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IN BRIEF - Aquaculture Africa 2020 or 'AFRAQ2020' | Registration now open!

Monday, February 17, 2020

Aquaculture Africa 2020 or “AFRAQ2020” will be held in Alexandria City, Egypt on 28th November to 1st December 2020. The conference will be hosted at the famous Bibliotheca Alexandrina, one of the most fascinating touristic and cultural attractions in the world.

The conference offers a great opportunity for aquaculture researchers, practitioners, decision makers and other stakeholders to meet, network and discuss all aspects of aquaculture in Africa.

Exhibitors from all over the globe are expected to exhibit their products and services at the organized Exhibition Center. Special excursionary tours to nearby fish farms, fish markets, research centres and other places of interest will be arranged. Post-conference visits to some of the most famous touristic attractions in Egypt will also be arranged.

The thematic plenary and technical parallel sessions will comprise of oral and poster presentations. AFRAQ2020 will also feature industry forums, student sessions and activities, satellite workshops (and training sessions) and various meetings/forums. Look out for some key sessions including; Aquatic Animal Health, Africa Aquaculture Investment, Aquaculture Genetics, Climate Change, Innovative Aquaculture Systems and Practices to mention a few.

The Conference will be hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation’s General Authority for Fish Resources (GAFRD), Egypt and its partners: Central Laboratory for Aquaculture Research (CLAR), Egyptian Aquaculture Society and WorldFish.

Aller Aqua is AFRAQ2020 Gold Sponsor. AquaGroup (Egypt) is Silver Sponsor and Grand Fish Feed (Egypt) is Break Sponsor. More Session Sponsors are being invited.

Be sure to block the dates and REGISTER EARLY to qualify for early-bird discounts!

For more information and to register, visit the AFRAQ2020 webpage: https://www.was.org/meeting/code/AFRAQ20


Monday, February 17, 2020

It is a great pleasure for the Latin American and Caribbean chapter (LACC) of the World Aquaculture Society to announce that the Latin American and Caribbean Aquaculture 2020 will take place in the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador from September 7 to 10. This year the LACQUA20 will share its space with the Ecuadorian Congress of Aquaculture 2020 (CEA 2020), becoming one of the largest events in the region today.

LACC and the Higher Polytechnic School of the Coast, ESPOL, will join forces to make LACQUA20 and CEA2020 to their liking. Just to start the trade fair, it already has a record sale of more than 120 stands where the most recognized companies, entities and institutions will be locally and internationally. If you and your company are interested in participating, do not hesitate to contact us.

In the yearning to offer a better academic and technical agenda every year this year we will have special guests with talks of great content in various aquaculture topics and a special agenda on shrimp issues. Our academic committee is in the task of selecting the best papers to be presented during the three days (September 8-10). Do not forget that the call is already open and you can send your abstract in the following link https://www.was.org/meeting/Abstract/Submit/LACQUA20

IN BRIEF - Announcing Keynote Speaker at WA2020, Farm Tour and Travel Award

Monday, February 17, 2020

World Aquaculture 2020 (WA2020) is pleased to announce the keynote speaker for WA2020 “Keynote Speech by GOH”. which will be held in Singapore on June 8 -12, 2020. MASAGOS ZULKIFLI, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and Minister-in-Charge of Muslim Affairs Republic of Singapore.

Mr. Masagos Zulkifli is Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, which oversees the National Environment Agency, PUB – Singapore’s National Water Agency, and the Singapore Food Agency. Mr Zulkifli entered politics in 2006, after being elected as Member of Parliament for Tampines Group Representation Constituency and was appointed Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Education.

Farm Tour

Attendees will visit up to five sites and will be able to enjoy several pre and post farm tours.

  • The First farm tour # 1 will take the participants from Singapore Harbourfront Ferry Terminal to Batam Island, Indonesia.
  • Farm tour A will be at Barramundi Asia & Marine Aquaculture Centre
  • Farm tour B will be at Coastal Fish Farm
  • Farm tour C will be at Land-based Food Fish and Dragonfish Farms
  • Farm tour D will be at AIC & Ornamental Fish Farms.

