Prominent Massachusetts fisherman Carlos Rafael, the owner of New Bedford-based Carlos Seafood, one of the largest commercial fishing businesses in the northeast United States, was arrested Friday, 26 February and charged with conspiracy and submitting falsified records to the government to evade federal fishing quotas.
Rafael, 64, is accused of lying to federal authorities about the quantity and species of fish caught by the 40 vessels in his… Read More
The internet has changed the way people buy and sell practically everything. Except seafood.
That is, until now.
Gfresh, an online business-to business seafood marketplace, launched in 2014, has found success where many before have failed as it connects sellers of live seafood directly to buyers, mostly in China.
“When we first thought about the venture, we wondered why is it was, as far as we could tell, that there was no online platform… Read More
Nicole Kimball has been named the vice president of Alaskan operations for the Pacific Seafood Processors Association (PSPA).
The PSPA, comprised of seafood processors working in Alaska, represents the interests of the industry on both legislative and regulatory issues at the state and federal levels, according to a press release.
Previously, Kimball served as federal fisheries coordinator for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. While in… Read More
Scottish Sea Farms has added a new landing craft to work as a feed boat in its remote Eday salmon farms in the Orkney Islands.
The craft, named the Warness Lass, was purchased from Macduff Shipyards in Aberdeen, Scotland, for GBP 500,000 (USD 717,062 , EUR 646,882).
This new Landing Craft is 14.95 meters long and 5.6 meters wide and has two engines, each with 230 horsepower. The craft is capable of carrying 21 tonnes of deck cargo.
“This… Read More
Premier Fish, a fish supplier sourcing and distributing fish caught off the coast of southern England, has been purchased by Owner Venture Managers, a London-based venture capital firm.
Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.
Premier Fish got its start in 1995 as a local retailer of fresh and frozen seafood and game. It primarily sources product caught off the coast of Dorset and Hampshire, including crab, lobster, plaice, Dover… Read More
High Liner Foods, a Canadian seafood processor, plans to shut down its value-added fish operation in New Bedford, Mass. by the end of 2016.
The company made the announcement in its 2015 fourth quarter results report. In a press release, the Lunenburg, Nova Scotia-based company said the New Bedford plant was the company’s most underutilized manufacturing facility with annual production of approximately 40 million pounds. In its announcement,… Read More
Andrew Marshall, an executive at a Massachusetts seafood supplier, has been named to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Highly Migratory Species advisory panel.
Marshall, the national accounts manager at The Town Dock, based in Rhode Island, has already begun serving his three-year term on the panel, a consultative body for NOAA Fisheries’ decisions on fishery management plans for Atlantic tuna, swordfish, billfish and… Read More
A new partnership on the west coast of the United States is pairing a nonprofit focused on seafood sustainability with a local-food oriented grocery store chain.
Santa Cruz, Calif.-based FishWise will train every member of New Seasons’ seafood and meat staff in the company’s – 200 employees total – to increase their knowledge of seafood species and sources. The training employees, is designed to familiarize New Seasons’ staff with… Read More
With a signature from President Barack Obama on 11 February, the United States formally ratified Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA), making the U.S. an official member of the international accord designed to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
The U.S. becomes the 21st party to ratify the PSMA, which goes into effect once 25 parties have signed and ratified the agreement. Larger countries that have signed on so far include… Read More
A bill that would shift management of the Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery from federal agencies to five southern states is meeting resistance from commercial interests and conservation groups.
The Gulf States Red Snapper Management Authority Act (House Resolution 3094), introduced by U.S. Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA), proposes to give the wildlife departments of the five U.S. states bordering the Gulf of Mexico full management authority for… Read More