Seafood News 2018-01-08T23:39:48+00:00

Seafood News

7 Fun Facts You Might Not Know About Sushi

Author: Baiku Sushi Blog Nothing gets our mouths watering more than a delicious roll (or two!) of sushi. With fresh, delicate cuts of the finest seafood and vegetables rolled up within perfect balls of rice, sushi is surely a gift from the heavens. But where did it come from? How did the combination of rice and seafood ever come to be? And for goodness’ sake, what exactly is sashimi? We have all the answers to these questions and more! Check out these 7 fun facts about sushi (and a couple of cool Japanese dining pro-tips) below! Sushi Originated Outside of [...]

February 11th, 2018|

Red Lobster rolls out cost-conscious menu featuring snacks and small plates

Author: Christine Blank Red Lobster recently rolled out a line of small plates in an effort to attract diners interested in a lower-price point and in eating smaller meals and snacks. The international seafood restaurant chain also launched new entrées , many of which feature tilapia and shrimp. The small-plate trend has been steadily increasing for the past few years in the United States, as consumers seek smaller meals and more variety and flavors in their diets. As a result of greater competition, large full-service restaurant chains such as Red Lobster may feel they need to better compete with price [...]

February 4th, 2018|

Walmart jumps into meal-kit fray as Kroger expands its offerings

Author: Christine Blank recently began selling nearly 30 meal-kits – some containing seafood – joining a long list of retailers that have recently entered the sector. Walmart has been taking several steps to better compete with Amazon, which is developing its own meal-kit service. Walmart, Kroger, Whole Foods Market, and others are all looking to grab a piece of the increasingly lucrative meal-kit market, which reached an estimated USD 1.5 billion (EUR 1.3 billion) in sales over the past five years, according to Packaged Facts. Starting last week, Walmart began selling kits that include a Thai Crab Curry meal-kit [...]

January 28th, 2018|

‘Boston Antarctic Shrimp Intestine’ a hit for Chinese cannery

Author: Gao Fu Mao In an amusing case of mislabeling in China’s seafood market, a company in Dalian is selling “Boston Antarctic Shrimp Intestine” as a packaged snack offering. Dalian San Yu Stainless Steel Equipment Co., a cannery, is marketing the heat-treated snacks in supermarkets and convenience stores across northern China. The company also offers 160-gram cans of “South Pole Fish and Shrimp Luncheon Meat.” Chinese seafood firms have come to use the terms “Antarctic” and “South Pole” as marketing tools signifying purity. “Boston,” meanwhile, has similarly become a marketing tool in the crustacean sector, liberally applied to lobsters to [...]

January 21st, 2018|

Reader Profile: No Way, No How, No Fish!

Author: Cooking Light “I have a visceral reaction to seafood. Eww!” - Andrea Stillwell: Age: 45, postal clerk, Madison, Wis. HER CHALLENGE Andrea’s dislike for fish started at a young age. “I grew up near the ocean and saw what washes up. I didn’t want to eat anything out of there!” Add to that the fact that Andrea’s early culinary exposure to seafood consisted of tuna sandwiches, which she recalls as “stinky”; her mom’s tuna casserole (“the kind with wide egg noodles, peas, and breadcrumbs”); and an occasional salmon loaf. “I have every Cooking Light cookbook since 1996, but I [...]

January 14th, 2018|

Feast of the Seven Fishes serves up seafood variety

Author: Madelyn Kearns The Feast of the Seven Fishes, or “Esta dei Sette Pesci,” is said to have originated in the southern regions of Italy, near to Naples and Sicily. As such, the first celebrations of the feast within North America were hosted by Italian-Americans of Catholic faith, who carried the tradition with them when immigrating to the United States. Traditionally consumed on Christmas Eve, the “Feast of the Seven Fishes” arose as a way to fast in anticipation of the birth of Jesus Christ, usually observed on 25 December, or Christmas Day. The number seven is believed to be [...]

December 31st, 2017|

FDA issues import alert over hepatitis A in tuna

Author: Christine Blank The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an Import Alert over hepatitis A found in raw, frozen tuna from two suppliers from Asia. The alert applies to frozen raw tuna from Sustainable Seafood Co. Ltd. in Can Lam, Vietnam, and P.T. Deho Canning Company in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. “FDA believes that hepatitis A virus-contaminated seafood is a result of insanitary conditions in the production or packing facilities, e.g., poor worker hygiene, inadequate worker sanitation facilities, and/or contaminated water supply,” FDA said in the alert. The FDA found hepatitis A virus in frozen raw tuna samples from [...]

