Thu. Apr 22 2021

FFAW Submits Price Reconsideration Request For Snow Crab  


Additional 22,000 H-2B Visas Made Available by Department of Homeland Security


COMTELL Insights Spotlight: Future-Proofing the Supply Chain FaQ


Radioactive Water From Fukushima May Pose Threat to Russia Fish Sector, Other Major Fish Producers


JAPAN: February Air Cargo Import Value Kept Decreasing, Live Eels and Salmon Fillets Up  


New York Fisherman, Dealer Hit with Conspiracy, Fraud and Obstruction Charges


Earth Day Update on What’s Trashing Our Oceans


Russian Crab Company Harvest Up 19% to Begin 2021  


FCC Releases Paper Assessing Fishing Industry Sustainability as Canada Eyes 30% Conservation Target


Yanmar Creates Automated Fish Counting System Designed for Tuna Farming  


Washington Governor Signs Bill Aiming to Improve Commercial Fishing Licensing


Sernapesca Seizes More Than 7 Tons of Illegal Common Hake in Maule Region


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, April 22


Wed. Apr 21 2021

Crabbers Pull Up Record Catches in the Gulf of Alaska  


Camanchaca Reports Financial Loss of $7.5 Million Due to Harmful Algae Bloom in Los Lagos Region  


ANALYSIS: Strong Demand, Constrained Supply for Frozen Tuna  


NPFMC Moves Abundance-based Management of Halibut Bycatch Forward


WDFW Eases Dungeness Crab Rules as Domoic Acid Levels Drop in Washington  


Restaurants See Some Relief in March as Sales Increase 36% From Last Year


Innovasea Breaks Down Latest Monitoring Software; Acting as Early Algal Bloom Warning System  


Thai Union Highlights UN’s World Creativity and Innovation Day


Norway-based Smart Salmon Takes Another Step Towards Construction of Smolt Production Facility  


Coast Guard Medevacs Injured Fisherman 132 Miles East of Cape Cod


Spain’s CEPESCA Elects New President, VPs


Quiznos Brings Back LTO Lobster Subs to Canada Locations  


Aloha Poke Plots Big Growth in Texas


BlueNalu Dishes Out Scholarships to Young Chefs in Eat Blue Essay Contest


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, April 21


Tue. Apr 20 2021

Alaska Seafood Hits the Big Time with Four Minutes on the Today Show


ANALYSIS: Blue Swimming Crab Meat Prices Soar; Up 34 Percent from Beginning of the Year  


Dillingham Prepares for Another Big Sockeye Season With New COVID Protocols  


The Global Aquaculture Alliance is Now Officially The Global Seafood Alliance


JAPAN: Hokkaido Surimi Production Keeps Decreasing, but Brisk Sales in February  


Gulf Council Increases Red Snapper Limits, Takes Other Actions at April Meeting  


Norwegian Seafood Council Responds to “Seaspiracy” Netflix Documentary


MLMC Partners With The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel To Create the Ultimate Maine Lobster Experience  


Kroger Introduces First-of-its-kind, Delivery-focused Customer Fulfillment Center


Alliance Rubber Company Launches Lobster and Oyster Banding Machine  


More Studies Prove Red Seaweed in Livestock Feed Cuts Methane, Startups Underway    


MSC Announces £650,000 in Grants for Fishery Observer Safety and Bycatch Improvement Projects


NaturalShrimp Announces Success in Critical Transfer of Shrimp from Nursery to Grow-out Tanks


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, April 20


Special Spotlight to Take Place on Future-Proofing the Supply Chain, April 26-30th


Mon. Apr 19 2021

Multiple Chicken of the Sea Settlement Proposals on the Table in Tuna Price-fixing Lawsuit  


ANALYSIS: Strength in Shrimp Market Accelerating, Demand Robust and Supply Constrained  


PODCAST: Frozen Lobster, Tilapia, Argentine Red Shrimp Market Updates and More  


Pacific Council Works Late into the Evening to Finish Setting Salmon Seasons  


House Bill Introduced as Companion to Senate's Cormorant Relief Act to Help Catfish Farmers


ANALYSIS: Commodity Prices Surging Higher; Is This the Next Supercycle?  


Chile Algae Bloom Update: Mortality Removal Continues in Los Lagos Region  


JAPAN: March Imported Fresh Tuna Sales Nose-Dive  


BBRSDA to Conduct A Second Year of Quality Monitoring in Bristol Bay


Peter Pan Seafood Company Hires New Human Resources Director


Electric Boats Get a Boost in Alaska


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, April 19


Fri. Apr 16 2021

VIDEO: Frozen Lobster Products; Chile’s Algae Bloom; H-2B Visas; Red Lobster's New Sandwiches  


U.S. Seafoods Apologizes to Unalaska for Fired Crewmen’s Behavior in Dutch Harbor Bar


Sernapesca Reports On Progress of FAN Audits After Camanchaca’s Accused of Dumping Waste  


ANALYSIS: Supply Speculation Continues to Influence the Argentine Red Shrimp Market  


ANALYSIS: Tilapia Pricing at Record Highs  


NOAA Fact Checks Orca Bycatch Claim After Photo Goes Viral Following “Seaspiracy” Release


White Shrimp Facing Different Fates in China’s Regions  


Chilean Salmon Council Q1 Export Report Shows Recovery to Start 2021  


EDA Awards Over $500,000 in Assistance for Prince William Sound Aquaculture Development


Herring Wraps up at Sitka, Going Strong at Kodiak  


Russia Expects Slight Decline of Pollock Stocks in Okhotsk and Bering Seas in Years to Come  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, April 16


Thai Union Director of Fish Procurement Kevin Bixler Named Chair of ISSF Board of Directors


Thu. Apr 15 2021

SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, April 15


Atlantic Sapphire Responds After 3 Workers Hospitalized


Water in the News: Donlin Mine, Salmon Streams, Fukushima  


Atlantic Sapphire Describes Q1 as ‘Lost Quarter’ for US Biomass Growth in Operational Update  


Saint Paul Island’s Fuel Shortage — in its 5th Month — is Finally Over


Soline Trading Recalls Elephant Brand Black Tiger Shrimp Due to Undeclared Sulphites  


ANALYSIS: Frozen Lobster Products Ascend into Record-High Territory  


The Winding Glass: Why is the Seafood Industry Vulnerable to 'Seaspiracy' Lies and Falsehoods?   


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FFAW Submits Price Reconsideration Request For Snow Crab 

The Fish Food And Allied Workers (FFAW) announced on Wednesday that they submitted a reconsideration request for snow crab prices to the Standing Fish Price Setting Panel. 

As SeafoodNews previously reported in early April, the Standing Fish Price Setting Panel sided with FFAW’s proposed price of $5.73 a pound over the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) proposed price of $5.35 per pound. 

““The considerable increase from last year’s original price of $2.90, and the reconsidered price of $3.50, is a significant win...

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Additional 22,000 H-2B Visas Made Available by Department of Homeland Security

Members of the seafood industry are breathing a sigh of relief after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced this week that they will be making an additional 22,000 H-2B visas available this year.

H-2B visas are used by U.S. employers to fill temporary seasonal jobs. For example, Maryland’s crab picking houses turn to these temporary workers during their busy summer season in order to meet demand. But with a mandated 66,000 visas cap on H-2B visas for the year, and workers going...

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COMTELL Insights Spotlight: Future-Proofing the Supply Chain FaQ

Available on the COMTELL Platform and brought to you by Urner Barry Insights

If you’re in the food business, you’re probably wondering about future-proofing the supply chain. Given what we’ve seen over the last year—and what we’re still contending with—the task of managing supply chains has become more challenging than ever (and it was no picnic before, we know!). That’s why Urner Barry is bringing together exclusive Insights through original reports, interviews, videos and podcasts in a special April Spotlight dedicated to the biggest supply chain issues the industry is currently facing.

This Spotlight, Future-Proofing the Supply Chain, will take place April 26-30th, 2021, and can be accessed through Urner Barry Insights on the COMTELL platform.

Segments will include...

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Radioactive Water From Fukushima May Pose Threat to Russia Fish Sector, Other Major Fish Producers

The recent decision of Japan to discharge radioactive water from Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean after its cleaning in 2023 may still pose a threat to fishermen from all the countries working in this area, according to recent statements made by some leading Russian and foreign analysts in the field of fishing.  

As Vladimir Rakov, a science advisor of the Ilyichev Pacific Oceanological Institute, told in an interview to Svobodnhay Pressa business paper, the most important issue is where exactly...

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JAPAN: February Air Cargo Import Value Kept Decreasing, Live Eels and Salmon Fillets Up

According to the February import customs statistics released by the Ministry of Finance, the marine products brought in by air freight have been showing negative growth for a long time under the COVID pandemic.

The air transported imports of marine products and prepared seafood in February were 4,452 tons and 6,577.7 million yen ($60.85 million), a decrease of 2.4% in quantity and a significant decline of 14.6% in value the same month a year ago, analyzed Suisan Keizai.

The quantity turned positive temporarily...

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New York Fisherman, Dealer Hit with Conspiracy, Fraud and Obstruction Charges

A New York fisherman, wholesale fish dealer and a pair of its managers were charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and obstruction in a scheme in which the parties allegedly overharvested fluke and black sea bass.

According to the Department of Justice, Christopher Winkler, 61, Bryan Gosman, 48, Asa Gosman, 45, and Bob Gosman Co. Inc. were charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud as well as to unlawfully frustrate the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) efforts at regulating...

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Russian Crab Company Harvest Up 19% to Begin 2021

The Russian Crab Company released its operational results for the first quarter of 2021 and the company noted a 19% increase in crab catch volume compared to Q1 2020.

In all, the group harvested over 2.4 thousand tons of crab, with its share in the total volume of crab catch in the Far Eastern Basin reaching 21%.

The company said it harvested Opilio snow crab, Blue King crab, Golden King crab, and Horsehair crab in Primorskiy, West Kamchatka and West Bering Sea subzones of the northwestern part of the...

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Yanmar Creates Automated Fish Counting System Designed for Tuna Farming

Japan-based industrial supplier Yanmar has developed a new automated fish counting system. The company is now accepting orders within Japan for the system utilizing image recognition to count the number of fish.

The system is designed for tuna farming and should improve the time it takes for aquaculture operators to count fish. Total counts are important for the industry as it helps control production volume and necessary feed volumes.

Yanmar also explained that with fishing vessel required to report their bluefin tuna catches, the aquaculture industry has...

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Sernapesca Seizes More Than 7 Tons of Illegal Common Hake in Maule Region

Sernapesca, Chile’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service, announced on Wednesday that they’ve seized more than 7 tons of illegal common hake in the Maule region. The fish were being transported for commercialization without proper accreditation of origin.

“Our permanent inspection and on different fronts is effective, so in operations carried out from Friday to Monday, we were able to detect the transport of illegal common hake together with the Carabineros,” said Héctor Pontigo, regional director of Sernapesca Maule...

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Camanchaca Reports Financial Loss of $7.5 Million Due to Harmful Algae Bloom in Los Lagos Region

Salmones Camanchaca, a subsidiary of Camanchaca, is reporting a financial loss of $7.5 million related to the harmful algae blooms in the Los Lagos region.

As SeafoodNews has been reporting for the past few weeks, salmon farming centers in the Los Lagos and Aysén region in Chile have had to activate contingency plans due to harmful algae blooms. In mid-March Camanchaca had reported that the algae bloom incidents killed 162,000 salmon at a pair of their seawater farming sites...

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NPFMC Moves Abundance-based Management of Halibut Bycatch Forward 

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) took action last week to make final changes in the draft analysis (DEIS) of management alternatives to put halibut bycatch from the Bering Sea bottom trawlers under an abundance-based scheme and stay on schedule for final action this year. 

The motion, made by Deputy Commissioner Rachel Baker of Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game, passed by a 10-1 vote last Thursday. There were two elements to the motion. First, incorporating changes to the analysis that were suggested by the Council’s Scientific ...

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Restaurants See Some Relief in March as Sales Increase 36% From Last Year

It’s been a year since COVID-19 struck, and things finally appear to be turning around. The U.S. Census Bureau released the advance monthly sales for retail and food services for March 2021, and according to the report, U.S. retail and food services sales reached $619.1 billion—an increase of 9.8% from the previous month and a 27.7% jump from March 2020.

Overall, total sales for January 2021 through March 2021 are up 14.3% from the same period a year ago...

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Thai Union Highlights UN’s World Creativity and Innovation Day 

April 21 is designated as World Creativity and Innovation Day by the United Nations as a way to raise awareness to the role of creativity and innovation in all aspects of human development.

To recognize the role both creativity and innovation play in its business, Thai Union noted a few ways that innovation remains one of its key corporate values.

