SEA DELIGHT INTERNATIONAL SIGNS AGREEMENT FOR COOPERATION WITH TASTELESS, FLAVOURLESS SMOKE AND RAW MATERIAL SUPPLY WITH CORAL SEA FISHING PTY LIMITED IN AUSTRALIA

MIAMI, FL – Sea Delight International, with its Subsidiaries Sea Delight Canada and Sea Delight Europe, signed Memorandum of Understanding with Coral Sea Fishing Pty Limited in Australia, Part of the SOS Resources Group, to cooperate in the supply of Tasteless Smoke treated seafood products to Australia and New Zealand. Coral Sea Fishing holds the respective patents, technologies, intellectual property and rights to import, sell and trade Tasteless Smoke, Flavorless smoke and Filtered smoke treated seafood products in Australia and New Zealand.

“This new partnership opens up opportunities to develop new markets in Australia and New Zealand for Filtered Smoke treated seafood products, and Sea Delight will be able to provide technical assistance for the use of this innovative process as well as provide treated raw material to Coral Sea Fishing via our existing supply network,” says Eugenio Sanchez, Sea Delight President. “What is more, through this partnership we also share a common vision for sustainable seafood. Coral Sea Fishing has agreed to provide a financial contribution per pound to the Sea Delight Ocean Fund, Inc. on all imported product so that they may continue supporting Fishery Improvement Projects where this raw material is being sourced from,” says Sanchez.

“This is a partnership built on mutual goals. Collectively we have a very large and capable supply network all using the Flavorless, Tasteless Filtered Smoke Technology.  Together we are working on delivering high quality seafood products to our markets using natural shelf life extension processes derived from organics.  Our shared vision for sustainable seafood will ensure this is a win-win partnership, for seafood resources and our customers,” says Sean Cauchois, Director for Coral Sea Fishing Australia.

 

Coral Sea Fishing Pty Limited, founded in 1999 specializes in sourcing the best quality seafood, working with the latest natural innovative food technologies and is committed to protecting our seafood resources and providing the highest quality products. We specialize in New Product Development, Portion Control Programs and Shelf Life Extension of High Value Raw Material. Coral Sea Fishing focus on raw material from wild caught sustainably fished resources and sustainably farmed aquaculture projects. Coral Sea Fishing’s signature brand SUPERFRESH ® is Australia’s leading brand of frozen value added deep sea tuna products. For sales or further information, visit http://www.coralseafishing.com.au/

The Sea Delight Ocean Fund (SDOF), is a Miami, FL based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2012 to create and support global fishery improvement projects that promote awareness for responsible fishing practices and adequate management of the fishery with the goal of achieving seafood sustainability.  All proceeds from its annual “Taste of the Sea,” a Chef Competition and Grand Tasting event help further support fishery improvement projects in which the Sea Delight Ocean Fund participates. For further information about these projects, visit www.sdoceanfund.org

Sea Delight LLC operates in conjunction with ADS Seafood Inc., doing business as Atlantic Fisheries from its 16,000-square-foot headquarters located in the Doral area of Miami, Florida. Their international presence has grown with offices in Vietnam and Spain which help serve Sea Delight Canada, LLC and Sea Delight Europe, SLU. To view their sustainability policy, for sales or further information, visit http://www.sea-delight.com/

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FROM IMPORTING SEAFOOD TO ENSURING A SUSTAINABLE OCEAN, THE SANCHEZ FAMILY AT SEA DELIGHT IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE

MIAMI – As a young man Eugenio Sanchez, a native of Spain, migrated from Venezuela to the U.S. He had limited financial resources and spoke very little English, but he worked hard and found his way into a position as a seafood buyer for a company in Tampa. He learned all he could in that position and, in 1993, he and a partner started a seafood business in Lakeland, FL. After two short years, he ventured off on his own to found A.D.S. Seafood d/b/a Atlantic Fisheries. Ten years later, while Atlantic Fisheries was still flourishing, he added Sea Delight LLC and Sea Delight Canada LLC, both high-quality frozen and fresh seafood companies, to his portfolio and partnered with his nephew Cesar Bencosme and Leopold Landry, a long-time business partner who the Sanchez considers a member of his family.

