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Jan 16 - Bumble Bee Foods, FCF Fishery Co. and Ocean Outcomes Launch FIPs in Key Albacore Fisheries


Jan 16 - Film Chronicles Changes in Indonesia’s Fish Management, Highlights ‘One-by-one’ Tuna Fishery


Jan 7 - Total FDA Refusals Decrease Over 25% in December 2018


Jan 4 - Tuna Conservation Group Forms Alliance With Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission


Dec 28 - PT CRAC First Fishery in Indonesia To Achieve MSC Certification


Dec 10 - Total FDA Refusals Decrease Slightly in November 2018


Nov 28 - Swiss Company Gustav Gerig Launches Blockchain for Pacifical MSC Tuna Products


Nov 26 - NOAA’s Henderschedt Says ICCAT’s Lack of Progress on Conservation Measures ‘Disappointing’


Nov 9 - October 2018 Tuna, Mahi Refusals Up YTD; Shrimp Refusals Drop Slightly


Oct 19 - All About Healthy Foods Launches Plant-Based Seafood Alternative


Oct 12 - Traffic Chaos Marks a Difficult Start for Tokyo’s New Fish Market


Oct 8 - Full MSC Certification Will Give Papua New Guinea a Better Deal on Tuna


Sep 12 - Prosecutors Delay Tuna Price Fixing Case to Pursue Criminal Charge Against Chris Lischewski


Aug 2 - Pacifical MSC Sustainable Tuna Now Traceable via Ethereum Blockchain


Jul 9 - CDFW Launches E-tix Commercial Landings System One Year Ahead of Mandatory Electronic Reporting


Jul 6 - Total FDA Refusals Increase Nearly 64% in June 2018


Jul 6 - Data Shows Increase in Vietnam Border Trade and Likely Uptick in Smuggling


Jul 3 - Summer Reading: Check Out 16 Must-Read Fishing and Seafood Books


Jun 22 - Sushi Lovers Must See These Photos of the ‘Largest Sushi Roll at Sea’


Jun 19 - Sea Pact Brings Funding to Sri Lanka Tuna Fishery Project


May 30 - Red Lobster Launches Lobster and Shrimp Summerfest; Introduces Tuna Poke Dish


May 21 - Qingdao Plans Construction of 3 More Fisheries Economic Zones, Improving Local Access to


May 17 - Chris Lischewski, CEO of Bumble Bee, 4th Individual Indicted for Price Fixing in Tuna Industry


May 14 - Hawaii Longline Swordfish Fishery Closed for Rest of Year; Industry Helped Negotiate Closure


May 3 - StarKist Ventures Into Chicken With New Creations Pouches


May 2 - Consultation for Indonesia’s Pivotal Tuna Management Plan Starts in Bali


Mar 28 - PNA Tuna Fishery Receives MSC Recertification After IPNLF Objections


Mar 22 - Ocean Hugger Foods Partners with Aramark to Expand Distribution of Vegan Tuna Alternative


Mar 8 - 78% of Global Tuna Catches Come From Healthy Stocks, Says ISSF


Mar 6 - Chicken of the Sea Unveiling New Deli Yellowfin Tuna Slices in National Roll Out


Mar 1 - Independent Adjudicator Finds No Shark Finning Issue in PNA Tuna Fishery


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Bumble Bee Foods, FCF Fishery Co. and Ocean Outcomes Launch FIPs in Key Albacore Fisheries

On Tuesday Bumble Bee Foods, FCF Fishery Company and Ocean Outcomes announced their joint effort to improve longline tuna fisheries. The initiative is designed to improve fishing practices of the albacore longline tuna fisheries in the Indian Ocean, as well as Western and Central Pacific Ocean, which is where Bumble Bee sources their tuna from.

“As we procure a significant amount of albacore tuna annually to meet demand for our products, we are in a unique position to help ensure the long term sustainability of...

