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IN BRIEF - Orkla Foods Sweden now carrying MSC Certified Pacifical Tuna fully traceable from sea to shelf

SWEDEN
Friday, December 09, 2016

 

Orkla Foods Sweden and Pacifical are proud to announce their cooperation to supply sustainable MSC certified skipjack tuna from the PNA waters through the Swedish brand Abba; 100 percent wild tuna, certified as sustainably caught and fully traceable to all consumers from sea to shelf.

Orkla Foods Sweden’s bold step is a reflection of the company’s leadership towards seafood sustainability, marine ecosystem conservation and economic development in regions mostly dependent on tuna. This announcement is in line with a solid commitment made by Orkla Foods Sweden to have all their fish products MSC-certified and/or ASC-certified by the end of 2020.

“We are proud that we now can offer consumers full knowledge and traceability for all of our canned tuna, from store shelves back to the actual captain on the fishing boat. For us it is important to work for increased transparency in the value chain and help consumers to make sustainable choices easy in everyday life”, says Cecilia Sajland, Marketing Director at Orkla Foods Sweden.

Press Release: Pacifical


Other Media | SeafoodSource: Russia mulls expansion of auctions for all fishing quotas

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Friday, April 03, 2020

The Russian Antitrust Service (RAS) has proposed changes to the mechanism of fishing quota distribution that could expand a major overhaul of how the country manages its seafood sector.

Since 2004, most quotas in Russia have been allocated on the so called “historic principle,” which allocates quota based on the average of a company’s previous years’ catches, provided it fulfills all of its tax obligations, engages in sustainable fishing practices, and uses its entire quota. The system was reimplemented for another 15 years in 2018, meaning if nothing changes, it will be in place through 2034.

However, the RAS has proposed replacing its system of awarding fishing quotas based on historic catch averages with auctions, similar to the changes made in recent years to Russia’s crab fishery. In 2019, the Russian government moved 50 percent of its crab quota into what it called “investment auctions,” which awarded quota in lots to the highest bidder, provided they build a new crab vessel built at a Russian shipyard.

Author: Ivan Stupachenko / SeafoodSource | Read full article here


Other Media | Alimarket: Uber Eats and Galp team up to distribute convenience products at home

SPAIN
Friday, April 03, 2020

The online ordering platform Uber Eats has reached an agreement with the energy company Galp to distribute the products available at home in the convenience stores located in the latter's service stations. In a first phase, the service will be offered from 25 stores located in 15 cities in the provinces of Badajoz, Barcelona, ??Cádiz, Córdoba, Balearic Islands, Madrid, Málaga and Valencia, from which food, drinks, hygiene and Household Products. Orders can be made from the Uber Eats application or through the company-enabled phone (900.839.093) to facilitate access for people without an internet connection. In addition, the shipping costs and the minimum amount per purchase have been eliminated, maintaining the reinforced security measures that the company has established for its deliveries since the approval of the alert status.
 
Uber Eats was already incorporating convenience stores and small stores to its offer of home services, although it did not yet have any agreements with large companies. A trend that has multiplied in the current circumstances and that is not limited only to the Spanish market. In this way, the platform announced on March 1 that it began the distribution of products from 15 Carrefour group stores in the Paris region, in France, including food, hygiene and cleaning. An agreement that will soon be extended to the rest of the neighboring country.
 
Source: Alimarket | Read the full article here (Spanish)

Other Media | SalmonBusiness: One of Chile’s largest salmon importers to the US creates new B2C brand

UNITED STATES
Friday, April 03, 2020

BluGlacier – which is jointly owned by Chilean salmon farmers Salmones Blumar and Ventisqueros – creates new distributor model in move to be wellness brand.

In a press release, BluGlacier writes that it has created a new logo, tagline and website to develop a targeted B2C strategy.

BluGlacier is one of the three largest Chilean salmon importers to the U.S. by volume.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the company said that it had “decided to accelerate plans to launch their website this month so they could bring immediate value to those isolated in their homes”.

Source: SalmonBusiness | Read the full article here


Other Media | fishfarmingexpert: Ova demand unaffected by Covid-19, says Benchmark

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, April 03, 2020

Aquaculture genetics, health and advanced nutrition company Benchmark Holdings has said demand for its salmon ova has not yet been materially affected by the Covid-19 epidemic, although it anticipates earnings will be hit in other parts of the business such as shrimp nutrition.

“The two and a half to three year salmon production cycle means that demand for salmon eggs is less affected by the short term impact from Covid-19 on the salmon sector, which is experiencing weaker demand from the catering industry, partially offset by retail demand, as well as challenging logistics to Asia and US,” said Benchmark, in a market update on how it is responding to the epidemic.

Sheffield-based Benchmark owns salmon egg producers SalmoBreed in Norway and StofnFiskur in Iceland and produces ova under the Benchmark Genetics name in Chile.

Source: fishfarmingexpert | Read the full article here


Other Media | FishFocus: VSV Record Salt Fish Production

ICELAND
Friday, April 03, 2020

Icelandic fishery and processor VSV has during the first three months of the year produced more salt fish than in the whole of 2018. If this continues, then production in mid-April will be higher than in the whole of 2019.

In one recent weekend, 46 tonnes of salted fish were packed in one day during the processing and salting of seasonal cod at Vinnslustöðin plant. The line boats Kap II and Brynjólfur have been fishing well, as has the Drangavík. The company has also purchased fish from its commercial boats.

By acquiring Grupeixe’s salt fish processing company in Portugal, Vinnslustöðin became a direct participant in the processing and sale of this important market and controls all aspects of production, from fishing and processing here at home to processing, sales and marketing work there.

