IN BRIEF - Algal bloom in Norway and slowing supply growth in Chile to keep prices high
Thursday, November 07, 2019
Global harvests of farmed Atlantic salmon are expected to grow by around 4–5 percent in 2019. Norway, the world’s leading producer, started the year strongly while the Scottish sector is recovering volumes following a steep decline last year. However, higher production forecasts for 2019 made earlier in the year now seem too optimistic given the dual impact of the loss of approximately 8 million fish due to a severe algal bloom in Norway and reports of new fish health issues at farms in Chile. The more recent figure is comparable to growth rates observed in 2017 and 2018, continuing a relatively steady growth trend that is bringing some stability to the market.
Production in Norway was up year-on-year after the first quarter of 2019 and accelerated significantly in May as the arrival of the algal bloom in the north of the country prompted mass harvesting by farmers looking to save marketable fish. Although blooms have occurred before in Norway, this was reportedly the worst the country has seen in decades. The phenomenon, which can cause fish mortality through asphyxiation, occurs only when conditions are optimal but can be triggered by warming water temperatures. Total lost production, in terms of lost biomass converted to average harvested weight, amounted to some 40 000 tonnes with financial losses estimated at around NOK 2.2 billion (USD 225 million). In response, the Norwegian government will allow affected salmon farmers to apply for a fiveyear exemption from the capacity limitations connected to their salmon licenses.
SINGAPORE — A sustainable fish farm floating off the shores of Singapore gives a glimpse of what it is like to produce seafood with less energy and cleaner water, as the Government aims to reach the goal of producing 30 per cent of the country’s nutritional needs by 2030.
Situated 5km away from Changi Point Ferry Terminal, the facility called Eco-Ark looks to be one of the first floating closed-containment fish farms in the world, its developer said.
The farm was named and commissioned on Tuesday (Nov 19 2019).
Built and run by Singapore food producer Aquaculture Centre of Excellence Group, it uses patented technology to rear three types of fishes for consumers here: Barramundi, red snapper and hybrid grouper.
Mowi Scotland’s high profile farming operations director, Gideon Pringle, is to leave the company, it was confirmed tonight. The search is now on for his replacement at Scotland’s biggest salmon farming company.
Pringle, who returned to Mowi in 2016 after five years as farming director of trout farmer Dawnfresh, is credited with turning around the salmon producer’s sea lice challenges.
Earlier this year, he told a Fisheries Management Scotland conference in Edinburgh that Mowi had ‘full control’ of sea lice on its farms, and that a change of strategy, a new team and new methods had reduced parasite levels to record lows on Scotland’s west coast.
LONDON - The ocean could provide over six times more food than it does now with better management and more technological innovation, scientists said on Tuesday, adding that boosting cultivation of bivalves like mussels and clams could be especially beneficial.
They estimated the oceans could provide more than two thirds of the animal protein that U.N. food experts predict will be needed to feed the world in future. Fish currently accounts for about a fifth of animal protein consumed by humans.
Cultivating food from the ocean generally has a lower impact on the climate than land-based agriculture, and is not limited by the same land and water constraints, the scientists said.
GENEVA - A rare species of porpoise is facing imminent extinction as fishing vessels appear to be flouting an international ban on them entering its last sanctuary, off the coast of Mexico, the head of a U.N. treaty said.
There are thought to be fewer than 30 vaquita porposies left worldwide, mostly due to deaths caused by entanglement in fishing nets, despite calls by conservationists and film star Leonardo DiCaprio for urgent steps to protect them.
If the small, stub-nosed vaquita goes extinct, it would be the first species subject to maximum protection under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to vanish, raising questions about its effectiveness.
A Dutch aquaculture company with plans to expand to the U.S. appears to have settled on Jonesport. Kingfish Zeeland will debut plans for a land-based fish farm to the town this week. The news was first reported by the Machias Valley News Observer.
Selectman Billy Milliken on November 15 told The Free Press that representatives of Kingfish Zeeland have been in Jonesport for “a few months” and have met with town officials during that time. Principals of the company are scheduled to unveil plans for the new facility Wednesday, November 20, at 6 p.m. at Peabody Memorial Library in Jonesport.
Kingfish Zeeland operates a land-based recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facility in the Netherlands with an annual production of 600 metric tons of yellowtail, also known as kingfish.
Bumble Bee Foods LLC is preparing to file for bankruptcy within days over mounting legal expenses stemming from its involvement in a conspiracy to fix prices on canned tuna, according to people familiar with the matter.
The San Diego-based company, owned by London-based private-equity firm Lion Capital, is expected to file a chapter 11 petition shortly and will put itself up for sale, the people said. Bumble Bee didn’t respond to a request for comment. Lion Capital, which bought the company in 2010 for USD 980 million, also didn’t immediately respond.
Bumble Bee pleaded guilty in 2017 and agreed to pay a USD 25 million fine for having formed a cartel with its two main competitors, Chicken of the Sea and StarKist Co.
Marel will host Demo Days at its Pier 91 facility in Seattle, Washington, 20-22 November 2019.
This open-house event for fish processors features demonstrations of the latest technology from Marel. A wide range of equipment and software will be on display including filleting, pinboning, portion cutting, slicing, grading, batching, end-of-line and key technology solutions.
'Salar the salmon ' , a novel written by the great naturalist Henry Williamson, is one of my favourite books and I recommend it to readers.
Atlantic salmon have been swimming up our rivers for some weeks, intent on arriving at the shallow upper reaches where they will spawn from November until February.
But the aptly named 'king of fish' is in trouble for a number of reasons with only a very small proportion of those hatched returning safely to breed years later, compared with many more a decade or so ago. Furthermore, any that do make it are much smaller than those in the past.
Senegal has ordered three OPV 58S offshore patrol vessels from France’s Piriou, which will start construction in early 2020. The vessels will be used for surveillance, interception and security missions.
The contract was signed on 17 November by Senegalese President Macky Sall and French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe. Piriou said the construction of the vessels would take place over a period of 44 months, with the vessels to be supported in Senegal by Piriou subsidiary Pirou Ngom Senegal, created in October 2017 through a partnership with Ngom & Freres. This facility is dedicated to the maintenance of naval and commercial vessels as well as the construction of small fishing craft.
The OPV 58S offshore patrol vessels for Senegal will be 62 metres long, 9.5 metres wide and have a maximum draft of 2.9 metres. They will have steel hulls and aluminium superstructures with a 360 degree panoramic bridge, a rapid deployment/recovery system for two boats and be each able to accommodate up to 48 people, including 24 crew members. Top speed will be 21 knots with a range of 4 500 miles at 12 knots, for a 25 day endurance.