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IN BRIEF - COVID-19: Difficulty in global shipping and crew replacement.

WORLDWIDE
Thursday, March 19, 2020

With the spread of the new coronavirus and the resulting restrictions on entry by countries, shipping companies around the world are struggling to replace seafarers. Following NYK's policy of not changing sailors in principle for the next month, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisen and Danish shipping giant AP Moller Maersk have also decided to postpone crew replacement. Shipping companies are facing a difficult phase of maintaining logistics services while ensuring the safety of seafarers


Other Media | FishFarmer: Scottish Pavilion offers Brussels refund

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, March 19, 2020

SCOTTISH seafood companies that had booked exhibition space at the now postponed Brussels expo are to be refunded by the Scottish government.

Any firms that booked space within the Scottish Pavilion at the world’s biggest seafood exhibition, which had been scheduled for April 21-23, will get their money back, said Scottish Development International (SDI).

Although Seafood Expo Global is likely to be held at a future date, SDI has decided to refund Scottish exhibitors now to help them through the ‘significant challenge’ of the coronavirus outbreak.

‘We will be refunding now any companies who have contracted directly with SDI to exhibit as part of the Scottish Pavilion at Seafood Global in April.

‘Given the significant challenge the seafood sector is facing at the moment, we thought it critical that we act now. This is a large sum of money.’

The cost of an exhibition space alone is understood to be around £35,000 for the larger booths, with extra costs for building up the stand.

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


Other Media | SalmonBusiness: There is a 14km wait for trucks to get into Poland

POLAND
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Queues to get into Europe’s biggest buyer of salmon are huge.

Despite long waiting for lines to get into Poland, the processing veteran and Milarex major shareholder  (25 per cent) Jerzy Malek told SalmonBusiness that “fish is getting in”.

“The management has been with us for years. We have been in stressful situations, not like this, we’re not panicking lets put it this way,” he added.

According to the site sixfold, there is currently a 14-km truck border crossing time to get into the Eastern European country.

Malek developed the German smoked salmon market and is the founder of Polish processor Morpol (now owned by Mowi).

Author: Owen Evans / SalmonBusiness | Read the full article here


Other Media | fishfarmingexpert: In for the krill: vet strengthens Aker team

NORWAY
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Aker BioMarine has appointed former BioMar employee Marianne Nergård as veterinarian and key account manager for sales of its krill-based feed ingredient QRILL Aqua.

Nergård has dedicated much of her career to investigating and communicating the effects of krill on fish health and will be responsible in her new role for communicating the value of krill on the health and performance of various marine species.

“I am passionate about increasing fish health and welfare, and also in showing how healthier fish are part of making the aquaculture business more sustainable,” said Nergård in a press release.

“I have witnessed on several occasions that krill is a key ingredient to mitigate the negative effects of several important infectious diseases, all while serving as a sustainable feed ingredient. This is why I believe that krill is going to be important to help improve fish health and performance in the future.”

Source: fishfarmingexpert | Read the full article here

Other Media | FiskerForum: Coronavirus hits Danish fishing industry

DENMARK
Thursday, March 19, 2020

The Danish Fishermen’s Association PO (DFPO) has welcomed government initiatives for small and medium-sized businesses and has stated that it fully supports the government’s efforts to take Denmark through the crisis.

‘Coronavirus affects us all in the fisheries sector, both as individuals and as a food industry,’ said DFPO chairman Svend-Erik Andersen.

‘We all have a shared responsibility to help prevent and limit the spread of Coronavirus.’

As a heavily export-oriented industry, Danish fishing is affected by the Coronavirus crisis, with the measures necessary to limiting the outbreak in Denmark and across the EU having consequences in flattening demand for seafood from the restaurant trade.

Prices at auction have fallen and this could have further far-reaching consequences.

‘We all in the Danish fishing sector need to closely monitor developments at fish auctions and on our usual markets. Many fishermen are being squeezed financially as a result of the situation. We therefore welcome the latest government initiatives to help businesses, not least the latest initiatives in relation to SMEs,’ he said, commenting that proposals to put back VAT and tax payments will help the industry’s liquidity.

Author: Quentin Bates/FiskerForum | Read the full article here


Other Media | Alimarket: The fishing sector already suffers from a reduction in demand and prices for the coronavirus

EUROPEAN UNION
Thursday, March 19, 2020

The European fishing sector, grouped into the Europêche organization and of which the Spanish Fisheries Confederation (CEPESCA) is a member, has asked the EU Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevicius, to adopt urgent and extraordinary measures to coping with the socio-economic impact caused by covid-19. The fisheries sector makes this request after the negative impact that the escalation of measures taken by EU governments to prevent the spread of the coronavirus is having on its activity. Specifically, the sector is already registering a significant reduction in the demand for fish, in addition to a notable drop in prices in certain fish markets with inshore fleets that will inevitably lead to the cessation of fishing activities in some areas, CEPESCA points out in a statement.

