Kyauktan shrimp farmers consider quitting Myanmar Times It's hard to see where it has gone all gone wrong: 7000 acres of prime aquaculture farmland only 30 miles or (48 kilometres), from the country's biggest city and market, Yangon, but nearly...
Since 2010, Argentina has emerged as Vietnam’s fourth largest trading partner in South America The National Food Safety and Quality Service of Argentina (Senasa) has approved a list of 203 Vietnamese seafood processors eligible to export products...
Rice seized in southern Turkey may have been inadequately analyzed, officials announced May 8. The rectorate of Istanbul Technical University (İTÜ) stated that the bio-genetic research center that performed the tests has made some mistakes during the experiment. “The methods of experiment carried out are not suitable to assess if the GMO allegedly found in the rice was not caused by... contamination. Hence, the results are technically invalid” ...
Turkey’s Food, Agriculture and Livestock Ministry had dismissed allegations of any GMO food entering the country... “No trace of GMOs was detected in rice in any of our inspections,” the ministry said in a statement. İTÜ’s direction also said that an investigation had been launched into the person who carried out the experiments...
Food and Agriculture Minister Mehdi Eker had said that laboratory results were wrong... “There is no such thing as GMO rice production in the world. There was some contamination... It is not related to the product” ...
"Mars can't just be a one-shot mission," says Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon. He's part of a group who met last week in Washington DC for the first Human to Mars Summit, or H2M. The astronauts, researchers and space flight firms aim to chart a path to the Red Planet by 2030.
And they are thinking beyond mere visits. Though it won't be easy, they say establishing a permanent, sustainable outpost on the Red Planet may be our civilisation's only chance of long-term continuity. "Single-planet species don't survive," says former astronaut John Grunsfeld, who still works at NASA. "That's a pretty sound theorem – just look at the dinosaurs. But we don't want to prove it."
As the only other planet in the solar system we are likely to be able to settle on, Mars looks like the best first step towards establishing an off-Earth foothold. But making Mars a sustainable destination will require a few advances beyond those needed for one-off trips...
Assuming a large enough base can be built, the next challenge will be a sustainable food supply. Growing vegetables is an option, but plants may need to deal with higher radiation, low air pressure and reduced gravity. If Mars gardeners are to use Martian soil, a knowledge of how crops respond to its contents, such as sulphates and perchlorates will be required.
To get around any difficulties, genetically modified crops may come in useful, says Robert Ferl, director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research at the University of Florida in Gainesville: "This is the era of understanding what happens to organisms at the genetic level."
We now know the patterns of gene expression behind how many plants on Earth assimilate key nutrients such as sulphates. This could eventually allow the right genes to be added to crops bound for Mars. Terrestrial plants growing in extreme places could also be adapted or mined for their hardier genes...
A French importer has admitted illegally importing 103 tonnes of Baltic salmon from Sweden between 2011 and 2012, which has been banned under European law because of heavy pollution which has left the fish contaminated with high levels of dioxin.
The Echinghen-based importer, Pêcheries Nordiques, admitted the crime to a documentary by Swedish broadcaster SVT but claimed the company thought it was acting in good faith.
Pêcheries Nordiques Director François Agussol said in the documentary that the salmon was then sold to large supermarkets such as Carrefour and made available to consumers. According to SVT, another large supermarket chain, Intermarché, also purchased and sold the fish, RFI reports.
“Nobody told us this was illegal,” Agussol said after the documentary aired, AFP reports.
He insists that his company was unaware that it was breaking the law, and that tests conducted on the fish did not detect the toxin.
Pêcheries Nordiques imports fish from Scandinavia and sells them to supermarkets, retailers and food companies in the European Union (EU).
The documentary also made reference to the fact that in April, Swedish authorities informed that a fisheries exporter in the southern port of Karlskrona had illegally exported 105 tonnes of Baltic salmon to France, but neither the companies involved nor the time when the export happened were identified.
The documentary also claimed that the fish was exported in smaller quantities to countries such as Denmark, Germany and Great Britain.
Since the EU banned Sweden from exporting Baltic salmon to other EU countries because of high levels of dioxin in 2002, Sweden, Finland and Latvia negotiated an exception allowing for the catching and trading of the fish within those countries as long as consumers were warned about the presence of dioxin in their food. The Swedish government advises that children and pregnant women should not eat Baltic salmon more than three times a year.
"In contrast to the horsemeat scandal, the fish has long-term effects on people's health and they are serious," said Pontus Elvingsson, an inspector at Sweden's National Food Agency.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) warns that long-term exposure to high concentrations of dioxin can cause damage to the immune system, skin lesions, liver damage and cancer.
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Two huge Russian fishing companies are planning to seriously advance in their aquaculture business and fill Russian market with Russian fish.
When buying salmon in Russian shops you can be almost sure the fish you see on the counter was imported from Norway. However, Russia has strong potential for aquaculture development, experts say, and the imports of fish may come to an end in foreseeable future.
