Thu. Sep 16 2021

Fire Breaks Out at Atlantic Sapphire Denmark Facility; All Fish Expected to Be Lost  


Senate Passes Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act, Again


Urner Barry's Fall 2021 Reporter Issue Released; Read It Online For Free Now


Alaska Fishing Updates, September  


July Hokkaido Surimi Production Down 33%, Imports Up 3.2% Y-on-Y


Aquaculture Leaders Honor Dan Swecker, Fish Farming Pioneer and “True Statesman"


Rabobank: Offshore Aquaculture Has Potential for Growth


Scoular Debuts New Encompass Brand for Fishmeal Business


This Week in Retail: Heat Lingers, but Grocers Look Towards Fall Demand


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, September 16


Wed. Sep 15 2021

July Domestic Shrimp Landings Lowest Since 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill  


Tanner Crab Coming on Strong in the GOA, 2022 Fishery Looks Likely in Several Regions  


COVID-19 Spirals Upward in Alaska: Outbreak in Adak, Hospitals Overwhelmed Throughout State


Routine Coast Guard Patrol Discovers Chinese Warships Near Aleutians


Nova Austral Hit With $1.5 Million Fine for Concealing Fish Mortality Information


Global Seafood Alliance Rebranding Complete, New Identity Unveiled


The Pandemic Lifted Average Retail Spending Per Shopping Occasion, Reports NPD


Bakkafrost to Invest $985 Million in Growth, Scottish Operation Improvements  


Nature Conservancy’s Use of Satlink on Tuna Vessels Show EM Beats Logbooks


Atlantic Natural Foods Presents Their Reformulated TUNO Seafood Alternative


Business Coalition, NFI Back Ocean Shipping Reform Act


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, September 15


Tue. Sep 14 2021

The Winding Glass: Destabilized Supply Chain Here to Stay


Crisis in the North Pacific: Bering Sea Snow Crab Stocks Fall Sharp and Fast  


USDA Seeking Offers to Sell Frozen Wild Shrimp  


AquaMaof Signs Memorandum of Cooperation With Russia’s Federal Agency for Fishery  


Coast Guard Rescues 3 and a Dog After Fishing Vessel Sinks Off Oregon


NOAA Appoints Kelly Kryc as Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Fisheries


Modern Plant-Based Foods Starts New Division for Modern Plant-Based Seafood


Profand Group Closes Agreement with Corporación Financiera Alba Adds to Shareholding Structure


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, September 14


Mon. Sep 13 2021

Fish Factor: Bering Sea Crab Stocks Take Substantial Dip  


US District Attorney Fires Back at American Seafoods: No Restraining Order Against CBP  


Processing Plants in China Face Hindrances in Product Delivery


Salmon Mortality Event Confirmed at Mowi Marine Harvest Atlantic Canada Site  


ANALYSIS: Snow Crab Market Remains Flat Amid Record Import Volume  


Pacifico Aquaculture Names Gustavo Araya Guzman as VP of Farming Ops


August Sales of Fresh Imported Tuna at Toyosu Market Fell 25% Compared to 2020  


Healing Fish Skins Get Third Grant for US Military Usages


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, September 13


Fri. Sep 10 2021

SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, September 10


EPA Resumes Work on Permanent Protections of Bristol Bay Watershed


Alaska Sees Highest Spike in Covid, Hospitals Over-Capacity, Vaccinations at 56%


Red Snapper Season Closes in South Atlantic Federal Waters on September 14  


NOAA Awards $2.2 Million to Support Bycatch Reduction Projects


USDA Provides $50 Million Through Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant


Red Lobster® Begins Countdown to National Lobster Day with Launch of One Million Points* Sweepstakes


PODCAST: Bristol Bay King Crab Closure; Right Whale Rule Changes; CBP Jones Act Penalties and More


Conservation Group Ups Ante on Protecting Whales in Pacific, Atlantic


Thu. Sep 9 2021

SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, September 9


Court Docs Say “Bayside Program" Was Known by Feds For Decades, Supply Route Now Paralyzed  


Alaska Pollock Surimi Price Rising Sharply in Japan Due to Tight Supply  


European Plant-based Seafood Firm Novish to Make U.S. Debut This Fall


Maine Senators Announce $900K to Support State’s Support Endangered Atlantic Salmon Population


Faroese Cod, Haddock Fisheries Net MSC Certification  


Opinion: Wrong Again, Oceana


FDA to Refuse Most Antibiotic Contaminated Shrimp Since 2016  


Russia Ready for Significant Increase of Red Caviar Supplies to Japan


Good Catch® Launches Plant-based Breaded Seafood Line Nationwide At Sprouts Farmers Market Stores


This Week in Retail: NFL Season Kicks Off, Boosting Protein Demand


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Fire Breaks Out at Atlantic Sapphire Denmark Facility; All Fish Expected to Be Lost

Land-based salmon farmer Atlantic Sapphire said all of the fish at its Danish facility will be lost due to a serious fire that erupted on September 15.

