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IN BRIEF - New board established at the Nor-Fishing Foundation

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Kjell Ingebrigtsen, appointed by the Norwegian Fisheries Association, was elected as the new chairman of board of the Nor-Fishing Foundation at the board meeting on March 11, 2020. Guri Lerøy Riple, appointed by Seafood Norway, was elected Deputy Chairman.

Chairman with long experience from the industry

Kjell Ingebrigtsen is a former professional fisherman from Bodø and has a long experience in the industry. Since 2013, Ingebrigtsen has been a leader in the Norwegian Fisheries Association.

IN BRIEF - UPDATE: WA2020 rescheduled to December 14 to 18, 2020

Friday, March 13, 2020

The World Aquaculture 2020 (WA2020) Conference Organizer and the WA2020 Steering Committee members have decided that WA2020 will be rescheduled from June 8-12, 2020 to December 14-18, 2020, at Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre, Singapore.

As we know, the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has impacted all events and travel planning all over the world. All the organizers should be concern and consider the health, safety and well-being for all participants. The virus prevention guidance and measure in each country has become more restricted making greater obstacles for both travelling and conducting all the public events that have a risk to spread corona virus from people gathering. Such a severe situation makes it necessary to reschedule WA2020 to a more appropriate time in December.

However, please be noted that the everything in the WA2020 meeting will be continue proceeded as the same, except for the dates. Therefore, all the previous abstracts you submitted to us will continue to be processed by the Program Committee and all registrations will continue to be valid. The abstract deadline will be changed to July 1, 2020.

For the Exhibition, and if you have already booked the booth, everything will remain the same, we will send you the updated manual and all other information.

Information regarding commercial exhibitor, sponsor, participants and visitors registrations can be found at the link at www.was.org and social media : Facebook and LinkedIn # Wa2020.

Other Media | DN Sources: Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen becomes new fisheries minister

Friday, March 13, 2020

State Secretary Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen (55) from Bodø is appointed new fisheries minister in the Cabinet of Ministers today at 11 am.

Ingebrigtsen takes over the post after Geir Inge Sivertsen, who had to retire as a result of clutter with salary and board positions.

Ingebrigtsen has been secretary of state in the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy since January, and has been a long-time city council representative in Bodø. Prior to becoming Secretary of State, Ingebrigtsen was CEO of Indre Salten Energi.

From the north

By appointing Ingebrigtsen from Nordland, Prime Minister Erna Solberg continues a long tradition of choosing fisheries ministers from Northern Norway. According to a survey from the online newspaper Minerva , 18 out of a total of 28 fisheries ministers after the war have been from Northern Norway, while 10 have come from the coast of Western Norway and Trøndelag

Source: Dagens Næringsliv | Read original story here (Norwegian)

Other Media | aqua.cl: Commercial Director of ProChile Shanghai 'The Covid-19 has been a blow to the entire industry'

Friday, March 13, 2020

The ProChile representative clarified that although there has been a drop in Chilean food shipments, the market continues to function, but on a smaller scale. He said that electronic commerce has shown a notable rise.
China is one of the main trading partners of Chile. Until there, our country exports fresh fruit, nuts, wines and, of course, seafood, such as salmon and mussels. That is why the situation of Covid-19 (Coronavirus), has affected hundreds of Chilean exporters who have seen their shipments decrease as a result of the drastic reduction in purchases and consumption, in general, in the Asian giant.
In conversations with AQUA, the commercial director of ProChile in Shanghai, Juan José Vidal, commented that, certainly, the Covid-19, "has been a blow to the entire industry, both for Chilean products and others worldwide." The executive explained that the virus situation has caused people to remain in their homes, which has strongly affected the “Horeca” channel, made up of hotels, restaurants and catering, and which is, precisely, one of the most relevant for seafood.
“Most of the restaurants, malls and cinemas are closed. On the other hand, people are at home and they leave very little. There is fear of going outside. This has caused a drop in consumption and purchases at a general level", he said. He added that "we hope this will be solved" and that, at least by ProChile, they are constantly monitoring what happens to the virus".
Regarding the actions that the government institution has taken, Juan José Vidal mentioned that he has been working at public-private tables in order to address the issue and outline solutions from now on. In this sense, ProChile is issuing, every week, a report on the situation of Covid-19, based on data collected from the four offices that the entity has in China, as well as information from importers and Chinese customs. Similarly, ProChile regional offices have the possibility of supporting and advising specific companies that have been affected, especially SMEs.

