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IN BRIEF - We're taking back our fisheries – and THESE countries won't be happy, says fishing boss

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union at the end of October, with the Prime Minister insisting the UK could still leave the bloc without a Brexit deal. Bertie Armstrong, the CEO of the Scottish Fisherman’s Federation, has listed the countries whose fishing industries are facing the biggest impact of Brexit. Mr Armstrong claimed France, Denmark and the Netherlands would see the biggest impact, as a result of the “consequences” of Brexit.

Source: Express

Other Media - FishFarmingExpert: Record profits predicted for Chilean farmer in 2020

Friday, February 28, 2020

Chilean salmon farmer Salmones Camanchaca will this year achieve record results, according to a forecast by Norwegian investment bank DNB Markets.

DNB Markets projects that Camanchaca will reach revenues of $373 million and net profits of $59m in 2020, even though it does yet know how much the company made last year.

Camanchaca will announce its financial results for 2019 in the next few days.

Big fourth quarter

In a recent financial report, DNB Markets said it expects Camanchaca to have chalked up revenues of $330m in 2019, which will grow to $373m during 2020. The same will happen with its EBITDA, which will advance from $91m to $99m in the period, and with its net earnings, which will expand from $52m to $59m. 

DNB Markets wrote: “We expect an operating EBIT of $27.5m in the fourth quarter, almost the same as the three previous quarters combined, since 2019 was a very delayed period in terms of harvest volumes. 

“The commercial update published on January 13 revealed harvest volumes slightly lower than our expectations and the guide published with the third quarter report, but the increase in the 2020 harvest guide suggests that part of the volumes may simply have been introduced into the first quarter of this year.”

Author: Jonathan Garcés/FishFarmingExpert | Read full article here

Other Media - FishFarming: Norway egg ban ‘boost for Scottish broodstock’

Friday, February 28, 2020

A BAN on the import of salmon eggs from Norway, introduced last summer, could be good news for the Scottish industry in the long term, sources said.

Since the temporary salmon and trout ova ban came into force in June 2019, after fears over infectious salmon anaemia (ISA), farmers in Scotland have had to turn to other suppliers.

Marine Scotland figures show that Norwegian firm AquaGen has lost much of its market share in the past year.

The main beneficiary to date has been Iceland’s Stofnfiskur, owned by UK company Benchmark. Farmers have also sourced salmon eggs from Ireland, both north and south.

But new facilities in Scotland, including AquaGen’s freshwater hatchery at Holywood near Dumfries, should be able to supply much of Scotland’s needs in the future.

‘For a number of players in the market, this is quite opportune and it would be a good news story if broodstock is moved back to Scotland,’ said an industry insider. ‘The capacity is here and there are people here looking to increase capacity accordingly.’

Author:  Jenny Hjul /FishFarmer | Read full article here

Other Media - Fishery.ru: So far, it is not possible to realize the potential of mariculture in the Far East

Thursday, February 27, 2020

In Primorye, marine aquaculture develops mainly. According to the regional government, in 2019, 30.4 thousand tons of products were grown on the "plantations" of the region, mainly scallops, sea cucumbers, mussels, oysters, kelp and sea urchins. In recent years, the figure has grown significantly, for example, in 2016, the figure was five times less. Volumes have increased due to new areas: after the introduction of electronic auctions, getting "water" has become easier.

But after some time, users of hatcheries encountered a shortage of free water areas. Firstly, due to restrictions on the part of federal departments - the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Transport, Rosvodresursy, and secondly, because of the specifics of the portal aquavostok.ru, with which you can "cut" new sections.

- As an option to solve this problem, we initiated the creation of a special procedure for expanding the boundaries of existing sites for users, by analogy with the norms of land legislation. Vice Prime Minister - Envoy of the President of the Russian Federation in the Far Eastern Federal District Yuri Trutnev gave the order to consider our proposal. An increase in the occupied water area, among other things, should reduce IUU fishing and theft of products from mariner farmers, ”said Roman Vityazev, chairman of the Far Eastern Union of Mariculture Enterprises.

His words about the amount of theft were suffered. Organized groups operate on the sea, which hunt illegally scallops and sea cucumbers both in free water areas and on company sites. As a result, enterprises not only lose their marketable products, but also find themselves in obviously unequal conditions: their illegal competitors, who do not invest in production, sell hydrobionts cheaper. This, according to Roman Vityazev, is one of the factors restraining the development of the industry.

- Dumping from the activities of participants in IUU fishing significantly reduces market prospects. If there are conditions for the formation of better market prices, aquaculture enterprises will be able to increase profitability, he says.

