New group to review Irish aqua licences IRELAND has set up a new body to review the process of licensing for aquaculture and its associated legal framework. Irish fisheries minister Michael Creed announced the establishment of the independent Aquaculture Licensing Review Group Above: Michael Creed last month, as part of its Food Wise 2025 in- said Creed. ‘Ireland’s National itiative and Ireland’s Strategic Plan for National Strategic Sustainable AquaPlan for Sustainable Aquaculture Develop- culture Development aims to sustainably ment. grow our production ‘Our aquaculture across all species by sector has enor45,000 tonnes. mous potential to ‘To achieve that sustainably grow its production of seafood ambition, we need to revamp our aquaculto meet the opporture licensing process tunities presented and its associated from growing world legal frameworks, so demand for safe, sustainable seafood,’ that an operator can
have a decision on an aquaculture licence application within timeframes that compare favourably to our competitors. ‘ But any changes must ensure that all stakeholders can participate in a transparent licensing process and have confidence that any licensing decision complies with all EU and national legal requirements and protects our oceans for future generations.’ Both Food Wise 2025 and the National Strategic Plan identified issues with the current licensing system and recommended an independent review to examine the existing challenges.
Phishing warning from Troutex THE Danish company Troutex reports that it has been targeted by IT criminals attempting to lure customers into pre-paying for fertilised trout eggs. After the launch of its website in 2015, Trouex said the growing number of visits and activity on the site caught the attention of rogue elements. Troutex issued a statement last month saying: ‘The criminals recently launched a fake webpage with a complete copy of the design of our own www.troutex. dk – and in response to inquiries have distributed false offers for fertilised trout eggs using a false email address and our names. ‘In Troutex we take this matter
very seriously. We have contacted the host of the false domain and had the fake homepage and email addresses shut down – and we have also reported this criminal offence to the police. ‘Troutex acted immediately after the fraud came to our attention. We would like to emphasise that this criminal activity is not related to weak IT systems at Troutex.’ The company has asked customers to be alert. ‘Make sure to have the correct contact data of your suppliers. Be aware of any suspicious changes in phone numbers, email addresses and particularly bank account data.’
Funding boost for by-products project A FEED project to exploit the potential of marine by-products has secured NOK 16 million in funding, announced BioMar, a partner in the scheme. The QMAR
project – ‘unlocking the nutritional and technical quality potential of marine by-products in sustainable salmonid feeds’ – starts in January and is funded for four years. According to Hanne Jorun Sixten (pictured), senior researcher at
BioMar’s global R&D Nutrition Requirements Group and QMAR project manager, the project will enable BioMar and its partners to develop ingredients and feed products based on by-products of marine raw materials. In addition, work
on the project, which is supported by the Research Council of Norway, will be conducted on understanding the mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of components based on marine raw materials. ‘The project will strengthen BioMar’s
work on sustainability,’ said Sixten. ‘Moreover, it will play a part in increasing the sustainability of both fisheries and aquaculture by creating incentives and solutions for fully exploiting the entire catch.’ Feed feature: page 31
Cermaq backs technology transfer NORWEGIAN salmon farmer Cermaq took part in the recent 2016 Fortune and Time Global Forum in Rome, along with other business leaders, members of the Time 100 and Fortune 500 lists of the world’s most influential people. The forum was inspired by Pope Francis’ call for encouraging an economic system that
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both promotes growth and spreads its benefits more broadly. Cermaq said it endorses initiatives where partnerships can be a driving force for meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Aquaculture, said the company, is a part of the solution, not only in areas of salmon farming, but in general. ‘I have had the unique opportunity to talk with
global influencers of the benefits of aquaculture and the enormous potential for technology transfer to other species and regions,’ said Cermaq CEO Geir Molvik when he returned from Rome. ‘Farmed salmon has a very small ecological footprint compared to agriculture, and we must continue to grow the volumes of this climate friendly
food production in the regions where natural conditions for salmon farming are suited, recognising that salmon is a healthy food and that replacing meat with seafood is good for health as well as climate.’ Only seven per cent of global protein consumption comes from seafood, while the oceans cover 70 per cent of the earth’s surface.
Above: Cermaq CEO Geir Molvik (left) at the Fortune and Time Global Forum in Rome
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