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
Lima - The fishing company TASA and the social enterprise, Bureo, signed an agreement in favour of the “Net Positiva” program today, for providing a new use for fishing nets at the end of their useful life.
Thanks to the implementation of a process that cleans and transforms the nets into granules, this program will permit the manufacture of products such as skateboards, sunglasses, table games, among others. In this manner, companies of the fishing sector in Peru will reduce the impact of this material on the marine fauna.
Like TASA, the fishing companies CFG- Copeinca and Austral Group have also committed to the program. All the money collected from the sale of the recycled products will be used for the financing of environmental programs and projects.
Indonesia aims to become the world’s leading exporter of decorative fish, capitalizing on its large maritime territory and rich marine life.
Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry Aquaculture Director General Slamet Soebjakto said in Jakarta on Monday that exports of decorative fish to numerous countries had grown at a rate of more than 13 percent annually since 2015.
“Decorative fish with significant export growth include guppy, chef, hickey, corydoras and koi,” Slamet said on the sidelines of a meeting at his office in Jakarta, as quoted by kontan.co.id.
An international team of 21 scientists left Sunday on a wintry expedition that could help untangle some of the greatest mysteries surrounding Pacific salmon: Where do these migrating fish go when they leave their local waters, and why are they dying in such large numbers?
Biologists, oceanographers and other specialists from five countries will travel into the rough waters of the Pacific Ocean during the winter in search of six species of salmon, as well as the prey they eat and the predators that would eat them.
SINGAPORE - Over the past few years, the ASEAN aquaculture industry has witnessed moderate growth due to land expansion, species diversification, and farming intensification.
Furthermore, with stable industry development in countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand, aquaculture production in ASEAN is projected to grow to 19,842 kilo tonnes by 2022. Frost & Sullivan forecasts the ASEAN aquaculture market to reach US$34.89 billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 5.3% between 2017 and 2022.
"As global marine supplies shrink and ecosystems become more fragile, sustainability will become increasingly important for ASEAN aquaculture industry longevity," said Ria Imandin, Consultant at Frost & Sullivan.
LONDON - After centuries of selective breeding of animals and plants to maximize yields in agriculture, bugs are getting the same treatment, as demand for insect protein grows.
British start-up Beta Bugs is breeding high performance strains of black soldier fly for the insect feed sector, and is selecting traits like growth rate, protein content, fat composition and even temperature tolerance according to clients’ needs.
Most animal feed is made from soy which is blamed by some for deforestation as farmers try to meet increasing global demand for the crop. This has led to the search for more sustainable sources of protein.
McDonald's has introduced and quietly killed many dishes over the years (remember McDonald's pizza?), but there's a core group of items that have held their spot on the menu for decades.
Listed alongside the Big Mac and McNuggets is the Filet-O-Fish—a McDonald's staple you may have forgotten about if you're not the type of person who orders seafood from fast food restaurants.
But the classic sandwich, consisting of a fried fish filet, tartar sauce, and American cheese on a bun, didn't get on the menu by mistake—and thanks to its popularity around Lent, it's likely to stick around.