Fri. Dec 13 2019

Ocean Beauty Sells Shuttered Seafood Cannery in Petersburg


Marine Eco-Label Japan Scheme Recognized by GSSI


Russian Fishermen Call for Additional Subsidies to Cover Ever-Growing Energy Costs


VIDEO: Gulf of Alaska Cod Fishery Closed for 2020; Dungeness Crab Season to Open; and More


Team Working to Remove Fishing Vessel That Ran Aground Off North Carolina


Seafood Veteran Ron Harrison Passes Away After Battle With ALS


FoodHero App Tries to Solve Food Waste Problem


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, December 13


New European Rules for Safer Food Start Today


Thu. Dec 12 2019

Ravn Air Delays Unalaska Community Meeting to Prepare for BSAI ‘A’ Season Travel Needs


Shrimp Import Antidumping Duties Increase Over FY2018  


Dillingham Wants Input From Fishermen on New Harbor Plans


Impact of Tariffs Named One of the Top 10 Food News Stories of 2019


ADFG Introduces Rockfish Playing Cards as Education Tools  


Former Bumble Bee VP Victor Phan Joins Garden Fresh Restaurants' Executive Team


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, December 12


Wed. Dec 11 2019

Whale Entanglement Risk Low in Central California; Dungeness Season to Open Dec. 15  


Alaska Seafood Industry Snapshot


Tri Marine Group Names Juan Corrales As New CEO; Renato Curto Stepping Down After 35 Years


Farmed Sockeye Salmon Landed in Nemuro, Hokkaido  


World’s First Sustainable Sea Cucumber Fishery is MSC Certified in Western Australia


Seafood Nutrition Partnership Board Welcomes 2 New Members; Jim Motos Appointed Vice Chair of Board


Maine Scallop Fishery Enters Emergency Closure in Moosabec Reach  


Ecuador Introducing Satellites to Combat IUU Fishing  


Seaspan Shipyards Delivers Second Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel to Canadian Coast Guard


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, December 11


Tue. Dec 10 2019

The Winding Glass: Lack of Cod Killing Alaskan Communities, as State and Council Punt on any Relief  


Imported Seafood Flooding China's Expanding Market Ahead of Chinese New Year  


Sunken Fishing Vessel Found 140 Feet Below Surface off Martha’s Vineyard


Protesters Gather in Dublin to End Overfishing in Ireland


Scottish Sea Farms’ £55m Hatchery Sends First Smolts to Sea Pens  


Norway Royal Salmon's Largest Stakeholder Will Change  


Alaska's Halibut, Sablefish, Crab Values for Cost Recovery  


Sea Shepherd Launching Web Series to Document Efforts to Save Endangered Vaquita


Coast Guard Rescues Four Fishermen in Browns Inlet, North Carolina


Captain D's Opens 19th Ohio Restaurant In Chillicothe


NFI Hosting Seafood Science and Regulatory Forum Following GSMC


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, December 10


Mon. Dec 9 2019

GAO: FDA Needs to Improve Oversight of Import Alert Removal Decisions


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, December 9


Deep Water Crab Market Steady as Snow Crab Demand Grows  


Another Strong Year Forecasted for Togiak Herring in 2020


Gulf of Maine Research Institute to Receive Over $612,000 to Boost Market Value of Finfish  


Drop in Cod Stocks Closes Gulf of Alaska Cod Fishery for 2020


Thai Union Receives Outstanding Innovation Honor at Thailand Corporate Excellence Awards


West Coast Crab Managers Delay Primary Dungeness Season Again  


Governor Cuomo Requests Federal Fishery Disaster for New York Bay Scallop Fishery  


Seven Seas Fish Company, Owner Sentenced for Illegal Importation of Fish


Russia Expects Significant Seafood Export Growth This Year  


ANALYSIS: Relief in Sight for Live Lobster?  


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Ocean Beauty Sells Shuttered Seafood Cannery in Petersburg

Ocean Beauty’s 66,000 square foot seafood processing plant has been sold to an undisclosed buyer, the company's Chief Financial Officer Tony Ross told KSFK’s Joe Viechnicki yesterday.

