IN BRIEF - Maine elver fishing enters first weekend of delayed year
Monday, April 06, 2020
Maine’s baby eel fishing season is entering its first full weekend, two weeks after it was originally slated to begin.
Maine Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher delayed the start of the eel fishing season from March 22 to March 30 because of concerns about coronavirus. The state has since announced practices designed to help the fishermen limit spread of the disease.
The baby eels are called elvers and they’re often worth more than $2,000 per pound. They’re harvested in rivers and streams and sold to Asian aquaculture companies that use them as seed stock. The eels are raised to maturity, and some come back to the U.S. for use in Japanese restaurants.
India’s shrimp aquaculture industry is one of its growing, protein-producing industries which earns important foreign exchange.
In this article, we analyze existing trends in the various segments of the shrimp production supply chain in India, including hatcheries, shrimp farms, feed production and exports. We also propose some strategies to help support industry resiliency and sustainability.
India has an extensive coastline of 8,118 km across nine states and four union territories. The country’s shrimp aquaculture industry is one of its growing, protein-producing sectors which earns India important foreign exchange. Rising demand for animal protein, safe for human consumption, is on the rise due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has not only caused a huge transition in the global economy but also affected the shopping behavior of many people around the world.
Author: dward Gnana Jothi George, Ph.D. Sugumar Chinnadurai and Vidya A / Global Aquaculture Alliance | Read the full articlehere
International Maritime Organization (IMO) recognizes the need to keep supply chains in Maritime Commerce operational due to the impact of COVID-19. In this way, the Secretariat of the Inter-American Committee on Ports (S / CIP) has developed best practices for response protocols to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the proper functioning of ports. Bearing in mind the difficulties presented by the pandemic but recognizing the area of opportunity for the development of guidelines for the response to health emergencies and risk situations such as this, the S / CIP has dedicated itself to collecting, recognizing and disseminating best practices and decisions made by our members.
Northern Australian aquaculture is set to increase its production five-fold and exceed $1.34 billion (US$886 million) in value within the next decade.
So suggests a new report by the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA), which also found the growth of the industry would create 2,340 direct new jobs by 2030 - if the industry worked together to overcome identified challenges and capitalise on the opportunities outlined in the study.
Jed Matz, CEO of CRCNA, said the research, led by James Cook University (JCU), has for the first time clearly articulated a future vision for the whole Northern Australian aquaculture industry.
The volume of whole fresh salmon exported by Norway continued to slide last week as the preference for prepacked fillets among the country’s main markets gathered more momentum. In kroner terms, however, the price of whole salmon is now higher than a year ago, according to the latest trade update from the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC).
In week 22, there was an 11 percent decrease in the overseas sales of whole fresh salmon compared to a year previously, while exports of fresh and frozen salmon fillets increased by 17 percent and 54 percent, respectively. Overall, 21,776 metric tons (MT) of salmon was exported over the seven-day period, representing a decrease of 6 percent year-on-year.
Author: Jason Holland / SeafoodSource | Read the full article here
At the Pella OJSC shipyard, two vessels were laid in a timely manner for the extraction of project crab 03070. The hulls are being formed ahead of schedule.
The construction of crab fishers is carried out by order of the Far Eastern company Ostrovnoy-Crab LLC as part of the implementation of the investment quota program for the extraction of crab.
The lead ship of project 03070 Rus was transferred to the Customer - LLC Antei on May 15, 2020. Rus is the first Russian crabfish built under the investment quota program.
Project 03070 crab fishing vessel is intended for specialized bottom crab longline fishing (Kamchatka, opilio, blue) with “Japanese” type cone traps with subsequent sorting, reloading into trellised baskets and transporting live crab in baskets in chilled outboard water in special thermally insulated tanks (RSW -tanks).
MOWI Scotland is celebrating the news that it has become the first aquaculture company in the world to achieve Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification for freshwater lochs.
The honour has gone to Loch Lochy and Glenfinnan and follows on from the ASC’s revised trout standard. This is a significant milestone towards the company’s stated ambition to strive towards 100 per cent ASC certification by 2025. Rory Campbell, technical manager said:
‘This is a significant milestone for our business. Loch Lochy and Glenfinnan are both freshwater loch farms that, along with our recirculating aquaculture facilities, provide for a vital part of our salmon’s lifecycle before entering the sea.
Author: Vince McDonagh / Fish Farmer | Read the full articlehere
Community and British negotiators today resume the negotiations of the post-Brexit agreements, which will define the relations between the two blocs from January 1, 2021. The dialogue resumes in a context of full support from the two main European institutions, Council and European Parliament, to the fishing sector.
As every month, the spokesman for the European Commission for the relationship between the EU and the United Kingdom published the meeting agenda that will take place this week. Tomorrow, Tuesday, the future fisheries agreement will begin to be negotiated from 14:30 to 17:00, the signing of which is essential before reaching a free trade agreement (FTA). The dialogue on the fisheries agreement will last until Thursday.
Source: Fishing Industries | Read the full articlehere
The fishing sector has yet to see the hoped-for recovery of seafood sales and prices as the HoReCa sector is gradually re-opened. Sales are estimated to have dropped by 10% as demand remains low for restaurant species including shellfish, sea bream and turbot, while prices have remained low for hake, megrim and monkfish.
Spanish fishing vessel operators’ organisation CEPESCA, retailers’ body FEDEPESCA and fishermen’s guilds federation FNCP are encouraging consumers to prioritise buying legal, sustainable and healthy fish from Spanish vessels to fill the gap while the restaurant and hotel trade has yet to recover.
These organisations all recognise that the economic crisis and the measures taken to slow the spread of Covid-19 could have serious repercussions for the industry as a whole in future.
Author: Quentin Bates / FiskerForum | Read the full articlehere
The national food distribution has passed the examination it has undergone with the arrival of the health crisis caused by Covid-19. But how is the future presented? Precisely this unknown has been the basis of the virtual round table organized today, May 27, by Ainia, under the slogan 'The Great Distribution, working towards the future, companies facing the challenge of Covid-19' and which has had the participation of Mercadona's quality director, Luis Pla; the director of the consumer-client department of Consum, Manuel García, and the Ikea Food Country manager, Carlos Cocheteux.
The first big conclusion is the importance of continuing to bet on innovation to get out of this situation as quickly as possible, given that "Covid is going to be a catalyst for innovation, a lever" and "you have to go forward with innovation , you can't get out of a crisis any other way ", in the words of Carlos Cocheteux.