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Other Media | Industrias Pesqueras: Balfegó becomes the first company in the fishing sector with total traceability for its entire ecosystem

Tuesday, February 06, 2024

Balfegó has become the first company in the sector to introduce traceability of its product in the wholesale market, achieving, after doing so in the restaurant and retail market, closing the circle of transparency. It thus becomes the first company in the fishing sector with total traceability for its entire distribution ecosystem. Furthermore, the company reports, Balfegó's traceability system is a pioneer in the world of fish and goes far beyond what current legislation requires.

Source: Industrias Pesqueras | Read the full article here

Other Media | EuropaAzul: Protecting vital marine ecosystems in another 4,000 km2 of the United Kingdom

Tuesday, February 06, 2024

A Marine Management Organization (MMO) ordinance will come into force on 22 March 2024 to protect valuable marine habitats and species in a further 13 English offshore marine protected areas (MPAs).

Following a formal consultation in 2023 and an official announcement on 31 January 2024 as part of the Government's Environmental Improvement Plan update, management measures prohibiting the use of bottom trawl fishing gear will be introduced to protect an area of almost 4,000 square kilometers off the English coast.

Source: EuropaAzul | Read the full article here

Other Media | FishFocus: Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods names four new commercial leaders

Tuesday, February 06, 2024

Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods (COSFF) has announced the appointment of three new leaders and a promotion within its commercial organisation. The company is excited to welcome these industry experts who bring customer-centric expertise to ensure COSFF remains at the forefront of the ever-evolving seafood industry.

Tiffany Hicks has been hired as Senior Vice President, Foodservice and Wholesale. Tiffany will lead the teams servicing broadline, national/multi-unit chains, industrial and wholesale customers. 

Source: FishFocus | read the full article here


Other Media | FishFarmer: Saudi Arabia joint venture heralds big sea farming expansion

Tuesday, February 06, 2024

The aquaculture industry in Saudi Arabia is set for significant growth following the announcement of a new joint venture between NEOM, Saudi Arabia’s development organisation, and fish farming business Tabuk Fisheries Company.

Trading as Topian Aquaculture, the new venture will include a hatchery that is expected to become the largest in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region by the end of 2024. The hatchery has a planned capacity of 42 million fingerlings and marine-pen production facilities, with production of finfish in the pens projected to reach 20,000 tonnes per year.

Source: FishFarmer | read the full article here

Other Media | SeafoodSource: Norway sets seafood export value record in January, largely thanks to strong salmon pricing

Tuesday, February 06, 2024

Norway earned a record amount from its seafood exports in the first month of 2024, but a big portion of the high value continues to stem from a weak krone and high salmon prices.  

According to data gathered by the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Fisheries-owned Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC), Norway exported seafood worth NOK 13.3 billion (USD 1.24 billion, EUR 1.15 billion) in January – an increase of NOK 640 million (USD 59.8 million, EUR 55.7 million) over the same month of 2023. The increase marks the 35th consecutive month that the value of Norway’s seafood exports have grown year-over-year.

Author: Chris Chase / SeafoodSource | read the full article here

IN BRIEF - 72,000 Extra Tonnes of CO2: Brexit Increased Norwegian Mackerel Fleet’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Monday, February 05, 2024

Brexit effectively doubled the carbon footprint of the Norwegian mackerel fleet, according to a new study.

The expulsion of Norwegian boats from British waters forced them to fish in less efficient areas, leading to an unexpected surge in greenhouse gas emissions, as revealed by a study published today in Marine Policy, conducted by the University of Bergen (UIB), Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), and Fiskebåt.

Postdoctoral researcher Kim Scherrer and her team shed light on how the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union (Brexit) resulted in increased greenhouse gas emissions from Norwegian mackerel fishing.

Unforeseen Consequences

The study, done in collaboration with Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) and Fiskebåt, highlights the unforeseen consequences of political changes on fishing fleets and their carbon footprint.

In the North Atlantic, international agreements often allow fleets to follow fish across national borders, enabling fishermen to catch fish where it is most efficient. However, Brexit abruptly excluded Norwegian mackerel fishing from British waters. Treating Brexit as a natural experiment, the researchers used open fishing data to uncover the consequences. The results reveal a concerning shift in fishery performance and carbon emissions.[...]

Source: The Fishing Daily


IN BRIEF - Salmon and trout: focus on natural pigments

Monday, February 05, 2024

To solve a dual consumer expectation – a beautiful pink color and greater naturalness – the consultancy company Aquaculture Natural Solutions (ANS) is working on the development of natural pigments for salmonids.

