Wed. May 23 2018

Thai Union Gets Good Marks from Greenpeace, Both Call for More Companies to 'Step Up'


ENGO Study: ESA-listed Marine Mammals, Sea Turtles Are Recovering


Alaska Sea Grant Helps Southern Catfish Processors Improve Efficiency


New Zealand's Sanford Limited Reports Strong First Half Result, International Markets a Highlight  


New Stock Assesssment for Pacific Bluefin Tuna Still Dire


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, May 23


118 Organizations Call for More Stringent Tuna RFMO Rules


Tue. May 22 2018

Chicken Of The Sea International Resolves Antitrust Lawsuit With Walmart


Long John Silver’s Acquires 76 Franchised Restaurants


Seafood News Podcast: Tilapia Market Update; Sea Lion Warning; Alaska Salmon Season; and More


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, May 22


Mon. May 21 2018

ANALYSIS: Shrimp Replacement Cost From Indonesia Lower Than India    


Qingdao Plans Construction of 3 More Fisheries Economic Zones, Improving Local Access to  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, May 21


Copper River Sockeye Harvest Below Forecast For Opener, But Kings Look Good


IFFO RS Paves Way for Certification Standard Improvements with MEL Report


Basa Industry Growth Forces Vietnam to Work Through Market, Environmental Challenges  


ANALYSIS: Shrimp Replacement Cost From Indonesia Lower Than India


Fri. May 18 2018

Captain D's Triples Loyalty Program Registration with "Text-To-Join" Enrollment Feature


Coastal Villages Delivers Record-Breaking 100,000 Gallons of Heating Oil in 2018


ASMI Celebrates Wild Alaska Salmon Season with Summer Grilling Push  


Pescanova 5th Largest High Consumption Brand With Greatest Penetration in Spain


SmartCatch Wins Rabobank FoodBytes! Award for Sustainable Technology


Copper River Opens to Slow Catches, Record Prices  


High Crawfish Prices in China Have Consumers Complaining About Costs, Restaurants About Margin


Wild Alaska Salmon Season Starts With Alaska Air Cargo Delivering More Than 64,000 Lbs. to Seattle  


WDFW Denies Permit for Cooke Aquaculture to Transport Juvenile Atlantic Salmon Through Puget Sound


VIDEO: Right Whale Sighting; Canned Tuna Price Fixing; Royal Wedding Salmon and More


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, May 18


Thu. May 17 2018

Chris Lischewski, CEO of Bumble Bee, 4th Individual Indicted for Price Fixing in Tuna Industry


Russia Says Volume of King Crab in Barents Sea May Equal Far East in a Few Years; Cod Catches Drop  


Copper River Fleet and Processors Partner with ADF&G to Buy ARIS Sonar Counter


Bristol Bay Sockeye Fishery Trending Upward on Quality and Value


NOAA's Says 91% of Stocks Not Subject to Overfishing, Did Record Number of Assessments in 2017


Cousins Maine Lobster Opening First Brick and Mortar Franchise Location in Tennessee  


NOAA Warns Fishermen Not to Shoot Seals or Sea Lions


Pacific Marine Expo Gets Sidelined by Seattle Seahawks Football Game


NOAA Announcing Findings From 2017 Status of U.S. Fisheries Report Thursday Afternoon


EU's Ocean Plastics Lab Coming to Washington National Mall


Leigh Habegger Joins Seafood Harvesters of America as Their New Executive Director


Land Based Fish Farm Being Built in South Africa  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, May 17


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Oregon Seafood Industry Targets Rockfish Market, Supply Chain with New Marketing Initiative SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - June 28, 2017 West Coast rockfish has been pretty much off the market for close to 20 years and now the groundfish industry is grappling with how to make it a mainstay product at supermarkets and in food service. Welcome the Groundfish Market Development Initiative. The initiative has been almost a year in the making, Oregon Trawl Commission Director Brad Pettinger said. News of greater access to key rockfish stocks such as canary, yellowtail and widow rockfish, either as bycatch or target species, in 2016 and expected...

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Chicken Of The Sea International Resolves Antitrust Lawsuit With Walmart

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 22, 2018

Chicken of the Sea International, owned by Thai Union, today announced that it has reached an agreement with Walmart Inc. resolving antitrust claims brought by the retailer.

