The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will host a press briefing about its consumer Web site, fishwatch.noaa.gov, at the International Boston Seafood Show later this month.
Seafood industry experts will join NOAA Administrator Conrad Lautenbacher on Monday, Feb. 25, at 1 p.m. at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, to discuss the usefulness and value of the Web site.
Joining Lautenbacher will be Roger Berkowitz, CEO of… Read More
The 2008 Seafood Summit, which wraps up today in Barcelona, Spain, is like an annual performance review of global sustainability progress. Organized since 2002 by the Seafood Choices Alliance in Silver Spring, Md., the event has successfully assembled dissenting voices to discuss the future of seafood. And while there remains no shortage of criticism about fisheries and aquaculture from environmental organizations - several of which made their… Read More
The U.S. Department of Commerce has extended the deadline for its third administrative review of Vietnamese pangasius to March 17. The agency failed to complete its review by the original Jan. 17 deadline.
The tariff for frozen pangasius fillets from Vietnam is set at 63.88 percent, though four companies were assessed tariffs individually, ranging from 0 to 80.88 percent. During an administrative review, tariffs can increase, decrease or… Read More
CEO Fertitta Offers to Buy Landry's Outright
Landry's Restaurants Chairman, President and CEO Tilman Fertitta yesterday offered to acquire the remaining 61 percent stake in the Houston-based restaurant and hospitality company.
Fertitta already owns 39 percent of the company he now aspires to privatize. He proposed to buy the rest at $23.50 per share. The shares would cost Fertitta about $380 million. Including debt, the total value of the deal… Read More
The number of chinook salmon returning to California's Central Valley reached a near-record low, dropping more than 88 percent to 90,000 adult salmon in 2007, according to a report in yesterday's San Francisco Chronicle.
It is the second time in 35 years that the Central Valley has not met the Pacific Fishery Management Councilâ??s conservation goal of 122,000 to 180,000 returning fish.
The population was at an all-time high five years ago,… Read More
The New York Times reports today that the Environmental Protection Agency's New York office will test mercury levels in the area's 20 most commonly eaten fish, including tuna.
In todayâ??s story, "More Testing of Seafood to Address Mercury Concerns," the Times quoted Mary Anne Hansan, VP of communications for the National Fisheries Institute in McLean, Va., which was extremely critical of the Times' recent coverage of mercury in sushi-grade… Read More
Seafood Choices Alliance yesterday announced the 2008 finalists for its annual Seafood Champions awards. The finalists were named during the Seafood Summit in Barcelona, Spain.
The finalists are the Association du Grand Littoral Atlantique of France; Australis Aquaculture of Turner Falls, Mass.; Bantry Bay Seafood of Bantry, County Cork, Ireland; Mike Mitchell of Foodvest in the United Kingdom; The Plitt Co. of Chicago; Carl Salamone of… Read More
Oceana and the New York Times stoked the food-scare fire last week, each publishing reports claiming the methylmercury content of the swordfish and sushi-grade tuna they had tested approached or exceeded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's limit of 1 part per million. At least one supermarket chain - Harris Teeter, which Oceana cited in its report - reacted by agreeing to post mercury-warning signs in its seafood departments. The Matthews,… Read More
Ray's Gourmet Wild Alaskan Yukon Salmon Chowder from Boreal Fisheries in Graham, Wash., won the Seattle People's Choice Award in the 15th annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood. A total of 14 seafood products were scrutinized at FareStart on Wednesday for the expert judging round and the People's Choice.
The Seattle judges included Bill Springer, SeaFood Business; Greg Blakey, Snopac Products; Drew Cherry, IntraFish; Eric Donnelly, The Oceanaire… Read More
The National Fisheries Institute on Thursday called the New York Times' Wednesday report on mercury in sushi-grade tuna ''erroneous'' and ''alarmist, activist-driven journalism at its worst [that] should be treated with extreme skepticism.''
In the story, ''High Mercury Levels Are Found in Tuna Sushi,'' Times reporter Marian Burros wrote about laboratory tests that showed that sushi-grade tuna purchased at 20 Manhattan stores and restaurants… Read More