Fri. Jan 22 2021

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2020 Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Landings Lowest Recorded  


Alaskans Push For Permanent Protection as Pebble Mine Appeals USACE Permit Denial


VIDEO: COVID-19 Outbreak; COVID Impacts Chilean Salmon; Dungeness Crab Delay; GAA's New COO


Food and Agricultural Workers Prioritized for COVID-19 Vaccine Under Phase 1b


NOAA Release Blue Economy Strategy Plan for 2021-2025


AquaGen Invest NOK 150 Million in Land-based Salmon Broodstock Facility


Ocean Outcomes Names New President, CEO as it Outlines Future and Looks Back on Six Years


Alaska Fish Radio: Electric Boats Get a Boost in Alaska


Veramaris Becomes First Micro Microalgae for Feed Producer to Achieve Joint ASC-MSC Certification


Seafood Donations to Food Banks Exceeded 8 Million Servings in 2020


Baader Acquires Swedish Fish Processing Manufacturer SEAC


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, January 22


Thu. Jan 21 2021

USCG Warns Fishermen, Particularly Crabbers, About the Perils of Turning Off AIS


ANALYSIS: King Crab Market Firm as Demand Outweighs Supply  


How the FDA is Supporting the Distribution of the COVID-19 Vaccination to Food and Ag Workers


IPHC Publishes New Accreditation Process for Processor Advisory Board  


Thoma-Sea Marine Gets NOAA Contract for Two New Oceanographic Research Ships


Traci Chidester Promoted to Assistant General Manager of Pacific Seafood Clackamas


Regal New Zealand King Salmon Kicks Off New Year With 4 Awards  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, January 21


Wed. Jan 20 2021

Local Government Calls on Chilean Processing Plants to Close, Citing COVID-19 Outbreaks


Japan November Fisheries Imports Dip 9%; Chilean Coho Salmon Sees Notable Jump as Shrimp, Squid Fall  


BlueNalu’s $60 Million in Financing Round Includes Well-known Seafood Companies


Grieg Seafood Enters Joint Venture for Post-smolt and Land-based Salmon Farming


NOAA’s Southeast Fisheries COVID-19 Report Reveals Impact on Seafood Dealers and Processors


Long John Silver’s Announces New CEO as Company "Charts New Course"


NOAA Expands Gulf of Mexico Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, January 20


Tue. Jan 19 2021

On Eve of “A” Season, Dutch Harbor Fights COVID-19 Outbreak, Asks for State Help


NOAA Report: A Look at COVID-19’s Impact on Northeast Fisheries


Kvarøy Arctic Teams Up With Chef Andrew Zimmerman to Offer Homegating Kit on FultonFishMarket.com  


FEMA Approves $1.8 Million for Puerto Rico Fishing Villages


Hatchery Called ‘Incompatible Use’ in Alaska State Parks  


Mowi Praises Brazilian Soy Suppliers Deforestation Commitment  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, January 19


Mon. Jan 18 2021

NOAA Fisheries COVID Impacts on Alaska Landings Improved by End of Year; Prices Not Updated


ANALYSIS: As The World Turns for Farmed Salmon…  


Toyosu Market December 2020 Imported Fresh Tuna; Firm Demand for Take-Out Sushi  


Crabbers Face Potential February Season Opening in Washington if Domoic Clears  


PODCAST: NOAA's COVID-19 Report; Maruha Nichiro's Latest Acquisition; And More Seafood News!


Brian Perkins Joins GAA as New COO, Will Help Transition to Global Seafood Alliance


RCMP Finds Missing Scallop Dragger the Chief William Saulis; Five Fishermen Still Missing


Alaska Fish Radio: Kelp Growing Increases to More Alaska Regions


AKVA Group Expects to Incur 'Significant Costs' Linked to Cyber-Attack


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2020 Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Landings Lowest Recorded

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NFMS) released its final survey of Gulf of Mexico shrimp landings for 2020, and the data reveals the lowest landings on record.

For December 2019, landings for all species, headless, reached 6.603 million lbs., compared to 5.527 million in December 2019.

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Alaskans Push For Permanent Protection as Pebble Mine Appeals USACE Permit Denial

Yesterday Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP) asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reverse their permit denial from last November. In response, two groups representing Alaskans across the state have called for permanent protections for the area. 