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Film Chronicles Changes in Indonesia’s Fish Management, Highlights ‘One-by-one’ Tuna Fishery

London -- A new film ‘An Indonesian tuna tale: Championing sustainability’ illustrates the crucial social and economic role played by Indonesia’s one-by-one tuna fisheries and their efforts to market their catch to global buyers. 

Only a few years ago intense catching by local and foreign fishing fleets, together with illegal fishing had threatened Indonesia’s fisheries resources. But thanks to the Indonesian government’s tough stance against IUU vessels and protective policies towards marine habitats, fish stocks are rebuilding and communities have embraced management ...

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Tuna Conservation Group Forms Alliance With Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission

On Thursday the Tuna Conservation Group (TUNACONS) announced that they had made a “strategic alliance” with the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTTC) by signing two Memorandum of Understanding.

According to TUNACONS, the MOUs were signed with the following purposes:

-Strengthening the evaluation system for tropical tuna stocks in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO)

 -Evaluation of impacts of sets on FADs on juvenile yellowfin and bigeye tuna, as well as on by-catch

 -Technical review of the good use of the sorting grid...

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Total FDA Refusals Decrease Slightly in November 2018

Total refusals of shipments decreased 1.6% from November 2017 to November 2018. Year-to-date there are 61 line item refusals compared to 62 at this time last year.

Tuna had the biggest YTD increase in November, with 203 line item refusals compared to 135 at this time last year; a 50.4% increase. Mahi Mahi refusals also increased, with 168 YTD compared to 126 last year YTD.

Unclassified fish, tilapia, lobster, snapper and shrimp are all down YTD. Unclassified fish had a 64.4% drop...

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NOAA’s Henderschedt Says ICCAT’s Lack of Progress on Conservation Measures ‘Disappointing’

John Henderschedt, Director of NOAA Fisheries’ Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection, is speaking out after the conclusion of the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT).

The meeting took place in Croatia last week, and reported on the progress being made to combat IUU fishing. And while that’s something worth commending, Hendershedt says that the Commission’s “lack of progress on key conservation measures is disappointing.”

“Earlier this year, a stock assessment confirmed that Atlantic bigeye tuna is overfish and ...

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All About Healthy Foods Launches Plant-Based Seafood Alternative

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 19, 2018

All About Healthy Foods Holdings, LLC announced earlier this week that they have entered into an agreement with Worldwide Food Associates (WFA) of Liverpool to introduce, market and distribute their Loma Linda brand of products.

Loma Linda develops plant-based protein products, including their latest product TUNO, a plant-based seafood alternative.

"As we continue our journey in food development, we are pleased with the enthusiastic consumer reception of our ready-to-eat meals, and we're exceptionally bullish on our newest creation ...

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Full MSC Certification Will Give Papua New Guinea a Better Deal on Tuna

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - October 8, 2018

Papua New Guinea has received the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for its tuna fishery, according to Fishing Industry Association (FIA) PNG Inc.

The association said this gave PNG opportunity to apply for full assessment of MSC certification for tuna caught in PNG waters and processed in PNG tuna canneries.

President Sylvester Pokajam said the association had underpinned the growth of PNA’s Pacifical MSC label but had not benefitted greatly in a way that would justify the investments made.

“FIA members believe ...

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Pacifical MSC Sustainable Tuna Now Traceable via Ethereum Blockchain 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Pacifical] - August 2, 2018

Starting this month, several hundred million tuna steaks, pouches and cans will be able to have their origin traced and verified via the blockchain. Pacifical, in cooperation with Atato, has extended its existing innovative traceability platform and started publishing MSC tuna sustainability certification and traceability data using the Ethereum public blockchain.

A new level of transparency and better standardized communication within the global tuna industry is what the Pacifical public blockchain will provide. Non-commercial and non-confidential data will be ...

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Total FDA Refusals Increase Nearly 64% in June 2018

Total refusals of shipments increased 63.9% from June 2017 to June 2018. Year-to-date there are 118 line item refusals ...

