Week in review: Boston bound


Steven Hedlund

Published on
March 11, 2009

The week preceding the International Boston Seafood Show is typically loaded with seafood news, as companies showcase new products and services in anticipation of the annual event, which kicks off Sunday. This year was no exception. Here’s a look at what piqued SeafoodSource readers’ interest this week:
1) Show time: Monday’s preview of the 2009 International Boston Seafood Show and Seafood Processing America generated the most reader interest. Given the difficult economic climate, it’s a critical year to attend the show, whether you’re an exhibitor or visitor. The recession is forcing businesses to find ways to operate more efficiently and offer more value.
2) It’s the economy: The recession is forcing U.S. seafood distributors to cut back on inventories or look at expanding business overseas. One such distributor is Oregon’s Starvin Marvin’s Seafoods, which is exporting more live eels to Korea.
3) The traceability debate: Announced recently, standardized barcodes for fresh seafood are receiving mixed reviews from Spanish seafood companies. Some view it as a way to bolster product traceability, while others are waiting for the system to develop more before implementing any labeling changes.

4) Vannamei heyday: In Vietnam, the shift from black tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon) to white leg, or Pacific white, shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) is gaining steam, as a growing number of farmers see Pacific whites as a more economical alternative to black tigers.
5) Under pressure: The combined pressures of reduced domestic seafood consumption and increased illegal fishing in the east Atlantic, western Mediterranean and Straits of Gibraltar are taking a toll on Spain’s fishing fleet. The industry’s recent struggles were top of mind at Morocco’s International Fishing & Seafood Processing Trade Show.
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