Thu. Oct 18 2018

Jeff Bolton new CEO at Atlantic Capes as Danny Cohen Retires, Remains Chairman of the Board


Norway and Russia Reduce 2019 Barents Sea Cod Quota to 725,000 tons, a 7% Decrease over 2018  


Ak. Gov Candidate Mike Dunleavy Accused of Turning Back on Fishing Industry after Cancelling Debate


UK study says farmed shrimp is as safe as any food, but websites continue to push false information


FFAW Calls on DFO to Re-open Mackerel Fishery, Says Biomass Estimates of Low Abundance are Wrong


Norwegian Fishing Company and Software Group Create PC Game Based on Fishing the Barents Sea


Sea Grant Announces 2018 Aquaculture Research Awards  


Canada's SeaChoice Criticizes ASC Certified Salmon Farms for Often Being Below Stated Standards


NOAA announces three at-large appointments to Regional Fishery Management Councils


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, October 18


Wed. Oct 17 2018

Alaska Board of Fish Rejects Pressure to Rule on Hatchery Issues at October Meeting


California Spiny Lobster Fishery Closed in State Waters Around Anacapa Island Due to Domoic Acid  


Ugly Crab Campaign Aims to Expand Markets for Old Shell Crab  


AquaBounty gets CA$2 Million Construction Loan From PEI to Build 250 Ton Salmon Production Facility


NOAA Confirms 3rd North Atlantic Right Whale Mortality of 2018


New Nielsen Study Shows Sustainability is an Opportunity for Growth


America Buys More Pangasius and China Exerts Less Influence on the Global Market  


Sen Elizabeth Warren Again Reiterates her Support for Carlos’ Permits Remaining in New Bedford


China Likely to See More Pangasius Price Increases Due to Exchange Rates, Farm Prices  


Captain D’s Opens 29th Location in Mississippi


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, October 17


Tue. Oct 16 2018

Groundfish Forum: Global Whitefish Supply Continues to Decline for 2019  


Alaska Board of Fish To Hear Prince Willian Sound Hatchery Issues Today


With Sufficient Supply, King Crab Becomes More Common and Popular in China  


Ecuador Small Pelagics Fishery Accepted by IFFO RS into Fishery Improvement Program


Stay Ahead of the Curve With Urner Barry’s Seafood Import Workshop, Taking Place This Thursday


Russia to Start Export Fish Sales Through Auctions in Coming Months  


Biomar Opens New Shrimp Research Unit in Ecuador  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, October 16


Mon. Oct 15 2018

The Seafood Industry and the China Tariffs: A Deep Dive Into NFI's Seafood, See Jobs Campaign


Norwegian Food Safety Authority Denies Company Permission for Land Based Salmon Farm


Major High Resolution Study of Global Trawl Footprint Finds it is Far Lower Than Some NGO's Suggest


Imported Seafood Lures More Chinese Foodies, According to JD Report  


Nordic Aquafarms Opens Corporate Office as They Continue to Move Forward with Belfast Facility  


E-commerce Boosts Guolian’s Sales in China


Australian Trawl Fishers Cheer as Massive Seismic Survey Rejected


'Puntada Invisible' Wins WSI Video Competition


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, October 15


Fri. Oct 12 2018

Presentations at Right Whale Meeting Highlight Questions; Issues in Lobster Gear Modification


NFI Communications Manager Lynsee Fowler Breaks Down the Seafood, See Jobs Campaign


Russian Does Not Foresee Crisis Looming in Crab Industry as New Auction Plan Moves Forward  


VIDEO: Mazzetta Sues Over Tariffs; Lobster Exports Surge; China Seafood Expo Sold Out and More


SeaPak Launches On-The-Go Shrimp Cocktail Nationwide  


Traffic Chaos Marks a Difficult Start for Tokyo’s New Fish Market  


New Canadian Commissioner Appointed to the International Pacific Halibut Commission


Northeast Canyon's Monument Defenders Never Looked at Costs, Considered Alternatives (Opinion)


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, October 12


Coastal Villages Continues Education Program that Sends Youth to Seattle


Thu. Oct 11 2018

SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, October 11


Remembering Past Urner Barry President, John Merrill Carter


NOAA Seeking Public Comment on Proposed Traceability Program for U.S. Farmed Shrimp, Abalone  


