Mon. Dec 9 2019

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


Another Strong Year Forecasted for Togiak Herring in 2020


West Coast Crab Managers Delay Primary Dungeness Season Again  


ANALYSIS: Relief in Sight for Live Lobster?  


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


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


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


Deep Water Crab Market Steady as Snow Crab Demand Grows  


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


Russia Expects Significant Seafood Export Growth This Year  


Thai Union Receives Outstanding Innovation Honor at Thailand Corporate Excellence Awards


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, December 9


Fri. Dec 6 2019

The Winding Glass: Tuna Case Shows Private Equity and Seafood are Not Always a Good Fit  


Bering Sea TACs Set Amid Council Debate on Sablefish TAC


VIDEO: Ex-Bumble Bee CEO Convicted; Seafood Trade Mission; Farmed Salmon Analysis; Atlantic Halibut  


ANALYSIS: Scallop Prices at 2017 Levels  


ANALYSIS: Lobster Imports Decline in October; Still at the Mercy of Canadian Trade  


Canadian Industry Partnership Obtains MSC Certification for Turbot Fishery  


Research Shows Lights on Small-scale Gillnets Save Turtles and Dolphins


Kingfish Zeeland Secures Strategic Funding for Its EU and US Expansion


Training for Alaska's Seaweed Farmers


Atlantic Capes Fisheries Spearheading Fishery Improvement Projects for Mexican Bay Scallops  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, December 6


Thu. Dec 5 2019

West Coast Dungeness Crab Meat Quality Improving, Still Low in Some Areas  


Food Export Northeast Trade Mission: Spreads US Lobster in Dubai, Introduces Jonah Crab in Spain  


ANALYSIS: Mixed Beginning to December for Farmed Salmon  


2020 Stikine and Taku Rivers Chinook Salmon Forecasts Below Desired Escapement Minimum  


Ecuador Adopts Tuna Action Plan Following EU Yellow Card  


China’s Tilapia Industry Worsens Amid Colder Weather, Trade Issues, Other Factors  


Zhangzidao Challenged by High Scallop Death Rates Again in November  


Russia Plans 60% Fish Industry Growth by 2030  


Detached Kelp Harvests at Cook Inlet to be Reviewed by Fish Board at Seward Meeting


Alantra-backed Unión Martín Partners with Mauritanian Fishing Company SMPI


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, December 5


Wed. Dec 4 2019

Former Bumble Bee Foods CEO Convicted of Fixing Prices of Canned Tuna


Now Retired, Frank Kelty Reflects on Politics and Fisheries in Alaska


Washington Farmer Faces Penalty for Pollution that Killed Threatened Steelhead  


Hatchery Restrictions Pushed at Cook Inlet Fish Board Meeting


FCC Welcomes Northern Coalition Corporation as a New Member


More Chinese Turning to Online Platforms for Seafood Purchases  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, December 4


Tue. Dec 3 2019

Learning More About Atlantic Halibut: Fishermen and Scientists Go “Under the Hood”  


Red King Crab Wraps, Outlook Grim for Future Fisheries  


New Report Lists Steps Needed to Create Climate-Ready Fisheries


Blue Star Foods Acquires Coastal Pride Company


ASMFC Seeking Proposals for Pilot Projects Focused on Sustainable Aquaculture


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, December 3


Mon. Dec 2 2019

SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, December 2


Massive Effort Planned to Restore Upper Fraser for 2020 Salmon Return  


Ugly Crab Campaign Aims to Expand Markets, Reduce Waste  


Panasonic's Continuous Sustainable Seafood Efforts in Its Corporate Cafeterias Win Top Award


Duke’s Seafood Launches Foundation Aiming to Help Wild Salmon in the Puget Sound  


OPINION: Similar Coasts, Similar Stories -Washington and Chile Share Acidification Research, Action  


Russian Pollock Market Continues Move Toward Consolidation  


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

For the first time ever, the Pacific cod fishery in the Gulf of Alaska will be closed next year while fisheries managers continue monitoring a stock crash that is directly tied to global warming.

