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Steven Hedlund

Published on
May 2, 2008

Cue the hype. The Copper River salmon fishery opens in less than two weeks, marking the unofficial start of Alaska's summer salmon season. The first batch of king salmon to hit the Lower 48 commands higher prices season after season due largely to the publicity surrounding the prized harvest. But the unprecedented closure of the California and Oregon salmon fisheries is sure to drive prices even higher this season. Is there such a thing as too

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
May 2, 2008

Shaw's Crab House, with restaurants in Chicago and Schaumburg, Ill., announced yesterday that its customers can now mail order Alaska red king crab from the Bering Sea.

The crab legs are packaged in a thermal cooler and include a brochure with handling and cooking instructions, cooking tongs, bibs and napkins.

Shaw's ships the orders in 5-pound increments: 5 pounds for $115, which serves 4 people; 10 pounds for $215; and 20 pounds for

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
May 2, 2008

Slade Gorton & Co. announced today that it is closing its frozen-seafood warehouse at its Boston headquarters and outsourcing its cold-storage operations to Preferred Freezer Services next September.

Processing, handling and distribution of fresh and value-added seafood products will continue at Slade Gortonâ??s two Boston facilities as well as its Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., plant.

"Our warehouse no longer has the capacity to adequately

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
May 1, 2008

EWOS Chile Alimentos, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cermaq ASA, has agreed to acquire a fish-feed facility from Cultivos Marinos Chiloe (CMC) for $13.75 million.

As part of the deal, EWOS has agreed to supply 400,000 metric tons of fish feed to CMC over a five-year period.

The plant is located in Ancud, in the northern part of Chiloe Island, and is close to the region's major salmon-farming areas. The facility has an annual capacity of 90,000

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By

SeafoodSource staff

Published on
May 1, 2008

StarKist Seafoods yesterday announced it will cut tuna production and more than 1,000 jobs at its American Samoa cannery to cope with minimum wage hikes and the island's deteriorating economy.

The company, which is owned by food conglomerate Del Monte Foods of San Francisco, has taken initial measures to eliminate all discretionary overhead, wages and benefits and apply changes to operations and manufacturing.

Under the new policy,

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Linda Salim, for SeafoodSource from Surabaya, Indonesia

Published on
April 30, 2008

In a study completed April 16, the Hong Kong Center for Food Safety detected high heavy metal content in several seafood species. The highest was found in the three alfonsino fish, ranging from 609 to 1,370 micrograms per kilogram (mg/kg), 509 to 1,010 mg of which are methylmercury, the organic form of mercury stored in the muscle of predatory fish.

Dr. Ho Yuk-yin, community medicine consultant of the center, announced that his team took 280

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By

SeafoodSource staff

Published on
April 30, 2008

The closure of this year's West Coast salmon season has stimulated retailer interest in local Pacific albacore tuna.

According to the Western Fishboat Owners Association, a nonprofit representing about 400 albacore fishing vessels, albacore fishermen and distributors in Washington, Oregon and California are preparing to meet increased domestic demand for toll-caught albacore ahead of this year's fishing season.

The increased demand comes as

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Linda Salim, for SeafoodSource from Surabaya, Indonesia

Published on
April 30, 2008

Fisheries officials of Padang, Indonesia, the capital of the West Sumatra province, released a statement late last week announcing that at the end of this month, Padang would export 30 tons of tuna to the United States through its Bungus fishing port, its first shipment to the U.S. market.

Yosmeri, head of the Provincial Marine and Fisheries Office, stated that the provincial government had assigned PT Dempo, a local tuna processor, to lead

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
April 29, 2008

U.S. trade officials have warned their Indonesian counterparts they must ensure shrimp isn't transshipped through Indonesia to avoid antidumping tariffs, Sumpeno Putro, regional trade advisor for the European Commission for Indonesia, told Asia Pulse today.

Transshipping is the illegal trade practice of exporting product from a country subject to tariffs through a country not subject to tariffs to avert paying the duties.

Indonesia is not

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By

SeafoodSource staff

Published on
April 29, 2008

A 60-year chronological survey focusing on factors affecting wild salmon in British Columbia's Broughton Archipelago was released yesterday.

"Broughton Archipelago: A State of Knowledge," was commissioned by the B.C. Pacific Salmon Forum to gather data and explain the complexities of the region and the multitude of factors impacting wild salmon over the past five decades.

Carried out by Dr. Isobel Pearsall, the study gathered data from

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