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IN BRIEF - Over 50% of UK consumers want to eat more seafood

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Seafish, the public body that supports the £10bn UK seafood industry, published its results looking at UK consumers’ attitudes and behaviours regarding seafood. It commissioned the ‘State of the Nation’ research as part of its work to drive further seafood consumption in the UK.

The findings of the research reveal that only one third followed the NHS public health recommendation to eat two portions of fish a week. However, over half (55%) of consumers would like to eat more seafood. The research also uncovered some key consumer attitudes and preferences around seafood, with findings showing that that 70% of the fish buying public think that sustainability is important and that telling consumers about the specific health benefits of fish would encourage over 70% of them to eat more.

Greg Smith, head of marketing at Seafish, said, “The State of the Nation project contains some of our most important research to date, helping us better understand UK consumers.

Source: The Caterer


IN BRIEF: Bluefin tuna catch season concludes

MEXICO
Monday, February 17, 2020

With more than 3 thousand tons, the bluefin tuna catch season concluded when approaching the catch limit for this year 2020 in compliance with the provisions of Resolution C-18-01 issued by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission.

The season was carried out with a fleet of six vessels, which supplied the national annual catch limit in just three weeks, which is a positive indicator of the recovery of the species. The totality of the caught tuna is destined to companies dedicated to the aquaculture of the species.

For the second consecutive year, complementing the scientists of the On-Board Observer Program, the vessels that participated in the capture of bluefin tuna were attended by a Federal Fisheries Officer belonging to the Directorate General for Inspection and Surveillance, the Director General reported of Fishing and Aquaculture Management of Conapesca, César Julio Saucedo Barrón.

He said that the bluefin tuna industry is an engine of regional economic development, generating 800 direct jobs and whose production chain impacts other sectors such as ship repair and refueling workshops, transport companies, laboratories and research centers, suppliers of fishing supplies and advisory and management services in environmental and port matters.

Source: Nelly Alfaro / Cadena Noticias


IN BRIEF - AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. Announces Closing of Public Offering of Common Stock

UNITED STATES
Sunday, February 16, 2020

MAYNARD, Mass., (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: AQB) (“AquaBounty” or the “Company”), a land-based aquaculture company utilizing technology to enhance productivity and sustainability, today announces the closing of its previously announced underwritten public offering of an aggregate of 10,350,000 shares of common stock of the Company at a public offering price of $1.50 per share, which includes the exercise in full of the underwriters’ option to purchase an additional 1,350,000 shares of common stock to cover over-allotments. The gross proceeds to AquaBounty from the offering are approximately $15.5 million, before deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses payable by AquaBounty.

Lake Street Capital Markets, LLC acted as the sole book-running manager for the offering.

The Company currently intends to use the net proceeds of this offering to continue construction and renovation activities of its existing facilities in Rollo Bay and Indiana, for working capital costs associated with growing its first batches of fish at its Indiana and Rollo Bay farm sites and for other general corporate purposes.


IN BRIEF - IFAD supports agriculture and fisheries

MOZAMBIQUE
Sunday, February 16, 2020

The Bank of Mozambique and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed two financing agreements totalling US$115.5 million for agriculture and fisheries in Rome, the Mozambican press reported.

The financial agreement for the development of Small-Scale Aquaculture (PRO-DAPE), with a value of US$43 million, aims to contribute to the improvement of living conditions, food security and resilience to climate change.

The Programme for Value Chain Development in the agriculture sector, worth US$72.5 million, is intended to contribute to the development of life and food security and in critical regions of the country.

Support for the new programme for food security and resilience to climate change will benefit at least 902,500 rural producers in Mozambique, one of the African countries affected by those changes.

In Mozambique, 70% of the population lives in rural areas and is highly vulnerable to climate change, and it is the third most-affected country in Africa, with approximately 58% of the population affected by these changes.

Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, reported that the two agreements were signed by the deputy governor of the Bank of Mozambique, Victor Gomes, and by Donald Brown, the associate vice president of IFAD, a United Nations agency. (macauhub)


IN BRIEF - From Monday 17.02.2020 the prices for mackerel for consumption will be as follows

NORWAY
Sunday, February 16, 2020

  • Group 1 (mackerel weighing 250 gram and more): 2,4489 øre pr gram
  • Group 2 (mackerel under 250 gram): NOK 3,50 pr kg
  • Group 2 (mackerel under 250 gram segregated for m/o): NOK 1,80 pr kg

According to Norges Sildesalgslag and Sjømat Norge’s agreement the minimum prices for mackerel in group 1 can be regulated every week as long as there has been a minimum turnover of 5000 MT. (1 Norwegian Krone equals = 0.11 United States Dollar)


NWAA statement regarding activist lawsuit: “Activist Organizations ‘Out of Touch” with Science”

UNITED STATES
Friday, February 14, 2020

The Northwest Aquaculture Alliance (NWAA), a leading voice for responsible aquaculture in the Pacific Northwest, has issued the following statement regarding the lawsuit to stop the joint venture between Cooke Aquaculture Pacific and the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe to grow rainbow trout in Puget Sound.

