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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 2 new features this week:

Some Reminders on Extralabel Drug Use in Food-Producing Animals
By Dr. David Smith, Associate Professor Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, University of Nebraska.

US Catfish Outlook Report - February 2007
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the February 2007: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Catfish Industry data.
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* Global Fish Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  General

Soy Meal Picks Up Aquaculture Market
Aquaculture will consume an estimated 8.8 to 11 million tons of soybean meal over the next decade.

  United Kingdom

Anger at five-fold rise in fish farm's output
SCOTLAND - A move to increase production at a Highland fish farm five-fold will play "Russian roulette" with wild salmon stocks, campaigners claimed yesterday.

Welsh aquaculture in the spotlight
WALES may be a small country, but as a leading force in sustainable aquaculture a number of pioneering Welsh companies are set for significant growth in 2007.

Creative Salmon Honoured For Suing Staniford
SCOTLAND - A Tofino-area salmon farm has been short-listed for an international award after it sued and won a defamation suit against a well-known environmentalist.

  United States

Farming Fish No Longer Relies Only on Fish Meal Feeds
SAN FRANCISCO - The world’s farmed fish industry no longer relies entirely on fish meal to feed its most valuable products such as salmon and trout, a University of Idaho aquaculture expert says.

Can Biodiverse Farming Feed The World?
Agriculture is rapidly approaching a time of massive change, says an article in Agronomy Journal. Impacted by the end of cheap energy, depleted water resources, impaired ecosystem services and unstable climates, agricultural industries will have to find new ways to feed a world whose appetite for food crops will grow by around 75 percent over the next 50 years.

Commentary: Cloned Foods
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced last December that the agency will likely approve the sale of cloned foods this year.

Monthly Catfish Processing Report
Catfish Processing Down 6 Percent, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Catfish Feed Deliveries
Total catfish feed delivered in the United States during January 2007 was 4,748 tons, down 15 percent from January 2006 and 21 percent below the previous month.

Aquafarming Could Slow the Flood of Imported Seafood
SeaWorld’s Research Efforts Seek to Replenish Supplies From Fished-Out Oceans, Decrease Imports
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  Canada

Suspend clam-farm licences in Strait of Georgia, NDP urges
VANCOUVER - The New Democratic Party has called on the government of British Columbia to suspend licences recently granted to allow geoduck farms in the Strait of Georgia, and to declare a moratorium on future farms pending scientific review.

  Viet Nam

Vietnamese tra and basa catfish change world consumer habits
The Fisheries Ministry has quoted the Fisheries Information System (FIS) as saying that tra and basa catfish from Vietnam together with tuna and tilapia have created changes in Americans' and Europeans' consumer habits.

Vietnam catfish prices reach record high
Some businesses said the low output of tra and basa catfish on farms this year had forced their prices up.

Exporter re-enters US market after shrimp-dumping fracas
Investment, Commercial and Fisheries Joint Stock Company, or Incomfish, has recently exported two containers of shrimp worth US$12.5 million to the US, marking a major return to the market for the company.

Vietnamese Catfish farmers to receive Agribank loans
Farmers raising tra catfish for export in An Giang will receive VND500-700 billion (US$31-43 million) in loans from the Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Agribank) and the An Giang Fisheries Association.

  Thailand

Thailand may carry Australia’s exclusionary shrimp rules to WTO
Thailand has instructed its representative at the World Trade Organisation in Geneva to take a first step which could see the dispute with Australia over its pending rules on imported shrimp brought before the world trade body.

WTO access encourages CP Group to look at Vietnam
The Charoen Pokphand Group plans to set up its second manufacturing base for livestock and aquaculture in Vietnam within 10 years, thanks to the country's generous trade and investment sweeteners.

  Malaysia

RM80,000 a month from selling fish
KOTA BARU - Boasting a monthly revenue of about RM80,000, freshwater fish supplier Raja Zakaria Raja Abdullah is now among the top earners in the industry in Kelantan.

Fishermen seek RM5mil for project
KUALA TERENGGANU - The Te-rengganu Fishermen’s Association (Penentu) will request RM5mil from the state government and the Fisheries Develop-ment Board to carry out aquaculture projects for the benefit of the fishing community in the state.

