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By 2015, Chinese tilapia aquaculture industry downturn, weak exports, disease-prone, while Vietnam, Malaysia and other emerging countries continue to encroach Chinese farmed tilapia export market, a cold wave in early 2016 so that the already fragile industry more worse . But for a mature breeding species, can not disappear for no reason, it also means that tilapia farmers to survive in the cracks, there are still a lot of room to explore improved. Today small summary of tilapia farming techniques in recent years, hoping to give farmers in 2016 to bring some new idea
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CHINA - Qionghai Zhongpingzi Grobest tilapia farm and Chengmai Xingyuan Development Co Ltd have become the first Chinese farms to achieve Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification.
This landmark achievement reflects the pioneering initiative and efforts of a few farms in the industry to tackle some of the major challenges facing tilapia farming in China.
Qionghai Zhongpingzi Grobest tilapia farm and Chengmai Xingyuan Development Co. Ltd are the first among a number of farms that undertook pre-assessments with help from WWF China to see if they operated in a way that meets the ASC Tilapia Standard.
A third tilapia farm, Wenchang Zhou Qinfu, has been assessed against the ASC standard and hopes to be certified soon.
Achieving ASC certification brings global recognition that Qionghai Zhongpingzi Grobest tilapia farm and Chengmai Xingyuan Development Co. Ltd are operating in a responsible way. It marks the start of their contribution towards a global market for responsibly produced seafood.
Mr Yang Huaying, Deputy Executive Director Hainan Sky-Blue Ocean Foods Co. Ltd said: “We are pleased that Qionghai Zhongpingzi Grobest has passed the assessment against the ASC Tilapia Standard. ASC certification allows us to prove to our customers that we are committed to responsible aquaculture.”
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At the INFOFISH Tilapia 2015 conference, Professor Kevin Fitzsimmons estimated that global tilapia production exceeded 4.85 million tonnes in 2014. For 2015, it is forecasted that production will grow by 6% to total 5 million tonnes.
ChinaDuring the recent Tilapia 2015 conference organized by INFOFISH in Kuala Lumpur, Professor Dr Jun Rong Liu reported that domestic Chinese tilapia production in 2013 was 1.6 million tonnes. She noted that though domestic demand for tilapia remains strong, much work needs to be done by the industry to improve the quality of the fish.
Indeed, balancing high production, quality and sustainability is challenging for the tilapia industry in China. In order to increase quality, the industry must take a comprehensive approach to deal with brood stock, water quality, fish feed, live handling, value-added processing and live transport. The Chinese tilapia industry has also been turning its focus more towards sustainability.
In terms of exports, Chinese volumes are slowing with the nation’s exporters looking to diversify and enlarge their markets. During the first quarter of 2015, total exports of frozen tilapia experienced marginal growth (+2.2%) in volume compared with the same time period last year, primarily due to increases in frozen fillet (+9.7%) and breaded fillet (+22.5%) exports. Besides increased frozen fillet exports to the major markets, the USA and Mexico, exports also increased to Israel and Iran. In general, EU countries imported less tilapia during this period.
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CHINA - With the improvement of cultivation technology and the steady growth in per-capita consumption of aquatic products, the output value of the Chinese fishing industry and the aquaculture industry keep growing year after year.
In 2014, the gross output value of China's fishing industry amounted to RMB2.0859 trillion, and the added value was up to RMB971.8 billion.
The national output of aquatic products totaled 64.615 million tons, a rise of 4.7 per cent from a year earlier, of which the output of aquaculture reported 47.484 million tons, up 4.6 per cent year on year.
Freshwater culture is the main part of aquaculture in China, with its output holding more than 60 per cent .
In 2014, the freshwater cultured output reached 29,357.6 kt, accounting for 61.8 per cent and mariculture's output hit 18,126.5 kt, occupying 38.2 per cent.
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Hainan as China's second-largest production and processing base tilapia, tilapia output accounted for about 25 percent of the national total. Its tilapia industry after two decades of development, currently has from seed, feed the fish processed into a mature supply chain, industry structure formed with regional characteristics. Meanwhile, as Hainan exports and exports of agricultural products rank first, tilapia is Hainan's foreign trade can not be ignored in a business card.
