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IN BRIEF - Raw oysters from BC tied to norovirus outbreaks in Canada, US

CANADA
Thursday, May 03, 2018

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday said federal and state health authorities, along with Canadian public health officials, are investigating multistate and multi-province norovirus outbreaks linked to raw oysters from British Columbia.

So far, there's no word on how many illnesses and states are involved in the US part of the outbreak, but the California Depaprtment of Public Health (CDPH) said today that about 100 people have reported getting sick after eating raw oysters from British Columbia, and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) said on Apr 27 that 172 cases so far have been reported in three provinces—British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario.

Source: CIDRAP


IN BRIEF - NORWEGIAN STOCKS-Fish farmers sink as government considers resource tax

NORWAY
Tuesday, May 01, 2018

OSLO, (Reuters) - Shares of Norwegian fish farmers, the country’s second-largest export industry after oil and gas production, traded down after the government said it was considering a natural resource tax on the sector * By 0927 GMT Marine Harvest was down 3.9 pct, Salmar 7.1 pct, Leroy Seafood 5.7 pct, Grieg Seafood 5.3 pct, Norway Royal Salmon 4.2 pct

We expect a political majority in favour of imposing increased tax on the sector ... although it is too early to conclude on any details, we think it could mean an additional tax of 2-5 percent,” said Sparebank 1 Markets analyst Tore Toenseth * Biggest gainers: Aker Solutions ASA 2.10 pct, Otello Corporation ASA 2.09 pct and Axactor AB (publ) 1.89 pct * Biggest losers: Asetek A/S -9.16 pct, SalMar ASA -6.70 pct and Gaming Innovation Group Inc -6.16 pct (Reporting by Gwladys Fouche, editing by Terje Solsvik)


IN BRIEF - Norway salmon biomass up 4 pct yr/yr in March -Seafood Norway

NORWAY
Monday, April 30, 2018

OSLO, (Reuters) - The volume of salmon in cages at Norwegian fish farms, as measured by weight, rose by 4 percent year-on-year in March, industry lobby group Seafood Norway said in a statement.

Also known under the term biomass, the quantity was estimated at 654,000 tonnes of salmon, down from 697,000 the previous month, it added.

Seafood Norway represents about 500 Norwegian seafood companies.

Big Norwegian salmon producers include Marine Harvest , Leroey, Salmar, Grieg and Norway Royal Salmon.

Norway is the world’s top salmon producer, followed by Chile.

In February, salmon biomass was up 3 percent year-on-year and in January year-on-year growth was 4 percent. (Reporting by Camilla Knudsen, editing by Gwladys Fouche)


IN BRIEF - Three-tier system for administration of fisheries management planned

INDIA
Saturday, April 28, 2018

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM - Kerala, which set a model in local governance with the introduction of three-tier system for administration of local bodies, is set to emulate the system in fisheries management.

The fisheries department has formulated rules as per the Kerala Marine Fishing Regulation Act, 2017 and one of the key components will be the constitution of a three-tier system of fisheries management councils, the first of its kind initiative in the country.

Fisheries minister J Mercykutty Amma said introduction of management councils will be a crucial step in regulation of fishing practices and conservation of marine resources.

Source: Times of India


IN BRIEF - NI fishing industry 'facing EU threat'

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Representatives of Northern Ireland's fishing industry have told a House of Commons committee they feel they are being "punished" for voting for Brexit.

Alan McCulla and Harry Wick told the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee that the threat to the industry here came from politicians in Europe.

The pair head up Northern Ireland's two main fishing co-operatives. They told the committee that 92% of fishermen in Northern Ireland had voted to leave the EU. Three hundred and fourteen boats are licensed in Northern Ireland ports.

Source: BBC


IN BRIEF - Drains in South Jakarta used for aquaculture

THAILAND
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Residents of Pengadegan neighborhood in South Jakarta have turned the drains in their neighborhood into fish farms.

Neighborhood unit (RT) 1, community unit (RW) 1 of the subdistrict has turned two of the drains into fish ponds and has created good business cooperation with local food sellers.

RT 1 head Saparno said the ponds were mainly filled with catfish. “For now, we’re breeding catfish because their maintenance is easier than other fish,” Saparno said as reported by kompas.com.

The RT 1 community has cooperated with pecel lele [fried catfish] vendors in the neighborhood by becoming suppliers, as well as selling the fresh fish to residents.

Source: The Jakarta Post


IN BRIEF - Remaining Yellowtail Kingfish grown by Huon, NSW DPI in sea pens off Port Stephens has been harvested for market

AUSTRALIA
Saturday, April 28, 2018

What was left of the first batch of Yellowtail Kingfish farmed in sea pens at Port Stephens has been harvested and will start being sold in Sydney and Newcastle in the coming days.

The amount of kingfish, grown in sea pens in Providence Bay as part of a fish farm trial by Huon Aquaculture, about to hit the market is lower than first planned after 20,000 of the fish escaped in January.

“This harvest is a big day for Huon Aquaculture because it is our first step towards farming commercial quantities of Yellowtail Kingfish,” the company’s CEO and co-founder Peter Bender said.

Source: Port Stephen Examiner


IN BRIEF - ODFW: Sea lions relocation not enough to protect fish runs

UNITED STATES
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Over 25 California sea lions and an unknown number of Steller sea lions continue to prey on salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and lamprey in the Willamette River this month, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said earlier this week.

Concerns for the wild Willamette winter steelhead remain front and center for ODFW as biologists estimate that California sea lions ate at least 18 percent of the returning adults prior to March, driving this population closer to extinction.

In the absence of federal approval to lethally remove the California sea lions at Willamette Falls, ODFW attempted a stop-gap program of capturing and relocating sea lions this spring.

Source: KTVZ


IN BRIEF - Vietnam cephalopod exports to Canada tend to increase

VIET NAM
Saturday, April 28, 2018

In terms of value, Canada ranked the 17th out of top leading cephalopod importers in the world. Although imports into the country only took up 1.2% of the global cephalopod imports in value, those into Canada tended to increase from 2010 to 2016. The import value of cephalopod into the market increased from USD 51.5 million in 2010 to USD 79 million in 2016. In 2017, the import value into the country decreased by 70% compared to 2016 with USD 23.4 million.

Of that, imports of frozen cuttlefish and squid products accounted for 60-66% of the total import volume, those of frozen octopus made up 20%, and those of processed cephalopod picked up 20-24%.

Vietnam held as the 12th largest supplier of cephalopod to the Canadian market, accounting for 2.2%; behind China, Morocco and the U.S.

Source: VASEP


IN BRIEF - IFFO RS Achieves ISEAL Associate Membership

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, April 27, 2018

 

Press ReleaseFollowing a decision from the ISEAL Board, we are proud to announce that IFFO RS has achieved ISEAL Associate Membership, enhancing the standard’s credibility and allowing for greater recognition by other standard schemes and international markets.

ISEAL is a global membership association for standards that allows members to demonstrate credibility and accessibility through transparency, robust systems and continuous improvements. Achieving ISEAL membership consists of a learning pathway and checks of compliance with ISEAL’s Codes of Good Practice, which ensure that standard-setters have well-functioning systems in place that embrace credibility and effectiveness.

Upon the success of gaining ISEAL Associate Membership, IFFO RS must now work towards full compliance with the standard-setting code (i.e. baseline and improvement clauses) within the first year of gaining associate membership in order to attain full ISEAL Membership in mid-2019. The following 2 years will then focus on IFFO RS maintaining full ISEAL membership by reaching full compliance with the Assurance code after 2 years of gaining associate membership and Impacts code within 3.


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