Mon. May 21 2018

ANALYSIS: Shrimp Replacement Cost From Indonesia Lower Than India  


Qingdao Plans Construction of 3 More Fisheries Economic Zones, Improving Local Access to  


Seafood News Podcast: Tilapia Market Update; Sea Lion Warning; Alaska Salmon Season; and More


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, May 21


Copper River Sockeye Harvest Below Forecast For Opener, But Kings Look Good


IFFO RS Paves Way for Certification Standard Improvements with MEL Report


Basa Industry Growth Forces Vietnam to Work Through Market, Environmental Challenges  


ANALYSIS: Shrimp Replacement Cost From Indonesia Lower Than India


Fri. May 18 2018

Captain D's Triples Loyalty Program Registration with "Text-To-Join" Enrollment Feature


Coastal Villages Delivers Record-Breaking 100,000 Gallons of Heating Oil in 2018


ASMI Celebrates Wild Alaska Salmon Season with Summer Grilling Push  


Pescanova 5th Largest High Consumption Brand With Greatest Penetration in Spain


SmartCatch Wins Rabobank FoodBytes! Award for Sustainable Technology


Copper River Opens to Slow Catches, Record Prices  


High Crawfish Prices in China Have Consumers Complaining About Costs, Restaurants About Margin


Wild Alaska Salmon Season Starts With Alaska Air Cargo Delivering More Than 64,000 Lbs. to Seattle  


WDFW Denies Permit for Cooke Aquaculture to Transport Juvenile Atlantic Salmon Through Puget Sound


VIDEO: Right Whale Sighting; Canned Tuna Price Fixing; Royal Wedding Salmon and More


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, May 18


Thu. May 17 2018

Chris Lischewski, CEO of Bumble Bee, 4th Individual Indicted for Price Fixing in Tuna Industry


Russia Says Volume of King Crab in Barents Sea May Equal Far East in a Few Years; Cod Catches Drop  


Copper River Fleet and Processors Partner with ADF&G to Buy ARIS Sonar Counter


Bristol Bay Sockeye Fishery Trending Upward on Quality and Value


NOAA's Says 91% of Stocks Not Subject to Overfishing, Did Record Number of Assessments in 2017


Cousins Maine Lobster Opening First Brick and Mortar Franchise Location in Tennessee  


NOAA Warns Fishermen Not to Shoot Seals or Sea Lions


Pacific Marine Expo Gets Sidelined by Seattle Seahawks Football Game


NOAA Announcing Findings From 2017 Status of U.S. Fisheries Report Thursday Afternoon


EU's Ocean Plastics Lab Coming to Washington National Mall


Leigh Habegger Joins Seafood Harvesters of America as Their New Executive Director


Land Based Fish Farm Being Built in South Africa  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, May 17


Wed. May 16 2018

Oregon District Court Judge Throws Out Last Anti-Trust Lawsuit Against Pacific Seafoods


China Submerges First Salmon Cage Off Qingdao; Industry Hopes it Will Help with Salmon Shortage  


ADF&G Budget Increase of $1 Million Survives Legislative Process


Negotiations Underway for Renewal of Pacific Salmon Treaty Amidst Pressure of Declining Stocks


Bristol Bay Salmon Fishermen Set Record for Chilling Their Fish  


Red Lobster Expands Sustainability Efforts with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program Partners


Companies and Chains Cash in on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding  


Amazon Opening 2 More ‘Amazon Go’ Convenience Stores


Sysco Highlights Their Return to National Restaurant Association Show


Save the Date: Pacific Marine Expo Will Be November 18- 20, 2018 in Seattle


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, May 16


ANALYSIS: Surge of Canadian Halibut Pushing Prices Down to Five Year Low  


Tue. May 15 2018

ANALYSIS: US Shrimp Market Weakening to Lowest Prices of the Post EMS Era  


U.S. Seafood Industry Urges USTR to Avoid Trade War With China


Pacific Whiting Fishery Opens Today to Same Harvest Levels as in 2017  


New Bedford Fishing Vessel Collides With Loaded Tankship; Coast Guard Investigating


Legal Sea Foods Bringing Sauces, Marinades Nationwide Thanks to Agreement with Stonewall Kitchen


Industry Veteran Kenneth Loud Joins Northern Wind as VP of New Product Development


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, May 15


Alaska Fishing Families are Affected by Management Changes


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ANALYSIS: Shrimp Replacement Cost From Indonesia Lower Than India

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Angel Rubio – May 21, 2018

As a continuation of last week’s discussion, this week we look at replacement cost trends relative to prices in the wholesale market and U.S. spot wholesale, particularly for size 16-20.

