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IN BRIEF - AKVA group ASA: New Land Based Agreement

NORWAY
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

AKVA group Land Based A/S, a wholly owned subsidiary of AKVA group ASA has entered into a Co-operation Agreement with Cooke Aquaculture Inc., with the potential for delivering several larger land based smolt projects. The first of these projects is a project in Chile with expected finalization of the contract in Q3 2019.

The deliveries for the Chilean project is estimated to be from Q4 2019 to Q4 2021.

Source: Globe Newswire


IN BRIEF - Fish breeders hit badly again as 50, 000 fishes found dead in Teluk Bahang

MALAYSIA
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

GEORGE TOWN - At least 50, 000 fishes have died in Teluk Bahang, the second such case within three months.

Test results from previous water samples after the first case of poisoning from Teluk Bahang confirmed that there was contamination of heavy metals.

However, state environment committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said the level of heavy metal was at a “permissible level”.

“No, not nickel. But heavy metal but within the permissible level. The death is due to a lack of oxygen, ” he said.

Source: The Star


IN BRIEF - Japan shells out more for summer fish as catches dry up

JAPAN
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

TOKYO - Changing sea temperatures are making popular fish harder to come by in Japan, driving up prices for dinner table mainstays.

The port of Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture -- Japan's top landing spot for skipjack tuna for 22 years running -- is usually bustling with fishing crews and brokers in the spring and fall, when skipjack migrate close to Japan. But not a single skipjack was caught in Kesennuma for a month from late May, and the haul through the end of July was 70% smaller than 2018's.

Overall catch volume at major ports across Japan is down 40% on the year, data from the Japan Fisheries Information Service Center shows. As a result, local wholesale prices for skipjack -- used to make dashi broth, a culinary staple -- averaged 25% higher between January and July 2019 than a year earlier.

Source: Asian Review


IN BRIEF - Fish buyer in P.E.I. opens plant to promote Canada's sustainable tuna fishery

CANADA
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A tuna buyer in Prince Edward Island has opened Canada’s first federally licensed plant to process bluefin tuna for the world sushi market.

Jason Tompkins of OneTuna, says after 18 years as a tuna buyer he saw an opportunity to change the way tuna is bought, sold and marketed, and he’s looking to spread the word that Canada has the most regulated and sustainable tuna fishery in the world.

Before getting certification from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Tompkins was limited to selling whole fish to Japan, the United States and Canada, but now he can sell select cuts to more markets and even freeze it for later transport.

Source: City News


IN BRIEF - The warm water aquaculture feed market size was valued at USD45,696.2 million in 2018 and is expected to reach USD 60,914.9 million by 2026

UNITED STATES
Friday, August 09, 2019

NEW YORK, - Warm Water Aquaculture Feed Market by Species (Chinese Fed Carps, Tilapia, Catfish, Milk Fish, Shrimps, and Crustaceans) and Nature (Organic and Conventional): Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2019–2026.

The warm water aquaculture feed market size was valued at USD 45,696.2 million in 2018 and is expected to reach USD 60,914.9 million by 2026, registering a CAGR of 3.7% from 2019 to 2026.

Warm water aquaculture feed are compounded meals formulated for fishes, shrimps, and crustaceans by mixing various raw materials such as sunflower, corn, soybean, fish meal, and fish oil. These blends are formulated based on specific requisite of the species and age. Warm water aquaculture feed plays a vital role in aquaculture industry, owing to its high nutritional content, immune-resistant, and growth-promoting properties of compounded feed.

Source: PR Newswire


IN BRIEF - B.C. First Nations call for closure to commercial, recreational fishing on Fraser River

UNITED STATES
Friday, August 09, 2019

The B.C. Assembly of First Nations is calling for all commercial and recreational salmon fishing on the Fraser River to stop immediately, in order to help salmon attempting to get through the Big Bar slide.

In a release, regional chief and Pacific chair of the Assembly of First Nations Fisheries Committee Terry Teegee said that all commercial and recreational fishing be closed until the landslide can be cleared.

Source: Cloverdale Reporter


IN BRIEF - Greenpeace response to FishChoice interim policy on forced labor

UNITED STATES
Friday, August 09, 2019

Washington, DC – FishChoice released an interim policy on forced labor, child labor, and human trafficking today.

In response, Greenpeace USA Senior Oceans Adviser Andy Shen said:

“Greenpeace applauds FishChoice’s decision to institute an interim policy on forced labor, child labor, and human trafficking covering all of the Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) listed on its platform, FisheryProgress, though more work remains to develop a strong permanent policy that will ensure long-term change on the water. As FisheryProgress covers more than 85% of FIPs globally, FishChoice’s policy could significantly reduce human and labor rights abuses in fisheries around the world, and by extension, illegal and overfishing. With over 2,000 users, FishChoice’s policy could also catalyze much needed improvements on human rights due diligence by U.S. buyers.

Source: Greenpeace


IN BRIEF - Oyster seeding: A ‘tangible, physical’ way to help the water

UNITED STATES
Thursday, August 08, 2019

Ocean Gate, N.J. - Restoring oyster beds and helping keep the water clean isn’t just for scientists and environmental groups anymore.

Students, younger children and those with no particular scientific background like the idea that something they do this morning can be helping the earth by this afternoon.

Kenna Allocco, 12, of Beachwood, New Jersey, recently helped remove bags of whelk shells with baby oysters attached to them from a bubbling tank in preparation for their journey to a Barnegat Bay reef, in between asking a dozen or so incisive questions of program leaders.

Source: Pattaya Mail


IN BRIEF - High Liner shares drop as Q2 net earnings drop on costs associated with job cuts

CANADA
Thursday, August 08, 2019

LUNENBURG, N.S. - High Liner Foods Inc. shares dropped by as much as 13.4 per cent Wednesday 7th of August 2010 after the frozen seafood company said its net earnings plunged in the second quarter as it absorbed costs associated with a 14 per cent cut of its salaried workforce.

The Nova Scotia-based company’s shares fell to CAD 8.97 in early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange and were down 83 cents or 8.2 per cent at CAD 9.34 about midday.

High Liner, which reports in U.S. dollars, says it earned USD 946,000 or three cents per diluted share for the three months ended June 29, compared with USD 2.8 million or eight cents per share in the prior year.

Source: City News 1130


IN BRIEF - Locals fear mussel farming expansion plan could spoil Golden Bay's 'outstanding natural character'

NEW ZEALAND
Wednesday, August 07, 2019

A group of Golden Bay locals are opposing plans to encourage more mussels to their shores.

Feedback is being sought on a NZD 28 million upgrade to Port Tarakohe, which in its current state won't be able to cope with the imminent growth of marine farming at the top of the South Island.

Around 70 per cent of the country’s marine aquaculture occurs in the region, “so this area is really significant for New Zealand”, explains Marine Farming Association president Jonathan Large.

Source: TV NZ


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