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IN BRIEF - Fish farm on Cape Breton reserve pairs up with Cooke Aquaculture

CANADA
Friday, July 19, 2019

The We'koqma'q First Nation in Cape Breton is partnering with fish farming giant Cooke Aquaculture to help with the sales and marketing of the reserve's Bras d'Or Lakes steelhead trout.

Since 2011, a trout farm has been in operation at the reserve. Chief Rod Googoo said it has grown to have more than 50 people work at the fish farm, hatchery and processing plant. The operation has about 60 cages in the Bras d'Or Lakes.

"We started off small and we gradually built up steam and we got bigger and we got better at what we do, and we did it over a short period of time," said Googoo, who estimates they will harvest between CAD 10-12 million of fish in 2019.

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - Bakkafrost wraps up SSC purchase

FAROE ISLANDS
Monday, October 21, 2019

At an extraordinary general meeting in the Faroe Islands, shareholders authorised approval for the board to issue six million new shares to settle the outstanding debt.

The vote was overwhelming with 99.1 per cent in favour and just 0.9 per cent against the proposal.

Bakkafrost had earlier paid GBP 336.7 million to Northern Link, SSC’s parent, 70 per cent towards the (GBP 517 million) cost of buying 68.6 per cent of SSC.

The meeting at the weekend means the remaining 30 per cent will now be paid for in shares.

Source: Fish Farmer Magazine


IN BRIEF - MOA to conduct study on caged fish breeding in Kukup

MALAYSIA
Monday, October 21, 2019

PONTIAN - The Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry (MOA) has asked the Fisheries Research Institute to conduct a feasibility study on a new location for the caged fish breeding industry in Kukup near here.

Its deputy minister Sim Tze Tzin said the study which will cover several criteria including the depth of sea water, the oxygen content and the quality of water, is a long-term effort to help revive the sector.

This follows a recent incident in August when 44 fish breeders lost RM5 million after thousands of their stock died due to water pollution which occurred after the Lekima typhoon struck.

Source: Bernama


IN BRIEF - Malaysia loses MYR 5 billion in fisheries revenue annually to foreign fishermen

MALAYSIA
Monday, October 21, 2019

KUALA LUMPUR - The government plans to strengthen the nation’s maritime enforcement assets in an effort to curb encroachment by foreign fishing boats which resulted in Malaysia losing up to RM5 billion in fisheries revenue every year, the Dewan Rakyat was told.

Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub said the ministry would submit the proposal to the Cabinet, which includes a suggestion to purchase a mother ship to facilitate enforcement operation at sea.

“Prior to this, the government has taken firm action by carrying out an operation dubbed ‘Ops Naga’ and will continue doing so with the commitment from three ministries, namely my ministry, the Home Affairs Ministry and Defence Ministry.

Source: Bernama


IN BRIEF - Fish stock, size are deteriorating in national waters

MALAYSIA
Monday, October 21, 2019

KUALA TERENGGANU - The fish stock in the country's territorial waters is now getting less and the size is getting smaller due to human greed.

Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) Fisheries Gear Technology and Fisheries Ecology senior lecturer Dr. Mohd Fazrul Hisam Abd Aziz said fishermen were able to get mega-sized fish easily 15 years ago compared to the present situation and it was one of the signs of the level of pressure on the country's fisheries stock.

One of the reasons for stock loss was illegal fishing, unreported and uncontrolled (Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU)) fishing.

Source: Bernama


IN BRIEF - Brexit concerns blowing gale across nervous Falklands

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, October 17, 2019

The following piece on the Falklands and Brexit was distributed by the French news agency, AFP, both in English and Spanish. - It may be a remote archipelago 13,000km from mainland Britain but the Falkland Islands' incredible biodiversity, as well as fishing and meat exports, are under threat from Brexit.

While Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government and the European Union squabble over Brexit, conservationists in the Falklands - a British overseas territory of 3,400 inhabitants - are anxiously following events as they run the risk of losing significant EU funding.

Esther Bertram, who leads the Falklands Conservation NGO, says Britain must take responsibility for the wildlife in its overseas territories.

Source: Merco Press


IN BRIEF - Seafood shippers confident Brexit won't impact supplies

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Confidence in post-Brexit seafood supply from major shippers to the UK has been underlined, days from finding out whether it is deal or no deal.

Iceland, Norway and the Faroes send the vast majority of fish consumed in Britain into the seafood processing capital of Grimsby, via neighbouring Port of Immingham.

From there, via a 5,000 employee strong cluster working for operators large and small, it is dispatched to retailers, fish and chip shops and restaurants the nation over.

And port congestion – particularly in the short term – opposed to cutting off supply, is the biggest concern, with fresh supply among the most vulnerable of cargoes at risk.

Source: Business Live


IN BRIEF - Sawfish numbers in global stronghold are dropping, prompting calls for fishing protection

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Numbers of endangered sawfish in one of their most globally important strongholds are dropping, with conservationists calling for rules that will cut the numbers of animals being caught in commercial fishing nets in north Queensland.

In September, a two-week private expedition to monitor and tag sawfish in the Norman River, Queensland, returned without finding a single sawfish.

Sawfish are known for their distinct protruding toothed saw – or rostrum – that can detect electrical signals and movement from nearby prey before swiping at it. Some sawfish can grow to seven metres in length, with the saw accounting for about one-quarter its length.

Source: The Guardian


IN BRIEF - BAP Launches Redesigned Website

UNITED STATES
Thursday, October 17, 2019

As part of a rebranding campaign, the Global Aquaculture Alliance on Oct. 16 2019 launched a redesigned Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) website. The refreshed BAP site is more consumer-facing, peppered with messaging that better explains the depth and comprehensiveness of the industry-leading third-party aquaculture certification program.

The new BAP site is anchored by the new BAP logo, unveiled on July 25 as the first step in a multi-step rebranding campaign that’s officially being rolled out this month with the launch of the redesigned BAP site. The rebranding campaign acknowledges the BAP program’s journey from an industry-facing solution to a publicly recognized brand.

Among the features of the new BAP site is a marketing toolkit containing assets for retailers, foodservice operators and consumers, encouraging consistent messaging about the BAP program. The new BAP site also contains a new “Where to Find” page with retail and foodservice endorser logos that are sortable by region and segment as well as a new “Our Logo” page with information about the new BAP logo.

Press Release: BAP


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 - 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


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