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IN BRIEF - Company announcement: Death of Gifford Cooke

Monday, March 04, 2024

St. George, New Brunswick – The Cooke family is deeply saddened to announce the death on March 3, 2024, of Gifford Cooke, co-founder with his sons Glenn and Michael Cooke in 1985 of Cooke Aquaculture Inc.

“On behalf of the Cooke family and our employees, I would like to express our gratitude for the immense contributions Gifford has made to rural coastal communities in Eastern Charlotte, New Brunswick, and throughout Atlantic Canada and the globe,” commented Joel Richardson, Vice President of Public Relations. “Over the decades, Gifford and his children, Glenn, Michael and Debbie built a local family company into a global seafood leader with fully integrated facilities, product lines and distribution networks. Cooke provides careers to nearly 13,000 employees in 15 countries and is passionate about supporting community and conservation projects.”

Gifford was a marine mechanic for much of his career in Blacks Harbour. At Cooke Aquaculture, he worked alongside the employees to modernize the company’s freshwater salmon hatcheries, vessel fleet, and led countless construction projects.

Gifford’s outgoing personality, robust work ethic, friendly sense of humour and steadfast faith will leave a void not easily filled. The global Cooke family will miss him greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Marjorie, family, and his many friends.

IN BRIEF - Prices for Chilean salmon for delivery to the US, Brazil and China increased over Easter

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Prices for Chilean salmon supplied to markets in the US, Brazil and China rose in week 13 (March 25-31), according to the latest data from Chilean company Skills. This was reported by Undercurrent News.

Average wholesale prices for trim D Atlantic salmon fillets delivered to Miami were $6.31 per pound in Week 13, up $0.03 per pound from Week 12.

The price was $0.29 per pound lower than the price during the same week last year.

Prices in Chile typically rise between January and April due to a decline in local production, according to a Chilean industry official. A second official noted on March 11 that prices were expected to correct previous losses ahead of the Easter holiday, when fish consumption typically rises.

Meanwhile, wholesale prices for fresh Atlantic salmon destined for Brazil rose to $9.37/kg in week 13, up $0.39/kg from the previous week.

In China, the price of fresh whole Chilean Atlantic salmon weighing over 6 kg, including shipping and freight, rose to $13.36/kg in week 13, up $0.72/kg from the previous week. This price remained significantly below last year's level in the same week, by more than $2 per kg.

Source: dalekayaokraina.ru

IN BRIEF - For smuggling sperm whale teeth, a Russian faces up to 10 years in prison

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Ussuri customs officers did not allow a tourist to be taken from Russia to China with the thirteen teeth of a sperm whale. A criminal case has been opened, the violator faces up to 10 years in prison, reports the Federal Customs Service (FCS) of Russia.

“Three teeth were found in the jacket pocket of a Russian tourist, and another 10 were found in the bathrooms of the Pogranichny checkpoint,” the Federal Customs Service said in a statement.

The man admitted that a Chinese citizen asked him to transport derivatives of an endangered animal species across the border for money.

“Three acquaintances were involved in the scheme. They were supposed to take out 10 teeth, but after the organizer was detained, they decided to get rid of the evidence and threw it into trash cans in the bathrooms,” the customs officers explained.

The examination showed that the teeth are of cultural value and are protected by the CITES Convention.

Customs officers opened a criminal case. “The violator faces up to 10 years in prison,” the service said in a statement.

IN BRIEF - Frozen pollock imports decreased by 10% in March

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Frozen pollock imported into Korea in March 2024 amounted to 18,606 tons, a 10% decrease compared to the 20,677 tons imported in the same period in 2023.

Total imports amounted to 45,766 tons, down 13% from 52,891 tons in the same period last year, accounting for 19.4% of the total seafood imports of 236,154 tons.

As of March, 44,925 tons, or 98%, of frozen pollock were imported from Russia, 817 tons, or 1.8%, from the United States, and the remaining 24 tons were imported from China.

The import price by country was highest for the Chinese origin at USD 1.71/kg, the US origin at USD 1.20/kg, and the Russian at USD 0.96/kg.

The import amount of frozen pollock in March was USD 17.24 million, down 17% from USD 20.79 million in the same period of 2023, and the total import amount was USD 43.92 million, down 20% from USD 54.68 million in the same period last year. The average import price was USD 0.96/kg, 7% lower than the previous year's USD 1.03/kg.

Source: Union Forsea Corp.


Other Media | aqua.cl: BioMar launches Calm in Chile: A solution for stress in salmon farming

Thursday, April 11, 2024

The new product helps fish quickly return to a normal intake level, improving their performance.

BioMar launched its new product “Calm”, a pack made from natural ingredients, which can be added to BioMar fattening diets, or used in combination with other products from the SmartCare line to help fish cope better with situations. stressors, such as deworming and other handling.

Calm helps fish return to a normal feed intake level more quickly, thereby improving their productive performance.

Throughout the salmon production cycle, fish may be exposed to stressful situations such as the presence of predators, environmental challenges, treatments and management, among other situations.

