Mon. Jan 16 2017

Shipment of California Dungeness Crab to China Allowed by Chinese, but not by Canadians  


SE Alaska Tanner and Golden King Crab Season Opens Feb. 17, Harvest Forecast Down from Last Year  


Halibut Catch Limits, Harvest Policy on Docket for Next Weeks IPHC Annual Meeting in Victoria, BC  


Washington Adopts Columbia River Fishing Reforms; Oregon Will Discuss Friday


Indonesian company PT Karyacipta Buanasentosa Obtains Friend of the Sea Certification for Tuna


Seafood.com News Summary Monday January 16, 2017


Fri. Jan 13 2017

Fortune Fish Int'l Makes Five of its Executive Managers Partners in the Company


Another Seafood Mislabeling Study Suggests Intentional Species Substitution Without Any Proof


Dungeness Crab Susceptible to Ocean Acidification in Unexpected Ways


Important Fish Habitat Formed by Slow-growing Corals may Recover More Slowly in Warming Climate


Seafood.com News Summary Friday January 13, 2017


Thu. Jan 12 2017

American Seafoods Names Corporate Food Industry Exec Mikel Durham CEO; Bodal to Stay on as Chairman


Signs point to Surging Market for High-End Imported Seafood in China This New Year


GAA Partners with CAPMA; Jane Bi to Run Headquarters in Shanghai


Last Remaining California Area of Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery to Open


Urner Barry to Bring Back Seafood Import Workshop Series This February


Alaska Legislature Opens Next Week With New Leaders, Laser Focus on Budget


Owner of Russian Fish Producer Karat Fighting With Ex-Partner Over $75 Million Stake in the Company


Bahamian Spiny Lobster Fishery Embarks on MSC Assessment


Candidates for New England Fishery Management Council Undergo Public Interview in New Hampshire


Nominations Sought for MAFAC Appointments


France-Based Seafoodexport Changes Name to SEAFOODIA


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday January 12, 2017


Wed. Jan 11 2017

Marine Harvest Will Resume Salmon Exports to China With Chinese, Norwegian Trade Relations Restored  


China Cuts Tariff Rates on Large Range of Imported Seafood


Sen. Murkowski Sponsors Bill Requiring Stricter Criteria for Federal MPA Designations


NMFS Seeks Comments on Inseason Adjustments to BS/AI Pollock, Cod, Atka Mackerel  


Seattle Fish's Hamish Walker Takes Over as Chairman of Sea Pact


National Scallop Research Alliance set up by Zhangzidao to Improve Scallop Genetics  


Kroger Co. Wins EPA Food Recovery Challenge Award


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday January 11, 2016


Tue. Jan 10 2017

Icelandic Group Continues to Streamline Global Business; Puts Belgian Subsidiary Gadus Up for Sale


Chicken of the Sea Int'l Launches 10-Week Challenge to Get More Americans to Eat Seafood


GAA Hires Devan Meserve to as its First Digital Marketing Coordinator


West Bengal Eyes Fisheries Sector as Big Investment Target


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday January 10, 2017


Mon. Jan 9 2017

Seafood.com News Summary Monday January 9, 2017


Clearwater Names Former Kraft Heinz Exec Don Holdsworth VP of Global Marketing


GAA Launches Online Portal for Certified Companies to Manage Memberships


Coast Guard Rescue Crew from Longliner 230 Miles Off Kodiak


Dungeness Crabbers, Processors Reach Compromise Price of $2.875 lb, Ending Strike  


Bornstein Seafoods On Track to Buy Newport Waterfront Property


NFI Sues NOAA Over New Seafood Fraud Import Rules Claiming Regulatory Overreach


China Increasing Unregistered and IUU Vessels Operating in N. Pacific, say Japanese


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Shipment of California Dungeness Crab to China Allowed by Chinese, but not by Canadians

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - January 13, 2017

The situation of live shipments of Dungeness crab to China remains murky.  For a couple of weeks, there was a ban on shipment of California crab and the Chinese interpreted that to apply to most fishing areas on the West Coast.
 
During this time, the Canadian authorities stopped accepting any US-caught Dungeness crab for airshipment to China through Vancouver.
 
But the Chinese, working with US Food inspection and NOAA, quickly lifted the ban..

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SE Alaska Tanner and Golden King Crab Season Opens Feb. 17, Harvest Forecast Down from Last Year

SEAFOODNEWS.com [SeafoodNews] January 16, 2017

The 2016/2017 season for golden king crab in Southeast Alaska will open Friday, February 17, to a guideline harvest limit (GHL) that is 30 percent less than last season’s.

