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Jul 26 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday July 26, 2017


Jul 26 - Hawaii Longline Leader Testifies on Ways to Strengthen the MSA


Jul 25 - ISSF Seeks to Strengthen Tuna Conservation Efforts at IAATC


Jul 20 - West Coast Dungeness Crab Season: Rocky Start, Good Markets, High Value


Jul 19 - UK Sushi Bars Accused of Mislabeling Some Seafood, but Not as Much as US


Jul 11 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 11, 2017


Jul 11 - Thai Union and Greenpeace Sign Agreement on Tuna Harvesting and Labor Issues


Jul 11 - After Re-entering Chinese Market, Norwegian Salmon Makes Push to Lure Foodies


Jul 6 - Santa Monica Seafood's Roger O'Brien Promoted to President and CEO


Jul 6 - Santa Monica Seafood's Roger O'Brien Promoted to President and CEO


Jun 29 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday June 29, 2017


Jun 29 - Rethinking MSC and West Coast Fisheries: Brad Pettinger Makes an Important Point


Jun 27 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday June 27, 2017


Jun 27 - Oregon Fishing Industry Uncertain about Future Access to International Terminal in Newport


Jun 26 - Japan Becomes Signatory of Anti-IUU Treaty; Pledges to Eliminate Illegal Fishing Activities


Jun 26 - Acme Smoked Fish Introduces Ready-to-eat Hawaiian Smoked Fish Poke Bowls From Blue Hill Bay


Jun 22 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday June 22, 2017


Jun 20 - Oregon Trawl Commission Strongly Disputes Our Criticism of MSC's Approach to West Coast Groundfish


Jun 19 - MSC Could be Kiss of Death for West Coast Groundfish


Jun 15 - NOAA Fisheries Appoints Dr. Cisco Werner as the New Director of Scientific Programs


Jun 14 - Southwind Foods Buys Galaxy Foods and Equator Seafood; Will Merge Businesses into Carson Operation


Jun 14 - Thai Union Makes Pledge to Achieve United Nations' Sustainable Developments Goals


Jun 12 - Full Cycle Aquaculture Grows Rapidly in Japan as Giants Nissui and Maruha Nichiro Target New Species


Jun 9 - VIDEO: Seafood Data Summary A Look at Shrimp Imports, FDA Refusals and Snow Crab Quotas


Jun 9 - Bumble Bee Seafoods Supports Tuna 2020 Traceability Initiative


Jun 6 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday June 6, 2017


Jun 6 - Thai Union, Bumble Bee Among 50 Companies to Sign Tuna 2020 Traceability Declaration in New York


Jun 6 - Fisheries Scientists Launch Independent Effort to Expand Sustainable Practices to Africa, Asia


Jun 6 - Seafood Champion Awards Announced in Seattle During 2017 SeaWeb Summit


Jun 5 - FDA Flags Operators in TX, OK and CA That May Have Received Tuna Recalled for Hepatitis A


Jun 5 - FDA Seafood Refusals Down Sharply in 2017 as Rejections for Filth Slide 50%


Jun 5 - Thai Union enters China consumer market with 'King Oscar' Brand Lobsters from North America


May 30 - Washington Attorney General: Sushi Tokyo, Oto Shushi Must Stop Mislabeling Sushi


May 25 - Sea to Table Expands Seafood Delivery Service Directly to Consumers


May 25 - Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Teams Up With Spain's Largest Seafood Canner Jealsa


May 25 - Rick Speed Joins ISA as VP Sales; Parent Company Shifts Marketing Approach


May 24 - ISSF Compliance Report Focuses on Tuna Best Practices, Collaboration


May 23 - James Beard Chef Says Maine Should Start Eating its Invasive Green Crab Problem


May 22 - PODCAST: Canada’s Snow Crab Market Stabilizes and China’s Era of High Shrimp Output Fades


May 19 - VIDEO: Canada’s Snow Crab Market Stabilizes as the Era of High Chinese Shrimp Output Fades


