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Friday, May 27, 2016

The Aquafeed Interview - Professor Glencross

Dr Brett Glencross is the Professor for Aquaculture Nutrition at the Institute of Aquaculture at the University of Stirling. He commenced this role in January 2016 and has also been the Insitute’s Director of Research since March 2016.
 However, prior to his most recent appointment, Prof Glencross has worked closely with several major international aquaculture feed companies throughout Australia, Asia and Europe. He also has Honours and Masters Degrees in Biochemistry from the University of Western Australia and a PhD in Animal Nutrition from the University of Queensland.
Since moving to Scotland, his work has focused on species such as Atlantic salmon, chinook salmon, barramundi and shrimp.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Aquatic China 2016



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Throughout the world consumers’ behaviour and attitude towards food has been changing and, as a result, the industries supplying food need to focus on the exchange of information in order to meet these new demands. 
For example, retailers are demanding traceability; evidence of sustainable environmental activities including welfare (both social and animal) in addition to their usual tight specifications and this is particularly relevant in aquaculture where consumer acceptance is still being questioned.
Consumers are demanding healthier food and questioning the supply chain on all nutritional aspects, from the feed through to the food.

 The one day conference is made up of the three following sessions

Aquaculture UK - Technology on display

If you are in Scotland today for Aquaculture UK - don't miss our guide to the 'Technology on display' at the event. 
Come along to stand 53, and pick up the guide that appears on page 54 of the May | June 2016 edition of International Aquafeed magazine

Aquaculture UK starts today

The International Aquafeed team are in Scotland for Aquaculture UK today, with lots of free copies of the magazine for visitors to read. 
If you are at the event, please drop by stand 53 for a coffee while you have a look through the magazine. We always enjoy meeting our readers!

You can also stay up to date with the goings on at the event,  with the #aquacultureuk2016 twitter feed in the top right hand corner of our homepage.

Monday, May 23, 2016

23/05/2016: Norway’s new Fisheries Minister looking forward to Nor-Fishing 2016
Norway’s new Fisheries Minister, Per Sandberg (Image: NFD)
Per Sandberg is relatively new in his role as Minister of Fisheries. He took over on the 16th of December 2015, and is still learning the ropes. Previously he has not been engaged in fisheries matters, but he is learning fast. He is also known as one of Norway’s most controversial and free-spoken politicians with strong opinions on most matters.

When Mr Sandberg was appointed, there were mixed reactions. Some expected he would make a mess of things, while others were happy to get a fisheries minister who would surely put the fisheries sector on the political agenda.
Nor-Fishing met Mr Sandberg in his office in Oslo one sunny day in April.

How do you feel you were received by the industry?

Fantastically! I don’t think I had any negative comments from anybody in the industry. Of course some may disagree with me on certain matters, but that’s ok. That is, after all, politics, and disagreement is part and parcel of politics. But everybody in the industry has been really positive, from fishermen and producers to exporters.

When I was appointed Minister of Fisheries, some people commented that I “had to settle for” this position, that I perhaps had “higher aspirations”.  But they were completely wrong! As I see it, this is the most exciting position in Government. And think of the potential of this industry!

This is the most promising and exciting sector in Norway. And we Norwegians have a lot to be proud of in this field. I believe we have the world’s best fisheries management system, and we are at the forefront when it comes to fisheries and aquaculture technology.

I am somewhat of a newcomer to this field, but fortunately I have an exceptionally qualified staff to tutor me. Oftentimes I have to ask for a little 'lesson' when faced with matters that are not my speciality, and the staff is more than willing to instruct me. I am very grateful to them for that, because I can at times be a difficult man to work with. After all, I have a reputation for being quite stubborn. But it has happened on several occasions that I have changed my mind after having received more information and having had the time to reflect a bit more.

What do you think about the Norwegian fisheries industry today?
Norwegian fisheries have developed over hundreds of years. I just visited the Norwegian Research Council, and they told me the fascinating story about Jonas Axel Boeck and GO Sars, who in the 1860s got curious about what happened to the cod eggs in the ocean. Through the work they did, the foundation for the Norwegian fisheries research was laid. In this field we are among the foremost nations today. 

