Editorial commentaries on the domestic and global seafood industry.
I never thought I'd reach the point where I'd say, "enough is enough" with regard to seafood sustainability. Well, I'm there. And before you get the wrong idea, I fully support sustainability. Not harvesting more fish stocks than can replenish themselves in an adequate amount of time makes sense. Minimizing the impact on the environment is important. And considering the socioeconomic factors of seafood harvesting and processing also is key. But… Read More
Trimming the marketing budget is often the first line of defense during an economic downturn. But Oregon's pink shrimp fishery remains on offense, vigorously promoting itself as well managed and sustainable, bolstering awareness of its product and differentiating it from the competition at a time when consumer sentiment is fragile and diesel costs well over $4 a gallon.
Last December, Oregon pink shrimp became the world's first shrimp fishery… Read More
By DAN CATCHPOLE
SEATTLE - Bidders walk deliberately among trays of small, lung-shaped sacs of fish eggs. The room is white from floor to ceiling, setting off the bright red roe sacs. Constantly humming air filters keep fishy odors at bay.
Scanning each tray, Akiro Miura picked up a pair of sacs, studied their color and gently squeezed them to check their firmness. Hundreds of millions of dollars trade hands during the brief pollock roe… Read More
Anyone buying or selling shellfish surely remembers the summer of 2005, when red tide outbreaks hampered sales and crippled harvesters and other small businesses along the New England coast. A summer without fried clams and steamers is nothing I want to endure. But that just may be the case this year, as there are indications that the dreaded algae blooms will once again cause problems for shellfish sourcing.
Phytoplankton, or algae, can… Read More
The North Atlantic Aquaculture Council (NAAC) reached out to the media last week with a PR campaign touting the health benefits and sustainability of East Coast farmed salmon.
A mass-mailing of press packets were sent to mainstream and trade newspapers and magazines in Atlantic Canada and the eastern United States, including foodservice and health and lifestyle editors, says Jamey Smith, executive director of the NAAC.
"[The East Coast… Read More
Twelve Pacific Northwest wines have been selected as equal winners of the prestigious "Oyster Award" after competing in the 14th annual Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition, dubbed the ultimate "dating service" for oysters and wines.
Seven California, three Oregon and two Washington wines prevailed over a record 200 entries, typically dry, crisp and clean-finishing white wines. All wines are tasted blind with Kumamoto oysters.
This year's… Read More
John Petersdorf was hired as VP and GM of Port Clyde Lobster and its adjunct companies, including Port Clyde Shrimp, the Port Clyde, Maine, company announced Monday.
Petersdorf has more than 14 years of industry experience, including the GM role at Atwood Lobster Co. in Spruce Head, Maine.
"John will be a great asset to my companies, particularly now that I have been fortunate to link up with Peter Jones, owner of Harbored Lobster Co., a major… Read More
The World Wildlife Fund of Norway and Marine Harvest today announced a partnership for sustainable aquaculture.
WWF and the Norwegian fish farmer aim to protect marine and freshwater biological diversity, significantly reduce the ecological footprint and environmental effects of Marine Harvest's operations and minimize climate-change impacts from fish farming activities and processing.
"Through this agreement, Marine Harvest and WWF-Norway… Read More
The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans today will hear testimony about efforts to curb both illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and the global shark catch.
In testimony submitted at the hearing, Stetson Tinkham, director of international affairs for the National Fisheries Institute in McLean, Va., said U.S. fishermen and processors are subject to many regulations they're working to comply with.… Read More
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Veterinary Services Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is alerting U.S. importers that seafood products containing egg and/or milk ingredients may require import permits.
Current APHIS Animal and Animal Product Import program regulations require an import permit for products containing egg and/or milk ingredients from any region recognized as being a source of animal disease such as avian influenza… Read More