May 18 - Brad Bodenman Announces Retirement as CFO of American Seafoods


May 18 - Oregon State Partners with NIOSH to Focus on Maritime Safety


May 16 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday May 16, 2017


May 16 - Tuna Price Fixing Civil Suit Picks Up as Wal-Mart, Other Retailers File Amended Complaints


May 16 - North Atlantic Inc: First U.S. Company Commits to Lofty U.N. Oceans Sustainability Goal


May 12 - VIDEO: High Liner Buys Rubicon; Scallop Market in a Tailspin; Lobster Prices Up


May 11 - ISSF Adopts First Vessel Registration, Transshipping Requirements for Tuna Longliners


May 10 - Thai Union Credits Red Lobster Investment for 19% Hike in Profits with Q1 Sales Steady


May 9 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday May 9, 2017


May 9 - Bumble Bee Pleads Guilty to Canned Tuna Price Fixing; Agrees to Pay $25 Million Fine


May 9 - 9th China Shrimp Forum Looks at Asian and Ecuador Production, China to Be Largest Global Importer


May 8 - Interior, Commerce Departments Seek Comments in Marine Monuments Review


May 5 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday May 5, 2017


May 5 - Social Responsibility Leader Luciano Pirovano to Chair ISSF Board


May 4 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday May 4, 2017


May 4 - FDA Seafood Refusals Down 33% in April and 24% YTD, But Shrimp Rejections About the Same


May 4 - FDA Warned Haiwaian Tuna Distrbutor Over Insanitary Practices One Year Before Hepatitis Recall


May 4 - Canada to Keep Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Off the Endangered List, Will Rely on DFO Measures Instead


May 3 - Chris Brown, Head of Seafood Harvesters: Lack of Transparency in Recreational Fisheries Poses Threat


Apr 28 - VIDEO: Nissui Backs GSSI; Snow Crab Fishing Starts; India, Gulf, Newfoundland Shrimp Updates


Apr 26 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 26, 2017


Apr 26 - Sales of MSC, ASC Labeled Seafood Trended Higher in Germany, UK, Asia, Australia and New Zealand


Apr 26 - WTO Says Mexico Can Levy $163 Million in Annual Sanctions Against US Over Dolphin Safe Tuna Dispute


Apr 25 - MSC Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Goal to Certify or Engage 1/3 Global Marine Catch by 2030


Apr 24 - Southeastern Grocers, Pole-and-Line Foundation Join in Retail Effort


Apr 21 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday April 21, 2017


Apr 21 - NMFS Put Councils on Notice About Overfishing or Overfished Conditions on Bigeye, Four Other Stocks


Apr 20 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 20, 2017


Apr 20 - Greenpeace Tuna Ranking Charade a Market Opportunity for Some Retailers Not a Sustainability Advance


Apr 19 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 19, 2017


Apr 18 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 18, 2017


Apr 17 - Indonesian Canned Tuna Producer PT Bali Maya Permai Joins ISSF


Apr 17 - Thai Union CEO Thiraphong Chansiri to Run Virgin London Marathon in Support of WWF-UK


Apr 13 - Unique Database Details 5.8 trillion-ton Global Fishing Catch Since 1950


Apr 12 - Soy-based Tuna Feed Shows Promise for Sustainable Bluefin Farming


Apr 11 - Roughy on the Rise Chronicles Comeback of New Zealand's Orange Roughy Stocks


Apr 7 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday April 7, 2017


Apr 7 - Lidl Italy Joins Others in Refusing to Buy Transshipped Tuna


Apr 6 - Texas Restaurateur Accused of Selling 28,000 Pounds of Illegal Seafood Through His Restaurants


Apr 5 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 5, 2017


Apr 5 - Seafood Refusals Down in Q1 But Shrimp, Mahi and Filth Still on FDA Radar


Apr 3 - Hilborn Study Redefines Forage Fish Predator Relationships; Suggests Fishing Pressure Lesser Factor


