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Gulf shrimp landings are up, but prices down

The shrimp are slightly bigger, but prices are down, making this year’s season-opening in Biloxi comparable to last year’s start. As in previous years, Gulf shrimpers are seeing prices forced downward by competition from imported shrimp that sells for less. All the while, they are hit with higher operating cots, especially for diesel fuel. During the first two weeks of ...

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FDA warns Vietnam about banned substances in fish imports

JACKSON — The Food and Drug Administration recently warned Vietnam about a rise in banned substances found in seafood imported into the U.S., according to The Catfish Institute. The Institute reports the warning comes on the heels of significant increases in FDA import refusals of Vietnamese seafood shipments, which jumped from 12 refusals in March to 20 refusals in April. ...

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Biologist worry over increase in Asian tiger shrimp

GULF OF MEXICO — A big increase in reports of Asian tiger shrimp along the U.S. Southeast coast and in the Gulf of Mexico has federal biologists worried the species is encroaching on native species’ territory. The black-and-white-striped shrimp can grow 13 inches long and weigh a quarter-pound, compared to eight inches and a bit over an ounce for domestic ...

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Cochran questions Vilsack on progress of imported catfish inspections

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) yesterday again stressed to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack the importance to U.S. food safety and the economy of implementing a program to more thoroughly inspect imported catfish. Cochran addressed the issue at Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the FY2013 budget request for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Cochran asked Vilsack about the ...

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Ag commodities groups identify priorites for research, education

ABERDEEN — Advocates for agriculture met recently at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Verona to identify priorities for research and Extension Service education programs at Mississippi State University. Scientists from the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, specialists with the MSU Extension Service and almost 250 members of the North Mississippi Producer Advisory Council spent the day ...

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Monster shrimp, monster problem

They sound like a shrimp-lover’s dream. Nearly-foot-long creatures that are beautifully marked and absolutely delectable. However, Asian tiger shrimp are proving a nightmare for researchers. The invasive specie is being found with increasing frequency in the Gulf of Mexico. Since they have never reached the Gulf previously, scientists and the shrimping industry are worried and are calling on the public ...

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Avery honored with award

Mississippi State University has recognized Extension professor Jimmy Avery with a Spirit of Excellence Award. As Mississippi’s only Extension catfish specialist, Avery has spent the last several years working to revitalize an industry in which Mississippi excels. That leading position has been hit hard recently due to foreign imports and falling prices. He coordinated efforts of several colleagues to initiate ...

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Catfish prices up, but for how long?

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Catfish producers who are coping with record-high feed costs know that the strong market prices may not last much longer. Jimmy Avery, aquaculture leader with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said years of pond acreage reductions are driving fish prices up. Unfortunately, the cost of producers’ biggest expense, feed, is also setting record highs. The end ...

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Catfish industry touts comments on inspections

WASHINGTON — Public comments and evidence submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture overwhelmingly support broad inspection and regulation of all commercial catfish species imported or grown for sale to consumers in the United States, according to the USDA website. Of the 280 comments posted on the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) official comment site, 84 percent, or ...

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Cochran argues for broad catfish definition

WASHINGTON — As part of a public comment hearing on the definition of catfish and related fish types, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today argued in favor of a broad federal definition to help guarantee that American consumers are being served safe fish. Cochran, who sponsored the 2008 Farm Bill requirement on imported catfish inspections, today presented testimony at a public ...

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