First farm in Chile certified against the ASC Salmon Standard

The ASC's mission is to transform aquaculture towards environmental sustainability and social responsibility using efficient market mechanisms that create value across the chain.

Cermaq Chile’s Unicornio Sur site has become the first farm in Chile to gain certification against the global ASC Salmon Standard for responsible aquaculture.

The Unicornio Sur operation, located in the region of Magallanes and Chilen Antartic (XII Region) in southern Chile, was certified after an audit carried out by IMO (Institute for Marketecology) in May this year.

More certified salmon in the market

The first salmon farm to gain certification against the standard in December last year was the Villa Organic Jarfjord Farm in Norway.

Since then 9 additional farms have gained certification against the standard in Norway, Australia, and now in Chile, making the total number of certified salmon farms 10 currently. A further 20 sites in Norway, Australia, Canada and Scotland are waiting for the results of their audits to determine if they meet the robust ASC standard.

Standard for responsible salmon aquaculture

Thailand - Shrimp Farmers Divided on 2014 Production Outlook


Shrimp Farmers Divided on 2014 Production Outlook


Shrimp farmers in Thailand are divided on the likely production level for 2014, as the country still struggles to recover from early mortality syndrome (EMS).


The new crop in Thailand is just getting underway, and early reports from farmers in the south say survival rates are up.  According to Jim Gulkin, managing director of Bangkok-based frozen seafood supplier Siam Canadian Group, farmers in the east of the country are not so optimistic.  “There is no consensus on Thailand’s shrimp production outlook for year 2014.  Most of southern shrimp farmers are very confident that Thailand will achieve 250,000 metric tons by the end of this year.”  This is the same level as last year, but in 2012, before EMS hit the Thai shrimp farming industry, production was 500,000 tons a year.


Shrimp Ponds Replace Rice Paddies and Catfish Ponds


Shrimp Ponds Replace Rice Paddies and Catfish Ponds


Farmers in the Mekong Delta have been rushing to convert large areas of rice paddies and catfish ponds into shrimp ponds, despite warnings from The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development that shrimp should not be raised in freshwater areas because the practice causes environmental problems.  The income from shrimp farming is many times higher than the income from rice and catfish farming, so farmers ignore the local authorities and continue to convert more and more of their land to shrimp ponds.  In some areas, farmers drill saltwater wells, but they have to do it at night to avoid the watchful eyes of the local officials.


CP Foods Plans More Investments in Andhra Pradesh, India [shrimp]

July 11, 2014


CP Foods Plans More Investments in Andhra Pradesh, India

In addition to the $100 million it has already invested in feed mills, hatcheries and farms in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India, Thailand’s CP Foods plans to invest another $166 million in shrimp and chicken processing plants.

Source: (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email  CP Foods Will Invest Another $166 Million in Andhra Pradesh Shrimp Processing Operations.  Michael Ramsingh (phone 1-732-240-5330, email  July 10, 2014.

Ecuador: Banana producers are concerned about El Niño's arrival

Ecuador: Banana producers are concerned about El Niño's arrival

Gustavo Marún, president of the Regional Corporation of Ecuadorian Banana Producers, said that, despite winter being good for the banana sector, they were worried about El Niño's arrival.

According to him, the sector is holding meetings with the mayors of Los Ríos, Guayas and El Oro to discuss irrigation systems in low areas and plan preventive actions so that the necessary measures are taken.

He said that, given their location, the banana plantations in Puebloviejo, from Ventanas to Babahoyo, were the ones facing the most risk. For example, the Puebloviejo River is absolutely obstructed and they should start cleaning it, as well as all the estuaries that are a natural threat, so there is a faster flow of rainfall and banana plantations are affected less.

Los Rios is the country's largest producer of bananas, both in area and productivity. Their supply's quality is as good as that of El Oro, which makes Ecuador the largest exporter of bananas in the world. AGROBAN's main concern is that Ecuador remains the world's largest exporter of bananas.

Global herbicide market to grow by 6% to $29,976.1 million by 2019

The report “Herbicides Market by Type, by Crop Type, by Mode of Action & by Geography - Global Trends & Forecasts to 2019” shows that the herbicide market is projected to reach a value of $29,976.1 million by 2019, at a CAGR of 6.2% from 2014 to 2019.