Mar 28 - Court Grants Increased 'Spill' to Aid Endangered Columbia/Snake River Salmon


Mar 24 - StarKist Goes Bold With New Tuna Pouch Flavors


Mar 23 - Worldwide Industry, NGOs Advocate for Policy Changes in Tuna Fisheries in 2017


Mar 22 - Western Pacific Council to Tackle Management in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument


Mar 21 - SeaWeb Names 16 Finalists for 2017 Seafood Champion Awards


Mar 21 - Mariner Seafood Prepared for Retail Distribution of GO WILD Brand That Extends Fresh Shelf Life


Mar 20 - San Diego's Catalina Offshore Products Launches Domestically Caught Hook and Line Canned Tuna


Mar 17 - Oregon State Study Says Workplace Injuries Rising in Seafood Processing Sector


Mar 17 - NGO’s Stumble at Start of Boston Seafood Show with Call for Mexican Shrimp Boycott


Mar 16 - Whole Foods' New Canned Tuna Policy: Only Pole-and-Line, Troll, or Handline Caught Tuna By 2018


Mar 14 - Thai Union Donates $50,000 to Support of East Indonesian Tuna FIPs


Mar 14 - Soy Aquaculture Program,. Soybean Export Council Launch Next Version of Feed Forumlation Database


Mar 13 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday March 13, 2017


Mar 13 - Bumble Bee Subsidiary Anova Foods Gets Labor Practices Certified at Vietnamese Tuna Processing Plant


Mar 9 - Major Retailer Commits to Source Tuna from One-by-One-Caught Fishery in Maldives


Mar 7 - Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods Enters Scallop Business in Marketing Deal with Northern Wind


Mar 6 - FDA Updates February Refusals; Shows Dip in Rejections from 2016 But Filth Still Targeted


Mar 6 - Mariner Seafood to Debut GO WILD Brand of Vacum Packed Line of Wild Caught Seafood at Boston


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News Summary July 26, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Walmart Selects BAP as First Seafood-Related 3rd Party Auditor for Social Compliance

Headlining the news today is word that Walmart announced in a June 30th notice to suppliers that it is simplifying its Responsible Sourcing Program to focus its resources on areas that make the greatest difference for workers in its supply chain. The move reemphasizes its commitment to preventing forced and child labor, as well as unsafe working conditions. Specifically, Walmart is requiring that suppliers get annual 3rd Party social compliance audits if they're located in countries that they deem at risk of abusive labor practices. 

In other news, the Bell Aquaculture fish farm has been sold for $14 million to AquaBounty Technologies, based in Maynard, Mass. which is focused on building better fish. T one time, Bell's trout, perch and coho salmon farm, including two dozen indoor tanks containing 70,000 gallons of water each, had been hailed as a model of land-based, containment aquaculture. AquaBounty, in 2015, obtained the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's first approval for a genetically engineered (GE) animal intended for food: AquaAdvantage Salmon. It reaches market size more quickly than non-GE, farm-raised Atlantic salmon. 

According to the 2017 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report released last week by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and The Hartman Group, one in four consumers shop at ...

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Hawaii Longline Leader Testifies on Ways to Strengthen the MSA

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - July 26, 2017

A Hawaii fishing industry leader made three suggestions to the House Natural Resources Committee's Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans during a hearing last week on “Exploring the Successes and Challenges of the Magnuson-Stevens Act." The hearing was designed to continue discussions relevant to MSA reform and consider current draft legislation.

Hawaii Longline Association President Sean Martin, one of four invited witnesses, said overall the MSA is working well, but the Hawaii seafood industry is facing problems related to national monuments created ...

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West Coast Dungeness Crab Season: Rocky Start, Good Markets, High Value

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - July 20. 2017

It's been a banner season for Dungeness crab fishermen on the West Coast, despite a rocky start due to the presence of domoic acid and live market problems with China.

