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Other Media | Daily Express: Oh dear, Brussels! Boris has ‘already won first round’ of Brexit talks in EU fishing war

UNITED KINGDOM
Saturday, March 28, 2020

BORIS JOHNSON'S battle with the EU over a new fishing agreement has been halted by the coronavirus crisis but Tory MP John Redwood is confident the UK has already won the first round of Brexit talks.

Britain and the EU's determination to deal with the coronavirus crisis has resulted in Brexit talks stalling. However, Brexiteer and Tory MP John Redwood argued Prime Minister Boris Johnson had already taken control of the fishing issue in the Brexit talks. During an interview with Express.co.uk, Mr Redwood insisted the Prime Minister had made clear the UK was not prepared to give fish away in hopes of a better trade deal.

He added the fishing industry had become a crucial pillar of the Brexit argument and the EU would have to realise this.

He said: "The UK has won the first round on that by having parallel talks on fishing and trade in eight other major areas. The UK is not saying we agree to give you fish first before anything else, that is important. But going forward Boris Johnson must make clear to the EU that we do not see a fish trade-off even in parallel talks. So the UK should not be saying: of course, we will give you a few more fish if you give us a better trade deal. The UK doesn't have to pay for a trade deal and you don't have to pay for it in fish."

Mr Redwood explained how fish and the fishing industry became an integral part of the Brexit argument.

Author:  Gerrard Kaonga/Daily Express | Read complete article here


Other Media | Visserijnieuws: Fish chain must keep running

NETHERLANDS
Saturday, March 28, 2020

ZOETERMEER - As a result of the corona virus, the fish wholesaler and the fish processing industry are under pressure from various sides. Guus Pastoor, chairman of the Dutch Fish Federation and of the European umbrella organization AIPCE CEP, believes that everything should be done to keep the sector running.

"The general principle must be that food production and distribution continue as smoothly as possible. This is adequately endorsed in the Border Management Directive issued by the European Commission. The only question is how things work out in practice.

Essential and fragile

The fishing sector is one of the essential sectors (food), with products that are also important to consumers in view of the health aspects. It is therefore very important to continue the production and supply of fishery products as much as possible. Because certain market segments have come to a standstill, it is important to properly match the supply to the remaining market demand.

First of all, there is of course concern for the staff and the continuity of production. These are food companies, in which hygiene is a prerequisite. This makes companies vulnerable, because screening for disease symptoms may lead to extra precautions more than elsewhere. In most cases there are labor-intensive processes, which often take place in shifts. Disease due to illness quickly leads to problems in the workplace. In distribution, companies and employees are confronted with additional risks and therefore with necessary precautions.

Source: visserijnieuws | Read the full article here (Dutch)


Other Media | SeafoodSource:European seafood processors call for greater support during pandemic

EUROPEAN UNION
Saturday, March 28, 2020

While Europe’s seafood processing and wholesale sectors remain committed to upholding food supplies to consumers throughout the COVID-19 crisis, the temporary measures so far introduced by E.U. administrations and member states to counter the pandemic’s effect on seafood supply chains are welcomed, but do not go far enough, the E.U. Fish Processors and Traders Association (AIPCE-CEP) has warned.

In a media release, AIPCE-CEP said that the seafood industry has been dealing with a “general disruption of demand” that has so far resulted in “dire consequences” in the supply chain of fresh fish, but “strong demand” has been seen by companies active in the frozen seafood and shelf-stable categories.

While these businesses are currently able to provide for the market – up to three months’ supply is also available in cold storage – they may face problems in the near-future rebuilding stocks if the raw materials are not available and if there are problems with logistics, the trade body said.

“The continuation of fishing, processing, and logistic activities are the highest priority now. In the current crisis, resolute public measures are needed to support companies to remain active,” AIPCE-CEP said.

