Fri. Mar 22 2019

Judge Rules Adak Cod Set-Aside Unlawful, Orders NMFS to Rewrite Amendment 113


The Winding Glass: John Sackton’s Seafood Week in Review


Trade War to Continue Indefinitely, Trump Says


VIDEO: MSC Mislabeling Report; Meal Kit Popularity; Hardee's Catfish Sandwich; Saving the Vaquita  


SENA 2019: Urner Barry Announces Winner of Executive Conference and Seafood Import Workshop Giveaway


Pescanova Introduces New Shrimp Products at Seafood Expo North America  


New Jersey Oyster Documentary Now Available on iTunes and Amazon  


Angry Crab Shack Chain Looking to Expand into Las Vegas


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, March 22


Thu. Mar 21 2019

Latest Oceana Seafood Fraud Report Takes Aim at SIMP, But Misses Mark


Western Pacific Managers, Fishermen Grapple with Closures, Slow Federal Pace of Reports  


Meal Kit Demand Going Strong, But Evolving


Bumble Bee Foods and SAP Create Blockchain to Track Fresh Fish from Ocean to Table  


Russia Plans Catch Increases to Match Soviet-era Harvest Figures  


Artisan Catch Announces Direct to User Restaurant Sales from Small Scale Fisheries to Begin in U.S.


ComFish Alaska Celebrates 40 years


Florida Man Arrested, Charged With Murder on Fishing Vessel Off Marco Island


Florida FWC Charge 3 People with Multiple Felonies for Exploiting Spiny Lobster Commercial Fishery  


FDA Commissioner Releases Statement on New Steps to Strengthen Food Safety Program


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, March 21


Wed. Mar 20 2019

Herring Spotted in Sitka, Fleet on Two-Hour Notice  


Trident Seafoods Debuts Versatile 10g Protein Noodles at Seafood Expo North America  


March 2019 Alaska Fishing Updates  


Meet the Sustainable Shopper: Young Transitionals Who Are Tech-Savvy


Hardee’s Partners with Mississippi Catfish Farm to Create New Catfish Sandwich at Select Locations


Cooke Inc. Acquires California Distributor All Seas Wholesale, Inc.  


INSIGHT: Fishmeal Producers Need to Capitalise on 'Point-of-Difference' Factors  


Sustainable Oceans Leadership Institute Seeking Applicants; Set to Kick Off Program in Brussels


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, March 20


Tue. Mar 19 2019

In a Well-Designed Study, MSC Finds Labeling Fraud Rates of Less Than 1%


Pebble Dam Breach Modeled, Comments Open to May 31


Seafood Importers Support Measures to Save the Vaquita


Push to Standardize Traceability Efforts Launched by Retailers and International Seafood Companies


Slade Gorton Launches ICYBAY Iceland Retail Bag Line at Boston Seafood Show


FishWise Releases RISE, a Labor Rights Roadmap for Seafood Businesses


Fishermen Identify Projects to Improve Fisheries Development in the U.S. Pacific Islands


Stolt Sea Farm Expands European Production for Turbot and Sole


Global Aquaculture Alliance Launches Aquademia Podcast at Boston Seafood Show


SENA 2019: Corbion Teams Up With Celebrity Chef Sammy Monsour for Short Film on Algae-Fed Salmon  


Salmon Sisters Donating 1% of All Sales to Food Bank of Alaska


Two New Trustees Named Int’l Pole and Line Foundation


Coastal Villages Sets 2019 Budget for Community Benefits at Over $18 Million


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, March 19


Mon. Mar 18 2019

Legal Seafoods and CP Foods to Introduce Legal Branded Shrimp Products for National Distribution  


LISTEN: The Boston Seafood Show Podcast Episode!


Low Prices Overshadow China's White Shrimp Industry  


SENA 2019: Seafood Champion Awards Finalists Announced at Boston Seafood Show


Change Is in the Air: Western Pacific SSC Suggests New Approaches for Suite of Issues  


Chilean Salmon Marketing Council Introduces 'Promise of Patagonia' Campaign for US  


China Overtakes Japan as Alaska's Largest Seafood Importer  


CleanFish Brings First ‘Green Rated’ Marine-Farmed Atlantic Salmon to Boston Seafood Show  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, March 18


Tristan International Granted Exploratory Fishing Permits in Ecuador for Patagonian Toothfish  


Nielsen Study Finds Consumers Care Most About Buying Local


Russian Fish Company Launches Branded Single Frozen Pollock Fillets in Russian Supermarkets  


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Judge Rules Adak Cod Set-Aside Unlawful, Orders NMFS to Rewrite Amendment 113

D.C. Circuit Court Judge Timothy Kelly ruled yesterday that the North Pacific Council’s Amendment 113 to the Bering Sea Groundfish Fisheries Management Plan does not comply with Magnuson-Stevens Act requirements.