The plant, which operated last as a canning operation in 2016 and closed permanently last year, was on the market for just over a year. The asking price for the processing plant and the bunkhouse, which housed the plant’s  work force of 200 people, was initailly $3,390,000. That was reduced this fall to $2,495,000 for both.

The bunkhouse was not sold as part...

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Marine Eco-Label Japan Scheme Recognized by GSSI 

The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) confirmed on Thursday that they recognize the Marine Eco-Label Japan (MEL) V2 scheme for Aquaculture and Fisheries. This means that both the Aquaculture Management Standard, as well as the Fisheries Management Standard, are both in alignment with all applicable Essential Components of the GSSI Global Benchmark Tool.

"This recognition demonstrates how the Global Benchmark Tool supports schemes and promotes improvement, and will continue to do so through our Monitoring of Continued Alignment (MOCA) process which will...

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Russian Fishermen Call for Additional Subsidies to Cover Ever-Growing Energy Costs

Leading Russian fisherman have called on the government to provide additional subsidies to cover their ever growing costs for electricity and other energy resources, according to recent statements from producers and some Russian media reports.

Since 2016-2017, prices for energy for Russian fishermen have substantially increased, some to the extent of posing a threat of bankruptcies to many small- and medium-sized local fish producers.

So far, the Union of Fishing Collective Farms, a public association that unites some Russian fish producers, has already...

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Team Working to Remove Fishing Vessel That Ran Aground Off North Carolina 

Earlier this week the F/V Sea Angels, an 88-foot fishing vessel in Browns Inlet, North Carolina, ran aground. Now, a Unified Command – made up of the U.S. Coast Guard, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, the State of North Carolina, Onslow County Emergency Management, and the owner of the vessel – has been established to oversee the safe removal of the Sea Angels.

Crewmembers aboard the F/V Sea Angels sent a distress call at 8:12 a.m. on Monday, December 9 after the...

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FoodHero App Tries to Solve Food Waste Problem

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), over 40% of food produced is never consumed. Fortunately, one start-up company has a plan to change that.

FoodHero is an app founded by entrepreneur Jonathan Defoy to connect food merchants to consumers to sell surplus fresh food, like vegetables, dairy, and even meat and seafood. The app lets users shop for a wide variety of unsold products that are fresh and "perfectly good to eat," but that may be nearing their expiration date, or are not "pretty" enough for shelves...

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Shrimp Import Antidumping Duties Increase Over FY2018

The Gulf of Mexico and Southeast shrimp industry will see a slight increase in an annual distribution of antidumping duties collected in 2019.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently published information regarding the annual distribution under the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act for fiscal year 2019. In total, CBP reports that $135,836.19 in antidumping duties collected on shrimp imports was made available for distribution this year. It's a slight increase from the $126,136.22 in antidumping duties collected FY2018 that ...

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Impact of Tariffs Named One of the Top 10 Food News Stories of 2019

With the new year quickly approaching, consumer marketing communications firm HUNTER is taking a look back at the top food news stories of 2019. And according to the company, "The Impact of Tariffs on Food Items" is ranked as the sixth top food news story for the year.

"In 2019, escalated trade war disputes drove the Trump administration to impose retaliatory tariffs on a range of goods imported from both China and the European Union, including food and beverage staples," the report from HUNTER reads...

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Former Bumble Bee VP Victor Phan Joins Garden Fresh Restaurants' Executive Team

Victor Phan, the former Vice President of Supply Chain Operations for Bumble Bee Foods, will be taking his talents to Garden Fresh Restaurants. The restaurant group, which is the parent of the Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes brands has named Phan their first Vice President of Supply Chain Operations and Development.

"Victor's immense expertise in large-scale supply chain management will be vital to the stewardship of our strategic initiatives and coordinating our existing leadership across key supply chain support functions such as procurement, distribution, food safety and...

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Alaska Seafood Industry Snapshot

Alaska’s seafood industry is driven by over 9,000 fishing vessels including about 100 large catcher processors and 100 large shoreside plants.

Alaska is home to six of the nation’s top ten ports by value and the industry generates more than $150 million in public revenue annually.  Seafood accounts for the largest manufacturing sector in the state.

That’s according to an end of year industry update compiled by the McDowell Group. Other findings:

Alaska’s seafood industry puts 58,700 people to work and generate $2.1 billion in wages and $5.6 billion in economic output...