The total for all three states is close to 58 million pounds so far, for a total value of $180 million for this season. By comparison, the total for the 2015-16 season was 42 million pounds and $149 million. West Coast crabbers and processors have been able to seize a huge market opportunity and overcome obstacles ...

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News Summary July 11, 2017

Today's Main Story: Thai Union and Greenpeace Sign Agreement on Tuna Harvesting and Labor Issues

Leading the headlines today is a focus on Thai Union, owner of international brands Chicken of the Sea, John West, Petit Navire, Parmentier, Mareblu, King Oscar, and Rügen Fisch, and Greenpeace which announced an agreement that will tackle illegal fishing, overfishing, and labor abuse issues in the tuna industry. The agreement marks a major milestone in Greenpeace’s campaign to reform tuna industry practices, and marks a move from confrontation to cooperation. Greenpeace has been highly critical of the big three US tuna brands: Starkist, Chicken of the Sea, and Bumble Bee. They have led numerous demonstrations and protests, and they have strongly pressured retailers to reduce their reliance on these major brands.

In other news, July 15th marks the opening of the Texas offshore brown shrimp season. But this year, according the Texas Shrimp Association, the industry faces “one of [its] biggest crises in years.” At issue is Congress stripping the returning worker provision from the H2B visa laws, meaning that experienced shrimp crew from Mexico that have worked on boats for years will not be allowed to do so this year. This problem has impacted the seafood industry from Maryland

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After Re-entering Chinese Market, Norwegian Salmon Makes Push to Lure Foodies

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [163] translated by Amy Zhong - July 11, 2017

Salmon have been popular in China within the past few years thanks to good taste and high nutrition. Their consumption has grown rapidly at an average rate of about 16% in China with the past one to two decades. At present, the global salmon consumption is 2.2 million tons, while it is around 70 to 80 thousand tons in the Chinese mainland, only about 3% of the total consumption.

Salmon’s entry into Japan

Large-scale aquaculture companies increased salmon output to a great extent and Norway started to target the global market ...

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Santa Monica Seafood's Roger O'Brien Promoted to President and CEO

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 6, 2017

Rancho Dominguez, CA – Anthony J. Cigliano, Chairman of the Board of Santa Monica Seafood announced yesterday that Roger O’Brien, who was named CEO in January 2015, is now also President of the Rancho Dominguez-based distributor.

Cigliano leaves his position as President but will remain Chairman of the Board. 

O’Brien was hired as the company’s CEO over two years ago...

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Rethinking MSC and West Coast Fisheries: Brad Pettinger Makes an Important Point

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [News Analysis]   By John Sackton  June 29, 2017

Last week we published an article attacking the role MSC plays in West Coast Groundfish, and many people told us we went too far.  Susan Chambers and I agree.

When we saw the MSC press release highlighting the strides made in West Coast groundfish conservation, it came at the same time we were wrestling with the problem of low catch rates and the general difficulty of harvesters catching a substantial share of their allocations under current NMFS rules.

Unfortunately, I hastily conflated this problem with the MSC, and that was wrong.  The MSC has been a very positive factor in West Coast Groundfish.

In his rightly angry response, Brad Pettinger, head of the Oregon Trawl Commission, made an important point:

Prior to the fishery being certified in 2014..

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Oregon Fishing Industry Uncertain about Future Access to International Terminal in Newport

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - June 27, 2017

Fishermen continue to grow increasingly concerned about their future access to Newport’s International Terminal as Port of Newport leaders appear to be giving priority access to shipping operations without consideration of the needs of the commercial fishing industry–the primary users of the facility for the last 30 years.

“The Port is preparing to sign leases and agreements to develop log shipping operations from the terminal that will potentially tie the port’s hands for the next 20 years,” Midwater Trawlers Cooperative Executive Director Heather Mann said in a press release. ...

