Fri. Apr 3 2020

DFO Delays Snow Crab Season in Newfoundland and Labrador Until April 20  


Seafood Expo North America Rescheduled; Boston Seafood Show to Take Place in September


Are 'Family Meal Deals' at Restaurants the New Normal?


ANALYSIS: Pollock Block Market Thriving Amid COVID-19  


ANALYSIS: February Shrimp Imports Grow 20.1 Percent  


Kodiak Tanner Crab is a Wrap, Dungeness Up Next  


COVID-19: Updated Compendium of Closures/Meeting Changes


Canada Names Seafood Industry As Essential Service, Amid Announcements of Wage Supports


Observer Waiver for Vessels With Northeast Fishing Permits Extended Through April 18  


Rutgers University Team Finds Species of Oysters, Clams Can be Farmed Side-by-Side  


Long John Silver’s Offering Truck Drivers Discount, Curb-Side Pick-Up


Chicken of the Sea Donates More Than Half A Million Servings Of Seafood to Vulnerable U.S. Groups


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, April 3


Thu. Apr 2 2020

Alaska’s Coastal Communities Prepare for 2020 Fishing Season as COVID-19 Cases Rise  


Maine’s Commercial Fishing, Processing and Aquaculture Remains ‘Essential’ Under New Executive Order


Local Catch Network Capitalizes on Pandemic to Broaden its Fresh Seafood Scope


These are the Top Operational Changes Restaurants are Making in Response to the Coronavirus


Salmon Group Taps Langeland as CEO as Øen Becomes New US Envoy for Seafood Council


Norwegian Seafood Sector Pivots to Frozen Fish as Production Continues During Pandemic


Restaurant Prices in Canada Expected to Fall Due to COVID-19


Voice Recognition Software Tracks Fish Catches


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, April 2


Wed. Apr 1 2020

Luke’s Lobster Launches E-Commerce Platform to Send Seafood Across U.S.


Haunted by the Coronavirus, Vietnam’s Seafood Industry Suffers


Russian Fish Processors Call on Government to Lift Restrictions on Fish Imports to Domestic Market


Bumble Bee CEO Appointed to Plant-based Food Company’s Board of Directors


Land-based Farm Pure Salmon Poland Earns Ocean Friendly Label  


Louisiana Oyster Task Force Reaches Out to Newsroom Ink to Tell Their Story  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, April 1


Tue. Mar 31 2020

The Winding Glass: Processors Now Key to Lobster and Crab Survival in Canada    


Chicago Restaurant Owners File Lawsuit Against Insurance Company Over Business Interruption Policy


Canadian Government Ensures Support for Seafood Industry During COVID-19 Pandemic


NMFS Approves Final Measures for Atlantic Sea Scallop Management Plan for 2020 Season  


China's Struggling Tilapia Industry Encounters More Trouble With Coronavirus Outbreak  


CenSea National Sales Director Dave Bennett Retiring After More Than 25 Years With The Company


Thai Union Donates Shelf-Stable Seafood to Red Cross


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, March 31


Mon. Mar 30 2020

Lobster Fishery Delayed in Two New Brunswick Areas, Other Fisheries Waiting on Decisions  


During One Week, Bishops From Five States Lift Ban on Eating Meat During Lent


Russia Hopes to Significantly Increase Exports of Pollock Fillets to U.S. Market This Year  


NMFS Says 'No' to West Coast Groundfish, Swordfish Vessels Seeking Waivers for Observers


Coronavirus Traps Fishing Crew of Japanese Long-Distance Tuna Vessels  


State of Louisiana Steps Up to Connect Consumers with Local Harvesters as “Matchmaker”


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, March 30


VIDEO: New COMTELL Spotlight - Improved Charting and History Pages


Fri. Mar 27 2020

SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, March 27


Maine Opening Elver Fishery Following COVID-19 Protection Measures  


An Explanation of Canada’s Quarantine Exemptions for Temporary Foreign Workers and Truckers


Walmart Subsidiary Seiyu First Retailer to Endorse BAP Certification in Japan


Global Study Shows How Marine Species Respond as Oceans Warm


Updated MSC Fisheries Certification Process Manual Now Available


TAKING STOCK: Economic Gauntlets & Seafood Market Waves


Alaska’s NOAA Fisheries Waives Observer Coverage on Partial Coverage Fleet For Two Weeks


Pescanova Introduces New Toss & Serve Shrimp as Convenient, Healthy At-Home Dinner Option  


FFAW Recommending that DFO Postpone Snow Crab Fishery  


NFI Issues Statement on Passing of Angie Prieble


FSIS Loosens Labeling Enforcement, Allows Foodservice Items Easier Access to Retail


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DFO Delays Snow Crab Season in Newfoundland and Labrador Until April 20

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) announced on Thursday that there will be a delayed opening to the Newfoundland and Labrador snow crab season.

