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"While we are disappointed by his actions that upset a fair and robust marketplace, Chris Lischewski’s innovation and commitment to the sustainability of tuna stocks carries on," said National Fisheries Institute President John Connelly.Photo: Ronny Rosenberg

CA - National Fisheries Institute President: Lischewski's sentencing closes a 'dark chapter'

But group praises former Bumble Bee exec's innovation and commitment to tuna sustainability.

National Fisheries Institute (NFI) President John Connelly on Tuesday said the sentencing of NFI's former Chairman Chris Lischewski to 40 months in federal prison for his role in wide-scale canned tuna price fixing conspiracy "closes a dark chapter but does not erase the gains his vision brought the seafood community."

On Tuesday, a US district court in northern California sentenced ex-Bumble Bee CEO Lischewski to 40 months in prison and a fine of $100,000 fine (€88,679), due in 120 days.

The judge ruled that after release from prison, Lischewski will be on probation for three years. Lischewski has 60 days from the sentencing to report to a minimum security prison in Lompoc, California. August 17 has been set as his surrender date.

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