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Jan 13 - Thai Union, The Nature Conservancy Release First Report on Tuna Supply Chain Transparency


Jan 10 - Plant-Based Start-up Vgarden Debuts Canned Tuna Alternative


Jan 5 - Watch Us Eat Tuna Candy


Dec 19 - Pescavore Awarded $20,000 Grant at Emerging Brands Summit


Dec 16 - Anova Receives Award for Corporate Excellence in Responsible Business Operations


Dec 7 - PNA Members Adopt Management Measures for Skipjack Tuna Stocks


Dec 6 - MSC Congratulates WCPFC for New Measures to Protect Key Tuna Stocks


Nov 28 - JAPAN: October Sales of Fresh Tuna Imported from North America Up 40% to 608 at Toyosu Market


Nov 22 - Thai Union’s SEALECT TUNA Celebrating 30 Years, Highlights Pathway to Future Growth


Nov 15 - Supreme Court Shoots Down StarKist Appeal Linked to Class-Action Tuna Price-Fixing Case


Nov 8 - Japan’s Imported Tuna in September Tripled to 1697 Fish, Including 319 Bluefins from Boston


Oct 13 - MSC-Certified Tuna Catch Rises; Group Seeing Momentum for More Sustainable Tuna Sales


Oct 5 - StarKist Unveils Convenient Smart Bowls Product Inspired by Popularity of Grain Bowls


Sep 27 - Western Pacific Council Rebukes Proposal to Expand Marine National Monument


Sep 9 - Current Foods Brings Plant-Based Sushi-Grade Tuna to Plant Based World Expo


Aug 11 - Former Bumble Bee Exec Thrown Back Into Canned Tuna Price-Fixing Litigation


Aug 10 - Canned Tuna Price-Fixing Lawsuit Heads to Supreme Court With StarKist Petition


Aug 8 - Nichirei Invests In An Insect Food Company TAKEO, Kyokuyo Invested In Microalgae Culture Company


Jul 12 - Judge Rules That Subway "Fake Tuna" Lawsuit Can Continue


Jul 12 - Japan’s Fresh Tuna Imports in May Down 48% to 334 Tons, Frozen Down 9% to 13,215 Tons


Jun 14 - Hy-Vee Publicly Discloses its Private Label Tuna Vessels


Jun 3 - Co-op Recalls Tuna Due to Potential Metal Pieces


May 31 - John West Launches On The Go Tuna Pots


May 31 - Dongwon Industries Collaborates With Lotte Mart To Expand Sustainable Seafood Consumption


May 26 - Federal Managers Formalize Gear Change to Reduce Bycatch, Give Sharks Chance in HI Longline Fishery


May 25 - Illegal Indian Ocean Tuna Fleet Blacklisted by IOTC After Latest Meeting


May 17 - These Are The Top 10 Seafood Items Consumed In The U.S. For 2020


May 11 - Seven Companies from Papua New Guinea and the Philippines Join Global Tuna Alliance


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Thai Union, The Nature Conservancy Release First Report on Tuna Supply Chain Transparency

A partnership for a more responsible seafood industry has resulted in a report marking milestones for transparency in fishing and production.

Thai Union Group PLC and global conservation organization The Nature Conservancy have released the inaugural progress report on their partnership on a pioneering commitment to improve on the water transparency in global tuna supply chains.

Since March 2021, Thai Union and TNC have been working together on a ground-breaking commitment, leading the way for a more responsible industry, the organizations ...

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Plant-Based Start-up Vgarden Debuts Canned Tuna Alternative

Vgarden, a foodtech developer and manufacturer of plant protein products debuted its canned tuna alternative to kickoff the New Year.

"Tinned tuna has a very distinct flaky, yet moist and chewy texture, with a powerful fresh-from-the sea aroma," explains Ilan Adut, CEO of Vgarden. "Our new tuna-like product is clean-label, scalable, affordable, and sustainable. But for our plant-based creation to serve as a true substitute, even beyond compellingly mimicking all of the sensory qualities, it also has to match tuna as much as possible in nutritional...

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Pescavore Awarded $20,000 Grant at Emerging Brands Summit

The Emerging Brands Alliance announced this week that they have awarded grants to three new brands to help scale their manufacturing. One of those brands is Pescavore, a “category disruptor of MSC Certified Sustainable, single-serve, shelf-stable, whole cut, smoked ahi tuna strips.”

