Features

Editorial commentaries on the domestic and global seafood industry.

Published on
October 19, 2018

StarKist pleaded guilty on Thursday, 18 October to fixing the prices of the canned tuna it sold in the United States between 2011 and 2013.

The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based company pleaded guilty to one felony count of price-fixing, a violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco.

StarKist faces a fine of up to USD 100 million (EUR 87.1

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By

Mark Godfrey

Published on
October 18, 2018

A veteran of the American seafood industry, Jerry Knecht is the founder and president of Bali, Indonesia-based P.T. Bali Seafood International and North Atlantic, Inc., which has its headquarters in Portland, Maine, U.S.A.

SeafoodSource: How did you wind up starting a company in Bali?

Knecht: In the 1990s, U.S. government policy resulted in a collapse of the local fishery within the 200-mile limit. Seeking a survival strategy, we went to the

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Ivan Stupachenko

Published on
October 17, 2018

A new survey on Russian seafood consumption has outlined the challenges facing suppliers of the domestic market.

The survey, conducted in late August by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM), the biggest opinion research center in the country, asked 1,600 respondents aged 18 or older about their seafood preferences and buying habits. VCIOM presented the results at the II Global Fishery Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia in September,

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Published on
October 16, 2018

The industry group representing tuna canning and processing companies in Papua New Guinea is seeking its own Marine Stewardship Council certification for the nation’s skipjack and yellowfin fisheries, threatening a split between Papua New Guinea and the other eight island-nations in the Parties to the Nauru Agreement, and Pacifical – which was founded to market the region’s tuna internationally.

On 30 August, Papua

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By

Christine Blank

Published on
October 15, 2018

High Liner Foods is seeking to expand its sales in its U.S. market with a new line of premium frozen products.

The Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, Canada-based supplier recently launched the line in supermarkets nationwide, Craig Murray, senior vice president of marketing and product innovation for High Liner Foods North America, told SeafoodSource.

“High Liner Foods is on a mission to increase seafood consumption in North America. To achieve this

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By

Chris Loew

Published on
October 12, 2018

Problems of all kinds have beset Tokyo’s Toyosu fish market since the 2001 announcement that it would replace the famed Tsukiji market, and Wednesday, 11 October, the day of its opening, was no exception.

In advance of the opening in the early morning hours, traffic jams saw long lines of trucks and unloading at undesignated areas. Later in the day, the arrival of VIPs, including Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, was marred when one of the

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
October 11, 2018

Simone Pesu helped to found Sustainable Fishery Trade, a Lima-Peru-based social enterprise dedicated to fair trade in artisanal fisheries, in 2016.

Pisu, an Italian marine biologist, started SFP with the twin goals of getting a fairer price for fishermen and training them in sustainable practices. Ultimately, the company’s goal is to connect Peruvian artisanal fisheries with end-buyers, including restaurants, so they get a better price for

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
October 10, 2018

Aquaculture executives and researchers in China are celebrating what’s seen as the latest key piece of hardware for offshore aquaculture as the country continues to crack down on environmentally problematic onshore aquaculture.

Described as China’s first semi-submersible truss-based floating structure for aquaculture, the “Dehai 1” was launched in September by Zhuhai Xinpingmao Fishery Co. in the waters off southern

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Nicki Holmyard

Published on
October 9, 2018

In 2017, WSI, the International Association for Women in the Seafood Industry, launched a competition to encourage women to video their experiences in the workplace and tell their stories. The aim was to increase awareness about their role in the industry and to recognize the value they bring to it. 

According to WSI Founder and President Marie Christine Monfort, encouraging women to star in their own films was an uphill struggle at first,

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
October 5, 2018

Mike Velings is the co-founder and co-managing partner of Aqua-Spark, which was founded in 2014 as the first investment fund dedicated to sustainable aquaculture. Investments made by Aqua-Spark include the Netherlands-based firm and insect farmer Protix, and XpertSea, a Canadian company that has developed a machine that accurately counts and sizes early-stage aquatic organisms such as shrimp larvae and live feed. In addition to a commitment to

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