“While the management approach for the 2020 Newfoundland and Labrador snow crab fishery has not been finalized, the fishery will not open before April 20, 2020,” reads a statement from the DFO. “A decision on the 2020 management approach is expected in the near future and once finalized the details will be communicated broadly.”

As SeafoodNews previously reported, FFAW-Unifor sent a letter...

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Seafood Expo North America Rescheduled; Boston Seafood Show to Take Place in September

Diversified Communications, the organizers of Seafood Expo North America (SENA), announced on Thursday that the event has been rescheduled for September.

SENA, also known as the Boston Seafood Show, was scheduled to take place from March 15-17. However, Diversified ended up postponing the event in early March due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

“After many weeks of monitoring the evolving situation around COVID-19 and evaluating the full spectrum of feedback we received among hundreds of calls and emails, we, Diversified Communications, have decided that...

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Are 'Family Meal Deals' at Restaurants the New Normal?

Independent and chain restaurants have been adjusting to the change in traffic due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). A majority of states have mandated or suggested that restaurants close their dining rooms in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. Although sales are not where they would normally be, many have been able to transition to a take-out model, offering meals through curbside pickup, delivery or drive-thru services. But with self-distancing measures being extended and more states putting in place...

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ANALYSIS: February Shrimp Imports Grow 20.1 Percent

February imports were released today and show a 20.1 percent increase in the amount of shrimp entering the U.S from a low February 2019 base. There were relatively few restrictions during this time and most of the product was already in transit.

 

Of our top five trade partners, India (+29.2%), Indonesia (+27.4%), Ecuador (+45.4%), Vietnam (+22.5%), and new country Mexico (+11.1%) all shipped more. Meanwhile, Thailand (-20.1) again shipped less and moved into sixth place in February 2020.

India again accounted for over 40 percent of trade...

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Kodiak Tanner Crab is a Wrap, Dungeness Up Next

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Kodiak wraps up Tanners; Dungies are up next.

Kodiak’s Tanner crab fishery wrapped up a few weeks ago after a longer than usual two month opener in one region. As expected, it was slow going for 49 boats that dropped pots for a 400,000 pound catch limit. The average CPUE (catch per unit of effort) was 12 crabs per pot.

“Everyone who wanted to go went out and gave it a good shot for a...

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Observer Waiver for Vessels With Northeast Fishing Permits Extended Through April 18

In late March NOAA Fisheries announced that they would temporarily be waiving the requirement for vessels with Northeast fishing permits to carry a fishery observer or at-sea monitor until April 4. The government agency has now announced that they will be extending this waiver.

“Consistent with the agency’s emergency rule on observer waivers during the COVID-19 pandemic and under the authority granted to the Greater Atlantic Regional Administrator, NOAA Fisheries ie extending the waiver granted to vessels with Greater Atlantic Region fishing permits to...

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Long John Silver’s Offering Truck Drivers Discount, Curb-Side Pick-Up 

Truck drivers are some of the essential workers continuing to deliver much needed products and equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to thank them, Long John Silver’s is offering discounts and dining options.

Truckers will be able to take advantage of a 10% discount every day of the week and a 20% discount on Thursdays. This offer is available at the nearly 200 corporate owned Long John Silver’s locations, as well as at participating franchise locations. 

With a majority of dining rooms being closed down due to...

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Alaska’s Coastal Communities Prepare for 2020 Fishing Season as COVID-19 Cases Rise

With 143 cases of COVID-19 statewide and strict travel and quarantine mandates in force since March 13, 2020, Alaska's coastal communities are beginning to lay out plans for the intense days ahead when millions of salmon are harvested and processed across the state.

In Bristol Bay, home of the largest salmon run in the world, the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association is working with processors, city and borough officials, and state and federal agencies to coordinate the protocols needed to meet two goals...

