Mon. Jun 24 2024

UK Consumers File Class Action Lawsuit Against 6 Salmon Producers  


ANALYSIS: Wild Salmon Week in Review: Week 25, June 16-22  


AI Golden King Crab Catch Limits Nearly Same as Last Year East of 174° W, Big Cut West of 174° W


Escapements Reported In Norway At Sites Operated By Mowi and Cermaq  


Commerce Approves More Than $12M for Alaska, Washington Salmon Disasters in 2021-2022  


Equitable Fishing Access, Sustainable Practices to be Addressed at WPRFMC Meeting  


FDA Issues Warning About IQF Oysters From Republic of Korea  


Tsukiji Kanisho Snaps Up All 50 Tons Of Snow Crab At The Second Russian Opilio Auction In Busan  


Florida Man Pleads Guilty To Evading Taxes While Working As Commercial Fisherman in New Bedford


Seafoodnews.com Summary Monday, June 24


Fri. Jun 21 2024

Industry Responds To Plan to Ban Open Net-Pen Salmon Farms In B.C. in 5 Years  


Industry To Peltola: “We Urge You To Withdraw Your Bill”


Barents Sea Cod Quota Trend Continues For Fourth Year  


BOEM Offshore Wind Steamroller Grinds its Way to Gulf of Maine with Draft EA


Espersen CEO Klaus Nielsen Retiring After 25 Years; Former Orkla Exec Appointed as New CEO


Hokkaido Herring Landings Hit 7000 Tons From January to May  


Seafoodnews.com Summary Friday, June 21


Thu. Jun 20 2024

5 Things To Know About The Canadian Government’s Transition From Open Net-Pen Salmon Farming in B.C.  


ANALYSIS: The Squid Market Faces Supply Fluctuations and Increasing Freight Costs  


Copper River Sockeye Catch Grows, Kenai TAC Announced, and Port Moller Numbers Are In


New Columbia River Task Force Formed, Nik Blosser Tapped as Executive Director


Norwegian Food Safety Authority Confirms ISA At Lerøy, Salmar, Masoval and Mowi


G7 Leaders Express Concerns Over Russian Fish and Seafood Products


Japan: Crab Sticks Processed with Sustainable Alaskan Surimi Go on Sale at 16,300 FamilyMart Stores  


Russia Plans to Modernize its Fish Production and Processing Capacities by Almost 80% by 2028-2029


Seafoodnews.com Summary Thursday, June 20


Tue. Jun 18 2024

ANALYSIS: 2024 Pacific Halibut Season Update  


Pacific Seafood Fined $222,000 By Washington Department of Ecology


SeafoodNews Closed on Wednesday, June 19


Holland America Line’s McKinley Chalet Resort in Alaska Receives MSC Certificate


Seafoodnews.com Summary Tuesday, June 18


Mon. Jun 17 2024

PODCAST: Silver Bay To Acquire Another Trident Facility; Red Lobster Brings Back Crabfest and More


ANALYSIS: Snow Crab Retail Features Lag Last Year 7.7 Percent  


ANALYSIS: Increasing Freight Drives Pressure on Value Finfish  


Norway Revokes All Snow Crab Permits In Effort To Ensure Better Profitability In Fishery  


Japan: April Surimi Product Output Increases After Four Months  


Nation’s Largest Icebreaker Healy Enroute to Alaska for Three Arctic Research Missions


ButcherBox’s Second Annual Grill Index Reveals Lack of Confidence When It Comes To Grilling Seafood  


CDFW, Cal Maritime Release Samon in Hopes of Rebuilding Populations  


Seafoodnews.com Summary Monday, June 17


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UK Consumers File Class Action Lawsuit Against 6 Salmon Producers

Norwegian salmon producers are facing yet another lawsuit related to price-fixing allegations. In the latest lawsuit, filed by Waterside Class Action, six salmon producers —Mowi and its subsidiary Mowi Holdings, SalMar, Lerøy, Scottish Sea Farms and Grieg — are being accused of participating in “coordinated transactions” and “unlawfully exchanging information” in an effort to drive up the prices of farmed Atlantic salmon. 

According to the lawsuit, the price-fixing occurred up until May 31, 2019, “shortly after the European Commission raided the offices of various...