However, in recent years, due to increased market competition at home and abroad, farming environment is complex, pathogens accumulate, such as multiple reasons, "Chinese tilapia" because of the overall reputation of food safety issues has been questioned, loss and other international market demand backdrop, non 海南罗Fish industry is facing severe challenges.
Tilapia is a tropical species of tropical Hainan unique environmental advantages, Hainan tilapia industry insiders generally recognized as more ecological than other parts of China tilapia, better quality, more healthy. Unfortunately, however, over the years it has never been the opportunity of tilapia in Hainan international market awareness of its proper value, but because unity labeled "Made in China" label is submerged in a number of foreign buyers of "OEM" Product , you can not create higher value-added products.
Hainan tilapia practitioners deeply future market demand for differentiated products and regional brands, and that the downstream industry in urgent need of a joint supply chain, to create "Hainan tilapia" regional brand of the organization, in order to coordinate the region Members implement standardized production, the creation of regional brands.
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Taiwan tilapia, the most popular farmed fish in Taiwan, has become a national treasure, valuable from head to tail. The species could also play an important role in saving endangered sharks.
Wang Yi-feng, general manager of the Kouhu Fisheries Cooperative in Yunlin County and a Taiwan tilapia expert, recently discovered that the caudal fins of the fish can replace shark dorsal and pectoral fins in shark fin soup, a Chinese delicacy favored by the wealthy and reserved for special occasions.
Sharks are facing extinction as millions are slaughtered globally each year due to burgeoning demand for shark fins as Asia grows in population and wealth. This also means the ocean’s equilibrium is being seriously damaged because sharks are the top predator in the ocean and vital to its ecosystem.
Wang told Taiwan Today that just over a year ago, he began studying how to transform tilapia tail fins into a product very similar to processed shark fins, and the tilapia fins are already on the market as a substitute.
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Baiyang Aquatic Group, China’s leading processor and exporter of tilapia has reported total revenue for 2014 of CNY 1.78 billion (EUR 254 million; USD 289 million), a year-on-year increase of 31.95 percent. Net profit attributable to shareholders of CNY 57.69 million (EUR 8.07 million; USD 9.23 million) was up a mere 1.45 percent.
The firm has blamed two factors for failing to hit its net profit targets and revenue growth: Multiple new projects in the initial operation failed to fully release capacity while “integrated processing costs and expenses are high and had an impact on the company's overall profitability.”
Meanwhile in the second half of 2014, particularly the fourth quarter, which is peak season for tilapia exports, “some key markets’ currencies depreciated sharply, resulting in weaker purchasing power in the short term. Some customers for tilapia moved to the sidelines, the market price of the orders as a whole fell, and also affected the company's profitability in the second half of the year,” according to the firm in a statement to investors Friday night.
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Urine may not get most species in the mood, but a pheromone in male tilapia urine serves to attract mates, a new study says.
The research may improve how tilapia—the second most farmed fish in the world—is raised and managed for food, experts say. (Read about the decline of American seafood.)
Scientists already knew that pee played a role in how Mozambique tilapia, Oreochromis mossambicus, interact with each other, but the exact mechanism was a mystery.
It all starts with the tilapia's social structure, which is surprisingly complex for a creature that many will know only as a breaded fillet.
"It's actually a quite interesting fish, because tilapias are highly social animals, so the males form hierarchies in a so-called spawning arena," said study leader Tina Keller-Costa, of the Centre of Marine Sciences at the University of Algarve in Portugal.
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China is the world’s leading tilapia producer, with approximately 1.40 million tonnes of production and 403,600 tonnes of export in 2013 (China Customs). Despite a slight drop in global share from 42 percent in 2010 to 38 percent of total production in 2012, China has remained the largest tilapia producer over the past decades. In only 10 years, tilapia yields in China have increased from only 600 thousand tonnes in 2000 to over 1.3 million tonnes in 2010. China has four provincial regions producing tilapia, of which Guangdong province represents 48 percent of the total production. Hainan, a tropical island in the South China Sea, was the largest exporting province in 2011, and continues to lead in exports to the European Union (>47%). The United States has been the largest export market for Chinese tilapia, while the market share has decreased from over 50 percent before 2008 to approximately 42 percent of total exports in 2013\
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