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U.S. Seafood Trade Task Force Seeks Input
The Federal Register has published a notice inviting the U.S. seafood and fishing industry to submit comments and suggestions for the newly-established task force, which will be co-chaired by the Office of the United States Trade Representative and the U.S. Department of Commerce. The task force stems from the Presidential Executive Order signed May 7, 2020, on Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth. The Task Force will work to support fair market access for U.S. seafood products through trade policy and negotiations.

The assistant U.S. trade representative for market access and industrial competitiveness and the deputy assistant secretary for international fisheries will work closely with interagency partners to develop a comprehensive interagency seafood trade strategy. The strategy will identify opportunities to improve access to foreign markets through trade policy and negotiations; resolve technical barriers to U.S. seafood exports; and otherwise support fair market access for U.S. seafood products.

Industry and the public are invited to submit comments via email to SeafoodTrade.Strategy@noaa.gov  through August 1, 2020. Submitted comments are available online
Seafood Watch® & Ocean Wise 
Ratings Updates

FishChoice's Sustainable Ratings Partners Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® and Vancouver Aquarium's Ocean Wise program have released their seafood recommendations for July 2020.

Seafood Watch released new and updated ratings for the following seafood products:

  • Bream (Gilt Head)
  • Char (Arctic)
  • Cockle (New Zealand)
  • Meagre
  • Perch (Giant)
  • Prawn (Giant Tiger)
  • Roughy (Orange)
  • Salmon (Atlantic)
  • Sea Bass (European)
  • Shrimp (Whiteleg)
  • Squid (Japanese Flying)
  • Tilapia (Nile)

New and updated Ocean Wise ratings were released for the following seafood products: 

  • Bream (Gilt Head)
  • Char (Arctic)
  • Cockle (New Zealand)
  • Herring (Atlantic)
  • Meagre
  • Perch (Giant)
  • Prawn (Giant Tiger)
  • Roughy (Orange)
  • Salmon (Atlantic, Chum, Pink, Sockeye)
  • Sea Bass (European)
  • Shrimp (Whiteleg)
  • Sprat (European)
  • Squid (Japanese Flying, Longfin, Northern Shortfin)
  • Tilapia (Nile)
  • Whiting (Blue)

For the full summary of these recommendations and past updates from this year, visit our 2020 Seafood Watch Updates and 2020 Ocean Wise Updates pages.

The Alaska Guys
Singapore

The Alaska Guys aim to provide real, authentic, top quality Alaskan seafood to Singapore and the surrounding Southeast Asian markets. Primarily providing frozen fish, the business takes great care to ensure its seafood is very fresh at the point of freezing. The company focuses on offering superior grades of seafood, such as fillets and crab legs, to Singaporean customers, with the widest range of Alaskan seafood available to Southeast Asian markets. Founded by two friends with experience in the Alaska seafood industry, The Alaska Guys source high-quality seafood and handle the logistics of export, import, and sales from Alaska to Singapore and Southeast Asia.  Read more...

Blueyou Ltd.
Switzerland

Blueyou Ltd. strives to be at the forefront of transforming global seafood production towards a more sustainable future. They believe in the potential of consumer markets to help facilitate this challenging transformation. Implementing more sustainable fishery and aquaculture practices by means of market incentives is Blueyou Ltd.'s core area of focus and expertise. Blueyou develops projects that house elements essential to their credibility including the use of third-party auditors and product traceability. A primary example of this work is demonstrated by their Selva Shrimp® program. The first farmed shrimp from Southeast Asia to receive a "Best Choice" rating from the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program. Read more...

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Coronavirus Has Americans Hooked on Canned Tuna, and Producers Are Playing Catch-Up
(Wall Street Journal, 7/15/2020)

How a Blue New Deal Charts a Course for a Sustainable Sea Change
(GreenBiz, 7/20/2020)

Supercharged Shellfish Could Be the Answer to Vitamin Deficiency
(New Food, 7/20/2020)

Cosmetics Giant Backs Sustainable Aquaculture
(The Fish Site, 7/20/2020)

Acuinor Aims to Farm Fish in the Driest Place on Earth
(SeafoodSource, 7/20/2020)

Identifying Global Opportunities for Shellfish, Seaweed Aquaculture
(Global Aquaculture Alliance, 7/20/2020)

Sharp Decline of Popular Seafood Species Around the World
(SciTechDaily, 7/21/2020)

New Blue Economy Program Focuses on Inclusivity
(Portland Press Herald, 7/21/2020)

Draft National Fisheries Policy Seeks Big Growth But Ignore Fishers
(Mongabay India, 7/21/2020)

COVID-19: Nations Look to Aquaculture to Boost Food Security
(SeaWestNews, 7/22/2020)

'We Have No Market, But Lots of Lobsters': A Maine Lobsterwoman Fights for Her Livelihood
(SeaWestNews, 7/23/2020)

Seafood Industry to Utilise New Technology in Fight Against Food Fraud
(SeaWestNews, 7/23/2020)

North Korea's 'Ghost Ships' Washed Up in Japan Because of China's 'Dark' Fishing Fleet, NGO Says
(CNN, 7/23/2020)

Gold vs. Salmon: Battle Over an Alaskan Mine
(New York Times, 7/24/2020)
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