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Sep 8 - Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna Earns MSC Certification After In-Depth Assessment


Aug 16 - Midwest Supermarket Chain Hy-Vee Offering 100% Responsibly Sourced Fresh and Frozen Seafood


Aug 16 - Washington Governor Appointments Former PFMC Director to Fish and Wildlife Commission


Aug 14 - Western Pacific Council Wrestling with Cultural, Commercial Fishing Definitions in Monuments


Aug 8 - Pacific Bluefin Tuna Stays Off ESA List


Aug 8 - Tsukiji Middle Wholesalers Conduct Opinion Survey Regarding Market Relocation Issue


Aug 7 - WWF Still Objects to Mexican Tuna Fishery MSC Certification, Despite MSC's Review and Acceptance


Aug 7 - Thai Union’s Stake in Red Lobster Remains Strong in Second Quarter


Aug 1 - Trader Joe's Asks Court To Throw Out Amended Canned Tuna Lawsuit


Aug 1 - Hawaiian Students, Volunteers Fill Health, Religious Needs for Foreign Fishermen


Jul 31 - Azore’s Tuna Group Joins International Pole and Line Foundation


Jul 31 - National Fisheries Development Purchases Pole and Line Vessel The Solomon Fisher


Jul 26 - Hawaii Longline Leader Testifies on Ways to Strengthen the MSA


Jul 25 - ISSF Seeks to Strengthen Tuna Conservation Efforts at IAATC


Jul 11 - Thai Union and Greenpeace Sign Agreement on Tuna Harvesting and Labor Issues


Jun 26 - Japan Becomes Signatory of Anti-IUU Treaty; Pledges to Eliminate Illegal Fishing Activities


Jun 26 - Acme Smoked Fish Introduces Ready-to-eat Hawaiian Smoked Fish Poke Bowls From Blue Hill Bay


Jun 9 - Bumble Bee Seafoods Supports Tuna 2020 Traceability Initiative


Jun 6 - Thai Union, Bumble Bee Among 50 Companies to Sign Tuna 2020 Traceability Declaration in New York


Jun 5 - FDA Flags Operators in TX, OK and CA That May Have Received Tuna Recalled for Hepatitis A


Jun 5 - FDA Seafood Refusals Down Sharply in 2017 as Rejections for Filth Slide 50%


May 25 - Rick Speed Joins ISA as VP Sales; Parent Company Shifts Marketing Approach


May 24 - ISSF Compliance Report Focuses on Tuna Best Practices, Collaboration


May 22 - PODCAST: Canada’s Snow Crab Market Stabilizes and China’s Era of High Shrimp Output Fades


May 19 - VIDEO: Canada’s Snow Crab Market Stabilizes as the Era of High Chinese Shrimp Output Fades


May 18 - Oregon State Partners with NIOSH to Focus on Maritime Safety


May 16 - Tuna Price Fixing Civil Suit Picks Up as Wal-Mart, Other Retailers File Amended Complaints


May 12 - VIDEO: High Liner Buys Rubicon; Scallop Market in a Tailspin; Lobster Prices Up


May 11 - ISSF Adopts First Vessel Registration, Transshipping Requirements for Tuna Longliners


May 9 - Bumble Bee Pleads Guilty to Canned Tuna Price Fixing; Agrees to Pay $25 Million Fine


May 8 - Interior, Commerce Departments Seek Comments in Marine Monuments Review


May 5 - Social Responsibility Leader Luciano Pirovano to Chair ISSF Board


May 4 - FDA Warned Haiwaian Tuna Distrbutor Over Insanitary Practices One Year Before Hepatitis Recall


May 4 - Canada to Keep Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Off the Endangered List, Will Rely on DFO Measures Instead


Apr 26 - WTO Says Mexico Can Levy $163 Million in Annual Sanctions Against US Over Dolphin Safe Tuna Dispute


Apr 24 - Southeastern Grocers, Pole-and-Line Foundation Join in Retail Effort


Apr 21 - NMFS Put Councils on Notice About Overfishing or Overfished Conditions on Bigeye, Four Other Stocks


Apr 20 - Greenpeace Tuna Ranking Charade a Market Opportunity for Some Retailers Not a Sustainability Advance


Apr 17 - Indonesian Canned Tuna Producer PT Bali Maya Permai Joins ISSF


Apr 13 - Unique Database Details 5.8 trillion-ton Global Fishing Catch Since 1950


