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IN BRIEF - Skandia launches new smoked salmon recipes

SPAIN
Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Skandia presents two new references of its smoked salmon: with cinnamon and ginger and the Scandinavian recipe.
 
All of the company's smoked products are made using natural beech wood smoke and do not contain sugar. Likewise, dry salt is always added by hand and never injected.
 
In addition, selection at origin and controlled traceability guarantee that the fish has not been treated with antibiotics and fed without GMOs. “Our salmon comes from raw materials that have never been frozen, always fresh. This makes the texture always juicy and the flavor fresher,” the company explains.
 
Source: infoRETAIL

IN BRIEF - University of Stirling study could lead to improved mussel production

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Innovative new research by the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture could help improve mussel farming practices and lead to increased production.

Blue mussel aquaculture is an important sustainable and eco-friendly way of producing a protein source, but the industry has been facing challenges resulting in production fluctuations.

Mussel farming has a low impact on the environment because they require no food, grow on ropes and, by nature of being bivalves, they even clean the water around them. They also sequester carbon from the atmosphere in their shells.

The University of Stirling study saw scientists take samples from farms on Scotland’s Atlantic coast before carrying out genetic analysis.

Researchers discovered regular genetic mixing changes local populations. The findings could help mussel farmers with site selection, stocking strategies, and management practices.

This could lead to more consistent production and improved profitability for the mussel farming industry and contribute to the overall health and resilience of marine ecosystems in Scotland.

Researchers also found that the southwest coast is particularly important for growing mussel populations, meaning that some areas act as net sources (south) or sinks for mussel populations (north).

The paper Estimating blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) connectivity and settlement capacity


IN BRIEF - 85% of frozen small octopus was imported from Vietnam

SOUTH KOREA
Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Frozen small octopus imported in January 2024 amounted to 2,452 tons, a 3% decrease from 2,525 tons in the same period last year, accounting for 2.9% of the total seafood imports of 84,073 tons.

As of January, 2,089 tons of frozen small octopus were imported from Vietnam, 247 tons from Thailand, 60 tons from Indonesia, and 50 tons from China.

The import price by country was the highest for Thailand at USD 7.41/kg, Vietnam at USD 6.30/kg, Indonesia at USD 5.20/kg, and China the lowest at USD 4.53/kg.

The import amount was USD 15.53 million dollars, down 2% from USD 15.82 million in the same period last year.

Source: Union Forsea Corp.


IN BRIEF - US Plant-Based Shrimp Firm New Wave Foods Shuts Down Amidst Financial Woes

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, February 13, 2024

San Francisco-based New Wave Foods, a plant-based seafood company backed by Tyson Ventures, the venture capital arm of poultry giant Tyson Foods, ceased activities last November and is currently undergoing assignment for the benefit of creditors (a voluntary alternative to formal bankruptcy), as first reported by Alt Meat.

According to a general assignment document, New Wave Foods faced financial difficulties and admitted its inability to repay its debts fully. Consequently, the company decided to halt its operations. 

Plant-based shrimp for foodservice

New Wave Foods manufactured plant-based shrimp for the food service industry. Michelle Wolf and Dominique Barnes established the company in 2015 to disrupt the $9 billion dollar shrimp market with an alternative made with sustainable seaweed and plant proteins. The company planned to develop a range including lobster, scallops, and crab.

In 2021, New Wave Foods secured $18 million in a Series A round, with the participation of previous investor Tyson Ventures, to expand the New Wave Shrimp products to restaurants and foodservice locations.[...]

Source: Vegconomist


Other Media | EuropaAzul: New trends drive fish consumption

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, February 13, 2024

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute rides the wave and launches an effective marketing campaign in Japan. Global culinary trends have the power to radically transform the food industry, as demonstrated by the global sushi boom and the significant impact it has had in the consumption of salmon. Similarly, the current rise in popularity of onigiri (traditional Japanese rice balls) is paving the way for a further increase in demand for seafood. 

