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IN BRIEF - Florida clam growers struggle as aquaculture industry reports $34M loss from Hurricane Idalia

UNITED STATES
Monday, October 02, 2023

RUSKIN, Fla. — At Two Docks Shellfishin Ruskin, clams are grown and then sold to restaurants, seafood markets, and distributors throughout the Tampa Bay Area, but lately, the shellfish farmers have been tight on supply.

“There just aren’t as many clams in the world as there should be right now due to those two storms, and that has a series of downstream effects, revenue, employment, and things like that,” said Dr. Aaron Welch, president of Two Docks Shellfish.

Last year, Welch said freshwater flooded the bay during Hurricane Ian, killing millions of clams. He added that the enormous storm surge following Hurricane Idalia the previous month wiped out millions more clams in hard-hit Cedar Key and he does business with clam growers there.

He says the combo of storms has prevented him from expanding his clam business as fast as he would like.

“It’s made it hard for us to continue to grow the business, and it’s hurt our revenue. Since we haven’t gotten our insurance payment from the USDA yet, we’re missing a huge amount of cash that we would be generating right now from selling the animals that died during Ian.”[...]

Author/Source: Rebecca Petit/abcactionnews.com


IN BRIEF - Infographic: Vietnam's shellfish exports in the first 10 months of 2023

VIET NAM
Friday, December 01, 2023

In the first 10 months of 2023, Vietnam's shellfish exports reached 109 million USD, down 11% compared to the same period in 2022. Vietnam's exports of this product group to main markets all decreased over the same period, except for Portugal.

Author/Source: Nguyen Ha/VASEP (translated from original in vietnamese)


IN BRIEF - A very interesting market for fresh Norwegian salmon

VIET NAM
Friday, December 01, 2023

A very interesting market for fresh Norwegian salmon This is the conclusion of the new salmon report that the Seafood Council has commissioned in Vietnam.

This is the conclusion of the new salmon report that the Seafood Council has had carried out in Vietnam.

Over several years, Norway has exported salmon by-products to the Vietnamese market. But it is especially the fresh salmon that is interesting, because it is sold at a much higher price.

The consumption of fresh salmon is increasing: Today, the Vietnamese eat 33 percent more fresh salmon than they did five years ago.

In Vietnam, many other things are also growing: the population (which has surpassed 100 million), purchasing power, seafood consumption (which has increased from 20-34 kilos in six years), the total seafood imports and the import of Norwegian salmon.

The Vietnamese eat around 6,500 tonnes of fresh salmon a year. It may not be that much when you take the population into account. Still, it's a good deal when you know that 10 years ago almost no one did it. In addition, most of the salmon originates from Norway.[...]

Source: Norwegian Seafood Council (translated from original in vietnamese)


IN BRIEF - Statement from the Ancona Shipping Company, owner of the 'Lodairo' cod fishery

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, December 01, 2023

Glasgow - Ancora, the Spanish cod fishing company Lodairo, reports that the two crew members who suffered an accident on board the ship yesterday are stabilized in the Intensive Care Unit of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow.
 
The accident occurred when the crew were carrying out maintenance work on the deck 100 miles northwest of the Isle of Lewis in the Hebridean archipelago in Scotland.
 
 
According to the ship's owner, Iván López Van der Veen, who is in the Scottish city, today the relatives of the injured crew members arrived at the hospital, whom the shipowner will accompany throughout the evolution of the injuries.
accidented.
 
The shipowner reports that, after the accident occurred, the evacuation of the sailors was requested, who were transferred by helicopter to the city of Stornoway, in the Hebrides archipelago, for subsequent transfer to Glasgow.
 
“We will report on the evolution of this event, but now is the time to be close to the injured and their families,” says Iván López, “and we ask that their privacy be respected, essential in these moments when the fundamental thing is to provide support and closeness".

IN BRIEF - A big step towards creating a culture of consumption of fish products: a fish market of a new format has opened in Moscow

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Thursday, November 30, 2023

A uniquefish market "Moscow - on the wave" (Kosino-Ukhtomsky district). The concept of the project combined wholesale and retail trade, the restaurant sector and the creative component - master classes, seasonal tastings and culinary shows.

The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Agriculture of Russia Dmitry Patrushev, the head of Rosrybolovstvo Ilya Shestakov and the mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin.

In the pavilion customers can buy fish from different seas and rivers of Russia and cook it in one of the restaurants.

In total, the assortment includes more than 600 types of fish products and other seafood delicacies, fresh, chilled, frozen fish and seafood.

Our own production is organized on the territory of the market.

In a specialized workshop they make marinades according to exclusive recipes, semi-finished products, canned food and much more.

The implementation of the project is a big step for the further popularization of fish products and the formation of a culture of consumption of fish and seafood.[...]

Source: Federal Agency for Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo) | TRanslated from original in russian


IN BRIEF - Investor Consortium Partners with Baja Aqua-Farms to Promote Future Growth

MEXICO
Thursday, November 30, 2023

ENSENADA --(BUSINESS WIRE)--Continental Grain Company (Conti), Organización Cultiba SAB de CV (Cultiba), Equity Group Investments (EGI), and Castle Harlan Inc. today announced an investment in Baja Aqua-Farms (the “Company”), a leading vertically integrated Bluefin tuna rancher based in Baja California, Mexico.

