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Fish Production Center will be established in Angola


A farmed fish production center will be soon established in the African country of Angola. $14.7 million will be invested in the upcoming Kwando Kubango Hatchery Center. Aquafish Global Solution will carry out construction activities of the proposed hatchery. The objective of upcoming fish production center based in south Angola is to ensure food and nutritional security. Angolan secretariat of state fisheries was established in July 2014 underlining the importance of aquaculture in the country. Angola is pursuing all possible avenues to increase production in the aquaculture sector and diversify country’s revenue generating sources.
As Angola fishing sector provides a lot of job opportunities, it is an emerging sector of national economy. Fisheries Department of this South African country focuses on reducing loss of fish after capture. Their fisheries development program aims at methods of increasing fish catch, salt product and processing of fish food. Kwando Kubango Hatchery Center will work in close partnership with fisheries cooperative societies of the region. It is believed that setting up of Fish production center will give thrust to inland fisheries sector of Angola. “New fish production center is under aquaculture program”, tells provincial director of Agriculture, Environment and Forest, Kwando Kubango province. Aquaculture development is a top priority in the agenda of Angola national government.
Via [Macau Hub]

Bangladesh Tackles Poverty with Fish Farming


A new research study conducted by Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies says that commercial aquaculture helps poverty reduction in the country. After analyzing the fish consumption in Bangladesh during the time period 2000-2010, the researchers came to the conclusion that rate of fish consumption grew very quickly among poorest population. The study was confined to fish originating from aquaculture, inland capture fisheries and marine capture fisheries. It is a well accepted fact that aquaculture has the potential to contribute to poverty reduction and food security through number of methods. An official at Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute agrees that an increase in farm fish production has a direct link to poverty reduction.
In Bangladesh context, increased output in fish resources definitely acts as an economic benefit to the poor. Bangladesh fisheries sector contributed 4.4 percent of national Gross Domestic Product and twenty five percent of agricultural GDP. The new research report will be published in the December 2014 issue of World Development magazine issue. Ben Belton, researcher at World Fish, is the lead author of the research study. Research report focused on the question of whether aquaculture has pro poor effects in terms of its impacts on fish consumption in Bangladesh. The country witnessed dramatic reduction in the proportion of population below upper poverty line.

Via [SciDevNet]

Tristan Lobster Makes its Entry into European Market


Sustainable Tristan lobster makes its entry into hotel, restaurant and catering industry of Europe. Tristan lobster is a coldwater rock lobster located around the remote islands of Tristan da Cunha archipelago. These lobsters are hot favorite of fish consumers based in USA, Japan and Australia. Promoters of fish product companies are delighted that Tristan lobster will soon appear in the menus of European based hotels. They believe that Tristan lobster is the most exceptional lobster in every sense and manifestation. Superior flavor makes Tristan lobster all time favorite of marine fish enthusiasts all over the world.
It has been the long ambition of fish vending organizations to supply Tristan lobster in European market. People working in fisheries sector are hopeful that European hotel visitors will elegantly accept the exotic taste of Tristan lobster. Tristan lobsters are commonly made available in frozen formats in order to ensure maximum food safety. Whole cooked frozen lobster, sashimi grade lobster, raw frozen lobster tails and raw frozen lobster head are popular varieties of this lobster. Freezing method of Tristan ensures that consumers receive them in superior freshness. Stable pricing and year round availability makes Tristan a heavily sold out marine fish product. A full product range of Tristan lobster will be launched in European market during 2014 end.
Via [The Fish Site]

