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.
French retailer Les Mousquetaires has partnered with Pêcheurs d'Opale and Groupe Le Garrec to develop a new aquaculture cooperative, Scopale.
Scopale will finance the construction of fishing vessels in the form of joint ownership with local fishermen. For each boat, costing about EUR 2.5 million, fishermen or local fishing collectives will contribute one third of the budget and Scopale the other two thirds.
Created in 2015 in Boulogne-sur-Mer, Scopale is owned by Scapêche (40%), Pêcheurs d'Opale (40%) and Groupe Le Garrec (20%). It had already developed three 19.20 meter vessels at the Manche Industrie Marine (Dieppe) and Padmos (Netherlands) shipyards.
The Aquaculture Development Association of Zambia (ADAZ) has urged Government to put in place measures that will regulate the importation of fish to ensure quality products enter the market.
ADAZ chairman Fisho Mwale said there is need to safeguard the sub-sector from imports that have an adverse effect on the health of both the humans and the fish.
Mr Mwale said currently, there is an outbreak of tilapia lake virus, which has ravaged most East Asian countries.
“Zambia has been importing most of her fish from East Asia following shortages of fish in the country. Most fish coming from East Asia is [very] cheap, but is diseased fish, throw-away fish usually called rants, and it is finding its way into our market.
The Ministry for Primary Industries is seeking public input on proposed national environmental standards that it hopes will improve the aquaculture industry.
The ministry is hosting a public meeting on Wednesday at the Invercargill Working Men's Club that is part of a series of meetings being held throughout the country as part of the consultation.
In June, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced the proposal for marine aquaculture to make re-consenting existing marine farms more consistent and efficient.
A national environment standard is established under the Resource Management Act 1991 and sets national rules that replace regional council rules.
Premier Dwight Ball says his government is considering whether to appeal a Supreme Court decision that ordered more environmental review of the Grieg aquaculture project in Placentia Bay. NTV’s Don Bradshaw reports.
With support from Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Congress is preparing to renew a ban on the importation of genetically engineered salmon.
On Friday 28th of July 2017, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved a bill funding agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for another year. Included within that budget bill, which now faces a vote of the full Senate, is a provision renewing the ban.
“This is important stuff to our local economies,” Murkowski said before the committee approved the bill.
The target of the bill is a fast-growing engineered salmon approved for human consumption by the FDA in 2015. That salmon, known as the AquAdvantage, is produced by AquaBounty Technologies. The salmon is fertilized in Canada and farmed in Panamanian pens.
Boulder officials believe high heat and recent rains led to an algae bloom in Tantra Lake that killed hundreds of fish over the weekend.
The die-off alarmed residents of the nearby apartments, who worried that some kind of chemical exposure may have been to blame.
But Andy Taylor, of Boulder's Water Quality and Environmental Services, said that after an inspection of the south Boulder lake on Monday afternoon, officials believe it was algae that ultimately killed the fish.
Snow crab fishery closes to protect right whales Canada
Fisheries and Oceans Canada decided the closure of snow crab season in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence with the aim of protecting North Atlantic right whales from risks posed by the crustacean fishing gear in the area.
SAMS leads global project to ensure seaweed sustainability Worldwide
Scientists from seven international research institutes are to develop a project intended to provide solutions and training in seaweed disease prevention and identification to aid the sustainable growth of this vital industry in developing countries.
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