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Seafood Choices Alliance yesterday announced the 2008 finalists for its annual Seafood Champions awards. The finalists were named during the Seafood Summit in Barcelona, Spain.
The finalists are the Association du Grand Littoral Atlantique of France; Australis Aquaculture of Turner Falls, Mass.; Bantry Bay Seafood of Bantry, County Cork, Ireland; Mike Mitchell of Foodvest in the United Kingdom; The Plitt Co. of Chicago; Carl Salamone of… Read More
Oceana and the New York Times stoked the food-scare fire last week, each publishing reports claiming the methylmercury content of the swordfish and sushi-grade tuna they had tested approached or exceeded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's limit of 1 part per million. At least one supermarket chain - Harris Teeter, which Oceana cited in its report - reacted by agreeing to post mercury-warning signs in its seafood departments. The Matthews,… Read More
The National Fisheries Institute on Thursday called the New York Times' Wednesday report on mercury in sushi-grade tuna ''erroneous'' and ''alarmist, activist-driven journalism at its worst [that] should be treated with extreme skepticism.''
In the story, ''High Mercury Levels Are Found in Tuna Sushi,'' Times reporter Marian Burros wrote about laboratory tests that showed that sushi-grade tuna purchased at 20 Manhattan stores and restaurants… Read More
Canadian fisheries scientists are criticizing the conclusions of a study that predicted wild pink salmon runs in British Columbia could be driven to extinction by sea lice infestation caused by nearby fish farms.
The Pacific Salmon Forum, which is funded by the provincial government, will host a Feb. 7 meeting of the Science Advisory Committee to discuss the study's findings. The lead author of the report, University of Alberta graduate… Read More
The World Wildlife Fund's Mollusk Aquaculture Dialogues will continue this winter and spring to develop standards for certifying mollusks farmed in North America.
Participating mollusk-aquaculture stakeholders will create standards to minimize or eliminate negative environmental effects of mollusk farming.
The process of identifying criteria and indicators began last week in North Carolina and will continue Feb. 11 in Orlando, Fla., and… Read More
Mercury in seafood - has any other food-safety issue been more grievously misreported by the mainstream media and, as a result, less understood by consumers? There's no questioning the naturally occurring neurotoxin's harm; studies have linked methylmercury contamination to delayed fetal development and health problems in adults. But the source of mercury is controversial. Environmental groups inform consumers that seafood is the main culprit,… Read More
Eight out of 10 swordfish samples randomly purchased in northern California and southern Florida supermarkets had mercury levels that exceeded the federal action level, according to the company that conducted the tests.
Micro Analytical Systems (MASI) of San Rafael, Calif., purchased 142 samples of tuna, swordfish and halibut at 19 supermarkets in November and December last year. Of the 41 swordfish samples it tested, 80 percent… Read More
Online retailer FreshDirect announced yesterday that it has partnered with Blue Ocean Institute and the Marine Stewardship Council to provide certified sustainable seafood to its customers.
The online retailer is using a stoplight-designed format for more than 40 species of seafood, with the sustainability information provided by Blue Ocean. Green-rated species are relatively abundant in the areas they are caught; yellow-rated species have… Read More
Cochran's Seafood hides well off Florida A1A, tucked in Crescent Beach south of St. Augustine. If you look for it, the small sign at the head of the sandy road is easy to miss. You'll never see an advertisement for the shop. The business is open only a half-day on Fridays and all day Saturday. And, if you look for it in the telephone book, you're wasting your time. "We sell 95 percent of our oysters by word of mouth," says Michael Cochran, who… Read More
SFB Staff - Ocean Beauty Seafood released a press statement yesterday apologizing for the deaths of 22 bald eagles in Kodiak, Alaska.
The eagles were accidentally killed while attempting to feed on a truckload of fish waste at an Ocean Beauty processing plant on Friday.
As of yesterday 30 birds that survived the incident are close to recovery. However Ocean Beauty today will fly 13 of the surviving eagles to the Bird Treatment and Learning… Read More