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Jun 15 - JAPAN: May Sales Of Imported Fresh Tuna Down 26.5% to 725; Lowest Record At Toyosu Market


Jun 11 - JAPAN: April Imports By Air Improve Notably, Volume Recovered The Level Two Years Ago


May 28 - USCG Halts Use of “Paper Captains” in WA-based Tuna Operation


May 25 - Bumble Bee Enters Pair of MSC Longline Fishery Assessments


May 25 - JAPAN: Airborne Seafood Imports in March Up Sharply in Volume and Value With Salmon and Eel


May 24 - Toyosu Market April Sales of Fresh Imported Tuna Down 12%


May 20 - 6 Highlights From the 2019 Fisheries of the United States Report


May 18 - Genova Premium Tuna Sells Out of Complimentary Mediterranean-Inspired Meal Kits


May 7 - Subway Adds Fresh Tuna Melt to Menu; Launches Deal to Welcome New Item


May 7 - ISSF Announces New Conservation Measure for Indian Ocean Yellowfin Tuna Ahead of IOTC Meeting


May 6 - Japan’s Discharge Announcement Triggers More Ripple Effect in China


May 3 - Marine Stewardship Council Finds Rapid Growth in Certified Tuna Products


Apr 30 - Former Bumble Bee VPs Avoid Jail Time for Role in Canned Tuna Price-fixing Scandal


Apr 23 - StarKist Achieves Sourcing Goal as 100% of Tuna, Salmon Now Sourced from MSC, FIP Fisheries


Apr 22 - Yanmar Creates Automated Fish Counting System Designed for Tuna Farming


Apr 21 - ANALYSIS: Strong Demand, Constrained Supply for Frozen Tuna


Apr 19 - JAPAN: March Imported Fresh Tuna Sales Nose-Dive


Apr 19 - Multiple Chicken of the Sea Settlement Proposals on the Table in Tuna Price-fixing Lawsuit


Apr 14 - Wild Planet Foods Introduces Ready-to-Eat Tuna Salad Bowls


Apr 5 - Chicken of the Sea On Cusp of $13 Million Settlement in Tuna Price-Fixing Case


Mar 31 - Imported Fresh Tuna Sales at the Toyosu Market in February


Mar 29 - U.S. Fishery Managers Support Changes to Address Overfishing for Striped Marlin in the Pacific


Mar 16 - ANALYSIS: Fresh Imported Seafood: Supply Constraints Amid Foodservice Recovery


Mar 5 - Tesco Moves to Seascape Tuna Sourcing Approach to Boost Marine Sustainability


Mar 4 - Thai Union Aims for 100% Tuna Supply Chain Transparency by 2025 in New Pledge


Mar 2 - JAPAN: January Marine Product Exports Increase 60% For Frozen Yellowtail Fillets; Scallops Decrease


Mar 1 - JAPAN: In January Imports, Chilean Coho up 20%, Norwegian Mackerel Increased 70%


Feb 26 - ISSF Report: 16 Tuna Stocks Fail to Meet MSC Sustainability Standard


Feb 24 - Friend of the Sea Recertifies SAPMER's Indian Ocean Tuna Fishery


Feb 22 - Toyosu Market's January Imported Tuna Sales Down 49.2%


Feb 17 - Good Catch Plant-Based Tuna Continues Expansion into Foodservice


Feb 12 - Japan’s 2020 Tuna Imports Down 27%


Feb 8 - Japan's Air Cargo Imports Fell Below 100 Billion Yen for The First Time


Feb 5 - Bumble Bee Earns 'Favorite Fish Brand' Nod in Allrecipes Community Choice Awards 2021


Feb 1 - Atlantic Natural Foods Responds After Schouten Europe B.V. Announces New Tuna Alternative


Feb 1 - Third Indonesian Tuna Fishery Nets MSC Certification; 11k Tonnes of Sustainable Tuna to Enter Market


Jan 29 - Subway on Tuna Lawsuit: “Simply No Truth To the Allegations”


Jan 28 - Lawsuit Alleges Subway’s Tuna is Not Real Tuna


Jan 28 - The Winding Glass: Supply Disruption a Possible Major Problem for Seafood Industry in 2021


Jan 18 - Toyosu Market December 2020 Imported Fresh Tuna; Firm Demand for Take-Out Sushi


Jan 15 - Thai Union Ingredients Subsidiary Converts Tuna Bone into New Product


Jan 14 - Russia Plans to Continue to Expand Presence in World Ocean in Years to Come