Fishermen in Kodiak, who relied on cod as the most stable fishery in the winter, processors who kept plants open for deliveries that would have started in January, and managers around the state have known since 2017 that the stock was in trouble when cod stocks dropped by 70% in the Gulf...

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Another Strong Year Forecasted for Togiak Herring in 2020

With a slightly smaller biomass estimate of 215,826 (short) tons compared to last year’s pre-season estimate of 217,548 tons, the 2020 Togiak herring season harvest could be slightly larger than the 2019 season. 

That’s because this year’s season (last spring) used a precautionary harvest rate of 14% due to three consecutive years of poor aerial surveys and the uncertainty that created. Next year, scientists will use a 20% exploitation rate because they have greater confidence in the 2019 aerial survey biomass estimate than those of the last three years...

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ANALYSIS: Relief in Sight for Live Lobster?

After an initial delay, the fishing season in Southwest Nova Scotia, LFA 33-34, is underway. The first round of landings are reported to be strong, with full traps. 

However, unfavorable winter weather since the first pull has kept boats temporarily tied up.  Most market participants have been anticipating and hoping for a strong influx of product to help offset the depressed inventory levels and the recent record-high live lobster prices.  US pricing on both hard and firm shell lobsters have held steady throughout the late fall due to the tight supply...

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

On Friday New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued a letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to request that the bay scallop fishery off the coast of Long Island be declared a failure.

The state's bay scallop resource, which is primarily located in the waters of Peconic and Gardiners bays in eastern Suffolk County, experienced a "catastrophic" die-off of adult bay scallops over the summer. Some areas experienced more than 90% mortality of adult scallops, while others documented 100% mortality...

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

On Friday the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) publicly released a report recommending that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) improve import alert removal decisions.

With imports accounting for 90% of U.S. seafood consumption, members of Congress requested that GAO conduct a study to review the FDA's efforts to "use import alerts to ensure the safety of imported seafood." GAO reviewed FDA documents, examined the FDA's "oversight of key activities to support its import alert removal decisions," and examined the...

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

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is awarding over $948,000 to three Maine institutions to increase consumption of and access to local agricultural products.

The three institutions to receive funding are the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, the Sustainability Lab in Yarmouth, and the Maine Federation of Farmers Markets in Belfast.

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute will receive $612,791 for its project, “A Regional Effort to Improve Quality..."

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Thai Union Receives Outstanding Innovation Honor at Thailand Corporate Excellence Awards

Thai Union is ending the year on a high note after receiving the Innovation Excellence Award at the Thailand Corporate Excellence Awards late last month.

"Innovation is critical to advancing Thai Union's growth to the next level," said Dr. Tunyawat Kasemsuwan, Group Director of Innovation at Thai Union. "It plays an important role in shaping the future of the company as it gives us an uncompromising competitive advantage. With more than 120 inhouse researchers and collaboration with academic institutes around the world, we work every day to...

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Bering Sea TACs Set Amid Council Debate on Sablefish TAC

The complex process of setting total allowable catches (TACs) for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands’ (BSAI) two dozen species was highlighted yesterday by lively debate on how much to increase the sablefish (black cod) TAC due to an alarming increase of sablefish bycatch this year. 

The process is usually focused on pollock, by far the most abundant and reliable species in the Bering Sea, and calculating the complex specs to add up to no more and no less than 2 million metric tons, the cap set by the... 

 

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ANALYSIS: Scallop Prices at 2017 Levels

Prices on Atlantic sea scallops increased this week for all-natural and overnight dry U10 size counts. With little to no landings, this larger scallop that demands a premium over smaller sizes, is seeing prices strengthen even more due to a thinning supply.

Currently, all-natural U10's are pricing at an average of $15.50 per pound, the same price reported at the beginning of December 2017. This is the lowest price for all-natural U10s since 2013 scallops were valued at $14.75...

