Tag Archives: FISH

Aquaculture Company’s Woes in Washington State Continue

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) recently rejected Cooke Aquaculture’s request to move 800,000 Atlantic salmon into Puget Sound net pens. WDFW cited two reasons for denying the permit. The Atlantic salmon that would have been transported to the Puget Sound net pens tested positive for a form of the fish virus PRV … Continue Reading

Shrimp and Abalone to be Included in SIMP

As previously reported on this blog, the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce Department, issued a final rule on December 9, 2016 (81 FR 88975), that established the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP). The goal of the program is to prevent illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) seafood from entering … Continue Reading

Washington Senate Passes Bill to Phase Out Salmon Farming

Current efforts to ban salmon farming in Washington State began shortly after the August 2017 failure of a net pen structure owned by Canadian-based Cooke Aquaculture that resulted in the escape of more than 240,000 invasive Atlantic salmon into Puget Sound. On March 2, 2018, the Washington State Senate passed HR 2957 by a vote … Continue Reading

Salmon Farming Update: Washington State Terminates Another Lease

As previously reported on this blog, Cooke Aquaculture (Cooke) sued the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) last month for terminating its Port Angeles net pen lease for salmon farming. On February 4, Washington State DNR announced that it was also terminating the lease for the company’s Cypress Island Atlantic salmon net pens. In … Continue Reading

Washington State Sued over Termination of Salmon Farming Lease

As previously reported on this blog last month, Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced the termination of Cooke Aquaculture Pacific’s Port Angeles net pen lease for salmon farming. Canadian-based Cooke Aquaculture (Cooke) filed a lawsuit in Clallam County Superior Court on January 4, 2018, claiming that the decision to terminate the lease was … Continue Reading

Washington State Terminates Atlantic Salmon Farm

As reported previously on this blog, the failure of a net pen structure near Cypress Island, Washington, in August 2017, resulting in the escape of more than 100,000 salmon into Puget Sound, led to calls by members of the Washington State legislature to ban Atlantic salmon net pen farming. Canadian-based Cooke Aquaculture owns the net … Continue Reading

Washington State Senator Considering Ban on Atlantic Salmon Farming

Washington State Senator Kevin Ranker (D-Orcas Island) plans on proposing legislation in the upcoming session to ban Atlantic salmon net-pen farming, reports the Seattle Times. The legislation is in response to an August 2017 incident where 100,000 fish escaped into Puget Sound from a net-pen farm. The Washington Department of Ecology defines Net-Pen finfish aquaculture … Continue Reading

GE Salmon Labeling Mandate Included in Senate Appropriations Bill

As previously reported on this blog, Senate Bill 764, which requires the labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods and food ingredients, was signed into law on July 29, 2016. The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop regulations and standards to create mandatory disclosure requirements for bio-engineered foods by July 2018. Under the … Continue Reading

FSIS to Begin Inspection of Catfish Despite Controversy

The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced in the July 3, 2017 Federal Register that, starting August 2, 2017, all shipments of imported Siluriformes fish and fish products (including catfish) entering the U.S. must be presented at an Official Import Inspection Establishment for re-inspection by FSIS personnel. As previously reported on this blog, … Continue Reading

Catfish Controversy Continues: Lawmakers Push To Upend USDA Inspection Program

Lawmakers are seeking to upend the controversial USDA Catfish Program. (subscription to Food Chemical News required) As previously covered on this blog, earlier this year, FDA transferred jurisdiction over catfish inspection to USDA.  By way of background, FDA regulates the majority of the U.S. food supply, while USDA exercises jurisdiction over meat, poultry, and egg products.  … Continue Reading

Fish Flakes

Congress considers ending USDA catfish inspection program. As previously covered on this blog, in the 2008 Farm Bill, Congress required FDA to divest its authority over the inspection of Siluriformes fish (including catfish) to USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS).  FSIS issued a final rule to establish the inspection program in November 2015 and FDA announced … Continue Reading

Catfish Crossover Complete

FDA completes transfer of jurisdiction over catfish inspection to USDA. As previously covered on this blog, FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) have been implementing a transfer of regulatory authority with respect to catfish inspection.  Moving forward, FSIS will be responsible for conducting inspections for domestically-raised and imported Siluriformes … Continue Reading

Gone Fishing

Mandatory USDA catfish inspections to start March 2016. FDA regulates the majority of the U.S. food supply, while the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) exercises jurisdiction over meat, poultry, and egg products.  Although FDA historically has regulated fish and fishery products, the 2008 Farm Bill required FDA to divest its authority over the inspection of … Continue Reading
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