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Maine's Vaunted Blue Mussels Are Vanishing

Probably thanks to warmer waters, overfishing, predatory species

(Newser) - New England is running out of mussels. The Gulf of Maine's once strong population of wild blue mussels is disappearing, scientists say. A study led by marine ecologists at the University of California at Irvine found the numbers along the gulf coastline have declined by more than 60% over... More »

A Bite of Salmon Put Him in a Coma. The Waiter Was Arrested

A criminal negligence charge could be the first ever made against a server in Canada

(Newser) - When Quebec resident Simon-Pierre Canuel went to dinner at Le Tapageur restaurant with his partner in late May, he ordered beef tartare and says he repeatedly told their server that he is allergic to seafood. But when he began to eat he quickly realized he'd gotten the salmon tartare... More »

Lab-Grown Shrimp Are Here to Save the World

They apparently taste and feel like the real thing

(Newser) - A San Francisco biotech company is about eight months away from unleashing lab-grown popcorn shrimp into the marketplace with the modest goal of ending slavery and saving the planet, the Atlantic reports. According to Popular Science , Americans eat 4 billion pounds of seafood annually; a full quarter of that is... More »

Slaves Might Be Catching Your Seafood

Report details abuses in Thailand

(Newser) - Something to ponder about the origins of your seafood: A new report commissioned by food giant Nestle finds that most seafood workers in Thailand—the world's biggest exporter of shrimp—are migrants from Cambodia or Myanmar brought into the country illegally by traffickers and sold to boat captains, who... More »

Officials: Don't Eat Toxic California Crabs

What a way to open crab season

(Newser) - El Niño—already being blamed for bringing venomous snakes to the California coastline—could be at it again, as state health officials warned of poisonous crabs Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The warning to avoid eating any crabs caught along the Northern California coast couldn't come at... More »

Nearly Half Our Edible Seafood Is Going Uneaten

Consumers are throwing out 1.3B pounds every year

(Newser) - US consumers throw out or otherwise waste 1.3 billion pounds of edible seafood every year—that's more than a quarter of the country's annual supply, according to a press release from John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. Those numbers come from a new study published in... More »

Shrimp You're Eating Might Be an Impostor

30% is mislabeled across US, group finds

(Newser) - Before biting into that pricey "wild" shrimp caught in the ocean, know that there's a pretty good chance it might taste like rubber because it came from a farm instead. A new study by the advocacy group Oceana suggests that 30% of shrimp sold across the US is... More »

Don't Feel Guilty for Eating These 21 Fish

Sustainability watchdog gives the OK to chow down on flounder, other species

(Newser) - If you've been plagued by guilt every time you scarf down that fried flounder, rest easy: A California sustainability-monitoring group has given a thumbs-up to that species, as well as 20 other West Coast varieties such as sole and snapper, after deciding there's enough available to catch without... More »

NYC Sees Rash of Rare Infections Tied to Seafood

Outbreak tied to purchases made from Chinatown fish markets

(Newser) - Two things you never want to see linked: "outbreak" and "rare skin infection." Unfortunately, that's apparently the case in New York City, where some 30 people who bought seafood in Chinatown markets over the last six months have found themselves battling "Mycobacterium marinum." The... More »

PETA Video Alleges Lobster Cruelty

Video shows lobsters, crabs being dismembered while still alive: PETA

(Newser) - Animal rights organization PETA is accusing a top seafood plant in Maine of killing lobsters and crabs in a painful method, violating the state’s cruelty-to-animals statute. PETA says this video was shot by an undercover investigator at Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster plant in Rockland. Newsy reports: More »

Fish Mislabeling Rampant: 87% of Snapper Isn't

A third of fish aren't labeled correctly; worst offenders are sushi joints

(Newser) - OK, it's not horse meat, but fish mislabeling is rampant across the US, a 20-state study finds . Up to a third of restaurant and grocery-store seafood is labeled incorrectly, the Washington Post reports. Looking at specific varieties, the figures get even starker: Some 94% of so-called tuna in New... More »

Third of US Fish Mislabeled ... Often Dangerously

Seafood fraud has health implications, researchers warn

(Newser) - DNA testing has revealed that there is something extremely fishy going on with seafood labeling in the country's biggest city. The testing found that a startling 39% of seafood samples collected from stores and restaurants in New York City had been mislabeled, usually as fish that was either more... More »

Plan to Clean Up Lake Tahoe Is Bad News for Crayfish

Nevada allows commercial fishermen to go after them

(Newser) - In a blend of environmentalism, commercialism, and even culinary delights, authorities hope to clean the water in Lake Tahoe via the fishing of its crayfish inhabitants. Some 280 million crayfish call the lake home, and the booming population contributes to the muddiness of the once translucent water, reports the New ... More »

Fukushima Fish Go on Sale

Octopus, marine snails tested negative for radiation

(Newser) - Today you can buy fish caught off Japan's Fukushima coastline for the first time since the disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant last year, although you're stuck with octopus or whelk, a type of marine snail. Testing showed no detectable radiation, but radiation fears are still keeping... More »

Eyeless Shrimp? Report Raises Concerns in Gulf

Mutant creatures showing up after BP spill, says Al Jazeera English

(Newser) - Shrimp missing their eyeballs (and even eye sockets), fish covered in lesions, deformed crabs, and other mutated sea creatures are showing up in unsettling numbers in the Gulf of Mexico two years after the giant BP oil spill, according to an investigation by Al Jazeera English . "The fishermen have... More »

Fish Still Routinely Mislabeled in US

Seafood eaters often get cheap substitutes, but DNA tests may help

(Newser) - The fish that shows up on American plates is often a different fish than advertised, and US seafood lovers are getting routinely ripped off as a result, the nonprofit Oceana group says in a new report. Yellowtail commonly subs for mahi-mahi, for instance, and tilapia for red snapper, notes Consumer... More »

UN Calls for Wider Evacuation Zone at Fukushima

Radiation dangerously high in village 25 miles from plant

(Newser) - Japanese officials are seriously considering taking the United Nations' advice and expanding the mandatory evacuation zone around the crippled Fukushima nuclear complex as radiation continues to spew into the environment. People within 12 miles of the leaking plant have been ordered to leave, but the UN says radiation levels above... More »

Gulf Seafood Tested, Results 'Immaculate'

But industry still battered by low demand

(Newser) - In a rare spot of good news, an analysis of seafood from the Gulf of Mexico came black clean of oil or chemical dispersants—in one word, "immaculate." The Daily Beast commissioned a lab to test shrimp, lump crabmeat, and red grouper and found that all three, like... More »

Gulf Seafood Isn't Tested for Oil Dispersants

Current tests detect only the oil itself, and research is thin

(Newser) - Seafood lovers may want to keep this in mind: Anything coming from the Gulf of Mexico is being tested for contamination by oil, but not for contamination by chemical oil dispersants. BP has so far used 1.7 million gallons of one in particular, notes ProPublica . "There’s no... More »

Seafood Customers Paying for Lots of Ice

Investigation finds prices are based on false weight

(Newser) - A seafood industry investigation covering 17 states has found that up to 40% of the listed weight of fish is often just ice. Upwards of 21,000 packages were pulled from shelves because they were weighed while still encased in a preservative "ice glaze" and priced illegally. That indicates... More »

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