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Editor's Note: No agendas here

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By Fiona Robinson, Associate Publisher, Editor
July 01, 2010

Working in a monthly news cycle, stories can sometimes change the week between going to press and readers getting their issue of SeaFood Business . I wish this was the case with the oil spill in the Gulf, but the well keeps spewing oil, day after dreadful day.

What has not changed is the appalling nature of some organizations that are trying to use the catastrophe to push an agenda. One such group is Food & Water Watch, which has reached out to the media and used the Gulf seafood supply situation to comment on what it claims is the supposed "danger of imported seafood." I'd warn readers to avoid such misinformation from "experts" who have never worked in or with the seafood industry. As with all stories, you need to consider the source when digesting the information.

For a clear story (without an agenda) of how the oil spill is affecting companies in the region, read this issue's Top Story. Contributing Editor Christine Blank interviews scientists and buyers to give readers a forecast of future supply. And while I urge you to read the full story, I received the following bulleted list that the National Fisheries Institute shared with its members. If you need some talking points to use with your customer, whether they be at a restaurant or retail store, here are some quick points you can make:

• Seafood from the Gulf is safe and healthy because the waters where the oil is are closed to fishing and officials have tested thousands of samples from the rest of the Gulf and found no contamination.

• Seafood from the Gulf is safe because officials are testing more than ever and haven't rejected a single fish for contamination.

• Only about 2 percent of the U.S. seafood supply actually comes from the Gulf - we get fish from all over the world.

• Gulf fishermen have been hit hard and you can help them by buying Gulf seafood - it remains safe, healthy and delicious.

These points are not meant to shove the oil spill under the rug, but rather put the supply picture in perspective and ensure you are prepared for the questions that inevitably will be asked by your customers.

P .S.

I'm happy to announce the re-launch of our Web site, www.seafoodbusiness.com. 
Here you'll find the current issue and a robust searchable archive of past issues going back to 2006. We are also sharing content with our sister product, www.seafoodsource.co m. You'll find a list of its recent news headlines here.


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