Interviews with top seafood buyers at retail and foodservice

Australis barramundi to hit US shelves

AUSTRALIS Aquaculture has announced that Safeway, America’s third-largest supermarket retailer, will stock its fresh and frozen barramundi at all its 1740 US stores.

Green sourcing no longer a grey issue for UK chefs

FOUR champions of the sustainable seafood movement have pooled their resources to publish a practical guide to help UK chefs and restaurateurs tackle the increasingly complicated task of sourcing sustainable fish.

First MSC-certified airline takes off in the Netherlands

THE era of sustainable fish reached the skies on September 1 as KLM Royal Dutch Airlines launched a pilot study serving Marine Stewardship Council-certified hake fillet to its World Business Class passengers – in exclusive co-operation with Fishes, the Dutch wholesale and catering phenomenon.

Borg wants CFP overhaul

THE European Union’s fisheries commissioner Joe Borg says fishing practices have to change drastically and as soon as possible to safeguard ever-dwindling wild stocks.

Japan breaks MSC duck

THE Kyoto Danish Seine Fishery Federation (KDSFF) snow crab and flathead flounder fishery has been certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council – a first for Japan and Asia.

NZ seafood centre set to make splash

NEW Zealand-based Wakatu Incorporation has unveiled plans for a NZ$10 million ($6.7 million), 78-hectare aquaculture and seafood centre at the Glen, near Nelson.

A short break from the crunch

If you’re like me, then you’ll be fed up with all the talk of credit crunches and recessions. Whenever I switch on my television it seems that not a single news item can pass by without another, bigger, blacker cloud being flagged up by the anchor or on-the-spot reporter.

Cobia – on the cusp of commercial success

After flattering to deceive for the past few years, cobia (Rachycentron canadus) is finally emerging as a commercial prospect. With several aquaculture operations now launched, the fast-growing whitefish is all set to make its presence felt.

Get your free Dutch fish import export guide

The Dutch Fish Marketing Board is giving away free copies of its import-export guide for 2007-8 on its stand at Conxemar. This publication consists of a comprehensive list of the major importers and exporters based in the Netherlands. It also provides a clear index of fish species supplied in seven languages.

Promoting Basque seafood

The Basque Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food will be supporting 10 of the northern region’s seafood companies at Conxemar.Products on display on the ‘Euskadi’ Pavilion will be fresh, frozen and canned fish, and ready meals.

Irish back to do business

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Irish Sea Fisheries Board, will again take part in Conxemar. It will participate with a corporate stand and will be joined by nine of Ireland’s leading seafood exporters: CKI, Glenmar Shellfish (see page 56), O’Malley Fisheries, Errigal Fish Co, Shellfish de la Mer, Sofrimar, Connemara Seafoods, Rooney Fish and Wrights of Howth.