Japanese rice balls, known as onigiri, are experiencing a moment of culinary glory similar to that of sushi, of which they are essentially a part, thus catalyzing a new wave of interest and consumption in seafood.

Source: EuropaAzul | Read the full article here


Other Media | Industrias Pesqueras: MAPA opens for consultation the regulation of the tuna fishery and the creation of a census of tuna vessels

SPAIN
Tuesday, February 13, 2024

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has opened to public information the project of “Order APA//2024, which modifies Order APA/25/2021, of January 19, which regulates the exercise of the fishing for tropical tunas in the Indian Ocean and a census of freezer tuna seiners authorized to fish for tropical tunas in the Indian Ocean is created.”

The quota assigned to Spain in 2024 in the Indian Ocean is 42,903 tons of yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) and 12,862 tons of bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus), which will be distributed among the 15 vessels determined by the regulations.

Source: IndustriasPesqueras | Read the full article here


Other Media | SeafoodSource: 100-year-old Season Brand shows off refreshed logo, packaging at Fancy Food Show

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Lyndhurst, New Jersey, U.S.A.-based canned seafood company Season Brand, which specializes in sardine products, recently unveiled a rebrand of its logo and packaging, aiming to pay homage to its more than 100 years’ worth of history while simultaneously focusing on the future growth of the brand.

Releasing the updated logo and packaging at the 2024 Winter Fancy Food Show, which took place in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A. from 21 to 23 January, the company said reaching the milestone of 103 years after the company’s founding in 1921 – 

Author: Teddy Hans / SeafoodSource | read the full article here


Other Media | FishFarmer: Salmon Evolution breaks even in Norway, faces cost problems in Korea

NORWAY
Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Norwegian land-based fish farmer Salmon Evolution has reported that its farming operations broke even for the first time, during the final quarter of last year.

Q3 earnings before interest and tax (EBITDA) for Farming Norway were recorded as NOK 43,000 (just over £3,000) compared with a loss of NOK 9.4m (£706,800) in the same period in 2022. Taking a fair value adjustment into account, however, Farming Norway recorded a loss of NOK 16.7m (£1.25m). 

The company recorded a harvest volume of 1,104 tonnes with an average weight of 3.5 kg and a superior share of 90% at its hybrid flow-through site at Indre Harøy, north of Bergen.

Author: Vince McDonagh / FishFarmer | read the full article here


Other Media | FishFocus: fish international 2024 gets ready

GERMANY
Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Every two years, Germany’s only fish fair showcases what’s moving the industry at home and abroad.

From Sunday to Tuesday, 25 to 27 February 2024, international experts from the seafood industry will come together in Hall 5 at MESSE BREMEN. Project manager of fish international Sabine Wedell and her team will once again provide participants from industry, trade and catering with plenty of inspiration and ideas for exchanging knowledge and shaping the future of the seafood industry.

Source: FishFocus | read the full article here


IN BRIEF - 22.5% of European commercial fishing vessels accused of using forced labor

EUROPEAN UNION
Monday, February 12, 2024

Europe is second only to Asia, whose companies, especially those from China, own nearly two-thirds of the ships involved in forced labor. An estimated 128,000 fishermen suffer horrific abuses as a result of forced labor on board fishing vessels every year, a figure that likely significantly underestimates the full scale of this crisis.

According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), abuses include physical violence, non-payment of wages and being required to spend more time in the workplace than allowed.

According to a recent report, 22.5% of commercial fishing vessels accused of forced labor are owned by European companies, led by Spain and the UK.

Most European countries - along with other fishing superpowers such as China, Indonesia and the US - have yet to ratify key treaties prohibiting forced labor on fishing vessels, such as ILO Labor Convention 188, while the relevant EU directive applies only to EU-flagged vessels or vessels operating in EU waters.

Even if countries comply with the ILO Convention and other key agreements, financial secrecy means that the ultimate owners of accused ships can continue to evade justice.

Crucially, ratification of these agreements will result in the proceeds of forced labor courts being consistent with the proceeds of crime under money laundering laws, making prosecution easier.

Source: Fishretail.ru


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