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Published on
April 18, 2019

Former Bumble Bee Foods executives Kenneth Worsham and Walter Scott Cameron will serve as the U.S. government’s key witnesses in the price-fixing trial of former Bumble Bee CEO Chris Lischewski, according to a motion recently filed by Lischewski’s attorneys.

Worsham formerly served as Bumble Bee’s senior vice president of trade marketing, while Cameron was the company’s senior vice president of sales. Both were indicted

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Published on
April 18, 2019

Lawyers for former Bumble Bee Foods CEO Chris Lischewski are making an argument that his efforts to align U.S. canned tuna suppliers against marketing products as “FAD-free” are protected from prosecution by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

And because of this ostensible overstep, the single charge filed by the U.S. government against Lischewski, which includes allegations of both price-fixing and anti-competitive

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Published on
April 18, 2019

Shrimp imports into the United States fell again in February, with a drop of nearly 10 percent over the same month a year prior.

The U.S. brought in 42,871 metric tons (MT) of shrimp, 9.9 percent less than the 47,568 MT imported in February 2018. Indonesia, Vietnam, China and Thailand all saw significant decreases in the amount of shrimp they sent to the U.S. in February.

The major outlier to the trend continued to be India, which saw its

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
April 17, 2019

A panel of federal appellate judges has upheld a lower court’s decision that ruled on NOAA Fisheries’ method for assessing bycatch in New England fisheries.

The ruling, which was announced on Friday, 12 April, in the District of Columbia chambers of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, allows NOAA Fisheries to use statistical sampling to determine the amount of bycatch. It stems from a 2011 court case where judges ruled the agency did

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Jason Holland

Published on
April 17, 2019

A public consultation on a preliminary list of products from the United States on which the European Union may take countermeasures, in the context of the ongoing Boeing dispute at the World Trade Organisation (WTO), has been published by the European Commission (EC). 

The proposed tariffs are in response to the long-running dispute over subsidies paid by the United States to airplane-maker Boeing and by Europe to Airbus.

A range of U.S.

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Colin Bennett

Published on
April 17, 2019

A controversial law that restricts the harvest of calamar gigante in Chile to artisan hand-lines will take effect in August.

Industrial fishers are warning the change will cut them out of the business and could yield as many as 1,700 layoffs initially, plus plant closures and an impact on third-party suppliers. 

The new law targets trawling methods used by six industrial firms that catch calamar gigante (Dosidicus gigas), also referred to

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Bernadette Carreon

Published on
April 17, 2019

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined StarKist and its subsidiary, Starkist Samoa Co., USD 84,500 (EUR 74,800) for failing to institute the required upgrades needed to reduce water pollution and the risk of releases of hazardous substances coming from its tuna processing facility in American Samoa.

Starkist Samoa Co. owns and operates the tuna processing facility in Tutuila, American Samoa. The American Samoa facility

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Christine Blank

Published on
April 16, 2019

Following the recent criticism in Canada surrounding its genetically engineered salmon, AquaBounty said it may label its offerings moving forward. 

Canada’s major grocery chains, along with numerous restaurants, seafood suppliers, and wholesalers have said they will not sell AquaBounty’s AquAdvantage salmon. Several consumer and environmental groups have also criticized the approval of AquaBounty’s Rollo Bay, Prince Edward

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Chris Loew

Published on
April 16, 2019

A new processing plant operated as a joint-venture between Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.-based Trident Seafoods and Kesennuma, Japan-based Osabe Foods began production of pollock fillets for the Japanese market last month. 

The 2,380-square-meter plant in Tome, Miyagi Prefecture, was built on the site of a former clothing factory. Construction of the steel-frame building was begun in November 2018. Including the production lines and

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
April 16, 2019

Last month, a Chinese-operated longline fishery in the Federated States of Micronesia became the first fishery to achieve Marine Stewardship Council certification for a bigeye tuna fishery. The fishery, owned by three interconnected Chinese fishing companies, Liancheng Overseas Fishery (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd. (SZLC), China Southern Fishery Shenzhen Co. Ltd. (CSFC) and Liancheng Overseas Fishery (FSM) Co. Ltd. (FZLC), previously achieved MSC

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