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IN BRIEF - Peru’s Océano Seafood snaps up US peer Sea Fresh

Thursday, September 28, 2023

The move gives Océano control of a business with annual sales of around $50m.

Peru-based Océano Seafood has extended its footprint into the US market through the acquisition of peer Sea Fresh USA for an undisclosed sum.

The move gives the Lima-headquartered business control of a business with annual sales of around $50m, deepens its supplier network and diversifies its product offering.

Sea Fresh, founded in 1981 and based in Rhode Island, is a fishing and processing firm with docking operations – Handrigan Seafoods – and a processing facility in its home state. It is best known for its fresh and frozen squid which is sold to both retail and foodservice customers.

Océano, which has been one of Sea Fresh’s customers, was founded in 1997 as a fishmeal company but has diversified into fishing, processing, and selling squid, flying fish roe, mahi, Argentine red shrimp, octopus, tuna, bonito and anchovy.

The company has five processing facilities in Peru and 1,100 workers. It sells its produce under the A-1 brand.

More than 75% of its sales are in Asia while 17% of its produce is exported to Europe. Its sales to North America account for 7% of its total.

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IN BRIEF - MAWFR Offers fisheries investment opportunities worth RO 9 Million

Monday, December 04, 2023

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Water Resources ( MAFWR) , announced 25 investment opportunities for the establishment and management of fish markets and landing centers in various provinces in Oman with a total investment value of RO 9 million

The initiative is in collaboration with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning and aims to attract private sector participation in investment projects, provide essential services, and achieve a return on investment

Furthermore, an investment oppunritty for the management and operation of the the fish market at the Al Seeb Fishing Port has also been offered according to the official. The port, which is 80 per cent complete, covers an area of 7,000 square meters and will include 12 shops, a quality control laboratory, an ice production factory, and cooling storage rooms, among other facilities.

Additionally, he shared that investment opportunities also include the management and operation of the fish aggregation center in Al-Shuwaymiyah in the Wilayat of Shuwaymiyah, and the islands of Al-Halaniyat for wholesale fish display and sale on an area of 5,000 square meters. Additionally, opportunities are presented for the management and operation of fish markets in the Wilayats of Barka and Samail in the Madra region.[...]

SourcE: Oman Observer

IIN BRIEF - Peru’s anchovy quota is nearly half fulfilled, but El Niño begins to affect subsequent fishing

Monday, December 04, 2023

Peru is one month into its second anchovy fishing season. As of November 20, a total of 802,346 tons had been caught in the central and northern regions, accounting for 48% of the total quota (1.68 million tons). Industry insiders remain cautiously optimistic about the remaining 52% quota.

Only 27 days into the fishing season, a warm "Kelvin wave" appeared in the fishing area, affecting the normal operations of fishing vessels.

The Peruvian National Marine and Hydrological Service (ENFEN) stated that the intensity of El Niño events has decreased recently, but it still has a certain impact. As summer approaches, changing ocean conditions are causing industry insiders to worry about remaining quotas. In addition to the Kelvin wave problem, rising seawater salinity in Peruvian waters has also slowed down fishing progress.

In Peru, fishmeal prices remain relatively high, while fish oil prices, which had hit record highs earlier this year, edged further higher due to low production. Currently, the price of CIF China's special-grade fishmeal is US$2,150/ton, the asking price of high-quality fishmeal is US$2,100/ton, and the price of standard-grade fishmeal is US$1,820/ton. Fish oil prices have reached new highs, with recent trade prices at $9,600/ton.

Source: Zhejiang Zhoushan International Agricultural Products Trade Center

IN BRIEF - A fishing boat sank in Puerto Rawson: the 5 crew members were rescued

Monday, December 04, 2023

It was the B/P 'Foca M.' when he entered and due to the state of the tide. They investigate the cargo. It was at the beginning of the shrimp harvest
A fishing vessel from the Rawson artisanal fleet sank this Friday night, when it was entering the port of Rawson after the first day of the shrimp harvest, which opened precisely yesterday at midnight.
According to what was known, the artisanal fishing vessel F/V 'Foca M' was laying down, ending up turning over, minutes before 10 p.m. last night when it was about to access the outer entrance channel to the port of Rawson.
According to what was indicated, the 5 crew members who managed to leave the boat quickly had opened the life raft and fired a warning flare.
Minutes later, they were rescued by the crew of the ship Altar, in the same port entry maneuver, as the 5 crew members are unharmed, safe and without inconvenience.
The 9.90 meter long vessel, part of the artisanal fleet, is part of a fleet of 6 other identical vessels built, with a capacity of up to 500 plastic crates.
Source: red43

IN BRIEF - Spanish Sardine Fishing Ends with Highest Catch in Recent Years

Monday, December 04, 2023

The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food has announced the closure of the sardine fishing campaign, effective from 00:00, Friday 01 December 2023, for the purse seine fleet in the Gulf of Cadiz and the Northwest Cantabrian fleets using highly selective sardine-directed gear, such as “racú” and “piobardeira.” The campaign concludes with a final quota of 22,582 tonnes, the highest in recent years.

Utilising, for the first time, an optimisation mechanism, the fleet was allowed to fish until the last authorised day. The Xeito fleet can continue fishing against its quota until exhaustion, following the provisions of Order APM/605/2018, of June 1, which establishes a management and recovery plan for sardines in the Iberian waters (8c and 9a) of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea.

The entire sardine-dedicated fleet successfully completed the authorised fishing period, thanks to the optimisation mechanism implemented since October 15. This mechanism maximised efficiency in quota utilisation by distributing the remaining unconsumed quotas to the entire fleet.[...]

