Tue. Jul 25 2017

Former Pacific Seafood Executive Sentenced for Embezzlement


Louisiana Shrimp Landings Lowest in 10 Years Due to Dead Zone Becoming More of a Problem


MSA Reauthorization Fault Lines on Recreation and Stock Target Flexibility Exposed in House Hearing


Court Battle over Placentia Bay Salmon Farm Could Scare Off Future Investors, Says Marystown Mayor


Guolian’s Net Profit Expected to Balloon by 700% or More in First Half of 2017  


Pacifico First Company to Raise Salt Water Striped Bass, Gets 4 Star BAP Rating


Alibaba Joins Argentina's Ocean Family to Bring Fresh Red Shrimp to Chinese E-commerce Consumers  


Domestic Red Crayfish is a Big Success for Chinese E-commerce Platforms  


ISFF Seeks to Strengthen Tuna Conservation Efforts at IAATC


National Fisheries Institute Introduces Unique and Easy Summer Shrimp Recipes


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 25, 2017


Mon. Jul 24 2017

Stavis Seafoods to Greatly Expand West Coast Distribution with Partnership with R.W. Zant


Russian Fish Co. to Expand Sales of Single Frozen Pollock to Domestic Market, Citing Weakness in EU  


Increasing Shortage of Vietnam Basa Could Lead to Higher Prices Later This Year  


Shanghai Crayfish Season at its Peak; Prices Have Skyrocketed Over Last Decade  


UFA Turns to Text Messaging to Build Fisherman Support for Alaska Salmon Habitat Measures


Summa Equity Acquires 75 Percent of Salmon Smoker Milarex  


Summa Equity Acquires 75 Percent of Salmon Smoker Milarex  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday July 24, 2017


Fri. Jul 21 2017

ANALYSIS: Shrimp Market an Island of Stability in Shellfish Sector  


ANALYSIS: Imported Mahi Mahi Prices Remain Near Record High Levels Amid Limited Production  


NOAA Locates Crabber F/V Destination Wreckage; Coast Guard Hearing Set for August


New President of B.C. Wildlife Federation Aims for Stability


Clean Seas Seafood Rebrands and Launches New Kingfish Campaign


Senators Collins, King Introduce Resolution to Designate September 25, 2017, as National Lobster Day


Australian Heard and McDonald Islands Toothfish Fishery is Recertified Under MSC  


Seafood.com News Summary Friday, July 21, 2017


Thu. Jul 20 2017

ANALYSIS: Chilean Market Continues to Weaken to Levels Now Below 2016  


West Coast Dungeness Crab Season: Rocky Start, Good Markets, High Value  


BlueOcean Expanding Market for Pure Polar Shrimp Oil  


VIDEO: Trident Seafoods Value; Bakkafrost Bacteria Outbreak; UK Seafood Fraud


Canadian Fisheries Puts $8.9 Million in Upgrade, Expansion of St. Andrews Biological Station in NB


High Quality Shrimp Breeding Farm Set Up in Mekong Delta


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 20, 2017


Wed. Jul 19 2017

Bakkafrost Shuts Down Salmon Harvesting Due to Listeria; Market to be Short Large Fish


UK Sushi Bars Accused of Mislabeling Some Seafood, but Not as Much as US   (0)


New Study Quantifies Impact of Different Types of Bottom Trawls on Seabed Ecosystem  


Global Salmon Initiative Strengthens Global Presence with Acceptance of Four New Members  


China Research Vessel Leaves Tomorrow for First Circumnavigation of Arctic Rim


Chicago Tastemakers Meet Maine's Most Iconic Seafood: Lobster  


Live Canadian Geoducks Arrive at New Airport Clearance Site in Qingdao For First Time  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday July 19, 2017


Tue. Jul 18 2017

Bristol Bay Run Exceeds 50M, Catch Over 33M, Season Not Over Yet  


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 18, 2017


Fish Oil Group Launches Improved Standard in Marine Ingredient Industry  


Gulf Reef Fishermen Support Conservationists Lawsuit Against NOAA Fisheries on Red Snapper  


Japan Claims China Exceeded International Management Measures for Mackerel  


Chinese Mainland Demand for Crayfish is High; Industry Employs 5 Million  


Russian Salmon Season off to Strong Start; up 30-40% Over 2015  


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Former Pacific Seafood Executive Sentenced for Embezzlement

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Oregonian] By Maxine Bernstein - July 25, 2017

A former executive who embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from Pacific Seafood Group was sentenced Monday in federal court to two years in federal prison.