Red Lobster Reportedly Has a 'Secret' Endless Shrimp Menu  


Chef Barton Seaver Launches ‘Seafood & the Menu’ Magazine


Mazzetta Sues Government Over Vietnam Shrimp Tariffs; Says Black Tiger Pricing is Not Comparable  


Blue Economy in Alaska Focus of Ocean Technology Sprint (Fish Radio)


China Fisheries Show, Largest in World, Fully Sold Out, with Foreign Participation up 12% This Year


EJF Says Chinese Interests Illegally Own Most of Ghanian Industrial Fishing Fleet; Call for Reforms


Icicle’s Jessie Keplinger Named First Female President of Halibut Association of North America  


ANALYSIS: Chilean Fillets Adjust Lower Amid Record Breaking Fresh Fillet Volumes  


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Jeff Bolton new CEO at Atlantic Capes as Danny Cohen Retires, Remains Chairman of the Board

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton - October 18, 2018

c spanDanny Cohen, the founder and long time CEO of Atlantic Capes Fisheries, announced that he was stepping down, and that he has named Jeff Bolton as his successor and new CEO.

Atlantic Capes is one of the US largest scallop producers, handling about 22% of the domestic harvest with 17 of its own vessels, and 50 independent affiliated vessels.  They also process Atlantic Surf Clams, and distribute other species as well.

As the new CEO, Bolton will have direct management responsibility for all of the Company’s operating units worldwide including its expansion investment and new business development activities....

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Norway and Russia Reduce 2019 Barents Sea Cod Quota to 725,000 tons, a 7% Decrease over 2018

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton – October 18, 2018

Norway and Russia, which jointly manage stocks in the Barents Sea, announced a 7% reduction in the cod quota for 2019.  The TAC will be 725,000 tons.

The quota is split equally between both countries.

This is a 7% reduction from the 780,000 tons of quota in 2018.

"After another round of constructive and good fisheries negotiations with Russia, I am pleased that we have reached an agreement for 2019, which means we can still harvest sustainably from our common fisheries resources in the Barents Sea," said Fisheries Minister Harald T. Nesvik.

The haddock quota is also down to 172,000 tons,...

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Ak. Gov Candidate Mike Dunleavy Accused of Turning Back on Fishing Industry after Cancelling Kodiak Debate

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Fish Radio] with Laine Welch - October 18, 2018

Candidate Mike Dunleavy bails on Kodiak’s fisheries debate. More after this – 

Republican candidate for Alaska governor Mike Dunleavy has bailed on Kodiak’s famed fisheries debate set for Monday, October 22, after saying he’d be there.

“I believe that our team has been in contact with those folks and is actually setting something up so that we’ll uh….we’ll uhh… we’ll, uh, be there. We plan on being there.” 

That was Dunleavy on August 31 on a statewide ...

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UK study says farmed shrimp is as safe as any food, but websites continue to push false information

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews]  October 18, 2018

A new study by scientists at the University of Stirling in the UK has shown that farmed shrimp is as safe as any other food product.  The study was done to counter some of the false information still propegated about farmed shrimp, namely that is has a higher risk of contaminants than other foods.  In the US, these concerns have been fanned by domestic shrimp producers eager to ban imports.  But in Europe, the same issues have been taken up by some environmental watch dog groups.
 
Experts observed the findings after using European Union (EU) data ...
 

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Alaska Board of Fish Rejects Pressure to Rule on Hatchery Issues at October Meeting

adf&gSEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton and Peggy Parker - October 17, 2018

In one of the most hotly contested issues of recent years, the Alaska Board of Fisheries rejected two proposals to limit hatchery production of salmon after hours of staff reports and public discussion.

With the decline in salmon runs in parts of the State this year, opponents of hatcheries have seized on the unproven theories that excess competition from hatchery salmon is hurting wild stocks.

Accordingly, they have put forward motions to limit hatchery fish, although fully 31% of Alaska salmon landings are supported by hatcheries.  At the meeting the ADF&G said that 40%...

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FFAW Calls on DFO to Re-open Mackerel Fishery, Says Biomass Estimates of Low Abundance are Wrong

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews] October 18, 2018

In a statement, FFAW-Unifor, the union representing both harvesters and plant workers in Newfoundland and Labrador, expressed frustration with the recent DFO closure of the mackerel fishery. 

