China Fishery Group Files for Bankruptcy Protection

Fri, 01 Jul 2016

US - China Fishery Group and its owner Pacific Andes have filed for bankruptcy protection in New York.

 

More CP Prima Shrimp Heading for Europe

Fri, 01 Jul 2016

INDONESIA - Publicly listed shrimp producer Central Proteina Prima (CP Prima) will soon export more frozen shrimp and food to Europe as it is seeing increased demand after recently receiving an international food certification.

 

Irish Minister Calls for Delay on MSY Targets

Fri, 01 Jul 2016

IRELAND - The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Micheal Creed TD has met with EU Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella at the Fisheries Ministers Council in Luxembourg. This was the first formal meeting between the two men since Minster Creeds appointment.

 

Mexico Achieves Seafood Consumption Increase Three Years Early

Fri, 01 Jul 2016

MEXICO - The fisheries and aquaculture sector in Mexico has registered production of 1,700,000 tons annually, said the National Commissioner of Aquaculture and Fisheries (CONAPESCA), Mario Aguilar Sánchez .

 

AKVA Group Announces New CEO

Thu, 30 Jun 2016

NORWAY - AKVA group ASA has appointed Hallvard Muri as its new CEO following the resignation of Trond Williksen in May.

 

IPNLF Joins the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions

Thu, 30 Jun 2016

UK - The International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) has become an official collaborator with the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions. The move is part of IPNLF’s continued commitment to deliver sustainability and good working practices across the global one-by-one caught tuna value chain.

 

Odisha State to get Aquaculture Boost

Thu, 30 Jun 2016

INDIA - WorldFish and the Government of Odisha, India have entered into an agreement to sustainably boost aquaculture in the state.

 

New £2.2 million Sea Lice Control Project Commences

Thu, 30 Jun 2016

SCOTLAND, UK - The drive to control sea lice through non-medicinal approaches has taken another step forward with the start of a new £2.12m lumpsucker project, co-funded by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC).

 

New World Leading Technology Reduces Fishing-Seabird Interaction

Thu, 30 Jun 2016

AUSTRALIA - The South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association (SETFIA) and the Great Australian Bight Fishing Industry Association (GABIA) have developed world leading technology that reduces interactions between trawlers and seabirds by up to 96 per cent.

 

Europe’s Small-Scale Fisheries and the ‘Landing Obligation’

Thu, 30 Jun 2016

EU - The European Union’s Common Fisheries Policy ‘Landing Obligation’ aims to tackle fishery discards, which presents issues for sustainable management. Although introduced in 2015, questions over its implementation and impacts on the various fishing sectors remain.

 

Weekly Overview: Fishing Organisations Urge Government to Secure Better Fishing Opportunities

Wed, 29 Jun 2016

ANALYSIS - Last week the UK held its EU referendum with the leave vote triumphant. Following the decision, fishing organisations stressed that it is important that governments in Edinburgh and London to work with them to secure better fishing opportunities.

 

Upcoming Fishing Weeks Critical Indicator for Alaska Salmon Fisheries

Wed, 29 Jun 2016

US - Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon had a slow start since it's opening on June 8, but seems to have picked up in the past weeks. Sockeye landings in Bristol Bay this season to date have totaled 343,000 fish on the 2016 Blue Sheet from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, reports Kyla Ganton in the Tradex Foods 3-Minute Market Insight.

 

Valentin Ramirez to Lead Chicken of the Sea International

Wed, 29 Jun 2016

THAILAND - Thai Union Group PCL (Thai Union), the world's largest shelf-stable tuna processor and owner of a portfolio of leading global seafood brands, appointed Valentin Ramirez as CEO of Tri-Union Seafood LLC, processor and distributor of Chicken of the Sea. He will report to the chairman of the board of Thai Union North America, Inc.

 

Annual Report Emphasises Impact of Global Collaboration on Tuna Management

Wed, 29 Jun 2016

US - The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has released its 2015 annual report which outlines tuna sustainability progress and achievements and argues for continuous improvement of global tuna fisheries through collaboration and advocacy.

 

Fisheries Unite for World’s First MSC Certified Recreation, Commercial Fishery

Wed, 29 Jun 2016

AUSTRALIA - A monumental milestone in fisheries management has been achieved following a collaborative effort from community based organisation, Recfishwest and the Mandurah Licensed Fisherman’s Association (MLFA).

