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Other Media | FishFarmer: SalMar to operate world’s first hydrogen-powered workboat

NORWAY
Wednesday, February 07, 2024

What is claimed to be the world’s first hydrogen-powered workboat is preparing to go into operation for a Norwegian fish farmer.

The vessel (pictured) has been developed by Moen Marin, the largest supplier of aquaculture work vessels in collaboration with Moen Verft and Marin Design, and with the support of the Norwegian government technical support organisation Enova.

It will be operated by SalMar, the world’s second largest salmon company.

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


Other Media | SeafoodSource: France temporarily bans fishing in Bay of Biscay, resulting in widespread industry backlash

FRANCE
Wednesday, February 07, 2024

A French court ruled on 18 January to institute an emergency closure of the Bay of Biscay to commercial fishing. 

The emergency closure of the fishing grounds from 22 January to 20 February to French vessels, as well as those fishing under flags of other E.U. member state, aims to protect cetaceans – a group of aquatic mammals comprising whales, dolphins, and porpoises. The ban extends to all vessels over 8 meters in length and applies to pelagic trawls and demersal pair trawls, as well as vessels operating trammel and set-nets and purse-seine gear. 

Author: Nicki Holmyard / SeafoodSource | read the full article here


IN BRIEF - A large increase in coldwater prawn volume

NORWAY
Tuesday, February 06, 2024

  • In January, Norway exported 1,693 tonnes of coldwater prawn (pandalus borelis) to a value of NOK 89 million
  • The value was unchanged from the same month last year
  • There is a growth in volume of 48 per cent
  • Sweden, Iceland and Denmark were the biggest markets for prawns in January

Although the volume has increased by 48 per cent, the value is unchanged.

"This is due to increased volumes at lower prices and lower volumes of more expensive products. In addition, there has been substantial growth in the export of frozen industrial prawns to Iceland. At the same time, the price has more than halved", says Marte Sofie Danielsen, Manager for Shellfish with the Norwegian Seafood Council.

Decrease for frozen peeled prawn

Iceland had the most significant increase in value in January, with 688 tonnes, worth NOK 14 million, compared to nothing last year.

At the same time, there has been a volume and value decrease of 34 per cent for frozen peeled prawns. The volume has decreased by 266 tonnes, while the price has decreased by 3 per cent, measured in Norwegian kroner, and 9 per cent in euros.

Measured in total value, Sweden was the largest market for shrimp in January, with 239 tonnes worth NOK 21 million.


IN BRIEF - A big fall in snow crab exports

NORWAY
Tuesday, February 06, 2024

  • In January, Norway exported 123 tonnes of snow crab to a value of NOK 10 million
  • Compared to January last year, the value fell by NOK 24 million, or 70 per cent
  • The volume fell by 58 per cent
  • Denmark and Canada were the biggest markets for snow crab in January

"The main reason for the large drop in volume is that there has been less left in stock from the previous year. That was not the case in January last year when there was a lot in stock from 2022. There has been good snow crab fishing in January, so export volumes are expected to pick up again from February", says Marte Sofie Danielsen, Manager for Shellfish with the Norwegian Seafood Council.

Notable increase in value to Denmark

In January, the snow crab mainly went to the transit market in Denmark, which had the most significant increase in value with an increase of NOK 9 million compared to the same month last year. The export volume to Denmark ended at 111 tonnes.

"In January, the price per kilo for frozen snow crab was NOK 83 per kg, the lowest in a January month since 2015, which was the first year we started exporting snow crab. Compared to January last year, the decrease is 29 per cent", explains Danielsen.


IN BRIEF - Good start to the year for king crab

NORWAY
Tuesday, February 06, 2024

  • Norway exported 202 tonnes of king crab worth NOK 98 million in January
  • The value increased by NOK 18 million, or 22 per cent, compared to January last year
  • There is a growth in volume of 29 per cent
  • The USA, Vietnam and Hong Kong SAR were the biggest markets for king crab in January

Despite a 60 per cent reduction in the king crab quota, the export value in January has increased by 22 per cent compared to the same month last year.

Strong rise in frozen king crab exports

"The increase in value is due to the rise in the export volume of frozen king crab, which comes from the fact that there has been king crab left in stock from last year. In addition, there has been an increase in the price of live king crab despite a volume decrease of 20 per cent", says Marte Sofie Danielsen, Manager for Shellfish with the Norwegian Seafood Council.

The price of live king crab increased by NOK 45 per kg, to NOK 520 per kg, compared to January last year.

King Crab sees the strongest growth in the USA

The USA had the largest increase in value this month, with a growth of NOK 22 million, or 62 per cent, compared to the same month last year.

The export volume to the USA ended at 103 tonnes, which is 35 per cent higher than the same month last year.

The average price of frozen king crab to the USA was NOK 608 per kg, while live ones were NOK 539 per kg.


IN BRIEF - Fondepes plans to train more than 15,000 aquaculturists and artisanal fishermen in 2024

PERU
Tuesday, February 06, 2024

The National Fisheries Development Fund (Fondepes), an entity attached to the Ministry of Production (Produce), plans to train around 15,000 aquaculturists and artisanal fishermen during 2024.
 
In detail, it is projected to reach 6,000 people linked to artisanal fishing, mainly from the Piura, Lima and Arequipa regions. For its part, in aquaculture, it is estimated to train 9,000 people including aquaculture producers, officials, professionals and students in all regions of Peru and abroad.
 
In aquaculture, we will seek to serve 700 people through 19 virtual training events and 1,620 in person through 37 technical events. Additionally, it is estimated to transfer knowledge to 7,151 people nationally and internationally, through 34 events through the Aquaculture Saturdays platform.
 
Likewise, training will be carried out for 22 officials from 10 departments. These are technical activities that were requested and coordinated in a timely manner with the regional governments and municipalities with the central objective of contributing to the continuous improvement of the officials of Áncash, Ayacucho, Junín, Lima, Loreto, Madre de Dios, Piura, Puno, Tumbes and Cusco.

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

SPAIN
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

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

UNITED STATES
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

SAUDI ARABIA
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


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