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Mar. 26--The establishment of an organic certification body has moved Thailand a step closer to becoming one of the world's leading production and exporting countries for premium-grade shrimp.
Officially opened yesterday at the Fisheries Department, the Organic Agricultural and Farm Products Certification Office will be the national body to accredit organic farm products for export. It operates under the criteria outlined by the International… Read More
Thailand's Department of Fisheries launched an Organic Agricultural and Farm Products Certification Office on Wednesday. Using the guidelines of International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, the Certification Office will be granting organic-certified status to agriculture and farming product exporters.
During the launch, Somying Piumsomboon, director general of Thailand's fisheries department, explained that the department worked… Read More
Southstream Seafoods of Warwick, R.I., yesterday added Ken Cairns to its growing sales team.
Cairns, who lives in Clayton, N.C., has more than 20 years of food distribution and sales experience. His new responsibilities will be directed toward distributor, restaurant chain and retail customer growth in the Southeast.
Southstream Seafoods' frozen whitefish products are marketed under the Frostmark brand. The company operates sales offices… Read More
Virginia officials yesterday endorsed plans to grow 1.3 million Asian oysters in state waters this June, despite objections from federal environmental agencies.
The Virginia Marine Resources Commission voted unanimously for the proposal from the Virginia Seafood Council, a trade group, to place the species in cages and bags in waters off the Eastern Shore and in Chesapeake Bay.
The Asian species -- also known as ariakensis or the Chinese… Read More
The environmental and animal-rights community has maintained a constant presence in the seafood industry throughout the years, so the launch of yet another green campaign often goes unnoticed. Except when the operation is the brainchild of Greenpeace, perhaps the loosest cannon in the NGO (non-governmental organization) armada. The activist group is grabbing U.S. seafood retailers' attention, surveying them about their purchasing philosophies… Read More
A new shrimp-breeding facility in India will soon be constructed in the Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh. An agreement between India's National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) and Hong Kong-based Moana Technologies was signed in New Delhi on March 20. On hand to witness the agreement was Shri Sharad Pawar, India's minister of agriculture, who is also the chairman of the NFDB.
Pawar is confident that the new breeding facility will… Read More
For many Americans, Easter ranks right up there with Christmas as a popular holiday to head home to spend time with family and enjoy good food. Yesterday's holiday marked the end of Lent, the period in which seafood-related businesses typically make a significant portion of their annual sales. But with the economy leaning toward a recession, did consumers actually turn to fish on Fridays and include seafood in their holiday meal this year?
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Oceanex on Friday announced plans to ramp up its service to accommodate Newfoundland fish processors and international container line customers.
Oceanex, which operates from St. John's and Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Montreal and Halifax, will add 40 new electrical reefer plugs at its terminal facility in St. John's and 20 in Corner Brook, according to Sid Hynes, the company's executive chairman.
During the peak summer months, Oceanex will… Read More
Mississippi catfish farmers received $8.1 million in federal disaster relief for losses sustained during the hot summer of 2006, according to a report in the Delta Farm Press.
Jim Steeby, a Mississippi State University Extension Service catfish specialist based in Belzoni, Miss., helped producers secure the assistance at the request of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce. Steeby used the data to show that the state's catfish… Read More
The Environmental Defense Fund of New York announced Wednesday that consumers now can access information from its "Seafood Selector To-Go" Web site with their mobile devices.
The site, http://m.edf.org/seafood, is designed to provide consumers easy access to health and environmental information for more than 200 seafood choices when at restaurants or retail outlets. The program is a result of EDF and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch… Read More