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IN BRIEF - 'Salmon signature' used to study historic Alaska fish returns

UNITED STATES
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Alaskan fishermen are no strangers to the roller coaster flux of salmon returning to home spawning grounds. Most fishermen have experienced or at least witnessed both banner years and disaster years, riding out the consequences of a life lived according to marine resources.

Modern biologists have come to recognize these strong and weak variances as cycles that span not years but decades. Now, studies coming out of the University of Washington (UW) are indicating recognizable cycles that cross hundreds of years in their rotation.

Source: Hannah Heimbuch / Alaska Dispatch

 


IN BRIEF - U.S. stores say no to genetically engineered salmon. Someone has to

UNITED STATES
Friday, March 06, 2015

 

The nation’s two largest conventional grocery chains, Kroger and Safeway, have announced that they will not sell genetically engineered salmon. They join several other chains, including Target, Whole Foods (of course) and Trader Joe’s. Now let’s hope the holdouts, such as Costco, do the same.

 

The Food and Drug Administration has not yet decided whether to approve the salmon, with DNA retooled so that the fish grow twice as fast as conventional salmon. But the agency already has decided that the fish are safe to eat and are very unlikely to pose an environmental threat if they’re grown, as planned, in land-locked tanks.

 

Source: LA Times

 


IN BRIEF - Simplot launches John West ancient grain tuna meals

AUSTRALIA
Friday, March 06, 2015

 

Simplot-owned tuna brand John West is launching a new range of ready to eat tuna meals, Tuna Brown Rice & Quinoa, in Australia.

 

The company said this new line, which features "ancient grain superfoods", combines tuna, vegetables and sauce together with the brown rice & quinoa. The range includes three flavours: Moroccan, Thai Red Curry and Mediterranean.

The line aims to deliver a "convenient, healthy lunch or snack alternative," Simplot said.

Source: Just Food

 


IN BRIEF - Gaspésie lobster fishery in Quebec, Canada, achieves MSC certification

CANADA
Friday, March 06, 2015

 

The lobster fishery on the Gaspé Peninsula in Quebec along the shores of the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Atlantic Canada has achieved certification against the global, science-based Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard as a sustainable and well-managed fishery. Following an independent assessment conducted by the conformity assessment body, SAI Global, lobster sourced from this fishery is now eligible to bear the blue MSC ecolabel.

MSC: Gaspésie lobster fishery in Quebec, Canada, achieves MSC certification

 


IN BRIEF - Susi appreciates increase in shrimp production recorded by Dipasena

INDONESIA
Friday, March 06, 2015

 

Jakarta  - Marine and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti expressed her appreciation for progress made by Dipasena shrimp pond in Lampung in increasing its production.

 

Dipasena is the largest shrimp pond in Indonesia with produciton averaging 25 tons per months.

"Currently shrimp farming has expanded by itself and shrimp farmers have formed a cooperative called Koperasi Petambak Bumi Dipasena," Susi said.

Source: Antara News

 


IN BRIEF - Birds Eye launches Wholegrain Fish Fingers

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, March 06, 2015

 

Made with 100% fish fillet and 100% wholegrain breadcrumbs, the new product boasts a sweeter, delicious coating set to cater to a range of palates and preferences. Ideal for parents seeking tasty meal options for their families, the new product has already been granted the taste-test seal of approval from the toughest critics of all, with almost nine in ten (88 per cent) children who tried the new product declaring it a hit.

 

Appearing on shelves from March this year, the launch of Wholegrain Fish Fingers further upholds Birds Eye’s ambition to bring exciting and innovative products to market that meet constantly changing consumer needs, helping to create ‘Better Meals Together’ that can be enjoyed every day by everyone.

