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IN BRIEF - New dates set for Irish Skipper Expo 2020! 4th and 5th September

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Irish Skipper Expo 2020 has been rescheduled to take place on 4 and 5 September at the UL Sport Arena in Limerick, following its earlier postponement due to uncertainty over the escalation of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Following discussion with the UL Sport Arena and others, the setting of a new date so quickly will provide certainty for exhibitors and visitors alike and enable plenty of time for planning and the rescheduling of diaries. 

Sharon Boyle of show organiser Mara Media said: “We were determined to act swiftly and set a new date for the expo to enable exhibitors and visitors to plan ahead. Our decision to postpone the event was not taken lightly, but the wellbeing of exhibitors and visitors is of paramount importance to us, and we had no other option, given the circumstances.

“We would like to thank the UL Sport Arena for working with us in setting a new date, as well as our valued exhibitors for being so supportive during this challenging period. We ask everyone to bear with us as we endeavour to get more information updated to our website shortly.”


IN BRIEF - Over 1300 tons of shrimp were harvested in the Sakhalin region since the beginning of the year

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Since the beginning of the year, fishing companies in the Sakhalin Region have produced, according to their reports in SKTU, 1317.629 tons of shrimp.

More precisely, shrimp, since the total catch of this biological resource today consists of only one species. Namely - northern shrimp.(Pandalus borealis)

Crews of this delicate bioresource are carried out by ship crews in the waters of the Kuril Islands, Sakhalin, Primorye and Kamchatka. As experts explain, the fleet uses special fine-mesh trawls for this, which, when posting, carefully cut off other, more dimensional inhabitants of the sea.

It is important to emphasize that the Sakhalin-Kuril Territorial Administration of Rosrybolovstvo continues to accept applications from FBG users for fishing for marine crustaceans. By the beginning of March, enterprises in the region had already been issued permits for the production of more than 7559 tons of shrimp. Including comb prawn and grass prawn.

Last year, the fishing industry in our region harvested more than 8165 tons of shrimp.

Source: Sakhalin.Info


IN BRIEF - Seafood Norway (Sjømat Norge) cancels the annual conference

NORWAY
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Seafood Norway (Sjømat Norge) cancels this year's annual conference in Bodø. - Due to the danger of infection associated with the coronavirus, we see the need to cancel the event, says CEO Geir Ove Ystmark.

Seafood Norway's annual event and general meeting were scheduled to be held in Bodø on March 31, but the corona epidemic now puts an end to it all.

- Of course, it is unfortunate that we cannot carry out our most important event during the year. Our event brings together leaders and key players throughout the seafood industry. It goes without saying that we cannot expose the entire industry to such a risk, says Geir Ove Ystmark.

 

Seafood Board of Directors approved the cancellation in a board meeting on Tuesday. More than 400 participants were waiting for the annual meeting in Bodø. Seafood Norway will carry out the general meeting digitally, in order to have elections and other ordinary matters carried out. We will return to this in separate information to all members.

 


IN BRIEF - Pescanova has launched the Novanam One, third of the boats in its fleet renewal plan, second for Namibia

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020


Other Media | Global Aquaculture Alliance: Notes from the 15th North Atlantic Seafood Forum

NORWAY
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

World’s largest seafood business conference held in Bergen amid escalating coronavirus fears

C-level seafood executives from around the world gathered in Bergen, Norway, last week to discuss issues and opportunities for fisheries and aquaculture, including climate change, increasing production, technology innovations, environmental sustainability and the coronavirus (COVID-19) that is stoking fears worldwide, slowing industries and threatening vast economic impacts.

When the news broke that Seafood Expo North America in Boston – scheduled just two weeks ahead – was being postponed or even canceled as a result of the infectious disease and the dangers it presents to attendees, it prompted speculation that other events would also be affected. Many presentations referred to impacts already being felt or needed actions to overcome the challenge.

