Sea Pact Announces New Grant Recipients

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As a founding member of Sea Pact, we’re excited to announce the recipients of our third round of grants! The Fall 2014 grant recipients are the University of North Texas (UNT), for a research project utilizing probiotics as an alternative to antibiotics for improving growth and survival in marine finfish aquaculture, and WWF Chile’s Aquaculture Improvement Project to transition the Chilean …

FDA Conducts DNA Testing on Commonly Mislabeled Fish

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We’ve been keeping a balanced conversation about seafood fraud alive here on the Blog, and recently worked to stop the State of California from implementing new seafood labeling laws – not because we don’t think seafood fraud is a problem, but because we think it’s a problem best handled by implementing laws that already exist. However, all the negative press about …

Are you Serving up a Buzz with Seasonal Seafood?

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Because of wild seafood’s often seasonal nature, it lends itself well to “limited time offerings” which research is showing can provide that certain “buzz” that your customers are looking for. According to an article from The SmartBlog on Food and Beverage, “…limited time offerings, or LTOs, are nothing new in the restaurant industry, with brands marketing the limited availability or …

News from the WWF Peruvian Mahi Mahi FIP

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We just received some detailed updates from the WWF Peruvian Mahi Fishery Improvement Project (FIP), one of our RSVP funding recipients. Here’s a summary of some of the great progress they’ve made recently: Signing of Addendum No. 01 to IMARPE Convention with WWF In July, Addendum No.01 to the Specific Agreement on Technical Cooperation was signed between WWF and the Instituto del Mar del Peru (IMARPE) with the aim of transferring funds to develop activities that strengthen biological information gathering with an emphasis on the …

Governor Vetoes CA Senate Bill 1138

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We just received a copy of the California Governor’s official Veto of SB1138.  As you might recall we’ve been working for this veto – so we’re glad to know that the Governor agreed with us that although we need to continue to fight seafood fraud, this isn’t the best approach. Here’s the Governor’s letter: To Members of the California State …

Tell the Gov to Veto CA Senate Bill 1138!

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On August 29, the California legislature passed a bill that would add a significant new burden on restaurants serving seafood. This bill will have a significant impact on you and your waitstaff, and we encourage you to STAND UP and fight for your right to serve seafood in the state of California! Here’s a little bit of background: Senate bill …

Great News for Local Fish & Fishermen

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Some Very good news from the hard working team at Seafood Watch has been buzzing in the news all week!  They recently announced that all groundfish caught in California, Oregon and Washington are either now ranked a Seafood Watch “Good Alternative” or “Best Choice”. This reflects a continuing pattern of improvement for U.S.-managed fisheries. Factors contributing to fishery improvements and …

Bristol Bay Still Needs your Voice

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The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRSDA) has some important questions to ask you: Do you eat wild, sustainable seafood or sell it in your restaurant? Do you dream of going to Alaska and/or have you already been to the Last Frontier? Do you believe that wild salmon matter and are worth protecting for future generations? If you answered …

Good News for Scallop Lovers

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The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s School for Marine Science & Technology (SMAST) scallop video survey team conducts an annual video survey of the George’s Bank scallop resource and this year’s study revealed some good news! A press release from the SMAST team stated, “The video-based survey, conducted from May to July 2014, indicated a 32 percent, 77 million pound increase …