Fish Update briefing, Friday, April 7

$1,000 DESIGNER HANDBAG USED AS FISH CARRIER

A WOMAN in Taiwan has found a novel use for a $1,000 Louis Vuitton handbag – as a fish carrier. Now a social media post of her action has gone viral throughout south east Asia. The elderly lady was given the iconic bag, thought to cost well over a thousand dollars and highly prized in that part of the world, as a gift from her grandson after her old one started to look rather tired. The grandson was somewhat taken aback when he saw the bag filled with fresh fish. One of his friends described her as the most fashionable person on the fish market.

ASIA FUELS CANADIAN SEAFOOD BOOM

Seafood producers on Canada’s Atlantic coast are enjoying an extended boom thanks partly to the low Canadian dollar and increased demand from Asia. But problems at salmon farms in Chile and Europe are also helping, according to east coast press reports. Andrew Lively, marketing director of Cooke Aquaculture, believes the demand is likely to go on rising. He said that in Asia millions of people were moving into the middle class bracket every year and they were looking for premium seafood products. Cooke has responded to the demand by increasing its production capacity.

ICELAND FLEET NETTING BIG COD CATCHES

HB Grandi’s freezer trawler Therney returned home to Iceland from fishing in the Norwegian zone of the Barents Sea with an impressive catch. She is now heading back there again, to fishing grounds off the Lofoten Islands. The catch for the trip is a green weight of 1,300 tonnes of fish after around four weeks of fishing. Skipper Kristinn Gestsson said: ‘Fishing has been good and we were able to maintain full production practically the whole time.’ The reason for the quick turnaround is to ensure it can finish the quota the company can take from Norwegian waters. He said the vessel has saved valuable time by landing in Eskifjörður instead of Reykjavik.

UK MISSES OUT ON EXPO SEAFOOD AWARDS

BRITISH seafood companies have failed to make the finals of this year’s Seafood Excellence Global Awards at the Seafood Expo global show in Brussels later this month for the first time in many years. The shortlist is dominated by entries from France and Belgium which together make up more than a third of the list. Marine Harvest France has at least six entries which includes its ‘Melting Heart Salmon Roll’ while Leroy from Norway has two entries. Two products from Westcoast Foods in India are also in the frame, highlighting an increased Asian presence. The winners will be announced on April 25 at the show. Salmon remains the most popular ingredient among all entries.

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