Even with congressionally-approved six-year reprieve from economically restrictive rules related to preserving the remaining population of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales, the lobster fishery in the U.S. Northeast is facing an inflection point.
The Maine Lobstermen’s Association is continuing to battle the National Marine Fisheries Service in court, challenging the agency’s May 2022 biological opinion for right… Read More
Blue Harvest Fisheries has expanded its groundfish fleet, adding the former Francis Dawn as “part of the company’s strategy to assemble a new, modern fleet,” the New Bedford, Massachusetts, U.S.A.-based company said in a press release.
The vessel, now renamed the Nobska, will fish for groundfish in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank, landing its catch in both New Bedford and Gloucester, Massachusetts, Blue Harvest said.… Read More
Multi X has launched a new salmon product that is certified as being carbon-neutral.
The company, formerly known as Multiexport, was the first salmon producer to be ranked in both the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and Coller FAIRR Protein Producer Index. It has committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2030. In June 2022, it teamed with BioMar and Food 4 the Futurev to pilot Chile’s first feeding plant incorporating… Read More
Portage, New Brunswick, Canada-based W.E. Acres Crabmeal suffered a catastrophic fire on Friday, 3 February, resulting in the destruction of its seafood processing plant.
W.E. Acres Crabmeal produced fishmeal and fertilizer, according to owner Jim LeBlanc. He told CTV News an explosion in an oil drum stored inside the facility ignited the fire.
Four people were inside the structure when the fire burned, including LeBlanc, but all escaped and… Read More
Higher shrimp prices are resulting in lower demand in the United States, but despite that, prices will remain elevated as seafood firms work to clear out inventory.High
Even though farmers are being paid less to grow shrimp, resulting in lower stocking levels globally, prices U.S. retailers are offering to consumers are based off of what they paid months ago for the product, plus cold storage costs, which have risen as energy prices have grown… Read More
Saint Simon, New Brunswick, Canada-based Arctic char farming firm Pisciculture Acadienne lost up to 100,000 fish during a recent bout of extreme cold in the Eastern Canadian province.
Pisciculture Acadienne Owner Emmanuel Chiasson said he lost an estimated 95,000 to 100,000 Arctic char after a power outage, combined with a failed generator, knocked out the oxygen supply to the company’s fish tanks between Friday, 3 February, and Saturday,… Read More
Fosnavåg, Norway-based seafood-processing, -handling, and -cooling equipment provider MMC First Process has signed a contract to deliver a fully automated pelagic factory system to Killybegs, Ireland-based Gallagher Bros.
Gallagher Bros. was established in 1919 and remains family owned and operated. Over the years, has expanded upon its core business of processing and diversified into fishing and aquaculture. Today, it sells a range of… Read More
There are only a handful of seafood companies that have achieved B Corp certification, which sets a number of difficult-to-achieve standards on social and environmental impact, stakeholder governance, accountability, and transparency.
As of September 2022, Portland, Maine, U.S.A.-based Bristol Seafood is counted among them.
The certification group, B Lab, was founded in 2006 with the goal of transforming the global economy to “benefit all… Read More
Loch Long Salmon has submitted an appeal of a rejection of plans for what would have been Scotland’s first semi-closed containment salmon farm.
The board of directors overseeing Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park rejected the project in October 2022,
Loch Long Salmon, a joint venture between Simply Blue Aquaculture, Trimara Services, and Golden Acre Foods, first proposed the Beinn Reithe project near Arrochar, Scotland, in… Read More
The Gulf of Maine lobster fishery has temporarily withdrawn its effort to pursue recertification under the Marine Stewardship Council sustainability standard.
The Maine Certified Sustainable Lobster Association (MCSLA), an industry group that has served as the fishery’s client group for the MSC certification process since it was first certified in 2016, decided not to continue to seek recertification, after it lost its certificate in… Read More