The amendment, adopted in 2016, provided 5,000 mt of Pacific cod as a set-aside for processing facilities located west of 170 degrees longitude. It named the specific villages of Adak and Atka and the plants located there as the plants that would benefit from this set-aside...

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The Winding Glass: John Sackton’s Seafood Week in Review

This column from SeafoodNews Founder and Publisher John Sackton is a new trial feature that may continue as John retires from active management of SeafoodNews.  His voice is one of the most respected in the industry, and we hope with this column to be able to keep putting forward his perspective on the news.

Boston Seafood Show:  

Many of you are back from the seafood show this week. I thought the show was very typical. But there definitely was a feel of less traffic on the floor...

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Trade War to Continue Indefinitely, Trump Says

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

Tariffs on US imports from China will continue the Trump Administration announced Wednesday. The trade war, which began last July, has hit the seafood industry on both sides.

China first imposed a 25 percent tariff on American seafood imports; the U.S. countered by hiking its taxes on incoming Chinese goods by 10 percent. SeafoodSource reports that Trump said he plans to “leave them on for a substantial period of time.”

China has been Alaska’s biggest export partner for seven years...

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SENA 2019: Urner Barry Announces Winner of Executive Conference and Seafood Import Workshop Giveaway

Seafood Expo North America attendees had the chance to enter to win full registration to the Urner Barry Executive Conference, including the Seafood Import Workshop, sponsored by Trace Register. With over 50 names entered, Urner Barry is excited to announce Ecualicious Corp. Executive Director Flavio A. Ribadeneyra as the winner of the giveaway.

Urner Barry’s Executive Conference is taking place at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada from April 28-30. This year the keynote speaker is Arby’s president Rob Lynch...

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New Jersey Oyster Documentary Now Available on iTunes and Amazon

The Oyster Farmers, a documentary produced by independent distributor Virgil Films, is now available to stream on iTunes and Amazon Video. Urner Barry previously highlighted the documentary, which sheds light on New Jersey's lost oyster culture, in Volume 12, Number 4 of Urner Barry's Reporter. You can read the story in its entirety below:

An oyster renaissance is happening in Ocean County, New Jersey, and you probably don’t know much about it. When it comes to the salt water bivalves, most shellfish lovers just focus on...

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Latest Oceana Seafood Fraud Report Takes Aim at SIMP, But Misses Mark

The recent Oceana report was covered by media as more evidence of widespread seafood fraud.  In fact, it was a poorly designed study that deliberately conflated issues with poorly known and barely fished species with more popular and widely consumed species.  The following write up by Jack Cheney, part of the group behind the 'Sustainable Fisheries: the Science of Seafood' blog at the University of Washington, is a clear and relevent description of Oceana's program.  One salient question is if Oceana was focusing on non-SIMP species, why did they not test salmon, tilapia, catfish, pollock and clams.  All these species are in the top ten of species consumed and not in the SIMP program.

-John Sackton, Publisher, SeafoodNews

Jack's commentary is reprinted below:

The intention of Oceana’s most recent report was to call for an expansion of the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP)...

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Western Pacific Managers, Fishermen Grapple with Closures, Slow Federal Pace of Reports

At 9:40 a.m. Wednesday, minutes after Kitty M. Simonds completed the executive director's report to the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, the Hawai'i-based fishery was closed due to the fishery's interaction with a 17th loggerhead turtle this year.

The Hawai'i-based shallow-set longline fishery for swordfish has a federal observer on every vessel for every trip. The North Pacific loggerhead population is growing annually at 2.4 percent, but a court settlement in May 2018 reduced the fishery's ...

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Russia Plans Catch Increases to Match Soviet-era Harvest Figures

Russia plans to increase its fish harvests up to Soviet-era figures during the next several years, according to recent statements of Ilya Shestakov, head of the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo).

Last year, the total fish catch in Russia exceeded 5 million tonnes and, according to Rosrybolovstvo plans, these figures should reach 6 million tonnes within the next five years.

That will be mainly achieved increasing harvests in the global ocean, as well as further optimization of catches within the inland waters. The latter...

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ComFish Alaska Celebrates 40 years

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

Open and free meetings for all will top the docket next week as part of ComFish Alaska next week at Kodiak, now in its 40th year. 

