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Published on
April 12, 2018

China has launched a new trademark logo for the catch from its growing long-distance fishing fleet, with the goal of increasing its profile in international markets. 

The newly revealed logo was registered with the national trademarks bureau by the China Long Distance Fishing Industry Association (CLDFIA), a government-backed body of fishing companies which says the logo is part of its efforts to “make the industry more efficient&… Read More

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
April 12, 2018

Groundfish fishing in New Bedford, Massachusetts hasn’t been the same since the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s ban on a significant portion of the fishery’s fleet went into effect last November, according to reports in local media.

NOAA revoked its operational plan for 14 groundfishing vessels in November 2017 following the arrest, trial, and conviction of former New Bedford fishing magnate Carlos Rafael,… Read More

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
April 12, 2018

Omega Protein celebrated the launch of its newest vessel over the weekend at its facility in Abbeville, Louisiana, U.S.A.

Elected and state officials joined the company for the christening of the F/V Vermilion. In a press release the company said the vessel, the largest in its fleet of 30 ships, has state-of-the-art features designed to make operations safer and more efficient. 

"The Abbeville processing facility and Omega Protein have… Read More

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Chris Chase

Published on
April 11, 2018

A group of commercial fishermen sent a letter on 9 April to the governor of Massachusetts, U.S.A. asking for more direct involvement in the state’s plans for offshore wind development. 

The letter, signed by 25 commercial fishermen and 228 fishing vessels and sent to Governor Charles Baker, was coordinated by the National Coalition for Fishing Communities (NCFC) in response to planned offshore wind projects. Three companies have bid to… Read More

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Christine Blank

Published on
April 11, 2018

A commercial scallop boat was cited on 9 April in New Bedford, Massachusetts, U.S.A., for failing to disclose to authorities a cache of scallops hidden aboard the vessel, Massachusetts Environmental Police inspectors reported.

The vessel, Lugia, was on a “closed area trip,” which restricts the landing limit for scallop meats to a specific poundage. Authorities offloaded the vessel’s recorded catch during a routine inspection and… Read More

Published on
April 10, 2018

China continues its diplomatic offensive to open up waters to its fishing companies, with a leading Chinese fisheries official recently leading a delegation of Chinese fishing companies to the Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar with promises of “increased cooperation” in fisheries. 

Zhang Xian Liang, who runs the fisheries management bureau at the Chinese agricultural ministry, met Zanzibar ministers of agriculture, fisheries, and n… Read More

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
April 9, 2018

The state of Alabama announced last week that it received federal approval for an Exempted Fishing Permit to manage recreational red snapper.

As a result, anglers in the state will have nearly 50 days of fishing starting 1 June. The state also will manage the recreational season for next year as well.

“I am very pleased that the U.S. Department of Commerce, through the National Marine Fisheries Service, has granted Alabama an Exempted Fishi… Read More

Published on
April 9, 2018

Figures for early April 2018 show salmon prices have spiking in China, up by over 50 percent year-on-year. Prices ranged from CNY 110 (USD 17.4, EUR 14.1) to CNY 113 (USD 17.9, EUR 14.5) per kilo for large size (six to seven kilograms) of whole Chilean and Norwegian salmon at the Jingshen market in Beijing this weekend, as buyers sought to capitalize on lower supply following a crackdown on rampant smuggling from Vietnam. 

Similar prices wer… Read More

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Cliff White

Published on
April 9, 2018

India was top of mind for the representatives of the Ecuadorian shrimp producers present at the recent Seafood Expo North America in Boston, Massachusetts.

The delegation made a splash with the announcement of the creation of the Sustainable Shrimp Partnership, a new certification designed to differentiate Ecuadorian product - especially from Indian shrimp - in the marketplace.

“Up until this point, the shrimp sector has been a commodity ma… Read More

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Chris Chase

Published on
April 9, 2018

Europol and the Spanish Guardia Civil, in collaboration with Portuguese authorities, seized 350 kilograms of elvers that were about to be smuggled out of Spain during “Operation Elvers,” the three agencies announced on 6 April.  

Ten suspects were arrested – Spanish, Chinese, and Moroccan nationals – in connection with smuggling the eels. Authorities estimate the group has managed to smuggle a value of … Read More