Jan 12 - Chicken of the Sea Announces Price-fixing Litigation Settlement


Dec 17 - MSC Raises Red Flags About Tropical Tuna in Eastern Pacific Ocean Ahead of IATTC Meeting


Dec 17 - Chicken of the Sea Settles Price-Fixing Case With Major U.S. Retailers


Dec 7 - Western Pacific Council Supports Longliners' Request to Test Bird Scaring Lines


Dec 4 - JAPAN: October Chilean Coho Imports Down 40%; Squid From Peru Up 10000 Tons


Dec 4 - Western Pacific Council Pushes Bigeye Tuna Increase; OKs Industry-led Shark Mitigation Measure


Dec 1 - Hawaii Longliners Find Scientific Committee Support for Monofilament Leaders


Nov 23 - Oregon State Study: Water Temperature Shifts Affect Larval Tuna Eating Habits at Critical Life Stage


Nov 19 - Judge Shuts Down StarKist's Challenge to Lower Tariffs on Tuna Products


Nov 10 - JAPAN: September Fresh Tuna Imports Fall 12% to $12 Million, Frozen Down 0.3% to $121 Million


Nov 9 - October Sales at Toyosu Wholesale Market Up 3% to $350 Million


Oct 29 - Earthworm Foundation, IPNLF Partner to Boost Sustainability of Tuna Industry


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JAPAN: May Sales Of Imported Fresh Tuna Down 26.5% to 725; Lowest Record At Toyosu Market

The total number of fresh imported tuna that arrived in May at the Toyosu Market in Tokyo, which Jiji Press compiled, was 725, a decrease of 26.5% from the same month of the previous year. The number of bluefin tuna, southern bluefin tuna, and bigeye tuna decreased across the board to below 1,000 in total, further below the recent year's minimum of 986 in the same month, reported Suisan Keizai.

The total number of bluefin tuna was 147, a decrease of 20.5%...

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JAPAN: April Imports By Air Improve Notably, Volume Recovered The Level Two Years Ago

According to the April import customs statistics released by the Ministry of Finance, seafood brought in by air freight is recovering rapidly. The signs of improvement have been noticeable since March, but they confirmed it in April and finally approached the same month of 2019 before the coronavirus pandemic, reported Suisan Keizai.

The import by air transportation (marine products and preparations) in April was 5,290 tons and 8,058.61 million yen ($73.53 million), a significant recovery of 51.8% in quantity and 50.2% in value compared to...

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Bumble Bee Enters Pair of MSC Longline Fishery Assessments

Bumble Bee Seafood and its parent company FCF Co., LTD. will enter two new Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) longline fishery assessments.

The assessments come following two years of implementation of Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) action plans that were led by Bumble Bee, non-profit organization Ocean Outcomes and FCF jointly. The plans aim to protect tuna stocks, mitigate fishing impact on other species and ensure monitoring and strong management.

Bumble Bee said once the fishery becomes certified, over 250 longline vessels will begin supplying MSC-certified albacore, yellowfin and bigeye tuna...

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Toyosu Market April Sales of Fresh Imported Tuna Down 12% 

The delivery of fresh imported tuna at the Toyosu Market in April, compiled by Jiji Press, was 882 fish, a decrease of 12% from the same month of the previous year. The main factor of the decline was that the number of southern bluefin tuna decreased significantly this year in contrast to last year, which did not drop so much even under the influence of the new coronavirus, reported Minato Shimbun. Other bluefin tuna increased both in wild and farmed fish...

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Genova Premium Tuna Sells Out of Complimentary Mediterranean-Inspired Meal Kits

Some home chefs were lucky enough to score a complimentary Mediterranean-inspired meal kit from Genova Premium Tuna. 

The company recently partnered with Celebrity Chef Geoffrey Zakarian to offer a premium meal kit that “gives fans the opportunity to take their tastebuds on a tour of the Mediterranean.” The kit included the recipe and pre-portioned ingredients to make Chef Zakarian’s  Genova Premium Tuna Salad with Arugula Pesto & Dates. And home chefs must have been pretty hungry to explore the new recipe...

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ISSF Announces New Conservation Measure for Indian Ocean Yellowfin Tuna Ahead of IOTC Meeting

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) announced its latest conservation measure that will require participating companies to reduce the annual sourcing of Indian Ocean yellowfin tuna.

