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Denmark: New environmental regulations may trigger aquaculture expansion
Thursday, 11 August 2011 10:08

Fish farming is the fastest growing animal-food production industry in the world today with an annual turnover of EUR13bn, reports the Danish daily Politiken, and for the first time ever fish for human consumption is more farmed than wild.

Germany: New handling module optimises loading of packs in cartons
Thursday, 04 August 2011 00:00

The packaging equipment manufacturer Multivac has developed a new and versatile handling module, the H 240, which is equipped with two 4-axis robots.

Turkey: Rapid industrialisation increases pollution levels in Marmara Sea
Friday, 29 July 2011 00:00

Murat Demir, the leader of the Turkish Natural and Environmental Conservation Association, has criticised the rapid industrialisation and lack of water treatment facilities in the north east of the country which are increasing the levels of pollution in the Sea of Marmara, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.

Spain: Mariculture seminar calls for more international cooperation
Thursday, 28 July 2011 00:00

FAES, a think tank headed by former Spanish President Jose Maria Aznar, together with Apromar, the Spanish Mariculture Association, organised a seminar to analyse the current status of the mariculture industry in Spain.

Italy: Higher prices for agricultural commodities are here to stay
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 00:00

The OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2011-2020, which was released recently, warns that higher prices for agricultural commodities are here to stay.

Spain: Apromar positive about impact of CFP reform on aquaculture
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 00:00

The reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), a document that will constitute the main legal framework of fisheries policy in the EU for the period 2013-2020, seems to be a realistic document, says Apromar, the Spanish Association of Marine Farmers, in a recent press release. The publication in 2009 by the Commission of a Communication to the European Parliament and to the European Council - ”Building a sustainable future for aquaculture: A new impetus for the strategy for the sustainable development of European aquaculture" (COM [2009] 162 final) established clearly the stagnation of aquaculture in the EU, its causes and possible solutions. The entire aquaculture production sector in the EU agreed with the contents of that Communication.

Netherlands: New line of shrimp products from Culimer
Thursday, 04 August 2011 00:00

Culimer, a manufacturer and trader of high value frozen sea food products, has introduced a line of ebi fry, butterfly breaded and nobashi shrimps to its range of products.

Belgium: EU countries seek to dilute their commitments to biodiversity
Friday, 29 July 2011 00:00

The WWF has expressed its concern that certain countries including Denmark, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy, and the UK are having qualms about endorsing the targets envisioned in the 2020 biodiversity strategy.

Viet Nam: Antibiotic contamination triggers warnings against Vietnamese seafood
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 00:00

The US, the EU and Japan, three of Viet Nam’s leading trade partners have all issued warnings about antibiotic residues in shrimp exported from Viet Nam that exceed the permissible minimum level, reports Between January and April the US found that around 100 consignments of Vietnamese seafood violated requirements covering product content labelling, chemical or antibiotic contamination.

Croatia: Electronic licenses for recreational fisheries at sea available as of 15.07.2011
Friday, 22 July 2011 00:00

As of 15 July 2011 an electronic form of license for recreational fisheries at sea in Republic of Croatia will be introduced. As of that date, fishers will be able to purchase the electronic licenses at the web-site of the Directorate of Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development ( Fishers can still buy the licenses at designated shops upon their arrival to the sea, but this service offers a quick and simple way to buy the license without the need to look for a shop or wait in a queue! It is important to note that the electronic licenses do not have paper forms – the license is confirmed by a serial number allocated by the system upon the purchase. A PDF document confirming the purchase and containing the license serial number will be sent to the applicant's email address. This service offers a simple and quick way to buy the licenses for recreational fisheries at sea.

Spain: Spanish Association of Marine Farmers (APROMAR) celebrates 25th anniversary
Friday, 15 July 2011 00:00

Apromar, the Spanish Association of Marine Farmers was established in 1986 by the first mariculture companies in Spain. Today members of the Association produce not only fish but also molluscs (mussels), and crustaceans, employing thousands of people in Spain and producing more than 40,000 tonnes of high quality food per year. At this year's General Assembly meeting D. Fernando Torrent Bravo, who has a lot of experience in industry as well as teaching, was elected the new President.

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