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IN BRIEF - A third of EU food brands have same label, different content: report

EUROPEAN UNION
Monday, June 24, 2019

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.

Source: Reuters


IN BRIEF - Robotic fish predator strikes fear into invasive species

WORLDWIDE
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Researchers have published the first experiments to gauge the ability of a biologically inspired robotic fish to induce fear-related changes in mosquitofish. Their findings indicate that even brief exposure to a robotic replica of the mosquitofish’s primary predator—the largemouth bass—can provoke meaningful stress responses in mosquitofish, triggering avoidance behaviors and physiological changes associated with the loss of energy reserves, potentially translating into lower rates of reproduction.

“To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study using robots to evoke fear responses in this invasive species,” says Maurizio Porfiri, professor at the Tandon School of Engineering at New York University. “The results show that a robotic fish that closely replicates the swimming patterns and visual appearance of the largemouth bass has a powerful, lasting impact on mosquitofish in the lab setting.”

The team exposed groups of mosquitofish to a robotic largemouth bass for one 15-minute session per week for six consecutive weeks. The robot’s behavior varied between trials, spanning several degrees of biomimicry. Notably, in some trials, the researchers programmed the robot to incorporate real-time feedback based on interactions with live mosquitofish and to exhibit “attacks” typical of predatory behavior—a rapid increase in swimming speed.

Source: Futurity


IN BRIEF - Aquaculture industry is headed for a sea change

CANADA
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Planning a salmon barbecue? Your options will be limited this year. With a complete 2019 closure on Fraser River sockeye, due to dismal returns, your options are to buy Alaska sockeye or farmed Atlantic salmon.

And, as the world’s population grows, and wild-capture fisheries either are maxed out or declining, farmed seafood options will become an increasingly important source of animal protein, according to a new Nature Conservancy and Encourage Capital report.

Towards a Blue Revolution is largely aimed at the investment community and lays out the opportunities and risks, noting that certain next-generation systems such as land-based recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) or ocean-based fish farms will require impact investors to take the lead before more risk-averse investors follow.

Source: Prince George Matters


IN BRIEF - Export of frozen fillets pangasius to Germany went up

VIET NAM
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Although pangasius exports to the German market decreased following the general trend of the EU region for more than 10 years from 2008 to 2018, but in recent years, especially in the first 5 months of 2019, the export value of pangasius to the German market continued to rose. Particularly in May, 2019, pangasius export value to this market hiked up: 144,7% compare to the same period in 2018. By the end of May, 2019, the export value of Vietnamese pangasius exported to Germany reached USD 14.7 million, up 74.6% compared to the same period in 2018.

It can be said that Germany is one of good importers for Vietnamese pangasius in the EU. According to ITC statistics, in the first 4 months of 2019, the average import prices of frozen fillets pangasius (HS 030462) ranged from USD 3.5 to USD 3.96/kg.

Currently, there are about 15 enterprises exported pangasius to the Germany, most of which are concentrated in the two provinces of Dong Thap and Can Tho. Frozen fillets pangasius products accounts for more than 90% of pangasius export structure of enterprises to Germany.

Source: VASEP


IN BRIEF - Lobster, abalone among seafood destroyed in Chiba blackout

JAPAN
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

MINAMI-BOSO, Chiba Prefecture - Tons of seafood, including expensive delicacies for gourmet dishes, have been thrown away because of the prolonged power outage caused by Typhoon No. 15.

The Chiba prefectural government said typhoon-related damage to marine products totaled about JPY 139 million as of Sept. 13 2019, but the number is expected to increase.

The typhoon hit the Kanto region on Sept. 9, but many parts of Chiba Prefecture, particularly in the south, remain without power.

At a facility of Higashi-Awa fishery cooperatives in Minami-Boso, Chiba Prefecture, staff noticed an awful stench emanating from the fish preserves after the typhoon passed.

Source: The Asahi Shimbun


IN BRIEF - Malta paying too high a price for fish-farming - PD

MALTA
Monday, September 16, 2019

Malta is paying too high a price for the fish farming industry, the Democratic Party said on Sunday as it hit out at large patches of slime blighting the coast.

In a statement, it observed that a consortium which owns a huge blue-fin tuna farm just off Comino was said to have applied for a PA permit.

"This is peak season for tuna fattening before slaughtering begins in October, and our coastal waters from Armier to Sliema are again polluted with slime. This is not naturally occurring foam, but slime. This time round, Comino has also been adversely hit," the party said.

