Editorial commentaries on the domestic and global seafood industry.
Longtime Rhode Island fisherman Norbert Stamps remembers some advice a mentor gave him as a teen back in the 1970s, when he was working as an apprentice. The more you fish, the less you know, because things are always changing on the water, Stamps recollected his mentor teaching him.
Change is still constant in the seafood industry, but there is one thing the veteran lobsterman from Rhode Island knows is that the future of the commercial fishing … Read More
The Kroger Co. is seeking to better compete in the meal kits and grocery delivery markets with its acquisition of Home Chef, the largest private meal kit company in the United States.
The Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.-based grocery chain announced on 23 May it will pay USD 200 million (EUR 171 million) to purchase Home Chef – in addition to future earnings payments of up to USD 500 million (EUR 426 million) over five years, contingent upon … Read More
Conservation International (CI) has been doing important work in marine and fisheries habitat conservation in the Caribbean and Latin America for several years, and has become well known for its science-based approach to conservation issues, including the developing of specialized tools for scientific analysis of the marine environment's health. SeafoodSource had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Marco Antonio Quesada Alpízar, director of C… Read More
One year out from moving into its new 56,000-square-foot facility in Medley, Florida, U.S.A., seafood importer Seafarers is settling into its larger footprint.
In need of more space and equipment upgrades, Seafarers embarked on building its new facility from the ground up in 2015. The USD 15.5 million (EUR 13.2 million) expansion has given Seafarers 50,000 square feet of refrigerated and frozen storage capacity, with a capacity to hold about… Read More
Vietnamese authorities and industry players have expressed concerns as many farmers in Mekong Delta have rushed to develop new pangasius farming areas with the hope of cashing in on prices that have been at or near all-time highs since last year.
Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development recently sent a letter to officials in provinces and cities in the Mekong Delta, asking them to take actions against what it called “th… Read More
Starting in 2014, Indonesia implemented a set of controversial policies aimed at reducing IUU fishing, especially by foreign vessels. As a result, Indonesian fisheries authorities have sunk 318 illegal fishing boats, roughly 300 of which were foreign, while curtailing fishing permits for foreign vessels and banning transfers of fish at sea.
Those policies reduced fish catches and have the potential to jump-start fishery recovery, without harming … Read More
Brits are eating more seafood in restaurants but buying it less in supermarkets, according to a new study by Seafish, the United Kingdom’s seafood authority.
Seafish CEO Marcus Coleman said at a recent conference in London organized by the Shellfish Association of Great Britain that he was optimistic about seafood’s future in the country, despite challenges facing the market.
“Seafood is the way forward, and these are exciting t… Read More
The CEO of Bumble Bee Foods faces up to 10 years in prison on charges he conspired to illegally set prices on canned tuna in the United States.
A federal grand jury on Wednesday 16 May indicted Christopher Lischewski on a single count of price fixing. He is scheduled to be arraigned on 29 May in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, California.
According to the indictment, Lischewski “knowingly joined and participated” in a conspiracy… Read More
A prioritization of environmental laws by the national government is bumping up against local ambitions to grow aquaculture in China.
There have been distressful scenes in past weeks at fish farms around the country as farmers have met the full impact of government’s new get-tough approach to water pollution. Farmers of perch, bass, and other species in Guizhou Province protested after being forced to quit their cages on Guang Zhao Lake. El… Read More
A 2016 report produced by Oceana shows that one in every five samples of seafood tested worldwide is mislabeled, testimony to the widespread incidence of seafood fraud.
The scale and seriousness has led Oceana, an organization that works to protect the world's oceans, to undertake a campaign against seafood fraud in the United States, beginning in 2011. The campaign seeks to promote “boat-to-plate traceability for all seafood sold in the U.… Read More