The Ocean Stewards Institute yesterday supported a proposed government rule authorizing the Minerals Management Service to issue leases, easements and rights of way for open-ocean fish farms in federal waters, "provided there is adequate environmental monitoring and operational oversight by other relevant federal agencies."
The Bush administration's proposed rule drew a lot of criticism last week from the environmental community, which… Read More
Stirling Products of Perth, Australia, at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society last week announced its beta glucan product, ProVale, successfully inhibits the impact of Loma gill disease, a parasite that infects farmed salmon and trout.
Already available for use with poultry and swine, ProVale works by boosting a species' immune system against various bacterial and viral diseases.
"We have known that the cell mediated… Read More
Malaysian Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai announced last week that the government will provide soft loans to companies affected by the European Union ban on the country's seafood exports. Last month, Malaysia decided to voluntarily cancel all shipments to the EU to avoid rejects. As many as 46 seafood processors and related companies have halted sales, some of which are close to bankruptcy.
The announcement was made after consultation… Read More
The Monterey Bay Aquarium has removed California and Oregon wild salmon from its Seafood Watch guide of sustainable seafood species.
Updated this month, the guide categorizes species as "best choices" (green), "good alternatives" (yellow) and "avoid" (red) according to whether a fishery is well managed or fish farming is environmentally friendly.
This year, the California and Oregon salmon fisheries were closed due to the collapse of the… Read More
The U.S. Department of Commerce in Friday's Federal Register published the preliminary results of its second administrative review of antidumping tariffs on Ecuadoran and Brazilian shrimp exporters. The review extends from Feb. 1, 2006, to Jan. 31, 2007.
Forty-two Ecuadoran exporters received a rate of 0.64 percent, while one company, Promarisco S.A., received a rate of 0.46 percent. That's less than the de minimis rate of 0.5 percent,… Read More
Through the first five months of 2008, U.S. shrimp imports were down 0.7 percent, to 430.5 million pounds, compared to the same five-month period last year, according to figures the National Marine Fisheries Service released on Friday.
It's a slight improvement from the first four months of 2008, when U.S. shrimp imports were down 1.7 percent, to 351.1 million pounds.
Shrimp imports from the United States' top two shrimp suppliers last… Read More
The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board will receive a $600,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to help fund the Great American Seafood Cook Off. New Orleans will host the fifth consecutive event Aug. 2 to 3 during the Louisiana Foodservice Expo and the Gulf Coast Seafood Pavilion at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
The grant will cover the cost of the event for several years.
"We are… Read More
Climate change will have a strong impact on fisheries and aquaculture, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization said this week during a four-day scientific symposium at its Rome headquarters.
Comprising more than 200 scientists and policymakers from around the world, the event addressed the challenges that climate change poses to fisheries and aquaculture and the people who depend on them for food and income.
According to the… Read More
Friend of the Sea, an aquaculture certification organization based in Spain, this week recognized the sustainability accreditation of kingfish and mulloway farmed by Clean Seas Tuna of Port Lincoln, Australia.
Clean Seas CEO Hagen Stehr says the honor builds upon the company's ongoing commitment to sustainable seafood.
"This is a third-party decision and as such is strictly investigated and bestowed on only the most worthy of… Read More
The Philippines' Department of Agriculture has expressed interest in being a top shrimp producer globally in five years.
The Department of Agriculture is positive that Fisheries Administrative Order (FAO) No. 225, which allows the import of specific-pathogen-free Pacific white shrimp broodstock, will help increase production. FAO No. 225 is applicable under the scrutiny of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources to make sure white… Read More