Mon. Aug 15 2022

PODCAST: Lobster and Crab Meat Market Update; Bluu Seafood Enters Regulatory Process and More


VIDEO: Watch Us Eat Canned Rockfish From Top Chef Sara Hauman's Tiny Fish Co.  


ANALYSIS: June Snow Crab Imports Off Pace, Down 34.7 Percent from 3-year Average  


Fishing Vessel Sinks Near International Waters in Ecologically Sensitive Haro Strait


A Science and Technology Institute in Okinawa Developed a Squid Farming System  


B.C. Salmon Farming Group Fires Back at Anti-Aquaculture Statements


Tassal Group Unveils $350 Million Sustainability-Linked Loan, a First for Australian Aquaculture


FCC Creates Campaign To Showcase Fishing Companies With Vested Interest in Long-Term Sustainability


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, August 15


Fri. Aug 12 2022

Feds Signal Management Shift on Kuskokwim if Coho Salmon Run Doesn’t Improve  


Man Sentenced to Nearly 20 Years in Jail for Scallop Boat Murder Off Massachusetts  


Surveys Reveal Consumers Believe Recession is Here; Many Concerned About Rising Food Prices


NOAA Fisheries Releases New Research Plan for Shellfish, Seaweed Aquaculture in Alaska


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, August 12


Thu. Aug 11 2022

ANALYSIS: Canada Lobster Tail, Meat Exports to U.S. Fall Short in June  


VIDEO: StarKist to Supreme Court; Cooke Acquisition; Bluu Seafood; AquaBounty Ohio Update


This Week in Retail: Reviewing the Chicken Complex; CPI Update


AK Updates: Lots of Fishing Going on Besides Salmon  


Former Bumble Bee Exec Thrown Back Into Canned Tuna Price-Fixing Litigation  


Wildtype and Conservation Fund Join Forces to Protect Pedro Bay Rivers from Pebble Mine


High Liner Foods Sees Volume, Sales, Adjusted Earnings Growth in Q2


Chinese Retailer Qdama Commit to Sourcing BAP-Certified Seafood


Maruha Nichiro Issues Japan’s First ‘Blue Bond’ Alongside 25% Operating Income Jump


EDITORIAL: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Strategy to Reintroduce Sea Otters is Flawed


Loki Foods Secures Funding, Unveils Sustainable Atlantic Cod Fillet Alternative  


Seafood People Hires Executive Coach Expert Mickael Melaye As New Senior Advisor


Scottish Seafood Processor Uses Grant Funds To explore New Ways to Smoke Fish


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, August 11


Wed. Aug 10 2022

Canned Tuna Price-Fixing Lawsuit Heads to Supreme Court With StarKist Petition  


Cooke Inc. Acquires Belgium Shrimp Processor Morubel


As 2022 Fraser River Sockeye Return, Historical Notes on Year Class Show Variability, Resilience


Lawmakers Sound the Alarm on Seafood Traceability Concerns in Letter to FDA   


Russia: Crab Prices Fell By 50% this Year Due to Oversupply  


Japan: H1 Surimi Imports Up 10.3%, June Imports from the U.S. Fell 44.1%  


Seafood Industry Groups Comment on USTR’s Efforts to Combat Forced Labor in Foreign Supply Chains


Offshore Wave Energy Takes Center Stage as Politicians Visit Oregon State University


Louisiana Representative Pushing USDA To Purchase Seafood to Assist Fishermen Battling Inflation  


NOAA Looking for Applications for New American Fisheries Advisory Committee


Sober Island Brand OG Oysters Recalled Due to E. Coli  


Nova Scotia Opens Public Comments for Aquaculture Operations


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, August 10


Tue. Aug 9 2022

AquaBounty Releases Q2 Results; Issues Update on Pioneer, Ohio Farm  


One Fisherman Dies in Collision with USCG Cutter Near Puerto Rico


NaturalShrimp July Fire at Texas Facility Caused by Electrical Arcing  


Business, Industry Foodservice Operations Jumpy by 35% in Q2 as Employees Head Back to the Office


Southern Shrimp Alliance Opposes Proposed Trade Laws That Could Exempt Antidumping Duties


Bluu Seafood Presents First Market-Ready Products Made From Cultivated Fish Cells


Performance Team to Open Cold Chain Facility in South Carolina, Adds Capacity to Move More Protein


Sysco Sales, Earnings Jump in Q4 Amid Strong U.S., International Business


Global Seafood Alliance Survey Finds Chinese Consumers Top Focus is Food Safety


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, August 9


Chile to Streamline Exports of Seafood, Aquaculture Products in Republic of Korea Market  


Mon. Aug 8 2022

FFAW Meets With Premier Furey, Ministers Davis and Bragg About Corporation Concentration and Control