Source: Talking Retail

 


IN BRIEF - Skuna Bay Salmon announces New Pacific NW Distributor Partner, adding Pacific Seafood Group to its roster of exclusive purveyors

CANADA
Friday, March 06, 2015

Gold River — Effective March 9, 2015, Skuna Bay, Vancouver Island Craft Raised Salmon has awarded its exclusive distribution in Washington State, Idaho, Montana and Utah to seafood distributor Pacific Seafood Group. Skuna Bay Salmon was made available initially to these markets beginning in April of 2013 but recently has made the move to Pacific Seafood after a thorough review of its distribution and service in these markets. After a lengthy due diligence process, Pacific Seafood was selected as exclusive distributing partner in their area for their reputation for quality, sustainable sourcing, service and outstanding cold chain.

“Our passion is to consistently provide the great chefs of America with great salmon so their customers always have a fantastic salmon dining experience ,” says Dave Mergle, Director for Skuna Bay. “We are excited to improve our service in the region where salmon is a part of the cultural fabric – and where we think chefs will appreciate the attention to detail we put into getting them great 10 lb salmon year round.”

Source: Skuna Salmon

 
 
 

 


IN BRIEF - Combating Illegal Pirate Fishing and Modern-Day Slavery in Thailand

THAILAND
Thursday, March 05, 2015

 

The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) hosted an event in Brussels the night of March the 4th 2015 examining the relationship between Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) or ‘pirate’ fishing, overfishing and trafficked, forced and bonded labour in Thailand’s seafood industry. The event drew on the EU's achievements in the fight against pirate fishing since the EU IUU Regulation came into force in 2010 and considered the EU's role in global initiatives to address pirate fishing and its devastating effects on the environment and human rights.

Six expert speakers gave presentations covering the EU IUU Regulation with respect to IUU in Thailand; the EU IUU Regulation on the global stage including the significance of the carding process and success stories so far; Thailand's efforts to combat IUU among vessels operating within and beyond Thailand's waters; the EU's global role in combating labour trafficking; Thailand's efforts to date to combat trafficked, forced and bonded labour in the Thai fishing industry; the need for overfishing, pirate fishing and human trafficking to be tackled as interconnected problems and the need for a multi-stakeholder, multi-track approach.

EJF: Combating Illegal Pirate Fishing and Modern-Day Slavery in Thailand

 


IN BRIEF - Fish farms may move from Changi after mass deaths

SINGAPORE
Thursday, March 05, 2015

 

After a plankton bloom at the weekend wiped out almost all their stocks of fish, some farmers in Changi are looking at moving to sites with stronger tide conditions.

Others told The Straits Times they planned to invest in more costly closed containment systems that would be protected from such blooms, which can suffocate marine life.

Source: Asia One

 


IN BRIEF - Income tax raids on fish exporters in Veraval

INDIA
Thursday, March 05, 2015

 

AHMEDABAD - Officials of the I-T department on Tuesday 3rd of March 2015 conducted raids at multiple premises of two prominent fish exporters in Veraval. As many as 17 premises of marine product exporters Gopal Sea Foods and Keshodwala Foods were raided. Tax evasion worth several lakhs has been detected and the raids will continue till Wednesday 4.

 

"This is the first time we are raiding fish exporters in the state. During our investigation, we found anomalies in their tax deposits. These companies have turnover of INR 2000 million INR 3000 million and are biggest exporters from the region," said an I-T official. The houses of owners of these firms Lakhan Damji Bhensala (Gopal Sea Foods) and Mohammad Nadeem Yusuf Merchant (Keshodwala Foods) were also raided.

Source: Times of India

 


IN BRIEF - State agency: 26 Armenian companies have permission for exporting fish to Russia

ARMENIA
Thursday, March 05, 2015

 

YEREVAN - Twenty six Armenian companies have permission for exporting fish and fish products to Russia, but exports of six of them are temporarily banned because of some irregularities, Armenia's State Food Safety Service reports.

 

According to the press release, these companies are doing now whatever is necessary to put things right and will have the ban lifted after completion of necessary procedures. Armenian companies resumed exporting their products to Russia in 2009.

Source: ARKA

 


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