 

Marine Scientist Appointed to Boost Fish Stock Conservation

Tue, 28 Jun 2016

UK - In a landmark development, the representative association for Scotland’s mackerel and herring fishermen has appointed a Chief Scientific Officer to spearhead marine research to boost our understanding of key pelagic fish stocks and improve their management.

 

Elephantnose Fish - Small Brain Yet Astounding Performance

Tue, 28 Jun 2016

GERMANY - The elephantnose fish explores objects in its surroundings by using its eyes or its electrical sense - sometimes both together. Zoologists at the University of Bonn and a colleague from Oxford have now found out how complex the processing of these sensory impressions is.

 

Brexit Gives Real Hope for Scotland’s Fishing Communities

Tue, 28 Jun 2016

UK - The European Union referendum result last week, which took so many in the country by surprise, opened up hope and ambition for Scotland’s fishing communities. There is now real opportunity to implement sustainable and rationale stewardship of our fisheries, says the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF).

 

Experts Make Breakthrough With Red Snapper Breeding

Tue, 28 Jun 2016

PHILIPPINES - Aquaculture experts in the Philippines have successfully managed to breed the high-value fish maya-maya (red snapper) in captivity.

 

Ten New Fisheries and Aquaculture Research Projects Available

Tue, 28 Jun 2016

CHILE - More than 700 million pesos has been made available for 10 new projects in the field of fisheries and aquaculture research.

 

Tassal Expansion to Move Salmon Farms Offshore

Tue, 28 Jun 2016

AUSTRALIA - Tassal has released plans to establish four salmon farming leases in Storm Bay near the Tasman Peninsula, which the company expects could create up to 72 full time jobs.

 

Algal Bloom Mortalities in Chile Have Salmon Prices Climbing Higher

Tue, 28 Jun 2016

GLOBAL - News in the salmon sector for 2016 has so far been dominated by reports of a massive algal bloom in southern Chile that had killed some 27 million fish by 10 March. Compounded by an expected drop in production in Norway where growth is currently limited by sea lice issues, the supply shock has driven up previously depressed Chilean farmed salmon prices while already high Norwegian prices have been pushed even further upwards, reports FAO GlobeFish.

 

New Fish Hatchery to Boost Bahrain Aquaculture

Tue, 28 Jun 2016

BAHRAIN - The Main Aquaculture Committee, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and Oman Aquaculture Development Company (OADC) have signed a cooperation agreement for the establishment, operation and management of finfish hatchery in the Aquaculture Farming Centre in Al Bustan Area with a production capacity of 15 million fingerlings annually.

 

Alaska Fish Factor: Eco-entrepreneurs Turning Crab Shells into New Products

Mon, 27 Jun 2016

US - Turning crab shells into every day products is becoming a reality for the Tidal Vision team of eco-entrepreneurs from Juneau.

 

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Social Media Poses Opportunities and Threats for Feed Industry

Mon, 27 Jun 2016

GLOBAL - The feed and livestock industry is becoming increasingly aware of the opportunities and threats posed by social media.

 

Jamaica to Fast-Track New Fisheries Bill

Mon, 27 Jun 2016

JAMAICA - The Fisheries Bill, aimed at protecting the multimillion-dollar industry and safeguarding the welfare of fisherfolk is to be brought to Parliament shortly.

 

Contagious Cancers Spreading Among Several Shellfish Species

Mon, 27 Jun 2016

US - Direct transmission of cancer among some marine animals may be more common than once thought, suggests a new study published in Nature by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC).

 

Zanzibar’s Aquaculture Industry Receives $ 3.2 million Boost

Mon, 27 Jun 2016

TANZANIA - The Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar in partnership with the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have launched a US$ 3.2 million aquaculture project that will run for three years.

 

Rock Lobster Research Leads to Positive Management Changes

Mon, 27 Jun 2016

AUSTRALIA - Commercial Rock Lobster fishers will now be able to fish for prized Southern Rock Lobster year round, as part of new arrangements that will add value to the fishery, support regional jobs and improve business competitiveness.

 

Cape Verde Joins Port State Measures Agreement

Mon, 27 Jun 2016

CAPE VERDE - Cape Verde joined the Port State Measures Agreement today, as President Jorge Carlos Fonseca personally delivered his country’s ratification papers for the treaty to FAO in a visit to Rome.

