IN BRIEF - UMaine awarded grant for Atlantic salmon farming research, Mainebiz reports
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Mainebiz reported the University of Maine is one of six companies to receive a Maine Technology Institute TechStart grant. The salmon louse is a common parasite affecting the Atlantic salmon farming industry that causes global economic losses in excess of USD 750 million a year, according to the article. The USD 4,500 TechStart grant, which will be matched by USD 6,450, will be used to evaluate an alternative to current industry practices, the article states.
The Green Seafood Business award, sponsored by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), recognises seafood companies that are exceling in sustainable business practices and the Burren Smokehouse’s commitment to sustainable sourcing and practices is evident in their business as Birgitta explains: ‘The Burren Smokehouse team are thrilled to win the Green Seafood Business award. We are passionate about developing our business in a way that protects the local environment and supports local communities.”
“We have made major reductions in energy savings of 29% and waste reduction both in food waste and waste to landfill by 19%. Our investment in energy efficient equipment has paid off as well as our change in work practices and commitment to our local community, education and networking. Burren Smokehouse sources 100% Irish Organic Salmon from the West Coast of Ireland and we have achieved Origin Green certification and the Burren Code of Practice for the Burren Ecotourism Network and Burren Geopark’
Jim O’Toole, CEO of BIM congratulated the Burren Smokehouse on their win; ‘Birgitta and Peter and the entire team at the Burren Smokehouse have consistently looked at innovative ways to improve their business and this includes building sustainable practices into their operations. The Burren Smokehouse have not only looked at cost efficiencies but their commitment to sourcing sustainable Irish Organic salmon and seafood for their products is testament to their dedication to sustainability across the seafood value chain. Well done to the team at Burren Smokehouse and all the Green finalists’
COLUMBUS, Ohio - White Castle is casting a wider seafood net with the return of the favorite Seafood Crab Cake Slider and Shrimp Nibblers. This latest seasonal catch is perfect for seafood lovers of all ages and will satisfy any Craver's appetite, just in time for the Lenten season. The tasty seafood crab cake, topped with a zesty creole sauce and served on the signature slider bun, is available at most White Castle restaurants for a limited time.
White Castle also adds to the limited-time lineup with a bold new mobile offer: a free Castle Combo with a first-time download of the White Castle mobile app. This free combo offer, which is redeemable following a new app download and registration, provides over USD 5 in value and includes four Cheese Sliders, small fries and a 20 oz. soft drink. The offer is available through April 13 2018 and must be redeemed by April 30.
"At White Castle, we've been innovators since 1921, when we started the first fast-food chain. Last year, we were again a leader by being the first to offer a seafood crab cake sandwich at all restaurants, and now we're excited to bring this tasty seafood sandwich back along with our popular Shrimp Nibblers," said Jamie Richardson, vice president of White Castle. "If you're looking for bold and unique seafood flavors, stop by a White Castle soon to try these limited-time options."
An environmental advocacy group says the Government needs to do more to hold the fishing industry accountable after an error highlighted significant bycatch issues.
The Ministry for Primary Industries confirmed that 39 dolphin captures reported in December last year were actually a coding error. Two months later, it admitted the slip-up and the species caught was actually petrels.
Forest and Bird spokesman Geoff Keey said it was "hugely concerning" no one at the ministry or the fishing company involved seemed to notice or react at the time of the incident.
"Swapping dead dolphins for dead seabirds is no great relief for Forest and Bird," Keey said.
The Government has allocated JMD 75.3 million for the promotion of community-based climate resilience in the fisheries sector.
The project, which is being implemented by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, aims to enhance resilience to climate change among targeted fishing and aquaculture communities of Jamaica.
Details of the project are provided in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.
Among the targets over the 2018/19 period are the engagement of a consultant to design and prepare specifications for the upgrade of the existing (fish) hatchery, and the procurement of advisory services to the Fisheries Division in order to strengthen its capacity.
MOSCOW – The Russian Red King Crab fishery in the Barents Sea has become the first king crab fishery in the world to achieve MSC certification as a sustainable and well-managed fishery. The certification was awarded by independent certifier Acoura Marine following a detailed assessment.
The red king crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus) is also known as the Kamchatka crab or Alaskan king crab and is native to the Okhotsk and Japan seas, the Bering Sea and the northern Pacific Ocean. It was introduced to the Barents Sea by Soviet fishery scientists between 1961 and 1969. Today, this species is common in the southern Barents Sea shelf from northern Norway in the west to Kolguev Island in the east. The crab stock has been commercially fished in Russia since 2004.
The Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, to honor the unique relationship between Japan and Norway. High on the agenda was how these two ocean nations can work even closer together in the future, and further strengthen mutually beneficial trade relations, also within the seafood category.
The visit marks an important step towards even stronger ties in the future. Japan and Norway already have a special relationship when it comes to seafood, and we are keen for this collaboration to continue evolving, says Gunvar Lenhard Wie, Country Director for the Norwegian Seafood Council in Japan.
The marriage between Norwegian seafood and Japanese culinary tradition is already a worldwide phenomenon and the Norwegian prime minister celebrated this very special union during a visit to sushi restaurant Sushizen in Tokyo.
Hongkongers love seafood, but how many can really identify what kinds of seafood we consume? Accurate and detailed information on labels is critical, not only for consumers, but for retailers: the case last year in Taiwan of a hairy crab sample containing dangerous levels of carcinogenic chemicals shows the importance of correct labelling to prevent food-borne outbreaks.
When consumers purchase seafood in supermarkets, information about species, country of origin and production methods is crucial for them to know if the product is sustainable or not. However, the city’s nine major supermarket groups failed to provide this vital information in 82 per cent of seafood products investigated, according to a survey by WWF-Hong Kong.
DNA analyses by the University of Hong Kong in December 2016 found four cases of possible violations of Hong Kong’s Trade Descriptions Ordinance and one case of overcharging due to mislabelling. Worse, the lack of labelling information may hide the environmental costs of dynamite fishing, illegal poaching or poorly regulated aquaculture practices.
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Inland Fisheries Ireland has confirmed that farmed Atlantic salmon have been discovered in rivers across Galway and Mayo.
Escapee farmed salmon have been detected in the Delphi, Kylemore/Dawros, Newport and Bunowen rivers.
IFI says up to 500 escaped salmon may have entered western salmon rivers during August and September 2017.
The fisheries body says the presence of sexually mature farmed salmon in rivers poses a potential threat to local wild salmon populations. It says it’ll continue to monitor the situation and may need to conduct longer-term genetic studies on the impact of the presence of farmed salmon in the river system.