The Petersburg office of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced a GHL of 105,000 pounds within seven management areas in Alaska’s panhandle, from approximately Wrangell north to Haines.

Last year’s GHL for golden king crab was 155,000 pounds. The areas where significant catch limit cuts were made was in East Central and Mid-Chatham Strait, where GHLs went from 30,000 lbs to 15,000 lbs and from 40,000 lbs to 20,000 lbs respectively...

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Halibut Catch Limits, Harvest Policy on Docket for Next Weeks IPHC Annual Meeting in Victoria, BC

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - January 16, 2017

Halibut stakeholders from Alaska, British Columbia, and the U.S. West Coast will convene in Victoria, BC next week to set catch limits, season dates, and wrestle with significant harvest policy questions at the annual meeting of the International Pacific Halibut Commission.

Comments on potential catch limits were released earlier this year and focus on regulatory area 2C, Southeast Alaska. Six of the eight catch limit comments want changes to Area 2C’s potential catch limit, one of which recommends a single harvest rate be used in all of Area 2, comprised of 2A (Washington, Oregon, and California), 2B (British Columbia) and 2C (Southeast Alaska.)

A dozen regulatory proposals were submitted last fall addressing issues not related to catch limits...

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Washington Adopts Columbia River Fishing Reforms; Oregon Will Discuss Friday

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The News-Review] by Al Thomas - January 16, 2017

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission agreed Saturday to implement in 2017 the most sweeping lower Columbia River salmon fishing reforms in decades, including the elimination of gillnets in the main stem of the river during spring and summer.

By a 7-2 vote, the commission decided to go ahead with implementation this year of reforms first adopted in early 2013 and phased in during a four-year transition period.

Oregon’s Fish and Wildlife Commission will address the issue Friday, and there are indications it might not agree with Washington’s position.

“Sometimes, you have to ...

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Indonesian company PT Karyacipta Buanasentosa Obtains Friend of the Sea Certification for Tuna

PT Karyacipta Buanasentosa (PT KCBS), an Indonesian tuna catch and processing company, wholly owned by Yamako Pacific Pte Ltd - has recently obtained the Friend of the Sea certification for skipjack and yellowfin tuna. The company complies with all Friend of the Sea requirements and can now display the official seal of approval on its products.

All tuna species are fished using the pole and line method, ...

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Fortune Fish Int'l Makes Five of its Executive Managers Partners in the Company

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 13, 2017

Fortune International, the recently formed parent company to Fortune Fish & Gourmet, has added five partners who are now owners of the company.

As of January 1, Fortune’s Danielle Charette, Vice President of Sales; Dominick Gattuso, Chief Financial Officer; Wally Lezniak, Vice President of Production; Mark Palicki, Vice President of Marketing; and Suad Tanovic, Vice President of Logistics and Inventory Control have become partners in the company....

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American Seafoods Names Corporate Food Industry Exec Mikel Durham CEO; Bodal to Stay on as Chairman

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 12, 2017

The Board of Directors for American Seafoods Group named Mikel Durham the next CEO of the company, she will replace current CEO Bernt Bodal on January 16.

Durham is a veteran of the food industry. She is an independent Board member of Tyson Foods and has previously served as the Global Growth Officer of PepsiCo’s North America Foodservice business, President of Burger King North America, President of Global Supply Chain for Cadbury Schweppes, Managing Director of Guinness Venture Markets, Chief Commercial Officer of CSM Bakery Solutions, and General Manager of Yum! Southern Europe...

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Signs point to Surging Market for High-End Imported Seafood in China This New Year

 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Finance East]  Translated by Amy Zhong with Additional Material from John Sackton    January 12, 2016

Sales of High end imported seafood including items such as lobster, king crab, salmon, Dungeness crabs and Argentinean shrimp appear to be surging in China prior to the Chinese New Year on January 28th.
 
For lobsters, unlike 2016 when New Year's sales were barely over the prior year, all indications are that sales are up substantially, if the supply has materialized.
 
Chinese consumers have started their holiday shopping in preparation for the coming Chinese New Year. High-end seafood has surged as a popular choice with the improvement of household incomes. Such high-end seafood as king crabs and lobsters are becoming widely received among consumers. 
 
It is about half a month before the Chinese New Year. But Chen has decided to skip her lunch break and select seafood in an aquatic market..

