Fri. Jan 14 2022

VIDEO: Peter Pan Out of SENA; New Stavis CEO; New Red Lobster Promotion; and More!


Northwest Aquaculture Alliance Responds to Supreme Court Opinion on Cooke Aquaculture Pacific Permit  


JAPAN: December Sales of 672 Japanese Farmed Bluefins Up 46% at Toyosu Market  


COMMENTARY: Alaska’s Untold Secret — The Dividends Paid By Southeast Alaska’s “Seabank”  


Eat Seafood America! Campaign Receives 3 New Grants


Updated List: Exhibitors Begin Pulling Out of 2022 Seafood Expo North America Show


U.S. Aquaculture Firm Forever Oceans Nets Record Concession for Offshore Production in Brazil  


Atlantic Sea Scallop Group Pushes BOEM to Create Plan for Fisheries and Wind to Prosper  


Instacart Launches Ready Meals Hub Featuring Prepared Food from Top Grocers Across the U.S.


Cermaq Chile Names Pedro Courard as New Managing Director


This Week in Retail: Beef and Seafood Dominate Ad Space; CPI Data Released


Hurricanes Caused $579 Million Worth of Damages to Louisiana Fishing Industry


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, January 14


Thu. Jan 13 2022

Biden Administration Presses Clean Energy with NY/NJ Wind Auction, Interagency MOU and DOE Hires


Joel Peterson Named President of Bristol Wave Seafoods


Gorton’s Seafood Refreshes Logo, Product Packaging After Vast Consumer Research


SCEMFIS: New Survey Will Help Fill Gaps in Menhaden Count in New England, Mid-Atlantic  


Foodtech Start-Up Plantish Provides First Look at Plant-based Salmon Fillet


Captain D’s Adds Another Location Into Chicago Region With Posen, Illinois Opening


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, January 13


Wed. Jan 12 2022

Peter Pan Seafood Pulls Out of Boston Seafood Show in March Due To Health and Safety Concerns


ASMI’s Latest Industry Economic Report: AK Seafood Adds $15 Billion to National Economy


Blumar Estimates $3.3 Million Loss After Algae Bloom in Aysen Region  


West Coast Hake Fishery Enters RFM Assessment Certification Without Logo Licensing Fees  


JAPAN: November Frozen Bigeye Imports Fall Below 2500 Tons, First Time in 10 Years  


Massachusetts Breaks Seafood Value Record in 2021


Norway Royal Salmon, SalmoNor Merge; Create Sixth-Largest Salmon Farmer in the World  


Greg Brown Stepping Down from Senior VP Position at Global Seafood Alliance


Sea Harvest Group Acquires Australian Fishing Business for $50 Million


AquaBounty CEO: “We Enter 2022 in a Strong Position”  


Cermaq, Benchmark Animal Health Net Funding to Develop Salmon Disease Vaccine


BOEM Pushes Ahead on Gulf of Mexico, Humboldt Wind Sites; Seafood Industry Pushes Back on Mitigation


Starbucks UK Introduces Limited Time Plant-Based Tuna Sandwich


Tue. Jan 11 2022

Stavis Seafoods Names David Lancaster As New CEO


COVID Cases Are Spiking in Alaska, Experts Say Omicron is Fueling Spread of Virus


Lawsuit Takes Aim at NMFS Over December Sablefish Pot Gear Fishery Decision  


NSC Task Force Highlights Pathway to Funding For National Seafood Marketing Campaign


ANALYSIS: Low Inventories Leads to Firm Frozen Tuna Market


Bumble Bee Adds Another to Leadership Team With New VP of Customer Development and Strategy


Plant Based Seafood Co. Nets Retail Partnership with Harris Teeter


Red Lobster Opens 2022 With New 3 from the Sea Deal


Stonewall Kitchen Continues to Expand Legal Sea Foods Line With New Creamy Mustard Sauce


Georgia DNR’s Coastal Division Develops Commercial Fisheries Scholarship for Local Tech School


Moncton Fish Market Recalls Branded Surf Clams Dut to Potential Presence of Clostridium Botulinum  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, January 11


Mon. Jan 10 2022

PODCAST: Fortune's Latest Acquisition; Eat Seafood America! Update; New Seafood Products and More


Alaska Governor Names 11 Stakeholders to 15-Member ByCatch Task Force


ANALYSIS: November 2021 Crab Meat Imports Down From Last Month But Up YTD  


Japan and South Korea May Become Major Sale Markets for Russian Fish in Asia Pacific Region in Years


Fish Factor: Alaska Fishing; Halibut Watch; COVID Cans Ketchikan; Good Global Outlook  


Caleta Bay Says Salmon Escapement Was “Sabotage By Third Parties”  


Vietnam’s Basa Market Rebounds in China, But its Future is Still Overshadowed  


Japan’s November Airfreighted Salmon Price Improves 20.6%  


Kingfish Company Doubles Sales, Output in 2021 Amid Expansion Efforts  


NOAA Report: November Shrimp Landings Remain Notably Below Historical Average Despite Uptick in 2021  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, January 10


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VIDEO: Peter Pan Out of SENA; New Stavis CEO; New Red Lobster Promotion; and More!

