Thu. Jun 17 2021

U.S., UK Reach Agreement Regarding Large Civil Aircraft; Will Not Impose Tariffs Related to Dispute


OSHA Updates Guidance For Protecting Workers From Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace


Alaska Scallop Fishery Opens July 1  


White Shrimp Are Seeing Price Decline and Uncertain Future in Chinese Market  


Wildfish Cannery and Barnacle Foods Launch Limited Release Octopus in Bullwhip Kelp Hot Sauce  


FFAW, ASP Submit Summer Shrimp Prices to Standing Fish Price Setting Panel  


Top Chilean Soccer Player to Star in Campaign Showcasing Country’s Salmon, Other Top Exports  


Pebble to Conduct Field Program During Bristol Bay Salmon Harvest


Samherji, HS Orka Agree to Develop Land-based Salmon Farm with 40,000 MT of Capacity  


DFO Provides Update Following Lobster Science Partnership Roundtable  


Senator Chuck Schumer Introduces Fluke Fairness Act of 2021  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, June 17


Wed. Jun 16 2021

Some Relief For Seafood Industry Thanks to Airbus-Boeing Deal


USDA Announces Additional $700 Million in PPE Grants to Small Businesses, Seafood Processors


Indian Ocean Tuna Commission Draws Ire of Nations, Industry, and NGOs on Yellowfin Tuna


H-2B Returning Worker Exception Act of 2021 Introduced To Ease Issues Related to Visa Cap


Commercial Fishermen Push CDC to Continue Mask Guideline Updates


Arthur Treacher Ready to Expand With New Franklin Junction Partnership


Salmon Fishing Season Gaining Momentum in Russia  


ASC Introduces New Feed Standard Aiming to Solve Aquaculture Supply Chain Issues


Nova Scotia Approves Hatchery License for First Nation, Cooke Aquaculture’s Salmon Division  


Alaska Mariculture Alliance Invites Founding Members


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, June 16


Tue. Jun 15 2021

China's Customs Agency Temporarily Suspends Imports of Certain Seafood Items After COVID Detection


Southeast Alaska Dungeness Crab Fishery Opens Today


JAPAN: May Sales Of Imported Fresh Tuna Down 26.5% to 725; Lowest Record At Toyosu Market  


A Higher Quality Requirement is a Way Out for China’s Tilapia Industry


BOEM and USACE Collaborate in Atlantic to Meet Offshore Wind Goals


Three U.S. Military Branches Partner in Bristol Bay to Support Salmon Fleet for a Safe Season Ahead


Stop & Shop Follows Local Seafood Program With Consumer Survey on Seafood Preferences, Sourcing


GAA 2020 Annual Report Notes Work with Members and Certifications During Pandemic


Maine’s A.C. Inc. Acquires a Pair of Shellfish Businesses


US Foods Unveils ‘Summer Scoop’ Lineup to Help Restaurants Battling Labor Shortage


New Organization SEA-NL Forms to Serve Newfoundland and Labrador Inshore Fish Harvesters


North Carolina Workers Can Now Get Groceries Delivered To Their Office Thanks to New Partnership


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, June 15


Mon. Jun 14 2021

Copper River Opens For First Time in Three Weeks  


CDC Updates Guidelines as Mask Mandate Now Lifted for Commercial Fishermen


PODCAST: April 2021 Shrimp Imports; Haddock Market Update; Former NOAA Head's New Job  


Seafood Worker, Fully Vaccinated, Tests Positive for Virus in Dillingham


Pacific Council Executive Director Announces Retirement This Year


First Study Aims to Assess Economics of All Pacific Halibut Users  


City Pier Seafood Introduces New Program To Encourage Kids to Eat More Seafood


StarKist Teams Up With Feed the Children to Serve 400 Families in Indiana


Feed Producer BioMar Sets 2030 Sustainability Ambitions


Pokeworks to Enter 14 New Markets in U.S. as Expansion Continues


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, June 14


Fri. Jun 11 2021

ANALYSIS: Crab Meat Market Still Climbing; Imports Down 8.5 Percent Through April  


Administration Pushes Offshore Wind Lease Sale in New York Bight


VIDEO: Crab Meat Market Climbing; GE Salmon Labeling Act; 2019 Marine Economy; Plant Based Trends  


ASPANS Voluntarily Withdraws MSC Snow Crab Certification in Gulf of St. Lawrence


Salmon Catches in N. Pacific at Lowest Levels in 40 years  


Businesses, Investors, and Foundations Join the Call for Permanent Protection of Bristol Bay


Eastern Oregon Couple on the Hook for $1,400 After Selling Dungeness Crab on Social Media


