Wed. Feb 20 2019

Trident Has Proposed Settlement with EPA on Refrigeration Leaks, Pledges $23 Million Upgrade


EU Competition Police Raid 3 Norwegian Salmon Companies with Offices in Scotland and Netherlands    


Alaska Fishing Updates for February  


Proposal to Prioritize Personal Use Over Commercial Salmon Fishing in Cook Inlet Goes Before AK Boar


Study: Ocean Acidification Harms Atlantic Cod  


European Commission Approves Acquisition of Three Greek Aquaculture Companies by Amerra and Mubadala  


Birdlife International Joins NGO Chorus of Criticism of MSC


LoveTheWild CEO Jacqueline Claudia Named to Seafood Nutrition Partnership’s Board of Directors


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, February 20


Tue. Feb 19 2019

Alaska Delegation Leads Bipartisan Support for Young Fishermen's Development Act in New Congress


Zhanjiang Guolian Aquatic Products Raises $90 Million for New Shrimp Plant  


New Lobbying Push for American Aquaculture Act Launched by Seafood and Environmental Coalition


Smoked Alaska Seafoods Recalls Product Due to Possible Botulism Risk


Thai Union, WWF-UK Recognized at 2019 Edie Sustainability Leaders Awards


Sea Watch Celebrating National Clam Chowder Day by Providing Thousands of Bowls to Shelters  


Nueva Pescanova Group Launches Fish Solutions Website to Support Foodservice Professionals


Phillips Foods Launches 3 New Value-Added Options  


U.S. Coast Guard Partners with Canada’s DFO on Fisheries Enforcement Operations in South Pacific


San Diego Restaurant Lionfish Recognized as 2019 James Beard Foundation Smart Catch Leader


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, February 19


Mon. Feb 18 2019

Sysco Adds Portico Classic Wild Alaska Pollock Bites to Cutting Edge Solutions Platform  


Coast Guard, Good Samaritan Rescue 5 Crew Members After Cod Boat Sinks Off Dutch Harbor


Clearwater Requests Advanced MSC Audit of Lobster Fishery, Audit to Review Lobster Pot Conviction  


Russia Plans Accelerated Research Activities and Construction in Domestic Industry  


Grocery, Beverage Sales Increase 1.9 Percent Over November-December Holiday Season


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, February 18


Fri. Feb 15 2019

Bumble Bee Foods Settles Price-Fixing Lawsuit with Sysco  


Southern Oregon Crab Under Evisceration Order Again  


Spending Bill Ensures Better Catch Accounting for Gulf Anglers


Chile Looks to Salmon Stability for a Profitable Business Model, Expects Moderate Growth for Years  


Mowi Aqua Feed Plant in Scotland Expected to Start Production in Q2  


Sustainability Rating Drops for Clearwater's Offshore Lobster Fishery  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, February 15


Thu. Feb 14 2019

King Crab and Lobster Again Shine for Chinese New Year, 'The Most Important Dinner in China'  


Salmon Price Drop May be Aggravated by Late Start of Lent this Year  


Maryland Crab Industry Nervous About H-2B Visa Situation, Can’t Take Another Year With No Staffing  


India Shrimp Rejections for Antibiotics Spike in January 2019  


Tanner Crab Fishing Opens in Southeast Alaska


Happy Valentine’s Day! Name a Salmon After Your Ex Before It’s Fed to a Bear


Bruce Gabrys, Alaskan Fisherman, Financial Planner and Resource Advisor (1955-2019)


Jet.com partners with New York’s Fulton Fish Market


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, February 14


Hendrix Genetic, Nutreco Partner to Offer Sustainable Shrimp Solutions in Ecuador  


Thai Union, WWF Release First Sourcing Transparency: Wild Caught Fish and Shellfish Report


SeaWeb’s Seafood Summit, Now Owned by Diversified, Will be Held in Thailand This Year


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Trident Has Proposed Settlement with EPA on Refrigeration Leaks, Pledges $23 Million Upgrade

Big companies make big targets.  Trident, which does not have a substandard record of environmental compliance compared to other companies in the seafood industry, has again been the target of an EPA fine.

