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TheFishSite Newsletter - 26th March 2007
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 2 new features this week:

Crawfish Production: Water Quality and Management
By Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality - Chapter 7 of the Louisiana Crawfish Production Manual. Poor water quality that persists for days and weeks is detrimental to crawfish production.
Aquaculture Production
By Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and extracted from The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2006
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  United States

Maryland destroys trout to curb fish disease
HAGERSTOWN - The number of trout destroyed by the Department of Natural Resources to curb the spread of whirling disease has risen to 136,300, the state's director of freshwater fisheries said Friday.
Related News:
State to kill 150K infected baby trout
Workers unwittingly spread fish infection known as whirling disease

Association backs floating bags for aquaculture
US - The authors of this letter constitute the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Aquaculture Association and we would like to be recognized on record as supporting the use of normal farm practice, including the use of floating bags, for the farming of oysters on Cape Cod.

Feds propose new rules for aquaculture
US - Proposed federal legislation would promote seafood farming by allowing it in federal waters beyond three miles off the coast.

Oyster farmers: Report 1-sided
LOUSIANA - Many oyster leases in Louisiana are speculative — with the lease holders earning more for damage caused by oil-and-gas companies than from oyster harvesting.

US Catfish Feed Deliveries
US - Total catfish feed delivered in the United States during February 2007 was 6,380 tons, up 47 percent from February 2006 and 34 percent above the previous month.

US Monthly Catfish Processing Report
US - Catfish Processing Down 10%, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Catfish producers can apply for assistance
LOUISIANA - Louisiana catfish producers who suffered feed losses from the 2005 hurricanes can sign up for the catfish feed assistance program, according to Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Bob Odom.
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Differentiating salmon
NORWAY - Salmon producers are competing for customers, but what are they doing to stand out? And is it profitable to focus on salmon with distinctive characteristics?

  Trinidad and Tobago

Little fish, big money
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - It will not only bring about a revolution in the aquaculture industry, but create a sense of security for people living in rural communities across the country.


Cabinet approves cash aid for affected fish farmers
THAILAND - The Cabinet yesterday approved a Bt50 million budget to provide financial relief to people affected by water pollution in Angthong and Ayutthaya.

Thai shrimp farmers call for boycott
THAILAND - Thai shrimp farmers plan to boycott Australian goods soon if the country fails to cancel its Import Risk Analysis against shrimp imported from Thailand.

Govt agrees to pay millions of baht in assistance money to fish farmers
THAILAND - The cabinet has agreed in principle to advance millions of baht in assistance money to fish farmers devastated by recent pollution in the Chao Phraya river. Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Thira Sutabutra said the cabinet had not put a hold on plans to offer 28 million baht in assistance payments, dismissing concerns aired by farmers earlier this week.


Pakistani seafood prices fall in world market
KARACHI - Seafood industry is facing another shock as the prices of country’s products have declined sharply in international market just almost a week after the European Union delisted Pakistani exporters on poor quality.


Burma Hopes to Export 500 Tons of Shrimp to Bangladesh
BANGLADESH - Shrimp exporters from Arakan State are keen to export more shrimp from the Maungdaw wholesale shrimp center to Bangladesh during the 2007-08 fiscal year than they have in previous years, according to a report of a business source in Maungdaw.
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RM1.6 Bln Aquaculture Industrial Zone Projects Nationwide By June
MUAR, MALAYSIA - The government will implement by June thirty-nine aquaculture industrial zone projects covering 25,000 hectares nationwide and involving a total investment of RM1.6 billion, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin said today.


BFAR forecasts expansion of prawn exports to European, US markets
PHILIPPINES - The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) foresees an immediate doubling of the Philippines’ prawn export to an estimated $ 190 million with the expansion of shipment in Europe and US of disease-free Pacific vannamei shrimp.


Peru fishmeal exports seen growing 10 percent in 2007
LIMA - Peru, the world's No. 1 fishmeal producer, could boost its exports of the product by 10 percent in dollar terms this year, the general manager of a major Peruvian fishmeal producer said on Tuesday.

  Northern Mariana Islands

Rotanese learn shrimp farming's profitability
NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS - Fourteen farmers and entrepreneurs on Rota learned that shrimp farming could be a lucrative business which could uplift their standards of living and eventually help the economy of the CNMI.

  United Kingdom

Tests start on mussels pollution
UK - Scientists will be studying a section of the River Fal in Cornwall to establish if pollution from fields is damaging a mussel farm.


Ontario's Minister of Finance Fails to Recognize Veterinarians as Health Care Providers
Ontario's Minister of Finance Fails to Recognize Veterinarians as Health Care Providers

When salmon farms mean a future
CANADA - Last summer the New Democrat-controlled legislative committee that's been studying salmon farming for the past year ordered up a consultant's report comparing salmon farming and the wild harvest.


MOU Between India and Vietnam on Bilateral Cooperation in the Field of Fisheries and Aquaculture
INDIA - The Union Cabinet today gave its approval to the MOU to be signed between India and Vietnam on bilateral cooperation in the field of Fisheries and Aquaculture.
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  Viet Nam

Mekong shrimp farms make gains but need strategic plan: ministry
HO CHI MINH CITY - Mekong Delta shrimp output is growing as farmers convert low-yield rice paddies into shrimp farms, but the industry needs to fight disease and plan for the future to reach its potential.


Chinese Scientists fine tune fish taste
SHANGHAI - Researchers with the Shanghai Fisheries University have worked out a new way to raise fish that could make them taste better on your plate, Shanghai Daily reported.


Closing salmon escape routes
DENMARK - Icing, operating errors and lack of knowledge of currents and waves led to escapes from fish farms last year. But countermeasures are now being put into effect.

  New Zealand

Salmon farm approved after channel mishap
NEW ZEALAND - The company behind a large new salmon farm proposed for Tory Channel is confident there will be no repeat of a mishap that saw another farm float free into the shipping lane last year.

New Salmon farm for Tory Channel
NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand King Salmon has been granted resource consent for a new salmon farm at Clay Point in the Tory Channel.


Uganda: Fish Farmers Get Shs10 Million
UGANDA - The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries has given Shs10 million to fish farmers in Yumbe district.

That's all for this week!


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