The Responsible Offshore Development Alliance – a lobbying group formed in January 2018 to represent the East Coast fishing industry in discussions over offshore wind energy development – has called for all a six-month pause in the regulatory process pertaining to offshore wind development in the Gulf of Maine due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The call for a delay came via a letter sent to governors of New England states,… Read More
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the U.S. seafood industry being upended as restaurant closures drive down the prices of seafood, leading a number of food organizations to request relief from the government.
The U.S. government launched a relief package in late March consisting of USD 2 trillion (EUR 1.8 trillion) in aid for businesses in the U.S., including USD 300 million (EUR 273.5 million) earmarked specifically for the seafood… Read More
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada-based Deep Trekker, which produces submersible remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) serving multiple industries, is celebrating 10 years in business in 2020.
The company produces ROVs with applications in a number of industries, including ocean science, shipping, and aquaculture. According to a release, the company started as a small startup working out of a garage and has progressed to a global business serving industry… Read More
Cermaq Canada announced 9 April that it plans to “step back” from all expansion investigations in Nova Scotia, Canada, citing an insufficient number of viable farming sites in the region.
Cermaq first announced its expansion plans in April 2019, and was planning on multiple farm sites with a production capacity of 3,500 metric tons per site, with a total annual production of 20,000 metric tons of salmon. However, according to a… Read More
The scallop season in the United States’ most valuable port – New Bedford, Massachusetts – started on 1 April amid a closure of all restaurants in the state and uncertain market conditions across the globe due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis… Read More
Seafood software provider Maritech and processing system manufacturer Skaginn 3X have both announced new hires.
Maritech has hired Thomas Brevik to the position of logistics director. Brevik joined the company on 1 April. Brevik was most recently the innovation and development director in Eika Kredittbank, a division of Norwegian finance company Eika Gruppen. Prior to that, he was a consultant in the finance industry and a member of the… Read More
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is having a big impact on seafood as restaurants remain closed, employees are affected by stay-at-home orders, and borders become tighter to prevent the spread of the virus.
According to a number of industry experts, the disruptions occurring now are likely to have an affect on supply chains into the forseeable future, as processing facilities struggle to obtain products and importers shy away from purchasing… Read More
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues across the U.S., with many states issuing stay-at-home mandates that will last at least a month, a growing number of fisheries are facing choppy waters.
The restaurant industry is seeking relief as its profits have plunged during the crisis, and many of the fisheries that supply those restaurants with seafood are facing similar downturns. Fisheries and suppliers of premium seafood products have… Read More
For the first time in the Marine Stewardship Council’s history, the organization is offering a six-month extension on the usual timeline for all assessments and certifications in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The board of trustees for the MSC unanimously decided on 27 March to extend the deadlines as the impacts of the pandemic continue to affect the industry. The extension applies to all audits and the delivery of conditions… Read More