Apr 7 - Lidl Italy Joins Others in Refusing to Buy Transshipped Tuna


Mar 24 - StarKist Goes Bold With New Tuna Pouch Flavors


Mar 13 - Bumble Bee Subsidiary Anova Foods Gets Labor Practices Certified at Vietnamese Tuna Processing Plant


Feb 24 - MSC Streamlines Assessment in Pilot Program for Echebastar Indian Ocean Skipjack Tuna


Feb 17 - Feds to Analyze Environmental Impacts of Western Pacific Longline Fisheries for Bigeye and Tuna


Feb 17 - Bumble Bee Adds Flavors and Launches Snack Kit Packaging to Tuna Pouch Lineup


Feb 16 - IATTC Makes Progress on Decreasing Effort on Bigeye and Yellowfin Tunas


Jan 25 - New ISSF Report Points Out Few MSC Certified Tuna Fisheries Meet Harvest Control Standard


Jan 5 - PNA Expects to Double its MSC-Certified Tuna Harvest in 2017


Dec 22 - Second Bumble Bee Sales Executive Pleads Guilty to Canned Tuna Price Fixing Conspiracy


Dec 19 - Zhangzidao and Sojitz Build Second Factory in Dalian to Expand Super Frozen Tuna, Salmon Business


Dec 16 - Western Pacific Council Hopes Obama Recognizes Monuments' Effects on Hawaii Swordfish, Tuna Fleets


Dec 8 - Vice President of Sales at Bumble Bee Pleads Guilty to Canned Tuna Price Fixing Conspiracy


Dec 6 - EU and the Cook Islands: New Fisheries Partnership Starts


Nov 10 - ISSF Praises Progress at ICCAT Prior to 2016 Meeting; Calls for More Monitoring of FADs


Nov 2 - ISSF Strengthens Tuna Sustainability Standards


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Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna Earns MSC Certification After In-Depth Assessment

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] September 8, 2017

The Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna (PAST), which is comprised of four leaders in the Mexican tuna industry — Grupomar, Herdez del Fuerte, Pesca Azteca and Procesa — has earned their Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.

 “Our members — Grupomar, Herdez del Fuerte, Pesca Azteca and Procesa — are driven by sustainability and dedicated to providing ocean-safe tuna to their customers and to continuing to make a difference for oceans,” Mariana Ramos, executive director of the Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna, said in a statement. “The MSC Certification is one more way ...

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Midwest Supermarket Chain Hy-Vee Offering 100% Responsibly Sourced Fresh and Frozen Seafood

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle August 16, 2017

Midwest supermarket chain Hy-Vee is taking the responsibly sourced route when it comes to their seafood. The store’s national brand of frozen seafood is now 100% responsibly sourced in compliance with its Seafood Procurement Policy.

“At Hy-Vee, we take pride in our dedication to high-quality, environmentally and socially responsible seafood, and we are thrilled to be the first Midwest retailer to make this kind of commitment,” Brett Bremser, executive vice president of perishables at Hy-Vee, said in a statement. 

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Western Pacific Council Wrestling with Cultural, Commercial Fishing Definitions in Monuments

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Honolulu Civil Beat] by Nathan Eagle - August 14, 2017

The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council is crafting new definitions that could allow more fishing in restricted waters around the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and American Samoa.

The Honolulu-based council, known as Wespac, and its scientific advisory committee must decide what “non-commercial fishing” should include in the expanded portion of Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument and what “cultural fishing” should mean in American Samoa.

Environmental groups, the territorial government of American Samoa and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs have ...

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Tsukiji Middle Wholesalers Conduct Opinion Survey Regarding Market Relocation Issue

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Japan Reports] - August 8, 2017

Yutaka Sayama, president of the Tokyo Fish Market Wholesalers Association, made up of fish middle wholesalers of Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market, said on August 3 that it will carry out an opinion survey among its members regarding the proposed relocation of the market to Toyosu waterfront area.

The survey will center on collecting views of the members on the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s basic policy "to transfer the iconic Tsukiji market to Toyosu and re-develop the Tsukiji site," as recently announced by Governor Yuriko Koike.

The association intends ...

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Thai Union’s Stake in Red Lobster Remains Strong in Second Quarter

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle August 7, 2017

Thai Union, the world’s largest canned tuna producer, is benefitting from the 2016 deal in which they bought a stake in restaurant chain Red Lobster. The seafood chain brought in 235 million baht to the net profit in the second quarter, which translates to over $7 million in US dollars.

