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Groups Oppose Offshore Drilling in Bristol Bay
Environmental groups Defenders of Wildlife and the World Wildlife Fund yesterday said the federal government's plans for oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Bristol Bay will harm commercial and recreational fishing throughout the region.
The Interior Department's Minerals Management Service (MMS) will publish a call for nominations today in the Federal Register soliciting interest in drilling in… Read More
Opening this week's second annual Assam Fish Festival, the state's Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi pointed out that Assam, with its statewide water assets, should be able to produce enough seafood for the state's consumption and have excess to export.
Gogoi suggested adopting technologies used in the states of Punjab and Haryana to improve Assam's seafood production, as well as its food production in general.
Responding to Gogoi, Nurjamal Sarkar,… Read More
Aker Seafoods, one of Norway's largest seafood processors, yesterday shut down parts of its plant in Norland after repeated hygiene complaints from officials at state food inspector Mattilsynet.
Inspectors charged that improvements regarding sanitation in food preparation areas had not been carried out.
Aker officials pre-empted a closure order by closing the affected portions of the plant itself.
The facility produces a wide variety of… Read More
March 5, 2008 - Chile has declined to extend the term of the head of its National Fishing Service (SERNAPESCA), which oversees the country's fisheries and aquaculture operations, the Santiago Times reported yesterday.
Ines Montalva was under pressure for the way she handled last year's outbreak of infectious salmon anemia, which has stymied Chile's salmon-farming industry. She was replaced this week with Felix Inostroza Cortes.
Some members… Read More
U.S. per capita shrimp consumption is expected to drop in 2007, said Howard Johnson, president of H.M. Johnson and Associates in Jacksonville, Ore., at today's Annual Shrimp Forum during the International Boston Seafood Show.
U.S. per capita shrimp consumption reached a record 4.4 pounds in 2006, up from 4.1 pounds in 2005. Shrimp surpassed canned tuna to become America's favorite seafood in 2001.
The anticipated drop in consumption, said… Read More
For the first time in more than a decade, U.S. shrimp imports dropped from the previous year, down 5.7 percent to 1.23 billion pounds in 2007.
Shrimp imports from China fell 29 percent to 106.7 million pounds in 2007, more than any other country among the top 15 suppliers to the United States. Last June, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration put shrimp and four other farmed-seafood species from China on automatic detention due to the increased… Read More
Christine Blank, freelance business writer and editor, reporting for SFB from the World Aquaculture Societyâ??s Aquaculture America in Orlando, Fla.
Organic aquaculture standards are still a year or more away, said George Lockwood, chairman of the U.S. Department of Agricultureâ??s National Organic Program Aquaculture Working Group, at this weekâ??s Aquaculture America 2008 in Orlando, Fla..
While the Working Group and the National Organic… Read More
The International Pacific Halibut Commission yesterday recommended a 7.3 percent cut in the 2008 halibut quota, bringing the total allowable catch to 60.4 million pounds. Last year’s quota was 65.1 million pounds.
The announcement was made at the commission’s annual meeting in Portland, Ore. In December, the commission recommended a 10 percent cut in the halibut quota, to 59.24 million pounds. The regulations for the 2008 halibut fishery
Trans-Ocean Products of Bellingham, Wash., will launch a national consumer advertising campaign for its Crab Classic brand of surimi seafood, beginning with spots in the February issues of five leading women’s magazines.
The February issues of Women’s Day, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes &amp; Gardens, Family Circle and Ladies Home Journal will feature the ads, which promote Crab Classic as “Today’s Healthy Catch.” Including a
Trans-Ocean Products of Bellingham, Wash., announced Wednesday that it will close its 56,000-square-foot surimi processing plant in Salem, Ore., by July 1. The company will consolidate all of its surimi-processing assets at its Bellingham facility.
Trans-Ocean President Rick Dutton said in a press release yesterday that the closure’s purpose is to improve efficiency and reduce costs.
“Consolidating production at one plant will streamline our