Agro Equities Plans Massive Expansion


Agro Equities, a Malaysia based company, will expand their operations in ornamental fish trading, aqua culture cultivation and prawn breeding. They plan to be the first interest scheme company to be listed in Singapore Exchange Market in the fiscal year of 2016. A press release from Agro Equities says, “It will mark the beginning of the implementation of a strategic business plan for growth coupled with strong accountability and value creation for their stakeholders”. Being established in 2009, Aqua Equities aims overseas markets in China, Taiwan, Singapore, United Kingdom and Middle East. People at the helm of Agro Equities are excited about its prospects as a fast growing company. With the planned listing on Singapore stock exchange, Agro Equities will be able to manage capital efficiently. They focus on breeding of commercial seafood including Malaysian giant freshwater prawn and other freshwater fish.
Agro Equities has aquaculture farms in Malaysian cities of Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Selangor as well as Kelantan. Masterpiece ornamental fish item of Agro Equities is Asian Arowana fish and global Arowana fish market is a multibillion dollar industry. The organization is well known all over Malaysia as a leading agriculture investment vehicle provider. Agro Equities is primarily engaged in the business of agricultural and aqua cultural cultivation.
Via [The Malaysian Reserve]
The Malaysian Reserve

Five Year Plan for Health Management of Australian Aquatic Animals


A new five year strategic plan has been introduced to effectively manage health of Australian aquatic animals. The plan named as Australia’s National Strategic Plan for Aquatic Animal Health outlines sustainable future in marine animal industry. Agriculture Minister’s Forum and National Aquatic Animal Health Industry Reference Group formulated the aquatic animal health plan. By introducing the plan, Government of Australia wants the country to remain as a leader in aquatic animal health management. Five objectives of ‘Aqua Plan 2014-2019’ are bio security improvement, strengthening of emergency disease preparedness, surveillance enhancement, veterinary medicine availability and awareness of marine life.
Australian fisheries department will focus on aquatic animal disease awareness and usage of mobile technology in fish farming. It is expected that ‘Aqua Plan 2014-2019’ will give impetus to Australia’s aquaculture, commercial fisheries, recreational fisheries, and tourism sectors. As infectious diseases of finfish, mollusk and crustaceans became very common in Australia, the new fisheries plan will address specific aquatic animal health management issues. Most common marine species varieties found in Australian peninsula include minke whale, short beaked common dolphin, pygmy whale, false killer whale, spectacled porpoise, New Zealand fur seal, Ross seal and strap toothed whale. Some fish varieties such as Australian snub fin dolphin and Indo pacific hump backed dolphin are on the verge of extinction.
Via [The Fish Site]

International Ornamental Fish Trade Conference Held in Sri Lanka


An international conference on ornamental fish trade was held in Galadari Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The two day conference focused extensively on ornamental fish, supply, trade issues, and modern methods of fish farming. It is the first time that an international conference of this genre is organized in South Asian continent. About three hundred delegates from different parts of the world attended the ornamental fish trade conference. INFOFISH, Sri Lankan Export Development Board, and Ornamental Fish International are the principal organizers of the conference. According to event organizers, the conference will be an excellent platform for stakeholders in ornamental fish field. Recent advances in fish farming industry were another major topic of discussion at International Ornamental Fish Trade Conference. It brought together fishery experts and exporters at one place in Sri Lanka, a dominant player in ornamental fish sector which exports them to more than forty countries including USA, Japan, UK, and European Union members.
As Sri Lanka has more than two percent share of global ornamental fish market, recently concluded conference will be a breakthrough for its fisheries sector. Private sector plays a big role in fisheries industry of this landlocked south Asian country and there are about forty five fish exporting companies in Sri Lanka. The conference on ornamental fish farming was a splendid forum for gathering latest knowledge and information about the industry.
Via [Colombo Page]

‘Everything Aquatic’ Event Portrays Distinct Fish Varieties


‘Everything Aquatic’ event in Schaumberg portrays distinct varieties of fish ranging from nurse shark to little guppies. People from distant hamlets of the territory attended the event held at “Schaumburg Convention Center”. Kids and youngsters of Schaumburg city accepted ‘Everything Aquatic’ event with grace. Diversity of fish species depicted at Schaumburg convention center attracts many people. Many event participants were quite busy setting up fish tanks in different pavilions of the venue. James Wolfersberger, the person who set up tanks for celebrities narrates his experience, “I spent more than sixty hours setting up 125 tanks for one part of the exhibit”. Doug Poindexter, principal organizer of the event and president of World Pet Association says, “Having an aquarium lowers blood pressure and that is why we often have a fish tank in a dentist’s office. Fish are good for kids, teaching empathy, and about life and death”.
Puffer fish became the focal point of attraction in ‘Everything Aquatic’ event. Daily Herald published a photograph along with their news report about the event in which a four year old boy watches puffer fish with wonder and excitement. It featured fish varieties found in freshwater, saltwater, and ponds. Zeb Hogan, host of National Geographic Channel’s Monster Fish program was the keynote speaker of ‘Everything Aquatic’. Consumers, retailers, aquarium hobbyists, equipment experts, and marine product manufactures from different locations of USA participated in the colorful event.
Via [Daily Herald]

