Mon. May 17 2021

PODCAST: AquaBounty CEO Sylvia Wulf Talks First Commercial Harvest at Indiana Farm  


ANALYSIS: Markets Moving, Soaring Higher in Some Cases  


China Says No to Australian Lobsters  


Cause and Final Report on Scandies Rose Sinking Will Be Determined and Released June 29


Russia May Significantly Reduce Halibut Catch This Year  


Trade Data for Alaska Omits Seafood, Queries Go Unanswered


Lobster and Salmon Get Highest Honors at Specialty Food Association Awards 2021  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, May 17


Sun. May 16 2021

Gov. Newsom's California Comeback Plan Includes Significant Increases for Fish and Wildlife


Fri. May 14 2021

States Begin Work on Second Round of COVID-19 Funds as Some First Round Funds Falter


Industry Lauds Record-Breaking USDA Seafood Purchase


VIDEO: AquaBounty Sells Out; Mexico Shrimp Update; Stavis' New VP of Operations and More


ANALYSIS: The Rise of Pangasius, Again  


First Copper River Salmon, Prepared by Five Top Chefs, in Public Auction For Frontline Workers  


Most Shrimp and Tilapia Prices Increase in China During May’s Labor Day  


Alaska’s Rep. Don Young Introduces House Version of the American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act


New Bill in US House Will Strengthen Anti-IUU laws and Fight Human Rights Abuses in Supply Chain


Plastics From Fishing Gear, Marine Debris Turned Into Lumber in Cordova


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, May 14


Thu. May 13 2021

USDA Makes Historic Seafood Purchase for Food Assistance Programs  


Alaska Salmon Fishermen Send Urgent Plea for “Decisive Action” on Climate as Season Begins  


Alaska’s House Passes Joint Resolution to Senate Asking Congress To Invest In AK Infrastructure


GAPP Research Finds Potential need to “Relaunch” Surimi  


Publix Now Offering Atlantic-Sapphire’s Bluehouse Salmon In All Stores  


SalMar Credits Rising Salmon Prices for Good Q1 Results  


Grieg Seafood Q1 Results: Low Market Prices Impacted Earnings


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, May 13


Wed. May 12 2021

Gulf of St. Lawrence Announces More Grid Closures With 85% Snow Crab Quota Caught  


BOEM Celebrates Vineyard Wind Approval Project; Seafood Industry Bites Back


Alaska's Fisheries Committee Gets Seafood Market Report from ASMI in Last Days of Session


AK State Legislature Nixes Pebble Candidate for Board of Fish


Mexican Authorities Launch Workshops to Regain Shrimp Certification to U.S.  


Stavis Seafoods Hires Salvatore Bramante As New VP of Operations


Red Lobster CEO Appointed New Chairman of the Board for Vertical Farming Company Kalera


Norway Royals Salmon Pleased With Iceland Farming Ops but Norway Costs Remain High  


Bakkafrost Sees Signs of Market Improvement in Q1 2021  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, May 12


Tue. May 11 2021

High Pre-order Prices for Copper River Salmon  


Fishermen, Processors Prepare for Pacific Whiting Season in Wake of No Canada/U.S. Agreement  


Alaska Supreme Court Rules in Favor of State in Fish Tax Lawsuit


AquaBounty Sells Out First Harvest of GE Salmon from Indiana Farm  


Premium Brands Reports Record Revenue in First Quarter After Completion of Clearwater Seafoods


Alaska’s Coast Guard Honors Four With Air Medals for Heroic Rescue Last November


Russia Puts Big Hopes on Forthcoming Salmon Fishing Season This Year  


Pacific Seafood Board of Directors Welcomes Former U.S. Congressman Greg Walden


JAPAN: March Salmon Imports From Chile Up 67% to 17,815 Tons  


Norwegian Seafood Council Shares Top Seafood Megatrends in Latest Report


Kingfish Company Sticks With Ramboll to Build RAS Facility in Maine


Blue Star Foods Signs Deal with Top Foodservice Warehouse Supplier  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, May 11


NL Government Contributes Funds to Help Oyster Research in Notre Dame Bay


Proximar Seafood Signs MoU with Marubeni Corporation Focusing on Sales, Marketing


Pescanova Debuts “La Pasta del Mar” Product with Help from Spanish Chef Ángel León


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PODCAST: AquaBounty CEO Sylvia Wulf Talks First Commercial Harvest at Indiana Farm

AquaBounty Technologies CEO Sylvia Wulf joins the SeafoodNews podcast to talk about the first commercial harvest at the company's Indiana farm. Learn more about AquaBounty's important milestone, including Sylvia's thoughts on their biggest hurdle leading up to this point, and what's next for the company.