The measure will come into effect if the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) does not take action at its June 2021 annual meeting to effectively implement the IOTC scientific committee's advice on the reduction of yellowfin catch.

ISSF’s Conservation Measure 1.3 IOTC Yellowfin Tuna Rebuilding, was noted in the group’s latest position statement, which can be found here...

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Marine Stewardship Council Finds Rapid Growth in Certified Tuna Products

In a May update, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) found a projected 38% growth in the volume of MSC labeled tuna products in 2020-21, reaching 100,000t.

MSC data found that nearly 30% of the global tuna catch is now MSC certified. The jump indicates a strong rise in demand from both foodservice and retail for sustainably sourced tuna and on-product labeling. The MSC noted that Edeka, Netto, Walmart, Bumble Bee, and Lidl were among the global brands that have committed to sourcing MSC certified tuna...

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StarKist Achieves Sourcing Goal as 100% of Tuna, Salmon Now Sourced from MSC, FIP Fisheries

Tuna canner StarKist achieved a significant goal as it now sources 100% of its tuna and salmon from sustainable sources.

All tuna and salmon procured by the company from third-party suppliers either meet the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard for sustainable fishing or are working toward certification, including those participating in a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP).

"StarKist is proud to be the industry leader and consumers can be assured that all of our wild-caught tuna and salmon products are responsibly sourced and certified...

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ANALYSIS: Strong Demand, Constrained Supply for Frozen Tuna

Frozen tuna imports have increased over the years due in large part to the consistent, strong demand from the foodservice sector. Imports peaked in 2019 registering a record 90 million pounds. Not only was the marketable to absorb this influx of supply, but pricing also remained firm, trending above its 5- year average for frozen steaks.

However, as the COVID-19 virus took hold in 2020, and restaurants across the country closed, importers modified their buying decisions. Frozen tuna imports for the year registered 73.3 million pounds...

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Multiple Chicken of the Sea Settlement Proposals on the Table in Tuna Price-fixing Lawsuit

Thai Union’s Chicken of the Sea International (COSI) has proposed a $20 million settlement with another group of plaintiffs, the End Payer Plaintiffs (EPPs), in civil litigation stemming from the canned tuna price-fixing conspiracy involving major tuna brands.

The flurry of settlements continues for COSI as another agreement was put in place with the Commercial Food Preparers (CFPs) track in the class-action settlement.

The settlement focusing on the EPPs track, described as “indirect purchasers...

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Chicken of the Sea On Cusp of $13 Million Settlement in Tuna Price-Fixing Case

Thai Union-owned Chicken of the Sea International and a group of Direct Purchaser Plaintiffs (DPPs) have settled a class-action lawsuit relating to the tuna price-fixing scandal, per federal court documents.

The settlement, which is awaiting approval from U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino, will pay the DPPs, classified as wholesalers and distributors who bought directly from tuna canners, approximately $13 million.

Thai Union and COSI agreed to pay 3.2% of the tuna that was sold to the DPPs, which include...

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U.S. Fishery Managers Support Changes to Address Overfishing for Striped Marlin in the Pacific

Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council members took a bold step last week in response to the internationally overfished North Pacific striped marlin stock. The Council supported a catch limit for U.S. vessels of roughly 1 million pounds, or 457 metric tons in 2022.

The new limit would apply to all U.S. vessels fishing north of the equator and west of 150° W. longitude. An in-season accountability measure would also be implemented to track catch relative to the limit. Retention and...

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Tesco Moves to Seascape Tuna Sourcing Approach to Boost Marine Sustainability

UK retailer Tesco announced it has joined the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in advocating for a Seascape approach to marine sustainability. The approach is designed to ensure whole marine ecosystems are maintained in a healthy, productive way.

A press release said that the retailer will adopt the Seascape approach for its tuna sourcing and will set out a roadmap to transition to ecosystem-based fisheries management by 2030.

Through the Seascape approach, Tesco will work in partnership with its own brand suppliers from this year to...

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JAPAN: January Marine Product Exports Increase 60% For Frozen Yellowtail Fillets; Scallops Decrease

January marine product exports based on trade statistics released by the Ministry of Finance decreased by 1% year-on-year to 26,285 tons, but the value increased by 33% to 16.55 billion yen ($155.34 million). The volume and value of frozen Yellowtail fillets, skipjack, and albacore exceeded the same month last year,  Minato Shimbun compiled.

