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Published on
May 20, 2019

Marks & Spencer and Waitrose & Partners have become the latest U.K. retailers to sign the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) Charter for Transparency, a commitment to ensure their seafood supply chains are free from illegal fishing and human rights abuse.

Co-op, Sainsbury’s, and Tesco had already signed the charter, which includes recommendations that retailers can use with suppliers to make sure no vessel associated with

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
May 20, 2019

More scrupulous fisheries companies with brands and reputations to protect are increasingly distancing themselves from the abusive practices and non-compliance of rogue players in the industry.

Despite that, with global fish stocks tightening, laborers have suffered at the hands of unscrupulous operators seeking to retain a competitive advantage.

Western retailers have been turning to certification bodies and inspection agencies to assess the

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By

Christine Blank

Published on
May 20, 2019

The United States Department of Agriculture is looking to purchase nearly 1.7 million pounds of Alaska pollock, while awarding Trident Seafoods with its most recent contract.

The agency’s solicitation for bids on 1.672 million pounds of frozen breaded Alaska pollock fish strips is the latest round of purchases of the fish – a record number of purchases in one year.

Meanwhile, Trident snagged a USDA contract worth nearly USD

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Ben Fisher

Published on
May 17, 2019

Despite an order from the U.S. Supreme Court, the state of Washington is not spending enough to fix culverts in a way that allows spawning fish to migrate up streams.

A federal judge in 2013 ordered Washington State to fix its culverts, the under-roadway pipes that block migrating fish, but this year’s state budget allocated only USD 100 million (EUR 89.4 million) to the project, about one-third of what Washington Governor Jay Inslee said

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Bernadette Carreon

Published on
May 17, 2019

To celebrate World Tuna Day, Palau President Tommy Remengesau Jr. on 1 May signed a presidential directive calling for a “national commitment to reduce pressure on the reef, promote locally produce foods.” 

Under the directive, all government food service systems must serve pelagic fish such as tuna, with reef fish no longer allowed to be served at any government event or by any government-backed foodservice system. 

In his

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Ben Fisher

Published on
May 17, 2019

Vietnam War veteran Dan Barth thinks that shellfish can help soldiers handle post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as save his fellow veterans from isolation, and ultimately suicide. 

Soon after Barth graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in forestry in 1969, he was drafted to fight in the Vietnam War, where he served from 1970 to 1973. 

After returning home from the war, he worked for Washington

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Cliff White

Published on
May 17, 2019

The aquaculture sector in northern Norway is being hit hard by an algae bloom, according to a 16 May statement from Norway’s Directorate of Fisheries.

The algae bloom is affecting the waters between Nordland and south of Troms, an area of about 450 kilometers of coastline.

“Dead fish are registered at some sites, some hit harder than others. This is a serious situation and a significant number of fish have died,” the statement

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Cliff White

Published on
May 17, 2019

“Artifishal,” a feature-length documentary released in April, presents a passionate case against fish hatcheries and net-pen aquaculture.

The documentary was financed and produced by Patagonia, an outdoor clothing and gear company based in Ventura, California, U.S.A. The company has direct ties into the seafood industry through its Patagonia Provisions subsidiary, which sells sockeye salmon jerky, ready-to-eat smoked pink salmon

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Chris Chase

Published on
May 17, 2019

Nordic Aquafarms responded on 16 May to opponents of its planned salmon farm in Belfast, Maine, U.S.A., who challenged a submerged land lease the company need to route its inflow and outflow pipes into the nearby Penobscot Bay. 

Two organizations, Upstream Watch and the Maine Lobstering Union, submitted a brief in early May that asserted Nordic does not have sufficient title, right, or interest to cross a section of tidal flats the company

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Christine Blank

Published on
May 16, 2019

Due to confusion over United States catfish inspection regulations, another U.S. importer is recalling catfish.

Los Angeles, California-based Crab House Trading Corp. is recalling 36,040 pounds of frozen “yellow walking fish” that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said in a press release.

“It surprised us, big

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