ASC Feed certification for Thai Union

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Seafood giant Thai Union has become the first Asian producer to win Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification for one of its feed plants. The single-site certification for Thai Union’s Mahachai Plant, located in Thailand’s Samut Sakhon province just west of Bangkok, is the first ASC Feed Standard certification in Asia. The feed mill produces feed…

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India opens up for Norwegian seafood

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Norway has opened up a new and potentially important salmon market after the signing of a free trade deal with India, one of the world’s largest economies. Although not regarded as a nation of salmon consumers, more affluent Indians are generally partial to Western food tastes. The deal has been negotiated through the trade organisation EFTA of…

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Seafood Council’s former China envoy returns to old job

A former Norwegian Seafood Council envoy to China is returning to his previous role. Sigmund Bjørgo (46) (pictured) takes over from Andreas Thorud, who has left after three years for a senior post in China with the land-based salmon farmer, Nordic Aqua Partners. Børge Grønbech, Director of Global Operations at the Council, said: “Sigmund Bjørgo is strategically…

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Barramundi raises £8.8m for growth in Brunei

The Barramundi Group has raised the equivalent of £8.8m to expand its fish farming operations in Brunei. The company announced yesterday that it had secured the credit facility, of BND $15m, from a Bruneian financial institution. The Singapore-based Barramundi Group farms the fish of the same name, also known as Asian sea bass. It has…

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Oxygenation project at Macquarie Harbour gets underway

Scientists working on a project to restore oxygen levels in Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania say the first stage has proved to be a success. The Macquarie Harbour Oxygenation Project (MHOP) aims to tackle the problem of low dissolved oxygen levels in the Harbour, a large indented lagoon, roughly 33 km long by 9 km wide, and…

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Proximar suffers loss after leak at Mount Fuji site

Land based salmon farmer Proximar Seafood has suffered a biomass loss following a tank breach at its Mount Fuji facility in Japan at the weekend, the company has revealed. The incident happened in one of four operational tanks at the company’s new post smolt grow out facility. Preliminary estimates suggest that 50,000 fish have been…

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Tasmania salmon farms ‘not harming environment’, study finds

A recent research project has found that the expansion of salmon farming around Storm Bay, Tasmania has had little or no adverse environmental impact. The survey was carried out by the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and supported by the Australian Government’s Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC). It was commissioned after environmentalists…

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Conflicts impact on Vietnam 2023 seafood exports

Vietnam’s seafood exports in 2023 – mostly aquaculture related – have hit US $9.2bn (£7.2bn), just short of the $10bn (£7.8bn) goal that had been set at the start of the year. The Vietnamese Fisheries Directorate said the main export species were shrimp at US $3.45bn (£2.7bn) and pangasius at $1.9bn (£1.5bn), both heavily farmed.…

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