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Published on
December 6, 2018

Funding totaling GBP 5.1 million (USD 6.5 million, EUR 5.7 million) has been granted by the government-funded U.K. Research and Innovation (UKRI) public body to 12 research projects aimed at addressing key challenges facing U.K. aquaculture. 

Among the recipients are a project that uses algae to create vaccines designed to keep fish free from disease.

Other projects include studying genetics and breeding patterns, looking at how shellfish

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Published on
December 5, 2018

Companies in the United Kingdom that export fish or other products of animal origin (POAO) to the E.U. have been asked to provide certain information to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) by Wednesday, 12 December to ensure that these exports can continue in the event of a “no deal” E.U. exit.

In a letter to U.K.-approved food business operators, the FSA said that in the event of a no deal Brexit – which it believes is unlikely

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Cliff White

Published on
December 5, 2018

Last month, Alexa Tonkovich, the executive director of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) announced she would be relinquishing her position in order to pursue a master’s degree in international business in London, U.K. 

ASMI is a public-private partnership between the state of Alaska and the Alaska seafood industry, created to market Alaska seafood globally. The organization recently named its communications program

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Christine Blank

Published on
December 5, 2018

Global retailer Ikea has introduced new Aquaculture Stewardship Council-certified salmon meatballs to its U.S.-based stores, with plans to expand the offerings to other international markets soon.

Sweden-based Ikea, which operates restaurants in its home furnishings stores, first tested the “salmon balls” in Portugal, and then added them to its U.S. stores’ restaurants this fall. 

Ikea stores also offer responsibly-sourced

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Chris Chase

Published on
December 5, 2018

An investigation by the Environmental Justice Foundation has discovered shark-finning operations and the killing of rare dolphins and turtles onboard five Taiwanese longline vessels fishing in waters around the world. 

The vessels, which all either fly a Taiwanese flag or are linked with Taiwanese ownership, are part of the country’s distant-water longline fleet and participate in the international tuna market. The crews on all five

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Chris Chase

Published on
December 4, 2018

SAI Global, one of the leading certification bodies for the Marine Stewardship Council, announced on 4 December that it's recommending the Atlantic menhaden fishery be certified as sustainable. 

The recommendation is a key step in the fishery attaining MSC certification. Now, the certification will go to a 30-day public comment period. 

Omega Protein, by far the largest fisher of menhaden, has been the company leading the drive for MSC

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Cliff White

Published on
December 4, 2018

Topsfield, Massachusetts, U.S.A.-based East Coast Seafood Group has announced that chief executive officer Chris Maze has left the company.

Maze has been named the head of Pescanova USA, the U.S. subsidiary of Spanish seafood conglomerate Pescanova, according to Europa Press.

Brad Hudson, a principal of Forum Capital, which is a primary investor in East Coast Seafood Group, has been tapped to serve as the company’s interim CEO following

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
December 4, 2018

Australian supermarket chain Woolworths has teamed up with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Australia to promote sustainable seafood sourcing across the continent.

WWF-Australia will access Woolworths’ Own Brand portfolio of seafood products and offerings using an independently developed methodology, per the terms of the collaboration. The results of the assessment will help the organization to then implement standards of traceability

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Published on
December 4, 2018
Dr. Anaëlle Lemasson

The nutritional qualities of shellfish could be significantly reduced by future ocean acidification and warming, a new study suggests.

With previous research finding that climate change could threaten future production, safety and quality by negatively impacting the fitness of marine species, scientists from the University of Plymouth, United Kingdom, have demonstrated the potential for negative nutritional effects within economically and

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
December 4, 2018

Panama looks set to drastically increase its seafood exports to China as the two countries move to complete a free trade deal.

Panamanian seafood executives and officials met last week in Panama City to study the remaining market entry requirements that need to be signed before exports can be expanded. Panama wants to increase shipments of fruit, vegetables, and seafood to China, according to Gustavo Fadul, a senior official in Panama’s

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