INDIA : Scientists from the Agharkar Research Institute (ARI), based in Pune, Maharashtra, have developed a new test to detect white spot disease in shrimp allowing in situ results.
The test, which could be conducted on a simple diagnostic strip by dropping a fluid from the gills of the shrimps, can detect white spot disease in 20 minutes as against the current practice of sending samples to the laboratory and getting results in 3-5 days.
Canned tuna factory. (Photo: Anfaco)
SPAIN : The current situation of the industrial sector of transforming fishery and aquaculture products of Galicia, its future prospects, and its main problems were the main aspects raised to the Galician Government by a delegation of Anfaco-Cecopesca’s board of directors.
VIET NAM : It is estimated that exports of pangasius shipped in 2016 will reach USD 1,660 million in 2016, up 7 per cent compared to the previous year. This figure would also represent 24 per cent of the total value of Vietnamese seafood export turnover, according to Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).
INDIA : West Bengal wants to size a share of at least 20 per cent from the total national programme of INR 30 billion (USD 439.7 million) to drive the Blue Revolution.
To that purpose, it has categorized fisheries sector as a sunrise sector providing investment opportunities in areas of fish production, exports, processing and tourism.
AUSTRALIA : Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has announced the importation of raw prawns into Australia will be suspended, after the detection of an outbreak of white spot disease in Queensland.
The Australian government is concerned infected prawns could make it into the waterways, further spreading the disease in Australian prawn farms.
JAPAN : A 212-kilogram bluefin tuna was sold for JPY 74.2 million (USD 630,400) in Tokyo, the second highest recorded price in the year's first auction of the famous Tsukiji fish market.
Once again, the winning bid was placed by Kiyomura Corp., the operator of a popular sushi restaurant chain, which in 2013, paid a record price of JPY 155 million (USD 1.3 million) for the first tuna auctioned that year.