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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 5, 2008

Joe's Crab Shack on Tuesday launched its "Summer Buckets" promotion and national TV advertising campaign.

Shot on-site at Joe's, the TV spots show how buckets of Joe's Signature BBQ Dungeness Crab, Peel & Eat Shrimp, Mussels Marinara and ice cold beer bring the promise of a good time, joining even the most unlikely pairs, such as a cop and a criminal and the devil and a priest.

To launch the campaign, the casual seafood chain partnered

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 5, 2008

Lean Cuisine today announced four new additions to its Seafood Selections entrees.

Parmesan Crusted Fish features a parmesan crusted whitefish fillet topped with melted cheese with penne pasta, zucchini and yellow peppers in a tomato and olive sauce with roasted tomatoes; Shrimp Alfredo combines shrimp with broccoli and peas in Alfredo sauce with linguini noodles; Szechuan Style Stir Fry with Shrimp pairs shrimp and vegetables over whole

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 4, 2008

The Partnership for Food Safety Education yesterday announced an expanded board of directors and the addition of the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the American Frozen Food Institute as members.

Robert Brackett, GMA senior VP and chief science and regulatory affairs officer, and Leslie Sarasin, AFFI CAE, president and CEO, were appointed to the organization’s board of directors.

"The Partnership Board will benefit tremendously

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 4, 2008

"Mercury and Other Trace Elements in Farmed and Wild Salmon from British Columbia, Canada," a report in the monthly journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry has found that mercury levels in British Columbia farmed salmon are lower than those in wild salmon.

The study, conducted by Fisheries and Ocean Canada, Institute of Ocean Sciences and the University of British Columbia's Center for Aquaculture and Environmental Research, measured

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 4, 2008

Animal-rights activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has submitted a bid to lease a vacant, rural Maine jail to establish the world's first Lobster Empathy Center.

"A prison is the perfect setting to demonstrate how lobsters suffer when they are caught in traps or confined to cramped, filthy supermarket tanks," PETA wrote in a June 2 letter to Somerset County commissioners. The county is constructing a new prison and has

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 3, 2008

U.S. and international labor associations yesterday began a 12-day investigation of working conditions at Thai shrimp farms and processing plants in response to abuse allegations made by the Washington, D.C.-based Solidarity Center.

The U.S. Homeland Security Department's Immigration and Custom Enforcement office, the International Labor Organization and several non-governmental organizations will visit shrimp processing plants in Samut

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 3, 2008

International seafood exports increased 9.5 percent to $86 billion in 2006 and nearly 7 percent to $92 billion last year, according to a Food and Agriculture Organization report released yesterday. The FAO's Sub-Committee on Fish Trade is meeting in Bremen, Germany, this week; more than 60 countries are participating.

International seafood exports now represent 38 percent of global seafood production of 145 million metric tons. Developing

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Linda Salim, for SeafoodSource from Surabaya, Indonesia

Published on
June 2, 2008

On Friday, the Thailand government announced a "mortgage scheme" to help shrimpers cope with the recent price decline. The announcement was made by Yanyong Phuangrach, the director-general of the Internal Trade Department, who blamed the country's oversupply for low shrimp prices.

The Thai Shrimp Association predicted this year's production will increase by 6 percent to 530,000 metric tons, 350,000 of which will be exported. Local shrimp

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Keith and Eva, reporting for SeafoodSource from Guangdong and Guangxi provinces

Published on
June 2, 2008

Fisheries officials say China's most devastating earthquake in decades, which killed some 70,000, people, may have cost Sichuan's aquaculture industry more than $90 million.

While the large southwestern China province is not a major center for fish production or exports, it has abundant water resources with many reservoirs, lakes and rivers and is one of the country's main sources of germplasm, used in aquaculture R&D.

But many of

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 2, 2008

A government campaign that has spent $58 million since 1994 to bring oysters back to Chesapeake Bay has resulted in fewer oysters in the bay and fewer oystermen trying to catch them.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimated that oyster numbers had declined about 20 percent since 1994. Watermen have left the business as harvests have declined. More than 2,000 watermen harvested oysters in Maryland in the 1980s; from 2002 to 2006 the

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