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ALASKA NOW AMERICA'S BIGGEST STATE - FOR SEAFOOD!
ALASKA now provides more than half the total seafood production in the United States, new figures show. The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute says the retail value of its fish sold in the US during 2011 and the total value of its exports overseas reached massive $6.4 billion. The sector also provides work for more than 63,000 in the northerly state. Salmon remains its most valuable seafood export in value terms, followed by pollock, but it is also a major exporter of halibut, crabs and mackerel.
MAN ATTEMPTS TO SMUGGLE FISH DOWN HIS PANTS!
NEW Zealand customs officials thought they had seen everything until last week when they stopped a man trying to smuggle fish which were stuffed down his trousers. The man - a Vietnamese national - had arrived on a flight from Australia when they noticed that his pants were bulging and were seeping with water. On investigation they fond two plastic bags filled with water containing several live fish. The fish were then identified as tropical cichlids. The man now faces prosecution under New Zealand's biosecurity act.
NOVA SCOTIA SEAFOOD FIRM RECEIVES $500,000 STATE BOOST
THE provincial government of Nova Scotia has agreed to lend one of its major fish processors, Blue Wave Seafoods Inc a total of $500,000 to help expand its production output. The money is being lent over a 10-year period and will help the company, which employs 70 people, restructure as well as boost the local economy. Canada is trying to build up its seafood industry with an eye to European markets if a free trade deal is agreed with the EU. Blue Wave, which is based in the Nova Scotia community of Port Mouton, is a major provider of silver hake for North American and European markets.
ICELAND HOSTS ROYAL FISHERMAN
PRINCE Harry has recently returned from a fishing trip off Iceland - but not on a trawler. The fourth in line to the throne spent a few days in the country fishing for wild salmon and was reportedly quite successful, catching a number of salmon on the Langa River. He had earlier been in the country to train for an expedition to Antarctica. His father, Prince Charles, also uses Iceland for salmon fishing.
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