The last hope for a UK-EU trade and fisheries deal before the New Year is fading, jeopardizing food exports to the UK and leading to billions of dollars in losses. Thus. Danish fishermen and food companies are preparing for a hard 'Brexit that can mark a before and after and subject to tight tariffs and overwhelming bureaucracy.
Negotiations have stalled and the prospect of light winds over the Brexit negotiations now appeared to be replaced by gusts of hurricane force and even darkening storm clouds.
Global food trade in general has been particularly resilient during the pandemic. Developing countries have even managed to increase export earnings. This is stated in the new report published this Thursday, November 12, by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Food Outlook Biannual Report on Global Food Market, prepared with data available until June. A document that evaluates the production and market trends of the main basic products during the COVID-19 pandemic and in which difficult times are predicted for the value chains of fish and fruit.
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With European Union fisheries ministers getting ready for their annual quota-setting negotiations next month, an Irish environmentalist group has been given leave by the High Court for a judicial review aimed at challenging the E.U. regulations setting 2020 fishing quotas under the bloc's Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).
The Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) said it’s taking the action (a judicial review is a High Court review or examination of legislation or the decisions of lower courts) because of the E.U.’s failure to meet its own legally defined deadline of ending overfishing in all stocks by 2020.
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Icelandic processor Síldarvinnslan received landings of 25,357 tonnes of Atlanto-Scandian herring during this year’s season, with the first landing on the 11th of September and the last on 29th October.
The company had a highly successful season, not least as the herring were on fishing grounds within easy reach of Neskaupstaður throughout the season. Börkur landed 9713 tonnes in eleven landings, while Beitir also made eleven landings for a total of 10,477 tonnes. Margrét made five landings totalling 5167 tonnes.
Author: Quentin Bates / FiskerForum | Read the full articlehere
To achieve the certification, farms must operate at the highest industry standards to ensure the preservation of the natural environment, biodiversity and water resources and provide good working conditions for employees.
Bakkafrost chief executive, Regin Jacobsen, said that the company was delighted to receive the certification.
A Chinese fishing company has signed an agreement to invest in a new fisheries-focused industrial park in Papua New Guinea.
Fujian Zhong Hong Yu Ye Co. signed the agreement with Papua New Guinea Fisheries Minister Lino Tom, and Taboi Yoto, governor of PNG’s western province, to invest in the construction of the Comprehensive Multifunctional Fishery Industrial Park. Details of the new fisheries industrial park remain scant but may sync with a local government quest for increased value add activity in tuna.
Headquartered in the capital Port Moresby, the National Fisheries Authority has sought investors to build out its tuna processing industry, with much of the catch traditionally shipped to Japan and South Korea, as well as to processing plants in the Philippines.
Author: Mark Godfrey / SEafoodSource | Read the full articlehere
Major sushi chain blighted by COVID-19 but CEO optimistic about outlook.
The American subsidiary of Japanese chain Kura Sushi, Kura Sushi USA, which was listed on the Nasdaq last August, posted its Q4 financial results for the period ended August 31st.
Total sales were USD 5.5 million, down from 2019’s USD 18.8 million. Operating loss was USD 6.8 million, compared to operating income of USD 1 million the year before.
Due to changes in local guidelines for public activities, Kura Sushi USA began to re-open certain restaurants in late May, and by the end of Q4, the company was able to open 23 out of 25 of its restaurants. Out of the 23 restaurants, 11 were largely operating on a takeout only basis due to an indoor dining restriction that the state of California enacted at the beginning of July.
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Grieg Seafood has announced plans to offload its salmon farms in Scotland “when the timing is right”.
The company’s Q3 report revealed that: “Medium to long-term, our focus will be in the areas with the best potential for sustainable growth during the post Covid-19 recovery period, which is our Norwegian and Canadian regions. As such, we have initiated an evaluation of strategic alternatives for our Shetland region. We aim for a sale when the timing is right.”
The announcement follows a disastrous quarter for the multinational’s Scottish operations – with the premature harvest of fish required at several sites off Skye, following an outbreak of jellyfish, leading to losses amounting to NOK 150 million for the quarter.
The global standard setting out good practice for seafood processing has been updated to provide more clarity on food safety measures.
The latest edition of the Seafood Processing Standard (SPS), published yesterday, is part of the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification programme. All operators seeking cerification under the programme must comply with the new standard as from 16 January 2021.
SPS Issue 5.1 includes new or revised statements regarding the outsourcing of processing, environmental monitoring and food-product testing and on food safety as it pertains to canning, thermal processing and other specialty processing methods. The revised standard also strengthens employee rights and protection.
Author: Robert Outram / Fish Farmer | Read the full articlehere
Ongoing with the renewal of the green fleet Norway
Norway is one of the European countries that has been electrified the most so far. Not only is its car fleet dominated by electric vehicles, which account for 60% of the market share. Also its waters....