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GAA Partners with CAPMA; Jane Bi to Run Headquarters in Shanghai

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 12, 2017

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) has signed a cooperative agreement with the China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance (CAPPMA) to open an office in the Jing’an District of Shanghai. Jane Bi, the GAA’s Asia business development director, will relocate to China to run the office.

GAA Executive Director, Wally Stevens, and CAPPMA Executive Vice President, Dr. Cui he, signed the cooperative agreement on January 10, 2017.

According to the GAA the partnership with CAPPMA represents the next step in its efforts to advance responsible aquaculture in China through the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program. This includes better serving those already committed to BAP and responsible aquaculture...

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Urner Barry to Bring Back Seafood Import Workshop Series This February

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 12, 2017

Urner Barry announced that is bringing back its popular Seafood Import Workshop series (SIW). The first edition of the re-launch will be held on February 28, 2017 at Urner Barry’s news headquarters in Toms River, New Jersey.

The SIW was a popular instructional workshop that Urner Barry originally hosted in partnership with the late Dick Gutting. The content is geared toward seafood industry professionals that have a vested interest in learning about the best industry practices that keep seafood business compliant with the latest regulatory standards required by federal authorities and industry stakeholders.

This February’s workshop will feature an expert panel of speakers including Scott Zimmerman, founder and CEO of Safe Quality Seafood Associates; Jarrod Goldfeder, Jon Freed and Corey Norton of Trade Pacific Law PLLC; Michael Lieberman of Foa & Son and Larry Lieberman of New York Customs Brokers...

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Owner of Russian Fish Producer Karat Fighting With Ex-Partner Over $75 Million Stake in the Company

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden - January 12, 2017

Karat, Russia’s largest fishing producer, owned by Vitaly Orlov, is in a center of corporate conflict between Orlov and Alexander Tugushev, general director of JSC "National Fishing Fleet," Russia’s fishing producer and a former partner of Vitaly Orlov.

According to recent statements of Tugushev, it has a right to claim the 33% stake in Karat, which is valued at 5 billion rubles (US$75 million), which is going to evict from Orlov by judicial procedure.

In the meantime, representatives of Orlov said that Tugushev has no legal rights to pretend for the stake, while his current activities could be considered as extortion...

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China Cuts Tariff Rates on Large Range of Imported Seafood

 SEAFOODNEWS.COM   by John Sackton and Amy Zhong  January 11, 2016

China's Ministry of Finance announced a significant range of tariff reductions on seafood products, to take effect January 1, 2017.
 
The move is part of a Chinese government policy to normalize seafood imports in recognition that imported seafood has become popular with domestic consumers.  More moves that normalize seafood imports are likely to follow.
 
The principal beneficiaries of the tariff reduction will be companies in Russia, Canada, the US and Norway.
 
The major reductions include H&G frozen cod and pollock.  For cod, the tariff will fall from 10% to 2%.
 
For Pollock, from 10% to 5%....

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Candidates for New England Fishery Management Council Undergo Public Interview in New Hampshire

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - January 12, 2017

DURHAM, N.H. -- The State of New Hampshire has four vacancies to fill for the New England Fishery Management Council's at-large seats, one of which is currently held by Peter Kendall of New Hampshire.

To assist in filling these vacancies, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Marine Fisheries Division will host a candidates' interview night on Tuesday, February 7, at 7:00 p.m., at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth, N.H.

Potential candidates must be prepared to present their qualifications at the session. Interested candidates should contact Doug Grout, Chief of Marine Fisheries for the N.H. Fish and Game ...

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NMFS Seeks Comments on Inseason Adjustments to BS/AI Pollock, Cod, Atka Mackerel

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - January 11, 2017

The Adak cod processing plant and the Atka Pride plant in Atka notified National Marine Fisheries Service that they will not be processing Pacific cod this season, so the agency is making adjustments to the Pacific cod TAC in that area, and updating the pollock and Atka mackerel total allowable catch  limits (TACs) in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands as a result of the final TAC setting in December.

BS/AI catch totals for 2017 pollock remain as we reported in December.

The new Table 9 TACs, found here, will be in effect for 2017, once the rule is made final.  Comments will be accepted up to 4:30 p.m. AST January 25, 2017.

In addition to the notification of the plants not operating...

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Nominations Sought for MAFAC Appointments

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - January 12, 2017

Nominations are being sought for appointment by the Secretary of Commerce to fill vacancy openings on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC or Committee) that will be pending late April 2017. 

There are seven of the 20 members whose terms expire in 2017: three in April and four in October. 

