Tuna boat owners' associations in China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan collectively grounded their fleets last week due to increasing gas prices.
The action was pioneered by Japan's tuna fishing union, which has cut down on its expeditions since late May.
The National Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Association in Japan reported that Type A gas sold for 37 cents a liter in 2003. It had increased to as much as 65 cents last year… Read More
John Galiher, founder, president and CEO of Preferred Freezer Services, was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in New Jersey in the Distribution & Transportation Services category.
The Newark, N.J., company, which operates 23 cold-storage warehouses nationwide, with 10 facilities under construction or about to begin construction, has nearly 800 employees and annual sales of almost $100 million.
The winners were selected… Read More
Legal Sea Foods, which operates 32 upscale casual seafood restaurants on the East Coast, was named the most family-friendly restaurant by Parents magazine last week.
The magazine polled more than 50 of the largest full-service or buffet-style chains to find out what they offer children.
"Don't be surprised if your little one opts for something more adventurous," says Parents. "At most locations, wood-grilled fish is more popular than any… Read More
Marine Harvest Canada, which operates 37 Atlantic salmon grow-out sites in British Columbia, is urging the provincial government to develop closed-containment fish farm projects.
According to a Canadian Press report, the company says the provincial government must invest a minimum of $10 million to develop the technology, which in the past has been determined to not be economically feasible.
Last week, Marine Harvest pledged to… Read More
According to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Processors, free breeding has significantly increased the country's catfish output, causing a supply surplus resulting in low prices for farmers.
VASEP suggested the catfish output be adjusted to better match demand and spur an increase in prices.
The Mekong Delta region, home to 84 catfish processing factories, has yielded more than 1.2 million tons of catfish so far this year.… Read More
Fishermen in Lanai, Hawaii, are opposing Maui Fresh Fish's plans to raise opakapaka in open-ocean pens off the leeward side of Lanai because it interferes with their main fishing area.
The Wailuku, Hawaii-based company announced it is developing an opakapaka, or pink snapper, hatchery on the north Maui coast and wants to transfer the stock to aquaculture pens off Lanai. The company says it has formed a working group to discuss fishermen's… Read More
The National Marine Fisheries Service released its annual report card on the status of U.S. fisheries on Friday, and, to the delight of the seafood community, the news is quite encouraging.
Of the 244 stocks and multi-species groupings known as complexes reviewed last year, 41 were regarded as subject to overfishing, down from 48 in 2006. The seven species removed from the overfishing list are north monkfish, south monkfish, winter skate,… Read More
Scientists from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) today said that cod stocks continue to be overfished in almost all European waters and recommended again that the cod fisheries be shut down.
The World Wildlife Fund also today criticized the European Court for refusing to allow it to challenge the legality of Council of the European Union’s cod quota.
"It's incredibly frustrating that whilst we are arguing… Read More
The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers on Wednesday proposed importing between $1.5 and $2 billion worth of seafood products yearly, the Vietnam Economic Times reported.
If the country increases its imports it can boost its seafood export revenues by $1.8 billion to $3.5 billion to $6 billion to $8 billion to become the world’s second-biggest seafood exporter, behind China, and ensure sufficient product for local… Read More
New health regulations for Louisiana oysters went into effect last Friday requiring harvesters to refrigerate their oysters within 5 hours of harvest once water temperatures exceed 81 degrees F.
If not refrigerated within 5 hours, the regulations, adopted by the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference last year, require harvesters to tag their oysters as, "For Cooking or Post-harvest Processing Only."
Post-harvest processing techniques… Read More