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Other Media | The Fish Site: Fresh hope for US Federal aquaculture

UNITED STATES
Friday, March 13, 2020

A  bill that might pave the way for an aquaculture industry in US federal waters was introduced to the House of Representatives yesterday.

The bipartisan Advancing the Quality and Understanding of American Aquaculture (AQUAA) Act was introduced by the Democrat’s House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson and Republican Congressman Steven Palazzo, in a move that has been applauded by Stronger America Through Seafood (SATS) “for working across party lines to bring awareness and encourage debate in Congress on the topic of expanding American aquaculture”.

“A predictable regulatory framework and National Standards for aquaculture production are critical to the competitiveness of the American seafood industry, which currently faces a seafood trade deficit of $14 billion,” said Bill DiMento, president of SATS and vice president of corporate sustainability and government affairs at High Liner Foods.

“Aquaculture is the fastest-growing food sector in the world, but the US ranks only 16th in the production of farm-raised seafood. Half of the fish eaten in the United States comes from farms – but not from American farms. We can do better. With global demand for seafood projected to increase by 70 percent in the next 30 years – domestic aquaculture, combined with our wild fish harvesting – could one day meet the entire US demand for seafood. Federal legislation is an important first step,” DiMento added.

Source: The Fish Site | Read the full article here


PRESS RELEASE | THAIFEX - Anuga Asia 2020 is rescheduled until 22 to 26 September 2020 in light of COVID-19

THAILAND
Friday, March 13, 2020

BANGKOK – In keeping up with the current situations involving the novel coronavirus COVID-19 global pandemic and the increasing restrictions being placed on travel and tourism, THAIFEX - Anuga Asia 2020 will be rescheduled to 22 to 26 September 2020. The trade fair was originally scheduled to be held at the IMPACT Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok, Thailand from 26 to 30 May 2020. The decision was made after careful deliberation and extensive discussions with stakeholders, including exhibitors, visitors and other partners.

As the largest dedicated F&B trade fair in the region recognised for being Asia’s platform for quality business deals, THAIFEX - Anuga Asia recorded 2,745 exhibitors, and 67,136 visitors from 134 countries in 2019. The event has 11 trade shows lined up under one roof and will be welcoming its 17th edition this year.

The co-organisers of THAIFEX - Anuga Asia, the Department of Trade and International Trade Promotion (DITP), the Thai Chamber of Commerce (TCC) and Koelnmesse have issued a joint statement regarding the decision:

“The wellbeing of all visitors, exhibitors and buyers of THAIFEX - Anuga Asia is our highest priority. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have made the decision to reschedule the trade fair to September 22 to 26 after careful consideration. All organisers stand by the decision of hosting the trade fair in Thailand, as the F&B hub for Asia and the rest of the world. As the largest dedicated F&B trade fair in the region, we look forward to welcoming all exhibitors, buyers and visitors later in the year and would like to express our gratitude for the continued support.”


Other Media | Aqua.cl: Salmon is among the sectors affected by drop in exports

CHILE
Friday, March 13, 2020

Of the 59 exporting sectors, 38 of these registered a negative performance during the month of February
 
During the first two months of 2020, Chile's commercial exchange totaled US $ 22,333 million, experiencing an interannual decrease of 6.4%; while the country's exports, also when considering January-February, registered US $ 11,836 million, which represents a drop of 3% compared to the same period in 2019 (-US $ 407 million).
 
In particular in February, national exports totaled US $ 5,134 million, marking one of the lowest records in the last three years, being the month of lowest sales abroad since April 2017 (US $ 5,049 million).
 
"The sectors most affected were copper concentrates, salmon and cellulose, which together account for more than 90% of the fall. The shipments of grapes, sawn wood, blueberries, plums and lithium carbonate also registered declines in their export value, ”explained the Undersecretariat for International Economic Relations of Chile (Subrei), which specified that of the 59 exporting sectors, 38 of these registered a negative performance during February.
 
Source: Aqua.cl | Read full article here (Spanish)

Other Media | ILaks: Lerøy had to slaughter an entire locality in Troms after high mortality

NORWAY
Friday, March 13, 2020

- It is true that we have had some biological challenges at the Mjønes site, which led to the company deciding on its own slaughter to avoid increasing mortality, says Lerøy's community contact Krister Hoaas to iLaks.
 
In several email exchanges between the Norwegian Food Safety Authority and Lerøy Aurora in January and February, it appears that there has been a high mortality rate for both salmon and roe crackers at the Mjønes municipality in Karlsøy municipality.
 
On January 20, Kjersti Lien, who is a veterinarian and first inspector at the Food Safety Authority in the Northern Region, asked Lerøy Aurora to keep her updated on the mortality trend among the roe crackers at the site. She also asked for feedback on how the breeder handled the incident.
 
On February 3, fish health biologist Ola Brandshaug in Lerøy Aurora responded that he had been on site visits, but that the visit was amputated due to bad weather.

Author: Stian Olsen / Ilaks.no | Read full story here (Norwegian)

Other Media | FiskerForum: Red tape threatens to close down Irish pelagic fishing and processing

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Friday, March 13, 2020

The decision by Ireland’s Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) to recently select Killybegs pelagic trawler Genesis to undergo a random but highly controversial type of ‘weighing at point of landing’ system has resulted in massive ramifications for Irish fish processors who say that this could have a huge impact on Killybegs’ fish factories and for the thousands of seasonal workers who rely on them for income, reports Cormac Burke from Killybegs.

The SFPA have been in dispute with Irish pelagic processors ever since the results of an EU Audit into the operation of pelagic weighing in Killybegs in 2018 resulted in the SFPA threatening to weigh fish at the point of landing – as opposed to in the factories.

