Tue. Jun 2 2020

IPHC Revises Area 2A Directed Fishery Vessel Quotas for 2020  


Lineage Logistics Announces Acquisition of Henningsen Cold Storage, Assets from Maines Paper & Food


Cooke Seafood Brand Pivots to Bring Seafood to Directly to the Doorstep


Barton Seaver Partners with ASMI to Launch To-Go and Takeout Seafood Menu Tips


Alaska Salmon Updates Each Week, By Region  


Thai Union Releases 7th Annual Sustainability Report


Russia May Consider Increase of Crab Catch in Domestic Northern Basin  


JAPAN: Marine Products Demand Down 70%, And Industry Organizations Demanded Support


Blue Apron Pushes Shrimp and Salmon With Chef Tim Hollingsworth and HBO Max Partnership  


UK Environment Agency Seizes Illegal 40-Meter Fishing Net


Uncertainty Surrounds the Reopening of Businesses


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, June 2


Mon. Jun 1 2020

American Seafoods: After 15 Days at Sea, 86 Processing Crew Test Positive for COVID-19


Alaska COVID-19 Cases Spike by 27 in One Day, Exceeding Highest Daily Count So Far


ANALYSIS: Buying Opportunities Increase for Snow Crab at Retail  


Area 2A Halibut Fishermen to Receive Much Lower Idividual Quota for June Directed Season  


JAPAN: April Seafood Imports Decreased Further by 20%  


Fishery Management Council Representatives Consider COVID-19 Impacts on Fisheries, Federal Surveys


Zhangzidao Tries to Explain its Scandals but May Have Failed to be Convincing  


Worldwide Trader Sumitomo Invests in Cell-Based Seafood Company BlueNalu


President Trump Highlights Administration’s Work on Marine Economy Ahead of National Ocean Month


Greater Atlantic Region Observer Coverage to Resume on July 1


Georgia Shrimp Season Opening June 10  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, June 1


Fri. May 29 2020

The Winding Glass: The Changing Face of Seafood Distribution


Ocean Beauty and Icicle Seafoods Announce Merger Today, New Company Called OBI Seafoods


Alaska’s COVID-19 Cases Jump by 13 in One Day on Eve of Bristol Bay, PWS Alaska’s COVID-19 Cases Jum


NOAA Taking Emergency Action to Reduce Economic Harm to Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery  


Fishery Council Leaders Discuss COVID-19; NMFS Touts ‘New Normal’ for US Seafood at CCC Meeting


North Carolina Fisheries Reform Group Set to Take Legal Action Against Commercial Fishing Leaders  


Study: Lobstermen and Right Whales Could Benefit from Less Fishing  


Canada’s Northern Shrimp Harvesters Participating in Pilot Project to Reduce ‘Ghost Fishing’  


NFI’s Dish on Fish Blog a Finalist for PR Daily’s 2020 Digital PR & Social Media Awards


Ocean Choice International Expanding European Sales Operations


FDA Extends Voluntary Qualified Importer Program Application


Captain D’s 28th Restaurant in South Carolina Opens


Northern Ireland Aquaculture Sector Receives £360,000 in Support  


Ethos Seafood Transitions Packaging to Recyclable Film


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, May 29


Thu. May 28 2020

Worker at Thai Union’s European Seafood Investment Portugal Plant Tests Positive for COVID-19


Judge Dismisses Civil Case Against Former Bumble Bee CEO


DFO Announces Additional Season-Long Grid Closure in Gulf of St. Lawrence


Sea Shepherd Files Lawsuit After NFMS Rejects Petition to Ban Seafood Imports from New Zealand


Republican Lawmakers Say Further Restrictions on H-2B Program Could Harm U.S. Businesses


Coronavirus Continues to Impact the Unemployment Rate but Initial Claims Decrease


Shrimp Landings Data from NC, Florida Show Record Landings, Confirm Industry Resilience  


Russian Crab Industry May Face with Significant Increase of Illegal Catch this Year  


Thai Union Appoints Former COSFF Executive Bryan Rosenberg as CEO of North American Business


Northern Wind, Legit Fish Partner for Traceability, Validation Solution for Scallops  


Open Blue Cobia Now Available at Retail and Certified by the American Heart Association


GAPP Partners with Urner Barry to Track International Surimi Supply  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, May 28


Wed. May 27 2020

Copper River Sockeye Landings Pick Up With 34,000 Caught Monday


Four New COVID-19 Cases in Alaska, Two are Seafood Workers


San Francisco Fishermen Launch Recovery Fund After Pier Fire Devastates Industry


Port of Coos Bay Offers Free COVID-19 Testing to Local Seafood Industry Workers


Sentencing Hearing for Former Bumble Bee CEO 'Feasible' to Proceed In Person


DFO Expands Grid Closures in Gulf of St. Lawrence Due to North Atlantic Right Whales


LATAM Airlines Files for Bankruptcy After Increasing Cargo Flights Last Month  


JAPAN: April Supermarket Seafood Sales Up More Than 10%


Canadian Citizen Arrested After Stealing Fishing Vessel, Attempting to Enter U.S.


