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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
March 21, 2008

The Environmental Defense Fund of New York announced Wednesday that consumers now can access information from its "Seafood Selector To-Go" Web site with their mobile devices.

The site, http://m.edf.org/seafood, is designed to provide consumers easy access to health and environmental information for more than 200 seafood choices when at restaurants or retail outlets. The program is a result of EDF and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
March 21, 2008

Pacific Seafood Group of Portland, Ore., on Wednesday pledged to donate 30,000 pounds of seafood to the Oregon Food Bank Network's annual Great Food Drive.

The drive's goal is to collect 1 million pounds of food by month's end.

"Pacific Seafood fully supports the efforts of the Oregon Food Bank Network, and we take great pride in a project that will help fight hunger in our local communities," said Frank Dulcich, president and CEO of Pacific

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Linda Salim, for SeafoodSource from Surabaya, Indonesia

Published on
March 21, 2008

The European Union plans inspect every container of frozen shrimp arriving from Bangladesh for infectious germs. The inspections would take about two months to complete, delaying delivery from the arrival ports to European consumers.

The EU is the second largest market for Bangladeshi seafood, particularly frozen product. Currently, the EU is conducting random inspections on containers from Bangladesh.

On April 2, EU officials will meet with

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
March 21, 2008

Oregon fisheries officials say river fishing will be allowed this year for salmon, although with tight limits.

Steve Williams, assistant fish division administrator at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, told The Oregonian newspaper in Portland that limits on seasons and catches will be more restrictive than in years past.

"There's going to be fishing, but it's not going to be business as usual," Williams said. State officials will

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Linda Salim, for SeafoodSource from Surabaya, Indonesia

Published on
March 21, 2008

Last week, Korean fishermen caught almost 4,000 Northern bluefin tuna South of Jeju Island, a rarity for the fishing grounds. The first batch of about 1,530 bluefin weighed an average 35 kilograms and were 110 to 150 centimeters long. Busan-based Wooyang Fishing, the owner of the boat, exported most of the catch straight to Japan.

The second catch of 2,300 fish was of smaller fish, mostly 70 centimeters long, except for 120 tuna weighing

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
March 19, 2008

ESQU Certified Canadian farmed salmon was recently introduced to the market by John Nagle Co. in Boston.

ESQU farmed salmon is sourced solely from producers and suppliers that are certified based on the Food Marketing Institute's Safe Quality Food program.

The product is also "full chain" certified, meaning that each step of the process - feeding, growing and processing - is SQF certified.

"It has taken two years to complete all phases of

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
March 19, 2008

The pills a Pennsylvania family reported finding in Gorton's fish fillets were placed in the product after they were purchased from a Giant Food Store.

Gorton's announced on its Web site on March 17 that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found in its investigation that the pills, harmless over-the-counter herbal supplements, were "an isolated incident of product tampering that occurred in the consumer's household." The Gloucester, Mass.,

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
March 19, 2008

United States Cold Storage on Monday opened a 5.2-million-cubic-foot temperature-controlled warehouse in Lake City, Fla.

The facility will serve several metropolitan areas in the Southeast, including Atlanta and Macon, Ga., Birmingham and Mobile, Ala., and Tallahassee, Orlando and Jacksonville, Fla.

The facility is designed for high-volume distribution, including 18,000 variable-height racked pallet positions at temperatures ranging from

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James Wright, Senior Editor

Published on
March 19, 2008

Since April 2005, U.S. retailers have been required by law to list the country-of-origin and method of production (wild or farmed) for seafood products, whether canned, frozen or in the display cooler. Not until Sept. 30 will other covered commodities (beef, pork, poultry, produce and peanuts) have to do the same �" lobbyists reportedly spent more than $29 million to fund those delays. But as you'll see in our April Top Story, "The Call for

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
March 19, 2008

The wholesale division of Tropic Fish & Vegetable and CMU & Associates, parent company of Hilo Fish Co., are forming a seafood distribution and export center under the name Tropic Fish Hawaii, effective April 1.

The Tropic retail store at Ward Farmer's Market in Honolulu will close while the new company is formed. The company is closing the store to focus on wholesale sales, which bring in higher revenues and more volume.

About half of

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