The industry is adamant that ‘at-point weighing’ of fish plus the refrigerated water must be suspended to maintain guaranteed fish quality, and to produce an inaccurate weight of fish would force vessels to illegally declare more fish than was actually landed in official returns.

It is understood that the processors have tried to co-operate with the SFPA and have proposed the development of an alternative method of accurately weighing at the pier and have even called on the SFPA to intensify their scrutiny of factory weighing for the Spring pelagic fishery which lasts only for another few weeks.?With the SFPA refusing to continue with the well established and EU-approved system of weighing the net weight of fish at the factories, the new Irish system of monitoring demands that fish are either (i) landed into a ‘de-watering’ hopper while being weighed or (ii) put in the lorry tankers (as was normal procedure) and checked on the weighbridge.

Author: Quentin Bates/FiskerForum | Read the full article here


IN BRIEF - Humpback trawl increase in the EU zone

EUROPEAN UNION
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Increased sub-quota unit in the EU zone in 2020 for hull permit vessels

The sub-quota unit for vessels with hake permits fishing for hake in the EU zone in 2020 is increased to 5,946 tonnes as of today, 12 March

Source: NORGES SILDESALGSLAG


IN BRIEF - Samherji Holding increases its shareholding in Eimskip

ICELAND
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Samherji Holding, a company affiliated with Samherji, has expanded its holding in Eimskipafélag Íslands hf. (Eimskip) by 3.05% up to 30.11%. As required by law, Samherji will within four weeks make a takeover offer to other shareholders in Eimskip.

Samherji Holding’s objective is first and foremost to demonstrate the trust the company has in Eimskip’s operations and the recent operational improvements at Eimskip which have yet to materialize fully.

Eimskip stands on a solid foundation as the oldest shipping company in Iceland, founded in 1914. It has been one of the backbones of Icelandic business for decades.

“Eimskip is majority-owned by Icelandic pension funds that collectively hold more than 50% of the share capital. It is my understanding that the Board of Directors and the management of Eimskip have been aligned in the recent structural and operational changes. Samherji Holding believes Eimskip is well fit to continue to its listing on the Icelandic Stock Exchange. We hope that the majority of current shareholders, both large and small, share that belief with us and will continue to support the development of Eimskip in the years to come,” says Björgólfur Jóhannsson, the interim CEO of Samherji.


World Aquaculture North America 2020 - August 30 to September 2, 2020

CANADA
Thursday, March 12, 2020

The World Aquaculture Society, the Aquaculture Association of Canada and the Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association are excited to co-host World Aquaculture North America 2020 at the

St. John’s Convention Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada on August 30 to September 2, 2020.

This year’s theme “AQUACULTURE; The Leading Edge of Food Production” is reflective of the fact that aquaculture is one of the world’s fastest growing food production sectors. The theme is also symbolic of our location this year, on the leading (eastern-most) edge of North America; a point just minutes from St. John’s.

World Aquaculture North America will be a world class, international event, surely to be the largest and most exciting aquaculture conference in Canadian history. Combining the Cold Harvest conference, Aquaculture Canada and WAS Conferences, this event will be the premier attraction for aquaculture in North America in 2020. Thousands of aquaculture stakeholders from around the globe will hear from world-class speakers on the science, technology, business and social aspects of aquaculture. The Conference will also include a 3-day technology and innovation trade show. This conference is not to be missed!

Come and enjoy renowned Newfoundland and Labrador hospitality, the city’s celebrated restaurant scene and it’s legendary night life featuring live music and entertainment. St. John’s is also home to internationally recognized centres in aquaculture and fisheries science.


Other Media | The Fish Site: Coppens launches trout RAS guide

NETHERLANDS
Thursday, March 12, 2020

A new guide designed to help trout farmers get the best out of their recirculation aquaculture systems has been launched by Alltech Coppens today.

The guide was created in collaboration with RAS specialists at the Alltech Coppens Aqua Centre, and gives clear, detailed, farmer-friendly information on farm design, filters and how to operate them; as well as challenges and the critical feeding strategy.

RAS feeds need to have a high digestibility to minimise faecal matter and allow for high protein retention to reduce ammonia excretions. As a result, filters can work more efficiently. A true RAS feed makes a big difference in water quality, ultimately maximising the output of the RAS farm.

“To develop a high-performing RAS feed, it is crucial to fully understand every aspect of RAS farming,” said Gijs Rutjes, technical sales support manager at Alltech Coppens. “Working with customers, we discovered that it is possible to use more Alltech Coppens feeds, as the specific composition of the feeds results in even better performance and the filters will still cope.”

Author: Rob Fletcher / The Fish Site | Read the full article
here


Other Media | fishfarmingexpert: Salmon farmers welcome consultation on wild wrasse

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Scotland’s salmon farmers have welcomed a consultation by Marine Scotland over whether there should be mandatory controls for the harvesting of wild wrasse for use as cleaner fish in salmon cages.

Voluntary measures to limit catches were introduced in conjunction with the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO) in 2018.

After carrying out an internal review and speaking to salmon farmers, Marine Scotland has concluded that while the voluntary measures are operating satisfactorily, “there is scope to improve the reporting of wrasse fishing activity and merit in introducing more formal harvesting measures”.

Adaptive management

SSPO sustainability director Anne Anderson said: “Following the successful pilot of voluntary measures, we welcome this consultation to consider how to strengthen and maintain sustainable wrasse fisheries.  

“We continue to support the gathering of data which will provide greater depth of information and analysis. In turn, this will assist with the development of adaptive management for the fisheries.”

 
Author: Gareth Moore / fishfarmingexpert | Read the full article here

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