Overcoming climate change is central to achieving a sustainable future for the planet’s growing population, and food security must lie at the heart of that effort, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said Tuesday (23 September 2014) in a speech at the UN Climate Summit in New York. Continue reading ‘NEW approaches to food systems needed to cope with climate change’ – FAO Director-General highlights Agro-Ecology
The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA)’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program has expanded its coverage with the completion of new BAP hatchery and nursery standards for finfish, crustaceans and mollusks, it was announced on Tuesday (September 24, 2014).
Mitsubishi Corporation (“MC”) announced Monday (September 22, 2014) that it has reached an agreement with the Oslo Stock Exchange-listed company Cermaq ASA to launch a recommended voluntary cash tender offer for 100% of the shares of the Company. A cash consideration of NOK 96 will be offered per Share, which implies a total consideration for all Shares of approximately NOK 8,880 million. The Offer represents a premium of 14.3% over the closing price of the Shares on 19 September, 2014 and a premium of 18.3% and 27.7% over the average volume weighted share price during the last three and six months. The Company’s Board of Directors has unanimously decided to recommend the Offer. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries is prepared to sell the State’s shares in the fish-farming company Cermaq under terms and conditions outlined in today’s notices from Cermaq and Mitsubishi Corporation. “I am pleased that Cermaq ASA attracts interest from a prime international industrial corporation, confirming the global visibility, reach and recognition of the Norwegian fish farming industry,” commented the Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms. Monica Mæland. Continue reading MITSUBISHI bids for 100% of Cermaq’s shares at NOK 96/share (14.3% premium as of Sept. 19 value); CEQ Board unanimously in favour & Norwegian State “prepared to sell”
The Chairman and Board of Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) have today (September 18, 2014) welcomed “a definitive review” of over 300 scientific publications, which has just been published by the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) on the effects sea lice can have on sea trout stocks. A team of top international scientists from Norway, Scotland and Ireland reviewed all available published studies on the effects of sea lice and have now concluded that sea lice have negatively impacted wild sea trout stocks in salmon farming areas in Ireland, Scotland and Norway. NB Ed: It must be said here that the views of the state agency in charge of angling and freshwater resources management IFI somewhat ‘clash’ (i.e. ‘pro-angling’) with those of the Irish state agency in charge of aquaculture and fisheries/seafood: BIM…NB’: Interestingly, the report which can be downloaded from the IFI pages cannot be found on the NINA.no portal, and no PR advertised its publication/release…
Torben Svejgard, who has been Group CEO in BioMar since 2008, has resigned from his position in order to focus on a career as a full-time board member. The BioMar board has appointed Vice President Carlos Diaz as new Group CEO.
Large buoys known as warp deflectors, or ‘pinkies’, are helping save the lives of Australia’s seabirds according to a world leading research report released today (September 17, 2014) by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), Assessing the Effectiveness of Seabird Mitigation Devices in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery of Australia. Continue reading SEA birds sea pink…. Mitigation devices research in Australia… “showing environmental stewardship”
Tomorrow — on Thursday 18 September — members of the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC), a coalition of major seafood suppliers, brands, supermarkets and restaurants, will launch their two new codes of conduct to guide their members’ environmental labelling and sourcing policies. Continue reading ENVIRONMENTAL labelling & sourcing policies: Sustainable Seafood Coalition launches 2 new Codes of Conduct
“After many months of work,” the Monterey Bay Aquarium announced Thursday (September 11) that it was proud to announce the new Seafood Watch website is live. Continue reading MONTEREY Bay Aquarium launches revamped Seafood Watch website
Marine Harvest announced today an agreement to purchase assets of the former Chilean farming company Acuinova Chile S.A., currently in bankruptcy. The assets represent a capacity to produce about 40 thousand tonnes HOG per annum. Continue reading MARINE Harvest acquires of 40,000 tonnes integrated salmon farming capacity in Chile; Acuinova Chile S.A. assets
Yesterday’s UK’s Sunday Times (14 September 2014) titled one of its article that “‘Healthy’smoked salmon fattier than pizza”… The article highlights that “A classic Pizza Express margherita contains 6.4g of fat per 100g while Yeo Valley peaches and cream yoghurt has 4.1g of fat per 100g. By comparison, Sainsbury’s scottish oak smoked salmon, which costs £4.50 for 120g and is made from farmed fish, contains 14g of fat per 100g. Sainsbury’s wild alaskan smoked salmon (£5.75 for 120g) contains only 3.2g of fat per 100g…” The Waitrose smoked salmon is described as being a product made from a “lean, healthy fish”… something about which industry critic Don Staniford, director of the Global Alliance against Industrial Aquaculture (GAAIA) reportedly takes offence. “It is complete nonsense to describe this flabby farmed fish as lean and healthy,” he is quoted as saying. Continue reading UK Sunday Times contacts Waitrose – following Don Staniford comment – which pledges to change description of ‘lean’ [Scottish] smoked salmon product
“Something interesting has happened out west,” writes the Irish Times this morning (15.09.2014). “For the best part of two years Bord Iascaigh Mhara has been trying to reboot the the Irish salmon farming industry. […] The projects have met opposition from various interest groups who have joined forces in Galway Bay Against Salmon Cages […] They have argued the salmon farms present significant environmental risks. […] As is often the case […] the opponents of the project seem better organised on the ground than the project’s proponents and are able to garner the support of local politicians. The result is often stalemate […] The mess usually ends up sitting on some minister’s desk; in the case of the salmon farms it is Simon Coveney’s desk. […]” Continue reading “Something interesting has happened out west”… “local people in Connemara and the offshore island seem to have woken up” – Irish salmon farming expansion
Fish oil is an ideal source of omega-3 in salmon feed, but the capacity to produce farmed salmon using fish oil as the main source of omega-3 in feed is limited, if the farmed salmon itself is to remain a rich source of omega-3. This means that the salmon feed industry needs access to large volumes of new ingredients that contain omega-3. Experiments at the Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research have shown that a type of algae known as “heterotrophic algae” can fully replace fish oil in feed used for small salmon, Nofima announced this morning (September 12, 2014). Continue reading “ALGAE may replace fish oil in salmon feed” – Nofima; “heterotrophic algae” can fully replace fish oil in feed… “As good as fish oil”
Fjarðalax ehf., a farmed salmon producer from Iceland, has officially joined the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI), bringing the current membership count to 18 companies. GSI‘s membership has expanded by over 25% since May 2014, showcasing the industry’s commitment and eagerness to improve their environmental and social performance as an increasing priority. Continue reading GLOBAL Sustainability Initiative’s ongoing growth, with addition of Icelandic salmon farmer Fjarolax; 18 members now
Last week around 50 experts met for the first time in Amsterdam demonstrating that together industry will help ensure a responsible future for the production of fish feed. Experts in marine, plant, animal and micro ingredients, as well as supply chain and feed mill experience, gathered together for the ASC Responsible Feed Project working group event. Continue reading FEED Standards; “The ASC defines best practice as a level that can only be achieved by 15-20% of industry when the standard is released”…