Fish Update Briefing, Friday, November 30

US FOODS EXECUTIVE TO HEAD AQUABOUNTY
AQUABOUNTY Technologies, the American company noted for its research and development of genetically modified fish, has appointed US Foods senior vice president Sylvia Wulf as its new chief executive and executive director. She is highly experienced in the food industry and previously held senior positions with Tyson Foods Inc, Sara Lee Corporation, and the Bunge Corporation. She is currently on the board of directors and the executive committee of the National Fisheries Institute. Her appointment is thought to have been planned to coincide with the company’s developing emphasis on the commercialisation of AquAdvantage Salmon, now that the majority of the required regulatory hurdles have been passed. She replaces Ronald Stotish, who is moving into a new role with the company.

DINERS INVITED TO FISH FOR THEIR DINNER
DINERS visiting a newly opened seafood restaurant in New York are being offered the opportunity to literally fish for their meal. At the Japanese style Zauo, which has become one of the most fashionable places in town, customers are shown three tanks containing various types of fish. They are then told they can use baited hooks to catch their own meal, if they so wish. The ‘live’ menu includes rainbow trout and fluke. To add to the nautical flavour, a large wooden boat hangs from the ceiling. The restaurant says the idea behind the scheme is to make the dining out experience more exciting for customers. There are several prepared options for those who do not want to partake in the fishing experience.

IRISH PORT WELCOMES BREXIT DEAL
IRELAND’S largest fishing port has welcomed the proposed Brexit withdrawal deal between the EU and the UK. Sean O’Donoghue, chief executive of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation, said the proposed agreement should help the Irish fishing industry and avoid a hard Brexit. ‘Having fisheries specifically included in the draft withdrawal agreement – and maintaining the link to the wider trade sector in the political declaration – is a key ask from our perspective,’ he said. ‘We welcome progress made on the Brexit withdrawal agreement. This is a significant first step in defining our relations with an important neighbour and we hope that this constructive spirit will carry on into the next phase of negotiations. We know only too well from experience that fisheries negotiations are multi-faceted and highly complex and much remains to be agreed.’

TRAWLER RUNS AGROUND IN GOOD WEATHER
COASTGUARD authorities are trying to establish why a local trawler ran aground off the coast of Iceland in good weather this week. There were 14 crew members on board the fishing vessel Núpur when it hit the shore, but no one was injured. However, after picking up a distress signal from the trawler, the fishery protection ship Þór (Thor) and other rescue boats moved to offer help. They are expected to try to free the trawler when the tide reaches its highest point. Marine experts are also assessing the extent of the damage.

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