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Margarita & Eugenio Sanchez

Family has always been of the utmost importance to Sanchez and from the very beginning he entrusted them with key positions that has enhanced the company’s growth. Margarita Sanchez, his wife, works in the human resources and accounts receivables department. Marilyn Reyes, his youngest daughter, is the controller. Annabelle Sanchez, his middle daughter, works in accounts payables. Cesar Bencosme, his nephew, is the Vice President of sales and partner of both Sea Delight and A.D.S Seafood. Sanchez’s oldest daughter Adriana Sanchez-Lindsay has been working in the family business since she was 17. She began working with data entry at Atlantic Fisheries when she was in high school and then developed the training manuals while on break from college.

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Cesar & Astrid Bencosme

In 2010, she joined the firm full time. Sanchez-Lindsay graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies. Counting on her combined knowledge of the political landscape and Latin America, Sanchez, with an eye on the future, named Sanchez-Lindsay to the position of Seafood Imports and Sustainability Coordinator. He knew there was a need to review their company’s sourcing practices and engage in projects that would improve the fisheries they were sourcing from in order to ensure a healthy ocean stocks.

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Adriana Sanchez, Marilyn Reyes, Annabelle Sanchez, & William Reyes

Sanchez-Lindsay dove into her new role with zeal. She spent a year understanding their supply chain, and the impact of overfishing and general fishing practices had on the environment. She has participated in global workshops that address seafood sustainability issues. And she has worked with environmental experts and the people directly involved in local fisheries to understand how Sea Delight can effectively contribute to healthy oceans via sustainable seafood sourcing policies. It wasn’t long before she saw how Sea Delight could make a difference and in 2012 the Sea Delight Ocean Fund was born.

SDoceanfund-transparentThe Sea Delight Ocean Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to educating consumers about sustainable seafood and funding fishery improvement projects around the world. Its major source of fundraising is the annual Taste of the Sea charity event.

To date, Sea Delight Ocean Fund has become an active stakeholder responsible for supporting Fishery Improvement Projects or FIPs along the Sea Delight supply chain in six different countries. They include fisheries in Indonesia, Vietnam, Peru, Ecuador, Mexico and Guatemala. Sea Delight Ocean Fund provides funding for building FIPs from the ground up and having a presence at the local FIP to do hands-on work for the fisheries to improve. The goal is to support sustainability efforts by the local fisheries and support their ability to continue to make a living from the ocean.

Both the for-profit and not-for-profit companies continue to do well. From 1995 to now, Sanchez has grown his companies from three initial employees at Atlantic Fisheries to more than 100 worldwide that include Sea Delight Canada, Sea Delight Europe.

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Adriana Sanchez & Marilyn Reyes, North American Seafood Expo 2015

“Over the past several years, seafood sustainability has become a major environmental movement,” said Sanchez-Lindsay. “And we, along with others in our industry, are at the forefront. There is a huge wave of interest from consumers for sustainability and it’s critical for our business to continue long-term into the future. If we are to make a difference, the best place to start is at the source level. Therefore, we work with fishery improvement projects. Through this work, we have sponsored a Circle Hook program whereby we provided fisherman in Vietnam on longline vessels with over 400 circle hooks per vessel so that they could try them and help reduce sea turtle bycatch in the Tuna fishery.”

Sea Delight Ocean Fund has also just launched a new featured series called “Women in Seafood” that is promoted heavily in traditional media as well as on their social media platforms. The series features the women in the seafood industry who are making big strides in the seafood industry. The first feature was launched in January, highlighting two women making a difference in seafood sustainability.

