Tue. Aug 20 2019

Carlos 'The Codfather' Rafael's Lawyer Speaks Out After NOAA Settles Case


Alaska Salmon Landings Now at More Than 155 Million Fish, 73% of Pre-Season Forecast  


Plastic Straw Alternatives: How One Company Is Helping Protect Marine Life


Coast Guard Patrols North Pacific to Protect International Fisheries


Center for Biological Diversity Sues Trump Administration Again After 3 Orca Deaths  


Bristol Bay Business Boot Camp


Coast Guard Medevacs Man From Vessel Near Uganik Bay, Alaska


Tough Salmon Market Conditions in Chile Affect Peruvian Alicorp's Aqua Feed Revenue in Q2  


Captain D’s Opens First Location in South Florida


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, August 20


Mon. Aug 19 2019

NOAA Settles Case Against Carlos "The Codfather" Rafael: $3 Million Fine, Cease Commercial Fishing


LISTEN: Captain Neill's Owner Guilty; USTR's Chinese Tariff Lists; Expanded Seafood Market Coverage


Vietnam Sees Global Opportunity in Breaded Shrimp Industry  


Hainan Province Builds on Tilapia Exports While Also Developing Domestic Market  


Once Entangled Right Whale Spotted Gear-free, 180 More Whales Found Swimming Free


Long John Silver’s Celebrates 50 Year Anniversary


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, August 19


Fri. Aug 16 2019

From Harvest to Home: Fresh Bristol Bay Sockeye Lifts Sales at Five Retailers Nationwide  


Celebrating Pike Place Market's 112th Anniversary: Visiting Seattle's Famous Market is a No Brainer


ANALYSIS: YTD Frog Leg Imports Tracking Ahead of LY  


Russia Faces a Shortage of Saury, Mackerel and Sardines Again This Year  


ANALYSIS: Crab Meat Imports Drop in June, Uncertainty Grows with China Harvest on Horizon  


VIDEO: Chinese Tariff Lists; Salmon Catch Update; Tuna Analysis; and Captain Neill’s Owner Guilty  


Eating Farmed Fish Does not ‘Save the Wild’


Hilborn: Washington Salmon Runs Will not be Restored With More Hatcheries    


Coast Guard Boat Crew Rescues Man on Fishing Boat in North Carolina


DFO Launches Investigation of Illegal Dumping of 1,500 lbs. of Crab in Maple Ridge, B.C.  


Coast Guard Medevacs 60-Year-Old Vessel Master Near Knowles Head, Alaska


Fisheries Survival Fund Supports Department Of Interior Commitment To Scientific Review Of Wind Farm


NOAA Report: Approximately 85% Of West Coast Estuary Habitat Lost  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, August 16


Thu. Aug 15 2019

Captain Neill's Seafood Owner Pleads Guilty to Selling Falsely Labeled Crabmeat  


China’s Shrimp Imports Expected To Rise And So Are The Prices  


ANALYSIS: Frozen Tuna Imports Fall in June  


Red Snapper Management Change from Feds to Gulf States is Now in Public Comment Phase


Alaska Salmon Update, Mid-August  


Tesco Updating Farmed Salmon Standards; Supporting Suppliers As They Switch to Algal Oil  


Canada Announces Creation of Atlantic Seal Task Team


Former 'Deadliest Catch' Star Sentenced to 18 Months For DUI, Drug Possession


Walmart Canada, Instacart Grocery Delivery Goes Nationwide


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, August 15


Wed. Aug 14 2019

Salmon and Cod Dropped from USTR’s New List for Additional 10% Tariff on Imports from China


Pink and Sockeye Salmon Landings Make Up Most of Alaska Catches To Date


Under New Quota Auction Plan, Russian Crab Industry Consolidation, Monopolization Will Increase  


Urner Barry Expands Seafood Market Coverage with Frog Legs, Chilean Mussels and Crawfish  


Red Lobster CEO Kim Lopdrup Talks China Expansion


NFI Releases "Proper Perspective" On Latest Mercury Study About Cod and Tuna  


Coast Guard Medevacs Man From C/P Island Enterprise in Bering Sea


RODA Statement Regarding Vineyard Wind Federal Review Process


MLMC Releases New Detailed Fact Sheets on Frozen Cooked, Live Products  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, August 14


Fish Board Deadline Nears for Agenda Changes


Coast Guard, NOAA Encourage Alaskan Fishermen to Know Before They Go


Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Fund Projects to Boost Production in Seafood Sector


UMITRON Announces Fish Appetite Index, Ocean-based Fish Appetite Detection System


In Nova Scotia, a Thriving Lobster Industry Buoys Boat Builders  


Canada's Cooke Aquaculture to Build Several Land-Based Smolt Facilities


Tue. Aug 13 2019

SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, August 13


U.S. Survey Ship Moves North To Bering Straits As China Begins 10th Arctic Expedition