Frozen Yellowtail fillets increased the quantity by 58% to 736 tons and the value by 45% to 1,243 million yen ($11.66 million). The fresh fillets decreased by...

 

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ISSF Report: 16 Tuna Stocks Fail to Meet MSC Sustainability Standard

A new report released yesterday by the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) found 16 of the world’s 23 tuna stocks do not meet criteria to received the Marine Stewardship Council’s sustainability certification.

The independent scientists who wrote the report — ISSF 2021-01: An Evaluation of the Sustainability of Global Tuna Stocks Relative to Marine Stewardship Council Criteria  — found only seven tuna stocks worldwide are meeting the MSC standard that requires maintaining stock biomass levels sustainably. 

They are: North Atlantic albacore, South Atlantic albacore, Eastern Atlantic bluefin, Western Pacific skipjack, ...

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Toyosu Market's January Imported Tuna Sales Down 49.2%

The number of fresh tuna sold in January at the Toyosu Market in Tokyo, which Jiji Press compiled, was 333, a decrease of 49.2% from the same month of the previous year, almost half. Due to the prolonged new coronavirus pandemic, the number of bluefin tuna from the Mediterranean and North America has decreased. The number of bigeye tuna has dropped significantly due to Guam's production interruption, reported Suisan Keizai.

The total number of bluefin tuna was 296, a decrease of about 33% from 445 in the same month...

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USCG Halts Use of 'Paper Captains' in WA-based Tuna Operation

A team of law enforcement officials busted an illegal foreign nationals-led tuna-fishing operation out of Washington this week.

The U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fisheries law enforcement teams investigated and ceased the use of illegal foreign nationals on a fleet of commercial tuna fishing vessels that operate out of the state of Washington during the summer months.

Since 2019, Coast Guard personnel, working collaboratively with CBP and NOAA agents, detected eight...

 

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JAPAN: Airborne Seafood Imports in March Up Sharply in Volume and Value With Salmon and Eel

According to the import customs clearance statistics released by the Ministry of Finance in March, the quantity and value of marine products brought in by air cargo recovered sharply. Besides the increase in eels and the recovery of salmon and trout products, luxury seafood such as bluefin tuna and abalone also picked up, analyzed Suisan Keizai.

In March, the actual air transportation results of seafood and prepared fishery products were 4982 tons and 8,411.77 million yen ($77.23 million)...

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6 Highlights From the 2019 Fisheries of the United States Report

On Thursday NOAA Fisheries released their 2019 Fisheries of the United States Report, which provides fisheries statistics for the nation, including commercial landings and value. According to the latest figures, in 2019 U.S. commercial fishermen landed 9.3 billion pounds of seafood valued at $5.5 billion. This was on par with 2018, representing a less than 1% decline in volume and 2% decline in value. Find five more highlights from the report below:

Highest Value Species Groups

Of all species caught by U.S. fishermen...

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Subway Adds Fresh Tuna Melt to Menu; Launches Deal to Welcome New Item

Sandwich chain Subway introduced Fresh Melts a way to “upgrade” guests' typical footlong orders with a new option featuring extra cheese and grilled bread for just one more buck.

Qsrmagazine noted that the Subway Fresh Melts will deliver triple the amount of cheese on the sandwiches, including the brand's Tuna Melt. The new tuna option will feature 00 percent real wild-caught tuna with mayo, fresh onion and melty provolone cheese.

“Fresh Melts are our latest menu innovation to give guests fresh, smart choices that..."

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Japan’s Discharge Announcement Triggers More Ripple Effect in China

Japan’s plan to discharge waste water into the ocean is more than a domestic issue. And it is believed to not only exert great influence on its own seafood industry, but also impact other countries to different extents. For example, China, one of its neighbors, intends to stop its seafood imports and search for other substitutes.

Japan was never a main seafood supplier to Chinam which tends to source seafood from all over the world, said one insider. The country is not even among the top 10 suppliers whose exports are...

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Former Bumble Bee VPs Avoid Jail Time for Role in Canned Tuna Price-fixing Scandal

Former Bumble Bee Executives Walter Scott Cameron and Kenneth Worsham were sentenced on April 28 for their role in the canned tuna price-fixing scandal. Both avoided jail time as U.S. District Judge Edward Chen sentenced them to a $25,000 fine, three years of probation and community service time.

Per Law360, the pair of former Bumble Bee Vice Presidents were cooperating witnesses in the case that found Bumble Bee, StarKist and Chicken of the Sea had conspired to illegally raise the price of canned ..

