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February 6, 2019

The International Pacific Halibut Commission last week agreed on catch limits for the Pacific halibut fishery which runs from California to Alaska, according to KBBI

In 2018, the IPHC, the public organization responsible for managing the  U.S. and Canadian West Coast halibut fisheries, was unable to agree on quotas for the season, and as a result the quota remained the same as the 2017 season. Before last year, the last time the

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Christine Blank

Published on
February 6, 2019

Even though a Florida court denied National Fish and Seafood’s subpoenas for Tampa Bay Fisheries’ information in its ongoing trade secrets case, NFS says it still has rights to the data.

NFS’s requests for information from Tampa Bay were ruled “overly broad” and “improper” by Julie S. Sneed, magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Bay said in a

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
February 5, 2019

As Chinese New Year approaches, the dining halls of China’s Agriculture Ministry in the central Beijing district of Tuanjiehu get busy with well-wishers from various embassies dropping in with seasonal gifts or for banquets with officials.

Emissaries in Beijing have been beating a path to the fisheries section at the Agriculture Ministry to greet fisheries officials who maintain relations with counterparts in most countries on the

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Christine Blank

Published on
February 5, 2019

A seafood importer in the United States is recalling frozen catfish from Vietnam.

Lakewood, California-based Q's American Best Trading Inc. is recalling around 1,000 pounds of catfish products from Vietnam that were not presented for import re-inspection into the United States.

The 14-ounce clear bag packages, labeled “Q'S AMERICAN BEST AB CA TREN KET Sheat fish,” were shipped to various retail locations in California. They were

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Jason Holland

Published on
February 5, 2019

The Faroe Islands and the United Kingdom have signed a free trade agreement (FTA) to ensure that trade between the countries continues after Britain’s departure from the European Union.   

Faroese Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Poul Michelsen will present the agreement to Faroese Parliament for approval. The aim is to ensure that it is formally ready to be implemented as soon as the United Kingdom leaves the E.U., and also

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
February 5, 2019

The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) has expanded into China through a new affiliated partnership with China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance (CAPPMA), GSSI announced on 4 February. 

CAPPMA has become the first Chinese organization to join the GSSI Global Partnership. The national non-profit industrial organization, which is committed to enhancing the business operations of its 1,800 members hailing from

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Cliff White

Published on
February 5, 2019

The Marine Stewardship Council, one of the largest seafood-focused eco-labeling schemes in the world, is reviewing its standards and processes with the dual aims of increasing its effectiveness and addressing perceptions of inadequacies in how its system works.

The London, United Kingdom-based organization currently certifies more than 300 fisheries with a combined annual seafood production of 12 million metric tons, representing 15 percent of

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Cliff White

Published on
February 4, 2019

Cooke Inc. announced on 1 February it has finalized its acquisition of Seajoy Seafood Corporation, one of Latin America’s largest producers of farmed shrimp, with operations in Honduras and Nicaragua. 

SeafoodSource previously reported on the acquisition, which was completed in November 2018, but the formal announcement came after the companies finalized the details of the transaction.

“The acquisition of Seajoy is an important

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Chris Chase

Published on
February 4, 2019

InnovaSea Systems Inc., of Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., announced on 1 February that it has acquired Water Management Technologies Inc. (WMT), of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

WMT has, for 25 years, designed and supplied equipment that can be utilized in aquaculture systems, including effluent and complete recirculating aquaculture systems. The new acquisition, according to InnovaSea, will become a new business unit within the company called

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
February 4, 2019

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators from the Pacific northwest filed a bill last week that would require any salmon produced through genetic engineering to be labeled clearly as such on its packaging.

The bill, filed last week, comes a month after the Department of Agriculture published its final rule requiring producers, importers and other entities to reveal information about bioengineered products and ingredients. However, critics panned the

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