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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


Feb 24 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday February 24, 2017


Feb 24 - MSC Streamlines Assessment in Pilot Program for Echebastar Indian Ocean Skipjack Tuna


Feb 23 - Walton Foundation to Continue $32 Million Investment Plan to Boost Indonesia's Seafood Exports


Feb 21 - Feds Quickly Exempting Fishery Regulations Stalled by Federal Freeze Order


Feb 20 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday February 20, 2017


Feb 20 - Russia's Quota Incentive Program Does Not Spur Crab Producers to Place Domestic Shipbuilding Orders


Feb 20 - Effective Management Can Navigate Climate Impacts on the Fisheries


Feb 17 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday February 17, 2017


Feb 17 - Feds to Analyze Environmental Impacts of Western Pacific Longline Fisheries for Bigeye and Tuna


Feb 17 - Bumble Bee Adds Flavors and Launches Snack Kit Packaging to Tuna Pouch Lineup


Feb 16 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday February 16, 2017


Feb 16 - IATTC Makes Progress on Decreasing Effort on Bigeye and Yellowfin Tunas


Feb 14 - World Bank Report Says Fisheries Reform with Catch Limits Shows Promising Results


Feb 10 - Hawaiian Seafood Council Refutes AP's Labor Abuse Claims in Commercial Longliner Fleet


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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [www.jiemian.com] Translated by Amy Zhong  June 5, 2017

Some foreign food like Boston lobsters and Chilean salmon are working hard to attract more middle class consumers in China.

And more are seafood is being flown into this market. One of the newcomers is lobster supplied by Thai Union through its Chicken of the Sea Frozen Seafood subsidiary in California. These lobsters, whose brand name is King Oscar,  have been available in the supermarket G-Super and the online store of Thai Union since this May. And they intend to enter more supermarkets and e-commerce platforms in the future...

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Sea to Table Expands Seafood Delivery Service Directly to Consumers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 25, 2017

Sea to Table is now delivering locally sourced seafood directly to consumers at home. This is an expansion of Sea to Table’s business model that has been delivering fresh, locally sourced fish to commercial kitchens across the US for eight years.   

“We care about the fish you eat, and want Americans to be able to trust the fish they buy,” said Sea to Table co-founder Sean Dimin. “That's why we are creating the national gold standard for the seafood supply chain. We go to great lengths to make sure we can trace where our fish comes from, and work with fishermen on every U.S. coast who we know and trust.”

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker - May 25, 2017

International Seafoods of Alaska, based in Kodiak with offices in Seattle, hired Rick Speed as Vice President of Sales late last month just before Seafood Expo Global opened.

"We officially hired him in late April and he got on a plane to Brussels," John Sevier, president of ISA-Alaska said. "I wanted him to meet our customers ..."

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bangor Daily News] by Bill Trotter - May 23, 2017

European green crabs have scurried around coastal waters off Maine since they first hitchhiked here on ships in the 1800s, but only in the past few years have the invasive crustaceans begun to devour the softshell clam industry and decimate delicate eelgrass habitat.

And as harvesters and scientists have scurried to find a solution to the invasion, a number of uses for the crabs have been floated — extracting the meat in China, composting, and even processing the creatures into cat food...

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

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Oregon State Partners with NIOSH to Focus on Maritime Safety

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - May 18, 2017

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Safety improvements are coming to commercial fishing and seafood processing industries.

Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies are teaming up to improve safety and health conditions in the maritime industry in the U.S.

College researchers will work with NIOSH to study and address occupational and safety issues in the maritime industry; ...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton May 16, 2017

The announcement by the Dept. of Justice that Bumble Bee plead guilty to a criminal price-fixing charge has led to a flurry of amended complaints in the retail class action suit against the three big tuna companies who dominate the US market.

In the plea agreement, Bumble Bee was the first corporate defendant to plead guilty to a criminal charge.  Last December two Bumble Bee Executives had also pled guilty to a price-fixing charge.

In the Bumble Bee plea, the company admitted to price fixing from the first quarter of 2011 through the 4th quarter of 2013.

However, the amended complaint by Wal-Mart and others, such as Winn Dixie, allege that the conspiracy traces back to 2004,

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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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FDA Seafood Refusals Down Sharply in 2017 Rejections for Filth Slide 50%

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - June 5, 2017

Filth is still the top reason for the FDA’s seafood refusals in 2017 but the administration is refusing far less seafood this year compared to 2016 levels.

