Fri. May 24 2024

Commerce Makes Preliminary Determination in AD Investigation Into Shrimp From Ecuador, Indonesia  


NMFS Opens Year-Long Review: Is “Southern Alaska” Chinook an Endangered Species?  


ANALYSIS: Chilean Fillets Flat Ahead of MDW  


DFO Meets With New Brunswick Lobstermen, Agree To Adjust Gulf Closures  


FDA Expands Recall of Korean Half-Shell Oysters  


SeafoodNews Closed on Monday, May 27


Japan: Frozen Pollock Surimi Imports In 2023 Increase 19% to 10,866 Tons  


$6 Million From Inflation Reduction Act Funding Going Towards Minimizing NARW Vessel Strikes


Thu. May 23 2024

First Seasonal Grid Closure For Gulf of St. Lawrence; First Temporary Closure For Bay of Fundy  


Rep. Peltola Introduces Bottom Trawl Clarity Act to Mixed Reviews, Also Bill on Bycatch Reduction


Norway’s Directorate of Fisheries Extends Recapture Fishing After May Escapement At Lerøy


Dead North Atlantic Right Whale Spotted Off Southwestern Nova Scotia


China’s JD.com Is Introducing Delivery In As Fast As 9 Minutes


Georgia’s Commercial Oyster Season Set To Close As Warmer Waters Bring Risk of Bacteria  


Seafoodnews.com Summary Thursday, May 23


Wed. May 22 2024

ANALYSIS: Copper River Salmon Season Opens with Strong Sockeye Landings and Lower Initial Pricing  


High Liner Invests $10 Million Into Andfjord Salmon For 4.5% Share Ownership  


Remember the Good Times: Red Lobster Encourages Customers To Stick With Them Through Bankruptcy


Additional Gulf of St. Lawrence Grid Closures Named As Snow Crab Harvesters Land 95% of Quota  


The Retail Rundown: Ads Centered on Get Grillin’ Themes


Legal Sea Foods Heralds First Wild Copper River Salmon for Boston Area Restaurants  


Russia Plans to Significantly Increase its Halibut Catch Within Next Several Years  


Seafoodnews.com Summary Wednesday, May 22


Tue. May 21 2024

Red Lobster Bankruptcy: Thai Union’s Role In Endless Shrimp-Gate Being Investigated  


Nostalgia: The Genius Way Tuna Companies Are Trying To Win Back Millennials  


Irvington Seafood Issues Recall For Crabmeat Potentially Contaminated With Listeria Monocytogenes  


Wanda Fish Unveils Its First Cell-Cultivated Bluefin Tuna Toro Sashimi  


Seafoodnews.com Summary Tuesday, May 21


Mon. May 20 2024

Everything We Know About Red Lobster’s Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Filing


Catches Are Up in the Copper River; Cordova’s Fleet Gets A Second 12-Hour Opener Today  


Secretary Gina Raimondo Announces Disaster Determination for Bering Sea Snow Crab — Money to Follow  


ANALYSIS: Mid-May Snow Crab Market Update  


Bristol Bay Groups File Motion to Intervene in Pebble’s Challenge to EPA’s Decision


Sea Harvest CEO Issues Statement After Vessel Sinks With 11 Presumed Dead


Russia Continues to Increase Crab Exports to Asia Pacific Region  


Seafoodnews.com Summary Monday, May 20


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Commerce Makes Preliminary Determination in AD Investigation Into Shrimp From Ecuador, Indonesia

On Thursday the U.S. Department of Commerce announced its preliminary determination in the antidumping duty (AD) investigation of frozen warmwater shrimp from Ecuador and Indonesia. The determination stems from a trade petition that was filed by the American Shrimp Processors Association (ASPA) in October 2024.

To briefly recap, ASPA filed a trade petition seeking antidumping duties on imported frozen warmwater shrimp from Ecuador and Indonesia and countervailing duties on imported shrimp from Ecuador, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam. The group said in a press release...

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NMFS Opens Year-Long Review: Is “Southern Alaska” Chinook an Endangered Species?

