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Published on
December 14, 2018

A big increase in the number of wooden boats drifting ashore in Japan is one sign of the heavy increase in illegal squid fishing being performed by North Korea. 

This year, there were 169 cases of North Korean boats drifting ashore through the end of November – 1.6 times that of last year and the most since 2013. Stormy weather may be responsible for running many boats aground, but another reason is the sheer increase in the number of

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
December 14, 2018

Last year proved a strong one for U.S. seafood consumption, based on the latest data from NOAA Fisheries.

Americans ate 16 pounds of fish and shellfish products in 2017 on a per capita basis, the highest total in eight years. That’s according to the Fisheries of the United States report, one of two annual reports released by the federal agency on Thursday, 13 December.

In addition, U.S. commercial fishermen landed 9.9 billion pounds of

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Christine Blank

Published on
December 14, 2018

Canadian Astronaut David Saint-Jacques recently took smoked salmon to space with him for his latest six-month expedition. 

The Saint-Lambert, Quebec, Canada-based native packed Fumoir Monsieur Émile smoked salmon for a six-month stint at the International Space Station, which began in early December.

“Not only is David Saint-Jacques a salmon lover of Fumoir Monsieur Émile, but he put a package in his suitcases before

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
December 13, 2018

China will ultimately be “the formulator” of the global rules on international fishing, Liu Zhong Xin, the deputy head of the Fisheries Management Bureau at the Ministry of Agriculture said recently in an interview with the Beijing-based Global Times.

In the interview, which was part of an extensive article on the prospects for China’s distant water-fishing industry, Liu said he sees China’s dominance of global

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
December 13, 2018

Lindsey Piegza, an economist globally renowned for her research and analysis of breaking economic trends, will deliver the keynote address at the 2019 Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America (SENA) event taking place in Boston, Massachusetts this upcoming March. 

Currently serving as the chief economist for U.S.-based company Stifel Fixed Income, Piegza’s perspective surrounding world economies, financial markets,

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
December 13, 2018

Americans ate over a pound more seafood per capita in 2017 than they did the year before, according to the latest figures shared in the National Fisheries Institute’s (NFI) annual list of the top 10 most consumed seafood species in the United States. 

In 2017, Americans consumed 16 pounds of seafood per capita, an increase of 1.1 pounds from 2016 – a considerable hike, said NFI President John Connelly. 

“More than a

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
December 12, 2018

American seafood is one step closer to being served exclusively in school lunches across the country.

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday, 11 December, passed the Farm Bill, by an 87-13 margin. Now, the five-year agriculture-related appropriations and policy making bill goes to the House, which is expected to vote on this issue today, Wednesday, 12 December.

While the bill is making headlines elsewhere for legalizing hemp and increasing farm subsidies,

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Jason Holland

Published on
December 11, 2018
Scottish salmon

Scotland Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing has written to the U.K. government raising serious concerns about the current Brexit Withdrawal Agreement’s failure to ensure tariff-free access to European markets for Scotland’s seafood exports.

Ewing warned Environment Secretary Michael Gove that non-tariff barriers like customs delays at ports could be catastrophic for an industry that relies on frictionless passage across borders,

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
December 10, 2018

A salvage crew dispatched by Panama City, Florida, U.S.A.-based company Eastern Shipbuilding has righted Glacier Fish Co.’s new factory trawler, the North Star, after it capsized in the extreme weather of Hurricane Michael roughly two month ago. 

On Wednesday, 5 December, the North Star was lifted upright from its starboard side in the waters off of Mexico City Beach, Florida, an area of the panhandle hit hardest by Hurricane Michael,

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Christine Blank

Published on
December 10, 2018

As opposition to the sale of genetically modified salmon in Canada grows, the Canadian government is requiring that AquaBounty's Prince Edward Island-based facility undergo a new federal risk assessment.

The assessment comes on the heels of seven companies and 21 environmental groups expressing concerns about the lack of mandatory GM food labelling to the Canadian government earlier this week. In a letter to the Minister of Environment and

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