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New dates set for Scottish Skipper Expo 2020 – 13 and 14 November!

UNITED KINGDOM
Saturday, March 28, 2020

Scottish Skipper Expo 2020 has been rescheduled to take place on 13 and 14 November 2020 at the P & J Live arena in Aberdeen following its earlier postponement due to coronavirus (Covid-19).

Hugh Bonner, managing director of Mara Media, said: “We are grateful for the incredible support we have received from exhibitors, the wider fishing industry, and the P & J Live arena.”

Sharon Boyle of Mara Media added: “The feedback we received was that there was a real desire for the Scottish Skipper Expo to go ahead this year, and the new November dates will provide the fishing industry with a showcase event to look forward to, which will reinvigorate the sector and the numerous businesses which support it.”

The new rescheduled date was agreed following close consultation with both the fishing industry and the event venue.


Other Media | SeafoodSource:Hamachi, kampachi, hiramasa still popular in Japan

JAPAN
Friday, March 27, 2020

Yellowtail – known as “buri” or “hamachi” in Japanese – is Japan’s top farmed finfish export by value at USD 137 million (EUR 122.9 million, JPY 14.7 billion), and as such, is displayed at most seafood shows in Japan.

At the Seafood Show Osaka 2020 in February - one of the last seafood trade shows to take place before the onset of the COVID-19 crisis shut down large public industry gatherings, hamachi and its close relatives in the genus, kampachi and hiramasa, took center stage.

Both buri (Seriola quinqueradiata), as well as kampachi (Seriola dumerili) and hiramasa (Seriola lalandi) were featured by numerous companies farming them in Japan. Typically, hiramasa’s taste and texture are similar to kampachi, and compared with the buttery fatness of farmed buri, both are springier and have a cleaner taste.

The Nagasaki Fisheries Cooperative Association prominently featured hiramasa at the event, the rarest and most expensive of Japan’s three farmed seriola species. The association’s subsection chief, sales section, Daisuke Yamasaki said that hiramasa tracks with kampachi on price, but not with buri, which is cheaper. The price of farmed hiramasa is not strongly affected by wild-catch quantities, as producers can adjust feeding to bring the farmed fish on faster or slower to avoid timing harvests when wild catches are strong, Yamasaki added.

At the show, the association displayed a 1.5-kilogram hiramasa fillet. Yamasaki said that this product runs in the range of JPY 2,500 to JPY 3,500 per kilogram (USD 23.42 to USD 32.78, EUR 20.93 to EUR 29.30). This year prices are at the higher end of the range. The main determinant of price is the farmed production quantity, which in turn is mostly a function of water temperature – the fish fatten faster when the water is warm. Production is mainly in southern Japan, around Kagoshima or Nagasaki, as the species is sensitive to cold.

Author: Chris Loew / SeafoodSource | Read the complete article here


Other Media | ipac.acuicultura: The Plenary today votes on the measure that will allow changes in the FEMP and dedicate € 37 billion of funds

SPAIN
Friday, March 27, 2020

We advanced it the same day in which the Conference of Presidents approved by written procedure the proposal of President Sassoli to convene an extraordinary plenary session this Thursday, March 26 to debate and vote on the first legislative initiatives presented by the European Commission to face the effects of the pandemic caused by Covid-19 in the Member States. An extraordinary plenary session on March 26 in Brussels, which replaces the one scheduled for April 1 and 2, and by which the emergency processing procedure was launched, which allows a vote in plenary without has prepared a parliamentary report in advance or based on an oral report.
 
There will be three legislative initiatives to debate and vote, including the Investment in Response to Coronavirus initiative; one of the central points of the community response.
 
This Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative would seek to mobilize all existing Union budget resources in order to provide financial assistance to Member States for an immediate response to the coronavirus crisis and its long-term repercussions. This includes advancing payments, redirecting cohesion funds and assisting Member States to direct money where it is most needed as quickly as possible.
 