With a positive 90-day finding on a petition filed last January by the Wild Fish conservancy, National Marine Fisheries Service has begun the second phase of a series of steps required to list Alaska Chinook salmon as an endangered species. Yesterday the agency launched a 12-month review to determine whether the Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing is warranted. 

The Wild Fish Conservancy is a Seattle-base nonprofit that has launched lawsuits, media campaigns, and other efforts, raising money and awareness to save the...

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ANALYSIS: Chilean Fillets Flat Ahead of MDW

Since the beginning of February, the Chilean fillet market has been relatively “flat.” We say this with a grain of salt because anyone who lives and breathes the fresh farmed salmon market understands its typically very volatile, but when you take a step back from the day-to-day, the market has been flat-ish.

From the outset of February 2024, the low of 3-4-pound fresh Chilean fillets have bounced between $6.20 and $6.50; and an even tighter range has been observed this past month of...

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FDA Expands Recall of Korean Half-Shell Oysters

In April the FDA issued a recall for frozen, raw, half-shell oysters from the Republic of Korea. The initial recall warned of oysters processed by JBR in Tongyeongsi, Republic of Korea, and shipped to distributors in California. An update from the FDA reveals that the recall has expanded into Utah.

This week JBR issued a recall for frozen half-shell oysters with lot number B231227. The recall is because the oysters may be contaminated with norovirus. 

The oysters in question were harvested from...

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Japan: Frozen Pollock Surimi Imports In 2023 Increase 19% to 10,866 Tons

In 2023, Japan's frozen Alaska pollock surimi imports totaled 109,866 tons; an increase of 19% from the previous year. The United States and Russia are the only countries producing pollock surimi for Japan, and the amount imported from the U.S. increased by 28% to 97,469 tons. In the same year, the total allowable catch (TAC) for pollock was increased, resulting in a significant 30% increase in imports.

On the other hand, the new producer, Russia, exported 12,397 tons to Japan; a decrease of 23%. It appears...

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First Seasonal Grid Closure For Gulf of St. Lawrence; First Temporary Closure For Bay of Fundy 

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) issued more fishing closures on Wednesday as North Atlantic Right Whale (NARW) detections were documented in Canadian waters. The latest closures include the first seasonal grid closures in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, as well as the first temporary closure for the Bay of Fundy. 

In the Gulf of St. Lawrence, a visual or acoustic detection of a right whale results in a temporary closure of those grids for 15 days. Fishing is prohibited in these areas during...

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Norway’s Directorate of Fisheries Extends Recapture Fishing After May Escapement At Lerøy 

Norway’s Directorate of Fisheries has extended recapture fishing for Lerøy Midt following an escapement from the company’s Reitholmen site in Hitra earlier this month.

An estimated 14,000 fish escaped a Lerøy Midt facility on May 5. And as of May 20, the company has caught around 1,200 in its own recapture fishery. The Directorate of Fisheries noted that most of the recapture was done through vessels hired by the company, but some was taken on site. In addition, approximately 140 farmed salmon ended up in...

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China’s JD.com Is Introducing Delivery In As Fast As 9 Minutes

Instant delivery is nearly here — or at least in China, where e-commerce giant JD.com is boasting delivery in as fast as nine minutes.

Between advancements in e-commerce and delivery, JD.com has been pushing the envelope for years. But just last week it unveiled JD NOW, its “upgraded on-demand retail business.” JD NOW combines JD’s instant shopping services, which were formerly known as JD SHOP NOW and JDDJ. Through JD NOW, e-commerce customers can shop for a wide range of premium products from over...

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ANALYSIS: Copper River Salmon Season Opens with Strong Sockeye Landings and Lower Initial Pricing

With the opening of the Copper River in Alaska, the summer wild salmon season has officially begun. This year, the season comes with some notable updates. Sockeye salmon projections for the Copper River are up by 20 percent overall, or approximately 2 million fish compared to last year. A significant opener has many believing this projection may be realized and possibly surpassed. The initial opener saw nearly three times the amount of fish as forecast, according to...