Join SeafoodNews Video co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they talk about Peter Pan Seafood pulling out of the Boston Seafood Show; Stavis Seafoods' new CEO; Red Lobster's latest promotion; and more!

This episode of the SeafoodNews Weekly Video is brought to you by the winter 2022 issue of Urner Barry’s Reporter magazine. The new issue is filled with can’t miss content regarding rising prices adding more pressure to markets. Keep an eye out for stories on how...

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Northwest Aquaculture Alliance Responds to Supreme Court Opinion on Cooke Aquaculture Pacific Permit

The Northwest Aquaculture Alliance (NWAA) is celebrating the Washington Supreme Court’s opinion to uphold Cooke Aquaculture Pacific’s permit to change species from Atlantic salmon to steelhead in Puget Sound.

Cooke Aquaculture’s decision to farm steelhead, which is a native species, was in response to Washington state legislature that phased out Atlantic salmon farming following a 2017 escapement of 263,000 Atlantic salmon at Cooke’s pens at Cyprus Island. 

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) had spent nearly a year reviewing scientific reports and...

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JAPAN: December Sales of 672 Japanese Farmed Bluefins Up 46% at Toyosu Market

In December of last year, the number of fresh tuna at the Toyosu market in Tokyo, which Jiji Press calculated, was 2601, an increase of 17.3% from the same month of the previous year. Wild and farmed bluefin tuna increased, but bigeye and yellowfin decreased, Minato Shinbun reported.

The total number of bluefin tuna that arrived was 1980, an increase of 57% from the same month of the previous year. Of these, farmed tuna increased by 46% to 672 (460 in the same month of...

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Eat Seafood America! Campaign Receives 3 New Grants 

Three new grants are going to help keep Seafood Nutrition Partnership’s (SNP) Eat Seafood America! initiative going. 

Shortly after revealing the results of their successful pilot campaign, SNP is now happy to announce that they’ve received leadership grants from Builders Initiative, H-E-B, and the Rich Family Foundation. The grants will support a comprehensive push to improve public health, sustainability efforts, and the seafood workforce. 

“We’re investing in the Eat Seafood America! campaign because we want to support a more sustainable, healthier Texas,” said Jason Driskill...

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U.S. Aquaculture Firm Forever Oceans Nets Record Concession for Offshore Production in Brazil

Forever Oceans, a U.S.-based aquaculture company, signed a deal with the Brazilian Government leading to the largest offshore concession for aquaculture production.

The deal was finalized after a meeting with Jorge Seif Junior, Secretary of Aquaculture and Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply and Forever Oceans leadership. The 20-year agreement authorizes the company to ocean-raise fish within automated enclosures in two zones, located 7-15km (4.3-9.3 miles) off the Brazilian coast of the state of Bahia...

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Instacart Launches Ready Meals Hub Featuring Prepared Food from Top Grocers Across the U.S.

Online grocery ordering platform Instacart launched its Ready Meals Hub on January 13 which will allow users to order prepared meals from their favorite grocers.

Instacart said the new option will allow users to take a different route to takeout by choosing hot meals from their local grocery store, instead of their favorite restaurant and change things up. The new hub is also there for customers who don’t feel like cooking dinner on a busy weeknight.

The Hub is located in the Instacart app and features...

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This Week in Retail: Beef and Seafood Dominate Ad Space; CPI Data Released

Beef and seafood currently dominate circular ad space, providing an opportune occasion for surf and turf lovers to snag attractive deals at the grocery store. Beef and seafood account for about 29% and 27%, respectively, of retail buying opportunities this week. The next highest category belongs to pork with 19%, followed by chicken at 15%.

Over in beef, steaks make up 39% of all beef ads. Boneless strip steaks average $12.21 per pound, up from $7.47 per pound last year. T-bone steaks run $8.34 per pound, up 13.9% from 2021. The steak complex is nearly 17% higher YoY on average. The roast category is featured at an average of $6.41 per pound, up $1.47 per pound from 2021. The weekly retail beef feature index is currently at $6.75 per pound, up 20.5% from the prior 5-year average...

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Biden Administration Presses Clean Energy with NY/NJ Wind Auction, Interagency MOU and DOE Hires

Offshore wind and other clean energy options are benefitting from an aggressive Biden administration shove.

Reports from the Bureau of Ocean Energy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and news stories about the Department of Energy demonstrate just how far the administration is willing to go.

As anticipated, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced Wednesday that BOEM will hold a wind auction next month for more than 480,000 acres (750 square miles) offshore New York and New Jersey, in the area known as the New ...

