Tue. Jul 7 2020

After Short-Term Rejuvenation, Chinese Salmon Market Runs into More Trouble  


Urner Barry's Reporter Summer 2020 Issue Released; Read It Online For Free Now


A Silver Lining Emerges in Bristol Bay as Salmon Landings Start to Increase


Delegation Calls for Trump to Restore Restrictions to Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Monument   


Four Research Groups Study Resiliency in Bristol Bay Against COVID-19 for 2021 Season


Alaska Fish Prices, Production for 2019 Provide Pre-COVID Base  


Newfoundland and Labrador Price Setting Panel Sides With FFAW on Cold Water Shrimp Price  


Ghost Kitchens on the Rise in a Post-COVID World


ASMI Hands Reins of RFM Certification Program to Certified Seafood Collaborative


Japan: May Tuna Imports Down 55% for Fresh, and 27% for Frozen  


Japan: Summer Chum Arrivals up 40%, Price Down 40% at Sapporo Market  


AEON to Sell Fully Traceable Eels in 40% of Eel Sales  


NOAA’s Trio of Ocean Drones Set to Reach Bering Sea Survey Station  


Uber to Acquire Postmates; Will Keep Consumer-Facing App Running Separately


Applebee’s Brings Back Tex-Mex Shrimp Bowl As They Begin to Reopen Dining Rooms  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, July 7


Mon. Jul 6 2020

Alaska Fishing Updates for July 2020  


PMTF Data Shows Bristol Bay Run a Week Late, Statewide Salmon Landings 8% of Forecast  


Pacific Seafood Worker in Quarantine After Testing Positive for COVID-19


Dismal Area 2A Halibut Landings Necessitate Second Opener; Vessel Limits Create Confusion  


DeFazio Urges NOAA to Reinstate Observer Waiver for West Coast Seafood Industry


JAPAN: Fresh Salmon Imports by Air Continued Decreasing in May  


Norwegian Seafood Export Value Reaches All-Time High in First-Half Year  


Florida Senators Push DOC to Include State for Aquaculture Opportunity Areas


JFOODO Large-scale Sales Promotion in Hong Kong Aims to Increase Consumption Post-COVID 19  


Russia Plans to Diversify Exports of Pollock Roe Within Next Several Years  


China Drafts a Plan to Help Exporters Raise Market Shares at Home  


New Report Highlights Ongoing Issue of Fisheries Observer Protections, Deaths at Sea


BioMar Norway, Bio Feeder to Develop Hybrid Fish Feed Vessel


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, July 6


Thu. Jul 2 2020

Urner Barry Launches Expanded Shrimp Market Coverage in Europe


ANALYSIS: May Shrimp Imports Decline 29.4 Percent  


Alaska’s Daily Rate of COVID Cases Up Sharply, Seafood Cases Now 10% of all Cases


Update: Bristol Bay Run Still Building, Ocean Temperatures Close to Normal, Patches Higher


Massachusetts Releases Update On Allocation of $28 Million Received From CARES Act


Seven Lessons Foodservice Can Learn from a Pandemic


NYC Pulls Back on Indoor Dining as U.S. Sees Biggest One-Day COVID-19 Spike Since Start of Pandemic


Massachusetts Delegation Calls for State’s Lobster Industry to be Part of Potential Tariff Relief  


Japan: May Seafood Exports Increased by 3% to 630,000 Tons; Frozen Scallops, Albacore Perform Well  


SeafoodNews Not Publishing on Friday, July 3


RODA Challenges Coast Guard Study Related to Offshore Wind


All Seafood Products in Pair of Albertsons Product Lines to Get Sustainability Logos on Packaging


Norpac Fisheries Export Recalls Shrimp Poke Due to Listeria Monocytogenes  


Conagra Brands Partners with MSC to Boost Sustainable Seafood in U.S.


Torchy’s Tacos Introduces New Prawn Taco For July’s Taco of the Month  


More Food Delivery Consolidation? Uber in Talks to Buy Postmates


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, July 2


Wed. Jul 1 2020

NOAA Changes Course, Observer Redeployment Delayed Through July 31


City Water Woes Worsen Industry Upheaval in Newport, Ore.


Bipartisan Legislation Introduced Today Authorizes $3 Billion for Coastal Communities


NOAA: Vessel Collision Led to First U.S. North Atlantic Right Whale Death of 2020


Vietnam Runs into Trouble Again in Basa Exports to China  


JAPAN: Fresh Squid Landings in January-May Lowest in Recent Years, but Shows Sign of Improvement  


Pair of U.S. Squid Fisheries Obtain MSC Certification  


Seafood Show Tokyo to go on September 30-October 2


U Maryland’s Wilberg Wins President’s Science Award for Oyster Management Work   


Zoetis Purchases Fish Vet Group, Boost Fish Farm Diagnostic Offerings


Atlantic Capes Fisheries Donates 10,000 Pounds of Fresh Seafood to South Coast Food Banks


F3 Fish-Free Feed Competition Registration Extended; Prize Money Doubled  


FeedKind Aquafeed Project's First Commercial-Scale Plant to be Built in Chongqing  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, July 1


