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Other Media | Industrias Pesqueras: The Danish fleet creates an ‘app’ to record the catch of protected species

DENMARK
Saturday, May 09, 2020

The Danish Fisheries Association (DF, for its Danish acronym) has announced the creation of a mobile 'app' that fishermen can install on their phones to record the catch of protected species. To date, an electronic journal was used for this registration, which reported greater problems for operations. The application will record the position of the boat and will have the possibility to send images.

This initiative has been funded by MSC through its fund, and will also be used by fisheries organizations in Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany.

"New technology can help promote sustainability, which is so important to Danish fisheries. As fishermen, we take care of nature, most Danish fishing is MSC certified, and the app is our new green initiative, ”says Kenn Skau Fischer, director of the Danish Fisheries Association.

Source: Fishing Industries | Read the full article here


Other Media | FishFarmer: AKVA Group reports ‘stable’ Q1 outlook

NORWAY
Saturday, May 09, 2020

The AKVA Group declared a ‘stable’ outlook in its Q1 results for 2020, which have just been published.
The group delivered revenue for Q1 of 752 MNOK (about £57 Million), down 12% from Q1 2019. EBITDA decreased from 97 MNOK in Q1 2019 to 86 MNOK in Q1 2020. The Net Profit decreased from 36 MNOK last year to 21 MNOK in Q1 2020.


The acquisition of 70% of the shares in Newfoundland Aqua Services Ltd. Was completed in February 2020.

The group confirmed that it had signed a strategically important Tube Net contract in April 2020.

Author: Dave Edler  / Fish Farmer | Read the full article here


IN BRIEF - Dr. Paul Medley joins IPNLF’s STAC

UNITED KINGDOM
Saturday, May 09, 2020

The International Pole & Line Foundation is delighted to announce that Dr. Paul Medley has joined our Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC). 

Paul Medley specializes in numerical modelling of fisheries and has vast experience of working in the Caribbean as well as in the Asian region providing scientific advice to fishery management. Working mainly as a freelance, independent consultant, he has developed new techniques of multi-species stock assessment based on maximum likelihood, Bayesian methods and decision theory.

For many years, Dr. Medley has been working with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) in the development of their assessment methodologies and how they can be applied consistently to both large and small-scale fisheries.


Other Media | SeafoodSource: As fishing moratorium kicks in, China looks for ways out of coronavirus slump

CHINA
Saturday, May 09, 2020

May Day may be a traditional Chinese holiday to mark global proletarian solidarity, but it’s also become an important date for the country’s seafood traders and importers. The first of May is the day that the country’s domestic waters are closed to fishing until 1 September.

The annual moratorium, enforced more zealously every year, has led to a surge in demand for replacements for favorites like croaker, ribbonfish, mackerel, and turbot. The moratorium has been foreshadowed this year with public trials of those caught illegally fishing in the Yangtze, which was closed to fishing this year for 10 years.

Despite the shutdown of domestic fishing creating an opening in the market, imports of seafood into China remain depressed as a result – both directly and indirectly – of the coronavirus. Seafood imports dropped 28 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2020 as social distancing efforts and tighter spending from consumers over economic concerns have tamped down seafood-buying in China. 

Author: Mark Godfrey / SeafoodSource | Read the full article here


IN BRIEF - Damen delivers Multi Cat 1908 to Inverlussa Marine Services

NETHERLANDS
Saturday, May 09, 2020

Damen Shipyards Group handed over a Multi Cat 1908 named Patricia Matheson to Inverlussa Marine Services. The company, based on the Isle of Mull, Scotland, will operate the vessel in the aquaculture industry. 

Inverlussa Marine Service is one of Scotland’s leading workboat companies, supplying vessels to service contracts for amongst others, the offshore wind and fish-farming sectors, throughout the UK and Europe. Patricia Matheson will be the 12 th vessel operating in the company’s fleet and their first Damen vessel. 