We should also mention the development of vessels and gear technology. In a way, Norwegian maritime technology started with fishing vessels. The know-how and technology in this field was later transferred to shipping, and then to the offshore oil sector. And now we see that suppliers to the offshore petroleum industry are turning to fisheries and aquaculture, as offshore projects are getting few and far between. In a way, the circle is complete.

Norway is the second largest exporter of seafood, and we are Europe’s largest fisheries and aquaculture nation. At present, everything is growing, and we could say that the situation is a bit abnormal: we have too much market and too little fish. I was recently in Poland, and down there they were crying because they could not get enough fish from Norway for their processing plants.

Although we are on an upward trend right now, we should be aware that it might not last. It is far from certain that this positive development will continue into the future.

What special challenges do you see in the coming years?
What we need to focus on now is how we can achieve a better utilisation of the raw material we take out of the ocean. Globally, perhaps as much as 30 million tonnes are lost every year! Processing waste, heads, intestines, offal or what we now call “rest raw material”. Much more of this can be turned into food for human consumption. In addition, there are emerging industries in chemicals and cosmetics and other  fields that use fish raw material for their production. 

Norway is a small country, and we have to cooperate with other countries about both resources and markets. Do you have any thoughts on that?
It is worth noticing that Norway participates in a broad and very fruitful cooperation within the field of fisheries. Although we are a small country, in fisheries and aquaculture we are big. When we speak in these international fora, the others listen to what we have to say.

I would like to especially point to our relationship with Russia. In spite of sanctions and the fact that Norwegian seafood is now barred from this market, we have managed to continue our cooperation within the management of the fisheries in the Arctic. Yes, there have been some smaller incidents, but in general this cooperation continues successfully.

Market access is essential to the Norwegian seafood industry. Any thoughts on that?
We are extremely dependent on the EU, because about two thirds of our seafood is exported to that market. But the EU is also dependent on us. The EU needs our fish for their processing plants and they need our seafood for their tables. The EU has a gigantic, - and increasing -, deficit in their fish trade, and has to import over 11 million tonnes of seafood every year.

While the EU is very important, we have to develop other markets, too, and I have great faith in the Norwegian seafood industry’s ability to do so. Look at what happened when Russia banned Norwegian seafood! Within a very short time our exporters had found new markets, and our total exports continued to grow. But Russia will be back. I have great faith in Russia.

Also, we should not forget countries like Japan and China. On the Chinese market we have also had some problems, but I believe these will be sorted out shortly. I am very fond of China, and I hope that I will have an opportunity to visit China while I am Minister of Fisheries.

As Minister of Fisheries, how can you help the industry internationally?
I am doing my best promoting Norwegian seafood when I am travelling abroad. Some will probably say that I am more active as an ambassador for Norwegian seafood than as a Minister of Fisheries. But I can live with that criticism. There is no reason why I should not be able to promote Norwegian fisheries technology also and I really look forward to visiting Nor-Fishing this year. It will be my first visit to this exhibition, although my wife has been there several times.

At present, our country is going through a process of change. The fisheries and aquaculture industry is one of the sectors that we have to develop further in the future. We have enormous ambitions, also internationally, and this is one of the reasons I am looking forward to mingling with the elite of the industry in Trondheim in August. I believe we have a lot to offer to other countries in this field. Many could learn important lessons from Norwegian fisheries management, for example.

I have had a look at the plans for Nor-Fishing 2016, and I must say I am very happy with the theme this year: how can Norwegian fisheries technology and management be used by other countries. This will be important to commercial operators as well as authorities in other countries. Usually, we have visiting delegations from a number of foreign countries coming to Nor-Fishing. I don’t have a complete overview yet, but I am sure several delegations will come this year, too.

We’ll see you all at Nor-Fishing! I am really looking forward to it!
Visit the Nor-Fishing site HERE.

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23/05/2016: Arctic Fish is first to gain ASC Certification in Iceland

Arctic Fish has become the very first aquaculture producer to achieve Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Certification in Iceland.

The Dyrafjordur and Önundafjordur farms, both part of Arctic Fish’s sea farm operations on the Westfjords, a large peninsula in northwestern Iceland, are certified to produce ASC rainbow trout. The on-site assessment was conducted by SCS Global Services, an independent, third-party certification company.