Under the terms of the multi-pronged agreement, Chicken of the Sea International will pay a cash settlement and the two companies will launch a series of joint programs and new product promotions in Walmart stores. These activities will include the debut of innovative products across Walmart stores.

"We are pleased to have reached an agreement with ...

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Long John Silver’s Acquires 76 Franchised Restaurants

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 22, 2018

Louisville, KY -- Long John Silver’s, the nation’s largest quick service seafood company, yesterday announced the acquisition of 76 LJS restaurants owned by ServUS, growing the LJS’ company-owned system to 200 restaurants.

The newly acquired units, located primarily in Indiana, were owned by veteran franchisee Bob Ruckriegel who opened the 3rd Long John Silver’s restaurant in 1969. Financial terms were not released.

Long John Silver’s recently began the process of revitalizing its brand, swapping the nostalgic Cape Cod building elements for clean, nautical-themed lines of ...

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Thai Union Gets Good Marks from Greenpeace, Both Call for More Companies to 'Step Up'

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] -- May 23, 2018

BANGKOK — In July 2017 Thai Union Group and Greenpeace inked a landmark agreement to commit to implement measures that tackle illegal fishing and overfishing, as well as improve the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of workers throughout its supply chains.

Now both parties agree that Thai Union "has made substantial, positive progress" and more seafood companies should follow their example.

“Thai Union is working hard to drive strong, positive change throughout many parts of the seafood...

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Alaska Sea Grant Helps Southern Catfish Processors Improve Efficiency

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 23, 2018

Alaska’s seafood processors and Mississipi’s catfish processors have little in common at first glance -- one handles wild-caught seafood in volumes and over time periods largely determined by the fish and the other pulls predictable volumes from the pond with reliable precision. But both benefit from plant efficiencies, which is what brought Alaska Sea Grant’s Chris Sannito to the Mississippi Delta recently.

Invited by researchers looking to improve efficiencies at catfish plants in Mississippi and Alabama, Sannito, a research assistant professor at the UA Fairbanks ...

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Seafood News Podcast: Tilapia Market Update; Sea Lion Warning; Alaska Salmon Season; NOAA’s Status of the Stocks Report; and the Tuna Price Fixing Case

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - May 22, 2018

Join Seafood News Podcast hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they discuss the tilapia market; the problem with sea lions; and the start of Alaska’s salmon season. Plus, learn more about NOAA’s Status of the Stocks report and get the latest on the tuna price fixing case. This podcast is sponsored by Urner Barry’s Comtell App.

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Qingdao Plans Construction of 3 More Fisheries Economic Zones, Improving Local Access to Seafood

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - May 21, 2018

China’s National Development and Reform Commission and its Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs recently issued a plan to promote the construction in 10 coastal harbor regions as well as 93 fisheries economic zones. Qingdao plans to establish three such economic zones, which are located in Jiaozhou Bay on the western coast of Qingdao, as well as in the area from Jimo to Laoshan.

The plan states the 10 harbor regions will be located in Liaodong Peninsula, Bohai Bay, Shandong ...

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Coastal Villages Delivers Record-Breaking 100,000 Gallons of Heating Oil in 2018

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - May 18, 2018

Last January, home heating oil prices in New York state averaged $3.26 per gallon, up more than 20% from January 2017 prices. In roadless Western Alaska, the price for a gallon of home heating oil hovered between $5.50 and $6.00. 

Residents of the 20-some villages in the Kuskokwim River delta and on the Bering Sea Coast make their living fishing, but retain a subsistence lifestyle of traditional hunting, fishing, and preserving food. That has become ...

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Pescanova 5th Largest High Consumption Brand With Greatest Penetration in Spain

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 18, 2018

Pescanova has reason to celebrate – the company has been named the fifth largest High Consumption brand with the greatest penetration in Spanish homes.

The ranking comes from a 2018 report by Brand Footprint, which assesses the percentage of homes that buy the brand in a year. Brand Footprint’s report uses a sample of 12,000 representative homes in the population, and measures how often a brand is purchased.  According to the report, Pescanova’s frozen and refrigerated products ...

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Chris Lischewski, CEO of Bumble Bee, 4th Individual Indicted for Price Fixing in Tuna Industry

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton – May 17, 2018

Chris Lischewski, the CEO of Bumble Bee Foods, has been indicted by the Dept. of Justice for price fixing.

Lischewski is the fourth individual executive to be charged in the price fixing case brought against the three major canned tuna companies.

