IN BRIEF - WSI the new association for women in the seafood industry will be at the Icelandic Fisheries Fair
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
WSI, an international association for Women in the Seafood Industry was created in December 2016 by specialists at the cross-road between the seafood industry and gender issues. WSI’s goals are to highlight women’s contribution to the seafood industry, to raise awareness of gender issues within this industry and to promote professional equality between men and women.
The motivation to create WSI came from the growing recognition that although one in every two seafood workers is a woman, women are over-represented in lowest paid and lowest valued positions and very few at leadership positions. Women are essential contributors to this important food industry, but they remain invisible, including to policy makers. There is a need to increase awareness about their role in this industry and to recognise the value they bring.
While we acknowledge that much progress has been achieved, a lot remains to be done. Stories about women in the seafood industry are rarely told. WSI will operate as a sounding board to amplify women’s voice and help them gain visibility through practical projects..
WSI has chosen the World Seafood Congress 2017 and the Icelandic Fisheries Fair to make its first public appearance. “The choice for Iceland is two-fold: its fishing industry is very dynamic and the country is at the forefront when it comes to gender equality. At Icefair, the fisheries fair, WSI will disseminate this uncomplicated yet often untold story: women are essential workers in the seafood industry but they are often invisible.” Explains Marie Christine Monfort
The competition for newly available Arctic surf clam quota off Cape Breton has three times more applicants than previously reported, which is a sign of the interest in a fishery that has been controlled by a single company for decades.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans says it is evaluating nine proposals vying for 8,924 tonnes of surf clams in 2018.
The quota will be worth many millions of dollars a year to the winner.
Until this year, the surf clam fishery was held entirely by Clearwater Seafoods, which sells the bright red meat in Asia for sushi.
By Paul Withers · CBC News | Read full article here
A high-level meeting of Indian and European stakeholders engaged in the seafood sector is slated to take place later this month in Goa to discuss solutions for complying with food safety regulations in the production and trade of shrimp.
The meeting is slated to be held on the sidelines of India International Seafood Show to be held in Goa from January 27 to 29, 2018.
Over the last 10 years, the EU Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG Sante) is increasingly focused on Indian shrimp.There was a growing concern that the EU is seriously worried over the use of antibiotics in Indian shrimps- a fact that has surfaced at regular intervals in its findings.
By Nirmalya Behera/business-standard.com | Read full article here
Young’s Seafood Limited has today announced the appointment of Duncan McIntyre as Group Operations Director following a comprehensive and competitive search process. Duncan joins the UK’s Number 1 Fish and Seafood business to further strengthen its senior leadership team as it focuses on the delivery of the business’s strategic objectives.
With extensive experience managing manufacturing sites in the UK, Europe and Asia, Duncan has worked in the food and consumer-facing industries for 26 years. Prior to joining Young’s Seafood, he was a Supply Chain Director at Nomad Foods where he was responsible for the manufacturing process and distribution of finished goods, turning over a total of 300,000 tonnes per annum of frozen fish, vegetables and meals.
Duncan will join Young’s on Monday 12th March 2018 to replace Steve Lidgett who is retiring from the Company at the end of April.
The vaccines used by commercial fish farmers are not protecting fish from disease, according to a new study.
The study was compiled by researchers at the University of Waterloo, the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso and Chile's University of Valparaiso. It showed vaccinated fish tend to show more symptoms when contracting diseases, with the health impacts and ultimately deaths occurring as if they'd never received a vaccine.
In the study, the researchers tested the efficacy of the vaccine for the bacterial pathogen Piscirickettsia salmonis by comparing the reaction of vaccinated and non-vaccinated Atlantic salmon when exposed to the sea louse Caligus rogercresseyi in the lab.
A new report commissioned by Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland (S&TC Scotland), has concluded that “the combined knowledge from scientific studies provides evidence of a general and pervasive negative effect of salmon lice on salmonid populations in intensively farmed areas of Ireland, Norway and Scotland”.
Impacts of salmon lice emanating from salmon farms on wild Atlantic salmon and sea trout, is published by the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, Norway’s leading institution for applied ecological research.
It is authored by Prof Eva B. Thorstad and Dr Bengt Finstad, both internationally acknowledged for their expertise in sea lice biology and interactions between salmon farming and wild fish.
