IN BRIEF - Study examining the impact of PWSAC on Alaska’s economy found significant return-on-investment and opportunities for growth
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
CORDOVA, (AK) - Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation (PWSAC) recently released the results of a comprehensive study on the impact of its programs on the economy, Alaska‘s seafood industry, sport, subsistence and personal use fisheries.
Significant benefits to the state and regional economy were outlined, along with ways in which the programs could be expanded to produce greater economic benefit. The study covered direct and indirect job creation and earnings. The study also examined market conditions for salmon species.
India has a coastline that extends over 8,000 km, so it’s no surprise that the country is one of the world’s biggest fish producers and a top exporter of fish and fish products.
In 2014, India’s total production, which includes marine and inland catches, as well as aquaculture production, was around 9.6 million tonnes, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization’s 2016 State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture report (pdf). This is a huge jump from the paltry 0.75 million tonnes (pdf) the country produced in 1950-51.
However, a lack of reliable domestic infrastructure to transport perishable goods meant that Indians have all this time been primarily eating fresh fish, which is at the heart of a number of regional cuisines. But that may now be changing.
A recent survey of seafood offerings from six restaurants in Washington, D.C., found a third of the offerings were mislabeled. However, the George Washington University researchers found no evidence of outright fraud.
Previous studies have shown rates of mislabeling and fraud vary between 26 to 87 percent at seafood and sushi restaurants, as well grocery stores, across the United States. Scientists at GW wanted to find out how District eateries stacked up in the honesty and accuracy department.
Of the 12 tested seafood samples, scientists found four were mislabeled. However, the four samples featured closely related species or acceptable substitutes for the listed fish.
"Diners that ordered tuna got tuna -- although maybe a slightly different type of tuna," Keith Crandall, director of GW's Computational Biology Institute, said in a news release. "We didn't see the kind of outright seafood fraud that has been reported in other cities."
Fish farmers are set for a boost after ten local and international institutions teamed up to provide education on capacity development for the sub-sector.
The Sh30 million three-year deal with the Belgian government and other partners will impart much needed skills on diversification of culture systems, fish husbandry, improved animal health, feed production and nutrition.
Dubbed Team Project, the initiative was launched today in Mombasa to build on yet another ongoing initiative started in 2010 that led to increased local fish production from 4 per cent to over 25 per cent.
“This means a growth from 4,000 metric tonnes to over 46,000 metric tonnes within five years which is quite rapid and significant,” Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) director Prof James Njiru said at the launch.
The fisheries department on April the 24th lifted the ban on fishing in the haors of Moulvibazar and Sunamganj.
The decision came a day after Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission confirmed that the radiation levels in the water and the dead fish and ducks collected from the flashflood-hit haor region were within the permissible limits.
Talking to The Daily Star, Mosharaf Hossain, deputy director of fisheries department of Sylhet division, said the decision to withdraw the ban was effective April the 24th.
ATLANTA - Marine Products Corporation announced its unaudited results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017. Marine Products is a leading manufacturer of fiberglass boats under two brand names: Chaparral and Robalo. Chaparral's sterndrive models include H2O Sport and Ski & Fish Boats, SSi and SSX Sportboats, Sunesta Sportdecks and Signature Cruisers. In addition, Chaparral manufactures SunCoast Sportdeck outboards, Vortex Jet Boats and the Surf Series of Chaparral SSi and SSX Sportboats and Sunesta Sportdecks. Robalo builds outboard sport fishing boats which include center console, dual console, walkaround cabin and Cayman bay boat models.
For the quarter ended March 31, 2017, Marine Products generated net sales of USD 71,040,000, an 11.6 percent increase compared to USD 63,665,000 in the same period of the prior year. The increase in net sales was primarily due to a 12.1 percent increase in unit sales as well as an increase in parts and accessories sales, partially offset by a slight decrease in the average selling price per boat. During the quarter the Company generated higher unit sales among our Chaparral H2O and Robalo models. Average selling prices decreased slightly during the first quarter of 2017 due to model mix.
Gross profit for the quarter was USD 14,906,000, a 17.5 percent increase compared to gross profit of USD 12,688,000 in the same period of the prior year. Gross profit for the first quarter increased compared to the prior year due to higher net sales and improved production efficiencies. Gross margin during the first quarter was 21.0 percent compared to 19.9 percent in the first quarter of the prior year.
Egypt has halted fish exports after a surge in sales to foreign markets following last November's currency devaluation led to supply shortages locally and a spike in domestic prices, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said.
Sisi did not say how long the suspension would last but promised Egyptians, who have seen their purchasing power sharply eroded by the devaluation, that measures would be enforced to help the market adjust prices lower.
"We used to export 40,000 tonnes of fish a year. Within the first thee months (of this year) we exported 120,000 tonnes," Sisi told a youth conference aired on Egyptian television late on Tuesday 24th of April 2017. "(That's why) we took a decision to halt exports of fish."
As fish are an important source of inexpensive protein across the world, Israel’s BioFishency is ramping up its plug-and-play aquaculture water-treatment installations in the developing world, most recently in Congo and Indonesia.
The BioFishency Mini RAS (Recirculating Aquaculture System) makes effective water treatment accessible in land-based operations that use fresh, brackish or seawater. The system overcomes two key challenges in raising fish commercially: limited water availability and buildup of toxic ammonia from fish waste.
The system allows growers to reduce water consumption by up to 85 percent while increasing yield 2.5 times.
One BioFishency system was installed earlier this month in an Indonesian plant that raises Whiteleg (Pacific white) shrimp in high-density seawater conditions.
China reopens market to live Irish crab Republic of Ireland
Minister of Agriculture of Ireland reached an agreement with a Chinese official on the proposed certificate to accompany consignments of crab exports to the Chinese market, which should facilitate the resumption of the crab trade between both countries.
Microplastics dumped on Atlantic shores reach the Arctic Spain
A study performed by an international team of researchers for the first time outlines the large-scale transport of microplastics from the Atlantic ocean to the Arctic, and highlights the global extent that has reached this problem in just a few decades.