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Michael Mackey, SeafoodSource contributing editor, reporting from Lima, Peru

Published on
July 22, 2008

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

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
July 21, 2008

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

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
July 21, 2008

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

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
July 21, 2008

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

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Linda Salim, for SeafoodSource from Surabaya, Indonesia

Published on
July 18, 2008

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

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
July 18, 2008

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

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
July 18, 2008

Americans didn't eat quite as much seafood in 2007 as they did the previous year.

U.S. per-capita seafood consumption slipped from 16.5 pounds in 2006 to 16.3 pounds last year, the National Marine Fisheries Service reported yesterday. It reached a record 16.6 pounds in 2004.

Shrimp consumption fell from 4.4 pounds in 2006 to 4.1 pounds last year, the same total seen in 2005. The drop in shrimp consumption mirrors the drop in shrimp

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Linda Salim, for SeafoodSource from Surabaya, Indonesia

Published on
July 17, 2008

Earlier this week, Dr. Saidul Islam of the Department of Sociology at the University of York in Toronto wrote a review on the Bangladeshi shrimp industry and the challenges it faces. The second largest foreign currency earner, bringing in $515 million last fiscal year, the shrimp industry is important for the Bangladesh economy. Producing 5 percent of the world's shrimp output, the Bangladesh government targets an increased income of more than

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
July 17, 2008

Vietnam's pangasius exports are projected to surpass 500,000 metric tons this year, generating more than $1.2 billion, Ngo Phuoc Hau, VP of the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Processors and chairman of its Freshwater Fish Committee, told Asia Pulse today.

He said Mekong Delta processors are producing large tra weighing more than 1.1 kilograms (2.4 pounds) each, which represent 70 to 80 percent of the raw material supply.

So

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
July 17, 2008

The World Trade Organization's Appellate Body yesterday upheld a previous ruling that the United States violated international trade law by requiring foreign shrimp exporters subject to antidumping tariffs to post a bond covering the tariffs' full amount.

The complaint was brought by Thailand and India, two of the six countries subject to U.S. shrimp antidumping tariffs. A WTO panel ruled in favor of Thailand and India in February, and the

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