The FishSiteNewsletter - 23 June 2008
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We have 2 new features this week:
Shining the Light on Trout: Where are We Now?
By John Taylor and Herve Migaud, Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, Finfish News, Number 5, Winter/Spring 2008.
Farming of Eurasian Perch
Compiled and edited by Damien Toner and Carole Rougeot and produced in conjunction with the Aquaculture Technical Section, Aquaculture Development Division, An Bord Iascaigh Mhara.
Promoting Sustainable Farmed Salmon from the East Coast
CANADA - New guide for consumers sets the record straight on sustainable farming practices, food safety and health benefits
Fisheries Scientist Receives Honorary Doctorate
CANADA - Dr Harald Rosenthal received an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from Board Chair Robin Kenyon and VIU President Dr Ralph Nilson at Vancouver Island University at the spring graduation ceremony.
Guide to Safety of Salmon
CANADA - The North Atlantic Aquaculture Council has made a bid to clean up the image of Atlantic salmon through a guide about the safety of eating harvested fish.
Studies Clash over Threat to Salmon Numbers
CANADA - Research on the Broughton Archipelago, British Columbia watersheds predicts that sea lice infections originating on Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) farms will cause the extinction of pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) in the archipelago by 2010.
No Extension of Certification to Farmed Salmon
LONDON - The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Board of Trustees has reconfirmed that it will not be expanding the scope of the MSC's wild capture certification and labelling programme to include aquaculture productions systems.
Fishermen, Farmers and Road Hauliers to Meet First Minister
SCOTLAND - A joint delegation of Scottish fishermen, farmers and road hauliers will meet First Minister Alex Salmond to call for urgent action on the soaring cost of fuel.
Final Rites for Cod Hatchery
UK - The UK's only large scale cod hatchery, the Nufish hatchery at Sandwick, in Shetland closed last week.
University Investigates Marine Aliens
UK - Queen's University Belfast is appealing for help from the public in looking at ways to detect and stop the spread of marine aliens.
Leading Aquaculture Professor Nets a CBE
SCOTLAND - Professor Randolph Richards, Director of the Institute of Aquaculture at the University of Stirling and scientific advisor to the salmon farming industry, was made a CBRE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list at the weekend.
150 Hours Unpaid Work for Fish Smuggler
UK - Magistrates at Folkestone, Kent have sentenced a 48 year old unemployed man from Slade Green near Dartford to do 150 hours unpaid work under a Community Order for illegally importing over half a tonne of live carp into the country.
Young's Seafood Processor Backs Fish Farming
UK - Young’s Seafood the British seafood processor has underlined the importance of fish farming to the security of future fish supply.
Mussel Farmers Concerned over Water Quality
UK - Falmouth and Camborne MP Julia Goldsworthy led a debate in Parliament this week, to raise local mussel farmers' concerns about declining water quality on the Fal River, which they fear is threatening their business.
Maatjes Sustainability Certified
SWEDEN - The Astrid Fiske North Sea herring fishery - Sweden’s prized ‘maatjes’ herring fishery - has been certified as a sustainable and well managed fishery following a 14-month assessment by independent specialist fisheries and seafood certifier Food Certification International.
Herring – Healthy and Environmentally Friendly
SWEDEN - Herring is just as good for the heart and blood vessels as other fatty fishes, according to a doctoral dissertation from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.
Maryland Establishes Coastal Bays Aquaculture Development Workgroup
US - A new 10-member Coastal Bays Aquaculture Development Workgroup, to develop recommendations to address the issues and opportunities associated with aquaculture in Maryland’s coastal bays has been set up by Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Kauai Shrimp Farm Under State Quarantine
HONOLULU - The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) has placed an emergency quarantine prohibiting the movement of shrimp from Limaloa Farm on Kauai. The quarantine order was issued when confirmatory tests came back positive for White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV), a serious disease in shrimp.
Aquaculture Project under Discussion
HONOLULU - The Governor's Lana‘i Community Advisory Council is to discuss plans for a new aquaculture project next week.
Conference to Hear Presentation on New Oxygenation Technology
US - New oxygenation technologies for fish farms and hatcheries will be one of the subjects under discussion at the Seventh International Conference on Recirculating Aquaculture.
Bill Manci - Bell Aquaculture's Yellow Perch Expert
ALBANY - Bell Aquaculture has started operation of the US's largest yellow perch (Perca flavescens) farm at production facilities in Albany, Indiana, northeast of Indianapolis.
Forum to Look at Offshore Aquaculture
US - A forum at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) is set to boost the prospects of fish farming off the Pacific coast of North America.
Rhode Island Aquaculture Shows Strong Growth
US - The aquaculture industry in Rhode Island is growing strongly with the farm gate value up by 18 per cent to $1.6 million last year.