Grieg Seafood Dissolves Ocean Quality, Looking to Establish Fully-Owned Sales Division


Survey Looks at Salmon Farms in Japan  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, May 27


Georgia Oyster Harvesting Season Closing June 1  


UMaine Researchers Dig Into Alaska Ice Cores to Learn About Pacific Ocean Drivers of Arctic Warming


Tue. May 26 2020

Seafood Worker is First in Valdez to Test Positive for COVID-19, Brings Industry Total to Eight


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, May 26


Another COVID-19 First: Five Key Surveys Canceled in Alaska, Sablefish Survey Still Planned


Russian Leading Fish Producer RRPK Accelerates Domestic and Foreign Expansion  


JAPAN: Marine Products Demand Down; Industry Organizations Demand Support


ASMI Japan Campaign: "Eat Alaskan Seafood and Boost your Immunity!"  


Massive Fire Hits San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf, City’s Seafood Industry Takes Another Blow


Alaska Fishermen Give Guidance on Virus Relief Funds


Patron Saint of Salmon  


Gulf of Mexico Shrimpers Harvest Another 2 Million Pounds in April  


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IPHC Revises Area 2A Directed Fishery Vessel Quotas for 2020

The International Pacific Halibut Commission released revised vessel quotas for the 58-hour opener June 22-24 off the West Coast Monday afternoon.

On Friday, the IPHC released information that all vessel sizes for the 207 permit applications would receive the same quota, much to the surprise of fishermen and fishery managers. By mid-morning Monday, that press release was removed from the Commission's website.

The new information includes the eight vessel size classes, broken down by the number of permits for each class. Last year, 176 permits had been approved ...

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Lineage Logistics Announces Acquisition of Henningsen Cold Storage, Assets from Maines Paper & Food 

Lineage Logistics is expanding their reach. Just last month the refrigerated warehousing and logistics provider announced the acquisition of Henningsen Cold Storage Co., as well as assets of Maines Paper & Food Service.

In February 2019 Lineage announced the acquisition of Preferred Freezer Services, making them not only the largest refrigerated warehousing and logistics provider in North America, but globally as well. The acquisition of Henningsen Cold Storage adds 14 facilities to Lineage’s expansive U.S. network, and bolsters its leading presence in the Pacific Northwest...

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Cooke Seafood Brand Pivots to Bring Seafood to Directly to the Doorstep

As COVID-19 continues to impact seafood distributors, one member of the Cooke Seafood family of brands has pivoted to provide Canadian consumers with fresh seafood.

AC Covert, a company that typically caters to retailers, restaurants and the tourism and hospitality sector began offering seafood boxes for home delivery in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I.

AC Covert’s themed seafood boxes offer responsibly sourced seafood prepped by expert fishmongers and are shipped directly from the coast. Consumers can find them on AC Covert’s webpage...

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Barton Seaver Partners with ASMI to Launch To-Go and Takeout Seafood Menu Tips

Just as Copper River and Bristol Bay sockeye salmon begin to hit summer markets, well-known chef Barton Seaver and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute have created a video series to inspire foodservice managers and chefs to create new take-out menus that champion sustainability -- both the economic and environmental kind. 

The video series showcases opportunities to feature seafood to-go, including specific strategies, such as menuing chilled seafood dishes and a technique called “green salting”; how to use every inch of a king salmon, in... 

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Russia May Consider Increase of Crab Catch in Domestic Northern Basin  

The Russian government, together with some of the leading domestic crab producers may consider the possibility for an increase of the production of Kamchatka (red king) crab in the Northern basin of the country, particulary the Barents sea within the next several years.  

According to experts of the Russian Invest-Foresight business paper, in recent years the population of the Kamchatka crab in the Russian Northern basin has significantly increased, despite the fact that the Barents Sea has never been an original habitat for such type of crab...

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Blue Apron Pushes Shrimp and Salmon With Chef Tim Hollingsworth and HBO Max Partnership

Shrimp and salmon are getting highlighted in Blue Apron’s latest partnerships. The meal kit company announced this week that they have teamed up with award winning chef Tim Hollingsworth to bring new shrimp and salmon recipes to their customers. Plus, a partnership with HBO Max will provide “Big Bang Theory” fans with the perfect shrimp dish to pair with streaming.

Beginning June 29, Blue Apron customers will be able to channel their inner gourmet chef with new, elevated takes on family favorites curated by Chef Hollingsworth...

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American Seafoods: After 15 Days at Sea, 86 Processing Crew Test Positive for COVID-19

American Seafoods, the nation’s largest at-sea processor of wild Alaska pollock, announced 86 positive COVID-19 cases on their vessel American Dynasty, including one man who remains hospitalized in Bellingham, WA. Nine tests are still being analyzed as of Monday morning. The vessel has returned to Seattle and is in quarantine.

The American Dynasty left Seattle May 13 for a 15-day fishing trip for Pacific whiting (hake), and docked in Bellingham, north of Seattle, on Tuesday, May 26. A member of the processing ...

