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IN BRIEF - Seafood exports face barriers

VIET NAM
Thursday, June 14, 2018

HCM CITY - The seafood companies should work closer with various ministries such as trade and industry and foreign affairs to overcome trade barriers that hinder Vietnamese seafood exports, a top agriculture official said.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Tr?n Thanh Nam, speaking at the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Vi?t Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) in HCM City yesterday, praised its efforts in the last two decades to apprise seafood producers about the market situation, advocate favourable policies for them and help exporters overcome technical barriers in major markets like the US and EU.

Since exporters will continue to face tougher challenges, especially in the US, he called on VASEP to work together with related associations and ministries to overcome them.

Source: Viet Nam News


IN BRIEF - Stolt Sea Farm Awarded IFS

SPAIN
Monday, January 21, 2019

Stolt Sea farm achieved IFS (International Featured Standards) in December 2018 for its main packing room, located at Lira, Carnota, A Coruña, Spain.

IFS is a recognised international certification that assures food safety as well as well as the optimisation of processes.

                
                                                 
Stolt Sea Farm is a world leader in turbot farming, with 5300 tons produced per year. The company, which maintains the ISO 9001 quality management certifications, ISO 14001 environmental management, Friend of The Sea and Global G.A.P., endorses its activity as sustainable, now incorporates the IFS certification for its processing room for turbot and sole species.

The successful cultivation of the Premium species (turbot, sole and sturgeon) that Stolt Sea Farm produces requires extensive scientific knowledge, sophisticated technology and highly specialized facilities. Since its foundation in 1972, the organization focuses on advancing aquaculture as a sustainable source of high quality, healthy food. Stolt Sea Farm is a division of Stolt-Nielsen Limited.

This represents the achievement of a milestone that will allow Stolt Sea Farm to offer the highest requirements in terms of legality, quality and food safety, offering all the transparency and efficiency to an increasing international customer base.


IN BRIEF - Salmon Village brand Atlantic salmon nuggets recalled over listeria concerns

CANADA
Monday, January 21, 2019

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says B.C.-based Delta Pacific Seafoods is recalling certain Salmon Village brand Hot Smoked Salmon Nuggets over possible bacterial contamination.

The agency says the company’s maple variety Hot Smoked Atlantic Salmon Nuggets in 150 gram packets labelled “1227.18 F26.18,” and all best-before codes, could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The recall applies to Alberta, B.C., Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell contaminated, but can still make you sick, said the CFIA.

Source: Simon Little - Online Journalist | Global News


IN BRIEF - Aquaculture Could Be Conservation’s Secret Weapon

WORLDWIDE
Monday, January 21, 2019

Nets of diseased, lice-ridden salmon. Escapee fish polluting the gene pools of wild populations. Miles of mangroves bulldozed to build shrimp farms.

Aquaculture is often portrayed as an environmental risk, and if poorly managed, it can pose a serious threat to the surrounding ecosystem.

But aquaculture doesn’t have to be an environmental liability. A new paper from scientists at The Nature Conservancy and the University of Adelaide shows that aquaculture could be a valuable tool for conservation, restoring lost ecosystem services while providing food for people.

Is Aquaculture Bad for the Environment?

Many of the environmental concerns about aquaculture — and the resulting bad press — focus on salmon and other finfish aquaculture. But these species represent a very small portion of the overall industry. In fact, most aquaculture production focuses on seaweed and shellfish, like oysters and mussels.

Whether we like it or not, aquaculture is here to stay. (read full article here)

Written by JUSTINE E. HAUSHEER/blog.nature.org

IN BRIEF - The tuna auction observation deck at Toyosu Market is now open to public

JAPAN
Monday, January 21, 2019

Getting up before sunrise requires a very good reason, and the legendary tuna auction at Tokyo’s fish market is just that. (In case you missed the memo, the fish market relocated from Tsukiji to Toyosu in October last year.) It is one of the top things to do in Tokyo, and recently in the New Year, a massive tuna was sold at Toyosu Market for a record ¥333.6 million.

To see the tuna auction, there are two options: one is the visitors’ gallery behind glass windows on the second floor. You don’t need a ticket for this – you can come and go as you like but just make sure you’re here before 6.30am if you want to see the tuna.

For those wanting a more intimate viewing of the action, the elevated Tuna Auction Observation Deck is now open. Here you’ll feel like you’re almost part of the action: watch the bidders’ hand signals and expressions, see the rows of frosted tuna, and even smell the fish through the partly open space. The auction goes for a brief 30 minutes – from 5.45am to 6.15am – so you’ll need to be punctual. Once it’s over, head to the multitude of excellent sushi restaurants for breakfast – you’re bound to beat the crowds at that time of day.

Read up on our guide to Toyosu Market before you go, including the best restaurants at the market. By Jessica Thompson/
Time Out Tokyo Editors


IN BRIEF - Aqua Bridge aims to transform fish farming in UAE

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Monday, January 21, 2019

Being a nation that prides on its coastal heritage, fishing is a deeply embedded tradition in the UAE’s culture. However, increased demand for fish as a rich source of protein over the years has resulted in significant depletion of fish stocks.

