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IN BRIEF - Expired abalone and shrimp found in Taichung

Saturday, May 20, 2017

TAIPEI – Inspectors in Taichung found erroneous expiration labels on 12 tons of frozen abalone and other seafood in the latest such scandal to hit the island’s food sector, reports said Friday 19th of May 2017.

Following a spate of adulterated-oil scandals some three years ago, inspections and penalties for food safety violations were tightened, but recent weeks saw several instances of food producers and distributors reselling expired products with fraudulent expiration labels.

In the latest instance, Taichung City Health Department inspectors visited warehouses owned or rented by Hung Shuo Seafood Co. (??????) in the city’s Nantun District and found 905 boxes and 73 bags containing a total of 12,290.5 kilograms of frozen abalone as well as 60 boxes of shrimp weighing a total of 648 kg, all of them with suspicious labels, reports said.

Source: Taiwan News

IN BRIEF - Aquaculture supply chain GBP 1 million innovation fund opens

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) working in the aquaculture supply chain in the Highlands and Islands can now apply to a GBP 1 million innovation fund, which has opened for applications.

Announced in March 2017, the 30-month pilot programme, Accelerating Aquaculture Innovation (AAI) is led by HIE and delivered in partnership with Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC).

It offers SMEs the opportunity of match funding to help commercialise innovative new processes, products, services or technologies. The programme has the potential to boost industry turnover in the region by GBP 8 million and create up to 50 jobs.

Source: The National

IN BRIEF - Water pollution leading to feminization of male fish

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The feminization of male fish, as a direct result of water pollution, is a continuing problem. According to researcher Natasha Gilbert, up to 86 per cent of male fish in some areas become femalelike as a result of exposure to widely-used contraceptives and anti-inflammatory drugs dumped into toilets and sinks.

Some of the substances have an impact on fish livers, kidneys and gills. Exposure to some substances causes male fish to develop female anatomy and to produce the egg protein vitellogenin. The resulting fish are known as 'intersex'.

The main culprits include: prescription and over-the-counter drugs, perfumes, cologne, skin lotions, sunscreens, pesticides, petroleum products, strong acids and some metals. Researchers caution that these substances are not completely broken down on or in the human body, and residues end up in waterways. The main concerns are pharmaceuticals and estrogenics, which can obliterate fish populations in a few years.

Source: Simcoe

IN BRIEF - Oceana’s US unit proves to be a big catch

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Fishing conglomerate Oceana Group says more upside exists at recently acquired US-based subsidiary Daybrook Fisheries than initially envisaged.

The firm, which has Tiger Brands and empowerment group Brimstone as anchor shareholders, also moved to placate market jitters around future catch allocations in SA.

Speaking at an investor presentation on Friday, Oceana CEO Francois Kuttel said that Daybrook’s fish meal and fish oil production facilities offered markedly more capacity than was estimated at the time of the acquisition in mid-2015. He said Oceana would not need to commit substantial capital expenditure to improve capacity as production efficiencies could be realised by adapting fishing strategies at Daybrook.

Source: Business Day

IN BRIEF - Experts stress a must for shrimp value chain

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Can Tho - Vietnam needs to develop an equitable and sustainable shrimp production chain, Dinh Xuan Lap, Deputy Director of the International Collaborating Centre for Aquaculture and Fisheries Sustainability (ICAFIS),  has said.

He was speaking at a conference, entitled "Consumer Dialogue on Vietnamese Shrimp Value Chain," organised by ICAFIS in partnership with WWF Vietnam and Oxfam Vietnam in Can Tho on May 19 2017.

"Developing an equitable and sustainable shrimp production chain will help the domestic shrimp industry achieve international standards," Lap said.

Source: Vietnam Plus

IN BRIEF - Fisheries in Kochi thrive despite dip in sardines catch

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

KOCHI - Next time, when you relish your favourite fish dish, you might be consuming the one that was caught outside Kerala. While the annual fish production increased by 40,000 tonnes to 5.23 lakh tonnes in 2016, Indian oil sardines - which kept Kerala among the top fish producing states - catch was a mere 45,958 tonnes, the lowest in two decades.

