Fish Update Briefing Friday April 1

NEW SEAWEED DELICACY APPEARS
A FAROESE gastronomist has developed a new kind of seafood delicacy – made from seaweed and butter. This novel product is now being sold in the local supermarket chain Foroya Keypsamtoke and was developed by food specialist Mortan I Hamrabyrgi and his company Hamrabyrgi and Friends in co-operation with the seaweed producer Ocean rain Forest and Faroe Marine Products. The new type of spread is being presented as an alternative to blubber and an accompaniment to most types of Faroese seafood and other dishes. The seaweed is farmed by Ocean Rainforest and then cut and dried before final processing.
 
NO LIFE ON OCEAN WAVE FOR CAP’N BIRDSEYE
THE man due to play the part of the new Captain Birdseye has admitted that he suffers from seasickness, even though he enjoys life by the sea and was once a fish worker. Mitch Commins will appear on TV for the first time next month as Birds Eye re-introduces its well loved seadog character. He says he is determined to master his problem in time for his new role. Birdseye said he has all the qualities and enthusiasm play the character.
 
FISH CATCHES DOWN
THE total landings of the Icelandic fishing fleet for the first half of the fishing year, which runs from the beginning of September to the end of August, is 472,000 tonnes live weight compared with 648,000 tonnes for the same period the previous quota year. The big reduction is explained by lower catches of herring and capelin, said the Directorate of Fisheries in Iceland. But Icelandic boats landed 17,000 tonnes (13.4 per cent) more of cod. Landings of haddock were up by 17.8 per cent or 3,500 tons. Catches of saithe went down by 4,000 tonnes or 18.5 per cent. Total demersal landings increased by 18.500 tonnes or 8.5 per cent.
 
OPRAH SAYS FISH HER BEST FRIEND
US TV queen Oprah Winfrey in a chat with fellow Weight Watchers members has said that seafood has been her friend when it comes to dieting and eating well. She explained that dieting doesn’t have to be monotonous and her favourite meals include cod, barramundi, sea bass and salmon. Oprah added: ‘I can live in the world if I never have goats’ cheese soufflé again.’