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Gorton’s Seafood Refreshes Logo, Product Packaging After Vast Consumer Research

Even a company that has become a staple in the seafood aisle needs to freshen up every once in a while. That is exactly what Gloucester-based Gorton’s Seafood did when it announced new packaging for multiple product lines and a refreshed brand logo on January 13.

The move to update its brand logo and product packaging for the Smart Solutions and Everyday Gourmet lines came following significant consumer research into who was buying seafood prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and during the pandemic...

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Foodtech Start-Up Plantish Provides First Look at Plant-based Salmon Fillet

Israel-based foodtech start-up Plantish provided a first look at its 100% plant-based whole-cut salmon fillet, a flagship product for the sixth month old company.

Plantish debuted in the plant protein space in 2021 and raised a pre-seed round of $2 million from TechAviv Founder Partners, a venture fund backed by top industry veterans, including 33 unicorn founders, and angel investors, including esteemed Michelin chef José Andrés, and Nuseir Yassin of Nas Daily.

The firm’s first product, Plantish Salmon, is a fully structured boneless salmon fillet...

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COMMENTARY: Alaska’s Untold Secret — The Dividends Paid By Southeast Alaska’s “Seabank”

Wild salmon. Clean water. Clean air. Carbon storage. Climate change mitigation. Tourism, commercial fisheries — and billions of dollars in economic benefit.

Since 2018, the Alaska Sustainability Fisheries Trust has quietly published reports that upend managers' historical ways of thinking about Southeast Alaska and the Tongass National Forest — and redefine priorities for management now and in the future. ASFT's annual "SeaBank" report outlines and quantifies the benefits flowing from Southeast Alaska' trees, estuaries, creeks, lakes, rivers, coasts, ocean and more...

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Updated List: Exhibitors Begin Pulling Out of 2022 Seafood Expo North America Show

It’s been two years since COVID-19 began to wreak havoc on the world. Events were canceled, stay at home orders were put in place, and toilet paper disappeared from the shelves. Fortunately in the span of two years we’ve been able to work our way towards a “new normal” that includes vaccinations, masks, and an overwhelming supply of hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. But despite the best efforts to stop the spread of the virus, new variants continue to pop up...

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Atlantic Sea Scallop Group Pushes BOEM to Create Plan for Fisheries and Wind to Prosper

The Fisheries Survival Fund (FSF), a group that represents the majority of Atlantic sea scallop fishermen called on federal regulators to create an “adaptive and proactive mitigation plan” that will allow both fisheries and the offshore wind industry to thrive.

The FSF’s public comments follow the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)’s announcement that it will conduct a wind lease auction for 480,000 acres of ocean in the New York Bight area of the Atlantic.

“It is unquestionable that the proliferation of new turbine...

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Cermaq Chile Names Pedro Courard as New Managing Director

A seafood industry veteran for over two decades, Pedro Courard was announced as Cermaq Chile’s new Managing Director on January 13. Courard currently holds the Production Director role and will replace Steven Rafferty who becomes the new CEO of Cermaq Group, based in Oslo, Norway, starting March 1, 2022.

Courard is an industrial civil engineer from the University of Chile and also has an MBA from the University of Tulane in the United States. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, he has held senior management positions...

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Hurricanes Caused $579 Million Worth of Damages to Louisiana Fishing Industry

According to a new report, the hurricanes that hit Louisiana in 2020 and 2021 caused $579 million worth of damages to the state’s fishing industry.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, along with LSU and Louisiana Sea Grant, conducted a study into the impact that Hurricanes Laura, Delta, Zeta and Ida had on the state. Based on their findings, they estimate that the financial losses related to these hurricanes will continue into 2022.

Out of the $579 million worth of damages...

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Joel Peterson Named President of Bristol Wave Seafoods

Bristol Wave Seafoods, a subsidiary of Bristol Bay Alaska Seafoods (BBAS), announced on Wednesday that Joel Peterson has been named the company’s new president.

Bristol Wave Seafoods manages the sales and operations of BBAS’s nine-vessel fleet, which was formed in 2019 when Clipper Seafoods and Blue North Fisheries merged their operations and Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) acquired a majority interest in the combined company.

Peterson has a long history with the company, having fished on Clipper Seafoods vessels for over 10 years. Since 2015 he’s been working in sales...

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SCEMFIS: New Survey Will Help Fill Gaps in Menhaden Count in New England, Mid-Atlantic

The Science Center for Marine Fisheries (SCEMFIS) highlighted a new project that will look to count a population of menhaden that could help inform not only a local New Jersey fishery, but other fisheries in the New England and Mid-Atlantic region.

A team from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s (UMCES) Chesapeake Biological Laboratory and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, in collaboration with NOAA Fisheries are on the verge of launching a winter population survey of menhaden, specifically off the coast...

 

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