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It Is Possibly the Biggest Maritime Operation in History

'New Yorker' takes in-depth look at China's massive fishing industry, rife with abuse of workers as well as sea creatures

(Newser) - It might very well be "the largest maritime operation the world has ever known," writes Ian Urbina in the New Yorker . Urbina is referring to China's massive fleet of fishing vessels that ply the oceans. By one estimate, China has about 6,500 "distant-water" fishing ships,...

Maine's Lobster Industry Is Up in Claws

Sues a California aquarium for recommending that consumers avoid lobster due to harm to whales

(Newser) - A coalition representing the Maine lobster industry is suing an aquarium on the other side of the country for recommending that seafood customers avoid buying a variety of lobster mostly harvested in their state, reports the AP . Industry groups including the Maine Lobstermen's Association are suing the Monterey Bay...

Finding Puts 'Extra Nail in the Coffin' on Neanderthal Theory

Prehistoric humans loved a good roasted crab, dispelling notion they didn't enjoy seafood

(Newser) - Prehistoric humans may not have had Red Lobster or Long John Silver's, but that doesn't mean they didn't enjoy a good seafood sit-down as much as their modern-day relatives. In fact, scientists have determined that Neanderthals quite enjoyed crab, which they caught by the shore, then roasted...

Pearl Found in Clam Dinner Could Be Worth $100K
Guy's Dinner Find: Pricey
Pearl in a Clamshell
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Guy's Dinner Find: Pricey Pearl in a Clamshell

'It's like a once in a lifetime event' for NJ's Michael and Maria Spressler

(Newser) - Michael Spressler thought he'd cracked a molar after biting into a raw clam at his favorite South Jersey restaurant. "But then when I poked it out into the palm of my hand, it was a perfectly round white pearl." That pearl might just cover the cost of...

What's Going On With Subway's Tuna Sandwiches?

One lab said it couldn't find tuna DNA

(Newser) - We already know that Subway’s bread isn’t bread—it’s cake. Now DNA testing can’t confirm the tuna is tuna. What’s going on? Is it time to freak out? Well, actually, probably not. It’s true that two people in California started a class-action lawsuit accusing...

Lobster Exports to China Have Fallen Off a Cliff

Maine's pain is Canada's gain

(Newser) - US lobster exports to China have fallen off a cliff this year as new retaliatory tariffs shift the seafood business farther north. China, a huge and growing customer for lobster, placed heavy tariffs on US lobsters—and many other food products—in July 2018 amid rising trade hostilities between Beijing...

Buffet Erupts in Brawl Over Crab Legs

2 diners in Alabama were arrested

(Newser) - Two people were arrested after diners at a buffet restaurant in Alabama got extremely crabby. Huntsville police officer Gerald Johnson says he had just gotten his food at the Meteor Buffet when a brawl erupted among diners who had been waiting for crab legs. "There's a woman who'...

World's Most Famous Fish Market Closes This Week

Workers aren't happy about closure of Tokyo's Tsukiji market

(Newser) - After years of delays, Tokyo's 80-year-old Tsukiji fish market is closing on Saturday to move to a more modern facility on reclaimed industrial land in Tokyo Bay. The new $5 billion facility at Toyosu will open on Oct. 11, over the objections of many working in Tsukiji who contend...

These Critters Just Landed Man in Jail With $1.5M Fine

Wash. seafood company owner admits overharvesting sea cucumbers for years

(Newser) - The owner of a Washington-state seafood company will spend two years in prison for overharvesting sea cucumbers and pay $1.5 million in restitution—the second such big bust in the West in just over a year. Hoon Namkoong, 62, was also sentenced Friday to three years of post-prison supervision....

Report: Big Distributor's Claims About 'Local' Seafood Are False

AP investigation exposes Sea to Table

(Newser) - In a global industry plagued by fraud and deceit, conscientious consumers are increasingly paying top dollar for what they believe is local, sustainably caught seafood. But even in this fast-growing niche market, companies can hide behind murky supply chains that make it difficult to determine where any given fish comes...

North Korean Workers Prep Seafood for US Consumers

Americans may be funding North Korean nukes with their dinner choices

(Newser) - Americans buying seafood for dinner may inadvertently have subsidized the North Korean government as it builds its nuclear weapons program, an AP investigation has found. Their purchases may also have supported forced labor. At a time when North Korea is banned from selling almost anything, the country is sending tens...

With Prices at $2K a Pound, Feds Crack Down on Eel Poaching

'Operation Broken Glass' targets illegal trade

(Newser) - Changes in the worldwide sushi industry have turned live baby American eels into a commodity that can fetch more than $2,000 a pound at the dock, but the big demand and big prices have spawned a black market that wildlife officials say is jeopardizing the species. Law enforcement authorities...

Taking on New England's 'Codfather'
They Call Him the 'Codfather.'
It's Not Exactly a Compliment
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They Call Him the 'Codfather.' It's Not Exactly a Compliment

Carlos Rafael has become rich using unsavory methods—but is there another way?

(Newser) - Almost as soon as the profanity-hurling fisherman sporting an electronic bracelet sauntered into the fish auction, Brendan Borrell knew he was seeing the Codfather. In his piece for Hakai Magazine , Borrell dives into the murky waters around Carlos Rafael, the 65-year-old he describes as "the most powerful man" in...

Maine's Vaunted Blue Mussels Are Vanishing
Maine's Vaunted
Blue Mussels
Are Vanishing
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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Shrimp You're Eating Might Be an Impostor
 Shrimp You're Eating 
 Might Be an Impostor 
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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...

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