Emerging Brands Alliance provides year-round education, resources and growth opportunities to brands that are looking to scale their operations. They launched a grant program to help CPG companies scale their operations through investment in manufacturing and packaging. The grants were awarded recently...

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PNA Members Adopt Management Measures for Skipjack Tuna Stocks

Members of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) have adopted measures for skipjack tuna in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO).

The measures were described as a “significant component of the harvest strategy and tropical tuna measure that will be progressed in the coming years” by tuna company Pacifical.

The new deals, adopted at the latest Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), will apply to the catch of purse seine and pole and line fisheries and other commercial fisheries on skipjack in the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs)...

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JAPAN: October Sales of Fresh Tuna Imported from North America Up 40% to 608 at Toyosu Market

Jiji Press counted 805 imported fresh tuna on the fresh tuna auction floor at the Toyosu Market in October, an increase of 62% compared to the same month last year. In addition to bluefin tuna, there was an increase in southern bluefin tuna and bigeye tuna, Suisan Keizai reported.

The total number of bluefin tuna was 687, up 43% from October last year. Canadian fish was 400 (306 in the same month of the previous year), an increase of about 31%...

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Supreme Court Shoots Down StarKist Appeal Linked to Class-Action Tuna Price-Fixing Case

The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a case brought forward by tuna canner StarKist as it hoped to avoid a class-action lawsuit involving buyers of canned tuna impacted by the price-fixing scheme.

SeafoodNews first covered StarKists’ push to have the case heard by the Supreme Court in August, when it filed a certiorari petition to the court as it aimed to decertify class certifications approved by an appellate court back in April.

StarKist's Scott Meece, SVP General Counsel released the following...

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MSC-Certified Tuna Catch Rises; Group Seeing Momentum for More Sustainable Tuna Sales

The Marine Stewardship Council published fresh data which showed growth in the catch of certified sustainable tuna and the number of products that carry the blue label.

According to the data, MSC-certified fisheries are responsible for catching over 2 million metric tones of tuna annually. That accounts for just under half (47%) of the global commercial tuna harvest.

“As a result, the number of brands selling tuna with the MSC label now exceeds 430, up from 126 in 2015 as companies make good on...

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Western Pacific Council Rebukes Proposal to Expand Marine National Monument

"Conceptually challenged and factually shallow."

"Death by a thousand cuts."

Those are just two of the comments from Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council advisory bodies regarding the proposed expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, which includes several islands, atolls and reefs. Others said the proposal "lacked engagement with the territories, specifically American Samoa."

The Council considered the proposed expansion, which would extend boundaries around some of the remote areas to 200 nautical miles, at its recent meeting and heard from advisory bodies, the proponents ...

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Former Bumble Bee Exec Thrown Back Into Canned Tuna Price-Fixing Litigation

Christopher Lischewski, the former CEO of Bumble Bee Foods has been placed back into the fold of a civil suit related to the price-fixing scheme involving top tuna companies in the U.S.

On August 8, U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw for the Southern District Court of California granted a motion from the plaintiffs on the case, Associated Wholesale Grocers, its motion to reconsider the case, finding that Lischewski was involved in the price-fixing conspiracy.

“In this case, there is no...

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Nichirei Invests In An Insect Food Company TAKEO, Kyokuyo Invested In Microalgae Culture Company

Nichirei announced on July 28 that it had invested in TAKEO based in Tokyo, an insect food startup company, on July 15, according to Minato Shimbun.

Founded in October 2014, TAKEO is said to be a pioneer in the domestic insect food market. Combining the company's know-how with the processing technology that Nichirei has cultivated over many years, they aim to develop insect food and provide services.

Nichirei states that eating insects is "one of the important themes to consider for our company...

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Japan’s Fresh Tuna Imports in May Down 48% to 334 Tons, Frozen Down 9% to 13,215 Tons

According to the Ministry of Finance's trade statistics, the import record of tuna in May 2022 was 334 tons of fresh and chilled tuna, down 48% from the same month of 2021, and 518 million yen ($3.76 million), down 42%. Frozen tuna was 13,215 tons, down 9%, 15,195 million yen ($110.54 million), down 3%. Processed tuna products were 3628 tons, up 9%, and 2,625 million yen ($19.09 million), up 31%, reported Suisan Keizai.

Frozen bigeye tuna continues to be overpriced...

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Co-op Recalls Tuna Due to Potential Metal Pieces

Co-op in the UK issued a recall on May 31 for their Tuna Chunks in Sunflower Oil and Tuna Chunks in Springwater because the product may contain pieces of metal.