“We urge President Biden and Congress to act swiftly and decisively to enact lasting protections for this one-of-a-kind American treasure, which is home to a vibrant Indigenous culture, provides more than 14,000 American jobs, and produces more wild salmon than anywhere else in the world,” read yesterday's press...

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Food and Agricultural Workers Prioritized for COVID-19 Vaccine Under Phase 1b

The devastating effects of the pandemic on food and agricultural workers were on full display during the early stage of COVID-19 in the U.S. last year. Several processing plants in the nation experienced complications related to the virus, impacting thousands of employees and upending the food supply chain.

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AquaGen Invest NOK 150 Million in Land-based Salmon Broodstock Facility

AquaGen has entered into a contract with Artec Aqua as a turnkey contractor for the expansion of its Profunda facility in Barstadvik in Ørsta municipality.

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Alaska Fish Radio: Electric Boats Get a Boost in Alaska

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“We’re more focused on low speed vessels that know where they are going every day and pretty much have the same routine.  Some of the uses would be harbor port operations, work boats, tourism, recreation or rentals. And then, of course, fishing, especially mariculture. Why wouldn't you want to go harvest your product...

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Seafood Donations to Food Banks Exceeded 8 Million Servings in 2020

2020 was certainly … a year. While there’s no denying that the coronavirus pandemic left a lot of Americans struggling, there is at least some good news to come out of it. According to SeaShare, the nation’s leading nonprofit seafood donor to food banks, over 8 million servings of seafood was donated last year.

“It’s been incredibly rewarding to work with our seafood partners this year,” said SeaShare Executive Director Jim Harmon. “The network we’ve built over the last 27 years provided strong results in 2020.”

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USCG Warns Fishermen, Particularly Crabbers, About the Perils of Turning Off AIS

Fishermen hoping to guard their favorite fishing holes by turning off their vessels' automated identifications system should think twice about that.

Or think about a maximum penalty of up to $35,486 per violation. For a Dungeness crabber, that could be roughly 10,000 to 12,000 pounds of crab, depending on the ex-vessel price.

The U.S. Coast Guard is issuing a warning to mariners and commercial fisherman about the dangers and legal consequences of disabling a vessel's AIS.

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How the FDA is Supporting the Distribution of the COVID-19 Vaccination to Food and Ag Workers

Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., Commissioner of Food and Drugs, and Frank Yiannas, M.P.H., Deputy Commissioner of Food Policy and Response, are speaking out on the importance of distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to food and agriculture workers. In an article posted to the FDA’s website, Hahn and Yiannas explain 21 FORWARD, the new data analysis tool that the agency created to help inform their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Thoma-Sea Marine Gets NOAA Contract for Two New Oceanographic Research Ships

Houma, LA-based Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors LLC was awarded a $178 million contract to design and build two new oceanographic ships for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

NOAA is acquiring the vessels through an agreement with the Naval Sea Systems Command, a leader in building, providing and procuring large research ships for the nation's research fleet.

The $178,082,877 contract, announced December 31, 2020, will add two new vessels to the agency’s aging fleet of research platforms.

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NOAA Release Blue Economy Strategy Plan for 2021-2025

NOAA unveiled its Blue Economy Strategic Plan for 2021-2025 as it attempts to lay out a roadmap for new ways it can advance America’s Blue Economy, along with the global ocean economy.

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Veramaris Becomes First Micro Microalgae for Feed Producer to Achieve Joint ASC-MSC Certification

Veramaris announced that it has become the first microalgae oil producer for feed to achieve certification to the joint ASC-MSC Seaweed (Algae) Standard.

The company producers EPA & DHA Omega-3 algae oil which is used in the aquaculture industry as fish feed and pet food. Veramaris also became the first American producers to earn the ASC-MSC certification.

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A lack of supply and available replacement product from Russia continues to be the overall theme in the king crab market. Through November 2020, king crab imports are down 6.8 percent from Russia, the top producing country in the world.

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IPHC Publishes New Accreditation Process for Processor Advisory Board

The International Pacific Halibut Commission recently published an accreditation process for the Processor Advisory Board ahead of the 97th session of the IPHC Annual Meeting next week.

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