Alaska Fishermen Hauling A Bigger Catch With Gear They Get To Use For The First Time
NPR - December 16, 2018
Longtime Alaska fisherman Bill Harrington has a few choices words about killer whales.
"As far as I'm concerned, they're only thieves in tuxedos," Harrington says.
Southeast’s hatchery chum salmon bonanza a timely hedge against disaster
KCAW by Robert Woolsey - December 14, 2018
2018 was the worst season for pink salmon in Southeast Alaska in 44 years — but it wasn’t the worst season for the salmon fleet, thanks in part to the region’s non-profit hatcheries, according to Steve Reifenstuhl, the general manager of the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association.
EU tariff regulation slammed for undermining member state fisheries, benefitting imports
Seafood Source by Jason Holland - December 18, 2018
The European Union’s adoption of a regulation setting autonomous tariff quotas (ATQs) for certain fishery products caught by member states for the years 2019 and 2020 will put pressure on European producers’ prices and employment while getting better prices for non-E.U. seafood, claims Europêche.
Labeling and Marketing
NFI's Better Seafood Board Applauds NY Attorney General Crackdown on Mis-labeled Seafood
SeafoodNews.com by John Sackton - December 18, 2018
NFI's Better Seafood Board has applauded an investigation by New York’s Attorney General into seafood fraud at supermarkets. The investigation targeted 155 stores across 29 supermarket brands found mislabeled seafood about a quarter of the time. Some regions of the state, such as Buffalo, were found to have no violations. Others, especially in the New York City area, had a high rate of non-compliance, often sellng farmed salmon as wild, or mislabeling snapper.
The report labeled “Fishy Business, Seafood Fraud and Mislabeling in New York State Super Markets” used DNA testing to determine if what was on the label was actually being sold. After 77 of 286 samples came back mislabeled, New York’s Attorney General, Barbara D. Underwood said, “it’s clear that seafood fraud isn’t just a fluke”
As part of today’s report New York’s Attorney General announced her office would be “taking enforcement action” against at least five supermarkets.
“While disappointed in the report’s findings, the BSB is pleased to see the accompanying enforcement,” said Lisa Weddig, Secretary of the Better Seafood Board. “Here we have regulators putting the focus and effort needed into an investigation that goes beyond a press release. Work that uses new resources and existing laws to track down the source of fish fraud can and will have a real impact in the marketplace.”
The Attorney General’s report included a section on what leads to mislabeling, clearly recognizing the need for a multifaceted understanding of the issue in order to address it. The report notes “intentional fraud,” “negligence” and “mistake/error” can all contribute to mislabeling. But it also highlights that laws already on the books, “hold sellers of seafood and other retail products strictly liable for the accuracy of their marketing representations.”
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