FFAW-Unifor is calling on the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to reconsider the decision to close the Atlantic Mackerel fishery despite evidence that suggests the stock on the northeast coast is abundant. Coastal communities are understandably frustrated at the loss of millions of dollars in income due to an unnecessary closure of the mackerel fishery.

“FFAW members are justified in their frustrations at being shut out of a fishery that is showing many signs of being healthy and abundant...

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California Spiny Lobster Fishery Closed in State Waters Around Anacapa Island Due to Domoic Acid

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Susan Chambers - October 17, 2018

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Wednesday a commercial spiny lobster fishery closure around Anacapa Island, effective immediately.

State health agencies determined that spiny lobster near Anacapa Island in Ventura County had unhealthy levels of domoic acid and recommended closure of the commercial fishery in the area. The recreational fishery for spiny lobster remains open statewide with a warning from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to sport fishermen to avoid ...

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Sea Grant Announces 2018 Aquaculture Research Awards

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 18, 2018

NOAA Sea Grant has announced the award of $11 million in grants for 22 projects to further advance the development of a sustainable marine and coastal aquaculture industry in the U.S.

The research projects are designed to address specific priorities of the 2018 Sea Grant National Aquaculture Initiative including: supporting the development of emerging systems or technologies that will advance aquaculture in the U.S.; developing and implementing actionable methods of communicating accurate, science based information about the benefits and risks of U.S. marine aquaculture to the public; and ...

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AquaBounty gets CA$2 Million Construction Loan From PEI to Build 250 Ton Salmon Production Facility

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 17, 2018

AquaBounty, the company developing the first genetically modified salmon, announced that they have received a a construction loan in the amount of CA$2.0 million (US$1.6 million) from the Province of Prince Edward Island. The proceeds of the loan will be used to complete construction of the Company's 250-metric ton production facility on its Rollo Bay site.

It will allow the company to commercialize the sale of its geneticially modified ...

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NOAA Confirms 3rd North Atlantic Right Whale Mortality of 2018

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 17, 2018

NOAA confirmed the third North Atlantic right whale mortality of 2018 earlier this week.

NOAA vessel Henry B. Bigelow reported a whale carcass floating approximately 100 miles east of Nantucket on Sunday. Expert reviewed photographs of the carcass and determined it to be a sub-adult North Atlantic right whale.

Based on the photographs, scientists believe that marks on the carcass are consistent with entanglement. However, NOAA said that it’s too early to “speculate on the cause of death ...

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America Buys More Pangsius and China Exerts Less Influence on the Global Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FishFirst] translated by Amy Zhong - October 17, 2018

Since late August, basa farm gate prices have been on the rise because of Vietnam’s climate and global market situation. The mortality rate of basa seed has increased, while the growth of large ones have been far from satisfactory.

Moreover, the U.S. has started to purchase more basa from Vietnam to replace China tilapia products due to the trade war. If the country’s new tariff policy does go into effect next January, there is no doubt that ...

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China Likely to See More Pangasius Price Increases Due to Exchange Rates, Farm Prices

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FishFirst] translated by Amy Zhong - October 17, 2018

Basa prices have been on the rise. This benefits no one but basa farmers, while processing plants and Chinese importers are suffering from high risks. Some small processing plants have halted their operations in Vietnam. The situation is also very tough for Chinese importers due to rapid depreciation of the Chinese Renminbi (RMB) recently. Their cost increases and now they have to pay more to buy basa from Vietnam.

Basa farm gate prices have stayed at high levels in Vietnam. The ...

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Groundfish Forum: Global Whitefish Supply Continues to Decline for 2019

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton – October 16, 2018

At last week’s groundfish forum, there were no unexpected developments in global groundfish stocks.  On a year to year basis, it was very much business as usual.

But if you look at a three year picture, from 2017 to 2019, total global wild whitefish production has dropped 4%, with cod down 13.4% over the past three years.

This change in the supply picture has had price impacts in several areas.

First, international cod prices (Barents Sea) have climbed 21% ...

 

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With Sufficient Supply, King Crab Becomes More Common and Popular in China

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FishFIrst/Dzwww] translated by Amy Zhong - October 16, 2018

The price of live king crab more than 3.5 kg each has dropped to 90 yuan/jin (1 jin=0.5 kg; $13.02/jin USD) in Beijing on Oct. 5, while that of the smaller ones has declined to about 100 yuan ($14.47 USD) to 105 yuan ($15.19). Though prices are slightly higher in Guangzhou and Shanghai, they still set a new low record, around 100 yuan ...

