Thailand has signed a treaty that will bind it to taking measures to combat human trafficking, the latest step the country has taken following several independent media reports showed widespread labor and human rights abuses rampant in its seafood industry.
Thailand ratified the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) Convention against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (ACTIP) on 24 July, 2016, becoming the… Read More
Anglesey Aquaculture is up for sale, a representative of the company that owns the operation confirmed to SeafoodSource.
The company, which is owned by Linnaeus Corp., produced sea bass for premium retailers including Waitrose and Whole Foods at its facility in Anglesey, Wales, in the United Kingdom, until September 2015, when it ceased production.
According to Linneaus Corp. representative Vadim Dubrovin, Anglesey Aquaculture is Europe’s… Read More
J.J. McDonnell, a seafood distributor based in Maryland, U.S.A., is building a new 60,000-square-foot facility slated to open in September 2016, according to an article in Food and Drink International.
The article reports that the new facility, located in Elkridge, Maryland, will not only be much larger than J.J. McDonnell’s current headquarters, but will have upgraded equipment including state-of-the-art refrigeration and temperature… Read More
Two Vietnamese fishing vessels have been destroyed and their captains and crew have been given jail time after they were found to be illegally harvesting sea cucumber in Australia’s Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve sanctuary zone in May and June.
Surveillance aircraft from the Australia Border Force originally spotted the vessels on 31 May in the marine reserve near Lihou Reef, approximately 600 kilometers east of Ciarns, Queensland. The… Read More
Pamela Anderson, the actress and celebrity famed for her role in the television series Baywatch, has joined the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to call for an investigation into salmon farms in British Columbia, Canada and a campaign for consumers not to eat farmed salmon.
Anderson, a Canadian native who grew up in British Columbia, is the chairman of the board of Sea Shephard, an activist environmental nonprofit. On 18 July, the organization… Read More
Representatives of member-states of the European Union with land bordering the Atlantic Ocean will gather in Dublin this fall for a conference focused on promoting entrepreneurship and innovation.
The third annual Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference, taking place 27 September, will include workshops, plenary sessions and networking for participants interested in the E.U.’s “blue economy.”
In conjunction with the conference,… Read More
International seafood company Pacific West Foods won two prestigious awards for one of its foodservice products at the 2016 British Frozen Food Federation’s Annual Awards on 9 June.
Judges from the Craft Guild of Chefs selected the Pacific West’s coconut coated prawn skewers as the Foodservice Product of the Year for 2016. The judges also awarded Pacific West the Gold Award for Best New Start/Buffet/Appetizer for the skewers. Product… Read More
Netherlands-based Control Union is now offering Marine Stewardship Council certification in the Asia-Pacific region, following its acquisition earlier this year of MacAlister Elliot and its subsidiary ME Certification.
Recently, ME Certification employees Kat Collinson and Alba Del Rio offered a series of training seminars on MSC certification in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to a team from Control Union so that it can grow its certification services… Read More
On Monday, 18 July, Fortune Fish and Gourmet, a fresh and frozen seafood and specialty food distributor based in the Midwestern United States, announced the closing of the purchase of Coastal Seafoods, a seafood supplier for restaurants and co-ops in Minnesota and five other nearby states.
Fortune Fish’s President and CEO Sean O’Scannlain spoke with SeafoodSource about the purchase of Coastal Seafoods and future plans for his growing… Read More
With the Pacific bluefin tuna population at 2.6 percent of its historic size and international commissions failing to agree on a recovery plan, on Tuesday, 19 July, The Pew Charitable Trusts called for a two-year moratorium on commercial fishing to allow stocks to rebuild.
Last month, a dozen other environmental groups including Greenpeace, the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife and Earthjustice, submitted a petition to the… Read More