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Published on
November 21, 2018

A mega trade deal driven between India and China looks to be moving to completion this month.

Negotiations are ongoing both bilaterally between China and India and the members of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership – which include Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and the 10 countries belonging to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). There are still major obstacles to overcome before any

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Christine Blank

Published on
November 21, 2018

New research linking omega-3 fatty acids with a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases as well as the reduction of dangerous premature births is expected to have benefits for the seafood industry.

In a study of people who took Lovaza, a prescription omega-3 fish oil, researchers found that subjects were 28 percent less likely to suffer heart attacks than those taking a placebo. Additionally, people who ate fewer than 1.5 servings of fish weekly

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Chris Chase

Published on
November 21, 2018

Shrimp fishing in Maine has been closed since 2014, and regulators decided on 16 November that that’s not going to change for another three years. 

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted to close the 2019 Maine shrimp season, and in a first decided to close 2020 and 2021 as well. Regulators first closed the shrimp season due to research trawls finding little recruitment, and since then the story has remained the

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
November 21, 2018

With possibly just three weeks remaining in the 2018 U.S. Congressional calendar, recreational fishing supporters are making a last-minute push in hopes of getting at least part of their agenda passed before the end of the year.

Scott Deal, president of Maverick Boat Group, wrote a guest op-ed for The Hill earlier this week urging Congress to pass legislation that he said would modernize fishing regulations and open opportunities for anglers in

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Cliff White

Published on
November 21, 2018

The board of directors of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute has voted to transition its sustainable fisheries certification scheme, the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification, out of the organization.

The Alaska RFM was created by ASMI and other Alaskan entities in 2010 as an alternative to the Marine Stewardship Council sustainability certification, and ASMI took over sole proprietorship of the certification in 2015.

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Cliff White

Published on
November 20, 2018

Trident Seafoods’ Protein Noodle took two top prizes in the 26th annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood contest, which took place 19 November at Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle, Washington.

Trident’s gluten-free pollock-based noodle won first place in the Retail category and was elected winner of the Seattle People’s Choice award. Tai Foong USA’s Alaska Cod Dumplings took top prize in the Foodservice category. Trident’s

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
November 20, 2018
Sanford pelagics

New Zealand-based seafood company Sanford says it has entered into a conditional agreement to sell its Tauranga pelagic business to local company Pelco NZ Ltd.

Assets to be included in the potential sale include three purse seine fishing vessels, processing equipment, and pelagic quota in Fisheries Management Area 1, Sanford said in a 19 November press release. The deal would see Sanford’s overall quota holding under New Zealand’s

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Chris Loew

Published on
November 20, 2018

Tokyo, Japan-based cold storage operator and frozen food processor Nichirei Corporation reported a 15.4 percent decline in operating profit in the six months ending on 30 September, 2018, according to the company’s recent financial report. 

The conglomerate – whose business also includes logistics, real estate, and more – posted operating profits of JPY 13.8 billion (EUR 106.7 million, USD 121.8 million), down from JPY

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Chris Chase

Published on
November 20, 2018

New York, U.S.A.-based Luke’s Lobster is making its first big retail push with two new offerings designed to give consumers an easy way to have lobster in their own home. 

Luke’s is offering a “ready-to-eat lobster kit” featuring half a pound of lobster knuckle and claw meat, a packet of Luke’s Lobster seasoning, and instructions on how to make a lobster roll in the restaurant’s style at home. The other

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
November 20, 2018

Conservationists left Croatia on Monday, 19 November, expressing disappointment that the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna did not pass any measure to protect the stock of bigeye tuna.

Instead, commission members ended their meeting in Croatia's capital of Dubrovnik maintaining the status quo; a catch limit of 65,000 metric tons for the 2019 season, despite an ICCAT scientific committee reporting that the Atlantic

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