On 23rd January 2014, FIS published an Opinion piece relating to the Falkland Islands ...
IN BRIEF - 'Salmon signature' used to study historic Alaska fish returns
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
Accusations voiced against Tasmanian salmon farmers Australia
There have been claims at the Parliament of Tasmania that Macquarie Harbour may not be healthy enough for salmon farming.
This waterway is home to large-scale fish farms owned by salmon producers Tas...