In five years, Russia may cease to import Norwegian salmon due to increasing volumes of Russia’s own fish producers, writes RBC. Two large companies – Russkoye More and Russky Losos – will become locomotives in this sector.
Russia is currently at the outset of aquaculture. In 2012, volumes of fish farming in Russia were somewhat 150.000 tons. Of that, only about 20.000 tons was salmon.
For Russia, Norway is today the biggest exporter of chilled salmon. According to director of Russkoye More Dmitry Dangauer, 150.000 out of 200.000 tons of chilled salmon imported into Russia in 2012 came from Norway.
Dangauer claims his company may potentially grow some 70.000 tons of salmon and trout. His mid-term plans are modest though. According to the company’s approved agenda for 2018-2020, Russkoye More will reach volumes of up to 30.000 tons. In this respect, Russkoye More counts mostly on their fish cages located in the Murmansk region.
In Murmansk, Russkoye More settled down and installed its fish farm back in 2012. First salmon will be ‘harvested’ in May 2014. This year, the company installed another farm and is planning to install two more in 2014. All in all, Russkoye More was licensed to operate in 11 blocks on the Barents Sea coast. Apart from salmon farming in Murmansk, Russkoye More is also engaged in trout farming with production facilities in Karelia and the White Sea.
- Our fish is no worse than Norwegian in terms of quality, says Dmitry Dangauer to RBC, while according to some parameters, like logistic execution for example, we are ahead.
Baltiysky Bereg sounds more ambitious. Its daughter company Russky Losos has been in Murmansk since 2009. This year, the company is to produce 20.000 tons of salmon, and after a few more farms are installed, the production output will reach 80-100.000 tons of fish by 2018.
Simple maths shows if the two achieve what they have planned, Russian fish will oust Norwegian imports from the market in 5-7 years, counts RBC.
Russkoye More and Russky Losos also broach the idea of opening hatcheries in the Murmansk region.
Russia defined its aquaculture legislation in July 2013. The law is yet to come into force in 2014.
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Daily Mail Babies who eat FISH are less likely to develop allergies in later life Daily Mail The findings, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, suggest giving fish to infants as little as two or three times a month may be enough...
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Declines in the biodiversity of pollinating insects and wild plants have slowed in recent years, according to a new study. Researchers led by the University of Leeds and the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre in the Netherlands found evidence of dramatic reductions in the diversity of species in Britain, Belgium and the Netherlands between the 1950s and 1980s.
But the picture brightened markedly after 1990, with a slowdown in local and national biodiversity losses among bees, hoverflies and wild plants.
Professor Bill Kunin, Professor of Ecology at the University of Leeds, said: “Most observers have been saying that the 1992 Rio Earth Summit targets to slow biodiversity loss by 2010 failed, but what we are seeing is a significant slowing or reversal of the declines for wild plants and their insect pollinators.
“These species are important to us. About a third of our food production, including most of our fruit and vegetables, depends on animal pollination and we know that most crop pollination is done by wild pollinators. Biodiversity is important to ensuring we don’t lose that service. Relying on a few species could be risky in a changing environment,” he added.
The study, published in the journal Ecology Letters, found a 30 per cent fall in local bumblebee biodiversity in all three countries between the 1950s and the 1980s. However, that decline slowed to an estimated 10 per cent in Britain by 2010, while in Belgium and the Netherlands bumblebee diversity had stabilised...
Aquaculture, the fastest growing food-producing sector, now accounts for nearly 50 % of the world’s food fish... The global aquaculture production of food fish reached 62.7 million tonnes in 2011 and is continuously increasing with an estimated production of food fish of 66.5 million tonnes in 2012 (a 9.4 % increase in 1 year...) Aquaculture is not only important for sustainable protein-based food fish production but also for the aquaculture industry and economy worldwide.
Disease prevention is the key issue to maintain a sustainable development of aquaculture. Widespread use of antibiotics in aquaculture has led to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the accumulation of antibiotics in the environment, resulting in water and soil pollution. Thus, vaccination is the most effective and environmentally-friendly approach to combat diseases in aquaculture to manage fish health. Furthermore, when compared to >760 vaccines against human diseases, there are only about 30 fish vaccines commercially available, suggesting the urgent need for development and cost-effective production of fish vaccines for managing fish health, especially in the fast growing fish farming in Asia where profit is minimal and therefore given high priority.
Plant genetic engineering has made significant contributions to production of biotech crops for food, feed, valuable recombinant proteins etc. in the past three decades. The use of plants for vaccine production offers several advantages such as low cost, safety and easy scaling up. To date a large number of plant-derived vaccines, antibodies and therapeutic proteins have been produced for human health, of which a few have been made commercially available. However, the development of animal vaccines in plants, especially fish vaccines by genetic engineering, has not yet been addressed. Therefore, there is a need to exploit plant biotechnology for cost effective fish vaccine development in plants, in particular, edible crops for oral fish vaccines.
This review provides insight into (1) the current status of fish vaccine and vaccination in aquaculture, (2) plant biotechnology and edible crops for fish vaccines for oral administration, (3) regulatory constraints and (4) conclusions and future perspectives...
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