Author: Jason Holland / SeafoodSource | Read the full article here


Other Media | FiskerForum: Trawl door producer adapts to meet deadlines

DENMARK
Saturday, March 28, 2020

This week Danish trawl door manufacturer Thyborøn Trawldoor is shipping new doors to customers in the USA, Scotland, Canada, the Russian Far East and Spain, after having made some radical changes to working practices as the company adapts to strict restrictions.

‘The situation around the world is frightening, with companies shut down and people losing jobs, but we have to keep sight of what matters the most these days – which is human lives,’ said Henrik Andreassen.

‘For now our production is still running, as is the design team, and the sales team are still available around the clock for service and sales.’

With all of its manufacturing located in Denmark, production at the Thyborøn factory is split with the morning shift relieved at 1400 by the late shift which works to 2300. The office team is also split to keep people safely separate.

He commented that there is no choice but to follow the government restrictions aimed at bringing the Covid-19 outbreak under control.

Author: Quentin Bates/FiskerForum | Read the full article here


Other Media | FishFarmer: Norwegian salmon exports thrive in retail markets

NORWAY
Saturday, March 28, 2020

THE Norwegian seafood industry is proving ‘agile and adaptable’ in the global coronavirus lockdown, switching to more processed products as demand for fresh whole fish drops.

In the salmon market, there was an eight per cent decline for fresh whole exports last week, while fresh fillet exports increased by 28 per cent, said the Norwegian Seafood Council in its weekly update yesterday. Frozen salmon fillet exports increased by 17 per cent compared to the same week in 2019.

Paul T. Aandahl, seafood analyst at the Norwegian Seafood Council, said: ‘There is increased uncertainty in consumers’ future purchasing power in several markets.

‘We do not know exactly what consequences this will have, but it is likely to impact demand for Norwegian seafood.

‘In several of our most important export markets we have been told of episodes of supermarket hoarding and thus growth in retail sales.

‘This growth is expected to slow as people eat the produce they have purchased. As the situation stands now, we can nonetheless expect that retail will remain strong, as people are eating at home rather than in restaurants.’

Author: Jenny Hjul / Fish Farmer | Read the full article here


Other Media | fishfarmingexpert: Bakkafrost postpones shareholder pay-out due to Covid-19 uncertainty

UNITED KINGDOM
Saturday, March 28, 2020

Scottish Salmon Company owner Bakkafrost is to delay its £60 million dividend pay-out to shareholders until August because of the uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Faroese salmon farmer had previously announced that it would pay DKK 8.31 per share – a total of DKK 491.5m – for 2019.
But last night the company said directors had decided to delay the dividend payment proposition for 2019 until Bakkafrost’s H1 presentation on August 25, “at which time the Board of Directors expect the level of uncertainty to have reduced”.

Disrupted logistics

In a market announcement, Bakkafrost said the Covid-19 outbreak had greatly affected the salmon market and disrupted downstream supply channels and logistics.

Significant uncertainty was most likely continue for some time.

“The level of uncertainty has convinced the Board of Directors and the Management of Bakkafrost that it is most responsible to shareholders, employees and the society to postpone the decision regarding the dividend payment for 2019,” stated the company.

Source: fishfarmingexpert | Read the full article here


Other Media | aqua.cl: FAO urges the G20 to ensure that food chains are not disrupted during the pandemic

WORLDWIDE
Saturday, March 28, 2020

Global and national markets must remain a transparent, stable and reliable source of food supply, the agency said.
 
The director general of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, urged this Thursday, March 26, the leaders of the G20 countries to adopt measures so that the world's food systems continue to function appropriately, particularly in relation to access to food for the world's poorest and most vulnerable people during the covid-19 pandemic.
 
He made his call in an intervention via Internet from Rome at the extraordinary virtual Summit of G20 leaders on covid-19. The Saudi king, Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saudha, was in charge of presiding over this event, which called for a coordinated global response to the pandemic and its human and economic consequences.
 
"The covid-19 pandemic is affecting food systems and all dimensions of food security in the world," said Qu. "No country is immune."
 