Tue. Jun 30 2020

Landings Report: AK Salmon Season Lags Behind Recent Years, Keta Harvest Picking Up  


Carlos “The Codfather” Rafael Moved to Residential Reentry Management Center During Pandemic


Rep. Seth Moulton Calls for Delay of At-Sea Monitors Coverage Ahead of Observer Return on July 1


Two Die After Crab Vessel Strikes Jetty Near Florence, Ore.; One Crewman Rescued


AquaBounty Begins Commercial Harvest of Atlantic Salmon Raised in Indiana  


Peer-reviewed Study Shows Army Corps Downplayed Risk of Earthquakes at Pebble


First Red Sea Bream Aquaculture Improvement Project (AIP) in Japan Launched


Former Pro Baseball Player Bo Jackson Joins NFI’s Crab Council


Kvarøy Arctic Investing in Land-Based Aquaculture  


Russian Pollock Producers May Significantly Strengthen Their Positions in Domestic Market This Year  


Hokkaido Scallop Producers Regain Access to Top Market Through New Export Route  


BioMar’s New Denmark Facility Fully Operational, Set to Boost Annual Capacity by 25%


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, June 30


DFO Renews Fishery Management Order Regarding At-Sea Observer Requirements


Alaska Fish Radio: World Fishing Highlights 2018; COVID Impacts


Kura Sushi to Purchase 200 Tons of Red Seabream


Hong Kong Japanese Restaurant Association organizes Hong Kong Japan Food Import Promotion Council


New Jersey Postpones Indoor Dining Indefinitely as Other States Pause Reopening


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After Short-Term Rejuvenation, Chinese Salmon Market Runs into More Trouble

On June 11, traces of the coronavirus was found on a salmon cutting board at a Beijing market. This has produced disastrous ripple effects, which are even worse than expected. It exerts great influence not only on the country’s salmon industry, which has been trapped with unsellable salmon, but also on some others, such as raw-food restaurants and fresh food import.

An anonymous salmon wholesaler said that his loss from the Chinese New Year to this late June has exceeded 1 million yuan. He had no choice but...

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Urner Barry's Reporter Summer 2020 Issue Released; Read It Online For Free Now

A brand-new issue of Urner Barry's Reporter is out now!

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Delegation Calls for Trump to Restore Restrictions to Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Monument

Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) have urged President Trump to reverse his recent action to remove fishing restrictions in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument.

Trump’s June 5 decision opened up 5,000 square miles in the Atlantic ocean for commercial fishing. The order to designate that area of the Atlantic Ocean as a national monument was signed by former President Barack Obama during his final months in office, as SeafoodNews reported...

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Four Research Groups Study Resiliency in Bristol Bay Against COVID-19 for 2021 Season

A research team is surveying residents of Dillingham and fishermen and processors who work there during the salmon season to assess how they perceive the pandemic, how they have prepared for it, and to understand the cost/benefits ratios related to mitigation efforts.

“The project has two parts, an initial survey that is open to all residents of Dillingham and commercial fishers and processors in Nushagak Bay,” explained Dr. Davin Holen, Coastal Community Resilience Specialist for Alaska Sea Grant and a principle investigator in the project ...

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Newfoundland and Labrador Price Setting Panel Sides With FFAW on Cold Water Shrimp Price

The Newfoundland and Labrador Price Setting Panel has made a decision regarding the summer price for cold water shrimp.

As Urner Barry market reporter Michael Nesbitt previously reported, the FFAW and Association of Seafood Processors (ASP) had a 48 cents price difference regarding summer shrimp. ASP proposed 70 cents per pound compared to the FFAW’s proposal of $1.18 per pound. FFAW said that while they agree the market is trending downward, they also believe that ASP’s recent assessment of the market is not rational...

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ASMI Hands Reins of RFM Certification Program to Certified Seafood Collaborative 

It’s official! After a six-month transition period which included some strategic decision-making to carry Alaska's certification program forward, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) has handed the baton to the Certified Seafood Collaborative (CSC) as the new owner of the Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification program.

RFM, which began ten years ago, is a third-party sustainable seafood certification program for wild capture fisheries, currently certifying all of Alaska’s major seafood species as sustainable. The CSC is a nonprofit foundation led by a diverse board of seafood ...

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Japan: Summer Chum Arrivals up 40%, Price Down 40% at Sapporo Market

Quantities of summer chum salmon delivered in June to Sapporo Market was 100 tons, up 40% from the same month last year, and the wholesale price was 40% cheaper. The spread of new coronavirus infection depressed demand for food services, Minato Shimbun reported.

Summer chum season is from May to July for the setnet fishery in eastern Hokkaido and Hidaka waters. Unlike fall chum returning to spawn, summer chum in the feeding migration swims near the coast and accumulates plenty of fat during the migration process...

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NOAA’s Trio of Ocean Drones Set to Reach Bering Sea Survey Station

The trio of sail drones set to collect important data of one of America’s key fisheries has reached the Aleutian Islands, according to a recent update from NOAA Fisheries.