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Tri Marine Group Names Juan Corrales as New CEO; Renato Curto Stepping Down After 35 Years

Juan Corrales, a veteran in global tuna marketing, was named head of Tri Marine Group, a global leader in fishing, processing and distributing high-quality tuna products. Corrales will take over as Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2020. He succeeds Renato Curto who is stepping down after 35 years as CEO. 

Corrales is from Bermeo, Spain where his family founded the Garavilla Group in 1887. Garavilla owns several fishing, canning and branding operations worldwide and, like Tri Marine, is part of the...

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VIDEO: Gulf of Alaska Cod Fishery Closed for 2020; Dungeness Crab Season to Open; and More

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video co-hosts Lorin Castiglione and Amanda Buckle as they talk about the latest news surrounding the Alaska cod fishery; the sentencing of Seven Seas Fish Co.; and the opening of the Dungeness crab season in California.

This episode was brought to you by COMTELL, which will be receiving a complete redesign in 2020. Subscribers who utilize COMTELL to track market quotations, analyze trends and stay on top of key industry news will see a host of new features...

 

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Seafood Veteran Ron Harrison Passes Away After Battle With ALS

Seafood industry veteran Ron Harrison passed away on Monday, December 9 after battling ALS. He was 70 years old.

Ron had a lengthy career in the seafood industry, holding the title of President at Florida Fish Distributors until joining the Sysco Foods team as a seafood specialist in 1998. In April 2014 he joined Central Seafood in Orlando as their Director of Intercompany Sales, which required him to coordinate fresh and frozen seafood sales between Central Seafood and the five Sysco houses in Florida...

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Ravn Air Delays Unalaska Community Meeting to Prepare for BSAI ‘A’ Season Travel Needs

The city of Unalaska has announced that Ravn Air “decided not to host a Community Meeting in Unalaska or participate in further public forums due to “recent comments made in the news and newspapers about our accident and air service to Unalaska.”

After a fatal PenAir’s Saab 2000 crash at Unalaska in October and a week of no air service to the remote community and nearby Dutch Harbor, parent company Ravn Air began flying DHC 8-100s in on a regular schedule...

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Dillingham Wants Input From Fishermen on New Harbor Plans

City planners in Dillingham are hoping fishermen who don’t live in the area but fish Bristol Bay every summer will read the plan for Dillingham’s waterfront property at the harbor and send their comments to the city.

The McDowell Group, along with PND Engineers, put together the Draft Dillingham Waterfront Strategic Plan and encourage all stakeholders to review it.

On Monday, McDowell and PND presented data the companies had gathered during their first visit to Dillingham last July, reported KDLG’s Tyler Thompson yesterday...

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ADFG Introduces Rockfish Playing Cards as Education Tools

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch –

Learning about rockfish is literally getting into people’s hands in the form of playing cards.

“We came to the conclusion that a lot of people like playing cards, when you go on boats or travel, there’s typically a deck of cards on board to keep people busy. It’s really a way to bridge the gap between sport and commercial fishing regulations.” 

Andrew Olson is the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game groundfish and shellfish coordinator for the Southeast region...

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Whale Entanglement Risk Low in Central California; Dungeness Season to Open Dec. 15

At least some Dungeness crab will be available for the Christmas and New Year's holidays in California this year. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Wednesday the Central California season will proceed as planned in mid-December.

CDFW Director Charlton Bonham on Nov. 22 announced a delay to Dec. 15 for the area south of the Mendocino/Sonoma county line, including San Francisco, citing an independent aerial survey showing humpback whales in the area. The decision was made despite a California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear...

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Farmed Sockeye Salmon Landed in Nemuro, Hokkaido

Experimental farming of sockeye salmon in seawater began for the first time in this fiscal year. It is in response to the salmon driftnet ban instituted in the Russian EEZ in 2016, which restricted the activities of the Japanese salmon fleet in the high seas of Russia. The municipal government of Nemuro and four fishery coops in the city formed the Nemuro Sockeye Salmon Farming Conference, which managed the experimental farm with a circular cage in three-meter diameter and three-meter depth in the port of Nemuro. In July, the farm...

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