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IN BRIEF - Rhode Island aquaculture showed modest growth in 2018

UNITED STATES
Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Rhode Island aquaculture industry saw modest increases in sales and employment in 2018, according to the latest report from the state Coastal Resources Management Council.

The council, which oversees aquaculture in Rhode Island, reported that the number of oyster farms increased from 73 to 76. 

Oysters top the list of aquaculture products, with 8.5 million sold for consumption, but new crops have also been introduced. Those include sugar kelp, soft shell clams, surf clams, and bay scallops. The total value of aquaculture products sold during 2018 was USD 5.8 million.

Source: The Sun


IN BRIEF - Norway fighting fake news on salmon

NORWAY
Thursday, August 15, 2019

THE Norwegian Seafood Council has revealed it is spending a lot of time and resources fighting fake news reports circulating around the safety of farmed salmon.

The battleground appears to be concentrated in Asia – and South Korea, in particular. Salmon exports to that country have increased by 172 per cent in volume and 300 per cent in value over the past five years.

In 2018, South Koreans bought 25,400 tonnes of salmon worth two billion kroner, most of it Norwegian.

But the Seafood Council has disclosed that in the past few months it has been forced to spend ‘a lot of resources on myth crushing and media handling’ after a blog at the beginning of this year came up with claims that salmon was a toxic food.

Source: Fish Farmer Magazine


IN BRIEF - Proposed salmon farm raises environmental concerns in Hebrides

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Significant environmental concerns have been raised about plans to build a large salmon farm just off the coast of Canna, a tiny Hebridean island near Skye.

Mowi, the world’s largest salmon producer, has tabled outline plans to install eight fish farm cages to grow thousands of tonnes of organic salmon in one of the most environmentally protected areas of sea in the UK.

The cages would be 160 metres in circumference, the largest installed in the UK, after Scottish ministers relaxed rules in an effort to push salmon farms further offshore to reduce the pollution and welfare problems that dog the industry.

Source: The Guardian


IN BRIEF - New name for MMC Green Technology

NORWAY
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

New name for MMC Green Technology. MMC Green Technology AS will be renamed Norwegian Greentech AS.

In connection with the sale of MMC First Process, it was agreed that MMC Green Technology would change its name. The new name is Norwegian Greentech AS, and Havyard Group ASA is the company’s majority owner with 77.78% of the shares. The remaining shares are still owned by key employees who have been with the company since its formation.

Ballast water treatment system – a requirement

Ships built after 8 September 2017 are bound by the requirements of the IMO convention concerning treatment of ballast water, while existing ships must have a ballast water treatment system installed by 8 September 2024. Also, all ships are already required to have an approved ballast water management plan in place. These regulations will apply to all ships all over the world, not just in Norway, with effect from 8 September 2019.

Source: Fish Focus


IN BRIEF - This startup created compostable plastic wrap that’s made from shellfish shells

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Wrapping food in plastic does serve a purpose. A plastic-wrapped cucumber at a supermarket may seem egregious, but the vegetable lasts longer and is less likely to end up as food waste; throwing out food can have an even bigger impact on the environment than the plastic itself. But the system’s reliance on plastic in its current form can’t last. In a year, the world uses more than 160 million tons of plastic food packaging made from fossil fuels, little of which is recycled.

In a lab at a Scottish startup, researchers are turning waste from the seafood industry into a new kind of plastic wrap that can safely go in your compost bin. “We’re in the process of developing fully compostable, antimicrobial food packaging which looks and feels to the consumer like the petroleum plastic version—but the difference is that it will not add to the millions of tons of waste that comes from packaging that has ended up in the oceans,” says Cait Murray-Green, CEO of the startup, called CuanTec (“cuan” is the Gaelic word for sea). “The challenge is to create something that does the same job, but through a sustainable source,” she says.

Source: Fast Company


IN BRIEF - Mowi ships fish direct to Denmark to solve processing bottleneck

NORWAY
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Mowi Scotland has exported 594 tonnes (gutted weight equivalent) of salmon directly from five pens at its Portnalong site on Skye to the port of Hirtshals in Denmark on the Hav Line processing boat Norwegian Gannet.

The move comes as salmon farmers face the increasing possibility of a no-deal Brexit, and the likelihood of huge delays at cross-Channel ports, but in this case Mowi said it was entirely about solving a problem of limited capacity at its Blar Mhor primary processing plant at Fort William.

Mowi Scotland spokesperson Ian Roberts said: “As Mowi has previously reported, current processing space is at capacity and doesn’t allow for additional fish volumes at our plant in Fort William during peak periods. We have been processing additional volumes in Ireland over the past months and are now processing and packaging some volume in Denmark. We continue to work with our employees to create a long-term solution for fish processing in Scotland that will accommodate all our requirements and future growth.”

Source: Fish Farming Expert


IN BRIEF - AKVA group ASA: New Land Based Agreement

NORWAY
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

AKVA group Land Based A/S, a wholly owned subsidiary of AKVA group ASA has entered into a Co-operation Agreement with Cooke Aquaculture Inc., with the potential for delivering several larger land based smolt projects. The first of these projects is a project in Chile with expected finalization of the contract in Q3 2019.

The deliveries for the Chilean project is estimated to be from Q4 2019 to Q4 2021.

Source: Globe Newswire


IN BRIEF - Fish breeders hit badly again as 50, 000 fishes found dead in Teluk Bahang

MALAYSIA
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

GEORGE TOWN - At least 50, 000 fishes have died in Teluk Bahang, the second such case within three months.

Test results from previous water samples after the first case of poisoning from Teluk Bahang confirmed that there was contamination of heavy metals.

However, state environment committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said the level of heavy metal was at a “permissible level”.

“No, not nickel. But heavy metal but within the permissible level. The death is due to a lack of oxygen, ” he said.

Source: The Star


IN BRIEF - Japan shells out more for summer fish as catches dry up

JAPAN
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

TOKYO - Changing sea temperatures are making popular fish harder to come by in Japan, driving up prices for dinner table mainstays.

The port of Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture -- Japan's top landing spot for skipjack tuna for 22 years running -- is usually bustling with fishing crews and brokers in the spring and fall, when skipjack migrate close to Japan. But not a single skipjack was caught in Kesennuma for a month from late May, and the haul through the end of July was 70% smaller than 2018's.

Overall catch volume at major ports across Japan is down 40% on the year, data from the Japan Fisheries Information Service Center shows. As a result, local wholesale prices for skipjack -- used to make dashi broth, a culinary staple -- averaged 25% higher between January and July 2019 than a year earlier.

Source: Asian Review


IN BRIEF - Fish buyer in P.E.I. opens plant to promote Canada's sustainable tuna fishery

CANADA
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A tuna buyer in Prince Edward Island has opened Canada’s first federally licensed plant to process bluefin tuna for the world sushi market.

Jason Tompkins of OneTuna, says after 18 years as a tuna buyer he saw an opportunity to change the way tuna is bought, sold and marketed, and he’s looking to spread the word that Canada has the most regulated and sustainable tuna fishery in the world.

Before getting certification from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Tompkins was limited to selling whole fish to Japan, the United States and Canada, but now he can sell select cuts to more markets and even freeze it for later transport.

Source: City News


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