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TheFishSite Newsletter - 28th April 2008
Monday 28th April 2008
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We have 2 new features this week:

Current Research on PKD at Stirling
Proliferative kidney disease (PKD) caused by Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae continues to be a major constraint on the rainbow trout industry in Western Europe and North America, writes David J. Morris, Charles McGurk and Gareth Butterfield of the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling. Published in Cefas Finfish News.
Shrimp Market Report - March 2008 - Japan
Overall Japanese shrimp imports in 2007 declined by 8.25% compared to 2006, which is a drop equivalent to nearly 25 000 metric tons, FAO Globefish reports in InfoFish.
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Irish Calls for Retention of Salmon Safeguards
IRELAND - The Irish Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, John Browne, has called on the European Commission to maintain its existing trade measures on imports of farmed salmon from Norway.

Nutrigenomics Centre Opens Doors
IRELAND – The global animal health company Alltech cut the ribbon on its Centre for Animal Nutrigenomics and Applied Animal Nutrition this week. They are calling the facility the first of its kind in the world, as it is dedicated to the studying the effect of nutrition on gene expression.

Healthy Eating Boosts Irish Seafood Sales
IRELAND - A total of 27 companies are exhibiting in the Bord Iascaigh Mhara pavilion at the European Seafood Exhibition in Brussels this week reflecting the growing demand for seafood in the country.


Fishery and Aquaculture Production in Japan
JAPAN - Gross fishery and aquaculture production in 2006 was ¥1,606.9 billion (yen), a 0.4 per cent increase over the previous year, according to the latest figures issued by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.


Pearls Prove Better at Abrolhos
AUSTRALIA - Results from Abrolhos' first pearl hatchery have proved better than expected with the first sample of the brood stock tested spawning 200 million 'spat', or baby oysters.

Redevelopment of Bribie Island Aquaculture Research Station Starts Soon
AUSTRALIA - A successful tenderer will soon be announced for the $5 million expansion of the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F) Bribie Island Aquaculture Research Station, which will feature a state-of-the-art aquarium.

Worms and Weeds Boost Prawn Farm Potential
AUSTRALIA - A Bribie Island research project involving sandworms and seaweed products has the potential to deliver significant benefits for Queensland aquaculture farmers and our environment.

Rising Dollar Hits Seafood Exports
VICTORIA - The major outlet for Gippsland’s seafood harvesters, the Lakes Entrance Fishermen's Co-op has had to suspend its export operations because of the rise of the Australian dollar.

Ganglioneuritis Fears for Abalone Industry
AUSTRALIA - Australia's abalone industry is becoming increasingly concerned about deadly shellfish virus could infect Tasmanian and South Australian waters within months.
Schering Plough Aquaculture.
  New Zealand

No Aquaculture In The Inner Gulf
NEW ZEALAND - Local communities on the Firth of Thames have welcomed the Auckland Regional Council’s decision to exclude aquaculture from the Inner Hauraki Gulf and the Firth of Thames

Kaipara oyster farm gets green light
NEW ZEALAND - Kaipara Harbour will get a new oyster farm. Approval for a 76ha production site was granted as the business has been deemed to have little impact on the environment or commercial fishing.

  United States

Catfish Processing Up Eight Percent on Last Year
US - Farm-raised catfish processed during March 2008 totaled 49.0 million pounds round weight, up eight per cent from March 2007. The average price paid to producers was 74.5 cents per pound for March 2008, up 5.7 cents from last month but 9.3 cents below a year ago.

Catfish Feed Deliveries Down 58 Percent on Last Year
US - Total catfish feed delivered in the United States during March 2008 was 16,973 tons, down 58 percent from March 2007, but up significantly from the previous month.

Reed 'Nets' Over $400,000 for Shellfish Farming and Coastal Preservation
RHODE ISLAND – In an effort to bolster Rhode Island’s shellfish aquaculture industry and preserve coastal resources, US Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) has announced over $400,000 in federal funding for the East Coast Shellfish Research Initiative and the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) shallow water soil mapping study.

Texan Aqua Campaigner Honoured
TEXAS - The Matagorda County Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture has honored Mark Kubecka, a champion of Texas Fish Farming, as its aquaculture producer of the year.

Academy of Natural Resources to Open in Florida
US - An Academy of Natural Resources based in Lee County Florida is to open in the Autumn offering courses in aquaculture and other environmental and water management related studies.
VIROCID - The Global Disinfectant
Aquaculture - an Ocean of Opportunity for Soy
ST.LOUIS - The ocean holds great potential for soy according to the United Soybean Board (USB) and the soybean checkoff.

Study Aims to Find Offshore 'Balance'
CALIFORNIA - The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant worth US$284,982 to a research project that will examine the pros and cons of marine aquaculture.

Cooke Aquaculture : Better than Expected
US - Cooke Aquaculture is employing about 300 people on the south coast of Newfoundland said the province’s Fisheries minister during an update about the company in the House of Assembly today.

