NORWAY PLANS SUPER ARCTIC RESEARCH SHIP
THE Norwegian Government is planning major investment in a new sophisticated fishery and ice research ship and has allocated an overall budget of 1.4 billion kroners for the project. Oslo says the new ship will also be important for looking at climate change and the environment in the polar regions. It will also strengthen Norway's ability to provide essential knowledge on the Arctic and Antarctic for the rest of the world. The new multi-purpose vessel, which will be based in Tromso and used by the Norwegian Polar Institute, will replace two existing ships, the Jan Mayen" and "Helmer Hansen," which are in fact converted fishing trawlers.
YOUNGS SEAFOOD HELPS ASDA SAVE £13m
THE supermarket retailer Asda has said that its sustainability programme has saved the company around £13-million, thanks to the help of suppliers like Young's Seafood UK . Asda, which has some 500 stores in the UK, launched its Sustain & Save Exchange programme earlier this year in which the group and its household brand suppliers like Young's share information and expertise in energy, waste and water efficiency through an online portal managed by the 2degrees network. Asda says it has saved £80 million since 2005 by working to reduce its impact on the environment and calculates it is on course to deliver efficiencies of up to £800m by the end of the decade.
CLOSURE THREAT TO HULL COD LIVER OIL PLANT
SEVEN Seas, the company which produces cod liver oil, has warned that its Hull factory could face closure, putting up to 250 jobs at risk. The company has been producing cod liver oil at the site for decades and its heritage goes back to the days when Hull had one of the largest trawler fleets in the world. It was originally set up by a group of skippers and fishermen to produce oil from the large catches that were once landed in Hull.
If the closure goes ahead it is likely to be phased over the next two to three years. Local MP Karl Turner said the move was bad news for the local economy. The company said the decision was not being made lightly and was the result of the continuing difficult economic conditions in the country.
JAMAICA TO SHARE IN EU FUND TO BOOST AQUACULTURE
JAMAICA is to share in a €30-million funding programme from the European Union to help boost its aquaculture industry. The EU pot is there to strengthen fisheries management, improve food security and alleviate poverty in several countries and it comes at a time when the Jamaican local industry is experiencing a serious decline in aquaculture products. At the same time Roger Clarke, the country's minister of agriculture and fisheries, has said that the Government will act to revitalise the fish farming industry on the island. He pointed to the ban on the importation of whole tilapia - fresh or frozen. While admitting that there was a breach of the waiver for tilapia fillet for the quick-service restaurants and hotel market, with some of the produce finding its way on to the open market, he noted that steps had been taken to prevent any recurrence.
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