For this year’s North Atlantic Seafood Forum (NASF), attendance was indeed slightly down from previous iterations, according to the event organizers, who opted to live-stream the Day 1 morning program for those who opted not to travel to Norway. But for those who did come to the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel on Bergen’s storied waterfront, the program covered a wide range of subjects, and didn’t shy away from tough ones.

Author: James Wright/Global Aquaculture Alliance | Read full article here


Other Media | SeafoodSource: 2020 Seafood Expo Global postponed due to COVID-19

BELGIUM
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The 2020 Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global event, scheduled to take place April 21 to April 23 in Brussels, Belgium, has been postponed by the organizer, Diversified Communications.

The global outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus caused the postponement, according to Diversified Communications Group Vice President Liz Plizga.

“Postponing is inevitable and unavoidable because of public health concerns,” Plizga said.

Diversified Communications is aiming to host the global trade show in Brussels at a later date in 2020, Plizga said. Exhibitors and visitors will have the option of rolling over their fees to that event, or alternatively, to the 2021 version of Seafood Expo Global, scheduled for 27 to 29 April, 2021, in Barcelona, Spain.

Earlier in the year, the 2020 edition of Seafood Expo Global was pacing at 1,622 exhibiting companies (compared to 1,527 companies signed on to exhibit by the same time last year) and 40,851 square meters booked (compared to a final total of 40,625 square meters booked at 2019’s event), the 2020 Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global was slated to be the largest version ever in  the event’s 28-year history.

“Diversified Communications has made the very difficult decision that, due to the magnitude of the unanticipated public health and safety issues posed by the rapidly escalating COVID-19 outbreaks and contagion, we have no choice but to postpone the upcoming edition of Seafood Expo Global and Seafood Processing Global,” Plizga said.

Plizga said Diversified intends to announce new dates no later than 18 March, 2020.

“We value the support of everyone involved in the making of this event ­­ our vendors, the local authorities, the venue and, most of all, our partners, friends and customers in the seafood industry. We are looking forward to getting this strong seafood community back together in the near future,” she said. “Until then, we send heartfelt thoughts to those who are affected by COVID-19.”

Author: Cliff White / SeafoodSource | Read the full article here


Other Media | The Fish Site:Coronavirus: a seafood analyst’s perspective

CHINA
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, The Fish Site caught up with Dr Beyhan de Jong, food and agribusiness specialist at Rabobank, to try and assess its impacts – in China and beyond.

“I was asked to give a presentation on this at last week’s North Atlantic Seafood Forum. The coronavirus is still very much a wildcard – we don’t know how much it will spread so it’s hard to read the markets right now – but we came up with four different scenarios, none of them good,” reflects Dr de Jong.

“And since I first prepared the presentation, we’ve already gone from the least bad option to somewhere between the third and second worst,” she adds.

As a result, looking at the macro-economic situation, Dr de Jong predicts that the impact of the virus looks likely to be closer to that of the 2008 global financial crisis of 2008-2009, rather than to SARS – due to the fact that the Chinese and global economies are much more closely linked since the outbrak of the latter, back in 2003.

“The Chinese economy and the global economy are so closely linked, with many countries heavily dependent on China for manufacturing their goods, as a market for their exports and as a source of tourists,” she explains. “If the forecast for the Chinese economy to grow 2 percent slower than anticipated in 2020 is correct, then global growth rates will drop by 1 percent.”

Author: Rob Fletcher / The Fish Site | Read the full article here


Other Media | FiskerForum: Better Catches – Despite tough winter

ICELAND
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

In spite of wild weather and poor working conditions, Samherji’s four fresher trawlers have landed more fish for the first two months of 2020 than they did in the same period last year, between them catching 876 tonnes of cod more than at this time in 2019.

Fresher trawlers Björgúlfur EA-312, Björg EA-7, Kaldbakur EA-1 and Björgvin EA -311 have between them landed 4924 tonnes, an overall increase of 82 tonnes over their combined landings in January and February last year.

