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Crown Prince Seafood Joins NFI Crab Council

September 27, 2017

Crown Prince is pleased to announce that we have become the newest member of the National Fisheries Institute’s Crab Council. Since 1948, our California-based company has offered a diverse product line of canned seafood products at conventional, chain, natural, and big box retail outlets across the country.Crown Prince and Crown Prince Natural Crab Meat
Sourced from Thailand and Indonesia, Crown Prince’s crab meat selection is responsibly sourced from trusted in-country partners. With a supply chain emphasizing corporate responsibility, Crown Prince offers a variety of quality crab meat grades across our brand lines Crown Prince, Ocean Prince, and Crown Prince Natural.

“In 2010, Crown Prince established an internal sustainability team tasked with innovating responsible company practices,” Crown Prince CFO Christopher Bruno said. “In joining the Crab Council, Crown Prince furthers its institutional commitment to fisheries management.”

Crown Prince joins the Crab Council as its 30th member. The Crab Council is an industry-led sustainability effort whose membership includes U.S. and international crab companies. The Crab Council receives its funding for fishery improvement projects in Southeast Asia from member assessments on every pound of blue swimming crab imported as well as through contributions from member companies associated with the crab industry like Crown Prince.

The addition of Crown Prince coincides with an expansion of Crab Council activities.  The council seeks to bolster existing FIPs (Fishery Improvement Projects) and ventures into India, using matched support from American blue crab importers for the successful funding and execution of these endeavors.

The NFI Crab Council was founded in 2009 and funds blue swimming crab sustainability projects through contributions from participating companies and has received grants from the World Bank, the Walton Family Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Crown Prince Seafood Announces MSC Certified Sustainable Kipper Snacks

July 29, 2015

Crown Prince, Inc. is proud to have transitioned to Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified herring for our Crown Prince Natural Kipper Snacks and Kipper Snacks with Cracked Black Pepper. Our herring are wild caught in the Gulf of St. Lawrence off the West coast of the Canadian province of Newfoundland. The area is managed by the Canadian federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) with the specific area of operation located between Cape Bauld and Cape Ray.

Crown Prince Natural Kipper Snacks

Crown Prince Natural Kipper Snacks are MSC Certified Sustainable and Non-GMO Project Verified.

Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) belong to the family Clupeidae. The Clupeidae family consists of 216 species that are global in distribution. Herring, shads, sardines, and menhadens are all members of the Clupeidae family; as a group they are considered one of the most important families of commercial fish, processed for food, oil and fish meal.

Atlantic herring in this region is comprised of two distinct stock components: spring and fall spawners. The herring purse seine fishery operates April through December, depending on weather and sea ice conditions. Recent Total Allowable Catches (TAC) set by the DFO for herring in this region are 20,000 tonnes; the MSC certified purse seine fleet component is about 11,000 tonnes.

Management measures in place include a detailed monitoring and surveillance system, closed area and season restrictions, minimum landing sizes and avoidance of non-target species with applied echo sounding technology. Atlantic herring are primarily exported as cured, frozen, fresh, smoked, roe, sardines and canned. Products from this fishery are predominantly sold to the United States, Western Europe and Japan.

Purse Seine Net

Purse Seine Net used for catching fish

The fishery is comprised of large and small herring purse seiners. Large and small seiners are defined as those greater than 65 feet and those smaller than 65 feet respectively. The purse seine is a large rectangular net that is designed to encircle herring. The seine is set by a small boat, known as a skiff, deployed by the fishing vessel. As the net is released from the stern of the vessel, the skiff controls the free end of the net until the larger seiner completely encircles the fish. Once the skiff has the net set and returns to the seiner, the seine top and bottom lines are handed to the seiner, which uses a winch to pull both ends of the purse line, closing off the bottom of the seine net like a purse, preventing the herring from escaping.

To “kipper” a fish is to rub it with salt and spices before drying it in the open air or in smoke.  This method of preservation has been used from time immemorial, first as a means to quickly preserve an abundance of fish, more recently as preferred cooking method of a variety of fish, game and poultry. Crown Prince Natural Kipper Snacks are smoked over hardwood chips and are an excellent source of protein with 1.34 mg of Omega-3 fatty acids per serving. Crown Prince Natural Kipper Snacks and Kipper Snacks with Cracked Black Pepper are both Non-GMO Project verified.