MAFAC is the only Federal advisory committee with the responsibility to advise the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) on all matters concerning living marine resources that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce. The Committee makes recommendations to the Secretary to assist in the development and implementation of Departmental regulations, policies...

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Icelandic Group Continues to Streamline Global Business; Puts Belgian Subsidiary Gadus Up for Sale

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 10, 2017

The Board of Icelandic Group has initiated a public sale process for its Belgian operations, Gadus.

Gadus specializes in the production and sale of fresh seafood to retailers and wholesalers. It is the second largest fish processor in the Belgian fresh fish market.  The company sells about 7,000 metric tons of product annually and is a category leader for large retail and cash & carry ...

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Chicken of the Sea Int'l Launches 10-Week Challenge to Get More Americans to Eat Seafood

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 10, 2017

Chicken of the Sea International (COSI) has launched a campaign that challenges Americans to eat more seafood per the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020.

The  #EatMoreSeafood Go Fish! Challenge will encourage Americans to use seafood instead of proteins in at least two meals per week. The program continues through March 15, 2017.

“These latest guidelines confirm what Chicken of the Sea has known for years: Americans just aren’t getting enough seafood,” said  Maureen McDonnell, director of marketing for Chicken of the Sea.

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GAA Hires Devan Meserve to as its First Digital Marketing Coordinator

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 10, 2017

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) has hired Devan Meserve, as its new digital marketing coordinator.

This is a new position for within the GAA’s organization. In this role, Meserve will be responsible for social media, content generation and search engine optimization. She will develop and execute a strategy for GAA’s pre-competitive activities, including membership, the GOAL conference and Global Aquaculture Advocate publication, as well as GAA’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program...

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Another Seafood Mislabeling Study Suggests Intentional Species Substitution Without Any Proof

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - January 13, 2017

Another study was published this week that once again suggests intentional fish fraud in the US's seafood supply chain but without any clear evidence to back up the claim.

Researchers at UCLA and Loyola Marymount University are behind the latest study that was published this week in the scientific journal Conservation Biology.

This study used DNA sampling to test the fish at 26 sushi restaurants in Los Angeles between 2012 and 2015. Sure enough, the results showed that of the samples tested, 47 percent of the fish were mislabeled...

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Dungeness Crab Susceptible to Ocean Acidification in Unexpected Ways

The acidification of the ocean expected as seawater absorbs increasing amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere will reverberate through the West Coast’s marine food web, but not necessarily in the ways some expected, new research shows.

Dungeness crab, for example, will likely suffer as their food sources decline, according to a press release from the Northwest Fisheries Science Center of the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Dungeness crab fisheries valued at about $220 million annually may face a strong downturn ...

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Important Fish Habitat Formed by Slow-growing Corals may Recover More Slowly in Warming Climate

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - January 13, 2017

Managing fisheries means more than managing fish. To keep fisheries sustainable, managers need to make sure the ecosystems that support fish production stay healthy. An important part of Alaska’s marine ecosystems is the corals that create habitat for fish and their prey.

Coral gardens provide refuge for fish, but may be vulnerable to fishing gear and warmer temperatures. How long it takes for coral habitat to recover from injury depends on how fast corals grow and reproduce.

A new study led by Bob Stone of NOAA Fisheries’ Alaska Fisheries Science Center reveals just how slowly some corals grow, and provides insight on how they might respond to seafloor disturbance and...

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Last Remaining California Area of Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery to Open

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - January 12, 2017

The last remaining commercial Dungeness crab fishery closure area on the California coast, between Ten Mile River and Shelter Cove, will open on Jan. 16.

The area has been closed due to elevated levels of domoic acid.

At 12:01 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 16, commercial crabbers can begin harvesting crab from 39° 33.3' N. lat. (near Ten Mile River, Mendocino County) to 40° 01' N. lat. (near Shelter Cove, Humboldt County). The opening will be preceded by a by a 64-hour pre-soak period starting at 8 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 13.

Since November, state health and management officials have incrementally opened several areas to commercial Dungeness crab fishing as domoic acid test results have come back below ...

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Alaska Legislature Opens Next Week With New Leaders, Laser Focus on Budget

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - January 12, 2017

The first regular session of Alaska’s 30th Legislature opens Tuesday, January 17 with new leaders, a new majority coalition in the house, and fresh resolve to address the $3 billion annual deficit after years of lackluster progress.

Setting the stage three weeks ago was Governor Walker FY2018 budget, showing cuts of $1.7 billion, or a 23% decrease from two years ago, when Walker took office. He also announced a personal paycut “to lead by example” of one-third of his salary.

