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IN BRIEF - Emirates SkyCargo completes five years of operations to Belgium and Norway

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Life saving medication manufactured in Belgium and fresh salmon from Norway are just two of the commodities that have been transported across the world by Emirates SkyCargo.

Since the start of its services to Belgium and Norway in September 2014, the freight division of Emirates has flown over 235,000 tonnes of cargo to and from these countries, stimulating trade and helping local businesses reach global markets. 

Emirates SkyCargo has facilitated over 60,000 tonnes of exports from Belgium over the last five years. Soon after the launch of passenger flight services to Brussels, the air cargo carrier also started scheduled freighter operations to the city in 2015.

Source: Arabian Aerospace


IN BRIEF - The Future Of Fish Feed Might Be Fish-Free

WORLDWIDE
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

If you’re trying to be a conscious omnivore, chances are you’re putting some serious thought into the sustainability of the animal proteins you’re eating: Were the animals humanely raised, on farms/ranches that don’t harm the environment? The next level is to think about whether the feed itself of what we eat is sustainable. But even people concerned with GMO soy used for cattle might not be thinking about what their farmed salmon are eating. 

F3 is a collaboration between nongovernmental organizations, scientists, and the private sector (backers include the University of Arizona, the New England Aquarium and the organizers of the X-Prize) to uncover new alternative feed ingredients for aquaculture that reduce or eliminate reliance on wild-caught fish. What’s wrong with fish eating fish? Well, in the case of farmed fish (hogs and poultry, too, but that’s another story), a large amount of feed for these animals relies on fishmeal and oils from small, wild-caught fish (aka “forage fish”) such as anchovies, sardines, and menhaden. And as aquaculture continues to boom — according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, aquaculture represented approximately 47% of global fish production in 2016 — the demand for fishmeal and fish oils to feed farmed fish is fast increasing.

Source: Forbes


IN BRIEF - Falmouth Selectmen OK Aquaculture Licenses For Nitrogen Remediation Program

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The board of selectmen this week unanimously granted three aquaculture permits to Falmouth shellfishermen to grow oysters in Eel River near Washburn Island.

"We have been on a long journey to engage a public/private partnership to both promote nitrogen removal through aquaculture, and also achieve some other benefits for the community, including new commercial opportunities for local businesspersons and improving conditions for ongoing wild harvest shellfish," assistant town manager Peter Johnson-Staub said at the Monday, September 9, board of selectmen meeting.

The terms of the license agreement are different from a standard permit.

"We have some minimum standards for these farmers," Mr. Johnson-Staub said. "They have to put in enough shellfish and remove enough nitrogen so we know the town is getting as much nitrogen out of that site as we can reasonably expect."

Source: Cape News


IN BRIEF - Fish die en masse in Hà Tĩnh

VIET NAM
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

HÀ TINH - An investigation has been launched after 85 tonnes of fish died since Sunday in Th?ch Son and Th?ch Ð?nh communes of Th?ch Hà District.

The information was released by Nguy?n Van Sáu, head of the district's Division of Agriculture and Rural Development in the central province of Hà Tinh.

The fish belonged to 61 households. The damage is estimated more than VNÐ 10 billion (USD 444,000). 

Source: Viet Nam News


IN BRIEF - Exploratory fishing vessel hopes to breathe new life into Nunatsiavut fisheries

CANADA
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

A new exploratory fishing vessel is looking to renew an old industry in Nain.

The Torngat I, which arrived in Nain just last week, is searching for scallop and whelk in northern waters this month.

"It's an idea to catch new species that haven't been caught in a while," said Bob Hardy, who is working as a fishing consultant for the Nunatsiavut government and Torngat Fishing Co-operative.

"It's an important project."

Hardy is working alongside some local fisherman to prove that there are viable fisheries outside of arctic char in North coast waters. This past week, they have been dropping buckets looking for whelk as well as dragging the sea floor looking for scallop, which was regularly fished for in the community until 2008 but was abandoned because of market conditions at the time.

Source: CBC Canada


IN BRIEF - Fukushima operator to be forced to dump radioactive waste into ocean - japanese minister

JAPAN
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

MOSCOW, Sept 10 -- The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, which in 2011 experienced the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, has no choice but to discharge a massive amount of radioactive waste into the sea since it currently has no technology for treating the contaminated water and no adequate space to store it any longer, Sputnik news agency quoted Japanese Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada as saying on Tuesday.

“We have no way but to release it (into the sea) and dilute it,” Harada said at a press briefing, as quoted by the Jiji Press.

More than a million tonnes of wastewater is currently stored in tanks at the Fukushima site, but the facility is reportedly running out of available space and expects to exhaust its capacity by summer 2022.

Source: Bernama


IN BRIEF - Unfolding disaster in B.C. salmon fishing industry has hit workers hard

CANADA
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

On the water, being so close to nature, soothed his soul. “It’s absolutely beautiful. I even love a good storm. There’s only a few jobs that brings out the soul in you.”

But after more than 50 years working as a commercial fisherman, the Burnaby man hasn’t seen a salmon season as grim as this year’s.

Sananin, 70, who holds a license for the area that includes the Fraser River to the west coast of Vancouver Island, hasn’t been out on the water yet.

Source: Vancouver Sun


IN BRIEF - North Sea Herring Fishery Draws to a Close

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

North Sea herring fishery draws to a close. The UK North Sea herring fishery is now drawing to a close with most vessels expected to have finished their quota by mid-September, says the Scottish Pelagic Processors Association.

Vessels are currently focusing their attention on grounds around the east of Orkney with top quality MSC certified herring being landed to Denholm Seafoods, Lunar and Northbay Pelagic in Peterhead, and Pelagia Shetland in Lerwick.

The majority of the herring is exported to Germany, with a small percentage going to the UK domestic market.

Source: Fish Focus


IN BRIEF - Vietnam becomes the world's fifth largest fish exporter

VIET NAM
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Hanoi - Vietnamese exports of fish and shellfish reached USD 5.52 billion in the first eight months of the year, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reported on Saturday.

That quantity is slightly higher than the same period in 2018, thus confirming the country as the leading exporter in South-East Asia, second in Asia and fifth in the world.

The accumulated annual income was rounded off with the income received in August (more than USD 830 million). Until the end of that month, the main recipients were the United States, Japan, China and South Korea, which accounted for almost 57 percent of purchases.

Fuente: Prensa Latina


IN BRIEF - Chilean salmon processor warned by US authorities

CHILE
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Comercial Mares de Chiloe under the spotlight for serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation.

In a warning letter, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) informed Director Rodrigo Becerra that Commercial Mares de Chiloe’s HACCP plan, entitled “Quality Assurance Manual Based on HACCP” for their salmon and trout products, which are intended to be consumed raw or cooked, shipped refrigerated or frozen, and maybe vacuum packaged, demonstrates serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation.

Source: Salmon Business


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