IN BRIEF - Massachusetts prohibit the sale of escolar
Friday, January 18, 2013
Massachusetts would levy fines on supermarkets and restaurants that mislabel seafood and become the first state in the nation to ban the sale of escolar, an oily species known as the “ex-lax” fish that is often served as sushi, under legislation expected to be filed Friday.
The bill, proposed by the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, comes more than a year after a Boston Globe report revealed widespread seafood substitution in restaurants across Massachusetts. In many instances, less desirable and cheaper species took the place of fresh local fish. A follow-up investigation published last fall found most of those restaurants were still mislabeling seafood.
Businesses caught misrepresenting fish such as Atlantic cod, Atlantic halibut, red snapper, or grey sole could face fines of up to $800 and have their license to operate suspended or revoked after repeat offenses, according to the legislation.
The law would also prohibit the sale of escolar, frequently mislabeled as white tuna or albacore at sushi restaurants, and punish first-time violators with a minimum $400 fine or license suspension. Albacore, a white tuna desired for its mild taste, is not related to escolar and typically costs 20 percent more.
Further to the share buyback programme announced on 24 July 2014, Nutreco announces that during the period from 26 August 2014 up to and including 29 August 2014, Nutreco purchased 91,743 of its ordinary shares at an average price of EUR 29.36 per share. The total number of shares repurchased under this programme to date is 91,743 ordinary shares for a total consideration of EUR 2.7 million.
This programme will ultimately end on 31 January 2015, unless Nutreco shares for the overall maximum amount of EUR 100 million have been repurchased prior to that date. In that case the programme will end on the date on which this maximum is reached.
Nutreco: Progress on buyback programme Nutreco shares
The Friend of the Sea project expands further in Italy as it meets the trust of retail chain DESPAR, one of the main supermarket brands in Italy and part of the international SPAR group. DESPAR canned yellowfin tuna and mackerel are now displaying the Friend of the Sea logo, being sourced from approved sustainable origins.
Both tuna and mackerel are supplied by Generale Conserve S.p.A, a market leader in Italy specialized in canned products, already Friend of the Sea certified.
Tuna and mackerel are caught in fishing areas where stocks are not over-exploited by fishing methods which are selective and do not impact the seabed.
“We have chosen to have DESPAR’s products being assessed according to Friend of the Sea criteria since the project has grown in credibility and expanded its presence worldwide”, explains Mr. Simone Pambianco, Category Manager of DESPAR. “I am pleased DESPAR canned tuna and mackerel have been awarded the Friend of the Sea certification as this further proves to our customers our care for the environment.”
Friend of the Sea: Italian retail chain DESPAR joins Friend of the Sea program: canned tuna and mackerel now certified sustainable
Banned pelagic fishing nets have been making a silent comeback to coastal fishing in Kerala, a move which many feel would pose a serious threat to the marine ecosystem of the state.
A tense situation was witnessed at Munambam fishing harbour recently when a section of BMS union-backed loading workers resisted the sale of fish caught through these nets. Last week, tonnes of ribbon fish caught through pelagic nets were abandoned on the decks of the harbour and destroyed later at Munambam.
Because of the food embargo, fish processing companies of the Russian North-West have to replace the fish from Norway, Finland and Baltic states by that from Russia and countries not subject to sanctions.
Several dozens of fish processing companies located in the Russian Northwestern Federal District are 10 to 100 percent dependent on fish supply from abroad. Now they take every possible measure to avoid drastic cuts in production and to minimize their losses.
Thus, the companies from the Murmansk region that were engaged in processing of Norwegian salmon are trying to reorient their production to Far East pink and sockeye salmon. However, they face significant problems. First, the logistics chain "Far East - Murmansk region" is longer and more expensive than the chain "Norway - Murmansk region". Secondly, the Far East fish has been long contracted, and not all traders are willing to give up their existing business connections in favor of new partners. Third, although sockeye salmon and Norwegian salmon are "close relatives", they are not the same species. Therefore, the reconstruction of the production lines can not be avoided.
The scarcity of mature fish in Lake Victoria has caused the closure of Fresh Water Fish factory at Kachanga Landing site in Bukakata sub-county, Masaka district.
The scarcity of mature fish in Lake Victoria has caused the closure of Fresh Water Fish factory at Kachanga Landing site in Bukakata sub-county, Masaka district. This follows a 40% decline in the numbers of mature fish there. Operations by fishery officials against those doing illegal fishing methods continue.
The season is wrapping up in the Southern, Outer, and Kamishak Bay districts.
“In general, things are winding down I would say,” says Glenn Hollowell, area management biologist for the Department of Fish and Game.
He says there may be a few areas that continue to produce.
“There might be some seiners interested in going over to Kamishak Bay to fish for coho, but the weather tends to get really nasty there in late August or early September,” says Hollowell. “I don’t know that we’re going to see a lot of effort over there at this time.”
Sockeye returns have not been consistent across lower Cook Inlet. In the Outer District, there was a system in McCarty Fjord that produced about 20,000 sockeye, which is very good for that area.
“Some of our other systems have just met escapement, like English Bay, for instance,” says Hollowell. “We have made our escapement goal pretty cleanly there. We’re right around the middle of the goal which is a good place to be. But, there was really not enough fish there to have a significant commercial harvest on them. The harvest went to subsistence users over in Port Graham, primarily.”
Science marches on. Sometimes, it does so on fins.
Scientists at the University of Ottawa have studied the effect of a lifetime of walking on a certain type of fish. Yes, fish.
The results, say their paper in the journal Nature, suggest much about the evolution of complex pieces of anatomy such as arms and legs.
"What we wanted to pin down was: if you change the environment of this fish, does it change its behaviour or does its anatomy change?" said former McGill post-doctoral student Emily Standen.
Her team started with a fish called Polypterus. They have both lungs and gills and can live in water or on land. They also have lobelike fins, positioned so they can pull themselves awkwardly forward as if with stunted arms.
"Some people might say they're not as pretty as trout, but I think they're amazing," Standen said.
Unusually warm water off the Washington coast is sending the vast majority of the sockeye salmon run to Canadian waters, leaving Puget Sound fishermen with nearly empty nets.
According to data from the Pacific Salmon Commission, nearly 2.9 million sockeye salmon have been caught in Canadian waters, while only about 98,000 have been netted in Washington through Aug. 19 2014.
An Alaska crab fishing group is calling for President Obama to ban imports of seafood from Russia.
The Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers issued a statement claiming there’s been a spike in illegal, unreported and unregulated crab fishing in Russia’s waters in the past two decades. This comes in response to a recent Russian ban on US seafood, which was in response to US and international sanctions.
Executive Director of the Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers Mark Gleason says Russian illegal crab fishing is not a new phenomenon.
Govt plans to limit Pacific bluefin tuna catch Japan
The Japanese Government intends to reduce the catch of immature Pacific bluefin tuna and prevent overfishing of the high-priced fish by implementing common regulations internationally, out of criteria currently adopted independently by Japan.