JAPAN: April Imports By Air Improve Notably, Volume Recovered The Level Two Years Ago  


Seafood Scotland Shares Success Story as Foodservice Eyes Salmon After U.S. Beef Supply Disruptions  


OmniFoods Launches Plant-based Seafood Line After Alternative Pork Success


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, June 11


Harry & David Launches Fine Meats Line Just in Time for Grilling Season


Gathered Foods Joins Mission Blue Nonprofit Aimed at Ocean Conservation


GSA Submits Application to SSCI for Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard


DFO Announces Second Call for Proposals Under Ghost Gear Fund


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U.S., UK Reach Agreement Regarding Large Civil Aircraft; Will Not Impose Tariffs Related to Dispute

Just a few days after the United States and European Union announced a cooperative framework to address the large civil aircraft disputes which have been raging since 2004, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced on Thursday that they have also reached an agreement with the United Kingdom.

“Reaching an agreement with the United Kingdom to finally put the large civil aircraft disputes behind us is a great step forward for our relationship,” said United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai. “I want to thank...

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OSHA Updates Guidance For Protecting Workers From Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has updated their guidance for protecting workers and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. The changes made focus on protections for unvaccinated and otherwise at-risk workers.

“Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace” was initially posted by OSHA on January 29. On June 10 the government department released some changes to the document, which was created to “help employers and workers not covered by...

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Alaska Scallop Fishery Opens July 1

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch …

One of Alaska’s smallest and priciest fisheries gets underway on July 1 – weathervane scallops.

The fleet size is limited by federal licensing for only 9 permits, but just two boats take part in the fishery which spans from Yakutat to the Bering Sea and can run through the winter.

“It’s pretty specialized. It’s not something you can get into easily. A fair bit of institutional knowledge and also specialized gear.  Lots of people have some Tanner crab pots lying around their back yards but...

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Wildfish Cannery and Barnacle Foods Launch Limited Release Octopus in Bullwhip Kelp Hot Sauce

You’re not going to want to miss this collaboration between Wildfish Cannery and Barnacle Foods. The two Alaska-based companies have joined forces to release a special, very limited small-batch of Wildfish Cannery Octopus in Bullwhip Kelp Hot Sauce. 

Wildfish Cannery has been in business since 1987 and is now run by the founder’s grandson, Chef Matthew Scaletta. Barnacle Foods was founded in 2016 by Matt Kern and Lia Heifetz, but the relatively new company has...

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Top Chilean Soccer Player to Star in Campaign Showcasing Country’s Salmon, Other Top Exports

Star Chilean soccer player Alexis Sanchez was named the face of Prochile’s “Unboxing Chile” campaign which will promote Chilean salmon and other products from the country as it looks to promote exports in new markets.

The campaign aims to show the country’s salmon is “reliable, sustainable and of quality, attributes that are recognizable in the Chilean striker and that allow bringing national production closer to other nations.”

“We hope that this campaign will show the talent of southern Chile, increase our country's awareness...

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Pebble to Conduct Field Program During Bristol Bay Salmon Harvest

Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd., the Canadian owner of Pebble Limited Partnership, will be conducting an annual field program at the headwaters of Bristol Bay during July, the peak time for sockeye salmon to be returning to the area.

Pebble’s 2021 field program is focused on “environmental management, sustainability and regulatory compliance” according to the press release.

In March 2019, Stephen Buckley, Mining Section Chief for the state’s Division of Mining, Land, and Water, sent a letter to Pebble’s Tim Havey, Pebble’s Environmental Manager outlining the requirements of the Miscellaneous Land ...

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Senator Chuck Schumer Introduces Fluke Fairness Act of 2021

On Wednesday Senator Chuck Schumer of New York introduced the Fluke Fairness Act of 2021, a bill created to “provide for an equitable management of summer flounder based on geographic, scientific and economic data and for other purposes.

The summer flounder fishery in the U.S. operates from Maine to the North Carolina/ South Carolina border. According to a 2020 study from the Science Center for Marine Fisheries, summer flounder landings are worth an estimated $26.5 million when landed at docks in the Mid-Atlantic states...

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USDA Announces Additional $700 Million in PPE Grants to Small Businesses, Seafood Processors

Personal protective equipment, or PPE, has increased costs to seafood processors during the pandemic but the USDA wants to help cut those costs.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Tuesday additional aid to agricultural producers and businesses as part of the USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative.

Earlier this year, Secretary Vilsack announced plans to use available pandemic assistance funds to address a number of gaps and disparities in previous rounds of aid. As part of the Pandemic Assistance initiative announced in March, USDA pledged to ...