FISH-NL Seeks to Become Union Representing Province's Inshore Harvesters


Kroger Releases 2019 Sustainability Progress Report, Goals for 2020


U.K.’s Youngs Now Part of Multi-Protein Karro Food Group, Owned by CapVest


As Vietnam’s Basa Prices Rebound, Chinese Companies Try to Expand Their Industry There  


Red Lobster Winds Down Summer with New Crabfest Deals


Sysco Announces Acquisition of J. Kings Food Service Professionals


NaturalShrimp Enters Agreement With Hydrenesis to Expand Into Growing Other Aquatic Species  


StarKist Honors Korean War Veterans of Western Pennsylvania


Outside Buyers Allowed in Cod Market as Fishermen Protest in St. John's, Old Perlican  


AK Chamber Positions at Odds with Coastal Members


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Carlos 'The Codfather' Rafael's Lawyer Speaks Out After NOAA Settles Case

John Markey, a lawyer for Carlos "The Codfather" Rafael, is speaking out after NOAA announced that they had settled their pending civil administrative claims against the New Bedford fishing mogul.

As SeafoodNews reported on Monday, as part of the settlement, Rafael will be required to pay over $3 million in fines, as well as cease commercial fishing. Markey told The Boston Globe that "both sides had to compromise to reach the agreement."

"The big sacrifice for Carlos is that he's being asked to no longer participate in the...

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Alaska Salmon Landings Now at More Than 155 Million Fish, 73% of Pre-Season Forecast

Total salmon landings in Alaska have reached more than 155.8 million through August 18th. Pink salmon landings from Prince William Sound and Kodiak were mostly responsible for the uptick of 30 million salmon in one week, the largest weekly harvest of the 2019 statewide season. Pink landings are now at 87.2 million salmon.

Sockeye salmon is still being produced around the state. Last week’s harvest of 500,000 sockeye brings the 2019 total to more than 54.5 million fish. The five-year average indicates statewide production...

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Plastic Straw Alternatives: How One Company Is Helping Protect Marine Life

It's getting harder and harder to find a plastic straw when dining out. Plastic straws are being banned in some cities, while other companies have vowed to stop offering them – and for good reason. A reported 500 million straws are used daily, and according to a study published in Science Magazine, between 4.8 and 12.7 million tons of plastic ends up in the ocean every year. Straws and other plastics that end up in our oceans are not only polluting the water, but killing marine life...

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Center for Biological Diversity Sues Trump Administration Again After 3 Orca Deaths

The Center for Biological Diversity and Orca Relief Citizens' Alliance sued NMFS this week for "ignoring a legal petition to protect critically endangered Southern Resident killer whales in the heart of their Salish Sea habitat," the groups said in press release.

The groups' filing says NMFS did not respond to a 2016 petition to limit vessel traffic in the whales' prime feeding grounds in the Salish Sea and to create a whale protection zone from April through September to protect the SRKW members from noise...

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Coast Guard Medevacs Man From Vessel Near Uganik Bay, Alaska

A 56-year-old man was medevacked from fishing vessel Caiti Jo by the Coast Guard near Uganik Bay Alaska on August 17.

A notification was received by Watchstanders at Sector Anchorage command center at 4:42 p.m. The notification stated that the crewman was suffering from stroke-related symptoms. After the Coast Guard duty flight surgeon was consulted, a medevac was recommended, and the crew got to work.

An aircrew from Air Station Kodiak operated an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and hoisted the crewman from the vessel...

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Captain D’s Opens First Location in South Florida

Captain D’s will land in South Florida for the first time in the company’s history. The fast casual seafood chain announced the opening of its newest location in Belle Glade.

The franchise will be operated by Harborside Holdings Corporation, a team featuring Josh, Brandon and Eric Royal, CFO Jim Herring and operations consultant Phil Puzzanchera. The group has experience in the franchising landscape as they own 10 Popeye’s restaurants in the area.

Having roots laid in South Florida for 90 years, we have a deep understanding of the market..."

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LISTEN: Captain Neill's Owner Guilty; USTR's Chinese Tariff Lists; Expanded Seafood Market Coverage 

Join SeafoodNews Podcast hosts Lorin Castiglione and Ryan Doyle as they discuss a guilty plea from the owner of Captain Neill's Seafood; the seafood products included on the USTR's Chinese tariff list; Urner Barry's expanded seafood market coverage and more!

This episode was brought to you by Maine Lobster. Maine Lobster season is here, and although the traditional butter and lemon pairings are delicious, there are many ways to enjoy lobster. Grill it as a main course to accompany refreshing sides...

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Hainan Province Builds on Tilapia Exports While Also Developing Domestic Market

As customs statistics show, the city of Haikou, in Hainan province, China, has exported 2,447 batches of tilapia products for a total weight of about 51,000 tons during the first half of this year. Its export value rose by 6.1% to reach nearly $140 million compared with the same period last year.

To boost tilapia exports, local customs has taken measures to hasten clearance actions and also ensure product qualities. For example, customs officials have inspected 388 aquaculture facilities and two export companies for quality control.

