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.
HCM CITY - Government agencies have been asked to help farmers identify the most desirable tra fish products in local and overseas markets, in an aim to increase production and consumption.
Ngo Quang Tu, head of the Department for Agriculture, Forestry, Aqua-culture and Salt Production, said: "Unlike the favourable conditions of ‘the only product in the market' of previous years, Viet Nam's tra fish products now face harsh competition from other kinds of fish from many countries."
Addressing a conference held by the Viet Nam Tra Fish Association and Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) in Can Tho on July 30 2015, Tu said that Viet Nam had great potential for tra fish products, which have been exported to 151 countries and territories.
Iceland says the recent Arctic fishing moratorium, signed by the five Arctic coastal states without Iceland’s participation, is "unacceptable" and a worrying precedent.
“We have been able to have good cooperation between the eight (circumpolar) countries and it has been a success -- until now,” said Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Iceland’s minister for foreign affairs and external trade, in an interview with Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic the first week of August 2015.
“I hope, of course, that it will be a success in the future. But this is not a good sign for the future if some states are going to make declarations without the others.”
In bumpy footage from their helmet cameras, they can be seen grabbing everything they can over the next 37 minutes - the captain’s logbooks, a laptop computer, charts and a slippery 200-pound fish.
The video shows the fishing hold about a quarter full with catch and the Thunder’s engine room almost submerged in murky water. “There is no way to stop it sinking,” the men radioed back to the Bob Barker, which was waiting nearby. Soon after they climbed off, the Thunder vanished below.
It was an unexpected end to an extraordinary chase. For 110 days and more than 10,000 nautical miles across two seas and three oceans, the Bob Barker and a companion ship, both operated by the environmental organisation Sea Shepherd, had trailed the trawler, with the three captains close enough to watch one another’s cigarette breaks and on-deck workout routines.
The fishing operations face a bleak future because of a drastic reduction in fishing days under the South Pacific Tuna Treaty in waters near Kiribati.
Limits have also been placed on the catch from the high seas close to American Samoa.
This comes as the two local canneries - the backbone of American Samoa's private sector economy - fear losing their fish supply due to estrictions imposed by the US National Oceania and Atmospheric Administration.
The government task force along with one of the cannery operators, Tri Marine International, has filed a petition to the Administration to have locally based fishing vessels which deliver half of their catches to the local canneries exempted from the limit.
Authorities in Papua New Guinea have rescued eight fishermen held on board a Thai-owned refrigerated cargo ship, and dozens of other boats are still being sought in response to an Associated Press report that included satellite photos and locations of slave vessels at sea.
Two Myanmar and six Cambodian men were removed from the Blissful Reefer, a massive, 1,000-square-metre transport ship now impounded in Daru, Papua New Guinea, about 200 kilometres north of Australia.
Officials said the fishermen appeared to be part of a larger group of forced labourers being transported from Thailand to be distributed onto various fishing boats, said George Gigauri, head of the International Organization for Migration in Port Moresby, which has assisted with the operation. He added that nearly 20 other crewmembers from the Blissful Reefer have not yet been questioned, and that if victims of trafficking are found, "there are lives at risk."
Hatching from egg to larvae and growing from fry (post-hatching stage) to fingerling (when fins get extended and scales developed fully) to reach adulthood, it takes time.
Juvenile fishing is posing a challenge to sustainable fisheries. Absence of mechanism for enforcement of restrictions on nets and gears and lack of awareness among traditional fishermen is leading to proliferation of juvenile fishing forcing them to go for deep-sea fishing for their livelihood.
“Various technologies like fish finders, navigational devices and Global Positioning System (GPS) should be used to avoid catching juveniles. We have launched a campaign in 2013 to increase the awareness level by involving the stakeholders to understand the issue and take remedial measures,” Principal Scientist at Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (Chennai) Dr. K. Vijayakumaran told The Hindu on Wednesday.
MOSCOW- Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) said on Wednesday 29th of July 2015, it was planning to hold technical consultations with Latvian colleagues on fish imports.
Rosselkhoznadzor imposed temporary restrictions on Latvian and Estonian canned and preserved fish imports on June 4 2015 citing high levels of a toxic substance called benzopyrene.
Russia’s agricultural watchdog says the restrictions were prompted by the Baltic nations’ persistent violations of sanitary requirements, discovered during several routine inspections, as well as by the presence of banned harmful additives in imported seafood products.
Resilience meeting assesses impact on Scottish businesses.
The Deputy First Minister has been updated on the on-going situation at the Channel Tunnel and the impact it is having on Scottish businesses, following a Scottish Government resilience meeting on July the 29th 2015.
Scottish businesses from the fishing and food processing sectors are continuing to raise concerns about the impact of delays and potential delays on their businesses. Today’s meeting follows both the First Minister and Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead pressing concerns with the UK Government and calling for action to prioritise fresh produce being exported to the continent.
It is forecasted that shrimp exports from Vietnam to South Korea will boast in the light of free trade agreement between the two countries.
South Korea has been a strategic partner of Vietnam, with bilateral trade valued USD 28.9 billion in 2014, and the third biggest globally and the second biggest in Asia after China.
Bilateral trade cooperation between Vietnam and South Korea has experienced significant development over the past 2 decades. By the end of November 2014, the number of Vietnamese enterprises cooperating with South Korea reached 13,100.
Growing fears of Mexican blockade to Honduran shrimp Honduras
Farmed shrimp producers from several Mexican states are exercising further pressure on the Government of Mexico to block the entry of Honduran shrimp into their country, the head of the Secretariat of Agriculture and Livestock reported.