“Our strategic investment in Red Lobster and effort in cost control continue to deliver positive results,” said Thai Union Group CEO Thiraphong Chansiri...

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Hawaiian Students, Volunteers Fill Health, Religious Needs for Foreign Fishermen

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Honolulu Star-Advertiser] by Pat Gee - August 01,2017

Three nights a week, the Rev. Jerry Saludez takes a group of volunteers to either Pier 17 or Pier 36 to provide a home-cooked meal, Bible study and medical checkups to fishermen from foreign countries who are confined to the docks.

The fishermen are the subjects of a complaint filed this month with the Inter-American Human Rights Commission to determine whether the U.S. is complicit in the abuse of those who catch bigeye and yellowfin tuna (ahi) for the lucrative seafood industry.

But Saludez, whose Waipio Community Baptist Church started its Seafarers Ministry three years ago, said he was "very surprised" to learn of complaints about abuse, human trafficking ...

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National Fisheries Development Purchases Pole and Line Vessel The Solomon Fisher

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle July 31, 2017

National Fisheries Development (NFD), a subsidiary of the Tri Marine Group of Companies, has purchased The Solomon Fisher. The 100 ton Fiberglass Reinforced Plywood vessel will be added to their fleet of pole and line boats, and is part of NFD’s plan to increase the supply of tuna to SolTuna in Noro, Western Province, Solomon Islands.

“We have been looking to add more pole and line boats to our fleet,  but it’s been difficult to find a design that’s suitable to our fishing grounds, and harder still to find ones that are in good condition,” Cynthia Wickham, Assistant Operations Manager – Long Line and Pole and Line Operations for NFD, said in a statement. “The Solomon Fisher has been diligently maintained and is ready to go fishing. I wish that there were more like her.”

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ISSF Seeks to Strengthen Tuna Conservation Efforts at IAATC

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafoodnews] July 25, 2017

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has laid out some concerns for the 92nd Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) meeting, which kicked off in Mexico City, Mexico, on Monday. In a published position statement, the organization laid out five requests for the IATTC in 2017:

1. Adopt effective and enforceable tuna conservation measures for all fleets to avoid an increase in fishing mortality.

2. Develop harvest strategies for all key tuna species.

3. Strengthen monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) measures to support data collection ...

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Japan Becomes Signatory of Anti-IUU Treaty; Pledges to Eliminate Illegal Fishing Activities

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Japan Reports] - June 26, 2017

The Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA)—an international treaty aimed at eliminating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing—took effect for Japan on June 18, 2017, after the government inked formal signature. The agreement itself went into force in June 2016.

It is an issue of paramount importance for Japan, a major fishing country and a massive consumer of fish, to work toward eradication of IUU fishing, which diminishes the effectiveness of conservation of fishery resources, and to ensure sustainable use of marine stocks. ...

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Bumble Bee Seafoods Supports Tuna 2020 Traceability Initiative 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] June 9, 2017

Bumble Bee Seafoods applauded the efforts of the seafood industry as it announces the Tuna 2020 Traceability Declaration at the United Nations Ocean Conference, taking place this week in New York.

"Sustainability has always been at the very core of our business at Bumble Bee and we're pleased to see so many leaders in the industry focused on improving their traceability efforts as a result of the Tuna Traceability Declaration," said Chris Lischewski, Bumble Bee president and CEO...

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FDA Flags Operators in TX, OK and CA That May Have Received Tuna Recalled for Hepatitis A 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - June 5, 2017

The FDA is investigating if some tuna products from Hilo Fish Company that the company recalled for contaminating Hepatitis A made it to markets in Texas, Oklahoma, and California.

On May 18 Hilo Fish Company issued a voluntary recall to the FDA for tuna sourced from Sustainable Seafood Company and Santa Cruz Seafood, Inc. that tested positive for the hepatitis A virus.

This recall followed a separate recall by Tropic Fish Hawaii that was submitted to  Hawaii State Department of Health...

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Rick Speed Joins ISA as VP Sales; Parent Company Shifts Marketing Approach

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker - May 25, 2017

International Seafoods of Alaska, based in Kodiak with offices in Seattle, hired Rick Speed as Vice President of Sales late last month just before Seafood Expo Global opened.

