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The global seafood trade is dominated by a handful of large companies that control up to 16% of the Earth’s most important fish resources. A new initiative made public on December 14, 2016, now aims to change the international fishing industry. The initiative covering all the world’s oceans made up by eight of the world’s largest seafood companies (Maruha Nichiro Corporation, Nippon Suisan Kaisha [Nissui], Thai Union Group, Marine Harvest ASA, Dongwon Industries [owner of Starkist in the US] Nutreco [owner of Skretting], EWOS/Cargill Aqua Nutrition, Cermaq) and called “Seafood Business Ocean Stewardship”. Among others the initiative aims to “clear-out” illegal IUU fisheries and inhumane working conditions, such as slavery and human trafficking. “We are part of a small but very influential group, and we have a responsibility to ensure that the seafood industry is not only profitable but also sustainable in line with UN development goals, particularly related to the sea. This group of companies represents a global force that can make a difference,” commented Geir Molvik, CEO of the Norwegian (Mitsubishi-owned) salmon farming company Cermaq, in a statement today. These eight companies — with large impact on global seafood trade — express strong concern about the future of the ocean as a result of “a lack of environmental strategy and inadequate resource management”. One of their commitments includes “Improving transparency and traceability” in their own operations. Those eight companies are also scrutinized in Seafood Intelligence’s ‘Top 100’ benchmarking report of sustainability reporting / transparency, about to be released. The ‘Top 100’ report highlights in detail – indicator per indicator – most of the shortcomings of the world’s largest seafood firms’ sustainability reporting, and highlights the ongoing progresses to date in the realm of sustainable seafood transparency. The aim of the Seafood Intellligence ‘Top 100’ is to provide a tool for seafood companies & industries to better address their level of transparency re. sustainability issues of concern to their stakeholders, assist them in establishing Sustainability & #SeafoodEthics policies. It offers a unique benchmark to follow yearly their performance against that of their competitors, and also provides a unique database/tool for purchasers, retailers, policy-makers, researchers, NGOs and all those concerned with the state of sustainability and transparency in the realm of seafood and oceans to review the performance of the ‘Top 100’. The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.


Patent
Maruha Nichiro Corporation | Date: 2015-09-29

The present invention aims to provide methods for producing brown algae or brown algal extracts of reduced iodine content while retaining the structures of pigment components in the brown algae. Provided is a method for producing a brown alga of reduced iodine content while retaining a pigment component in the brown alga, which method comprises shredding an untreated brown algal starting material and thereafter performing a heating treatment with hot water at 90-100 C. for 90-300 seconds. Also provided is a method for producing a brown alga of reduced iodine content while retaining a pigment component in the brown alga, wherein the brown alga obtained in the above-mentioned process is subjected to extraction using hydrous ethanol at a concentration of 60-100%.


News Article | October 31, 2016
Site: www.newsmaker.com.au

Shrimps are considered as the most lucrative sea food product. Shrimp contains high protein content with essential vitamins and minerals, and low fat. It is a moderate source of omega-3 fatty acids, with an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Shrimp products have emerged as high value species or luxury products with high appeal among consumers. The high demand of shrimps can be attributed to its high nutritional value, growth in the aquaculture industry, and rising health consciousness regarding value-added fish products. The growth of shrimp market is expected to elevate with improved cold storage facilities, rapid urbanization, rise in average disposable income. Shrimp market has captured high demand from the catering or restaurant sector. Due to the increased demand, restaurants across the world prefer to provide shrimp as a part of their regular menu, which has significantly contributed to the increased revenue of shrimp market. However, the possibility of shrimps to get affected by viruses and diseases such as white spot disease and EMS (early mortality syndrome) cause an adverse impact on the growth of global shrimp market.  On the other side in terms of trends, the shrimps are gaining paramount importance with the growing health consciousness among consumers. Consumers demand healthy and low fat food, and for that shrimps serves as lucrative alternative. Although the shrimp market possess significant growth potential, factors such as increased prices of raw materials pose serious concern for shrimp companies. Increased raw material cost raises the cost of aquaculture, which consequently brings a limit to the overall growth of global shrimp market. Shrimp market is segmented on the basis of types, product forms, species, and application. On the basis of types it includes cold water shrimp, and warm water shrimp. Cold water shrimps are harvested in ocean waters in the northwest and northeast regions of the United States. While warm water shrimp are harvested and farmed in tropical and sub-tropical regions across the world. Warm water shrimp segment is projected to grow at a rapid pace in the coming years. The shrimps command consumer’s preference on the basis of their taste, texture, size and costs that usually varies from species to species. Shrimp market, based on product forms, can be classified into canned shrimp, breaded shrimp, cooked & peeled shrimp, peeled shrimp, and shell-on shrimp. Shell on shrimps are projected to attain highest share in the global shrimp market. There exist three main species of shrimps namely brown shrimp, white shrimp, and pink shrimp. Shrimp market has found applications in sectors such as food, pharmaceutical products, cosmetics, and industrial usage. Food segment is projected to attain highest value in the global shrimp market. On the basis of geographical market segment, shrimp market is segmented into seven different regions: North America, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, and Asia-Pacific region, Japan and Middle East and Africa. Asia-Pacific region is expected to be lucrative market for shrimps. Developing countries are viewing the shrimp market as a major source of foreign exchange earnings by the means of exports and imports. Further, they are keen to leverage the potential of shrimp market for generation of primary and secondary rural employment, which in turn, brought significant development to the landscape of shrimp market. China is expected to hold a significant impact on the demand and supply patterns of shrimp market. On the other side in terms of consumption, U.S. is expected to lead in the global shrimp market followed by European regions. Shrimp market is fragmented with the presence of large number of players. Key players in the Shrimp Market includes Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL, Maruha Nichiro Corporation, Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd., Marine Harvest ASA, Thai Union Frozen Products PLC, Gulf Shrimp Company,Baton Rouge Shrimp Company, Inc., High Liner Foods Incorporated, Pescanova S.A., and Royal Greenland A/S.