Two of the company’s executives, Kenneth Worsham and Walter Cameron have pled guilty to price fixing charges, but have not yet been sentenced.

In addition, Bumble Bee pled guilty and agreed to pay a $25 million fine..

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Russia Says Volume of King Crab in Barents Sea May Equal Far East in a Few Years; Cod Catches Drop

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - May 17, 2018

Russia plans to significantly increase the harvest volume of cod and Kamchatka (King) crab in the Barents Sea during the next several years, according to the Russian Fisheries Agency (Rosrybolovstvo). 

According to Kolonchin, and in contrast to cod, the volume of production of Kamchatka crab in theBarents Sea may increase significantly. That increase is primarily due to the corresponding population growth of the stock that has been ...

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ENGO Study: ESA-listed Marine Mammals, Sea Turtles Are Recovering

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Susan Chambers - May 23, 2018

Most marine mammals and sea turtles in the U.S. protected by the Endangered Species Act are recovering, according to a new study by scientists at the Center for Biological Diversity.

The best available population data for 23 marine mammals and nine sea turtles shows that 78 percent of them — including most large whales, Florida manatees, California sea otters, and green sea turtles — experienced substantial population increases after being protected by the ESA.

“The Endangered Species Act works. This is great news at a time when our oceans face growing threats ...

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New Zealand's Sanford Limited Reports Strong First Half Result, International Markets a Highlight

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Susan Chambers - May 23, 2018

Sanford Limited, one of New Zealand's largest integrated fishing and aquaculture businesses, has posted a 14.2 percent increase in adjusted earnings before interest and taxes to $35.4 million for the half year to March 31. Much of that improvement is due to a shift in focus to fresh products and international growth.

The company reports improved revenue of $272.8 million (from $230.4 million for the same period last year) for the first half of its financial year, an increase of ...

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ANALYSIS: Shrimp Replacement Cost From Indonesia Lower Than India

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Angel Rubio – May 21, 2018

As a continuation of last week’s discussion, this week we look at replacement cost trends relative to prices in the wholesale market and U.S. spot wholesale, particularly for size 16-20.

In many cases the replacement costs can serve as a future indicator of the U.S. market, however, we know that these two markets can also be disconnected. For example, there are times when replacement costs overseas rise while the U.S. wholesale market trends lower. In this example, in theory, the U.S. importer would take a more cautious buying position ...

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Captain D's Triples Loyalty Program Registration with "Text-To-Join" Enrollment Feature

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 18, 2018

Captain D’s has tripled the members in their loyalty program thanks to a “text-to-join” enrollment feature.

The fast-casual chain was an early adopter of Paytronix’s SMS Text-Back feature, which enabled Captain D’s cashiers to request a mobile phone number from guests. The system then sent an immediate text to the guest to request an email address to sign up for the “D’s Club” loyalty program.

“This is perhaps one of the most ‘frictionless’ sign-ups in ...

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ASMI Celebrates Wild Alaska Salmon Season with Summer Grilling Push

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 18, 2018

Need a reason to grill this weekend? Look no further than the start of the harvest season for wild Alaska salmon.

The harvest season kicked off on Thursday, May 17 with sockeye and king salmon, but pink, keta and coho salmon will be coming to the docks throughout the summer. For the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI), the start of the season is the perfect reason to throw some fish on the grill.

Salmon boasts omega-3 fatty acids ...

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SmartCatch Wins Rabobank FoodBytes! Award for Sustainable Technology

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 18, 2018

FoodBytes! By Rabobank, a next-generation pitch competition to discover the most ground-breaking food and agriculture startups, is recognizing technology company SmartCatch for their efforts to create innovative and durable products that support commercial fishermen.

SmartCatch was selected for the Judges’ Choice Award for their focus on sustainability and market traction. According to a press release, the company provides “Sustainable Seafood Technologies to reduce by-catch waste, combat illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing and promote global sustainable seafood markets ...

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Copper River Opens to Slow Catches, Record Prices

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - May 18, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch.

Alaska’s salmon season got off to a slow start on Thursday at the Copper River delta near Cordova. The fishery for sockeyes and kings opened at a drizzly 7am with more than 500 gillnetters on the grounds.

“So far, a lot of pictures of empty nets being posted on Facebook.” 

Bill Webber and his crew were waiting out a slack tide aboard the Paradigm Shift a few hours into the 12-hour opener ...

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