This episode is brought to you by Urner Barry Consulting. Urner Barry Consulting provides tailored solutions to identify growth opportunities within the fast-paced protein commodity sectors. Combining the expertise of our analytical team, our warehouse of proprietary and trusted data...

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ANALYSIS: Markets Moving, Soaring Higher in Some Cases

With markets closing this week, on the seafood side, we saw some significantly higher adjustments and also some still considerably higher offers and sales, leaving most markets full steady to firm heading into the weekend.  

The farmed salmon market is now joining the club for tight supplies and an active to robust demand. Looking back, the index for most of April adjusted lower with both coasts of Canada seeing ample supply situations while the Chilean and the European markets saw increasingly tighter supply scenarios...

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China Says No to Australian Lobsters

On May 6, China’s National Development and Reform Commission announced that they will indefinitely suspend all activities under the framework of the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue. This is another significant action that China has taken after it banned lobster imports from Australia in November 2020, and it is believed to exert great influence on the Australian lobster industry and also some others.

China used to be among Australia’s largest importers, and the bilateral free trade agreement signed in 2015 once boosted the two countries’ trade to great extents...

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Cause and Final Report on Scandies Rose Sinking Will Be Determined and Released June 29

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will determine the cause for the 2019 sinking of the cod and crab fishing vessel Scandies Rose at a webcast meeting on June 29, 2021. The vessel sank enroute from Kodiak to the Bering Sea on December 31, 2019 just 2.5 miles south of Sutwik Island. 

Of the seven crew aboard, five were lost when the vessel sank, including the captain and his son. Two were able to get their survival suits on and get into a liferaft during...

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Trade Data for Alaska Omits Seafood, Queries Go Unanswered

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – No changes have been made for incorrect Alaska trade and export data, which don’t even mention seafood.

Most Alaskans are surprised to learn that seafood is by far Alaska’s top export, the source of the state’s largest manufacturing base and its #1 private employer

More surprising is that those simple to find facts are not included in the official trade sheet for Alaska provided by the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

The information on the...

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States Begin Work on Second Round of COVID-19 Funds as Some First Round Funds Falter

Last year's $300 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funding was intended to help fishermen, processors and tribes as the COVID-19 virus disrupted markets, displaced workers and generally created havoc around the globe.

But some of that funding has yet to be distributed, even as a second round of federal funding is pending. An additional $255 million in fisheries assistance funding was provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, and announced ...

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VIDEO: AquaBounty Sells Out; Mexico Shrimp Update; Stavis' New VP of Operations and More

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they talk about AquaBounty's first commercial scale harvest of genetically engineered atlantic salmon from its land-based farm in Indiana. Plus, find out how Mexico is working to regain certification for shrimp imports into the U.S. and much more.

This episode of the SeafoodNews Weekly Video is brought to you by Urner Barry Consulting. Urner Barry Consulting provides tailored solutions to identify growth opportunities within the fast-paced protein commodity sectors...

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First Copper River Salmon, Prepared by Five Top Chefs, in Public Auction For Frontline Workers

The stars — literally, five celebrity chefs — are aligning for this year’s first Copper River salmon to arrive in Seattle and mark the beginning of Alaska’s season. The five chefs, led by Seattle's Shota Nakajima, will prepare a five-course dinner for seven. Those seven seats will go to individuals who outbid everyone else this weekend. All proceeds will go to the non-profit We Got This Seattle, which feeds frontline workers and supports Seattle restaurants in the process. 

The private "first-fish" dinner will be ...

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Alaska’s Rep. Don Young Introduces House Version of the American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act

On Tuesday May 11, Alaska Congressman Don Young introduced the American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act, legislation to direct NOAA to establish the American Fisheries Advisory Committee with the goal of keeping fishing communities healthy and viable through local collaboration, data collection, and expanded research investments. 