The company’s “Healthy Living, Healthy Oceans,” is one of the ways it looks to innovated. Back in 2015, it launched its Global Innovation Centre (GIC) in 2015 - a world-class R&D facility, and the first of its kind in Thailand...

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Coast Guard Medevacs Injured Fisherman 132 Miles East of Cape Cod

The Coast Guard medevacked an injured fisherman 132 miles east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts on April 20.

Coast Guard District One watchstanders received an alert from the crew onboard the commercial fishing vessel Mary Anne stating that a 56-year-old crewmember was suffering from severe abdominal pain at about 6:30 a.m.

Shortly after, a Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched, and safely hoisted the fisherman from the vessel, which is home-ported in New Bedford, at approximately 9:30 a.m...

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Quiznos Brings Back LTO Lobster Subs to Canada Locations

Quiznos’ Canadian locations are delivering a seafood favorite. For a limited time the Lobster Classic sub and the Old Bay Lobster Club will be back on the menu.

“We are thrilled lobster is returning to the menu– this time kicked up a notch with the distinctive and tangy addition of Frank’s Hot Sauce,” said Chef Mike Gieseman, Director of Culinary and Innovation for REGO Restaurant Group, which owns Quiznos. “Our Lobster subs are eagerly anticipated by consumers year after year, and it’s no wonder why. They are...

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BlueNalu Dishes Out Scholarships to Young Chefs in Eat Blue Essay Contest

Cell-cultured seafood producer BlueNalu announced the winners of its Eat Blue™ Essay Contest in collaboration with the Research Chefs Association (RCA).

The contest brought in essays from culinary students that focused on sustainable seafood and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14: Life Below Water. It was open to all 280 culinary student members of the RCA.

The questions posed to the students were: “What does it mean to you to Eat Blue™? How do you incorporate this into your daily life and find inspiration to Eat Blue™ in your personal and professional journey...

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ANALYSIS: Blue Swimming Crab Meat Prices Soar; Up 34 Percent from Beginning of the Year 

The crab meat market has reached all-time highs, above levels seen in the late summer and early fall of 2017. Most market participants said it was just a matter of time—and it looks as though they were correct.  

The blue swimming crab meat market for colossal, jumbo lump, super lump, and lump have all achieved all-time highs this month. Meanwhile, the remainder of the grades, backfin, special, and claw continue to climb...

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Dillingham Prepares for Another Big Sockeye Season With New COVID Protocols

City Manager Gregg Brelsford has issued a new Emergency Order 2.1 and he wants everyone who is coming to Bristol Bay this year to read it.

“In the past year, Dillingham has sustained relatively few COVID-19 deaths, medical evacuations, positive cases, and negative impacts, overall. In the past few months, a substantial number of our people have obtained vaccinations,” Brelsford wrote in the E.O’s preamble.

“All of this is attributable to Emergency Order 1.1 and the COVID-safety practices of Dillingham residents, tribes, businesses, incoming travelers...

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FCC Releases Paper Assessing Sustainability of Fishing Industry as Canada Eyes 30% Conservation Target

The Fisheries Council of Canada released a discussion paper, Balancing Marine Conservation with Sustainable Use, displaying the sustainability of the fishing industry and how the Canadian government can avoid hurting the industry as it works to conserve 30% of the marine environment over the next decade.

“Our world is only as healthy as our oceans. No one understands that, perhaps, more than the fisheries industry,” said Paul Lansbergen, President, FCC. “When discussing the best methods to conserve our ocean resources...

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Washington Governor Signs Bill Set to Improve Commercial Fishing Licensing

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill into law that aims at improving the state’s commercial fishing industry's licensing system.

A release by state Representative Drew MacEwen, who introduced the bill, explained that state legislature introduced the crewmember license as part of a comprehensive overhaul of the commercial fishing license fee structure, in 2017.

Current law states that a crewmember license is required for every individual who works on board any vessel while operating in a commercial fishery regulated by the state...

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Crabbers Pull Up Record Catches in the Gulf of Alaska

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – 

Crabbers throughout the Gulf of Alaska are enjoying some great hauls, most recently for Tanners at Southeast Alaska.

The 11 day February fishery produced 1.26 million pounds, the fourth largest catch in the past 15 seasons for nearly 70 permit holders.  At an average price of $3.72 per pound, the fishery was valued at $4.2 million at the docks, the highest since 1999.

