Fri. Oct 19 2018

StarKist Gets $100 Million Fine in Guilty Plea on Tuna Price Fixing; More Payments to Vendors Likely


Preliminary Sablefish TACs Don’t Necessarily Mean High Quotas for 2019


VIDEO: Trawler Damaged; Global Whitefish Supply Declines; Seafood, See Jobs Campaign and More  


Urner Barry’s Seafood Import Workshop Brings Together Industry Professionals and Government Reps


West Coast Pink Shrimp Fishery Improved This Year: Better Landings, Better Shrimp  


Norway: Skretting Factory in Averøy Now Producing Salmon Feed with Insect Meal  


Seafish Launching Young Seafood Leaders Network For U.K. Seafood Professionals


INSIGHT: Arrival of New Insect Feed Capacities May Give New Dynamic to Aqua Feed Sector


FFAW applauds National Report on Canadian Marine Reserves that Warns Against Arbitrary Timelines


Indonesia To Produce 400,000 tons of Pangasius This Year, Attracted by High Price  


EU, Republic of Korea Join Forces in Fight Against IUU Fishing


All About Healthy Foods Launches Plant-Based Seafood Alternative  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, October 19


Thu. Oct 18 2018

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


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


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


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  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, October 15


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


Australian Trawl Fishers Cheer as Massive Seismic Survey Rejected


'Puntada Invisible' Wins WSI Video Competition


E-commerce Boosts Guolian’s Sales in China


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StarKist Gets $100 Million Fine in Guilty Plea on Tuna Price Fixing; More Payments to Vendors Likely

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton October 19, 2018

Starkist has pled guilty to a single count of price fixing for canned tuna, and has agreed to pay a $100 million fine.

The Justice Dept. announced the plea and fine amount in a filing in California’s northern district federal court.

The charge is that between November 2011, and December 2013, StarKist engaged in a conspiracy with Bumble Bee and Chicken of the Sea (Owned by Thai Union), to fix prices for ...

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Preliminary Sablefish TACs Don’t Necessarily Mean High Quotas for 2019

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - October 19, 2018

At the October North Pacific Council meeting, preliminary -- not final -- catch limits were adopted for about two dozen species in the Gulf of Alaska. There were a few changes in the table from last year, but the sablefish Allowable Biological Catch (ABC) and projected Total Allowable Catch (TAC) were not changed. The Council makes two-year projections as part of their guidance to industry, but stock assessments are done each year on sablefish.

The final 2019 sablefish catch numbers will be set ...

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VIDEO: Trawler Damaged; Global Whitefish Supply Declines; Seafood, See Jobs Campaign and More

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 19, 2018

Watch the latest Seafood News Weekly Recap with hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione. This week we talk about Hurricane Michael damaging a factory trawler; the global whitefish supply declining; the Seafood, See Jobs Campaign; and King Crab in China.

This video is sponsored by Urner Barry’s Reporter, the quarterly newsmagazine for the food industry professional packed with the latest industry headlines, analysis and trending articles. Contact advertise@urnerbarry.com to be a featured sponsor in ...

 

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Urner Barry’s Seafood Import Workshop Brings Together Industry Professionals and Government Reps

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 19, 2018

Urner Barry just wrapped up another successful Seafood Import Workshop in Boston this past Thursday, bringing together industry professionals and government representatives for a day of learning and networking.

Scott Zimmerman of Safe Quality Seafood Associates kicked off the Workshop with a lecture on modernizing seafood safety, quality and sustainability compliance. Attendees then welcomed Corey L. Norton, Thai Union’s Group Counsel for Responsible Sourcing, for an informative discussion about the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) ...

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West Coast Pink Shrimp Fishery Improved This Year: Better Landings, Better Shrimp

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Susan Chambers - October 19, 2018

This year's coldwater pink shrimp season was a definite improvement over last year, according to fishermen and processors.

So far, Oregon's landings stand at 34.93 million pounds, according to Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission's PacFIN preliminary data. That's roughly one-third more than last year's landings at 23.06 million pounds. Washington's landings also are up, at 8.42 million pounds in 2018 from 6.9 million pounds in 2017.

Still, this year's landings are a far cry from the boom year in 2015, ...

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Norway: Skretting Factory in Averøy Now Producing Salmon Feed with Insect Mealv

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Skretting] - October 19, 2018

Skretting Norway's factory in Averøy has produced commercial salmon feed with insect meal for the first time. Nordlaks is the first customer to test the feeds containing insect meal, with 360,000 fry receiving this pioneering feed.

"We expect it to be as good as our regular feed and hope that the commercial test will show the same good results as Skretting has seen in its efforts to improve feed intake," says Eirik Welde, freshwater director in Nordlaks.

Insect meal offers an alternative to fish meal and ...

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INSIGHT: Arrival of New Insect Feed Capacities May Give New Dynamic to Aqua Feed Sector

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FeedInfo News Service] - October 19, 2018

The insect feed sector is scaling up.

In recent months, French InnovaFeed said it was planning to locate its new production plant in Nesle (Somme department), while French insect rearing company Ynsect announced that it would begin construction next year on a mealworm production site outside of Amiens. Elsewhere, North America’s Enterra Feed Corporation has added three major funding partners and is on track to complete construction of new ...

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Indonesia To Produce 400,000 tons of Pangasius This Year, Attracted by High Price

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - October 19, 2018

Vietnam’s basa farm gate prices have risen to VND 36,000 per kg ($1.54/kg USD) recently, which means an increase of 40 percent from that of early August. This sets a new record and now the market is challenged by price increase and supply shortage.

Processing plants in Vietnam have encountered great difficulties. They have to cancel much of the previously signed orders unless buyers agree to pay more. The prices have risen more than 20 percent compared with ...

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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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EU, Republic of Korea Join Forces in Fight Against IUU Fishing

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 19, 2018

This week, the European Union and the Republic of Korea pledged to work closely together to fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing.

European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, and Mr. Kim Young-Choon, Minister for Oceans and Fisheries of the Republic of Korea, signed a joint statement outlining the plan. The signing took place on the eve of a bilateral EU-Republic of Korea Summit.

"Putting an end to illegal fishing is one of the main objectives of the EU's international ocean ...

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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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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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Seafish Launching Young Seafood Leaders Network For U.K. Seafood Professionals 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 19, 2018

Seafish, a non-departmental public body to improve efficiency and raise standards across the seafood industry in the U.K., announced at the UK Seafood Summit on Thursday that they are launching a “Young Seafood Leaders Network.”

The Young Seafood Leaders Network will be a platform for young seafood professionals to explore different business ideas, network with others in the industry, develop leadership skills and more. “At Seafish we believe that Seafood is the way forward,” CEO Marcus Coleman said in a press release ...

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FFAW applauds National Report on Canadian Marine Reserves that Warns Against Arbitrary Timelines

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  October 19, 2018

The FFAW has responded to a recent Canadian national advisory panel on MPAs.  The panel watned that the government currently has no standards for what constitutes an MPA, and that a rush to check tick boxes by meeting a certain target by a certain time might create 'paper parks' that don't meet goals, nor have the requisite impact from stakeholders on how best to meet conservation goals.

One of the discrepancies pointed to by the FFAW is that in Newfoundland, a double standard exists where oil and gas is permitted in MPA's with all the ecological damage of siesmic exploration, but fishing activities are...

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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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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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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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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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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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