“We are dismayed but not surprised to see that once again, a coalition of self-styled ‘protectors’ of the environment are misusing the legal system to halt a legitimately permitted project to farm all-female, sterile female fish in Puget Sound in compliance with the state’s new laws regarding fish farming,” said NWAA Executive Director, Jeanne McKnight.

“We regard this lawsuit as a desperate, last-ditch effort to delay a project that the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved after a year of intensive scientific review and public input. While the intent of this frivolous lawsuit is to delay the project and harm the two companies involved in the joint venture, we believe this legal action will also do major harm to the people of this region who desperately need jobs and seafood they can afford,” she added.

“The activist organizations who joined forces to halt this project—Friends of the Earth, Wild Fish Conservancy, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the Center for Food Safety—are out of touch with both the science and the evidence that aquaculture is, in fact, one of the most environmentally responsible methods for producing food. The current project to raise sterile rainbow trout in Puget Sound will benefit not just the local economy where family-wage jobs are desperately needed, but also the people of the state of Washington, who want locally produced seafood at prices they can afford.” McKnight adde


PRESS RELEASE: Do not underestimate the resilience capacity of the Chinese market

ECUADOR
Thursday, February 13, 2020

The Executive President of the National Chamber of Aquaculture, representing the shrimp sector of Ecuador, stated that, with the end of holidays in China, domestic trade will begin to show signs of recovery, reactivating the demand for shrimp very soon.

The announcement of Chinese authorities regarding the completion of the long holiday generates a positive expectation for the Ecuadorian shrimp industry that expects a fast recovery of the demand, especially the one focusing on safe food.

According to the Executive President of the National Chamber of Aquaculture of Ecuador, José Antonio Camposano, this news is positive because the South American country is recognized for its excellent reputation as one of the largest shrimp producers worldwide, with a clean record in traceability and harmlessness. “What happened in China will undoubtedly generate more attention from consumers concerning the conditions of the food they buy. Regarding the Ecuadorian shrimp, Chinese consumers can have the certainty that they are buying, not only the best shrimp in the world, but the safest, the healthiest, the only one with reliable traceability and the most natural one”.

We must remember that Ecuador was the pioneer country in obtaining ASC certification, one of the most demanding in the world in terms of health and social responsibility. Likewise, the Ecuadorian industry has added a considerable amount of certifications, which has made it worthy of an excellent position in the international market, including the Chinese market to which it sells 67% of its production.

“Ecuador not only complies with the most demanding standards and certifications in terms of health, safety, conservation and social responsibility, but also has the only shrimp certified as free of antibiotics through the “Sustainable Shrimp Partnership” initiative, which has the endorsement of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and the Sustainable


PRESS RELEASE - Young’s Seafood overhauls core pack design to bring in younger, socially aware audience

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Today, we launch our all new, fresh, packaging design across our £62 million core range of products.

This redesign represents further investment into the Young’s brand for 2020, following the successful launch of our multi-million pound ‘Masters of Fish’ advertising campaign.

he new design will be rolled out across our iconic ranges, including; Scampi, Simply Breaded Fillets and the UK’s bestselling Admiral’s pie.

Insight led design

We’ve used consumer insight to inform on-pack messaging and a design overhaul brings all the products together under one consistent look and feel.

Featuring a simpler design, the range has a sharper colour palette and fresh photography to bring warmth and foodiness to the frozen aisle. The more modern and appealing style is also aimed to attract a younger audience to the core range.

Responsible sourcing

Recognising its increasing importance to consumers, we’ve amplified the visibility of our commitment to responsible sourcing by moving our ‘Fish for Life’ logo onto the front of the new core packs. Fish for Life is our long term initiative, signifying our commitment to doing things the right way by caring for our people, planet and partners in all we do.

Health

As health is also a growing concern for many consumers, we’ve also introduced the traffic light Guideline Daily Amounts (GDAs) onto this new packaging. This will give consumers a simple snapshot of the nutritional information for the product.

On the redesign, Jason Manley, Marketing Director of Young’s, said: “This branding overhaul is designed to inspire a younger audience to love fish and publicly reasserts our commitment to operating as a responsible business.

“Our core range is a £62 million brand, so having consistency is vital in order for us to ensure its lasting prominence within its category alongside our successful Gastro and Chip Shop ranges.

“We believe this new packaging is a vital step in bringing these family favourites to the tables of many more consumers.”


