Maine mussel harvest worst in decades
SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — Maine mussels are losing their muscle.
The state’s blue mussels are beloved by seafood fans near and far, but the size of the annual harvest has dipped in recent years. Harvesters collected less than 1.8 million pounds of mussel meat in 2016. That’s the lowest since 1976, when the state’s harvesters topped a million pounds for the first time.
In the 1980s and 1990s, harvesters topped six million pounds three times. They have routinely topped three million pounds until 10 years ago.
One of the factors influencing the decline is shellfish poison events that necessitate harvesting closures.
UAE stops issuing visas for N. Korean labourers
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates says it will stop issuing new visas to North Korean labourers, becoming the latest Gulf country to cut back on ties to Pyongyang amid tensions between North Korea and the U.S. The announcement by the UAE Foreign Ministry on Thursday night did not address the thousands of North Korean labourers already working in the Emirates.