IN BRIEF - Far North Queensland barramundi battered by Asian imports
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
BARRAMUNDI is as Australian as the backyard barbecue but with a flood of imported barra coming in from South East Asia the local aquaculture industry is facing some stiff competition.
Up to 8000 tonnes of barramundi is imported from Indonesia, Vietnam and Burma each year where seafood farming regulations are far less stringent.
Marty Phillips of the Australian Barramundi Farmers Association believes that, for the public, being able to tell the difference between local and imported fish is key to supporting home-grown product.
"We import twice the amount we grow," Mr Phillips said. "It is tough because of course the imported fish is much cheaper.
"There are a lot more environmental regulations here but that’s reflected in the quality."
His comments are backed by Kevin Walsh of Pantacchini’s Wholesale Seafood in Cairns, who said the locally produced fish was far superior but without imported product, he would not be able to keep up with demand.
"The quality is totally different," Mr Walsh said. "You get what you pay for. That’s what people don’t understand when they ask why local fish is so expensive.
"If I buy a local caught barramundi off a fisherman it costs about $10.50 for the whole fish, but I only get about a 45 per cent return (skin off).
‘‘That means it costs about $24.80 per kilo for fillets, including cutting costs. And that’s all wholesale, whereas retail pays even more."
The aquaculture industry has called for the name ‘‘barramundi’’ to be reserved for only the Australian fish, in the same way that Champagne has been reserved for only French champagne.
However, regulators have not taken up the call, citing international standards and the Australian Government’s lack of support for similar moves in other countries.
In the Northern Territory, statutory regulation requires that country of origin for food products be taken all the way to the restaurant menu while in Queensland this is only required for point of sale labelling in retail stores and supermarkets.
Barramundi farmed in Asia is called Asian sea Bass until it reaches Australian shores when it is required to be called barramundi because it is the same species and ends up competing with the local product.
"We have been lobbying for country of origin labelling for our fish for years but got nowhere," Mark Hober, of Daintree Saltwater Barramundi, said.
Mr Hober sends 90 per cent of the barramundi he farms to the capital city fish markets as whole fish where most of it ends up in city restaurants.
Graham Dalton, CEO of the ABFA, said that studies showed people would vote with their wallets and move to a premium product if they knew it was Australian.
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Author: Jason Holland / SeafoodSource | Read the full articlehere
From today, the following minimum prices apply for NVG herring for human consumption:
Group 1 (herring weighing 350 grams and more): NOK 5.09 per kg
Group 2 (herring weighing between 300 grams and 348 grams): NOK 5.01 per kg
Group 3 (herring weighing between 200 grams and 299 grams): NOK 4.91 per kg
Group 4 (herring weighing between 125 grams and 199 grams): NOK 4.81 per kg
Group 5 (herring weighing less than 125 grams): NOK 3.82
Group 5 (herring weighing less than 125 grams - sorted into fishmeal/oil): NOK 2.00 per kg
The minimum prices are subject to regulation every week either on the basis of achieved prices or on the basis of minimum prices for nvg herring for flour / oil plus NOK 0.60 per kg. Information about changes in the minimum prices will be announced on our website on Fridays. And the new minimum prices will take effect from the following Monday.
Author: Dale Nilsson / Norges Sildesalgslag (article has been translated from original in Norwegian)
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El primer ministro Boris Johnson podría facturar al presidente francés Emmanuel Macron millones cada año por los pescadores que quieren acceder a nuestras aguas. Por ello, Johnson y Macron podrían llegar a un acuerdo sobre la pesca, pero solo si el presidente francés da marcha atrás en sus demandas.
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In this framework, and prior to the celebration of the GCA on its new dates, FAO has organized a series of webinars on various topics of interest for the sustainable development of aquaculture that will be held during the week in which the GCA should have originally been held, that is, from October 26 to 29.
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“My former co-founder had fish ponds outside Munich and, having studied at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Weihenstephan, decided to farm yabbies [crayfish] in a small RAS,” he explains.
Author: Rob Fletcher / The Fish Site | Read the full articlehere
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Author: Quentin Bates / FiskerForum | Read the full article here
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Eels are a cash species in China. Due to the combined influence of the global climate, environmental challenges and human activities, aquatic resources have decreased sharply worldwide.
Young eels are caught in mainland China in early spring and spend about half a year in farms growing to maturity and fattening up.Image: Eel at a farm in Guangdong Province, China. (Photo by Takumi Sasaki)
Eel farming has been developed in south China's Pearl River Delta. In May, the eel species in Shunde City was included in China's national list of famous and excellent agricultural products.
This eel release activity, which was carried out Friday, is expected to help restore the eel stock in the area. Scientists will trace the growth of the released eels in order to explore ways to promote the conservation of aquatic resources.
The environmental organization WWF has published a report on the occasion of World Food Day prepared by the NGO with the collaboration of Agrocampus Ouest (France), the University of British Columbia (Canada), the Charles Darwin Foundation (Galapagos) and the Institute Nacional de Pesca (Ecuador) which reveals that "half of the world's fish production is at risk due to the climate crisis." I can see the full report here (in English).
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Source: Fisheries Industries | Read the full articlehere
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