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IN BRIEF - Increasing quality of seafood products for better competitiveness

VIET NAM
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The prices of material pangasius fish have declined for a long time, causing several farmers in the Mekong Delta provinces to suffer huge losses.

Mr. Cao Luong Tri, a farmer in Cho Moi District in An Giang Province, said that this year is considered to be the gloomiest year for fish farmers in the Mekong Delta provinces when the price of pangasius fish merely fluctuated from VND18,000 to VND20,000 per kilogram, causing a loss of VND3,000-VND5,000 per kilogram for farmers. This situation is totally different from that in 2018. Due to low prices and poor consumption, he decided to hold more than 700 tons of his pangasius fish.

Some fish ponds in Dong Thap, Vinh Long, Ben Tre provinces and Can Tho City have also passed the harvest time with the weight of some fish up to 1.3-1.4 kilograms per fish but factories still neglect to buy. At the present, although it is the end of the year, the price of material pangasius fish has dropped to around VND17,500-VND18,000 per kilogram, depending on payment method.

Source: Huynh Phuoc Loi/agroberichtenbuitenland.nl | Read full article here


IN BRIEF - SEA admitted three Nova Austral projects to qualification

CHILE
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Environmental Assessment Service, SEA Magallanes, entered into environmental qualification three of four relocation and fusion projects of aquaculture centers in our region.
 
In total, they represent an investment of more than 16 million dollars and according to the company, they seek to withdraw the centers located inside natural reserves in the commune of Puerto Natales to other waters with lower levels of environmental restriction, in the province of Magellan, specifically in the commune of Punta Arenas.
 
The fusion and relocation projects that were received for processing with the salmon farming centers located in the Acwalisnan canal, east of Puerto Yelcho, Clarence Island, commune of Punta Arenas.
 
A second center is located in the Sine Dineley sector, southwest of Puerto Luis, also on Clarence Island itself, and a third extends into an area north of Dante Islands and also comprises a part of Clarence Island. A fourth project entered by the company is in the previous stage of admission.
 
In its Environmental Impact Statement, the company informed that the relocation process that Nova Austral is of a voluntary nature and is related to the commitment addressed by the company, in the recent Zoning process of the Magallanes Region, where it committed to carry out the withdrawal of its aquaculture activities and concessions that operated in the Puerto Natales sector.
 
Source: elpinguino.com

IN BRIEF - Marel’s Kristinsdottir leaves for dairy giant, but retains seafood link

ICELAND
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Stella Bjorg Kristinsdottir, marketing manager for Marel's fish business and a well-known face throughout Iceland's seafood sector, is leaving the firm, she told Undercurrent News.

The second week of 2020 will be her last with Marel, as she departs for a "new and exciting role outside of the seafood industry", as director of some product lines and new business development at dairy producer Mjolkursamlag Kaupfelags Skagfirdinga (MKS).

"I’ve been for almost 15 years with Marel now – practically living and breathing this great company," she said. "However, I felt it was time for me personally and professionally to grow further, hence move on to a new challenge."

Source: undercurrentnews.com


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IN BRIEF - Anchovy Round trip

SPAIN
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Spanish anchovy fleet will start the campaign of this fishery on March 1. To fully enter it, the ships of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country must yield to their French counterparts 1.7 million kilos of quota, with the aim of not matching both fleets in the development of the campaign. In exchange, the Cantabrian fleet will also have the relevant authorization for access to Gallic fishing grounds in which bait fishing can be carried out to fish, which are of particular interest to Basque and Cantabrian anchovies.

Source: laopinioncoruna.es


IN BRIEF - Panicking EU threatens to make UK pay if fishing access is blocked after Brexit

UNITED KINGDOM
Sunday, January 12, 2020

BRITAIN could find itself embroiled in another ‘cod war’ after Brexit if it expels foreign boats from its waters, the European Union has warned.

Fishing communities the length and breadth of the UK have repeatedly called for European trawlers to be kicked out after the UK leaves the bloc while fishermen on the continent have threatened to retaliate with a blockade of ports. Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, whose country holds the rotating six-month presidency of the EU, made clear the team of negotiators who will kick off talks with Britain after January 31 will push for continued access. Mr Plenkovic said: “We want to avoid any fisheries skirmishes in the Atlantic. 

