Fri. Apr 12 2024

ASP Offers $3 Per Pound To Start Snow Crab Season In NL, But FFAW Doesn’t Bite  


2024 Snow Crab Landings Update For NL, Gulf and the Maritimes Region As Of April 12


China’s Import of Live Seafood in 2023 Highest in Recent Years, Growth Expected in 2024


Recall Issued In Canada For Mowi Cold Smoked Norwegian Atlantic Salmon  


February Sales of Imported Fresh Tuna at Toyosu Market Plummet  


Europe’s BLUU Seafood Opens First Pilot Plant For Cultivated Fish  


Russia Plans to Compete With China For Fish Catch in Territorial Waters of African States


Thu. Apr 11 2024

ANALYSIS: 2024 Scallop Season Expectations  


USDA Updates WIC Food Packages To Expand Seafood


PFMC Sets West Coast Salmon Seasons: California Seasons Closed Again  


Norway Achieves MSC Certification For Barents Sea Snow Crab  


Blue Star Foods Lands Supply Agreement With U.S. Military Meal Kit Company Eagle Rising  


Whole Foods Market Highlights Atlantic Sea Farms, Pacific Seafood As “All-Star” Suppliers  


Everything You Need To Know About The Save Our Shrimpers Act of 2024  


Japan: Fresh Salmon Imports by Air Recovered in February, Procurement Costs Highest Ever  


Seafoodnews.com Summary Thursday, April 11


Wed. Apr 10 2024

Snow Crab Standoff Continues; FFAW Promises “We Will Not Fish For Anything Less Than Our Fair Share”  


Global Seafood Alliance Promotes Mike Kocsis To CEO


The Retail Rundown: Competitive Prices Drive Traffic; CPI Update


NPFMC Moves Forward With Further Limits on Chum Salmon Bycatch In Bering Sea Pollock Fleet


Seafoodnews.com Summary Wednesday, April 10


Tue. Apr 9 2024

World's Biggest Opilio Snow Crab Fishery Opens  


2024 Snow Crab Landings Update For NL, Gulf and the Maritimes Region As Of April 9  


Nutreco and Skretting Undergo Leadership Shuffles


Crawfish Season Peaks, But Houston Restaurants Still Struggle to Survive  


Russian State Taking Measures To Increase Fish Consumption In Local Market


Seafoodnews.com Summary Tuesday, April 9


Mon. Apr 8 2024

The Winding Glass: Lent 2024 Gives No Relief to Seafood Industry


NL Snow Crab Harvesters List Their Demands As Start To Season Delayed Due to Tie Up  


Nova Austral Hit With $950,000 By Chilean Authorities  


Latest North Atlantic Right Whale Death Linked To Vessel Strike


Federal Funding Allocated for California 2023 Salmon Fishing Disaster; CDFW Seeks Public Input


Seafoodnews.com Summary Monday, April 8


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ASP Offers $3 Per Pound To Start Snow Crab Season In NL, But FFAW Doesn’t Bite

Are snow crab harvesters in Newfoundland and Labrador ready to hit the water? The Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) approached the Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW) with another offer on Thursday. But FFAW didn’t bite.

Newfoundland and Labrador holds the largest quota in Canada for snow crab, with the total allowable catch (TAC) for this year set at 57,586 tonnes. And despite the season officially opening last Saturday, and harvesters in other regions already reporting landings, NL harvesters have...

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2024 Snow Crab Landings Update For NL, Gulf and the Maritimes Region As Of April 12

It has been a week since the snow crab fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador opened, but harvesters still have yet to hit the water as the standoff over pricing continues between the Fish, Food and Allied Workers and the Association of Seafood Producers. 

Newfoundland and Labrador has the largest quota in Canada, with the total allowable catch (TAC) for this year set at 57,586 tonnes. But while snow crab has yet to be landed in NL, the fisheries in the Gulf of St. Lawrence...

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China’s Import of Live Seafood in 2023 Highest in Recent Years, Growth Expected in 2024

USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service released a report last month detailing the distribution channels for live seafood in China, potential market opportunities, and updates for 2024.

As the world’s largest consumer of seafood China is also the world's largest seafood producer, mostly due to aquaculture. 

“Estimated wild-caught production is significantly less than demand and continues to decrease due to tighter government regulations and deteriorating fishery resources,” the report notes. Seafood demand continues to grow, however, “with an increasing preference for high-quality products,” the report ...

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Recall Issued In Canada For Mowi Cold Smoked Norwegian Atlantic Salmon

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a recall on Wednesday for Mowi brand cold smoked Norwegian Atlantic salmon. The products in question were distributed in Ontario from March 27, up to and including April 10. The government agency noted that the product is being recalled because it may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum.

