Mon. Aug 3 2020

Maine Certified Sustainable Lobster Association’s MSC Certification Suspended  


California, Oregon Fisheries Relief Funding May Soon be Available for Sectors Affected by COVID-19


NOAA Fisheries Closes Office in U.S. Embassy Tokyo After 33 years  


China’s Chief Epidemiologist Says Ventilation to Blame for Coronavirus Outbreaks at Seafood Markets   


Virus Surges in Alaska with More Than 300 New Cases in Two Days, Only One Related to Seafood


U.S. Responds After Hundreds of Chinese Vessels Found Illegally Fishing Near Galápagos Islands


Humpback Whale Disentangled off New York After Multi-day Effort


Bristol Seafood Names Brett Heidtke as COO


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, August 3


Fri. Jul 31 2020

NOAA Implements Nationwide Observer Waiver Criteria; Northeast Coverage to Begin August 14


ANALYSIS: Sockeye Salmon Buying Opportunities Below 3-Year, 5-Year Averages  


Public Hearing on F/V Scandies Rose Sinking Delayed Due to Pandemic


Senate Commerce Heard from Campbell, Cantwell, Others On Pebble, COVID, and Stock Surveys


FFAW Calls for Meeting With DFO After Release of Northern Cod Harvesting Plan  


OR and CA House Members Introduce Amendment to Stop Fast-Tracking Pebble Permit Process


Southern Shrimp Alliance: Interagency Seafood Trade Task Force Must Address Imports  


Russian Pollock Association Forecasts 10% Boost in Catch  


NOAA Releases Ten-Year Plan to Address Ocean Acidification


NL Fisheries Minister Announces $400K Marketing Fund for Seafood Following Impacts of COVID-19


Tyson Foods Launches New, Nationwide COVID Monitoring Strategy; Expands Health Staff  


Instacart, Costco Partner for Same-day Delivery Throughout Canada


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, July 31


Thu. Jul 30 2020

The Week That Was: Alaska’s Worst for COVID-19 and Cases Still Climbing This Week


ANALYSIS: Cod Market Unsettled    


How the HEALS Act Aims to Help Restaurants


Association of Seafood Producers: NL Shrimp Fishery Opening Despite Price Challenges  


Technomic Updates Their 2020 Foodservice Trend Predictions For Today's 'New Environment'


MOWI Japan's Fresh Salmon Promotion at 154 Heiwado Stores on Salmon Day, July 30  


New Food Aid Program Links Alaska Fishermen to Food-Insecure Families in Pacific NW


The Week That Was: Alaska’s Worst for COVID-19 and Cases Still Climbing This Week


Review Finds 99.5 Percent of Atlantic Menhaden Year Class Stay in Water to Serve Ecological Role  


Eastern Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Fishery in Japan Becomes First to Earn MSC Certification  


NFI Moves 2021 Global Seafood Market Conference to May


Fishing Bibs Recycled Into Bags; More Are Needed


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, July 30


Wed. Jul 29 2020

The Biggest Takeaways From NOAA’s 2019 Status of Stocks Report


Two More Da Yang Seafoods Workers Test Positive for COVID-19


Visitors to Alaska Now Need Negative COVID Test to Enter State


Why Atlantic Sapphire Had to Initiate An Emergency Harvest  


New Study Recommends Product Label For Cell-Based Seafood Products


Seafood Harvesters of America, Retail Federation Pleased by HEALS Act Provisions


IPHC Grants a Fourth Halibut Opener for Area 2A Commercial Fishery Next Week  


Renowned Regional Chefs Support #EatOregonSeafood Initiative


SCEMFIS: Federal Offshore Wind Report Paid Lack of Attention to Impacts on Fisheries


Japanese Supermarket Sales Improve for the Second Consecutive Month


JAPAN: Seven Men Arrested For Allegedly Trying to Bring Juvenile Eels Out of the Country  


California Culls 3.2 Million Trout Due to Bacterial Outbreak at Hatcheries


Australians Want Restaurants, Supermarkets to Remove Unsustainable Seafood Products


New Zealand King Salmon Co. Rolls Out Wood Roasted Retail Line in U.S.  


Russia May Face Significant Decline in Japanese Squid, Cod, and Pollock Catch Due to Poachers  


Coast Guard Rescues Pair After Fishing Vessel Sinks Off New Jersey Coast


USCG Rescues Fisherman from Sinking Vessel at Columbia River Entrance


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, July 29


Tue. Jul 28 2020

The Winding Glass: Despite Pandemic, Land Based Aquaculture Looks Like the Chicken Revolution    


Second Worker at Da Yang Seafoods Tests Positive for COVID-19


Naknek Workers, Held in Quarantine in LA, Reach $440K Settlement with North Pacific Seafoods


Nearly 90% of Alaska’s Expected 2020 Sockeye Harvest Met, Pink Landings to Peak in 2 Weeks


