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Published on
February 25, 2019

More than 120,000 pounds of catfish – both wild and farmed – are being recalled in the United States due to lack of government inspections.

Earlier this month, City of Industry, California-based Richwell Group, Inc., doing business as Maxfield Seafood, recalled around 55,300 pounds of frozen Sheat catfish products that were not presented for import re-inspection into the U.S. 

Several other importers have been forced to

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Chris Loew

Published on
February 25, 2019

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is a New York City, New York, U.S.A.-based nonprofit environmental advocacy group. It was started after the founding members researched a link between use of DDT and a decline in local ospreys, following the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. They successfully campaigned to end the use of DDT in New York state, and subsequently nationwide. This was followed by work on passage of the Safe

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Cliff White

Published on
February 22, 2019

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada-based Clearwater Seafoods has changed its controversial lobster fishing practices, which resulted in a fine from the Canadian government and a downgrade in the Ocean Wise recommendation for its lobster fishery.

Clearwater, via CS ManPar, was convicted of repeatedly storing 3,800 lobster traps on the ocean floor more than the limit of 72 hours. The offenses took place in Lobster Fishing Area 41, which is a unique

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Published on
February 22, 2019

Phillips Foods is launching tuna products at retail for the first time, along with several new frozen seafood appetizers, ahead of Seafood Expo North America, taking place in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. from 17 to 19 March.

The Baltimore, Maryland-based foodservice and retail supplier is unveiling a tuna burger and pasteurized tuna at the expo. While it has offered tuna products on a limited basis to foodservice, this is Phillips’ first

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
February 22, 2019

China’s government has set an ambitious target to sharply increase consumption of seafood by the Chinese populace over the next 10 years. 

In its "2018-2027 Outlook for Agriculture,” China’s Agriculture Ministry, which oversees fisheries, projects the consumption of aquatic products will increase to 25 kilograms per capita overall, with the figure rising to 30 kilograms per capita in urban areas. The ministry report

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Brian Hagenbuch

Published on
February 22, 2019

The Bristol Bay Regional Development Association (BBRSDA) is expanding a marketing campaign it believes will make Bristol Bay sockeye salmon a nationally recognized brand.

In 2016, the association launched a pilot marketing program in nine grocery stores in Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A.. The association put its new eye-catching, salmon-hued logo on aprons, printed fish wrap, and stickers, and handed out recipe cards and branded mugs while their

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
February 22, 2019

Madagascar announced its first octopus fishery improvement project (FIP) this month, with representatives of fishing communities, processors, and export companies all signing up to take part.

The FIP will be directed at securing Madagascar’s southwest octopus fishery, the most economically important export fishery to fishing communities of the area, according to Blue Ventures Conservation. The coastal communities in southwest Madagascar

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Ben Fisher

Published on
February 22, 2019

Salmon aquaculture should be moved out of sensitive native salmon migratory habitats out of concern for the impact it may have on wild fish, according to Canadian Minister for Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard Jonathan Wilkinson. 

In recent public comment,s Wilkinson expressed alarm related to wild salmon stock declines.

“We need to move to area-based management, which means we are actually thinking about siting of these

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Published on
February 21, 2019

After a limited launch last August, Chicken of the Sea is rolling out its Infusions tuna cups nationwide in the United States.

Designed for a light meal or snack on-the-go, Infusions is a resealable, single-serve recyclable cup of wild-caught tuna with a built-in fork. It is geared towards busy millennials who aspire to healthier habits, Chicken of the Sea said in a press release.

“Infusions fulfills consumers’ unmet need for

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Cliff White

Published on
February 21, 2019

Thai Union posted sales of THB 36 billion (USD 1.1 billion, EUR 970 million) in the fourth quarter of 2018, which the company said was driven by strong volume growth in its frozen and chilled seafood segments and its pet care business.

While its quarterly sales were up 3.7 year-over-year in value, the Bangkok, Thailand-based seafood giant saw its annual sales decline 1.2 percent in value, to THB 133.3 billion (USD 4.1 billion, EUR 3.6 billion)

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