"We officially hired him in late April and he got on a plane to Brussels," John Sevier, president of ISA-Alaska said. "I wanted him to meet our customers ..."

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Oregon State Partners with NIOSH to Focus on Maritime Safety

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - May 18, 2017

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Safety improvements are coming to commercial fishing and seafood processing industries.

Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies are teaming up to improve safety and health conditions in the maritime industry in the U.S.

College researchers will work with NIOSH to study and address occupational and safety issues in the maritime industry; ...

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VIDEO: High Liner Buys Rubicon; Scallop Market in a Tailspin; Lobster Prices Up Ahead of Mother’s Day




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Bumble Bee Pleads Guilty to Canned Tuna Price Fixing; Agrees to Pay $25 Million Fine

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 9, 2017 

Bumble Bee Foods has agreed to plead guilty for its role in a conspiracy to fix the prices of shelf-stable tuna fish, such as canned and pouched tuna. As part of the deal, Bumble Bee agreed to pay a $25 million criminal fine.

According to a one-count felony charge filed this week in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, Bumble Bee and its co-conspirators agreed to fix the prices of shelf-stable tuna fish from as early as the first quarter of 2011 through at least as late as the fourth quarter of 2013...

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Washington Governor Appointments Former PFMC Director to Fish and Wildlife Commission

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - August 16, 2017

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Don McIsaac, recently retired executive director of the Pacific Fishery Management Council, and reappointed Larry Carpenter to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission.

The commission is a nine-member citizen panel that sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Members are appointed by the governor to six-year terms and are subject to state Senate confirmation. Three members must reside in eastern Washington, three in western Washington, and three may live ...

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Pacific Bluefin Tuna Stays Off ESA List

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - August 8, 2017

The National Marine Fisheries Service has reviewed the status of Pacific bluefin tuna and said in a filing Monday the species doesn't warrant a threatened or endangered listing under the Endangered Species Act.

The Center for Biological Diversity and other 13 conservation groups filed the petition requesting listing of bluefin tuna and designation of critical habitat in June 2016. In October 2016, NMFS determined sufficient evidence existed to require further consideration and initiated a status review.

The NMFS status review team considered the 2016 peer-reviewed stock assessment from ...

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WWF Still Objects to Mexican Tuna Fishery MSC Certification, Despite MSC's Review and Acceptance

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] August 7, 2017

Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna, which is made up of Mexico’s leading yellowfin and skipjack tuna fishers, has earned the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. But the news isn’t without controversy as WWF first filed an objection, and then when that failed, issued a statement expressing their “deep concern” over the MSC certification.

The MSC certification is the “only science-based sustainability certification and ecolabel for wild-caught fish.” It acknowledges that the Alliance’s Mexican tuna fishery is a “top environmental performer” and that they are making efforts to...

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Trader Joe’s Asks Court To Throw Out Amended Canned Tuna Lawsuit

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle August 1, 2017

Trader Joe’s Co. and Trader Joe’s East Inc. is asking that a California federal court throw out a class-action lawsuit that accuses the grocery store of underfilling cans of tuna. The company says that the suit is based off of “outdated federal regulation determining fill standards for canned tuna.”

The lawsuit, which was initially filed in February 2016, accused Trader Joe’s of fraud and breach of contract. The suit stated that Trader Joe’s brand tuna cans were...

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Azore’s Tuna Group Joins International Pole and Line Foundation

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle July 31, 2017

The International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF), a non-profit organization that develops and supports responsible one-by-one tuna fisheries and supply chains, has added a new member to its network: Pão-do-Mar.

The Azore producers’ association represents a number of local tuna canneries on the Azorean Islands. Pão-do-Mar works to ensure the quality and safety standards at the canneries, and its members are known are known for sourcing responsibly caught tuna...

 

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Hawaii Longline Leader Testifies on Ways to Strengthen the MSA

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - July 26, 2017

A Hawaii fishing industry leader made three suggestions to the House Natural Resources Committee's Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans during a hearing last week on “Exploring the Successes and Challenges of the Magnuson-Stevens Act." The hearing was designed to continue discussions relevant to MSA reform and consider current draft legislation.

Hawaii Longline Association President Sean Martin, one of four invited witnesses, said overall the MSA is working well, but the Hawaii seafood industry is facing problems related to national monuments created ...