Small Fish, Big Oceans: Anchovies

May 20, 2015

The Small Fish Recipe Sweepstakes

In the spirit of the commitment by chefs worldwide to use under-utilized fish like anchovies, herring and sardines in their restaurants on World Oceans Day, Crown Prince Seafood encourages you to try these delicious and nutritious small fish in your recipes at home as often as you can.

When it Comes to Fish, One Chef’s Trash is Another’s Daily Special

We prefer to call these small fish “The Daily Special” as there is nothing trashy about them. In the next few weeks we’ll be sharing stories and recipes from around the world for anchovies, herring and sardines and invite you to share your recipes with us by entering our Small Fish Recipe Sweepstakes.


Anchovies are a small, common salt water forage fish found in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans. There are 144 species of fish which can be called anchovy. Their taste differs due to the area in which they are harvested, the age at which they are caught, and the method of preparation. Most of us in the United States are familiar with the salt cured anchovy from Morocco, Spain, France, Italy or Peru. These can be tasty additions to salads, pizzas, sauces and tapenades, but these uses hardly reflect the importance of anchovies in cooking around the world.

Anchovy Olive Tapenade

Mixed Olive Tapenade by Crown Prince Seafood. For more recipes, visit


Fresh anchovies pickled in vinegar are called boquerones en vinagre in Spain; southern Indian states eat fresh anchovies either fried or in a spicy curry; the Philippines is home to Ginataang dilis, a sauce of anchovies, peppers, greens, and coconut milk; and Turkish cooks created Balik Bugulama as a stew to use these abundant fish. Anchovies also are the principal ingredient of sauces like Thai nam pla, Vietnamese nuoc mam, Filipino bagoong, and Malaysian budu; all showcase the wonderful fishy essence of anchovies. In fact, anchovies have played a very important role in cuisine since before Roman times, influencing the drive for ocean domination, fishing territories, and salt production, all of which were interwoven.

Fresh anchovies were abundant in the U.S. from West Coast fisheries until the 1950’s.  As the California sardine fishery declined due to over exploitation, harvesters turned to anchovies as a replacement. This stock too was soon over fished and restrictions were placed on their use for all but bait fish and fish meal. Only 2,100 metric tons were harvested in 2010, so you have to be very lucky and live on the West Coast to have the opportunity to try fresh anchovies.  Try this recipe using canned anchovies:

Olive Anchovy Tapenade

  • 3/4 pound pitted black olives, such as Kalamata, Nicoise or Gaeta
  • 3 to 4 ounces capers, drained and rinsed
  • 2 anchovy fillets, drained, rinsed and patted dry
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 bay leaf, finely chopped
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cognac or brandy
  • 1/2 cup good quality extra-virgin olive oil

Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine well, then allow to process until mixture is coarsely pureed. Taste for seasoning, then serve as a dip alongside crusty bread with goat cheese, grilled vegetables or chicken, or tossed with cooked pasta and fresh herbs.

Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse, 2001

Small Fish, Big Oceans: Sardines

May 13, 2015

The Small Fish Recipe Sweepstakes

In the spirit of the commitment by chefs worldwide to use under-utilized fish like anchovies, herring and sardines in their restaurants on World Oceans Day, Crown Prince Seafood encourages you to try these delicious and nutritious small fish in your recipes at home as often as you can.

When it Comes to Fish, One Chef’s Trash is Another’s Daily Special

We prefer to call these small fish “The Daily Special” as there is nothing trashy about them. In the next few weeks we’ll be sharing stories and recipes from around the world for anchovies, herring and sardines and invite you to share your recipes with us by entering our Small Fish Recipe Sweepstakes.

Crown Prince Seafood 2015 World Oceans Day Sweepstakes

In Croatia, fishing for sardela or sardina on the coasts of Dalmatia and Istria began thousands of years ago. The region was part of the Roman Empire, then largely a Venetian dominion, and has always been sustained through fishing mainly sardines. All along the coast, many towns promote the age-old practice of fishing by lateen sail boats for tourism and on festival occasions. Today, industrial producers continue this tradition. There are several famous Croatian dishes with sardines, for instance: Komiška pogača (a pie with salted sardines and tomato sauce) and Saur or Inšavor (sardines fried and then cooled, seasoned with olive oil, vinegar, garlic, black pepper and rosemary.)

Croatian Lateen Sail Boat

Raising lateen sail on Bracera “Our Lady of the Sea”

A simple recipe for Saur:

To taste: mix olive oil, white wine vinegar, crushed garlic, thinly sliced white onion, fresh oregano, rosemary, black peppercorns, coarse sea salt, and a bit of white wine. Adapt the seasonings to your taste. Boil for 5 minutes. Set aside.