 

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Summer Reading: Check Out 16 Must-Read Fishing and Seafood Books 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Mary Kelly McQuarrie - July 3, 2018

Summer is here and there’s no better way to spend a day on the beach than reading a book you can’t put down. SeafoodNews has compiled a list of top books about seafood and fishing that are bound to catch your attention. Check them out below:

1. Cousins Maine Lobster: How One Food Truck Became a Multimillion-Dollar Business by Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac is a business book that follows the journey of cousins whose Lobster food truck became an overnight sensation in Maine. This book came out in April 2018, in just ...

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Sea Pact Brings Funding to Sri Lanka Tuna Fishery Project 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Sea Pact] - June 19, 2018

Sea Pact, attending The State of Global Tuna Sustainability Seminar at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit in Barcelona, today announces industry funding for a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) to reduce the impact of Sri Lanka’s longline fisheries for yellowfin and bigeye tuna and swordfish on endangered, threatened and protected (ETP) non-target species.

“We are heeding the call for industry initiatives and support in collaborative efforts to address tuna 
sustainability needs”, said Rob Johnson, managing director for Sea Pact ...

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Qingdao Plans Construction of 3 More Fisheries Economic Zones, Improving Local Access to Seafood

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - May 21, 2018

China’s National Development and Reform Commission and its Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs recently issued a plan to promote the construction in 10 coastal harbor regions as well as 93 fisheries economic zones. Qingdao plans to establish three such economic zones, which are located in Jiaozhou Bay on the western coast of Qingdao, as well as in the area from Jimo to Laoshan.

The plan states the 10 harbor regions will be located in Liaodong Peninsula, Bohai Bay, Shandong ...

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Hawaii Longline Swordfish Fishery Closed for Rest of Year; Industry Helped Negotiate Closure

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - May 14, 2018

In the ups and downs of the Hawaiian swordfish fishery, the recent May 8 closure for the rest of the year was no surprise to the industry. Longliners worked with the National Marine Fisheries Service and plaintiffs of a recent lawsuit to comply with a court order.

The Turtle Island Restoration Network, Center for Biological Diversity and Earthjustice originally sued the Department of Commerce over a 2012 biological opinion that allowed ...

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Consultation for Indonesia’s Pivotal Tuna Management Plan Starts in Bali

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 2, 2018

For more than three years the Indonesian government has worked on an interim tuna harvest strategy. It will debut the Third Bali Tuna Conference and 6th International Coastal Tuna Business Forum at the end of May.

Attendees at the May 31-June 1 events will be the first stakeholders to learn details of the harvest strategy for tropical tuna in archipelagic waters. 

Developed by the Indonesian authorities, this long awaited policy is an important component in the implementation of sustainable fisheries management. 

National efforts have been led by Indonesia’s Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), the Directorate of Fish Resource Management, the Directorate General of Capture Fisheries and relevant stakeholders and progressed through several technical meetings and consultations.

“A lot of time and endeavour has already gone into getting the harvest strategy...

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Ocean Hugger Foods Partners with Aramark to Expand Distribution of Vegan Tuna Alternative

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - March 22, 2018

Ocean Hugger Foods, a company focused on creating sustainable plant-based alternatives to seafood, has announced a partnership with Aramark to expand their distribution.

For a limited time, Ahimi®, a vegan alternative to raw tuna, will be offered at select corporate cafes and college campus dining halls that are managed by Aramark. The product is made from tomatoes, filtered water, soy sauce, sesame oil and sugar, and will be served in ...

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Chicken of the Sea Unveiling New Yellowfin Tuna Slices at SENA 2018

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - March 6, 2018

Chicken of the Sea, a Thai Union Company, is introducing deli yellowfin tuna slices, a new deli product that will get a national rollout.  The product will be on introduced at the Boston Seafood Show.

Chicken of the Sea’s new, ready-to-eat tuna slices, are the “world’s first pre-sliced, pre-seasoned tuna slices made from whole yellowfin tuna loins.” The new product was created to compete with traditional lunch meats, and is one of ...

