Editorial commentaries on the domestic and global seafood industry.
Cold weather that lingered in North Vietnamese provinces the past couple months has caused a reported loss of more than U.S.$9 million to the region's fish farms, according to the Agriculture Department. Hai Phong, with its previously reported loss of U.S.$2.4 million, has been increased to U.S.$4 million.
According to Le Vien Chi, the vice head of the Agriculture Department, the species most affected are pangasius, perch and flying fish. In… Read More
SalmonChile, a trade organization representing Chile's farmed-salmon industry, launched a U.S. ad campaign today to reassure consumers that Chilean salmon is safe, nutritious and affordable and produced under stringent environmental and quality-control standards.
Titled "The Real Truth about Salmon from Chile," the ads will run in the New York Times, Miami Herald and Seattle Times this week.
The ads are designed to counter misinformation about… Read More
The World Wildlife Fund last week ended its anti-destructive fishing campaign fronted by the much-maligned mascot, Stinky Fish.
On WWF's Stinky Fish Web page, the puppet recounts its impact on consumers and the seafood industry before announcing that the downloadable video produced in January will not be re-released.
While Stinky Fish urged consumers to look for the Marine Stewardship Council's eco-label when making seafood purchases,… Read More
The University of Florida received $206,496 for its shellfish aquaculture research program as part of the fiscal 2008 agriculture appropriations bill, U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite of Florida announced yesterday.
Approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the funding will be used to help the Cedar Key Aquaculture Association reduce stress and thus increase survival rates among native clam breeding stocks during the warm summer months.
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Demand for CleanFish's sustainable seafood has been high since the company exhibited at the International Boston Seafood Show in February, the San Francisco company recently told SeaFood Business.
CleanFish is targeting upscale retail and foodservice markets with the launch earlier this year of its Fisherman's Daughter Wild Sonora Coast Shrimp and Laughing Bird Caribbean White Shrimp farmed in Belize. CleanFish, which has collaborated with… Read More
Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) may aid spinal cord injury recovery, according to new research summarized in the March edition of the Fats of Life and the PUFA Newsletter.
Animal research suggests that human treatment with DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) within the first hour after a spinal cord injury could be effective in limiting the extent and spread of damage. Oily fish, including salmon, tuna and mackerel, are rich in DHA.
Also,… Read More
If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. Not the Big Apple, but the big blue box. Yes, retail giant Wal-Mart has become a yardstick of success for the seafood industry. Whether or not Wal-Mart chooses to purchase your products or employ your services is now the ultimate litmus test. It's not all about sales - it's about statements.
A Reuters story published Friday, "Chefs warn on side effects of sushi boom," detailed how the sushi… Read More
Preferred Freezer Services is building its first overseas facilities in China and Vietnam, the company announced Monday.
The first site is in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City and will add 8 million cubic feet to the nearly 170 million cubic feet of storage space in Preferred's portfolio. The site is the first of five to seven cold-storage warehouses planned in the country, which are being built by Preferred's holding company in Vietnam, Antara. The… Read More
The National Fisheries Institute, in an alert to its membership this morning, warned of a new Greenpeace campaign that targets the sustainability programs of the nation's biggest seafood retailers.
The industry trade group, based in McLean, Va., has reached out to the seafood buyers at many large chains to warn them of the initiative and offer information to respond to a possible assault by the renowned activist group.
As part of the… Read More
March 24, 2008 - Seafood was Alaska's top exported product in 2007, raking in more than $1.9 billion, according to the state Office of International Trade.
The value of Alaska's 2007 seafood harvest was the second highest in state history, despite a 1.9 percent decrease from the previous year. The overall value of Alaska's exports fell to $3.9 billion last year, down slightly from the record $4 billion set in 2006.
Japan remained… Read More