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IN BRIEF - Impact of East Coast fisheries still playing out
Saturday, November 24, 2012
BATON ROUGE - If you thought Louisiana's seafood industry might get a boost from the lull in commercial fishing activity where Hurricane Sandy made landfall late last month, you were wrong.
Some seafood processors in southeast Louisiana said just the opposite is happening, that sales to buyers on the East Coast are down slightly as portions of states like New York and New Jersey continue to recover.
According to the report Compliance with creditors, referred to the Commercial Court 1 of Pontevedra, Pescanova has already begun to pay its creditors. The sum paid amounts to 1,338,381 euros in interest to creditors who joined the proposal. The agreement removes 90% of capital payment and a period of payment of 10 years and semiannual payment and a recognition of interest (3%) of the claim.
Korean Food Co. in Irving, Texas is recalling Mak kimchi in 32oz and half gallon glass jars, because it may contain undeclared shellfish (shrimp). People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to shellfish (shrimp) run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
Mak kimchi was distributed in retail stores in Plano, TX; Carrollton, TX; Dallas, TX; and Lawton, OK.
The Mak kimchi is sold in 32 ounce glass jars (UPC codes is 4205313810) and half gallon glass jars (UPC code is 4205313730) and was sold in Asian markets between December 1, 2014 - January 23, 2015.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered during an inspection that the label was misprinted by the printing company and product containing shell fish (shrimp) was distributed in glass jars that did not reveal the presence of shellfish (shrimp).
Consumers who have purchased Mak kimchi in the 32oz and half gallon glass jars are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-214-770-8400, 24 hours, Monday through Sunday.
FDA sent a letter to seafood processor SDP Marketing and Distribution in San Marcos, CA, following an inspection in early December 2014. According to the law, the company violated Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points regulations (HACCP) by not having complete food-safety plans for the production of its Dried Whole Shrimp and Dried Jumbo Shrimp products, the agency stated.
Specifically, the food-safety plans do not account for the hazard of undeclared sulfites. The labels say that the products contain added sulfites.
In addition, SDP’s facilities do not maintain sanitation monitoring records for the safety of the water that comes into contact with food, materials and surfaces that touch food, according to the agency’s letter.
The investment fund Fidelity International Limited (FIL), resident in a tax haven (Bermuda) states zeroing of 1.010% participation in the social capital of the company.
That portion, equivalent to 346,500 voting rights (of a total of 28,737,718), was acquired by Fidelity on the day following the suspension of trading, with Pescanova already in bankruptcy, for 1.71 million. Its retail value may have been the same if the share price to consider whatever it was frozen at 5.9 euros. But that is unlikely, because the creditors that has allowed lifting the contest includes a capital (now postponed until at least June) will reduce the percentage share of the current shareholders to less than 5% within the refundada new Pescanova.
The investment fund did not want to explain why this strategy responds operation in the gray market, which have already been made more transactions. The most significant was signed by Carolina Masaveu minority, investment Pescanova until May 2014 raised its stake from 3,741 to 7,133% and became the second largest shareholder after the group's president, Manuel Fernández de Sousa.
Source: M. S. D. / La Voz de Galicia (basic translation from Spanish)
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has exported sea food worth $2.47 million to European Union (EU) during January-September 2014 which represents an increase of $2.12 million over the same period in 2013.
The trade statistics for January-September 2014 indicate that EU had delisted all the companies exporting fish from Pakistan in 2007 which was primarily done on account of failure to meet EU's Sanitary and Phytosanitray (SPS) measures. As a result, there was no export of Sea Food to EU during 2007-2013 but due to efforts of government i.e. Ministry of Commerce and Marine Fisheries Department (MFD), EU lifted the ban in June 2013. Two exporting establishments are now being allowed to export to EU member states.
As per details, Ministry of Commerce is actively supporting Marine Fisheries Department which has been declared by EU as the `Competent Authority' from Pakistan to certify consignments before the exports. Marine Fisheries Department is endeavoring to upgrade five more companies to make them ready for export. Both MFD and Ministry of Commerce are cognizant that interceptions of consignments not meeting the EU standards can once again lead to a ban and it will then take years to have it lifted.
