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Chile’s new salmon regulation will be out in coming weeks

Chile's new salmon regulation seeking to improve profitability by reducing farming densities will be announced in the coming weeks, reports Diario Financiero.

As Undercurrent News first reported, Chilean authorities are working on a new proposal to regulate salmon farming densities but there is not yet a definite date for the announcement.

Chile's undersecretary of fisheries and aquaculture, Subpesca, said it was working on the new proposal in early December.

"I can only tell you that the efforts are to make it this year," a spokesperson of Subpesca said at the time.

However, according to local media reports, regulation over density cuts will be out in early 2016.

"I don't think we will see an imminent change in regulation," an industry source told Undercurrent in early December.

"However it is likely we will end up with an important density reduction, of about 20% to 30%, most likely through private initiative," he said

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Shrimp industry faces tough time | Deccan Chronicle

CHENNAI: After a year’s golden run, shrimp industry is going through tough times with the outbreak of Enterocytozoon Hepatopenaei (EHP), a microsporidian parasite that hampers the growth of farmed shrimp. The Coastal Aquaculture Authority (CAA) fears there would be a production loss of 20% this fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. Not just the new disease, the recent unprecedented rain has also taken a heavy toll with several shrimp ponds across Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh recording total damage.

A senior official in CAA told Deccan Chronicle that rough estimates confirm there would be at least a 20 per cent production loss. From 2008-09, there has been a steady increase in shrimp production and exports in India. Last fiscal year, India exported an incredible 3,57,505 tonnes netting Rs 22468.12 crore, thereby emerging as the leading exporter in the world. However, things would drastically change, if proper measures are not initiated to mitigate the disease spread.

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Xylella fastidiosa, 10 suspects check the name of Vito Nicola Savino - Itria Valley Chronicle

LOCOROTONDO - It seems that it is now at a turning point in the & # 039; affair Xylella fastidiosa, although the implications of the story are not the most rosy. Seguido in the investigations carried out by the men of the State Forestry Corps, the prosecutor Cataldo Motta and Elsa pm Valeria Mignone and Roberta Healy ordered the seizure of all the olive trees affected by Xylella fastidiosa that should have been eradicated in Salento. In addition, they have been notified ten notices of.

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EU agrees on provisional plant protection deal

Members of European Parliament (MEPs) have informally agreed on new rules to curb the influx of pests in the European Union (EU) as part of legislative reform on plant health.

A package of measures include new regulations on how to stop the spread of plant diseases such as Xylella fastidiosa, a bacterium devastating some olive orchards in Italy’s key growing regions and with outbreaks on the French island of Corsica.

“Plant health is an important issue for the whole of Europe,” says rapporteur Anthea McIntyre, who headed Parliament’s negotiating team.

“I am very pleased that Parliament, together with member states, has agreed measures to protect our countries from the ravages of pests and diseases which can potentially destroy whole species of trees, plants and plant products.”

The provisional deal also introduced preventive measures for imported plants and fast-response mechanisms for high-risk ones.

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Ministry of Agriculture bans import of live Koi carps fish from Austria - Saudi Press Agency

Riyadh, 18 Safar 1437 AH, November 30, 2015, SPA -- The Ministry of Agriculture has temporarily banned the import of live Koi carps fish from the State of Austria because of the emergence of Koi herpes virus disease.

The Director General of Animal and Plant Quarantine Department, Dr. Abdul Ghani bin Yusuf Al-Fadhel explained that the ban was based on a warning to the Ministry of Agriculture from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on the immediate notification of the emergence of Koi herpes virus disease.

He pointed out that the ban covers all live Koi carps fish, whether for food or decoration, noting that it is a fast-spreading disease epidemics, especially in ornamental fish, and causing the deaths of large numbers of fish when it appears.

The Kingdom's imports for the year 1436 AH of carp fish amounted to 1,344,918, and in 1435 AH to 899,620 fish.

-- SPA

16:03 LOCAL TIME 13:03 GMT

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China lifts ban on Vietnamese shrimp

China has lifted a ban on Vietnamese shrimp imports, after extensive discussions to assure the shrimp coming out of the country is safe, reports Vietnam Investment Review.

