Maryland will cut its female blue crab harvest by up to 40 percent this year to protect the declining population in the Chesapeake Bay, the Associated Press reported yesterday.
Maryland lawmakers laid out three scenarios this week - a 20 percent cut in the state's blue crab harvest, a 30 percent cut and a 40 percent cut.
The state is expected to set a size limit of 6.5 inches on female crabs, which would cut the harvest by 16 percent and save… Read More
Grieg Seafood Hjaltland, a Shetland salmon-farming and -processing company, announced today it acquired the farm assets, including barges, boats, cages and an Organic Food Federation-certified salmon farm, and seven farm licences from No Catch Ltd. for Â£3.6 million ($7.1 million).
With the addition of the organic salmon farm, Grieg will become one of the world's largest organic salmon producers.
"The additional farm sites and harvest… Read More
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour on Tuesday signed a bill that requires the state's restaurants to disclose the origin of the catfish they serve. The law becomes effective July 1.
If a restaurant sells imported catfish, its menu must include that information in a typeface the same size as the listing for the catfish entree.
The regulation is designed to protect the domestic catfish industry from imports of catfish and similar fish like… Read More
Trans-Ocean Products of Bellingham, Wash., on Wednesday appointed James Donald Mason business development manager. He will be responsible for managing the company's business at The Kroger Co., including the retailer's private label surimi seafood product line and Trans-Ocean's Crab Classic line.
Prior to his role at Trans-Ocean, Mason was founder, owner and president of Empire Food Brokers in Houston. He also served as Kroger business manager… Read More
Fish City Grill announced Wednesday it will open a restaurant in Baton Rouge on Monday, April 14. The location is the Dallas-based company's 22nd, and the first in Louisiana.
The casual seafood chain offers signature items such as Oyster Nachos, Honey Chipotle Shrimp and Serafin's Fish Tacos, in addition to daily specials.
The 2,500-square-foot Baton Rouge restaurant will be operated by franchisee Robert Marshall, founder of Brahma Management… Read More
Converted Organics signed a two-year contract today with Pacific Choice Seafood, part of Pacific Seafood Group of Clackamas, Ore., to manufacture and distribute two organic fish-based fertilizers developed using fish byproducts.
The Boston-based company will partially process the fish waste at Pacific Choice's Eureka, Calif., processing facility using new equipment installed by Pacific Choice. Converted Organics will then deliver the… Read More
The National Organic Standards Board's Livestock Committee on Friday issued its recommendations for the use of fishmeal and fish oil in organic aquaculture production.
If accepted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a major piece of the puzzle for organic aquaculture standards would be set, clearing the way for organic production of herbivorous finfish, like catfish and tilapia.
However, if bound by these recommendations, producers of… Read More
Groups Oppose Offshore Drilling in Bristol Bay
Environmental groups Defenders of Wildlife and the World Wildlife Fund yesterday said the federal government's plans for oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Bristol Bay will harm commercial and recreational fishing throughout the region.
The Interior Department's Minerals Management Service (MMS) will publish a call for nominations today in the Federal Register soliciting interest in drilling in… Read More
Inland Seafood of Atlanta yesterday named Steve Musser VP of national sales.
Musser's currently works for Inland Market Premium Foods, a wholly owned Inland subsidiary that produces restaurant-quality gourmet foods created by Certified Master Chef Michael Robins. He has been employed in the seafood industry for 18 years and previously worked as VP of America's Kitchen's retail and wholesale club division.
"My mission at Inland Market is… Read More
The beach-themed casual restaurant formally known as Rockin' Baja Lobster has reinvented itself with an updated menu, catchy slogan, revamped Web site, growth plans and new name: Rockin' Baja Coastal Cantina.
Inviting customers to "Eat, Drink and Be Baja!" the six-unit chain based in San Diego also announced its plans for 44 new franchise locations, starting with five openings this year.
"To stay ahead of the changing economy, we needed… Read More