The report is available at here By Derek Evans/irishtimes.com | Read full article here
Young’s Seafood is planning to cast its net into the Chinese market as speculation intensifies over a multi-million pound sale of the business.
Chief executive William Showalter said the company was in talks with potential partners over an export push into the Asian nation after expanding the brand across supermarket shelves in America.
The food industry veteran refused to be drawn on rumours suggesting Britain’s biggest seafood firm could be snapped up by Princes’ Japanese-owner Mitsubishi Corporation.
However, he said it would not “take a huge leap of faith” to expect the group’s backers to start looking at “strategic alternatives” in the near future.
It comes as the Grimsby-based firm ploughs forward with an American expansion after partnering with Pennsylvania-based frozen fish supplier The Fishin’ Company to bring its products to US retailers such as Walmart.
By By Ben Woods, Press Association | Read full article here
The lack of a comprehensive database on fishing vessels, their exact location, and if they were engaging in illicit activities is undermining the global efforts to curb illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, a new study says.
The lack of big data infrastructure and better cooperation mechanisms are hindering governments from tackling illegal trawling, says UK-based independent think tank Overseas Development Institute. The problem is especially severe for African nations who have limited access to enforcement capabilities and where illegal fishing annually cheats governmentsbillions of dollars in revenue. Private initiatives tackling overfishing were limited in their scope when it comes to collecting datasets or employing remote sensing capabilities, says the study.
To better monitor their location and movements, vessels are required to be fitted with communications equipment known as vessel management systems (VMS) or automatic identification systems (AIS). Yet many ships do not install them, especially in low-income countries where these new technologies aren’t accessible, or crews switch them off to evade arrest or surveillance. And while the AIS signals can detect the geography, speed, and direction of the boats, it is still limited in identifying the gear and techniques in use, or if a boat is pillaging marine beds or depleting vulnerable species.
By Abdi Latif Dahir/ilwareed.info | Read full story here
CORNER BROOK, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR – The Government of Canada and the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador announced $641,518 to improve the effectiveness, quality and sustainability of the fish and seafood sector. The federal and provincial governments combined contributions will amount to over $400 million in investments in the Atlantic Fisheries Fund (AFF), which will help generate opportunities and increase the market value for sustainably sourced, high-quality fish and seafood products from Atlantic Canada. This new investment under the Atlantic Growth Strategy will help strengthen the Atlantic economy and increase job opportunities for Atlantic Canadians.
The contributions fall under the infrastructure pillar of the AFF and will supply eight fishing enterprises with new automated longline hauler systems and insulated tubs. This equipment will help to diversify catches, allowing for more efficiency in deep water harvesting and improve the quality of the product and the efficiency of operations.
The AFF will continue to invest in projects over the next seven years. The commercial fisheries and aquaculture industry, Indigenous groups, universities and academia and industry associations and organizations, including research institutions, may apply.
Last year, despite a mountain of challenges like natural disasters, tax barriers such as high anti-dumping duties on frozen shrimp and tra fish, illegal, the fight against unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing to the "yellow card" warning of the European Union, more regular quarantine inspections, distorted information, and competition pressures, overseas shipment of Vietnamese aquaculture exports fetched US$ 8.3 billion, representing a year-on-year surge of 18.7%.
The Viet Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) attributed the good outcome to the robust growth of key exports especially shrimp which grew 21% and earned US$ 3.8 billion in export turnover or up 46% of the total.
The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MoFAD) is expected to launch the Aquaculture for Food and Jobs Programme this year as part of moves to make fish farming a viable industry in Ghana.
The Deputy Minister of MoFAD, Mr Francis Ato Cudjoe who made this known Thursday at a stakeholders’ workshop to disseminate results of Zonation of the Volta Lake for Aquaculture Study said the Ministry was collaborating with identifiable institutions interested in undertaking fish farming to boost the country’s demand for fish.
The Zonation of the Volta Lake for Aquaculture study was carried out under the West Africa Regional Fisheries Project and coordinated by the Fisheries Commission between 205 and 2016.
Minister rejects industry request on footage exempt New Zealand
Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash is committed to achieve transparency in the fisheries management system, so he discarded a request from the fishing industry to exempt footage collected on boats, as the Official Information Act requires.