In addition to ...

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Long John Silver’s Celebrates 50 Year Anniversary

Quick-serve seafood giant Long John Silver’s is celebrating 50 years in business.

Long John Silver’s began when businessman and restaurateur Jim Patterson tasted a fish and chips meal while on vacation. Today, the company has almost 900 locations across the United States.

"The idea of Long John Silver's was simple," Patterson said. "Take the unique seafood experience from the coast and make it accessible to all. It's what drives us to provide every guest who sails with us moments of sea-prise and delight..."

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Celebrating Pike Place Market's 112th Anniversary: Visiting Seattle's Famous Market is a No Brainer

Saturday, August 17 marks the 112th anniversary of Seattle's famous Pike Place Market. To celebrate the special day we're running a feature on the legendary market that first appeared in the Fall 2018 issue of Urner Barry's Reporter.

It’s 7 a.m. and Seattle’s Pike Place Market is quiet and calm. Vendors slowly set up flowers, produce and other goods on their tables while storefronts remain dark. It’s easy to enjoy a peaceful breakfast at Lowell’s restaurant, a staple at the market since 1957...

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Coast Guard Patrols North Pacific to Protect International Fisheries

The Coast Guard Cutter Mellon patrolled the North Pacific in support of Operation North Pacific Guard (NPG), a mission dedicated to “protecting marine resources, enforcing international fisheries agreements and conducting global security missions.”

Since the start of the operation in June, the Mellon’s crew boarded 40 ships and issued a total of 61 violations. 25 of the violations were considered “serious” by the Coast Guard, as they had the potential to negatively impact fisheries. The crews also found vessels ignoring conservation considerations...

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Bristol Bay Business Boot Camp

Investment that comes from within, not from without, is the motivation behind a boot camp to jump start and nurture businesses throughout Bristol Bay.

Through September 15, local residents with good ideas, start-ups or existing businesses will compete via a simple application to attend a three day boot camp that provides in-depth business education, networking and advice.

“That is not a full business plan. It’s an application where you respond to six questions to see if your business concept has any legs. 2 Assistance all along the way, even if you want...”

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Tough Salmon Market Conditions in Chile Affect Peruvian Alicorp's Aqua Feed Revenue in Q2

Alfredo Perez Gubbins, CEO of Peruvian foods company Alicorp, informed investors recently that the company reported a 4.9% drop in aqua feed revenue for the Q2 financial period.

"Our shrimp feed Nicovita business in Ecuador continues to deliver strong growth. We remain the #1 player in shrimp feed in Ecuador with over 35% share of the market, which, in turn, continues to grow on the back of positive momentum for shrimp volumes. That said, despite a strong performance in shrimp feed...

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NOAA Settles Case Against Carlos "The Codfather" Rafael: $3 Million Fine, Cease Commercial Fishing

NOAA announced Monday that they have settled their pending civil administrative claims against Carlos "The Codfather" Rafael and his fishing captains. As part of the settlement, Rafael will be required to:

-Pay a $3,010,633 civil monetary penalty

-Relinquish the seafood dealer permit issued to Carlos Seafood by September 1, 2019

-Permanently cease all commercial fishing, except for scalloping by December 31, 2019

-Permanently cease scalloping by March 31, 2020

-Sell all limited access federal fishing permits and fishing vessels owned or controlled by...

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Vietnam Sees Global Opportunity in Breaded Shrimp Industry

The Vietnamese Association of Seafood Exporters (VASEP) sees a potential opportunity in breaded shrimp.  Recently VASEP has urged processors to begin expanding breaded shrimp lines.

The opportunity comes first from the penetration of Vietnamese shrimp into Japan and the fact that Vietnam has been exporting shrimp to overseas Japanese communities in the United States, South Korea, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan and, more recently, the EU market with increasing consumption.

Japanese style breaded shrimp products such as nobashi shrimp, ebi fry shrimp, tempura shrimp, ebi katsu shrimp, pritter shrimp are all...

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Once Entangled Right Whale Spotted Gear-free, 180 More Whales Found Swimming Free

Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced right whale #4440 was spotted swimming gear-free off Miscou, New Brunswick on August 16.

SeafoodNews originally reported a rescue effort to free #4440, but rescuers were only able to partially disentangle it on July 16.  The whale was initially found entangled on July 9.

It seems the Campobello Whale Rescue Team’s efforts were enough as #4440 is in much better shape than it was a month ago. 

Alongside the good news...

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From Harvest to Home: Fresh Bristol Bay Sockeye Lifts Sales at Five Retailers Nationwide

The second largest salmon season ever recorded got started in July but promotions for fresh Bristol Bay sockeye began in June. The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association's (BBRSDA) fresh sockeye retail promotions continued through July and now sales results are in. 

All five of the retail participants --  HEB, New Seasons, QFC, Rosauers, and Wegmans -- saw record sales increases over previous years. Summertime fresh promotions were organized and supported by the BBRSDA at over 270 locations across the country...

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