Mon. Nov 11 2019

ADF&G Forecasts 2020 Return of 48 Million Sockeye for Bristol Bay: a Harvest of 34.5 Million


LISTEN: Chilean Salmon Production Ramps Up; Dungeness Crab Season Delay and More  


ANALYSIS: Blue Swimming Crab Meat Market Flat for 7 Straight Weeks  


New Fish Tax Passed by Bristol Bay Borough Voters


Coast Guard Suspends Search for 1 crew of F/V Miss Hailee in California


Labeyrie Joins IBM Food Trust Platform, Improves Traceability of Smoked Salmon Products  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, November 11


Fri. Nov 8 2019

West Coast Crab Meat Recovery Results Show Consistent Range from CA to WA  


ANALYSIS: Pangasius & Catfish Imports Down 40%; Two Different Stories  


Russian Fish Producers to Raise Prices to Offset Growing Fuel, Tax Costs  


Vietnam Turns to China for Saving its Basa Industry, but Uncertanties Loom in the Neighboring Market  


Alaska Fisheries Keep Port of Seattle Afloat


Iceland Seafood Agrees on Head of Terms to Acquire Elba S.L.


FFAW Urging Canadian Gov’t. to Refuse Oil/Gas Exploration Bids on Key Fishing Area


Natural Shrimp, Inc. Announces $1 million of Series B Preferred Subscriptions


New Study Says Millions of Seabirds Rely on Discarded Fish


Seaweed Farm Becomes First of its Kind to Earn ASC-MSC Certification


Coast Guard Medevacs Injured Cewman Near Sitkinak Island


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, November 8


Thu. Nov 7 2019

Salmon Production Begins to Pickup in Chile  


Kroger Debuts New Logo and Launches Brand Transformation Campaign


Cell Phones are Finding Lost Fishing Gear


BioMar Introduces DNA Testing for Marine Ingredients


U.S. Lawmakers Press Fish & Wildlife Service to Address Avian Predators Damage to Aquaculture  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, November 7


Wed. Nov 6 2019

Governor Dunleavy Tours Japan On Trade Mission This Week


CDFW Director Shortens California Crab Season Delay by One Day, to Nov. 22  


ANALYSIS: September Shrimp Imports Fall; First Decline in Seven Months  


ANALYSIS: Lobster Imports Increase in September, Led by a Surge from Canada  


Permit Values Tick up in Some AK Regions, Tank in Others


Seafish Report: More Than Half of UK Consumers Want to Eat More Seafood


Thai Union Reports Sales Volume Grows While Value Drops in Q3 Due to Currency Values


Clearwater Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results


Oyster Spat Research Becoming a Top Priority in Northern Australia  


Aker BioMarine: Large-scale Krill Survey Confirms Healthy Biomass


Langostino Lobster Returns to Rubio’s, New Rewards Program Launches


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, November 6


Tue. Nov 5 2019

Protests Continue in Chile as Product Reaches Market  


Alaska Dept. of Labor: Seafood Jobs Dropped 4.9% in 2018


Shrimp Prices Rise in China but Suppliers Hesitate to Export to Oriental Market  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, November 5


Retracted: Companies Ink Deal to Use Blockchain for Protection Thai Aquaculture Sector Workers


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ADF&G Forecasts 2020 Return of 48 Million Sockeye for Bristol Bay: a Harvest of 34.5 Million

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game released their 2020 forecast for a 48.95 million sockeye salmon total run, which would allow for a “potential total harvest of 36.91 million fish -- 34.56 million in Bristol Bay and 2.35 million fish in the South Peninsula fisheries,” last Friday.

The return is 6% larger than the most recent 10-year average of Bristol Bay total runs (45.9 million) and 29% greater than the long-term (1963–2019) average of 34.6 million fish. 

As with every ...

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LISTEN: Chilean Salmon Production Ramps Up; Dungeness Crab Season Delay and More

Join SeafoodNews Podcast hosts Lorin Castiglione and Ryan Doyle as they discuss salmon production beginning to pick up pace in Chile; Dungeness crab season delayed by a week; Billy Joel's donation to industry associations; salmon appears on Oprah's Favorite Things List and Lorin breaks down her trip to New Bedford, Massachusetts!

