IN BRIEF - Fukushima radiation yet, and unlikely, to affect Alaska seafood
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Alaskan seafood remains free of detectable Fukushima-related radiation. That’s according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. The department along with other state, federal, and international agencies has been testing Alaskan seafood since 2013.
After the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, food safety authorities, including the FDA, reported it would be highly unlikely that radiation would affect Pacific seafood in the U.S. But Marlena Brewer, the spokesperson for DEC, said there was still significant public concern in Alaska.
“Fishing is such a huge part of our lives here, so I think that there was this overwhelming concern,” Brewer said. “They wanted to see Alaska specific data.”
Food safety inspectors were already collecting samples around Alaska as a part of normal food safety operations. In 2013, they began collecting additional samples to send to the FDA lab in Massachusetts to test for Fukushima-related radiation. Species tested include king, chum, sockeye, and pink salmon, halibut, pollock, sable fish, herring and Pacific cod.
Two days after the Department of Fisheries and Oceans said it would close six fishing areas, the closure to protect North Atlantic right whales has been postponed a day because of high winds.
The six grids that were to close Tuesday will now stay open until Wednesday 23rd of May 2018 at 4 p.m., to give fishermen more time to remove all of their gear.
'When you have people in Ottawa … who have never had salt water sprayed in their face unless they were at the beach — they're the ones giving advice to make the decision and they have no idea."- Carl Allen, Maritime Fishermen's Union
The closure affects snow crab, toad crab, rock crab, lobster and whelk fisheries, the department said in a news release. It is also in effect for winter flounder and Atlantic halibut.
Scientists are breaking new ground in their quest for answers about harmful algal blooms by extracting a 1,000-year-old sediment core off Tasmania.
The three-metre core was pulled from the seabed in waters just off Maria Island on the state's east coast by scientists on board the CSIRO's research ship RV Investigator.
Toxic algal blooms occurred off the east coast of Tasmania in 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017, which led to a global shellfish product recall worth AUD 23 million, said Dr Craig Woodward, of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).
Federal prosecutors in the US are doggedly going after some of the world’s biggest tuna companies in an attempt to nail them for colluding to stifle competition in the canned fish market.
The president of Bumble Bee Foods was indicted by a federal grand jury over the issue—the fourth person to be charged in the overall investigation. Last year, a former executive at StarKist was also charged. Such high-profile indictments are making waves in the tuna market, which is dominated by three companies: Chicken of the Sea, StarKist, and Bumble Bee Foods.
Euroline Foods LLC and Royal Seafood Baza Inc. violated the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act by processing and distributing ready-to-eat fish, fishery products, vegetable salads and cheese products in a Staten Island facility where there were chronic unsanitary conditions.
ROCKPORT - Governor Paul LePage said Friday aa company from China is talking about buying one of Maine’s pulp and paper mills.
The Governor told an international trade conference in Rockport he has met with the company –which he wouldn’t name- and while there are no commitments yet, said they are very interested in Maine. He said it would be one more example of how Maine is expanding international trade, especially with Asia. Canada is the state’s biggest export market, but Asia is second.
BLACKS HARBOUR, N.B.– Cooke Aquaculture, a family-owned sea farming operation based in Blacks Harbour, will create up to 100 new jobs in New Brunswick over the next five years with support from the provincial government, the company announced Thursday 17th of May 2018.
Cooke currently has more than 1,300 employees at various locations in the province. The new jobs are expected to be marine site workers, technicians and managers, logistics experts and truck drivers.
Twenty-five of the new positions will be created at the company’s office in Saint John, while the remaining 75 will be spread across Cooke Aquaculture’s head office in Blacks Harbour, and at operations in St. George and Grand Manan.
Among the various conveyor-belt sushi chains across Japan, Kurazushi is one of the most prominent, thanks in part to their creative offerings like sushi rice cola, sushi rice cola shaved ice, and sushi rice cola shaved ice flavored cream puffs.
This time, Kurazushi is serving up perhaps their most daring creation yet: salmon and amberjack sushi.
That might not sound so amazing until you understand how it arrives on the belt.
Typically, these fish are caught in the ocean and then sent to one of Kurazushi’s processing facilities where they are deboned and cut up before being delivered to a nearby Kurazushi restaurant for the final touches.
However, this standard operation on such a large scale is quite wasteful resulting in 600 tons of unusable meat, bone, and other scraps every year. The challenge for Kurazushi is to find a way to cost-effectively handle this enormous pile of fish entrails.
New MSC standard for seaweed presented Chile
An induction to the Marine Stewardship Council standard in seaweed was carried out in dependencies of Chinquihue Foundation, in Puerto Montt, at the request of the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture.