Its abundance and affordability makes mackerel a firm favorite with television chefs and food writers, who go to great lengths to encourage consumers to eat more of these oil-rich fish. But the suspension of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) status for North East Atlantic fisheries is testing the sourcing policies of some of Europe’s leading retailers.
The MSC suspended seven mackerel certifications at the end of March after the EU, Norway,… Read More
Two weeks have passed since the cauldron, designed by Thomas Heatherwick to house the Olympic flame, was extinguished at the 2012 Paralympic Games and it’s already been more than a month since Lithuanian Laura Asadauskaite won the last gold of the Olympic Games for her endeavors in the modern pentathlon. For six enthralling weeks, the sporting drama of London 2012 was the hot topic — at the school gate, the water cooler, the bus stop,… Read More
It’s September, which for shellfish lovers in the United Kingdom means one thing: the start of the native oyster (Ostrea edulis) eating season.
Unlike Pacific or rock oysters (Crassostrea gigas) which are accessible all year round, natives are only available from September to April, and were once widely considered superior to the Pacific oyster for their creamy flesh and distinctive salty flavor. However, the British public has lost touch with… Read More
UK restaurateur, food writer and fishmonger Mitch Tonks is joining forces with South Devon College to open a new seafood academy at the college next month.
As part of the academy, one of the college’s training kitchens will be designated “The Mitch Tonks Seafood Academy,” where Brixham-based Tonks and the team from his Seahorse restaurant will run master-classes for existing college students as well as for chefs already working in the… Read More
Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) farming was first commercially explored in Norway in the 1980s following the breakthrough of juvenile production, but the industry disappeared after just a few years. Cod aquaculture re-emerged around the start of the millennium, again mainly in Norway but also in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Iceland.
At that time, juvenile cod production technology was further developed and large hatcheries, based on… Read More
Holland: In your opinion, what’s needed to get Indonesia’s pole-and-line industry back on track, and… Read More
Indonesia is a traditional pole-and-line tuna producing country, but its interest in this traditional catching method has been decreasing in favor of the large volumes of fish that can be caught by purse seining. However, Rusnadi Padjung, deputy assistant for investment with the Indonesian Ministry for Regional Development (KPDT), told SeafoodSource the growing international demand for pole-and-line tuna could be of huge benefit to the… Read More
Sainsbury’s new retail report, “Our Future with Fish,” delivered valuable insight into the seafood purchasing trends of UK consumers. It found that not only are Brits starting to eat a more diverse range of species and consuming two percent more fish per capita head than they were in 1975, but that their purchasing decisions are being increasingly influenced by what they watch on TV and view online.
With the country’s strong celebrity… Read More
Recession is good news for the frozen food category — the tougher the economy gets, the more consumers turn their backs on fresh products in favor of comparably cheaper frozen foods.
In an economically weakened Europe, food producers have responded well to the needs of families looking for more cost-effective ways to keep everyone fed. In many cases, this has required the expansion of frozen product ranges or the creation of completely new… Read More
Seafood labeling is once again a hot topic in the European retail arena, thanks in no small part to a new survey published by consumer watchdog Which? that claims labels on fish sold in some supermarkets don’t give shoppers the right information about how and where their fish is caught.
Which? is calling for clearer labeling, and gave the example that many brands and supermarkets label their tinned tuna “dolphin friendly,” but said this is… Read More