On 7 September, Maryland, U.S.A-based clam processor Sea Watch International announced a major investment in Maine, U.S.A.-based Look’s Gourmet Food Company and Bar Harbor Foods. SeafoodSource interviewed Sea Watch International COO/CFO Jerry Gordon (pictured, far left) and Look’s/Bar Harbor CEO Mike Cote and to learn more about the new partnership and what the future holds for the two companies.
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The administration of United States President Barack Obama will soon release rules designed to protect sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico from shrimp trawling nets, according to the marine nonprofit group Oceana.
The U.S. government will release proposed regulations by 15 December, 2016, aimed at creating better protections for turtles classified as endangered or threatened, according to Oceana. The group sued the government last year, arguing… Read More
A delegation of Scottish fishing industry leaders recently launched a campaign to ensure that fishing forms a fundamental part of the forthcoming Brexit negotiations, describing it as “sea of opportunity” for the country.
The campaign was initiated 7 September by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation following separate discussions with Scotland’s Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing, Secretary of State for Scotland David… Read More
With its stocks returning to levels last seen in the early 1980s, Denmark’s North Sea cod fishery has benefited from reforms intended to heal it from a history of overfishing.
Those efforts resulted in the announcement last week that the fishery has achieved certification from the Marine Stewardship Council as sustainable. Independent certification firm Acoura Marine found in its stock assessment that the fishery is recovering well, with… Read More
Blue Harvest Fisheries announced Monday, 12 September it has acquired High Liner Foods’ scallop business and processing facility in New Bedford, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
High Liner purchased the plant from American Pride Seafoods for USD 34.5 million (EUR 31 million) in 2013, but in February 2016 High liner decided to shutter the value-added fish operation in place there, though the plant’s scallop processing operations were not… Read More
A recently launched e-commerce site allows customers to send lobster and other Maine-themed foods as gifts across the United States.
Lobstahbox.com was founded in Massachusetts by Annemarie Menelli and Jessica Chang. According to its creators, LobstahBox.com focuses on the complete end-to-end process, with meals that include placemats that explain step by step how to crack and eat lobster, cooking sheets and crackers, bibs, picks and wet… Read More
A new study by environmental nonprofit group Oceana has found seafood fraud to be a pervasive problem worldwide, with an average of one in five seafood samples of more than 25,000 taken proving to be different than its labeled identity.
The Oceana report, released Thursday, 8 September, showed fraud occurring at every step of the seafood supply chain, including retail, wholesale, distribution, import/export, packaging/processing and… Read More
Australian authorities apprehended a fishing vessel and its 16 crew suspected of fishing illegally for sea cucumber inside the country’s exclusive economic zone.
The vessel, thought to be Vietnamese, was intercepted by the Australian Border Force’s Maritime Border Command and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority on 3 September. It was found near Dianne Bank, approximately 250 nautical miles northeast of the city of Cairns, and 136… Read More
The Associated Press released a report on Thursday, 8 September detailing alleged labor abuses onboard Hawaii’s commercial fishing vessels.
Due to a loophole in United States laws, around 700 undocumented workers, mostly from Southeast Asia and Pacific island nations, are allowed to work in Hawaii’s 140-vessel-strong fishing fleet, catching tuna, mahi, swordfish and other seafood sold in Hawaii and throughout the United States. According to… Read More
Pacifical, the marketing company for the Parties to the Nauru Agreement's seafood industry, has introduced new social guidelines designed to safeguard the fishermen onboard purse-seiner vessels fishing for tuna in PNA waters, much of which is certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) as sustainably caught.
The guidelines outline Pacifical’s new minimum requirements regarding the employment, social protection, health and safety,… Read More