Source: iPac.acuicultura | Read the complete article here (Spanish)

Other Media | The Fish Site: Aquaculture firms offered €120,000 coronavirus aid package

EUROPEAN UNION
Friday, March 27, 2020

Companies in the EU’s fisheries and aquaculture sectors have been offered up to €120,000 each in aid, to help see them through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking at this week’s Agrifish Council, Virginijus Sinkevicius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans, and Fisheries, explained that: “The aid can take the form of direct grants, repayable advances or tax advantages. Also guarantee on loans or subsidised interest rates for loans are possible to cover liquidity needs. This can be applied as from last Friday [20 March] and until 31 December 2020.”
The aid has been offered, the commissioner explained, because: “The fisheries and aquaculture sector have been particularly hard hit by market disruption. There is no doubt that we will all have to face long-term negative consequences for the women and men working in fisheries and aquaculture.”Other moves to help safeguard the sector adopted by the commission include a proposal for a Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative, which is “directed at promoting investments by mobilising available cash reserves in the European Structural and Investments Funds, to fight the crisis immediately.

Author: Rob Fletcher / The Fish Site | Read the full article here


Other Media | iLasks.no: Color Line inserts 'SuperSpeed 1' as pure cargo ship for salmon

NORWAY
Friday, March 27, 2020

"Superspeed 1" was taken off the regular route on March 16, as a result of government action to deal with the coronavirus. Now the car ferry will be used to transport both fresh and frozen fish between Kristiansand and Hirtshals.

"Superspeed 1" was supposed to have undergone an ordinary dock stay in Denmark, but due to the COVID-19 situation lay at the quay in Kristiandsand, Color Line said in a press release.

Now the ship will be transporting goods, including fish. The authorities in countries in Europe make exceptions to the entry and quarantine rules for the carriage of goods.

- On all Color Lines routes we ship a lot of thermo trucks, as well as containers and tanks. All of our ships have facilities that allow us to plug in the thermocouples of electricity through the crossing. We generally have great demand from carriers that transport fish, both fresh and frozen. The reopening of the Kristiansand route to Hirtshals is important for Norwegian fish exports. Over the past 24 hours we have experienced positive feedback from the transport industry, which is confirmed by high activity with the booking of seats, writes CEO Trond Kleivdal in an e-mail to iLaks.

Author:Stian Olsen / iLaks.no | Read the full article here


Other Media | IndustriasPesqueras: Ireland stresses with the EU the importance of maintaining the single market and free movement for fisheries

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Friday, March 27, 2020

The Minister of Agriculture, Food and Navy of the Republic of Ireland, Michael Creed, yesterday urged the European Commission to deploy "the full range of available supports" to ensure that the agri-food and fisheries sectors can "better meet the needs of society "During the Covid-19 crisis with the least possible economic impact."
 
In addition to the measures that he already moved last week, the minister stressed the need to maintain the integrity of the single market throughout the response to this health crisis, "for example, by ensuring that border controls do not unnecessarily interrupt the free movement of goods or labor in the EU ”. This is "particularly important to guarantee the continuous effective operation of agrifood supply chains".
 
Creed assured that “the key priority for all of us is to take the necessary measures to ensure that producers and processors can continue to operate effectively, that supply lines are kept open, that we continue to feed people and that the economic impact in the agri-food and fishing sectors. In this way, we can ensure that these sectors can not only survive, but also contribute enormously to facing the pandemic. ”
 
Source: IndustriasPesqueras | Read the full article here (Spanish)

Webinar on 'Friend of the Sea certification and conservation. An Update'

WORLDWIDE
Friday, March 27, 2020

Dear Madam/Sir,  

This is a reminder to webinar on "Friend of the Sea certification and conservation. An Update"

During this half an hour session, Paolo Bray (Founder and Director at Friend of the Sea and Friend of the Earth) will cover the following subjects:  

