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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 13, 2008

The Pacific Fisheries Management Council yesterday voted preliminarily at its meeting in Foster City, Calif., to adopt an individual fishing quota (IFQ) system for the groundfish fishery.

Under the council's draft plan, 80 percent of the groundfish harvest would go to fishermen and 20 percent would go to processors.

IFQs are designed to make fishermen's lives safer by eliminating derby-style fishing and the need to fish in dangerous

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 12, 2008

Cooke Aquaculture attributes recent downtime at its salmon processing plant in Harbour Breton, Newfoundland, to cold weather that has slowed the fishes' appetites and growth.

Nell Halse, director of communications at Cooke Aquaculture, told The Coaster in Newfoundland that the company chose to grow the salmon out more before processing, hence the inactivity at the plant.

"We target a 10-pound average on our fish for processing," Hales told

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 12, 2008

The Boston Fire Department says an electrical or mechanical problem was the most probable cause of the fire that destroyed the James Hook & Co. lobster facility on the Boston waterfront on May 30.

Investigators ruled out arson as a cause in the seven-alarm blaze that caused an estimated $5 million in damage. Because the origin of the fire, the center of the building, was completely consumed by flames, a final determination is unlikely. The

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 12, 2008

The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) yesterday said its members are struggling to achieve this year's target of $4.25 billion in export revenues.

Truong Dinh Hoe, general secretary of VASEP, told the Saigon Times Daily that seafood exporters and producers face many difficulties caused by the shortage of capital and raw materials.

Vietnam earned more than $1.48 billion in seafood export revenue through May, with

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 12, 2008

The Marine Stewardship Council and independent fisheries and environmental consultants MacAlister Elliot and Partners (MEP) are collaborating on a pilot project to promote MSC-labeled seafood products to the foodservice industry.

The project, funded by the U.K. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, aims to make chain-of-custody audits more accessible to restaurants as part of a global MSC campaign to promote sustainable seafood in

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 12, 2008

Bonefish Grill, which operates 130 upscale casual seafood restaurants in 31 states, is featuring Arctic char and wolffish on its menu through the remainder of June.

Guests can pair the Arctic char, flown in fresh from Iceland, with a variety of toppings, including zesty mango salsa, chimichurri sauce, lemon butter and Pan-Asian teriyaki glaze with wasabi cream. The fish is a perfect candidate for Bonefish's signature wood-fired grilling

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 12, 2008

The Pacific Fisheries Management Council will vote today at its meeting in Foster City, Calif., on whether to adopt an individual fishing quota (IFQ) system for the commercial groundfish fishery.

Groundfish is the West Coast's most valuable harvest, worth $60 million at the dock last year. But some of the 80-plus species that comprise the groundfish classification are ailing, particularly some rockfish species.

In 2000, the U.S. Department of

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 11, 2008

The Royal Thai government on Tuesday stressed its decade-long effort to eliminate forced labor and human trafficking as it addressed allegations of abuse at shrimp processing facilities in Thailand.

"We take any allegations of abuse very seriously," says Minister Kessiri Siripakorn, who heads the Royal Thai Embassy's Office of Commercial Affairs. "We want U.S. government leaders and the American people to know that we are making a concerted

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 11, 2008

High Liner Foods of Nova Scotia today announced Keith Decker has been named president and COO of High Liner Foods USA, which includes the company's retail division and Fishery Products International in Danvers, Mass.

In 1995, Decker began working in sales management for FPI, which High Liner acquired last year. Since then, he has held a number of positions, including executive VP of sales and president and COO. Under his leadership, FPI

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 11, 2008

Numbers of northeastern offshore spotted dolphins and eastern spinner dolphins in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean are increasing after being severely depleted by tuna purse seine nets, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported late last week.

Between 1960 and 1990, the two dolphin populations fell 80 and 70 percent, respectively, when caught accidentally by tuna purse seine nets. Severe restrictions on fishing gear have

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