 

Global Seafood Markets Expected to Stabilize in 2016

Fri, 24 Jun 2016

GLOBAL - After a year of falling prices, seafood markets are expected to stabilize in 2016. Supply continues to grow, driven by a vibrant aquaculture sector. The international community’s efforts towards ensuring the sustainability and legality of catches will get a strong boost from the FAO Port State Measures Agreement, which will enter into force on 5 June 2016, according to the June 2016 FAO Food Outlook.

 

Brexit: Governments Must Work with Industry on Future of Fishing Industry

Fri, 24 Jun 2016

UK - The UK has voted and the decision is to leave the EU. It is now greatly important that governments and the fishing industry work together to create practical and sensible fisheries rules that protect both fishermens' livelihoods and fish stocks.

 

EU Approves Multiannual Plan for Managing Baltic Sea Cod

Fri, 24 Jun 2016

EU - The EU multiannual plan for managing Baltic Sea cod, sprat and herring stocks has now been approved. This is the first new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) regional plan that takes account of interactions between species. It aims to ensure the sustainability of fisheries and offers fishermen better economic conditions in the long run. Parliament and Council negotiators reached an informal agreement on it in March.

 

Albacore Tuna Inventories are Bone Dry

Fri, 24 Jun 2016

US - A poor winter fishery for Pacific Albacore Tuna has left inventories bone dry, in the weeks leading up to this year's season opener, reports Robert Reierson in the Tradex Foods 3-Minute Market Insight.

 

Scottish Salmon Exports Grew by 2,000 tonnes in Q1 2016

Fri, 24 Jun 2016

SCOTLAND, UK - Scottish provenance is driving sales of Scottish salmon as producers from the west coast, Highlands and Islands help meet demand for premium, healthy food at home and abroad.

 

How Little Omega-3 Can Farmed Salmon Cope With?

Fri, 24 Jun 2016

NORWAY - Marine omega-3 is much sought after by people and fish alike. But the resource is in short supply and must be distributed wisely. Farmed salmon is one of the omega-3 lovers who now have less omega-3 in their diet than before. The question scientists are asking is how little marine omega-3 farmed salmon can cope with.

 

Cermaq CEO Resigns

Thu, 23 Jun 2016

NORWAY - Jon Hindar has resigned from his position as the CEO for Cermaq Group AS. Geir Molvik has now been appointed new CEO.

 

Breakthrough Made in Sea Lice Resistance

Thu, 23 Jun 2016

UK - A breakthrough has been made in fighting sea lice resistance with a new sea lice treatment programme from Benchmark Animal Health. The programme has been proven in trials to kill all stages of lice, including those resistant to azamethiphos - a frequently used sea lice medication.

 

MoAF Withdraws Aquaculture Licences Awarded to Six Firms

Thu, 23 Jun 2016

OMAN - The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MoAF) has withdrawn licences awarded to six companies for delay in starting aquaculture projects.

 

Seafish Chief Executive Looks Ahead to Humber Seafood Summit

Thu, 23 Jun 2016

UK - Seafish’s Chief Executive Marcus Coleman has outlined the benefits of attending the 2016 Humber Seafood Summit as key details of the event are announced.

 

Sapmer confirmed Friend of the Sea and FAD Free

Thu, 23 Jun 2016

FRANCE - Sapmer, a French deep-sea fishing company based on the island of Reunion, has recently concluded Friend of the Sea renewal audit for its purse seine fleet. Yellowfin, skipjack and bigeye tuna from the fishing group vessels can continue to display the seal of approval.

 

New Breeding Tactics Discovered in Male Banana Fiddler Crabs

Thu, 23 Jun 2016

AUSTRALIA - While male banana fiddler crabs (Uca mjoebergi) in Australia typically court females, some may coerce mating by waiting for females to enter their burrows and then trapping them there, according a study published June 15, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Christina Painting from The Australian National University, Canberra, and colleagues.

 

Canada Takes Action to Tackle Low Atlantic Salmon Returns

Thu, 23 Jun 2016

CANADA - Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard has revealed Canada’s plans to help bring back wild Atlantic salmon on the country's east coast.

 

New Vaccine Prototypes Developed for Various Viruses and Fish Species

Wed, 22 Jun 2016

NORWAY - Viral diseases are one of the major challenges for continued growth in the aquaculture industry. The Norwegian Veterinary Institute is therefore leading a research project to develop a flexible fish vaccine platform, where effective vaccines can be tailored for various diseases and various fish species.

