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December 17, 2018

The New York Attorney General’s office may take enforcement action against some supermarket chains after it found “rampant” seafood mislabeling at grocers across the state, according to a recent report.

The report, from New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood, found that around a quarter of the seafood sampled at New York grocery retailers was mislabeled. These findings are the result of the first major U.S. government

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Cliff White

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December 17, 2018

At the 15th Regular Session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A. last week, member-states agreed to a series of measures designed to improve the sustainability of highly migratory fish stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean and set higher standards for labor conditions in the fishery.

Representatives of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Parties to the Nauru Agreement praised the

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December 17, 2018

Large U.S. grocery chain Publix is looking to grow fish sales during the holiday season via its special order program.

Lakeland, Florida-based Publix Super Markets, which operates more than 1,200 stores, began offering its “Reel Variety” program in 2015. Through Reel Variety, shoppers can order up to 80 different varieties of fresh (never frozen) fish, and typically receive the order within two days.

"Reel Variety was launched as a

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Jason Holland

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December 17, 2018

The Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) has expressed its concern that a sector already reeling from the chaos surrounding Brexit could now face further serious challenges and potential hardship ahead of this week’s annual meeting of the Council of Fisheries Ministers. 

Negotiations to set total allowable catches and quotas for 2019 take place in Brussels on 17 and 18 December, with the KFO saying that the

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Chris Chase

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December 17, 2018

Huon Aquaculture, in collaboration with AKVA Group and Crisp Bros. and Haywards, celebrated the launch of their newest feed barge. 

Launched on 14 December from Crisp Bros. in Tasmania, Australia, Huon’s latest vessel, the Hogan, is one of the most technologically advanced feed barges in the world and “designed for the most exposed fish farm in the world,” according to a release by the company. The new vessel, weighing 600

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Cliff White

Published on
December 14, 2018

Non-compliance with federal labeling laws is rampant at Spanish fish markets, a new study by environmental nonprofit law organization ClientEarth has found.

Mandatory seafood labeling regulations are being breached throughout the supply chain, and Spanish authorities are not exerting sufficient regulatory pressure to combat the problem, ClientEarth said.

“This breach of the law is unacceptable. The public authorities must be aware of the

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Chris Loew

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December 14, 2018

A big increase in the number of wooden boats drifting ashore in Japan is one sign of the heavy increase in illegal squid fishing being performed by North Korea. 

This year, there were 169 cases of North Korean boats drifting ashore through the end of November – 1.6 times that of last year and the most since 2013. Stormy weather may be responsible for running many boats aground, but another reason is the sheer increase in the number of

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
December 14, 2018

Last year proved a strong one for U.S. seafood consumption, based on the latest data from NOAA Fisheries.

Americans ate 16 pounds of fish and shellfish products in 2017 on a per capita basis, the highest total in eight years. That’s according to the Fisheries of the United States report, one of two annual reports released by the federal agency on Thursday, 13 December.

In addition, U.S. commercial fishermen landed 9.9 billion pounds of

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December 14, 2018

Canadian Astronaut David Saint-Jacques recently took smoked salmon to space with him for his latest six-month expedition. 

The Saint-Lambert, Quebec, Canada-based native packed Fumoir Monsieur Émile smoked salmon for a six-month stint at the International Space Station, which began in early December.

“Not only is David Saint-Jacques a salmon lover of Fumoir Monsieur Émile, but he put a package in his suitcases before

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Chris Chase

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December 14, 2018

A new report released by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership on 12 December indicates that the world’s farmed shrimp production has lingering sustainability concerns with little improvement likely on the horizon. 

The new report, which is a part of SFP’s “Target 75” initiative, classifies just 8.8 percent of the global production of farmed shrimp as “improving,” and none is classified as sustainable

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