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During a press conference in Jakarta on Monday, Saut P. Hutagalung, spokesperson for the Indonesian Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Ministry, announced that the Chinese government had lifted its ban on Indonesian seafood.

The ban was imposed in August of last year, when Chinese custom officials found toxic levels of certain substances, including mercury, cadmium and nitrofural, on Indonesian seafood imports.

Mercury and cadmium are chemicals found mostly near industrial and mining fields...

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The U.S. Department of Commerce announced in Fridayâ??s Federal Register that it dropped 114 Indian companies from the list of foreign shrimp exporters subject to the administrative review of tariffs.

Enacted in early 2005, the tariffs stem from the antidumping petition the Southern Shrimp Alliance, an eight-state group of shrimp fishermen and processors, filed in late 2003.

Last April, the DOC initiated an administrative review of 313 Indian shrimp exporters for the period of Feb. 1, 2006...

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The National Marine Fisheries Service this week approved a cut in the commercial and recreational Gulf of Mexico red snapper quota, from 6.5 million pounds in 2007 to 5 million pounds this year. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council proposed the cut last June to protect ailing red snapper stocks from overfishing.

The commercial red snapper quota is set at 2.55 million pounds in 2008, down from 3.315 million pounds last year. Last March, the council enacted an interim measure slashing...

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Oceana, an international ocean conservation group based in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday urged retailers Giant Eagle and Costco to post signs in their stores warning customers about the dangers of consuming seafood due to mercury.

Citing ''independent laboratory testing'' of 94 samples of fish and sushi bought in 26 U.S. cities, Oceana revealed that the mercury content of fresh tuna and swordfish samples approached or exceeded levels that may pose risks to human health, particularly...

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Snopac Products has purchased the Dillingham, Alaska, seafood processing facility formerly owned by Dragnet Fisheries, the Alaska Journal of Commerce reported on its Web site yesterday.

The Seattle company expects to process 40 million Bristol Bay sockeye salmon and employ 100 workers at the plant this summer, said Snopac spokesman Norm Van Vactor. The company may also process halibut there in late May and early June, but salmon will represent the bulk of processing this year, he added.

The...

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