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.
A law that takes effect Aug. 1 2015 authorizes Louisiana fisheries agents to enforce rules aimed at saving endangered sea turtles from drowning in shrimp nets.
And the law, signed Wednesday by Gov. Bobby Jindal, has had the effect Louisiana shrimpers had hoped: It has taken their product off a widely distributed list that had discouraged consumers from buying it.
And it is being applauded by environmental groups that have long criticized the state for failing to protect sea turtles.
Authorities do not expect any significant impact on fish supplies even though a large number of illegal boats are tied up as strict regulations governing vessels and equipment are enforced.
Of the 42,000 fishing boats registered with the Marine Department, 28,000 do not have fishing licences and more than 10,000 are not being put to sea for the time being, Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Pitipong Phuengboon Na Ayudhaya said on Thursday (July the 2nd 2015).
He reiterated the government would not relax suppression of illegal fishing boats because representatives of the European Union, a big buyer of Thai fishing products, will arrive in August to check fishing practices.
BP, the federal government and five states have reached a tentative settlement over economic and environmental damages from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, a record USD 18.7 billion deal that will steer much-needed resources into coastal restoration and help replenish cash-strapped local and state coffers across the Gulf Coast.
Louisiana is set to receive USD 6.8 billion, the largest piece among the five states. That includes USD 5 billion to be spent repairing the disaster’s toll on natural resources, money that will largely go to coastal restoration and repairing wetlands and damaged wildlife habitats.
Another USD 1 billion will be used to cover the state’s economic losses from the spill. The state also will receive USD 787 million of BP’s Clean Water Act penalties, which also is expected to be used to repair natural resources.
Indian seafood business is on the verge of a major transformation, like the one ushered in by the exotic vannamei shrimp, with scientists at Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture, Chennai, closing in on a stock of domesticated, disease-free black tiger shrimp, native to Indian waters.
“We are into the sixth generation of SPF tiger shrimp and trial farming in Odisha and Kerala, using bio-secure enclosures, has produced good results,” said an official of Marine Products Export Development Authority here on Thursday. He said that commercial-scale aquaculture using genetically-improved black tiger shrimp should be on in about five years. With it, black tiger shrimp will join Atlantic salmon, Pacific vannamei and unisex tilapia in the roster of genetically-improved varieties. SPF stocks are capable of doubling productivity, said the official pointing out what it meant to the seafood export business in the country.
Genetically improved, farmed tilapia yield is near five tonnes per hectare; vannamei yield is 3.5 to five tonnes and black tiger shrimp yield has been three tonnes. Farmers get INR 300 a kg of 30-count vannamei and the price of tiger shrimp is higher.
At Thursday's regularly scheduled monthly meeting (in this particular, July 2015), Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologist Jeff Marx asked the commission to allow Barham to open the season if agency research showed white shrimp of a marketable size in Louisiana's marshes before the Aug. 6 2015 commission meeting.
"I'm not saying we're going to take action, but we want authority in case there's a need," Marx told the commission. "Anything is possible. It depends on what the biology shows."
Summer salmon fishing has started to ramp up with opportunities growing in Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and San Juan Islands.
Central and northern Puget Sound opened Wednesday (July 1 2015) for coho and pinks – release chinook and chum – with fairly decent success by charter boat operators.
“It wasn’t slam-dunk coho fishing, but averaged out to about a fish per person on the opener,” said Gary Krein, owner of All-Star Charters in Shilshole Bay who found coho (2 to 3 ½ pounds) in the shipping lanes between Point Monroe and Jefferson Head.
With a coastline of 480 km in the State, the Odisha Chapter of the Seafood Exporters’ Association of India has urged the State Government to have a master plan for development of aquaculture. Association State president Gorachand Mohanty in a letter to Chief Secretary Gokul Chandra Pati has said a district-wise development of aquaculture master plan is needed for the areas which are not developed with proper drainage system and erection of dykes to prevent any ingression of seawater to the agricultural land. Mohanty has also brought the matter to the notice of Fisheries and animal Resources Development Secretary Bishnupada Sethi.
Mohanty while appreciating the concerns of the Minister Revenue and Disaster Management over possible ingression of saline water to agriculture land and possible damage of agricultural field due to brackish water aquaculture said both can coexist with proper planning. However, limiting 2 km and 5 km of high tide line (HTL) for brackish water aquaculture would hamper the plan for achieving export of Rs 10,000 crore in five years and establishment of a seafood park and a cluster of value-added fish process plants as raw material production would be scuttled, he has argued. Mohanty pointed out that land utilisation in brackish water aquaculture is lowest in Odisha among the coastal States as hardly 5,400 hectares out of 16,383 hectares, which amounts to only 32 per cent compared to 73 per cent in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh and 92 per cent in West Bengal.
The value of agricultural exports in the first six months declined by 5.7 per cent to USD 6.93 billion and that of fisheries products fell by 16 per cent to USD 2.97 billion, particularly on the US market, compared with the same period in 2014.
DILLINGHAM - Alaska’s largest sockeye salmon fishery was predicted to have a near-record return this summer, but so far the reds have only trickled into Bristol Bay’s rivers.
Through Tuesday 30th of June 2015 3.4 million sockeye had been harvested, and the total run including escapement was 5.3 million fish. Given that Fish and Game’s preseason estimates suggested 54 million sockeye would return, with 38 million available for harvest, there was more head scratching than fish picking happening as June turned into July.
There are three questions on the minds of many fishermen: Are all those fish going to show up? If so, when, and are they all going to show up at once?
Ocean acidification is the result of waters absorbing more carbon dioxide and it can have significant effects on shellfish like oysters and clams, which need calcium carbonate minerals to build their shells. When the ocean is more acidic, the water is corrosive to those minerals.
Tesco's sales fall while Aldi and Lidl consolidate United Kingdom
Britain's biggest supermarket chain Tesco reported a fall in sales amounting to 1.3 per cent in its first quarter, lower than expected, whereas Morrisons, Aldi and Lidl achieved growth in their sales.
Fishing industry maintains stable growth Russia Fed.
The Russian fishing industry has remained stable in the last three years, with catches amounting to around 4.3 million tonnes of fish annually, according to the Russian State Statistics Service.
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