During the 1970s a series of cod wars between Britain and Iceland saw UK boats lose access to rich fishing area around the Nordic country. And last summer saw tensions flare in the English Channel between British fishermen and their French counterparts over scallops. Boats collided and stones were hurled form one vessel to another in a bitter dispute over the harvesting of the shellfish.

Source:  Laura O'Callaghan/express.co.uk | Read full story here


IN BRIEF - CATC announces the hiring of Dr.Jason Cleaversmith

CANADA
Friday, January 10, 2020

Souris, PE. - The Center for Aquaculture Technologies Canada (CATC) is pleased to announce that Dr. Jason Cleaversmith has accepted the position of Vice President leading the Health and Nutrition business unit and General Manager of Canadian Operations, effective January 1, 2020.

Dr. Cleaversmith brings more than 17 years of experience in aquaculture and comes to CATC from Nevis Marine where he provided consultancy services to the aquaculture industry, most notably as an industry expert with HATCH.Blue, an innovative aquaculture accelerator supporting a cohort of 13 technology companies on three different continents.


IN BRIEF - Shrimp farm ready to expand in rural Minnesota

UNITED STATES
Thursday, January 09, 2020

The former calf barn on the once working Damhof dairy farm has been transformed into a 17-tank shrimp barn with a permanent tropical temperature of 86 degrees. Inside the salt water tanks are thousands of Pacific white shrimp.

Their recycled water is checked twice a day, the tan color is from good bacteria introduced to mimic the ocean.  Automatic feeders drop pellets of food into the shrimp tanks every 20 minutes. The shrimp will go from about the size of an eyelash at arrival, to large shrimp within 3 to 4 months.

And, as a sold-out sign reveals, the community is buying them up at $20 per pound, just as quickly as they can be grown to size.

Source: 5ABC/kstp.com | Read full article here


IN BRIEF - Salmon near 'crisis point', say fisheries experts

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, January 09, 2020

Fisheries experts have called for salmon conservation to be made a national priority amid claims the species is approaching "crisis point".

They say environmental change and the impact of humans across the northern hemisphere is putting the fish at risk.

Conservationists are meeting politicians at the Scottish Parliament to discuss the issue.

The Scottish government said it was committed to developing a wild salmon strategy by September this year.

The Holyrood event includes a round table discussion and evening reception, sponsored by Michelle Ballantyne MSP.

Source: BBC | Read full story here


IN BRIEF - Stopping Somalia's pirates by building a fishing industry

SOMALIA
Thursday, January 09, 2020

Not so long ago, the coast of Somalia was plagued by pirates.

At the peak of the problem, in 2011, there were 237 incidents of piracy off Somalia and the Gulf of Aden (the sea separating Somalia and Yemen), accounting for more than half of all such incidents worldwide. The pirates would often hold shipping crews hostage for ransom. Somali piracy cost an estimated $6.6 billion in 2011 in international naval activities, maritime security, insurance and other costs.

A couple of years earlier, a group of Danish businessmen and journalists decided they might be able to help. They founded an NGO called FairFishing to "turn Somali pirates into fishermen" and improve lives on the Horn of Africa by building up local businesses and creating jobs in sustainable fishing.

They weren't alone in seeing the potential of Somalia's fishing industry. The country has the longest coastline in Africa and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates it has the potential to sustainably catch 200,000 tons of fish per year, over six times more than the most recent catch estimates.

Source: Stephanie Bailey/CNN | Read full story here


IN BRIEF - Strength measurement affects activity of jigging squid fleet

ARGENTINA
Tuesday, January 07, 2020

The S.O.M.U. (Union of Maritime Workers United), as a result of not having received answers about the request for a basic salary increase, it started an activity stoppage starting at 6 pm last Friday, which affects the foal vessels, the employers of CAPA, CEPA, INDEPENDENT COMPANIES and other Chambers.

Given this situation, trade unionists and businessmen said that the Ministry of Labor would probably decree the mandatory conciliation on Monday.

The squid season begins on January 10 and for this the conflicts must be resolved beforehand so as not to cause damage to the workers and the fishing activity.

Source: infopuerto.com.ar


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