June’s most-read: Catfish conundrum
Curious what your fellow SeafoodSource readers are viewing? Here’s a rundown of the website’s five most-read stories and commentaries of June 2012:
5. An emphasis on premium quality products, a focus on new destinations such as Russia and Brazil and the recovery of traditional markets for frozen mussel meats are once again fueling the growth of Chile’s mussel trade. Check out SeafoodSource Contributing Editor Nicki Holmyard’s 12 June commentary “What’s the future of Chile’s mussels industry?”
4. China’s annual two-month ban on fishing in the South China Sea has caused quite a stir between China, the Philippines and Vietnam this year. SeafoodSource Contributing Editor Mark Godfrey investigates.
3. This month’s No . 1 storyline out of Europe was clearly fisheries ministers’ decision to enact a series of bans that will effectively prohibit the practice of discarding unwanted fish at sea. The decision came out of a European Council meeting in Luxembourg on 12 to 13 June in which ministers debated reform to the Common Fisheries Policy, and SeafoodSource Contributing Editor Jason Holland was one of the first to report the news. After the decision, reaction came pouring in from politicians, industry representatives, environmentalists and celebrity chefs.
2.SeaFood Business Senior Editor James Wright left no stone unturned in an interview with renowned University of Washington fisheries scientist Ray Hilborn, touching upon everything from the widespread misuse of the term “overfishing” to his professional relationship with fellow fisheries scientist Boris Worm to the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy. In a separate interview, Hilborn talked at great length with SeafoodSource Contributing Editor Christine Blank for the From the Source audio series (available to SeafoodSource premium members).
1. Finally, this month’s most-read story or commentary involved news that SeafoodSource broke on 7 June — U.S. Sens. John McCain and John Kerry filing an amendment to the 2012 Farm Bill that would kill a controversial law transferring regulation of catfish from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). McCain and Kerry preceded to blast the law, part of the 2008 Farm Bill, on the Senate floor later that week, pointing to an 8 June Government Accountability Office report calling the USDA catfish inspection program “costly” and “redundant” and urging its repeal.
Here’s a look back at this year’s most-read stories and commentaries, from month to month: