Kura Sushi, a company with more than 400 locations globally – including more than 20 in the U.S – has decided to give back Payroll Protection Program (PPP) funding after it and other companies were criticized for taking funds meant for small businesses… Read More
Sea Watch International, based in New Bedford, Massachusetts, U.S.A., has been named to the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health’s (COSH) annual “Dirty Dozen” list for multiple workplace deaths since 2014.
The list is compiled each year by the National COSH to highlight businesses that engage in practices that put workers safety and health at risk – covering issues from sexual harassment to harm in the… Read More
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed nearly 200,000 worldwide, the Russian Fishery Company has announced that it has begun testing employees for the virus.
The company announced the new testing measures on 22 April, which it said was due to the threat of the virus spreading in Vladivostok. The company plan to use the polymerase chain reaction method of testing, due to its ability to identify infection in… Read More
The Ontario Commercial Fisheries’ Association (OCFA) is calling for support from the government and Canadians to assist in weathering the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pandemic has hit the freshwater fishing industry – which fishes on the Great Lakes – particularly hard, according to the OCFA. A survey conducted back in late March indicated that by that point, demand for freshwater fish had virtually evaporated.
“Most… Read More
High Liner Foods Inc. has announced the temporary suspension of all operations at its Portsmouth, New Hampshire, U.S.A., processing facility due to confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.
The company announced the move on 20 April, as High Liner works to protect its employees at plants in both the U.S. and Canada.
"Our priority is the health and safety of our employees who are doing essential work supplying food to families across North America,"… Read More
The New England Fishery Management Council has continued to tackle managing the region’s fisheries, even as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the council to meet via webinar.
During the recent April 14 to 15 meeting of the council – which was held entirely via webinar for the first time in its history – the council made a number of decisions pertaining to the region’s fisheries. Among those was a decision to postpone any… Read More
Cermaq Canada’s withdrawal on 9 April from all expansion plans in Nova Scotia were due to temperature readings, Cermaq Sustainable Development Director Linda Sams told the Guysborough Journal.
Cermaq announced its expansion plans in April 2019, planning farms with 3,500 metric tons of production at each site, with a total of 20,000 metric tons of salmon total to be produced. However, the company announced it was withdrawing from those… Read More
Browne Trading Company, a Portland, Maine, U.S.A.-based seafood market and distributor, has been damaged in a fire.
Reports from local media outlets indicate the fire occurred later in the evening on 16 April, and lasted roughly an hour before firefighters could extinguish it. Products stored in the market side of the building were a total loss.
However, efforts of the firefighters managed to keep the fire to the market portion of the… Read More
The National Fisheries Institute, along with 31 other associations representing industries from beef to trucking, has signed onto a letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell requesting Congress grant liability protection from lawsuits related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The industries that have signed onto the letter all represent “essential critical infrastructure,” according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.… Read More
As fisheries councils in the U.S. and abroad begin relaxing observer requirements in order to meet safety needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, multiple NGOs have issued a joint statement cautioning against those relaxed requirements becoming permanent.
The letter comes as the National Marine Fisheries Service announced that it is suspending West Coast observer coverage, in response to a recommendation made by the Pacific Fishery Management… Read More