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Acme Smoked Fish Introduces Ready-to-eat Hawaiian Smoked Fish Poke Bowls From Blue Hill Bay

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - June 26, 2017

Brooklyn, NY – Acme Smoked Fish Corporation, a family-owned and operated producer of premium smoked seafood specialties, is pleased to introduce two varieties of new Blue Hill Bay Smoked Fish Poke Bowls: Smoked Salmon and Smoked Tuna. Acme has added new flavors to the traditional Hawaiian favorite, seasoning its recipe to smoked perfection, according to a press release.

Acme’s ready-to eat poke bowls pair great taste with pre-portioned single-serve convenience. Bowls contain smoked fish cubes that are salt-cured and slowly cold smoked with a blend of ...

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Oregon Trawl Commission Strongly Disputes Our Criticism of MSC's Approach to West Coast Groundfish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by Brad Pettinger, Executive Director of the Oregon Trawl Commission  June 20, 2017

OTC Rebuttal to Seafoodnews.com

As the director of the Oregon Trawl Commission (OTC), the client for the MSC certification of the US West Coast Groundfish Trawl Fishery, I feel that I need to respond to Monday’s article about the MSC and the West Coast groundfish trawl fishery.  First off all, I think that the title is so far removed from reality, that it’s almost laughable.  With that, I’ll address my rebuttal point by point, ending with my thoughts on the article’s title.

The rot at the heart of the MSC system is that they have no concern for maximum sustainable yield, the key driver of fisheries sustainability and economic viability.

  • I don’t know where this rationale comes from. A fishery is scored against the MSC standard, taking into consideration the management system that a fishery operates in.  In their infinite wisdom, the Pacific Council opted for an overfished threshold of 25% B◦, whereas the rest of the US fishery councils have a 20% B◦ ...

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NOAA Fisheries Appoints Dr. Cisco Werner as the New Director of Scientific Programs and Chief Science Advisor

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews.com] - June 15, 2017

On Monday, NOAA announced the appointment of Cisco Werner, Ph.D. as the new Director of Scientific Programs and Chief Science Advisor. As Director, Werner will continue the work of planning, developing, and managing a multidisciplinary scientific enterprise of basic and applied research on the living marine resources.  The appointment was effective immediately...

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Thai Union Makes Pledge to Achieve United Nations' Sustainable Developments Goals

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] June 14, 2017

Thai Union Group signed a commitment to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The pact was made as part of Thai Union's membership to the Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS).

Thai Union said it is committed to improve its operations as well as challenge the rest of the seafood industry to follow suit

“The companies which make up SeaBOS operate on every continent and in all segments of seafood production, from wild capture fisheries to aquaculture businesses.

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VIDEO: Seafood Data Summary A Look at Shrimp Imports, FDA Refusals and Snow Crab Quotas 

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Fisheries Scientists Launch Independent Effort to Expand Sustainable Practices to Africa, Asia

In the weekend leading up to the SeaWeb Seafood Summit, some of the most renowned global fisheries scientists came together to form an independent advisory organization called I-FIN. I-FIN is the acronym for the International Fisheries Information Network. The organization is the result of year-long working group of a team of scientists led by well known fisheries expert Professor Ray Hilborn. I-FIN hopes to be a global resource on where fisheries are being managed successfully, why they’re successful, and how those successes can be adopted elsewhere. "We’ve got a team of people who can provide the most authoritative, scientific advice on what’s happening in global fisheries, and what has been shown to work to improve the performance of fisheries,” said Dr. Hilborn, who is a professor of marine science at the University of Washington.

The 2017 Seafood Champion Awards were also announced this week in Seattle during the Seafood Summit. The annual awards recognize individuals and organizations for excellence in promoting ocean health and responsible practices with honors in four categories: leadership, innovation, vision and advocacy. The Seafood Champion Award for leadership went to Susi Pudjiastuti, Indonesia’s Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. FISH-i Africa won the award for innovation. Monterey Bay Aquarium Executive Chef Matthew Beaudin won the award for vision and the advocacy award was given to International Pole & Line Foundation and Ned Bell, the Ocean Wise executive chef at the Vancouver Aquarium and founder of Chefs for Oceans.

