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February 18, 2019

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia-based salmon farming company Tassal Group has announced its best ever results for the first half of a financial year.

Tassal reported its salmon sales for the six months ending 31 December, 2018, rose 21.7 percent by volume to 20,578 tons, and increased 32.8 percent in value to AUD 285.4 million (USD 203.5 million, EUR 179.9 million). The company’s earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization

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Brian Hagenbuch

Published on
February 18, 2019

A lot can change in a few months, fisheries economists are quick to say, but early indications point to very favorable conditions for wild Alaska salmon prices in 2019, especially for sockeye, the state’s top-dollar species.  

Andy Wink, a fisheries economist who also heads the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRSDA), is happy with how the market is looking for the upcoming season.

“I think we’re

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Christine Blank

Published on
February 18, 2019

An Alaskan smoked salmon supplier is recalling its smoked salmon because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum.

Smoked Alaska Seafoods, Inc. in Wasilla, Alaska, U.S.A., is recalling all jars and cans of Smoked Silver Salmon in 6.5-ounce containers with the production code of AL81111133 on the bottom.

The Smoked Silver Salmon was sold to distributors throughout the state of Alaska, primarily in gift stores in the

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Chris Loew

Published on
February 18, 2019

Two NGOs active in promoting sustainable fisheries in Japan – Ocean Outcomes Japan and Seafood Legacy – have announced they will merge. 

The organizations announced the merger in a joint press release, saying they plan to continue to lead the sustainable seafood movement in Japan, transitioning Japanese seafood producers and suppliers towards global best practices.

Shunji Murakami is the Japan Program Director for Portland,

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Jason Holland

Published on
February 18, 2019

European Union vessels will no longer be able to carry out electric pulse fishing in the waters of the United Kingdom after Brexit, U.K. Fisheries Minister George Eustice has announced.

Using an electric current to fish was banned by the E.U. in 1998 but since 2006 pulse beam trawling has been allowed under an E.U. derogation. At present, more than 80 Dutch vessels have permission to use this method in certain parts of the southern North Sea,

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Christine Blank

Published on
February 18, 2019

Walmart subsidiary, Jet, has launched a new initiative to bring same-day delivery of fresh seafood to customers in New York City, New York, U.S.A. – one the company said it is looking to eventually expand nationwide.

Jet announced Thursday, 14 February, that it will start delivering fresh seafood via a partnership with FultonFishMarket.com. It is the only major online retailer to provide same-day delivery of fresh seafood from Fulton Fish

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Jason Holland

Published on
February 15, 2019

As a retail product, fish has historically faced many challenges, but it is now ideally positioned to capitalize on some important emerging food trends and a changing retail landscape, delegates heard at the recent annual U.K.-Norwegian Seafood Summit in London.

Because of the high-price perception of seafood, as well as the inherent barriers relating to a lack of product and cooking know-how, the volume of fish sales in the U.K. grocery market

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February 15, 2019

Bumble Bee Foods, which pleaded guilty in 2017 to fixing the prices of canned tuna sold in the United States with competitors StarKist and Chicken of the Sea, has reached an out-of-court settlement with food distributor Sysco.

On 14 February, lawyers for the San Diego, California, U.S.A.-based tuna-focused company and the Houston, Texas-based broadliner jointly filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. 

“Plaintiff Sysco Corporation and

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
February 15, 2019

President Trump on Friday, 15 February signed an omnibus spending bill into law that guarantees funding for NOAA Fisheries and numerous other federal agencies through the end of the fiscal year.

Facing a midnight Friday deadline to avert a second government shutdown this year, the Senate, by an 83-16 vote, and House, by a 300-128 vote, both passed the plan on Thursday.

In addition to funding NOAA Fisheries through the end of September, the bill

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Nicki Holmyard

Published on
February 15, 2019

The International Association for Women in the Seafood Industry (WSI) launched its latest video competition this week, which aims to build on the success of the previous two years. 

“Men, women, groups and institutions are all welcome to submit a short film, no longer than 4 minutes, which portrays observations or experiences of woman involved in the seafood industry,” said WSI founder Marie Christine Monfort.

The brief is wide

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