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OTHER MEDIA | IndustriasPesqueras: Andalusia exported 14,630 tons of fishing products in the first quarter, 2.4% more than last year

SPAIN
Monday, July 08, 2024

Andalusia has exported 14,630 tons of fishing products worth close to 132.4 million euros in the first quarter. This amount represents an increase of 2.4% compared to the same months last year (129.2 million euros) and 71.6% compared to international sales of these foods in January-April 2016 (77. 1 million euros), first year of the historical series currently available.

Depending on the type of products, 75.7% of the value (more than 100 million euros) corresponds to exports of processed foods such as fishmeal and fish oils or canned fish, mollusks and crustaceans.

Source: Industrias Pesqueras | Read the full article here

IN BRIEF - Nordic Aqua Partners - Operational Update

NORWAY
Saturday, July 06, 2024

Nordic Aqua, a global pioneer in land-based salmon farming, with its first farm located in China, announces the production result from its first operational quarter.

Highlights:

  • Total harvest volume in second quarter of 523 tonnes HOG
  • First commercial harvest commenced in mid-april and harvest distribution in the quarter was:

           -  43 tonnes in April

           -134 tonnes in May

           -345 tonnes in June

  • Average weight was 4,54 kg HOG
  • 99 percent of the harvest volume classified as superior quality salmon

“We are pleased about the highly sustainable biology, the low mortality and the large share of superior quality. The production in the quarter was good, however somewhat affected by starving and handling related to harvesting,”, says Ragnar Joensen, CEO.

In the current phase, Nordic Aqua is actively focusing on building market distribution and brand exposure. The company is particularly working on the establishment and development of lasting customer relationships in the important premium segments in order to optimize the value achievement of our premium product, Nordic PureAtlantic.

Based on volumes in the second quarter as well as current harvest data and harvest plan, the company expects to harvest 2.800-3.000 MT HOG in 2024. This corresponds to a volume of 2.300 – 2.500 MT in the second half of 2024, which per se is somewhat higher than the annual normalised capacity of 4.000 MT for Stage 1.


IN BRIEF - Nordic Aqua Partners – New appointments

NORWAY
Saturday, July 06, 2024

Nordic Aqua strengthens commercial team with strategic new hires

In a strategic move to intensify and expand its commercial efforts, Nordic Aqua is pleased to announce two key appointments that will significantly bolster its business development, strategic partnerships, and market presence in China.

Effective October 1, Morten Westby will join Nordic Aqua as the new head of business development and strategic partnerships. Morten is a seasoned executive in the seafood industry with extensive experience in the Chinese market. He previously served as the VAP Asia Manager at Lerøy, where he played a crucial role in expanding their footprint across Asia. Morten's deep understanding of the seafood sector and his strategic acumen make him an invaluable addition to the Nordic Aqua team.

As of July 1, Vanessa Liu has taken on the role of Senior PR Executive at Nordic Aqua. Vanessa brings a wealth of experience in PR and branding particularly in the premium seafood segment within China. Her expertise will be pivotal in enhancing the brand image and marketing efforts for Nordic PureAtlantic, and ensuring the company’s high-quality land-based Atlantic salmon resonate strongly with Chinese consumers.


IN BRIEF - CULT Food Science Announces Closing of First Tranche of Private Placement

CANADA
Saturday, July 06, 2024

TORONTO /CNW/ - CULT Food Science Corp. ("CULT" or the "Company") (CSE: CULT) (OTC: CULTF) (FRA: LN0), a disruptive food technology platform pioneering the commercialization of lab-grown meat and cellular agriculture to reshape the global food industry, is pleased to announce that the Company has closed the first tranche of its non-brokered private placement ("Private Placement") of units ("Units") previously announced on June 10, 2024, raising gross proceeds of C$1,426,500 through the sale of 5,706,000 Units at a price of C$0.25 per Unit.

Each Unit is comprised of one common share in the capital of the Company (a "Common Share") and one common share purchase warrant (each a "Warrant"). Each Warrant issued under the first tranche of the Private Placement is exercisable for one Common Share at a price of C$0.35 per share until July 5, 2026 pursuant to applicable securities laws.

In connection with the first tranche of the Private Placement, the Company paid aggregate cash finder's fees of $10,500 and issued 21,000 finder's warrants (each, a "Finder Warrant") to certain arm's-length parties, each Finder Warrant being exercisable for one Common Share at a price of $0.35 until July 5, 2026 pursuant to applicable securities laws.

The net proceeds from the first tranche of the Private Placement are expected to be used to advance Noochies!, the flagship brand of the Company's subsidiary, Further Foods Inc., for marketing, and for working capital and general corporate purposes.


IN BRIEF - Argentine red shrimp: Another Chinese seafood company banned from exporting to the U.S.

UNITED STATES
Friday, July 05, 2024

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has added another major Chinese seafood processor to the list of companies banned from exporting products to the U.S. due to forced labor issues, while also closing the door on Argentina's main source of processed red shrimp.

DHS has added Shandong Meijia Group Co., Ltd. (also known as Rizhao Meijia Group) to the list of seafood export bans to the United States under the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA).

Two of the Shandong Meijia Group's affiliated members – Rizhao Meijia Aquatic Foodstuff Co. and Rizhao Meijia Keyuan Food Co. – are active exporters of Argentine red shrimp to customers in the U.S. and Canada.

