The Danish Fishermen’s Association PO (DFPO) has welcomed government initiatives for small and medium-sized businesses and has stated that it fully supports the government’s efforts to take Denmark through the crisis.
‘Coronavirus affects us all in the fisheries sector, both as individuals and as a food industry,’ said DFPO chairman Svend-Erik Andersen.
‘We all have a shared responsibility to help prevent and limit the spread of Coronavirus.’
As a heavily export-oriented industry, Danish fishing is affected by the Coronavirus crisis, with the measures necessary to limiting the outbreak in Denmark and across the EU having consequences in flattening demand for seafood from the restaurant trade.
Prices at auction have fallen and this could have further far-reaching consequences.
‘We all in the Danish fishing sector need to closely monitor developments at fish auctions and on our usual markets. Many fishermen are being squeezed financially as a result of the situation. We therefore welcome the latest government initiatives to help businesses, not least the latest initiatives in relation to SMEs,’ he said, commenting that proposals to put back VAT and tax payments will help the industry’s liquidity.
Author: Quentin Bates/FiskerForum | Read the full article here
The European fishing sector, grouped into the Europêche organization and of which the Spanish Fisheries Confederation (CEPESCA) is a member, has asked the EU Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevicius, to adopt urgent and extraordinary measures to coping with the socio-economic impact caused by covid-19. The fisheries sector makes this request after the negative impact that the escalation of measures taken by EU governments to prevent the spread of the coronavirus is having on its activity. Specifically, the sector is already registering a significant reduction in the demand for fish, in addition to a notable drop in prices in certain fish markets with inshore fleets that will inevitably lead to the cessation of fishing activities in some areas, CEPESCA points out in a statement.
In this situation, the fishing sector considers it a priority that the Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries of the European Commission communicate, both to governments and to the industry itself, the funds and European financial aid at its disposal, such as the regulations of de minimis or the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), and that it also adopt the necessary mechanisms that allow the activation of extraordinary measures. According to the fisheries sector, and since the current EMFF does not allow temporary stoppage aid due to a health or epidemic crisis, these measures should include the possibility that fishermen and EU operators receive aid and compensation for the temporary cessation of its activity as a result of the pandemic.
Source: Alimarket Alimentacion | Read the full article here (Spanish)
Sustainable aquaculture-focused investment fund Aqua-Spark has announced an investment in Gothenburg, Sweden-based Swedish Algae Factory.
Founded by Sofie Allert and Angela Wulff in 2016, Swedish Algae Factory uses uses algae to convert effluent water produced by recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) into organic biomass that can be used for fish feed or fertilizer. A resulting byproduct, Algica, is of value to the personal care and solar industries, according to Allert, the company’s CEO.
“We are really excited that with this injection, we’ll be able to increase production and meet the growing demand for Algica in the personal care and solar energy industries,” Allert said. “We are also very happy to bring Aqua-Spark on board, a strong investor with great expertise from the aquaculture sector.”
Swedish Algae Factory offers a circular model for RAS farmers in which its algae cleans wastewater, absorbs carbon dioxide, and creates nutrient-rich organic biomass that can be used for fish feed or fertilizer, according to Mike Velings and Amy Novogratz, Aqua-Spark’s co-founders.
Author: Cliff White / SeafoodSource | Read the full articlehere
Decision "related to the national and global exception situation".
The Board of Directors of SalMar has today decided that in the critical situation society is in, that the announced dividend of NOK 2.37 billion for 2019 will not be paid as previously proposed. The decision was made after thorough assessments by the board and administration on the basis of the uncertainty that now exists regarding the spread of the coronavirus and the consequences it may have for the entire value chain and a number of communities along the coast, the company writes in a stock exchange statement.
The Board of Directors of SalMar is committed to taking the necessary steps to secure the company going forward, both operationally, strategically and financially. The production and delivery of food is a socially critical activity and must be protected in every way. The Board of Directors and the company now give the highest priority to the work required to implement the necessary measures in a situation of great uncertainty.
Author: Aslak Berge / iLaks | Read the full articlehere
The NFFO, representing the majority of English fishermen, is in talks with the UK government on options to mitigate the effects on the fishing industry of the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to an NFFO statement, markets for fish and shellfish have already been badly affected – with fears that the situation will worsen.
There has been a rapid drop in demand from China, which had been a growing market for shellfish, and with cold storage of frozen nephrops already at capacity as the pandemic took hold, this will inevitably affect the market.
Whitefish prices have been dropping as the trade faces logistical barriers. Seasonal fisheries, such as cuttlefish, are expected to be hit by restrictions in Italy and France as the restaurant trade comes to a standstill.
