Wed. Nov 25 2020

Dungeness Crab for Christmas? Ask the Whales to Leave  


Pacific Seafood Signs Agreement With Clatsop County Regarding COVID-19 Outbreak Response


SeafoodNews Closed For Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday


Current Restaurant Restrictions and Capacity By State


Shrimp Run into Trouble Again in Chinese Market  


Top Meat, Poultry, Egg and Seafood Price Action Broken Down in the Latest Market Briefing


NOAA Renews Temporary Rule For Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan  


NaturalShrimp Finalizes Joint Venture With Ecoponex Systems International


Tue. Nov 24 2020

ANALYSIS: Availability of Wild-Caught U.S. Shrimp Critically Low  


LISTEN: Indoor Dining Updates; Salmon at Retail; Coronavirus on Shrimp Packaging and More  


Japan’s September Surimi Imports Fall 50% From the U.S.  


PFMC Adopts Salmon Measures to Help Southern Resident Killer Whales


Fortune International Expands Meat Program With USDA Through Acquisition of Neesvig’s


USDA Eyeing Bids on Alaska Pollock, Salmon Products  


Halibut Outlook Has Some Hopeful Signs for 2021  


JAPAN: September Frozen Scallop Exports to China, Taiwan and U.S. Decrease  


Mowi Set to Join Norwegian Seafood Federation


Aquaculture Pressure May Lead to Significant Decline of Fish Catch in Russia Next Year


Study Finds Thanksgiving “More Important This Year”


Red Lobster Ready for Holidays with Return of ‘Give a Gift, Get a Gift’ Promotion


Baader To Open New Joint Enterprise in Nantes, For French Seafood and Poultry Market


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, November 24


Mon. Nov 23 2020

Fishermen Concerned About Maine Governor’s Move to Expand Offshore Wind Research


ANALYSIS: Blue Swimming Crab Meat Market Remains Firm  


Coast Guard Searching for Four Missing Fishermen 20 Miles Off Provincetown


Canadian Fishing Group Pleased with Canada, UK Transitional Trade Deal


Fire Breaks Out at Huon Aquaculture Pen, Estimated 50,000 Fish Lost  


Oregon State Study: Water Temperature Shifts Affect Larval Tuna Eating Habits at Critical Life Stage  


Copper-laden Dust Not Analyzed at Pebble Mine


MSC Joins Calls for World Trade Organization to End Fishing Subsidies


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, November 23


Fri. Nov 20 2020

It's Official: Primary West Coast Dungeness Season Delayed  


IPHC’s 2020 Stock Assessment Projects 6.5% Increase in Halibut Catches Possible for 2021


VIDEO: Coronavirus on Saudi Shrimp; Opilio Snow Crab Auction; Bristol Bay Sockeye Forecast; and More  


ANALYSIS: Opposing Pressure within the Tilapia Market  


Lusamerica Foods Distributing Atlantic Sapphire’s Miami Bluehouse Salmon to West Coast  


BioMar Joint Venture Becomes First BAP Certified Feed for Trout and Turbot in China


Washington Governor Announces New Cap on Third-Party Delivery Fees


Quinlan Brothers Introduce ActivePure Technology to Combat Coronavirus at NL Operations


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, November 20


Thu. Nov 19 2020

Dr. Ray Hilborn Speaks Out Against Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act Provision


Blumar Introduces Corona Tracer to Increase COVID-19 Security Measures  


Young’s Seafood Confirms 42 COVID-19 Cases Across 8 Grimsby Plants


Judge Shuts Down StarKist's Challenge to Lower Tariffs on Tuna Products  


Iceland Seafood International Reports Q3 Results, Sales Recover As COVID-19 Restrictions Lifted


Canadian Government Highlights Actions to Protect Endangered Right Whales in 2020


NFWF, NOAA Announce $4.1 Million in Grants for Electronic Fisheries Management Program


Hiddenfjord Stops Using Air Freight  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, November 19


Coast Guard Assists Shrimper Injured 47 Miles Northwest of Key West


1 Man Found, 1 Still Missing After Fishing Vessel Capsized Near St. Helena Sound, SC


Chinese Fish Processors May Continue to Use Various Lobbying Practices in Russia


Bambino’s Baby Food Adds Salmon Teething Strips  


Wed. Nov 18 2020

Namibian Fishery Second in Africa to Achieve MSC Certification


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, November 18


STUDY: U.S. Consumers Ready to Get Back to Dining Out


Iceland Seafood Takes Full Stake in Oceanpath, Wraps Up Carr & Sons Deal


Seafood Nutrition Partnership Looking to Raise $25,000 For GivingTuesday


Clearwater Third Quarter Sales, Earnings Impacted by COVID-19


Coast Guard Searching for 2 Men After Fishing Vessel Capsizes Near St. Helena Sound, SC


