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Feb 15 - Bumble Bee Foods Settles Price-Fixing Lawsuit with Sysco


Feb 8 - StarKist Adds Asian Inspired Flavors to Tuna Creations Pouch Line


Feb 7 - CBP Issues Detention Order for Tuna Harvested by Vanuata Tunago Fishery Co Vessel


Feb 6 - Total FDA Refusals Increase Over 48% in January 2019


Feb 1 - LemonShark Poké Introducing Ocean Hugger’s Vegan Tuna in California Locations


Jan 25 - ISSF says Nearly 80% of Tuna Stocks Fail First Principle Required for MSC Certification


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


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Bumble Bee Foods Settles Price-Fixing Lawsuit with Sysco

Bumble Bee Foods has settled the tuna price-fixing lawsuit that was brought to them by U.S. food distributor Sysco.

News that Sysco was suing Bumble Bee, as well as Chicken of the Sea and StarKist, broke in January 2018. Sysco filed the suit in Houston, and alleged that the three big tuna companies had secretly agreed to reduce the size of their tuna cans and raise prices as a way to increase profits. In addition, the lawsuit charged that the tuna companies had promised not to offer...

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StarKist Adds Asian Inspired Flavors to Tuna Creations Pouch Line

StarKist is going BOLD. The company announced this week that they have introduced additional flavors to their line of Tuna Creations single serve pouches. And these new flavors will definitely leave your mouth watering.

 

New to the Tuna Creations pouch line is BOLD Spicy Korean Style with Gochujang; BOLD Red Curry with Coconut; and Ginger Sesame. The new flavors allow tuna lovers to be adventurous while enjoying a reliable favorite.

 

"StarKist is constantly driving innovation when it comes to new flavor...

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Total FDA Refusals Increase Over 48% in January 2019

Total refusals of shipments increased 48.3% from January 2018 to January 2019. Year-to-date there are 175 line item refusals compared to 118 at this time last year.

Snapper had the biggest YTD increase in January, with 71 line item refusals compared to 3 at this time last year; a 2266.7% increase. Tilapia refusals also increased, with 16 line item refusals YTD compared to 4 last year YTD. That’s a 300% increase. Shrimp increased 52.4%, with 32 line item refusals YTD compared to...

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ISSF says Nearly 80% of Tuna Stocks Fail First Principle Required for MSC Certification

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation, which is a supporter of the Marine Stewardship Council, released a report today saying that only 5 out of 19 global tuna stocks could achieve a passing score on the most basic MSC principle: avoiding overfishing.

A report by independent scientists looked at how global tuna stocks fared compared to the MSC’s first principle, which requires that a fishery be managed in such a way as to sustain the stock.

Normally this involves data, harvest control rules and a fishery management system that is empowered to respond to changes in the size of the stock and can determine when that stock is in danger...

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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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CBP Issues Detention Order for Tuna Harvested by Vanuata Tunago Fishery Co Vessel

Any tuna entering U.S. ports that have been manufactured wholly, or in part by the Tunago No. 61, will be detained, according to a news release from U.S Customs and Border Protection.

The CBP issued a withhold release order against tuna and tuna products from the Tunago No. 61 on February 4. The order came after CBP obtained information indicating that tuna harvested from the Tunago No. 61 was harvested with the use of forced labor.

“Under 19 U.S.C. § 1307 it is illegal to...

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LemonShark Poké Introducing Ocean Hugger’s Vegan Tuna in California Locations

Fast-casual chain LemonShark Poké announced this week that they will be introducing vegan poké at three of their California locations. The restaurant, which is the third-largest poké franchise in the nation, will begin carrying Ocean Hugger Foods’ Ahimi, a vegan tuna option made from tomatoes, soy sauce, sugar, water and sesame oil.

“LemonShark Poké’s mission is to serve delicious food made with only the finest ingredients at a great value, and nourish the body,” President and Co-Founder Tobi Miller said...

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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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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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