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December 7, 2018

Higher whitefish catching quotas, aligned with more sophisticated equipment that improve yield and portion control, are enticing more European seafood suppliers to now use processors within the 28 countries belonging to the Euroepan Union, rather than in distant locations, according to the new “Finfish Study 2018,” compiled by AIPCE-CEP.

The Brussels-based E.U. fish processors and traders association believes this shift away from the

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Brian Hagenbuch

Published on
December 7, 2018

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) is crossing its fingers that its request goes through for several million dollars in federal aid to defray costs of the trade war between U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration and China.

ASMI, a state-run entity, has requested USD 9 million (EUR 7.9 million) over three years as tariffs threaten to undermine the market for Alaskan seafood in China. The request was submitted to the

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Chris Chase

Published on
December 7, 2018

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report on Thursday, 6 December that indicates 2017 was a worse than average year for the entanglement of large whales, but an improvement over numbers in recent years. 

That news was of a worse-than-average year was also tempered by the fact that of the large whales entangled, right whales had fewer entanglements in the U.S. Northeast than in previous periods. The most

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
December 7, 2018

A decision by NOAA Fisheries to issue five permits for seismic air gun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean has drawn sharp criticism from business and environmental leaders who fear the blasts could be harmful for fish and other marine wildlife.

The blasting will be used to conduct surveys that will provide data to oil and gas industry businesses, who may then seek to conduct offshore drilling in federal waters between Cape May, New Jersey and Cape

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Christine Blank

Published on
December 7, 2018

United States supermarket chain Hy-Vee’s efforts to trace mahi is one of the ways the retailer is addressing illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

West Des Moines, Iowa-based Hy-Vee, Inc., which operates 245 stores, partnered with Seattle, Washington-based supplier Orca Bay Foods and FishWise to trace products from fishing vessel to supermarket. 

Hy-Vee, Orca Bay, and FishWise worked together to take an in-depth look at

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Allan Lynch

Published on
December 6, 2018

Two Canadian entrepreneurs have launched a technology package they believe will help the fishing and aquaculture industry reduce waste, improve product quality, and boost profits. 

Sheamus MacDonald and Aleksandr Stabenow recently launched Sedna Technologies in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. They offer a hardware and cloud-based software suite that can automatically track and trace fresh and frozen products from catch to delivery to the

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Toan Dao

Published on
December 6, 2018

The tariff conflict between the United States and China has enabled Vietnam and other tuna exporters to increase shipments to the United States and this trend is expected to continue in the coming months, Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) said in a statement last week.

In October, Vietnam exported tuna worth USD 26 million (EUR 22.9 million) to the United States, soaring 35 percent from the same month in 2017 and up

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Chris Chase

Published on
December 6, 2018

Nordic Aquafarms, the Norwegian company planning to build a USD 500 million (EUR 439 million) salmon recirculating aquaculture system in Belfast, Maine, announced that it has officially opened an office in the city. 

According to a 6 December company newsletter, the office “will serve as our local base of operations while our salmon farm is being permitted and built, as well as an information center and exhibit space where the public

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
December 6, 2018

Erik Breivik, the founder of Glacier Fish and a leading figure in the Alaska groundfishing industry, passed away on Wednesday, 5 December. 

Breivik came to the United States in the 1980s to help develop the frozen-at-sea processing industry in Alaska. 

Alongside several other fishing families, Breivik helped to found the Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.-based Glacier Fish Company soon after his arrival stateside. Today, the company is

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
December 6, 2018

When Dakota Creek Industries took America’s Finest out for its first sea trial on Tuesday 4 December, it looked like the 264-foot vessel was taking a victory lap.

The Anacortes, Washington-based shipbuilder held an event that day to celebrate the Jones Act waiver elected officials were able to get for the processor-trawler. Later in the day, U.S. President Donald Trump signed the Coast Guard Authorization Act, which contained the labor

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