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TheFishSiteNewsletter - 14 May 2007
Monday 14th May 2007
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* This Week's Feature Articles

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Introduction to Infectious Diseases in Hard Clams
By Shirley Baker, Denise Petty, Assistant Professor, Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences; Ruth Francis-Floyd, Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine and Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences; Roy Yanong, Associate Professor, Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory, Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences; Leslie Sturmer Shellfish Extension Agent, Florida Cooperative Extension Service. Published by University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS).
The Concept of Ideal Protein in Formulation of Aquaculture Feeds
By Richard D. Miles and Frank A. Chapman, University of Florida - Aquaculture feeds characteristically contain a higher percent of protein than feeds used in agriculture for poultry, swine, and beef. A typical commercial production diet formulated for tilapia or catfish contains approximately 32-40% protein, while one formulated for trout or salmon contains as much as 44-50% protein, on a dry weight basis.
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* Global Fish Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United States

USFDA admits label error over melamine
US - The Food and Drug Administration has said it was wrong to call the the melamine-contaminated products imported by two Chinese companies wheat gluten and rice protein concentrate.

More Chinese catfish withdrawn
US - Mississippi Agriculture and Commerce Commissioner Lester Spell has pulled Chinese catfish from seven more grocery stores after samples tested positive for federally banned antibiotics.

Contaminated feed tracked to six state hatcheries
WASHINGTON -- Farmed fish have been fed diets spiked with Melamine - the same chemical that has been linked to a pet-food recall and the deaths of 16 cats and dogs. However, the contamination levels are so low that it would not have harmed anyone who has eaten the fish, said federal officials.

Small industry offers huge potential
US - Aquaculture is still a small industry in Washington state compared to the scale of the business over the border in neighbouring British Columbia.

FDA Removes Hydrogen Peroxide From Its Low Reg List
US - The FDA has announced the removal of hydrogen peroxide from the list of low regulatory priority aquaculture drugs. It is identified in the program policy and procedures manual guide 1240.4200.

Study shows marine omega-3 fatty acids have positive effect on muscle mass
US - A research team led by Carole Thivierge, from Université Laval’s Institute of Nutraceutics and Functional Foods, shows that omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil have a positive effect on the metabolism of muscle proteins.
Maine Fish Farmers Say Salmon Are Safe
US - Maine salmon farmers are assuring customers that their products are safe, following reports of contaminated animal feed.

Ban would boost US catfish market
US - A ban on Chinese catfish, on the grounds that it may contain or not be produced to US standards illegal antibiotics, would boost America's beleagured catfish sector.

Proposal to curb killer disease
MICHIGAN - A proposed fish-disease control order has been presented to the Natural Resources Commission. The DNR biologists who made the presentation are trying to slow the spread of a killer fish disease, viral hemorrhagic septicemia.

Turtle Farmers See an Opening for a Recovery
US - In 1970, salmonellosis, a disease associated with pet turtles, was diagnosed in 250,000 American children, and by 1975 the Food and Drug Administration had imposed a ban on the sale or distribution of turtles with shells smaller than 4 inches across — the size commonly sold as pets.

White spot disease confirmed in area crawfish pond
US - The National Veterinary Service Laboratory has confirmed the presence of white spot disease in a quarantined crawfish pond in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana.

Tuna tops as US favourite fish
US - In the minds of many, tuna is the most prized fish in all the world.
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  Iran, Islamic Republic of

Shrimp Farmers in Quandary
IRAN - Managing director of Aquatic Breeders Union has called for the implementation of a directive by agricultural jihad minister urging Rural Cooperative Organisations to purchase shrimps directly from farmers.


Barton on the board
AUSTRALIA - Gaven based clean water and biotech company Cumminscorp has announced the appointment of former Queensland Government MP Tom Barton to its board.

  European Union

Commission Launches Consultation On A Sustainable Future For European Aquaculture
BRUSSELS - The European Commission has started a consultation exercise on opportunities for the development of aquaculture in the European Union.

