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Safe Tuna Catch gets USD 5 million to develop low-mercury fish products

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UNITED STATES: Safe Catch, a San Francisco, CA-based food tech startup, recently got USD 5 million in seed funding to develop more fish products with very low mercury content.
 
The funds, provided by Echo Capital, Essential Investments, and other investors, will help the company expand its product range, which includes a line of bagged tuna seasoned with "real spice blends", canned Ahi tuna and canned and bagged salmon.

New strategies promoted to value aquaculture by-products

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SPAIN: The technological institute AZTI leads a project that seeks to promote sustainable aquaculture and the efficient use of resources through the promotion of innovation and the transfer of knowledge in the field of the valorisation of aquaculture by-products.
 
The initiative, called Valacui, will be developed throughout 2018 with the collaboration of the Spanish Technological Platform of Fisheries and Aquaculture (PTEPA). The Biodiversity Foundation and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment, through the Pleamar Program, co-financed by the FEMP, will also collaborate.

Anfaco-Cecopesca to participate in the EC meeting on Brexit

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SPAIN: Anfaco-Cecopesca, through its General Secretary, Juan Vieites, will participate this Tuesday in a meeting with Michel Barnier, head of negotiations of the European Commission with the United Kingdom on its march of the European Union, which will take place in the Representation of the European Commission offices in Madrid.

Shrimp farming proves profitable in Punjab but still needs developing

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INDIA: For six years, shrimp farming has been carried out as a pilot test in waterlogged areas of Muktsar and Fazilka districts, Punjab state, by Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), located in Ludhiana.
 
GADVASU representatives explain that this land is not usable for any other crop as it has a salinity of 5 parts per thousand, 10 times the salinity of river water, Hindustan Times reported.
 
Farmers stated that they earn an income of INR 1 million (USD 15,500) in the shrimp season.

National Assembly passes reformed Fisheries Law to tackle IUU fishing

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VIET NAM: Vietnamese National Assembly has passed the revised Law on Fisheries, including new features to strengthen illegal unreported unregulated (IUU) fishing fight and help the country gain the removal of the yellow card from the European Union.
 
The announcement was made by Deputy General Secretary of Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) Nguyễn Hoài Nam, who explained one of these new features is an action programme on sustainable aquatic resource development being carried out by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Vietnam News reported.

Odisha launches plan to boost freshwater aquaculture

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 INDIA: The state of Odisha has launched a new scheme to favour the creation of additional 2,200 hectares of freshwater aquaculture farming with 50 percent financial assistance to farmers.

The state plan scheme, called Fish Pond Yojana, has been developed with Odisha Government funding of INR 960 million (USD 14.8 million), as it was announced by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Tuna zone-based fisheries management proves effective, PNA states

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MARSHALL ISLANDS: Leaders of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) point out that zone-based management of tuna fisheries in the western and central Pacific works effectively, adding that there is no interest in replacing it with a different management arrangement.
 
“Zone-based management works for conservation and business development,” said Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority Director Glen Joseph, who chairs the PNA.

MSC grants financial support to encourage tuna sustainable practice in India

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INDIA: The non-government organisation Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has awarded GBP 43,373 fund to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-India for promoting sustainable practices in the country’s fisheries sector.

 
Through the award, the MSC intends to help WWF-India to develop management plans for bait and tuna fishery with the technical support of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI).

Sino Agro Food obtains lower sale revenue

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CHINA: Agricultural technology company Sino Agro Food, Inc. (SIAF) reported a 48.5 percent decline in revenue from the sale of goods, to USD 45.4 million for the quarter ended September 30, year over year.
 
The company stressed its results reflect the discontinuity of the aquaculture operations announced on March 2 this year.

Andalusia defends tuna catch growth in ICCAT annual meeting

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SPAIN: The Undersecretariat of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of Andalusia supports bluefin tuna total allowable catch (TAC) increase, which the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and the Environment is to defend at the XXV annual ordinary meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), which is held until November 21 in Marrakech, Morocco.

Director General of Fisheries and Aquaculture Margarita Pérez has traveled to the Moroccan town to defend, together with the sector, an increase in the bluefin tuna TAC, which will mean increasing the quota of Spain and, therefore, of the Andalusian operators.

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