IN BRIEF - MEPA to monitor plastic usage of fishing trawlers
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Colombo - The Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) has decided to monitor the plastic usage on single and multi-day fishing trawlers. Fishermen take 500 to 1000 1 litre bottles when they head out to sea. These steps are being taken to protect ocean life.
Attention has been drawn to only permit the carrying of 5-litre containers to the ocean. The plan is set to be put into action together with the help of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard.
LAND based salmon farming company Pure Salmon has chosen France to site its biggest facility to date.
The €175million plant will be built in Boulogne-Sur-Mer, the seafood gateway to Europe, and aims to produce 10,000 tonnes of salmon a year.
The RAS (recirculating aquaculture system) farm will create 160 permanent new jobs, said Pure Salmon, which announced the development today at the Choose France Summit, in the Château of Versailles, hosted by French president, Emmanuel Macron.
Pure Salmon France, which will be the largest salmon RAS facility in the European Union, has received significant support from the French government at local, regional and national levels, including grants and other financial support, as well as administrative assistance.
The new state-of-the-art unit will be fully integrated from hatchery and grow-out to processing and smoking. Construction of the site is due to start in Q4 2020, with the first harvest of market size salmon expected in 2023.
Source: fishfarmermagazine.com | Read full article here
YouKuai Group brand Z-Rou Meat has signed a distribution agreement partnership with B2B seafood supplier IS Seafood to provide sustainable plant-based meat alternatives in China.
Launched in December 2019 in China, Z-Rou Meat delivers plant-based meat to several restaurants. The company aims to offer customers and chefs sustainable plant-based meat alternatives.
The plant-based meat is made of 100% plant ingredients comprising non-GMO soybeans, konjac, coconut oil and shiitake. It is claimed to be 87% more efficient in comparison to established pork production and causes less harm to the environment.
DAR ES SALAAM (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian authorities on Sunday declared a special crackdown on importers of illegal fishing gear saying the malpractice affected the fisheries industry in the east African nation.
"The government has reinforced inspection and control at all entry points to ensure that not a single illegal fishing gear is imported into the country," said Luhaga Mpina, the Minister for Livestock and Fisheries.
"Importers of illegal fishing gear are warned against involvement in the malpractice. Those who are implicated in the malpractice will face the full force of the law," warned Mpina on a visit to Nyotaventure Fishnet, a fishing gear factory based in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.
Mpina said fishing gear that was produced locally were of high standard and urged manufacturers of the fishing gear to produce in bulk.
Recently Mpina visited fishermen in parts of Lakes Nyasa, Victoria and Tanganyika, and along coastal areas of the Indian Ocean where they complained to him that imported illegal fishing gear was posing a threat to the country's fishing industry.
The fishermen complained to the minister that illegal fishing gear was being sold openly across the country and no efforts were insight to control the situation.
The prices of material pangasius fish have declined for a long time, causing several farmers in the Mekong Delta provinces to suffer huge losses.
Mr. Cao Luong Tri, a farmer in Cho Moi District in An Giang Province, said that this year is considered to be the gloomiest year for fish farmers in the Mekong Delta provinces when the price of pangasius fish merely fluctuated from VND18,000 to VND20,000 per kilogram, causing a loss of VND3,000-VND5,000 per kilogram for farmers. This situation is totally different from that in 2018. Due to low prices and poor consumption, he decided to hold more than 700 tons of his pangasius fish.
Some fish ponds in Dong Thap, Vinh Long, Ben Tre provinces and Can Tho City have also passed the harvest time with the weight of some fish up to 1.3-1.4 kilograms per fish but factories still neglect to buy. At the present, although it is the end of the year, the price of material pangasius fish has dropped to around VND17,500-VND18,000 per kilogram, depending on payment method.
Source: Huynh Phuoc Loi/agroberichtenbuitenland.nl | Read full article here
The Environmental Assessment Service, SEA Magallanes, entered into environmental qualification three of four relocation and fusion projects of aquaculture centers in our region.
In total, they represent an investment of more than 16 million dollars and according to the company, they seek to withdraw the centers located inside natural reserves in the commune of Puerto Natales to other waters with lower levels of environmental restriction, in the province of Magellan, specifically in the commune of Punta Arenas.
The fusion and relocation projects that were received for processing with the salmon farming centers located in the Acwalisnan canal, east of Puerto Yelcho, Clarence Island, commune of Punta Arenas.
A second center is located in the Sine Dineley sector, southwest of Puerto Luis, also on Clarence Island itself, and a third extends into an area north of Dante Islands and also comprises a part of Clarence Island. A fourth project entered by the company is in the previous stage of admission.
In its Environmental Impact Statement, the company informed that the relocation process that Nova Austral is of a voluntary nature and is related to the commitment addressed by the company, in the recent Zoning process of the Magallanes Region, where it committed to carry out the withdrawal of its aquaculture activities and concessions that operated in the Puerto Natales sector.
Stella Bjorg Kristinsdottir, marketing manager for Marel's fish business and a well-known face throughout Iceland's seafood sector, is leaving the firm, she told Undercurrent News.
The second week of 2020 will be her last with Marel, as she departs for a "new and exciting role outside of the seafood industry", as director of some product lines and new business development at dairy producer Mjolkursamlag Kaupfelags Skagfirdinga (MKS).
"I’ve been for almost 15 years with Marel now – practically living and breathing this great company," she said. "However, I felt it was time for me personally and professionally to grow further, hence move on to a new challenge."
The Spanish anchovy fleet will start the campaign of this fishery on March 1. To fully enter it, the ships of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country must yield to their French counterparts 1.7 million kilos of quota, with the aim of not matching both fleets in the development of the campaign. In exchange, the Cantabrian fleet will also have the relevant authorization for access to Gallic fishing grounds in which bait fishing can be carried out to fish, which are of particular interest to Basque and Cantabrian anchovies.
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