December 17th, 2017|

Healthy Aging with More Seafood and Omega-3s

Authors: The staff, Board of Directors, and chef ambassadors of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership November is National Alzheimer’s Disease and Awareness Month, a time to educate and better understand the progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. During the month of November, the Alzheimer’s organizations across the US will be sharing new resources and ways to help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s, and honoring millions of caregivers. Here at the Seafood Nutrition Partnership, we’re big on inspiring a healthier America and that includes brain health (in addition to the many other health benefits associated with eating a seafood-rich [...]

December 10th, 2017|

A novel new aquaculture idea, home aquaponics kits, backed by FAO

Author: Jewel Fraser A novel new idea to give people the ability to grow fish in their own homes using aquaponics kits is picking up  momentum, under an FAO initiative to increase global food security. According to Iris Monnereau, regional project coordinator of the Climate Change Adaptation of the Eastern Caribbean Fisheries Project (CC4FISH), a project backed by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the home aquaponics movement is gaining traction. “Aquaponic systems can be located inside the home, thereby providing a secure means of income generation and nutritional security at the small-scale level,” Monnereau said. “It thus [...]

December 3rd, 2017|

China preparing unfair trading act to crack down on food mislabeling

Author: Gao Fu Mao An unfair trading act is proposing fines of up to CNY 2 million (USD 301,400, EUR 256,600) for anyone putting false descriptions of products sold online. The bill is currently at its third reading stage at the legislative committee of the China’s National People’s Congress, a rubber-stamp parliament. The law could have significant consequences for false advertising of imports of seafood and other premium food products. Source:

November 26th, 2017|

Protestors refuse to leave Marine Harvest farm

Author: Christine Blank First Nations protestors camping out near the site of a Marine Harvest Canada aquaculture site say they aren’t leaving, despite the company filing for an injunction against the group. Protestors have camped out at the Midsummer Island farm in British Columbia since early September because of their concern that wild salmon are entering the farm’s pens. The protesters said they plan to stay until the company removes all of its fish from the territorial waters of local First Nations, Molina Dawson, a protester with the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw, told the Vancouver Sun. A hearing on the injunction is [...]

November 19th, 2017|

Seafood sellers salivating over 11-11, China’s equivalent of Black Friday

Author: Gao Fu Mao This week, quarantine authorities in Arctic-cold Harbin city detained packages in luggage at the local airport containing swiftlets’s nest (made from the bird’s saliva, these nests are a delicacy in China), flown all the way from tropical Indonesia for a trader who will sell them at exorbitant prices on 11 November. That’s all part of the frenzy that is 11-11, China’s Singles Day on 11 November, a day created by e-commerce company Alibaba to get Chinese singles to buy stuff online to curb their loneliness or gift a prospective mate. China’s postal bureau, which also operates [...]

November 12th, 2017|

Warm air helped keep 2017 Antarctic ozone hole smallest in 29 years

Author: Theo Stein, NOAA Communications November 2, 2017 - Warmth in the Antarctic stratosphere helped limit the size of the ozone hole in 2017 to the smallest observed since 1988, NOAA and NASA scientists say. Measurements from NASA satellites showed the hole in the Earth’s ozone layer that forms over Antarctica each September grew to only 7.6 million square miles in extent (coverage) before starting to recover this year. The average peak area observed since 1991 has been roughly 10 million square miles. The ozone hole reached its peak extent on Sept. 11, covering an area about two and a half [...]

November 5th, 2017|

Hurricane damage to fisheries in Antigua and Barbuda extensive, new report finds

Author: Jewel Fraser A preliminary report by Antigua and Barbuda's Fisheries Division has calculated the cost of repairing and replacing fishing equipment and facilities damaged by recent hurricanes, in particular Hurricane Irma, at more than USD 300,000 (EUR 255,000). Hurricane Irma hit the island of Barbuda as a Category 5 hurricane between September 5 and 6, causing massive damage. The report, which was prepared by Senior Fisheries Officer Ian Horsford and made available to SeafoodSource, shows that “the total damage done by Hurricane Irma to the fisheries sector of Antigua and Barbuda was valued at XCD 853,541 (USD 316,000, EUR [...]

October 29th, 2017|

Barcode-driven product tracking leads the way in enabling seafood traceability

Author: Aaron Orlowski Beep. Beep. That ubiquitous sound, heard six billion times a day at the checkout counters in grocery stores and shops around the world, could be integral to the next phase of seafood traceability. Barcodes – and their cousin, the QR code – may seem like simple things, but the data they hold could be the difference between knowing the origin of a fish or not. For fishermen, seafood processors and others in the industry, better traceability and more efficient product tracking can reduce logistics costs while building customer loyalty. For environmentalists and regulators, traceability offers another tool [...]

October 22nd, 2017|