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Stay Ahead of the Curve With Urner Barry’s Seafood Import Workshop, Taking Place This Thursday

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 16, 2018

Urner Barry is heading to Boston this Thursday for the Seafood Import Workshop, a one-day event for seafood professionals to hear from expert speakers and government representatives about seafood safety, quality and sustainability compliance, and so much more.

“With so many changes going on in the industry, so many of us are focused on execution and continuing to build a thriving company in a challenging environment,"  says workshop speaker Michael Lieberman ...

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The Seafood Industry and the China Tariffs: A Deep Dive Into NFI's Seafood, See Jobs Campaign

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 15, 2018

There’s still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the tariffs, but one thing is certain ­– the National Fisheries Institute [NFI] is working hard to ensure that those in Washington D.C. understand the impact that the trade war with China is having on the seafood industry.

Listen as SeafoodNews Podcast hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione talk to NFI Communications Manager Lynsee Fowler about the organization's Seafood, See Jobs campaign.

This week’s episode is brought to you by Urner Barry’s Seafood Import Workshop ...

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Norwegian Food Safety Authority Denies Company Permission for Land Based Salmon Farm

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton - October 15, 2018

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority has denied an application for a land based salmon farm in an area of fjords south of Bergen.

The application was from the Haughland Group, which operates Erko Settefisk, a smolt operation, and Stord Havbrukspark.

The authorities said that due to previous mass mortality events at the Sagvag plant run by the company, they were rejecting the license, notwithstanding the owners efforts to set up a separate corporate structure ...

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Imported Seafood Lures More Chinese Foodies, According to JD Report

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [WCHB.cjn] translated by Amy Zhong - October 15, 2018

On Oct. 8, JD has released its consumption report for this National Day. As statistics show, the giant’s online sales value has risen nearly 40 percent during this seven-day holiday compared with that of last year. Meanwhile, the sales of Norwegian cod and French blue lobsters have more than doubled at its physical supermarkets, 7FRESH, compared with the previous week.

The home-delivery sector of JD has seen an increase of 44 percent in its online sales of ...

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Norwegian Fishing Company and Software Group Create PC Game Based on Fishing the Barents Sea

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] Octobere 18, 2018

Leave it to the Norwegians to keep expanding the footprint of fisheries.  

Two companies, the fishing company Hermes AS and Scanmar AS, a company selling electronic catch recording software, have combined to create a PC based game of fishing the Barents Sea.  The game will be available for download in November.  Vessels in the game are actual simulations of existing Barents sea vessels.

In the game world, modeled after actual regions of northern Norway, the player will move freely across the ocean in their own fishing vessels...

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Canada's SeaChoice Criticizes ASC Certified Salmon Farms for Often Being Below Stated Standards

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton - October 18, 2018


SeaChoice, a marine NGO based in Vancouver, says that farmed salmon under the ASC standard often fails to meet stated requirements.  They argue that some ASC certifications are contrary to stated ASC standards, and that the number of exceptions given to ASC certified salmon farms amounts to a broad chance in ASC salmon standards.

At issue is sea lice treatment and whether farms that exceed ASC standards for either total sea lice load, or treatment frequency, can still carry the ASC certified salmon label.

Their study claims that farmed salmon might be less sustainable than the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) eco-logo leads...

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Ugly Crab Campaign Aims to Expand Markets for Old Shell Crab

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - October 17, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Alaska crabbers say it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

 

People shop with their eyes and when it comes to crab, shells that are discolored or scarred or covered with barnacles can be a turn off. 

In the Bering Sea fisheries, ugly shells can comprise up to 30 percent of a catch at certain times of year and crab molting cycles.  While the crabs are every bit as tasty a prettier product ...

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NOAA announces three at-large appointments to Regional Fishery Management Councils

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  October 18, 2018

NOAA anounced today that the Secretary of Commerce has appointed three at large members to regional fishery management councils.

South Atlantic Council:

At-Large seat:   Joseph D. Whitaker (South Carolina)

Pacific Council Obligatory seat:  Joseph Y. Oatman (reappointment) (Tribal)

Western Pacific Council  At-Large seat:  Frederick McGrew Rice (Hawaii) 

The new members will fill at-large seats that were recently vacated on the Western Pacific and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils.
These seats became vacant in July 2018...

