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Editor's Note: Time to reflect

By Fiona Robinson, Editor in Chief
December 01, 2006

It's easy to forget the good things in life when you get bogged down dealing with daily work issues, from computers that won't cooperate to processing machinery that malfunctions. But this is the time of year to be thankful that we have families who are healthy and happy, and that we have a job and roof over our heads.

Take this opportunity to be thankful for the positive things that have happened in the seafood industry this past year, such as:


• The Gulf Coast region, battered by hurricanes in 2005, was spared from any big storms in 2006.

• Gas prices started inching down in the fall after a summer of sky-high prices at the pump. Here's hoping the fuel surcharges that many distributors were stuck paying this year are reduced in 2007.

• In separate studies released in October, both the Institute of Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health supported consumption of a variety of seafood species twice a week.

• Seafood restaurant chains continued to expand and mixed-menu dinnerhouse chains added more seafood options. Cameron Mitchell introduced its upscale Mitchell's Ocean Club concept in August. McCormick & Schmick's continued its nationwide expansion with new locations in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Darden invested more money in seafood by launching its daily Fresh Fish menu. The Palm added a dedicated seafood section to its menu.

• Retail and restaurant chains continued to focus on sustainable seafood. Wal-Mart pledged to buy all of its wild seafood from fisheries certified as sustainable under the Marine Stewardship Council's standards. The Compass Group USA decided to source seafood according to the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch list. And Wal-mart and Darden Restaurants are requiring their shrimp vendors be certified under the Global Aquaculture Alliance's Best Aquaculture Practices.


There are many things to be thankful for; sometimes we just need a gentle reminder of what those things are.



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