In other news, fifty major seafood companies, five governments and nineteen NGOs committed to the Tuna 2020 Traceability Declaration in New York this week. The agreement assures that the participating companies will create fully traceable supply chains all the way back to the vessels. The pledge also guarantees that slavery and labor violations will be eliminated from the tuna industry and that the fisheries will be managed using science-based plans. Finally, the companies agree to a government partnership in order to achieve the goals.

Meanwhile, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program now recognizes BAP-certified shrimp, tilapia, pangasius and mussels as a Good Alternative for consumers according to the Monterey Bay’s latest benchmark report. Two-, three- and four-star BAP tilapia, two-, three- and four-star BAP pangasius; three- and four-star BAP shrimp; and mussels from a BAP-certified farm are included on the list of products from third-party certification programs that it recommends to consumers, each equivalent to a yellow Good Alternative rating.

Finally, a budget compromise proposed by Alaska Governor Bill Walker was rejected by the coalition majority that runs the state House. Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon said the governor is on the wrong track with a proposal that would slash the state deficit from about $2.7 billion per year to about $300 million per year. He said the House Majority will continue to support a strategy that eliminates the entire deficit within three years. The state has until June 30 to come up with a budget or face a shutdown starting on July 3.

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Fisheries Scientists Launch Independent Effort to Expand Sustainable Practices to Africa, Asia

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton (with material from Saving
Seafood)  June 6, 2017

In Seattle on Saturday, in the weekend leading up to the NGO Seafood Summit, some of the most renowned global fisheries scientists came together to form an independent advisory organization called I-FIN.  I-FIN is the acronym for the International Fisheries Information Network.

To understand the significance of this group, it is helpful to think about the trajectory of overfishing and response.

In the early 2000’s, a number of fisheries scientists, including Daniel Pauly...

 

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FDA Flags Operators in TX, OK and CA That May Have Received Tuna Recalled for Hepatitis A 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - June 5, 2017

The FDA is investigating if some tuna products from Hilo Fish Company that the company recalled for contaminating Hepatitis A made it to markets in Texas, Oklahoma, and California.

On May 18 Hilo Fish Company issued a voluntary recall to the FDA for tuna sourced from Sustainable Seafood Company and Santa Cruz Seafood, Inc. that tested positive for the hepatitis A virus.

This recall followed a separate recall by Tropic Fish Hawaii that was submitted to  Hawaii State Department of Health...

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ISSF Seeks to Strengthen Tuna Conservation Efforts at IAATC

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafoodnews] July 25, 2017

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has laid out some concerns for the 92nd Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) meeting, which kicked off in Mexico City, Mexico, on Monday. In a published position statement, the organization laid out five requests for the IATTC in 2017:

1. Adopt effective and enforceable tuna conservation measures for all fleets to avoid an increase in fishing mortality.

2. Develop harvest strategies for all key tuna species.

3. Strengthen monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) measures to support data collection ...

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UK Sushi Bars Accused of Mislabeling Some Seafood, but Not as Much as US

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [The Times] by  July 19, 2017

Sushi bars are committing "seafood fraud" by serving customers the wrong fish, a study has found.

Researchers examined labelling practices in restaurants and found that in many cases fish was being mislabelled, or not labelled at all. Stefano Mariani, a conservation geneticist at Salford University, who presented his work to the Fisheries Society of the British Isles, said: "This is about transparency. People don't know what they are buying. There is now a huge trade in lesser-known species that have not been assessed. Imagine how impossible it is for a ...

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Thai Union and Greenpeace Sign Landmark Agreement on Tuna Harvesting and Labor Issues

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  July 11, 2017

Thai Union, owner of international brands Chicken of the Sea, John West, Petit Navire, Parmentier, Mareblu, King Oscar, and Rügen Fisch, and Greenpeace announced today an agreement that will tackle illegal fishing, overfishing, and labor abuse issues in the Tuna Industry.

