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Seafood traders’ margins are coming under pressure as a nationwide effort by Chinese authorities to close older seafood markets on traffic and hygiene grounds intensifies.
The move has triggered a consolidation of the seafood trading scene, according to a series of reports on the sector in China’s most populous region, Henan. Henan has long been a hub of China’s frozen foods sector due to its location in the center of the … Read More
Representatives of Northeast Fishery Sector IX have expressed their opposition to a decision by the National Marine Fisheries Service to withdraw its approval of its operations plan, which effectively forbids them from fishing for groundfish.
The move by NMFS is in response to past and ongoing non-compliance with the plan by the sector’s vessels, according to a letter sent 20 November by John Bullard, the regional administrator for the Grea… Read More
Tuesday, 5 December is the final day for the public to submit comments on a series of proposed changes to essential fish habitats and areas within the New England Fishery Management Council’s jurisdiction.
The new regulations were designed to keep the council in compliance with the Magnuson-Stevens Act, which calls on the councils to review designated habitat areas and protect those areas as much as possible to allow fish to mature and spaw… Read More
The United States Food and Drug Administration recently ruled that the correct market name of Lithodes aequispinus is now “golden king crab,” but it is allowing suppliers to continue labeling it as “brown king crab” for now.
A new federal law, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, establishes “golden king crab” as the market name for Lithodes aequispina.
“We recognize that some manufacturers of… Read More
China's Distant Water Fishing (DWF) vessels—which receive more than USD 400 million (EUR 340 million in national subsidies annually—are increasingly encroaching on Caribbean and Latin American territorial waters to fish illegally.
The Center for International Maritime Security's website outlined the issue in a recent article.
“In recent years, there have been various reports about Chinese fishing fleets operating in internationa… Read More
A multinational surveillance operation conducted by the Pacific Forum Fisheries Agency has resulted in the investigation of a Taiwanese purse-seiner for potential violations of Micronesia’s fishing license conditions.
Operation Kurukuru 2017 was a 10-day surveillance operation that took place in October. More than 500 officials from the 14 nations belonging to the Forum Fisheries Agency participated, boarding and inspecting more than 100 ve… Read More
A Chinese seafood firm has installed what it claims is the first fully automated salmon processing system in China.
The new Marel system was installed by the He Cheng Food Co Ltd. at the Heng Sha International Fishing Port – a port and bonded zone opened in 2014 in the Changxing Island District outside Shanghai.
The new line is already in operation and is capable of processing up to 30 tons of salmon daily, from slicing to… Read More
A Dutch agency has overturned a verdict that challenged Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) statements that were printed on Princes tuna products sold in the Netherlands.
An initial decision made in September by the Stichting Reclame Code, the Dutch authority that oversees advertising standards in the Netherlands, ruled that MSC-approved claims of sustainability printed on Princes tuna products were misleading. Princes appealed and, on 29 November, … Read More
An unexpectedly large number of bluefin tuna were caught off Hokkaido in salmon set nets starting from October. As a result, Japan will likely exceed its international agreed catch quota on juveniles, defined as under 30 kilograms.
The bycatch in Hokkaido set nets has reached 600 metric tons (MT), exceeding the bycatch limit of 580 MT for the whole nation for set nets through next June. The total for all fishing methods (including hook and line) … Read More
Japan’s nationwide saury catch through the end of October was just half that of last year. Pacific saury fishing ends this month, so the 2017 harvest will almost certainly be the worst since 1969.
Total landings throughout Japan through October were 47,556 metric tons, according to a Nippon Keizai Shimbun report. Landings decreased by 40 percent in Hokkaido, the main production area, by 55 percent in Iwate Prefecture, and by 60 perce… Read More