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Weekly Overview: New Zealand King Salmon Pulls Out of the Chinese Market

Lucy Towers
05 August 2014, at 1:00am

ANALYSIS - The New Zealand King Salmon company will no longer be selling to the Chinese market. The company's chief executive stated that it was no longer able to meet the Chinese demand, writes Lucy Towers, TheFishSite Editor.

Rather than "just limp along" in the market, King Salmon has decided to "pull the plug", The Marlborough Express reported.

NZ King Salmon hoped it would have nine new farms in the Marlborough Sounds, which would produce enough to meet demand. However, due to only three farms being approved, the company is producing a lot less than first planned.

Cargill, US, has developed a new Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) Risk Tool to help customers determine the best farm management programme to manage the risk of EMS on their shrimp farms. 

With this tool, Cargill can identify the main risk factors for individual farms and provide tailored recommendations and biosecurity programmes to help reduce the severity of the disease to promote shrimp survival. 

Researchers from Chile's University of Santiago are investigating a new and more natural cure for Piscirickettsia salmonis. 

To develop a cure, researchers worked with wild plants growing in the Atacama Desert which have potential antibacterial activity against P. Salmonis.