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Seabass and Seabream Market Report
By Camillo Catarci, 2007 FAO Globefish. In Europe, by the end of the summer, prices of European seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax) and gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata) are expected to start softening after the peak levels reached in June and July.
Red Mark Syndrome/Cold Water Strawberry Disease
By Michelle Pond, Cefas, presented at the Disease Workshop in Bristol and published in Finfish News publication, Winter/Spring edition, number 3. Cefas. A range of researchers and other stakeholders gathered to discuss what is known about the skin condition of farmed rainbow trout termed Red Mark Syndrome or Cold Water Strawberry Disease.
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Prawns turn red in black buckets
AUSTRALIA - Prawns turn a deeper shade of red if you dunk them in a black bucket of water for a few hours, say Australian scientists.

Oyster shortage may be drought-related
AUSTRALIA - Oyster growers are mystified by a shortage of oysters, but concede that it could be related to drought conditions.


India to benefit from high shrimp duty on Vietnam
INDIA - In a fillip to the Indian marine industry, the US Department of Commerce (DoC) has maintained 25.76 per cent of anti-dumping duty on shrimp imports from Vietnam, which is higher than the duty on Indian exports.

Marine exports may miss target as rupee rises against dollar
INDIA - With the rupee appreciating by more than 11% this year, the the income of exporters has gone down drastically because their earnings are only in dollars

MPEDA stepping up thrust on aquaculture tech
INDIA - The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) is intensifying efforts to foster aquaculture technologies on export-oriented species with the twin objectives of enabling more employment opportunities in the rural sector and generating valuable foreign exchange for the country.

Biotechnology is vital for industry development, says scientists
INDIA - Research should be development orientated with direct socio-economic relevance, according to Dr George John, senior advisor of the Department of Biotechnology. He was speaking at the start of a two day workshop at the Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA).


Catfish Group tightens feed quality control
NIGERIA - The Catfish Farmers Association of Nigeria (Cafan) has instituted a national Fishfeed Evaluation Committee as part of its efforts to stop the importation, sales and distribution of foul fish feeds in Nigeria.
  United States

Conservation group buys fish habitat
US - An Iowa conservation group has finished a nearly $7 million fundraising campaign - the biggest in its nearly three-decade history - to preserve key fish habitat at Spirit Lake.

Southeast Missouri farmers reap a fishy harvest
US - More farmers in southeast Missouri are growing prawns — tasty relatives of the saltwater shrimp that have become a popular choice at restaurants and grocery stores. This year’s prawn harvest is just getting under way, and will feature "sea food" festivals and other events to celebrate the bounty.

State proposes shellfish zones; county frets sewer impact
PARKSLEY - A state agency is proposing a new water quality regulation that would apply only to the Eastern Shore and could impact Accomack County's options for centralized sewage treatment.

Thousands Of Fish Go Belly Up As Poisoning Of Lake Davis Starts
PLUMAS COUNTY - The poison began flowing into scenic Lake Davis early Tuesday morning, and by midday thousands of dead fish were washing ashore or floating belly-up in the northern Sierra reservoir.

Senate bill would help restore oyster beds
US - A proposed $25 million restoration of Long Island Sound oyster beds inched along Tuesday after the Senate approved a final conference bill for $23 billion in water resource projects, said Sens. Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton.

Wildflife group considers Pine Island hatchery
US - The Florida Wildlife Foundation is in talks with a Pine Island resident to acquire a 100-acre piece of property for a fish hatchery.

Tilapia market set to expand overseas
US - Tilapia farmers are using less land and water to produce superior quality fish that are expected to fetch a high price on the overseas market.

Oyster limits: Wild-harvest advocate asks for CRMC review
US - Production of Moonstone Oysters’ has grown at a rate of about 25 percent per year for the past 10 years.

Shrimp: Alternative crop for Kentucky's farmers
US - While others suffered in drought-like conditions, shrimp crops were thriving in Kentucky.
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Irish aquaculture: A primary player on the world stage
IRELAND - Celtic aquaculture is gaining a strong reputation and Ireland's industry looks set to become a world leader in the offshore sector.