In many cases the replacement costs can serve as a future indicator of the U.S. market, however, we know that these two markets can also be disconnected. For example, there are times when replacement costs overseas rise while the U.S. wholesale market trends lower. In this example, in theory, the U.S. importer would take a more cautious buying position ...

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Qingdao Plans Construction of 3 More Fisheries Economic Zones, Improving Local Access to Seafood

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - May 21, 2018

China’s National Development and Reform Commission and its Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs recently issued a plan to promote the construction in 10 coastal harbor regions as well as 93 fisheries economic zones. Qingdao plans to establish three such economic zones, which are located in Jiaozhou Bay on the western coast of Qingdao, as well as in the area from Jimo to Laoshan.

The plan states the 10 harbor regions will be located in Liaodong Peninsula, Bohai Bay, Shandong ...

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Captain D's Triples Loyalty Program Registration with "Text-To-Join" Enrollment Feature

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 18, 2018

Captain D’s has tripled the members in their loyalty program thanks to a “text-to-join” enrollment feature.

The fast-casual chain was an early adopter of Paytronix’s SMS Text-Back feature, which enabled Captain D’s cashiers to request a mobile phone number from guests. The system then sent an immediate text to the guest to request an email address to sign up for the “D’s Club” loyalty program.

“This is perhaps one of the most ‘frictionless’ sign-ups in ...

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ASMI Celebrates Wild Alaska Salmon Season with Summer Grilling Push

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 18, 2018

Need a reason to grill this weekend? Look no further than the start of the harvest season for wild Alaska salmon.

The harvest season kicked off on Thursday, May 17 with sockeye and king salmon, but pink, keta and coho salmon will be coming to the docks throughout the summer. For the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI), the start of the season is the perfect reason to throw some fish on the grill.

Salmon boasts omega-3 fatty acids ...

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SmartCatch Wins Rabobank FoodBytes! Award for Sustainable Technology

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 18, 2018

FoodBytes! By Rabobank, a next-generation pitch competition to discover the most ground-breaking food and agriculture startups, is recognizing technology company SmartCatch for their efforts to create innovative and durable products that support commercial fishermen.

SmartCatch was selected for the Judges’ Choice Award for their focus on sustainability and market traction. According to a press release, the company provides “Sustainable Seafood Technologies to reduce by-catch waste, combat illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing and promote global sustainable seafood markets ...

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Copper River Opens to Slow Catches, Record Prices

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - May 18, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch.

Alaska’s salmon season got off to a slow start on Thursday at the Copper River delta near Cordova. The fishery for sockeyes and kings opened at a drizzly 7am with more than 500 gillnetters on the grounds.

“So far, a lot of pictures of empty nets being posted on Facebook.” 

Bill Webber and his crew were waiting out a slack tide aboard the Paradigm Shift a few hours into the 12-hour opener ...

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Copper River Fleet and Processors Partner with ADF&G to Buy ARIS Sonar Counter

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - May 17, 2018

Copper River and Prince William Sound commercial gillnet salmon fishermen contributed $82,000 to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to buy the fourth ARIS sonar unit to be installed in the Copper River this year.

Processors Copper River Seafoods, North Pacific, Ocean Beauty, Trident Seafoods each came to the purchase with $6375 while Alaska Wild Seafood contributed $2500. The purchase that will benefit all resource management, subsistence, sport and commercial ...

 

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Bristol Bay Sockeye Fishery Trending Upward on Quality and Value

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - May 17, 2018

Investments by fishermen and processors in Bristol Bay over the past decade to improve quality are starting to pay off. And with another forecasted salmon run in the record-breaking range expected in 7-8 weeks, the economic outlook for the area is good.

Conventional wisdom of the past 30 years in this 100-year-old commercial fishery was that high catches meant lower quality as the system handles more fish in less time. That axiom was destroyed ...

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NOAA's Says 91% of Stocks Not Subject to Overfishing, Did Record Number of Assessments in 2017

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 17, 2018

NOAA photoChris Oliver, Asst Administrator for NOAA Fisheries, announced the release of the agencies 'Status of the Stocks' report to Congress. It  measures the progress the US has made in ending overfishing and rebuilding stocks. Status of the Stocks provides a “snapshot in time” of the status of our nation’s fisheries last year.

At the end of 2017, the overfishing list included 30 stocks and the overfished list dropped to 35 stocks. 91 percent of the stocks we manage are ...

