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Shrimp reached a landmark in 2001 when it overtook canned tuna as America's No. 1 seafood, in terms of per capita consumption. But the emergence of Shrimp Market, an Aventura, Fla.-based quick-service concept specializing in shrimp, is an indication that the crustacean now classifies as mainstream American fare, on par with hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza.
Shrimp Market opened its first restaurant at Aventura Mall a year ago. It debuted its… Read More
The Pacific Fishery Management Council voted Thursday to cancel all commercial salmon fishing off California and Oregon this year due to the collapse of the Sacramento River king salmon population.
This year's West Coast salmon harvest is forecast to be one of the worst on record - Washington's salmon fishery, due to open May 1, is also projected to be lackluster this year.
"For the entire West Coast, this is the worst in history," Don… Read More
Shrimp carbonara, coconut shrimp, shrimp cocktail and Cajun jambalaya shrimp hardly sound like the fare typically found in a mall food court.
But Shrimp Market is trying to show consumers that shrimp can be affordable enough to enjoy on a regular basis. It may be the first quick-service restaurant specializing in shrimp.
The Aventura company opened its first store a year ago in Aventura Mall and is ready to roll out the concept with 14 more… Read More
Christopher Bentley has been appointed director of operations for Orlando-based Legacy Sea Products.
A seafood industry veteran, Bentley most recently served as director of operations for Fruge Seafood Co. of Grand Prairie, Texas. He also worked as general manager for Bar Harbor Seafood and operations manager for Star Shrimp, both in Orlando, and plant manager at Tampa Maid Sea Products in Tampa, Fla.
Bentley also spent 12 years in the… Read More
The Acme Oyster House, in New Orleans, yesterday announced the Acme World Oyster-Eating Championship will return after a two-year hiatus.
The event will take place Saturday during the French Quarter Festival.
Contestants in the 8-minute all-you-can-eat contest include Chicago chef Pat "Deep Dish" Bertoletti, ranked second in the world; Crazy Legs Conti, winner of the championship in 2002; Julie Lee of Baltimore, ranked 10th; Gravy Brown of… Read More
The U.S. government is frequently (and often justifiably) criticized for its excessive spending of taxpayer dollars. Yet funding for projects that some consider frivolous, including some seafood-related research, is precious to others. So labeling all congressional earmarks as "pork," as one citizens' group does each year, misses the big picture. Conservatives and liberals agree on nearly nothing these days, but both sides must concede that… Read More
Maryland will cut its female blue crab harvest by up to 40 percent this year to protect the declining population in the Chesapeake Bay, the Associated Press reported yesterday.
Maryland lawmakers laid out three scenarios this week - a 20 percent cut in the state's blue crab harvest, a 30 percent cut and a 40 percent cut.
The state is expected to set a size limit of 6.5 inches on female crabs, which would cut the harvest by 16 percent and save… Read More
Converted Organics signed a two-year contract today with Pacific Choice Seafood, part of Pacific Seafood Group of Clackamas, Ore., to manufacture and distribute two organic fish-based fertilizers developed using fish byproducts.
The Boston-based company will partially process the fish waste at Pacific Choice's Eureka, Calif., processing facility using new equipment installed by Pacific Choice. Converted Organics will then deliver the… Read More
Landry's Restaurants Chairman, President and CEO Tilman Fertitta has reduced his buyout offer to $21 a share. Fertitta, who owns 39 percent of the Houston company and is trying to take it private, submitted a bid of $23.50 a share in late January.
In a letter to Landry's, Fertitta said the credit market has deteriorated since his initial offer more than two months ago, making it much more expensive to obtain the debt financing required for… Read More
Harvest Select Catfish, of Uniontown, Ala., has appointed Randy Rhodes president, effective May 19.
A veteran of the catfish and seafood processing industry, Rhodes previously worked as president of national sales and marketing for Inland Seafood of Atlanta and as VP of sales and marketing at Southern Pride Catfish in Greensboro, Ala.
"I am delighted to be returning to the catfish industry," said Rhodes in a prepared statement today.… Read More