Washington Post food writer Ylan Mui reported in her blog today that Giant Food will stop selling shark, orange roughy and Chilean sea bass until the species' populations rebound.
The Landover, Md.-based retailer, with about 184 stores in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and Washington, D.C., will begin selling the more environmentally friendly longline Pacific cod instead.
The company's seafood buyers are also ranking their purchases on how… Read More
The Marine Stewardship Council says that a change of clients is permitted and is not unprecedented under its sustainable-seafood certification program.
The Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G) earlier this week asked the London-based nonprofit whether it could be replaced as the client for the Alaska salmon fisheries, which were first certified as sustainable in 2000 and recertified last November.
In a July 22 letter to MSC… Read More
Margaret McLellan, corporate chef of Shucks Maine Lobster and Native Maine Produce, was dubbed "2008 Maine Lobster Chef of the Year" at last night's Governor's Tasting and Cook-Off at the Blaine House in Augusta, Maine.
Hosted by the Maine Lobster Promotion Council, the two-hour event featured five finalists, selected from a record number of entries from across the state.
Picked by a panel of four judges, McLellan's winning dish was Maine… Read More
Two shrimp processing plants in Myanmar were recently shut down in the wake of an executive decree issued by U.S. President Bush on May 1 to expand U.S. trade sanctions on Myanmar. The executive order specified that no U.S. person or company import any products from Myanmar.
The two factories, Shwe Tharawan and Shwe Yamon, are reportedly either shrimp processing or cold storage facilities, located in the Satro Kya Creek in Sittwe, the state… Read More
In a July 22 letter to Marine Stewardship Council CEO Rupert Howes, Alaska Fish & Game Commissioner Denby Lloyd said his agency is reviewing its status as an MSC client for the state's salmon fishery.
The ADF&G, said Lloyd, is in a unique position - it's the only fishery management agency serving as an MSC client and therefore does not benefit from the market penetration MSC-labeled seafood products, such as Alaska salmon, enjoy.
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The Marine Stewardship Council on Monday launched its new fishery assessment method, which is designed to improve the quality and consistency of the London-based nonprofit's assessment process, used to certify fisheries and well managed and sustainable.
The previous method required independent certifiers to create an assessment tree for each fishery. The new method provides a default tree that will be used as the basis for all new… Read More
Nearly all of the most popular seafood species consumed in the United States held their respective positions on the National Fisheries Institute's Top 10 list for 2007, released yesterday.
The top nine species on the McLean, Va., trade association's list remain unchanged from 2006. Consumption of shrimp, which has held the top spot since 2001, fell by three-tenths of a pound to 4.1 pounds per capita. Most shrimp consumed in the United States… Read More
Norwegian fishery authorities have extended the zone of open king crab harvests to curtail the crustacean’s rapid spread in the country's northern waters.
Citing a press release from the Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, Norwegian newspaper Barents Observer reported yesterday that unrestricted catch of the crab has been extended to parts of the Porsanger Fjord and areas east of the 26 longitude.
Scientists introduced… Read More
Last week, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Department of Marine Resources re-issued a health advisory to remind people to consume shellfish safely.
In this advisory, Dr. Dora Mills reminds people to discard and not eat the tomalley ("the green stuff") from lobsters. Dr. Mills has since clarified this issue with a personal note:
"Lobster is safe to eat, and I hope people are enjoying it as I and my family are,"… Read More
Great Eastern Mussel Farms of Tenants Harbor, Maine, announced yesterday that it is immediately shutting down the company and laying off its 40 full-time employees.
The 30-year-old company blamed its demise on increased regulatory challenges, rising energy costs and competition from Canada.
Founded in 1978 by Endicott "Chip" Davison, the 30-year-old company was one of Maine’s largest mussel producers and a pioneer in the state’s mussel… Read More