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Published on
December 15, 2017

Five companies have been chosen as China’s top seafood brands by trade body China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Association (CAPPMA).

CAPPMA made its choices public during a presentation in Zhoushan, the country’s leading fishery port.

A familiar name on the list of five is Da Yang Shi Jia, the brand of the company with the same name, which operates fishing vessels as well as seafood import, distribution, and processing op… Read More

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Jason Holland

Published on
December 15, 2017

Nine African and Asian crew members working on a pair of U.K. scallop trawlers were taken to a place of safety by police earlier this month as suspected victims of modern slavery.

The men – from Ghana, India and Sri Lanka – were identified when one of the vessels came into Portsmouth harbor with a crew member that had suffered a head injury, The Guardian reported.

Five non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationals were said to have been … Read More

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
December 15, 2017

The Red Snapper Act wasn’t the only bill that passed the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee this week that would have an impact on domestic fisheries.

In the same meeting, the panel also approved the bill that would reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act. That bill included provisions from the Modern Fish Act, which advocates say give NOAA Fisheries flexibility in applying annual catch limits to species in the South Atlantic and the … Read More

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Jason Holland

Published on
December 15, 2017
UK fishing boats

Fishermen in the United Kingdom and Ireland have been boosted by the agreement on increased quotas for key stocks at this year’s E.U. Fisheries Council in Brussels, held on 11 and 12 December.

For the U.K. fleet, total fishing opportunities worth more than GBP 750 million (USD 1 billion, EUR 853 million) were agreed at this year’s negotiations, including increased quotas for:

North Sea: Cod +10 percent, haddock +23 percent and … Read More

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Allan Lynch

Published on
December 14, 2017

The explosive growth in world population to nine billion people by 2050 and 11 billion by 2100 is leading many primarily land-based industries to consider a jump into the ocean.

A broad array of industry leaders in attendance at the World Ocean Council’s Sustainable Oceans Summit in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada from 29 November to 1 December, said a ballooning world population is pushing them look at the world’s oceans as a potential… Read More

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December 14, 2017

Chinese seafood importers are concerned about the impact of new conservation rules on future supply of Ireland’s “goose-down crabs” – the name in Mandarin given to the necora puber variety of crab. 

Ireland’s Agriculture Ministry has announced that, under the European Union’ss Natura 2000 rules, crabs caught after 1 January, 2018, will be limited to 65 millimeters in size – typically 15 kilograms in … Read More

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
December 14, 2017

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee passed a bill Wednesday, 13 December that would give states in the Gulf of Mexico more power to manage recreational red snapper fishing.

Filed by U.S. Rep. Garret Graves (R-Louisiana), the Red Snapper Act would allow Gulf Coast states to manage recreational fishing up to 25 miles off the coast. Currently, state management extends to just nine miles off the coast. States also would be able to be able to s… Read More

Published on
December 13, 2017

China’s booming tourism and its possible synergy with the country’s seafood industry was again highlighted this month with a tourism festival organized in southern China.

The Douwei region of Zhuhai organized the Baijiao Bass Tourism Festival around a local sea bass (also known as perch), which is a species with geographical indicator status in China. 

Located near Hong Kong and Macau, Douwei has specialized in production of sea … Read More

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
December 13, 2017

A consortium of commercial fishermen is calling on the U.S. Senate to confirm President Donald Trump’s pick to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The National Coalition for Fishing Communities wrote the letter in support of Barry Myers to U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota), Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee chairman, and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Florida), the committee’s ranking minority member. … Read More

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Jason Holland

Published on
December 13, 2017
EU vessels

EU fisheries ministers have reached an agreement on the 2018 fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and North Sea following negotiations at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council, held on 11 and 12 December. The agreement brings 53 catch limits or total allowable catches (TACs) to maximum sustainable yield (MSY) levels in 2018, nine more than in 2017. 

“We are now more than half-way to the 2020 deadline to ensure that all stocks are fish… Read More