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December 11, 2018

Anders Jonas Brøns, the co-owner and CEO of Vodskov, Denmark-based Polar Seafood, was found dead outside a waterside restaurant in Aalborg, Denmark on Friday, 7 December.

No foul play is suspected, police told Greenland newspaper Sermitsiaq. Polar Seafood Henrik Leth told Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet Brøns had a business meeting earlier in the evening at the restaurant.

“I'm definitely also sure it's not suicide,” he

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Christine Blank

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December 11, 2018

Indian farmed shrimp exporters are defending the safety of their products after a European report called attention to banned antibiotics in the country's shrimp sector.

The European Commission’s Directorate General for Health and Food Safety's recent report “shows the extensive, unique controls that the Indian government has installed to safeguard against exporting shrimp contaminated with antibiotics to the European

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Jason Holland

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December 11, 2018

Despite having had five years to implement measures in the latest version of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), European Union member states are still lagging behind and likely to miss important 2020 deadlines on biodiversity conservation and sustainable fisheries management, a new report from WWF claims.

The NGO said that member state efforts to implement the CFP are “deeply unsatisfactory” and national ocean strategies have so far

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Christine Blank

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December 11, 2018

ConAgra’s closing of two Pinnacle offices will eliminate around 500 jobs; including, potentially, some employees of its Mrs. Paul’s and Van de Camp’s brands. 

Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.-based food manufacturer Conagra Brands bought Pinnacle, the maker of Mrs. Paul’s, Van de Camp’s, and other popular food brands, for USD 10.9 billion (EUR 9.6 billion) in June.

Now, Conagra plans to close Pinnacle’s former

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Jason Holland

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December 11, 2018
Scottish salmon

Scotland Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing has written to the U.K. government raising serious concerns about the current Brexit Withdrawal Agreement’s failure to ensure tariff-free access to European markets for Scotland’s seafood exports.

Ewing warned Environment Secretary Michael Gove that non-tariff barriers like customs delays at ports could be catastrophic for an industry that relies on frictionless passage across borders,

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Colin Bennett

Published on
December 10, 2018

Chilean salmon farmer Camanchaca said an increase in the harvest and sale of salmon during the third quarter of 2018, along with improved sanitary conditions for Atlantic salmon, led to an increase in many of its financial metrics.

Revenue for the quarter increased 59.7 percent year-over-year to reach USD 156.7 million (EUR 137.6 million) in the quarter. Revenues for the accumulated nine months of 2018 reached USD 482 million (EUR 423 million),

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Madelyn Kearns

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December 10, 2018

A salvage crew dispatched by Panama City, Florida, U.S.A.-based company Eastern Shipbuilding has righted Glacier Fish Co.’s new factory trawler, the North Star, after it capsized in the extreme weather of Hurricane Michael roughly two month ago. 

On Wednesday, 5 December, the North Star was lifted upright from its starboard side in the waters off of Mexico City Beach, Florida, an area of the panhandle hit hardest by Hurricane Michael,

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
December 10, 2018

Lukas Manomaitis is the managing director of Thailand-based Seafood Consulting Associates, a specialist consulting firm formed in 2001. 

Manomaitis recently completed a research project for the U.S. Soybean Export Council looking into the potential for aquaculture in sub-Saharan Africa. He found that aquaculture output in the region will double by 2023.

Manomaitis told SeafoodSource he believes Africa will become a significant supplier of

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Christine Blank

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December 10, 2018

As opposition to the sale of genetically modified salmon in Canada grows, the Canadian government is requiring that AquaBounty's Prince Edward Island-based facility undergo a new federal risk assessment.

The assessment comes on the heels of seven companies and 21 environmental groups expressing concerns about the lack of mandatory GM food labelling to the Canadian government earlier this week. In a letter to the Minister of Environment and

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
December 10, 2018

When U.S. President Donald Trump signed the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act into law last week, it finally – and permanently – relieved the fishing industry from Environmental Protection Agency regulations regarding incidental discharge on their boats.

The regulation required vessel operators to get EPA permits to perform routine actions, such as using pumped ocean water to clean off the deck after harvesting. It stemmed

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