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Published on
January 29, 2019

As the Chinese New Year holiday draws near, fresh and live seafood is being flown into the country via jumbo jets with increasing frequency, according to a number of recent reports. 

Earlier this month, Chinese firm Niannian Youyu (Fishforever) chartered a Boeing 747 carrying 50 metric tons of fresh Norwegian salmon from Oslo, Norway into Tianjin, China, Seafood Guide reported. Developed by the Fish Group, the “Norwegian-Tianjin

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Jason Holland

Published on
January 29, 2019

Tuna longlining’s sustainability credentials can take a big step forward through the two supply chain-supported improvement projects announced this month for albacore fisheries in the Indian Ocean and Western and Central Pacific Ocean, according to NGO project leader Ocean Outcomes (O2).

The Indian Ocean albacore and South Pacific albacore and yellowfin fisheries supply Bumble Bee with around 50,000 metric tons (MT) of tuna, which the

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Christine Blank

Published on
January 29, 2019

Tesco UK is closing fresh seafood counters in around 90 stores, citing a challenging grocery market and more customers shopping online.

Around 9,000 employees are expected to be impacted by the fresh counter closures and a number of other cost-cutting measures, according to the retailer.

“In our four years of turnaround, we’ve made good progress, but the market is challenging and we need to continually adapt to remain competitive and

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Chris Loew

Published on
January 28, 2019

The blockchain (or distributed ledger) technology – originally created as part of the development of cryptocurrency – is increasingly being used as a tamper-proof record for traceability of seafood. 

Recently, an organization backed by Japan’s government announced it will be developing blockchain projects for food traceability, including a tracking tool and local tourism scrip for sea cucumber.

Japan is ahead of other

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Colin Bennett

Published on
January 28, 2019

Chile’s government has enacted a law that would restrict the use of trawling methods to harvest its cuttlefish resources, bringing to a head a conflict between the country’s commercial and artisan fishing sectors.

The bill bans trawling for cuttlefish, also known in Chile as jibia or sepia, putting in place fines of up to USD 38,000 (EUR 33,300) for violators, and stipulates that only hand-lines can be used to extract the

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
January 28, 2019

Workers at NOAA Fisheries and other federal agencies returned to their jobs Monday, 28 January, for the first time in more than a month, thanks to an agreement reached Friday between the U.S. Congress and the administration of President Donald Trump.

However, the resumption could be short-lived, as the deal to fund several government agencies lasts for only three weeks. That means another shutdown could happen next month if lawmakers and

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Chris Chase

Published on
January 28, 2019

A fire that broke out on 27 January at Lerøy Seafood Group`s smolt facility in Laksefjord, Finnmark, Norway has left 2.6 million salmon smolt dead and one employee missing. 

The employee still missing was part of a work team at the facility that did not come out of the facility with the rest of the work team. According to a release by the company, the smolt lost weighed between 50 and 60 grams and were planned for a release in

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
January 25, 2019

One of China’s leading distant-water fishing firms has confirmed a larger-than-expected 492 percent rise in net profits for the first three quarters of 2018. 

Shanghai Kaichuang Marine International Co. Ltd. reported an 11.3 percent year-on-year rise in revenue in the period, to CNY 1.42 billion (USD 209.2 million, EUR 184.4 million). The firm had projected an 11 percent rise in revenues for the first three quarters of 2018 and a 347

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Cliff White

Published on
January 25, 2019

Helgi Anton Eiriksson, who for the past nine years has served as the CEO of Iceland Seafood International, has announced he is leaving the company.

In his place, the company has appointed Bjarni Ármannsson, who has been the chairman of ISI’s board of directors since September 2018.

“I am extremely excited to be appointed the Group CEO of ISI. I have in my role as chairman of the board seen first-hand the opportunities that

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Christine Blank

Published on
January 25, 2019

A USD 30 million (EUR 26.5 million) commitment from the United States government to buy Alaska Pollock will help mitigate the effects of the U.S.-China trade war on producers.

Due to the U.S. government shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture notified the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) via phone that it will soon publish a solicitation so that Alaska pollock suppliers can bid on USD 30 million worth of deliveries to

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