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Total FDA Refusals Decrease Over 25% in December 2018

Total refusals of shipments decreased 25.7% from December 2017 to December 2018. Year-to-date there are 78 line item refusals compared to 105 at this time last year.

Tuna had the biggest YTD increase in December, with 243 line item refusals compared to 156 at this time last year; a 55.8% increase. Mahi Mahi refusals also increased, with 172 YTD compared to 137 last year YTD. Snapper stayed the same, with 59 line item refusals last year and YTD this year...

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PT CRAC First Fishery in Indonesia To Achieve MSC Certification

PT. Citraraja Ampat Canning, Sorong Pole and Line Skipjack and Yellowfin Tuna (PT CRAC) has become the first fishery in Indonesia to receive Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.

“PT. Citraraja Ampat Canning and the Sorong Pole and Line fishery have always had sustainable fishing as our core value and we are very grateful to be the first Indonesian MSC certified fishery,” CEO Mr. Pak Ali Wibisono said in a press release. “This certification runs parallel with the push by Indonesia’s Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries for the implementation of...

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Swiss Company Gustav Gerig Launches Blockchain for Pacifical MSC Tuna Products

Global marketing company Pacifical is involved in a new partnership with Swiss company Gustav Gerig. Gustav Gerig owns the Raimond Freres brand tuna line and will be working with Pacifical to make their MSC certified canned and pouched Rosé tuna range traceable through the Ethereum blockchain.

The Raimond Freres brand Rosé tuna range will now feature the Pacifical logo on the lid of the cans. Consumers will be able to scan the QR code on the label, enter the tracking code, and then access all traceability information available ...

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October 2018 Tuna, Mahi Refusals Up YTD; Shrimp Refusals Drop Slightly

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - November 9, 2018

Total refusals of shipments increased 52.4% from October 2017 to October 2018. Year-to-date there are 96 line item refusals compared to 63 at the same time last year.  

Tuna had the biggest YTD increase in October, with 197 line item refusals compared to 125 in October 2017. That’s a 57.6% increase. Mahi Mahi refusals also increased, with 160 line item refusals in October 2018 compared to 121 a year ago.

Unclassified fish, tilapia, lobster, snapper and shrimp are all down YTD ...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Asahi Shimbun] by Noriyasu Nukui and Yuka Ariyoshi - October 12, 2018

Roads leading to Tokyo's new fish market in the capital’s Koto Ward were gridlocked from dawn as cries of the tuna auction rang out when bidding for fish and seafood kicked off.

Trucks and cars were caught up in a massive traffic jam on a slope approaching a parking lot at one wing of the market. Some vehicles could not even reach the lot even after crawling along at a snail’s pace for about ...

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Prosecutors Delay Tuna Price Fixing Case to Pursue Criminal Charge Against Chris Lischewski

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 12, 2018

At the monthly status conference on the consolidated price fixing case against Bumble Bee Tuna by a number of major retailers and foodservice distributors, federal prosecutors asked the judge to delay discovery in the case until criminal procedings against Chris Lischewski, former CEO of Bumble Bee, is wrapped up.

Prosecutors said some depositions could interfere with the criminal case. 

Lischewski was indicted on a single count of Price Fixing and Conspiracy.  The original indictment in May, 2018 claimed that ...

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CDFW Launches E-tix Commercial Landings System One Year Ahead of Mandatory Electronic Reporting

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Susan Chambers - July 9, 2018

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife recently announced the availability of E-tix, a new electronic reporting system for commercial fishery landings that came online July 1. With the cooperation of the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, the E-tix application has been adapted to allow electronic reporting of all California landing records, CDFW said in a statement.

Since 1933, CDFW has relied on paper landing receipts that over the years expanded to ...

