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Five new areas authorised to grow tilapia

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply has approved the cession of five aquatic areas located in two municipalities of Mato Grosso do Sul -- Selviria and Aparecida do Toboado -- for 20 years to develop tilapia production there.

These new aquaculture areas are estimated to produce 112,000 tonnes of tilapia per year, representing about 20 per cent of the total production of Brazilian aquaculture (including fish, crustaceans and shellfish), which is 574,000 tonnes/year, according to data from IBGE.

PNA tuna fishery obtains high MSC scores for recertification

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MARSHALL ISLANDS: The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) skipjack and yellowfin free school tuna fishery has been awarded the highest possible Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) scores on nearly every point of a preliminary review after undergoing the standard five year MSC certification reassessment.

Acoura Marine is the third party Certification Assessment Body (CAB) and the assessment is based on three main principles, split into 28 separate criteria.

Tsukiji seafood sellers worry about relocation plan uncertainties

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JAPAN: Fishery wholesalers voiced concern about the future of the Tsukiji market due to the unclear relocation plans set by Tokyo Government.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike announced the fish market’s operations are relocated to the nearby Toyosu site and emphasised it was wise to use both Toyosu and Tsukiji, which raised worries among member of the association of fisheries wholesalers in Tokyo, who argue that “two markets cannot work in parallel,” Bloomberg reported.

Andra Pradesh plans to boost aquaculture

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INDIA: Andra Pradesh government has devised various plans to ensure higher income through aquaculture in the state.

The announcement was made by Minister for Fisheries and Animal Husbandry Ch Adinarayana Reddy during an official visit to Yalamanchili, Bhimavaram and Palacole mandals, where the official inspected the aqua labs, The Hans India reported.

Tilapia lake virus affects seven farms in Taoyuan

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TAIWAN: The confirmation of tilapia lake virus (TiLV) presence in another fish farm in Taoyuan, Taipei, brings the total number of farming centres affected by the virus to seven since the virus was first reported in the city on June 13.

The Council of Agriculture (COA) informed that all seven infected fish farms are in the Guangyin District and within three kilometres of the first infected site and so the city government has ordered inspections of all ponds within a three-kilometre radius of the site.

Fishing sector GDP grows 19 pc

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MEXICO: In 2016 Mexico reached a seafood production of more than 1.7 million tons worth MXN 35 billion (USD 1,942 million), historical figures in the country in recent years. Of that volume, 388,000 tonnes correspond to aquaculture, an activity that is registering an average annual growth rate of 16 per cent, while the global advance is only 6 per cent.

Tilapia farming project launched in the Gulf of Fonseca

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HONDURAS: More than a hundred families from the Gulf of Fonseca will benefit from a fish farming project in floating cages installed in the town of San Lorenzo, Valle.

The project, which has just been inaugurated by Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández, is being developed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG) through the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (DIGESPESCA), and is jointly being carried out with the technical and financial support from the Government of Taiwan.

IOTC takes action in Indonesia

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UNITED KINGDOM: Decision makers meeting at the 21st Annual Session of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) on May 26 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, considered 16 proposals aimed at enhancing the management of the tuna fisheries in the Indian Ocean, which was encouraging by the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF).

“Their growing awareness of the threats facing Indian Ocean tuna fisheries and their willingness to work together to safeguard the resources is a very positive sign for the fisheries as well as for the highly vulnerable coastal communities,” pointed out Adam Baske, IPNLF’s Director of Policy & Outreach.

Farmed shrimp origin can be traced back with high precision

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WORLDWIDE: World Wildlife Fund (WWF) researchers determined that farmed shrimp from Thailand, Vietnam, and India could be traced back to their countries of origin with more than 98 per cent confidence through a process known as elemental profiling.

According to these scientists, with greater refinement, elemental profiling may help importers, customs officials, retailers, and others trace globally traded seafood back to its source, which can shed light on production practices with critical environmental and social implications.

Bluefin tuna quota left uncaught, ensures CONAPESCA

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ECUADOR: The Mexican tuna fleet has not yet completed the catch quota for bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) established by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) for Mexico.

According to the subdelegate of the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (CONAPESCA), Óscar Humberto Baylón Greco, the national fleet had captured around 2,200 tonnes until last Wednesday, below the authorized 3,000 tonnes.

Century Pacific Food ends first quarter with 10 pc profits

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PHILIPPINES: Canned food company Century Pacific Food, Inc. (CNPF) reported its consolidated net income had grown 10 per cent year-on-year in the first three months of 2017, driven by the performance of its core business.

CNPF’s profits during the period reached PHP 701 million (USD 14 million), led by continued revenue growth across all business units and cost management initiatives.

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