Recognising the growing market demand for sustainable aquaculture-produced fish, Dubai-based start-up Aqua Bridge was set up in 2017 to support local fish farmers to produce high quality, competitively priced, safe and delicious fish using sustainable technology, while preserving the environment.

The firm focuses on marine fish farming and hatcheries to support the local aquaculture industry and reduce the dependency on imported fish.

According to the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, the average annual seafood consumption in the UAE is nearly 226,000 tonnes, while the UAE’s local fish catch from natural fish stocks in the Gulf is a mere 70,000 tonnes, forcing the country to depend on imports for more than 70 per cent its seafood. Fish from aquaculture is about 3,255 tonnes.

Aqua Bridge aims to empower the local aquaculture industry, as well as boost small farmers and coastal fish workers, developing seafood productive capacities of all actors in the UAE. Of the 13 registered fish farms across the UAE, Aqua Bridge is supporting 11...(read full article here)

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IN BRIEF - Steep decline in predatory fish population in past 40 years, says study

WORLDWIDE
Monday, January 21, 2019

A study by a team of European and Canadian scientists has revealed that there has been a drastic decline in the number of top predatory fish species in the world’s oceans in the past century.

The study, titled “A century of fish biomass decline in the ocean” and published on October 9, states in its findings that the biomass (the mass of living biological organisms in a given area or ecosystem at a given time) of predatory fish declined by two-thirds in the 20th century due to over-fishing, with 55 per cent of the decline taking place in the last 40 years.

“Our results show major declines in the biomass of predatory fish, amounting to a decline of two-thirds over the last century, with 55 per cent of the decline occurring in the last 40 years. Indications are that the decline was sharpest during the period between 1970 and 1990, and has since levelled off somewhat.

This does not mean, however, that conditions have started to improve globally; we found no indications of increase in bio-mass of predatory fish. There may be regional improvements. However, this is not evident yet at a global scale,” the study, led by Villy Christiansen of the Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia in Vancouver said.(read full article here)


IN BRIEF - What does marine heatwave mean for future of New Zealand's fish?

NEW ZEALAND
Friday, January 18, 2019

A rare marine heatwave is under way in places around New Zealand, with fish and other marine life likely to spend the next couple of months swimming south to find cooler water.

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) has confirmed marine heatwave conditions in parts of the Tasman Sea and the seas east of the country, for the second consecutive summer.

Sea-surface temperatures are now up to 4 degrees Celsius warmer than average in the Tasman and up to 3C hotter than normal in places off Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Canterbury.

Some eastern hot spots are even 1C or so warmer than they were at the same time during last summer's marine heatwave.

The warmer than normal waters increase the chance of subtropical sea life appearing around New Zealand. It also means fish that thrive in cooler water will have to drift further south to find it. (continue...)

Source: Paul Gorman | stuff.co.nz


IN BRIEF - Lobster wars continue as government claims extra catches kept by fishers themselves

AUSTRALIA
Friday, January 18, 2019

Tensions between Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly and the Western Rock Lobster industry continue to simmer after Mr Kelly released findings of a review that found cray fishers were keeping portions of extra catches allowed under the local lobster program for themselves.

Mr Kelly was citing a 2018 Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development review of the local lobster program. The program was set up in 2016 by the Barnett government to provide more lobsters for the local market.

Fishermen have strongly denied the claim and criticised Mr Kelly for citing a report that isn't publicly available.

On Friday Mr Kelly pointed to several pitfalls of the local lobster program allegedly found by the review, including that during the first two phases of the program more than a quarter of the seafood was kept by the fishers themselves. (continue...)

Source: Hamish Hastie | watoday.com.au


IN BRIEF - After 20 years and $1 billion spent on Washington state salmon programs, fish still declining, new report says

UNITED STATES
Friday, January 18, 2019

The 2018 State of the Salmon report by the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office is a sobering read: Across the state, and in its jewel, Puget Sound, salmon are struggling to survive despite efforts of every kind to prevent extinction.

The news isn’t all bad: some runs, such as summer chum on the Hood Canal and fall chinook in the Snake River are doing better and near their recovery goals. And habitat restoration, from taking out dikes to fixing highway culverts that block salmon migration boosts salmon populations, the report found.

The problem is that more habitat is being destroyed, more quickly than it can be fixed as the state continues a turbocharged growth spurt that is chewing up salmon habitat with roads, pavement, housing and commercial development.(continue...)

Source: Lynda V. Mapes | Seattle Times


IN BRIEF - Seaside town divided over Britain’s Brexit turmoil

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, January 18, 2019

For centuries, the English town of Hastings has been famous for its 1066 battle that defeated King Harold’s army and started the Norman conquest of Britain.

But the seaside town facing France is now caught up in a modern-day battle over Anglo-European relations as Brexit divides opinions among its locals.

Fishermen in Hastings want Prime Minister Theresa May to take Britain out of the EU without a deal but others are deeply concerned about the risks, reflecting sharp divisions in the country as a whole.

Hastings’ symbolism may not have been lost on opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who visited for a speech on Thursday to insist he would not discuss a possible way forward with May unless she ruled out Britain leaving the EU with no deal.

Hastings fishermen, with an eye on more maritime access, want the hardest possible Brexit: sailing out of the European Union with no deal at all come Brexit day, scheduled for March 29. (continue...)

Source expatica.com


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