Other Media | SeafoodSource: Tesco 'We need harder, faster progress from aquaculture'

Friday, March 13, 2020

If seafood is to realize its full potential as a global food security solution – providing healthy, sustainable, and affordable protein and meeting shifting consumer expectations, then the aquaculture sector must accelerate its progress hard and fast. That’s the message from one of the U.K.'s leading retailers, delivered at the North Atlantic Seafood Forum (NASF) 2020 by Tesco Responsible Sourcing Director Giles Bolton.

Addressing delegates at the business conference in Bergen, Norway, Bolton said the food industry has to change, as too much of it is unsustainable.

“When you look at the future of our planet, so much of the food industry as a whole is at the heart of the crisis. Already the food sector is the second-biggest contributor to climate change, and because of the advances of renewable energy, we will become the biggest contributor by 2040. Current estimates also suggest the food industry currently contributes around 60 percent of global biodiversity loss, which has a similar domino impact to climate change that we really don’t understand," Bolton said. “If we are going to change then it has to be really significant. And we know the kickers already, which is that we are unsustainably using those resources at the moment, but with the growth in population through to 2050 and based on the current production models, we have to produce maybe 50 to 70 percent more food in terms of basic vegetable and grain production. And that’s a very intimidating challenge.”

Recognizing this “fundamental need to change” and to get on the “front foot” with its ambition to reduce the environmental impact of the average U.K. shopping basket by 50 percent, Tesco has come up with three “levers of change,” explained Bolton. These are: How much diets need to change and how does it support customers that want to shift their diets; how it works collectively to improve supply; and how does it eliminate as much waste as possible.

Author: Jason Holland / SeafoodSource | Read the full article here

Other Media | FishFarmer: Mowi rolls out ‘approachable’ salmon in US

Friday, March 13, 2020

Mowi’s premium brand, MOWI Pure, launched in Brussels last year and sold initially in Poland, will be rolled out to US consumers via Amazon Fresh from Sunday.

Due to be launched to coincide with the start of the now postponed Boston seafood show on March 15, the fresh salmon will still go on sale on the grocery site from that date, said Mowi.

The products will be in stores nationwide later in 2020, and a smoked product line is also scheduled for release later this year, the company added.

‘MOWI Pure products are made from a unique breed of sustainably farmed Norwegian Atlantic salmon that can be traced back generations to the wildest rivers in Norway,’ said Mowi in a press release.

The fish are fed a special diet richer in marine ingredients than other feeds in the industry, and formulated in Mowi’s own feed plants (although the company did not specify whether this was in its Norwegian or Scottish mill).

As a result, the salmon are larger and have higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to reduce heart disease, improve brain health and reduce inflammation, said Mowi.

The Norwegian reared salmon will be processed in Mowi’s Miami, Florida, and Arlington, Texas, facilities, although it is not known how supplies will be affected by President Trump’s ban on European travellers in the wake of the coronavirus.

The new brand will be aimed at the online shopper ‘looking for quality and healthy products for themselves or their families’, said a Mowi spokesman.

Author: Jenny Hjul / Fish Farmer |  Read the full article here

Other Media | SalmonBusiness: Rabo Corporate Investments invests €40 million in black soldier fly farm

Friday, March 13, 2020

In a press release, insect farmer Protix writes that it has attracted investor Rabo Corporate Investments as a shareholder. The Dutch company wants to use the capital from Rabobank’s investment franchise to scale up the production of insects in the Netherlands and accelerate the roll-out of its international expansion.

Protix breeds larvae from the Black Soldier Fly and processes them into ingredients like proteins and lipids. These nutrients are used by Protix’s customers for animal and fish feed.

The company opened its insect production facility in Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands in 2019. The event was attended by Holland’s King Willem-Alexander among other guests, including Skretting Project Procurement Manager Dr Jenna Bowyer and Nutreco Corporate Sustainability Director Jose Villalon.

