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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.
"There was a lot of out-of-area fishing, undeclared shark catch and also unmarked floats and equipment," said Lieutenant Commander Matt Kaio of HMNZS Wellington, which returned from its mission on August 26th 2016.
As well as providing enforcement, the ship has been a valuable resource for Pacific nations that can't afford to cover such a vast area.
"We are all about providing a sustainable fishery in the south west Pacific. And it's our responsibility as a major Pacific player to do this sort of thing," Lieutenant Commander Kaio told ONE News.
In the three-month operation the navy boarded over 100 fishing boats. Any irregularities found were passed on to the host Pacific nation and it will be up to that country to decide whether to prosecute or not.
Quebec City - Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Quebec, wants to inform the Mid North Shore population that the harvesting of shellfish is now forbidden due to toxicity, in accordance with the prohibition orders mentioned below, and pursuant to subsection 3(1) of the Management of Contaminated Fisheries Regulations, in the following shellfish area:
Prohibition Order No. 2016Q-T-069
From Pointe aux Anglais to approximately 1 km north of the last house in Pointe-aux-Anglais (limit sign installed by Fisheries and Oceans).
Prohibition Order No. 2016Q-T-070
Anse Chouinard (N-22.214.171.124)
From the southern point of Anse Chouinard to the western point of Anse aux Français.
City health inspectors in Minneapolis are investigating a summer increase in foodborne illnesses related to norovirus and Vibrio, a bacteria found in raw oysters.
The increases were highlighted in the city’s “food establishment” newsletter, released Thursday 25th of August 2016.
“The reason for the spike in norovirus outbreaks is not known,” the advisory stated. “The Vibrio outbreaks are due to higher concentrations of bacteria in some oyster beds during the summer.”
Cases of norovirus, a highly contagious bug that causes severe vomiting and diarrhea, are not required to be reported to the Minnesota Department of Health, but the state agency has received reports of a slight uptick that is unusual for this time of year. However, the number of cases appears nowhere near the numbers seen in peak norovirus season in the winter months, said department spokesman Doug Schultz.
Nomad Foods, the investment vehicle that has spent since 2015 combining Findus with its existing Iglo frozen food business, has said it is looking for more acquisitions, despite posting a fall in second quarter sales.
Established in 2005, Blue Circle is regarded as one of North America’s premier suppliers of fresh and frozen seafood to leading chefs, artisan retailers and exclusive distributors. Focusing on traceability, animal welfare, food safety, and quality, the company applies an organic approach to both wild-caught and farmed seafood. It is a leading advocate for Maldives’ handline-caught tuna.
“We endeavour to promote healthy, delicious seafood while also serving as good stewards of nature’s resources. Whether we get our seafood from pristine fjords in Norway or from turquoise Maldivian Ocean waters – in the case of the tuna that we source – we ensure our partners employ industry-leading humane practices, top-notch traceability and protect the environment,” says Bill Cole, President of Blue Circle.
Further to the Marine Harvest share trading on the Oslo Stock Exchange excluding a dividend of NOK 3.20 per share, in the form of a repayment of paid-in capital, as from the 26th of August, the conversion price of the Company's EUR 340 million convertible bond (ISIN NO0010748742) has been adjusted. The new conversion price is EUR 15.3172.
Gov. Bill Walker has put a pause on an administrative order that was recently the center of a lawsuit between the state and a commercial fishing trade association.
“Rather than implementing Administrative Order 279, Governor Walker said today he would place a moratorium on AO 279 to allow for a more robust stakeholder engagement process,” a Thursday press release from the governor’s office said.
Administrative Order 279, issued in February 2016, was supposed to transfer certain administrative functions of the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. CFEC was established in 1973 by the Alaska Legislature to limit how many people can participate in the state’s commercial fisheries.
After 42 years, the Alaska state record for a sport-caught pink salmon was broken this week. Twice.
Thomas Salas hauled a monster pink salmon out of the Kenai River near Big Eddy in Soldotna on Monday night. The California resident, who said he visits the Kenai every other year or so, was originally going to throw it back when a friend told him to hang on to it.
"(He) said, 'You gotta keep it, that might be a record,' " Salas said.
Turns out the friend was right. When the anglers took the fish to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game office in Soldotna on Tuesday morning, the 28.5-inch long fish weighed 12 pounds, 13 ounces, claiming the state record from the previous 12-pound, 9-ounce fish caught on the Moose River in 1974.
H?I PHÒNG - The European – Vi?t Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) would promote the flow of high-quality investments from the EU into the country with commitments on goods and services market access, the opening of Government procurement, investment policies and policy transparency.
This was heard at a seminar entitled “European Union-Vi?t Nam Free Trade Agreement: What’s in it for me?” held in the northern H?i Phòng Port City to learn about what the trade pact entails.
The event, jointly held by EuroCham, Vi?t Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s H?i Phòng branch, and Deep C Industrial Zone, attracted more than 80 representatives from companies in the city, Hà N?i and from EU countries’ embassies in Vi?t Nam. The seminar therefore gave audiences an insight into changes in trading regulations, market access, regional implications and expectations from the European business community in Vi?t Nam.