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March 20, 2019

California-based seafood distributor All Seas Wholesale, Inc., has been acquired by Cooke Inc., the parent company of Cooke Aquaculture. The transaction was completed in mid-February of this year, according to a recent press release announcing the purchase. 

All Seas Wholesale has been distributing up to forty species of fresh seafood, live shellfish, and frozen seafood products to the San Francisco Bay area’s hotels, country clubs,

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Jason Holland

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March 20, 2019

U.K. government has backed plans by Ascension Island to designate over 150,000 square miles of its waters as a fully protected "no-take" marine protected area (MPA), thereby closing the off-shore area to any fishing activity.

When protected, the new no-take zone around Ascension Island will bring the total percentage of MPAs in U.K. territorial waters, Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies to over 50 percent.

Ascension Island, one of the

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Chris Chase

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March 20, 2019

Seafood Expo North America 2019’s keynote speaker, Lindsey Piegza – chief economist for Stifel Fixed Income – warned that current data on consumer spending and the marketplace point to a greater than 50 percent chance that a recession sets in by 2020. 

Piegza’s review of the U.S. and global economy dove into economic trends of the past few years, and how the U.S. Federal Reserve is likely to react to trends in the

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
March 19, 2019

The Wugong Mountain Grouper has been listed on China’s Geographical Indicator list, making the use of that name protected and limited to producers in the Wugong region. 

The list is designed to elevate food products with particular characteristics considered unique to China. With the move, China is boosting a niche rural fishery, as the GI list is highly valued by seafood producers in China seeking to cash in on rising incomes and

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Jason Holland

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March 19, 2019

The latest Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Good Fish Guide ratings have confirmed a lack of movement for United Kingdom fisheries in terms of newcomers to the “best choice” list and those moving off the “fish to avoid” list. The charity describes the findings as “hugely disappointing.”

The organization added that without strong post-Brexit fisheries management, more could become red-rated (fish to

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Cliff White

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March 19, 2019

At Seafood Expo North America on Monday, 18 March, companies representing about 80 percent of the total production of salmon in Chile vowed to reduce their use of antibiotics and seek a “Good Alternative” rating from the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program by 2025.

Members of the Chilean Salmon Marketing Council, which include Cermaq Chile, MultiExport Foods, Australis, Salmones Camachaca, Blumar, Ventisqueros,

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Cliff White

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March 19, 2019

The Chilean salmon industry will refocus its marketing efforts to highlight the Patagonia region of Chile, where much of the sector’s salmon is grown.

The campaign, titled “The Promise of Patagonia,” was unveiled on Monday, 18 March at the 2019 Seafood Expo North America in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Ricardo Garcia, the chairman of the marketing Chilean Salmon Marketing Council, as well as the CEO of Camanchaca and the vice

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Chris Chase

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March 19, 2019

Delft, The Netherlands-based Veramaris has revealed that survey data indicates the presence of omega-3 fatty acids in salmon are key to consumption by consumers 

The survey, which encompassed 50 retailers in five countries, and 14,000 consumers in six countries, showed that more than half of participants indicated that the omega-3 content of salmon is a big factor in purchasing the product. That data is valuable to Veramaris, which is

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Chris Chase

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March 19, 2019

A Maine-based smokehouse that produces cold-smoked Atlantic salmon is back in business after overcoming the loss of its license to the FDA three years ago, and being stuck in limbo during the U.S. government shutdown as it tried to restart operations. 

Sullivan Harbor Farm Smokehouse, located in Hancock Village, Maine, reopened on 12 March after regaining FDA approval and documentation. The smokehouse lost its license roughly three

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Cliff White

Published on
March 19, 2019

Representatives of 14 companies from the municipality of Gloucester, Massachusetts met with the state’s governor, Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, U.S. Representative Seth Moulton, State Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, and Gloucester Mayor on Monday, 18 March at Seafood Expo North America.

The elected officials each took turns praising Gloucester and the quality of its seafood, and proclaimed their support for an

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