Irish World first for independent eco-standard
IRELAND - Bord Iascaigh Mhara (Irish Sea Fisheries Board) has unveiled the first independently accredited eco-standard for aquaculture, the Irish Quality Eco-Mussel Standard.

New department to give fresh impetus
IRELAND - The creation of a new Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has been welcomed this week by Minister Mary Coughlan as an opportunity to forward the development of sea fisheries and the aquaculture industries in Ireland.


Hadasit study on fluorescent treatment for Saprolegnia parasitica
ISRAEL - Hadasit is involved in an advanced study of specific types of fluorescent whitening agents as a treatment for Saprolegnia parasitica, one of the most prevalent fish pathogens.


Bigger tilapia satisfies lucrative fillet market
PHILIPPINES - Previously, the harvest size of tilapia was on the average of 350 grams. However, now it can reach up to 600-800 grams, the desired size for fillets and it's finding favour on the export market.

  United Kingdom

New strategy to boost seafood industry
UK - A unique and untested partnership to prepare Shetland’s most important indigenous industry for future challenges was launched yesterday afternoon (Tuesday).

Fish billionaire in plea to save wild salmon
UK - The world's largest seafood company is coming under intense pressure to shift its fish farms further out to sea after its largest shareholder claimed the industry was helping to kill off wild salmon and trout populations.
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Continued opposition to salmon farming in British Columbia
CANADA - On September 17, 2007, thirty-three notable scientists sent an open letter to Prime Minister Stephan Harper and Premier Gordon Campbell regarding the threat to British Columbia’s wild Pacific salmon from sea lice due to farmed salmon.

Fish farmers advised to add plants
CANADA - A farmer whose sole product is fish can harvest bigger profits if a vegetable or herb crop is added to the system, said presenters at a conference on aquaculture.

Climate change brings ups and downs for lobster
CANADA - Global warming is leading to complicated and unexpected changes for the lobster industry, say scientists gathered at an international conference in Charlottetown.

Government Invests $1.1 Million in Aquaculture
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND - The Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, has announced a $1,097,000 cash boost for the aquaculture sector. The money has been awarded to the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA)to implement its long-term international marketing strategy.

Alaskan Marketing Behind Salmon Farming Controversy?
CANADA - Having worked in the salmon farming industry during 2002 and 2003, I am well aware of the environmental impacts of salmon farming. And like most people, I feel that the recent escapes and recent deaths of sea lions in Clayoquot Sound are unacceptable, writes Vivian Krause.

B.C. algae bloom kills 260 tonnes of farmed salmon
CANADA - A salmon farm near the central coast village of Klemtu experienced two algae blooms during the summer, the most recent of which killed hundreds of tonnes of farmed Atlantic salmon


Consumers demand environmentally friendly fish
ROME - The US$400 billion seafood industry has no choice but to adapt to intensifying demand from retailers and consumers for "environmentally friendly" fish, FAO said today.


Scientists breed trout out of salmon
JAPAN - Scientists have managed to breed trout from salmon using a new technique they hope will allow them to create tuna fish from mackerel.
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ECOCEANOS: Chile Govt must investigate latest salmon scare
CHILE - Environmental NGO Ecoceanos this week demanded that Chile’s government take action in the wake of a recent report that Taiwanese health authorities detected a banned substance in salmon imported from Chile.

  Viet Nam

Sustainable standards sought for Vietnam’s catfish
VIET NAM - A WWF senior aquaculture advisor has stressed the importance in applying sustainable standards to the production of catfish products to better meet the increasing demand from overseas buyers.


Tilapia exported to NY
GUYANA - The National Aquaculture Association of Guyana (NAAG) says its chairman Beni Sankar exported about 1,000 lbs of tilapia to a New York market in August.

  United Arab Emirates

World's largest desert-based farm to debut at Sea Food Expo
UAE - The National Prawn Company, the world's largest,fully-integrated desert coastal aquaculture project, will debut at Sea Food Expo 2007, the Middle East's first exhibition dedicated to the seafood industry from 29 to 31 October in Dubai.


Shrimp turn around in Norway
NORWAY - After years of poor returns, declining business and factory closures, the Norwegian shrimp processing industry is seeing a resurgence. Figures from Fiskeriforskning for 2006 show that the industry is again generating profits.

That's all for this week!


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