As business grows and sustainability takes hold, the entire Sanchez family with the support of their business partner Landry, continue to have high hopes for a bright future.

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Leopold Landry

 

Sea Delight LLC operates in conjunction with ADS Seafood Inc., doing business as Atlantic Fisheries from its 16,000-square-foot headquarters located in the Doral area of Miami, Florida. Their international presence has grown with offices in Vietnam and Spain which help serve Sea Delight Canada, LLC and Sea Delight Europe, SLU. To view their sustainability policy, for sales or further information, visit http://www.sea-delight.com/ or call toll free at 888-FISH-199 or 305.594-979.

The Sea Delight Ocean Fund (SDOF), is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2012 to create and support global fishery improvement projects and better fishing practices initiatives that protect marine resources and promote conservation efforts globally. All proceeds from the annual Taste of the Sea event will help further marine conservation programs led by the Sea Delight Ocean Fund.

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BINH THUAN GOVERNMENT AND WWF CORAL TRIANGLE PLEDGE SUPPORT FOR MSC PRE-ASSESSMENT FOR LA GI BOTTOM FISH

Stephen Fisher, Sea Delight LLC. Feb. 2, 2016

In a historic meeting of stakeholders in the La Gi bottom fish fishery a plan to conduct a Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) pre-assessment of the fishery was announced. The meeting was attended by fishers, fish brokers, representatives of the local fish processing industry, US seafood importers and local government officials.

 

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Mr. Fisher and Mr. Huy, Fisheries Director, give the presentation on MSC

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More than 40 stakeholders attended the meeting

Sea Delight representative Stephen Fisher was invited to give a short presentation on the basic principles of MSC and the pre-assessment process. The presentation was prepared by Mr. Keith Symington of WWF Coral Triangle. WWF Coral Triangle has also pledged financial support for the pre-assessment as part of its ongoing Capacity Building Training for in-country MSC assessors in Vietnam and Indonesia.

Support for the MSC process and a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) for the fishery was voiced in speeches by the Director of the Binh Thuan fisheries department and the Director of the provincial People’s Committee. The major local fish processor was represented by it’s corporate director who also pledged full support for the MSC process.

Although Sea Delight is not currently sourcing bottom fish from this fishery we will continue to report on the progress as the FIP is developed.

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Women in Seafood: Barbara Blakistone

Dr. Barbara Blakistone is the Senior Director of Scientific Affairs for the National Fisheries Institute. Dr. Blakistone received her Ph.D. in food science from North Carolina State University at Raleigh and spent 15 years in food packaging working for International Paper and Mead Packaging. She worked for the National Food Processors Association (now Grocery Manufacturers Association) in Washington, D.C. to hone her trade association skills. After NFPA, Dr. Blakistone worked for Graham Packaging in York, PA for several years before returning to Washington in 2005 to work for National Fisheries. In January 2016, she joined IEH Laboratories & Consulting Group in Seattle, WA as Vice President, Aquatic Food Products. Dr. Blakistone is a frequent speaker and organizer of seminars for Seafood Expo North America, the Institute of Food Technologists, Pacific Fisheries Technologists, and the International Association for Food Protection where she has chaired the Seafood Quality & Safety Professional Development Group.
Sea Delight: Sustainable seafood is an industry for the future. Maintaining a healthy ocean with responsibly sourced fish is simply good business. What attracted you to the seafood business in the first place?

Barbara Blakistone: I had a colleague with University of California-Sea Grant that recommended me for my position at National Fisheries.

SD: The seafood industry is a significant contributor to the world’s growing need for healthy sustainable food. Why is sustainability important to you?

BB: Planning for the future of food and feeding the planet is the moral responsibility of not only the seafood industry but all of us.

SD: What are some of the projects you are currently working on that will enhance the future of the seafood industry?