Source: FishFocus | Read full story here


Other Media | iPac.acuicultura: Balfegó delivers 2,000 kilos of bluefin tuna to hospitals and residences to collaborate in the fight against Covid-19:

SPAIN
Thursday, April 02, 2020

Balfegó, a company specialized in bluefin tuna fishing, aquaculture and trade in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, will deliver 2,000 kilos of bluefin tuna to hospitals, nursing homes and soup kitchens throughout Spain to collaborate in the fight against the pandemic and contribute to recovery of those affected by the virus. For this, the company reports, the collaboration of 20 cooks from all over Spain has been requested, which will allow the product to be distributed among different centers in different regions hit by the virus.
 
Balfegó, who remembers that bluefin tuna provides fatty acids, omega3, different vitamins (A, B, B3, B9, B12 and D) and is rich in minerals such as selenium, phosphorus and magnesium, points out that with this initiative, seek also encourage other actors and companies "to contribute, to the extent of their possibilities", to face the difficult situation that Spanish society is facing.
 
Along with this national campaign, Balfegó also seeks to contribute to improving the situation in its closest environment and will deliver 50 kilos of bluefin tuna to the Health Department of the Generalitat for distribution to health centers in the province of Tarragona where consider that they are more necessary; and another 50 kg to the two nursing homes in the area closest to their headquarters.
 
Source: iPac.acuicultura | Read full article here (Spanish)

Other Media | FishFarmer: Mowi providing more than 500,000 meals a day

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, April 02, 2020

Mowi Scotland is managing to deliver s steady supply of salmon to retailers, providing more than 500,000 meals a day during the coronavirus crisis.

Although many of its employees are working remotely, the company, as a food producer, has a number of ‘key workers’ across its different departments.

Mowi Scotland’s head of HR, Joanna Peeling, told the firm’s newsletter, The Scoop, that those meeting the government’s definition of key workers included staff directly involved in producing feed for salmon; farmers who are responsible for the fish in their care; and processing teams, along with those supporting them with vessels and logistics.

Additional health and safety measures have been put in place for these employees, such as adjustments to shift start and finish times, so there is a clear break between one group of people leaving and the next arriving.

Other new arrangements include break adjustments to enable social distancing to be practised in communal areas, such as kitchens and canteens; and installing additional hand sanitisers to enhance existing handwashing facilities.

All non-essential business travel and all non-essential visits to farm sites has been stopped as well, said Peeling, adding that Mowi is working to update all workers regularly with clear and comprehensive information on work related risks in their area.

Source:Fish Farmer | Read the full article here


Other Media | SalmonBusiness: Hertsford Capital takes over OTAQ Group

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, April 02, 2020

Tuesday morning it was confirmed that the Lanchester based aqua group has been taken over by the London based investment firm, Hertsford Capital.

The takeover includes equity placing raising EUR 1.7 million, reports The Business Desk.

OTAQ designs technology products and solutions for the global aquaculture, especially salmon farming industries, and offshore oil and gas industries. The main product Sealfence improves the yield for the salmon farming industry by using acoustic technology to reduce the density of predator attacks.

The marine group is now planning the future, which might contain a name change for Hertsford Capital to OTAQ PLC. Alex Hambro will assume the role of non-executive chairman and Sara Gills continuing as a non-executive director.

Source:SalmonBusiness | Read the full article here


Other Media | fishfarmingexpert: A new mega-cage sets off for the sea

CHINA
Thursday, April 02, 2020

It’s round, yellow and huge and it’s built for offshore use – but the latest mega-cage to leave a Chinese construction yard isn’t a carbon copy of SalMar’s Ocean Farm 1 and it’s not going to hold salmon, although it is suitable for them.

The cage – called the Semisubmersible Spar Fish Farm (SSFF) – will be operated in the Taiwan Strait, which separates Taiwan from mainland China, and will hold up to 3,000 tonnes of yellow croaker, also known as corvina, a fish mainly eaten in Asia.

It will be sunk to around 10 metres below the surface during storms.

The company behind the cage is Pan Ocean Aquaculture, which comprises four men from the Netherlands with marine engineering backgrounds.

General manager Mark Van Leeuwen told Fish Farming Expert’s Norwegian sister site, Kyst.no, that the total cost of building the cage was around 120 million Chinese yuan (£13.7m). One of the investors is the government of the south-eastern province of Fujian, which has a coastline on the Taiwan Strait.

The cage was designed by De Maas SMC, which provides technical services required for design, construction and completion of tailor-made vessels and platforms for oil and gas, offshore renewables and offshore farming. De Maas also oversaw construction in China.

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Other Media | FiskerForum: Good news and bad for Danish fishing

DENMARK
Thursday, April 02, 2020

With the demand dropping and cold stores filling up, the Danish Fishermen’s Association (DFPO) has recommended that direct fishing for nephrops should stop.

‘Due to the coronavirus crisis, the European market for nephrops has disappeared. It makes no sense to have a direct fishery when nobody is buying. This isn’t an easy decision to take, and will have serious consequences for fishermen, but we need to do this to secure future fisheries,’ said DFPO chairman Svend-Erik Andersen.

The Association has set up a nephrops committee chaired by Claus Hjørne Pedersen, who is also chairman of the fishermen’s association in Strandby, one of the ports hit by the change in the nephrops market. The committee’s task is to monitor the situation and to stay in contact with fishermen and processors, and may propose regulation for the nephrops fishery.

DFPO is in contact with the Ministry of the Environment and Food on the possibilities of regulating fishing for nephrops in the light of the corona crisis.

Author: Quentin Bates / Fisker Forum | Read the full article here

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