Clostridium botulinum can cause some serious health risks, including facial paralysis or loss of facial expression, unreactive or fixed pupils, difficulty swallowing, drooping eyelids, blurred or double vision, difficulty speaking and...

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February Sales of Imported Fresh Tuna at Toyosu Market Plummet 

According to data compiled by Jiji Press, 180 imported tuna arrived at the fresh tuna section of Tokyo's Toyosu Market in February; about a quarter of the 670 in the same month last year. In addition to sharp declines in bluefins and southern bluefin tuna, no bigeye tuna arrived.

Suisan Keizai Shimbun reported that the total number of bluefin tuna was 93 (compared to 398 in the same month last year). This year there were no Korean purse seine fish, compared to 350 fish a year ago. The mainstay...

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Europe’s BLUU Seafood Opens First Pilot Plant For Cultivated Fish

BLUU Seafood announced this week that they have opened the doors to their first pilot plant in Europe. 

Founded in Germany in 2020 as BLUU Biosciences, the company quickly expanded in 2021 after raising €7.2 million in funding. That year, the company also established a lab in Lübeck, Germany, as well as co-founded CellAg Europe. In 2022 the company rebranded as BLUU Seafood and presented its first products to the world: fish balls, fish fingers and caviar. Each of these products are...

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ANALYSIS: 2024 Scallop Season Expectations

The 2024/2025 Atlantic sea scallop fishery season began on April 1, 2024. This fishery extends from the Mid-Atlantic region to the U.S.-Canadian border. The New England Fishery Management Council approved Framework Adjustment 38 in December, forecasting a catch of 27.4 million pounds of Atlantic sea scallops for the season. On March 22, 2024, NOAA issued the final rule in the Federal Register, effective from the season's start. Per NOAA Fisheries, for the initial 60 days of the fishing year, vessels with limited access can utilize their remaining 2023 scallop allocation from the...

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PFMC Sets West Coast Salmon Seasons: California Seasons Closed Again

The good news for West Coast fishermen includes salmon seasons in Oregon and North of Cape Falcon, Ore., including Washington and tribal fisheries.

The bad news is no commercial or recreational salmon seasons in California for the second year in a row, out of conservation concerns related to both Chinook and coho salmon stocks.

“While incredibly painful to fishing families and fishing communities, the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations supports the closure,” PCFFA President George Bradshaw said. “We all need to be doing everything we can to... 

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Blue Star Foods Lands Supply Agreement With U.S. Military Meal Kit Company Eagle Rising

Blue Star Foods has entered into an agreement with Eagle Rising Brand, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business that produces meal kit solutions for members of the U.S. military.

According to Blue Star Foods, the agreement encompasses the rollout of 13 “meticulously crafted meal options, each designed to meet the rigorous nutritional standards and diverse preferences of military personnel.”

“We are honored to work with the team from Eagle Rising and admire their dedication to our nation,” commented...

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Everything You Need To Know About The Save Our Shrimpers Act of 2024

On Wednesday Congressman Troy E. Nehls of Texas introduced the bipartisan Save Our Shrimpers Act of 2024. This bill aims to “prohibit federal funds from being made available to international financial institutions for the purposes of financing foreign shrimp farms, and for other purposes.”

Congressman Nehls has the support of Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins, Texas Congressman Vicente Gonzalez, Louisiana Congressman Garret Graves, Mississippi Congressman Mike Ezell, South Carolina Congresswoman Nancy Mace, and Alabama Congressman Barry Moore.

“Due to the global excess capacity and production of...

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Snow Crab Standoff Continues; FFAW Promises “We Will Not Fish For Anything Less Than Our Fair Share”

The snow crab season in Newfoundland and Labrador opened five days ago but the entire quota of 57,586 tonnes remains in the water. And the Fish, Food & Allied Workers (FFAW) negotiating committee is resolute: “We will not fish for anything less than our fair share.” 

FFAW President Greg Pretty is now calling on the provincial government to get involved.

The Standing Fish Price Setting Panel met in late March to hear final offers from snow crab harvesters and...

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Global Seafood Alliance Promotes Mike Kocsis To CEO

Wally Stevens is (once again) stepping down as Chief Executive Officer of the Global Seafood Alliance (GSA). The organization announced Tuesday afternoon that Mike Kocsis has been appointed as the new CEO. 

GSA, formerly known as the Global Aquaculture Alliance, has struggled to keep a leader in place since Stevens first decided to step down from his position in 2018. Andrew Mallison was first tapped to take over for Stevens, who was looking to focus on other “strategic ventures” within the organization. However, two years later Mallison made a...

