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SeafoodSource staff

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June 20, 2008

Sens. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and John Kerry (D-Mass.) today introduced a bill to reauthorize, for a tenth time, the National Sea Grant College Program.

A partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and university-based programs, the National Sea Grant College Program provides education, training and technical assistance programs that

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Linda Salim, for SeafoodSource from Surabaya, Indonesia

Published on
June 20, 2008

Oxfam America, a Boston-based organization committed to end global poverty and hunger, has been working with Can Tho University in Vietnam to rehabilitate mangrove forestry along the Mekong Delta. To get around rampant logging, the project offered to provide communities with aquaculture skills.

The project started three years ago when Can Tho proposed its plan to recreate mangrove forests to create a natural defense against common weather

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 20, 2008

South Korean food conglomerate Dongwon Group is seeking to take over StarKist Foods, one of the biggest U.S. canned tuna suppliers, from Del Monte Foods Co. of San Francisco.

"We are negotiating terms of the takeover with Del Monte," Park In-koo, Dongwon’s vice chairman, told reporters today, adding that seven to eight companies are bidding for StarKist.

Del Monte, which acquired StarKist in 2002, confirmed the report in a statement

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 19, 2008

Poseidon Seafood yesterday named C.P. Davis as president and CEO. Davis had been serving as president and COO since last July.

Charlotte, N.C.-based Poseidon is one of the country's largest privately held seafood distributors, marketing a complete line of fresh, frozen and value-added seafood products throughout the Southeast.

"Over the past year, C.P. has led many customer-development and supply-chain initiatives which have significantly

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 19, 2008

Eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss among the elderly, according to an analysis of nine previously published studies in the June issue of Archives of Ophthalmology.

However, the studies include few clinical trials and are insufficient to support the routine consumption of fish for AMD prevention, the authors note.

Led by Elaine W.T. Chong of

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 19, 2008

Less than three months after entering the U.S. market by acquiring the frozen distribution subsidiary of MC Fresh of Hialeah, Fla., Japanese seafood company Uoriki Fresh today announced it passed the first test for certification as an approved U.S. vendor.

The company passed NSF Cook & Thurber's plant audit with a score of 96.27, meeting all audit expectations.

"This is a very important milestone. We market SuperFrozen tuna, which is

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Linda Salim, for SeafoodSource from Surabaya, Indonesia

Published on
June 19, 2008

On Monday, the Whakatohea Maori Trust Board approved the proposal of the Opotiki District Council to promote aquaculture off the Opotiki Coast, clearing the way for a mussel farm for Chinese aquaculture company Oriental Ocean.

To accommodate aquaculture, the District Council also proposed redevelopment of Opotiki Harbor, which was approved during the board's annual general meeting. Australian consultant SGL Group has been appointed to do a

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 18, 2008

Norway's North Sea and North East Arctic saithe harvests became the country's first fisheries, and the world's first saithe fisheries, to be certified as well managed and sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council.

Now more than 120 fisheries are engaged in the MSC program - 30 are certified, 72 are undergoing assessment and another 20 to 30 are in confidential pre-assessment, says the London-based nonprofit.

Four other Norwegian

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 18, 2008

New York private-equity firm Fenway Partners has acquired a majority interest in Preferred Freezer Services of Newark, N.J., the companies announced today. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Preferred, which operates 23 public refrigerated warehouses nationwide, is a leader in the storage of frozen seafood and is rapidly expanding into other frozen food categories. Preferred is building six new facilities and has five

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 18, 2008

Maurice Horowitz, a nationally respected frozen seafood expert and food broker, passed away May 19. Horowitz, 90, worked with Coldwater Seafood Co.'s Icelandic fish products.

In 1953 he founded M.K. Horowitz Co., a food broker selling to southeastern supermarkets and restaurants. The company became one of Atlanta's most respected food brokerages representing national brands and was a top broker for Coldwater's Icelandic fish, lobster and crab

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