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Commercial fishermen in Oregon, Washington and California die at a much higher rate than other occupations, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
After analyzing data from 2000 to 2006, the CDC said those three states saw a combined annual average of 238 deaths per 100,000 fishermen, roughly double the national average for the same period and nearly 60 times higher than the overall U.S.… Read More
The relationship between the seafood industry and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) has come a long way. Now seafood buyers and sellers actively work together with the conservation community to minimize the environmental and social impacts of commercial fishing and aquaculture, evident during last week's European Seafood Exposition. But one NGO still protests like it's 1968 to get its message across in 2008.
Make no mistake, the NGO in… Read More
Researchers at the University of Prince Edward Island's Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown yesterday announced they have developed a vaccine that is effective against a destructive salmon parasite.
Lead researcher Dr. David J. Speare's team has worked on the vaccine, which works to prevent microsporidial gill disease in farmed salmon, for more than a decade. The disease, caused by the parasite Loma salmonae, typically results in… Read More
After a recommendation from the governor's Marine Life Protection Act Blue Ribbon Task Force, California may ban fishing in a network of protected marine areas. The goal is to protect diminishing populations of rock fish, sea lions, abalone, birds and other aquatic life.
The task force is urging the creation of 24 protected areas where fishing would be restricted or banned in state waters within 3 miles of shore. The proposal calls for nine… Read More
I believe Ewell Smith when he says it feels like yesterday that Hurricane Katrina struck his beloved hometown of New Orleans. Smith, executive director of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board here, is one of the fortunate southern Louisianans whose home was not irreparably harmed by the winds and floodwaters of one of the worst storms in our nation's history. But make no mistake, unaffected he is not - many of Smith's close… Read More
Three leading U.S. food trade associations on Thursday said an inspection plan for imported seafood would add costly bureaucracy and do little to enhance the safety of the nation's seafood supply.
In a letter to the House and Senate agriculture committees, the National Fisheries Institute, the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the National Restaurant Association said language added to the Farm Bill that would include seafood in the list of… Read More
Bell Aquaculture last month began operating a yellow perch farm in Albany, Ind. The first fish should be available next spring.
The farm, which the company touts as the country's largest yellow perch farm, will market its fish to the foodservice market as Bell Perchâ?¢, says President and COO Michael Miller. Yellow perch is a popular pan fish in the Great Lakes region and has a mild, sweet flavor with firm white flesh and low fat levels.… Read More
GlobalGAP introduced farmed shrimp certification standards during a press conference at the Holiday Inn Court Garden, next to the Brussels Exhibition Grounds, yesterday.
Founded by the Euro-Retailer Produce Working Group (EUREP) in 1997, the private GlobalGAP (Good Aquaculture Practices) establishes voluntary certification standards for agricultural and aquaculture products worldwide. About 100,000 farms in 80 countries participate in the… Read More
On Tuesday the Jersey Seafood campaign, an expanded branding and marketing campaign for New Jersey seafood, was launched. The goal of the campaign is to label approved fish as sustainably harvested so they become a value-added product in the marketplace.
Operating under the support of the state department of agriculture's $800,000-a-year Jersey Fresh promotional effort, the Jersey Seafood program will sell only fish that meet environmental and… Read More
The New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries yesterday announced it will implement, effective May 1, interim measures to mitigate the environmental impact of bottom trawling.
The measures are designed to avoid and manage adverse impacts to vulnerable marine ecosystems from bottom trawling by focusing fishing activity on areas that are likely to have already been significantly affected, and by minimizing the impact of fishing in other areas.
An area… Read More