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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 25, 2008

Thai shrimp farmers have asked the government for clearer policy and more support to revive black tiger shrimp farming, claiming the industry would benefit from a more sustainable income than white shrimp.

Five years ago, black tigers contributed more than 85 percent of the total shrimp export volume. In 2007, the volume dropped to 23,934 metric tons, accounting for only 6.7 percent of the total exports.

White shrimp has dominated the

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 24, 2008

Australis Aquaculture has received an investment license from the Van Phong Economic Zone in Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, approving a 25-year lease of more than 494 acres in central Vietnam, the Turners Falls, Mass., company announced today.

The license allows Australis to establish a wholly owned operating subsidiary in Vietnam, Australis Aquaculture Limited Vietnam, which now begins development of a barramundi hatchery and offshore

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 24, 2008

State and federal fisheries managers are cutting subsistence fishing time on Alaska's Yukon River, a sign that this year's king salmon run could be one of the worst on record.

"This is really a serious situation," Russ Holder, a fisheries biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on Monday. "If the run does not significantly improve, folks upriver are going to have difficulty reaching 50 percent of

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 24, 2008

South Korean food conglomerate Dongwon Group said today it will buy U.S. canned tuna company StarKist to expand Dongwon's market presence in the United States and South America.

According to a Reuters report, Dongwon will hold a news conference on Thursday to announce the acquisition of "slightly" more than $300 million.

Del Monte Foods Co. of San Francisco acquired StarKist in 2002 and recently announced plans to explore a sale of its

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 24, 2008

The environmental group Oceana said yesterday that bluefin tuna fishing in the Mediterranean continues despite the European Commission's decision last week to halt this year's Mediterranean and eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna harvest to prevent overfishing.

Vessels flying the flags of Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy and Malta were prohibited from catching bluefin tuna as of June 16, and a ban for Spanish vessel went into effect yesterday. The

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Linda Salim, for SeafoodSource from Surabaya, Indonesia

Published on
June 23, 2008

A Network of Aquaculture Centers spent a week in Vietnam recently to complete its second evaluation to create a reliable data for the industry. During the inspection, the team tested survey questions designed on its previous evaluation trip in May. The data will be used to implement a program called "Development of Better Management Practices for Catfish Aquaculture in the Mekong Delta."

Simon Wilkinson, communication manager of the Network

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 23, 2008

Judges on last night's episode of "The Next Food Network Star" selected contestant Kelsey Nixon's recipe for White Chocolate Macadamia Crusted Tilapia to be featured on Red Lobster's "Today's Fresh Fish" menu. One of the judges was Michael LaDuke, Red Lobster's senior executive chef. The restaurant will begin offering the item today at all locations.

"Kelsey's recipe is an innovative, flavorful take on simple fresh fish- the unique ingredient

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Linda Salim, for SeafoodSource from Surabaya, Indonesia

Published on
June 23, 2008

Last week the Papua New Guinea Sustainable Development Program Co. Board pledged U.S.$7.33 million for its Western Province Sustainable Aquaculture program, which is designed to provide social development and sustainable export income for the Western province community. Within the next decade, annual revenue generated from the program is estimated to exceed $3.66 million, according to Pacific Magazine.

The aquaculture funds started the Daru

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 23, 2008

Sea Star Seafood Corp. of Marlborough, Mass., announced today that it was named Kroger's Seafood Supplier of the Year.

Kroger is the nation's second largest food retailer, trailing only Wal-Mart, according to the Food Marketing Institute. The Cincinnati-based supermarket company - whose banners include Ralph's, Fred Meyer's, QFC, Smith's Dillon, Fry's, King's Sooper and Food 4 Less - posted 2007 sales of more than $65 billion and operates

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 20, 2008

Three days after releasing reports ranking U.S. and Canadian retailers by their sustainable seafood purchasing policies and urging them to stop selling species on its "red list," Greenpeace is watching "closely" to see how retailers react to the reports, says Greenpeace spokesman John Hocevar.

"[Though] many supermarkets [chains] have focused their sustainability initiatives in other areas, such as reducing their waste streams or their

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