Source: Fishery.ru | Read full story here (Russian)

Other Media - ipac.acuicultura: The CIM of Vigo makes available a method for sexual differentiation of sea urchins

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Researchers Estefanía Paredes and Damián Costas, from the Mariñas de Toralla Science Station of the CIM of the University of Vigo (ECIMAT), one of the centers that make up the European Marine Biological Resource Center (EMBRC-ERIC) have published in Lab Animal, of Nature group, a method to identify the sex of hedgehogs without inducing spawning; a new technique that, in addition, is extremely simple and economical.

We had advanced it already in the middle of last year. In the Ecimat they had managed to refine a non-harmful or invasive method to identify the sex of the hedgehogs without inducing spawning. Now, and after the corresponding review, this research has been published and is available to all researchers in the world.

For many studies related to the hedgehog, the differentiation between males and females is crucial, reminds us of the researcher of the EcoCost group of the CIM-UVigo and responsible for the Functional Preservation Service of Marine Organisms of the ECIMAT, Estefanía Paredes. Used in many laboratories and for many different purposes (from bioassays with embryonic or larval phases to as a model for the development of cryopreservation protocols for marine invertebrates), in sea urchins it is not possible to distinguish whether they are male or female only because of their appearance external Normally, in the natural population there is a 50-50 ratio (females / males), the researcher explains, and when they are taken to the laboratory it can be guessed that there will be a 50-50 but you don't know which one is which.

Source: ipac.acuiculture | read full article here (spanish-castellano)

Other Media - TheFishSite: What US import refusals can tell us about global shrimp aquaculture

Thursday, February 27, 2020

The reasons why shrimp are denied access to the US market raises serious questions about both food safety and food waste.

The shrimp aquaculture sector – from the production of feed ingredients to the processing plant – faces increasing scrutiny, but not much attention has been given to what happens to shrimp once it reaches its destination market.

High-profile media reports have already illuminated problems such as the presence of slavery and forced labour in the seafood industry at large, as well as the widespread use of banned antibiotics, but the United States remains one of the largest and most open markets for farmed shrimp, despite these issues.

This means that shrimp that could be refused entry into the EU, Japan, or other major shrimp markets are likely to still be viable for shipment to the US. This has two main implications: an increase in the likelihood of threats to public health and safety, and the possibility for increased instance of food waste if imports are refused and discarded. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) publicly available import refusal records may be able to shed some light on the prevalence of certain contaminants in different exporting countries over time, as well as the volume of food waste associated with these import refusals.

Food production accounts for 70 percent of human water use, 25-35 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, and 38 percent of our total land use. It is well documented that we are currently using resources at one and half times the rate that the planet can sustain, and wasting a third of every calorie produced. 

Author: Madeline Craig/TheFishSite | Read full story here


Other media | SeafoodSource: Icicle, Pacifico nab Whole Foods’ supplier awards

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Pacifico Aquaculture, Icicle Seafoods, and Inverawe Smokehouse were among the seafood suppliers honored by Whole Foods Market in its recent annual Supplier Awards.

Whole Foods honored 32 of its suppliers for “their outstanding achievements in 2019 and ongoing commitments to quality, environmental stewardship, organic integrity, innovation, purpose, and partnership,” the Austin, Texas-based retailer said in a press release.

Whole Foods gave Ensanada, Mexico-based Pacifico Aquaculture its National Award – Special Recognition for “always striving to provide a high-quality protein for all consumers to enjoy, while practicing and advancing stewardship of the land and ocean,” the retailer said.

Founded to create the world’s only true ocean-raised striped bass, Pacifico Aquaculture’s fish are grown off the coast of Mexico in the marine sanctuary of Isla Todos Santos, Ensenada, Baja California.

“Over the last three years, the Pacifico Aquaculture team worked diligently to raise fish that adhere to Whole Foods Market’s Farm-Raised Seafood Standards. The team also worked hard to improve supply chain efficiency, giving us the opportunity to provide more customers with access to their striped bass through expanded distribution across the country,” Whole Foods said.

Meanwhile, Seattle, Washington-based Icicle Seafoods received Whole Foods’ “Raising the Bar for Quality” award for the supplier’s leadership in improving the quality of sockeye salmon in Bristol Bay.

Icicle introduced refrigerated sea water on vessels, added bruise reduction deck mats, and has icing incentives for fishermen.

Author: Christine Blank/SeafoodSource | Read full article here

Other Media - SalmonBusiness : Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America post coronavirus Boston update

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Organisers Diversified Communications along with the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) post additional measures that are being implemented in light of fast-growing virus.

