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Other Media | FishFarmer: Oslo backs down on salmon tax shareout

NORWAY
Monday, June 15, 2020

THE Norwegian government appears to have relented to pressure and agreed to pay the country’s fish farming communities millions of kroner extra under its new salmon tax plans. Last week in an unprecedented revolt up to 70 regional mayors protested to Oslo that its new proposals would leave them at least a billion kroner worse off than under the current Aquaculture Fund scheme.

The country’s fish farming companies are still not happy that they have become victims of a new tax, but agree that this latest charge is preferable to the 40 per cent levy on profits proposed by an independent committee last November, a move which has since been rejected. In its place Oslo came up with a plan last month to levy NOK O.40 (40 øre or cents) per kilo on all salmon and trout produced.

Author:  Vince McDonagh / Fish Farmer | Read the full article here


IN BRIEF - COVID-19 has improved Nissui's prospects for household food sales

JAPAN
Monday, June 15, 2020

Nippon Suissan, NISSUI,  (non-consolidated) year-end financial results, household food sales increased 3.6% YoY to 49.6 billion yen, frozen vegetables increased 9%, fish paste products and fish ham sausages increased 5.2% to 39.3 billion yens.

Due to the influence of the COVID-19, demand has rapidly increased in all categories from March, and the production system increase continues to the present. Hiroshi Nakano, General Manager of Home Foods Department, said, “We are able to survive by selling items other than the best-selling, securing factory personnel and increasing the operating rate. Taking advantage of the expanding customer base, we would like to proactively make product proposals in the fall and winter.” Am ambitious. 

Author: Yasuhiro Motomiya / Nissyoku (Japan Food Journal)


Other Media | SalmonBusiness: Beijing outbreak: 'Consumers still have difficulty accepting that salmon is safe to eat'

CHINA
Monday, June 15, 2020

Before Friday, the Chinese market had recovered to 70 percent of pre-pandemic-levels.

After weeks with almost no new coronavirus infections, Beijing has recorded new cases in recent days linked linked to a major wholesale food market. Authorities in the megacity said it was on “wartime alert” after fears of a second wave.

Local health officials claimed that coronavirus was detected on a chopping board for imported salmon at Xinfadi market. The imported salmon was from Jingshen seafood market, which was also shut down on Friday.

Author:  Owen Evans / SalmonBusiness | Read the full article here


Other Media | The Fish Site: New Zealand set for major mussel aquaculture expansion

NEW ZEALAND
Monday, June 15, 2020

The New Zealand government has announced a $19.95 million infrastructure investment that will allow a 20,000 tonne increase in the country’s mussel farming capacity.

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters announced the investment, which comes from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), and will expand Sugarloaf Wharf, which handles 90 percent of the North Island’s mussel production.

“The aquaculture sector in Thames-Coromandel contributes $70 million to the district’s GDP and is responsible for 350 jobs,” said Peters.

Source: The Fish Site | Read the full article here


Other Media | FiskerForum: Quiet May for landings in Murmandk

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Monday, June 15, 2020

The Murmansk Sea Fishing Port saw a drop in activity during May this year with no blue whiting products landed at the port last month.

While in April fishing companies had landed 60% of their catches to the port, this figure fell to around 30% last month, as a roll-back in Covid-19 restrictions in European ports meant that more production was landed elsewhere.

As a result, there were only landings of demersal fish and shrimp in Murmansk during last month as 47 fishing vessels landed catches.

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


Other Media | Industrias Pesqueras: The British fleet defends the approval of a new discard law after 'Brexit'

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, June 12, 2020

They ask to reformulate the policy focusing on reducing unwanted catches

The British fishermen do not want, after the ‘Brexit’ on December 31, to leave any remnant of the Common Fisheries Policy in Anglo-Saxon legislation. One of the issues that has most enraptured fishermen across the Union is the landing obligation law, or discard ban, which the UK fleet puts in the sights in full talks between the two blocs to reach an agreement future fishing.

Source: Fishing Industries | Read the full article here


IN BRIEF - AKVA group ASA: Potential new land based project

NORWAY
Friday, June 12, 2020

AKVA group ASA has signed a non-binding Term Sheet with the Norwegian company AquaCon AS for a potential supply of equipment, engineering and design to a new land based grow-out facility of 15,000 metric ton HOG salmon on Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA. The final contract, if awarded, is expected to have a minimum value of USD 130 million. The project and AKVA's deliveries are expected to be completed by 2023. The Term Sheet is expected to remain effective until 31 December 2020.

AKVA will participate with EUR 3 million in equity in the project if sufficient further financing is achieved and will also provide a convertible loan in the amount of EUR 500,000 as bridge financing until the financing of the project has been completed.

AKVA's participation in the project is subject to AquaCon AS obtaining the necessary financing for the project and agreement on a final contract.


Other Media | SalmonBusiness: The world’s first 'stun and bleed' service catamaran

NORWAY
Friday, June 12, 2020

When Remøy Management needed a process boat, they came to Moen Marin with a challenge: Is it possible to put a processing facility on a service catamaran? Moen flipped around, and the answer was yes. “This is an innovative way of doing it, and the result contributes unique flexibility,” said Torfinn Hansvik, Technical Manager at Moen Marin, in a press release.

The market for process boats are hot these days. An increasing share of the aquaculture industry see the process boat as a solution to challenges related to profitability and fish welfare. And the demand is of course thereafter. But the aquaculture industry still has a way to go when it comes to utilization of capacity, said Hansvik.

Source: SalmonBusiness| Read the full article here


Other Media | The Fish Site: Cyclone and pandemic prove doubly destructive for shrimp farming in West Bengal

INDIA
Friday, June 12, 2020

Cyclone Amphan has compounded the miseries of the shrimp industry in Bengal, which was already reeling under the severe blow of the coronavirus-related lockdown.

“It was not a cyclone but a monster that had come to devour our lives and livelihood. Our mud houses are submerged underwater and floating polythene sheets and household items are the only remains of the devastation. We managed to survive nature’s fury, but our source of income is gone forever. We have lost our shrimp farming for a very long time. We have to literally beg for survival,” rued Jaba Mondal, 39, who broke down twice while recounting her ordeal.

Author: Gurvinder Singh / The Fish Site | Read the full article here


Other Media | FiskerForum: Spanish fleet renews commitent to sustainability and efficent governance

SPAIN
Friday, June 12, 2020

The Spanish tuna fleet, represented by the Organisation of Associated Producers of Large Tuna Freezers (OPAGAC), has signed the Sustainable Ocean Principles, a framework for responsible business practices in the marine environment across all sectors and geographic regions. Its principles are part of the UN Global Compact, which OPAGAC joined in January 2019, making it the first Spanish fleet sector to do so.

In signing the Sustainable Ocean Principles, OPAGAC, which is a member of the UNGC Action Platform for Sustainable Ocean Business, renews its commitment to the health, governance, and sustainable use and development of oceans for today’s generations and those of the future, and it will be integrating significant ocean-related risks and opportunities into its corporate strategy, risk management, and reports.

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


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