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Published on
March 26, 2018

An early-morning fire that completely destroyed East Coast Seafood’s Paturel International facility on Deer Island in New Brunswick, Canada, on 1 March will take at least two years to completely recover from, according to East Coast representatives. 

The fire, which affected Paturel International’s lobster processing facility, occurred when the plant was not in operation and no injuries were reported. The fire marks the second ti… Read More

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Jason Holland

Published on
March 26, 2018
Scottish vessels

Fergus Ewing, Scotland’s rural economy secretary, has written to the government of the United Kingdom, expressing his anxiety over the transitional arrangements for fisheries following Brexit and raising questions over the country's approach to fisheries in the upcoming negotiations regarding its future relationship with the European Union.

Following the announcement on 19 March that E.U. chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, and the U.K. secre… Read More

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
March 26, 2018

The federal omnibus spending bill that U.S.President Donald Trump signed into law Friday, 23 March, included a provision lifting a fee New England groundfish fishermen paid for at-sea monitors to accompany them on excursions.

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire) said the spending package now prevents the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from placing the cost of at-sea monitors on fishermen in the Northeast. The charge … Read More

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Cliff White

Published on
March 23, 2018

Palau, a member of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement, which allocates tuna fishing quotas under its vessel-day scheme (VDS), is selling a portion of its fishing days to Filipino firm RD Fishing Group.

The PNA controls the world's largest sustainable tuna purse-seine fishery. The PNA’s VDS for purse-seiners sets a limit on the number of fishing days allowed in the region, requires an independent fisheries observer on board and the collectio… Read More

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
March 23, 2018

Fishermen’s Finest will seek to sell a USD 75 million (EUR 60.8 million) catcher-processor vessel after the latest attempt for a necessary waiver to work in U.S. waters fell through.

Dennis Moran, company president, told National Fisherman that the waiver for America’s Finest did not get included in a Homeland Security spending bill. 

“I honestly don’t know whether that’s the last stop,” Moran said. &ldquo… Read More

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
March 23, 2018

U.S. shrimp producers got a major victory from the omnibus spending bill that passed the Senate early Friday morning, 23 March.

The bill, which passed the House Thursday, 22 March, includes a long-sought after provision to lift the stay on when imported shrimp will be included in the Seafood Import Monitoring Program. 

However, President Donald Trump threatened to veto the bill for reasons unrelated to the new shrimp rules.

If and when Trump… Read More

Published on
March 23, 2018

The Fishin’ Company, the largest tilapia importer in the United States, announced a partnership with Trace Register, a global leader in full-chain seafood traceability, on 22 March. 

Trace Register will assist the Munhall, Pennsylvania-based producer, importer and distributor of frozen seafood in its plan to integrate its compliance, sustainability, and traceability platforms into a single platform. The Fishin’ Company supplies a… Read More

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
March 22, 2018

The Chinese government’s crackdown against organized crime is resulting in a significant disruption in the country’s formerly thriving grey trade in seafood. 

China’s state-owned media has been awash in recent months with reports of arrests and investigations of triad-style gangs, many of which have significant international networks. 

The most recent victory for China’s authorities in their battle against seafoo… Read More

Published on
March 22, 2018

A new bipartisan bill introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives on 13 March would require new certifications for countries importing shark, ray, and skate parts and products to the United States. 

H.R. 5248, the Sustainable Shark Fisheries and Trade Act, would require all countries importing products related to sharks, rays, and skates obtain certification by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Certification would requ… Read More

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
March 22, 2018

With demand for vacuum-packed seafood products on the rise, business is good right now for Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio-based Becker Pumps Corporation. And thanks to an unlikely customer segment, the future could be even brighter still for the subsidiary of Germany’s Gebr. Becker GmbH.

Becker Pumps Corp., which was founded in 1885 and established stateside in the late 1970s, is a premier supplier of vacuum pumps to the seafood, poult… Read More