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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
January 17, 2008

Trans-Ocean Products of Bellingham, Wash., announced Wednesday that it will close its 56,000-square-foot surimi processing plant in Salem, Ore., by July 1. The company will consolidate all of its surimi-processing assets at its Bellingham facility.

Trans-Ocean President Rick Dutton said in a press release yesterday that the closure’s purpose is to improve efficiency and reduce costs.

“Consolidating production at one plant will streamline our

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
January 17, 2008

The recent news that California-based Del Monte Foods decided to sell its StarKist canned-tuna business has sparked interest from several Asian seafood companies.

Interviewed by mergermarket, an online mergers and acquisitions news service, and reported in Financial Times, at least two Asian seafood companies have expressed interested in StarKist, as well as alternative expansion opportunities.

Sources from Dongwon F&B, a Korean food

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Steven Hedlund

Published on
January 17, 2008

This week, Canadian food-safety officials gave Creative Salmon Co. and Marine Harvest Canada the green light to resume harvesting salmon from their Vancouver Island, British Columbia, farms after numerous fish samples tested negative for malachite green, a fungicide banned for use in food production because it's a potential carcinogen. But the companies are struggling to determine why fish samples the U.S. Food and Drug Administration tested at

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
January 17, 2008

Online retailer FreshDirect announced yesterday that it has partnered with Blue Ocean Institute and the Marine Stewardship Council to provide certified sustainable seafood to its customers.

The online retailer is using a stoplight-designed format for more than 40 species of seafood, with the sustainability information provided by Blue Ocean. Green-rated species are relatively abundant in the areas they are caught; yellow-rated species have

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
January 16, 2008

The annual turnover of Vietnam's seafood industry has crossed the USD 3.75 billion mark in 2007, reflecting a 12 per cent increment as compared to 2006 figures, according to the latest reports published by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development - Vietnam. The seafood industry has grown to become the country's fourth largest revenue earner, fuelling Vietnam's position as one among the top ten exporters in the highly competitive global

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
January 16, 2008

Cochran's Seafood hides well off Florida A1A, tucked in Crescent Beach south of St. Augustine. If you look for it, the small sign at the head of the sandy road is easy to miss. You'll never see an advertisement for the shop. The business is open only a half-day on Fridays and all day Saturday. And, if you look for it in the telephone book, you're wasting your time. "We sell 95 percent of our oysters by word of mouth," says Michael Cochran, who

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
January 16, 2008

The Maryland Oyster Advisory Commission will release an interim report today that suggests aquaculture is the best course for saving Chesapeake Bay’s dwindling oyster populations.

The commission says banning wild oyster harvests in large portions of the bay and supporting privately run shellfish farms is the only way to bring the species back from its historic collapse over the last few decades.

“You probably would not want watermen going

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
January 15, 2008

SFB Staff - Ocean Beauty Seafood released a press statement yesterday apologizing for the deaths of 22 bald eagles in Kodiak, Alaska.

The eagles were accidentally killed while attempting to feed on a truckload of fish waste at an Ocean Beauty processing plant on Friday.

As of yesterday 30 birds that survived the incident are close to recovery. However Ocean Beauty today will fly 13 of the surviving eagles to the Bird Treatment and Learning

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
January 14, 2008

January 14, 2008 - SFB Staff - Fish samples from two Vancouver Island, British Columbia, salmon farms have tested positive for malachite green, a fungicide banned for use in food processing in 1992 after it was found to be a carcinogen.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration found traces of malachite green in salmon during routine testing at the U.S.-Canadian border on Dec. 4. The fish samples are from Marine Harvest and Creative Salmon Co.,

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James Wright, Senior Editor

Published on
January 14, 2008

Shrimp is America's favorite seafood - Americans consumed 4.4 pounds of shrimp, per capita, in 2006, about 1.5 pounds more than the runner-up, canned tuna. Affordability is whatâ??s really driving shrimp sales (as it always has for canned tuna), but shrimpâ??s amazing popularity speaks to the fact that consumers are craving healthy, light foods. Just take a look at the January/February issue of Cooking Light on newsstands now. The winning

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