Source: aqua.cl l Read the full article here

Other Media | La Voz de Galicia: The Spanish industry denounces that Poland tries to bless a dangerous technique for smoking salmon

Thursday, April 11, 2024

The Spanish Association of Manufacturers of Smoked Fishing Products (Anapa) has called on European parliamentarians to try to prevent Poland from obtaining legislative approval for a technique that, they claim, poses a risk to food safety.

Community regulations require frozen fishing products to be stored at -18 degrees or less, but for some species that undergo smoking, an exception is allowed, which is stiffening, a cooling process to -9 or -11 degrees. Celsius, for example, which facilitates the filleting of the pieces, but in which they can only remain for a time "as short as possible." And in that lack of definition the problem began.

Source: La Voz de Galicia l Read the full article here

Other Media | SalmonBusiness: Ivan Vindheim takes the stand for Mowi in court battle with Norwegian government

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Mowi argues that the salmon tax violates EEA rules on free movement, including capital, and is competition-distorting and discriminatory.

On Thursday, Mowi, the world’s largest aquaculture company, faced the Norwegian state in the Bergen district court over the so-called salmon tax implemented last year.

The tax at a rate of 25 per cent was adopted on 31 May by the Norwegian parliament retroactive from 1 January 2023.

Source: SalmonBusiness l Read the full article here

Other Media | Fish Focus: King Oscar to showcase premium products at Norwegian Seafood Summit

Thursday, April 11, 2024

King Oscar to showcase premium products at Norwegian Seafood Summit alongside his Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway.  King Oscar, the legendary Norwegian seafood producer, is set to make waves at the Norwegian Seafood Council’s upcoming Norwegian Seafood Summit in San Francisco and Seattle. King Oscar will attend alongside His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and key Norwegian and American decision-makers, entrepreneurs, influencers, and companies, showcasing some of their best-performing international products such as their Atlantic Salmon, Brisling Sardines, and Mackerel ranges. The summit takes place on April 15-17.

Source: Fish Focus l Read the full article here

Other Media | Fish Farmer: New guidance from Conservation Alliance stresses the ‘human factor’

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Guidance on ethical best practice for seafood companies has been released by a leading international organisation, stressing the importance of human rights as well as conservation.

The Guidance for Companies on Environmentally and Socially Responsible Seafood is published by the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions, a not-for-profit body that includes seafood businesses, academics and non-governmental organisations.

Source: Fish Farmer l Read the full article here

IN BRIEF - All-Russian catch of fish and seafood continues to grow: more than 1.6 million tons were produced

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

The positive dynamics of the all-Russian catch of aquatic biological resources continues - the fishing rate is 2% faster than last year.

According to the industry monitoring system of Rosrybolovstvo (TSMS), by April 10, more than 1.6 million tons of fish and seafood were harvested.

The growth of the all-Russian catch is mainly ensured by fishermen of the Far East: the figure exceeded 1.32 million tons (+6% compared to the 2023 level). Good performance in the fishery for pollock (+6.3%), flounder (+8.3%), and herring (+15%).

Production in the Northern Basin is on an upward trajectory compared to last year: fishermen harvested almost 157 thousand tons, an increase of 14.6%.

Fishing indicators for capelin (more than doubled), crabs (+23%), and flounder (2.7 times) increased.

In the Azov-Black Sea basin, the catch is also growing: more than 10.6 thousand tons were caught - 9% higher. In particular, the catch of anchovy increased by 12%, and sprat by 3.5 times.

In addition, the increase continues with the development of freshwater fish species in the internal objects of the East Siberian and Baikal basins.

Rosrybolovstvo regularly monitors the volume of production and supply of fish products to domestic and foreign markets in order to prioritize providing the country's population with fish products in the required volume.

Source: Federal Agency for Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo)

IN BRIEF - Russian fishermen complete the first pollock season with a positive mark: more than 1 million tons were harvested

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Russian fishermen complete the first pollock season with a positive mark: more than 1 million tons were harvested

By April 10, the pollock catch exceeded 1 million tons - this figure is 6% higher than last year. The final headquarters for organizing the production of pollock and herring in the Sea of ??Okhotsk and Bering Seas in the Far Eastern fishery basin in season “A” (winter-spring) 2024 took place at Rosrybolovstvo.

Deputy Head of Rosrybolovstvo Vasily Sokolov reminded fisheries producers of the need to promptly stop the specialized fishery for pollock in the North Sea of ??Okhotsk subzone (fishing is closed on April 10 in accordance with fishing rules).

Since the beginning of the year, the catch of Pacific herring in the Far Eastern basin amounted to 189 thousand tons (15% higher than the 2023 level).

As of April 8, the total load of fish refrigerators in the Primorsky Territory was 32% - 36.2 thousand tons of fresh frozen fish products are stored in the terminals. At the approach to the seaports of the Primorsky Territory there were 40 vessels with 85.8 thousand tons of fish products, including pollock (61.6 thousand tons), herring (18.3 thousand tons) and cod (0.8 thousand . tons).

“Season has ended, the preliminary results are good. We will discuss the results at the end of April at the Far Eastern Scientific and Fisheries Council,” said Vasily Sokolov.

Source: Federal Agency for Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo)

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