Cyclone Amphan has compounded the miseries of the shrimp industry in Bengal, which was already reeling under the severe blow of the coronavirus-related lockdown.
“It was not a cyclone but a monster that had come to devour our lives and livelihood. Our mud houses are submerged underwater and floating polythene sheets and household items are the only remains of the devastation. We managed to survive nature’s fury, but our source of income is gone forever. We have lost our shrimp farming for a very long time. We have to literally beg for survival,” rued Jaba Mondal, 39, who broke down twice while recounting her ordeal.
Author: Gurvinder Singh / The Fish Site | Read the full articlehere
The Spanish tuna fleet, represented by the Organisation of Associated Producers of Large Tuna Freezers (OPAGAC), has signed the Sustainable Ocean Principles, a framework for responsible business practices in the marine environment across all sectors and geographic regions. Its principles are part of the UN Global Compact, which OPAGAC joined in January 2019, making it the first Spanish fleet sector to do so.
In signing the Sustainable Ocean Principles, OPAGAC, which is a member of the UNGC Action Platform for Sustainable Ocean Business, renews its commitment to the health, governance, and sustainable use and development of oceans for today’s generations and those of the future, and it will be integrating significant ocean-related risks and opportunities into its corporate strategy, risk management, and reports.
Author: Quentin Bates / FiskerForum | Read the full article here
Future of Fish has launched a new campaign in partnership with fishers from La Islilla, Peru, to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to fishers and seafood workers.
In Peru small scale fisheries play a critical role in food security, supplying approximately 95% of the seafood consumed domestically. Non-profit organisation, Future of Fish, has launched ‘PPE for fisheries’ a new campaign to support fishers and seafood traders in three small fishing villages with protective gear and sanitation supplies.
“For more than three months we have been without our work, fishing... we have to continue somehow. What we want is to support the wellbeing of our whole community,” said Roberto Carlos Vite Bayona, mayor of La Islilla.
The biannual Food Outlook report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, released earlier this month, is predicting that seafood will see lasting impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, including reduced demand and pricing.
The report had a special focus this year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disrupted supply chains, forced the cancellation of industry trade events, and lead to widespread restaurant closures. This year's report contains a special feature, analyzing whether or not the COVID-19 disruptions to supply chains will result in a global food shortage.
As a result of COVID-19, the FAO report forecast that globally seafood production will be down 1.7 percent, or three million metric tons (MT), and the trade value of seafood will decrease by USD 5.8 billion (EUR 5 billion).
Author: Chris Chase / SeafoodSource | Read the fullarticle here
The only French shipowner listed on the French stock market, Sapmer announced to its shareholders in early June a loss of € 4.9m for fiscal year 2019.
In a press release, the Sapmer group, mostly owned by Jacques de Chateauvieux and included in Alternext, confirms the poor results of the last financial year. Mainly for the tuna activity in which the group is launched in 2008 with very important investments (8 tuna vessels in activity, two factories in Mauritius, etc.) the poor results confirm losses in this species that were already confirmed last year.
The United Kingdom is making progress in developing its own sustainable fisheries certification in its social dimension. The label is called the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard (RFVS) and its standard has just been released publicly after two years of collaboration between Seafish UK, the British public entity, and Global Seafood Assurances (GSA), the driving NGO that promotes it as a "Innovative Global Supply Chain Guarantee Initiative" for fishery products.
Managed by the NGO, it is a voluntary boat-based certification standard.
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Market research consultancies have been working hard to assess the actionable lifestyle trends and developments emerging in China in the wake of its coronavirus lockdown.
Even as home-bound Chinese turn to convenience cooking and take-out – which even before the coronavirus had been a popular option in major Chinese cities – market research consultants interviewed by SeafoodSource seem divided on the extent of the opportunity for frozen and processed seafood products in the Chinese marketplace.
Recent corporate financial reporting suggests major potential for the frozen and processed seafood sector in China.
Author: Mark Godfrey / SeafoodSource| Read the full articlehere
A KEY aquaculture conference called off three months ago because of Coronavirus is attracting more than double its normal audience through a digital version of the event.
HavExpo 2020 was due to have been held in the Norwegian city of Bergen at the end of March before it fell victim to the pandemic. The bi-annual event, organised by the Research Council of Norway and the Fisheries and Aquaculture Research Fund, normally attracts around 500 participants from Norwegian and international fish farming interests.The next physical conference is scheduled to take place in March next year, but has been cut from three to two days
Author: Vince McDonagh / Fish Farmer | Read the full articlehere
Since mid-May, almost 40,000 tonnes of North Sea herring have been traded, of which approx. 15,000 tonnes for fishmeal and oil
The quality is now reported to be perfect for human consumption. Consumer buyers suggest that they need a further 30,000 tonnes of "June quality" North Sea herring.
In June, most of the North Sea herring comes to the European consumer market from Norwegian vessels. Maintaining this position and the positive reputation it provides are both important in the short and long term .
Whether salmon aquaculture in the Falkland Islands is feasible from an environmental, social and economic perspective is currently under investigation by the government of the remote archipelago.
In his annual address to the Legislative Assembly of the British protectorate, delivered this week, the governor of the islands, Nigel Philips, said: that the “Government will investigate whether aquaculture of salmon in inshore waters is feasible from an environmental, social, and economic perspective.
Dorset Fisherman buoyed by Waitrose support United Kingdom
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