Robert Silvers, Chairman of the Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force (FLETF) under DHS, said the United States is taking concrete steps to eliminate goods produced with forced labor from its supply chains.

Last year, the U.S. imported 31.5 million pounds of Argentine red shrimp, down from 38.2 million pounds in 2020.

According to the Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA), 12 million pounds (32%) of Argentine red shrimp imported into the U.S. are processed in China, although still labeled as Argentine. Since January 2023, more than 265 containers of Argentine shrimp have been shipped to the U.S. by Chinese exporters.


IN BRIEF - Fisherman Convicted for Exceeding Quota and Under-Recording Nephrops

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Friday, July 05, 2024

Man Convicted of Sea-Fisheries Offences for Exceeding Quota and Under-Recording Catches

Gerald Sharkey, from Clogherhead, County Louth, pleaded guilty at Dundalk Circuit Court on July 2, 2024, to charges related to exceeding the quota and under-recording catches of Nephrops (prawns) in Functional Unit (FU) 16 during a fishing trip in June 2017. The court imposed fines totaling €20,000 for both offenses and ordered the forfeiture of €10,000 from the value of the catch.

The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) inspected the fishing vessel Saint Catherine Laboure in May and June 2017, revealing discrepancies in recorded catch volumes. Despite spending a significant amount of time fishing in FU 16, the logbooks showed lower volumes of catches from this area, with larger quantities recorded from outside the area. The court heard that Nephrops from FU 16 are subject to stricter quotas and have a higher monetary value. It was alleged that catches were taken from FU 16 but recorded as being from another fishing area, exceeding the catch limit by approximately 200%. 


IN BRIEF - Iranian caviar exports hit 5.5 tons in FY 2022-23

IRAN
Friday, July 05, 2024

TEHRAN (MNA) – A total of 18.5 tons of farmed caviar and 4,600 tons of sturgeon meat were produced in Iran in fiscal 2022-23 (ended March 20), according to an official of the Iran Fisheries Organization.

“The number of caviar farms in the country increased from 16 to 20 from fiscal 2012-13 to fiscal 2021-22 to 195 farms in 22 provinces of Iran in fiscal 2022-23, of which 145-150 have undertaken mass production,” Nasser Karami-Rad was also quoted as saying by ILNA.

The major importers of Iranian caviar are EU countries, as well as China, Vietnam, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Australia, Kuwait, UAE, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Lebanon, etc.

MNA/PR


IN BRIEF - Salmon Evolution ASA: Q2 2024 Operational Update

NORWAY
Friday, July 05, 2024

Salmon Evolution ASA ("Salmon Evolution" or the "Company", OSE: SALME) had an all-time high harvest volume and strong price realization in Q2 2024.

Highlights:

  • Harvest volume of 1,581 tonnes HOG.
  • All-in price realization of NOK 106/kg.
  • Continued excellent superior grade share of 96 %.
  • Standing biomass of 2,032 tonnes LW end of the quarter.
  • Expecting Q3 2024 harvest volumes of ~1,600 tonnes HOG.

“The second quarter represents a major milestone for Salmon Evolution with harvest volumes at all-time high levels in a record strong salmon market. We are very pleased to see a continued excellent superior grade share of 96%, resulting in solid price realization and further demonstrating the potential in our business”, CEO of Salmon Evolution, Trond Håkon Schaug-Pettersen said.

For further details on operational performance in Q2, please refer to the presentation.

The Q2 and first half 2024 report will be published 15 August 2024.

 


IN BRIEF - The Spanish technology company Satlink recognized in the international sustainability awards for its work in Communication

SPAIN
Friday, July 05, 2024

  • Finalist in the 'World Sustainability Awards' with the also Spanish Naturgy, DBS Bank, Eastman and Ageas Portugal
  • It has been selected for its efforts to promote responsible and sustainable management of fisheries, highlight good industry practices and promote care for the oceans and their resources.

Madrid - The Spanish technology company Satlink, a leading company in the development of technological solutions for sustainable maritime-fishing activity, has been selected as a finalist in the World Sustainability Awards 2024 in the 'Communication' category. Satlink competes for the distinction with companies from a wide variety of sectors internationally, such as the also Spanish Naturgy, DBS Bank, Eastman and Grupo Ageas Portugal.

The awards will be presented in Amsterdam next October and are organized by Sustainability Leaders, the global organization of sustainability managers and the implementation of ESG criteria (Environmental, Social and Governance, in English), to collaborate and facilitate different initiatives in these areas.

The jury has valued Satlink's work in communication for its efforts to promote responsible and sustainable management of fisheries, highlight good industry practices and promote care for the oceans and their resources.


OTHER MEDIA | EuropaAzul: A Eumofa study explores the challenges and opportunities faced by aquaculture products

EUROPEAN UNION
Friday, July 05, 2024

A Eumofa study explores the challenges and opportunities these products face at the point of sale. The sustainability and competitiveness of European aquaculture products is a key challenge for the fishing industry.

Prevalence of imports and domestic consumption

In 2021, 69% of the supply of fishery and aquaculture products in the EU came from imports, while only 11% of consumption came from Member States' aquaculture, reaching a total of 10.60 million tons.

Source: EuropaAzul | Read the full article here


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