Thursday, February 28, 2013

28/02/13: Vietnamese shrimp exports expected to fall; four new salmon farms in New Zealand; mislabeling seafood

Shrimp exports from Vietnam are expected to drop by up to 13 percent in the first quarter of 2013 according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (Vacep).
A report by the association said that Vietnam is expected to earn roughly $1.15 billion from seafood exports in Q.1, lower than $1.32 billion during the same period last year. Vacep's forecast is based on the declining seafood production and processing in the first two months of the year, with the key products as tra fish and shrimps.

Four new New Zealand King Salmon farms have been approved at Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand which comes as welcome news for Aquaculture New Zealand. Aquaculture New Zealand Chairman Peter Vitasovich said the farms would create permanent full-time jobs and provide significant downstream benefits for associated industries while generating export earnings through the sustainable production of premium seafood.
“Four new working salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds will provide valuable employment opportunities within the community, while also attracting skilled labour to the region, to work across the spectrum of production – from farming to processing to marketing and business roles,” says Vitasovich.

Mislabeling of beef products has caused a stir in the United Kingdom. Now there are similar concerns over the labeling of seafood in the USA. A report by conservation group Oceana into the issue of seafood fraud has found that a third of 1,215 samples collected were mislabeled. DNA tests found that the main culprits were snapper and tuna which had the highest mislabeling rate of 87 percent and 59 percent, respectively.
Read the full report here (PDF).

Cook Strait and the Marlborough Sounds from Mt...
Cook Strait and the Marlborough Sounds from Mt. Kaukau, Wellington, New Zealand (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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