This episode is brought to you by COMTELL, which will be receiving a complete redesign in 2020. Subscribers who utilize COMTELL to track market quotations, analyze trends and stay on top of key industry news...

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ANALYSIS: Blue Swimming Crab Meat Market Flat for 7 Straight Weeks

The Blue swimming crab meat market has been flat for the past 7 weeks on colossal grade meat. The remainder of the blue swimming market has been mostly flat as well with a few instances where some grades have been adjusting lower.

September’s imports show a trend that is very typical for this time of the year. While Indonesia’s imports for September are well above the three-year average and all the previous years listed, imports are trending lower as Indonesia heads into their lower producing season...

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Coast Guard Suspends Search for 1 crew of F/V Miss Hailee in California

After rescuing three people Saturday evening, the U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search Sunday morning for a man who was missing from the capsized F/V Miss Hailee approximately 30 miles northwest of Bodega Bay.

The crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Tern, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported on Yerba Buena Island, and a Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew continued their search through the night.

The Coast Guard suspended their search after ...

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West Coast Crab Meat Recovery Results Show Consistent Range from CA to WA

The first round of coastwide meat recovery results are in from all three West Coast states, with crab from Brookings, Ore., showing the highest recovery percentage, at 22.3 percent.

The areas bound by the Tri-State agreement, northern California, Oregon and Washington, all had boats on the water in October or early November to gather samples for meat recovery and domoic acid testing. Washington was the only state to take advantage of early-season testing.

The results showed a range between...

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Russian Fish Producers to Raise Prices to Offset Growing Fuel, Tax Costs

Leading Russian fish and seafood producers have announced their plans for a significant increase of prices for their product ranges, due to the growth of production costs and the additional pressure from the state, according to recent statements by fishermen and analysts.

The forthcoming introduction of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships will result in the increase of fuel prices in Russia by at least 20%, they said. In addition, tax levies for the catch of fish and seafood in Russia will...

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Vietnam Turns to China for Saving its Basa Industry, but Uncertanties Loom in the Neighboring Market

Vietnam’s basa prices have been on a roller coaster ride in recent years. The previous strong demand used to push prices upward, but now they have plummeted. As local statistics show, farm gate prices have dropped to between VND19,000 and VND20,000 per kg, about VND 2,000 to VND 3,000 per kg lower than average aquaculture costs.

Some farmers complain that the more basa they sell, the more money they lose. According to some media, this dive is mainly a result of the U.S. cutting purchases and ...

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FFAW Urging Canadian Gov’t. to Refuse Oil/Gas Exploration Bids on Key Fishing Area

FFAW-Unifor is urging the Newfoundland and Labrador government to refuse bids for oil and gas exploration parcels on important fishing grounds.

On November 6, Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) announced that two bids were submitted on several offshore land parcels for oil and gas exploration.

ExxonMobil and Husky/Suncor were the two companies that placed the bids in the Jeanne d’Arc region (Grand Banks). If the bids are accepted, it will pave the way for the companies to begin seismic...

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Seaweed Farm Becomes First of its Kind to Earn ASC-MSC Certification

An at-sea seaweed farm in the Republic of Korea has become the first of its kind to be certified against the ASC-MSC Seaweed Standard.

The farm is operated by Gijang Sustainable Seaweed Network. It is based in the Gijang County in Korea. The farm cultivates wakame at sea, which is then dried and processed, before being sold for human consumption around the world. Buyers are from China, Japan, the U.S., Germany, Scandinavia and the UK.

“We are delighted to achieve ASC-MSC certification to demonstrate our..."

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Coast Guard Medevacs Injured Cewman Near Sitkinak Island

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard launched another successful medical evacuation this week, this time for a crewman injured while fishing about 120 miles from the Kodiak Air Station.

The call came into the USCG sector Anchorage command center around noon on Wednesday, from the F/V Irene H. The location of the vessel during the call was about three miles south of Sitkinak Island, part of the Kodiak Archipelago. 

