NORWAY:The Norwegian Seafood Council has launched a new country of origin label for Norwegian seafood, “Seafood from Norway”, guaranteeing its place of origin and contributing towards a stronger position for Norwegian seafood globally.
“Our objective is to build a brand the whole seafood industry can be proud of, and which will further develop the industry towards a future in where seafood is our most important export product,” pointed out Renate Larsen, CEO of the Norwegian Seafood Council.
Larsen also stressed that Norwegian authorities play an active role in sustainable management of seafood resources and that the people who work in this industry with long traditions are creating new innovations.
ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (ICAR-CIBA) has launched an android based mobile app – “Vanami shrimpapp” for the dissemination of technical information among the stakeholders of shrimp farming sector. Presently this app provides information on the Better Management Practices of Pacific white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) farming in the form of “Frequently Asked Questions” and targeted for shrimp farmers and field level extension workers of coastal states. The client user can view the content either topic-wise or through key word search. Further, the users can post their queries through ‘post a query’ option and it will be answered within two working days. Presently P.vannamei is being farmed from very low to oceanic salinities with different levels of technology adoption ranging from extensive, zero water exchange to biofloc based intensive systems and formulated feeds with varying protein contents.
INDONESIA: An Indonesian seafood company has joined International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) in its efforts to boost tuna fishery management, fund scientific advancements through research and expert analysis, and take direct action to encourage the adoption of responsible fishing practices.
SOUTH KOREA, – The government said will release 6,700 tons of its fisheries stock starting this week to keep prices under control during the fishing prohibition period.
The prohibition period began April 1 and will continue to Aug. 11, depending on different types of net fishing. Violators are subject to legal punishment.
The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said the government will put its fish stock on the market from April 17 to May 26, including 4,500 tons of Alaska pollacks, 1,314 tons of mackerels and 171 tons of squid. The stock will first be supplied to traditional markets, and the rest to cooperatives and giant retail chains.
Products will be labeled as coming from a government warehouse and priced 10 to 40 percent cheaper than average, ministry officials said.
The ministry will keep monitoring the market to make sure that the government measure does not lead to unexpected price falls from excess supply.
Source: Korea Bizwire
ARGENTINA: The Ministry of Science of the Nation (MINCYT) and the government of Tierra del Fuego signed a collaboration and technical cooperation agreement to carry out a strategic aquaculture project.
The initiative, "Innovation Aquaculture Argentina - Innovacua", includes the design, development and installation of an integrated multitrophic farm for rainbow trout farming, Macrocystis seaweed and blue mussels, in addition to king crab capture and restocking.
According to the encouragers of this proposal, this project is unique in South America because of its characteristics, and it is a pilot experience that will provide the necessary knowledge for the subsequent scaling up and development of the productive sector.
Innovaqua will be financed through the Argentine Sector Fund (FONARSEC) of the National Agency for Scientific and Technological Promotion (ANPCYT) of the MINCYT, with money from the National Treasury and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for more than ARS 134 million (USD 8.2 million).
BANGLADESH: A new study has revealed that while fish intake has increased by 30 per cent in the country, Bangladeshi consumers are getting a smaller amount of important nutrients from seafood.
According to the scientists who carried out the analysis, this fact is connected to the nutritional value of the different fish species, which varies greatly. Local species from capture fisheries are generally much more nutritious than the species being farmed. But a combination of overfishing, pollution and environmental damage has led to significant losses in both biomass and the biodiversity available, EconoTimes reported.
At the same time, aquaculture has been rapidly expanding globally and since aquaculture was introduced in Bangladesh in the 1980s, the industry has grown rapidly and the country is now the world’s sixth largest producer of aquaculture products.