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Aquaculture produces more than 400 thousand tons of fish and seafood

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Mexico: A growth in Mexican aquaculture production was detected as a result of the incentives granted by the Aquaculture and Fisheries Commission (CONAPESCA) for the development of the activity and the effort made by producers throughout the country.
 
This statement is expressed in a report by CONAPESCA, presented at the session held in facilities of the Undersecretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA).

Women in fisheries website launched

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New research exploring women’s roles in fishing families has been instigated to examine how women contribute to the survival of both fishing families and the fishing industry, and aims to shed light on women’s roles, identities and wellbeing.

Fishing output rises 2.64pct in second quarter led by aquaculture

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PHILIPPINES LAquaculture farms and commercial offshore fishing operation output in the Philippines increased by 2.64 per cent in the second quarter compared to the same period in 2017, to 1.13 million tonnes.
 
The commercial fishing and aquaculture subsectors boosted the growth while the municipal fishery output declined, according to Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
 
In its Fisheries Quarterly Performance Report for the three months to June, the PSA said that commercial fishing output grew by 2.27 per cent, to 287,680 tonnes, which was attributed to the highest skipjack tuna landings for canneries located in General Santos.

Entrepreneur from Singapore plans to invest in aquaculture

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CAMBODIA: A Singaporean investor has decided to set up fish farms in Cambodia to meet local and international seafood demand.
 
As an initial step, the entrepreneur, Patrick Yap, managing director of Lush Food Pte Ltd., held a meeting this week with Minister of Environment Say Sam Al to discuss an investment proposal, Khmer Times reported.

Tsukiji old air conditioning puts tuna at risk

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JAPAN: Tokyo’s world famous fish market Tsukiji is undergoing difficulties as a consequence of its inadequate air conditioning system to face the intense heatwave hitting Japan.

As a result, seafood wholesalers find it difficult to keep their fish fresh, a critical situation at present due to the unprecedented hot weather, AFP reported.

Pacifical makes it possible to trace MSC tuna via Ethereum platform

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NETHERLANDS: Global marketing company Pacifical, in cooperation with blockchain service provider Atato, has started publishing MSC tuna sustainability certification and traceability data using the Ethereum public blockchain.
 
The company considers that it will be able to provide a new level of transparency and better standardized communication within the global tuna industry, clarifying that non-commercial and non-confidential data will be published to offer faster traceability and increase consumer confidence.

Two Canarian tuna fishermen's associations join IPNLF

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SPAIN : Two organisations representing tuna fishermen of El Hierro, Canary Islands, Sociedad Cooperativa del Mar Pesca Restinga (PESCARESTINGA) and Cofradia De Pescadores Nuestra Señora De Los Reyes (Cofradia de La Restinga), have joined non-profit association International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF).
 
While PESCARESTINGA handles the commercialisation of the catch, Cofradia de La Restinga acts as an administrative body with its key roles including managing vessel and fishery documentation, as well as advocating for the fishery’s interests at various government levels.

Tra fish farmers will have to identify ponds to ensure traceability

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VIET NAM : Mekong Delta province of Đồng Tháp has issued identification numbers to ponds that breed tra fish under a government decree on aquaculture management that went into effect last July.

The ponds owned by 349 tra fish breeders in the province account for a 1,500-ha area that breeds tra fish, The Vietnam News reported.

PAFCO boosts storage capacity with new facilities

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FIJI: Pacific American Fish Company Inc. (PAFCO) has opened its USD 16.4 million new cold storage facility in Levuka, on the southeast coast of Ovalau Island.

This new facility will make it possible for the company to bolster its storage capacity as it will increase the amount of raw tuna it can hold from 3,000 to 4,000 metric tonnes.

The plant opening ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, who pointed out that with this new facility PAFCO is expected to increase production by 10 per cent each year.

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