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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
July 2, 2008

The safety of imported goods has improved "significantly" since last year, according to a report the Working Group on Import Safety released yesterday.

Titled "Import Safety - Action Plan Update," the report details the progress U.S. and foreign officials and private companies have made to bolster the safety of imported goods, including seafood.

Seafood imports from China have been in the spotlight since last June when the U.S. Food and

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
July 2, 2008

Shells Seafood Restaurants today rolled out a new menu featuring more than 20 new items and reduced prices.

The Tampa, Fla.-based casual seafood chain, with 23 restaurants in the state, is trying to overhaul its image by emphasizing value and variety during an economic downturn.

"This is the largest menu overhaul in the history of Shells," says CEO Marc Bernstein, who joined the company in April. "By reducing our prices and broadening our

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
July 2, 2008

The Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) at its annual meeting in Panama City last week for the fourth time failed to produce a conservation agreement to combat tuna overfishing in the Eastern Pacific, a consortium of conservation and fishing groups, including World Wildlife Fund, Conservation International and the National Fisheries Institute, reported yesterday.

According to the IATTC, bigeye and yellowfin tuna populations are

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Linda Salim, for SeafoodSource from Surabaya, Indonesia

Published on
July 1, 2008

Tuna boat owners' associations in China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan collectively grounded their fleets last week due to increasing gas prices.

The action was pioneered by Japan's tuna fishing union, which has cut down on its expeditions since late May.

The National Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Association in Japan reported that Type A gas sold for 37 cents a liter in 2003. It had increased to as much as 65 cents last year

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 30, 2008

John Galiher, founder, president and CEO of Preferred Freezer Services, was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in New Jersey in the Distribution & Transportation Services category.

The Newark, N.J., company, which operates 23 cold-storage warehouses nationwide, with 10 facilities under construction or about to begin construction, has nearly 800 employees and annual sales of almost $100 million.

The winners were selected

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 30, 2008

Legal Sea Foods, which operates 32 upscale casual seafood restaurants on the East Coast, was named the most family-friendly restaurant by Parents magazine last week.

The magazine polled more than 50 of the largest full-service or buffet-style chains to find out what they offer children.

"Don't be surprised if your little one opts for something more adventurous," says Parents. "At most locations, wood-grilled fish is more popular than any

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 30, 2008

Marine Harvest Canada, which operates 37 Atlantic salmon grow-out sites in British Columbia, is urging the provincial government to develop closed-containment fish farm projects.

According to a Canadian Press report, the company says the provincial government must invest a minimum of $10 million to develop the technology, which in the past has been determined to not be economically feasible.

Last week, Marine Harvest pledged to

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 30, 2008

According to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Processors, free breeding has significantly increased the country's catfish output, causing a supply surplus resulting in low prices for farmers.

VASEP suggested the catfish output be adjusted to better match demand and spur an increase in prices.

The Mekong Delta region, home to 84 catfish processing factories, has yielded more than 1.2 million tons of catfish so far this year.

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 30, 2008

Fishermen in Lanai, Hawaii, are opposing Maui Fresh Fish's plans to raise opakapaka in open-ocean pens off the leeward side of Lanai because it interferes with their main fishing area.

The Wailuku, Hawaii-based company announced it is developing an opakapaka, or pink snapper, hatchery on the north Maui coast and wants to transfer the stock to aquaculture pens off Lanai. The company says it has formed a working group to discuss fishermen's

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By

Steven Hedlund

Published on
June 30, 2008

The National Marine Fisheries Service released its annual report card on the status of U.S. fisheries on Friday, and, to the delight of the seafood community, the news is quite encouraging.

Of the 244 stocks and multi-species groupings known as complexes reviewed last year, 41 were regarded as subject to overfishing, down from 48 in 2006. The seven species removed from the overfishing list are north monkfish, south monkfish, winter skate,

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