The Alaska Pollock fishery has entered into the 2nd annual audit for the FAO-Based Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification. Both the Site Visit Plans and Assessment Team Member Confirmations can be found by clicking here.
The Alaska Flatfish fishery is currently under assessment for RFM Certification. The Assessment Team Member Confirmations can be found by clicking here.
The Japanese health ministry has provisionally fixed the maximum residue limit (MRL) of ethoxyquin in shrimp, crucial for Indian exports to that country. A committee of the ministry has approved to fix the MRL at 0.2 ppm (parts per million) in crustaceans, including the farmed shrimp.The new MRL will be notified for comments from public and in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) according to the procedure.
The final MRL announcement is expected by Feb 2014. The decision will clear the stalemate on exports and would further augment India's shrimp exports to Japan.
In the wake of Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Simon Coveney’s upcoming decision on whether or not to grant the state agency for fishing and aquaculture in Ireland,Bord Iascaigh Mhara, licenses for fish farms in Galway Bay, Slow Food International has reaffirmed its position on intensive fish farms. Slow Food does not consider open net pen fish farms an environmentally sound practice, Piero Sardo, President of the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, confirms. “Open net pen aquaculture is not a solution to the problem of overfishing: It damages natural ecosystems on a local and a global level, including wild stocks, habitats and water quality. Feeding carnivorous salmon in farms means other wild species must also be harvested, resulting in a larger carbon footprint - since the fish feed must be fished, processed and transported”. Slow Food acknowledges the value of traditional wild salmon and would like to see political action to help preserve this threatened species. Rather than putting further pressure on stocks with intensive farm operations, effective conservation programs should be implemented before it is too late. “If you must farm salmon, then at least reduce the local impact by using closed pens removed from the marine open environment”, Sardo adds.
By all accounts, there appear to be lots of halibut in Alaska waters, but their unusually slow growth rates have forced a downward press on catches for nearly a decade. The Alaska catch total this year was about GBP 22 million.
Also up for review — 22 fishermen from remote communities in the mid-Aleutians (Area 4A on the IPHC map) are requesting an increase in their halibut catch to about GBP 500,000. From the same region is a proposal to allow retention of halibut taken as bycatch in sablefish pot gear. Another proposal asks for mandatory length requirements for all halibut caught by sport charters.
As India capitalises on the shortage of farmed shrimps in the global market during the peak season, seafood traders in Gurgaon are facing the heat from dwindling supply of quality shrimps in the local market. "Last two months have seen a sudden plunge in the supply of fresh and cultured sea-shrimps variety like vannamei, black tiger prawns and campy prawns.
Critics of the fish-farming industry will try to dissuade shoppers from buying farmed salmon in Edinburgh today and deliver a letter to the First Minister.
Signed by more than 100 people including some of the country's top angling writers, it will call for an immediate moratorium on the expansion of salmon farming, which it claims damages wild salmon stocks.
Move over, boring, traditional burgers. High Liner Foods, Inc. today introduced the Ultimate Salmon Burger(TM), taking salmon burgers to the next level for the foodservice industry under High Liner's FPI(R) brand portfolio. It's the latest in a long line of seafood innovations introduced in High Liner Foods' FPI brand.
The Ultimate Salmon Burger offers moist, juicy and flavorful salmon delicately seasoned for a tasty and satisfying eating experience. They are made from a premium blend of Atlantic and Wild Pacific Salmon with no fillers or additives. These salmon burgers are carefully crafted to present a made-from-scratch, hand-smashed appearance. Available in 2, 4 and 6 ounce sizes, they're perfectly portioned for slider, sandwich and entree applications. The Ultimate Salmon Burgers are flash frozen, fully prepared and ready to flat grill, pan fry, bake or char grill.
According to VASEP, Vietnam exported some USD 462 million worth of seafood products to China during the period, an increase of 37 percent year-on-year, of which shrimp exports were up nearly 50 percent to USD 310 million, accounting for 67 percent of Vietnam's seafood exports to China.
The moon influences loggerhead turtle bycatch Spain
The brightness of the moon affects the bycatch of loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) in night sets during albacore tuna fishing in the western Mediterranean Sea, according to a study by the Spanish Institute of Oceanography.
Seafood production grows slighlty through November Viet Nam
From January to November Vietnam’s fish production is estimated to have reached nearly 5.5 million tonnes, up 2.6 percent year-on-year, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers.
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