Sofly, which has about 50 stores, agreed to start sourcing BAP seafood and to gradually expand the percentage of BAP seafood that it sources to strengthen its commitment to sustainable seafood. Sofly is a regional supermarket chain that focuses on fresh foods.
Eighty-four percent of the total commercial tuna catch worldwide came from stocks at “healthy” levels of abundance, according to the latest report from the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF).
The organisation's Status of the Stocks report, which was published this week reveals that, in addition, 15 percent of the total tuna catch was from overfished stocks, and 1 percent was from stocks at an intermediate level of abundance.
Ratings for the following species have changed since ISSF’s last report in October:
The spawning biomass (SSB) ratio for Atlantic Ocean yellowfin has improved from yellow to green.
The fishing mortality rate ratio for Indian Ocean bigeye has downgraded from green to orange.
The fishing mortality ratio for Indian Ocean albacore has downgraded from green to orange.
Those tuna stocks currently considered overfished and/or subject to overfishing include the Atlantic Ocean bigeye, Eastern Pacific yellowfin, Indian Ocean yellowfin, Pacific bluefin tuna stocks, Eastern Pacific bigeye, Indian Ocean bigeye and Indian Ocean albacore.
Source: The Fish Site | Read the full article here
Commercial fishing continues in the Bering Sea during the coronavirus pandemic, though there are precautions in place keeping the fishermen confined to their boats while making deliveries to processing plants.
In the snow crab fishery, 34 boats were still fishing last week out of 59 that started the season, which was 79% complete with 7.2 million pounds still in the water, according to Ethan Nichols, of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Unalaska. The average catch per pot was 142 of the little snow crab, also known as opilio or "opies."
While many businesses and government organizations are closed because of the deadly coronavirus, Fish and Game's office remains open to the public, although Nichols said people are encouraged to take care of business online or via telephone, to limit social contact.
Author: Jim Paulin/The Bristol Bay Times | Read full storyhere
The Scottish Government has announced £10 million of support to help seafood processors survive the economic pressures caused by the Covid-19 epidemic.
The Scottish Seafood Business Resilience Fund provides a combination of grants and loans to businesses suffering severe hardship following the shutdown of international markets and the food service industry across the UK.
Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “Parts of the seafood sector have been decimated by the collapse of the export and hospitality markets, and are now struggling to survive.
“Our seafood processors are the lifeblood of many rural and coastal communities, supporting thousands of local jobs and producing some of the finest seafood in the world.
“The industry has been very clear that cashflow is the critical issue facing businesses and this new fund seeks to inject capital into businesses to help them meet their ongoing costs, keep the business solvent and keep people on the payroll.
Source: fishfarmingexpert | Read the full article here
- Norwegians do not like monetary benefits to benefit others. That's what it's about now, a fish importer tells iLaks.
- The prices in crowns have not changed, you ask me.
Every Friday after lunch, iLaks collects the spot prices for salmon. These are fish that will be delivered the following week. Here we contact various links in the value chain, including breeders, exporters and importers. We always have at least five independent fonts, although not all fonts are necessarily printed. We vary which fonts we use and don't use the same fonts every time.
The market is in exceptional condition, especially buyers of fresh salmon.
Author: Aslak Berge / iLaks.no | Read the full articlehere
Russian salmon farmer joins 100 food producers that will get government support during coronavirus crisis.
In the wake of the coronavirus, Russia has released a list of companies which are being called “backbone organisations”.
Interfax reports that in the face of a collapse in oil prices and coronavirus pandemics the Russian government will monitor and, if necessary, consider providing support.
The list was first created for the 2008 financial crisis with 300 companies when “dozens of large companies were cut off simultaneously from credit resources due to the financial crisis, and the state had to think about saving them”.
This has now been boosted because of COVID-19, with Moscow extending a partial lockdown until May 1.
The current government ordered a special commission to renew it, with 646 organizations in the list. 80 of them are directly related to agriculture and 21 represents the food industry.
Source: SalmonBusiness | Read the full article here
Aomori Prefecture announced its plan for the sixth management period for bluefin tuna (April 20 to March 21). As of 1st of this month, large fish (over 30 kg), 460.8 tons, and small fish (under 30 kg), 256.3 tons, are almost the same level as last year, but are expected to increase slightly due to the transfer of quota to Taiwan.
Source: daily-tohoku.news | Read full articlehere (Japanese by subscription)
The South Africa Department of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries (DEFF) has granted an environmental authorization for a sea-based aquaculture development zone nearly six years after the first one was issued and withdrawn because of protests by environmentalists about the likely negative impact of the project on the environment.
The DEFF said the authorization has been granted “following a number of specialist studies and an environmental impact assessment to determine the likely effects the proposed development would have on the environment.”
The department, which is headed by Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy, said the EIA process “took into account inter-related socio-economic, cultural, and human-health impacts.”
Three sites named Algoa 1 near Summerstrand, Algoa 6 adjacent to Port Elizabeth, and Algoa 7 in front of Ngqura harbor – all in South Africa’s Eastern Cape – have been identified for the development of finfish and bivalve projects under the authorization.
This is the second time an environmental authorization is being granted for this aquaculture project in the last six years. The first authorization was granted in 2010, but withdrawn in 2014 in response to numerous appeals against it by various environmental and community groups.
Author: Shem Oirere / SeafoodSource | Read the full article here
THE Boston Seafood show, postponed last month, is to be staged on September 23-24, the expo organisers confirmed yesterday.
The slightly shorter exhibition will take place at its usual venue, the Boston Exhibition and Convention Centre, with a three-day conference programme starting on September 22, said Diversified Communications.
The annual Seafood Expo North America had been scheduled to start on March 15 but became one of the first major seafood events to be affected by the coronavirus crisis.
The group also postponed the Brussels seafood show, Seafood Expo Global, which had been due to take place from April 21-23. Potential new dates for this exhibition, the world’s biggest seafood show, are June 23-25.
Plizga said the September dates for the Boston event were chosen in consideration of the recent escalating situation with Covid-19, the venue availability, as well as feedback from customers, and high-volume retail and food service buyers from North America.
The Minister of Agriculture and Food of France, Didier Guillaume, has sent a communication in which he expresses gratitude to the European Commission for its "positive response" to the demands for support "for the fishing and aquaculture sector". "During the Council of Ministers of Agriculture and Fisheries that met on March 25, Didier Guillaume and his European counterparts asked Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius for immediate measures from the FEMP to allow the sector to face the destabilization of its market", indicates the Ministry .
"The fishing and aquaculture industries are severely destabilized by the consequences of the health crisis that affects all the countries of the European Union," continues the Ministry, pointing out that Guillaume "welcomes the response he has just given. the European Commission and thanks Commissioner Sinkevicius for his response. "
"This proposal must be presented and adopted as soon as possible by the Council and the European Parliament, as it will allow France to rapidly develop its national support framework, in full consultation with the fishing industry and the presidents of the regions concerned," says the French Government.
Source: Industrias Pesqueras | Read the full articlehere (Spanish)
IPNLF welcomes Camerican International United Kingdom
The global food sourcing company furthers its commitment to providing US consumers with sustainable tuna by becoming a Member of the International Pole & Line Foundation
Camerican International, ...