"We have to make sure," he added, "that food value chains are not interrupted and continue to function well, and promote the production and availability of diversified, safe and nutritious food for all."
 
The CEO warned that confinements and movement restrictions could disrupt the production, processing, distribution and sale of food, both nationally and globally, with the potential to have an "immediate and serious" impact on those who have restricted their mobility.
 
Source: aqua.cl | Read the full article here (Spanish)

Other Media | ipac.acuicultura: ABANCA will take control of Nueva Pescanova with 80.46% of the company's shares

SPAIN
Saturday, March 28, 2020

ABANCA will take control of Nueva Pescanova after completing an operation in which it will acquire a package of securities, hitherto owned by Banco Sabadell and Caixabank, equivalent to 39.8% of its capital. After this purchase, ABANCA will own 80.46% of the shares of the fishing company. This has been made public by ABANCA, who adds that the operation will be formalized in the coming weeks "with the aim of safeguarding a fundamental company for Galicia".
 
ABANCA's plan, as the entity itself points out, “includes strengthening the company's financial structure and its main areas of corporate and commercial activity. To do this, it will strengthen the best corporate governance practices and apply improvements in the field of management, all with the aim of strengthening its competitive position and enhancing its growth. ”
 
In accordance with its plan, ABANCA will retain a significant stake in Nueva Pescanova's shareholding to advance in the search for an industrial partner that will allow it to build a long-term value project from Galicia.
 
Furthermore, among the objectives of the operation is "to return the company's decision-making bodies to Galicia" and "to reinforce ABANCA's support for the industrial complex related to the sea", in which Galicia is one of the leading communities in the world .
 
Source: ipac.acuicultura | Read the full article here (S

Other Media | SalmonBusiness: New Silk Way Logistics sends cargo of salmon on container train to China via Russia

NETHERLANDS
Saturday, March 28, 2020

Russian company developed electronic seal on container loaded with salmon on Netherlands/Belgium joint venture – which is first logistics company pushing cargo through the Embargo from Europe to China.

Railfreight reports that New Silk Way Logistics, a Dutch company that offers “door-to-door intermodal rail and logistic solutions between Europe and China”, has loaded frozen salmon on a container train operated by DBO Bahnopertor destined for Xi’an, China.

Managing Director Oscar Vermeij told SalmonBusiness that New Silk Way Logistics is a joint venture between two large logistics forces from the Netherlands and Belgium, named KLG Europe & H.Essers.

“We are specialised in rail transportation between Europe and China, with a high focus on temperature-controlled carriage. Mainly for Pharmaceutical products, but now also for foodstuff,” he said.

“We transported this shipment with salmon in our unique 45ft Reefer Hichcube pallet wide from the Netherlands to the rail terminal. Salmon is a product which is on the Russian embargo list. It’s a very unique circumstance, we are the first logistics company pushing cargo trough the Embargo from Europe to China,” added Vermeij.

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


Other Media | Visserijnieuws: Lobster fishermen in uncertainty

NETHERLANDS
Saturday, March 28, 2020

No catering, no lobster sales
 
COLIJNSPLAAT - Uncertainty trumps for the lobster fishermen. On March 16, the fishing gear was launched for the new Oosterschelde lobster season, but because the catering industry is closed due to corona, the market has disappeared.
 
Obviously, the auction of the first Oosterschelde lobster on Thursday March 26 at the UFA auction Colijnsplaat, traditionally the official start of the season, did not go ahead. There is also no supply. "Ninety percent of the Oosterschelde lobster goes to the catering industry," says chairman Ida Sinke of the OWV Vaste Vistuigen Vissers association. "And because it is closed now, we can let the lobsters run better."
 
The lobster fishermen are in uncertainty. The big question is: can the catering industry reopen from April 6? If not, there is no demand and supplying is still pointless. Normally, the season for the renowned Oosterschelde lobster runs until mid-July (this year Wednesday 15 July).
 
Source: Visserijnieuws | Read full story here (Dutch)

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