The Co-op Tuna Chunks in Sunflower Oil is in 3 x 145g pack size with a best before date of August 31, 2026. The Co-op Tuna Chunks in Springwater is in 3 x 145g pack size with a best before date of August 31, 2024. 

Co-op is warning that...

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Dongwon Industries Collaborates With Lotte Mart To Expand Sustainable Seafood Consumption

Dongwon Industries has collaborated with Lotte Mart in an effort to promote the consumption of sustainable seafood. As part of this collaboration, Dongwon is launching their tuna sashimi, which obtained a sustainable fishery certification from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

“Based on the philosophy that healthy marine resources should be passed on to future generations, Dongwon Industries became the first domestic fishery company to acquire MSC certification in 2019 and 2020 for tuna fishing and longline fishing, respectively,” the company said in a press release...

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Illegal Indian Ocean Tuna Fleet Blacklisted by IOTC After Latest Meeting

A fleet of tuna fishing vessels has been blacklisted in the Indian Ocean by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) following the group’s 26th session meeting in Seychelles.

The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) said the fleet had a history of illegal fishing activities in the region and now the fleet will be strictly prohibited from fishing in the Indian Oceans. The fleet was previously blacklisted by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) in 2021 and dropped by its insurers in March 2022...

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Seven Companies from Papua New Guinea and the Philippines Join Global Tuna Alliance

The Global Tuna Alliance (GTA) announced that seven additional companies from Papa New Guinea and the Philippines have pledged their support.

The GTA said the addition of Frabelle, RD processing PNG, South Seas Tuna Canning SSTC, Nambawan, International Food Corporation (IFC), Philbest and Majestic Seafoods shows tuna Regional Fishery Management Organizations (tRFMOs) their slow progress is leading to more unity across the marketplace.

The seven new GTA members from the Fishing Industry Association Papua New Guinea (FIA PNG) have a processing capacity of 980mt of...

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Watch Us Eat Tuna Candy

Tuna? Yum. Candy? Sounds great. Tuna Candy? Sign us up!

On this episode of "Watch Us Eat!" SeafoodNews Managing Editor Amanda Buckle and Urner Barry Seafood Market Reporter Lorin Castiglione try out Tuna Candy, a twist on tuna jerky.

East Coast Tuna Candy is veteran owned and operated in Southampton, New Jersey. The product is made from premium hand caught and sustainable yellowfin tuna which is then marinated and cured in a sweet, sesame brine, which is then "dehydrated to perfection."

Check them out at buytunacandy.com.

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Anova Receives Award for Corporate Excellence in Responsible Business Operations

Anova Technical Services, the production arm of Anova Food, is ending the year on a high note. The company announced that the U.S. Secretary of State has given them the “Award for Corporate Excellence in Responsible Business Operations” for their work with small-scale tuna fisheries in Indonesia.

Anova Food is the largest supplier of sashimi grade ahi in the U.S. They’ve operated in Indonesia for over two decades, working with PT Seafood Inspection laboratory and the Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI) foundation to...

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MSC Congratulates WCPFC for New Measures to Protect Key Tuna Stocks

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) was pleased with delegates of the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), calling new measures to protect skipjack tuna a “significant breakthrough.”

The MSC explained that last week, government representatives from the 26 member states of the WCPFC met for the first time in person in Vietnam, after failing for years to agree on harvest strategies. Those strategies is something the MSC called “vital” when looking at the long-term health of tuna stocks and potential MSC certification...

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Thai Union’s SEALECT TUNA Celebrating 30 Years, Highlights Pathway to Future Growth

Thai Union’s SEALECT TUNA brand celebrated its 30th year in operation and the top tuna brand in Thailand shared what has been behind its success and its plans for the future.

SEALECT explained that its campaign, “Healthy Living, Healthy Oceans” has guided the company as it works to increase canned tuna consumption domestically.

Saran Rattanarungruengchai, General Manager - Emerging Markets at Thai Union, said on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of SEALECT TUNA, “We give thanks to all customers and value your patronage, and appreciate your confidence in...

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Japan’s Imported Tuna in September Tripled to 1697 Fish, Including 319 Bluefins from Boston

According to Jiji Press, the number of imported tuna brought into the auction floor of Toyosu Market in September was 1,697 (570 in the same month last year), which is about three times higher than in the same month last year. In 2021, the US market, where consumption recovered quickly even under the influence of the new coronavirus, was more attractive and challenging to import into Japan. Still, this year, bluefin and southern bluefin tuna imports increased, reported Suisan Keizai...

