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.

SAGARPA sets tuna ban in Eastern Pacific Ocean

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MEXICO :The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) has set a ban on tuna fishing in national waters of the Pacific Ocean and in the regulation area of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) for the period 2018 -2020.
The measure applies to the commercial fishing of yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares), bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus), bluefin (Thunnus orientalis) and skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis), with the aim of promoting the recovery of this resource and maintain the continuity of the fishing activity, generating jobs and food.

Aquaculture sector needs new strategies to reduce feed costs

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MYANMAR : Fish farmers in Myanmar have been forced to develop new strategies that would allow them to face certain challenges, such as rising fish feed prices and drop of exports to Saudi Arabia.
In this context, fish farmers are breeding fish to meet demand from China and doing their best to lower production costs, The Myanmar Times reported.

Minister notes progress in modern shrimp feed plant building

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ECUADOR :Minister of Aquaculture and Fisheries Katuska Drouet toured the construction of the new automated plant in Durán for the production of shrimp balanced feed carried out by the multinational corporation Cargill and the Ecuadorian Naturisa.

The industrial facility requires a USD 60 million investment in infrastructure and equipment and is expected to come into operation in the last quarter of this year.

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