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, August 8


Aqua Cultured Foods Adds to Technical Team with a Focus on Product Enhancement


Plant-Based Seafood Company OmniFoods Launching in Whole Foods Market in London and UK Online Retail


Thai Union Hits Revenue Record Amid Impressive PetCare, Value-Added Sales


Nichirei Invests In An Insect Food Company TAKEO, Kyokuyo Invested In Microalgae Culture Company  


Japanese Fish Sector Continues to Bear Losses Due to Sanction Wars With Russia  


ANALYSIS: Blue Swimming Crab Meat Continues Decline Into August  


PODCAST: Alaska Salmon Update, Norton Sound Red King Crab Fishery, and More   


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PODCAST: Lobster and Crab Meat Market Update; Bluu Seafood Enters Regulatory Process and More

Listen in as SeafoodNews Managing Editor Amanda Buckle and Urner Barry Seafood Market Reporter Lorin Castiglione talk about the lobster and crab meat markets. Plus, learn more about what's going on in the plant and cell cultured protein industries.

This episode of the SeafoodNews Podcast is brought to you by the fourth annual Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers’ Wild Alaska Pollock meeting, taking place at the Westin Seattle in Seattle, Washington on October 17, 2022...

 

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VIDEO: Watch Us Eat Canned Rockfish From Top Chef Sara Hauman's Tiny Fish Co.

In this episode of "Watch Us Eat!" SeafoodNews Managing Editor Amanda Buckle and Urner Barry Seafood Market Reporter Lorin Castiglione are diving into canned Pacific rockfish from Tiny Fish Co. 

Tiny Fish Co. was launched by Chef Sara Hauman, who appeared on "Top Chef" Portland in 2021. Chef Sara started Tiny Fish Co. with the “goal to inspire the canned fish industry by sharing products that are sustainable, flavorful and tell the fish’s story from water to tin...

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ANALYSIS: June Snow Crab Imports Off Pace, Down 34.7 Percent from 3-year Average

Canadian snow crab has been an example of one of the biggest swings in the seafood market in 2022. 5-8s out of the Gulf began 2022 at $17.00 and beginning of August the market is $10.00 cheaper, or 57 percent lower than January 2022. The market is extremely unsettled with collected levels all over the board with some lower offers and a few higher offers noted. Some market participants are seeing good movement and sales while others continue to see high inventory levels...

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A Science and Technology Institute in Okinawa Developed a Squid Farming System

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, based in Onna-son, Okinawa Prefecture, announced on August 2 that it had developed a farming system for Teuthida species such as big-fin reef squids. It is said to be the world's first technology (patent pending) applicable at coastal and land-based farms and can grow squid efficiently and at a lower cost than conventional farming methods. In the future, the university will appeal to the government and companies for commercialization in collaboration with the...

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Tassal Group Unveils $350 Million Sustainability-Linked Loan, a First for Australian Aquaculture

Tassal Group, a significant player in the Australian seafood industry, announced that it has signed an AU$497 million (US$349 million) Sustainability-Linked Loan (SLL), the first for the country’s aquaculture industry.

The SLL will provide “accountability and external validation for the delivery of Tassal’s sustainability ambitions,” Tassal said in a ASX market announcement.

Under the SLL, Tassal is incentivised to perform against the following sustainability areas:

- Greenhouse Gas emission reduction, across scope 1, 2 and 3...

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Feds Signal Management Shift on Kuskokwim if Coho Salmon Run Doesn’t Improve

Federal salmon managers on the lower Kuskokwim River, the portion that flows through the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, announced yesterday that that they will take over management of the subsistence fishery from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game if the silver salmon return numbers remain low.

On Wednesday, the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group, an advisory group to ADF&G, rejected a recommendation from ADF&G to close all subsistence fishing in the lower Kuskokwim.  State biologists have reported that the 2022 silver run is ...

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Surveys Reveal Consumers Believe Recession is Here; Many Concerned About Rising Food Prices

In the last week, multiple surveys and findings from market research companies indicate that consumers believe the U.S. is already in a recession.

According to a new First Insight ReportThe State of Consumer Spending: Inflation Fueling Recession Fears, 62% of consumers believe the economy is in a recession. The survey also found that “rising food prices are the biggest recessionary concern for 68% of consumers, with nearly half (48%) also concerned about food shortages."

“As inflation remains at the highest levels seen...

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ANALYSIS: Canada Lobster Tail, Meat Exports to U.S. Fall Short in June

Lobster tail and meat import flow into the United States from Canada continues to lag the 2021 pace but is more in-line with the five-year average.

The in-shell category is down 34.7% in June and 35.1% YTD when compared to last year, but just 6% off the five-year pace.

The meat category is down 24.9% in June, and...

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This Week in Retail: Reviewing the Chicken Complex; CPI Update

This week in retail, we’ll take a deeper dive into the retail chicken landscape ahead of the approaching NFL season, which officially kicks off in four weeks.