Andrew Henry Jacobs, 50, spent 11 years at the family-owned company Pacific Seafood Group, rising to serve as vice president of employee leadership and development for the company's 2,500-member staff.

While receiving a six-figure salary, he spent at least his last four years embezzling money from the company, stealing an estimated $900,000, according to ...

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Louisiana Shrimp Landings Lowest in 10 Years Due to Dead Zone Becoming More of a Problem

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafoodnews] by Amanda Buckle July 25, 2017

Louisiana shrimp landings in June were the lowest in the past ten years.

The total for headless shrimp in June 2017 came in at 4.470 million pounds partly due to the “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico. In comparison, June 2016 brought in 6.672 million pounds. The dead zone, which is caused by nutrient pollution, is the third-largest dead zone that the...

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MSA Reauthorization Fault Lines on Recreation and Stock Target Flexibility Exposed in House Hearing

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - July 25, 2017

In last week’s hearing on HR200, the latest version of amendments to the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the flash points between recreational and commercial fisheries management -- one of the most visible in the suite of proposed changes to the MSA -- were made clear.

The last time Magnuson-Stevens was amended, stock conservation efforts were strengthened and the standards to which the regional council system was held, were tightened. This go-around, “flexibility” in allowing conservation methods and goals to be more responsive to needs in the recreational sector is getting some traction in Congress.

HR 200, authored by Alaska’s Representative Don Young, eases requirements for a 10-year rebuilding plan...

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Court Battle over Placentia Bay Salmon Farm Could Scare Off Future Investors, Says Marystown Mayor

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC News] By Geoff Bartlett - July 25, 2017

Grieg Seafarms considers recent court order 'low risk' to project

A Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador ruling over a quarter-billion dollar salmon farm project in Placentia Bay is not sitting well with the mayor of Marystown — though the company overseeing the operation doesn't think it will jeopardize the project.

Last week, Justice Gillian Butler overturned a decision made by the province's environment department to release Grieg Seafarms from further environmental assessment.

Butler said the minister "lacked the jurisdiction" to ...

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Guolian’s Net Profit Expected to Balloon by 700% or More in First Half of 2017

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SC Stock.cn] translated by Amy Zhong - July 25, 2017

Aquaculture company Guolian Aquatic's net profit attributable to shareholders is estimated to range between 70 million yuan (~ $10.4 million US) to 73 million yuan (~ $10.8 million US) in the first half of this year, according to its performance review released in mid-July. It skyrockets by around 695.8% to 729.9% compared with the same period of last year, while overall net profit has declined by 34.2% in the aquaculture industry.

There are several factors that contribute to the increase, ...

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Stavis Seafoods to Greatly Expand West Coast Distribution with Partnership with R.W. Zant

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Seafoodnews] July 24, 2017

Stavis Seafoods, of Boston, and R.W. Zant, a major west coast broadline distributor, have announced a primary distribution partnership that will begin August 1st.

R.W. Zant is one of the largest redistribution companies in the US.  The partnership will include the warehousing and delivery of Stavis Seafoods’ products to R.W. Zant customers. R.W. Zant specializes in all aspects of protein and dairy wholesale distribution to food service and retail distributors ...

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Alibaba Joins Argentina's Ocean Family to Bring Fresh Red Shrimp to Chinese E-commerce Consumers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [News21.cn] translated by Amy Zhong - July 25, 2017

An event has been hosted on the T-mall platform of Alibaba on July 13 to promote Argentine food. More than 3,000 gift baskets were sold within 10 minutes. Inside these baskets are red shrimps and briskets. Antonio Martin Rivolta, the Argentine Cousul-General in Shanghai, said he had set an alarm clock to bid for these baskets before they sold out.