HCMC – Vietnamese seafood exports surged in 2014 with an export turnover of US$7.9 billion, the highest levels in three years. This exceeded the target of the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) by US$920 million and was an 18.4 percent increase on 2013. The main seafood exports from Vietnam, by value of exports, are frozen shrimp, pangasius catfish, tuna and other fish, mollusks and crustaceans.
The production and processing of seafood in Vietnam is generally done by domestic companies. The fish are checked for quality and frozen for export at processing factories. To meet export standards, the factories must be certified that they are in compliance with Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) standards, which are provided by foreign companies and generally accepted as the standard requirements for exported goods.
The largest market for Vietnamese seafood continues to be the U.S., with American imports of Vietnamese seafood products valued at US$1.76 billion, a 17.9 percent increase on 2013. The US is followed by the EU, Japan, and Korea. At the end of 2014, orders to these key markets slowed down; however, an increase in exports to ASEAN nations and China made up the shortfall.
By far the largest single contributor to the growth of Vietnam’s seafood exports has been shrimp, which saw a 28 percent (US$3.9 billion) increase over 2013. The majority of this increase came from the EU where Vietnamese shrimp sales grew 71.7 percent in 2014 according to VASEP. Sales of pangasius catfish, which is Vietnam’s second biggest export increased by 0.6 percent to US$1.77 billion.
Antarctica is home to a "lost world" of fish and other marine life, discovered living nearly half a mile beneath the ice cover on the frozen continent.
Researchers used a hot water drill to bore through approximately 2,500 feet of ice. The goal of the drilling was to reach the grounding zone - where land, ice, and water all meet - for the first time ever.
The discovery of life far beneath the ice of Antarctica was made in the Whillans Ice Stream, a fast-moving river of ice, moving from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) to the Ross Sea. Drilling took place around 530 miles from the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf.
Water at these depths in the Antarctic is colder than ice - having an average temperature of just 28 degrees Fahrenheit. The thick ice cover also prevents light from reaching the marine environments, darkening the water. These conditions were thought to make the discovery of life there unlikely. Researchers were surprised to find jellyfish, crustaceans, and various species of fish living in the harsh environment.
Source: James Maynard/Tech Times - Read full article here
BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. - When jelly-fishers wanted to do business in Beaufort County, not all neighbors were supportive. Groups against the jelly-fishing are still speaking-out against an operation nearly a year later. The groups want to stop a company from unloading and rinsing cannonball jellyfish waste water into Jenkins Creek. However, that company is now suing Beaufort County over an ordinance that makes doing business harder.
The company began unloading and rinsing jellyfish and dumping the waste water into Jenkins Creek at Golden Dock. When some neighbors learned of the operation, toxicity tests were done on the waste in the creek; results showed the waste was toxic at certain solutions. Beaufort County passed an ordinance that requires the company to face further review before they operate.
Boats are docked at the site of the controversial jellyfish operation that was once unloading and rinsing jellyfish waster water at Golden Dock in St. Helena Island.
Source: Ashleigh Holland/counton2.com - Read full story here
San Francisco, California, Jan. 26, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The global market for aquaculture is expected to reach USD 202.96 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. Aquaculture includes farming of aquatic organisms such as mollusks, fish, crustaceans and other aquatic flora and fauna. Increasing consumer awareness of health benefits associated with seafood and growing consumption serves as a key driver for development of the market. In addition, the market demand is expected to be further fuelled by the lack of naturally available varieties owing to extensive fishing. Rice-fish culture is expected to serve as key growth opportunity for this market over the next six years.
President Barack Obama said Sunday that he planned to ask Congress to declare much of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness, including its 1.5-million-acre coastal plain, an area on Alaska’s North Slope suspected to contain vast reserves of oil and gas.
The designation would forever prevent exploration and production on the coastal plain, but Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said the idea would be dead on arrival in the Republican-led Congress.
Without an act of Congress, the Sunday announcement will have little practical effect in the way that the coastal plain is managed -- there would still be no drilling, while subsistence hunting and fishing could occur as before. But the decision appears to send a signal about Obama’s views toward development in the Arctic, and other upcoming decisions may have more immediate effects on development in the far north.
Pacific Seafood faces another anti-trust lawsuit United States
Pacific Seafood is facing a new lawsuit filed by a group of fishermen in Oregon, just as the company was preparing to sign an agreement to buy 90 per cent stake in Ocean Gold Seafoods Inc.