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Customers holding VIC loyalty cards with U.S. supermarket chain Harris Teeter are being offered refunds for crabmeat purchased between 2010 and 2015 in light of a federal fraud case levied against one of the retailer’s former seafood suppliers, Casey’s Seafood.
The owner and president of the Newport News, Virginia-based seafood company, James R. Casey, pleaded guilty in late September to selling recalled foreign crabmeat as… Read More
A new survey on Russian seafood consumption has outlined the challenges facing suppliers of the domestic market.
The survey, conducted in late August by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM), the biggest opinion research center in the country, asked 1,600 respondents aged 18 or older about their seafood preferences and buying habits. VCIOM presented the results at the II Global Fishery Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia in September,… Read More
United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) sent a letter 15 October to the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration urging both organizations to keep 42 federal fishing permits in the town of New Bedford.
NOAA has called for the permits revocation in the wake of the Carlos Rafael, or “Codfather,” case. Rafael is currently serving a 46-month prison sentence for his role in… Read More
Problems of all kinds have beset Tokyo’s Toyosu fish market since the 2001 announcement that it would replace the famed Tsukiji market, and Wednesday, 11 October, the day of its opening, was no exception.
In advance of the opening in the early morning hours, traffic jams saw long lines of trucks and unloading at undesignated areas. Later in the day, the arrival of VIPs, including Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, was marred when one of the… Read More
Hurricane Michael, which tore through the Florida, U.S.A. panhandle on 10 October, has impacted some seafood wholesalers and suppliers in the area more than others.
The fast-moving Category 4 hurricane hit the hardest in Franklin County, between the areas of Mexico Beach and St. Marks. Maximum sustained winds of 155 miles-per-hour, just shy of a Category 5 hurricane, leveled buildings, including some seafood businesses.
In Apalachicola, 13… Read More
A federal judge last week dismissed a lawsuit brought by commercial fishing groups that challenged the creation of a marine national monument in 2016.
The organizations, which included the Long Island Commercial Fishing Association and the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association, claimed the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama did not have the authority to establish the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument.
The… Read More
A federal judge declared that a forensic examination of Tampa Bay Fisheries’ data in the National Fish and Seafood trade secrets case can proceed.
This is the latest development in the case, in which NFS has accused Tampa Bay Fisheries and Kathleen Scanlon, the former head of research, development, and quality assurance for National Fish, of stealing trade secrets.
NFS has alleged that Scanlon stole proprietary company information,… Read More
Police have conducted a raid of the offices of Russia’s Norebo Group, amidst a dispute in the company’s ownership.
A week ago, investigators of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, a law enforcement unit responsible for dealing with special affairs, together with anti-corruption departments of the Ministry of Interior Affairs, entered Norebo’s offices in Murmansk and seized documents, computers, and… Read More
Congressional Seafood Company, which already sells invasive blue catfish to Whole Foods Market and other major buyers, is aiming to significantly grow sales of the fish in the state of Maryland.
Around four years ago, Jessup, Maryland-based Congressional began selling blue catfish, an invasive species in the Chesapeake Bay, the Potomac River, and other waterways. Blue catfish feeds on many native species, including blue crabs, rockfish, and… Read More
The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) has come under fire from the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association (SFPA) for its advised cuts for next year’s Northeast Atlantic mackerel catch.
ICES has advised that when the maximum sustainable yield (MSY) approach is applied, catches in 2019 should be no more than 318,403 metric tons (MT), down 42 percent from this year’s 550,948 MT. It said that the current… Read More