More information can be found on WA2020website:https://www.was.org/meeting/code/WA2020

IN BRIEF: Bluefin tuna catch season concludes

Monday, February 17, 2020

With more than 3 thousand tons, the bluefin tuna catch season concluded when approaching the catch limit for this year 2020 in compliance with the provisions of Resolution C-18-01 issued by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission.

The season was carried out with a fleet of six vessels, which supplied the national annual catch limit in just three weeks, which is a positive indicator of the recovery of the species. The totality of the caught tuna is destined to companies dedicated to the aquaculture of the species.

For the second consecutive year, complementing the scientists of the On-Board Observer Program, the vessels that participated in the capture of bluefin tuna were attended by a Federal Fisheries Officer belonging to the Directorate General for Inspection and Surveillance, the Director General reported of Fishing and Aquaculture Management of Conapesca, César Julio Saucedo Barrón.

He said that the bluefin tuna industry is an engine of regional economic development, generating 800 direct jobs and whose production chain impacts other sectors such as ship repair and refueling workshops, transport companies, laboratories and research centers, suppliers of fishing supplies and advisory and management services in environmental and port matters.

Source: Nelly Alfaro / Cadena Noticias

IN BRIEF - AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. Announces Closing of Public Offering of Common Stock

Sunday, February 16, 2020

MAYNARD, Mass., (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: AQB) (“AquaBounty” or the “Company”), a land-based aquaculture company utilizing technology to enhance productivity and sustainability, today announces the closing of its previously announced underwritten public offering of an aggregate of 10,350,000 shares of common stock of the Company at a public offering price of $1.50 per share, which includes the exercise in full of the underwriters’ option to purchase an additional 1,350,000 shares of common stock to cover over-allotments. The gross proceeds to AquaBounty from the offering are approximately $15.5 million, before deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses payable by AquaBounty.

Lake Street Capital Markets, LLC acted as the sole book-running manager for the offering.

The Company currently intends to use the net proceeds of this offering to continue construction and renovation activities of its existing facilities in Rollo Bay and Indiana, for working capital costs associated with growing its first batches of fish at its Indiana and Rollo Bay farm sites and for other general corporate purposes.

IN BRIEF - IFAD supports agriculture and fisheries

Sunday, February 16, 2020

The Bank of Mozambique and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed two financing agreements totalling US$115.5 million for agriculture and fisheries in Rome, the Mozambican press reported.

The financial agreement for the development of Small-Scale Aquaculture (PRO-DAPE), with a value of US$43 million, aims to contribute to the improvement of living conditions, food security and resilience to climate change.

The Programme for Value Chain Development in the agriculture sector, worth US$72.5 million, is intended to contribute to the development of life and food security and in critical regions of the country.

Support for the new programme for food security and resilience to climate change will benefit at least 902,500 rural producers in Mozambique, one of the African countries affected by those changes.

In Mozambique, 70% of the population lives in rural areas and is highly vulnerable to climate change, and it is the third most-affected country in Africa, with approximately 58% of the population affected by these changes.

Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, reported that the two agreements were signed by the deputy governor of the Bank of Mozambique, Victor Gomes, and by Donald Brown, the associate vice president of IFAD, a United Nations agency. (macauhub)

IN BRIEF - From Monday 17.02.2020 the prices for mackerel for consumption will be as follows

Sunday, February 16, 2020

  • Group 1 (mackerel weighing 250 gram and more): 2,4489 øre pr gram
  • Group 2 (mackerel under 250 gram): NOK 3,50 pr kg
  • Group 2 (mackerel under 250 gram segregated for m/o): NOK 1,80 pr kg

According to Norges Sildesalgslag and Sjømat Norge’s agreement the minimum prices for mackerel in group 1 can be regulated every week as long as there has been a minimum turnover of 5000 MT. (1 Norwegian Krone equals = 0.11 United States Dollar)

NWAA statement regarding activist lawsuit: “Activist Organizations ‘Out of Touch” with Science”

Friday, February 14, 2020

The Northwest Aquaculture Alliance (NWAA), a leading voice for responsible aquaculture in the Pacific Northwest, has issued the following statement regarding the lawsuit to stop the joint venture between Cooke Aquaculture Pacific and the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe to grow rainbow trout in Puget Sound.

