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IN BRIEF - Tantocos get Hong Kong partner for Rustan's supermarkets
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
MANILA - The Tantoco family behind the Rustan's retail empire has gotten a unit of Hong Kong's Jardine Matheson as its partner in their supermarket business.
Jardine's Dairy Farm bought 50 per cent of Rustan's Supercenters Inc. (RSCI), operator of the Tantoco family's supermarket businesses, for an undisclosed amount, Rustan's said in a statement.
Dairy Farm - which operates Wellcome, Guardian, Mannings and other stores in Hong Kong, China and 9 other countries - bought the stake from the Tantoco family, the Spinnaker group and a "small" portion of new shares from Rustan's itself, according to chief financial officer May Siy
INDIANAPOLIS - Exploring the opportunity to bring a feed mill dedicated to producing fish feed to Indiana in hopes of building a new market for Hoosier soybean farmers is the intent of a new grant recently awarded to Indiana Soybean Alliance.
ISA, the state soybean checkoff organization, received a Value-Added Producer Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture earlier this month to conduct a feasibility study on locating a feed mill focusing on aquaculture feeds in Indiana.
Forcing lobster fishermen out of proposed marine park areas could lead to the collapse of lobster stocks in other areas, industry figures say.
South Australian Rock Lobster Advisory Council executive officer Justin Phillips said industry estimates for how much of the annual lobster catch was taken inside the proposed marine parks was about double State Government estimates.
Closing those areas to fishing could force fishermen into more marginal areas, where fishing would have a greater impact on stocks.
In what has been described by Commonwealth fishing operators as “..a shock move..”, the NSW Minister for Primary Industries the Hon.
Katrina Hodgkinson signed a notice removing commercial catch limits for many fish species in NSW, including flathead. This means that state licensed vessels can now take unlimited amounts of flathead, while the same fish are regulated and catch limits imposed on NSW recreational anglers along the coastline of NSW, and that limits remain on Commonwealth commercial fishers in waters outside 3 miles off the NSW coastline.
It also means that NSW commercial fishing licenses that are currently not used may now become active, as unscrupulous operators seek to maximise the loophole created by these legislative changes.
One of the world's largest fish farm companies, Marine Harvest, has voluntarily agreed to much tougher limits on its pesticides use and seal killing by joining a strict new environment scheme.
Marine Harvest will join the Aquaculture Stewardship council, a new accreditation scheme championed by WWF, after coming under repeated attack for heavy use of toxic chemicals, seal-killing and major outbreaks of sea lice and salmon diseases.
The Norwegian-owned company, which grows 25 per cent of all Scotland's farmed salmon, has promised to put all its UK fish farms through ASC accreditation by the end of this decade in what supporters of the scheme believes could transform the environmental sustainability of salmon farming.
May has been a busy month for Seafood Scotland, Scottish Development International and the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation, with their collaborative sponsorship of the World Association of Chefs Societies’ (WACS) Global Chefs Challenge and the Hans Bueschkens Young Chefs Challenge regional semi-finals.
Three of the seven semi-finals took place this month, in Asia, Africa and Scandinavia, and at each one, the world’s leading chefs used Scottish langoustine and salmon in their menu.
Marine Harvest ASA is pleased to confirm that, subject to the Copeinca transaction being voted down in 21 May's Annual General Meeting of Cermaq ASA, will launch an offer for all outstanding shares of Cermaq of minimum NOK 105 per share (including the proposed NOK 1 dividend).
Marine Harvest further confirms that we could be prepared to improve both the price and composition of our offer in order to find an amicable solution acceptable to all parties. Such a decision is taken based on the positive development in the salmon market as well as the improvement in MHG share price.
The main condition for the offer, however, remains; namely that the Annual General Meeting of Cermaq first turns down the Copeinca transaction.
Seaweed producers, government officers and aquaculture stakeholders in Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands are part of the International Seaweed Symposium in Bali, Indonesia.
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community, through the European Union-funded increasing agricultural commodity trade (IACT) project, has been working with seaweed farming communities in the Pacific to identify new export markets for their products.
Synthethic Genomics, ExxonMobil to develop algae biofuels United States
Synthetic Genomics Inc announced a new co-funded research agreement with ExxonMobil to develop algae biofuels from strains with significantly improved production characteristics by employing synthetic genomic science and technology.
Cesium findings in eel coverup reported Japan
A scientist has admitted having detected radioactive cesium in eels caught in a boundary river between the Tokyo and Chiba prefectures but claims local governments took no action for nearly two months despite having informed authorities promptly.
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