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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Due to Easter, next weeks newsletter will be sent out on Tuesday 10th April.

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 2 new features this week:

Health management practices for cage aquaculture in Asia - a key component for sustainability
By Zilong Tan, Cedric Komar and William J. Enright - Asian aquaculture is paying a price for its unprecedented growth in terms of deterioration in environmental and health conditions.
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By Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and extracted from The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2006
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  United States

US lobby move stumps foreign shrimp exporters
US - Dealing a blow to shrimp exports to the USA, the Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA), the original petitioners in the anti-dumping case, pruned its list of exporters for the ongoing second administrative review, deleting 410 companies from India, Brazil, China, Ecuador, Thailand and Vietnam.

Recommendation to Exclude Farmed Salmon from Organic Standards
WASHINGTON - The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Livestock Committee is recommending that fish raised in open net-cages and those using wild caught fish in their diet be excluded from forthcoming (USDA) organic aquaculture standards.

Offshore fish farms key to boosting domestic seafood supply
US - The Bush Administration's National Offshore Aquaculture Act of 2007 holds great promise for securing the future of America's seafood supply.

Offshore aquaculture prompts enthusiasm and worries
DURHAM, N.H. - Fish farming in deep sea waters has long drawn interest from institutions and businesses in Maine and New Hampshire developing equipment and expertise for offshore operations, even as critics debate its environmental impact and practicality.

Regulatory framework sought for aquaculture operations
US - The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, with a nudge from the Bush Administration, is asking Congress for new powers to encourage a domestic deepwater aquaculture industry.

Report pits oil against oyster farmers
US - According to a new report that is sparking tension between the seafood and energy industries, some oyster farmers may be using unused leases solely in hopes of collecting damage settlements from oil companies.

Big Island business aims to revive 'opihi population
HAWAII - A group of scientists and an offshore aquaculture businessman are proposing a two-year project to restore 'opihi populations by creating offshore farms for the small limpets native to Hawaii.

Gulf of Maine at center of new fish-farm debate
DURHAM, N.H. - With the federal government now pushing hard for the development of offshore fish farms, the Gulf of Maine is playing a central role in the debate over whether farming in deep ocean waters is environmentally safe and economically viable.
A clear vision from Intervet Aquatic Animal Health.

Farmed escaped salmon traced with DNA
NORWAY - A fish farm in western Norway is currently under police investigation after being identified by the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) as the source of a salmon escape. This is the first example of DNA methods being used to trace farmed escaped salmon to source of origin.

Focus on feed
NORWAY - Feed research is increasing in step with a growing aquaculture industry. Fiskeriforskning has feed as one of its special areas and is therefore co-organiser of the Aquafeed Horizons Conference in the Netherlands.


Cell in AU to train shrimp farmers
INDIA - While shrimp industry in the State is reeling under the impact of diseases Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) is focussing on networking of Ocean and Atmospheric Science and Technology Cells (OASTCs) with a variety of institutions in the country and outside.

Efforts to breed disease-free shrimp in lab
INDIA - With the country losing heavily in shrimp exports due to the ‘white spot’ disease, the Union Ministry of Commerce is making efforts to breed disease-free mother shrimp in a laboratory, set up exclusively in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

  United Kingdom

State Veterinary Service to become Animal Health
UK - From 1 April the State Veterinary Service (SVS), an executive agency of the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), will change its name to Animal Health.

Co-operation is key for shellfish firms
UK - Seafood Shetland's shellfish businesses have agreed to implement a Code of Practice (COP) that provides guidelines for their industry.

Give and take as the master tactician has the last word
UK - The future of the Scottish salmon industry is under renewed threat from a coalition of member states within the EC demanding a review of the anti-dumping measures against imports of salmon from Norway.


Lots of oceans to go around - Combating aquaculture concerns
CANADA - Parties with major interests in aquaculture met with fisherman from throughout the south coast recently to discuss some of their concerns with the industry that many believe is a key piece of the puzzle to help the region rebound.

