FAO WriteShop 3 on Responsible Management of Bacterial Diseases in Aquaculture, 3-5 August 2017, Putrajaya, Malaysia

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One of the most serious pathogen groups causing devastating effects to cultured species in aquaculture are bacterial pathogens. However, not so much attention is given to this group because they rarely act as primary pathogens but rather most commonly as opportunistic pathogens on already damaged or severely immunocompromised hosts and there are treatment regimens available.

Century Pacific increased revenue in first six-month period

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PHILIPPINES: Canned food producer Century Pacific Food Inc. (CNPF) experienced an 8-per cent year-on-year growth in the first semester net profit, which reached PHP 1.47 billion (USD 2.91 million). Besides, it improved its branded food business and saw a strong recovery in exports.

The firm's generated total consolidated revenues hit PHP 16.05 billion (USD 3.18 million) for the first half, representing an increase of 23 per cent from the same period last year, Inquirer Net informed.

IATTC accepts Chile as 'cooperating non-party member'

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CHILE: At its last meeting, held in Mexico City, the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) approved Chile’s request to participate in this organization with the status of Cooperating Non-Party State.

The Commission establishes two ways of participating: as a Member State, that is, with voting rights and indefinite participation; and as a Cooperating Non-Party State, status giving the right to participate in the convention, without the right to vote, and for a period of one year, which may be renewed.

USD 940,000 allocated for regional productive development initiatives in artisanal fisheries

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CHILE: A total of 28 productive development projects for CLP 612.5 million (around USD 940,000) were approved at the first session of the Regional Allocation Council (CAR Fisheries) of the Biobío Region.

The financial support is part of the "Management and Productive Development in Artisanal Fisheries" program, corresponding to the agreement between the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (SUBPESCA) and the regional Government.

Canned fish producer plans public offering

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BRAZIL: Food producer Camil Alimentos submitted a request to the Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM) for an initial public offering (IPO).

The operation, scheduled for October, aims to release current shareholders of the company and raise new resources.

Among its main shareholders, the group has the investment fund Warburg Pincus, which last year acquired a 31.75 per cent stake.

Tilapia exports fall 17 pct in the first four months

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HONDURAS: In the first four months of this year, exports of tilapia fillets from Honduras generated USD 17.2 million in revenues from the sale of 3,027.5 tonnes of this product, according to a report by the Central Bank of Honduras (BCH).

These figures are somewhat lower than those recorded in the first four months of 2016, when 3,549.7 tonnes of fillets worth USD 20.8 million were exported.

CMFRI urged to create national marine fisheries programs

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INDIA: National Institution for the Transformation of India (NITI Aayog) has requested the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) to develop programmes for the development of marine fisheries in the country.

To carry out the project, the CMFRI director A Gopalakrishnan has been asked to make a National Marine Fisheries Index in order to create a comparative picture of marine fisheries development across the maritime states, including the islands.

PNA achieves record number of MSC trips in tuna fishery

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MARSHALL ISLANDS: The Parties of the Nauru Agreement (PNA) has reached a milestone of 2,000 "MSC trip numbers" in their free-school skipjack and yellowfin fishery, since the group started its project to bring larger volumes of sustainably caught tuna to the world, reported Pacifical.

Since 2013, the PNA has maintained day by day one of the most complex and rigid chain of custodies out there; a strict multi-level filtered chain with zero tolerance on mixing eligible MSC free-school caught tuna with non-sustainable caught tuna.

Odisha offers new boost to shrimp farming

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INDIA: In an attempt to expand shrimp production and increase exports from the state, Odisha Government is planning to implement a series of measures to enhance the farming area for brackish water farming of the crustacean.

As part of the initiative, State officials have devised a five-year plan intended to reach the goal of 200 million tonnes exported seafood and to lease out 24,000 ha of Government land as well as develop required infrastructure for shrimp farming.

Century Pacific keeps a 'cautious optimism' amid challenging environment

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THAILAND: Century Pacific Food Inc. (CNPF) aims to sustain a double-digit growth in earnings this year despite a more challenging environment brought about by rising input costs and weakening local currency.

“The moderate year-on-year net profit growth of 10 per cent in the first quarter sets the tone for the balance of the year,” CNPF president and chief executive officer Christopher Po said.

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