Apart from fresh food like red shrimps, consumers can also buy red wine during this event. T-mall of Alibaba has become an important partner for Argentina ...

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ISFF 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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National Fisheries Institute Introduces Unique and Easy Summer Shrimp Recipes 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafoodnews] July 25, 2017

Look no further than the National Fisheries Institute’s Eat Shrimp Facebook and YouTube pages for summer recipes. In an effort to promote shrimp as a delicious and easy to make protein, the NFI’s Shrimp Council will be releasing four recipes — including a Grilled Honey Garlic Shrimp Bowl from Chungah Rhee, creator of the popular food blog Damn Delicious.

This is the second partnership between the Shrimp Council and Rhee, who previously crafted an Avocado and Shrimp Crostini Bite dish for Cinco De Mayo.

“Chungah’s stylish work supports our goal of showing just how easy it is to ...

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Shanghai Crayfish Season at its Peak; Prices Have Skyrocketed Over Last Decade

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Schuichan News] Translated by Amy Zhong - July 24, 2017

With the weather getting hotter, the peak season of crayfish has arrived. Crayfish output usually drops every July and August, so their prices are high correspondingly around this period. The price can reach 38 yuan/jin (~ US $2.82/kg) for those with individual weights exceeding 0.1 jin.

The output has plummeted by more than 70% recently. There are crayfish of two different sizes available at a Shanghai farmers market. The large ones are sold at 28 yuan/jin (~ US $2.06/kg), while the small ...

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UFA Turns to Text Messaging to Build Fisherman Support for Alaska Salmon Habitat Measures

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Factor] by Laine Welch July 24, 2017

As state lawmakers mull ways to update permitting laws to protect salmon habitat, a dual sweepstakes is using text messaging and social media as the means to keep more fishermen informed.

“One of the things we’ve learned over the past two years is that most fishermen are getting almost all of their information on their phones,” said Lindsey Bloom, program manager for United Fishermen of Alaska’s Salmon Habitat Information Program (SHIP).

“Since the start of this program we have heard from thousands of Alaska fishermen..

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Summa Equity Acquires 75 Percent of Salmon Smoker Milarex

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 24, 2017

Oslo, Norway -- Summa Equity, a private equity firm formed last year, today announced the purchase of 75% of Milarex, a value-added processing company in the salmon industry, from the founder, Jerzy Malek. Seafood is one of their focus areas within the "Resource Scarcity" theme.

"With a growing global population amidst global climate issues, the world needs healthy and sustainable food, and these megatrends are driving the growth in seafood consumption," says Reynir Indahl, Managing Partner of Summa Equity. 

"Wild catch of fish is leveling off and we expect fish farming to surpass it by 2019. Salmon farming uses no fresh water, has a high feed conversion ratio...

 

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New President of B.C. Wildlife Federation Aims for Stability

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Vancouver Sun] by Larry Pynn with additional information by Peggy Parker - July 21, 2017

Harvey Andrusak, the new head of the B.C. Wildlife Federation, a group that supports many research projects that affect the province's fishing industry, is a former senior provincial fisheries biologist.   

The new president of the 50,000-member B.C. Wildlife Federation replaces Jim Glaicar, who resigned last month after a series of controversies.

Andrusak, a resident of Nelson and vice-chair of the non-profit Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, said Wednesday he worked 20 years as a fisheries biologist for the province, including as director of fisheries, but now operates a...

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ANALYSIS: Chilean Market Continues to Weaken to Levels Now Below 2016

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Urner Barry] by Janice Schreiber - July 20, 2017

The Chilean fillet market has been trended lower since Memorial Day weekend in the U.S. At the end of May, the average on 2-3 pound Chilean fillets was $5.68, currently the market is at $5.08; a 10.5 percent drop.

In addition, the market on Chilean fillets is now lower than where it was at the same point in time in 2016. In the middle of...

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Senators Collins, King Introduce Resolution to Designate September 25, 2017, as National Lobster Day

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Federal Information & News Dispatch] July 21, 2017

U.S. Senators Angus King and Susan Collins today introduced a resolution that would designate September 25, 2017, as "National Lobster Day." Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) also sponsored the resolution, which recognizes the historic and economic importance of lobster in the United States.

