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Other Media | FishFarmer: Scottish salmon is named UK’s top food export for 2023

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, February 16, 2024

Scottish salmon was the UK’s top food export by value in 2023, figures from HMRC show.

Export sales for the calendar year totalled £581m, up by 5% year-or-year and equivalent to £1.6m every day.

France – which is a key processor for on-sale to other countries as well as a major consumer of salmon – once again led global demand.  The US and Asian markets saw sharp growth, however. Salmon exports by value to the US were up 7% to £139.8m and to China, up 27% to £47.5m.

Source: FishFarmer | read the full article here


Other Media | SeafoodSource: Intense jellyfish attacks on SalMar’s Norwegian production dampen otherwise solid year

NORWAY
Friday, February 16, 2024

The fourth quarter of 2023 closed out a solid year’s performance for Frøya, Norway-headquartered SalMar, but the period also ended with several of the salmon producer’s facilities in central and northern Norway suffering from string jellyfish attacks.

With the attacks continuing to cause serious impacts to fish welfare into the new year, the company has culled substantial volumes at multiple locations and harvested much of its fish earlier than planned to avoid further issues. 

Author: Jason Holland / SeafoodSource | read the full article here


IN BRIEF - In January, seafood imports from the US decreased by 18%

SOUTH KOREA
Thursday, February 15, 2024

As of last January, 2,795 tons of seafood were imported from the United States to Korea, which is an 18% decrease from the 4,033 tons in the same period in 2023 and accounted for 4% of the entire country's import volume of 84,073 tons.

Frozen pollock, one of the main species imported from the United States, amounted to 761 tonnes, 27% of the total import volume, an increase of 221% from 237 tonnes the previous year.

The second most imported fish species was frozen salmon, accounting for 15% of total imports, at 420 tons, and the third most imported fish species, frozen stingray (skate), was imported at 220 tons, accounting for 8% of total imports.

The import amount of American seafood was USD 17.32 million, a 71% increase compared to USD 10.15 million in the same period last year.

Source: Union Forsea Corp.


€29.7M investment in Irish Fishery Harbours

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Thursday, February 15, 2024

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D, today announced the allocation of almost €29.7m for capital projects in 2024 in Ireland’s six state-owned Fishery Harbour Centres at Killybegs, Ros an Mhíl, An Daingean, Castletownbere, Dunmore East and Howth. An element of the investment also goes to other facilities under the Department’s management.

The Minister noted:

“The six Fishery Harbour Centres are crucial infrastructure for our seafood industry. Approximately 87% of all fish landings into Ireland come through these facilities making them strategic economic hubs for the Seafood industry. The continuous development of the infrastructure in these Harbours is critical to the fishing fleet and the land-based seafood processing industry. My focus remains on delivering strong sustainable livelihoods for our fishers and food producers who are the bedrock of the sector.”

The importance of primary and secondary food production activities is reflected in the Government’s “Food Vision 2030 A World Leader in Sustainable Food Systems”. First class landing infrastructure, where a modern seafood industry can operate effectively and be efficiently serviced is key to ensuring the maximum opportunities for primary and secondary processing of seafood in Ireland and provide for a strong Irish seafood processing industry to service our fishing fleet and others and maintain these coastal communities.


IN BRIEF - Abate Molina Scientific Vessel set sail to investigate anchovy between the regions of Atacama and Coquimbo

CHILE
Thursday, February 15, 2024

Yesterday, February 13, the scientific vessel Abate Molina set sail from the port of Valparaíso to evaluate the anchovy stock between the regions of Atacama and Coquimbo.
 
The cruise leader is Francisco Leiva and the captain of the ship is José Echeverría. They, together with IFOP professionals and technicians, will work for 27 days to find out the state of the anchovy.
 
 
The specific objectives of the cruise are:
  • Carry out 44 acoustic transects between parallel 25º00'S (Paposo roadstead), in the Antofagasta Region, to parallel 32º 10'S (Pichidangui), southern limit of the Coquimbo Region.
  • Evaluate the shore bias in front of Caldera and Coquimbo.
  • Carry out a sufficient number of reconnaissance fishing hauls to characterize the anchovy stock
  • Build oceanographic stations in the study area.

Other Media | EuropaAzul: Europêche expresses the concerns of the European fishing sector about the future of the European Commission and the CFP

EUROPEAN UNION
Thursday, February 15, 2024

The European Union faces the final stretch of its legislative mandate (2019-2024), and in this context, Europêche expressed the concerns of the European fishing industry about the future of the European Commission and the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). Member States participated in a debate on the restructuring of the Commission and the CFP guidelines, focusing on the balance between socio-economic objectives and food security, as well as the competitiveness of European fishermen on the international market.

Source: EuropaAzul | Read the full article here


Other Media | Industrias Pesqueras: Uruguay, Barbados, Dominica and Senegal ratify the Subsidy Agreement at the gates of the 13th Ministe Conference

WORLDWIDE
Thursday, February 15, 2024

In the countdown to the celebration of the 13th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO), from February 26 to 29 in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), where the debate on the future of fishing subsidies will be one of The central issues, the 2022 Fisheries Subsidies Agreement adds four new ratifications: Barbados, Dominica, Senegal and Uruguay. With this new support, the number of parties that have ratified the treaty rises to 60, 55% of those necessary for the agreement to enter into force (the support of two thirds of the 164 Members of the WTO is necessary).

Source: Industrias Pesqueras | Read the full article here


Other Media | FishFocus: New Italian smoked salmon consortium created

ITALY
Thursday, February 15, 2024

New Italian smoked salmon consortium created. A new grouping has been launched in Italy’s food sector  – CAMI – Consorzio Fumulatori Maestri Italiani, which has been created to preserve and enhance the production of smoked salmon throughout the country..

The founders are four protagonists of the processed salmon supply chain: Agroittica of Calvisano (BS) (present on the market with the Fjord brand), Foodlab based in Polesine Zibello (PR) (Fumara brand), Sicily Food of Aragona (AG) (brand Fine & Fish) and Starlaks, from Borgolavezzaro (NO) (Aquafood and Starlaks brands).

Source: FishFocus | read the full article here


Other Media | FishFarmer: AquaBounty set to sell Indiana RAS farm

UNITED STATES
Thursday, February 15, 2024

North American land-based salmon farmer AquaBounty Technologies is putting its Indiana site on the market in an effort to raise funds and strengthen its balance sheet.

In a stock market announcement yesterday, CEO Sylvia Wulf said: “We have been focused on securing funding for our near and long-term needs, so we can continue to pursue our growth strategy. Making the decision to sell our Indiana farm was a difficult one for us. We have built a strong operation there with a passionate and experienced team, and I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to our team members in Indiana for the job they have done over the last eight years to transform the facility and create a well-run operation.

Source: FishFarmer | read the full article here


Other Media | SeafoodSource: Decimated UK shellfish industry scrambling for government help

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, February 15, 2024

Post-Brexit export regulations implemented by the E.U. and domestic red tape have rattled the U.K. shellfish industry, which is scrambling for solutions to lock down a reliable export market, according to the Shellfish Association of Great Britain (SAGB).

U.K. shellfish exporters have been hit hard by an E.U. policy to only allow entry to imported bivalves – such as mussels, oysters, cockles, clams, and scallops – produced E.U.-designated Class-A waters, or purified or depurated prior to shipment.

Author: Jason Holland / SeafoodSource | read the full article here


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