 

FRESH Corporation Achieves Friend of the Sea Certification

Wed, 22 Jun 2016

GERMANY - The FRESH urban fish farm located in Völkingen, Germany has achieved Friend of the Sea sustainable aquaculture certification for Gilthead seabream, Yellowtail kingfish and European seabass.

 

Study Finds Native Olympia Oysters More Resilient to Ocean Acidification

Wed, 22 Jun 2016

US - Native Olympia oysters, which once thrived along the Pacific Northwest coast until over-harvesting and habitat loss all but wiped them out, have a built-in resistance to ocean acidification during a key shell-building phase after spawning, according to a newly published study.

 

Modern Mussel Shells Much Thinner than 50 Years Ago

Wed, 22 Jun 2016

US - Shells of California mussels collected from the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Washington in the 1970s are on average 32 per cent thicker than modern specimens, according to a new study published by University of Chicago biologists.

 

Better In or Out - What Could the EU Referendum Decision Mean for UK Agriculture, Fisheries?

Tue, 21 Jun 2016

UK - There has been a multitude of information and scare mongering from both sides of the EU referendum campaign. With the vote being held tomorrow (23 June 2016), here I will try to sum up the views of many UK agricultural organisations, as well as taking a look at the effects of a BREXIT on other countries.

 

China's New Hope Group Eyes Aquaculture Expansion

Tue, 21 Jun 2016

CHINA - The chairman of New Hope Group Co, China's largest privately held agricultural company, is looking to buy fish-farming assets in Southeast Asia as part of a 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) push to expand overseas.

 

Weekly Overview: New Report Outlines Potential for Ireland's Sustainable Aquaculture Development

Tue, 21 Jun 2016

ANALYSIS - There is great potential for Ireland to develop its aquaculture in the coming decade. This is the finding of the National Economic and Social Council's 'Sustainable Development in Irish Aquaculture' report.

 

New Policy to Increase India's Fish Export Earnings

Tue, 21 Jun 2016

INDIA - India has set an ambitious target to increase the country's export earnings from fish and fish products from Rs 33,441 crore in 2014-15 to Rs 1,00,000 crore in next five years.

 

DIVERSIFY: New Species for European Aquaculture

Tue, 21 Jun 2016

EUROPE - Increasing halibut egg batch size, the training of meagre juveniles to feeding stimuli and the development of a vaccine for Viral Neural Necrosis, are some of the latest findings and developments to come out of the five year DIVERSIFY (FP7-KBBE-2013, GA 603121) project which aims to acquire the necessary knowledge for the diversification of European aquaculture production based on new and emerging finfish species, writes Rocio Robles, Dissemination leader of the DIVERSIFY project.

 

Small Fish Have Big Role to Play in Feeding Africa’s Drylands

Tue, 21 Jun 2016

AFRICA - Small, fast growing wild fish could be crucial allies in the race to end hunger in some of the world's most chronically poor and underfed regions, according to a new FAO report on fisheries in the drylands of sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Understanding the Effects of Hydrolysis in Protein Powder from Fish Trimmings

Tue, 21 Jun 2016

When Nofima’s Tone Aspevik was making protein powder from fish trimmings as part of her doctoral studies, the intention was that it should be possible for the industry to commercially exploit the know-how she was developing.

 

ISA Suspected on Two Rødøy Salmon Farms

Tue, 21 Jun 2016

NORWAY - An outbreak of infectious salmon anemia (ISA) is suspected on two farms in Rødøy municipality, Nordland county.

 

European VIVALDI Project to Examine Diseases in Molluscs

Mon, 20 Jun 2016

SPAIN - A new European project is examining how to prevent diseases in molluscs and, in particular on the control of the herpes virus in farmed Pacific oyster.

 

Cooke Seafood Purchases Icicle Seafoods

Mon, 20 Jun 2016

CANADA - Cooke Seafood has now purchased Icicle Seafoods, Inc. This deal enhances the Cooke family’s investments in both the wild fishery and the aquaculture sectors, making them leaders in the US salmon farming sector and a major player in the Alaskan salmon fishery.

 

Chilean Salmon Farms Reveal 2015 Antibiotics Usage

Mon, 20 Jun 2016

CHILE - Marine conservation organisation Oceana welcomed the new report issued by the Chilean National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca) on the use of antibiotics in Chilean salmon farms in 2015. The report reveals that companies used 557 tons of antibiotics, including more detailed figures from 22 of the 25 firms with farms in the ocean.