  Russian Federation

Karelians fear WTO membership
RUSSIA - Russia’s entry into the World Trade Organisation will have negative effects on a number of industries in the Republic of Karelia, says its regional Economics Department.


De Venecia Cites Livelihood Potential Of White Shrimp
PHILIPPINES - Vannamei or white shrimp co-habiting with bangus (milkfish) in some 250,000 hectares of fishponds spread across the country could mean more than one million new jobs and a potential $ 1 billion in export earnings for the country, Speaker Jose de Venecia said yesterday.
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Aid boost for aquaculture and fishing in Tsunami-hit communities
Jakarta - The American Red Cross and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have launched a new partnership to support the recovery of fishing communities in Indonesia's Tsunami-hit Province, Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam.


Company recalling fish feed is testing B.C. batches
CANADA - It's unlikely that British Columbia's salmon farms have used contaminated fish feed recalled by Vancouver-based manufacturer, Skretting Canada

Food Safety Authorities Confirm Safety of Canadian Aquaculture Products
OTTAWA - The Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA) confirms that the USFDA detected trace levels of melamine in a batch of fish

Succulent Pacific scallops are a BC treasure
CANADA - Scallop farming is a green industry, becasuse the shell fish require clean water to thrive and grow. No additives are added to the ocean and with all the controversy surrounding fish farming at present, I was pleased to have a positive experience talking to people at Island Scallops, writes Julius Pokomandy.

  Viet Nam

Rare Mekong Fish Out Of Danger
VIET NAM - Scientist Huynh Huu Ngai has helped one rare species of fish survive and boost its population in Cuu Long (Mekong) River.

Northern Areas Face Dilemmas
HA NOI – Coastal and lowland provinces in northern Viet Nam are planning to boost sustainable development of aquaculture, but must tackle hurdles such as limited investment in aquaculture infrastructure and poor planning in the sector.

Tra fish examined by Russian officials
VIET NAM - Samples of Vietnamese Tra fish have been detained by Russia's Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Services (VPSS. The fish have been detained from four companies for examination purposes.
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  New Zealand

Government supports industry's $1 billion goal
NZ - The New Zealand government has approved a project to facilitate research and innovation around new aquaculture species and technologies in both existing and new aquaculture space.


Aquaculture zone will boost productivity and enterprise
LIPIS - The Malaysian Government will develop the aquaculture industry extensively to meet the increasing demand for fisheries products.

  South Africa

Oceana bullish on fish after 40% profit lift
CAPE TOWN - Fishing comapny Oceana has lifted interim headline earnings a share by 40 percent, says Mustaq Brey, its chairman.


New method invented in Bangladesh to detect formalin in fish
BANGLADESH - Bangladeshi scientists have recently invented a new method to detect formalin in fish within 30 seconds, local newspaper The Independent reported Friday.


Concerns mount for fish farming as new project voted out
TURKEY - Demonstrators are celebrating after the spectre of a fish farm off the beautiful coast of Altinkum was finally killed off.


Hatchery course aims to boost confidence and opportunity in Asia-Pacific region
THAILAND - Aquaculture is a young and promising industry in the Pacific region. To aid progress, and share knowledge, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and Pacific aquaculture specialists have teamed up with their Asian counterparts, Network of Aquaculture Centers in Asia-Pacific, to produce training and research opportunities.


Fish now prosper where cotton was king
UGANDA - Fish farming is now providing a lifeline to poverty-stricken communities in Uganda. Where cotton was once the cash crop, fish have taken over and the industry is now providing a sustainable income for local people in Pallisa.


Shrimps get ready for overseas trip
AHMEDABAD - Tiger prawns cultivated across south Gujarat are ready for savouring by gourmets across the globe. Seafood exporters from Mumbai already have their eyes set on around 3,500 tonnes of prawn due to be harvested from later this month.

That's all for this week!


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