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These are the Top Operational Changes Restaurants are Making in Response to the Coronavirus

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused a massive disruption to daily life. Some states have issued stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders, and a majority have implemented social distancing measures, like closing down restaurant dining rooms, in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. As a result, the National Restaurant Association says that 3% of restaurants have already closed for good—and an additional 11% of operators could permanently close in the next 30 days. Those that remain open have...

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Salmon Group Taps Langeland as CEO as Øen Becomes New US Envoy for Seafood Council

The Board of Norway’s Salmon Group has hired Jan Olav Langeland as the new CEO of the network. Langland has experience from both national and international work in management, sales, marketing and branding. He was marketing manager at feed manufacturer EWOS and has worked Kavli, Synnøve Finden, Altibox and BKK brands. Today, Langeland runs the labor market company Grønneviken AS, a company with 140 employees. 

Langland will begin his new job August 1, 2020. 

The outgoing CEO of the Salmon Group, Anne-Kristine Øen, was...

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ANALYSIS: Pollock Block Market Thriving Amid COVID-19

The market for reprocessed pollock blocks has remained steady amid all the disruptions stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak. The Alaskan pollock "A" season runs from January through April in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea with many vessels currently headed back home after finishing their first fishing season of the year, as planned, with supply intact. With fleets having been out at sea since January, there has been little threat or exposure to the crew aboard the vessels to the virus...

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COVID-19: Updated Compendium of Closures/Meeting Changes

Several state and federal agencies and private businesses made announcements over the past month about closures and changes to schedules or logistics due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. SeafoodNews.com staff broke the story about the coronavirus in January and have kept our readers updated about how the pandemic is affecting the seafood industry. In that vein, the SeafoodNews staff is keeping a list of meeting and event changes and announcements that could affect your business. We will update the list as new announcements are made ...

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Canada Names Seafood Industry As Essential Service, Amid Announcements of Wage Supports

In a joint statement from the Fisheries Council of Canada (FCC) and the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA), members thanked the government for their “collaborative hard work to support the fish and seafood sector, especially in light of today’s recognition of the Canadian fish and seafood industries as essential services as announced by the latest COVID-19 guidance.”

Federal recognition of the industry’s wild harvest and aquacultur workers is an important milestone for Canada’s seafood producers as seasons open on both coasts for fisheries and shellfish. The “essential”...

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Rutgers University Team Finds Species of Oysters, Clams Can be Farmed Side-by-Side

A recent study out of Rutgers University showed that Eastern oysters and three species of clams can be farmed alongside each other and perform well, which is good news for shellfish farmers.

Rutgers noted that most bivalve farms in the United States grow crops as monocultures, however growing multiple species could help boost the pockets of American shellfish growers, according to the study appearing in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series.

"Farming multiple species together can sustain the economic viability of farm operations and increase profitability..."

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Chicken of the Sea Donates More Than Half A Million Servings Of Seafood to Vulnerable U.S. Groups

As they have done since early days of the COVID-19 pandemic in China, Thai Union Group is now donating shelf-stable tuna products to vulnerable populations in coastal Georgia and Los Angeles’ South Bay area schools. 

Thai Union’s Chicken of the Sea has partnered with Convoy of Hope, which serves families across the country, America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia and South Bay Area Schools in the Los Angeles region, to deliver “more than half a million servings of canned tuna... 

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Maine’s Commercial Fishing, Processing and Aquaculture Remains ‘Essential’ Under New Executive Order

Patrick Keliher, the Commissioner of Maine’s Department of Marine Resources, is reassuring commercial fishing, processing and aquaculture businesses that they are still considered “essential” following Governor Janet Mills’ latest Executive Order.

As SeafoodNews previously reported, Governor Mills issued an Executive Order for Maine on March 24 mandating that all non-essential businesses and operations in the state close their physical locations that are public facing. The Executive Order also closed non-essential business sites that “require more than 10...

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Local Catch Network Capitalizes on Pandemic to Broaden its Fresh Seafood Scope

During the coronavirus pandemic, some people are realizing they don’t have a strong relationship with the food system or local food producers.

Local Catch can help remedy that, University of Maine Assistant Professor of Marine Policy Joshua Stoll said in a press release.

The Local Catch Network is a community of fishermen, researchers and consumers committed to providing local, healthful, low-impact and economically sustainable seafood directly from harvesters.

The Seafood Finder map allows people to pinpoint where they can buy fresh...

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