The invention provides a method that enables stable production of frozen minced fish meat that is excellent in frozen-state storage stability and is less likely to suffer from decreased gel-forming ability during frozen storage in a practical and productive manner, even when a fish meat raw material contaminated by visceral organs is used. Such method can be applied to the industrial production of minced fish meat. The invention also provides frozen minced fish meat produced by such method. Production of minced fish meat using a fish meat raw material contaminated by visceral organs, and, in particular, the kidneys, which are difficult to remove in the process of production, comprises adding sugar and sugar alcohol, a polymer phosphate, and a non-chelating basic additive other than a polymer phosphate and adjusting the pH level of the minced fish meat to 7.5 or higher using the polymer phosphate and the non-chelating basic additive other than a polymer phosphate.


Patent
Maruha Nichiro Corporation | Date: 2014-11-05

Degranulation suppressors are provided that are effective against allergic disease and osteoarthritis. The degranulation suppressors contain chlorophyll c.


Patent
Maruha Nichiro Corporation | Date: 2013-09-25

A bone-repairing agent excellent in workability and applicability to clinical surgical techniques and having a drastically enhanced bone formation rate, obtained by including an elastin hydrolysate in a complex of DNA and at least one selected from the group consisting of protamine, a protamine derivative, and a protamine hydrolysate can be provided. A medical or dental material for bone formation using this bone-repairing agent can be provided.


According to the present invention, a method for recovering useful fish meat proteins from waste water generated during fish paste or fishmeal production is provided. The provided is a method for recovering water-soluble proteins from fish paste leaching waste water or stick water, comprising: adjusting the pH of fish paste leaching waste water or stick water to 4.5-5.5 to insolubilize water-soluble proteins; heating the insolubilized proteins to 30 C. to 90 C. to cause the proteins to flocculate so as to form flocs; subjecting the flocs to solid-liquid separation using a decanter centrifuge during heating; and recovering proteins in the form of solid content.


A peptide compound having a dipeptidyl peptidase-IV (DPPIV) inhibitory activity or a composition containing the peptide compound that can make a contribution to the prevention of the onset of pathology or the progression in diabetes mellitus patients or those at risk of diabetes mellitus can be provided according to the present invention by a simple method using, as a raw material, milt of a fishery product, which has been eaten for ages and has high safety. In the present invention, a peptide compound having a peptidyl peptidase-IV (DPPIV) inhibitory activity obtained in a hydrolysate of a milt protein source obtained from a fishery product is used as an active component of a composition for inhibiting DPPIV.


Patent
Maruha Nichiro Corporation | Date: 2012-12-28

Degranulation suppressors are provided that are effective against allergic disease and osteoarthritis. The degranulation suppressors contain chlorophyll c.