Few consumers are aware of it, but the pretty pink color of salmon and trout flesh is not natural, it is caused by the addition of coloring agents to the food. “ The entire profession is sweeping dust under the carpet ,” regrets Dominique Corlay, consultant for the ANS. For the consumer, the pigmentation is natural, some think it's because salmon eat shrimp!

Today, 90% of market operators use synthetic pigment from petrochemicals, compared to 10% use of pigment of natural origin. But natural pigment occupies an increasing place. Almost all Irish and Scottish production already uses it. Consumer studies reveal that they prefer natural pigmentation, which can respond to this contradiction: a demand for pink color and natural products. » To date, three natural pigment solutions exist: production of carotenoids through the use of bacteria, the use of microalgae which produce astaxanthin and the use of yeast, but the latter solution is no longer used in the European Union. Organic production requires the use of natural solutions.

The ANS is currently tasked with developing the product Panaferd, a natural pigment produced by fermentation (company based in Japan). 

Author/source: Vincent SCHUMENG / Produit de la Mer

IN BRIEF - ‘Incognito’ fishing vessels deny Africa $11bn in annual revenues

Monday, February 05, 2024

Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing costs Africa up to $11.49 billion annually, with over 75 percent of the world’s industrial fishing vessels operating “incognito.”

According to satellite images recorded in the past three years and published in the Nature Journal by researchers from Global Fishing Watch, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Duke University, most vessels don’t broadcast their location and are not detected by monitoring systems. As a result, the world has no clear picture of who fishes what.

In a new study, researchers have used machine learning and satellite imagery to create a global map of large vessel traffic and offshore infrastructure.

By synthesising GPS data with five years of radar and optical imagery, the researchers were able to identify vessels that failed to broadcast their positions. Using machine learning, they then concluded which of those vessels were likely fishing.

They found that 75 percent of the world’s industrial fishing vessels are not publicly tracked, mostly in Africa and South Asia.

The survey articulates the challenges in managing natural resources in Africa such as protected marine areas, with many of the unmapped vessels said to engage in illegal fishing.

The researchers detected 63,300 vessel occurrences between 2017 and 2021, with three-quarters of them not appearing in public monitoring systems.

IN BRIEF - Illegal shipyards threaten fishing in Peru

Monday, February 05, 2024

In 2015, the country prohibited the construction of artisanal boats. But they continued to be built informally, which is having dire impacts on the fertile Peruvian seas

“I no longer have resources, and there are no resources,” says Jacinto Galán, leader of the Association of Shipowners and Artisanal Fishermen of San José, a cove located in the city of Lambayeque, more than 700 kilometers (435 miles) north of Lima. The worry in his voice seems to get lost in the windy breeze, which whips across a very long dock that extends for nearly a kilometer.

Galán owns three artisanal fishing boats, which can carry up to 30 tons of fish or shellfish. He has just returned from a 15-day shift on one of them, several miles from the coast, and barely brought back two tons of catch. “It didn’t even cover my expenses,” he says, as the rough sea’s waves seem to try to flood the conversation.

The drama of this weathered man, who has been lost twice in the high seas, is shared by many of the fishermen in this country, where the fruits of the ocean constitute the most precious ingredients of its culinary art.

It has its origins in a very serious problem: artisanal boats are multitudinous, and biomass is shrinking. It’s necessary to go further and further out to sea to fish, sometimes to sparse results.[...]

Author/Source: Ramiro Escobar la Cruz /El Pais

IN BRIEF - President Muizzu establishes Maldives Fisheries Marketing Company for Global Impact

Monday, February 05, 2024

In a move to boost the nation’s fishing industry and promote Maldivian products globally, President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu announced the establishment of Maldives Fisheries and Ocean Resource Marketing and Promotion Limited today.

The newly-formed company holds a 100% stake in the Government and operates with a fixed liability.

The President exercised his authority under Section 15 of the Companies Act to create this entity, as declared in the official decree.

The primary objective of the company is to amplify the fishing industry’s footprint in the international market, thereby enhancing its social and economic benefits.

Maldives Fisheries and Ocean Resource Marketing and Promotion Limited will focus on promoting and advertising a wide range of Maldivian products globally, including those from aquaculture, mariculture, and other marine sources. To drive revenue growth, the company plans to introduce a distinctive brand for local fisheries, which will be marketed both locally and in various lucrative international markets.

This strategic initiative is poised to not only expand the fishing industry but also elevate the global visibility and desirability of Maldivian seafood and marine products. As the company takes shape, it represents a significant step towards harnessing the full potential of the nation’s rich marine resources on the world stage.

Source: Maldives Business Review

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