Friday, 29 May 2015

New Gulf Oyster Hatchery Opens In Bayou State

As John Supan, the director of Louisiana’s Sea Grant Oyster Research Laboratory and oyster specialist for the LSU Agricultural Center, prepares for the first season of production at the state’s new US$3 (€2.737) million oyster hatchery, he is focusing on water quality issues that have plagued the old Grand Isle site the past four years.

The old Grand Isle Sea Grant hatchery and lab faced exposure to all the elements the Gulf of Mexico could throw at it; from hurricanes to manmade catastrophes. One of the most erratic issued he faced was water quality. Read more...

The Aquaculture Association of Canada/ Association Aquacole du Canada presents Aquaculture Canada OM 2015 - BLUE REVOLUTION 2.0

The Aquaculture Association of Canada (AAC) annual conferenceAquaculture Canada OM 2015, is heading west to beautiful Nanaimo, BC, in the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. The conference is being held at the Vancouver Island Conference Center from May 31st to June 3rd.

Over the course of the four days over 300 delegates from Canada, the USA and other international countries will descend on Nanaimo to discuss current research, policies, economics and current issues facing the aquaculture sector. Read more...

Haikui Seafood: Tighter market conditions depress quarterly results despite higher revenue

  • Revenue increased by 4.5 percent to €31.6 million
  • Still attractive EBIT margin of 10.4 percent
  • Cautiously optimistic outlook for 2015
In the first quarter 2015 the already difficult business environment for Chinese Seafood processing companies became even more challenging and Haikui Seafood was not immune to these adverse effects. But nonetheless Haikui Seafood achieved a still attractive double-digit EBIT margin and continues to maintain a strong financial position. Read more...

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Food Exports Smash £1.1 Billion

Scotland’s Food Secretary Richard Lochhead announced that Scottish food exports have surpassed the £1.1 billion mark for the first time, with total food and drink exports valued at £5.1 billion in 2014.

The new figures, which have been extracted from official HMRC export statistics for 2014, show that food exports alone grew by 3.5 percent on 2013, driven primarily by an increase in fish  and seafood, which was up £38m. Read more...

Relaxation of seafood ban: government recommends five more exporters to EU for clearance

The Government has recommended five more seafood-exporting companies to the European Union (EU) for the lifting of ban. An EU delegation is in Pakistan to what Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Kamran Michael said assess the available seafood stocks as Islamabad had short-listed the names of five more local exporters to undergo the Union's quality standards test for the lifting of ban.

Two exporters already have got an EU nod for the export of seafood products to the European market. "We have sent to them (EU) five new names which are expected to be approved this month," the federal minister told a briefing here at Marine Fisheries Department (MFD) Wednesday. Vowing to address all the lingering issues the fishermen were facing, the minister said soon seven Pakistani companies would be exporting seafood products to the EU markets. Readmore…

Chris Keller Joins BAP As Market Development Manager-Retail

The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) division has expanded its market development team with the addition of Chris Keller as BAP’s market development manager-retail for North America.

Keller comes to BAP with more than 20 years of retail experience, most notably with Walmart Stores. While at Walmart for 15 years, Keller held numerous positions, eventually acting as senior buyer. He won the Sam M. Walton Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2007 for leading Walmart’s seafood sustainability team. Read more…

UK seafood processing sector remains stable despite market challenges

  • 2014 Report published today reveals industry changes since 2012, showing the number of processing units has reduced slightly across the country, but employment has increased slightly
  • The salmon sector has seen a 28% increase in employment since 2012
  • Evidence of growth in the number of very large units, but also growth in the number of small processing units, with 10% increase since 2012 
Following a Census Survey carried out last year, Seafishthe industry authority on seafood, has published its 2014 Seafood Processing Industry Report, which provides an overview of the size and structure of the industry, including processing unitsemployment levelsregional distributiontypes of processing activity and the species being processed, among others. Read more...