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IN BRIEF - Verlasso Smoked Salmon by Blue Hill Bay at Fancy Food Show

Friday, January 18, 2013

MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Verlasso(r), the world's first provider of harmoniously raised fish, and Acme Smoked Fish Corporation, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based producer and distributor of smoked fish, will unveil Verlasso Smoked Salmon during the 2013 Fancy Food Show, Jan. 20-22, 2013 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The new product will be available to retail and food industry seafood purveyors through Acme's premium, all-natural Blue Hill Bay(r) Smoked Seafood brand. Show attendees can sample and learn more about Verlasso Smoked Salmon at the Acme booth #883.

Verlasso's Harmoniously Raised difference creates a better environment for fish to grow into great-tasting salmon with a shimmery quality, full fins and bright eyes. A critical aspect of the Verlasso approach protects ocean biodiversity through an innovative solution to the depletion of our world's fisheries. Specifically, Verlasso lowers the "fish in, fish out" ratio of the salmon's diet - the pounds of wild caught feeder fish needed to produce one pound of salmon - from the industry standard of 4:1 for fish oil and fish meal to 1:1 without compromising healthy levels of Omega-3s in the salmon's diet.

Verlasso and Acme collaborated to create right-sized smoked salmon options for grocery stores, delis, gourmet and specialty stores, and select catalogue and online gourmet retailers

IN BRIEF - Gender-bending fish under Rutgers microscope

Wednesday, July 08, 2015


We'll say this for the sea bass: It's sure good at keeping its options open.


If it surveys the mating landscape and fails to see enough prospects, it simply switches gender.

Problem solved.

This ability bodes well for New Jersey's commercial and recreational fishing industry, for it offers natural protection from over-fishing, says one Rutgers researcher.

A fish may begin life as a female, only to switch to male if that looks like it will improve its chances of reproduction. Smaller males, called "sneaker males," may impersonate females so they can fertilize eggs on the sly without attracting hostile attention from other males.

Source: NJ


IN BRIEF - California law will enforce marine-protected areas

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

A bill proposing to give law enforcement officers greater leeway to enforce restrictions in California’s Marine Protected Areas was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this week.


Assembly Bill 298 will grant officers of the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife the power to cite anyone who violates restrictions against fishing or poaching within California’s protected-area network.

The bill was introduced earlier this year by Democratic assembly member Lorena Gonzales and received bipartisan support in both the assembly and state senate, according to The Log.

Source: Trade Only


IN BRIEF - Geoduck farming could rival salmon aquaculture

Wednesday, July 08, 2015


In terms of export sales, salmon farming dominates the B.C. aquaculture industry, constituting 89% of total aquaculture sales, according to the BC Salmon Farmers Association.

But B.C. shellfish growers say another aquaculture business, geoduck farming, could rival salmon farming in terms of value – and that B.C. is missing the boat.

In recent years, the demand for the giant clam – especially in China – has sent prices soaring. Geoduck (pronounced gooeyduck) has a landed value of about CAD 10 to CAD 11 per pound in North America and can sell for $30 per pound in China.

Source: Business in Vancouver


IN BRIEF - Fish farming in China desert brings hope to areas affected by desertification

Wednesday, July 08, 2015


DUNHUANG - In the Kumtag desert in Gansu Province, more than 600 tonnes of rainbow trout, a cold-water fish native to North America, are farmed and exported across China every year.


Two hours' drive from the oasis town of Dunhuangin, the fish farm was brought into existence by Bibo Company, which had been drawn to the area by the Dunhuang government's investment promotion plans.

In 2001, the company invested more than USD 16 million in the fish farm, but the desert's extreme conditions made it difficult for construction.

"There are huge sandstorms in this area. In our other farm in Yundeng, we don't see such huge sandstorms. After we constructed buildings here, sandstorms covered up two floors of our buildings," said Wang Yongbin, Manager of Bibo Company.

Source: Channel News Asia


IN BRIEF - Cambodian Fishermen Hope for Crackdown on Illegal Thai Fishing

Wednesday, July 08, 2015


PHNOM PENH - Thailand’s fishing industry has received a “yellow card” warning from the European Union for failing to address illegal fishing operations.


