INDIA: The state of Odisha has launched a new scheme to favour the creation of additional 2,200 hectares of freshwater aquaculture farming with 50 percent financial assistance to farmers.
The state plan scheme, called Fish Pond Yojana, has been developed with Odisha Government funding of INR 960 million (USD 14.8 million), as it was announced by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
INDIA: The non-government organisation Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has awarded GBP 43,373 fund to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-India for promoting sustainable practices in the country’s fisheries sector.
SPAIN: The Undersecretariat of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of Andalusia supports bluefin tuna total allowable catch (TAC) increase, which the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and the Environment is to defend at the XXV annual ordinary meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), which is held until November 21 in Marrakech, Morocco.
Director General of Fisheries and Aquaculture Margarita Pérez has traveled to the Moroccan town to defend, together with the sector, an increase in the bluefin tuna TAC, which will mean increasing the quota of Spain and, therefore, of the Andalusian operators.
SPAIN: The Spanish tuna fleet recognizes the progress made by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) in the tropical tuna fishery management but believes that it should become more actively involved and take responsibility to develop multi-year work plans that guarantee adoption, on the part of the countries that participate in this fishery, of the control of their catches, no later than 2021.
The Spanish fleet grouped in the Organization of Large Freezer Tuna Producers (OPAGAC) and the WWF conservation group have sent this recommendation, along with others that aim to achieve long-term sustainable management of this fishery, to ICCAT and to the representatives from the European administration that will participate in the next meeting of this organization in Marrakech, Morocco, from November 14 to 22.
UNITED KINGDOM: Benchmark Holdings has developed specific pathogen resistant (SPR) shrimp to address issues facing the Asian market and has plans to soon commence field trials in the region.
This breakthrough development, which is the result of over 20 years experience in the firm’s breeding and genetics teams in Norway and Colombia, aims at avoiding losses, valued at billions of dollars per year for the global shrimp industry, due to disease.