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Fiona Robinson, SeaFood Business associate publisher and editor

Published on
April 16, 2008

SeaFood Business has published Seafood Currents three times a week for more than a year and readership has grown steadily in that time. Tomorrow readers will see the next generation of Seafood Currents, called SeafoodSource News. The upgrade will include international seafood industry news and frequency will increase to five days a week. Currents began publishing in January to www.SeafoodSource.com, a site developed by SFB parent company

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
April 16, 2008

A new report from the World Wildlife Fund, "Illegal Fishing in Arctic Waters," states that illegal fishing for Atlantic cod and walleye pollock in the Arctic threatens the health of important fisheries worldwide, decreasing fish's abilities to adapt, survive and cope with climate change.

The report analyzes Barents Sea cod and Russian walleye pollock catches, which account for about one quarter of the world's whitefish supply.

The WWF report

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
April 16, 2008

The World Wildlife Fund Aquaculture Dialogues is seeking nominations by April 30 for the Technical Working Groups that will draft sustainability standards for pangasius certification.

Formed by mid-May, the TWGs will develop recommendations for the standards, which are designed to minimize or eliminate the six to eight main environmental and social impacts of pangasius farming so the industry can grow in a sustainable manner. The impacts, such

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
April 16, 2008

The Southern Shrimp Alliance yesterday called on the U.S. Trade Representative to appeal the World Trade Organization's Feb. 29 ruling that the U.S. practice of collecting cash deposits in the form of bonds from Thai and Indian shrimp exporters subject to antidumping tariffs violates international trade law.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection enacted the practice in mid-2004 to curb tariff evasion on farmed seafood and produce products, and

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
April 16, 2008

Shetland Seafood Auctions today reported an increase in landings for 2007 with an 18 percent rise in the value of whitefish and a 14 percent increase in volume to 12,969 metric tons.

Results are attributed to an increase in fleet size to 26 vessels, in addition to landings by 51 Scottish boats, five Scandinavian, one Irish and one English vessel.

"I'm delighted that, once again, we've experienced an increase in the value and [volume] of

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
April 15, 2008

Marine Harvest announced on yesterday that it closed its Chinquihue processing plant in Puerto Montt, Chile, due to the outbreak of the infectious salmon anemia virus, which has curbed the Norwegian company's farmed-salmon production.

The facility is for sale, and about 600 employees lost their jobs.

The closing is part of a larger restructuring of Marine Harvest's Chilean operations, which will continue over the next few months. The

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By

Steven Hedlund

Published on
April 14, 2008

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

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
April 14, 2008

Richard and Raymond Canastra, owners of the Whaling City Seafood Display Auction in New Bedford, Mass., today opened a daily seafood auction in Boston.

The auction opened at Marine Industrial Park in Boston's seafood processing district.

Seafood from Boston, Gloucester, Provincetown and Chatham, Mass., and ports in Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York and Maine will be displayed to seafood inspectors in a refrigerated room. The live

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
April 14, 2008

Patrick Bertoletti slurped 35 dozen oysters in 8 minutes to garner The Acme World Oyster Eating championship during New Orleans' French Quarter Festival on Saturday. Chicagoan Bertoletti, a.k.a. "Deep Dish," is ranked second in the world, according to Major League Eating records.

Bertoletti has posted numerous eating records, including eating 21 pounds of grits in 10 minutes. He also holds the endurance oyster eating record, having downed

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
April 11, 2008

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

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