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Published on
February 11, 2019

Chinese authorities are touting their latest prize in an intensification of their ongoing crackdown in illegal seafood-related operations.

The arrest of a smuggling gang accused of bringing CNY 2.6 billion (USD 385.5 million, EUR 340.3 million) worth of frozen seafood clandestinely across the border from Vietnam over a three-year period was announced in prime-time coverage across regional and national television channels in

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Christine Blank

Published on
February 8, 2019

New research completed at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, has found mislabeing is prevalent throughout the supply chain.

Researchers found that 32 percent of fish overall were mislabeled. The highest rate of mislabeling was at retailers (38.1 percent), followed by processing plants (27.3 percent) and importers (17.6 percent). 

Conducted in collaboration with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), the study was

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Chris Chase

Published on
February 8, 2019

Multiple rule-changes could be coming for Maine’s lucrative lobster industry from both the state and federal governments in the coming year. 

At the federal level, concerns over entanglements with the endangered North Atlantic right whale have led fisheries managers to begin discussing what steps need to be taken by the lobster industry to avoid whale deaths. Currently there are just over 400 right whales left in the world, and high

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Jason Holland

Published on
February 7, 2019

European Parliament and the European Council have reached an agreement on the European Commission’s proposal establishing a multi-annual plan for fish stocks in the western Mediterranean Sea. Once formally adopted, this will be the first multi-annual plan at European Union level in the Mediterranean Sea.

It’s hoped the agreement, which mainly covers areas concerning France, Italy, and Spain – encompassing almost 10,900 vessels

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
February 7, 2019

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced on Wednesday, 6 February it had issued an order against a vessel from Vanuatu claiming the tuna it was carrying was caught using forced labor.

“The order will require detention at all U.S. ports of entry of tuna and any such merchandise manufactured wholly or in part by the Tunago No. 61,” the CBP statement said. “Importers of detained shipments are provided an opportunity to export

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Published on
February 7, 2019

China’s infrastructure investments in Pakistan are opening up the local fisheries sector on the Arabian Sea, with a major Chinese power station builder completing a fishing port as a “gift” to local people. 

State-owned China State Power Investment Corp., which is building several power plants in Pakistan, said a new fishing port in Lasbela region on the Arabian Sea would aid the economy and increase the efficiency of the

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Ben Fisher

Published on
February 6, 2019

The International Pacific Halibut Commission last week agreed on catch limits for the Pacific halibut fishery which runs from California to Alaska, according to KBBI

In 2018, the IPHC, the public organization responsible for managing the  U.S. and Canadian West Coast halibut fisheries, was unable to agree on quotas for the season, and as a result the quota remained the same as the 2017 season. Before last year, the last time the

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Christine Blank

Published on
February 6, 2019

Even though a Florida court denied National Fish and Seafood’s subpoenas for Tampa Bay Fisheries’ information in its ongoing trade secrets case, NFS says it still has rights to the data.

NFS’s requests for information from Tampa Bay were ruled “overly broad” and “improper” by Julie S. Sneed, magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Bay said in a

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Jason Holland

Published on
February 5, 2019

The Faroe Islands and the United Kingdom have signed a free trade agreement (FTA) to ensure that trade between the countries continues after Britain’s departure from the European Union.   

Faroese Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Poul Michelsen will present the agreement to Faroese Parliament for approval. The aim is to ensure that it is formally ready to be implemented as soon as the United Kingdom leaves the E.U., and also

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Chris Chase

Published on
February 4, 2019

Tilapia production globally has steadily increased over the past decade – with 2018 production estimated at nearly 6.3 million metric tons (MT) – yet U.S. imports were forecast to likely be at their lowest level in several years. 

The data, shared at the Value Finfish panel during the 2019 Global Seafood Market Conference in Coronado, California earlier this month, estimates that the U.S. imported around 300,000 MT of tilapia in

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