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StarKist Unveils Convenient Smart Bowls Product Inspired by Popularity of Grain Bowls

StarKist launched its latest innovation, the StarKist Smart Bowls which feature seasoned grains, hearty vegetables with wild-caught tuna all in one pouch.

The new Smart Bowls come in four flavor varieties, including Latin Citrus, Spicy Pepper, Tomato Basil and Zesty Lemon.

"Smart Bowls™ introduction was inspired by the popularity of grain bowls- today's health-conscious consumers are looking for more convenient options that include lean proteins, vegetables, and grains," said Tom Aslin, Vice President of Marketing & Innovation at StarKist...

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Current Foods Brings Plant-Based Sushi-Grade Tuna to Plant Based World Expo

Plant Based World Expo is currently underway at the Javits Center in New York City. And this year Current Foods brought their marinated plant-based, sushi-grade tuna for attendees to sample.

“We all know that plant-based foods are a win-win for both food sustainability and our physical well-being,” said Jacek Prus, CEO and co-founder of Current Foods. “Yet not all plant based foods are equal. It’s crucial that what we are eating is not only pleasing to the palate but is also...

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Canned Tuna Price-Fixing Lawsuit Heads to Supreme Court With StarKist Petition

Starkist, one of the major seafood companies involved in a lengthy canned tuna price-fixing lawsuit, has filed a certiorari petition to the U.S. Supreme Court as the firm aims to decertify class certifications approved by an appellate court back in April.

Earlier this year, an appeals court ruled 9-2 that the judge correctly approved the class action, finding that the companies have overcharged all its customers.

“There is no factual dispute that the tuna suppliers engaged in a price-fixing scheme affecting the entire...

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Judge Rules That Subway "Fake Tuna" Lawsuit Can Continue

It’s the lawsuit that will never end…

In October 2021 a judge dismissed the “fake tuna” lawsuit against quick-service sandwich chain Subway. But now a federal judge is saying that Subway CAN be sued for allegedly deceiving customers about its tuna products.

The case originally stems from January 2021 when plaintiffs Karen Dhanowa and Nilima Amin filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California claiming that Subway’s tuna is “made with anything but tuna.” 

Subway quickly responded and shot down the allegations.

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Hy-Vee Publicly Discloses its Private Label Tuna Vessels

Retailer Hy-Vee and its distribution subsidiary Distributors of Iowa (PDI), in partnership with FishWise achieved a key milestone by publicly disclosing its full list of vessels supplying its fresh, frozen and canned private label tuna assortments.

The move was described as “groundbreaking” by FishWise and is an important step in Hy-Vee’s renowned Responsible Choice seafood program.

“Tuna supply chains are global and opaque, with tuna fishing vessels operating in remote regions of the ocean where oversight is often lacking,” said Ashley Greenley, Business Engagement Director for FishWise. “Consequently, tuna...

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John West Launches On The Go Tuna Pots

UK canned fish brand John West is continuing to expand their convenient, on-the-go options. The company recently announced the launch of their latest product: John West On The Go Tuna Pots.

On The Go Tuna Pots contain 18g of protein and come in a range of flavors and carbohydrate options, like the Mediterranean Tuna Cous Cous Pot - Chili & Garlic, the Indian Tuna Rice Pot - Biryani Curry, the Thai Tuna Noodle Pot - Green Curry, and the Italian Tuna Pasta Pot - Tomato & Herb...

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Federal Managers Formalize Gear Change to Reduce Bycatch, Give Sharks a Chance in Hawaii Longline Fishery

Thanks to fishermen and Hawaii fishery managers, oceanic whitetip shark conservation is improving.

An industry-led conservation measure to reduce impacts to sharks is the latest example in a long history of bottom-up federal fishery management through the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, the Council said in press release.

Starting May 31, 2022, the Hawaii deep-set longline fishery that targets bigeye tuna will be prohibited from using wire leaders. Wire leaders reduce a shark’s ability to free itself from ...

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These Are The Top 10 Seafood Items Consumed In The U.S. For 2020

Seafood consumption figures are in for 2020, revealing how the pandemic helped - and hurt - the industry.

When the coronavirus began spreading in the U.S. in early 2020, the government took extreme lockdown measures, shutting down all non-essential businesses. While restaurants were allowed to remain open, their dining rooms were closed. This was a major blow to the seafood industry, where fish and shellfish thrived at dine-in. However, retail seafood purchases did increase with many people using the lockdown to learn how to...

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