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Canadian Industry Partnership Obtains MSC Certification for Turbot Fishery

On Thursday, four top Canadian industry associations and the Marine Stewardship Council announced that Canadian Greenland Halibut (Turbot) Fishery products will now feature the MSC label.

The sustainability certification applies to Greenland halibut harvested by trawl or gillnet from areas extending from the Northeast coast of Nunavut, along the east coast of Labrador and Newfoundland, as far as south as the Grand Banks, according to a press release from the Atlantic Groundfish Council.

“Obtaining this MSC certification is a testament to the cooperation and collaboration among the four associations..."

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West Coast Crab Managers Delay Primary Dungeness Season Again

State fishery managers confirmed Friday the primary Dungeness crab season will be delayed until after Christmas in Washington, Oregon and California due to spotty meat quality. The delay will last until at least Dec. 31.

Some areas showed improvement in the last month to meet season-opening criteria of either 23 or 25 percent, depending on the area. However, too many areas in between the improved areas were still below the thresholds and managers decided to delay the season from the U.S./Canadian border to Point Arena, Calif., again...

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

Seven Seas Fish Company and its owner, John Heras were sentenced to fines and probation periods for the importation of previously refused food.

According to the Department of Justice, the company and Heras admitted that between October 2014 and August 2015, they imported more than 9,000 pounds of potentially adulterated fish into the U.S. The fish had been previously refused entry into the country because the FDA judged the samples too decomposed and putrid. The company and Heras plead guilty to the charges in October...

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Deep Water Crab Market Steady as Snow Crab Demand Grows

With the rising demand for many of the frozen crab items including both king crab and snow crab, the deep water crab market sits steady to full steady with minimal fishing taking place at this time.

Seafood consultant Les Hodges, who releases a report on Russian crab fishing monthly, said there are currently 3 vessels fishing for Angulatus and 5 on Japonicus deep water crab.

Hodges said that the effort on Angulatus typically begins in the East Sakhalin in the spring, about the time producers are wrapping up their Japonicus quota...

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Russia Expects Significant Seafood Export Growth This Year

Fish exports from Russia are expected to reach $4.83 billion USD this year, up 12.7% on a year-on-year basis, according to recent predictions of the All-Russian Association of Fishery Enterprises (VARPE) President German Zverev and some other industry analysts.

In volume terms, exports will grow by about 3.1% and reach 1.832 million tons, one of the record figures for Russia for the last several years.

According to VARPE experts, Russian fish export value growth can mainly be explained by the strengthening of global prices for whitefish, particularly...

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The Winding Glass: Tuna Case Shows Private Equity and Seafood are Not Always a Good Fit

Chris Lischewski, the former CEO of Bumble Bee Foods, has been convicted of conspiring to fix tuna prices in violation of the Sherman anti-trust act following his recent trial in California.  Chris is now going to appeal, and a sentencing date has been set for April.

I was struck by the prosecution argument, and also the testimony of Ken Worsham, a Bumble Bee Senior vice president who pled guilty, by the pressures Lischewski faced after the company was bought by...

 

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VIDEO: Ex-Bumble Bee CEO Convicted; Seafood Trade Mission; Farmed Salmon Analysis; Atlantic Halibut

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video hosts Lorin Castiglione and Ryan Doyle as they discuss the former CEO of Bumble Bee Foods' conviction in the tuna price-fixing conspiracy; Food Export USA-Northeast's trade missions to push lobster into Dubai and introduce Jonah crab in Spain; a farmed salmon market analysis and a look into a recent Atlantic halibut study.

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...

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ANALYSIS: Lobster Imports Decline in October; Still at the Mercy of Canadian Trade

Imports of lobster products into the U.S. declined five percent in the month of October 2019 imports totaled 8.45 million pounds compared to 8.89 in October 2018. The year-to-date figure remains six percent behind last year; reflective of a 6.4 million-pound shortfall.

Imports from Canada declined seven percent in the month of October and remain 6.7 percent lower year-to-date. The live (-35.1%); in-shell, which includes tails and whole cooked, (-4.5%); and meat (-2.6%) categories were all lower in the month...

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