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World's Biggest Opilio Snow Crab Fishery Opens

A key measure of U.S. inflation met expectations in February and brings forth the possibility the price growth will continue to cool and justify an interest rate cut. The Commerce Department reported that the overall personal consumption expenditures price index rose by 2.9% over the 12 months through February, aligning with economists' forecast of multiple interest rate declines in 2024. The Fed chairman Jerome Powell has reassured that the central bank is in a good position to react to a range of different paths for the economy...

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Nutreco and Skretting Undergo Leadership Shuffles

Big leadership changes are happening at Nutreco and its aquaculture business line, Skretting. In an announcement posted Monday, Nutreco confirmed that its CEO, Fulco van Lede, will be stepping down this summer. Skretting CEO Therese Log Bergfjord will also be leaving her position this summer.

Van Lede joined Nutreco as its new CEO in 2021. Prior to that, he held leadership positions at Nutreco’s parent company, SHV Holdings N.V. 

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Nutreco, and my many years as part of the SHV team, and I’m proud of what...

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Russian State Taking Measures To Increase Fish Consumption In Local Market

The Russian Ministry of Agriculture, together with the country’s Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo), have prepared a set of measures to increase fish consumption in Russia.

As part of state plans, a “road map” will contribute to a significant increase of fish consumption in the local market.

According to the Russian Minister of Agriculture Dmitry Patrushev, the newly designed road map involves the establishment of a special autonomous non-profit organization. This organization will focus on the promotion of fish and fish products among local...

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NL Snow Crab Harvesters List Their Demands As Start To Season Delayed Due to Tie Up

The snow crab fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador officially opened on Saturday but harvesters remained out of the water. And they have a list of demands that they want met before heading out.

Last week the Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW) Union and Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) submitted their 2024 pricing formulas to the Standing Fish Price Setting Panel for review. The Panel sided with ASP’s pricing formula, which created a minimum price of...

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Latest North Atlantic Right Whale Death Linked To Vessel Strike

NOAA and its partners have determined the cause of death for the latest North Atlantic right whale (NARW) that was found dead off the coast of Virginia.

The body of the whale, identified as #1950, was discovered by HDR Inc. on March 30 while they were conducting Mid-Atlantic whale surveys for the Navy. Upon the initial notice of the endangered whale’s death, NOAA noted that the carcass was “scavenged by sharks,” but made no indication as to the cause of death. Now, following a necropsy, NOAA has...

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News Summary April 11, 2024

ANALYSIS: 2024 Scallop Season Expectations

The 2024/2025 Atlantic sea scallop fishery season began on April 1, 2024. This fishery extends from the Mid-Atlantic region to the U.S.-Canadian border. The New England Fishery Management Council approved Framework Adjustment 38 in December, forecasting a catch of 27.4 million pounds of Atlantic sea scallops for the season. This marks a 2.4 million pound increase from the previous year...

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Russia Plans to Compete With China For Fish Catch in Territorial Waters of African States

Russia plans to compete with China for fish catch in the territorial waters of African states in 2024-2025. As part of these plans, the Russian fishing fleet is preparing for the beginning of massive catch throughout the entire African coast from Morocco to the South African Republic. So far, this region was dominated by Chinese fishermen, as well as French catchers to a lesser extent. However, there is a possibility such situation will change already soon...

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USDA Updates WIC Food Packages To Expand Seafood

This week the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) finalized updates to the foods prescribed to participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, also known as WIC. One of the updates includes the expansion of seafood in WIC. 

According to the finalized rule, which can be found here, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA)-recommended daily amounts of food groups for seafood in children ages 2 through 4 years is revised from 0.00 WIC maximum monthly allowance  (MMA) (0% of DGA), to 0.20 MMA (28% of DGA)...

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Norway Achieves MSC Certification For Barents Sea Snow Crab

On April 8, Norwegian Barents Sea snow crab became Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Certified. Although the fishery will have to continue to undergo surveillance audits, the MSC Certification is good for a period of five years.

MSC Certification assessments look at stock health, environmental impacts and effective management. Global Trust Certification, a third party auditor, began reviewing the fishery for certification in 2023. Last month, Global Trust released documents stating that they believe the Norwegian snow crab fishery should be certified, and just a few weeks later the...

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Whole Foods Market Highlights Atlantic Sea Farms, Pacific Seafood As “All-Star” Suppliers

Two seafood companies have been highlighted by Whole Foods Market as part of its Supplier All-Star Awards.