According to the company, a fire broke out at an Atlantic Sapphire Denmark facility at about 8:20 p.m. local time. Employees were evacuated safely, and all are accounted for with no injuries reported.

In an announcement, Atlantic Sapphire said all of the biomass at its facility is expected to be lost and the damage...

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Senate Passes Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act, Again

The Senate has once again passed the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act, which was vetoed by former President Trump on January 1, 2021 after passing through Congress in 2020.

The legislation looks to ban drift gillnets used in fisheries off the state of California to protect whales, dolphins and sea turtles.

According to a release from Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the bill is expected to be signed by President Biden if it passes through the House of Representatives. The bill was reintroduced after the veto in February...

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Urner Barry's Fall 2021 Reporter Issue Released; Read It Online For Free Now

Check out a brand new issue of Urner Barry's Reporter! The Fall edition takes a deep dive into soaring farm to fork costs that have triggered global price shocks. In our latest issue you can find market insights from our talented team of market reporters, as well as stories on plant-based trends, labor issues, sustainability, and much more!

Read Volume 16, Numer 4 of Urner Barry's Reporter for free here.

Not a subscriber? Sign up for free! Click here to subscribe to Urner Barry’s Reporter, the quarterly newsmagazine for the food industry professional. The Reporter delivers interesting and informative articles for the poultry, egg, red meat and seafood industries...

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July Hokkaido Surimi Production Down 33%, Imports Up 3.2% Y-on-Y

The production volume of land-based surimi in Hokkaido in July 2021 was 918 tons, which was 67% of the same month of the previous year. The National Surimi Manufacturers Association released the report on August 25. According to Kamaboko News, the breakdown was 915 tons of Alaska pollack surimi, 68% of the same month last year, zero tons for Atka mackerel surimi, and 3 tons other surimi.

With this, the cumulative production from January to July was 6937 tons, down 22% from a year ago, and the...

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Rabobank: Offshore Aquaculture Has Potential for Growth

In a new report, Rabobank took a “deep dive” into the future of offshore aquaculture as fish farmers are looking to develop offshore practices due to a litany of issues.

According to Rabobank senior seafood analyst, Gorjan Nikolik explored the potential growth of offshore aquaculture as companies deal with legislative issues, environmental concerns and other hindrances to current operating procedures.

One area that Nikolik focused on was both federal and local laws that have left offshore aquaculture unable to scale.

“To move farming offshore, an industry must secure support from local and federal...

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This Week in Retail: Heat Lingers, but Grocers Look Towards Fall Demand

Heat continues to blanket much of the country in mid-September. Meanwhile, hurricane season is wreaking havoc along the eastern U.S. and Gulf Coast, with tropical storm Daniel being the latest system to rear its ugly head.

With some communities still reeling from the devasting damage of Hurricane Ida and others flooded by torrential rainfall from Nicholas, late-summer grilling plans are far removed from the priority list for many households. 

Meanwhile, the first day of fall is just under one week away. For retailers, the transition to autumn will mean increased consumer preference for fall favorites like roasts. Weather-permitting, tail gaiting at sports events as fans celebrate NFL season could prolong demand for grilling cuts while supporting popular game-time foods like wings.

Speaking of wing fanatics, the National Chicken Council recognizes September as National Chicken Month. Some grocers are advertising additional chicken cuts to encourage consumer spending on poultry. However, the number of chicken advertisements this week in Urner Barry’s survey was down from a week ago and was also below the last half of August...

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Tanner Crab Coming on Strong in the GOA, 2022 Fishery Looks Likely in Several Regions

Bering Sea crab stocks are in dire straits but that’s not the case in the Gulf of Alaska.

A huge Tanner crab cohort that biologists have been tracking in the Westward region for three years showed up again in this summer’s survey. 

“We were optimistic, and we did find them again this year. So pretty much all the way across the board here from Kodiak all the way out to False Pass, essentially, we found those crab again and in good quantity...

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Routine Coast Guard Patrol Discovers Chinese Warships Near Aleutians

During a routine patrol in the Bering Sea and Arctic region, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf spotted and established radio contact with Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) task force in international waters within the U.S. exclusive economic zone (EEZ), according to a USCG release on Monday. The encounter took place on Aug. 30, 2021. 

The flotilla of four Chinese warships included a guided missile cruiser, a guided missile destroyer, a general intelligence vessel and an auxiliary vessel.

The Chinese vessels conducted military and surveillance operations during their deployment to the ...

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Global Seafood Alliance Rebranding Complete, New Identity Unveiled

On September 13, the Global Seafood Alliance (GSA) completed its rebranding that began in April.

