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Published on
November 30, 2018

It’s been a slow-to-no start to the lobster season in Southwest Nova Scotia, Canada.

Fishermen in Lobster Fishing Areas 33 and 34, which are among the world’s most lucrative fishing grounds, have been tied to the wharf for almost a week longer than expected. LFA 33 covers the area from Halifax to the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia. LFA 34 is off the western edge of the province along the Acadian Shore.

The so-called “Dump

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
November 29, 2018

Even though Chinese demand for seafood continues to rise, there appears to be a major disconnect between the performance of China’s leading seafood firms and the prices of their public shares, suggesting a lack of investor confidence. 

For the first three quarters of 2018, revenue at Zoneco (Zhangzidao) totalled CNY 2.1 billion (USD 302 million, EUR 266 million), up 9.42 percent year-on-year. However, its profits – at CNY 23.38

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Cliff White

Published on
November 29, 2018

A Trump administration challenge to a three-month-old ban on the import of Mexican shrimp and other seafood caught by gillnet in the Upper Gulf of California was rejected by a federal court on 28 November.

Implemented under protections bestowed on the critically endangered vaquita porpoise by the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the seafood import ban has now been challenged unsuccessfully three times by the administration of U.S. President Donald

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Cliff White

Published on
November 29, 2018

Pacifical, the marketing arm for tuna caught in Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) waters, will partner with Swiss food company Gustav Gerig to make its “Raimond Freres” branded products fully traceable through Ethereum blockchain technology.

Gustav Gerig’s canned tuna and its Rosé range of products – sold both through retailers and directly to foodservice outlets in Europe – carries both the Pacifical logo

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
November 29, 2018

China’s fishing industry has celebrated the landing at a port in Shenzhen of its first haul of seafood caught in Mozambique.

The return to port of six vessels owned by the Yu Yi Industry Co. – carrying 359 tons of crustaceans and fish – was marked with a major ceremony overseen by corporate executives and Communist Party officials.

The Shenzhen festivities showcase the prominent role of government in expanding China’s

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Christine Blank

Published on
November 28, 2018

Maynard, Massachusetts, U.S.A.-based genetically engineered farmed salmon producer AquaBounty Technologies has named a new CEO, 

Effective 1 January, Sylvia Wulf will serve as the producer’s new CEO and executive director, while longtime CEO Ronald Stotish will move into a different role. 

Currently, Wulf is a senior vice president and president of the manufacturing division at distributor US Foods, and she serves on the board of

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
November 28, 2018
Seafood Champion Awards

Nominations for the 2019 Seafood Champion Awards, which recognize outstanding contributions to sustainable seafood and ocean conservation, are now being accepted, joint organizers Diversified Communications and SeaWeb announced on Wednesday, 28 November.   

Presented for the first time in 2006, the Seafood Champion Awards look to honor individuals and organizations contributing in meaningful ways to advancing seafood sustainability in

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
November 28, 2018

The Jones Act waiver for America’s Finest is now heading to U.S. President Donald Trump.

On Tuesday, 27 November, the U.S. House of Representatives approved by voice vote the Coast Guard Authorization Act, concurring with the changes the U.S. Senate made in approving the bill two weeks ago.

The waiver, if the bill is signed into law by Trump, would allow Fishermen’s Finest to replace its two current fishing boats with America’s

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Jason Holland

Published on
November 28, 2018

Norwegian aquaculture technology provider AKVA Group ASA has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Aquatec Solutions A/S has signed contracts for delivery of land-based equipment to Ænes Inkubator AS.

The deal has a total value of EUR 15.6 million (USD 17.6 million) and deliveries will take place between the first quarters of 2019 and 2021.

Ænes is constructing a new smolt facility in Ænes, Norway. Construction is set to

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Brian Hagenbuch

Published on
November 28, 2018

Around mid-August this year, the fishing season in Southeast Alaska looked grim. Some areas had posted the lowest pink salmon landings since the 1970s, and the total pink catch would end up at just around 70 percent of the paltry 23 million fish forecast. For comparison, the 18 million pinks caught in 2016 prompted a disaster declaration from the federal government.

But at the end of August, something unexpected happen. Hatchery chum salmon from

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