The contract order for the vessel was signed in October, 2019. The fast delivery was facilitated by Damen’s practice of building hulls for stock. This vessel will work in the aquaculture industry and will carry out a diverse range of tasks including grid inspections, anchor-handling and equipment


IN BRIEF - ISSF Adds New Board Member; Two Fisheries Experts Appointed to ISSF Environmental Stakeholder Committee

UNITED STATES
Friday, May 08, 2020

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) announced recent appointments to its Board of Directors and Environmental Stakeholder Committee.

ISSF’s Environmental Stakeholder Committee (ESC) elected Bill Holden of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) its Chair. In that role, he also joins the ISSF Board of Directors, replacing long-time Board member Dr. Bill Fox, formerly of WWF-US, who recently retired. 

In addition, Sara Lewis of FishWise and Dr. Tom Pickerell of the Global Tuna Alliance have joined the ESC. 

 ISSF Board members | Click to enlarge


IN BRIEF - Northwest Aquaculture Alliance Supports Alaska Trollers

UNITED STATES
Friday, May 08, 2020

Covington, WA--The Northwest Aquaculture Alliance (NWAA) has issued an opinion piece regarding the recent lawsuit against NOAA by the Wild Fish Conservancy (WFC) that will effectively prevent Chinook salmon trolling in Southeast Alaska effective July 1, 2020. 

“We stand in solidarity with the Alaska Trollers Association, SalmonState, and the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association in seeking comprehensive solutions facing the Southern Resident Killer Whale population and maintaining the already approved troll fishery,” said NWAA Board Member, Dr. Wally Pereyra, a pioneer in the Alaska groundfish fishery.  

In a direct challenge to WFC, Dr. Pereyra said, “If you really want to help the whale population, please consider withdrawing your lawsuit and preliminary injunction request, and instead work with all stakeholders to:

  1. Take steps to increase hatchery Chinook production;
  2. Continue efforts to restore riparian habitats and reduce ecosystem degradation to improve the

Other Media | SalmonBusiness:Container shipping company gets government funding to establish salmon route by sea to London

NORWAY
Friday, May 08, 2020

The North Sea Container Line (NCL) has received EUR 225,000 in grants from the Norwegian Coastal Administration.

North Sea Container Line, which offered to assist with the transport of salmon to Europe and the world during the beginning of the outbreak, has been given a six-figure grant to facilitate competitive short sea shipping.

The container shipping company will be to Stord in Central Norway and London, with the idea to transport fresh salmon to the English market.

Several salmon farming players are believed to have entered into cooperation with the project, but it would not comment who they were to SalmonBusiness.

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


Other Media | SeafoodSource: Next from the creators of Niceland Seafood: DigiFresh and 'The Seafood Counter of The Future'

ICELAND
Friday, May 08, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has upended the seafood industry worldwide. Reykjavik, Iceland-based Niceland Seafood’s chairman and co-founder, Oliver Luckett, sees an opportunity to transform that turmoil into a revolution.

Faced with an industry-wide pivot to retail sales and individual packaging due to the shutdown of the U.S. foodservice sector, Niceland Seafood’s founder, Oliver Luckett, along with fellow founding partner and company CEO, Heida Helgadottir, decided to advance previously-hatched plans to launch new consumer packaged goods, including frozen products. And they have gone further by spinning out a new services company called DigiFresh, which they said aims to advance the industry through a networked solution and transform the seafood supply chain and the seafood-buying experience.

Author: Cliff White / SeafoodSource | Read the full article here


Other Media | fishfarmingexpert: Trump bids to take the chains off US fish farming

UNITED STATES
Friday, May 08, 2020

An Executive Order by President Donald Trump that is intended to kickstart offshore aquaculture in the United States has been welcomed by a seafood industry coalition promoting fish farming.

Stronger America Through Seafood (SATS) has been supporting efforts for an Aquaculture Act to cut through the red tape that has strangled aquaculture development in the US.

Bill DiMento, president of SATS and vice president of corporate sustainability and government affairs at seafood processor and distributor High Liner Foods, said: “The President’s Executive Order is an important step towards improving the competitiveness of the entire US seafood supply chain.

Author: Gareth Moore / fishfarmingexpert | Read the full article here


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