SeafoodNews wrote about the new brand identity after Global Seafood Assurances and the Global Aquaculture Alliance merged to form the GSA.

The new branding follows GSA’s recent work in wild-capture fisheries following its June introduction of its Best Seafood Practices (BSP) certification. BSP is the wild fisheries equivalent of their Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party aquaculture certification program.

Alongside the rebrand and new logo, the GSA released a video and letter featuring GSA...

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Bakkafrost to Invest $985 Million in Growth, Scottish Operation Improvements

Salmon farmer Bakkafrost announced that it will invest DKK 6.2 billion (US$984.9 million) to boost its output by 40% over the next five years and transform its Scotland-based operations.

According to the Faroese company, the sustainable plan will see the output of its premium salmon by 40% over the next five years. It will be completed via a combination of employing idle license capacity and higher utilization of existing licenses by using large smolt.

When it comes to improvements in Scotland, Bakkaforst said it will work...

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Alaska Fishing Updates, September

Alaska’s salmon catch is nearing 219 million and fishing continues despite slowing down at this time of year. That’s 30 million more salmon than was forecasted.

For pinks, the harvest so far is over 151 million with catches at Prince William Sound, Southeast and Kodiak all topping projections

Also at Southeast, beam trawlers have a third go for northern pink shrimp totaling 650,000 pounds in two districts. The spot shrimp fishery opens on October 1 for 457,300 pounds.

That same day Dungeness crab reopens for the fall fishery...

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Aquaculture Leaders Honor Dan Swecker, Fish Farming Pioneer and “True Statesman"

Covington, WA—Dan Swecker, the fish farming pioneer and aquaculture advocate, passed away September 1, 2021, following a brief illness.

Swecker was Executive Director of the Washington Fish Growers Association (WFGA), an organization he helped launch to promote fish farming in the state. From 1993 to 2013, Swecker also served in the Washington State Senate, representing the people of the 20th District. He was Vice-Chair of the Agriculture and Environment Committee and served on the Natural Resources & Parks and Ways & Means Committees.

After retiring from WFGA in January ...

Photo Courtesy Northwest Aquaculture Alliance.

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Scoular Debuts New Encompass Brand for Fishmeal Business

Scoular, a fishmeal and fish oil marketing firm, launched its new brand for its fishmeal business, Encompass.

“Scoular has long been a leading global fishmeal partner that connects suppliers and customers with a full spectrum of fishmeal products and services,” said Steve Dahlblom, Scoular’s Product Group Manager for Marine Meals. “The brand Encompass represents the customized solutions, consistent quality and reliability that our global suppliers and customers trust Scoular to deliver without disruption.”

Year-round, Scoular supplies marine proteins to companies from over 40 countries across the globe...

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July Domestic Shrimp Landings Lowest Since 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

The National Marine Fisheries Service reported July 2021 landings of U.S. shrimp (all species, headless) and the total was the lowest on record for the month aside from the devastating 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Through July 2021 landings total 34.714 million pounds, 22% less than the 2020 Jan-July total of 44.587 million.

quick look at the market from Urner Barry market reporter Jim Kenny described the market direction as “becoming less clear.”

Kenny noted disruptive tropical activity and the USDA’s announcement stating that it was looking...

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COVID-19 Spirals Upward in Alaska: Outbreak in Adak, Hospitals Overwhelmed Throughout State

With Covid cases continuing to spiral upward — over 1,470 last weekend and 691 reported yesterday — Alaska is facing a fall and winter clearly worse than they’ve seen so far. 

* Nine new cases were reported in Adak, the nation’s westernmost city and one nearly untouched by the virus.

* Adak had one positive case nine months ago and nothing before or since until visitors to the island, as yet unidentified as to their purpose, brought nine cases to Adak yesterday.

* Eight deaths reported in the last three days bring ...

 

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Nova Austral Hit With $1.5 Million Fine for Concealing Fish Mortality Information

Chile’s Superintendency of the Environment (SMA) said it fined Norwegian salmon farmer Nova Austral $1.54 million for five infractions.

According to the SMA, Nova Austral was fined for concealing information and handling mortalities, with a difference of close to 20,000 kilos of fish from those whose final destination is unknown in their Aracena 19 farming center, located inside the Alberto de Agostini National Park, Punta Arenas commune, Magallanes Region and Chilean Antarctica.

One of the charges was classified as “very serious” by the SMA...

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The Pandemic Lifted Average Retail Spending Per Shopping Occasion, Reports NPD

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in the average amount U.S. consumers spend on each shopping occasion, whether it is a trip to a physical store or a visit to an online shopping site. Since reaching $34 in March of 2020, average shopping occasion spending has remained elevated at or above that amount through July 2021, according to The NPD Group. This increase is partially due to a general shift toward online purchasing, where average selling prices (ASPs) and the amount spent on each transaction...

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