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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


Other Media | The Guardian: Our worst-case scenario is Britain's too': German fears for fishing industry

GERMANY
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

At a herring processing plant in Rügen, continued access for trawlers to British waters is crucial for the business to survive

When a Danish trawler docks on the island of Rügen in the early hours of a stormy Thursday morning, the Euro-Baltic plant at Sassnitz-Mukran suddenly jolts to life.

Via a network of subterranean tubes, 1,400 tonnes of slippery North Sea herring are pumped from the belly of the ship and belched out onto an assembly line inside the factory on Germany’s largest island, where the silvery-blue fish are blow-dried, weighed, gutted and either sliced into fillets or chopped into bite-sized chunks.

Forty hours earlier, these oily foragers were basking off the coast of the Shetland Islands. Thanks to the European Union’s common fisheries policy (CFP), they now float in vats of marinade, gently shaken every six hours by a robot to spread the brine. Some of them will soon be ready to be wrapped around slices of pickled gherkin to become rollmops, a popular German hangover cure.

If Boris Johnson’s government were to have its way, however, the assembly line at Sassnitz-Mukran could soon come to a halt. As negotiations on post-Brexit fishing rights get under way , the UK has reaffirmed its intention to become an independent coastal state when the extension period ends this year.

Operating under the UN convention on the law of the sea rather than the CFP, Britain would have control over an exclusive economic zone up to 200 nautical miles off its shore and wants to annually set its own quotas for those it allows to fish in its waters.

Author: Philip Oltermann in Sassnitz/The Guardian | Read full story here


Othe Media | SeafoodSource: Coronavirus sees Norwegian seafood export volumes tighten as trade value soars

NORWAY
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Norwegian seafood exporters shipped 216,000 metric tons (MT) of fisheries and aquaculture products to overseas markets last month, earning NOK 9.5 billion (USD 1 billion, EUR 909.9 million) in the process. While this total volume was 6 percent less than in February 2019, the value was 17 percent, or NOK 1.4 billion (USD 151.4 million, EUR 134.1 million), higher.

So far this year, the Scandinavian country has exported 430,000 MT of seafood, worth NOK 19 billion (USD 2.1 billion, EUR 1.8 billion), with the volume down 2 percent year-on-year and the value up 15 percent. This climbing demand is a welcome sight for Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) Director of Market Insight and Market Access Tom-Jørgen Gangsø, especially during a time of global upheaval due to a new strain of coronavirus, COVID-19.

“Despite increased uncertainty in the world's seafood markets as a result of the focus on COVID-19, demand for Norwegian seafood continues to increase overall,” Gangsø said. “The greatest growth in value was for salmon. Salmon as a category is proving to be very robust against the temporary reduction in demand from individual markets. The reason for this is that salmon is exported to over 100 markets, used for many different occasions and is available in many product forms.”

Gangsø also noted that the export of whitefish had contributed most to February’s growth and was driven by both currency and demand.

Last month’s salmon exports amounted to 81,100 MT, which was 1 percent more than in February 2019. This trade achieved a total sales value of NOK 5.9 billion (USD 638 million, EUR 565.1 million), a rise of 16 percent compared with the prior year, with Poland, France, and the United States providing the main markets.

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


Other Media | iLasks.no: Food Safety Authority believe it is very strange that so many salmon producers have used crystal violet

NORWAY
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

The Food Safety Authority visited several fish processing companies after notifications from Belarus about the use of crystal violet, but found nothing from the manufacturers.
 
In January, Russia closed imports and transit of goods produced from Norwegian farmed fish. This is because the Russians believed that they had found residues of prohibited and harmful substances in fishery products made from Norwegian raw materials sent to Russia through Belarus.
 
Later that month, the Food Safety Authority confirmed to iLaks what drug they were talking about. The Russian veterinary service Rosselkhoznadzor said they had found traces of violet crystal in Norwegian farmed fish. Violet crystal is a drug that prevents the growth of bacteria and fungi and is illegal to use in food producing animals.
 
Inspections
 
An overview sent to iLaks shows that the Norwegian Food Safety Authority has carried out several inspections at Norwegian fish processing companies following Belarus notifications.
 
One of the inspections has already mentioned iLaks. Belarusian authorities informed the Food Safety Authority before Christmas that E. coli had been discovered in a batch of thorns produced at the Mowi slaughterhouse in Eggesbønes. According to a Mowi report, no E. coli or other microorganisms were found in the part in question. However, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority discovered the breach of two regulations after a visit to Mowi Eggesbønes. Among other things, it was revealed that skeletal production is not adequately addressed in the written system and that production is not evaluated according to HACCP principles.
 
Author: Stian Olsen |  iLasks.no / Read the full article here (Norwegian only)

Other Media - The Times: Morocco’s first female fishing co-operative — in pictures

MOROCCO
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Fisherwomen in Moroccan coastal villages are breaking boundaries by entering a male-dominated world.

For decades these women have mended nets for their husbands, but have long yearned to fish for themselves from a boat in the Mediterranean. Lack of training and cultural traditions have meant women had limited access to the independent fishing sector but now Morocco’s first female fishing cooperative is pushing out its small boats into the sea.

Belyounech is at the foot of Mount Moses and overlooks the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, but otherwise is cut off from the rest of the world

Fatiha Naji, Fatima Mekhnas and Saida Fetouh recently went out on their first officially recognised fishing trip | MOSA'AB ELSHAMY/AP?

The cooperative was launched in March 2018 to help women join the fishing industry. Initially their responsibilities were mending nets, something the women had experience in after years of helping their husbands, who are fisherman. Working in the cooperative meant that for the first time they were being paid

The economy of the island was badly hit when the Spanish erected a border fence at Cueta in the early 2000s. Morocco does not recognise Spanish sovereignty in Cueta on the North African coast. When the border was constructed, men in the village who had worked in Cueta were forced to return to their ancestor’s practices of fishing for octopus, squid and red tuna to feed themselve

Source:  The Times | Read article here


Other Media | The Fish Site:Spotlight on aquaculture's most improved producers

WORLDWIDE
Monday, March 09, 2020

Insights into some of the most progressive aquaculture producers are now accessible to the public thanks to a new initiative by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP).

The organisation has just launched its AIP Directory which has been designed as an open platform for information sharing for anyone active or interested in aquaculture improvement projects.

The 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.

Although less established than the more familiar fishery improvement projects (FIPs), SFP believes that 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.

Source: The Fish Site / Read the full article here


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