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Atlantic Cod

The usual suspects are behind the slow recovery in cod stocks along Scotland’s West coast, new research contends.

A report featured in the latest edition of the Journal of Applied Ecology argues that while fishing has halved over the years as a means to reinvigorate Scotland’s cod population, predatory seals have moved in and are consuming over 40 percent of the struggling stock.

“It appears that fishing played a major part in the decline of the cod but increasing predation by seals is...

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Murkowski

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, is calling for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take action to prevent the misuse of the name “Alaska pollock” by foreign exporters who the senator said are profiting from its use.

Specifically, the senator, in a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, said Russian pollock producers are labeling their product “Alaska pollock” even though it is fished in Russian waters.

In the letter, the senator urged Hamburg to change the acceptable...

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Chile Artisanal Fishermen

A group of artisanal lobster fishermen from Chile visited Seafood Expo Global on day two to discuss the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification that their fishery gained earlier this year. Although China and France are the primary current commercial markets for lobsters, Chilean fishermen are hoping the MSC certification will help them gain a footing in new markets.

The Juan Fernandez artisanal lobster fishery in Chile gained the MSC certification and is serving as an example of Chile’s...

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Binotto

Tri Marine announced that Donald Binotto would be joining the company as CEO of both The Tuna Store and Samoa Tuna Processors. Binotto comes to the company with more than 30 years of experience in senior management and consumer marketing.

"Don is one of the foremost global leaders in the tuna industry," said Renato Curto, CEO of Tri Marine. "His many years of experience and his proven enthusiasm and passion for our industry, along with his renewed commitment to quality and sustainability will...

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SENA15

The annual SeafoodSource.com Business Forum will take a hard look at what some say the seafood industry needs most: outside investment.

The “On the Money: Trends and Opportunities for Investing in Seafood” panel discussion brings experts from three sectors of the seafood economic landscape together: commercial banking, investment banking and investing.

On hand to discuss the challenges the industry faces and the opportunities presented by shifting interest rates, mergers and acquisitions and...

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Marine Harvest Canada

Marine Harvest Canada announced on its website on Tuesday that its British Columbia, Canada, salmon operations — farms, processing plants, hatcheries and feed mills — have all earned Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification.

Marine Harvest is the first company in the province, and second in the world, to achieve four-star BAP certification. The company’s Dalrymple freshwater hatchery in Campbell River, British Columbia, is the world’s second salmon hatchery to earn BAP certification...

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lobster

New figures from the Maine (USA) Department of Marine Resources indicate that Maine lobster fishermen landed more than 120 million pounds for the third year in a row and the third time ever.

Fishermen landed 123,676,100 pounds of lobster in 2014, with an overall value of USD 456.9 million (EUR 407.9 million). The price per pound went up approximately USD 0.79 (EUR 0.71), the largest one-year price increase since the department and the National Marine Fisheries Service began keeping records...

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Mike Velings Aqua Spark

Aqua-Spark, an investment fund focused on sustainable aquaculture and related technologies and services, recently invested USD 4 million (EUR 3.5 million) in two up-and-coming aquaculture firms: Menlo Park, Calif.-based Calysta and Chicoa Fish Farm in Mozambique, Africa.

Based in the Netherlands, Aqua-Spark was co-founded in 2013 by entrepreneur Mike Velings and Amy Novogratz, former director of the TED Prize. SeafoodSource recently caught up with Velings to discuss why the investment fund...

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The Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) has updated its chain of custody standard to include a new specific set of requirements designed to work better for consumer-facing companies like restaurants, fishmongers and caterers.

Organizations now choose to be certified against one of three versions of the standard, depending on the nature of their business:

•    Default – for single or multi-site organizations trading certified seafood;
•    Group – for organizations...

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FIshing Boat Joomla

Faroe Islands-based pelagic fishing company Christian I Grotinum has bought Larsen Danish Seafood A/S out of administration for an undisclosed sum.

Jan Petersen, financial director at Christian I Grotinum told SeafoodSource.com that contracts with the insolvency administrator were signed on 5 February.

“We have bought the factories in Harrislee and Bremerhaven (Germany) as well as the brand,” said Petersen.

“For some time we have been looking for opportunities to implement our vertical...

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