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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.
Marlborough Sounds seafood farmers seem to have so far escaped any damaging currents caused by serious earthquakes in the Solomon Islands.
Last week's powerful Chilean earthquake caused minor damage to marine farms in Nelson and Golden Bay, with Tasman District Council harbourmaster Steve Hainstock issuing a navigation warning to boaties.
When the weather warms and the South Carolina humidity hangs like a soggy blanket along the coast, you can often find an entrepreneur selling shrimp out of the back of a pickup truck by the road with a hand-scrawled sign promoting it as both fresh and local. There’s a chance it’s neither.
While the provincial government is backing shrimp fishermen, the federal government remains firm on its latest quota decisions.
A spokesperson for Fisheries and Oceans Canada declined an interview request amid protests at DFO offices in Corner Brook, Grand Falls-Windsor and St. John’s the week of the 7th of April 2014.
What is the White Spot Syndrome Virus? Why is it endangering the fishpond and crustacean industry? This is what the neophyte lawmaker from Zamboanga City wants to know as she called on the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to immediately investigate and introduce appropriate measures to stop its spread.
A shortage of whitefish in the Great Lakes region resulting partly from the winter deep freeze is coming at an inconvenient time for Jewish families: the Passover holiday, when demand is high because it's a key ingredient in a traditional recipe.
Operating under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s General Department of Fisheries, the force’s key tasks include patrolling the country’s waters, monitoring and inspecting fisheries activities as well as detecting and handling violations.
More than 47,000 salmon have escaped their cages in the Ålfjorden north of Stavanger, fuelling environmentalist fears that Norway's salmon farming industry will destroy wild salmon stocks and weaken the natural gene pool.
The bulk of the nine warning letters released th week of the 7th of April 2014, by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration were addressed to seafood processing facilities for violations of seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) regulation.
Ocean acidification proves to have domino effect Australia
Researchers from the Australian Institute of Marine Science are currently studying the shallow volcanic CO2 seeps in eastern Papua New Guinea in Milne Bay Province to observe how ocean acidification is affecting the oceans.
Shark fin trade experiences sharp drop Hong Kong
The volume of shark fin products imported into Hong Kong in 2013 dropped from 8,285.1 tonnes to 5,412.2 tonnes, representing 34.7 per cent, according to the latest figures from the Census and Statistics Department.
Pescanova faces decisive hours Spain
Creditor banks of the Galician multinational firm ensures that the continuity of Pescanova is guaranteed after next Tuesday, when the term to adhere to the agreement submitted by the consortium led by Damm brewery and Luxempart investment fund comes to an end.
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