"Maine's lobster industry helps drive our economy, supports our coastal communities, and is an integral part of our state's heritage," Senators Collins and King said in a joint statement. "The ...

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Australian Heard and McDonald Islands Toothfish Fishery is Recertified Under MSC

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 21, 2017

The Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI) Patagonian toothfish fishery has received recertification to the MSC standard for sustainable fishing. Originally certified in 2012, the fishery was once riddled with illegal and unregulated fishing for the valuable species, found across the southern ocean. 

But due to robust and collaborative management, there has not been illegal fishing in the region since 2006, according to the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), the international science-based body with 25 member nations tasked with managing Antarctic resources.

The HIMI fishery is managed by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) in accordance with measures set by CCAMLR....

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Bakkafrost Shuts Down Salmon Harvesting Due to Listeria; Market to be Short Large Fish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton July 19, 2017

Bakkafrost, the major salmon producer in the Faroe Islands, discovered listeria bacteria in its production last week.

This was confirmed by the CEO Regin Jacobsen, to the ilaks newsletter.

“It is true that we have found listeria bacteria in production last week. Therefore, the entire production line was washed.”

The company is not certain how much of the fish was shipped before the listeria was discovered, but Jacobsen says the testing showed small amounts, less than 10 parts per million per gram. Under 100 parts per million listeria is destroyed by ...

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High Quality Shrimp Breeding Farm Set Up in Mekong Delta

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Vietnam News Summary] July 20, 2017

Construction on the first high-quality breeding shrimp farm began in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang on July 18.

Invested by Viet-Uc Corporation (VUC) at a total cost of 120 billion VND (5.21 million USD), the farm will sit on a site of over 23ha in the first stage which will be completed in June 2018, producing around 5 billion breeding shrimps per year and generating jobs to roughly 400 local workers.

The second stage, which will start in late 2018, will extend to more than 60ha.

Luong Thanh Van, Chairman of the VUC Board of Directors and General Director, said VUC has produced about ...

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Pacifico First Company to Raise Salt Water Striped Bass, Gets 4 Star BAP Rating

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Amanda Buckle July 25, 2017

Having launched in 2010, Pacifico Aquaculture is still a relatively new company. However, in June 2017 they became the first striped bass hatchery, farm and processing plant in the world to offer four-star BAP striped bass.

Four-star BAP striped bass is something that the Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, company has been working on for years. In 2016 they successfully began producing high quality ocean-raised striped bass, a feat considering that other freshwater companies raise hybrid bass in ponds and lakes. That same year Pacifico Aquaculture enrolled their hatchery, farm and processing plant in the iBAP program, which allowed...

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Domestic Red Crayfish is a Big Success for Chinese E-commerce Platforms

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [OCN.com] translated by Amy Zhong - July 25, 2017

Suning, a renowned e-commerce company in China, entertained its staff with many crayfish dishes on the evening of June 20 to celebrate excellent sales of June 18 (618), the online shopping festival. And JD also served its employees who worked overtime for that festival with crayfish in the early morning of June 19.

Red crayfish is more than a symbol of success now. They have become very popular on various e-commerce platforms in the summer of 2017. The crayfish sales of JD ...

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Russian Fish Co. to Expand Sales of Single Frozen Pollock to Domestic Market, Citing Weakness in EU

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  July 24, 2017

Russian Fishery Company to become largest producer of pollock fillets in Russia

Russian Fishery Company - RFC (former Russkoe More), one of Russia’s leading fish producers is beginning massive production of fish products under the Nordeco brand.

According to the company’s plans, RFC should become one of the largest suppliers of fish products that will be mostly manufactured from pollock on the domestic...

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Increasing Shortage of Vietnam Basa Could Lead to Higher Prices Later This Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fishfirst] translated by Amy Zhong - July 24, 2017

Aquaculture areas of basa fish have declined in Vietnam during this first quarter. This is expected to take a toll on the supply in September, October and even this fourth quarter. In the meantime, the demand is continuing to rise in China, especially in its coastal regions. Basa prices are predicted to rise further with a widening gap between supply and demand later.

