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Published on
April 26, 2017

Indonesia is hoping a free trade agreement can soon be finalized with the European Union that will give the country’s exports a better foothold in the European marketplace. 

Indonesian officials will meet European counterparts in September for the third round of talks on a potential free trade agreement, according to Olvy Andrianita, commercial attaché at the Indonesian embassy in Brussels. 

Andrianita said her office has b… Read More

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Christine Blank

Published on
April 26, 2017

Westward Seafoods, a Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.-based division of Maruha Nichiro, agree to pay more than USD 2 million (EUR 1.8 million) for violations of the Clean Air Act at its Captain’s Bay seafood processing plant in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

As part of the consent decree between Westward, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice, Westward will pay USD 1.1 million (EUR 1 million) for air pollution reduction proje… Read More

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Jason Holland

Published on
April 26, 2017

With crew welfare and responsible catching practices onboard fishing vessels becoming more important issues of concern for seafood supply chains all over the world, the establishment of an internationally recognized standard that demonstrates good practice at sea and also encourages further engagement has been propelled to the top of many wish-lists.

Originally introduced in 2006 by Seafish, the U.K. seafood authority, the voluntary Responsible F… Read More

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Jason Holland

Published on
April 26, 2017

Mergers and acquisitions (M&As) in the tuna sector are currently few and far between due to the lack of right-sized businesses available and the high valuations being placed on those companies, according to Jose Antonio Zarzalejos, director of corporate finance at Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC) Deals.

Speaking at the sixth European Tuna Conference in Brussels, Belgium before the 2017 Seafood Expo Global, Zarzalejos highlighted that while a num… Read More

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Cliff White

Published on
April 26, 2017
France Pelagique tralwer

France Pélagique has contracted with Havyard Ship Technology to design and build a new trawler that will bring state-of-the-art technology to its pelagic fishing efforts.

France Pélagique, part of the Dutch Cornelis Vrolijk Group, will use the new trawler to fish for herring, mackerel and blue whiting. The 80-meter ship, expected to be delivered in December 2018, will replace one of the two French-flagged trawlers of France Pelagiqu… Read More

Published on
April 25, 2017

The local government in a city on China’s border with Russia has announced plans to build a seafood processing hub after it received a full license from the national inspection authorities to do full customs inspection for seafood. 

Suifenhe, which is located just across the river from the Russian city of Pogranichny, has been granted the permission by the Chinese government’s seafood quality agency, AQSIQ. 

In a statement f… Read More

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Christine Blank

Published on
April 25, 2017

Norway and China signed a new agreement on the import and export of food – including seafood – according to news reports.

Norway’s Minister of Fisheries, Per Sandberg and Shuping Zhi, China’s Minister of Veterinary Issues, signed the agreement on 21 April in Norway, according to Norway Today

“The agreement we have signed today will strengthen bilateral cooperation in the import and export of foodstuffs, and is… Read More

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
April 25, 2017

Southeastern Grocers LLC, which owns a series of popular grocery store chains including BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie, has become the first North American retail member of the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) – a non-profit organization committed to supporting one-by-one tuna fisheries.

To coincide with its new IPNLF status, Southeaster Grocers has launched an exclusive private label pole-and-line canned… Read More

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
April 25, 2017

Ingredients company Omega Protein has kicked off its 105th consecutive fishing season in Reedville, Virginia with the christening of two new vessels – the Cockrells Creek and the Windmill Point. 

The launch of the new vessels is part of the company’s ongoing effort “to advance its sustainable practices by modernizing its fishing fleet,” Omega Protein said in a news release. A short film, Omega Protein: Fishing for Lif… Read More

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
April 24, 2017

As more American consumers adjust their shopping preference to reflect their heightened regard for transparency, retail giant Walmart is upping its premium frozen and organic product offerings by introducing pre-portioned and seasoned Norwegian salmon fillets under The Salmon Man Salmon Portions brand.

Walmart will stock the new product in 485 stores located in the U.S. Midwest – specifically Ohio, Michigan and Indiana – where there i… Read More