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Published on
May 3, 2018

Cordova, Alaska-based seafood processor Sixty North Seafoods has opened a custom, fishermen-run processing facility in time for the 2018 Copper River harvests, the company announced on 30 April.

Founded by Rich Wheeler, Sena Wheeler, and John D. Weise, who all hail from multi-generational fishing families, Sixty North Seafoods offers traceable and sustainable seafood through three product lines: 60° North, Copper River Fresh, and Sena Sea. T… Read More

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
May 3, 2018

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has put the state of Virginia on notice regarding the menhaden fishery in the mid-Atlantic state.

However, rather than proceeding with the next steps, the ASMFC’s Atlantic Menhaden Management Board chose to postpone any hearing on the matter until August. That still gives Virginia lawmakers time to approve a bill that would cap the state’s harvest at 51,000 metric tons in Chesapeake Bay Read More

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Chris Loew

Published on
May 3, 2018

Common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) imported to Japan from Africa in April was 70 percent more expensive this year than it was in 2017 due to a poor spring catch in Morocco and increased consumption in Spain and the United States.

The Nikkei Asian Review reported prices have risen to 1,600 yen (USD 14.89, EUR 12.09) per kilogram, compared to 950 yen (USD 8.69, EUR 7.18) a year earlier. 

Japan relies heavily on imports from Morocco and Mauritan… Read More

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Jewel Fraser

Published on
May 2, 2018

The World Bank has granted just under USD 5 million (EUR 4.1 million) to Jamaica to support a project aimed at helping vulnerable fishing communities.

Jamaica's Minister of Finance and Public Service, Dr. Nigel Clarke, signed the USD 4.8 million (EUR 3.92 million) agreement at the end of March with World Bank Country Manager Galina Sotirova that will provide funding for the “Promoting Community-Based Climate Resilience in the Fisheries Proj… Read More

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
May 2, 2018

A leading Chinese fishing company is offloading tuna catches in American Samoa in order to reduce the costs of transporting it back to China.

The ‘Ping Tai Rong Cheng 2’ vessel called last month at American Samoa to unload tuna catches, according to an executive at the company that owns the vessel, Ping Tai Rong Ocean Fishery Co. The company has long served the EU market and calling at Samoa “saves our transport costs,” ac… Read More

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Ben Fisher

Published on
May 1, 2018

The United States House of Representatives voted to reverse a federal judge’s ruling to release water from four dams in the Pacific Northwest in an attempt to help wild salmon migrate to the Pacific Ocean. 

The bill, which passed 225-189 on 25 April, was sponsored by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA), and calls for no changes in dam operations until 2022. 

The four dams in question are Ice Harbor, Low… Read More

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Jagdish Kumar

Published on
May 1, 2018

The newly crafted state in South India, Telangana, has decided to release 820 million fish seedlings during the 2018-19 financial year in an effort to increase fish production, state officials said. 

The state government’s fisheries minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav said that the release will help Telangana to achieve 30-percent growth in fish production to 350,000 metric tons, according to a report from Telangana Today.

The minister, w… Read More

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
May 1, 2018

A leading Chinese brokerage firm is betting on 20- to 30-percent compound sales growth for aquafeed leader Guangdong Haid. 

China’s coastal fishing ban has driven an expansion in aquaculture and mariculture, resulting in growth in fish feed demand, and the industry has begun to embrace higher-quality products and more formulated feeds, according to a report on the sector by Zhongtai Securities 

A research report published by Zhong… Read More

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Jewel Fraser

Published on
April 30, 2018

Fishers in Martinique, Guadeloupe, and French Guiana are being urged to take a united front against the sargassum invasions that have been wreaking havoc on the fishing industry over the past five years.

According to a report carried by France Info in April, the mayor of Cayenne, Marie-Laure Phinéra-Horth, told the beleaguered French Guianese fishermen, “You must present a common front with the French West Indies. We, the elected, th… Read More

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
April 30, 2018

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators filed a bill last week that would ban what conservation groups call a controversial and cruel method of fishing.

The legislation would phase out large mesh driftnets within two years and calls on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to devise a program that would create a more sustainable fishery. The bill, sponsored by U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, both D-California, com… Read More