Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Review of QLD aquaculture regulation: Draft Report

The Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) released today a draft report recommending a new approach to regulation of the aquaculture industry in Queensland.

“The State Government has asked the QCA to investigate regulatory reforms which would boost investment in Queensland’s $80 million aquaculture industry. Aquaculture is a high value-added industry which can, in the right locations, deliver superior returns to many traditional crops. While the industry has been growing at a respectable 4% a year, there are concerns that its full potential is not being realised,” said QCA chairman Malcolm Roberts.

Young’s Seafood product recall notice

As a precaution, Young’s Seafood are recalling packs of its frozen Young’s Chip Shop Extra Large Fish Cakes 2 Pack that have been manufactured from a batch where a small number of the fish cakes were found to have been contaminated with small pieces of hard plastic. The ONLY affected Fish Cakes are those with the production code L4160, and consumers who purchased this product after 19 June 2014 are asked to check for this code. The code may be found under the Best Before Date on the side of the pack. Packs with this production code have been on sale at ASDA, Morrisons and Tesco. Customers are advised not to consume the product. Products purchased at ASDA, Morrisons and Tesco, with the date code Best Before Dec 15, may be returned to these stores without a receipt for a full refund.

The product being recalled is:

Product: Young’s Chip Shop Extra Large Fish Cakes
Pack size: 2 Pack, 210g
Batch Code: L4160
Barcode number: 5000205035321
‘Best before’ end date: December 2015

For further details of how to return the product for a full refund, or if you have any questions, please call the Young’s Seafood care line on: 0800 496 8647 or email consumer_care@youngsseafood.co.uk

The recall does not affect any other Young’s Seafood products.

We apologise to retailers and our customers for any inconvenience caused by this voluntary recall. The safety and quality of our products is highly important to us and we take all issues regarding the production of our food extremely seriously.

Migros: First ASC trout in the sale


Migros already leads ASC-certified fish such as tilapia and pangasius. The international label guarantees that the fish and seafood from a responsible breeding as well. New independent organization Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has developed also a breed standard for trout. Migros takes first retailer in the world smoked trout fillets with the corresponding label in the assortment. As of today, first fish products are on sale.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Kite systems offer a great alternative to traditional floats on fishing trawls

Most fishermen use floats on the headline of their trawls but it is worth considering using kite systems as they do offer some advantages, according to Morgère, the trawl equipment manufacturer.

Michel Dagorn, director of Morgère, says the key benefit is the reduction in drag, which in turn boosts fuel consumption. Kite systems use hydrofoil type arrangements to provide the lift, rather than traditional floats.

Michel Dagorn said: “At Morgère we have patented our own kite system called Aeroplane, which is currently used by a number of fishermen in fishing areas south of Iceland and around Norway. The concept is delightfully simple. The flexible kite, which is made from canvas and coated with tough PVC, is shaped like vents with a larger opening on the front side, which are then arranged in a series along the small meshes of the headline.

The human factor will be a relevant topic in the International Conference AquaSur 2014


The International Conference AquaSur 2014 named “The aquaculture industry, environment and opportunities“, to be held on October 23rd at the Hotel Patagónico in Puerto Varas (Los Lagos Region), will bring together distinguished speakers who will discuss about relevant issues related to the development of the sector in health, policy and sustainability aspects, and one of the highlights will be the human factor.

The conference organized by the team of Grupo Editorial Editec -company responsible for publications such as magazines AQUA, MINERÍA CHILENA, LIGNUM and ELECTRICIDAD, and highly relevant technical seminars- will take place in the context of the eighth edition of the International Fair AquaSur 2014 that will be held between the 22nd and the 25th of October in Puerto Montt (Los Lagos Region).


Fusion Marine participates in exciting new lobster farming initiative

Aquaculture equipment specialist Fusion Marine is participating in a multi-partnership project to develop a sea based lobster rearing system that could ultimately benefit coastal communities.

Under the initiative, the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) has teamed up with Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to joint fund an industry and academic partnership which aims to develop an exciting new approach to sea based rearing systems for European Lobster.

Known as Lobster Grower, the 15 month consortium driven project is led by the National Lobster Hatchery (NLH) based in Padstow.  The project aims to develop the technology required to grow lobsters at sea in containers, which will help the partners to assess the overall potential for the aquaculture of this much sought after crustacean.

New Ambassador for Seafood Nutrition Partnership

Captain Keith Colburn of Deadliest Catch becomes Ambassador for Seafood Nutrition Partnership

Captain Keith Colburn, one of the stars of the hit television series Deadliest Catch on Discovery Channel, has become an Ambassador for the nonprofit organization Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP). In this role he will help to raise awareness among the public about seafood’s essential nutritional benefits.

“Seafood has meant everything to me, not just in my professional career, but in my own day-to-day life,” says Colburn. “I’ve always been a believer in the power of seafood for heart health and other benefits, and I’m proud to be able to work with Seafood Nutrition Partnership to get more people on board with seafood in their diets.”