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IN BRIEF - Massachusetts prohibit the sale of escolar

UNITED STATES
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.

Source: Boston Globe


IN BRIEF - Norwegian Govt opens market for Sri Lankan fish exports

SRI LANKA
Friday, April 29, 2016

The Norwegian Government has opened its market for Sri Lankan fish exports.

The Ministry of finance said, that Norway had taken this step after the EU ban of Sri Lankan fish exports was lifted.

The announcement was made yesterday following a meeting between Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake and the Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka. Minister Karunanayake stated that Sri Lanka is being commended for its financial discipline and transparency.

He added that lifting the ban on fish export by the European Union would offer great opportunities for Sri Lanka’s economy.

Source: News 1st


IN BRIEF - Scientists: Warm water blob may impact salmon forecasts

UNITED STATES
Friday, April 29, 2016

JUNEAU - A mass of exceptionally warm water in the northeast Pacific Ocean could shake up recent predictions of higher salmon runs in Alaska in 2016, according to fisheries researchers.

Brian Beckman with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Seattle said the issue is biologists are not sure exactly how the warm water known as the Pacific Blob affects different salmon along the West Coast, KTOO-FM reported.

“The thing that we need to think about is that warm water in Alaska is really different than warm water in California,” said Beckman, a research fishery biologist. “Warm water in California can be so warm that it is actually injuring the fish, whereas warm water in Alaska just means that it is abnormally different and maybe the ecosystem is different. But it’s still a comfortable place for fish to be.”

Source: Juneau Empire


IN BRIEF - Officials expect more king salmon in 2016

UNITED STATES
Friday, April 29, 2016

BETHEL - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is predicting a higher king salmon run this year than in previous years that will meet escapement and subsistence harvest demands.

Wildlife managers discussed the expectations and management strategies with fishery representatives along the Kuskokwim River last week in Bethel. Officials predict 2016 chinook numbers to range between 125,000 and 219,000 kings, with the drainage-wide escapement goal remaining at 65,000 to 120,000, KYUK-AM reported.

A state biologist said the total run size last year marked the eighth smallest on record but the largest since 2010.

In 2015, an estimated 150,000 king salmons escaped into their spawning grounds, exceeding the drainage-wide escapement goal by 30,000. Around 16,000 kings were harvested for subsistence during that time, more than in 2014 but less than the average subsistence needs of 84,000 for the entire Kuskokwim River.

Source: Juneau Empire


IN BRIEF - Greenest Fishing Trawlers in the World

ICELAND
Friday, April 29, 2016

Two new Icelandic-designed fishing trawlers could be the greenest of their kind in the world, the company behind them claims.

“Our calculations show that the five-meter propeller is around 30-40 percent more economical than the three-meter propeller,” says Skipasýn project manager Rakel Sævarsdóttir in an industry press interview.

Skipasýn designed the propulsion systems for two trawlers which were launched in China last week: Páll Pálsson ÍS and Breki VE. Both Icelandic-designed and Chinese-built ships are made for use around Iceland. The former will be based in Ísafjörður in the West Fjords and the latter in the Vestmannaeyjar.

Rakel says it is not controversial to assert that the new ships are the environmentally-friendliest fresh fish trawlers in the world. BB.is reports that one of the biggest reasons for this is that the new design, which is built on older ideas, incorporates a new, bigger design of propeller which will provide greater fuel efficiency than on a normal ship.

Source: Iceland Review


IN BRIEF - Marlborough District Council risks aquaculture battle over environment plan

NEW ZEALAND
Friday, April 29, 2016

The Marlborough District Council has risked a raft of potential legal challenges to its environment plan by not consulting the aquaculture industry, the region's MP says.

Kaikoura MP Stuart Smith said the council could be taken to the Environment Court if the industry did not agree with the plan after the submissions process.

The council's approach was not in the spirit of a collaborative process, Smith said.

Source: Stuff


IN BRIEF - WWF welcomes EU campaign to tackle crisis of Mediterranean fish stocks, calls for urgent and collective action

BELGIUM
Friday, April 29, 2016

Brussels – The EU Commission unveiled today its new campaign  #MedFish4ever, with the European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, urging the fishing sector to address the unprecedented crisis in the Mediterranean. WWF welcomes this initiative to join forces for the future of fish stocks and fishermen in the region. 

“The Mediterranean Sea has reached crisis point, with 93 per cent of assessed fish stocks over-exploited and trends still declining, so this EU initiative comes at a critical time. Only if all stakeholders act together can we build a new future for fish stocks, transform Mediterranean fisheries, help fishermen craft their future, and achieve improved and sustainable seafood markets,” said Marco Lambertini, WWF International’s Director General.

“This focus on the Mediterranean is an encouraging sign that the implementation of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is taken seriously. Now we need Member States in the region to step up their efforts not only to achieve full implementation and also better enforcement,” added Geneviève Pons, Director of the WWF European Policy Office.

