IN BRIEF - Negative image affecting seafood recruitment – survey
Friday, September 14, 2018
The negative perception of working in the seafood processing industry is one of the main barriers to recruiting enough British staff, company chiefs have said.
Their comments are contained in the latest comprehensive Seafish quarterly update on the labour situation, first launched late last year in the light of Brexit.
The result is that, for a variety of reasons including Brexit, seafood processors are finding it harder to recruit enough people. The survey says that 38 per cent of firms in the sample told Seafish it became more difficult to fill vacancies in the three month period between April and June 2018, compared with the previous quarter. Only five per cent said things were easier.
NEW YORK CITY - Recent investigations and studies have shown mislabeling – sometimes due to error but often the result of outright fraud – is rampant in the seafood industry, showing up both in the marketplace and on restaurant menus.
One study of retailers found seafood like grouper, cod and snapper may be mislabeled up to 87 percent of the time, swapped out for less desirable and cheaper varieties. For example, only seven of the 120 samples of red snapper were actually red snapper.
CBS News' Meg Oliver spoke to Vinny Millbourn, who hails from a long line of fishermen. The fishmonger at Greenpoint Fish and Lobster Company in Brooklyn, New York, specializes in local, domestic and traceable species. His storefront acts as a fish market, raw bar and restaurant.
Salmon producers are hoping to reduce the impact of fish farming on the environment by changing how they feed their fish.
It's part of research being undertaken in Nelson where thousands of king salmon are being carefully monitored by scientists.
Waste from fish farming can damage the surrounding area, starving the seabed of oxygen and killing off life in the most extreme cases.
"If we know the nutritional requirements of the king salmon species, they'll eat less as a result. That's a lesser impact of the environment and a better outcome," said Grant Rosewarne of New Zealand King Salmon.
There's still much to learn about king salmon, with new studies underway at Cawthron Institute's new $8 million finfish research facility, housing 4,000 king salmon to improve their species' breeding, growth and diet.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. - The University of Rhode Island has been awarded federal funding to help strengthen training programs for aquaculture workers and develop an online training curriculum that can be deployed nationwide.
Rhode Island's congressional delegation says URI's Rhode Island Sea Grant program was awarded nearly USD 750,000.
The funding will be used to bolster an entry-level training curriculum for aquaculture farm workers in Rhode Island to improve worker safety, promote critical skills and boost employee recruitment and retention. Rhode Island Sea Grant also will develop online worker training that can be adopted by other states to promote aquaculture workforce training and production.
HCM CITY - The Mekong Delta province of B?n Tre has sustainably developed both aquaculture and offshore fishing in the past 10 years under a national marine strategy.
Nguy?n Van Bu?i, deputy director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said with its long coast, the province has favourable conditions for developing both.
It has a total of 46,500ha of aquaculture ponds with an annual output of 265,000 tonnes in the coastal districts of Ba Tri, Bình Ð?i and Th?nh Phú, accounting for 44.6 per cent of the province’s total fisheries output, he said.
It has developed logistics and the processing industry to add value to its fishing and aquaculture products, he said.
Pollution from fish farms off Malta’s shores may be having a negative impact on local tourism. Yet future scenarios for the global industry are looking stormier as climate change sets in.
“How much climate change can we deal with before we really need to implement adapation?” was the key question posed by AquaBioTech marine environmental consultant Rachel Cox at the start of a meeting held last month. The international consultancy specialising in salt-water aquaculture has a regional office in Malta.
Understanding when and how the tourism, aquaculture, energy generation and marine transport sectors on European islands may have to adapt to climate change was the theme of parallel sessions held recently by the international consultants.
Fishermen and traders have expressed divergent views over President Uhuru Kenyatta’s proposal for a ban on fish imports from China to protect the local industry.
In coastal counties, fishermen have welcomed the ban and asked the State to equip them with modern fishing vessels to enable them compete fairly with foreign fishers.
"We had opposed Chinese fish imports but the government officials said it was necessitated due to deficit. But now that the President has banned the imports, we want him to provide us with enough fibre boats and machines to increase production,” said Mr Hamid Mohammed, chairman of the Wavuvi Association of Kenya.
Based on conversion notices received and in accordance with the bond agreement, Marine Harvest ASA has converted EUR 47.9 million of the original outstanding loan of the EUR 340 million convertible bond issued by Marine Harvest ASA with ISIN NO 001 0748742 into shares at the conversion price of EUR 13.2321. Marine Harvest ASA has resolved to satisfy the request by issuing 3,619,982 new shares, each with a nominal value of NOK 7.50. The adjusted outstanding amount of the convertible bond is currently EUR 215.8 million.
The share capital increase pertaining to the conversion has been duly registered with the Norwegian Register of Business Enterprises. Following the registration of the share capital increase, the Company's share capital is NOK 3,746,598,577.50, divided into 499,546,477 total shares, each with a nominal value of NOK 7.50.
They are two of our most valuable commercial fish species exported to many parts of the world, and which in a post-Brexit UK will continue to form a valuable – and hopefully growing – global market for Scottish seafood processors. The fish in question are mackerel and herring, a precious natural resource from around Scotland’s shores which are in strong demand in international and UK markets. They also tick all the right boxes for consumers – tasty, healthy to eat and sourced from sustainable fisheries.