The Global Aquaculture Alliance hosted a webinar on EMS at the Vietnam meeting of the Asian Aquaculture society, for which 600 people around the world registered. Bob Rosenberry has transcribed some of the presentation. The upshot is that global shrimp production is down nearly 25% below its expected growth rate due to the disease; and that there are a range of factors that can help shrimp farmers minimize EMS. Slow recovery is predicted but even in 2015 global production will be well below 2011 levels.
Chef's Warehouse has bought Allen Brothers, a high end Chicago meat and seafood distributor. The sale comes a little more than a year after Allen Brothers Chairman Robert "Bobby" Hatoff suicide. Hatoff was the third generation of the family to run the business. His son, Todd, is president of the company. "We are thrilled to join The Chefs' Warehouse team," Todd Hatoff said in a statement. "We believe this is a great opportunity for all who contributed to building Allen Brothers' long history.” Allen Brothers supplies nearly 400 restaurants, hotels, casinos and country clubs.
A Maine Seafood Dealer - DC Air & Seafood - has been fined, and barred from the scallop industry for five years, after falsifying records so as to steal 80,000 lbs of scallops from the Elephant Trunk area. Six individuals also pleaded guilty, and owner Chris Byers of Maine may face jail time. The conspirators built hidden compartments in scallop vessels to disguise their catch, which was landed in New Jersey.
Sea Delight is running its third major fishery improvement project on Mexican grouper off Campeche. The project was selected by the Sea Pact group of distributors for funding. Sea Delight has also worked with NGO's in Vietnam and Indonesia. “We think there has to be more consensus about standardizing ecolabels”, says Adriana Sanchez-Lindsay, Sea Delight's Sustainability Coordinator, explaining the companies commitment both to FIPs and to the GSSI initiative with its NGO partners.