The EPA announced a proposed settlement filed in Alaska District Court that would mean Trident will pay a $900,000 fine and spend up to $23 million to fix refrigeration leaks and upgrade equipment with alternative refrigerants when required.

The EPA said in its notice that Trident used thousands of pounds of...

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EU Competition Police Raid 3 Norwegian Salmon Companies with Offices in Scotland and Netherlands

EU competition authorities carried out raids on three salmon companies on Tuesday to seize paperwork in an investigation of whether the companies have engaged in anti-competitive price fixing as a cartel.

"The Commission has concerns that the inspected companies may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices," it said in a statement.

The companies were Mowi, (formerly Marine Harvest), Grieg Seafood, and Salmar and Leroy’s Scottish Sea Farms.

Mowi plants in both Scotland and the Netherlands were raided...

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Alaska Fishing Updates for February

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – There’s lots of February fishing going on.

Hundreds of boats of all types are out in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea targeting pollock, cod, flounders and other whitefish.

The Bering Sea snow crab fishery is still ongoing and openers for their bigger cousin, bairdi Tanners, kicked off on February 12 in Southeast Alaska. The duration will depend on how the catches go in specific regions for 62 participants and it’s likely to last a few weeks. The Tanner harvest should top one million pounds...

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Study: Ocean Acidification Harms Atlantic Cod

According to a new study conducted by scientists from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, ocean acidification could be harming Atlantic cod.

The study, which was completed with the aid of scientists from France and Norway, was recently published in the scientific journal Global Change Biology. The scientists looked at previously published papers, that found that “less cod larvae survive” due to ocean acidification. What the researchers from GEOMAR found was that “even the surviving larvae have significant organ damages and developmental delays.” Looking specifically at...

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Birdlife International Joins NGO Chorus of Criticism of MSC

Birdlife International has joined the chorus of NGO’s that are critical of the Marine Stewardship Council’s certification schemes on the grounds that they allow too many unsustainable practices to continue.

Birdlife is a partnership of local conservation organizations around the world, and is seen as a leading advocate for bird conservation.

Using money from the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, they undertook an analysis of MSC certifications in 23 fisheries, and found that they were failing to meet the FAO standard of minimizing bycatch of non-target species...

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Alaska Delegation Leads Bipartisan Support for Young Fishermen's Development Act in New Congress

Alaska’s Congressional delegation are spearheading a bipartisan effort in Congress to enact the Young Fishermen's Development Act, legislation to benefit the nation’s fishing communities by establishing the first national program to support young men and women entering the commercial fishing industry. 

Representative Don Young (R-AK), along with Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Seth Moulton (D-MA), Jared Golden (D-ME), and Amata Radewagen (R-American Samoa) co-authored HR 1240, the House bill.

Senator’s Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Lisa Murkowski ...

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New Lobbying Push for American Aquaculture Act Launched by Seafood and Environmental Coalition

The Stronger America through Seafood Coalition is renewing its congressional push to get an Aquaculture Bill through Congress.

The US lags far behind other countries in aquaculture production, and the technology for large scale remotely operated offshore aquaculture is advancing rapidly.

US development has been stymied by political opposition, and the initial efforts of NOAA produced a plan so flawed that potential investors ran the other way.

The coalition is made up of some of the largest US seafood companies, buyers such as Red Lobster...

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Thai Union, WWF-UK Recognized at 2019 Edie Sustainability Leaders Awards

Thai Union and WWF-UK took home top honors at the 2019 edie Sustainability Leaders Awards in London earlier this month.

The edie Sustainability Leaders Awards recognizes “excellence across the spectrum of sustainable business; from the best efficiency programs through to product innovation, from stakeholder engagement and CSR initiatives to the people making it happen.” Thai Union and WWF-UK took home the award as recognition of “how partnerships can help drive change on a global scale.”

“Together with WWF, Thai Union are taking...

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Nueva Pescanova Group Launches Fish Solutions Website to Support Foodservice Professionals

The Nueva Pescanova Group is working to ensure that the hospitality sector has access to the best product offerings and specialist advice for business management. On Monday the company announced the launch of their new Fish Solutions site, a website designed with food professionals in mind.

According to the company, the website will bring the hospitality sector closer to the seafood products and services that Nueva Pescanova offers. In addition, the new site will “meet consumers’ needs with quality food solutions consistent with different market trends...

