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IN BRIEF - Xinghe expects profits with Pegagu Aquaculture acquisition

MALAYSIA
Monday, March 09, 2020

Xinghe Holdings Bhd, expects to profit this year with the acquisition of Pegagau Aquaculture in Sabah, Malaysia in December 2019. The company posted a net loss of USD 24 million ending December 2019, following its disposal of assets as well as a turnaround plan. Executive Chairman Ng Min Lin said he expects to see better days with the new aquaculture business. Mr Ng expects the farm to breed 2000 tons/year of vannamei shrimp to be exported in unpeeled and frozen packs to distributors in South Korea, Vietnam, and China.


IN BRIEF - A new all-in-one website for Aquaculture Improvement Projects

UNITED STATES
Monday, March 09, 2020

The AIP Directory is a new website that serves as an independent, online platform to showcase active aquaculture improvement projects (AIPs). It was developed by Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) as an open platform for information sharing for anyone active or interested in AIPs.  

Although less established than the more familiar fishery improvement projects (FIPs), AIPs are increasingly important as a mechanism for the supply chain to support better sustainability practices in aquaculture industries. Until now, there was no online resource to allow those actively involved or interested in AIPs to learn where and how these improvements were taking place or what progress was being made on specific projects. The launch of the AIP Directory will meet these needs.  

“AIPs are an important tool to drive sustainability – whether participating farms have certified responsible management practices in place or not. It is important for ensuring impact and credibility that projects have a clear set of goals and a defined workplan, and that they are publicly reporting on progress,” Seafresh Group Director of Sustainability Dominique Gautier said. “The AIP Directory gives project managers a mechanism to tell the world about their progress, and buyers and funders greater insight into what improvement projects are underway and how they can get involved.”

The AIP Directory currently lists five active AIPs that cover three countries (China, Indonesia, and Thailand) and two species (shrimp and tilapia). Other active AIPs are invited to register on the website for free. The website also includes a range of resources and tools to support those looking to start new projects. 

“The AIP Directory really is a one-stop shop for all stakeholders in the supply chain,” SFP’s Aquaculture Director Anton Immink said. “As a buyer, you can find active projects; as an AIP implementer, you can showcase your project and report progress. If you can’t find a project that fits your needs, there are tools and resources on how to start a new AIP.”

AIPs are multi-stakeholder efforts that aim to utilize the power of the private sector to promote positive changes toward sustainability, seek to make those changes en


Press release; MOU between WSI and NASF

NORWAY
Saturday, March 07, 2020

We are happy to announce that The International Organization for Women in the Seafood Industry (WSI) and the North Atlantic Seafood Forum (NASF) has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the objective of increasing the representation of women invited as speakers at the NASF conference to a level of 40% within 2025.

United Nation’s goal no. 5 out of 17 Sustainable development goals is about gender equality and NASF see this goal as a necessary foundation for developing the NASF conference further in towards a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Goal no. 5 will be a part of our discussion in our coming sustainability workshops.


IN BRIEF - Fish Business Ukraine 2020 will be held from spring to autumn

UKRAINE
Friday, March 06, 2020

Due to the complication of the epidemic situation in Ukraine and the world, the second Fish Industry Ukraine fishing and hobby forum, previously scheduled for March 17-19, 2020, is postponed to the autumn exhibition period of this year (October-November). ). 

Details and program of the event will be announced later.

The exhibition is organized by the State Fisheries Agency of Ukraine and Euroindex


IN BRIEF - Irish Skipper Expo 2020 to be rescheduled due to coronavirus uncertainty

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Friday, March 06, 2020

Mara Media, the organiser of Irish Skipper Expo 2020, has announced that the show originally scheduled for 13 and 14 March in Limerick has been postponed due to uncertainty over the escalation of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and will be rescheduled for a later date.

Hugh Bonner, managing director of Mara Media said: “We regretfully announce that we are postponing next week’s Irish Skipper Expo 2020, but our foremost concern is the health and safety of exhibitors and visitors to the event.

“The advice we have received from Health Service Executive Ireland (HSE) is that while coronavirus in Ireland is still in the containment phase, it is a rapidly evolving situation, and as such, rescheduling the show is the only sensible and pragmatic option.  

“This is not a decision we have taken lightly, and we appreciate the difficulties this will cause because of the planning involved in attending the expo, but the wellbeing of exhibitors and visitors is of paramount importance to us. We will be working with our show contractors, and with the wider fishing industry, to put in place a new date which will be announced as soon as possible. We would like to thank our exhibitors for their valued support at this challenging time.”


Other Media | SeafoodSource: Seafood Expo North America postponed

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, scheduled to take place 15 to 17 March in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., has been postponed by the event’s organizer, Diversified Communications.

The decision was made on 3 March in response to growing concerns over the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, according to Diversified Communications Group Vice President Liz Plizga.

