The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has shut down seafood processing plants, stalled commercial fishing seasons, gutted the foodservice industry, and put aquaculture operations at risk. One of the most heavily hit companies in the aquaculture industry might be Norwegian aquaculture firm Atlantic Sapphire, which has run into plenty of road bumps getting its U.S. recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) farm off the ground in Miami-Dade County, Florida.
In late July, the company was forced to initiate an emergency harvest of close to 200,000 fish, with a total weight of approximately 400 tons, only 150 tons of which were sent for processing to be sold.
Author: Sam Hill / SeafoodSource | Read the full articlehere
Huon Aquaculture will be the number one salmon farmer in Australia in the coming year, co-founder Frances Bender has said.
“We had a 36% increase in harvest tonnage this season and an increase in average harvest weight. We are harvesting the largest fish ever combined with lower operating costs,” said Bender in a Facebook post.
Last month Tasmanian salmon farmer Huon raised A$64 million by selling new shares to institutional investors.
Author: Gareth Moore / fishfarmingexpert| Read the full articlehere
Salmon farming giant SalMar is facing an official investigation following the escape of salmon from its giant offshore platform Ocean Farm 1. It is not yet known how many fish became free, but Norway’s Directorate of Fisheries said it cannot rule out the possibility of a major escape at the site.
The Directorate said in a press release that a preliminary investigation showed damage to one of the nets to be at least six metres long, but added it did not want to comment further until a more detailed examination had been carried out.
Author: Vince McDonagh / Fish Farmer | Read the full articlehere
The Produce organization has approved the Hake Resource Fisheries Regulation Regulation, hereinafter Hake ROP, with the objective, among others, of achieving the recovery of the hake resource in the medium term, for the subsequent sustained use of this resource and its accompanying fauna, taking into account its biological and population characteristics, considering the principles of responsible fishing, the conservation of the environment and biodiversity.
In a public notice, the company Local Ocean write that it has expressed an interest in building a 15,000 tonnes land-based salmon farm in Boulogne Sur Mer, Northern France. At first, it wants to produce 8,500 tonnes.
The salmon farmer wants to produce 5kg commercial-sized salmon in seawater at the RAS facility at a site in Calais Port.
Author: Owen Evans / SalmonBusiness | Read the full article here
Following the designation of aquaculture opportunity areas in the Gulf of Mexico and off California, Neil Anthony Sims, head of Ocean Era and one of the trailblazers of the offshore aquaculture sector, explains to The Fish Site why the opportunity needs to be taken.
We see the Gulf of Mexico as the proving ground for responsible offshore aquaculture in the United States.
Author: Rob Fletcher / The Fish Site | Read the full articlehere
The Russian Fishery Company (RFC) has moved ahead a step in its fleet renewal programme with the decommissioning of one of its older trawlers ahead of taking delivery of its first newbuild.
The 103 metre Bazhenovsk dates back to 1980 and this is the next stage of RFC’s extensive renewal progamme as it expects to take delivery of its first newbuild before the end of this year. This will be followed by next year by the first pair of the series of new new vessels being built in Russia under the investment quotas programme for RFC at the Admiralty Shipyard.
Author: Quentin Bates / FiskerForum | Reaf the full articlehere
Tokyo’s sprawling Toyosu fish market, the world’s largest, is taking an outsized hit from the coronavirus pandemic, forcing restaurants and wholesalers to adapt in order to survive.
Businesses had hoped for more activity after Japan lifted its state of emergency in late May, but big events such as shareholder meetings and wedding banquets have remained on hold while many Japanese are still wary of going to restaurants.
Author: DANIEL LEUSSINK / thejapantimes | Read the full articlehere
Within the framework of the Highly Migratory Resources Monitoring project, Ecosystem Approach, of the Department of Oceanography and Environment of the IFOP, a total of 12 species of cetaceans have been registered, the most sighted are the fin whale, the dark dolphin, sperm whale, common dolphins and the blue whale. This project has been carried out for four years on board the scientific ship Abate Molina during the development of hydroacoustic and bio-oceanographic cruises.
Since the beginning of this activity and to date, a total of 20 cruises have been made, and more than 800 sightings have been recorded.
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An executive with a North Carolina, U.S.A.-based seafood processor pleaded guilty in federal court as falsely labeling blue crabmeat worth at least USD 250,000 (EUR 212,000) as a product of the United States.
Jeffrey A. Styron, treasurer of the corporate board of officers for Garland F. Fulcher Seafood Co. in Oriental, North Carolina, pleaded guilty on 3 September of directing employees to falsely label crabmeat.
Author: Christine Blank / SeafoodSource | Read the full articlehere
Malvinas-Falkland and the owners of the truth Argentina
Since President Alberto Fernandez took office, different events have taken place regarding the Malvinas issue and the strategy to be executed by the current government in the future, for a claim that ...
Fishcor told to divorce 'parasitic' partner Namibia
The following is an excerpt from The Namibian
MINISTER of public enterprises Leon Jooste has instructed the state-owned National Fishing Corporation of Namibia (Fishcor) to terminate its partnership ...