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Published on
February 8, 2019

Even though the United Kingdom led lobbying for the introduction of the European Union-wide ban on the practice of discarding unwanted fish at sea, the country has so far failed to implement or enforce the resultant Landing Obligation, finds a new report published by the House of Lords E.U. Energy and Environment Sub-Committee.

The Landing Obligation was designed to put an end to an estimated 1.7 million metric tons (MT) of fish annually being

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Chris Chase

Published on
February 8, 2019

Multiple rule-changes could be coming for Maine’s lucrative lobster industry from both the state and federal governments in the coming year. 

At the federal level, concerns over entanglements with the endangered North Atlantic right whale have led fisheries managers to begin discussing what steps need to be taken by the lobster industry to avoid whale deaths. Currently there are just over 400 right whales left in the world, and high

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Published on
February 7, 2019

European Parliament and the European Council have reached an agreement on the European Commission’s proposal establishing a multi-annual plan for fish stocks in the western Mediterranean Sea. Once formally adopted, this will be the first multi-annual plan at European Union level in the Mediterranean Sea.

It’s hoped the agreement, which mainly covers areas concerning France, Italy, and Spain – encompassing almost 10,900 vessels

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
February 7, 2019

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced on Wednesday, 6 February it had issued an order against a vessel from Vanuatu claiming the tuna it was carrying was caught using forced labor.

“The order will require detention at all U.S. ports of entry of tuna and any such merchandise manufactured wholly or in part by the Tunago No. 61,” the CBP statement said. “Importers of detained shipments are provided an opportunity to export

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
February 7, 2019

More than 120 seafood industry leaders and other aquaculture proponents have signed on to a letter that was sent to members of Congress on Wednesday, 6 February, urging federal lawmakers to open up opportunities for offshore fish farming.

The letter, sent to legislators by Stronger America Through Seafood, said House and Senate members plan to reintroduce updated versions of the Advancing the Quality and Understanding of American Aquaculture

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
February 7, 2019

China’s infrastructure investments in Pakistan are opening up the local fisheries sector on the Arabian Sea, with a major Chinese power station builder completing a fishing port as a “gift” to local people. 

State-owned China State Power Investment Corp., which is building several power plants in Pakistan, said a new fishing port in Lasbela region on the Arabian Sea would aid the economy and increase the efficiency of the

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Christine Blank

Published on
February 7, 2019

A United States importer is recalling more than 55,000 pounds of catfish from Vietnam.

City of Industry, California-based Richwell Group, Inc. – doing business as Maxfield Seafood – is recalling around 55,300 pounds of frozen Sheat catfish products that were not presented for import re-inspection into the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said in a press release.

The

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Nicki Holmyard

Published on
February 7, 2019

University of Exeter researchers, studying the DNA of shark products sold in fishmongers, fish and chip shops, and Asian wholesalers in England, believe they have uncovered serious cases of mislabeling and a potential trade in critically endangered species.

However, their findings have been largely dismissed by the National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF), which said in a statement that the fish sold in fish and chip outlets is all legally

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Cliff White

Published on
February 6, 2019

Cape Town, South Africa-based frozen fish supplier Sea Harvest Group is bidding to take over the remainder of its subsidiary, Western Australia-based Mareterram Limited.

Mareterram operates 11 trawlers harvesting wild-caught king and tiger prawns, as well as scallops and crabs. It also owns processing operations and the assets of the Craig Mostyn Group Food Service Division, which is an Australian business that markets and sells Sea Harvest hake

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Cliff White

Published on
February 6, 2019

Roger O’Brien, the president and CEO of independent seafood distributor Santa Monica Seafood believes there’s only one way for his company to compete with heavyweight broadliners like Sysco and US Foods: get bigger.

In an interview with SeafoodSource, O’Brien said his goal is to grow Santa Monica Seafood into a USD 1 billion (EUR 877 million) company.

“It’s about surviving,” he said. “For us to survive,

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