Kochi-based Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) - which released the country's annual catch - reported that since 2012, oil sardine catch had reduced considerably . The impact was reflected in the state's total marine fish production. Oil sardines has dropped to third position in resource-wise landings behind scads and mackerels. Scads topped the list with 53,990 tonnes, a 92% increase over the previous year's figure of 28,151 tonnes. Despite their much-lower edible prospect, fisher men obtained good market value for their catch from industries that produce poultry feed, manure, etc. The major contributors were ring seiners of Alappuzha and trawlers of Kozhikode.

Source: Times of India

IN BRIEF - Top tuna firm Thai Union says Q2 sales to improve from Q1

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Thai Union Pcl, the world's largest producer of canned tuna, said on Thursday 18th of May 2017 it expected second-quarter sales to be higher than the first quarter due to seasonal factors in fisheries.

Supply is usually higher in the current quarter, which is expected to lower costs and boost sales, although tuna prices are still volatile due to weather patterns and campaigns promoting sustainable fisheries, Bunlung Waiyanont, investor relations manager, told reporters, without elaborating.

Thai Union had sales of VND 31.4 billion baht in the first quarter, when net profit jumped 19 percent to VND 1.47 billion baht.

The profit was helped by its investment in U.S. seafood chain Red Lobster, foreign exchange gains and lower tax expenses, the firm said.

Source: Reuters

IN BRIEF - Vietnam, Indonesia Seek To Achieve USD 10 Billion Trade

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

HANOI - Vietnam and Indonesia should actively prepare for the 7th session of the Joint Committee on Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation to seek more ways to achieve a trade value of USD 10 billion as agreed, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

President Tran Dai Quang said this to Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita there on Sunday the 21st of May 2017.

The 7th session is scheduled to take place in August this year in Vietnam, which is aimed at promoting further economic and trade cooperation between the two countries.

Source: Bernama

IN BRIEF - Small fish farmers face multifarious problems

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Speakers at a workshop on Sunday 21st of May 2017 underscored the need for establishing effective organisations to help overcome various problems being faced by the country's small fish farmers.

According to them, small fish farmers are significantly contributing to the country's economy, helping in poverty reduction and meeting nutritional requirements, but they are facing many problems where such organisations can help them overcome their problems.

They made the observations at the regional workshop on 'Strengthening, Empowering and Sustaining Small Scale Fish Farmers Association in Asia' held at a city hotel.

Source: The Financial Express

IN BRIEF - Vietnam maintains deepwater fishing ban

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Vietnam is maintaining the ban on deep-water fishing in four central provinces one year after a Taiwanese-owned steel plant discharged toxins into the sea and caused the country's worst environmental disaster.

State-run Tuoi Tre newspaper has quoted Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh as saying fishermen should not fish for seafood in deep water within 20 nautical miles from the coast in the four provinces until the Ministry of Health finds it safe to eat and maritime resources restored.

The USD 10.6 billion steel complex, which includes a steel plant, a power plant and a deep sea port in Ha Tinh province owned by Formosa Plastics Group, discharged toxins such as cyanide and phenol that exceeded allowable limits during a test run in April 2016.

Source: News

IN BRIEF - Invasive green crabs are putting the pinch on another clam harvest

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Clammers face a shrinking harvest again in 2017 after predator green crabs survived the mild winter, but one scientist may have an answer – aquaculture.

The second mild winter in a row means Maine’s tidal flats will likely be overrun by large, ravenous invasive green crabs this summer.

That’s bad news for the state’s already weakened soft-shell clam industry. One green crab can consume 40 half-inch clams a day and will dig 6 inches to find clams to eat. In 2016, clam landings fell 21 percent, from 9.3 million to 7.3 million pounds, the lowest total reported since 1991, according to the state Department of Marine Resources.

Source: Portland Press Herald

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