Chicken currently ranks fourth in protein buying opportunities with 16.4%. Seafood, beef, and pork hold the top three spots, respectively.

Urner Barry’s Weekly Retail Feature Chicken Index is $2.96 per pound this week, up 10% from the 5-year average of $2.69 per pound. 

Within the chicken complex, boneless skinless breasts hold the most ad volume at 42.5%. Drumsticks are the next highest featured item with 15.5% of total chicken ads...

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Former Bumble Bee Exec Thrown Back Into Canned Tuna Price-Fixing Litigation

Christopher Lischewski, the former CEO of Bumble Bee Foods has been placed back into the fold of a civil suit related to the price-fixing scheme involving top tuna companies in the U.S.

On August 8, U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw for the Southern District Court of California granted a motion from the plaintiffs on the case, Associated Wholesale Grocers, its motion to reconsider the case, finding that Lischewski was involved in the price-fixing conspiracy.

“In this case, there is no...

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Fishing Vessel Sinks Near International Waters in Ecologically Sensitive Haro Strait

A fishing vessel loaded with 2,600 gallons of fuel sank in 100-150 feet of water in Haro Strait off the coast of San Juan Island on Saturday afternoon. By 5 p.m., an oil sheen of about 1.75 miles (2.8 kilometers) could be seen from the air.

Haro Strait marks the international boundary between the U.S. and Canada. The sinking of the Aleutian Isle, described by the US Coast Guard as a 49-foot and by Marine Traffic as a 54-foot fishing vessel, occurred on the U.S. side of the ...

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B.C. Salmon Farming Group Fires Back at Anti-Aquaculture Statements

The BC Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA) fired back at an anti-salmon farming activist after he appeared on a number of media outlets and spread “inaccurate statements to media.”

Bob Chamberlin, who has been vocal about his concerns regarding salmon farming in Canada appeared on various radio, newspaper and television spots, linked the improved salmon returns to the Ahta river to the closure of salmon farms in the Broughton Archipelago area in 2020.

“In his eagerness to ride the wave of good news about the potential strong returns of many...

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FCC Creates Campaign To Showcase Fishing Companies With Vested Interest in Long-Term Sustainability

The Fisheries Council of Canada (FCC) has created a new campaign to showcase how Canadian fishing companies have a vested interest in ocean stewardship and sustainable fishing. Called “Fishing for the Future,” the campaign highlights those companies who view long-term planning “as more than just a good business decision, but as a way to support their families and communities.”

“When we talk about the Canadian fishing industry, it can be difficult to imagine the individuals at its core,” explained Paul Lansbergen, President of FCC...

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Man Sentenced to Nearly 20 Years in Jail for Scallop Boat Murder Off Massachusetts

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts announced that a Virginia man was sentenced to just shy of 20 years in prison for committing murder aboard a scallop vessel off the coast of Massachusetts in 2018.

Franklin Freddy Meave Vazquez, 31, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs to 235 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release on August 11, per a press release from the Department of Justice (DOJ)...

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NOAA Fisheries Releases New Research Plan for Shellfish, Seaweed Aquaculture in Alaska

The Alaska Fisheries Science Center unveiled its new strategic research plan for shellfish and seaweed aquaculture in Alaska.

According to a story posted on NOAA Fisheries website, the research plan will be used to guide the science center’s aquaculture-related research over the next 5 years. Specifically, NOAA mentioned a focus on seaweed (kelp and red algae), shellfish (Pacific oysters, pinto abalone, king crab), and other invertebrates (sea cucumber).

“This science will support the state and NOAA's efforts to promote...

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VIDEO: StarKist to Supreme Court; Cooke Acquisition; Bluu Seafood; AquaBounty Ohio Update

Join SeafoodNews Managing Editor Amanda Buckle and Urner Barry Seafood Market Reporter Lorin Castiglione for a new episode of the SeafoodNews Podcast. This week we talk about StarKist heading to the Supreme Court; Cooke's latest acquisition; Bluu Seafoods' cultivated fish cell launch; and AquaBounty's latest update on their Ohio facility. 

This episode of the SeafoodNews Weekly Video is brought to you by the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers’ fourth annual meeting, taking place in Seattle on October 17, 2022. The meeting will bring together...

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AK Updates: Lots of Fishing Going on Besides Salmon

Alaska’s salmon catches have slowed for the past two weeks but the pace of the fishery remains ahead of last year’s harvest.

The statewide salmon catch as of August 10 was approaching 124.4 million fish. That’s nearly 78% of the  preseason projection of 160.5 million salmon for the 2022 season.

Besides salmon, lots of other Alaska fisheries are underway from the Panhandle to the Bering Sea.

A small fleet of beam trawlers (one of the state’s oldest fisheries) is back on the water in Southeast targeting over 600,000 pounds of...

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