Fishupdate Briefing Friday December 1st

SEAFOOD FIRM FACES $75k SEXUAL HARASSMENT BILL
A US seafood company based in Bellingham, Washington State, has paid out a substantial sum to three women who brought a sexual harassment claim against the business. The Skagit Valley Herald has reported that Trans Ocean Seafoods Inc., which does business as New England Shellfish, agreed to pay $75,000 total to the women who worked as clam diggers in the Skagit area.The lawsuit, filed by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, claimed the company violated federal civil rights law by not properly responding to complaints that a supervisor made unwanted sexual comments to female workers repeatedly in 2012. The company has also been ordered to provide anti-discrimination training to staff.

FISH OR FOWL? – PIES RECALLED
THE supermarket chain Morrisons has recalled its “Traditional Chicken and Mushroom Pie” because some of them contain fish. The company, which has apologised for the mistake,  says that those who bought the 400 gramme packs (use by date December 4th)  in error should return them to the store from where they were purchased. The Food Standards Agency said the affected pies could pose a health risk for anyone with an intolerance   to fish or mustard.

ICELAND CATCHES RISE
THE total catch  by the  Icelandic fleet  in October totalled  114,258 tonnes, up by 40 per cent on the same month last year. The increase is mostly due to higher  herring catch,  which rose from 32,000 tons to 59,000 tons. The generally higher value demersal catch (cod etc)  was 42,000 tons, an increase of five per cent, due to more redfish. Flatfish catch was 1,816 tonnes which is 12 per cent more than in October 2016. Shellfish catch was 1,153 tonnes compared with 716 tonnes last year. The price value index was 16.5 per cent higher than in October 2016.

POULTRY AND SEAFOOD GROUP PROFITS DIP
THE full-year profits for the Boparan poultry and seafood group which owns Five Star Fish of Grimsby, dropped sharply in the 12 months to July 29th  this year. They emerged at £22.8 million, down from £63.4 million in the previous 12 months. However, sales rose from £3.1 billion to £3.2 billion, suggesting that commodity or raw material costs have risen sharply. The group has a wide portfolio which includes the Harry Ramsden fish restaurant chain and Goodfella’s pizza.

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