News and Notes

US: Hurricanes and Drought still Inflating Louisana Crawfish Prices

31 January, 2006
The American Gulf Crawfish industry is still feeling the effects of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and a longstanding drought as it struggles to meet high demand with a low supply of average quality shellfish. (

New Crab Fisheries Plan to Debut in Alaska

17 October, 2005
In a bid to foment resource sustainability, Alaska premiered Saturday a new Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) system for red king crab, bairidi (Tanner) crab and opilio (Bering Sea Snow Crab).

USDA to purchase up to USD 10 million worth of pink salmon for domestic food assistance programs

17 September, 2005
The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will spend up to USD 10 million to purchase pink salmon from this year's harvest for distribution.

Louisiana fisheries officials fear backlash of Hurricane Katrina

16 September, 2005
Officials at Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries fear that Hurricane Katrina will have a one-year economic impact on the state's seafood industry estimated at around USD 1.6 billion.

Wild Alaska Salmon Harvest Tops 200 Million

13 September, 2005
As August faded, the Alaska salmon harvest topped 200 million fish, making it one of the best seasons ever. And, for the third year in a row, the fishery will show an increase in value. At Kodiak, the summer pink salmon harvest topped 28 million, making it the third highest on record. "Alaska Fisherman's Journal"

Alaskan Processors harness fish waste to power engines

9 September, 2005
Although Alaska seafood processing companies have been harnessing fish waste, such as heads, guts and bones to fuel their power generators and boilers for quite some time, the trailblazing technology has surged ahead with the recent increase in fuel

Hurricane Katrina worsens already debilitated native shrimp industry

8 September, 2005
The severe boat and infrastructure damage inflicted by Hurricane Katrina in the gulf states of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana has only further disabled the nation's shrimping industry that was economically struggling to begin with, say bayou shrimpers. The United States coastal region provides nearly half of all US shrimp consumed, with Louisiana hauling in more shrimp than any other state. Mounting fuel costs, fierce competition by way of cheaply produced foreign farmed shrimp are also

U.S. Seafood Supply & Prices Affected by Katrina

5 September, 2005
Louisiana Oysters and other varieties of fish and shellfish dependant on active Gulf Coast Ports will rise or become unavailable in some parts of the nation this week.

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11 February, 2005
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