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December 1, 2017

A multinational surveillance operation conducted by the Pacific Forum Fisheries Agency has resulted in the investigation of a Taiwanese purse-seiner for potential violations of Micronesia’s fishing license conditions.

Operation Kurukuru 2017 was a 10-day surveillance operation that took place in October. More than 500 officials from the 14 nations belonging to the Forum Fisheries Agency participated, boarding and inspecting more than 100 ve… Read More

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Gao Fu Mao

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December 1, 2017

A Chinese seafood firm has installed what it claims is the first fully automated salmon processing system in China. 

The new Marel system was installed by the He Cheng Food Co Ltd. at the Heng Sha International Fishing Port – a port and bonded zone opened in 2014  in the Changxing Island District outside Shanghai. 

The new line is already in operation and is capable of processing up to 30 tons of salmon daily, from slicing to… Read More

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December 1, 2017

A Dutch agency has overturned a verdict that challenged Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) statements that were printed on Princes tuna products sold in the Netherlands.

An initial decision made in September by the Stichting Reclame Code, the Dutch authority that oversees advertising standards in the Netherlands, ruled that MSC-approved claims of sustainability printed on Princes tuna products were misleading. Princes appealed and, on 29 November, … Read More

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December 1, 2017

Chile’s national fishery service Sernapesca has brought a selection of added-value fish products to one of Chile’s largest culinary fairs as part of its effort to develop the country’s artisanal fishing and increase consumption of seafood products in Chile.

Sernapesca’s participation in the Echinuco 2017 festival is part of its “Te Quiero Caleta” initiative, and this year’s selection includes five differe… Read More

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Ivan Stupachenko

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December 1, 2017

Russian Aquaculture has announced it will conduct a secondary public offering on the Moscow Stock Exchange, where the producer is now listed. 

Funds gained through the SPO will go to finance general corporate needs and an extensive investment program aimed at becoming one of the biggest producers of Atlantic salmon across the globe, the company said.

Russian Aquaculture operates Atlantic salmon farms in the Barents Sea, trout farms in the Re… Read More

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
December 1, 2017

InnovaSea Systems has purchased a Canadian company that officials from the Boston-based firm said will help it build upon its aquaculture base.

Financial terms for acquiring Amirix Systems, a deal which InnovaSea announced on Thursday, 30 November, were not released.

Created in 2015, InnovaSea designs open-ocean aquaculture systems and helps farmers by developing environmentally focused and sustainable technologies for fish farmers. 

Amirix… Read More

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Chris Loew

Published on
December 1, 2017

An unexpectedly large number of bluefin tuna were caught off Hokkaido in salmon set nets starting from October. As a result, Japan will likely exceed its international agreed catch quota on juveniles, defined as under 30 kilograms.

The bycatch in Hokkaido set nets has reached 600 metric tons (MT), exceeding the bycatch limit of 580 MT for the whole nation for set nets through next June. The total for all fishing methods (including hook and line) … Read More

Published on
November 30, 2017

Open Blue cobia, which is farmed in Panama, has been upgraded to a “good alternative” by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch seafood sustainability rankings.

According to Open Blue, the cobia had previously not been recommended by the Seafood Watch program because of the feed ratio required to raise the fish. The company has been able to reduce the amount of fishmeal and fish oil used to raise its cobia, Open Blue Executive Vi… Read More

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Gao Fu Mao

Published on
November 30, 2017

China’s leading producer of feed for the aquaculture sector has posted strong growth for the first three quarters of 2017, driven in particular by demand for premium products from producers of more expensive fish species like pomfret and croaker.

Guangdong Haid saw revenues grow 32.6 percent year-on-year to CNY 26.5 billion (USD 4 billion, EUR 3.38 billion), while net profits, at CNY1.14 billion (USD 172.4 million, EUR 145.4 million), were … Read More

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Christine Blank

Published on
November 30, 2017

A new Oceana Canada report has found that nearly half of seafood samples tested in Ottawa, Ontario, were mislabeled.

After testing seafood samples at 10 grocery stores, 22 restaurants, and 12 sushi vendors, Oceana Canada found that 45 of the 98 samples were mislabeled. One-third of the samples were consid-ered to be species substitutions, since the name on the menu or label did not match the type of fish being sold, according to the organization.… Read More