Latest Fishing News
21-27 July 2020
New Reports Detail Threat to Pacific Tuna Observers, Including From COVID-19

The non-governmental organization Human Rights At Sea earlier this month published a report with numerous recommendations to better protect fisheries observers who monitor fish catches by tuna vessels in the Pacific.

The report,  Fisheries Observer Deaths at Sea, Human Rights and the Role and Responsibilities of Fisheries Organisations , highlights “the often challenging and solitary working conditions for observers who are away at sea without any immediate physical support,” according to the group – a registered charity in England and Wales that promotes the development and enforcement of human rights at sea. Continue reading here (Source: SeafoodSource).
StarKist Debuts New Microwave-Safe Pouches Featuring Seasoned Tuna with Vegetable and Grains

StarKist Co. has announced its newest innovation, StarKist Creations Microwavables®, the first microwave-safe pouch featuring seasoned, wild caught tuna with vegetables and hearty grains like quinoa, barley, and brown rice. Perfect as part of lunch, dinner, or a satisfying snack, new StarKist Creations Microwavables® are available in four delicious varieties, including BOLD Spicy Rice & Beans, Tomato Basil, Latin Citrus and Thai Green Curry. 

"The launch of new StarKist Creations Microwavables® is an example of our commitment to provide consumers with healthy, convenient and delicious products," said Andy Mecs, Vice President of Marketing & Innovation, StarKist Co. "Microwavables are ready to eat at room temperature, and are even better after heating for 30 seconds in our microwave-safe pouch. They have a mild aroma, so feel free to use the microwave at the office!" Continue reading here (Source: Vending Market Watch).
5 South Koreans Kidnapped Onboard the F/V Panofi Frontier Released

Five South Korean nationals who were kidnapped by an unidentified armed group in waters off the western African country of Benin have been released, the foreign ministry said Saturday.

The South Koreans were released from southern Nigeria, Friday (local time), about a month after being abducted in waters 111 kilometers south of Cotonou Port in Benin, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

On June 24, the armed group attacked the 994-ton fishing vessel, the Ghanaian-flagged Panofi Frontier, and kidnapped six of the 30-man crew.

The ministry said the released South Koreans were in good health and are currently in a safe location prepared by its embassy in Nigeria.  Continue reading here (Source: Korea Times).
American Samoa Has Succeeded in Fighting COVID-19 While the U.S. Government Failed

To date, American Samoa remains the only place in the United States without a confirmed case of COVID-19.
In contrast to the uncoordinated federal response to the novel Coronavirus, the territorial government in American Samoa acted quickly and decisively. On March 18, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga (I), declared a public health emergency across the entire island territory.

While President Trump’s national declaration of emergency on March 13 included few concrete steps to control the virus, Moliga’s declaration less than a week later had an immediate impact. Schools were closed, travelers from affected countries faced full quarantine upon arrival, and all public gatherings were suspended until further notice. Citing the territory’s limited health facilities, Moliga warned that “inordinate challenges expose the Territory of American Samoa to epic vulnerabilities subjecting all its residents to unprecedented health, economic, and social risks.” A subsequent declaration from June 1 prohibited crew members of cargo and fishing vessels from disembarking in American Samoa. Continue reading here (Source: Washington Post).
What Do Today's Grocery Shoppers Want From Seafood?

Seafood is having a big moment amid the pandemic. As more consumers cook and eat their meals at home, seafood items from canned tuna to fresh salmon and frozen shrimp are seeing a major boost at supermarkets.

In fact,  Bumble Bee Foods said  canned and pouched tuna sales increased 100% between mid-March and early April. FMI’s Power of Seafood report also found that frozen seafood sales grew 50.8% over last year during the first three months of the pandemic, with fresh seafood growing 26.3% and grocery seafood growing 59.4% during the same time period. Continue reading here (Source: SmartBrief).
Increasing Investments in Thailand's Food Sector Reflects the Confidence in Thailand Despite COVID-19 Outbreak

From January 2019 to June 2020, international and local investors have filed 116 investment promotion applications for food processing and drinks manufacturing projects in Thailand, representing a total value of 18.8 billion baht (ca. 600 million US dollars), the Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) states.

In the first half of this year alone, some 5.84 billion baht worth of investment applications were filed for the sector, despite the impact of COVID-19 on business, thus demonstrating Thai and international food companies' confidence in Thailand's resilient, innovation-focused food sector.  Continue reading here (Source: PR Newswire).
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