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Remember the Good Times: Red Lobster Encourages Customers To Stick With Them Through Bankruptcy

Red Lobster is finally addressing its customers after filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy on May 19. On Tuesday evening a letter was sent out to the seafood chain’s “valued guests,” and it really pulls at the heartstrings.

The letter states: “For more than five decades Red Lobster has been a part of your family’s life. We’ve been there for your celebrations, big and small. We may be the place that you first discovered your love of seafood. Or where you met...

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DFO Meets With New Brunswick Lobstermen, Agree To Adjust Gulf Closures

New Brunswick lobstermen are breathing a sigh of relief after meeting with officials from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).

A North Atlantic right whale (NARW) detection in the Gulf of St. Lawrence resulted in the DFO temporarily closing a handful of grids. Lobstermen in LFA 23, one of the impacted fishing areas, reportedly refused to remove their gear from the water. And after talks with officials, an agreement was made to keep the fishery open.

“The lobster situation is settled!” Serge Cormier, Member of...

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SeafoodNews Closed on Monday, May 27

SeafoodNews will not be publishing on Monday, May 27, 2023 in observance of Memorial Day. We will return to our normal publishing schedule on Tuesday, May 28.

In the meantime, catch up on our recent major news stories by checking our Featured Stories page. 

You can also watch all the latest SeafoodNews Weekly Videos here or listen to the latest SeafoodNews Podcast episodes here

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$6 Million From Inflation Reduction Act Funding Going Towards Minimizing NARW Vessel Strikes

Vessel strikes continue to be a primary threat to endangered North Atlantic right whales (NARW), with three of the four documented deaths so far this year attributed to a vessel strike. But NOAA Fisheries is working to minimize the risk to whales by providing $6 million in Inflation Reduction Act funding to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

“NOAA Fisheries is proud to partner with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to support grants to develop innovative technologies to reduce...

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Rep. Peltola Introduces Bottom Trawl Clarity Act to Mixed Reviews, Also Bill on Bycatch Reduction

Two bills were introduced earlier this week by Alaska’s lone U.S. Congressional Representative Mary Peltola. One of them, which addresses the definition of trawl gear, drew strong reactions from the fishing industry that ranged from gratitude to disappointment.

The two bills are The Bottom Trawl Clarity Act and the Bycatch Reduction and Mitigation Act.

The Alaska Pollock Fishery Alliance issued a statement yesterday about the Bottom Trawl Clarity Act and their disappointment with Peltola's bill. 

“While we share Congresswoman Peltola's strong interest in ocean habitat ...

 

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Dead North Atlantic Right Whale Spotted Off Southwestern Nova Scotia

The Marine Animal Response Society (MARS) confirmed on Wednesday that another endangered North Atlantic right whale (NARW) has died this year. An aerial surveillance plane operated by Transport Canada documented the partial remains of the whale carcass along the shelf break off Southwestern Nova Scotia. 

While only the lower half of the whale is documented, MARS was able to determine that the remains were from an endangered NARW. However, the cause of death is not as clear. MARS noted that because of the advanced state of decomposition and the...

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Georgia’s Commercial Oyster Season Set To Close As Warmer Waters Bring Risk of Bacteria

With warmer months bringing risk of bacteria, the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources announced that the annual closure for commercial oyster harvesting, as well as recreational, will go into effect on June 1, 2024. 

“The safety and health of our residents and visitors are our top priority,” commented Dominic Guadagnoli, CRD’s head of Shellfish and Water Quality. “By closing the shellfish harvest season during the summer months, we significantly reduce the risk of bacterial infections that...

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High Liner Invests $10 Million Into Andfjord Salmon For 4.5% Share Ownership

High Liner Foods confirmed on Wednesday that it has committed to making a $10 million investment in Norwegian aquaculture company Andfjord Salmon Group. As part of the investment, High Liner Foods will receive an approximately 4.5% share ownership in the company. 

High Liner Foods lives in both the foodservice and retail space. On the foodservice side, the company has a leading market share of the processed fish and seafood category in both Canada and the U.S., selling to institutions, health care...

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