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

SPAIN
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
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IN BRIEF - Is the number of dried seaweed similar to the previous fishing season?

JAPAN
Tuesday, March 05, 2024

This season's dried nori production is slow due to factors such as high water temperatures and lack of nutrients, and this is an unusual situation, with scheduled joint sales dates being canceled one after another across the country.

In the previous fishing season, the final number of fish was 4.8 billion pieces, an unprecedented decrease in production, and wholesalers had high hopes for this season's production, but it is now possible that production will be at the same level as the previous fishing season.

According to the results of joint sales of dried seaweed by the Fisheries Federation (November 1, 2023 to February 29, 2024) compiled by the National Fisheries Federation's Nori Business Promotion Council as of March 1, the overall number of sheets has increased compared to the same period last year. The number of tickets sold was 3,409.6 million, an increase of 2%, and the amount was 76,320,150,000 yen, an increase of 14%.

Due to the significantly lower quantity, the average price per piece was 22.38 yen, 2.41 yen higher than the same period last year. As with the previous fishing season, market prices have continued to be quite strong, and seaweed product manufacturers are being forced to consider raising prices. [....]

Source: The Suisan Keizai (original in Japanese)


IN BRIEF - The next stage of the application campaign for the distribution of investment quotas for the construction of ships and factories for the fi

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Tuesday, March 05, 2024

From March 1 to June 30, 2024, Rosrybolovstvo accepts applications for a share of the quota for catching aquatic biological resources for investment purposes (investment quotas).

Quotas will be distributed according to the 1st and 2nd stages of the state support program for the further modernization of the fishery complex of the Russian Federation.

As part of the 1st stage, quotas of halibut, greenling, grenadier, flounder, squid, and pacific cod are allocated in the Far Eastern basin for the construction of ships.

As part of the 2nd stage, quotas for pollock, herring, halibut, flounder, squid, pacific cod and greenling were proposed for the construction of ships and coastal processing plants in the Far East.

Source: Federal Agency for Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo)


IN BRIEF - Plant-based alternative foods are evolving, becoming more 'authentic' in appearance, taste, and texture

JAPAN
Tuesday, March 05, 2024

Substitute foods for salmon and tuna using plant-based ingredients sold by Azuma Foods

As interest in the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) increases, plant-based alternative foods that lead to the sustainable use of marine resources are becoming more popular, including fish sashimi. The quality has improved to the point that not only the appearance but also the taste and texture of the inside are said to be close to the real thing, and it is attracting attention both domestically and internationally.

Substitute foods for salmon and tuna using plant-based ingredients sold by Azuma Foods

Starting in 2021, Azuma Foods Co., Ltd., a food company in Komono Town, Mie Prefecture, will be selling saku made from konnyaku powder and other ingredients to imitate sashimi such as tuna or salmon. Both fish species have been reproduced down to the whitish streaks, and are said to be "just like the real thing.''

According to the company, its products are mainly sold to overseas countries such as the United States and Canada, and "many orders come from vegetarians and vegans." In Japan, orders are coming from restaurants specializing in vegetarian cuisine and temples that serve vegetarian cuisine, and sales volume is said to be on the rise.

Meanwhile, Nippon Ham Co., Ltd., a major meat processing company, has developed an alternative fish meat for tuna sashimi, which is in high demand among fish. [....]

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IN BRIEF - VASEP Infographic: Vietnam tuna exports in January 2024

VIET NAM
Tuesday, March 05, 2024

In January 2024, Vietnam's tuna export turnover continued its growth momentum from the end of 2023, increasing by 58% to reach 79 million USD. Exports of both tuna product groups are currently increasing over the same period.

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


Other Media | FishFarmer: Norway February salmon exports value up, but volume down

NORWAY
Tuesday, March 05, 2024

Norway’s seafood export boom continues but there are signs things could be slowing down, according to the latest figures.

The export value total last month was NOK 13.3bn (just short of £1bn), a rise of 3% on a year ago.

The Norwegian Seafood Council said that thanks to large value growth for salmon, trout, cod and snow crab, the export value in February was raised to a historically high level.

Author:  Vince McDonagh /  FishFarmer | read the full article here


Other Media | SeafoodSource: Thai Union’s Thiraphong Chansiri: 'We're not expecting to get anything much from the sale' of Red Lobster

THAILAND
Tuesday, March 05, 2024

Thai Union Group CEO Thiraphong Chansiri said his company isn’t expecting to earn much from the sale of Red Lobster.

Chansiri said on a 19 February investors’ call and at a subsequent shareholder meeting he didn’t expect any one-time gain from a sale of the casual dining chain, which has around 560 locations in internationally, the bulk of which are in the U.S.

Thai Union announced in January 2024 it aims to pursue an exit from its strategic partnership and minority investment in Red Lobster Master Holdings, which it has held since 2016. 

