A Chignik Bay, Alaska, seafood processing plant owned by Trident Seafoods was destroyed by fire Monday. Three employees sustained injuries from smoke inhalation.
Crews from the plant and a local construction company assisted firefighters from the small village in battling the blaze that began around 1:30 p.m. The fire soon raged out of control, forcing emergency responders and about 250 workers to evacuate due to fears that nearby ammonia… Read More
Bell Aquaculture yesterday broke ground on its new corporate headquarters and a 27,000-square-foot indoor yellow perch processing facility in Redkey, Ind.
Construction should be completed by year's end, and the complex will employ about 70 workers at full capacity.
In March, Bell Aquaculture opened the nation's largest yellow perch (Perca flavescens) farm in Albany, Ind. But it currently has an annual production capacity of less than… Read More
Phillips Foods announced yesterday that it was awarded a U.S. patent for its Culinary Crab crabmeat in late June. The product, launched last year, is a formulation of large lumps of crabmeat made from smaller pieces.
Culinary Crab is made using a blend of 100 percent crabmeat, including lump and flake body meat, to give customers consistently sized and shaped pieces similar to jumbo lump crabmeat.
The Baltimore company researched the… Read More
An anti-farmed salmon organization aims to take its "Farm-Free Salmon Pledge" to restaurants and retailers nationwide after taping a Rachael Ray segment on July 20.
"Once the no-farmed pledge grows to 50 restaurants, then to 100, then hundreds worldwide, less farmed salmon will be purchased," said Kenny Belov, co-owner and general manager of "Fish." in Sausalito, Calif.
Belov formed "Fish or Cut Bait" (www.focb.org), an organization in… Read More
Chile's farmed salmon industry will increase production this year but will continue to expand in the future, despite recent sanitary problems, says Rodrigo Infante, general manager of the SalmonChile trade organization.
Admitting the industry had a lot of sanitary issues to deal with, Infante said growth this year would be "nil" but adds, "We think 2009-2010 should be a much better space with growth recovered."
Chile is churning out more… Read More
Cermaq reported today that it expects its farmed salmon production to total 50,000 metric tons, 3,000 metric tons less than its previous projection, due to sea lice infestation and the outbreak of infectious salmon anemia (ISA) in Chile.
Sea lice and ISA have increased mortality rates and reduced the average slaughter weight in Chile, driving up the Norwegian company's cost of production by 2.5 krone (49 cents) per kilogram from the first… Read More
New test results are showing high levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) in lobster tomalley, say Maine health officials, which last week advised consumers to avoid eating the substance.
Tomalley is a soft, green substance found in the body cavity of the lobster. It functions as the liver.
"Much like the liver of other animals, the tomalley serves as a natural filter for contaminants that are in the water," says Dr. Dora Anne… Read More
I don't think the per capita consumption statistics recently reported is an entirely accurate measure of actual consumption.
[The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] computes the figure based upon a "disappearance" statistical model. In this case, NOAA combines imports and domestic landings, and subtracts out decreases in supply such as exports, and that total is divided into the population value to arrive at a per capita… Read More
The government of Philippines' Catanduanes province last week approved $66,500 for a province-wide crab coalition that would fight rampant smuggling operations of crab larvae and young crabs to other provinces.
The coalition of government and private groups will establish parameters for collection and standardization of crab nursery operations as well as grow-out techniques from larvae to young crabs. It will also regulate distribution of… Read More
A coalition of 14 dietary specialists spoke out yesterday in opposition of a study released earlier this month that claimed farmed tilapia contains a potentially hazardous balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids for patients vulnerable to inflammation.
Published in the July edition of Journal of the American Dietetic Association, the study was led by Floyd "Ski" Chilton, Ph.D., professor of physiology and pharmacology and director of the… Read More