Will it or won’t it be cancelled? That’s the word on the lips of many fish buyer as the organisers of one of the world’s largest seafood shows mull over to what to do in the face of the coronavirus outbreak.

Thousands of exhibitors are due to travel to Boston, Massachusetts, with countless products to be showcased to buyers, suppliers, media and other seafood-industry professionals.

However, the state is holding more than 200 people in Massachusetts who recently returned from China are under quarantine, preparing for a potential outbreak, Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel told the Boston Herald on Wednesday.

In a post on the official site, Diversified Communications posted that “providing a safe environment where our exhibitors and buyers can meet and conduct business is of the utmost importance to us” and gave “common-sense hygiene precautions”

Author: Owen Evans/SalmonBusiness | Read full article here

IN BRIEF - Aquaculture Africa 2020 or 'AFRAQ2020' Registration now open!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Aquaculture Africa 2020 or “AFRAQ2020” will be held in Alexandria City, Egypt on 28th November to 1st December 2020. The conference will be hosted at the famous Bibliotheca Alexandrina, one of the most fascinating touristic and cultural attractions in the world.

The conference offers a great opportunity for aquaculture researchers, practitioners, decision makers and other stakeholders to meet, network and discuss all aspects of aquaculture in Africa.

Exhibitors from all over the globe are expected to exhibit their products and services at the organized Exhibition Center. Special excursionary tours to nearby fish farms, fish markets, research centres and other places of interest will be arranged. Post-conference visits to some of the most famous touristic attractions in Egypt will also be arranged.

The thematic plenary and technical parallel sessions will comprise of oral and poster presentations. AFRAQ2020 will also feature industry forums, student sessions and activities, satellite workshops (and training sessions) and various meetings/forums. Look out for some key sessions including; Aquatic Animal Health, Africa Aquaculture Investment, Aquaculture Genetics, Climate Change, Innovative Aquaculture Systems and Practices to mention a few.

The Conference will be hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation’s General Authority for Fish Resources (GAFRD), Egypt and its partners: Central Laboratory for Aquaculture Research (CLAR), Egyptian Aquaculture Society and WorldFish.

Aller Aqua is AFRAQ2020 Gold Sponsor. AquaGroup (Egypt) is Silver Sponsor and Grand Fish Feed (Egypt) is Break Sponsor. More Session Sponsors are being invited.

Be sure to block the dates and REGISTER EARLY to qualify for early-bird discounts!

IN BRIEF - Coronavirus fears force cancellation of Aquafeed Horizons conference

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

(Kailua, Hawaii)– Organizers of Aquafeed Horizons 2020 conference, the specialized conference for aquaculture feed professionals due to take place March 24, 2020 in Bangkok, have  cancelled the meeting.

“This was a very difficult decision, and we waited as long as we could in the hope that the coronavirus epidemic would slow, but unfortunately we are not seeing that”, Suzi Dominy, publisher of Aquafeed.com said. 

“We are sorry to disappoint our delegates but their safety and wellbeing, as well as that of our presenters and staff has to come first. It would have been irresponsible to go ahead with an international meeting in this region; we really didn’t have a choice.”

The 13th Aquafeed Horizons 2020 was slated to take place at BITEC, Bangkok, Thailand, March 24, 2020, as part of the combined Victam Asia grain and feed expo / VIV Health & Nutrition Asia Trade Fair and Forum.

Other Media - Fishery.ru: Veterinarians of the Murmansk region control the epizootic situation in fish farms

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

In February, a planned veterinary-sanitary and epizootic examination of the Verkhnetulomsk fish hatchery was conducted, which contains producers of rainbow trout, a repair herd, incubation of eggs and the cultivation of planting material - juvenile trout. 

Every year, trout fry from here are bought by aquaculture enterprises of the Murmansk, Arkhangelsk region, the Republic of Karelia for subsequent cultivation under conditions of commodity cage farms, and in many respects the quality of planting material determines the entire process of subsequent fish cultivation.

The veterinary and sanitary state of the plant complies with all standards, preventive measures are carried out in full and on time, incubation of eggs is carried out without deviations, in accordance with biotechnical standards. Fish of all ages contained in the plant showed no signs of infectious and invasive diseases.

A planned veterinary-sanitary, epizootic and ichthyopathological examination of marine cage farms for growing Atlantic salmon in the Pechenga Bay of the Barents Sea (Liinakhamari village) was also carried out. The smolt of Atlantic salmon was imported to farms in the spring and summer of 2019 and, after a set of laboratory diagnostic studies and quarantine measures, is grown on farms to marketable sizes. The veterinary and sanitary condition of marine cage complexes and the coastal territory of the economy is satisfactory.

Source: fishery.ru | Read full article here

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