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Alaska COVID-19 Cases Spike by 27 in One Day, Exceeding Highest Daily Count So Far

Yesterday Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services confirmed 27 new cases of COVID-19 in the state as of Saturday, May 30, the highest daily increase since the pandemic began on March 3. Before yesterday, the highest daily count was 17 on March 23, 2020. 

While the 27 new cases from Saturday and three from Friday are still under investigation as to the source, the historical data on source of the virus since early March shows an upward trend of community spread as...

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JAPAN: April Seafood Imports Decreased Further by 20%

According to trade statistics released by the Ministry of Finance on April 28, the value of seafood imports in April was 135,118 million yen ($1.25 million), down 18% from the same month of the previous year. The decrease has widened from the 9% drop in March. All fish species except squid and Itoyori surimi decreased from the same month last year. According to Minato Shimbun analysis, the import volume decreased by 5% to 208,242 tons, and it seems that the unit price of imported marine products is declining due to...

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Zhangzidao Tries to Explain its Scandals but May Have Failed to be Convincing

Zhangzidao, a controversial aquatic company in China, has hit the headlines several times with its scandals. Some of its common shareholders have even gone to court and sued the company for fraud. However, in a recent interview, Wu Hougang, its chairman, denied public accusations, and complained that it is unfair for Zhangzidao to get nothing but blame in the midst of catastrophes.

Regarding its repeated high mortality rates of scallops, Hougang explained that an investigation of the government’s expert team shows that they...

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Alaska Salmon Updates Each Week, By Region

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – More Alaska salmon fisheries are opening up around the state and weekly updates track catches and trends in every region.

“We email them out at the beginning of every week that cover the prior week’s salmon harvests statewide, broken out by region. And the goal here is to just provide context for what our state is harvesting relative to the prior year, relative to historical averages and kind of highlight interesting things that are happening in near real time throughout the salmon season...

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Thai Union Releases 7th Annual Sustainability Report

Thai Union Group PCL released its seventh annual Sustainability Report last week, a score card of ongoing progress towards creating a more sustainable and ethical global seafood industry.

The report is also an annual Communication on Progress to stakeholders on the company’s efforts to implement the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact within Thai Union’s sphere of influence, as well as their support of  the environmental and social responsibilities of the broader UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Thai Union’s performance in 2019 against key performance indicators and targets that are outlined in...

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JAPAN: Marine Products Demand Down 70%, And Industry Organizations Demanded Support

At the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Fisheries Joint Board of Directors, fisheries groups such as JF-ZENGYOREN (National Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations), and Japan Fisheries Association, strongly requested support for damages attributed to the new coronavirus pandemic, according to Suisan Keizai Shimbun.

Hiroshi Kishi, President of JF-ZENGYOREN, said, "The national demand for marine products has fallen by about 30% on average due to shipping restrictions and sluggish consumption in the consuming market. For instance, demands notably decreased are sea snails in Hokkaido by 70 percent...

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UK Environment Agency Seizes Illegal 40-Meter Fishing Net

The United Kingdom’s Environment Agency announced it seized a 40-meter illegal fishing net in a cross-border enforcement operation on the northeast coast.

Agency fisheries officers from Yorkshire and the North East, alongside the North Eastern Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority to remove the fishing net at Skinningrove in Redcar and Cleveland.

“The prohibited fishing net had the potential to capture a large number of sea trout but luckily we found it in time before it had a chance to make a significant catch,” Paul Slater, Fisheries Team Leader for the Environment Agency, said...

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ANALYSIS: Buying Opportunities Increase for Snow Crab at Retail

As the season out of both Newfoundland and the Gulf of Saint Lawrence continues to get underway in Canada, the U.S. market is starting to see snow crab flow back into a starved marketplace.  

The previous season out of Canada saw record high prices with the all-time high hitting $9.55 at the end of February on 5-8s out of the Gulf. Supplies out of Canada in 2019 also ended the year 14.7 percent higher than 2018; thus suggesting...

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Area 2A Halibut Fishermen to Receive Much Lower Idividual Quota for June Directed Season

The directed commercial halibut fishery on the West Coast will be a first this year for at least one reason: the first opener will last 58 hours instead of 10. And in a press release that's since been removed from the International Pacific Halibut Commission website, all permitted vessels would have received the same quota.

The IPHC released the fishing period limit for all licensed vessels for the June 22-24 fishing period Friday that indicated the overall annual allocation for the 2020 fishery for ...

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Fishery Management Council Representatives Consider COVID-19 Impacts on Fisheries, Federal Surveys

Leaders of the nation’s eight Regional Fishery Management Councils concluded a meeting last week after tackling COVID-19 impacts, a recent executive order, offshore wind energy and fisheries surveys. It was the first of their biannual meetings in 2020 and was held by videoconference.

The Council Coordination Committee meeting provides the Councils and heads of the National Marine Fisheries Service an opportunity to discuss issues relevant to all of the Councils. Nearly 200 people attended the two-day public meeting hosted by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery...

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