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April 15, 2019

J. Douglas Hines is the CEO and managing director of AFT Holdings, a diversified holding company and the owner of All About Healthy Foods Holdings and its subsidiary Atlantic Natural Foods, which produces vegan seafood alternative products, including the Loma Linda brand of TUNO products. Additionally, through its subsidiary the South Pacific Tuna Corporation, AFT Holdings owns a fleet of Pacific Ocean-based tuna-fishing vessels, but the company

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Ben Fisher

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April 15, 2019

Oregon state lawmakers are proposing a bill which would provide nearly USD 2 million (EUR 1.7 million) to study and respond to the effects of rising ocean temperatures, low oxygen levels, and ocean acidification, according to a report in the Statesman Journal last week.

Thirty percent of man-made carbon dioxide is absorbed by the ocean, which causes the water to become more acidic, the report said. The change in ocean pH levels has made it

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Jason Holland

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April 15, 2019

Bergen, Norway-headquartered salmon producer Mowi achieved operational earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of approximately EUR 194 million (USD 219.6 million) in the first quarter of this year, representing an increase of EUR 36 million (USD 40.7 million) compared to the corresponding period of 2018.

According to the company’s latest trading update, the operational EBIT of its salmon of Norwegian origin in the last quarter was EUR

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April 15, 2019

There was a time when many in the seafood industry openly disliked the Monterey Bay Aquarium. And not long ago, the aquarium’s Seafood Watch program didn’t think very highly of much commercially-produced seafood, such as the equivalent of the industry’s bread and butter – farmed salmon. As recently as 2013, Seafood Watch advised its millions of sustainability-conscious adherents to avoid farmed salmon altogether.

But a

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Jason Holland

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April 15, 2019

The United Kingdom's seafood trade body, Seafish, has appointed a new regional manager and changed the roles of two of its existing team members.

Lynn Gilmore moves from the role of regional manager in Northern Ireland into the position of head of international trade and regions. Gilmore has worked at Seafish for nine years.

Gavin Hatton joins the team as regional manager for the Humber and northeast England. He takes over from Julie Snowden,

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Jason Holland

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April 15, 2019

Forty percent of consumers are aware of the issue of microplastics in fish, according to a new survey conducted by land-based salmon farming company Pure Salmon. The recently-launched company’s analysis also found that 36.5 percent had knowledge of antibiotic use in sea-farmed fish.

The results are part of a survey of 2,000 consumers in the United Kingdom and United States. Consumers in each country were asked their opinions on issues

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April 12, 2019

A U.S. judge holds the fate of canned tuna company StarKist in his hands, according to a company representative speaking in federal court.

Niall Lynch, an attorney representing StarKist in a hearing with U.S. District Court Judge Edward M. Chen, called the decision in the upcoming sentencing of the company following its guilty plea “unprecedented.”

“This is a USD 50 million [EUR 44.3 million] hearing. The low end [of the

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Christine Blank

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April 12, 2019

Three seafood suppliers were recognized by Whole Foods Market (WFM) at its seventh annual Supplier Awards, held in Austin, Texas, U.S.A., on 10 April.

Luke’s Lobster was named WFM’s Global Supplier of the Year for 2018 and received the retailer’s Purpose Driven Empowerment Award. Luke’s received the distinction for “working hand in hand with WholeFoods Market to build a process that guarantees that all their

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Chris Loew

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April 12, 2019

On 11 April, the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO) reversed a previous decision on South Korean restrictions and testing on Japanese food imports, finding that the ban on food products from Japanese prefectures potentially affected by radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi accident was not overly restrictive. 

The decision overturns a previous WTO Dispute Settlement Body decision, where a panel found that the maintenance of

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April 12, 2019

Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods has named Mary O’Rourke as vice president of its broadline foodservice and wholesale business.

El Segundo, California, U.S.A.-based Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods (COSFF) promoted O’Rourke from her previous position as the company’s senior director of foodservice. In her new role, O’Rourke will lead a team that services regional wholesalers and independent operators nationally, the company

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