Salmon Tags to Reveal if Hatcheries Help or Hurt
US - Hoping to engineer their way out of a salmon crisis, wildlife agencies are manipulating the natural rhythms of the species to an unprecedented degree in hopes of producing more fish.

Farmed: Good for You and the Planet
US - University of Arizona professor Kevin Fitzsimmons’ has a passion for aquaculture. He has devoted his career to correcting what he believes is a stigma placed on fish farms based on misconceptions that have been amplified by environmental groups.

Humboldt Honours Announced
US - Humboldt State University will conduct dedications in early May to commemorate outstanding individual contributions to the university and the community.

Feed Costs Catch Up With Catfish
ALABAMA- When the price for catfish feed climbed 60 percent during last year, Ken Owens of Aliceville decided to sell the fish he would have raised this year and empty his 75 acres of ponds.

  Viet Nam

VND 850 billion for aquaculture biotechnology
VIET NAM - More than VND 850 billion will be invested in a project to develop and apply biotechnology in the fisheries sector

Catfish farmers wriggling as prices jump
VIET NAM - The price of tra and basa catfish has leaped to VND1,500/kg in the past month, but the opportunity for a bigger profit may be tempting some farmers to breach existing export contracts in favour of new buyers.

Boom in Vietnam’s frozen fish exports
VIET NAM - Vietnamese tuna is a menu favourite across the world. NOW available in more than 14 markets, compared with the first quarter of last year, saus the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
Virkon S from Antec Inernational.

ECER Bids to Boost Lake Kenyir Fish Farming
MALAYSIA - Terengganu Agrotech Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (TADC) has set a target to increase fish farming production from 200 tonnes to 2,000 tonnes by the end of the year.

Aiming for Tilapia Top Spot
MALAYSIA - Perak is set to become the largest producer of tilapia in the world, thanks to a unique breeding project set up in part of Tasik Temenggor.


Funds Raised for Salmon Conservation
CANADA - About 200 people took part in the fourth annual benefit dinner for the Restigouche River Watershed Management Council held April 11 at the Campbellton Regional Memorial Civic Centre.

'Holistic 'Aquaculture On TV Tonight
CANADA - A ground-breaking project by Dr Thierry Chopin of the University of New Brunswick in Saint John and Dr Shawn Robinson of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in St Andrews, is about to be featured on TV.

Chilean Tours Urges MLA To Push for Domestic Industry
NOVA SCOTIA - Southwestern Nova Scotia has to greatly expand its fish-farming operations, says Liberal fisheries critic Junior Theriault who has just returned from a tour of several aquaculture operations in Chile.


WWF and Marine Harvest: Team Up
NORWAY - WWF-Norway and Marine Harvest (MH) have joined forces in a biod to reduce the environmental impact and ecological footprint of aquaculture.

Breeding Can Reduce Lice
NORWAY - Some salmon are more easily infested with salmon lice than others. Utilising this in the breeding of farmed salmon can save millions and reduce the infestation pressure of salmon lice among wild salmonids.

  European Union

Shrimp Standard launched at ESE
EU - A quality standard for shrimp farming is launched at ESE in Brussels today and it is a step closer to sustainable production says GLOBALGAP, who have developed it.

EU Top Slot for Indian Seafood Exports
INDIA - Statistics show that the European Union (EU) is the largest importer of Indian marine products, accounting for 34 percent of the exports by value.

Marine Exports Reach Record High
INDIA - Export of marine products from India set an all time record of 612641 tons - a value Rs83.63bn and US$1852.93mn during 2006-07.

Successful Maiden Crop Paves Way for Commercial Venture
VISHAKAPATNAM - Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI ) has successfully harvested its first crop from the country’s maiden demonstration project for cage culture.

Vannamei On Farms Shortly
INDIA - Shrimp farmers in India's burgeoning aquaculture business will soon be allowed to farm South American vannamei shrimp.

Fisheries Task Force Flags-up 69 Projects
INDIA - A report by India's task force on inland fish production and developing aquaculture, has been handed over to Fisheries Minister S Sarma.


Toothfish Farming Starts in Chile
CHILE - La Araucana Education Corporation and four private Chilean companies have begun a Patagonian toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides) farming project.


Abuse a Mainstay of Asia's Seafood Industry
WORLDWIDE - Workers in Southeast Asia's expanding shrimp industry suffer tremendous abuse and sometimes live virtual slavery, says a report released this week.


Emergency Grants to Boost Iraqi Fish Farming
BAGHDAD - Emergency reconstruction programs targeting fish farms in Iraq's central Babil province could bring 5,000 jobs to the region, US officials say.


Increasing Fish Yields Quell Shortage Concerns
PHILIPPINES - In a bid to allay fears of fish food shortages the Philippines Government has issues data on projected yields - which are expected top reach 5.3 million metric tons this year.

That's all for this week!


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