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Newport International unveils major crab sustainability policy

FBR Staff Writer Published 04 April 2011

Newport International, the Florida-based seafood company, in cooperation with other companies that represent more than 60% of the US market for imported Blue Swimming Crab, have introduced a major sustainability initiative drafted to cease the harvesting of undersized crabs.

The company, which is the producer of Jack's Catch and Pacific Cove brand seafood, and ten other crab importing companies together constitute the National Fisheries Institute's Crab Council.

The council members collectively finance almost half a million dollars in Blue Swimming Crab sustainability work annually and have received three grants from the World Bank's Allfish program.

Newport quality assurance director Aaron Huckabee said the company's sustainability partners in Indonesia and the Philippines know that this minimum size policy is one that follows science and regional regulations and that it will be updated regularly.