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Published on
December 4, 2018

Ryan Bigelow, the senior program manager for Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch, sees Japan as a country ripe for seafood sustainability ratings like those his program provides.

Japan’s population consumes a vast amount of seafood – collectively, the country has one of the largest seafood consumption footprints in the world (third behind China and the European Union) – and because of that, an improvement in the overall

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Jason Holland

Published on
December 3, 2018

A share of the latest round of European Maritime and Fisheries Funding (EMFF) awards has been granted to 29 fishery and aquaculture projects across Scotland, totaling GBP 4.8 million (USD 6.1 million, EUR 5.4 million).

“This seventh round of EMFF grants will provide a vital financial ‘leg-up’ to projects from the Shetland Islands to Dumfries and Galloway – with the nearly GBP 5 million invested helping to support the

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Jason Holland

Published on
December 3, 2018

Negotiations between the EU, Norway, and Faroes in Bergen, Norway, concluded with the signing of a tripartite agreement that sets the 2019 total allowable catch (TAC) of Northeast Atlantic mackerel at 653,438 metric tons (MT), which is 20 percent lower than this year’s TAC. 

They also agreed to extend the Three Parties Agreement for a further two years.

In a statement, the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) said that it

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Cliff White

Published on
December 3, 2018

Meeting at the G20 Summit on Saturday, 1 December in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to a détente in their trade war.

In an announcement after the meeting, the White House said Trump had agreed to postpone his plan to ramp up existing 10 percent tariffs on USD 200 billion (EUR 170 billion) of Chinese goods to a 25 percent rate on 1 January, 2019. That move is contingent upon

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Christine Blank

Published on
December 3, 2018

Two major restaurant chains in the United States are promoting new shrimp and lobster dishes and deals as the  holiday season kicks off.

Olive Garden, which operates more than 800 restaurants, debuted a limited-time Shrimp Mac and Cheese that includes lobster, shrimp, and seafood alfredo sauce. The seafood dish is one of two new Oven Baked Pastas available during the holiday season at the franchise.

Red Lobster, which operates more than 700

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Ivan Stupachenko

Published on
December 3, 2018

With 2018 nearing its end, the Russian Agency for Fisheries has announced that this will be the second consecutive year Russian catch totals reach an all-time high. When all is said and done for 2018, Russian fishing companies are expected to have landed more than five million metric tons (MT) of fish, up from 4.9 million MT in 2017.

Yet even as Russian fishing companies catch more fish than ever, the country’s per capita consumption of

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Cliff White

Published on
November 30, 2018

Increasing temperatures, ocean acidification, and deoxygenation are the outcomes from climate change that will cause the most damage the world’s marine economy, according to National Climate Assessment report released by the U.S. Global Change Research Program on Friday, 23 November. 

The federal program that released the report was mandated by Congress to coordinate federal research and investments in understanding the forces shaping

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
November 30, 2018

A former captain of one of Carlos “Codfather” Rafael’s fishing boats has been sentenced in Boston federal court for interfering with a U.S. Coast Guard vessel inspection off the coast of Massachusetts.

South Portland, Maine’s Thomas D. Simpson, 57, was sentenced to two years of probation – with the first four months to be served in home confinement with electronic monitoring – in U.S. District Court this week,

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Christine Blank

Published on
November 30, 2018

To coincide with gifting and entertaining during the holiday season, Blue Circle Foods recently rolled out a new smoked salmon product in the United States.

The Washington, D.C., U.S.A.-based sustainable seafood supplier to retailers and foodservice operators launched a new Changing Seas Peppered Smoked Salmon in Whole Foods Market stores. 

Blue Circle’s Changing Seas line of Norwegian smoked salmon is exclusive to Austin, Texas-based

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Chris Chase

Published on
November 30, 2018

Thailand is set to ratify International Labor Organization Convention No. 188, which would make it the first country in Asia to ratify and support the effort to improve working conditions for millions in the fishing sector. 

Convention No. 188 sets binding requirements to address the main labor issues that the fishing sector faces, namely occupational safety and health, medical care at sea and ashore, rest periods, work agreements, and

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