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Indian Ocean Tuna Commission Draws Ire of Nations, Industry, and NGOs on Yellowfin Tuna

The Indian Ocean’s yellowfin tuna is currently the most overfished tuna stock in the world. In 2016, the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) adopted a resolution reducing the fishing allowance of the species by 15 percent to help rebuild the population. After five days of negotiations, IOTC members were only able to reach agreement to limit catch to 400,512mt. That catch level is 61,000mt above a level agreed to by the Global Tuna Alliance (GTA), an industry group.

In the years since 2016’s resolution, the ...

 

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Arthur Treacher Ready to Expand With New Franklin Junction Partnership

The revival of Arthur Treacher is on!

As SeafoodNews reported earlier this month, Nathan’s Famous announced plans to relaunch the seafood fast food chain as a ghost kitchen concept. Now, they’re partnering with Franklin Junction, “the innovative growth platform for restaurants navigating the age of digital ordering and delivery.”

Franklin Junction matches brands with “Host Kitchens,” which are existing restaurants that have the capacity to add a variety of delivery-only menus. This gives brands the opportunity to expand into new markets through a delivery-only presence and...

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White Shrimp Are Seeing Price Decline and Uncertain Future in Chinese Market

White shrimp have suffered from continuous price contraction from May to early June. With increasingly large aquaculture scale in recent years, some insiders have worried if farmers will be able to earn satisfying profits or not, considering factors like greater supplies, higher disease incidence and uncertain seed qualities.

Shrimp prices plummeted to great extents in China’s Jiangsu province in late May, and some traders complained that it is difficult to continue their business. And there are few signs of market rebound...

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FFAW, ASP Submit Summer Shrimp Prices to Standing Fish Price Setting Panel

The Standing Fish Price Setting Panel is holding a hearing today regarding the summer price for shrimp.

FFAW said in an update that negotiations regarding the price were held this week, but that after three days they remained too far apart from the Association of Seafood Producers’ (ASP) offer. The two organizations ultimately submitted their prices to the Standing Fish Price Panel. FFAW submitted a price of $1.22 per pound, which they say “accurately reflects the current...

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Samherji, HS Orka Agree to Develop Land-based Salmon Farm with 40,000 MT of Capacity

A subsidiary of Iceland-based seafood firm Samherji has reached an agreement with HS Orka, along with landowners to develop a land-based salmon operation with the capacity to produce up to 40,000 metric tons of salmon per year.

According to Samherji, the Samherji fiskeldi operation will be located in the Resource Park by the Reykjanes Power Plant. The company said it has secured access to sea and electricity to handle the capacity as well...

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DFO Provides Update Following Lobster Science Partnership Roundtable

In late May, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced the Lobster Science Partnership Roundtable to bring scientists, Indigenous partners, commercial fishing representatives, and other key researchers together to discuss lobster stocks in the country.

After hosting a Lobster Science Roundtable on June 15, the DFO thanked the 40-plus participants for their contributions when discussing the work that needs to be completed for lobster science.

The participants talked about specific lobster science projects they would like to undertake, and what they could each contribute, the DFO said. The group also showed interest...

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Some Relief For Seafood Industry Thanks to Airbus-Boeing Deal

On Tuesday the United States and European Union announced a cooperative framework to address the large civil aircraft disputes which have been raging since 2004. As part of the agreement, the U.S. and EU have agreed to move away from “past confrontation in pursuit of a cooperative future by suspending the tariffs related to this dispute for five years.”

“After years of bitter litigation and weeks of intense diplomacy, we have reached a deal on a set of high-level principles that resets U.S.-EU engagement in...

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H-2B Returning Worker Exception Act of 2021 Introduced To Ease Issues Related to Visa Cap

Yesterday the H-2B Returning Worker Exception Act of 2021 was introduced. The new federal legislation, if passed, would address the long-running issues related to the annual H-2B visa cap.

The seafood industry is one of the many industries throughout the U.S. that rely on H-2B visas. H-2B visas are used by U.S. employers to fill temporary seasonal jobs. For example, Maryland’s crab picking houses turn to these temporary workers during their busy summer season in order to meet demand...

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Commercial Fishermen Push CDC to Continue Mask Guideline Updates

A few days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated mask guidance aboard vessels on June 11, commercial fishing groups applauded the work by Senators for the changes but the groups do hope that more updates are on the horizon.

The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRSDA), the United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA), and the Seafood Harvesters of America (SHA) sent thanks to Senator Maggie Hassan, Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) for their work to update the mask policy aboard fishing vessels...

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