“The March edition of the event is not going to be taking place as scheduled,” Plizga told SeafoodSource. “This was an incredibly difficult decision due to the importance of the event to the industry. We have been monitoring the rapidly evolving situation caused by the outbreak of COVID-19, and have done our best to listen to the concerns as well as the needs of our customers. We chose to make this decision now to give those planning to attend Seafood Expo North America enough time to respond to the postponement of the event.”

Plizga said Diversified is aiming to host the event later in 2020, either in Boston or in another U.S. city, with an announcement expected on that decision by mid-April. Exhibitors and visitors will have the option of rolling over their fees to that event, or alternatively, to the 2021 version of Seafood Expo North America in Boston.

“We’re looking at all our options to host an event in 2020,” Plizga said. “We want to do the right thing for our industry and ensure everyone has the business opportunities they typically find at our events.”

The decision follows on the heels of New Hope Network’s decision to postpone Natural Products Expo West 2020, which was slated to take place 3 to 7 March. Several seafood companies were planning to participate in that event, but New Hope said it felt pressure to push the event to a later date to avoid “


Other media | SeafoodSource: Indonesian shrimp-producing province hit hard by coronavirus

INDONESIA
Tuesday, March 03, 2020

The spread of the COVID-19 virus, commonly referred to as coronavirus, has heavily impacted a key shrimp-producing province in Indonesia, resulting in a sharp decline of exports to China, Mongabay reported 25 February.

In early February, the Indonesian Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries said would restrict imports of live fisheries products from China as part of the country’s efforts to minimize the transmission of the virus.

The restrictions in trade with China, the major destination for shrimp from Indonesia, have come as a blow for the shrimp industry in Jambi, a province located on Sumatra Island.

The province’s shrimp export value fell 95.7 percent to just IDR 1 billion (USD 69,800, EUR 63,300) in February, from IDR 23 billion (USD 1.61 million, EUR 1.46 million) in December last year before the COVID-19 outbreak, according to local media, using data from the local government.

Author: Toan Dao/SEafoodSource | Read full article here


Other media | FishFarmer: Ex-journalist Norway’s new seafood minister

NORWAY
Tuesday, March 03, 2020

NORWAY’S Labour Minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen is to take over the job of running the country’s fisheries and seafood ministry – at least for the time being.

He replaces Geir Inge Siversten, who resigned after just 39 days in the post – one of the shortest in Norway’s history.

Siversten stood down amid controversy over accepting severance money from his local government job while being paid as a minister – money he later returned.

He was also criticised for his links to a Masonic lodge which included a number of seafood executives as members.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg said last week she still had confidence in Siversten, but political pressure and criticism began to mount, forcing him to offer his resignation.

The new man, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, a former journalist and editor, does not appear to have any close links with either fishing or aquaculture.

Author: Vince McDonagh/FishFarmer | Read full article here


IN BRIEF - Ōpōtiki harbour good for aquaculture, good for New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND
Tuesday, March 03, 2020

A harbour development in Opotiki will support the emergence of a new aquaculture region for New Zealand, creating meaningful jobs and supporting a vibrant local community.

Aquaculture New Zealand has welcomed government plans to invest $79.4 million, announced today by Minister for Regional Economic Development Shane Jones, to build critical harbour infrastructure that will enable the burgeoning Bay of Plenty aquaculture industry to operate out of Opotiki.

“This is a game changer for the local aquaculture industry,” said Aquaculture New Zealand CEO Gary Hooper.

“With strong iwi involvement, Whakatohea Mussels has successfully pioneered the technology and systems required to farm mussels in the open ocean off Opotiki.

“At present Whakatohea Mussels services its farm with vessels operating out of Whakatane.

“The new harbour development will significantly reduce the travelling time, and operating costs and streamline sustainable growth.

“It will also enable them to land mussels directly in Opotiki and pave the way for a local processing facility which will potentially create hundreds of much needed local jobs and underpin long-term, sustainable development in the region.”


Other Media | SeaDataCenter: Will the price of Norwegian Salmon continue to grow?

NORWAY
Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Increasing prices of Fresh whole Salmon exports products.

Whats going on here?  

Norway exported salmon products for 673 million Euros in January 2020. The year is off to a good start as this is a 17% increase since January last year and 21% more value than the last three-year average for the same month. Fresh-whole salmon is by far the most important product exported, making up roughly 84% of the total product-weight volume exported in January and 72% in terms of live-weight equivalent. This is a similar .....

What does this mean?

The prices reached a low in September 2019 and grew for the remainder of the year. The trend continues in January 2020 with the average export price of fresh-whole salmon reaching 7,60 EUR/kg in January. This is 19% higher than the January 2019 price of 6,39 EUR/kg and considerably higher than the 2019 (whole year) average price of ......

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