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Yanmar Creates Automated Fish Counting System Designed for Tuna Farming

Japan-based industrial supplier Yanmar has developed a new automated fish counting system. The company is now accepting orders within Japan for the system utilizing image recognition to count the number of fish.

The system is designed for tuna farming and should improve the time it takes for aquaculture operators to count fish. Total counts are important for the industry as it helps control production volume and necessary feed volumes.

Yanmar also explained that with fishing vessel required to report their bluefin tuna catches, the aquaculture industry has...

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JAPAN: March Imported Fresh Tuna Sales Nose-Dive

The number of imported fresh tuna received at the Toyosu Market in March, which Jiji Press calculated, was 776, a decrease of 29% from the same month of the previous year. Wild Southern bluefin tuna and bigeye tuna have plummeted, but bluefin tuna, the main species, has doubled due to the surge in wild fish from Greek and farmed Mexican bluefin, reported Minato Shimbun. The total number of bluefin tuna was 622, about double from 309 in the same month of the previous year. Wild bluefins from Greece...

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Wild Planet Foods Introduces Ready-to-Eat Tuna Salad Bowls

Wild Planet Foods, a seafood canner with a focus on sustainability launched its new line of Ready-to-Eat Tuna Salad Bowls.

The new product line will provide consumers with everything they need to enjoy a tuna salad straight from the bowl. They are aimed at providing a “convenient, satisfying snack or light meal that requires no heating or prep work of any kind.”

The company shared its responsibly sourced seafood, including its wild skipjack. Wild Planet said the tuna is 100% sustainably pole & line caught – no nets are ever used...

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Imported Fresh Tuna Sales at the Toyosu Market in February

The number of imported fresh tuna received at the Toyosu Market in Tokyo in February, which Jiji Press calculated, was 479, an increase of 46.5% from the same month of the previous year. Wild bluefin tuna and bigeye tuna decreased, but as farmed tuna from Mexico recovered to the same level as 2019, it turned to increase overall, reported Suisan Keizai.

The total number of bluefins was 372, an increase of about 2.1 times from 175 in the same month of the previous year...

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ANALYSIS: Fresh Imported Seafood: Supply Constraints Amid Foodservice Recovery

Signs of optimism are emerging as we approach the one-year anniversary of the initial COVID-19 lockdown. Increasing confidence in the vaccine rollout and easing of state-by-state COVID-19 restrictions are laying the groundwork for the return of the foodservice sector.

For the better part of 2020, importers of fresh fish kept lean inventories due to lockdown orders and closures of dine-in restaurants across the country. During this time, sellers adapted to the new environment and started to move product into the retail sector...

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Thai Union Aims for 100% Tuna Supply Chain Transparency by 2025 in New Pledge

In what Thai Union described as a “game-changing” transparency pledge, Thai Union has partnered with global conservation organization The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to commit to a fully transparent tuna supply chain.

Thai Union, the parent company of major tuna brands Chicken of the Sea and John West, shared that it will work with TNC’s sustainable fisheries experts to implement 100% ‘on-the-water’ monitoring of its vast tuna supply chain by 2025.

The work will include deploying electronic monitoring on all of its partner vessels in our supply chains...

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JAPAN: In January Imports, Chilean Coho up 20%, Norwegian Mackerel Increased 70%

January marine product imports preliminary figures based on the Ministry of Finance's trade statistics on February 25 decreased by 8% from the same month of the previous year to 175,319 tons, Minato Shimbun compiled. Fresh and frozen salmon and trout increased 13% to 29,681 tons, but other prominent seafood decreased. Fresh and frozen tuna decreased 10% to 13,005 tons, and fresh and frozen shrimp decreased 15% to 11,286 tons.

The import value decreased by 17% to 108,172 million yen...

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Friend of the Sea Recertifies SAPMER's Indian Ocean Tuna Fishery

Friend of the Sea announced it has renewed its certification of the SAPMER purse seine fishery in the Indian Ocean. The company can continue displaying the Friend of the Sea logo on its products.

SAPMER was described by Friend of the Sea as a pioneer in the French Austral Seas, operating a fleet of four deep freezer longliners that fish for Patagonian Toothfish, along with a pot vessel fishing for rock lobster.

15 years ago, it began tropical tuna fishing in the Indian Ocean and operates nine super-freezer purse seiners freezing Yellowfin and Skipjack down to -40 °C...

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