Chinese officials lifted the ban on Dec. 7 after determining that the Vietnamese product wouldn't have any negative effects on aquaculture biodiversity, and wouldn't infect Chinese stocks.

China barred the shrimp in February 2015 to protect local farmed shrimp from disease that had apparently been detected.

Read the full story here.

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EU Lifts Ban on Kenyan Farmed Fish Exports

KENYA - The European Union (EU) has given the go-ahead for the Kenya to export its farmed fish to the EU.

Previously, only fish from natural sources including lakes like Victoria were permitted to the EU market.

But the market is now open to the private sector amid the growing aquaculture agribusiness as fish ponds become more popular in most parts of the country, reports DailyNation.

Two months ago, the EU cleared Kenya to export farm fish and fish products into the region after close to a two-year ban.

Experts in the aquaculture sector have been training trainers in Nakuru on the sanitary and other requirements needed for the international market.

The trainings are part of the EU-funded Standards and Market Access Programme (SMAP) which is being implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido).

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Red Lobster and Whole Foods Have Been Selling Shrimp From Slave Laborers, Reports 'AP'

Shrimp prepared by slaves — including small children — have made their way to major supermarkets and restaurant chains in the United States, an Associated Press investigation published on Monday found.

The Thai company, Gig Peeling Factory, counts Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Kroger, Whole Foods, Dollar General, Wal-Mart and Petco among its clients.

AP followed the shrimp from the Thai port town of Samut Sakhon to companies in every state in the U.S. While import/export records in Europe and Asia are confidential, Thai shrimp companies told reporters they ship the product to both continents. Many of the forced laborers in the factory were Burmese migrants, some of whom arrived in search of better job opportunities. Many of them, too, were children.

"Children worked alongside [the other laborers], including a girl so tiny she had to stand on a stool to reach the peeling table," the AP wrote.

Workers recounted the slavish conditions under which they were held, with threats of beatings or death if they resisted; one source spoke of 16-hour days that started at 3 a.m. Many told of failed escape attempts.

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Ocean heatwave risk to fish - The West Australian

Commercial fishermen and marine scientists are bracing for a possible ocean heatwave that could damage fish stocks and bleach coral reefs.

After successive marine heatwaves devastated fisheries along WA’s coast between 2011 and 2013, fresh data from the US Government shows a chance of a repeat next year.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said there was a 60 per cent chance of damaging increases in water temperatures across much of the Indian Ocean early next year.

There was also a 90 per cent chance that a smaller area of the Indian Ocean — including off the Pilbara and the Kimberley — would be affected by temperature rises.

The results, presented recently to WA’s Marine Parks and Reserves Authority, have confounded experts.

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Ming Feng, from the CSIRO, said the El Nino weather pattern that had developed over the eastern Pacific was typically associated with cooler-than-normal water temperatures in the Indian Ocean.

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Gulf of Mexico coastal area now closing beaches due to Red Tide algae bloom: States of Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana: Danger to humans and marine life!

A “red tide” algae bloom in the Gulf of Mexico has led to the closing of Mississippi beaches, and the shutdown of oyster harvesting areas in Mississippi and Louisiana, and warnings of potential fish kills and human health problems in Alabama.

Health officials say red tides release toxins that can contaminate shellfish and kill finfish.

They also can cause human respiratory problems, along with irritation of the nose, throat or eyes. Mississippi officials closed all beaches and oyster reefs Friday.

In Louisiana, officials closed oyster harvesting areas 1 through 7 along the state’s southeastern coast. In Alabama, health officials warned that anyone with respiratory problems should avoid mists from the affected waters – meaning people may want to avoid the beach despite unseasonably warm temperatures.

It comes only days after 40,000 acres of seagrass was reported dead or dying in the Florida Everglades National Park due to massive algae blooms, drought and high temperatures.

30 dead seals, 18 dead dolphins, pelicans and other birds found dead along the coast of Peru: Starvation thought to be the cause

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