on the project. The project is focusing on aquaculture of species that are low on the food chain. The effort has partner groups in places as far apart as Brazil and South Africa.
HÀ N?I - A group of young artists from a social enterprise in Hà N?i have brought new life to tens of thousands of used plastic items and transformed them into impressive artworks which are on display at an ongoing exhibition in the capital.
Opened to the public at the Vincom Centre for Contemporary Art (VCCA) on Friday, the exhibition Plastic Planet presents a serious message about the environment, especially the harmful effects of plastic garbage.
The highlights of the exhibition are four large installation artworks, including L?c Xoáy (Tornado) – a 4.5m high installation created from thousands of used plastic items.
The estimated value of the contract is EUR 11.9 million and, subject to financing and regulatory approvals in Russia, the project will be completed in the second quarter of 2020, with production starting in 2021.
AKVA group Denmark is a wholly owned subsidiary of Norwegian AKVA group, which has recently expanded its land based division.
The company announced earlier this month that it was opening a new RAS (recirculating aquaculture systems) office in Trondheim.
BRUSSELS - Almost a third of branded food products sold in the European Union have the same or similar packaging, but different contents, according to a report published by the European Commission on Monday.
However, the report did not find that there was a noticeable split between the east and west of the bloc, despite complaints from former communist countries that multinationals sell lower quality food in their markets.
The study into nearly 1,400 samples of 128 different food products in 19 EU countries found that 9% of products had identical and 22% similar package fronts, but different compositions.
AKVA group Denmark A/S, a wholly owned subsidiary of AKVA group ASA, has won a tender for delivery of a new smolt facility in Murmansk, Russia, to Russian Aquaculture Llc. The estimated value is EUR 11,9 million. The final contract is not yet concluded and are amongst others subject to financing and regulatory approvals in Russia.
Last week, this newspaper reported about two studies that have warned that fish populations along Maharashtra’s coast could collapse because of overfishing and killing of juvenile fish.
Research by the Mangrove and Marine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation of Maharashtra says that illegal fishing methods — such as using banned nets — are killing juveniles that have not had a chance to breed. Many of these species are listed as threatened in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s list.