Source: The Fishing Daily

IN BRIEF - Japan aims to expand catch quotas for Pacific bluefin tuna

Sunday, December 03, 2023

Japan aims to expand its catch quotas for large Pacific bluefin tuna next season. The Fisheries Agency has presented its draft to raise limits for domestic fishers.

The agency seeks to increase the quota for offshore fishing by 9 percent from the current season, which would bring the total to just over 4,820 tons. The quota for coastal fishing is seen rising slightly to 1,745 tons.

Delegates at an international conference in July agreed to raise the catch limit for Pacific bluefin tuna weighing 30 kilograms or more, and reduce it for smaller ones.

Conference members will discuss the proposal when they gather next month.

The Fisheries Agency will then officially decide on its distribution plan based on the outcome of the meeting.

Source: NHK

IN BRIEF - More than three years in prison for a skipper and a sailor for carrying 1,700 kilos of hashish

Saturday, December 02, 2023

Huelva (EFE).- The Provincial Court of Huelva has sentenced the skipper and a sailor of a fishing boat to three years and five months in prison each after they were surprised when they were transporting more than 1,700 kilos of hashish on the boat destined for to the fishing port of Isla Cristina (Huelva).
The sentence, to which EFE has had access, considers them responsible for a crime against public health, for which it also imposes two fines of 12 and 9 million euros each.
It is considered proven that the accused, the first as a skipper and the second as a sailor of a fishing vessel, sailed around 09:10 a.m. on October 28, 2022 towards the Fishing Port of Isla Cristina, carrying 54 bales in the hold of the vessel. of burlap with hashish, about 35 kilos each.
Upon realizing the presence of security forces and stocks in the port and to avoid police action, they changed their course by anchoring the ship in the middle of the Isla Cristina estuary and disembarked in a small boat, with which they sailed in the opposite direction. towards the shipyard area, where they were intercepted.
The Civil Guard inspected the ship and found hidden in its hold a total of 54 bundles of burlap weighing 1,768 kilos that would have fetched a price of 3.6 million euros on the illicit market.

IN BRIEF - The sardine campaign closes with a quota of 22,582 tons, the highest in recent years

Saturday, December 02, 2023

The sardine campaign has closed with a quota of 22,582 tons, the highest in recent years, after the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has decreed its closure, starting at midnight today, for the purse seine fleet. of the Gulf of Cádiz and for those of the Northwest Cantabrian sea purse seine and minor gear that uses gear aimed at highly selective sardines, such as the racú and the piobardeira.
The Xeito fleet will be able to continue fishing with its own quota until it is exhausted, in accordance with the provisions of Order APM/605/2018, of June 1, which establishes a management and recovery plan for sardines. (from Iberian waters (8c and 9a) of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea.
In this way, the entire sardine fleet has completed the authorized fishing period thanks to the application of the optimization mechanism, launched for the first time this year since last October, which has allowed maximum efficiency in the taking advantage of the quotas, since through it it has been possible to distribute the leftover quotas not consumed to that date to the entire fleet.
Source: europapress

IN BRIEF - Infographic: Vietnam's shellfish exports in the first 10 months of 2023

Friday, December 01, 2023

In the first 10 months of 2023, Vietnam's shellfish exports reached 109 million USD, down 11% compared to the same period in 2022. Vietnam's exports of this product group to main markets all decreased over the same period, except for Portugal.

Author/Source: Nguyen Ha/VASEP (translated from original in vietnamese)

IN BRIEF - A very interesting market for fresh Norwegian salmon

Friday, December 01, 2023

A very interesting market for fresh Norwegian salmon This is the conclusion of the new salmon report that the Seafood Council has commissioned in Vietnam.

This is the conclusion of the new salmon report that the Seafood Council has had carried out in Vietnam.

Over several years, Norway has exported salmon by-products to the Vietnamese market. But it is especially the fresh salmon that is interesting, because it is sold at a much higher price.

The consumption of fresh salmon is increasing: Today, the Vietnamese eat 33 percent more fresh salmon than they did five years ago.

In Vietnam, many other things are also growing: the population (which has surpassed 100 million), purchasing power, seafood consumption (which has increased from 20-34 kilos in six years), the total seafood imports and the import of Norwegian salmon.

The Vietnamese eat around 6,500 tonnes of fresh salmon a year. It may not be that much when you take the population into account. Still, it's a good deal when you know that 10 years ago almost no one did it. In addition, most of the salmon originates from Norway.[...]

Source: Norwegian Seafood Council (translated from original in vietnamese)

IN BRIEF - Statement from the Ancona Shipping Company, owner of the 'Lodairo' cod fishery

Friday, December 01, 2023

Glasgow - Ancora, the Spanish cod fishing company Lodairo, reports that the two crew members who suffered an accident on board the ship yesterday are stabilized in the Intensive Care Unit of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow.
The accident occurred when the crew were carrying out maintenance work on the deck 100 miles northwest of the Isle of Lewis in the Hebridean archipelago in Scotland.
According to the ship's owner, Iván López Van der Veen, who is in the Scottish city, today the relatives of the injured crew members arrived at the hospital, whom the shipowner will accompany throughout the evolution of the injuries.
The shipowner reports that, after the accident occurred, the evacuation of the sailors was requested, who were transferred by helicopter to the city of Stornoway, in the Hebrides archipelago, for subsequent transfer to Glasgow.
“We will report on the evolution of this event, but now is the time to be close to the injured and their families,” says Iván López, “and we ask that their privacy be respected, essential in these moments when the fundamental thing is to provide support and closeness".

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