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ANALYSIS: Wild Salmon Week in Review: Week 25, June 16-22

Sockeye prices continued to decline last week as landings increased in several regions, including Prince William Sound, Alaska Peninsula, Bristol Bay, and Barclay Sound in Canada. With more product landing, supplies are becoming more available, leading to downward pricing pressure. Some industry observers note that prices have dipped somewhat earlier than usual. Typically, prices drop when Bristol Bay's harvest peaks, but despite fishing having commenced, substantial landings have not truly begun. There are some indications of a weakening sales volume demand; for instance, market participants report...

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AI Golden King Crab Catch Limits Nearly Same as Last Year East of 174° W, Big Cut West of 174° W

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the NOAA Fisheries co-manage Aleutian Island golden king crab, with two fishing areas separated by the 174° W longitude line. East of that line, fishing will be about the same as last year, with catch limits for IFQ holders at 3.384 million pounds (compared to last year’s limit of 3.348 mlbs) and 376,000 lbs. for Community Development Quota (CDQ) groups. Last year’s limit for CDQs was...

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Commerce Approves More Than $12M for Alaska, Washington Salmon Disasters in 2021-2022

Last Friday U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced that $12.2 million will be allocated to Alaska’s 2022 Kuskokwim River salmon fishery2021 and 2022 Upper Cook Inlet East Side Setnet salmon fishery, and the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe’s 2021 Puget Sound fall chum and coho salmon fisheries.

In the past twelve months, Commerce has approved as many fisheries disaster just in the west coast states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California. The fishery disasters, most of them salmon and of those many...

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FDA Issues Warning About IQF Oysters From Republic of Korea

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an advisory late last week, warning restaurants and retailers in California and Hawaii not to sell certain individually quick frozen (IQF) oysters from the Republic of Korea. The oysters, which are a product of Central Fisheries Co., may potentially be contaminated with norovirus.

Norovirus can cause diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain. On June 13 the Hawaii Department of Health alerted the FDA to an outbreak of norovirus illnesses associated with the consumption of certain IQF oysters from...

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Florida Man Pleads Guilty To Evading Taxes While Working As Commercial Fisherman in New Bedford

A man from New Port Richey, Florida, has pleaded guilty to evading more than $400,000 in taxes while working as a commercial fisherman and deckhand for fishing companies operating out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. 

Christopher Garraty was part of a 2023 roundup of New England fishermen who were charged with tax evasion and failing to file tax returns. Garraty, one of the seven men indicted, and then listed as living in Newport and East Greenwich, Rhode Island, was charged with...

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Industry To Peltola: “We Urge You To Withdraw Your Bill”

Over 30 industry associations and companies have sent a letter to Congresswoman Mary Sattler Peltola to express their concerns regarding H.R. 8507, a bill sponsored by the Alaska Rep. to “provide for the designation of areas within which fishing activities carried out using bottom trawls may be carried out.”

The seafood industry has been very vocal about its issues with the bill since Peltola introduced it in late May. But the letter sent this Thursday makes another plea for her to withdraw the legislation, with the argument that...

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BOEM Offshore Wind Steamroller Grinds its Way to Gulf of Maine with Draft EA

Another part of the coast, another draft environmental assessment from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management regarding offshore wind. This time, in the Gulf of Maine.

BOEM announced Thursday it has published a draft EA for the Gulf of Maine wind energy areas, saying eventual buildout of the area could reach 15 gigawatts of energy capacity by 2035.

As per BOEM's process, the draft EA analyzes the potential issuance of commercial wind energy leases and not the full development at this stage. BOEM will issue a draft environmental impact statement when developers produce a construction ...

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Hokkaido Herring Landings Hit 7000 Tons From January to May 

The Fisheries and Forestry Department of Hokkaido recently compiled a preliminary figure for herring fishing along the Sea of Japan coast of Hokkaido from January to May. According to the Minato Shimbun report, the total catch from Soya to Shiribeshi was 6,939 tons, a 40% increase from last year and a new record high in recent years.

This year's catch exceeds the 5,599 tons landed in 2022, and is the highest since 1996 when a project to increase the resource by releasing seedlings began. It was a...

