James Hook & Co., a Boston seafood distributor, resumed retail seafood sales just before the holiday weekend, about a month after fire destroyed its waterfront location.
The company is now running a temporary retail location at 339 Northern Ave. in South Boston, in a space donated by competitor P.J. Lobster. Hook is selling a variety of live shellfish, including lobsters, as well as fresh fish with advance notice.
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A month-long squabble between Roger Berkowitz and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority continued as Independence Day neared when the president and CEO of Legal Sea Foods turned a cheeky ad campaign into a free speech crusade. Though Berkowitz may not be riding the T anytime soon, his Boston-based seafood restaurant chain is stirring up a lot of economical publicity at a time when consumers aren't dining out as frequently. It's a… Read More
Barton Seaver has reportedly left his post as chef at Hook, a Washington, D.C., restaurant focused on sustainable seafood.
According to the Washington Post, Seaver's lawyer and Hook's owner Jonathan Umbel are working out the details of Seaver's contract. In late June, just days after resigning, he was named a rising star by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington for his work at Hook.
Seaver told the Post that he had "the… Read More
British Columbia's Environment Ministry is investigating last week's escape of about 30,000 Atlantic salmon from a fish farm 125 miles northwest of Vancouver operated by Marine Harvest Canada.
Marine Harvest, the world's largest salmon farming company, is cooperating with the investigation, Clare Backman, director of environmental compliance at the Marine Harvest office in Campbell River on Vancouver Island, told the Associated Press.
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Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin yesterday reappointed Joe Bundrant and Bruce Wallace to the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute's seven-member Board of Directors.
Bundrant has been VP of sales and marketing for Trident Seafoods Corp. in Seattle, one of the country's largest seafood processing companies, since 1997. He was first appointed to the board in 2004 and reappointed in 2005. Bundrant, who serves as chairman, was reappointed to a seat… Read More
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries this week closed waters to shrimp fishing in the state's eastern- and western-most bays and lakes, ending the season for many shrimpers.
According to a report in The Courier of Houma, La., a high percentage of small white shrimp were being caught. Fisheries biologists closed several areas to protect those shrimp and allow them to grow to marketable sizes for the fall season.
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Isamu Kuroiwa, chairman of World Ocean Farm of Japan, along with nine accomplices, were taken into custody this week for alleged shrimp farm fraud. In addition to the 10 arrests, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department is looking for eight more people tied to the case.
According to Japanese news reports, World Ocean Farm, from 2005 to the time its headquarters were shut down in July 2007, accumulated more than $600 million in capital from… Read More
Phillips Foods yesterday announced a two-year partnership with Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Del., to feature a branded Phillips Seafood Restaurant concept throughout the property.
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino added a new section to its Festival Buffet incorporating the look and brand of a Phillips Seafood Restaurant. The concept will also be incorporated into other eating establishments at Dover Downs over the next two years,… Read More
Doug Wallick, a member of Northwest Fisheries Association and a seafood industry veteran, passed away on Monday, June 30.
Wallick was president of Seattle Seafoods, a division of Washington Fish & Oyster, during most of the 1980s. He led the successful transformation of the company from a primarily custom-processing operation to a sales-and-marketing organization. He helped expand the Ocean Beauty brand into processed items such as fish… Read More
The United States will not restrict Bangladeshi shrimp imports in response to a Solidarity Center report documenting labor abuse in Southeast Asia's shrimp industry, a team of Bangladeshi officials said during a press briefing in Dhaka, Bangladesh, yesterday upon returning from the United States.
Released in April, "The True Cost of Shrimp" alleged that shrimp processing plant workers in Bangladesh and Thailand, including children, are… Read More