The agreement marks a major milestone in Greenpeace’s campaign to reform tuna industry practices, and marks a move from confrontation to cooperation   Greenpeace has been highly critical of the big three US tuna brands: Starkist, Chicken of the Sea, and Bumble Bee.  They have led numerous demonstrations and protests, and they have strongly pressured retailers to reduce their reliance on these major ...

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Santa Monica Seafood's Roger O'Brien Promoted to President and CEO

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 6, 2017

Rancho Dominguez, CA – Anthony J. Cigliano, Chairman of the Board of Santa Monica Seafood announced yesterday that Roger O’Brien, who was named CEO in January 2015, is now also President of the Rancho Dominguez-based distributor.

Cigliano leaves his position as President but will remain Chairman of the Board. 

O’Brien was hired as the company’s CEO over two years ago...

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News Summary June 29, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Rethinking MSC and West Coast Fisheries: Brad Pettinger Makes an Important Point 

Last week we published an article attacking the role MSC plays in West Coast Groundfish, and many people told us we went too far. SEAFOODNEWS' John Sackton and Susan Chambers agree. When we saw the MSC press release highlighting the strides made in West Coast groundfish conservation, it came at the same time we were wrestling with a story about the problem of low catch rates and the general difficulty of harvesters catching a substantial share of their allocations under current NMFS rules. Unfortunately, I hastily conflated this problem with the MSC, and that was wrong. The MSC has been a very positive factor in West Coast Groundfish. In his rightly angry response, Brad Pettinger, head of the Oregon Trawl Commission, made an important point- which we post.

In other news, herring and pogies

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News Summary June 27, 2017

Today's Main Story: Bristol Bay Run Nears 5 Million Fish, Nushagak Surging, Naknek Still Waiting 

The Bristol Bay sockeye run is off to a good start, as numbers from Port Moeller appear to be tracking the large 2015 run to some extent; and fishing is reported excellent in the Nushagak river system. Through yesterday, the total run was reported at 4.7 million fish, with both the Nushagak and Wood Rivers having met their escapement goals. Total catch on Monday was 737,000 fish; and the cumulative harvest was 2.8 million.

In other news, the Trump administration is poised to declare China among the world's worst offenders on human trafficking, U.S. officials said Monday, putting the world's most populous country in the same category as North Korea, Zimbabwe and Syria. China will be listed under "Tier 3," the ranking system's lowest category, which applies to countries failing to meet minimum standards to prevent human trafficking or making significant improvement efforts.

In Oregon, fishermen continue to grow increasingly concerned about their future access to Newport’s International Terminal as Port of Newport leaders appear to be giving priority access to shipping operations without consideration of the needs of the commercial fishing industry–the primary users of the facility for the last 30 years. The Port of Newport has been negotiating with log shippers to use the terminal. The Port recently reported access to some state and federal funds and other opportunities are expiring and should be used to improve the terminal.

Norway is the second largest seafood exporter worldwide and it has always aimed to further developed Chinese market. Its Minister of Fisheries has visited China together with the unprecedentedly large group of representatives recently in hope of raising its future seafood export volumes to China. On June 21, the JD.com fresh food unit has officially inked a strategic agreement with Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC). This makes JD the first Chinese company t

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Japan Becomes Signatory of Anti-IUU Treaty; Pledges to Eliminate Illegal Fishing Activities

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Japan Reports] - June 26, 2017

The Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA)—an international treaty aimed at eliminating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing—took effect for Japan on June 18, 2017, after the government inked formal signature. The agreement itself went into force in June 2016.

It is an issue of paramount importance for Japan, a major fishing country and a massive consumer of fish, to work toward eradication of IUU fishing, which diminishes the effectiveness of conservation of fishery resources, and to ensure sustainable use of marine stocks. ...