IN BRIEF - Long-term observations from Antarctica demonstrate erroneous conclusions

ANTARCTICA
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Long-term observations from Antarctica demonstrate that mismatched scales of fisheries management and predator-prey interaction lead to erroneous conclusions about precaution

Low catch limits for forage species are often considered to be precautionary measures that can help conserve marine predators. Difficulties measuring the impacts of fisheries removals on dependent predators maintain this perspective, but consideration of the spatio-temporal scales over which forage species, their predators, and fisheries interact can aid assessment of whether low catch limits are as precautionary as presumed. Antarctic krill are targeted by the largest fishery in the Southern Ocean and are key forage for numerous predators. Current krill removals are considered precautionary and have not been previously observed to affect krill-dependent predators, like penguins. Using a hierarchical model and 30+ years of monitoring data, we show that expected penguin performance was reduced when local harvest rates of krill were ≥0.1, and this effect was similar in magnitude to that of poor environmental conditions. With continued climate warming and high local harvest rates, future observations of penguin performance are predicted to be below the long-term mean with a probability of 0.77. Catch limits that are considered precautionary for forage species simply because the limit is a small proportion of the species’ standing biomass may not be precautionary for their predators.

Authors: George M. Watters, Jefferson T. Hinke & Christian S. Reiss | Scientific Reports volume 10 | Article number: 2314 (2020) | Read full report here


IN BRIEF - International examples offer US a blueprint for aquaculture regulation in 2020

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

For many years, powerful corporations, assisted by the very U.S. agencies tasked with protecting and managing our ocean resources, have collectively been pushing for development of industrialized fish farms off the coasts of our shoreline communities. Our fisheries managers and other elected officials have done little to mitigate the looming environmental threats of such expansion. In many cases, they have overlooked those threats in an effort to increase opportunities for industrial aquaculture in U.S. waters.

Industrial fish farms, which hold many thousands of fish in giant net pens in the ocean, pump heavily processed feed, antibiotics and other chemicals into our waters. These water-borne factory farms unfairly compete with wild-caught fish at market and harm the ecosystem by allowing pesticides and high concentrations of untreated fish waste to flow from the net pens into our oceans. This is all in addition to the very real threat of industrially-farmed fish escaping these pens and outcompeting wild, native fish for food and mates, as we saw just a few years ago off the coast of Washington state.

Despite these serious risks, the Environmental Protection Agency, Army Corps of Engineers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Marine Fisheries Service are allowing and even supporting development by corporations that push for bills and policies to fast-track these dangerous projects without proper environmental review or public input. Proposed bills like the 2018 Advancing the Quality and Understanding of American Aquaculture (AQUAA) Act would reduce transparency in the permitting process and ignore environmental impacts of new projects. Meanwhile, the federal agencies specifically tasked with protecting our oceans have churned out federal funding assistance to this industry and the Environmental Protection Agency is in the process of granting a Hawaii-based corporation approval to build a massive fish farm off the coast of Sarasota, Fla., all without meaningful public outreach or critical environmental review procedures.
 
Author: Hallie Templeton, senior oceans campaigner / Friends of the Earth | Read full story here

IN BRIEF - Lords EU Committee launches new inquiry on EU access to UK fisheries

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Today (Wednesday 12th), the House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee will launch its new short inquiry on access to UK fisheries with a double evidence session.

At 10.30am the Committee will hear from:

  • Professor Richard Barnes, Associate Dean for Research, Hull University
  • Dr Christopher Huggins, Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Suffolk
  • Andrew Oliver, Partner, Andrew Jackson.

Likely topics of discussion include:

  • What should the Government be aiming for in its negotiations on post-Brexit access to UK fisheries?
  • What legal constraints are there on the UK’s ability to restrict EU fishing access to the UK’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and the UK’s coastal waters from next year?
  • Are there other examples of the EU tying fishing access to overall trade in negotiations, as it is seeking to do with the UK?
  • Is it feasible for the Government to negotiate quota on the basis of zonal attachment, rather than relative stability? 
  • How will the UK’s approach need to change to ensure that any new agreement on EU access to UK fisheries is enforced?

At 11.45am the Committee will hear from:

  • Elspeth Macdonald, Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Fishermen’s Federation
  • Barrie Deas, Chief Executive Officer, National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations
  • Jeremy Percy, Chief Executive Officer, New Under Ten Fishermen's Association
  • Andrew Kuyk CBE, Chief Executive Officer, UK Seafood Industry Alliance.

Likely topics of discussion include:

  • Should the UK stop or reduce access by EU vessels to UK waters post-Brexit?
  • How strong a lever is the UK’s ability to grant or deny access to its waters?
  • Is there a risk of clashes in the water if the UK restricts EU vessels’ access?
  • What would be the impact on the fishing industry if trading fish products with the EU becomes more difficult or more expensive post-Brexit?
  • Do views on post-Brexit access to UK fisheries vary between the different regions and nations of the UK?

These evidence sessions, which are open to the public, will take place at 10.30am on Wednesday 12 February 2020 in Committee Room 2 of the House of Lords.


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