News Article | December 13, 2016
Site: www.eurekalert.org

Following a 'keystone dialogue' between scientists and seafood industry, 8 of world's largest seafood companies issue 10-point statement committing to action on ocean stewardship Eight of the world's largest seafood companies have issued a ten-point statement committing to action on ocean stewardship following the first "keystone dialogue" between scientists and business leaders. Through the "keystone dialogues" - a new approach to engage major international businesses in global sustainability challenges - companies have committed to improving transparency and traceability and reducing illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in their supply chains. Antibiotic use in aquaculture, greenhouse gas emissions and plastic pollution will also now be prioritized. And the businesses commit to eliminating any products in their supply chains that may have been obtained through "modern slavery including forced, bonded and child labour". The statement says signatories "represent a global force, not only in the operation of the seafood industry, but also in contributing to a resilient planet." It was signed by the two largest companies by revenues (Maruha Nichiro Corporation and Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd), two of the largest tuna companies in the world (Thai Union Group PCL and Dongwon Industries), the two largest salmon farmers (Marine Harvest ASA and Cermaq - subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation) and the two largest aquafeeds companies (Skretting - subsidiary of Nutreco, and Cargill Aqua Nutrition). To implement the commitments the companies plan to create a new initiative - Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship - that will, for the first time, connect wild capture fisheries to aquaculture businesses, connect European and North American companies to Asian companies and connect the global seafood business to science. The inaugural dialogue, initiated by the Stockholm Resilience Centre, took place 11-13 November at the Soneva Fushi Resort on the Maldives under the patronage of HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden - Advocate for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The initiative was a unique meeting between CEOs, senior leadership of major seafood companies, leading scientists from the Stockholm Resilience Centre, and advisors including The Honorable Dr Jane Lubchenco of Oregon State University and U.S. Science Envoy for the Ocean - U.S. State Department, Mr Volker Kuntzsch, CEO of Sanford Ltd., Mr Rupert Howes, CEO of Marine Stewardship Council, and Ambassador Magnus Robach, Swedish Ambassador to Japan. "We depend on a stable and resilient planet for human prosperity. However, science is already providing evidence that we have entered the Anthropocene, an epoch where humanity is now challenging the stability of Earth and its ocean," the statement goes on to say. The dialogue is the first between scientists and "keystone actors" a term coined in 2015 by Carl Folke and Henrik Österblom, science directors at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Keystone species play a disproportionate role in ecosystems. Increasingly, large transnational corporations now play this role, for example, in the ocean and in rainforests. Österblom led research identifying the keystone actors in the world's oceans. The team identified 13 transnational corporations controlling 11-16% of wild marine catch and up to 40% of the largest and most valuable fish stocks. "We invited the leaders of these companies to a dialogue to build trust and develop a common understanding about the state of the ocean," said Österblom. "We were delighted so many companies accepted our offer. This shows they are aware of the urgency of the situation and willing to engage in these issues." According to related research published by a group of U.S. scientists in 2016, good management of global fisheries could lead to increase in annual catches of over 16 million metric tons and $53 billion in profit compared with remaining on the current trajectory. Stockholm Resilience Centre Director Johan Rockström said, "The small concentration of multinational companies means that CEOs are significant leverage points to effectively engage in transforming the entire seafood sector towards more sustainable practices". Chair of the dialogue, and founding director of Forum for the Future, Jonathon Porritt said, "It's hugely encouraging to see these leading companies in the global seafood industry making such critical commitments to help protect the world's ocean. This combination of world-class science and inspirational corporate leadership is a powerful one - and I've no doubt we'll need to see a lot more of it over the next few years." The organization was a key supporter of the dialogue. Myoung W Lee, CEO of Dongwon, one of the largest tuna companies, said, "It's remarkable that seafood companies came together to discuss the sustainability and development of the seafood industry and lay grounds for ocean stewardship. I am honored to have contributed to such a significant, historic event and will ensure that Dongwon does our part to uphold the agreement." Cermaq CEO Geir Molvik said, "Cermaq is very much engaged in Sustainable Development Goal 14 - life below water - and have encompassed the SDGs in our business strategy. Working with other keystone actors in the global seafood sector is important because it's only through partnerships we can efficiently pull in the same direction and make significant changes." President of Cargill Aqua Nutrition, a major aquafeed company, Einar Wathne said, "This initiative has a truly global perspective, from east to west. That makes me believe that we will have a powerful impact when addressing the challenges we have in our oceans and marine ecosystems, with the UN Sustainable Development Goals as our guideline." "Creating more awareness of the opportunities - and business necessities - of managing seafood sustainably should be a key priority for CEOs," added Jean-Baptiste Jouffray, PhD candidate at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and co-organiser of the event. The dialogue will now be followed up with additional meetings and dialogue between science and business. A next meeting is already scheduled for next year, where more concrete joint actions will be identified. Companies who attended and signed the statement: Maruha Nichiro Corporation Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd Thai Union Group Marine Harvest ASA Dongwon Industries Nutreco (owner of Skretting) Cargill Aqua Nutrition Cermaq (subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation) Additional information about this initiative and the science that support it: http://www. http://www. http://www. http://www. Scientists Henrik Österblom, Deputy Science Director at Stockholm Resilience Centre: henrik.osterblom@su.se Jean-Baptiste Jouffray, PhD-student at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences: jean-baptiste.jouffray@su.se Carl Folke, Science Director at Stockholm Resilience Centre and Director, Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences: carl.folke@beijer.kva.se Johan Rockström, Director, Stockholm Resilience Centre: johan.rockstrom@su.se The dialogue was a Stockholm Resilience Centre event supported by Forum for the Future and the Soneva Foundation. The Walton Family Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation funded the dialogue. Photographs from the dialogue available on request. Please contact jean-baptiste.jouffray@su.se

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