The FOB price peaked at US $2.50 per kg of basa fish transported from Ho Chi Minh city to Europe in March. But the price contracted ...

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ANALYSIS: Shrimp Market an Island of Stability in Shellfish Sector

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Urner Barry] by Angel Rubio - July 21, 2017

Although the shrimp market has remained relatively stable throughout the year, we have seen slight price declines in recent weeks for some HSLO sizes as well as value-added products.

Record imports for peeled shrimp have placed downward pressure on prices for P&D product on some specific count sizes. 16-20 count Asian shrimp has adjusted down 10 cents down since the end of June. Sizes 21-25ct and 26-30ct have...

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ANALYSIS: Imported Mahi Mahi Prices Remain Near Record High Levels Amid Limited Production

SEAFOODNEWS.com [Urner Barry] Nicole West - July 21, 2017

The traditional season for fresh mahi in Central & South America runs from October through March and it is not atypical for prices to spike during the summer months. However, in 2017 amid back to back years of limited production of mahi, we are seeing prices spike near record high levels. In 2016, we saw total fresh imports drop drastically, down 22.6%, mostly due to a weather phenomenon called El Nino. The El Nino which of the 2015-2016...

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NOAA Locates Crabber F/V Destination Wreckage; Coast Guard Hearing Set for August

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - July 21, 2017

The F/V Destination, an Alaskan crabber based out of Seattle, has been found near where it sank in Alaska.

Two NOAA ships, en route to scientific missions in Alaskan waters, helped locate the missing vessel at the request of the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation. The Destination and its six crew members were lost February 11, 2017, while fishing for opilio crab (snow crab) northwest of St. George, Alaska.

NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson, a fisheries survey vessel, conducted the first survey from April 30 through May 1, according to ...

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Clean Seas Seafood Rebrands and Launches New Kingfish Campaign

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 21, 2017

Clean Seas Seafood Limited has rebranded its premium Kingfish and launched a new marketing strategy based on the unique provenance of the fish as Spencer Gulf Hiramasa Kingfish. 

The new campaign will promote the kingfish, also known as amberjack, in Australia, Europe, North America and Asia. Clean Seas' cultured Hiramasa Kingfish will be marketed not only as from the cold clean waters of South Australia's Spencer Gulf, but also for its culinary excellence, versatility and sustainability.

The brand story is based on the concept of “The Duality of One”, explains David Head, Managing Director and CEO of Clean Seas. ...

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West Coast Dungeness Crab Season: Rocky Start, Good Markets, High Value

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - July 20. 2017

It's been a banner season for Dungeness crab fishermen on the West Coast, despite a rocky start due to the presence of domoic acid and live market problems with China.

The total for all three states is close to 58 million pounds so far, for a total value of $180 million for this season. By comparison, the total for the 2015-16 season was 42 million pounds and $149 million. West Coast crabbers and processors have been able to seize a huge market opportunity and overcome obstacles ...

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BlueOcean Expanding Market for Pure Polar Shrimp Oil

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 20, 2017

Toronto, Ontario - BlueOceanNutraSciences is expanding its market to private labels for its Pure Polar(R) Double Strength shrimp oil.

The company announced yesterday that Pure Polar Labs, a wholly owned subsidiary, received its first private label order for the Pure Polar shrimp oil, to be marketed under the customer's brand.

BlueOcean’s strategy is to partner with a select group of customers who will market their formulas under private brands to markets that do not compete directly with Blue Oceans current...

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Canadian Fisheries Puts $8.9 Million in Upgrade, Expansion of St. Andrews Biological Station in NB

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafoodnews] July 20, 2017

Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard today announced that the Government of Canada continues to implement investments of $8.9 million at the St. Andrews Biological Station, Atlantic Canada's oldest marine research facility.

Minister LeBlanc also announced that 15 new scientists, biologists, hydrographers and other science professionals will be located at the Station. These new employees will support healthy fish stocks and ecosystems, and sustainable aquaculture...

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