Zeigler Takes Up Insect-based Feeds
US - Neptune Industries has received a Letter of Intent to purchase more than 40 tonnes per month of its Ento-Protein(TM), an insect-based alternative to fishmeal, from Zeigler Bros.
Catfish Industry Hit by Rising Costs
US - Catfish farmers in Mississippi are growing more and more concerned about the effect rising costs from fuel to feed are having on their businesses.
Catfish Feed Deliveries Report
US - Catfish feed deliveries have fallen month on month in May, but have risen compared to the previous month according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Parasites Leap Across Salmon
US - Sea lice on salmon, jump ship when their host gets nabbed by a bigger fish and they then latch onto the predator, according to research published in the journal Science.
Monthly Catfish Processing Report
US - Catfish Processing is up by 18 per cent, according to a report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
Australis to Build Barramundi Farms in Viet Nam
VIET NAM - Australian fish faming company Australia Aquaculture has received a licence from the Van Phong Economic Zone in Khanh Hoa Province if Viet Nam.
Concern over Export Price Cuts
VIET NAM - A surplus of Pangasius (tra and basa catfish) in Viet Nam is has made exporters cut prices, sometimes under cost.
Consumers Warned off Poultry and Shrimp
VIET NAM - Experts have warned people in two wards of Bien Hoa City in the southern province of Dong Nai not to eat locally produced food as local water supplies are polluted by extremely high levels of Agent Orange and other dioxins.
Trade Show and Conference in Brisbane
BRISBANE - Skretting Australasian Aquaculture 2008 International Trade Show and Conference is now less than two months away.
Brumby Government Secures Mussel Industry Growth
AUSTRALIA - The Brumby Government is helping the Victorian mussel industry secure its future by jointly funding a $1.7 million collaborative shellfish research project.
Trout Stocked in South-West Waterway
AUSTRALIA - The Brumby Government is stocking 8000 brown trout into Merri River this year to enhance fishing opportunities for recreational anglers in the south-west, a 700 increase on last year.
Cell Aqua on Course to Secure Funding
AUSTRALIA - Australian comapny Cell Aquaculture has completed sales of Cell proprietary equipment for finalisation of the first 100 plus tonnes per annum production facility, for its joint venture with the Terengganu state government, Malaysia.
Project Protecting Oysters from Green Crabs
AUSTRALIA - An on-going marine project is helping to save oyster beds on the Sapphire Coast from the threat of the European Green crab.
Salmon Farm Expands
AUSTRALIA - Tasmania based Huon Aquaculture is expanding with the purchase of Southern Ocean Trout.
Elaine Bay Aquaculture Cuts Staff
NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand aquaculture company Sealord is to lay off nine staff from its Elaine Bay Aquaculture plant in the Marlborough Sounds.
Seafood Industry Fed up with Government’s Plans
NEW ZEALAND - The New Zealand Government is intent on the destruction of the seafood industry according to the New Zealand Seafood Industry Council chief executive Owen Symmans in response to the Government's emissions trading Bill.
Aquaculture Sector Complains of High Production Costs
PHILIPPINES- The exorbitant increase in the production cost in the aquaculture sector, was one of the major concerns raised by the participants in the recently concluded Forum on Fuel and Rice Security conducted in Catbalogan City.
Bacteria Threat to Mussel Industry
PHILIPPINES - The Philippine mussel industry that gives jobs to thousands of Samarnons is threatened by parasitic bacteria causing heavy mortality.
Emergency Measures over Fuel Crisis
EU - The European Commission has agreed on an emergency package of measures to tackle the immediate social and economic hardship triggered by the rise in the price of oil on the European fishing fleet.
Bluefin Tuna Fishery Closed to Save its Future
EU - The European fisheries commissioner Joe Borg has decided to close the fishery for Bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean and the Eastern Atlantic as for all purse seiners flying the flags of Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy and Malta.
EU Project Stages Fisheries Workshops
EU - The PROFET Policy, an EU funded research programme is organising a series of workshops to look at aquaculture and fisheries throughout Europe.
Marine Farms Gets Funds for Organic Growth
NORWAY - Norwegian aquaculture company Marine Farms ASA has signed a preliminary agreement for a NOK240 million multi-currency credit facility with DnB NOR Bank.
Developing Fish Feed of Tomorrow
NORWAY - Scientists at Nofima have developed a salmon feed that strengthens the immune defence among salmon so the survival rate after a natural outbreak of the IPN virus increases dramatically.
Projects Ensure Supply For Fish Cage Culture
BRUNEI - Fish cage culture operators are experiencing losses by relying on the supplies of fish fingerlings from abroad, which is inconsistent and insufficient. The quality of the supplies is also not guaranteed.
Commissioner Assures Fish Farmers of Support
NIGERIA - Akwa Ibom State commissioner for agriculture and natural resources, Prof Etok Ekanem, has assured farmers in the state of government support for increased fish production.
That's all for this week!