For the past 12 years, the grocer has been honoring brands that have “left an incredible mark on Whole Foods Market’s aisles.” Brands are handpicked by a team made up of Whole Foods Market leaders. This year, 16 brands were recognized for exemplifying excellence through “quality, innovation, value and sustainability.” And of those 16 brands, two are in the seafood space: Atlantic Sea Farms and...

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Japan: Fresh Salmon Imports by Air Recovered in February, Procurement Costs Highest Ever

According to Japan’s Ministry of Finance's import customs statistics, the quantity of fresh salmon and trout transported by air in February increased for the first time in six months. However, this is a reactionary increase from the sharp decline in fillets in the same month last year. The imports of mainstay head-on, gutted fish are still sluggish, and procurement costs have reached their highest levels.

The air transportation result in February was 2,297 tons and 5,127.49 million yen ($33.62 million). This was an...

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The Retail Rundown: Competitive Prices Drive Traffic; CPI Update

The coming weeks and months present favorable weather conditions for grilling and travel, considered supportive of protein sales from both a retail and foodservice standpoint. And with a few notable items displaying comparatively attractive prices, the retail sector is well positioned to capitalize on pent-up grilling demand.

Below, we’ll explore a few notable items featured near or below year-ago levels last week, when some households celebrated Easter.

First up is beef ribeye, which averaged $10.79 discounted, down $2.24, or 17.2% from a year ago. Beef...

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NPFMC Moves Forward With Further Limits on Chum Salmon Bycatch In Bering Sea Pollock Fleet

Spurred by a flood of testimony from Western Alaska Tribes, and a detailed recommendation from their own advisory panel of industry stakeholders, the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council revised their alternatives to reduced chum salmon bycatch in the Bering Sea pollock fleet.

The needle the federal panel is trying to thread would reduce the number of chum salmon during the pollock fishery’s B season — June through October — which is also when Western Alaska chum salmon are returning to their spawning grounds in the Yukon and ...

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2024 Snow Crab Landings Update For NL, Gulf and the Maritimes Region As Of April 9

Snow crab harvesters in Newfoundland and Labrador may be sitting out waiting for better prices, but the season is underway elsewhere in Canada.

According to preliminary data released by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), harvesters in the Gulf of St. Lawrence (Area 12) have landed almost 14% of the quota as of April 9. The initial quota for Area 12 — including traditional fleet (01), First Nations (02) and New Access (03) — was set at 22,236.416 t and revised to 21,756.074 t. The season opened...

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Crawfish Season Peaks, But Houston Restaurants Still Struggle to Survive

The primetime part of the crawfish season is here, and we've seen more than a few promotions and big discounts around the Houston area. That said: Don't be fooled. This year's mudbug season has been and is still a disaster for local restaurants and vendors, and promos are just one of the lifelines they're using to stay afloat.

To recap, a massive drought wreaked havoc on crawfish harvesting in Louisiana last summer. With supply taking a hit (and demand staying as high as it's ever been), restaurants have...

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The Winding Glass: Lent 2024 Gives No Relief to Seafood Industry

[The Winding Glass is the opinion and commentary column by John Sackton, Founder of Seafoodnews.]

When I walked the floor at the recent seafood show in Boston I was looking for exciting new or breakout products. Our industry is in a down cycle and I wondered what might change this trajectory.

I didn’t see any game changers. For example the finalists for the Seafood Excellence Awards were breaded shrimp, shrimp sliders, stuffed sole, breaded pollock, smoked salmon, salmon nuggets, and a butterflied yellowtail snapper, a smoked eel fillet and a...

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Nova Austral Hit With $950,000 By Chilean Authorities

An issue nearly two years old is back in the headlines. Chile’s Superintendence of the Environment (SMA) confirmed late last week that the Illustrious Court of Appeals of Valdivia has confirmed the sanction imposed on Nova Austral. But before we get to the whopping $950,000 fine, let’s backtrack to 2022.

In July of 2022, Chile’s SMA announced that they had revoked environmental permits for three of Nova Austral’s farming centers following the discovery that the company “widely exceeded the maximum authorized production limits, generating environmental damage in the...

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Federal Funding Allocated for California 2023 Salmon Fishing Disaster; CDFW Seeks Public Input

The $20.6 million check is almost in the mail for California salmon fishermen who didn't have a season in 2023.

On April 6, 2023, the Pacific Fishery Management Council acted unanimously to recommend a full closure of California’s 2023 commercial and recreational ocean salmon seasons due to extremely low population estimates for Sacramento and Klamath river fall Chinook salmon. Within hours of the recommendation, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced his administration’s request for a federal fishery disaster declaration to...

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