France, the Netherlands and Austria have already announced that they will not ratify the EU Mercosur agreement, if Brazil does not improve its environmental actions. Some NGOs have also complained about the lack of measures to protect the Amazon rainforest, according to Efeagro-
For this reason, the entry into force of the agreement - with the aim of forging a trade zone between the EU27 and the Mercosur countries, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay - will be complex.
The procedure for ratifying the agreement is being criticized, with some even questioning the content of the trade agreement. In particular, Brazil's environmental policy is being questioned by some member states.
Aecoc, the Association of Manufacturers and Distributors, organizes tomorrow a conference focused on the commercialization of seafood products with the aim of analyzing trends and changes in purchasing habits and consumption of seafood caused by COVID-19. The meeting, in online format and starting at 10.30 am, will allow a forecast to be made about the imminent Christmas campaign as well as for next 2021.
Joan Riera, from Kantar, will open the day with his analysis of the evolution of the seafood market during the year and his forecasts on what the behavior of the category will be for a key moment, such as Christmas, and for the next course.
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The Chilean salmon farmer Multiexport Foods posted its Q3 results dated end of September with an operating income of USD 106 million, down 21 per-cent than reported in the same period in 2019.
EBIT reached minus USD 18.0 million, compared to USD 5.5 million in Q4 2019. It said that this was mainly explained by lower sales prices.
The effect that the pandemic has had on lower demand, mainly in the HoReCa segment (hotels, restaurants and catering), as well as the higher production in Chile with a growth of 15.4 per-cent for the quarter compared to the same period of the year last year, are the main factors that explain the drop in prices,” wrote Multiexport.
Author: Owen Evans / SalmonBusiness | Read the full articlehere
Grieg Seafood has successfully extended a large unsecured green bond from NOK 1-billion to NOK 1.5 billion (£127 million).
The company told the Oslo Stock Exchange the additional NOK 500 billion (£42.5 million) will be used to finance environmental related projects. The issue will mature in June 2025.
Grieg says sustainable farming practices are the foundation of its operations. It adds: “The lowest possible environmental impact and the best possible fish welfare drive economic profitability.
Author: Vince McDonagh / Fish Farmer | Read the full article here
Since 2012, Spain celebrates Aquaculture Day on November 30 in order to convey to society the potential of this activity in our country, its important role in providing top quality food; its commitment to sustainability and R + D + i as well as the creation of employment, wealth and well-being in the areas where it is developed, both on the coast and inland.
Under the coordination of the Spanish Aquaculture Observatory, of the Biodiversity Foundation of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition, and with the collaboration of all agents linked to the aquaculture sector, what is sought with this celebration is, thus, to make more and better known the reality of the value chain of this activity.
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Its report “The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2020,” (or SOFIA 2020), expects total fish production to rise from its current level of 179 million metric tons (MT) to around 204 million MT in 2030. While this will represent an increase of some 15 percent, by comparison, for the period 2007-2018 that rate of growth was a much more dynamic 27 percent.
Author: Jason Holland / SeafoodSource | Read the full articlehere
Turkish investors to finance ambitious project in Indian Ocean archipelago of Tanzania, East Africa
A Tanzanian firm has sealed a $3 billion deal with a Turkish investment firm to develop modern fish processing facilities and a landing port, local officials said Saturday.
The investment in Zanzibar-based Salmin Fisheries by Northland Capital Investment is part of the government’s “blue” economy policy to give the ailing fishing sector a new lease on life, said Abdullah Kombo, Zanzibar’s minister for blue economy and fisheries.
He hailed the move as a milestone for the economy of the semi-autonomous Indian Ocean archipelago, and provide employment opportunities and markets for artisanal fishers.
Salmin Ibrahim, the company’s executive director, said the project is aimed to support small-scale fishers, adding: “The investors are willing to disburse the funds so that this ambitious project can take off as planned.”
The blue economy is one of the flagship sectors that Hussein Mwinyi, Zanzibar’s new president, has vowed to invest heavily in.
Deep-sea fishing, fish farming, and fish processing are some of the areas the East African government is seeking serious investments for to support struggling fishing communities.
Atlantic Sapphire CEO and founder Johan Andreassen believes the coronavirus can be an advantage for the land-based salmon.
“The pandemic will lead to enormous changes in the market and consumer patterns. Here in the United States, we see a big push to focus more on proper nutrition and good health. People note that there is a link between overall health and how sick one becomes from the virus. Seafood consumption in general in the US is significantly up after the coronavirus,” Andreassen told the newspaper Dagens Næringsliv.
Andreassen added that he believes that increasingly more expensive air freight during the pandemic reinforced his argument that being close to the market will produce good earnings.
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A company that makes fish handling systems for wellboats says it has created a safer and more gentle way of handling stock.
Tor Andre Rønning, senior engineer with Norwegian firm Cflow, said the company had developed its new patented Flowline design concept based on prioritising the main functions of the fish handling system.
“This means reducing bends, valves, lifting height, and piping to a minimum on the more frequently used routes,” explained the engineer in a press release.
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Following the transition of the UK’s Fisheries Bill in to law as the 2020 Fisheries Act, Scotland’s Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing has warned that nothing in this legislation can compensate for the loss of seafood markets in the EU and the ensuing wider damage that it will cause to coastal communities.
‘While this Act will provide a necessary framework to manage fisheries from 1st January 2021, we continue to believe that the best future for Scotland is as an independent nation in the European Union,’ he said, commenting that with only a few weeks to go to the end of the transition period, the UK Government has yet to clarify how it will provide the multi-annual funding that was made available by the EU.
Author: Quentin Bates / FiskerForum | Read the full articlehere
Ongoing with the renewal of the green fleet Norway
Norway is one of the European countries that has been electrified the most so far. Not only is its car fleet dominated by electric vehicles, which account for 60% of the market share. Also its waters....