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Other Media | FishFarmer: Benchmark sees revenues up 25% for H1

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Aquaculture biotech group Benchmark saw its revenues for the six months to 31 March 2023 go up, year on year, by 25% to £98.9m.

The period, the first half of the group’s current financial year, also saw a 39% increase in adjusted EBITDA to £22.1m (H1 FY22: £15.9m). Benchmark’s financial accounting pre-tax loss was cut to £1.9m (H1 2022: loss of 5.1m. The figures are unaudited.

Source: FishFarmer | read the full article here

IN BRIEF - Mussel producers in Thailand hit by plankton bloom

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Mussel farmers say they have suffered "unfathomable" losses due to an intense plankton bloom off Thailand's east coast. This was reported by the South China Morning Post.

An unusually dense plankton bloom has created a "dead zone" off Thailand's east coast, threatening mussel production in those waters. According to experts, in some areas of the Gulf of Thailand the amount of plankton is more than 10 times higher than normal. Because of this, the water turned bright green, and the animals living in it died. At the same time, more than 80% of the 300 mussel farms located there were damaged along the coast of Chonburi.

As the publication writes , plankton usually blooms 1 or 2 times a year for 2–3 days. This depletes oxygen in the water and blocks the flow of sunlight, which negatively affects the lives of marine life.

Although the reason for the intense plankton bloom remains unclear, scientists have speculated that pollution and extreme heat associated with climate change are to blame.

IN BRIEF - Seven boats seized for catching baby sardines off Kozhikode

Monday, September 25, 2023

Kozhikode: Seven fishing boats with baby sardines were seized at the Thikkody fish landing centre in Kozhikode.

The boats, originating from the Koyilandy Harbour, were seized during a joint raid conducted by the Fisheries Department, Marine Enforcement and the Coastal Police.

Fisheries Extension Officer O Athira told Onmanorama that while the Minimum Legal Size (MLS) of oil sardines is 10 centimetres, those seized from the boats were between 6-8 cm.

The authorities had seized two boats from the Koyilandy Harbour on Tuesday and two others from Puthiyappa the next day.

According to fisheries officers, the baby sardines are used as manure. However, its capture is prohibited to maintain spawning stock and to protect juvenile fish.

V Suneer, Assistant Director of Fisheries said that strict action, including imposing fines, will be taken against those who caught the baby sardines.[...]

Source: onmanorama 

IN BRIEF - Russia and China continue to increase trade turnover of fish products

Monday, September 25, 2023

The total trade turnover of fishery products between Russia and China by September 18, 2023 reached 811 thousand tons worth 1.71 billion US dollars. The growth was 81% (in volume terms) compared to the level of last year (as of the same date).

Russia exported 771 thousand tons of fish products to China - 86% more than in 2022. In monetary terms, Russian fish exports to China amounted to $1.49 billion.

The total volume of imports of fish products to Russia from China reached 41 thousand tons of products with a total value of 226 million US dollars, 18% more than last year in physical terms.

The day before, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the total trade turnover between the Russian Federation and China could approach $200 billion.

Source: United press service of Rosrybolovstvo (translated from original in russian)

IN BRIEF - Maersk Finalizes ECO Delivery Deal with Amazon

Monday, September 25, 2023

Maersk ECO Delivery reduces global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions footprints through certified low emission fuel for ocean shipping as an alternative to fossil fuels

Florham Park, New Jersey – A.P. Moller - Maersk (Maersk) and Amazon have finalized a 2023-2024 agreement for the transport of 20,000 FFE containers using green biofuel through Maersk’s “ECO Delivery” ocean product offering. Maersk estimates this purchase will contribute to a reduction in 44,600 metric tons of CO2e vs standard bunker fuel, roughly equivalent to 50 million pounds of coal burned. This is the fourth consecutive year that Amazon and Maersk have arranged container shipping using low GHG fuel options.

The ECO Delivery biofuel option offers emission reductions that enable immediate and externally verified GHG savings for customers, without compensatory measures like offsetting. This year, Amazon will benefit from a new feature of the ECO Delivery product which will be enabled by also using green methanol in addition to the bio diesel as a second green fuel* in the vessel fleet. ECO Delivery is using primary data for fuel consumption in the methodology to report emissions savings with greater precision, inclusive of other greenhouse gases in addition to the CO2.[...]

