A European Commission investigation – which was announced yesterday after E.C. officials raided Scottish and Dutch corporate offices of several seafood companies – is focused on anticompetitive practices in the Norwegian farmed salmon sector, according to SeafoodSource sources and public statements issued on Wednesday, 20 February.
European Commission investigators, along with U.K. and Dutch national competition authorities, took… Read More
The European Commission has confirmed it carried out unannounced inspections on the morning of Tuesday, 19 February at the premises of several companies involved in the farmed Atlantic salmon sector in Europe.
In a statement, the E.C. said it “has concerns that the inspected companies may have violated E.U. antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices.”
The E.C. did not say what sparked its investigation,… Read More
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has suspended the certifications of two sardine fisheries in Europe as a result of updated scientific advice that called for a reduction in fishing effort.
The MSC took action on the South of Brittany purse seine sardine fishery in France and the Spanish Bay of Biscay purse seine sardine fishery following updated scientific report from the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) published… Read More
Christiansfeld, Denmark-based aquaculture firm Aller Aqua has debuted a new aquafeed specifically designed for recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS).
Its PowerRAS feed line is based upon Aller Aqua’s proprietary research on raw material nutrient digestibility for fish at different life stages and under varying environmental conditions, the company said.
“The PowerRAS concept meets the high demands towards feed for RAS in terms of… Read More
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia-based salmon farming company Tassal Group has announced its best ever results for the first half of a financial year.
Tassal reported its salmon sales for the six months ending 31 December, 2018, rose 21.7 percent by volume to 20,578 tons, and increased 32.8 percent in value to AUD 285.4 million (USD 203.5 million, EUR 179.9 million). The company’s earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization… Read More
Bumble Bee Foods, which pleaded guilty in 2017 to fixing the prices of canned tuna sold in the United States with competitors StarKist and Chicken of the Sea, has reached an out-of-court settlement with food distributor Sysco.
On 14 February, lawyers for the San Diego, California, U.S.A.-based tuna-focused company and the Houston, Texas-based broadliner jointly filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
“Plaintiff Sysco Corporation and… Read More
A new collaboration between the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership and the environmental nonprofit FishChoice will result in members of its supplier program becoming Ocean Disclosure Project participants.
FishChoice, which encourages seafood suppliers to publicly share information – including product sources, certifications, and sustainability ratings – has named the Ocean Disclosure Project (ODP) as its newest Sustainable Seafood… Read More
Cape Town, South Africa-based frozen fish supplier Sea Harvest Group is bidding to take over the remainder of its subsidiary, Western Australia-based Mareterram Limited.
Mareterram operates 11 trawlers harvesting wild-caught king and tiger prawns, as well as scallops and crabs. It also owns processing operations and the assets of the Craig Mostyn Group Food Service Division, which is an Australian business that markets and sells Sea Harvest hake… Read More
Roger O’Brien, the president and CEO of independent seafood distributor Santa Monica Seafood believes there’s only one way for his company to compete with heavyweight broadliners like Sysco and US Foods: get bigger.
In an interview with SeafoodSource, O’Brien said his goal is to grow Santa Monica Seafood into a USD 1 billion (EUR 877 million) company.
“It’s about surviving,” he said. “For us to survive,… Read More
The Marine Stewardship Council, one of the largest seafood-focused eco-labeling schemes in the world, is reviewing its standards and processes with the dual aims of increasing its effectiveness and addressing perceptions of inadequacies in how its system works.
The London, United Kingdom-based organization currently certifies more than 300 fisheries with a combined annual seafood production of 12 million metric tons, representing 15 percent of… Read More