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The Solidarity Center yesterday explained why it declined to identify the shrimp processing plants it cited in its 40-page report documenting extensive labor abuse in Southeast Asia's shrimp industry.
For the "The True Cost of Shrimp," the Washington, D.C., human rights organization interviewed workers at 15 shrimp processing facilities in Thailand and 10 in Bangladesh. But it named only one of the plants, Ranya Paew, which Thai authorities… Read More
Twelve of Louisiana's top chefs will compete for the title of King or Queen of Louisiana Seafood and will represent the state at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off on Aug. 2 and 3 in New Orleans.
The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board (LSPMB) is presenting the premiere of the Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off on Saturday, May 24, at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans as part of the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience Grand… Read More
Prince Edward Island lobstermen will give away free lobsters next Wednesday at a shopping mall in Charlottetown to protest low ex-vessel prices.
"We may as well give them away, for all we are making from the processors now," lobsterman Joe Banks told the Associated Press.
The Price Protest Lobster Giveaway is being organized by members of the Eastern Kings Fishermen's Association who are fed up with what they describe as price… Read More
Del Monte Foods Co. said Wednesday it's relocating about 100 marketing and related positions from its 500-person operation in Pittsburgh to its corporate headquarters in San Francisco. Positions moving include its StarKist tuna operations.
The move will centralize the company's marketing operations, which will "enhance the company's focus on marketing strategy, innovation and execution," according to a statement.
Heading up the marketing… Read More
Vitarich Corp., a Philippines livestock company, has announced its commitment to assist entrepreneurs opening pangasius farms in the Philippines. Rogelio Sarmiento, the company's chairman, explained that Vitarich, which markets antibiotic-free pangasius feeds, would offer its skills and expertise to local farmers.
Pangasius is now a multi-billion industry in Vietnam. Vitarich National Marketing Manager Jose de Leon Angeles is optimistic that… Read More
U.S. seafood imports from China, led by shrimp and catfish, exceeded $2 billion last year, representing more than half of total U.S. food imports from the Asian country, reports the U.S. Census Bureau.
U.S. imports of all goods from China totaled $321 billion.
The figures were released this week as U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt and U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach visit China to… Read More
The price of Vietnamese tra catfish has been declining over the past couple of months, with estimated total loss of over $18,500. Earlier this month, one kilogram of tra sold for an average of 89.7 cents. It has since bottomed out at 85.4 cents, before settling at 86.6 cents this week.
Nguyen Thien Phap, a tra farmer from Phu Tan in An Giang province, said he sold 100 tons of tra to local processor Cadonimex for 86 cents a kilo, losing… Read More
The Western Fishboat Owners Association (WFOA) will launch a Web site this weekend dedicated to U.S.-caught Pacific albacore tuna.
The site, www.pacificalbacore.com, will feature recipes, nutritional information, a history of the Northwest albacore fishery and details of where to purchase fresh and canned albacore products.
"Sustainable seafood is a hot topic right now. People are visiting their local markets, looking for sustainably caught… Read More
The United States has appealed a Feb. 29 World Trade Organization ruling that its practice of collecting cash deposits in the form of bonds from Indian and Thai shrimp exporters subject to antidumping tariffs violates international trade law.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection enacted the practice in 2004 to curb tariff evasion. India and Thailand are two of the six Asian and Latin American countries the U.S. Department of Commerce slapped with… Read More
Due largely to the outbreak of the infectious salmon anemia (ISA) virus in Chile, Marine Harvest ASA, the world's largest salmon producer, today reported an operating loss of 65 million kroner ($12.8 million) in the first quarter of this year, compared to a profit of 552 million kroner ($108.7 million) during the same period last year.
Revenues totaled 3,080 million kroner ($606.5 million), down from 3,795 million kroner ($747.3 million).… Read More