The partnership provides strategic support and a source of additional capital for the Company to meet the growing demand in the seafood industry. As part of the transaction, Ignacio Sanz from Conti, Juan Ignacio Gallardo Thurlow from Cultiba, Rahul Sen from EGI, and Patrick Zyla from Castle Harlan will join Baja Aqua Farms’ board of directors.

Baja Aqua-Farms is an established leader in Bluefin tuna ranching whose mission is to produce and distribute the highest quality Pacific Bluefin tuna in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner. The Company’s fresh sashimi grade tuna is sought out by top chefs around the globe for its consistent quality and year-round availability.

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.


IN BRIEF - Morocco Unveils ‘Ibn Sina II’ Fishery Research Vessel

MOROCCO
Thursday, November 30, 2023

Boasting a five-day autonomy, the vessel is poised to cover the entire Moroccan coastal expanse.

Rabat - The National Institute of Halieutic Research (INRH) has unveiled its latest research vessel, the “Ibn Sina II,” dedicated to advancing scientific exploration in the realm of fisheries.

Presided over by Minister of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development, and Water and Forests Mohamed Sadiki, the event was held in Agadir and celebrated the inauguration of the 22-meter-long vessel on Monday.

With a budget of MAD 34 million ($ 3.4 million), the acquisition of the vessel  comes as part of Morocco’s collaboration with the European Union in the realm of maritime fishing and ocean sustainability.

The vessel, the sixth addition to the INRH research fleet, complements an advanced oceanographic research fleet crucial for Morocco’s blue economy development.

Boasting a five-day autonomy, the “Ibn Sina II”  is poised to cover the entire Moroccan coastal expanse, accessing previously hard-to-reach coastal zones for high-sea oceanographic research vessels.[...]

Source: Morocco World News


Seafood Expo Eurasia Business Program: from Global Trends to Local Solutions

TURKEY
Thursday, November 30, 2023

Istanbul, – Seafood Expo Eurasia will present an extensive program addressing the primary challenges and opportunities in the global seafood industry. Designed with a business focus, it aims not only to discuss worldwide fisheries main issues but also to find common solutions that consider the regional specificities of different markets.

Despite global trends, each market has distinctive features crucial for achieving global sustainable development. This is the reason organizers have decided to supplement the program with events dedicated separately to the markets of Türkiye, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Simultaneously, the program's focal points will center around sessions on the Blue Transformation, sustainable fishing practices, and the traceability of fish products. These factors are capable of ensuring climate-neutral fishing and the renewability of fish stocks, and are also becoming the main drivers for the promotion of fish and seafood. The global leading expert organizations will take an active part in the events, sharing their knowledge, ideas, and insights.

To foster an inclusive and meaningful discussion, the organizers invite official bodies, professional and trade associations, business and scientific structures, as well as industry media, to participate in the business program events and contribute to shaping its agenda.

The current version of the business program is available on the official event’s website.

Participation in business program events is free and open to all registered visitors and participants.


OTHER MEDIA | Mundo Acuicola: Camanchaca increases its income by 7% driven by the fishing business

CHILE
Thursday, November 30, 2023

Camanchaca reported an increase of 7.2% in consolidated income until September 2023, highlighting the 25% increase in the Fishing Division due to the good biological status of horse mackerel, sardines and crustaceans.
 
Camanchaca reported its financial statements at the end of September 2023, reporting consolidated revenues of US$ 600 million, 7.2% higher than the same quarter of 2022, highlighting a 25% increase in the Fishing Division, as a result of the good biological status of the biomass of horse mackerel, sardines and crustaceans. Added to this was the high price of fish oil brought about by the shortage of Peruvian production, and the greater sale of frozen horse mackerel, as the frozen plant, inaugurated last year, was at full capacity throughout this season. Income also increased in the Crops Division due to mussels.
 
In the Salmon Division, in Q3 2023, 17,760 MT WFE of Salar were harvested, 24% higher than the same period in 2022 and in line with the defined plan. Given that these higher volumes of harvests were concentrated in the second half of the quarter, this generated higher inventories, since sales were 9,925 MT WFE of this species, leaving an equivalent inventory.[...]
 
Source: mundoacuicola.cl (translated from original in spanish)

Other Media | EuropaAzul: Vulnerable marine ecosystems (VME) are subject to public participation

EUROPEAN UNION
Thursday, November 30, 2023

The European Commission is seeking views on measures to protect vulnerable marine ecosystems (VME) from the negative effects of bottom gear in the high seas.

A call for ideas and a public consultation are open until February 5, 2024.

EMVs are fragile and sensitive areas that support a wide variety of marine life, including slow-growing, long-lived deep-sea species.

Source: EuropaAzul | Read the full article here


Other Media | Industrias Pesqueras: The EU launches the 'Blue Champions' initiative

EUROPEAN UNION
Thursday, November 30, 2023

Through the "EU Blue Champions" initiative, the Advisory Services of the European Investment Bank (EIB or EIB), in collaboration with the EIB Project Directorate, will provide financial advice to selected EU projects. blue economy. The objective is to identify 20 innovative projects that have the potential to be of interest to public or private finance providers and may possibly be eligible for EIB financing.

Each selected project must show the potential to contribute to the EU mission "Restore our oceans and waters" and its three objectives: restore marine and freshwater ecosystems and biodiversity, eliminate pollution, and decarbonize the blue economy.

Source: IndustriasPesqueras | Read the full article here


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