Fisheries officials in New Brunswick, Canada, and representatives from Darden Restaurants yesterday signed a pact to promote sustainable lobster harvests.
"There are too many fishermen chasing too small a resource," Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet told Canada's Telegraph-Journal. The two sides have committed to "habitat enhancement, lobster science and management measures."
The agreement in part supports a pilot lobster hatchery project in… Read More
The Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association (APICDA) of Anchorage, Alaska, on Friday announced it purchased the western Aleutian Islands golden king crab processor quota from Unisea, Royal Aleutian Seafoods and Westward Seafoods, a move that will bring crab processing to Atka.
In addition, APICDA and Atxam Corp., the Native American village corporation for Atka, formed a new company. The Aleutian Crab Co. will custom… Read More
The Chesapeake Bay blue crab population remained below the long-term average last year, according to a report released yesterday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Steering Committee.
The 2007 harvest of 43.5 million pounds was the lowest recorded since 1945.
The population of spawning-age blue crabs (Callinectes sapidus) in Chesapeake Bay in 2007-08 was 120 million crabs, down from 143 million in 2006-07.… Read More
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has signed a decree prohibiting Russia from exporting fish harvested from the Barents Sea beginning in 2009, the Russian News Service reported late last week.
The decree is intended to curb illegal fishing and prevent Russian trawlers from reloading their catch onto foreign freight vessels.
The decree, which includes fishing in the Barents Sea, Baltic Sea, Black Sea and Caspian Sea, comes as the… Read More
Food and Wine magazine has announced the four winners of its Eco-Ocean Awards for their commitment to sustainable seafood.
Since 1989, North Atlantic Salmon Fund of Iceland has helped decrease salmon fishing in the Atlantic by 75 percent, raising and distributing about $40 million to fishermen who stop catching overfished Atlantic salmon. Additionally, the company helps the fishermen find new jobs.
CleanFish of San Francisco supports… Read More
After a two year investigation by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, five Florida fishermen and seafood dealers and two men in Georgia were indicted last week on 54 counts in U.S. District Court in Albany, Ga., for allegedly conspiring to illegally transport more than $200,000 worth of fish across state lines, mislabeling fish and falsifying documents.
James and Guy… Read More
Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt yesterday lauded the ability of independent, third-party certification programs to improve food safety and highlighted the farmed shrimp industry's efforts in his blog.
In his latest entry, "Safety at the Speed of Life-Blog 4," Leavitt detailed his recent trips to Vietnam and Central America to meet representatives of the countries' shrimp-producing industries. Both regions are key… Read More
After Malaysia voluntarily canceled seafood exports to the European Union last month, Malaysian Agriculture Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed announced this week that his department would strengthen seafood production standards to avoid a similar setback in the future.
Two committees have been formed to help Malaysia's seafood industry recover. One committee examines technical details and finds solutions to help seafood producers comply with EU… Read More
The European Union's top health official says a team of food-safety inspectors will visit China in October due to the increased presence of unsanitary seafood imports from the Asian country, the Associated Press reported yesterday.
The EU found 355 problematic seafood imports from China last year, or 12 percent of all unsanitary food products imported into the 27-nation community.
European Union Health Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou says… Read More
The British Columbia provincial government on Tuesday committed $100,000 to help its commercial fisheries obtain Marine Stewardship Council certification to prove its fisheries are sustainable and well managed.
The London-based nonprofit says that within two to three years all of the province’s major commercial fisheries will either be certified as sustainable or in the full-assessment phase of the certification process.
"British… Read More