The proportion of cod is significantly up, with 4012 tonnes of cod landed compared to 3136 tonnes last year while there has been less of other species . According to the company, the fleet having to constantly avoid heavy weather means lower catches of haddock, saithe, golden redfish and deep redfish.

‘I reckon things have gone pretty well considering conditions in general,’ said Björgúlfur’s skipper Kristján Salmannsson.

‘The weather hasn’t sapped the crew’s energy. We’re used to working through bad weather, but this has been an unusually tough spell of bad weather. It’s been blowing practically non-stop since December. These rough conditions explain smaller catches of other species as we have been concentrating on areas where we are able to work,’ he said.

Source: FiskerForum | Read the full article here


Other Media | SalmonBusiness: Traceability in the seafood: 'Our biggest competitor right now is the commodity mindset'

NORWAY
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Niceland Seafood wants to change the PR and marketing approach in the seafood industry. Now the company is looking into partnering with Norwegian companies.

“We have been looking into the Norwegian market. I think there is a lot of potential for Norwegians and Icelanders to work more closely together and learn from each other in terms of sales and marketing,”says Heiða Kristín Helgadóttir founder and CEO of Niceland Seafood, with a 10 year long background in politics in Iceland.

The founders behind Icelandic Niceland Seafood experienced an industry, where the spotlight was only on outcome and the story behind the products was left out. So they created Niceland Seafood, which is a seafood exporter that provides traceable seafood from ocean to pan. With an QR code on all products the costumer can through Niceland Seafood’s website trace the individual journey of the fish.

“Norwegians in my mind have done a great job especially with salmon and introducing the product to the North American market. Icelander can learn a lot from that,” she says.

Niceland Seafood is at the moment only selling Icelandic products as cod, wolffish, char, cod, pollock and 14 pct. of their revenue comes from Icelandic Salmon. But the company is expecting to grow their sales in the North American market by 110 pct. Some of this will hopefully come when entering more partnerships with overseas producers, and Norway is an obvious collaboration country, especially in regards to salmon.

Heiða Kristín Helgadóttir says they are both looking into partnering with smaller companies and bigger ones. The most important criteria for her is, that companies have a interest in telling their story, from the high technological insight of the boat to farming procedures.

Author: Katrina Poulsen / SalmonBusiness | Read the full article here

Other Media | Express: Brexit fishing warning: How bitter cod wars with Iceland could restart

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

By UN convention the UK’s fishing limits stretch out over a vast swathe of ocean up to 200 nautical miles from its shores. This area contains six times the fish stocks of the rest of the EU put together. However, the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), enacted in 1983, means that fleets from every member state has full access to each other’s waters, apart from 12 nautical miles from the coast.

Each year, EU ministers haggle over the volume of fish that can be caught from each stock and national quotas are then divided up using historical data going back to the Seventies.

UK fishermen believe they were given a raw deal when these quotas were decided.

Combined with the fact that parts of the British quota have been sold off over the years, this now means that 68 percent of the fishing mass caught in British waters is caught by foreign vessels.

When it comes to Brexit negotiations, the UK fishing industry is determined to reclaim control of British waters.

The UK government wants to hold annual talks with the EU on access to its waters, like other independent coastal states like Norway do.

Meanwhile, the EU is pushing for continued automatic access to keep their fishing communities afloat.

However, while British fishermen are keen to see the UK controlling its waters again, there are fears that this could bring back the conflict of the so-called cod wars.

International tensions over fishing date back to the 19th century when steam trawlers started venturing further away from Britain in search of fish.

Unfortunately, the fishing boom caused by improvements in technology started affecting fish stocks.

It became harder and harder to get fish, boats sought new waters nearer Iceland, which in turn started resenting the UK for depleting its own stocks.

Author: Abbie Llewelyn/ Express | Read full article here


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