For golden king crab, which also opened in February, four out of seven fishing districts remain open...

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ANALYSIS: Strong Demand, Constrained Supply for Frozen Tuna

Frozen tuna imports have increased over the years due in large part to the consistent, strong demand from the foodservice sector. Imports peaked in 2019 registering a record 90 million pounds. Not only was the marketable to absorb this influx of supply, but pricing also remained firm, trending above its 5- year average for frozen steaks.

However, as the COVID-19 virus took hold in 2020, and restaurants across the country closed, importers modified their buying decisions. Frozen tuna imports for the year registered 73.3 million pounds...

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WDFW Eases Dungeness Crab Rules as Domoic Acid Levels Drop in Washington

Dungeness crabbers and processors in Washington no longer have to eviscerate crab, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said earlier this month. Soon, crabbers will also have to get summer buoy tags to fish after May 1. Crabbers can also help with gear recovery after May 1.

"Due to low levels of domoic acid in recent crab samples taken from all coastal WA sample locations, WDFW is removing evisceration requirements for all areas," the agency said in a notice last week. "Hold inspection certificate numbers... 

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Innovasea Breaks Down Latest Monitoring Software; Acting as Early Algal Bloom Warning System

Innovasea, a company that creates aquatic solutions for the aquaculture industry announced that its latest Plankton Monitoring software is now in the hands of two major salmon producers in Canada. The software aims to give companies the ability to detect early signs of harmful algae levels in the water.

The new software helps streamline and enhance monitoring efforts so fish farm operators can better predict when algal blooms may appear and take action earlier to help protect the fish.

“Our new Plankton Monitoring solution adds a new...

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Norway-based Smart Salmon Takes Another Step Towards Construction of Smolt Production Facility

Land-based salmon farmer Smart Salmon has tabbed HS Bygg as the contractor for its smolt production facility with construction beginning as early as fall 2021.

“It is gratifying to get this contract in place with a solid, local contractor such as HS Bygg. We see an enormous potential in this project and are now working to complete the plans,” says Petter Bakke, CEO of Smart Salmon Group AS.

The site will produce up to 2,500 tonnes of big smolt the Smørhamn site in Bremanger municipality in Western Norway...

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Spain’s CEPESCA Elects New President, VPs

Juan Manuel Liria was elected as president of the Spanish Fisheries Confederation (CEPESCA), Liria has held the position on a temporary basis since May 2020, following the death of Amador Suárez, president of the employer's association since its foundation, in 2007.

 Liria received was elected unanimously, per a release from CEPESCA and he will be joined by Julio Morón Ayala, as first vice president, representing deep-sea fishing, and José María Gallart García, as second vice president and representing the inshore.

CEPESCA provided some bios for the new leaders of CEPESCA. Liria has spent...

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Aloha Poke Plots Big Growth in Texas

Fast-casual poke restaurant chain Aloha Poke is making a big push with plans to open 11 new locations in the Houston-metro areas by 2025. The news is not only major considering that it’s their first move into the Texas market, but because it nearly doubles their total franchise location holdings.

Aloha Poke Co. is excited and extremely proud to launch into Texas with these first stores already in development within the Houston market,” said Paul Tripodes, VP of Franchise Development at Aloha Poke. “Houston is one of the fastest growing and...

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Alaska Seafood Hits the Big Time with Four Minutes on the Today Show

Launching their Down to Earth celebration for Earth Week yesterday, the Today Show visited Alaska with a live segment on Alaska seafood. Al Roker, Hoda Kotb, and Carson Daly peppered Hannah Heimbuch, a third-generation commercial fisherman who “specializes in sustainable fishing practices,” as the show’s preview says, with questions on how to find sustainable seafood, and how to prepare it. 

“Navigating the fish department can be a little tricky,” Roker said after he noted that national nutrition experts recommend two to three meals of seafood each ...

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The Global Aquaculture Alliance is Now Officially The Global Seafood Alliance

Say goodbye to the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA). Following votes by the GAA board of directors and the board of directors of its sister organization, Global Seafood Assurances, the Global Aquaculture Alliance is now officially the Global Seafood Alliance. 

According to the organization, the new name reflects the merger and their growing involvement in wild fisheries through the addition of the Seafood Processing Plant Standard (SPS) Issue 5.0 and the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard (RFVS). Along with the name change will be the introduction of the...

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