The glyphosate market is the largest among all types. Geographically, Latin America and Asia-Pacific are the top two consumers of herbicides, accounting together, for 51.2% of the market share. Latin America is the fastest growing region, in terms of revenue.

The herbicides market is mainly driven by the limited availability of arable land, high profitability margin, acceptance of modern farming and protected agriculture, and changes in farming practices and technology. To capitalize on the growth trend in the global herbicides market, several leading companies are investing in the development and manufacturing of herbicides. The growing demand for herbicides is compelling global players to add herbicides to their product offerings.

Chilean government mulling stricter rules to avoid Invermar-like cases in salmon industry | Undercurrent News

The Chilean government is considering to give more powers to the secretary of fishing affairs and aquaculture, particularly in sanitary matters, so the department can order early harvests or biomass destruction when affected by diseases.

According to reports by Estrategia, secretary Rafael Sunico would be leading a reform that will have a sector-wide impact, to impede more cases occurring similar to the recent controversy involving Invermar.

The Chilean Court of Appeals ruled against sanitary authority Sernapesca, which ordered a prematurely harvesting at Invermar’s farm in the region of Chiloe.

Sernapesca had issued an order for the company to harvest the farms, after an inspection in January found that six cages had tested positive for infectious salmon anemia.

The company appealed the order, as it said the injunction could reduce revenue by $17.7 million at a time when the group most badly needs to show it has sufficient profitability muscle.

The government wants to give explicit faculties to Sernapesca that cannot be contested in court.

Salmon expected soon in Osoyoos Lake | oliver Daily news

What is potentially one of the largest returns of sockeye salmon in the last 80 years has begun making its way up the Columbia River to tributaries in B.C., with tens of thousands of fish now passing fish counters every day.

Howie Wright, a fish biologist with the Okanagan Nation Alliance, says says up to 300,000 fish are expected to make the 1,000 kilometer journey and cross over Wells Dam south of Osoyoos Lake, with about 100,000 eventually forecast to reach the local spawning grounds.

That’s a far cry from 1995 when the returns in the area were so low there were fears the fishery was collapsing.

Wright says the outcome of restoration and conservation efforts on the Columbia River is good news for all fishermen.

“People are able to fish again and able to share with other groups, so it’s been quite satisfying in that fact,” he said.

“We knew we were going to get a good return based on the number of smelts that left the system in 2011, but what we are seeing is a bit more than what was forecast coming back into the Columbia River.”

B.C. Sockeye Salmon Return Could Be Huge, But Fisheries Aren't Celebrating Yet

VANCOUVER - Predictions for this year's salmon fishery on British Columbia's Fraser River are so massive there's no historical data to use to forecast the many millions of sockeye expected to return.

But no one involved in the fishery would dare celebrate early as the ghost of the disastrous 2009 Fraser River fishery continues to haunt their memories.

Five years after the collapse of the run that prompted a $26-million federal inquiry, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is forecasting a summer return ranging from a low of 7.3 million to a high of 72.5 million, settling for planning purposes on 23 million.

In contrast, the department forecast that some 10 million sockeye would return to the Fraser River in 2009, but only about 1.4 million showed up.

Ken Malloway, grand chief of the Sto:lo Nation, which fishes a stretch of the river starting in Surrey, B.C., said federal officials have made some big blunders over forecasts in the past.

He said there have always been concerns, uncertainty and mistakes about sockeye predictions and returns.

EU stresses ISA control programme in Chile - FIS

Salmon affected by ISA virus. (Photo: M.Ortiz University of Maine)

CHILE Monday, June 30, 2014, 23:10 (GMT + 9)

Officials from the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO), under the Directorate General for Health and Consumer Protection (SANCO) of the European Union (EU), observed the implementation of disease control measures in force in the national salmon industry.

The audit team's visit was completed between November and December 2013 in order to analyze the export of live animals and animal products to the EU market.

Delegates assessed the disease monitoring programmes carried out by the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (SERNAPESCA) and the Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG), and particularly stressed the specific programme for Virus Infectious Salmon Anemia (ISA).

The Chilean salmon industry suffered a heavy blow in 2007 due to the spread of an outbreak of ISA virus, which caused a really serious health, economic and labour crisis.


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