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Other Media | The Fish Site:Supermarkets' farmed seafood sourcing policies come under fire

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, March 20, 2020

UK supermarkets need to significantly raise their standards for sourcing farmed seafood, according to a new report.

‘Caught Out’, by the Changing Markets Foundation and Feedback, clams that UK supermarkets “are failing in their responsibility to protect our oceans”.

The report ranked the UK’s top 10 supermarkets based on their performance in the “fish feed sustainability scorecard”. The results were as follows:

1-Tesco 2- Marks & Spencer 3-Co-op 4-Lidl 5-Waitrose 6-Sainsbury’s 7-Morrisons 8-Asda 9-Iceland 10- Aldi

Aldi was ranked the poorest performer, for its “failure to label information on the origin of the farmed seafood sold; the failure to introduce binding requirements on fish feed and the lack of a senior member of staff responsible for seafood or aquaculture”.

Waitrose, while higher up the rankings, was singled out for criticism for being, despite its reputation, “heavily reliant on certification as a proxy for sustainable seafood supply chains."

The report's authors also noted that: "It also demonstrated limited transparency overall, failing to disclose information on any aspect of its farmed fish supply chains and claiming that the information requested was ‘commercially sensitive’. It also lost points as its farmed-fish feed policy lacked substance.”

Source: The Fish Site | Read the full article here


Other Media | fishfarmingexpert: 100,000-tonne salmon RAS planned in Sweden

SWEDEN
Friday, March 20, 2020

A Swedish region is planning to build a huge land-based fish farm producing as much as 100,000 tonnes of Atlantic salmon per year – more than half the output of the entire Scottish salmon industry.

Sotenäs Municipality, in the west of Sweden, is working with Norway-based seafood financing firm Lighthouse Finance on the project, which would be the biggest on-land salmon facility in Europe.

Technology would be supplied by Israeli recirculating aquaculture systems expert AquaMaof.

Municipal land

Lighthouse hopes to begin the groundwork in 2021, with production starting in 2023.

The plant will be at full production within five years of construction getting under way, Lighthouse and the Swedish region announced.

“Work has begun on the compilation of a detailed development plan for Hogenas norra, a new industrial site spanning 75 hectares of municipal land,” they said.

Source: fishfarmingexpert | Read the full article here


Other Media | FishFarmer: Open farm event shut – for time being

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, March 20, 2020

PLANS by Scottish salmon farmers to open their sites to the public in spring  have been put on hold in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

The new ‘Open Farm’ initiative involved all of Scotland’s salmon producers and would have seen 16 farms across the Highlands and islands providing a total of 64 tours throughout May.

The aim of the scheme, coordinated by the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO), was to engage the public and politicians in the operations of a salmon farm.

The ‘discovery days’ would have offered guests the chance to get out on a farm, watch the fish, talk to the farmers and learn more about how salmon from Scotland reaches supermarkets and restaurants throughout the UK and across the world, said the SSPO, unveiling the initiative for the first time today.

But as with other events involving public access, the SSPO has had to postpone the plans ‘for the foreseeable future’.

Salmon farmers’ priority during the unfolding coronavirus crisis was to keep farms focused on producing fish for the home market, said the SSPO.

‘Our first priority now has to be protecting the health and welfare of everyone working on the farms so that they can continue supplying UK consumers with salmon,’ said Hamish Macdonell, director of Strategic Engagement for SSPO.

Source:Fish Farmer | Read the full article here


 


Other Media | SeafoodSource:Namibian firm to integrate phosphate mining with fisheries

NAMIBIA
Friday, March 20, 2020

Namibian Marine Phosphate Pty Limited (NMP), which is developing the Sandpiper Marine Phosphate project, has expressed optimism it will get an opportunity in 2020 to commence a sea mining undertaking and demonstrate the benefits of such a venture to all marine stakeholders in Namibia.

Company CEO Chris Jordinson told SeafoodSource that, in 2020, NMP hopes to proceed with the development of the marine phosphate project, which was intended to commence nearly eight years ago. The project has been delayed because of environmental, fisheries, and economic concerns expressed by the government and private sector, which Jordinson said have been adequately addressed.

He said development of the NMP project has involved the participation of various private and governmental experts, which has led to the identification of various risk elements that “have been mitigated to ensure that all aspects of the project are fundamentally sound.”

Jordinson said the company had previously provided all needed documentation to show that both NMP and appointed environmental impact assessment (EIA) specialists addressed the concerns of the Namibian fisheries sector at various consultative meetings hosted jointly by the environmental commissioner (EC) and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR).

