Friday, 31 October 2014

NOAA report finds 2013 U.S. seafood landings and value increased from 2012

Dutch Harbor, Alaska, and New Bedford, Mass., remain top fishing ports; landings of wild salmon set new record

In its annual report, Fisheries of the United States 2013, released this week, NOAA Fisheries announced that U.S. fishermen landed 9.9 billion pounds of fish and shellfish, an increase of 245 million pounds from 2012. Valued at $5.5 billion, these landings represent an increase of $388 million from 2012.


Management changes at Icelandic Group

Icelandic Group has announced changes to its executive Board. Magnús Bjarnason will step down as CEO while Árni Geir Pálsson, a director of the Board, will become the Group’s new CEO. Jóhann Gunnar Jóhannsson, Chief Financial Officer at Icelandic Group will take up the position of Deputy Director concurrent with his role.

Mr Bjarnason has been in charge of the Company for the past two years and successfully led the merger of the Company’s UK operations into a single company.


Seafish publish new guidance on latest requirements on information provided to seafood consumers

New Seafish resource launched to support seafood businesses in adapting to new legislation

Seafish has recently published a new guidance document, which aims to support industry to adapt to key legislative changes around information to be made available to seafood consumers. From December 13th, new EU regulation requires consumers to be provided with detail of the fishing gear used to catch their seafood, and a more precise indication of catch area for fish caught in some areas.

These incoming additions build on existing legislative requirements for industry to provide consumers with the commercial designation, species, production method and catch area for unprocessed seafood products. These will also include whether the product has been defrosted and the date of minimum durability for some products.


Thursday, 30 October 2014

Alkame Holdings Enters Aquaculture Sector With Acquisition of High Country Shrimp Company

Alkame Holdings, Inc, a health and technology holding company with a focus on patentable, innovative, and eco-friendly consumer products, is pleased to announce its entry into the aquaculture sector with the acquisition of High Country Shrimp Company (“HCS”), a Colorado-based indoor aquaculture technology developer and operations company.

Robert Eakle, CEO of Alkame Holdings Inc., stated, “High Country Shrimp’s patented technology and business strategy presents an ideal opportunity for Alkame to develop a proof-of-concept for its unique water treatment systems incorporated into an intensive indoor aquaculture farming process. By incorporating their system and technologies with ours, along with all of the added benefits of the Alkame Water micro-clustered structure, increased oxygenation, and proper pH levels, we expect there will be significant benefits which can be implemented not only in shrimp farming but in the aquaculture industry as a whole.”


FDA Develops Online Learning Module to Help Ensure Proper Labeling of Seafood Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has developed an online learning module to help the seafood industry, retailers, and state regulators ensure the proper labeling of seafood products offered for sale in the U.S. marketplace. Proper identification of seafood is important throughout the seafood supply chain to ensure that appropriate food safety controls are implemented and that consumers are getting the type of seafood they expect and for which they are paying.

The module, which is available on the FDA’s website, provides:
  • an overview of the federal identity labeling requirements for seafood offered in interstate commerce;

  • a list of the specific laws, regulations, guidance documents, and other materials pertinent to the proper labeling of seafood;

  • a description of the FDA’s role in ensuring the proper labeling of seafood; and

  • tips for identifying mislabeled seafood in the wholesale distribution chain or at the point of retail.
The FDA encourages anyone involved in the processing, distribution, sale, or regulation of seafood sold in the U.S to use the module to help ensure the proper labeling of the seafood products for which they are responsible.

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FDA Study Finds Limited Seafood Mislabeling

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released the results of a two year investigation into seafood labeling that found 85 percent of the seafood it tested was properly labeled.

The work included seven hundred DNA samples collected from wholesalers in 14 states, prior to restaurant or retail sale. What’s more, FDA targeted types of seafood most often suspected to be mislabeled.  The identified mislabeling was found in two species, snappers and groupers, which represent less than two percent of total seafood sales.


Vietnam BAP Farmed Pangasius Equivalent to Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® 'Good Alternative'

Two-star, three-star and four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) pangasius standards of the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) certified in Vietnam are equivalent to a yellow “Good Alternative” rating from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program. Seafood Watch will recommend that consumers, chefs and businesses consider farmed pangasius assessed under the BAP standards as a good alternative purchasing option.

The determination came after an extensive evaluation of BAP farm standards for finfish and crustaceans conducted by the Seafood Watch science staff. The process of benchmarking existing eco-certification programs against Seafood Watch criteria began more than two years ago when Seafood Watch business partners sought guidance in navigating a marketplace of proliferating global eco-certification programs.