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News Summary June 22, 2017

Today's Main Story: Copper River Seafoods Posts $1.35/lb as Bristol Bay's Catch Goes to 300,000

We open today’s news with a focus on Bristol Bay’s total sockeye catch this season is now over 300,000 through Tuesday. The Egegik fleet landed 95,000 sockeye, bringing the season total there to 278,000. The Naknek-Kvichak catch is 12,000 on the season, Ugashik is 7000, the catch at Igushik is still confidential, and Togiak has put about 1000 sockeye on the books. An email to KDLG Tuesday confirmed that Copper River Seafoods has posted a price of $1.35 per pound for best quality sockeye. Copper River COO Mark Hansen says they will continue to post a price each week for their fleet, the same as they did last year.

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MSC Could be Kiss of Death for West Coast Groundfish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [News Analysis] by John Sackton and Susan Chambers June 19, 2017

The new Marine Stewardship Council 20th anniversary global impacts report is an impressive statement of MSC accomplishments.

But the report contains a fatal flaw; highlighted by the way the MSC holds up the West Coast groundfish fishery as a mighty example of success.

The rot at the heart of the MSC system is that they have no concern for maximum sustainable yield, the key driver of fisheries sustainability and economic ...

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Southwind Foods Buys Galaxy Foods and Equator Seafood; Will Merge Businesses into Carson Operation

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] June 14, 2017

Southwind Foods has reached an agreement to acquire Galaxy Foods and Equator Seafood. The two companies will merge into Southwind’s operations, which are based in Carson, California.

Southwind distributes seafood products under the Great American Seafood brand among others.

Galaxy Foods and Equator Seafood distribute seafood to retail grocery chains. Galaxy sells both wild and farmed seafood items including salmon, shrimp, scallops and crab. Galaxy also sells tuna under the Itsumo brand...

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Full Cycle Aquaculture Grows Rapidly in Japan as Giants Nissui and Maruha Nichiro Target New Species

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Japan Reports/Nihon Keizai Shimbun]  June 12 2017

The range of full-cycle fish aquaculture that does not depend on harvests of wild fisheries is expanding.

Nippon Suisan Ltd. (Nissui), a major Japanese fisheries company, is now eyeing marketing fully-cultured common octopus starting in 2020.

Maruha Nichiro Corporation will also start expanding perfect aquaculture of kampachi (great amberjack) shortly.

Aquaculture production has been growing, reflecting burgeoning demand for seafood worldwide, and Japanese fisheries firms are hastening to build up a system of stable supply of cultured fish.

Nissui has recently succeeded in hatching fully-farmed common octopus...

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Bumble Bee Seafoods Supports Tuna 2020 Traceability Initiative 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] June 9, 2017

Bumble Bee Seafoods applauded the efforts of the seafood industry as it announces the Tuna 2020 Traceability Declaration at the United Nations Ocean Conference, taking place this week in New York.

"Sustainability has always been at the very core of our business at Bumble Bee and we're pleased to see so many leaders in the industry focused on improving their traceability efforts as a result of the Tuna Traceability Declaration," said Chris Lischewski, Bumble Bee president and CEO...

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Thai Union, Bumble Bee Among 50 Companies to Sign Tuna 2020 Traceability Declaration in New York 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - June 6, 2017

Fifty major seafood companies, five governments and nineteen NGOs committed to the Tuna 2020 Traceability Declaration in New York this week.

The Declaration lists four key provisions that the companies, countries and organizations will take to ensure the sustainable harvesting of the world’s tuna stocks.

The agreement assures that the participating companies will create fully traceable supply chains all the way back to the vessels...

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Seafood Champion Awards Announced in Seattle During 2017 SeaWeb Summit

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] June 6, 2017

The Seafood Champion Awards were announced in Seattle this week during the 2017 SeaWeb Summit.

The annual Seafood Champion Awards recognize individuals and organizations for excellence in promoting ocean health and responsible practices with honors in four categories: leadership, innovation, vision and advocacy.

 “The 2017 Seafood Champions demonstrate that courage and creativity can drive progress on seafood sustainability worldwide,” said Mark Spalding, president of SeaWeb and The Ocean Foundation...

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