 

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WDFW Denies Permit for Cooke Aquaculture to Transport Juvenile Atlantic Salmon Through Puget Sound

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - May 18, 2018

Citing the risk of fish disease transmission, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife denied permission for Cooke Aquaculture to transport 800,000 juvenile Atlantic salmon from its hatchery near Rochester to net pens at Rich Passage in Kitsap County.

In late April, Cooke applied for permission to move juvenile non-native salmon from its hatchery into pens in Kitsap County to replace adult fish that were recently harvested. Washington lawmakers enacted a bill earlier this year that will phase ...

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Coastal Villages Delivers Record-Breaking 100,000 Gallons of Heating Oil in 2018

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - May 18, 2018

Last January, home heating oil prices in New York state averaged $3.26 per gallon, up more than 20% from January 2017 prices. In roadless Western Alaska, the price for a gallon of home heating oil hovered between $5.50 and $6.00. 

Residents of the 20-some villages in the Kuskokwim River delta and on the Bering Sea Coast make their living fishing, but retain a subsistence lifestyle of traditional hunting, fishing, and preserving food. That has become ...

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Pescanova 5th Largest High Consumption Brand With Greatest Penetration in Spain

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 18, 2018

Pescanova has reason to celebrate – the company has been named the fifth largest High Consumption brand with the greatest penetration in Spanish homes.

The ranking comes from a 2018 report by Brand Footprint, which assesses the percentage of homes that buy the brand in a year. Brand Footprint’s report uses a sample of 12,000 representative homes in the population, and measures how often a brand is purchased.  According to the report, Pescanova’s frozen and refrigerated products ...

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Chris Lischewski, CEO of Bumble Bee, 4th Individual Indicted for Price Fixing in Tuna Industry

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton – May 17, 2018

Chris Lischewski, the CEO of Bumble Bee Foods, has been indicted by the Dept. of Justice for price fixing.

Lischewski is the fourth individual executive to be charged in the price fixing case brought against the three major canned tuna companies.

Two of the company’s executives, Kenneth Worsham and Walter Cameron have pled guilty to price fixing charges, but have not yet been sentenced.

In addition, Bumble Bee pled guilty and agreed to pay a $25 million fine..

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Russia Says Volume of King Crab in Barents Sea May Equal Far East in a Few Years; Cod Catches Drop

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - May 17, 2018

Russia plans to significantly increase the harvest volume of cod and Kamchatka (King) crab in the Barents Sea during the next several years, according to the Russian Fisheries Agency (Rosrybolovstvo). 

According to Kolonchin, and in contrast to cod, the volume of production of Kamchatka crab in theBarents Sea may increase significantly. That increase is primarily due to the corresponding population growth of the stock that has been ...

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High Crawfish Prices in China Have Consumers Complaining About Costs, Restaurants About Margin

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FishFirst] Translated by Amy Zhong - May 18, 2018

Crayfish prices have risen further in several regions of the southern China, while more crayfish are served in restaurants in May. 

Though their wholesale price is less than 30 yuan/jin (1 jin=0.5 kg; $9.42/kg USD) on average, some restaurants sell 3-jin crayfish at about 148 yuan to 168 yuan $23.24 to $26.38 USD). Consumers are complaining the prices are too high to be affordable, while restaurant owners are also unhappy about low profits.

Last May, Hou opened his crayfish restaurant in Jinan of Shandong province where locals were ...

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Wild Alaska Salmon Season Starts With Alaska Air Cargo Delivering More Than 64,000 Lbs. to Seattle

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 18, 2018

Fresh fish is in flight.

Alaska Air Cargo announced on Friday that they’re set to deliver more than 64,000 pounds of wild Copper River salmon to Seattle … today.

“Alaska Airlines plays a significant role in supporting the Alaska seafood industry, which is recognized worldwide for its sustainable fishing practices,” Alaska Air Cargo managing director Jason Berry said in a press release. “Our cargo employees are working around the clock to ...

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Cousins Maine Lobster Opening First Brick and Mortar Franchise Location in Tennessee

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Amanda Buckle - May 17, 2018

Cousins Maine Lobster, one of the most successful companies to come out of “Shark Tank,” is continuing to grow.

Cousins Maine Lobster started off as a food truck company focused on bringing the taste of Maine to the West Coast. Cousins Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac were only in business for two months when they appeared on the ABC reality show back in 2012. With an impressive business plan, the cousins were able to score a $55,000 investment ...

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