If you have fresh clean sardines, season them with salt and pepper and grill them in the oven (or, even better, on an outside grill) until done – about 2 minutes should do it.

If you have canned sardines, drain off any liquid and pat the sardines dry.  Season with a bit of pepper and grill for about a minute.

Let the sardines cool. Arrange a layer in a dish and cover with half of the marinade. Top with the remaining sardines and the rest of the marinade.  Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Bring to room temperature and serve.

Small Fish, Big Oceans: The Small Fish Recipe Sweepstakes

May 1, 2015

Crown Prince Seafood honors World Oceans Day – June 8, 2015 – with a recipe sweepstakes designed to focus on the most abundant fish species: anchovies, herring (kipper snacks) and sardines.

Crown Prince Seafood 2015 World Oceans Day Sweepstakes

Send us your favorite recipe using one (or more) of our anchovy, kipper or sardine products for a chance to win one free case (12-18 cans) of your choice of any Crown Prince Anchovies, Kipper Snacks or Sardines.

There will be 6 winners drawn at random. All entries must be submitted via the sweepstakes form no later than Monday, June 1, 2015. The winners will be announced on Monday, June 8, 2015 on the Crown Prince website. We will contact all winners directly via phone or e-mail.

Submitted recipes become the property of Crown Prince, Inc. and may be used on our website or in a future publication. Visit our website for Official Sweepstakes Rules, Terms & Conditions.

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Crown Prince, Inc. Announces Non-GMO Project Verification

October 1, 2014

Crown Prince, Inc., in cooperation with The Non-GMO Project, has submitted Crown Prince Natural products for Non-GMO Project verification.  The verification process on many items has been completed.  New product labels and shelf tags displaying The Non-GMO Project logo will start appearing at retail over the course of the next year.  The following Crown Prince Natural products have been verified so far:

Crown Prince Natural Pink Salmon

Crown Prince Natural Pink Salmon is now Non-GMO Project Verified!

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Genetic Modification is a special set of technologies that alter the genetic makeup of organisms such as animals, plants or bacteria. While some genetic modification has been done in the aquaculture business, the vast majority of fish available to the American public has not been genetically modified. Inherently, wild caught fish are free from genetic modification. Since all of Crown Prince’s fish are wild caught, there is no danger that there are any GMOs in our products. The Crown Prince Natural line includes two cultivated shellfish – clams and oysters, but these have not been genetically modified.  These shellfish feed from the waters in which they grow; therefore there is no danger that they have been adulterated by GE feed. Crown Prince packs our products in simple packing mediums with simple seasonings, none of which contain GMOs.

Crown Prince is proud of providing simple, whole foods to our American consumers. Canned fish is not a manufactured product, but is wild harvested from the oceans of our planet. Our customers can be assured that Crown Prince only offers the best that the oceans can provide – unadulterated by genetic modification.  Crown Prince feels strongly that consumers have the right to know how their food has been created; this is the basis of the company’s support of Non-GMO Project verification.

Crown Prince Seafood Announces MSC Certified Sustainable Tuna

July 10, 2014

Crown Prince, Inc. is pleased to announce that our Albacore Tuna is now Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified.  Sourcing of our Albacore Tuna is from within the 200 mile exclusive economic zone of New Zealand.

Exclusive Economic Zone of New Zealand

The MSC standard for sustainable fishing has three main principles: sustainable fish stocks, minimizing environmental impact, and effective management.  The MSC ecolabel assures consumers of third-party certified, sustainably harvested seafood; practices that will ensure fish supplies for years to come.

Crown Prince Natural MSC Certified Albacore Tuna

Crown Prince Natural Albacore Tuna is available in 5 oz. BPA free cans with pull-top lids and standard 12 oz. cans.

Currently, our Clam Juice and Pink Salmon are sourced from MSC certified fisheries; Kipper Snacks and Yellowfin Tuna are expected to be certified later this year.  Crown Prince is actively working toward sourcing as much MSC certified seafood as it becomes available for its’ Natural line.

With experts, the MSC developed standards for sustainable fishing and seafood traceability. The MSC’s ecolabeling and certification program ensures labeled seafood comes from, and can be traced back to, a sustainable fishery.  MSC standards and requirements meet global best practice guidelines for certification and ecolabeling programs.  For more information on MSC standards and certification requirements go to