In this situation, the fishing sector considers it a priority that the Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries of the European Commission communicate, both to governments and to the industry itself, the funds and European financial aid at its disposal, such as the regulations of de minimis or the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), and that it also adopt the necessary mechanisms that allow the activation of extraordinary measures. According to the fisheries sector, and since the current EMFF does not allow temporary stoppage aid due to a health or epidemic crisis, these measures should include the possibility that fishermen and EU operators receive aid and compensation for the temporary cessation of its activity as a result of the pandemic.

Source: Alimarket Alimentacion | Read the full article here (Spanish)


Other Media | SeafoodSource:Aqua-Spark invests in Swedish Algae Factory

SWEDEN
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Sustainable aquaculture-focused investment fund Aqua-Spark has announced an investment in Gothenburg, Sweden-based Swedish Algae Factory.

Founded by Sofie Allert and Angela Wulff in 2016, Swedish Algae Factory uses uses algae to convert effluent water produced by recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) into organic biomass that can be used for fish feed or fertilizer. A resulting byproduct, Algica, is of value to the personal care and solar industries, according to Allert, the company’s CEO.

“We are really excited that with this injection, we’ll be able to increase production and meet the growing demand for Algica in the personal care and solar energy industries,” Allert said. “We are also very happy to bring Aqua-Spark on board, a strong investor with great expertise from the aquaculture sector.”

Swedish Algae Factory offers a circular model for RAS farmers in which its algae cleans wastewater, absorbs carbon dioxide, and creates nutrient-rich organic biomass that can be used for fish feed or fertilizer, according to Mike Velings and Amy Novogratz, Aqua-Spark’s co-founders.

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


Other Media | iLasks.no:SalMar drops dividend of NOK 2.4 billion

NORWAY
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Decision "related to the national and global exception situation".

The Board of Directors of SalMar has today decided that in the critical situation society is in, that the announced dividend of NOK 2.37 billion for 2019 will not be paid as previously proposed. The decision was made after thorough assessments by the board and administration on the basis of the uncertainty that now exists regarding the spread of the coronavirus and the consequences it may have for the entire value chain and a number of communities along the coast, the company writes in a stock exchange statement.

The Board of Directors of SalMar is committed to taking the necessary steps to secure the company going forward, both operationally, strategically and financially. The production and delivery of food is a socially critical activity and must be protected in every way. The Board of Directors and the company now give the highest priority to the work required to implement the necessary measures in a situation of great uncertainty.

Author: Aslak Berge / iLaks | Read the full article here


Other Media | FiskerForum: Seafood Markets affected – Fears of wors to come

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The NFFO, representing the majority of English fishermen, is in talks with the UK government on options to mitigate the effects on the fishing industry of the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to an NFFO statement, markets for fish and shellfish have already been badly affected – with fears that the situation will worsen.

There has been a rapid drop in demand from China, which had been a growing market for shellfish, and with cold storage of frozen nephrops already at capacity as the pandemic took hold, this will inevitably affect the market.

Whitefish prices have been dropping as the trade faces logistical barriers. Seasonal fisheries, such as cuttlefish, are expected to be hit by restrictions in Italy and France as the restaurant trade comes to a standstill.

In addition, there are concerns of how the processing sector will manage of a proportion of its workforce is infected or self-isolating.

‘In these unique and unprecedented circumstances, individual fishing businesses and producer organisations are taking their own steps to mitigate impacts by arranging shorter trips, staggering and planning landings, reducing quantities landed, in order to avoid flooding the market and triggering a price collapse,’ the NFFO stated.

In addition, scientific advice for next year’s quotas has been affected and shorter, more summary advice than usual will have to be used to inform the autumn management decisions.

Source: Quentin Bates/FiskerForum |  Read the full article here


Other Media | FishFarmer: Triploid salmon production to be stepped up

NORWAY
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

THE Norwegian Food Safety Authority has approved a number of applications for the production of triploid salmon at another two fish farms to help protect wild salmon stocks.

There were an unprecedented high number of escapes at fish farms throughout the country last year which led to the then seafood minister, Harald T. Nesvik, demanding action and the Directorate of Fisheries ordering rivers to be monitored.

According to official figures, more than 280,000 salmon escaped from fish farms in some 30 separate incidents.

This was 17 times the figure of just two years earlier and it has given conservationists hostile to fish farming a stick with which to beat the industry.

Even Seafood Norway, the employers’ industry body, said urgent improvements were necessary and agreed that companies found to be negligent should be ordered to pay.

Triploid salmon has three sets of chromosomes, unlike ordinary diploid salmon which have only two.

Author: Vince McDonagh / Fish Farmer | Read the full article here


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