Source: Times of Malta


IN BRIEF - Viral Aquaculture Disease Treatment Market to Record an Exponential CAGR by 2025

WORLDWIDE
Monday, September 16, 2019

Aquatic animal diseases are the most significant constraints to development and management of aquaculture. Aquatic animal diseases included non-infectious and infectious disease. An aquatic animal is highly affected by infectious diseases such as bacterial, viral, fungi and parasites. Viral aquaculture diseases are difficult to diagnose and control with the medication. No specific treatment is available for viral aquaculture diseases. Viral aquaculture diseases included infectious hematopoietic necrosis (IHN), viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS), channel catfish virus disease (CCVD), and infectious pancreatic necrosis (IPN). The aquaculture industry is a fast-growing industry but it’s facing major challenges such as prevention and treatment of diseases among shrimp and aquaculture species. 

Advancement in the field of aquaculture therapeutics favors the growth of the viral aquaculture disease treatment market. Growing demand for the effective drug for the viral aquaculture disease treatment expected to boost up the growth of the market. Increasing incidence of viral infectious diseases among aquaculture species propels the demand for the viral aquaculture disease treatment therapeutics. Globally increasing consumption of fishes boosts up the growth of the viral aquaculture disease treatment therapeutics. Growing research and development in the field of veterinary medicines and increasing demand for aquaculture expected to favor the growth of the viral aquaculture disease treatment market. Increasing production of aquaculture species and growing government programs for animal health expected to propel the growth of the viral aquaculture disease treatment market. Moreover, strict regulation regarding the approval of new drug and vaccine expected to restrain the growth of the viral aquaculture disease treatment market. Unavailability of effective treatment option expected to hamper the growth of global viral aquaculture disease treatment market.

Source: News Varsity


IN BRIEF - Benchmark Holdings directors shell out GBP 600,000 on shares

UNITED KINGDOM
Monday, September 16, 2019

Two Benchmark Holdings PLC directors have shown their confidence in the aquaculture health company, dipping in for GBP 0.6mln worth of shares. 

Executive chairman Peter George shelled out GBP 470,000 to buy 1mln shares at a price of 47p apiece. 

He completed the purchase on Friday, Benchmark said in a statement on Monday, his first stake in the company.  

Yngve Myhre, the Norwegian aquaculture veteran who is a non-executive director of the company, also snapped up GBP 135,240 worth of shares.

Source: Proactive Investors


IN BRIEF - Fishing bans should accompany compensatory measures

BANGLADESH
Monday, September 16, 2019

We applaud the government for its successful endeavours to increase fish production in the country—efforts that have resulted in Bangladesh ranking third in producing fish from inland water bodies, according to a report by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 2018’. In the 2016-2017 fiscal year, Bangladesh produced a total of 41,34,000 metric tonnes of fish, including a first-time surplus of 84,000 tonnes. One of the ways this has been possible is by prioritising conservation of jatka (small hilsa) and other species through periodic bans on catching, transporting and selling fish from natural water bodies like the rivers and the sea. This ensures safe breeding and spawning of fish and helps to protect their fries. The bans, however, while significantly increasing fish production, have a detrimental effect on the fisher communities as their survival depends on the amount of fish they can catch and sell each day. During the bans, the fisherfolk are essentially jobless and fall into financial hardship.

At a recent seminar, discussants highlighted the need to help out the fishermen during these lean times when they cannot fish. Long-term planning is needed for this which would ensure alternative livelihoods and also provide adequate allowances to the fishermen and their families, most of whom are poor and lead miserable days during the ban periods. The government should start registering fishermen so that they can be properly monitored and assisted. The state minister for fisheries and livestock gave his assurance at the seminar that the irregularities in distribution of food during the ban periods have been reduced significantly in recent times which we hope is something that will be sustained.

Source: The Daily Star


IN BRIEF - Almost 1,500 tonnes of netting waste creates headache for recycling and fishing industries

AUSTRALIA
Monday, September 16, 2019

The ghost netting Matt Waller hauled out of seemingly pristine waters near Boston Island, in South Australia last year was the last straw.

The tourism operator spends his days showing tourists the beauty of the islands south of Port Lincoln as they head out to dive with the ultimate ocean predator, great white sharks, or playful endangered Australian sea lions.

Mr Waller's workplace is dotted with isolated islands that have remained largely untouched since Matthew Flinders mapped the area in 1802.

Source: ABC


IN BRIEF - Malaysian fish farm aims to dip into USD 1.64bn global caviar market

MALAYSIA
Monday, September 16, 2019

KUALA LUMPUR - A Malaysian fish farming business is hoping to dip into the multibillion-dollar global market for caviar after accidentally stumbling into producing the gourmet delicacy.

When Taiwanese entrepreneur Chien Wei Ho, one of the owners of the T’lur Caviar brand, first started harvesting sturgeon in Malaysia, he never expected to end up in the lucrative caviar trade.

Wei Ho and his group of Malaysian sturgeon farmers were based in a country not best-suited for harvesting caviar, mainly due to a lack of technological support and unfavorable weather conditions.

Source: Arab News


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