Fishupdate Briefing

RESEARCHERS in Townsville, Australia  have been awarded AUS $3.7 million to investigate seafood allergies in children, including the first ever tests on some of our most popular fish, like barramundi. The project is expected to  allow doctors to accurately diagnose children with exactly what fish they are allergic to. A report by Australia’s 7 News channel says, researchers have already  made some interesting discoveries such as cooking certain fish can actually make them more dangerous. The long-term goal is a vaccine but at the very least it is hoped that when the study is complete, a simple blood or skin test will quickly and accurately diagnose exactly which fish to avoid and, importantly, which fish are safe to eat.
TRIDENT  Seafoods of Seattle  is to  buy the Western Alaska Fisheries processing plant from Westward Seafood, which is owned by Maruha-Nichiro. Trident in an announcement Monday says it has signed a letter of intent to purchase the plant. A purchase price was not announced.Trident expects to complete the deal by Dec. 31.The processing plant handles Pollock, cod, salmon and other species. The location about a half mile from Trident’s Kodiak plant.Western Alaska Fisheries merged with Westward Seafoods in 2001. It processes 45 million pounds of seafood per year. Westward’s main plant in Dutch Harbour handles 245 million pounds per year
CANADA’S Clearwater Seafoods received the Rabobank Innovation Award presented at a reception hosted by the financial institution in New York City. The Innovation Award is one of three accolades  presented by Rabobank North America Wholesale to leading food and agriculture companies for their dedication to innovation, sustainability and leadership. “It’s a great honour to be recognized for our commitment to innovation,” said Ian Smith, CEO of  Clearwater Seafoods. “Innovation has played a key role in the success of Clearwater’s growth strategies from advanced technology, to sustainable harvesting and new product development.” The award is made around a  cycle of knowing how to be innovative in their space so they can be competitive, looking at their business models to see how they can be sustainable in terms of growing their business and protecting the environment, and making smart investment decisions to keep this cycle going. Clearwater met the mark on all three deciding factors.
BRITISH oil giant BP is getting little sympathy from US courts over its bid to reduce the compensation bill  following the disastrous Deep Water Horizon oil spill. The  US  Supreme Court  this week threw out BP’s challenge  to its multibillion-dollar settlement agreement over the disaster which claimed the lives of 11 rig workers and polluted large fishing areas of the Gulf of Mexico. BP said the authorities had allowed payouts to some businesses that are unable to trace their losses to the disaster.The court’s decision not to hear an appeal  is the latest setback for BP, which is trying to limit payments . BP said the company remains concerned that entities that suffered no injury can make claims