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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
April 15, 2008

Marine Harvest announced on yesterday that it closed its Chinquihue processing plant in Puerto Montt, Chile, due to the outbreak of the infectious salmon anemia virus, which has curbed the Norwegian company's farmed-salmon production.

The facility is for sale, and about 600 employees lost their jobs.

The closing is part of a larger restructuring of Marine Harvest's Chilean operations, which will continue over the next few months. The

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By

Steven Hedlund

Published on
April 14, 2008

Shrimp reached a landmark in 2001 when it overtook canned tuna as America's No. 1 seafood, in terms of per capita consumption. But the emergence of Shrimp Market, an Aventura, Fla.-based quick-service concept specializing in shrimp, is an indication that the crustacean now classifies as mainstream American fare, on par with hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza.

Shrimp Market opened its first restaurant at Aventura Mall a year ago. It debuted its

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
April 14, 2008

Richard and Raymond Canastra, owners of the Whaling City Seafood Display Auction in New Bedford, Mass., today opened a daily seafood auction in Boston.

The auction opened at Marine Industrial Park in Boston's seafood processing district.

Seafood from Boston, Gloucester, Provincetown and Chatham, Mass., and ports in Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York and Maine will be displayed to seafood inspectors in a refrigerated room. The live

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
April 14, 2008

Patrick Bertoletti slurped 35 dozen oysters in 8 minutes to garner The Acme World Oyster Eating championship during New Orleans' French Quarter Festival on Saturday. Chicagoan Bertoletti, a.k.a. "Deep Dish," is ranked second in the world, according to Major League Eating records.

Bertoletti has posted numerous eating records, including eating 21 pounds of grits in 10 minutes. He also holds the endurance oyster eating record, having downed

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By

SeafoodSource staff

Published on
April 11, 2008

The Pacific Fishery Management Council voted Thursday to cancel all commercial salmon fishing off California and Oregon this year due to the collapse of the Sacramento River king salmon population.

This year's West Coast salmon harvest is forecast to be one of the worst on record - Washington's salmon fishery, due to open May 1, is also projected to be lackluster this year.

"For the entire West Coast, this is the worst in history," Don

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By

SeafoodSource staff

Published on
April 11, 2008

Island Creek Oysters of Duxbury, Mass., were deemed the overall winner of the Invitational Oyster Tasting Event held Monday in Providence, R.I. The East Coast Shellfish Growers Association produced the event in cooperation with the National Shellfish Association.

Island Creek Oysters scored 130.9 out of a possible 170 points. Oysters were judged on exterior appearance, "shuckability," internal appearance, odor, flavor and aftertaste. Following

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
April 11, 2008

Shrimp carbonara, coconut shrimp, shrimp cocktail and Cajun jambalaya shrimp hardly sound like the fare typically found in a mall food court.

But Shrimp Market is trying to show consumers that shrimp can be affordable enough to enjoy on a regular basis. It may be the first quick-service restaurant specializing in shrimp.

The Aventura company opened its first store a year ago in Aventura Mall and is ready to roll out the concept with 14 more

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By

SeafoodSource staff

Published on
April 11, 2008

Christopher Bentley has been appointed director of operations for Orlando-based Legacy Sea Products.

A seafood industry veteran, Bentley most recently served as director of operations for Fruge Seafood Co. of Grand Prairie, Texas. He also worked as general manager for Bar Harbor Seafood and operations manager for Star Shrimp, both in Orlando, and plant manager at Tampa Maid Sea Products in Tampa, Fla.

Bentley also spent 12 years in the

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
April 11, 2008

The Acme Oyster House, in New Orleans, yesterday announced the Acme World Oyster-Eating Championship will return after a two-year hiatus.

The event will take place Saturday during the French Quarter Festival.

Contestants in the 8-minute all-you-can-eat contest include Chicago chef Pat "Deep Dish" Bertoletti, ranked second in the world; Crazy Legs Conti, winner of the championship in 2002; Julie Lee of Baltimore, ranked 10th; Gravy Brown of

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By

James Wright, Senior Editor

Published on
April 11, 2008

The U.S. government is frequently (and often justifiably) criticized for its excessive spending of taxpayer dollars. Yet funding for projects that some consider frivolous, including some seafood-related research, is precious to others. So labeling all congressional earmarks as "pork," as one citizens' group does each year, misses the big picture. Conservatives and liberals agree on nearly nothing these days, but both sides must concede that

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