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April 17, 2019

Land-based salmon aquaculture facilities utilizing recirculating aquaculture systems have been a growing topic of interest in the seafood industry.

Between Nordic Aquafarm’s planned facilities in both Belfast, Maine and Humboldt County, California; Whole Ocean’s plans for a facility in Bucksport, Maine; and Atlantic Sapphire’s facility in Miami, Florida, the RAS method for growing salmon is poised to become a breakthrough

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Jason Holland

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April 17, 2019

The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) has announced new freshwater projects that will see the company invest approximately GBP 10 million (USD 13.1 million, EUR 11.6 million) in its operational infrastructure and the rural economy.

A new facility in the Applecross estate in Wester Ross called “Applecross Kishorn” is due to be completed in 2020 and will create a center of excellence in freshwater production. The company has also acquired

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Colin Bennett

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April 17, 2019

A controversial law that restricts the harvest of calamar gigante in Chile to artisan hand-lines will take effect in August.

Industrial fishers are warning the change will cut them out of the business and could yield as many as 1,700 layoffs initially, plus plant closures and an impact on third-party suppliers. 

The new law targets trawling methods used by six industrial firms that catch calamar gigante (Dosidicus gigas), also referred to

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Bernadette Carreon

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April 17, 2019

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined StarKist and its subsidiary, Starkist Samoa Co., USD 84,500 (EUR 74,800) for failing to institute the required upgrades needed to reduce water pollution and the risk of releases of hazardous substances coming from its tuna processing facility in American Samoa.

Starkist Samoa Co. owns and operates the tuna processing facility in Tutuila, American Samoa. The American Samoa facility

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Christine Blank

Published on
April 16, 2019

Following the recent criticism in Canada surrounding its genetically engineered salmon, AquaBounty said it may label its offerings moving forward. 

Canada’s major grocery chains, along with numerous restaurants, seafood suppliers, and wholesalers have said they will not sell AquaBounty’s AquAdvantage salmon. Several consumer and environmental groups have also criticized the approval of AquaBounty’s Rollo Bay, Prince Edward

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Christine Blank

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April 16, 2019
Carlos Faria

West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.A.-based crab supplier Blue Star Foods is seeking investors to purchase stock in its now-public company as it plans to acquire other seafood companies.

Blue Star Acquisition Corp. – a Delaware corporation made up of investors – merged with John Keeler & Co. dba Blue Star Foods, which is now a subsidiary of Blue Star Acquisition Corp., Blue Star Foods said in its 12 April

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Cliff White

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April 16, 2019

Dongwon Group Chairman Kim Jae-cheol announced his retirement at the fiftieth anniversary celebration of the company he grew from a small-time fishing operation into one of the biggest seafood companies in the world.

His son, Kim Nam-jeong, who has been serving as the vice president of the Seoul, South Korea-headquartered Dongwon Group, will take over as chairman, with his father serving as an interim advisor through the transition, according to

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Chris Loew

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April 16, 2019

A new processing plant operated as a joint-venture between Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.-based Trident Seafoods and Kesennuma, Japan-based Osabe Foods began production of pollock fillets for the Japanese market last month. 

The 2,380-square-meter plant in Tome, Miyagi Prefecture, was built on the site of a former clothing factory. Construction of the steel-frame building was begun in November 2018. Including the production lines and

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Madelyn Kearns

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April 16, 2019

Grimsby, United Kingdom-based seafood company JCS Fish has achieved accreditation to a new edition of the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety, the firm announced on 15 April. 

JCS Fish is among the first businesses in the Humber region to secure accreditation under the BRC’s new Issue 8 food safety standard. Auditing for the new standard began for JCS Fish on 1 February, 2019 – the same month that the company underwent its

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
April 16, 2019

Last month, a Chinese-operated longline fishery in the Federated States of Micronesia became the first fishery to achieve Marine Stewardship Council certification for a bigeye tuna fishery. The fishery, owned by three interconnected Chinese fishing companies, Liancheng Overseas Fishery (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd. (SZLC), China Southern Fishery Shenzhen Co. Ltd. (CSFC) and Liancheng Overseas Fishery (FSM) Co. Ltd. (FZLC), previously achieved MSC

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