BB: I’ve always had a research interest in food-packaging interaction and extending shelf life. Technical projects I’ve worked on at the NFI often address improving quality of seafood which impacts time a product can be offered to consumers. Also, I’ve worked with the NFI team on enhancing health through omega-3s. I liaise with the Seafood Industry Research Fund to seek out universities that can conduct projects that ultimately benefit the industry. Those projects usually play out to enhance quality and therefore extension of shelf life.

SD: The seafood industry is one of the most complex global systems in the world because it’s about feeding people. What has been your biggest challenge working in the industry in general and also addressing sustainable seafood?

BB: Once the industry totally embraces traceability and interoperability throughout the supply chain, tracking seafood from harvest to point of sale will greatly enhance sustainability because quality is improved. And again, better quality means preservation of seafood. Traceability is a great tool to define where the limiting points are in the supply chain.

SD: The best leaders are lifelong learners. What have you learned most recently that has made an impact on your career?

BB: I thoroughly enjoy navigating the technical and regulatory waters when NFI members have an import, labeling, or other issue. Recognizing that skill defines what I want as part of my job responsibilities.

SD: What advice would you give other women interested in a career in the seafood industry?

BB: Seafood science and technology is a wide open field in need of women (and men too for that matter). Opportunities are there and are not limited by gender. I’ve found seafood to offer a “family-like” atmosphere which welcomes all. I’ve met many women in leadership positions.

We’re Shining the Spotlight on ‘Women in Seafood’ with our New Series!

I’m Adriana Sánchez and the Sustainability Director for Sea Delight, LLC, and the President of the Sea Delight Ocean Fund, Inc. For the last five years, I have been responsible for coordinating development efforts for Global Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs). My role has been focused on strategic planning, evaluation, and management of international and multicultural teams and projects. I have also been fostering partnerships with members of the seafood industry and other conservation groups to assist in the proper development and implementation of Sea Delight’s sustainability initiatives.

As a result of these efforts it became apparent that we could make an even better impact by founding the Sea Delight Ocean Fund, Inc., which is a 501(c)(3) charity organization. The Sea Delight Ocean Fund supports the implementation and expansion of existing marine conservation programs as well as developing new programs for the improved management of global fisheries. These efforts not only benefit the industry by ensuring a stable supply chain, but also benefit the fishermen and their families by securing their livelihoods as they too depend on the availability of these resources.

Both Sea Delight and our charity arm are our family business. It was founded by my father and I work alongside my two sisters and stepmother. These women are responsible for the day-to-day operations of our company and are the administrative backbone we need in order to operate. Working closely with women in different roles has made me wonder who are the women in seafood? What insight and lessons learned can they offer from their experience working in this industry? What are their aspirations for this industry and how do they contribute to its future? Thus the Women in Seafood series was born.

Some of these women I have met and some I have yet to meet, but I have always admired their tenacity and professionalism. Now is our chance to shine a spotlight on the “women in seafood” who are making big strides in an exciting field that can reap major benefits for the future.

We asked each featured woman a series of questions that are less focused on how women work vis-à-vis men and more focused on the actual work these women are doing in regard to seafood and sustainability. These are role models, many of whom have paved the way for a new generation of female leaders in an industry that was primarily led by men. Though in the past, when speaking about women in seafood the focus is usually on sexism and stereotypes, it was important for me to ask questions that can be answered without perpetuating stereotypes of women’s roles.

More importantly, this project is not exclusionary. This series also helps men in the industry get to know who these female movers and shakers are. We are kicking off the series on January 6, 2016 as part of what we call “Women in Seafood Wednesdays.” We will feature one woman every other week.

If you know or work with great women in seafood, please share this opportunity with them and encourage their participation by contacting me at adriana@sea-delight.com or Stacey Schrager at stacey@staceyschrager.com.

SEA DELIGHT HIRES NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR FOR EUROPE

 Manuel Álvarez Dávila brings years of experience in the international seafood markets to Sea Delight Europe, SLU

 MIAMI – April 29, 2015 – Eugenio Sánchez, Sea Delight’s President, announced that Sea Delight has hired Manuel Álvarez Dávila as Managing Director for Sea Delight Europe, SLU.