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U.S. Coast Guard Partners with Canada’s DFO on Fisheries Enforcement Operations in South Pacific

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mellon crew has been working alongside Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to enforce fisheries laws with partner nations in the South Pacific.

“The U.S. is advancing a vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific that excludes no nation,” said Capt. Robert Hendrickson, chief of response for Coast Guard 14th District. “We are redoubling our commitment to establish alliances and partnerships while expanding and deepening relationships with new partners that...

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Proposal to Prioritize Personal Use Over Commercial Salmon Fishing in Cook Inlet Goes Before AK Board of Fish

“Help Move Alaskans Up the Food Chain” -- a slogan in large red letters on the Kenai River Sportsfishing Association (KRSA) website exhorts readers to support the group’s proposal to prioritize ‘personal use’ salmon harvests over commercial landings in Cook Inlet.

Proposal 171 will go before the Board of Fisheries in early March at their Statewide Finfish meeting in Anchorage. 

In it, KRSA asks the Board to “Modify criteria for the allocation of fishery resources among personal use, sport, and...

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European Commission Approves Acquisition of Three Greek Aquaculture Companies by Amerra and Mubadala

Late last week the European Commission approved the acquisition of three Greek aquaculture companies – Andromeda, Nireus and Selonda – by investment firms Amerra and Mubadala. The approval is under the EU Merger Regulation and is “conditional on the divestiture of a remedy package.”

Andromeda has four parks in Greece and two in Spain with an annual production capacity of 15,000 tons. The company farms gilthead sea bream, European sea bass, meagre-corvina, sharp snout sea bream and common red sea bream. Nireus also has...

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LoveTheWild CEO Jacqueline Claudia Named to Seafood Nutrition Partnership’s Board of Directors

Jacqueline Claudia, the CEO and co-founder of LoveTheWild frozen seafood line, has been announced as the newest member of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership’s (SNP) Board of Directors.

“This is an excellent opportunity for me to pair my passion and expertise with a cause and mission that I deeply care about,” said Claudia. “I look forward to working with the other board members on the important work being done by SNP to inspire Americans to eat more sustainable seafood.”

SNP is a non-profit organization that works to...

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Zhanjiang Guolian Aquatic Products Raises $90 Million for New Shrimp Plant

Zhanjiang Guolian announced that the company has secured $90 million (CNY 606 million) in new funding through a private share placement in China.  This is 18 months after their original announcement.

The original plan was to raise $111 million for replacing their primary shrimp production plant with a new state of the art facility.  They also had originally looked to raise other funds for expanded aquaculture and operating capital.

The company plans to carry out the 24-month-long project of healthy...

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Smoked Alaska Seafoods Recalls Product Due to Possible Botulism Risk 

Smoked Alaska Seafoods, Inc. of Wasilla, AK is recalling all jars and cans of Smoked Silver Salmon in 6.5 oz. containers with the production code of AL81111133 on the bottom of the jar or can because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. 

Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

The Smoked Silver Salmon was sold to distributors throughout the state of Alaska primarily...

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Sea Watch Celebrating National Clam Chowder Day by Providing Thousands of Bowls to Shelters

Are you a traditional New England Clam Chowder lover? Or are you Team Manhattan Clam Chowder? Whether you prefer your clam chowder with a tomato-base, bacon, or even hot peppers, everyone can get on board to celebrate National Clam Chowder Day on February 25.

This year, Sea Watch International is celebrating National Clam Chowder Day by taking a warm cup of chowder to warm someone’s heart. The clam processor announced this week that in honor of the day, they will be providing thousands of...

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Phillips Foods Launches 3 New Value-Added Options

Phillips Foods has launched three new value-added options with millennials and foodies in mind: Crispy Dim Sum, Crab Rangoon, and Shrimp & Grits. The three new frozen products were designed with quick and easy preparation in mind – without sacrificing flavor.

Check out the product descriptions below:

Crispy Dim Sum

The perfect option for a party, Phillips Foods’ Crispy Dim Sum features three varieties: Shrimp Spring Rolls, Shrimp Wontons and Shrimp Money Bags. Each item is made with a crisp wonton wrapper and...

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