Seattle Aquarium Gets Grant for Study of Sea Star Wasting Disease


The Seattle Aquarium has been awarded $75000 grant from Boeing Company for study of sea star wasting disease. Sea star wasting syndrome was first reported from Olympic National Park in the summer of 2013. Seattle aquarium is collaborating with many institutions including Monterey Bay Aquarium, SeaDoc Society, Cornell University and US Geological Survey in an effort to understand the outbreak of sea star wasting disease. Occurrence of this disease is the largest one recorded in the history of mankind and its cause still remains unknown even today. Major objective of Seattle aquarium research project is to investigate the causes of wasting syndrome. It is learnt that research report will be disseminated to scientists, policy makers, government agencies, media houses and general public.
Research grant is offered to Seattle Aquarium by National Sciences Foundation. Some unconfirmed reports indicate that a water borne microorganism is behind sea star wasting disease. Abundant population of sea star is found along Pacific Coast of United States of America. Complete disappearing of sea star from some of the Pacific coastal areas surprise marine scientists. Experts correlate massive death of sea stars with adverse climate events such as El Nino. Multiple scientific institutions in North America approach sea star wasting disease issue from different angles.

Via [Seattle Times]

Plymouth Aquarium is in the Race for Devon Tourism Award


Plymouth aquarium is in the final lap of grabbing a prestigious distinction named Devon Tourism Award. According to local newspaper reports, Plymouth marine exhibition center may get an award in business tourism category. The aquarium will get one more accolade in the form of sustainable tourism award. Driving marine conservation through engagement is the objective of Plymouth aquarium. Names of Devon Tourism award winners will be announced in the third week of November. Industry leaders, subject experts, and previous winners will be the jury members of Devon award committee. Managing Director of Plymouth aquarium said, “We are delighted to be finalists at this year’s Devon Tourism awards. The team here at the aquarium works really hard to ensure all our visitors enjoy their visit and that goes all the way through to our corporate guests. So it is great to be recognized for this”.
Being the largest aquarium in United Kingdom, Plymouth is well famous all over the globe. Coveted Devon tourism award will add elegance to the reputation of Plymouth aquarium. It is very rare that aquariums get considered for tourism awards and Plymouth broke this precedent. National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth is a member of British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It features distinct marine species including conger eel, bream, Pollack, smooth hound shark and flatfish.
Via [Plymouth Herald]

Sharks Hatched at Malta Aquarium Released


Six nurse hound shark pups hatched at Malta national aquarium were recently released into the sea. World Record Diving Malta organized the program in association with Project Aware. People gathered at the venue were given the opportunity to adopt a shark. Ongoing shark recovery and release program under the aegis of Malta National Aquarium received media attention. Malta marine center has already released seventeen sharks to the sea. Shark Lab Malta is the principal organizer of shark hatching program aimed at increasing awareness about shark finning. It is reported that eggs released from these sharks is preserved in a controlled environment. Sharks were released in an area where they had a best chance of survival.
Pups are a result of an embryological project conceptualized by Malta National aquarium and Shark Lab Malta. The project began as a part of research study conducted by Shark Lab for data collection at Valletta fish market. Malta aquarium officials had taken certain precautionary measures before launching the shark hatching project. They include circulatory system and technical infiltration system. It is to be recalled that Shark Lab Malta volunteers regularly visited local fish markets to spot pregnant sharks as a part of this project. Nurse hound shark is harmless to human and grows approximately one meter in length.

Via [Times of Malta]