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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
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) recently reported that in October 2014 the agency refused a total of 101 entry lines of seafood. Of these refusals, 35 of the refusals were of entry lines of shrimp due to antibiotic contamination.
Based on an analysis of FDA refusal data by the Southern Shrimp Alliance, the number of shrimp entry lines refused in October for antibiotic contamination was the largest since January of 2011. In that month, the FDA refused 42 total entry lines of shrimp contaminated by antibiotics, of which 39 were from China.
With only a marginal quota increase for haddock and potential reductions for species such as cod and whiting in prospect, the fishermen's representatives say the European Commission officials are apparently dismissive of serious impediments to the introduction of the discard ban for the main white fish stocks in January 2016.
?For centuries, fishermen have known that tuna and other species form large schools under floating objects, whether natural or man-made. Industrial tuna fishing crews utilize this knowledge to construct specialized fish aggregating devices, or FADs, which make it easier to find and catch fish.
?Recent advances in technology allow fleet owners to track their FADs and even estimate the amount of tuna beneath them using sonar, transmitting the location and numbers back to their home office by satellite. These advances have come at a price. While using FADs dramatically increases fishing efficiency, it also raises the risk of overfishing an already- dwindling tuna population, as reflected in the record haul of tuna caught in association with floating objects in recent years.
For the first time in France, a retailer, Carrefour, is offering financial support towards a fishery’s sustainability assessment. The company will be backing the producers' organisation FROM Nord, who have entered their Eastern Channel and North Sea sole fishery for assessment to the MSC fisheries standard.
An innovative partnership for sustainability:
In France, this is the first time a retailer has offered its financial support to a fishery beginning an assessment. Thierry Missonnier, director of FROM Nord, talks about this opportunity: "For several years now, FROM Nord has been committed to the MSC program, with the certification of the North sea saithe, North East Arctic cod and haddock fisheries, and the recent evaluation begun by the Eastern Channel and North Sea herring fishery. We were thinking about beginning assessment of the sole fishery to promote its good practices when Carrefour contacted us to support our approach".
ASTF says the aim was to address food security and build capacity of rural youth to obtain decent employment in the agricultural sector.
Four countries will benefit from the funding: Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya. Alhaji Jallow, FAO's representative in Uganda, said Uganda's potion of the money would create decent employment opportunities for the youth, especially within the fisheries and aquaculture subsector.
Sardines might be one of the smallest fish caught, but the industry is the largest single species commercial fishery by volume in Australia, and it's getting bigger.
The South Australian industry has launched a new management plan to keep the AUD 20 million fishery sustainable, which includes catching more fish.
Ninety-five per cent of the sardine catch is fed to Port Lincoln's southern blue fin tuna farms, but the industry wants to harness the human consumption potential by increasing demand, both domestically and in India and China.
The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, has published the draft Shark Biodiversity Management Plan in the Government Gazette on the 29th April 2014 for public comment in terms of sections 43(3)(a), 47(1), 99 and 100 of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (Act No. 10 of 2004). Notice is hereby given in terms of section 100(1)(b) of the Act, that the public may submit comments on the draft plan.
The primary purpose of the plan is to attain and maintain a favourable conservation status for resident and migratory sharks within the Republic, taking into account the socio-economic value of these species.
Following a review of the stock status of blue swimmer crabs in Cockburn Sound, it has been decided not to reopen the area to either commercial or recreational crab fishing for the 2014/15 season to assist with the recovery of the stock.
The decision not to reopen the fishery on December of 2014 follows the early closure of the last crabbing season in Cockburn Sound on 14 May that year.
Department of Fisheries South West Bioregions Manager Tim Nicholas said the latest review of the stocks shows the fishery needs to stay closed until crab numbers rebound.
The Pacific hake mid-water trawl fishery, which operates off the west coast of the United States and Canada, has achieved MSC re-certification following an independent, third-party assessment by certifier MRAG Americas. The mid-water trawl fishery first achieved MSC certification as a sustainable and well-managed fishery in the fall of 2009. Pacific hake (Merluccius productus) is also known commercially as Pacific whiting.