In addition, there are concerns of how the processing sector will manage of a proportion of its workforce is infected or self-isolating.
‘In these unique and unprecedented circumstances, individual fishing businesses and producer organisations are taking their own steps to mitigate impacts by arranging shorter trips, staggering and planning landings, reducing quantities landed, in order to avoid flooding the market and triggering a price collapse,’ the NFFO stated.
In addition, scientific advice for next year’s quotas has been affected and shorter, more summary advice than usual will have to be used to inform the autumn management decisions.
Source: Quentin Bates/FiskerForum | Read the full article here
THE Norwegian Food Safety Authority has approved a number of applications for the production of triploid salmon at another two fish farms to help protect wild salmon stocks.
There were an unprecedented high number of escapes at fish farms throughout the country last year which led to the then seafood minister, Harald T. Nesvik, demanding action and the Directorate of Fisheries ordering rivers to be monitored.
According to official figures, more than 280,000 salmon escaped from fish farms in some 30 separate incidents.
This was 17 times the figure of just two years earlier and it has given conservationists hostile to fish farming a stick with which to beat the industry.
Even Seafood Norway, the employers’ industry body, said urgent improvements were necessary and agreed that companies found to be negligent should be ordered to pay.
Triploid salmon has three sets of chromosomes, unlike ordinary diploid salmon which have only two.
Author: Vince McDonagh / Fish Farmer | Read the full article here
The parent company of recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) firm Pure Salmon has raised USD 358.8 million (EUR 322.6 million) to fund the construction of RAS facilities in Poland, Japan, France, and the United States.
Singapore-based 8F Asset Management, a private equity manager focused on impact investing, said it raised the money from “leading family and institutional investors including several sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, and pension funds from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the United States.”
The project also attracted “substantial investments from the aquaculture industry,” including from AquaMaof Aquaculture Technologies, Pure Salmon’s RAS technology partner, according to a press release.
Additionally, Pure Salmon has opened a new headquarters in the Abu Dhabi Global Market in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, which will include employees working in management, aquaculture technology, sales and marketing, construction planning and execution, and finance and accounting, according to the company. The move “will create a centrally located hub from which the Pure Salmon vision will be realized in local markets around the world,” the company said.
Pure Salmon previously announced plans to build a series of RAS farms around the world, each producing 10,000 to 20,000 tons of salmon annually, with a goal of growing 260,000 tons of salmon per year globally once all of its planned RAS facilities are operational. The new capital gives Pure Salmon the financial means to complete its farms Japan, France, and the U.S. Those three projects, as well as Pure Salmon’s facility in Poland, which is already operations, constitute “phase one” of the company’s development.
Author:Cliff White / SeafoodSource | Read the full article here
Tersan Shipyard has signed a new contract for a second freezer stern trawler with JSC Okeanrybflot Russia.
The vessel will be the sister of NB1096 which is already under construction and will be launched in June 2020.
“We are pleased and proud to sustain our good cooperation with Okeanrybflot by the second vessel,” said Mehmet Gazioglu, managing director of Tersan.
“This order will consolidate our presence in the Russian market where we also have a number of different types of technologically complicated vessels orders. We are highly proud to work with JSC Okeanrybflot who is among the biggest fishier companies of Russia. We are looking for the successful delivery of this trawler, on time and on budget in 2022," he added.
The new vessel will be among the world’s largest purpose-built factory trawlers and will trawl Alaska pollock in the Sea of Okhotsk, as well as herring, mackerel and pollock in the Pacific. The vessel is arranged for pelagic and semi-pelagic trawling, using two main trawl winches working in combination with ice trawl gallows and four large pelagic sweep line drums.
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The Mercas Network, as highlighted by Mercasa itself, will be operating and will continue to function normally and the 23 food units are ready to supply municipal markets, retail and supermarkets. In this sense, from this Tuesday, March 17, the norms and recommendations that have been received from the health authorities -only a few hours before-, this type of facilities in order to guarantee the food supply activity as well as preserve the health of all people who carry out activity there reducing the risk of infection by COVID-19. The recommendations received from the health authorities this Monday, March 16, were immediately brought to the attention of business associations and companies installed in these food units.
Thus, and among these measures it is stated that access will only be allowed to people with valid accreditation, which may be claimed at any time during the stay on the premises. Companies must place visible signs in their stalls with prevention measures and all food handlers use nitrile gloves. It is also recommended the existence of hydroalcoholic gels in all the stalls and toilets of its modules.
Users must avoid crowds, respecting the interpersonal distance of 2 meters; manipulation of exposed products is prohibited; and measures are recommended to not simultaneously dispose of all company personnel, ensuring the provision of the service.
Source: IPac.aquicultura | Read the full article here (Spanish)