In June, NOAA said that the trio of sail drones would head off from California and travel to the Bering Sea to survey the largest fish stock in the country, walleye pollock, and monitor weather and ocean conditions in the Arctic Ocean.

The drones left from Alameda, California in May and arrived at Unimak Pass in the Aleutian Islands, traveling nearly 2700 miles already...

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Applebee’s Brings Back Tex-Mex Shrimp Bowl As They Begin to Reopen Dining Rooms

The Tex-Mex Shrimp Bowl is back at Applebee’s. The restaurant chain is beginning to “welcome back” diners with their line of Irresist-A-Bowl deals. 

“We are excited to ‘Welcome Back’ guests with three great new Irresist-A-Bowls all featured at $7.99,” said Joel Yashinsky, chief marketing officer at Applebee’s. “From the zing of our Southwest Chicken Bowl to the tasty sensations in our Tex Mex Shrimp Bowl or the delectable crunch of our Homestyle Chicken Bowl, there’s something for everyone to enjoy...

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Pacific Seafood Worker in Quarantine After Testing Positive for COVID-19

Pacific Seafood confirmed that a new hire at their Warrenton plant has tested positive for the coronavirus. The worker has since been quarantined and the company is taking precautions to ensure that workers who may have been exposed are not putting others at risk.

The Clatsop County Health Department released an update on June 30 about a new COVID-19 case in a male between the age of 40-49. While not identified as a seafood worker, the Daily Astorian was able to confirm that the male was...

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A Silver Lining Emerges in Bristol Bay as Salmon Landings Start to Increase

There’s no doubt about it, Bristol Bay’s season is on. In the 24-hour period between Saturday and Sunday, over two milion sockeye were landed in the Naknek/Kvichak district, very nearly a million in the Nushagak, and over half a million in Egegik. The baywide catch total jumped from 8.5 milion sockeye to 11.4 in one day. And that was two days ago.

The rest of this week will likely show an increase to what most observers are saying will realize the pre-season forecast of ...

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Alaska Fish Prices, Production for 2019 Provide Pre-COVID Base

This is Alaska Fish Radio...

While this summer’s salmon prices still remain mostly under wraps the Covid-virus has pushed down prices for other popular species.

Halibut, for example, is below $4 a pound at several major ports compared to a statewide average of $5.32 last year. And Dungeness crab At Southeast is down to around $1.72 a pound compared to $2.97 last season.

You can track dock prices, production, and processor sales for nearly every fish and shellfish species that crosses the Alaska docks...

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Ghost Kitchens on the Rise in a Post-COVID World

The coronavirus pandemic has hit the restaurant industry hard, with the Independent Restaurant Coalition reporting that 85% of independent restaurants may go out of business by the end of the end of the year. While some restaurants were forced to temporarily close, others focused on making sales through delivery and takeout. And with COVID-19 changing the way that some people eat out, some restaurants, like Pokeworks, are looking to the future.

Pokeworks launched in 2015 and has grown to over 50 locations all over the country...

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Japan: May Tuna Imports Down 55% for Fresh, and 27% for Frozen

According to the Ministry of Finance's customs clearance statistics, imports of tuna in May were 529 tons of fresh and chilled, down 48% year-on-year, and 685 million yen ($6.4 million), down 55%. Frozen tuna totaled 11,445 tons, 20% decrease, 12,310 million yen ($114.5 million), 27% decrease. The amount of processed tuna was 3,622 tons, an 8% decrease, or 2.18 billion yen ($20.3 million), an 11% decrease.

Frozen bigeye had continued to increase, but it decreased to 3,290 tons (16% decrease) in total...

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AEON to Sell Fully Traceable Eels in 40% of Eel Sales

AEON held a briefing session on sustainable eel procurement on July 2. Executive Officer Kaoru Miyake explained that a mass retailer AEON had established a comprehensive management system of eel products from glass eel collection to processing. He reported traceability progress on 40% of the company's eels (25% from China, 10% from Indonesia, and 5% from Shizuoka).

According to Minato Shimbun, AEON is aiming for a 100% eel tracing by 2023. Although 60% of the remaining domestically produced products other than Shizuoka were unfinished, and tracing of...

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Uber to Acquire Postmates; Will Keep Consumer-Facing App Running Separately 

Uber announced on Tuesday that they have reached a definitive agreement to acquire Postmates for approximately $2.65 billion in an all-stock transaction. The deal, once completed, will keep the consumer-facing Postmates app running separately.

As we reported last week, Uber was said to be in talks to buy Postmates after their deal with Grubhub fell apart in June. The New York Times reported that Uber made an offer of about $2.6 billion, however, their offer came at the same time that Postmates reportedly decided to...

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Alaska Fishing Updates for July 2020

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Lots of fishing is going on besides salmon.

Alaska’s salmon catch is nearing 8 million fish, of which over half are sockeyes, mostly from Bristol Bay where catches are building.

Fishermen in Quinhagak have formed a group of 70 harvesters to revitalize commercial salmon fishing in Kuskokwim Bay. The group is called the Independent Fishermen of Quinhagak Cooperative and also includes members from Goodnews Bay, Platinum, and Eek. It’s the first fishery since 2016 when the region’s CDQ group...

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