Andalusia opens second call for aid for aquaculture projects

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SPAIN: The Undersecretariat of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of the autonomous government of Andalusia has opened this year a second call for aid to support marine aquaculture projects in Andalusia.
The new order places, in competitive bidding system, EUR 9.3 million at the service of the sustainable development of this activity, for which a line endowed with EUR 10.6 million was already articulated at the beginning of the year (and until February 15).

New tuna factory to start operations in Vila Nova de Cerveira PORTUGAL

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A new tuna processing factory that is being built in Vila Nova de Cerveira, in the north of Portugal, with an investment of EUR 6 million from Galician businesspeople, would start operating in July.
According to the promoters of the project, the construction work is progressing at a good pace in the Fulão industrial park so they expect the plant to start working as scheduled, reported Rádio Alto Minho.

Satlink favours collaboration between tuna fleets and seismic surveys

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SPAIN : A new system based on the exchange of information among vessels jointly developed by the satellite telecommunications company Satlink and the Spanish tuna fleet, introduces a pioneering collaboration among different types of fleets as a new key factor for the sustainability of marine resources.
Broadly speaking, this new collaboration avoids negative interference when boats share the same area of activity and has been used, for the first time, by tuna fishing and geological prospecting fleets.

Pensylvania-based firm obtains USD 5.5 million to develop plant-based tuna products

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UNITED STATES: A Pennsylvania-based company is capitalizing on the recent consumer trend towards plant-based and flexitarian eating, a goal for which it raised USD 5.5 million in funding from Stray Dog Capital.
This new change in taste shown by consumers who used to like fish such as tune partly stems from the concerns over the presence of mercury in this fish or over how dolphins sometimes get killed by being caught in tuna fishing nets.

Chinese firm to invest USD 100 million in aquaculture projects

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CAMBODIA: Chinese-owned Jin Yu Tang Aquaculture is planning to invest USD 100 million in freshwater and seawater aquaculture projects in Preah Sihanouk and Koh Kong provinces to meet the local and international demand.

The company representatives announced at a meeting with Minister of Agriculture Veng Sakhon that they intend to invest in aquaculture projects in Koh Kong’s Sre Ambel district, which will spread over an area of 240 hectares, Khmer Times reported.

Shrimp imports restricted from countries where AHPND presence confirmed

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PERU : The National Fisheries Health Agency (SANIPES) will not issue sanitary certification for the import of live white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) and tiger prawn (Penaeus monodon) from countries where the presence of acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease (AHPND) has been confirmed.

The Minister of Production, Lieneke Schol, said the restriction is the result of a preventive measure to prevent the entry of the disease that causes serious losses in the production of shrimp, but it has no impact on human health.

Fish catches, aquaculture harvests rise

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VIET NAM: The total fish catch in the country reached 496,900 tonnes in the first two months of the year, up 1.2 per cent year-on-year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Marine fishing increased by 2.2per cent to 473,900 tonnes while the inland catch declined by 14.8per cent to 23,000 tonnes.

Thai seafood industry still faces challenges despite certain improvements, ILO states

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THAILAND : A survey performed by the United Nations intended to assess working conditions in the fishing and seafood industry in Thailand reveals a mix of progress and remaining challenges, according to the data provided by the workers surveyed.
The research, conducted by the ILO Ship to Shore Rights Project and funded by the European Union, states that there have been fewer reports of physical violence and that there are few workers (less than one per cent) under 18 years old.

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