Sector Anchorage personnel determined the best location for the helicopter to meet the boat for a hoist would be North Tugidak ...

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New Fish Tax Passed by Bristol Bay Borough Voters

A new 1.5% fish tax on all processed fish in the Bristol Bay Borough will fund long-needed updates and repairs on the area’s wastewater system. The revenue from the tax will help pay for a system that serves 1,000 residents most of the year and upwards of 10,000 during the salmon season.

“We provide the infrastructure and the wastewater system for about 10 major fish processors in the Bristol Bay Borough,” Gregg Brelsford, the borough manager, told KDLG’s Isabelle Ross in late September.

“And over the years, the industry ...

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Labeyrie Joins IBM Food Trust Platform, Improves Traceability of Smoked Salmon Products

French luxury food purveyor Labeyrie announced it will use IBM Food Trust to improve the traceability information of two of its smoked salmon products.

Two of its packages of Norwegian Smoked Salmon, Norwegian Polar Circle Great Origin Smoked Salmon (4 slices) and Norwegian Smoked Salmon (4 slices) will have the improved traceability info. Blockchain traceability is expected to be extended to all Labeyrie smoked salmon ranges, according to a press release.

Through the new platform, consumers now have access to a precise record of the quality assurance process...

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ANALYSIS: Pangasius & Catfish Imports Down 40%; Two Different Stories

The latest import numbers are out and catfish volumes from Vietnam and China both fall 40 percent on a year-to-date basis, but for two very different reasons…

Inventory of Chinese catfish frozen fillets are thin while domestic consumption of the species within China is on the rise, attributing to less exports into the U.S.. One key factor attributing to waning exports from China is African Swine Fever affecting the pork production within the country. Channel catfish has proved to be one of the substitute proteins, greatly affecting price...

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Alaska Fisheries Keep Port of Seattle Afloat

If not for Alaska’s fisheries, the port of Seattle would not be what it is today. How important is Alaska to its bottom line?

A new economic report reveals that Seattle is home port to about 300 fishing vessels and of those, all but 74 make their fishing living in Alaska

The Seattle-based boats harvest Alaska pollock, Bering Sea crab, flounders, salmon and many other high value species, and they vary in size from 300 foot, 150 crew catcher-processors to small seiners and trawlers...

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Iceland Seafood Agrees on Head of Terms to Acquire Elba S.L.

Iceland Seafood International “Iceland Seafood” is delighted to announce it has agreed heads of terms with GPG seafood ehf and IceMar ehf, the current owners of Elba S.L. (“Elba”) to acquire the Barcelona based company which will be a great addition to Iceland Seafood’s S-European operation. 

The heads of terms are signed with the intention of both parties to conclude a share purchase agreement as soon as possible. The proposed acquisition will be subject to customary Due Diligence review and board approval. The intention is to have...

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Natural Shrimp, Inc. Announces $1 million of Series B Preferred Subscriptions

Dallas, Texas -- Natural Shrimp, Inc., an aquaculture company known for developing and patenting the first commercially operational Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) for shrimp, announced on Wednesday that it has received the first $1,000,000 in subscriptions of its $5,000,000 Series B Preferred offering.

The $5,000,000 Series B Preferred subscriptions, executed with GHS Investments, LLC, allows the Company to access additional equity capital from GHS via this preferred equity structure. 

Commenting on the financing, NaturalShrimp Chief Financial Officer, William J. Delgado, noted: “We are well underway on ...

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New Study Says Millions of Seabirds Rely on Discarded Fish

A new study from the UK shines a long-needed light on the relationship between discards and the millions of seabirds who rely on them. 

Scientists from the University of Exeter with support from Germany’s University of Kiel, looked to the North Sea -- historically an area of high discards and very large scavender bird communities. Both are diminishing, and the authors describe the ecological impact of discarding is “understudied.”

But their research shows that millions of scavenging seabirds survive on fish discarded by North Sea fishing vessels. Researchers estimate that...

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