DSM’s new flavor to allow food producers make vegan plant-based fish alternatives

NETHERLANDS – Dutch multinational Food and Nutrition Company Royal DSM has launched a new vegan flavor solution derived from algal oil to bolster the development of plant-based protein offerings. Dubbed Maxavor Fish YE, the new flavor is a 100 percent allergen-free solution that allows food manufacturers to deliver across a variety of plant-based fish alternative applications, in addition to fish-based products. These could include vegetarian fish nuggets, vegan fish sauce and fish cakes. DSM’s says its new solution addresses the challenges food producers face when developing authentic-tasting, sustainable and label-friendly…

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Marlink extends partnership with maritime company Soremar Group to enhance fishing safety

MOROCCO – Marlink, a provider of Smart Network Solutions, has extended its partnership with Soremar Group, a maritime company, to provide an enhanced range of safety and vessel management services to fishing operators in North Africa. This agreement will enable Soremar clients, companies operating fishing vessels in the Mediterranean and Atlantic Ocean, to access vessel monitoring systems (VMS) using Iridium’s L-band communications. “Fishing operators in North Africa focus on safety compliance and the optimisation of potential catch, so the ability to combine mandated safety services with digital tools is an…

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Sea Harvest stays afloat registering 10% rise in full year revenue

SOUTH AFRICA – Sea Harvest, a South African seafood and fisheries group proved to be resilient in the face of a worldwide pandemic, attaining a 10% rise in group revenue to R4.38 billion (US$290m) from the previous year’s R3.97 billion (US$263.5m). According to the company, it benefited from good performances from the South African Fishing segment, the Cape Harvest Foods unit and the Australian operations. This was offset by continued challenges in the Aquaculture segment which was severely impacted by the effects of COVID-19. Revenue for the year from the…

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Cargill, Tesco launch initiative to boost sustainable seafood production

US – Improving ocean diversity and reducing the seafood industry’s carbon emissions are at the heart of two major programs run by US agricultural commodities conglomerate Cargill and British multinational retailer Tesco. Each of the multinationals is spearheading its own initiatives to turn the tide of unsustainable aquaculture and depleted ocean stocks. Among its targets, Cargill’s new SeaFurther program has set a path to cut emissions from salmon farming by 30 percent. It further aims to save two billion kilograms of CO2 by 2030, while saving energy on the high…

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Zimbabwe to tap into aquaculture, development of fisheries to meet growing demand

ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwean’s meat consumption is estimated at 120, 000 tonnes of broiler chicken meat, 72, 000 tonnes of beef, 50, 000 tonnes of fish, and 9, 250 tonnes of pork each year. These are findings according to a recently released reports by the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZimSTATS) who undertook “The Poverty, Income, Consumption and Expenditure Survey” in 2017. Zeroing in to fish, the annual per capita consumption of fresh, frozen and dried fish is 3.89kg in rural and 3.64 kg in urban areas, with an average national annual…

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EU supports development of Kenya’s blue economy issuing US$1.7m to Kwale county

KENYA – The European Union has issued €1.4 million (US$1.7m) to the coastal communities in Kwale, Kenya, aimed to improve the management of marine conservation and small-scale fisheries in a bid to spearhead the growth of the blue economy along the country’s coastal strip. The funding will be injected in two projects i.e., the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) and The Small-Scale Fisheries for Sustainable Blue Growth, Improving Food Security and Livelihoods in Coastal Kenya and East Africa. The later which is set to run for 3 years is…

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US FDA embarks on pilot program to enhance safety of imported seafood

US – The United States Food and Drug Administration has embarked on the second phase of its Seafood Pilot program designed to improve the agency’s ability to quickly and efficiently identify imported seafood products that may pose a threat to public health. According to a statement from the Agency, the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Imported Seafood Pilot Program is scheduled to run from February 1, 2021 through July 31, 2021. FDA notes that improving capacity and effectiveness of food safety checks on imported sea food is especially important since the United…

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Tunisia promotes sustainable fisheries with deployment of satellite monitoring system

TUNISIA – Tunisia has deployed a satellite monitoring system of fishing vessels, in a bid to optimise the safety of fishermen and their vessels and combat illegal fishing which threatens seafood wealth and the sustainability of the sector. The system is based on three complementary components, namely a central computer system at the Ministry of Agriculture, 50 central and local control rooms and terminals ensuring the transmission of data relating to the location and activities of vessels while guaranteeing confidentiality. It will also provide a database for scientific research programmes…

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Seychelles demarcates area solely for fish processing

SEYCHELLES – The government of Seychelles has marked out a new fish processing zone for private industry players where industrial fish processing and related projects will be centrally located. The piece of land to be allocated to private investors covers 70,000 square metres and is located on the manmade island of Ile du Port off the main island of Mahe. According to special advisor in the Ministry of Fisheries, Roy Clarisse, the move is aimed to boost growth in the sector and enable better access of common facilities and services…

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Yalelo partners with aquaculture genetics specialist Xelect to develop new, improved tilapia strains

ZAMBIA – FirstWave Group, the parent company of Yalelo, one of the leading fisheries business in Africa with operations Zambia and Uganda, has partnered with Xelect, specialists in aquaculture genetics and breeding programmes, to develop local high-performance tilapia breeds. The breeding program according to Africa business communities, will focus on Nile tilapia to feed FirstWave’s subsidiaries operating in the pristine open waters of Lake Kariba and Lake Victoria. “We are excited to partner with Xelect as they apply their global expertise and cutting-edge, data-driven tools to our local husbandry practices…

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