Alaska Fishing Updates For November 2020  


UB Consulting: Cooked Shrimp to Play a Big Role at Retail  


California, Oregon, Tribes, Dam Owner Agree to Historic Dam Removal Plan for Salmon  


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Dungeness Crab for Christmas? Ask the Whales to Leave

The West Coast Dungeness crab seasons are looking like a bad day at the airport: delay, delay, delay.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife on Tuesday announced the commercial fishery in Central California Management Area, from Point Arena to the Mexican border, which includes San Francisco, will be delayed -- again -- due to the presence of whales on the fishing grounds and the potential for entanglement. Dec. 16 is the soonest it could open.

The Central California season could have opened on Nov. 15, but ...

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Pacific Seafood Signs Agreement With Clatsop County Regarding COVID-19 Outbreak Response

The Daily Astorian is reporting that Pacific Seafood and Clatsop County have signed an agreement regarding a COVID-19 outbreak response at the seafood company’s Warrenton processing facility.

In early October Clatsop County was placed on Oregon’s coronavirus watch list following a surge in COVID-19 cases linked to Pacific’s Warrenton plant. The facility faced a “major outbreak” when 94 workers tested positive in September. Workers were placed in quarantine and Pacific temporarily suspended their operations in order to test their remaining staff...

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SeafoodNews Closed For Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday

SeafoodNews is not publishing on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 in celebration of Thanksgiving. We will return to our normal publishing schedule on Monday, November 30.

In the meantime, catch up on our recent major news stories by checking our Featured Stories page.

You can also listen to episodes of the Seafood News Podcast here. Or you can watch Seafood News videos here. 

We wish all of our customers a safe and happy holiday.

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Shrimp Run into Trouble Again in Chinese Market

China’s domestic and live shrimp prices have been on a roller coaster ride this November, mainly due to enthusiastic farmers and reluctant buyers. Despite an early revival, some imported shrimp have also suffered from obvious sales contraction, and their prospect seems far from promising.

After a slight increase, prices of the country’s live shrimp declined in mid-November in such regions as Shandong and the Pearl River Delta region. Meanwhile prices took the opposite route in others like Guangxi and the western Guangdong. Despite this difference, depression has been common in...

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NOAA Renews Temporary Rule For Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan 

Earlier this week NOAA Fisheries announced the renewal of a temporary rule to extend portions of the fishing year 2019 carryover provisions in the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan into fishing year 2020. 

NOAA initially published an emergency action on June 1, 2020 at the request of the New England Fishery Management Council. At the time the June action allowed limited access general category individual fishing quota vessels to carryover all fishing year 2019 unharvested quota into fishing year 2020. The June action...

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ANALYSIS: Availability of Wild-Caught U.S. Shrimp Critically Low

Shrimp landings in the Gulf of Mexico have fallen to the lowest recorded level; at the current pace, the expectation is for only 69 million pounds landed. That is a 14 percent decline year-over-year and 33 percent fewer than the prior 10-year average. In addition, in September, the USDA initiated a purchase of frozen wild shrimp products for the Federal Food and Nutrition Assistance Program totaling 4.3 million pounds. So, in essence, only 65 million pounds will likely...

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Japan’s September Surimi Imports Fall 50% From the U.S.

According to Japan's Ministry of Finance's trade statistics, the amount of surimi imported into Japan in September 2020 was 15,486 tons, decreasing 31.8% from the same month of the previous year and decreasing for nine consecutive months.

Imports from the United States did not improve, halving to 9,185 tons, down 43.9%. The production of surimi in the United States is expected to decrease by about 20% from the previous year. The volume of surimi delivered to Japan is likely to drop by the same amount...

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Fortune International Expands Meat Program With USDA Through Acquisition of Neesvig’s

On Tuesday Fortune International announced the acquisition of Neesvig’s, a Windsor, Wisconsin-based seafood, meat processor and distributor. Neesvig’s also operates a Wauwatosa, Wisconsin-based retail store called Empire Fish, and state-of-the-art fulfillment operation located in DeForest, Wisconsin. 

Neesvig’s was founded in 1913, and has been owned by Jim and Margaret Meyer since 1988. Jim and Margaret Meyer later purchased Empire Fish in 1995. In 2017 Neesvig’s and Empire Fish combined their meat and seafood processing facilities into one location...

