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Published on
April 21, 2017

Malawi is reporting dramatic success in building a tilapia industry, with help from Chinese expertise and British aid. 

Adult fish production has jumped from an average of 1.2 tons hectare in 2014 to the current six tons per hectare, according to a Malawian official, Steven Donda. Donda, the deputy head of the National Fishery Authority of Malawi, made his remarks while addressing conference in the southern Chinese city of Haikou, Hainan Pro… Read More

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Jason Holland

Published on
April 21, 2017

The Board of Icelandic Group has announced its decision to initiate a sale process for its Seachill operation, a leading supplier of chilled fish to the U.K. retail market.

In addition to being a large chilled fish processor, Seachill is also the owner of The Saucy Fish Co., a four-time CoolBrand award winner, which this year also entered the frozen retail category.

Founded in 1998, Seachill´s revenues totaled GBP 266.3 million (USD 340.5 m… Read More

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Christine Blank

Published on
April 21, 2017

A labor union representing fishermen in Newfoundland and Labrador is asking the Canadian government for extended employment insurance funds for both crab vessels and plant works affected by heavy ice conditions.

“The persistent ice in some areas of the province will cause hardship for many families, and the government must step up to assist these people as conditions are expected to persist for the next several weeks,” FFAW-Unifor Pre… Read More

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Chris Loew

Published on
April 21, 2017

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Association (ASMI) has announced a contest in Japan to coincide with a holiday celebrating the country’s food culture on 5 May. 

Kazunoko Day is named after the Japanese word for herring eggs, and the day was set by the Federation of Hokkaido Fishery Products Cooperative Associations to try to pass down and protect Japanese food culture. 

Herring eggs are loved in Japan, but tend to be considered a fo… Read More

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Christine Blank

Published on
April 21, 2017

Miami, Florida-based Verlasso, a producer of premium farmed salmon, is entering new partnerships in the United States after seeing sales of its product soar in 2016.

The company, owned by Chilean salmon farming firm AquaChile, saw its sales rise around 30 percent last year, general manager Moises Del Rio told SeafoodSource, and Del Rio said he expects double digit growth for Verlasso in 2017, “led by a strong performance in [U.S.] retail, … Read More

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Cliff White

Published on
April 20, 2017

A U.S. federal appeals court has ruled against a challenge to the government’s plan shift the cost of at-sea monitors to fishermen.

At-sea monitors are required for many fisheries – including cod and sole fisheries in New England – by current regulations, and last year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which oversees federal fisheries regulation, stopped paying for the costs of the monitors, who collec… Read More

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Cliff White

Published on
April 20, 2017

A researcher who studies small-scale fishers in India and Sri Lanka has criticized the actions of the state government of Tamil Nadu, saying it should take more action to reduce illegal fishing in Sri Lankan waters.

At a talk organized by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) in Kochi, India, Maarten Bavinck, a professor at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, said a large, state-subsidized fleet of trawlers from Tamil … Read More

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Jason Holland

Published on
April 20, 2017

Marine Harvest achieved operational earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of EUR 215 million (USD 231 million) in the first quarter of this year, an increase of EUR 103 million (USD 110.7 million) compared to the corresponding period of 2016.

According to the Norway-headquartered salmon farmer’s latest trading update, the operational EBIT of its salmon of Norwegian origin in the last quarter increased to EUR 2.50 (USD 2.69) per kg &ndas… Read More

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Christine Blank

Published on
April 20, 2017

The United States Food and Drug Administration warned Vietnamese seafood exporter Ba Hai Company Ltd. about “serious deviations” from food safety requirements at the facility of its U.S. importer.

Tuy Hoa City, Vietnam-baed Ba Hai is a major processor and exporter of frozen tuna, swimming crabs and other seafood.

In late March, the FDA warned Ba Hai that its HACCP plan for scombroid species of fish contains “serious deviations&r… Read More

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
April 19, 2017

Greenpeace USA has released its second-ever canned tuna ranking, finding that a number of U.S. retailers have made “significant progress toward offering consumers more sustainable and ethical products,” according to the NGO’s guide. 

Whole Foods, Hy-Vee, Wegmans, Giant Eagle, Albertsons, ALDI, Ahold Delhaize, and Kroger are among the retail outlets that have made the most gains in the realm of sustainable canned tuna, said … Read More