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IN BRIEF - Updated FDA advice for women on eating fish

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued new information for women on eating fish. The document updates advice issued jointly by FDA and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2017.

The advice categorizing fish based on their mercury levels has not changed but the update further promotes science-based recommendations in Dietary Guidelines for Americans on the importance of fish in healthy eating patterns. FDA/EPA advice has been expanded and fish and shellfish now are referred to collectively as “fish” in text and a chart that highlight:

The nutritional value of fish;
The potential health benefits of eating fish; and
Recommendations from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Source: Contemporary OB GYN


IN BRIEF - Thai Union’s Yellowfin Tuna Slices Achieve Success at Thailand’s National Innovation Awards 2019

THAILAND
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Bangkok - Thai Union Group PCL.’s Yellowfin Tuna Slice received the runner-up award in the product design category at Innovation Thailand Expo 2019 hosted by the National Innovation Agency.

Tawat Suthasineenont, Deputy Director at Thai Union’s Global Innovation Center, represented the company at the award ceremony.

“On behalf of Thai Union, I am delighted that we have been recognized for our innovation with this award," said Suthasineenont. "At the Global Innovation Center, we are committed to working on innovations that will improve our products for our customers. Thai Union’s Yellowfin Tuna Slices are the world’s first pre-sliced, pre-seasoned tuna made from whole yellowfin tuna loins. The tuna loin is high-pressured processed and sliced to offer a new experience to consumers.”

Source: Thai Union


IN BRIEF - Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries awarded grant to study groundfish

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

STONINGTON - Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries has been awarded a grant to study groundfish in the region.

The Stonington organization received more than $200,000 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

This grant will support the analysis of fish samples that have been collected during an annual survey that's done in partnership with fishermen, the University of Maine, and The Nature Conservancy.

The data will help researchers understand the diets of fish caught during that collection.

Source: Wabi


IN BRIEF - First Nation hails new salmon farming pact with Mowi

NORWAY
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Mowi Canada West has entered into a new 10-year agreement with the Kitasoo/Xai’Xais First Nation for economic development and employment centred around salmon farming and processing in Klemtu, British Columbia.

This new agreement builds on a 20-year relationship between the Nation and Mowi and includes enhanced protocols and oversight of salmon farms in the Nation’s Territory and a transition from primary processing to value added processing. 

The Kitasoo/Xai’Xais began farming and processing salmon since the late 1980’s, forming a partnership for the business with Mowi in 1998.

Source: Sea West News


IN BRIEF - The startup ProcSea raises EUR 6.5 million to develop its marketplace of seafood

FRANCE
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

ProcSea, a startup specializing in the marketing of seafood products, raises EUR 6.5 million from Serena, Cape Horn and its historical investors FJ Labs, Samaipata Ventures, Alpana Ventures and Piton Capital. This is the third fundraiser of the startup.

Launched in 2016 by Renaud Enjalbert and Florian Dhaisne, ProcSea aims to simplify and streamline the seafood business. Its marketplace connects sales professionals with fishermen, wholesalers or processors.

"Our ambition is to promote all the players in the sea industry and offer them a digital solution adapted to sustain their business, while providing a real service to our customers. We hope that the supply of seafood is no longer a problem or a waste of time for professionals. Our solution must simplify their life, while allowing them to discover new species, to work seasonal products and to discover new fishermen and wholesalers ", comments Renaud Enjalbert.

Source: News 1


IN BRIEF - Mass shellfish die-off remains unknown, as millions of mussels wash up on WA's south coast

AUSTRALIA
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Authorities are still working to find out why piles of dead and dying mussels were found washed ashore at Cheynes Beach, near Albany on Western Australia's south coast.

Thousands of small green mussel shells were strewn across more than 1 kilometre of beach, with authorities warning people to exercise caution while swimming or fishing at the popular tourist spot because it may contain high levels of bacteria.

There are also a small number of other species on the shore, including starfish.

Ian Haskin, who is the assistant manager of the Cheynes Beach Caravan Park and also a marine biologist, said he had never seen anything like it.

Source: MSN


IN BRIEF - Vietnam hopes for stronger economic links with UAE: minister

VIET NAM
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Hanoi – Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh affirmed Vietnam’s wish to promote the friendship and economic, trade and investment ties with the UAE while addressing a business forum between the two countries in Hanoi on October 15 2019.

The event was part of a visit by UAE Minister of Economy Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, along with some trade promotion organisations and nearly 20 major businesses of the Southwestern Asian nation.

In his speech, Minister Anh said the Vietnamese Government always welcomes and is ready to create the best possible conditions for foreign companies, including those from the UAE, to make investment and do business.

Source: Vietnam Plus


IN BRIEF - Fishermen warn of ‘mayhem’ on seas in event of no-deal Brexit

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Fisherman Michael Cavanagh has no doubts about the potential for violence on the high seas in the event of a no-deal Brexit at the end of the month.

The Greencastle-based skipper , says that just after the initial March 29th deadline passed, an Irish crew fishing for crab off Scotland got a nasty shock, even though there had been an extension.

“They went to haul their pots, but 400 of them had already been hauled and the eye (which crabs crawl through) had been cut out of all the pots. And it wasn’t Boris Johnson who did it.”

Source: The Irish Times


IN BRIEF - Titans of Thai fishing industry collaborate to tackle slavery

THAILAND
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Zin Mar was a housewife in Bago, Myanmar, when she saw an advertisement for a job at Thai Union Group, a global seafood supplier and the world’s biggest producer of tuna.

The 44-year-old paid a local recruitment agency about 4,300 Thai baht (USD 142) — less than half the sum that most migrants from Myanmar pay to win work in neighboring Thailand.

Zin Mar is among the 23,000 Burmese workers Thai Union employed under what the company calls its ethical migrant recruitment policy.

Source: Taipei Times


IN BRIEF - Scottish aquaculture reigns supreme with the king of fish

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Walk into the control room of the feed barge on a Scottish salmon farm today and what will greet you is more space race than farming.

There will be an array of screens, some showing ever-changing figures and charts but many with live video footage from inside the pens.

There will be electronic microscopes to monitor plankton levels, digital thermometers for the water temperature and gauges showing the feed levels in the stores.

Source: Herald Scotland


IN BRIEF - Oslo to spend millions protecting aquaculture

NORWAY
Monday, October 14, 2019

 The money, along with other measures to boost the country’s fishing and aquaculture industry, was announced this week in the national budget for 2020.

The spring algae attack was one of the worst for almost 30 years, killing at least eight million salmon in the Nordland and Troms regions, leading to job losses, hitting communities hard and costing the industry hundreds of millions of kroner.

Some of the government money will be used to set up surveillance systems along the coast so fish can be moved quickly if another attack looks imminent.

Source: Fish Farmer Magazine


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