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TheFishSite Newsletter - 4th February 2008
Monday 4th February 2008
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 2 new features this week:

Hatchery White Spot Infections: Making a Clean Sweep Of It
By Sara Picon*, Bob Bawden+, Nick Taylor# & Andy Shinn* published by CEFAS Finfish News - Issue 4, Summer/Autumn 2007.. A joint research programme has been set up to look at the threat of White Spot in hatcheries.
Catfish Market Report - December 2007
By Helga Josupeit FAO Gobefish. The USA is still the world’s largest producer of catfish, but production is decreasing steadily.
* Global Fish Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United States

Aqua Bounty Signs Up with Sterling
MASSACHUSETTS - Biotech company Aqua Bounty Technologies Inc, has signed a Term sheet with Stirling Products North America for an exclusive option to distribute ProVale™ in the Chilean salmon market.

NOAA/USDA Targets Industry and Science for Fishmeal Alternatives
US - The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking information and ideas on ways to lessen dependence on fish-based feeds for the aquaculture industry.

Salmon Population Nears All Time Low for California
SAN FRANCISCO — The number of chinook salmon returning to California's Central Valley has reached a near-record low, pointing to an "unprecedented collapse" that could lead to severe restrictions on West Coast salmon fishing this year, writes Terence Chea.

Catfish Sales Value Down Eight Percent in Two Years
US - Catfish growers in the US had sales of $445 million during 2007, down eight per cent from $484 million the previous year.

Floating Oysters is Better for Business
US - There aren't many oysters on the floor of Maryland's Choptank River - but there are millions near the surface in floats owned by an oyster hatchery that's success is creating huge interest.

Alliance Claims to Block Gulf Fish Farming Proposals
US - Consumer rights group Food & Water Watch a collaborative campaining from consumers, conservationists and both commercial and recreational fishing groups has blocked the approval for the development of ocean fish farms in Gulf of Mexico
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  United Kingdom

WAPA Boosts Welsh Aquaculture
UK - A new association to support Welsh aquaculture businesses has been launched by Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones.

Vote With Purse to Condemn Corruption Elsewhere
SCOTLAND - The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has pledged its full support for the World Conservation Union's condemnation of illegal fishing

GAA Extends Consulation Period for Standards
UK - The Global Aquaculture Alliance has extended the public comment period for its revised Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) standards development process to 29 February 2008.

Celtic Connection for Off-shore Cage
UK - Scottish and Irish salmon farmers can now benefit from high capacity off-shore penning. Argyll-based Fusion Marine’s has adapted its extra large cage system to suit farms from Shetland down to the south-west of Ireland.


Fish Sector Important in German Food Processing Industry
GERMANY - The food processing industry is one of the most important sectors in the German economy and the second largest in the European Union, according to a new report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.


Marine Hatchery Training for Philippines
PHILIPPINES - The first training course in marine fish hatchery practice has been established in the Philippines.

Aquaculture output in Davao up by 38%
PHILIPPINES - The regional office of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has reported that aquaculture production in Davao Region posted a remarkable increase of 38 percent last year as compared to the figure recorded in the preceding year, according to the Sun Star.
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  Viet Nam

U.S. extended review on Vietnamese catfish
VIET NAM - The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has extended its announcement of the results of the third administrative review on frozen catfish fillets imported from Vietnam, local newspaper Vietnam News reported on Tuesday.

EU Accepts Additional 25 Seafood Processors
VIET NAM - The European Union has given permits to an additional 25 Vietnamese seafood processors that meet sanitary and safety standards for export.

  Brunei Darussalam

Fisheries Carnival Expects To Draw Huge Crowds
BRUNEI - Local entrepreneurs in the seafood processing, aquaculture and all the related industries that support the development of fisheries industries in the country are expected to converge at the Fish Landing Complex Serasa, Muara for this year's "Karnival Perikanan 2008" or Fisheries Carnival 2008, reports,Borneo Buletin.

450 Hectare Enterprise Boosts Fish and Shrimp Sectors
BRUNEI - The fisheries sector could gain more than $60 million annually from two allocated sites in the Tutong district.


Spanish Eyes on Yemen's Fish Business
YEMEN - The Ministry of Fisheries Wealth has been offered significant investment in its fisheries packaging industry by Spanish company Dos Y Mcos.
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Leading the Field Through Dialogue and Co-operation
CANADA - New Brunswick's salmon farmers are creating local solutions to the global challenge of seafood sustainability.

Foodservice Honours for BC's Salmon Industry
CANADA - British Columbia Salmon Farmers has received Special Recognition Award for their outstanding samples of farm-raised Atlantic salmon.


People and Pollution Issues Mean Aquaculture Must Change
WORLDWIDE - Achiving sustainablity will mean dramatic change for the global aquaculture industry, says Greenpeace. Protecting the environment and the people involved in seafood farming are vital issues and need to be addressed.


Fish processing industry warned
NORWAY - Fisheries Minister Helga Pedersen has warned the Norwegian fish processing industry that it must meet the strict standards for hygiene at its plants.

Small Fish, Big Prospects for Bio Business
NORWAY - An investment in catching little crustaceans is hoping to yield more than fishfood for the Aker group's Aker BioMarine division.


Company plans hatchery
FIJI - The world's biggest producer of tropical baby sea cucumber (dairo) currently has its management in Suva seeking a possible site close to Suva for the building of a multi-purpose spawning hatchery, reports the Fiji Times.
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Tilapia Pest Control Underway in Gulf
QUEENSLAND - Evidence of pest fish tilapia in Eureka Creek is forcing the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries officers (DPI&F) to step up surveillance in the Gulf region.

Aussie Abalone a Hit in China
AUSTRALIA - Australian farmed greenlip abalone are in hot demand in China and one company is strengthening its links ahead of the Chinese New Year and the Beijing Olympics.

More Bays Face Oyster Bans
SOUTH AUSTRALIA - Local oyster producers have been working with Primary Industries and Resources South Australia this month to collect oyster samples from Franklin Harbour, on the Eyre Peninsula, for testing.

Anglers Voice Concern About Aqua Proposals
AUSTRALIA - Recreational fishermen say pollution and other problems for the Eyre Peninsula will flow if new aquaculture developments proceed.


Fish Exports Expand for Chile
CHILE - Chilean fish and aquaculture exports totaled 3.5 billion US dollars between January and November 2007. That's an increase of 6.5 per cent on the same period last year(3.3 billion) says the Fisheries Sub-secretariat (SUBPESCA).


Fish Farming Improves Prospects for Kendrapada
INDIA - The Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA)is supporting an initiative to increase employment through aquaculture in Kendrapada through an awareness-cum-training programme.

  European Union

EU Stats on Aquaculture to be Improved
MEPs have adopted a co-decision report on a proposal aiming to replace the current Community legislation on the submission by Member States of statistics on aquaculture production, which has been in force for more than ten years.

That's all for this week!


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