U.S. Alaska pollock surimi prices have leveled off after a sharp spike last year and corresponding drop this year. Whitefish supplies remain tight worldwide, constricting surimi supplies. But the poor economy has brought demand down, too. SeafoodSource talked to Hiroshi Tsukano, manager of Maruha Nichiro Seafoods' surimi division, about the outlook for the global surimi market.
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Prices of U.S. Alaska pollock surimi exported to Japan declined by just JPY 10 to 20 (USD 0.11 to 0.22, EUR 0.07 to 0.15) per kilogram from July to August, compared with much sharper declines from the fall of 2008 to the spring of 2009.
The U.S. pollock harvest is divided into the "A" season, which runs from January through March, and the "B" season from early July to early October.
Prices in the 2008 B season shot up due to a reduced quota in
While blaming wild scallop dredging for damaging the environment, conservationists are praising cultivated scallops from Asia.
In the United Kingdom, Lyme Bay, the Firth of Lorn and Cardigan Bay have been closed to scallop dredging due to diminishing scallop stocks and concerns about seabed conditions. A scientific report issued 13 October by Scottish Environment LINK blames scallop dredging for killing seabed algae and urges hand-picking by… Read More
Kona Blue Water Farms is the only U.S. aquaculture producer of Seriola rivoliana, a close relative of yellowtail (Seriola quinqueradiata). The Hawaiian company, which markets its fish as Kona Kampachi®, received a "good alternative" rating in Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch yellowtail report, while its Japanese and Australian competitors received an "avoid" rating.
Kona's score was partly based on its wild-fish-in to farmed-fish-out
Scallops are among the foods a Hong Kong Chinese-language TV cooking show will feature following this week’s visit to Japan’s Aomori Prefecture, by invitation of Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
The show, “Those were the tastes,” is hosted by chef Wing Sun Ko. It airs on i-Cable Entertainment’s channel 12 at 10 p.m. on Saturday and averages 100,000 viewers. Ko also operates three restaurants in Panyu, China,… Read More
Cobia (Rachycentron canadum), also known as lemonfish or crabeater in the United States, holds a lot of promise worldwide. But the farmed whitefish has been slow to catch on in the Japanese market.
Among cobia’s attributes are its fast growth rate; the species reaches a harvestable weight in less than one year, as opposed to approximately three years for salmon and amberjack. It has a better feed conversion ratio, too, and may therefore be… Read More
"Culinary Travels with Dave Eckert" filmed last week in Matsuyama and Uwajima on Japan's Shikoku Island. The episode, focusing on seafood, will air in the United States on the Public Broadcasting Service. The broadcast schedule is yet to be determined.
Yellowtail (hamachi) and sea bream (madai) are farmed near Shikoku Island and will be prominent in the segment. Eckert refers to sea bream as "snapper."
"I'd be happy to call it a sea bream," Eckert
Last week, SeafoodSource visited a yellowtail farm near Uwajima in Ehime Prefecture, Japan, in conjunction with a Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry promotional event. This presented an opportunity to see if the sushi sustainability ratings by various organizations are accurate.
Among the most popular sushi sustainability guides is Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program. It recommends that consumers “avoid”… Read More
Mentaiko — Alaska pollock eggs marinated in chili, sake, kelp and citrus for several hours — is growing in popularity not only in Japan but also in the West.
Originally a Korean dish, mentaiko was introduced to Japan in the 1950s. It is eaten directly or with rice, or is popular in spaghetti or baked into French bread — a mentaiko spaghetti recipe is included in the popular Japanese cookbook, Harumi’s Japanese Cooking. And many U.S.… Read More
Japanese seafood heavyweight Maruha Nichiro Holdings recently released its first-quarter results for fiscal 2010.
Sales for the period ending 30 June totaled JPY 200.9 billion (USD 2.1 billion, EUR 1.5 billion), down 12.1 percent from the same period last year. Operating profit was down 66.3 percent, and net profit was down 12.4 percent, to JPY 1.9 billion (USD 19 million, EUR 13 million).
The company lost JPY 6.3 billion (USD 65 million, EUR 45… Read More