The bill is a companion to SB S497, also called the American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act, which establishes the Committee to assist in the awarding of fisheries research and development grants. A bipartisan bill introduced by Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan...

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Plastics From Fishing Gear, Marine Debris Turned Into Lumber in Cordova

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch –

Turning plastics from old fishing gear and marine debris into durable lumber is building momentum from coast to coast and one Alaska entrepreneur plans to take it on the road.

Patrick Simpson of Cordova received a $100,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to develop a mobile plastic waste recycler. He told Liz Ruskin of Alaska Public Media that the recycler would fit into one or two 40-foot container vans for easy transport to local communities...

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Russia May Significantly Reduce Halibut Catch This Year  

The volume of halibut catch in Russia may significantly decline this year due to state plans to impose a ban on its production with trawl nets with baited hooks.

In accordance with the proposal of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture, the conduction of halibut catch with the use of such tools could be banned in some major fish-producing areas of the country, particularly West Kamchatka, Kamchatka-Kuril and North Okhotsk subzones from 1 to 31 January, and from 1 September to 31 December...

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Gov. Newsom's California Comeback Plan Includes Significant Increases for Fish and Wildlife

Proposed budget increases for California will help shark and swordfish gillnet fishermen transition out of the fishery.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday introduced his California Comeback Plan, which includes significant fiscal resources aimed to protect California’s diverse fish, wildlife and plant resources and the habitats on which they depend, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a press release. The proposed budget increases show the Newsom administration's investment in California’s biodiversity both for its intrinsic, ecological value as well as for...

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Lobster and Salmon Get Highest Honors at Specialty Food Association Awards 2021

Seafood loomed large at the Specialty Food Association Awards 2021 with sofi™ Product of the Year going to Hancock Gourmet Lobster Company and New Product of the Year to Regal New Zealand King Salmon Company on May 11.

Hancock Gourmet Lobster’s Maine Shore Dinner for 2 won in the Product of the Year, and in new category New Product of the Year, Regal New Zealand King Salmon’s Manuka Wood Roasted Salmon took highest honors.

SFA members submitted nearly 1,500 products in about 50 categories for judging by...

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Industry Lauds Record-Breaking USDA Seafood Purchase

Within hours of Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s announcement to purchase $70.9 million worth of seafood — the largest single purchase of seafood made in USDA’s history — industry groups released statements on the importance of including the nation’s seafood in USDA’s food-assistance program.

“It’s good to see USDA recognize the importance of our essential workers as well as provide Americans with healthy seafood,” said National Fisheries Institute’s President, John Connelly. “NFI looks forward to working with the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on this as they begin the procurement process.

“The seafood community ...

 

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ANALYSIS: The Rise of Pangasius, Again

U.S. wholesale prices for striped pangasius frozen fillets imported from Vietnam continues to trend higher, reversing the downhill trend seen within the market since 2018. The initial market rise was largely due to a regulation shift in September of 2017 from the FDA to the USDA resulting in rising raw material and administrative costs, and lengthy delays from new and in-depth inspection processes resulting in record high wholesale and replacement prices. This time around the market is facing new challenges.

Supply in the U.S. is...

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Most Shrimp and Tilapia Prices Increase in China During May’s Labor Day

During holiday shopping, most seafood prices increase in the Chinese market. And this Labor Day is no exception for many, which have been widely received among enthusiastic buyers. Shrimp, for example, are one of the stars in the oriental market within this period, and tilapia prices have also increased in most regions. But not all are so lucky, and there are some shrimp and tilapia which have suffered price contraction during this festival.

China’s shrimp market has been hustling during this May Day. According to farmers in the...

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New Bill in US House Will Strengthen Anti-IUU laws and Fight Human Rights Abuses in Supply Chain

Earlier this week, Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA), Chair of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife, and Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA) introduced the Illegal Fishing and Forced Labor Prevention Act which strengthens the U.S.'s fight against illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing and human rights abuses in the seafood supply chain.

The bipartisan bill links IUU fishing to forced labor in the seafood supply chain and makes seafood import monitoring more effective. It would also increase transparency...

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