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Halibut Outlook Has Some Hopeful Signs for 2021

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Some hopeful signs for Pacific halibut.

The Pacific halibut fishery ended on November 15 and it’s estimated that Alaska’s longline fleet took  just under 15 million pounds out of a 17 million pound catch limit, or 93%.

Homer held on as the top port for landings, followed by Kodiak and Juneau.

Results from the annual stock survey have raised cautious hopes for a possible uptick in some fishing regions next year. Despite a cut back in some survey areas due to...

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Mowi Set to Join Norwegian Seafood Federation

Mowi announced it will join Sjømat Norge, the Norwegian Seafood Federation.

“I believe this will strengthen both Mowi and the industry as a whole. We have had good discussions with Sjømat Norge regarding the way forward for our industry, and I am confident that this is the right decision for Mowi,” says Mowi CEO, Ivan Vindheim.

The Federation also shared similar sentiments about Mowi joining the group.

Geir Ove Ystmark, CEO of Sjømat Norge, is pleased that Mowi is now a member of the association...

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Current Restaurant Restrictions and Capacity By State

Coronavirus cases in the United States are growing. On Friday the U.S. recorded over 99,000 new cases – the highest single day total recorded by any country. With concerns rising over the upward trend in cases, restaurants across the country are beginning to see a new wave of restrictions. We're breaking down the latest restaurant news by state...

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Top Meat, Poultry, Egg and Seafood Price Action Broken Down in the Latest Market Briefing 

Urner Barry is the leading provider of protein market news and information in the food industry. Through daily canvasses of the trade and an unrivaled historical database, our analysts are uniquely positioned to report on the underlying conditions and significant disruptors to the market. In this Market Briefing, Urner Barry reporters outline the latest action in the commodity protein markets, highlighting seasonal factors, disruptors, and current supply and demand fundamentals...

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NaturalShrimp Finalizes Joint Venture With Ecoponex Systems International

It’s official—on Tuesday NaturalShrimp announced that they have finalized a joint venture with Ecoponex Systems International. The joint venture, which was initially announced in mid-October, will allow NaturalShrimp to utilize and combine their growing technology with the Renewable Energy Efficient Farms (REEF) technology that is owned by Ecoponex.

“We have worked diligently towards the close of this groundbreaking relationship between NaturalShrimp and Ecoponex,” said NaturalShrimp CEO Gerald Easterling. “We believe our technology platform, coupled with Ecoponex’s revolutionary approach to sustainability, provides us a perfect platform for this partnership...

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LISTEN: Indoor Dining Updates; Salmon at Retail; Coronavirus on Shrimp Packaging and More

Join SeafoodNews Podcast co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they talk about indoor dining restrictions; salmon at retail; the latest on tilapia and coronavirus found on shrimp packaging in China.

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PFMC Adopts Salmon Measures to Help Southern Resident Killer Whales

The Pacific Fishery Management Council unanimously adopted new ocean salmon fishing regulations last week to help save critically endangered Southern Resident killer whales from extinction. While the birth of two calves this year was welcome news, Southern Residents face an uncertain future with only 74 individuals left and a diet almost entirely comprised of declining salmon populations, especially Chinook salmon, Oceana said in a press release.

Pacific salmon, primarily Chinook salmon, are 99 percent of the diet of Southern Resident killer ...

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USDA Eyeing Bids on Alaska Pollock, Salmon Products

The USDA is looking for offers to sell salmon and pollock products for use in the National School Lunch Program and other Federal Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs.

The Department is looking for just shy of 2 million pounds of Alaska pollock fillets and fish sticks. Acceptances will be announced by midnight, December 11, 2020 and deliveries will be made between March 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021.

Find the Alaska pollock solicitation here.

The USDA is also eyeing bids for 208,240 cases of canned pink salmon...

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JAPAN: September Frozen Scallop Exports to China, Taiwan and U.S. Decrease

According to Japan's Ministry of Finance's September trade statistics, seafood exports (seafood and its preparations and fishmeal) were down 2% year-on-year in volume and down 8% in value. Among the main items, frozen scallops were sluggish, while yellowtail fillets turned positive, reported Minato Shimbun.

Sales of frozen scallops to China, which is the mainstay, decreased by 31% to 3,918 tons. The amount decreased by 40% to 1,197 million yen ($11.46 million). For Taiwan, the quantity decreased by 37% to 180 tons, and the amount decreased by...

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