ComFish is set for March 28-30 and topping the list of visitors is US Senator Dan Sullivan who plans to stay for a couple of days. 

“Senator Sullivan plans to do a number of things around ComFish that are very exciting.”

Frank Schiro is director of the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce, host of ComFish...

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Florida FWC Charge 3 People with Multiple Felonies for Exploiting Spiny Lobster Commercial Fishery

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWD) announced that they have charged three people with multiple felonies for exploiting the South Florida spiny lobster commercial fishery. The charges against the three individuals comes after a two-year investigation, dubbed "Operation Thimblerig."

According to the FWC, Elena Reyes, the owner and operator of Florida Marine Fisheries Consultant, created a "far-reaching scheme" that ultimately defrauded the State of Florida out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Reyes is accused of...

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VIDEO: MSC Mislabeling Report; Meal Kit Popularity; Hardee's Catfish Sandwich; Saving the Vaquita

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Recap co-hosts Lorin Castiglione and Amanda Buckle as they talk about MSC's fraud labeling study; meal kit popularity; Hardee's new catfish sandwich; and the latest efforts to save the vaquita porpoise.

This video is brought to you by the Urner Barry Executive Conference, NOW the premier event for the seafood industry. The Executive Conference, taking place at the Bellagio in Las Vegas from April 28 to April 30, is expanding this year and for the first time the Seafood Import Workshop...

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Pescanova Introduces New Shrimp Products at Seafood Expo North America

Pescanova introduced three new ready-to-cook shrimp products within their Seafood Tapas range while at Seafood Expo North America earlier this week.

Pescanova launched their Seafood Tapas line last year for the U.S. retail channel. The new products launched at this year's Boston Seafood show include raw, extra-large peeled and deveined Argentine Red Shrimp in three flavors: Salted Butter and Garlic; Chipotle Sea Salt; and Citrus Herb. Pescanova boasts that the line is easy to prepare, with consumers simply needing to...

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Angry Crab Shack Chain Looking to Expand into Las Vegas

Angry Crab Shack is looking to expand into Sin City. The full-service Asian-Cajun seafood restaurant, which currently has eight locations in Arizona, is attending the Multi Unit Franchising Conference in Las Vegas next week to look for "passionate entrepreneurs" to join their franchise system.

"Angry Crab Shack has become a staple in the southwest by creating a fun-loving environment serving up the highest quality seafood," said Andy Diamond, President of Angry Crab Shack. "Our attendance at the Multi Unit Franchising Conference is a...

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Meal Kit Demand Going Strong, But Evolving

Meal-kits were all the rage in 2018. But is the meal kit trend continuing into 2019? Or are consumers moving onto the next dining trend?

Well, based on the latest report from Nielsen, consumer demand for meal kits is going strong in the new year. Nielsen reports that meal kit users have increased 36% over the past year. Panel data collected shows that 14.3 million households purchased meal kits in the last six months of 2018, which is 3.8 million more households from the last six months of 2017...

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Bumble Bee Foods and SAP Create Blockchain to Track Fresh Fish from Ocean to Table

SAP SE and Bumble Bee Foods recently announced that Bumble Bee Foods is using the SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain service to trace the journey of yellowfin tuna from the Indonesian ocean to the dinner table. Together, SAP and Bumble Bee continue to innovate and improve upon seafood traceability as more and more consumers demand to know their food is safe and sustainably sourced, the companies said in a press release.

With SAP’s blockchain technology, consumers and customers will be able to easily access...

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Artisan Catch Announces Direct to User Restaurant Sales from Small Scale Fisheries to Begin in U.S.

Orca Seafoods S.A. is a processor and distributor located in Merida, Yucatan, that focuses on purchasing products from small scale fisheries.   They purchase grouper and snapper and blue swimming crab from the Gulf, and also have operation in Baja for white sea bass, and Caifornia halibut.

This week at the Boston Seafood Show they announced the opening of their American distribution arm, called Artisan Catch.  They are a leading advocate of the seafood sustainability movement in Mexico...

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Florida Man Arrested, Charged With Murder on Fishing Vessel Off Marco Island

A Florida man has been arrested and charged by criminal complaint with second-degree murder within the maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States. According to reports, Casey Lowell Hickok, 32, is accused of beating his father to death while aboard a fishing vessel in the Gulf of Mexico.

At approximately 7:13 a.m. on March 18 the Coast Guard received a call for medical assistance from a fishing boat that was about 66 miles west of Marco Island. Upon boarding the vessel...

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