USDA Proposes Better Access to Seafood in WIC Program

Image: National WIC Association. Federal officials in late November proposed changes for participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), including improved access to canned fish, to reflect the latest dietary guidelines. These science-based revisions, recommended by the National Academies of Science, Engineers and Medicine (NASEM) and the Dietary Guidelines […]

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FDA to Require Additional Seafood Traceability

Image: Food and Drug Administration. New regulations published in the Federal Register by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) require traceability of high-risk foods, including seafood, in the latest effort to halt seafood fraud and protect consumers from food safety risks. The final rule, a key component of FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety […]

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2022 Alaska Salmon Harvest Valued at $720M

Image: Alaska Department of Fish & Game. A preliminary commercial harvest summary recently issued by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game puts the value of 160.7 million salmon caught in 2022 at $720.4 million, compared to the 2021 harvest of 233.8 million salmon harvested. The 31% decrease in the total harvest is explained by […]

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Peter Pan Seafood Names New CEO

Kevin Bixler. Photo: Peter Pan Seafood. Seafood industry veteran Kevin Bixler is joining Peter Pan Seafood Co. this month as its first chief executive officer since the new owners acquired the company. He is to play a key role in producing sustainable seafood that benefits people and the oceans, company officials say. Bixler most recently […]

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Riverfront Renaissance

Photo by Toledo Aerial Media A boatload of attractions — including the nation’s largest mural — along the Maumee make Toledo a mighty fine Lake Erie destination. By Damaine Vonada Despite all the natural assets that Toledo, Ohio, enjoys because of its location at the place where the gaping mouth of the Maumee River empties […]

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NOAA Releases Five-Year Strategy for Combating IUU Fishing

Image: NOAA. Federal fisheries officials and their partners have released their National Five-Year Strategy for Combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing, a global problem impacting ocean ecosystems, the economy and food security.  The strategy, announced in mid-October, details U.S. priorities and plans for the next five years to promote maritime security worldwide. The strategy […]

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Trash Fish You Can Eat

Menhaden, or, “bunker,” or, “pogie,” is a great bait that most anglers would disdain as table fare. Yet, these fish were once promoted by Uncle Sam as good to eat. Courtesy Chesapeake Bay Program “Trash-fish,” or “rough fish” are longstanding pejoratives for any fish not considered sporting and / or not considered good table fare. […]

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Seafood Summit Energizes Local, Regional Seafood Entities

Image via Local Catch Network. A local seafood summit designed to strengthen community-based seafood systems at the local, regional and national levels has concluded in Alaska, energizing a group of small boat harvesters, researchers, marketers and others to continue building on community-based seafood systems. “Meeting salmon people for the first time in my life was […]

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Crossing the Potomac River

Passage on the Potomac Crossing the Potomac River from the Chesapeake Bay into Washington, D.C., is a rewarding voyage.  It almost seems like the start of a bad joke: What do presidents and prehistoric sharks have in common? The answer is the Potomac River. With striking scenery, presidential landmarks, and yes, the opportunity to find prehistoric shark […]

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What Are the Benefits of Fishing?

What Are the Benefits of Fishing? Fishing is not only a great hobby but also a superb way to unwind and spend time in nature. Even students that love fishing search for the best fishing colleges so that they can keep on with this great hobby while they learn. If you are interested in learning […]

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