Environment & Sustainability
The U.S. Department of Commerce yesterday eliminated antidumping duty rates for two importers of Vietnamese swai (Pangasius bocourti).
According to an announcement in Monday's Federal Register, QVD Food Co. of Bellevue, Wash., and East Sea Seafoods Joint Venture Co. of Vietnam were awarded a 0 percent deposit rate for the third review period by the DOC. Their new rate will be implemented in the next few days.
A DOC spokesperson says East Sea… Read More
Trans-Ocean Products of Bellingham, Wash., on Wednesday named Acosta Fresh Foods as its 2007 Broker of the Year.
Acosta, based in Hackensack, N.J., was recognized for growing Trans-Ocean's market share of its Crab Classic surimi seafood product line by 42 percent in 2007, taking a leading 40.7 percent market share in metro New York.
"It's with great pleasure and pride that we recognize Acosta Fresh Foods' outstanding effort and dedication in… Read More
Consumer perception of seafood was frequently broached at this week's International Boston Seafood Show. At Monday's SeaFood Business Summit, panelists stressed the need to restore consumer confidence in farmed seafood in the wake of the import alert on Chinese product. At Tuesday's "Shrimp Forum," speakers emphasized the need to educate consumers about certification, which is minimizing the environmental and social effects of shrimp farming and… Read More
The Ocean Stewards Institute elected its first board of directors. The board consists of Brian O'Hanlon, president of Snapperfarm; Neil Sims, president of Kona Blue Water Farms; Patricia Parisi, communications manager of King's Seafood Co.; Chris Beattie, product manager of Skretting; Sean O'Scannlain, president and CEO of Fortune Fish Co.; and David Tze, managing director of Aquacopia Capital Management.
"The representation of the board truly… Read More
When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration placed five farmed-seafood species from China on import alert last June, many consumers believed Chinese seafood was unsafe to eat.
But that perception did not match reality, said Matt Fass, president of Maritime Products International in Newport News, Va., during the annual "SeaFood Business Summit: Improving the Safety of Farmed Seafood," held yesterday at the International Boston Seafood Show.… Read More
New products, new customers, new buzzwords. The International Boston Seafood Show, which opened yesterday without a hitch despite Friday's blinding snowstorm, always delivers something new for seafood buyers and suppliers. One constant over the years is talk of consolidation, and, according to one high-ranking seafood executive, 2008 is no exception.
"More than likely, as the seafood industry continues to mature worldwide and the marketplace… Read More
The Marine Stewardship Council, the London-based nonprofit that promotes sustainable fisheries, continues to make inroads into the U.S. market.
Last year, Oregon pink shrimp and tuna caught by the American Albacore Fishing Association became the world's first shrimp and tuna products, respectively, to receive the MSC eco-label certifying they're sustainably harvested. Also in 2007, Green Eye Hot Pollock Roe processed by Trident Seafoods of… Read More
Exxon should pay the damages it owes as a result of the Valdez oil spill in 1989, says the National Fisheries Institute of McLean, Va.
On Wednesday the Supreme Court will hear arguments surrounding the $2.5 billion dollar punitive damage verdict against Exxon.
"Alaska's fishing industry and the broader seafood communities were impacted by the devastating effects of the spill nearly two decades ago," said NFI president John Connelly in a… Read More
Major fish stocks around the world could collapse within decades due to global warming, pollution and overfishing, United Nations officials said last week.
"You overlay all of this and you are potentially putting a death nail in the coffin of the world fisheries," Achim Steiner, head of the U.N. Environment Program, said at a news conference in Monaco.
In a report released on Friday, new research shows rising ocean surface temperatures and… Read More
Mar-Lees Seafood (booth 1015) and Amazing Food Manufacturers (booth 2056) beat out more than 90 entries to win today's International Boston Seafood Show 2008 New Products Competition.
The awards were presented at the Culinary Demonstration Theater on the show floor.
Mar-Lees' Nantucket Supreme Miso Crusted Salmon with Wheat Noodles and Vegetables took home the best retail product award, while AFMâ??s Chef Papillote Mediterranean Salmon won… Read More