The European Commission in April 2015 said it was putting Thailand on notice “for not taking sufficient measures in the international fight against illegal fishing.”

The EU is campaigning for sustainable fisheries, the Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, said in a statement. “Failure to take strong action against illegal fishing will carry consequences.”

Source: Voice of America


IN BRIEF - FAO: Thailand needs stricter law to keep illegal fishing under control

Wednesday, July 08, 2015


BANGKOK -The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has suggested that the Thai government undergo a legal reform in order to raise the standards of the fishing industry.


FAO Senior Fishery Officer Simon Funge-Smith said in a seminar on the future of the fishing industry in Thailand that similar issues occurring around the world are due to the lack of legal punishments and attention to illegal unreported and unregulated fishing.

Mr. Smith cited the need to legislate a law to specifically deal with fisheries-related issues. He added, however, that the drafting process of the law can’t be rushed in order to ensure there is no room for mistakes.

Source: National News Bureau of Thailand


IN BRIEF - EU secures protection for endangered manta rays

Wednesday, July 08, 2015


The Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) has, at the initiative of the EU, adopted a breakthrough retention ban on mantas. The ban was agreed at the IATTC annual meeting in Guayaquil, Ecuador, from 29 June to 3 July 2015. IATTC members also agreed to establish a marking scheme for fish aggregating devices (FADs), and to strengthen current measures against illegal fishing.

With the adoption of a retention ban and mandatory handling guidelines for mantas and devil rays, the IATTC is breaking new ground: it is the first regional fisheries management organisation to do so. Both mantas and devil rays are seriously under threat. In addition, the IATTC will set up a data collection programme for these vulnerable rays as of 2017, to monitor the status of the species.

Source: European Commission


IN BRIEF - SFF comment on meeting with Minister on Marine Protected Areas

Wednesday, July 08, 2015


Commenting on this afternoon’s meeting between the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) and its constituent associations with Richard Lochhead, the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment, in Glasgow (6 July 2015) on the recently announced management measures for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), which threatens the viability of inshore fisheries on the West coast, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the SFF said:

“We outlined to the Minister in the strongest possible terms the devastating impact these measures will have on fragile coastal communities on the West coast. The Scottish fishing industry fully supports the concept of MPAs, provided their designation and management is done in an evidence based manner, looking soberly at the overall management objectives of effective marine conservation and supporting a sustainable fishing industry. Conservation measures need to be right, not gratuitously damaging in pursuit of, in the Minister's words, "ambition".

“Unfortunately, the minister still seemed keen to pander to lightweight, populist lobbying and failed to understand the impact


IN BRIEF - Iran to export 28K ton fishery products to Russia

Monday, July 06, 2015

TEHRAN – An official at Iran Fisheries Organization says the country will export some 28,000 tons of various kinds of fishery products to Russia in late August 2015.

Isa Golshahi, Iran Fisheries Organization’s director general for quality improvement, processing and development of fisheries market, told Mehr News correspondent on Sunday 5th of July 2015 that under contracts signed between the two countries, Iran will start exporting fishery products to Russia in late August.


“Under existing contracts between the two countries, about 28,000 tons of fishery products, including shrimp, trout, other varieties of fish, and canned products will be exported to Russia,” he said.

Source: Mehr News


IN BRIEF - Ministry to take legal action against poachers

Monday, July 06, 2015


The government has stepped up its campaign against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, as the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry is expected to take legal action against perpetrators of poaching-related activities.


Mas Achmad Santosa, the head of the IUU fishing prevention task force, said any state losses caused by illegal fishing, as well as any additional negative implications on the fishing community, were being calculated by economist Faisal Basri, who recently joined the team at the request of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti.

“From these calculations, we can not rule out the possibility that the Indonesian government, represented by the ministry through the Attorney General’s Office [AGO], will sue any liable parties [found guilty of] causing state losses,” Mas Achmad told The Jakarta Post on Friday 3rd of July 2015.

Souce: The Jakarta Post


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European Union A group of scientists of European Food Safety Authority have found out there are relevant hazards associated with pre-packed fresh fishery products at retail level.
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