INDIA - Recurring epizootics and the emergence of new aquatic animal diseases are increasingly threatening the aquaculture production in the state, said K V Lalitha, principal scientist, Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT). The global losses to White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV), the causative agent of white spot disease in shrimps and other crustaceans, alone would come around US dollars 8-15 billion, she said.
INDIA : Punjab Government intends to implement a series of measures to boost shrimp production in the state, including granting a 50 per cent subsidy.
The decision was announced by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at a meeting with fish farmers and fishery experts, who were asked by the minister to set up a shrimp producers’ association with fair representation of fish farmers, experts of fishery from Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) and officials from the state fisheries department to enhance the the production of the resource following scientific recommendations, The Indian Express reported.
Dubai, UAE: Seafood consumers throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are increasingly turning to sustainable sources as the need to conserve stocks internationally begins to hit home.
The trend towards sustainable resources is being highlighted at SEAFEX, the region’s first professional seafood show, which runs at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from 7-9 November, 2016.
Among the 145 plus exhibitors from more than 25 nations taking part in the show are sustainability leaders from Europe, the Levant and Mauritius, who all say regional diners are becoming more socially-conscious and demand products for changing lifestyle preferences.
“People right now are more driven towards fresh seafood than ever,” said Abbas Muntaser, Marketing Executive at European Seafood, which specialises in live seafood and live aquaculture raised fish.
“This is not just because of its many beneficial effects on human health, but also as a source of sustainable food that can last for generations to come and provide for better lifestyles.”
JAPAN: A tuna fishery in Shiogama-city, Miyagi Prefecture, has become the first in the tsunami-hit Tohoku region to achieve the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for its pole-and-line skipjack and albacore tuna.
WORLDWIDE: The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) has announced the number of Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills worldwide surpassed 1,400 last month, with the addition of 64 new facilities to the third-party aquaculture certification program.
SPAIN: The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment has asked the Member States having albacore quota -- Portugal, the United Kingdom, France and Ireland -- about the possibility of an exchange to increase the Spanish quota adapted to this resource, which is about to run out.
INDONESIA: The Indonesian fisheries sector experienced rapid growth throughout 2015 under the leadership of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration, and, most notably the new Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister (MAFM) Susi Pudjiastuti, who made waves through her relentless fight against illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing practices.
Gearing up for the Vigo dialogue on decent work in the seafood sectorApproximately 1 in 10 people rely on fisheries and aquaculture for their livelihoods, and discussion at the Vigo Dialogue will address ways to improve work conditions in the sector.
The upcoming Vigo dialogue on decent work in fisheries and aquaculture is an important opportunity to bring a broad range of partners around the table to discuss an extremely pertinent issue.
Unfortunately, human rights and labour abuses, including poor working conditions, have recently become front-page news in the mass media.
The World Congress co-organized by FAO and Conxemar has become a benchmark event both for professionals of the sector as well as for experts, renowned scientists and the highest fishing authorities worldwide.
The following day, the annual International Frozen Seafood exhibition, the biggest event dedicated to the frozen seafood sector in Spain, will take place over three days.