In May, the FDA’s seafood refusals were down 40 percent compared to the same time last year—a difference of about 70 line items.

Overall, the administration has refused 697 line items of seafood, which is down 27 percent from year-to-date figures in 2016...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - May 30, 2017

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson last week announced agreements with two Washington restaurants, ordering them to cease mislabeling fish in sushi.

An investigation by the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division uncovered evidence that the Washington restaurants incorrectly labeled fish used in their sushi between March and August 2016. Assurances of Discontinuance filed in King County Superior Court require both businesses to accurately disclose ...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 25, 2017

The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership has formed a partnership with Spanish seafood canner the Jealsa Rianxeira S.A.U. Group.

Jealsa was founded in 1958 and is based in Boiro, Spain. The company is the top seafood canner in Spain and the second largest in Europe.

The company sells seafood under its own brands -- Rianxeira, Escurís, MareAperto, and Robinson Crusoe. Jealsa also supplies supplies canned fish and seafood for the distributor Mercadona under the brand Hacendado...

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ISSF Compliance Report Focuses on Tuna Best Practices, Collaboration

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - May 24, 2017

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation released its 2016 annual report, Best Practices, Better Solutions, this week, which outlines tuna sustainability achievements and argues for continuous improvement of global tuna fisheries through collaboration and advocacy. ISSF participating companies account for about 75 percent of the global canned tuna market.

“Through our many activities and partnerships over the years — made possible by progressive tuna companies and other funders — we have deepened our understanding about what it takes to ‘be’ sustainable, and to advance the cause,” ISSF President Susan Jackson ...

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

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Brad Bodenman Announces Retirement as CFO of American Seafoods

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 18, 2017

Effective this September, Brad Bodenman will retire as the Chief Financial Officer of American Seafoods Group the company announced this week.

“American Seafoods has been extremely fortunate to have someone of Brad’s caliber through a period of significant change within the company, including its successful recapitalization and refinancing in August of 2015,” said CEO Mikel Durham. “He will be missed both professionally and personally by everyone at American Seafoods.”

“Working with the dedicated professionals at American Seafoods over the past 15 years has been of the most rewarding experiences of my career,” said Bodenman. “I will forever value the friendships I have made both within and outside the company.”  

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

The announcement by the Dept. of Justice that Bumble Bee plead guilty to a criminal price-fixing charge has led to a flurry of amended complaints in the retail class action suit against the three big tuna companies who dominate the US market. The amended complaint by Wal-Mart and others, such as Winn Dixie, allege that the conspiracy traces back to 2004, following the Infofish Tuna meeting in Bangkok. Wal-Mart and the others say that the guilty plea in a criminal case does not foreclose the possibility of a larger conspiracy, and in the civil case which seeks to set damages, they have set out to prove a much more widespread conspiracy. Wal-Mart published a list of 56 people they identified as “conspiracy players”.

North Atlantic, Inc. and its subsidiary Bali Seafood International became the first U.S.-based company to commit to one of the United Nations' Sustainability Development Goals (SDG). The companies agreed to Goal 14, which aims to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.” In support of SDG 14 North Atlantic and Bali Seafood said they will collect data from every vessel in their supply chain, through either passive tracking units or e-log catch documentation.

In other news, Bob O’Bryant has been hired to lead all operational and marketing efforts at Cannon Fish Company (CFC) as the company’s next president. He most recently served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Bornstein Seafood. “It is an honor to assume the position of President of CFC and help APICDA fulfill its mission to sustain rural Alaska villages through the Community Development Quota (CDQ) program,” said O’Bryant.

Meanwhile, there was a big shift away from putting Bristol Bay red salmon into cans last season. Instead, the fish was processed into higher value fillets and headed/gutted fish whole fish. The canned pack dropped to 27 percent, while H&G fresh increased eight-fold to 14 million pounds. Sockeye salmon fillet production doubled to 50 million pounds.

Finally, high winds have delayed the opening of the lobster fishery off Cape Breton. The opening of the fishery in Area 27, which extends from Bay St. Lawrence to Gabarus, was scheduled for Monday but has been changed to Wednesday.

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