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Data Shows Increase in Vietnam Border Trade and Likely Uptick in Smuggling

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Chinaeel] translated by Amy Zhong - July 6, 2018

Statistics from Vietnam show the country has imported seafood worth more than $163 million USD in May, which is an increase of 29 percent from that of April and an increase of 60 percent compared with the same period last year. This means the import value is close to $698 million USD within the first five months this year, which is an increase of 33 percent compared with the same period last year ...

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Sushi Lovers Must See These Photos of the ‘Largest Sushi Roll at Sea’

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - June 22, 2018

Can’t get enough sushi? Cruise company Holland America Line has created the “largest sushi roll at sea,” with the classic Japanese dish coming in at a whopping 3.3 feet wide rolled.

Holland America Line Culinary Council Member Andy Matsuda created the “world mega roll” on June 9 in honor of International Sushi Day, which is celebrated on June 18 every year. While aboard the Koningsdam ship for a special “food and beverage aficionado” cruise in Norway, Matsuda prepared ...

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Red Lobster Launches Lobster and Shrimp Summerfest; Introduces Tuna Poke Dish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 30, 2018

Summer doesn’t officially start until Red Lobster kicks off their Lobster & Shrimp Summerfest.

The dining chain announced on Tuesday that their limited-time shrimp and lobster combo dining event is currently underway. Guests who visit red Lobster will have a chance to enjoy two of their favorite seafood proteins prepared in new ways. The new lineup includes:

Cedar-Plank Seafood Bake, a dish featuring jumbo shrimp and petite Maine lobster tails with garlic and Red Lobster’s signature Chesapeake seasoning, roasted on a ...

 

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Chris Lischewski, CEO of Bumble Bee, 4th Individual Indicted for Price Fixing in Tuna Industry

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

Chris Lischewski, the CEO of Bumble Bee Foods, has been indicted by the Dept. of Justice for price fixing.

Lischewski is the fourth individual executive to be charged in the price fixing case brought against the three major canned tuna companies.

Two of the company’s executives, Kenneth Worsham and Walter Cameron have pled guilty to price fixing charges, but have not yet been sentenced.

In addition, Bumble Bee pled guilty and agreed to pay a $25 million fine..

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StarKist Ventures Into Chicken With New Creations Pouches

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - May 3, 2018

Charlie the Tuna is not just selling tuna anymore. StarKist announced this week that they have ventured into chicken with the launch of their newest product, Chicken Creations Pouches.

The Chicken Creations Pouches mark StarKist’s first foray outside of the seafood space. The pouches are made with chicken sourced from American farms that are raised cage free and hormone free. Flavors of the white meat pouches include BOLD Buffalo Style, Ginger Soy, Zesty Lemon Pepper and Chicken Salad ...

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PNA Tuna Fishery Receives MSC Recertification After IPNLF Objections

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - March 28, 2018

The PNA tuna fishery has received their MSC recertification following concerns raised by the International Pole and Line Foundation (IPNLF).

As we reported earlier this month, an independent adjudicator confirmed that the PNA skipjack tuna fishery continued to meet the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) standard for sustainable fishing. This inspection came after IPNLF presented 24 objections against the sustainable fishery, including that the fishery was involved in shark finning, a practice that the MSC had banned in ...

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78% of Global Tuna Catches Come From Healthy Stocks, Says ISSF

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  March 8, 2018

 Of the total tuna catch in 2016, 78% came from stocks at “healthy” levels, unchanged since last reported, according to a February 2018 International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) Status of the Stocks report. 

Skipjack tuna stocks — at healthy levels in all ocean regions — constituted more than one-half of the 2016 total catch.

One notable change in stock status in the February 2018 Status report is for Southern bluefin tuna, a stock that has moved from orange to yellow in abundance ratings. Stock abundance is low, about 13% of the unfished level. However, the stock is rebuilding continuously as a result of the implementation of a robust Management Procedure (a Harvest Strategy) by the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna, the regional organization in charge of managing the stock.

 In contrast, the Pacific bluefin stock, along with the Indian Ocean yellowfin stock and the Atlantic Ocean bigeye stock remain overfished. ..

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