Week in review: Halibut farming


Steven Hedlund

Published on
July 16, 2009

 Here's a taste of this week's most viewed stories on SeafoodSource:

1) Farmed halibut's future: SeafoodSource contributing editor Nicki Holmyard took an in-depth look at Europe's fledging halibut farming industry. What did she find? Though halibut farmers are enthusiastic about the future, they're realistic about the challenges they face in growing this relatively young industry.

2) Do the math: "The Internet is full of doom-and-gloom seafood calculators that only tell half the story," said the Center for Consumer Freedom. So the industry-funded Washington, D.C., nonprofit launched its own seafood calculator, HowMuchFish.com, to help consumers decipher conflicting information about seafood and health, particularly the risks associated with methylmercury.

3) Adjusting in Chile: Marine Harvest's Chilean operations churned out more than 18,000 metric tons of farmed salmon in the second quarter of 2008. This year, it managed to eek out only 9,000 metric tons due to the infectious salmon anemia virus. But the world's largest salmon farm remains committed long-term to Chile and is scaling back its operations there to make it more sustainable.

4) Fisheries eco-index: Contributing editor Lisa Duchene posted her first SeafoodSource commentary about the Environmental Performance Index, an online tool ranking 149 countries according to 25 environmental indicators, including natural resources like fisheries. Check SeafoodSource frequently for Duchene's sustainability-minded commentary.

5) Sustainable sales: Waitrose credits increased public awareness of sustainable fishing with boosting its fish sales 15 percent in the last four weeks, compared to the same period last year. The upscale British retailer has embraced the sustainable seafood movement, banning several species it deems threatened by overfishing, including swordfish. The company also supported the film "End of the Line," released in early June.

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