Press Release: WWF


IN BRIEF - EU issues alert on unsafe Vietnamese seafood exports

UNITED STATES
Friday, April 29, 2016

The European Union has issued food safety alerts to four Vietnamese seafood exporters, whose shipments to several European countries have been found to contain banned substances.

The companies, Mekong Delta Food Factory, South Vina, FOODTECH JSC and Khang Thong JSC Seafood Processing Factory, failed to pass food safety checks to enter the EU, according to the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF).

Created by the EU in 1979, RASFF offers a round-the-clock service to provide notification of food safety risks before they reach European consumers.

On Monday 25th of April 2016, the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (NAFIQAD) under Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development announced the names of the four exporters, giving details as to why they had received the warnings from the EU.

Source: Tuoi Tre News


IN BRIEF - Marine Products Corporation Reports First Quarter 2016 Financial Results

UNITED STATES
Friday, April 29, 2016

ATLANTA - Marine Products Corporation announced its unaudited results for the quarter ended March 31, 2016.  Marine Products is a leading manufacturer of fiberglass boats under two brand names: Chaparral and Robalo. Chaparral's sterndrive models include H2O Sport and Ski & Fish Boats, SSi and SSX Sportboats, Sunesta Sportdecks and Signature Cruisers.  In addition, Chaparral manufactures SunCoast Sportdeck outboards and Vortex Jet Boats.  Robalo builds outboard sport fishing boats which include center console, dual console, walkaround cabin and Cayman bay boat models.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2016, Marine Products generated net sales of USD 63,665,000, a 25.7 percent increase compared to USD 50,644,000 in the same period of the prior year.  The increase in net sales was due to a 36.7 percent increase in unit sales, partially offset by a 9.3 percent decrease in the average selling price per boat.  During the quarter we generated higher unit sales in many of our product lines, but particularly among our Robalo sport fishing boats, our Chaparral H2O models, and our Chaparral SunCoast Sportdecks.  Average selling prices decreased during the quarter due to a model mix that included a higher percentage of smaller models.

Gross profit for the quarter was USD 12,688,000, or 19.9 percent of net sales, a 24.3 percent increase compared to gross profit of USD 10,205,000, or 20.2 percent of net sales, in the same period of the prior year.  Gross profit for the first quarter increased compared to the prior year due to higher net sales.  Gross margin declined slightly during the quarter compared to the prior year due to model mix, partially offset by improved manufacturing efficiencies resulting from higher production volumes.

Source: PR Newswire


IN BRIEF - The Scottish Salmon Company introduces Native Hebridean salmon

BELGIUM
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Leading salmon producer, The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) is unveiling Native Hebridean Salmon at Seafood Expo Global in Brussels on 26th April 2016.

This unique salmon, which has been shortlisted in 2016’s Seafood Excellence Global Awards, reinforces the Company’s commitment to provenance and guarantees the finest quality Scottish salmon with full traceability.  It was also the only UK product to be shortlisted within its category.

Developed over many years from broodstock originally sourced directly from the cold, clear waters of the island of North Uist in the rugged Outer Hebrides of Scotland, Native Hebridean is exclusively available from SSC, initially over the next couple of years this will be on a seasonal basis.

Its unique lineage, coupled with the natural environment and very highest standards of animal husbandry in which it is bred and reared, means Native Hebridean salmon grow strong and lean, with unrivalled provenance.  Research has also identified that its average muscle fibre density is more than 20% greater than other farmed salmon, with a distinct rosy pink fillet colour.

Press Release: SSC


IN BRIEF - Kagerer & Co. and Freshpack Take Top Honors at 2016 Seafood Excellence Global Awards

BELGIUM
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Brussels -  Kagerer & Co. of Munich, Germany and Freshpack of San Martin les Boulogne, France won the top prizes in the Seafood Excellence Global awards at Seafood Expo Global, the world’s largest and most prestigious seafood event. The winners were selected from a field of 39 finalists and were announced this evening at a special Seafood Excellence Global awards reception.  The competition, formerly known as the Seafood Prix d’Elite, recognizes the best products exhibited at Seafood Expo Global.

The top award for best retail product was given to Kagerer & Co. for its entry, Dim Sum -  Quick ‘n’ Easy. This combination of three types of dumplings – har kao, shao mai and gyoza can be quickly steamed or microwaved and served with their own dipping sauce. The judges noted the distinctive flavor of each dumpling and the tasty fillings with whole shrimp, as well as the attractive package and convenient microwaveable tray.

Freshpack won the grand prize for best HORECA (hotel/restaurant/catering) product for its high pressure shelled raw king crab meat. Raw king crab legs are completely extracted from their shells using this technology, then individually vacuum packed and frozen. The product gives the restaurant operator the opportunity to offer dishes with a taste and texture similar to those made with live king crab that has been freshly cooked. The judges commented on the flavor and juiciness of the product and the convenience of the individual leg packs.


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