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Thai Union and Greenpeace Sign Landmark Agreement on Tuna Harvesting and Labor Issues

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  July 11, 2017

Thai Union, owner of international brands Chicken of the Sea, John West, Petit Navire, Parmentier, Mareblu, King Oscar, and Rügen Fisch, and Greenpeace announced today an agreement that will tackle illegal fishing, overfishing, and labor abuse issues in the Tuna Industry.

The agreement marks a major milestone in Greenpeace’s campaign to reform tuna industry practices, and marks a move from confrontation to cooperation   Greenpeace has been highly critical of the big three US tuna brands: Starkist, Chicken of the Sea, and Bumble Bee.  They have led numerous demonstrations and protests, and they have strongly pressured retailers to reduce their reliance on these major ...

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Acme Smoked Fish Introduces Ready-to-eat Hawaiian Smoked Fish Poke Bowls From Blue Hill Bay

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - June 26, 2017

Brooklyn, NY – Acme Smoked Fish Corporation, a family-owned and operated producer of premium smoked seafood specialties, is pleased to introduce two varieties of new Blue Hill Bay Smoked Fish Poke Bowls: Smoked Salmon and Smoked Tuna. Acme has added new flavors to the traditional Hawaiian favorite, seasoning its recipe to smoked perfection, according to a press release.

Acme’s ready-to eat poke bowls pair great taste with pre-portioned single-serve convenience. Bowls contain smoked fish cubes that are salt-cured and slowly cold smoked with a blend of ...

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Thai Union, Bumble Bee Among 50 Companies to Sign Tuna 2020 Traceability Declaration in New York 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - June 6, 2017

Fifty major seafood companies, five governments and nineteen NGOs committed to the Tuna 2020 Traceability Declaration in New York this week.

The Declaration lists four key provisions that the companies, countries and organizations will take to ensure the sustainable harvesting of the world’s tuna stocks.

The agreement assures that the participating companies will create fully traceable supply chains all the way back to the vessels...

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FDA Seafood Refusals Down Sharply in 2017 Rejections for Filth Slide 50%

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - June 5, 2017

Filth is still the top reason for the FDA’s seafood refusals in 2017 but the administration is refusing far less seafood this year compared to 2016 levels.

In May, the FDA’s seafood refusals were down 40 percent compared to the same time last year—a difference of about 70 line items.

Overall, the administration has refused 697 line items of seafood, which is down 27 percent from year-to-date figures in 2016...

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ISSF Compliance Report Focuses on Tuna Best Practices, Collaboration

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - May 24, 2017

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation released its 2016 annual report, Best Practices, Better Solutions, this week, which outlines tuna sustainability achievements and argues for continuous improvement of global tuna fisheries through collaboration and advocacy. ISSF participating companies account for about 75 percent of the global canned tuna market.

“Through our many activities and partnerships over the years — made possible by progressive tuna companies and other funders — we have deepened our understanding about what it takes to ‘be’ sustainable, and to advance the cause,” ISSF President Susan Jackson ...

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VIDEO: Canada’s Snow Crab Market Stabilizes as the Era of High Chinese Shrimp Output Fades

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Tuna Price Fixing Civil Suit Picks Up as Wal-Mart, Other Retailers File Amended Complaints 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton May 16, 2017

The announcement by the Dept. of Justice that Bumble Bee plead guilty to a criminal price-fixing charge has led to a flurry of amended complaints in the retail class action suit against the three big tuna companies who dominate the US market.

In the plea agreement, Bumble Bee was the first corporate defendant to plead guilty to a criminal charge.  Last December two Bumble Bee Executives had also pled guilty to a price-fixing charge.

In the Bumble Bee plea, the company admitted to price fixing from the first quarter of 2011 through the 4th quarter of 2013.

However, the amended complaint by Wal-Mart and others, such as Winn Dixie, allege that the conspiracy traces back to 2004,

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ISSF Adopts First Vessel Registration, Transshipping Requirements for Tuna Longliners

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 11, 2017

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) adopted three new and two amended tuna conservation measures that will go into effect in 2018.

The measures require participating ISSF members to increase vessel registration and adopt more monitoring procedures. These are the first measure to affect longline vessels specifically. 

The first measure applies to ISSF participating companies that have controlled supply or tender vessels that operate with purse seine vessels fishing for skipjack, yellowfin and bigeye tuna...

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