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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 9, 2008

A national survey commissioned by Greenpeace shows that seven out of 10 Canadians believe they are not sufficiently informed by their supermarkets about capture methods for seafood.

And 74 percent of respondents said they would buy seafood from sustainable fisheries if they were properly informed.

"Consumers who care about the environment can't make the right choices because of inadequate labeling on seafood products. Supermarkets should

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 9, 2008

Thailand's government announced a short-term plan to alleviate a price slump for shrimp, ending farmers' protests in six of the nation's southern provinces.

The short-term price guarantee for 10,000 metric tons of shrimp nationwide at 120 baht per kilogram was to take effect within 15 days, according to a report in The Financial Times.

Hundreds of shrimp farmers blocked a lane of a bridge in Songkhla province, demanding the government

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 6, 2008

The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Processors says Vietnam could bolster its seafood-processing industry if the government lifted tariffs on seafood imports, reports Viet Nam News.

At a conference this week, VASEP spokesmen Nguyen Huu Dung and Ngo Phuoc Hau said Vietnam could emulate or surpass China as the world's largest seafood exporter if tariffs of 10 to 20 percent on seafood imports were removed and the government invested

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 6, 2008

The strike Chilean truck drivers initiated on Tuesday and extended indefinitely on Wednesday in protest of soaring fuel prices has stymied the country's farmed-salmon industry.

The strike has hampered distribution of fish feed to salmon farms and product to processing plants, ports and airports. Thousands of Chilean truckers parked their trucks along the country's highways and burned oil drums to protest not only rising fuel prices but also

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 6, 2008

Packaged seafood products are immune to a recession, according to an analysis of macroeconomic variables conducted by The Nielsen Co., which revealed its findings Wednesday at its Consumer 360 Conference in Phoenix.

Nielsen identified five recession-proof categories of consumer packaged goods (CPGs) - seafood, dry pasta, candy, beer and pasta sauces - as well as five categories that are vulnerable to a recession - carbonated beverages, eggs,

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 6, 2008

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday outlined a plan to establish annual catch limits to help restore federally managed marine fish stocks.

Annual catch limits are required by the 2007 amendments to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The act requires that harvest limits do not exceed the scientific recommendations made by the regional fishery management councils' scientific committees.

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 6, 2008

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources today pushed back the upcoming shrimp season to mid-June.

Officials require shrimp to reach a 68 count to open the season; currently the count is at 84. The department will continue sampling throughout the summer.

According to the department, waters were colder this year, taking longer to reach to 68 degrees shrimp need to grow well.

Last year's shrimp season started June

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Linda Salim, for SeafoodSource from Surabaya, Indonesia

Published on
June 6, 2008

Pakistan's Sindh government has committed U.S.$4.34 million to revamp its fishing industry to gain entry into the European Union market. The majority of the money will go toward fishing vessel equipment and port and processing facility renovations in Karachi.

More than $1 million will be spent to renovate fishing vessels to meet EU standards. Another $1.8 million will go toward fiberglass-coated tanks and cold storage for the boats. The

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 5, 2008

North Atlantic Lobster Co. of Danvers, Mass., today donated 10 percent of the estimated $200,000 needed to assess Maine's lobster fishery under the Marine Stewardship Council program, which certifies fisheries as well managed and sustainable.

L.L. Bean, Maine's renowned clothing and outdoor apparel retailer, has also contributed $50,000 to the effort. Linda Bean, granddaughter of L.L. Bean founder Leon Leonwood Bean and owner of Port Clyde

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 5, 2008

Rising global food costs may add pressure on fisheries in regions already at risk to pollution and climate change, according to a United Nations University report released Wednesday.

The report said 40 percent of the world's population lives within 30 miles of coasts and that governments must enact better policies to manage marine resources. Rising wheat and rice prices may mean greater pressure on fishing, said the report, which concluded,

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