“Manuel brings his vast experience and knowledge of the European market in both retail as well as food service to the introduction of our products overseas,” said Sánchez.

Álvarez brings years of experience to this new position. Prior to joining Sea Delight Europe, he was the Managing Director for Lat42north, S.L., an international business consulting firm that helped small-and medium-sized enterprises enter international markets. Álvarez has held various senior management positions within the seafood industry, including Pescanova Group, where he was the Director of International Division, paving the way in worldwide seafood sales; NPC (Saudi Arabia), a leading aquaculture company producing shrimp, fish, sea cucumber and algae in the Red Sea coast where he was Director of International Sales & Marketing. He has held other senior management positions including Director of International Sales & Marketing, Export Manager, Commercial Manager and Trader for various companies throughout Spain.

Álvarez completed the Program for Leadership Development (PLD) from IESE Business School, holds a Master of Business Administration degree in International Business from CECO, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Saint Louis University. He is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Italian.

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Sea Delight Europe, SLU was founded in 2012 by Eugenio Sánchez, Leopold Landry and Cesar Bencosme as an initiative seeking to target the market of frozen seafood products in Europe. Mr. Sánchez, Mr. Landry and Mr. Bencosme’s combined industry experience developed over 30 years of working in the seafood business, have quickly helped our affiliated company, Sea Delight Canada, SL become an industry leader in the market of both high-quality frozen and fresh seafood in Canada. Superior products, excellent customer service and our commitment to responsible business practices have grown Sea Delight Canada, SL, and its sister companies, Sea Delight, LLC and Sea Delight International into market leaders and international conservation specialists in the seafood industry today. For sales or further information please visit www.sea-delight.eu or call +34.828.016.024

Sea Delight & Oceanaire Seafood Room Rock 2015 South Beach Wine & Food Festival

Sea Delight proudly partnered with renowned Chef Kareem Anguin of Oceanaire Seafood Room at the 2015 South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

Starting with Sea Delight’s donation of 400 lbs of our responsibly sourced Mahi Mahi, Chef Anguin created his mouth watering Caribbean influenced Jerk Mahi with Citrus Sweet Potato and Pineapple Chutney.

The crowds went wild for the bold flavors of our Mahi and learned how important sustainable seafood is to our future.

 

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SEA DELIGHT, LLC ANNOUNCES SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD POLICY

Miami, FL – February 10, 2015 – Sea Delight, LLC (www.sea-delight.com) the industry leader in providing the finest seafood products from responsible fisheries and traceable sources across the globe, has partnered with FishWise, a leader in sustainable seafood consultancy, to create a public sustainable seafood policy. The policy formalizes a framework to support better fishing practices that Sea Delight has engaged in for years. “It’s a natural progression for Sea Delight to now have a public sustainability policy to continue to build and expand our sustainable seafood efforts and attain measurable goals,” says Sea Delight’s Sustainability Coordinator, Adriana Sanchez-Lindsay.

Sea Delight’s public sustainability policy details seafood sourcing, product sustainability assessment, fishery improvement projects, industry reform, education, and partnerships. “Sea Delight is one of the first seafood distributors in the U.S. to publicly set out clear and measurable sustainability goals,” says FishWise Executive Director Tobias Aguirre. “This includes increasing sourcing from fishery improvement projects — multi-stakeholder efforts to address environmental challenges in a fishery. It also directs Sea Delight’s suppliers to actively participate in these projects and implement procedures.”  Highlights of the policy include:

  • Sea Delight recognizes the role that seafood distributors play in contributing positively toward seafood sustainability and preferentially sources its seafood utilizing sustainability ratings and eco-certifications.
  • Accurate data collection and reporting help Sea Delight maintain the quality of its products which benefits the entire supply chain through information sharing. Sea Delight has pledged to create a company traceability policy to strengthen transparency and ensure accountability by the end of 2015.
  • Sea Delight is committed to supporting and improving its source fisheries by creating and assisting various fishery improvement projects and has deepened this commitment by funding seafood sustainability projects through the nonprofit, the Sea Delight Ocean Fund.

