A way of creating ‘designer’ algae that could increase the efficiency of production of shellfish larvae for the aquaculture industry has been developed by scientists in Scotland.
The Scottish mussel aquaculture industry currently produces around 8,000 tonnes a year using wild larvae and is therefore reliant on a successful spawning year. This method is also a limiting factor in the expansion of the industry, which has the potential to become a major part of Scotland’s economy.
The NFFO has hit back at the Marine Management Organisation’s announced intention to outlaw towed gears in the Dogger Bank SAC and the majority of three other offshore MPAs, describing the move as a ‘further sell-out of fishing’.
Describing the announcement as a shocking development, with a decision following zero consultation with those affected, NFFO assistant chief executive Dale Rodmell commented that the knock-on effects of what he called a brutal approach will lead to displaced fishing effort.
‘We have worked with managers and government conservation advisors for more than a decade on this site.
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The first contract for the supply of 700 tonnes to China was signed in 2020. This year, another contract was signed for 1,000 tonnes, and an agreement on the supply of 2.5 thousand tonnes to China is being prepared. The first 600 tonnes have been contracted for the Japanese market and in 2022, RFC plans to supply at least 5,000 tonnes to Asia.
RFC is also expanding its presence in the domestic market supplying around 1,000 tonnes of fillet in 2020 and aiming to increase to 5,000 tonnes in 2021/22.
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The main challenge facing the new head of CEFAS will be to ensure that the research center continues to provide the UK government with the science and 'baseline' evidence necessary to support the achievement of government objectives for animal health, fisheries and marine environment, explains the Government. An objective that, after 'Brexit', acquires even more relevance.
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Seafood exporters are predicting a recovery in the Chinese seafood market this year after a bruising 2020.
China’s economic outlook improved last week, after it reported overall GDP growth of 2.3 percent for 2020, after a strong recovery in the fourth quarter. The country has weathered the last year better than most large Western economies, which spent far more on support to laid-off workers, compared to a Chinese emphasis on virus control measures. Whereas the U.S. economy declined by 23 percent in GDP compared to the same period last year and the Eurozone economy declined by 21 percent.
Author: Mark Godfrey / SeafoodSource | Read the full articlehere
The basic format of the event will stay the same as ‘normal’ Aquaculture Europe meetings, with morning plenary sessions and then breakout parallel sessions for oral and Eposter presentations. The parallel sessions will be made up of shorter slots for pre-recorded video presentations of the oral presentations and with time allocated to review Eposters and for Q&A
AE2020 ONLINE will also feature an e-Market, where vendors and media partners will have a dedicated place online to present their products, link to their website and have a chat-box to interact with attendees and set up meetings. Two categories of e-Market participation are proposed.
After five years of extensive research and breeding trials, Genomar introduces new disease-resistant strains of tilapia.
After more than five years of R&D and systematic breeding work, GenoMar introduces new disease-resistant products addressing one of the most economically important diseases in Nile tilapia. Repeated laboratory tests and a field trial have demonstrated an increased survivability of approximately 30 percent for the tilapia selected for streptococcosis resistance. For the farmers, tilapia with genetic resistance will lead to a more sustainable and profitable production.
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The President and CEO of Seattle Fish Co., Derek Figueroa, is the new Chair of the National Fisheries Institute. Figueroa helms the Denver-based seafood distributor that boasts more than a hundred years in business.
“Seattle Fish has a legacy of using technology and engagement to do more in the seafood space,” said Figueroa.
“In 1918 this company created a cold chain system that used rail cars, sawdust and ice to transport fresh seafood to the landlocked state of Colorado. We were getting customers what they needed. That’s what NFI is doing with the Virtual Global Seafood Market Conference. We can’t meet in person, but the industry needs the data and insight we’ve come to rely on from GSMC. So we’re doing it virtually.”
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Following the public highlighting on 16th January by Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) of the case of exploited Indonesian crew of the Chinese-owned, Fijian-flagged He Shun 38 (No.00359), both crewmen are reported as being repatriated to Indonesia today with some wages paid.
Furthermore, the Marine Stewardship Council has reported to HRAS that the Fiji Fishing Industry Association (FFIA) has de-listed the He Shun from MSC certification.
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