Aquaculture gets strong support
CANADA - Sustainable aquaculture and an end to the moratorium on finfish leases received a near-unanimous endorsement from regional directors.
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Sabah may apply seaweed tissue culture technology
MALAYSIA - Sabah is looking to the possibility of applying seaweed tissue culture technology perfected by Taiwanese scientists to improve production efficiency in its fledgling seaweed farming industry.

  European Union

Commission adopts implementing rules for European Fisheries Fund
EU - The European Commission has adopted the rules on the implementation of the European Fisheries Fund (EFF).


EU to help improve seafood quality
KARACHI - The European Union is sending technical advisers to assist Pakistani fisheries’ authorities in development projects aimed at improving quality of seafood, banned by the 27-nation bloc on the same ground earlier this month.

  Viet Nam

Huge profitability prompts catfish-breeding spree in Delta region
VIET NAM - Off highway 91 that links Can Tho City and An Giang province, a plethora of farms raising and processing breeder “tra” catfish have sprouted up.

Shrimp exporters cleared from investigation
VIET NAM - The US Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) has decided to disengage itself from the proposal on investigating the 410 shrimp exporters from six different countries which were defendants in the anti-dumping lawsuits, during the second administrative review.

Vietnam develops plan to streamline breeding farms
VIETNAM - is mapping out a master plan to govern practices on breeding farms, to be completed by 2008, in an effort to upgrade output and product quality, agricultural officials said at a meeting Tuesday.

Basa farmers cash in with technology
MEKONG DELTA - Fish farmers in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta are making big bucks exporting the ever popular basa catfish.


CPF Jumps On Opportunity In Philippines
PHILIPPINES - CPF have announced a 50 million Peso investment for a new susidary company in the Philippines.


EU food standards: Better Training for Safer Food
MOROCCO - The first training workshop of 2007 as part of the initiative of the Directorate-General for Health and Consumer Protection on Better Training for Safer Food takes place on 27-29 March in Agadir, Morocco.
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  New Zealand

NZ Muscle farmers want more cash to fight pest
NEW ZEALAND - The Didemnum Working Group has asked The Marlborough District Council for $12,500 towards its $247,000 management strategy.

Businesses under strain following Northland floods
NEW ZEALAND - A Russell oyster farmer says extreme flooding in Northland could force the local oyster industry to close down for up to 56 days.


Fish farm beeding success
AUSTRALIA - Eyre Peninsula aquaculture pioneer Clean Seas Tuna is claiming a major breakthrough in its bid to breed southern bluefin tuna by inducing male fish to release sperm at its Arno Bay breeding farm.

Breeding tuna 'like cattle' a step closer
AUSTRALIA - Australian aquaculture pioneer Clean Seas Tuna Limited has successfully induced reproductive maturation among male Southern Bluefin Tuna (SBT) broodstock housed in the company’s purpose-built, land-based breeding facility at Arno Bay.

  Trinidad and Tobago

Tilapia key to food security — Narine
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO - Minister of Agriculture, Land and Marine Resources, Jarette Narine, said 40,000 jobs could become available from the tilapia farming industry.


WTO will rule in Thai shrimp row
THAILAND - Thailand has filed its first submission against the United States with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) dispute-settlement body, accusing Washington of unfair trade practices by slapping an anti-dumping duty on Thai shrimp.


Fish exports increased over 2005
YEMEN - The volume of fish and marine life that Yemen exported last year amounted to 89.610 tons, which is an increase of 5.322 tons over 2005. This represents a growth rate of 6.3 percent, according to a report issued by the Ministry of Fisheries. The value of fish exports rose in 2006 to $259.211 million—an increase of $17.750 million over the previous year.

Company news

New in-feed antibiotic approved for freshwater-reared Salmonids
Schering-Plough Aquaculture US - AQUAFLOR® (florfenicol), the first new in-feed antibiotic licensed for U.S. aquaculture in more than two decades, has become the first and only antibiotic approved for controlling mortality in freshwater-reared salmonids due to Flavobacterium psychrophilum (coldwater disease), which causes mortality rates of 30 to 45 percent annually in hatchery-reared trout and salmon.

That's all for this week!


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