Example After Example Given of Glaring Technical Flaws in Pebble Mine Final EIS


Japanese Ministry Announces GO TO EAT Campaign


U.S. Receives Transfer of Yellowtail From Canada’s Quota Allocations; FFAW Upset With Decision  


Researcher to Map Commercial Fishing Activity to Reduce Fishing, Wind Industry Conflict


Call for Input on Relief Fund Payouts for GOA Cod, Chignik Salmon  


EPA Settles With Pacific Seafood Over Clean Water Act Violations in California


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, July 28


Canada’s Ocean Supercluster Announces $29 Million Ocean Aware Project


Captain D’s Adds Another Midwest Location in Illinois


China Fisheries & Seafood Expo October 2020 Show Canceled Due to Coronavirus


University of Hawaii Says Deep-sea Mining a Threat to Key Marine Ecosystems


New Paper Provides Scenarios for the Future of Aquaculture in Human Nutrition


JAPAN: Fisheries Agency’s Second Sales Promotion Assistance Offers Subsidies on Shipping Charges


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Maine Certified Sustainable Lobster Association’s MSC Certification Suspended 

The Maine Certified Sustainable Lobster Association’s (MCSLA) Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification has been suspended. 

Maine lobstermen have always prided themselves on their sustainability efforts, and have set rules and regulations to ensure the health of their resource. For example, harvesters adhere to strict minimum and maximum size limits to ensure not only that juvenile lobsters have a chance to mature and reproduce, but that large, healthy breeding stock are also protected. They also notch tails of female lobsters that have visible eggs, which identifies her as a good breeder and...

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California, Oregon Fisheries Relief Funding May Soon be Available for Sectors Affected by COVID-19

California coastal and marine fishery participants – including licensed commercial fishermen, fish buyers, aquaculture businesses, charter boat owners and guides – who have experienced a loss of income due to the effects of COVID-19 may be eligible for federal relief funding disbursed through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the agency said in a press release Friday.

Also on Friday, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced NOAA Fisheries approved the state's spend plan for funding.

The California...

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NOAA Fisheries Closes Office in U.S. Embassy Tokyo After 33 years

NOAA Fisheries closed the representative office in the U.S. Embassy Tokyo on July 31 after 33 years due to a sharp budget cut of Silver Spring, according to the leaving official's announcement in Tokyo.

NOAA Fisheries opened its office in 1987 in the Commercial Service of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo after establishing the U.S. EEZ and phasing out of international fleets. The mission of NOAA Tokyo was to develop the Japanese market for U.S. fishery products, such as Alaskan salmon and bottom fish. At that time Japan was...

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U.S. Responds After Hundreds of Chinese Vessels Found Illegally Fishing Near Galápagos Islands 

On Sunday Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo issued a statement in response to China’s 
“predatory” fishing practices near the Galápagos Islands.

Last week reports began to surface of nearly 260 Chinese fishing vessels that were “very close” to the exclusive economic zone around the Galápagos. In years past the Chinese fleet has been accused of overfishing and damaging Ecuador’s efforts to protect marine life in the waters surrounding the Galápagos. Despite a statement from the Chinese Embassy that their vessels are operating legally and “don’t represent...

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Humpback Whale Disentangled off New York After Multi-day Effort

NOAA Fisheries announced an entangled humpback whale off New York was successfully freed on July 30 after a four-day effort.

A distressed humpback whale was spotted in the Ambrose Channel of New York on July 27. Work began after the Coast Guard notified NOAA Fisheries of the whale and the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society (AMSEAS) started planning to confirm the animal’s location along with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and Center for Coastal Studies (CCS)...

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NOAA Implements Nationwide Observer Waiver Criteria; Northeast Coverage to Begin August 14

Through a leadership message from Assistant Administrator Chris Oliver, NOAA Fisheries announced nationwide observer and monitor coverage waiver criteria.

Oliver also announced that observer coverage in the Northeast will resume on August 14. Oliver also noted that existing coverage will remain in other regions.

“To improve transparency in our approach to observer deployment, we have established national-level criteria for vessels to be waived (released) from observer or at-sea monitor coverage. Going forward, observer or monitor coverage may be waived, for both full and partial-coverage fisheries..."

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Public Hearing on F/V Scandies Rose Sinking Delayed Due to Pandemic

A hearing scheduled for September 8-18, 2020 in Seattle has been postponed to “protect the health of the investigative team, the witnesses, and families, and to comply with federal and state travel restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

The hearing is part of the larger investigation into circumstances surround the sinking of the F/V Scandies Rose and the loss of five of its seven crewmembers on December 31, 2019 in the Gulf of Alaska.

“The public hearing is a critical part of the Marine ...

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FFAW Calls for Meeting With DFO After Release of Northern Cod Harvesting Plan

Just days before the northern cod fishing season off the northeast of Newfoundland and Labrador, the FFAW-Unifor is calling for a meeting with the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), Bernadette Jordan, claiming their input was ignored in the 2020 2J3KL harvesting plan for northern cod.