  • The history of Friend of the Sea 
  • Independence   
  • National Accreditation 
  • Certification Procedure  
  • Benchmarks     
  • Friend of the Sea compared to other similar standards 
  • Friend of the Sea new standards: Salt, Seaweeds, Insects, Shipping, Ornamental Fish, Whale and Dolphin Watching, etc  
  • Conservation Projects and Campaigns   

Sign up to the webinar here

This webinar will take place on Friday 27th of March 2020 at 03:00 pm CET in Milan, (07:00 am in San Francisco; 10:00 am in New York; 02:00 pm in London; 04:00 pm in Johannesburg; 09:00 pm in Bangkok; 10:00 pm in Hong Kong; 01:00 am 28th in Sidney).   

Participation is free of charge. 

Friend of the Sea certificate of attendance will be issued to all participants. 

If you cannot attend the live session, sign up anyway and we will send you a recording.  

You will also have the opportunity to pose questions to the speaker during the webinar.  

Please, feel free to share this email with any interested colleagues.   


Other Media | SalmonBusiness: Demand for land-based grown salmon grows in UAE

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Friday, March 27, 2020

“Food security. We have gone from talk and the hypothetical to a real issue in a matter of weeks”.

Salmon is struggling to get into UAE. During normal times, 92 per cent of all the fish are imported. This puts the oil-rich Middle Eastern country in a serious predicament.

UAE
But for Fish Farm, which has an inland farming facility in Jebel Ali – a short drive outside Dubai, business is booming. SalmonBusiness was one of the first to report that it had successfully grown the UAE’s first-ever salmon harvest last year.

The farm is built in an existing building, and the fish are bred in a controlled environment in a recirculation aquaculture system (RAS) – all from AKVA group.

“Through the roof”

It sells 1.5 to 2 tonnes of salmon a week. The fish are sold on an exclusivity arrangement with Middle East retail chain Spinneys – who themselves have a licensing concession with Waitrose.

“Sales have gone through the roof, we have done really well,” said Fish Farm’s Business Development Manager Edmund Broad to SalmonBusiness.

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


Other Media | La Voz de Galicia: A score of purse seine boats have already decided to moor

SPAIN
Thursday, March 26, 2020

El Muro lived its second day without face-to-face auctions, selling fish via telephone and online. These restrictions are intended to keep social distance to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Despite these changes in the fish market,  after "tens of years of auctions", the measures were unanimously accepted, although with some complaints: "We are seeing how some auctioneers who also have fish shops take the best pieces and the best quality», since they are the first to enter to mark the fish of their orders, several sellers said.

They also say that "buying the product after seeing it is not the same as doing this without knowing how it is, but well, we know that all the fish and seafood that reaches the fish market is the best in the world."

What it is really in free fall are prices, "especially of those species that are not high-quality, lije horse mackerel, mackerel, blue whiting," indicate the auctioneers.

In fact, yesterday 19 000 kilos of horse mackerel were put up for sale, captured that day by the purse seiners and trawlers. Its value did not exceed 0.55 euros per kilo, and "dropped to 0.25," said a sailor who works on a Malpica ship.

The same thing happened with mackerel. The 1000 kilos that reached the fish market were sold between 0.50 and 0.75 euros per kilo.

Author: Emiliano Mouzo / La Voz de Galicia (Read the full article here in Spanish)


COVID-19 | Call4Fish: fishermen will keep fishing for you, and they’ve deliver to your door (video)

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, March 26, 2020

In difficult times, with things getting tougher, Plymouth fishermen will keep fishing for you and bringing home some of the world’s best fish and shellfish. Alongside, our local fish merchants are doing their very best to bring the fish to you. The fish can be collected or delivered to your door. Our fishermen and merchants working together will help feed us. 

Throughout Plymouth’s history, at difficult times our fishing industry has always been there for the City and this generation has risen to the challenge too.

Details and delivery options will change, so please keep checking back as our website updates, follow our social media channels, and register your contact details with us now to receive updates directly.

 


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