“Iceland is still a small player in the sea farming on international scale with only 4 ths. tonnes harvested last year of salmon and trout and expected to more than double this year mainly from the Westfjords,” said Sigurður Pétursson CEO of Arctic Fish.

“There is good potential for future growth and the good environment in Iceland for sustainable and eco-friendly farming methods. ASC certification of our farming operations helps our small farming operation to get international recognition which we expect to assist us in the marketing of our nice products. We are very pleased to have the ASC certification and I am proud of my staff for all the preparation and work they have put into the certification process.”

Chris Ninnes, CEO of the ASC said, “It is a pleasure to welcome Arctic Fish to the ASC programme. The certification of the first farm in Iceland is a great example of how producers are meeting the increased market demand for ASC certified products around the world.”

“Aquaculture is the fastest growing sector of food production and is integral to global food security. As demand for farmed fish continues to rise, it is increasingly important that producers operate at a level that minimises impacts to the environment, provides fair and proper conditions for those who work on the farms, and that is considerate of the people in the communities where the farms are situated. By becoming ASC certified, Arctic Fish has committed to doing just that. This achievement sets them apart as leaders in their country and in the larger effort to improve the industry.”

Arctic Fish was established in 2011 and initially started with a single sea site for trout. Over time, it has grown into an operation covering every aspect of fish farming. In addition to increasing sea farming operations under its subsidiary Arctic Sea Farm, the company operates Arctic Smolt, a recirculation hatchery, and Arctic Oddi, a processing facility for the fish nurtured in the Westfjords of Iceland.

Situated in the crystal clear waters off of the Icelandic shoreline, Arctic Fish uses naturally occurring warm springs in their hatchery and green electrical energy. Iceland’s ecosystem confers a great number of advantages at the farm site, including a natural inhibition of viral diseases and most pests, and Arctic Fish does not use any antibiotics during its production.

The ASC is an independent, international organisation that aims to transform the aquaculture industry to a higher standard through a global certification and labelling program with a focus on good management practices. The programme meets international codes of good conduct, including FAO Guidelines for eco-labelling and ISEAL Standard Setting Codes.

The ASC standards address the negative impacts of fish farming, including dependence on wild fish for feed; inadequate supply of seed; lack of appropriate techniques; discharges of organic matter, phosphorus, and nitrogen; fish escapes; transfer of diseases and parasites between farmed and wild fish; the introduction of non-indigenous species and the use of therapeutants and antibiotics. It also mandates that all workers have freedom of association, employment contracts inline with ILO regulations, no child-labour and that the communities in which farms are situated be consulted on farm operations.

Since the first farm was certified in 2012, participation in the ASC scheme has grown nearly 98 percent each year. Despite the fact that the programme is still in a start-up phase, at the time of press, there are currently ASC certified farms in 29 countries and more than 5000 consumer products available for purchase worldwide.

Visit the ASC site HERE and the Arctic Fish site HERE.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

20/05/2016: South-East Asia and Pacific Regional Fisheries Summit - Investing in the transition to sustainable fisheries
Jakarta skyline (Image: The Diary of a Hotel Advert)
July 27th–28th 2016, Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia
The South-East Asia and Pacific Regional Fisheries Summit aims to stimulate a broad discussion on fisheries reform across South-East Asia and the adjacent Pacific. How to scale and finance the necessary investments is central to this discussion.
Equally important, they will explore, debate and encourage collaboration and progress across the widest group of stakeholders. Working groups from this Fisheries Summit will be encouraged to report on their progress at the World Ocean Summit to be held in Bali in February 2017.
Learn more HERE.
The organisers have 10 VIP complimentary guest passes to attend the event (NB: no travel or accommodation included).
To win one of these passes please submit an email with the subject heading - 'Economist Fisheries' and addressed to with your answer to this question:
"What change will you make if you were able to obtain a free VIP pass to the South-East Asia and Pacific Fisheries Summit?"
Include your name/title/organisation and address/tel no with your entry.
Entries close 10 June 2016.
(Please be aware - the organisers may choose to publish some of the entries)

The Aquaculturists
This blog is maintained by The Aquaculturists staff and is supported by the
magazine International Aquafeed which is published by
Perendale Publishers Ltd

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