Sea Delight, LLC, operates in conjunction with ADS Seafood Inc., dba Atlantic Fisheries from its 16,000 sq. ft headquarters located in the Doral area of Miami, Florida.  To view the sustainability policy, for sales or further information please visit www.sea-delight.com or call Toll Free at 888-FISH-199 or 305.594-979.

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Sea Delight signs Vietnam Yellowfin Tuna Fishery Improvement Project Partner Agreement with WWF

Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, Dec. 3, 2014

At the closing of a Community Discussion Group held here in the fishing port of Tam Quan, Binh Dinh Province, the final signatures were placed on the VN Tuna FIP Partner Agreement. The agreement was signed with WWF-CTP and WWF-US.

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As per the agreement itself the parties in the partnership will “support the Vietnam FIP, which aims to guide the longline/handline tuna industry on a path towards sustainability and ultimately Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification”

The topics discussed with stakeholders in the local tuna fishery at the meeting were directly related to the Tuna FIP workplan. Stakeholders expressed their views on how to improve traceability, onboard logbook coverage and the training of onboard observers from local fishing communities. A report on the meeting can be found this month on the Sea Delight website.

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Report on the Luwuk/Banggai Bottomfish FIP

Dec. 14, 2014 The Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) in Luwuk/Banggai, Central Sulawesifor the handline bottomfish fishery has been in place for over 3 years.  Through the guidance of WWF Indonesia Seafood Savers, Sea Delight has been conducting a program of Logbook Data collection and other activities to collect information on the multiple target species of the fishery.

  1. Logbook Data Collection.

The logbook data records the volume of purchased raw material based on Sea Delight’s local supplier’s receiving receipts. This data has been collected since 2011 and finally reached its third year of collection in October, 2014.  This data can now be used to analyze reef fish stock in the fishery and has been shared with WWF Seafood Savers for analysis. However, as per the last discussion with Seafood Saver Staff, The Logbook data will continue to be collected since it is required to monitor the stock as well as to maintain the product traceability.

  1. Scientific Data Collection

Also being collected is data based on gonad (sexual) maturity level. Individual fish length composition, which is standard length, tail fork length, total length in centimeters and weight in kilos as well as sex identification are entered onto the data collection form daily. This data collection project has been implemented for over 1 year at the date of this writing.

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Scientific Data Collection

  1. Android Platform Landing Data Collection

In 3 fishing communities in the fishery a new method of catch data collection is being tested. Instead of paper records android tablets are used to record and upload the data. The application itself is called “AKVO” and the data has just started to be collected since September 2014 in 3 different fishing communities;  Pagimana, Pangkalasean and Banggai Laut.

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 The data collected using the AKVO system records the number of fishermen, number of boats, boat’s engine size, length of the vessel and the catch of each target species. The program is also being used to compile a fish name dictionary in the local dialect. Everyday, enumerators standby in thelanding station to interview the fishers for all the data required in the AKVO form. This data is sent to the WWF Seafood Savers administrator automatically whenever an internet connection is available.

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SPOT TRIALS

Pangkalasean

Currently satellite communication devices using GPS satellite technology are being tested to help map the fishing grounds and test capability for fishers to communicate with simple messages; “I am OK”, “I see illegal fishing” and “Emergency Help!”.  In the small fishing community of Pangkalasean one vessel has been using the SPOT device successfully.

Banggai Laut

This November was the first trial of using SPOT in Banggai Laut area. Since there are many fishing grounds in this area, the enumerator will give the SPOT alternately to one fisher per village per month or two or per fishing season.

More reports will follow as our progress with the Luwuk/Banggai FIP continues.

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