“We are dismayed but not surprised to see that once again, a coalition of self-styled ‘protectors’ of the environment are misusing the legal system to halt a legitimately permitted project to farm all-female, sterile female fish in Puget Sound in compliance with the state’s new laws regarding fish farming,” said NWAA Executive Director, Jeanne McKnight.

“We regard this lawsuit as a desperate, last-ditch effort to delay a project that the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved after a year of intensive scientific review and public input. While the intent of this frivolous lawsuit is to delay the project and harm the two companies involved in the joint venture, we believe this legal action will also do major harm to the people of this region who desperately need jobs and seafood they can afford,” she added.

“The activist organizations who joined forces to halt this project—Friends of the Earth, Wild Fish Conservancy, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the Center for Food Safety—are out of touch with both the science and the evidence that aquaculture is, in fact, one of the most environmentally responsible methods for producing food. The current project to raise sterile rainbow trout in Puget Sound will benefit not just the local economy where family-wage jobs are desperately needed, but also the people of the state of Washington, who want locally produced seafood at prices they can afford.” McKnight adde

PRESS RELEASE: Do not underestimate the resilience capacity of the Chinese market

Thursday, February 13, 2020

The Executive President of the National Chamber of Aquaculture, representing the shrimp sector of Ecuador, stated that, with the end of holidays in China, domestic trade will begin to show signs of recovery, reactivating the demand for shrimp very soon.

The announcement of Chinese authorities regarding the completion of the long holiday generates a positive expectation for the Ecuadorian shrimp industry that expects a fast recovery of the demand, especially the one focusing on safe food.

According to the Executive President of the National Chamber of Aquaculture of Ecuador, José Antonio Camposano, this news is positive because the South American country is recognized for its excellent reputation as one of the largest shrimp producers worldwide, with a clean record in traceability and harmlessness. “What happened in China will undoubtedly generate more attention from consumers concerning the conditions of the food they buy. Regarding the Ecuadorian shrimp, Chinese consumers can have the certainty that they are buying, not only the best shrimp in the world, but the safest, the healthiest, the only one with reliable traceability and the most natural one”.

We must remember that Ecuador was the pioneer country in obtaining ASC certification, one of the most demanding in the world in terms of health and social responsibility. Likewise, the Ecuadorian industry has added a considerable amount of certifications, which has made it worthy of an excellent position in the international market, including the Chinese market to which it sells 67% of its production.

“Ecuador not only complies with the most demanding standards and certifications in terms of health, safety, conservation and social responsibility, but also has the only shrimp certified as free of antibiotics through the “Sustainable Shrimp Partnership” initiative, which has the endorsement of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and the Sustainable

PRESS RELEASE - Young’s Seafood overhauls core pack design to bring in younger, socially aware audience

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Today, we launch our all new, fresh, packaging design across our £62 million core range of products.

This redesign represents further investment into the Young’s brand for 2020, following the successful launch of our multi-million pound ‘Masters of Fish’ advertising campaign.

he new design will be rolled out across our iconic ranges, including; Scampi, Simply Breaded Fillets and the UK’s bestselling Admiral’s pie.

Insight led design

We’ve used consumer insight to inform on-pack messaging and a design overhaul brings all the products together under one consistent look and feel.

Featuring a simpler design, the range has a sharper colour palette and fresh photography to bring warmth and foodiness to the frozen aisle. The more modern and appealing style is also aimed to attract a younger audience to the core range.

Responsible sourcing

Recognising its increasing importance to consumers, we’ve amplified the visibility of our commitment to responsible sourcing by moving our ‘Fish for Life’ logo onto the front of the new core packs. Fish for Life is our long term initiative, signifying our commitment to doing things the right way by caring for our people, planet and partners in all we do.


As health is also a growing concern for many consumers, we’ve also introduced the traffic light Guideline Daily Amounts (GDAs) onto this new packaging. This will give consumers a simple snapshot of the nutritional information for the product.

On the redesign, Jason Manley, Marketing Director of Young’s, said: “This branding overhaul is designed to inspire a younger audience to love fish and publicly reasserts our commitment to operating as a responsible business.

“Our core range is a £62 million brand, so having consistency is vital in order for us to ensure its lasting prominence within its category alongside our successful Gastro and Chip Shop ranges.

“We believe this new packaging is a vital step in bringing these family favourites to the tables of many more consumers.”

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