Malay farmers urged to go into freshwater fish production
Freshwater fish is the next best thing for farmers and breeders to venture into due to its huge commercial potential, writes Roslina Mohamad in The Star.
Schering Plough Aquaculture.
  Australia

Permanent ban on disease-carrying raw prawn imports required
Quarantine regulator Biosecurity Australia is being urged to immediately ban imported raw prawns known to be infected with at least two exotic diseases that have the potential to decimate wild and farmed prawn, crab and lobster populations in Australia.

Aquaculture brings Australian favorite to Boston
There’s a new fish in town...

  New Zealand

Paua farm joins burgeoning industry
Its black muscular foot is considered a delicacy and is extremely valuable in Asian circles.

Call to protect trout near NZ salmon farms
Trout near salmon farms need protection, according to High Country Salmon's Richard Logan.

  Norway

Shortage of fresh fish
Despite increased demands for fresh fish, increasingly more frozen unprocessed fish is being exported. To increase the landings of fresh fish, one possibility is to redistribute quotas.

  Belgium

Dietary Supplement Protects The Lives Of Farm Shrimp
The lives of shrimp have been saved by a dietary supplement which prevents infection by pathogenic (disease-causing) bacteria. Could this put a stop to the use of antibiotics?

  Denmark

BASF sells animal feed premix sites
BASF is selling its animal nutrition premix business in eight countries to Nutreco, an animal feed group headquartered in the Netherlands. Premixes are mixtures of vitamins and feed additives for animal nutrition. Nutreco is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of animal feed premixes and specialties.

  India

CU feat in cloning of prawns Boon for export sector
A Centrally-aided research project of the Calicut University Zoology department has made a path-breaking feat in the field of genetic engineering and cloning, which can have a tremendous impact in the export of prawns, the country’s major source of foreign exchange.

Hindustan Lever Ltd. to exit from marine business
The decision of Hindustan Lever Ltd (HLL) to exit from the marine sector puts at stake nearly Rs 250 crore worth of export business of value-added products from surmi, crabs, fish fillet, shrimps, squid and octopus.

Aquaculturists demand farming status to their trade
A two-day Aqua Expo Orissa 2007 to create a knowledge-base in terms of self-employment, revenue and export possibilities besides seeking the attention of the policy makers and expert advices in resolving technical, administrative and infrastructural problems, was inaugurated by Fisheries Minister Golak Bihari Naik here on Thursday.

Indian prawn farmers seek ban on imported white shrimp species
The Prawn Farmers Federation of India, formed by over one lakh small scale farmers and their families, would approach Agriculture Ministry seeking a ban on P Vannamei, an exotic pacific white shrimp species, in India reports The Hindu.
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  Pakistan

Soft loans for fish farmers
PAKISTAN - The Punjab government has offered soft loans to fish farmers to enable them to produce high quality fish locally.

  Uganda

Uganda: Glowing Vietnam Catfish Threat to Fish Exports
Vietnam's massive out put of Pangasius catfish, whose white meat is very similar to that of Nile perch, is flooding EU markets and is affecting Uganda's export revenue.

  Ghana

Ghana identified as a good ground for aquaculture business
Mrs. Gladys Asmah, Minister for Fisheries on Tuesday called on Ghanaians entrepreneurs to position themselves to partner foreign investors in the aquaculture industry since Ghana has been identified as a good site for aquaculture business. She said studies over 93the last two years have proven beyond all doubt that aquaculture in Ghana can be a viable economic and rewarding venture because all the natural factors, especially water and good soil are available in abundance".

  Namibia

Namibia: Fish farms face flood threat
Current flooding in the Caprivi Region poses a threat to the existing fish farms developed to enhance food security and reduce unemployment among the rural communities.

  Brunei Darussalam

Fish Farms Train Sights On Exports
Taking Cue from the shrimp industry which is going global, Brunei's fish farms want to boost production to meet strong local demand and eventually tap the export market.

Company news

Calling all livestock editors
UK - Due to strong growth across all sectors of our business, the 5M Publishing management team are currently looking for editorial staff to help drive the continuing development of our on-line publications in Pigs, Poultry, Cattle and Aquaculture.


That's all for this week!

Ed.

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