Feed giant Skretting has signed a deal with Protix that could see up to 5.5 million salmon servings per year brought to market with insect meal incorporated into the feed.

“We want to reinforce our international leadership position in this new industry,” said Kees Aarts, founder and CEO of Protix. “A ‘Global Technology with Local Impact’ aligns with our vision to strive for a food system in balance with nature worldwide. ”

Source: SalmonBusiness | Read the full article here

Other Media | salmonexpert: Technology for biofiltration of metals in salmon farming would soon arrive in Chile

Friday, March 13, 2020

Chile: The company Soluciones Austral is already in talks to import the system that allows the removal of copper, iron, aluminum, manganese and nitrates from aquaculture, without adding chemical compounds or generating toxic waste.

In aquaculture, it is crucial to maintain water quality to achieve optimal growth of fish, while respecting animal welfare.

The presence of metals in the water such as copper (Cu), iron (Fe), aluminum (Al), manganese (Mn), among others, can cause diseases such as nephrocalcinosis, soft ova syndrome, melanosis, branchial edema, lengthening, yolk sac contrition, decreased growth, osmoregulation problems, mortality, damage to erythrosites, tolerance to sea water, among others.

To help in this problem, the company Soluciones Austral is already in talks with different salmon farmers to bring to Chile the UFBAF (Up-Flow Biological Aerated Filter) system, a technology capable of filtering metals dissolved in river, well or reuse water of fish farms.

The system allows Cu, Al, Fe, Mn and nitrates to be removed, without adding chemical compounds, nor generating toxic waste.

Author: Francisco Soto / Salmonexpert | Read the full article here (Spanish)

Other Media | La Voz de Galicia: London reinforces the Royal Navy to protect its fishing waters

Friday, March 13, 2020

Incorporates three new ships into the British Navy and corrects the decision to scrap the old ones

Fishing was known to be an issue in which the UK and the EU would collide when negotiating the terms of their future post-Brexit relationship. However, London was not suspected of going to the extreme of threatening its former partners with launching its famous Royal Navy to ensure that no unwanted or authorized fishing vessels enter its waters once the transition period: next December 31. “We have significantly increased our maritime surveillance capacity. The Royal Navy has added three new ships on the high seas and the decision has been made not to scrap the old ones so that there would be additional capacity, "Secretary of State for the Environment George Eustice announced last week during a hearing before a committee of the House of Lords.

Eustice's intervention coincided with the development of the days of negotiations between London and Brussels, which concluded last Thursday confirming the abysmal gap between the two. "There are many and serious divergences," admitted the EU's chief negotiator, Frenchman Michael Barnier, when taking stock of these first talks. However, the community representative did not rule out the possibility that an agreement defining the future relationship between both banks of the English Channel will not be reached before the end of the transition period.

Source: La Voz de Galicia | Read the full article here (Spanish)

Other Media | The Fish Site: Fresh hope for US Federal aquaculture

Friday, March 13, 2020

A  bill that might pave the way for an aquaculture industry in US federal waters was introduced to the House of Representatives yesterday.

The bipartisan Advancing the Quality and Understanding of American Aquaculture (AQUAA) Act was introduced by the Democrat’s House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson and Republican Congressman Steven Palazzo, in a move that has been applauded by Stronger America Through Seafood (SATS) “for working across party lines to bring awareness and encourage debate in Congress on the topic of expanding American aquaculture”.

“A predictable regulatory framework and National Standards for aquaculture production are critical to the competitiveness of the American seafood industry, which currently faces a seafood trade deficit of $14 billion,” said Bill DiMento, president of SATS and vice president of corporate sustainability and government affairs at High Liner Foods.

“Aquaculture is the fastest-growing food sector in the world, but the US ranks only 16th in the production of farm-raised seafood. Half of the fish eaten in the United States comes from farms – but not from American farms. We can do better. With global demand for seafood projected to increase by 70 percent in the next 30 years – domestic aquaculture, combined with our wild fish harvesting – could one day meet the entire US demand for seafood. Federal legislation is an important first step,” DiMento added.

Source: The Fish Site | Read the full article here

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