Author: Shem Oirere / SeafoodSource | Read the full article here


IN BRIEF - Exploratory anchovy fishing suspended due to emergency health declaration

PERU
Friday, March 20, 2020

The measure responds to the State of National Emergency for the outbreak of COVID-19
 
The Ministry of Production (PRODUCE) has annulled the execution of exploratory fishing for the resource anchovy (Engraulis ringens) and longnose anchovy (Anchoa nasus) in the southern area of ??the Peruvian sea.

This is provided in Ministerial Resolution No. 116-2020-PRODUCE, published on Wednesday in the official newspaper El Peruano.

PRODUCE had authorized the 
Institue of the Peruvian Sea (IMARPE) to carry out exploratory fishing from March 14, using larger-scale purse seiners, in the maritime area from the 16º00'S to the extreme south - that is, between the areas of Punta Capa (Arequipa


IN BRIEF - Scottish Skipper Expo 2020 postponed

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, March 20, 2020

Scottish Skipper Expo 2020, originally scheduled for 15 and 16 May at the P & J Live arena in Aberdeen, has been postponed due to the continuing escalation of  COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Show organiser Mara Media says its overwhelming priority is the health and safety of exhibitors, visitors and the wider public, and as such, it had no other option than to postpone the show.

Hugh Bonner, managing director of Mara Media, said: “It is with great regret that we’ve decided to postpone Scottish Skipper Expo 2020; the wellbeing of our exhibitors and visitors is paramount.

“Postponing now also brings an end to any uncertainty among exhibitors and visitors about whether the expo was going ahead on the planned dates. We value tremendously the support of everyone involved in Scottish Skipper Expo and we would like to thank them for their patience during this challenging time.”

Mara Media will now be working hard to identify a new date for Scottish Skipper Expo, and updates will be published on the show website - https://theskipper.ie/scottish-skipper-expo/ - as soon as is practicably possible.


IN BRIEF - COVID-19: Difficulty in global shipping and crew replacement.

WORLDWIDE
Thursday, March 19, 2020

With the spread of the new coronavirus and the resulting restrictions on entry by countries, shipping companies around the world are struggling to replace seafarers. Following NYK's policy of not changing sailors in principle for the next month, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisen and Danish shipping giant AP Moller Maersk have also decided to postpone crew replacement. Shipping companies are facing a difficult phase of maintaining logistics services while ensuring the safety of seafarers


Other Media | FishFarmer: Scottish Pavilion offers Brussels refund

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, March 19, 2020

SCOTTISH seafood companies that had booked exhibition space at the now postponed Brussels expo are to be refunded by the Scottish government.

Any firms that booked space within the Scottish Pavilion at the world’s biggest seafood exhibition, which had been scheduled for April 21-23, will get their money back, said Scottish Development International (SDI).

Although Seafood Expo Global is likely to be held at a future date, SDI has decided to refund Scottish exhibitors now to help them through the ‘significant challenge’ of the coronavirus outbreak.

‘We will be refunding now any companies who have contracted directly with SDI to exhibit as part of the Scottish Pavilion at Seafood Global in April.

‘Given the significant challenge the seafood sector is facing at the moment, we thought it critical that we act now. This is a large sum of money.’

The cost of an exhibition space alone is understood to be around £35,000 for the larger booths, with extra costs for building up the stand.

Author: Jenny Hjul / Fish Farmer | Read the full article here


Other Media | SalmonBusiness: There is a 14km wait for trucks to get into Poland

POLAND
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Queues to get into Europe’s biggest buyer of salmon are huge.

Despite long waiting for lines to get into Poland, the processing veteran and Milarex major shareholder  (25 per cent) Jerzy Malek told SalmonBusiness that “fish is getting in”.

“The management has been with us for years. We have been in stressful situations, not like this, we’re not panicking lets put it this way,” he added.

According to the site sixfold, there is currently a 14-km truck border crossing time to get into the Eastern European country.

Malek developed the German smoked salmon market and is the founder of Polish processor Morpol (now owned by Mowi).

Author: Owen Evans / SalmonBusiness | Read the full article here


Other Media | fishfarmingexpert: In for the krill: vet strengthens Aker team

NORWAY
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Aker BioMarine has appointed former BioMar employee Marianne Nergård as veterinarian and key account manager for sales of its krill-based feed ingredient QRILL Aqua.

Nergård has dedicated much of her career to investigating and communicating the effects of krill on fish health and will be responsible in her new role for communicating the value of krill on the health and performance of various marine species.

“I am passionate about increasing fish health and welfare, and also in showing how healthier fish are part of making the aquaculture business more sustainable,” said Nergård in a press release.

“I have witnessed on several occasions that krill is a key ingredient to mitigate the negative effects of several important infectious diseases, all while serving as a sustainable feed ingredient. This is why I believe that krill is going to be important to help improve fish health and performance in the future.”

Source: fishfarmingexpert | Read the full article here

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