Thursday, April 25, 2013

25/04/13: Commander award for Nutreco's Wout Dekker; GAA, ASC and GLOBALG.A.P agree to cooperate; EU Commissioner launches online aquaculture tool

The Royal House of Norway has announced today that H.M. King Harald of Norway has decorated Wout Dekker as Commander in the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit for his contribution to Norwegian aquaculture.
The decoration reflects the importance of aquaculture in Norway and Nutreco's contribution to its success. Wout Dekker's commitment to innovation and sustainability was important to the development of the healthy and sustainable Norwegian aquaculture industry of today. The investments made helped aquaculture become Norway's second largest export industry after oil and gas.

Knut Nesse, Nutreco CEO said, "Substantial investments in R&D and manufacturing facilities for feed were prerequisites for the development of Nutreco's fish feed company Skretting, headquartered in Norway. These investments and belief in the industry secured hundreds of jobs along the coast. Wout Dekker was a key person in this process and he was deeply involved in the strategies and investments that made Norway a leading aquaculture nation."

Standards-setting organisations, the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and GLOBALG.A.P. signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on April 22, 2013, to work collaboratively to increase efficiency and reduce duplication in the auditing process.
GAA, ASC and GLOBALG.A.P. agreed to explore ways to reduce duplication of effort for farms, processing plants, hatcheries and feed mills that undertake certification by more than one of the three organisations’ certification programmes.
All three certification programmes share common elements that address the key environmental and social impacts of aquaculture, yet currently audits for each set of standards is conducted separately.
Commenting on the news, Jim Cannon, chief executive, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), said, "SFP welcomes this important announcement and looks forward to supporting this initiative in any way we can. We particularly hope to make contributions in the areas of feed, on-farm benchmarking and convergent IT solutions."

European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki, officially launched the new European Market Observatory for Fishery and Aquaculture Products (EUMOFA) at the European Seafood Exposition. The Observatory is an EU-wide interactive web-tool offering up-to-date data on volume, value and price of fisheries and aquaculture products throughout the supply chain, from when they land to port to when they are displayed on supermarket shelves.
If you want to know market trends and market drivers for wild or farmed seafood products, the Market Observatory is the tool for you" said Commissioner Damanaki. 
She continued, "what counts today is value, not volume, of production. With this modern tool we empower economic actors through accurate, real-time market information”.

English: Fish cages in Velfjorden, Brønnøy, No...
English: Fish cages in Velfjorden, Brønnøy, Norway. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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