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New Nielsen Study Shows Sustainability is an Opportunity for Growth

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 17, 2018

According to a new research study from Nielsen, consumers are looking for sustainability labels when making purchases.

Nielsen’s latest study was completed to get an understanding of why and how sustainability claims are gaining momentum across product categories.  While there are many areas to look at regarding sustainability, Nielsen chose to study three product categories – chocolate, coffee and bath products – to “demonstrate how and where sustainability sells.” What Nielsen found is that overall, sales of certain sustainability claims across all three categories grew ...

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Sen Elizabeth Warren Again Reiterates her Support for Carlos’ Permits Remaining in New Bedford

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton – October 17, 2018

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s office has again weighed in on the fate of Carlos Rafael’s confiscated fishing permits, arguing they should remain in New Bedford to support waterfront industries in that city.

The Senator (and likely presidential candidate)  sent another letter to commerce secretary Wilbur Ross, repeating her position from last year.

She said “As part of this litigation, NOAA has called for the revocation of 42 of Rafael's federal fishing permits held by Mr. Rafael ...

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Captain D’s Opens 29th Location in Mississippi

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 17, 2018

Captain D’s is continuing to expand in Mississippi. The fast-casual seafood restaurant announced earlier this week that they have opened their newest location in Grenada, Mississippi. The Grenada restaurant marks the brand’s 29th location in the state.

“One of the most vital elements of the compounding growth and success Captain D’s has achieved over the past few years has been the continued investment of our existing franchisees,” said Captain D’s Chief Development Officer Brad Reed. “These franchisees continuously push the brand to new heights ...

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Alaska Board of Fish To Hear Prince Willian Sound Hatchery Issues Today

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  by Peggy Parker - October 16, 2018

The Alaska Board of Fish will hear from all sides on two hatchery issues this afternoon as part of their October Work Session. At issue is whether to accept two Agenda Change Requests (ACR) for consideration this year. They are: 

ACR 1 – Prohibit Valdez Fisheries Development Association from incubating, rearing, and releasing pink salmon resulting from additional egg take capacity permitted in 2018 and cap egg take capacity at the level permitted in 2017. This would mean destroying the additional ...

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Ecuador Small Pelagics Fishery Accepted by IFFO RS into Fishery Improvement Program

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] – October 16, 2018

IFFO The Global Standard for Responsible Supply (IFFO RS) announced that the Ecuador small pelagics Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) has successfully met the criteria for acceptance on to the IFFO RS Improver Program. 

This will allow users of fishmeal committed to responsible supply management to source from this fishery.

The Ecuador FIP comprises 18 Ecuadorian fishing and processing firms and 3 international feed producers, representing an estimated 80% of the country's small pelagic fishing companies. During the IFFO RS IP process ...

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Russia to Start Export Fish Sales Through Auctions in Coming Months

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - October 16, 2018

The Russian Federal Agency for Fishery, Rosrybolovstvo, plans to establish special trading areas in the Primorye region for the export sales of domestic fish and seafood, according to recent statements by Ilya Shestakov.

The introduction of auction platforms, according to Shestakov, will make the existing sales mechanism more transparent and will allow the sales of Russian fish at fair market prices.

All the trading platforms will be equipped with modern refrigeration facilities and have special inspection compartments ...

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Biomar Opens New Shrimp Research Unit in Ecuador

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 16, 2018

Biomar announced on Monday that they are increasing their shrimp research capabilities with the opening of a new Aquaculture Technology Centre in Ecuador.

The new facility will be focused on shrimp feed, the development of shrimp diets and global farming practices as BioMar expands their production capacity in Ecuador.

“We see a significant growth potential in the shrimp feed segment,” said Carlos Diaz, BioMar Group CEO. “Our new research facilities will help us continue to evolve our shrimp feed range while ...

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Major High Resolution Study of Global Trawl Footprint Finds it is Far Lower Than Some NGO's Suggest

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton - October 15, 2018

What's the matter with trawling?  Dragging a weighted net across the ocean floor is the fishing method that accounts for about 25% of global seafood production.  In recent years, trawling has become more controversial, as some NGO's have attempted to say that bottom trawls are 100% destructive to the eco-systems where they are used.  

If this is the case, large scale use of trawling could be seen as a contributing factor ...

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