HQ Sustainable Maritime Industries announced today that it cut a deal with a large seafood supplier to distribute the company's frozen tilapia products to major fast food and retail chains.
The vertically integrated Seattle company, which raises tilapia in China's Hainan Province, recently developed frozen tilapia fillet blocks to replicate the taste and texture of Alaska pollock, a species commonly used in fast-food fish sandwiches.
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Finalists for the 2008 Seafood Prix d'Elite Competition were announced by competition organizer Diversified Business Communications of Portland, Maine, on Friday. Winners will be announced April 22 at the European Seafood Exposition in Brussels, Belgium.
The "Best New Retail Product" finalists are: Sai Gon Palm Box and Panga Fish Wrapped in Potato from Vinh Hoan Corp.; Apero Spoons and Apero Oysters from Levenstond Seafood; Breaded Tuna… Read More
Ross Clouston, former president and chairman of Gorton's of Gloucester, Mass., died Tuesday after long battle with prostate cancer.
Serving as president from 1968 to 1986, Clouston, 85, helped broaden Gorton's product line by doubling its research and development labs soon after he became president. He helped introduce heat-and-serve entrees, seafood combination dinners, crab-stuffed fish and shrimp and fish-shaped fillets for children.
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The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas on Thursday called for the recovery of bluefin tuna stocks in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean at the end of its two-day meeting in Tokyo.
The statement indicates that ICCAT may again cut bluefin tuna quotas at its annual meeting in November.
ICCAT has already decided to gradually reduce quotas in the eastern Atlantic to 25,500 metric tons in 2010 from 29,500 metric… Read More
Clearwater Seafoods Income Fund on Friday reported a profit of $20.3 million last year, up from $1.8 million in 2006. The Bedford, Nova Scotia-based company posted 2007 sales of $302.7 million, down from $315.7 million in 2006.
The appreciation of the Canadian dollar took "a big bite" out of Clearwater's bottom line, as the United States, Japan and other foreign countries represent 80 percent of the company's sales. The unfavorable exchange… Read More
Fishermen in Sitka, Alaska, netted more than 10,000 tons of Pacific herring in just one day last week, the majority of the annual quota.
Fishing regulations for sac roe herring this year were eased when state biologists decided the spawning fish would reach record numbers and set the quota at 14,723 tons.
The current price for the fish is $550 per ton, making for a $5.5 million day on the water.
Fisherman Chip Treinen told the Anchorage… Read More
A group of Spanish scientists suggested this week that shellfish consumption is contributing to increased incidences of colorectal cancer and is urging further study on the toxins often found in shellfish.
"[Diarrhetic shellfish poisoning] toxins, present in some seafood products, seem to behave like tumor agents," wrote E. Manerio and colleagues in a study published in the April 1 edition of Disease Prevention Week.
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Aker Seafoods, one of Norway's largest seafood processors, yesterday shut down parts of its plant in Norland after repeated hygiene complaints from officials at state food inspector Mattilsynet.
Inspectors charged that improvements regarding sanitation in food preparation areas had not been carried out.
Aker officials pre-empted a closure order by closing the affected portions of the plant itself.
The facility produces a wide variety of… Read More
Salmon of the Americas yesterday charged the New York Times of publishing an erroneous report on hormone and antibiotic use by Chilean salmon-farming companies.
The March 27 article, "Salmon Virus Indicts Chile's Fishing Methods," mentioned several environmental impacts of the aquaculture industry in Chile, and detailed how infectious salmon anemia (ISA) has ravaged the country's salmon farms, killing millions of salmon destined for export… Read More
Connors Bros. Income Fund of Markham, Ontario, yesterday reported a $71.1 million fourth-quarter net loss related to a recall in its canned-meat business.
Connors Bros., whose brands include Bumble Bee, Clover Leaf and Brunswick fish products and Castleberry's and Sweet Sue meat and chicken products, said its fourth-quarter revenues declined 4.8 percent to $227.9 million. The net loss was worth $1.41 per unit.
The company reported $82.2… Read More