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


IN BRIEF - Tsakos closing Montevideo naval operations

URUGUAY
Tuesday, March 05, 2024

The Greek company Tsakos announced it was closing its naval operations in Uruguay but will keep other investments in the South American country, it was reported in Montevideo after early versions that the firm was departing altogether.

Tsakos' decision will result in 200 people losing their jobs, due to which both the labor union and the National Ports Administration were given due notice, it was explained. Since an accident at the Montevideo docks on Dec. 8, 2022, Tsakos tried to find a new dock to keep up operations in the Port of Montevideo. After months of negotiations, bidding, and cost appraisals, Tsakos was unable to access a suitable floating dock.

“After having exhausted all the options that were on the table and despite the great support received from the Uruguayan government and the best disposition of all our staff, Tsakos Industrias Navales has been forced to make the sad decision to close its operations in the country,” the company said in a statement.

However, according to Ámbito citing “company sources” Tsakos will remain in Uruguay doing business in renewable energies, agro-forestry, and real estate, in addition to the cultural activities of the María Tsakos Foundation.

Meanwhile, the Executive Committee of the National Union of Metal Workers and Related Branches (Untmra) urged the Uruguayan government “to contribute with the necessary solutions for the work of Uruguayans,” because Montevideo “needs a dam.”

Source: MercoPress


IN BRIEF - Company announcement: Death of Gifford Cooke

CANADA
Monday, March 04, 2024

St. George, New Brunswick – The Cooke family is deeply saddened to announce the death on March 3, 2024, of Gifford Cooke, co-founder with his sons Glenn and Michael Cooke in 1985 of Cooke Aquaculture Inc.

“On behalf of the Cooke family and our employees, I would like to express our gratitude for the immense contributions Gifford has made to rural coastal communities in Eastern Charlotte, New Brunswick, and throughout Atlantic Canada and the globe,” commented Joel Richardson, Vice President of Public Relations. “Over the decades, Gifford and his children, Glenn, Michael and Debbie built a local family company into a global seafood leader with fully integrated facilities, product lines and distribution networks. Cooke provides careers to nearly 13,000 employees in 15 countries and is passionate about supporting community and conservation projects.”

Gifford was a marine mechanic for much of his career in Blacks Harbour. At Cooke Aquaculture, he worked alongside the employees to modernize the company’s freshwater salmon hatcheries, vessel fleet, and led countless construction projects.

Gifford’s outgoing personality, robust work ethic, friendly sense of humour and steadfast faith will leave a void not easily filled. The global Cooke family will miss him greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Marjorie, family, and his many friends.


IN BRIEF - Ancient deep-sea vampire squid found clutching its last prey after 183 million years is new species, study reveals

LUXEMBOURG
Monday, March 04, 2024

A NEW species of vampire squid has been discovered after researchers found its 183 million-year-old fossil clutching its last meal.

The vampire squid was likely distracted by hunting its prey, a mistake that resulted in its death.

The fossil was found in 2022 by German researchers, who found the fossil in Bascharage, Luxembourg.

The fossil is incredibly preserved, not only showing the vampire squid but also its prey: two little fish in its grasp, per Science Alert.

Researchers found that the squid had suffocated to death.

They theorized that it likely drifted into an area with no oxygen in the ocean while on its hunt, resulting in its death.

The squid couldn't even enjoy its last meal, with the fossil holding on to the fully preserved fish.

The fossil contained the structures of soft tissue and plenty of details, which allowed researchers to learn that they'd found an undiscovered species.

They named it Simoniteuthis michaelyi and published their findings in the Swiss Journal of Paleontology. [...]

Author/source: M.A. Loreto | The Sun US


IN BRIEF - Hundreds of thousands of juvenile Chinook salmon die in Klamath River while moving through dam

UNITED STATES
Monday, March 04, 2024

Approximately 830,000 fall-run Chinook salmon fry are believed to have died while passing through the lowest dam on the Klamath River over the past week.

Hundreds of thousands of juvenile salmon are believed to have died over the past week after being released into the Klamath River from the Fall Creek Fish Hatchery on Monday, Feb. 26, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Fall Creek is a tributary of the Klamath River.

The fish were believed to have been killed as a result of gas bubble disease while passing through a tunnel at the base of Iron Gate Dam, the lowest of four dams being removed on the river. The Chinook salmon fry died according to monitoring data downstream of the dam.

Gas bubble disease occurs because of “environmental or physical trauma often associated with severe pressure change,” according to a March 2 press release from CDFW. The agency said the mortality does not appear to be related to turbidity or dissolved oxygen water quality conditions in the river, brought on by decades of sediment washing downstream after the dams were breached. Both turbidity and dissolved oxygen were recorded at “suitable levels” before the fish were released. Other healthy coho and Chinook salmon were documented downstream of the dam, the agency said.[...]

Author/source: Erik Neumann | Jefferson Public Radio


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