Intrafish – sorry poor mainstream seafood headline news – journo’s lack of business nous…

A win for seafood does not come off the back of the missfortunes of others.

The shrimp aquaculture industry does not support statements made like this one in Intrafish yesterday.

https://www.intrafish.com/marketplace/1842438/rabobank-asian-swine-fever-could-be-a-win-for-seafood

Reading the Rabobank report there is no mention at all of other proteins ‘winning’ out on this. They say clearly losses from ASF to lift “all protein boats”.

We, and the hundreds of thousands of shrimp farmers on the planet, would like to express our condolences and support to fellow farmers for what is currently happening with ASF.

Our shrimp industry has passed through three similar viral episodes over past three decades.

Intrafish journalists – please be a bit more professional on reporting sensitive issues and while we understand your close ties to a consolidated, concentrated (under investigation for price fixing) salmon fish sector, the seafood sector and farming sector has a far larger remit.

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Tokyo restaurateur develops spore sheet to speed up aging of meat — and fish | The Japan Times

Has anyone tried ageing shrimp one wonders?

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/02/28/national/tokyo-restaurateur-develops-spore-sheet-speed-aging-meat-fish/

BBC News: Should we stop eating fish and chips?

Whoa – hang on a minute there. Is sustainable fishing now fish farming??

BBC News – Should we stop eating fish and chips?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-48928152

BP Ventures back in game to Improve Global Food Security

Last time BP was in feed business and aquaculture industry was in the 80’s and 90’s as BP Nutrition. Spun off to form Nutreco

Calysta announces US$30m from BP Ventures….

https://www.fis.com/fis/techno/newtechno.asp?l=e&id=103412&ndb=1

An alternative non marine source of Omega 3….

Get your future Omega 3 here…. new source of more affordable long-chain omega-3 fatty acids could give fish oil, krill, and microalgae a run for their money and open up new fortification opportunities for food manufacturers, claims Barcelona-based start-up Cubiq Foods, which has developed a platform to produce EPA and DHA from fat tissue cultured from poultry stem cells…

….investors here are same guys on to my friends at Bioflytech insect platform.

Interesting for salmon feed and to compete on fish oils, krill and microalgae ( currently) but cannot see mileage yet for vannamei shrimp aquaculture whose requirements are not so carniverous.

Insect inclusion rate in shrimp feed max 10%. Will not replace fishmeal but algae can 100%.

Seafood importers and consumers, not China, bear brunt of Trump tariffs | IntraFish

Good for industry. Frozen tilapia too cheap already – regardless the way the business is cut.

Good for global aquaculture. But bearing brunt – what does that really mean… tightening belts?…..a health necessity in some parts of the world….not really a problem then is it…..

Other points:

a) Most US importers of China frozen fish are China funded. Margins are large.

b) Tilapia was too cheap already but a great feed the world fish. Fresh better.

c) Other markets and species can now compete with the China output…..and reprocessing industry.

d) China tilapia all frozen. Trade to Africa growing.

e) Like Vietnam farmed catfish could tilapia protein ever have got so low in production cost to be considered a fishmeal substitute?

e) Local US aquaculture boost

f) Consumers understand that fish is healthy and will still eat their seafood.

https://www.intrafish.com/marketplace/1773809/seafood-importers-and-consumers-not-china-bear-brunt-of-trump-tariffs

OIE and UNFAO opening doors to path of least resistance in tilapia…they should take a closer look at the shrimp industry (not just the movement of live animals)..

Tilapia, a fish to feed the world, and the deadly virus that may destroy it.

Perhaps a leaf should be taken from the shrimp aquaculture industry.

Having lived through three disease outbreaks in three decades and several trade market exclusions, the shrimp industry, because of shrimp’s high fecundity, global production and short life cycle has rapidly been able to bounce back. Tilapia is no different.

The markets will do the same thing for tilapia and industry will come out the other side better for it. No pain no gain.

OIE’s and UNFAO plus Worldfish raising the alarm but what for? Fund raising exercise? R & D for a cure.

Parallels should be made to shrimp aquaculture industry experience at global level not to Norwegian salmon. Just look at bigger picture and global shrimp prices over past 30 years.

The biostructure of the business for tilapia is way closer to shrimp than salmon.

Somehow have always felt that FAO see shrimp as the access of evil in aquaculture.

You know – shrimp – a luxury for the rich export market from a development country view point. Well it is the most consumed seafood in USA.

Tilapia what then the social pacifier. For Africa (along with catfish). Is this all then just a political and demographic stance?

The problem now, as with shrimp diseases, is that by opening the door to worry and concern one is showing the way of least resistance. This is the path all humans will take first.

Making it easy to fail, by offering a way out in the form of a disease should the going get tough or the incentives get too great, is not helpful.

Perhaps the FAO and OIE be best advised leave well alone.

Let the invisible hand of the market, human creativity and farmers learning to farm, be a best preventative strategy rather than implementing blocking control standards based on exclusions and limitations.

Trying to control tilapia production by looking at the problem from a salmon perspective makes one wonder who are the people driving strategies…

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/article/3008691/tilapia-fish-feed-world-and-deadly-virus-may-destroy-it