The Portuguese presidency predicts "a great road" ahead in 2021
The traditional European Council of Ministers of Agriculture and Fisheries (popularly known as Agrifish) in December closed incomplete in 2020 in the absence of the result of the ‘Brexit’ negotiations. With the mystery already cleared, the European leaders met this morning, by videoconference, to agree on the next steps.
The Portuguese Minister of the Sea, Ricardo Serrão Santos, acted as master of ceremonies within the rotating presidency of the Council of Portugal. The Portuguese minister recognized the work of Michel Barnier, chief negotiator of the EU during the 'Brexit', and pointed out that in 2021 there is "a great road ahead"
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Demand for seafood products in the Middle East and Africa has been rising steadily, a trend that is likely to persist through 2027, according to a new report from Insight Partners, a venture capital and research firm based in New York City, U.S.A.
The report, “Middle East and Africa Seafood Market Forecast to 2027 - COVID-19 Impact and Regional Analysis,” found the value of the seafood market in the two regions is projected to grow from USD 9.3 billion (EUR 7.7 billion) in 2019 to USD 10.7 billion (EUR 8.9 billion) in the next six years.
Rising seafood per capita consumption, increasing demand for imported seafood products, and the emergence of specialty seafood restaurants are some of the factors anticipated to drive market growth in the regions, according to the report.
Author: Shem Oirere / SeafoodSource | Read the full articlehere
Salmon prices remain in a state of stagnation as the first month of 2021 draws to a close.
In Norway at the end of last week they were either flat or fell slightly due to a number of external factors. There has also been a reduction in slaughter size.
Bad weather in the north of the country affected supply last week, but so far there is little sign that prices are likely to rise as a result.
Prices in the medium to large weight class (three to six kilo) range from NOK 44 and NOK 47 per kilo with downward pressure on large fish. Scottish prices are thought to have fared only slightly better.
Author: Vince McDonagh / Fish Farmer | Read the full articlehere
The US fishing and seafood sector has generated more than $200 billion in annual sales and supported 1.7 million jobs in recent years, but experienced broad declines in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 public health crisis, according to a new NOAA Fisheries analysis.
According to analysts, Covid-19 protective measures instituted in March across the United States and around the world contributed to an almost immediate impact on seafood sector sales. There was a strong start to the year, with a 3% increase in commercial fish landings revenue in January and February.
However, revenues declined each month from a 19% decrease in March to a 45% decrease by July. This translates to a 29% decrease across those seven months, as compared to five-year averages and adjusted for inflation.
Author: Quentin Bates / FiskerForum | Read the full articlehere
Iceland Review reports that delays and interruptions due to new Brexit rules mean that Icelandic exporters are moving seafood to Europe through Rotterdam, Netherlands, instead of Immingham docks, 6 miles from Grimsby, eastern England.
Back in February 2020, Iceland’s UK ambassador told Grimbsy Live clear mutual determination to ensure Brexit doesn’t damage the unique trading relationship his country enjoys within the Humber Estuary, a major seafood hub.
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Keeping oysters in live tanks rather than in the water where they’re grown helps reduce double-handling, ensures quality and opens up potential new markets.
Ask most battle-scarred oyster farmers where the best place to store their oysters is, and they’ll tell you the same water that they’re grown in. Obviously. But younger farmers are changing their tune.
Four years ago, Ewan McAsh, the co-founder of SmartOysters*, wouldn’t have dreamt of keeping his stock anywhere but the river. But after installing his first live tank in 2016 he became a convert.There are now three tanks in operation on his farm and he plans on adding seven more in the next 12 months.
Author: Renata Gortan / The Fish Site | Read the full articlehere
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised seafood businesses GBP 23 million (USD 31.5 million, EUR 26 million) in emergency aid this week in an effort to mitigate some of the strain caused by border delays resulting from the new customs and export certification requirements of the Brexit trade agreement.
The offering has received mixed reception, with questions being raised over whether its sufficient enough to support the industry through this difficult period.
Author: Jason Holland / SeafoodSource | Read the full articlehere
The capture of anchovies and sardines are two fundamental fisheries for Andalusian purse seiners. For the fleet in the Gulf of Cádiz, the agreement between the European Union and Morocco is key. “Our fishing ground is looking very good and we anticipate quota increases for both species next year, but for their good health it is very important to be able to fish in Morocco and give fishermen another alternative. It is important that the periodic reviews that the EU makes of its pacts are positive and that the agreement is keep, especially for the Barbate purse seine and for the bottom longline of that locality or of Conil and Algeciras.
Through a panel organized by ProChile together with the Santiago Chamber of Commerce, guidelines were given on how to position, adapt and continue to grow in this commercial channel in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
The year 2020 and the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic advanced the digital strategies of companies and international trade by several years, adapting new forms of promotion and sale.
In this sense, ProChile together with the Santiago Chamber of Commerce organized the international forum entitled "Ecommerce in North America: Strategy and Acceleration", which was attended by the general director of ProChile, Jorge O'Ryan, and the director of the Center for Digital Economy of the Santiago Chamber of Commerce, George Lever, who also moderated the forum.