The governorr faces a new Legislature this year which may change the grid-lock dynamic of earlier sessions. Democrats and a small group of Republicans will lead the Alaska House in a coalition for the first time in two decades...

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Marine Harvest Will Resume Salmon Exports to China With Chinese, Norwegian Trade Relations Restored

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - January 11, 2017

Marine Harvest said it will resume shipping salmon to the Chinese market this year now that political tensions between Norway and China have eased.

The announcement was made by Marine Harvest’s Chief Executive Alf Helge Aarskog. He said the company expects to resume shipments to the market sometime in the first or second quarter.

"It's a market with great potential, so we have high hopes for China,” Aarskog said...

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Bahamian Spiny Lobster Fishery Embarks on MSC Assessment

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 12, 2017

The Bahamian spiny lobster fishery has stepped forward for assessment to the Marine Stewardship Council’s  global standard for sustainable fishing. Working with scientists, the fishing industry and conservation groups, MSC has developed the world’s most credible and recognized standard for environmentally sustainable wild-caught seafood.

Since 2009, the World Wildlife Fund, together with Bahamas Marine Exporters Association, The Bahamas Department of Marine Resources and The Nature Conservancy, have been driving improvements to the fishery. Through a Fishery Improvement Project addressing governance, fishing practices, and environmental impacts, their efforts have been aimed at helping the fishery meet the MSC standard.

"We welcome the Bahamian spiny lobster fishery’s decision to enter MSC assessment ...

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Sen. Murkowski Sponsors Bill Requiring Stricter Criteria for Federal MPA Designations

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 11, 2017

A group of US senators led by Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski reintroduced the Improved National Monument Designation Process Act, a bill that if passed will require increased local input and state approval before national monuments can be designated on federal lands and waters.

According to a press release from Murkowski, three points of criteria must be met before any national monument can be declared on public land or within waters of the exclusive economic zone. Those criteria are: a specific authorization by an Act of Congress; approval by the state legislature, and for marine monuments, approval by each state legislature within 100 miles of the proposed monument; and certification of compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act...

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Seattle Fish's Hamish Walker Takes Over as Chairman of Sea Pact

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 11, 2017

Hamish Walker the Director of Purchasing at Seattle Fish Company was named the chairman of Sea Pact’s Advisory Council.

Walker will fill the role left vacant by Guy Dean, VP/CSO at Albion Farms and Fisheries.

“One of the main reasons I was attracted to the seafood industry was the opportunity to promote a healthy and sustainable source of protein. To have the opportunity to work with the forward-thinking seafood leaders in Sea Pact, and build on the great work led by previous chairs Logan Kock and Guy Dean is truly an honor and a privilege”, said Walker...

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France-Based Seafoodexport Changes Name to SEAFOODIA

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 12, 2017 

French-based seafood distribution company Seafoodexport has changed its name to SEAFOODIA according to a press release.

Seafoodia is run by David Sussmann who founded the company in 1996 in Rhode Island. Sussman relocated the company to his home country of France a year later.

Sussmann decided to change the name of the company to reflect the changing times of the industry.

“This new name marks a turning point for the company as its heads for 2026 with a new vision and a new momentum. It is entering new markets, selling new products and creating new brands, always with a focu on the respect of the human being and the environment. The new name expresses the excellence of the sea (SEAFOOD) every day (DIA),” the company said in a press release.

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National Scallop Research Alliance set up by Zhangzidao to Improve Scallop Genetics

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Finance Sina] Translated by Amy Zhong  Jan 11, 2016

A national innovation alliance of yesso scallops has been established in Dalian. 
 
China’s national technical and innovation alliance of yesso scallop industry was founded in Dalian on December 22. 

Zhangzidao is the initiator, while key research institutes, universities and companies have also provided support to its establishment. The goal is to improve the industry’s development in basic research, genetic technologies, ..

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Kroger Co. Wins EPA Food Recovery Challenge Award

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 11, 2017

The Kroger Co. announced the company has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its efforts regarding sustainable food management.

Kroger participated in the EPA's 2016 Food Recovery Challenge and was named Region 5 winner in the Grocers category.

"Kroger is a proud participant of the EPA's Food Recovery Challenge and is honored to have the efforts of our store associates recognized," Suzanne Lindsay-Walker, Kroger's director of sustainability, said in a press release. "We remain committed to our goal of meeting and exceeding the EPA's zero waste threshold in our facilities by 2020."

Kroger is increasing donations ...

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