Source: Maersk PR

IN BRIEF - Thailand’s fisheries law amendment to ease fishermen’s concerns

Monday, September 25, 2023

A proposed amendment to the fisheries law by the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is underway, designed to alleviate the economic issues plaguing fishermen who assert that their livelihoods are compromised by stringent regulations.

Thammanat Prompow, the Minister, acknowledges the concerns raised by fishing communities, who claim to be adversely impacted by the Fisheries Act. This fisheries law, originally instituted to curb Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in Thailand, has drawn criticism for its severity. In response, the ministry has established a committee to investigate these concerns, as announced by Thammanat.

He further elaborated that the committee would comprise representatives from the government, business sector, and civil society, and is scheduled for its inaugural meeting this week.

Thammanat emphasised the significance of the fisheries sector in propelling economic growth, citing its contribution of approximately 130.3 billion baht (U$D 3.6 billion) to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the previous year. This was partly attributed to the Department of Fisheries’ efforts to augment fish stocks and collaborate with local communities to conserve marine life.[...]

Author/Source: Mitch Connor/thethaiger

IN BRIEF - Exports of agro-fisheries products inch up through September

Monday, September 25, 2023

Korea's exports of farm and fisheries products had marked a slight on-year growth this year as of mid-September on the solid global demand for instant noodles and other food items in line with the popularity of Korean culture, the agriculture ministry said Monday.

Outbound shipments of agricultural and fisheries goods came to $6.31 billion from January through the second week of September, up 0.4 percent from a year earlier, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Global sales of those products logged an on-year fall during the first eight months of 2023, as last year's tally hit an all-time high, but made a rebound this month.

Rice-based food items, such as gimbap, or seaweed rice rolls with vegetables, enjoyed a 16.2 percent sales growth to $145 million, and exports of Kimchi rose 9.9 percent to $113 million.

By destination, exports to China grew 11.3 percent on-year to $977 million, and those to the United States rose 3.8 percent to $910 million. Sales in the European Union and Britain increased 1.2 percent, according to the ministry.

The government vowed to extend support for exporters in advancing into new markets and better ensuring the quality of fresh food items. 

Source: Yonhap

Other Media | FishFocus: GroaQqua delivers a new-design feeding barge to exposed area in Iceland

Monday, September 25, 2023

GroAqua has delivered a 480 ton feeding barge to Icelandic company Háafell. The barge is located in Ísafjørður in Northern Iceland and will be exposed to extreme weather conditions with temperature down to minus 20 degrees.

The feeding barge is custom designed to maximise fuel efficiency to reduce the impact on the environment. A hybrid power supply powers all systems onboard, with generators running only two to four hours per day. 

Source: FishFocus | read the full article here

Other Media | FishFarmer: Mowi set to trial anti-lice fence technology

Monday, September 25, 2023

Mowi has agreed a deal with Norwegian company Harbor to try out new technology aimed at protecting farmed salmon against sea lice.

The preventive measure, Harbor Fence, is a low-voltage electric barrier that prevents sea lice from entering the salmon cages.

The trial will involve the deployment of the fence to Mowi’s Rogne site, in the Møre and Romsdal region of Norway.

Author: Vince Mcdonagh / FishFarmer | read the full article here

Other Media | Industrias Pesqueras: Norway will share satellite data with other countries to detect and combat illegal fishing

Monday, September 25, 2023

The Norwegian Government has launched a global surveillance program to prevent crimes in the fishing sector. More than a third of the world's coastal states will have access to data and expertise from Norwegian satellites, which they can use to carry out surveillance in their own waters and detect illegal practices.

"Fisheries crimes threaten the sustainability of oceans and maritime ecosystems, depriving local communities of jobs and resources. The fight against illegal fishing is very important for a large maritime nation like Norway. 

Source: Industrias Pesqueras | Read the full article here

Other Media | SeafoodSource: New Zealand King Salmon back in black, posts NZD 10.6 million half-year profit

Monday, September 25, 2023

New Zealand King Salmon posted a profit in the first half of the year due to reduced mortalities and higher pricing.

The Nelson, New Zealand-based aquaculture firm scored a NZD 10.6 million (USD 6.3 million, EUR 5.9 million) half-year profit, a positive jolt compared to its net loss of NZD 24.5 million in the same time period a year prior. 

Author: Cliff White / SeafoodSource | read the full article here

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