The start dates for Zone 2J, which will begin on August 2 and 3KL, to begin on August 9 were later than what was requested by harvesters. The FFAW argues this will take away time for quality and abundant fish...

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Russian Pollock Association Forecasts 10% Boost in Catch 

The Russian pollock catch this year may be by at least 10% higher the figures of 2019, mainly due to the planned increase of production in the Bering Sea.

Such forecasts have been recently made by the experts of the Russian Pollock Association in an interview with Russian media.

The increase of catch will be primarily due to favorable fishing conditions in the Bering Sea this year and the migration of pollock from US waters to the Navarino region of the Russian part of the Bering Sea...

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NOAA Releases Ten-Year Plan to Address Ocean Acidification

Last Wednesday NOAA unveiled its new ten-year research plan to help scientists, resource managers, and coastal communities address acidification of the open ocean, coastlines, and Great Lakes. 

Acidification is driven by increasing amounts of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) being absorbed by the ocean and inland lakes around the world. It has caused global-scale changes in ocean and freshwater chemistry that impact marine and freshwater wildlife and results in social and economic effects.

“Ocean acidification puts the United States’ $1 billion shellfish industry and hundreds of thousands of jobs ...

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China’s Chief Epidemiologist Says Ventilation to Blame for Coronavirus Outbreaks at Seafood Markets

Dr. Wu Zunyou, the Chief Epidemiologist for the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, is connecting the dots of the coronavirus outbreaks that the country has endured. According to Dr. Zunyou, the “great similarity” between the outbreaks in Beijing and Dalian is seafood processing and marketing. 

“When the coronavirus cases occurred at Beijing’s Xinfadi wholesale market, we thought of Wuhan’s Huanan seafood market, where the coronavirus cases were also related to the seafood sales area,” Dr.  Zunyou explained. “All of these similarities suggest that...

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Virus Surges in Alaska with More Than 300 New Cases in Two Days, Only One Related to Seafood

Case counts as of midnight Saturday show 160 new resident cases on Friday, 157 new on Saturday, and according to the Anchorage Daily News report of state data today, another 159 as of noon yesterday. Of those, 32 were non-resident, and of those 32, only 1 was seafood related. 

Alaska’s cumulative total of COVID-19 cases will likely break the 3,000 case mark when new numbers come in today at noon. 

Seafood-related cases, now numbering 417 of 704 non-resident ...

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Bristol Seafood Names Brett Heidtke as COO

Bristol Seafood announced the promotion of Brett Heidtke to Chief Operating Officer (COO). In his new role, Heidtke will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company, overseeing safety, quality, production, logistics and maintenance.

“Brett exudes our core values of honesty, getting stuff done right, humility, ownership mentality, being adaptive and curious, and making fact-based decisions.” noted Peter Handy, President & CEO at Bristol, “He is an important part of our recent successes and the future of our business.”

Heidtke brings to his new role 21 years of experience...

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ANALYSIS: Sockeye Salmon Buying Opportunities Below 3-Year, 5-Year Averages

2020 has been a year of unknowns, from new buying habits and new ways customers are shopping for food, to the growth of delivery and take-out. The entire food industry has been upended.  

When looking specifically at seafood, sockeye salmon is just one of the many species that has been hit hard by the coronavirus.

Sockeye buying opportunities at retail have trended below both the 3-year and 5-year averages throughout all of 2020. Price at the retail level, in concert, has remained above the 3 and 5-year averages with one exception being in mid-June...

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Senate Commerce Heard from Campbell, Cantwell, Others On Pebble, COVID, and Stock Surveys 

A Senate Hearing to “Examine Building a Stronger and More Resilient Seafood Sector” brought members of three regional councils and leadership at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) together to describe the critical challenges before the sector this year.

“I’m reminded of what the late Commerce Secretary Ron Brown said,” began ranking member Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), in her opening remarks.

“The late Secretary Brown told us here, perhaps in this same room, ‘I’m the Secretary of Commerce, and all the issues that Commerce oversees ...

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OR and CA House Members Introduce Amendment to Stop Fast-Tracking Pebble Permit Process

Led by California and Oregon members of the House of Representatives, an amendment to stop a rushed process to approve the Pebble mine proposal, was included in an appropriations bill yesterday. 

Bristol Bay Tribes, who for years have opposed the mine at the headwaters of their homeland, celebrated the news.

“The House of Representatives took action today to stop the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) from issuing a permit for the proposed Pebble Mine in response to the highly scrutinized environmental review and politically-motivated...

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Southern Shrimp Alliance: Interagency Seafood Trade Task Force Must Address Imports

Organizations around the country are taking advantage of suggesting ways the Interagency Seafood Trade Task Force can help the domestic seafood industry.

For the Southern Shrimp Alliance, that means a strong strategy to address imports, specifically shrimp imports.

NOAA Fisheries reports the U.S. had a $16.8 billion trade deficit in edible seafood in 2018, the Alliance said in a press release. This trade deficit has grown significantly over the last decade: since 2010, the value of seafood imports increased ...

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