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ANALYSIS: The Squid Market Faces Supply Fluctuations and Increasing Freight Costs

The squid market is currently navigating a complex landscape, with conditions varying significantly based on species and origin.

In the U.S., the supply of Chinese Loligo squid is ample, outpacing the moderate to quiet demand trends currently reported within the wholesale market. Because of this lackluster demand, prices for Chinese Loligo have decreased this year despite an 8% retreat in year-to-date imports compared to last year. Currently, the average price for 5-8 inch tubes and tentacles (T&T) is...

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Escapements Reported In Norway At Sites Operated By Mowi and Cermaq

Norway’s Directorate of Fisheries has confirmed two recent escapements from salmon farms; one in the Alta municipality and the other in the Frøya municipality.

Cermaq Norway Salmon AS reported an escapement incident on Friday, June 21. The company informed the Directorate of Fisheries that “major damage” was discovered in the groove of one of its cages at its Kråkevik site, located at the far end of the Altafjord. The damage resulted in the escape of farmed salmon with an average weight of 1.2 kg. 

“The company has...

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Equitable Fishing Access, Sustainable Practices to be Addressed at WPRFMC Meeting

The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council is tackling equitable access and fair treatment of fishing communities head on this week when it meets in Honolulu.

Council continues to document the unfair burden of conservation of the EEZ on Pacific Island communities in letters, but the Biden administration continues to support placing new layers of management and limits on fishing access, including subsistenc fishing, to these communities.

As the U.S. exclusive economic zone available to fishing continues to shrink due to federal regulations, foreign fishing...

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Tsukiji Kanisho Snaps Up All 50 Tons Of Snow Crab At The Second Russian Opilio Auction In Busan

The second Russian frozen Opilio snow crab auction in fiscal 2024 was held in Busan, South Korea, on June 14. According to several trading companies, 50 tons of air-blast frozen cooked sections (single price for L-4L sizes) were up for bid. Tsukiji Kanisho of Tokyo won the entire quantity for $22.50/kg, 60-70% higher than the price at the end of the same month last year, Minato Shimbun reported.

According to several trading companies, the...

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Industry Responds To Plan to Ban Open Net-Pen Salmon Farms In B.C. in 5 Years

Industry members are beginning to speak out regarding the Canadian government’s decision to transition from open net-pen salmon farms in British Columbia in five years. 

After days of speculation, Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, confirmed on Wednesday that open net-pen salmon aquaculture will officially be banned in B.C. coastal waters by June 30, 2029. B.C. aquaculture licenses will only be considered for marine or land-based closed-containment systems after...

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Barents Sea Cod Quota Trend Continues For Fourth Year

The Barents Sea cod quota trend continued for a fourth year in a row, with the Joint Norwegian-Russian Fisheries Commission announcing its advice to reduce the quota by 31% in 2025.

“The Northeast Arctic (NEA) cod stock is continuing to decline following a period of moderate to poor recruitment,” the Joint Russian Norwegian Arctic Fisheries Working Group Report for 2024 reads. “Following the agreed Harvest Control Rule (HCR), the advice for 2025 is that catches should be no more than 311,587 tonnes.”

Norway and Russia have jointly managed the...

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Espersen CEO Klaus Nielsen Retiring After 25 Years; Former Orkla Exec Appointed as New CEO 

Klaus Nielsen, who has served as CEO of Denmark seafood processor Espersen for the past 25 years, has confirmed that he will be retiring at the end of the year. The company announced this week that they have already appointed Nielsen’s replacement as CEO — former Orkla executive Tino Bendix.

Nielsen has been with Espersen for an impressive 37 years. And he’ll be helping the company with the transition of leadership even after he officially steps down as CEO on August 5. Nielsen will work...

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5 Things To Know About The Canadian Government’s Transition From Open Net-Pen Salmon Farming in B.C.

Reports started circulating early this week that the Canadian government was set to announce that the aquaculture industry in British Columbia had five years to transition from open-net salmon farms. And on Wednesday Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, confirmed it. Open net-pen salmon aquaculture will officially be banned in B.C. coastal waters by June 30, 2029.

“The government is firmly committed to taking concrete steps to protect wild Pacific salmon,” said Minister Lebouthillier...

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