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Issue 42, Vol 16, November 3, 2016
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- New assessment confirms Gulf menhaden fished sustainably
- Tassal will use natural astaxanthin in salmon diets
- Novel approaches to sea lice control receive £1.76m boost
- Sea Grant announces $3.4M for aquaculture research and outreach projects
- New strategy to double size of Scotland’s £1.8 billion aquaculture sector
- New project to make faster-growing fish available to poor communities
- CUBA - Fish farming industry seeks to double output by 2030
- SOUTH AFRICA - Aquaculture holds strong growth potential for South African economy
- CNMI - NMC-CREES to open aquaculture wet laboratory in November
INGREDIENTS & COMMODITIES
- U.S. Menhaden Fishmeal Prices at 11/2/2016
- Peruvian & European fishmeal
- TASA wins IFFO Leadership and Innovation award
PEOPLE, EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
- Spotlight on Africa at WAS 2017
- Aquamimicry sustainable shrimp workshop in Thailand, January 2017
New assessment confirms Gulf menhaden fished sustainably
A new assessment released by the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission (GSMFC) has once again confirmed that Gulf menhaden are neither overfished nor experiencing overfishing. The assessment, an update to the GSMFC's 2013 benchmark assessment, is the latest piece of scientific evidence demonstrating that Gulf menhaden are being sustainably and responsibly managed. This thorough analysis of the Gulf menhaden stock utilized a wide range of sources: these include catch records, port samples, and daily logbooks containing fishing locations. The assessment also included data from two sets of fishery-independent surveys to help determine relative abundance of juvenile and adult menhaden.
Tassal will use natural astaxanthin in salmon diets
Tassal has announced it will become the first Salmon farming company in Australia to use natural pigment supplements for all of its farmed Salmon in Tasmania. “Sourcing a sustainable and reliable source of natural astaxanthin has been a complex task, but we are confident that by 2017 the first diets containing natural astaxanthin will be delivered to our farms.” Read Story
Novel approaches to sea lice control receive £1.76m boost
The drive to reduce sea lice and increase harvests of Scottish salmon has received a £1.76m boost, following a successful application to the European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF). Coordinated by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) on behalf of 11 companies, the award will enable a range of alternative technologies and approaches to be trialled in Scottish waters so that they can be evaluated for their ability to reduce sea lice. Amongst the alternative solutions being trialled is hydrolicer technology which uses low pressure water jets to dislodge sea lice; an innovative ‘bundle’ of technologies that brings best practice approaches into a single system; and a Thermolicer device which capitalises on the parasite’s low tolerance to sudden changes in temperature by briefly bathing fish in warmer water.
Sea Grant announces $3.4M for aquaculture research and outreach projects
The National Sea Grant College Program recently announced $3.4 million in federal funding to support aquaculture research and outreach. The funding, which leverages all federal dollars 2:1 with state matching funds, will support 11 aquaculture research projects and 23 projects to organize and conduct conferences and workshops to transfer aquaculture information. “...these projects will begin to address priorities identified in the 10-year vision for aquaculture recently developed by the Sea Grant network in conjunction with industry partners and management professionals.” Read Story
New strategy to double size of Scotland’s £1.8 billion aquaculture sector
A group of leading businesses and organizations in Scotland’s aquaculture industry have come together for the first time to create an ambitious new growth strategy for the sector. Launched on October 28, the 2030 Aquaculture Strategy identifies key actions required to double the economic contribution of the industry from £1.8 billion in 2016, to £3.6 billion by 2030. It is estimated this will generate over 9,000 new jobs in the sector and establish Scotland as a global leader in the industry.
New project to make faster-growing fish available to poor communities
A new project, funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the European Commission (EC) and led by WorldFish, aims to use selective breeding to make improved fish strains more accessible to poor people. The three-year project, Improving the technological foundations for sustainable aquaculture, focuses on Bangladesh, Egypt, Kenya and Mozambique, where small-scale aquaculture is important for rural livelihoods. The aim of the research is to ensure that improved strains of tilapia, Indian carp and African catfish – important species of food fish that are also easy to farm – become more widely available, are farmed sustainably and are distributed equitably.
CUBA - Fish farming industry seeks to double output by 2030
Thanks to a restructuring of the fish farming industry, focusing on technological upgrading, this Caribbean island nation produced last year 27,549 tons of freshwater fish in tanks, pools and reservoirs, the largest volume since aquaculture was introduced in the 1980s. The Food Ministry’s goal is to nearly double fish production by 2030, to 49,376 tons.
SOUTH AFRICA - Aquaculture holds strong growth potential for South African economy
Since the launch of the oceans economy initiative, under Operation Phakisa, in July 2014, government has invested around R17-billion in the initiative’s various workstreams, including marine transport and manufacturing, offshore oil and gas exploration, aquaculture, and marine protection services and ocean governance. Thirty-two projects in aquaculture have been initiated over the last two years, with ten projects, valued at R338-million, in the production phase. When Operation Phakisa was first introduced, only 24 projects had been identified for implementation.
CNMI - NMC-CREES to open aquaculture wet laboratory in November
NMC’s Cooperative Research Extension and Education Services is now preparing for the opening of its aquaculture wet laboratory. The facility, which will open next month, will allow for the breeding, hatching and rearing of various native fish species. Aside from providing seed stocks to farmers, the laboratory will also provide services to help fish farmers enhance their understanding of various fish. “The new aquaculture lab will help residents explore new sources of nutrition and revenue and is part of an overall effort to help ensure that aquaculture becomes a major contributor to the economy.”
INGREDIENTS & COMMODITIES
U.S. Menhaden Fishmeal Prices at 11/2/2016
Prices for menhaden fishmeal in the Gulf and the East Coast for FAQ and Select Quality remained steady at $1,350-1,375.
Peruvian & European fishmeal
There is no news out of Peru this week; more details and results from the IFFO meeting in Asia are expected next week. Indication prices have levelled off in the range of $1,330-$1,560. Fishmeal originating from Europe showed minor fluctuation and is in the range of $1,490-$1,845. Read more at Hammersmith Marketing on our Fishmeal page.
Also available: Today’s grain prices and Commodity Futures. There is also a wealth of up-to- date commodity information available via links from our Markets & Price Reports Page.
TASA wins IFFO Leadership and Innovation award
TASA was presented with the IFFO Leadership and Innovation award by IFFO President Mike Copeland at the 56th Annual Conference's Gala Dinner. This is the second year that IFFO has held the awards, selected by the IFFO Management Board. The award had previously been split into two categories with TASA submitting substantial applications for both. TASA’s strong focus on R&D won the Board’s approval for the Leadership part of the award. For the innovation part of the award, TASA won for their SUMAQ project Businesswomen of Huanta.
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Spotlight on Africa at WAS 2017
Themed “Sustainable Aquaculture – New Frontiers for Economic Growth – Spotlight on Africa”, World Aquaculture 2017 will bring together some 3,000 industry, academic and government delegates from the 100 member countries of the World Aquaculture Society (WAS), in Cape Town, South Africa, from 26-30 June 2017. Representing the coming of age of African aquaculture and a significant milestone for the global aquaculture community, the WAS plans to launch its Africa Chapter at the conference.
Aquamimicry sustainable shrimp workshop in Thailand, January 2017
The fourth workshop in a series of Aquamimicry Sustainable Shrimp Workshops will take place January 9-13, 2017 in Bangkok, Hua Hin. At this workshop, organizers will be presenting Aquamimicry Indoor, a supeintensive shrimp farming under greenhouse condition developed by Glen Cho from Aquamimicry Korea.
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