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Published on
January 22, 2019

A federal judge in California on Friday, 22 January, upheld her decision from last year that claimed NOAA Fisheries did not follow the law when it set the catch limit on an anchovy stock in the state.

The ruling from U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh means the agency will need to set a new limit on the central population of northern anchovy. Environmental advocates argued federal officials kept that figure stationary since 2000 and used nearly

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Cliff White

Published on
January 22, 2019

Taholah, Washington, U.S.A.-based Quinault Pride Seafood has purchased Seattle, Washington-based seafood marketing firm Pacific Harvest Seafood.

Quinault Pride is owned by the Quinault Indian Nation. Its Taholah plant is a full line processing facility for razor clams and salmon. It also operates a facility in Westport, Washington processing sturgeon, black cod, halibut, salmon, and crab.

Pacific Harvest Seafood specializes in domestic and

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Chris Chase

Published on
January 22, 2019

Trends indicate that Americans are spending more and more of their money on eating out, and an increasing proportion of the ever-larger restaurant spend is being done at fast-casual establishments.

Starting in 2010, Americans' total spending on food away-from-home started to pull away from spending on food prepared and eaten at home, to the point that Americans spent USD 100 billion (EUR 88 billion) more on eating out in 2017 than on food at

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Jason Holland

Published on
January 22, 2019

The world’s first commercial flight using a sustainable biofuel originating from a fish farm has been confirmed by the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC).

A non-profit entity established by Masdar Institute (part of Khalifa University of Science and Technology), SBRC said the Etihad Airways Boeing 787 flight from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam marked a major milestone in the development of a clean, alternative aviation fuel to reduce

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Cliff White

Published on
January 22, 2019

A 63-year-old worker at Sea Watch International’s New Bedford, Massachusetts, U.S.A. seafood processing plant died on 6 January after suffering a workplace injury on 2 January.

William Couto, of Acushnet, Massachusetts, was injured when his clothing became entangled in a running motor, according to the nonprofit Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH). 

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health

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Toan Dao

Published on
January 21, 2019

Vietnam had to lower shipments of shrimp to China last year as the latter reduced imports due to a high stockpile and increased inspections against trading activities through inland border areas, according to Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).

The Southeast Asian nation exported shrimp worth nearly USD 450 million (EUR 392.8 million) to China from January to November last year, falling 29.5 percent from 2017,

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
January 21, 2019

Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.-based seafood company Norpac Fisheries Export has signed a commitment in partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) vowing not to buy immature snapper and grouper from Indonesia, the world’s largest supplier of both species. 

The agreement aims to protect the Indo-Pacific snapper and grouper fishery, which has grown increasingly more vulnerable to overfishing, according to Norpac and TNC. Recent government

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Jason Holland

Published on
January 21, 2019

While the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) remains hopeful that the United Kingdom can reach a deal on its departure from the European Union, it has called for a suite of mitigation measures for fisheries to be spelled out clearly by the Irish government in the event of a hard Brexit.

The producer organisation appealed to the government to “move might and main” to ensure the best interests of the sector – which

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
January 21, 2019

Negotiations amongst World Trade Organization member nations over the elimination of fisheries subsidies have intensified, according to a WTO announcement made at the tail end of 2018. WTO member states face a mandate of achieving an agreement by the end of 2019, in time to announce the agreement at the 2020 Ministerial Conference in Kazakhstan. 

One of the linchpins of any deal will be China, the world’s biggest fishing country by

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Published on
January 21, 2019

As shrimp’s inclusion into a federal government program to monitor seafood imports begins its fourth week, companies affected by the program say it’s been business as usual for them.

On 31 December, NOAA Fisheries along with Customs and Border Protection officials started an informed compliance period for shrimp importers participating in the Seafood Import Monitoring Program. SIMP requires importers keep chain of custody data for

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