Fri. Sep 30 2022

REPORTER: Will AB5 Spread Across the U.S.?


Frozen Seafood Brand Scott & Jon’s Expanding Distribution With Walmart  


Vega Salmon First in Europe To Achieve BSP Certification


Pokemoto Opens First Tennessee Location; Enters South Carolina


Government Invests in Partnership With Indigenous Peoples in Next Phase of Oceans Protection Plan


Thu. Sep 29 2022

VIDEO: MSC Lobster Certificate Audit; Bristol Bay Salmon; Scallop License Allocation


Shellfish Harvesting Georgia Temporarily Closed Due to Hurricane Ian  


NFI Supports WH Goals on Hunger and Health, Says Seafood Must Be Central to Its Success


Russia: Analysts Expect Growth of King Crab Population in Arctic Seas  


Beijing Seafood Vendor Sentenced to Prison for Obstructing the Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19


NaturalShrimp Announces Partnership With US Foods  


Alexa Dayton Named Executive Director of Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries


Woody Harrelson Among New Investors in Wicked Kitchen


Woody Harrelson Among New Investors in Wicked Kitchen


Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Increase Export Budget Request  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, September 29


Wed. Sep 28 2022

NEFMC Not Moving Forward With Scallop License Allocation  


Oregon State Researchers Discover Probiotics Dramatically Increase Oyster Larvae Survival  


China’s Pollock Processing Business Recovering as H1 Imports from Russia Doubled  


Giant Eagle Partners With ProChile on “Chile on Board” Campaign


Partnership With Talabat Allows Pokeworks to Expand in Middle East, North Africa


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, September 28


Tue. Sep 27 2022

ADF&G Prelim Report Confirms 2022 Bristol Bay Salmon Largest Inshore Run on Record


VIDEO: AquaBounty CEO Sylvia Wulf on Land-Based Aquaculture, New Ohio Facility and More


Merbok’s Aftermath: Biden OK’s Disaster Funds, FEMA/Congress Delegation Visits, Golovin Digs Out


Western Pacific Council Rebukes Proposal to Expand Marine National Monument


Russian Fish Exporters Hope to Restore Positions in Chinese Market This Year  


FFAW Seeking Financial Support From Federal, Provincial Governments After Hurricane Fiona


REPORTER: The Scariest Thing This Season? High Prices


Further Investigation Underway Into Scientific Integrity Violations by Dr. Jane Lubchenco


Fish Fixe Challenges Americans to Swap Chicken for Fish During National Seafood Month


Euclid Fish Company Partners With Frosty Acres Brands


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, September 27


Mon. Sep 26 2022

Maine Lobster Fishery MSC Certification Under Expedited Audit  


PODCAST: MLMC Executive Director on How to Support Maine Lobster Industry After Red Listing


ANALYSIS: Canadian Snow Crab Prices Begin Rebound  


NOAA Fisheries Extends Slow Zone for Right Whales Near Nantucket Through October 6


Moody's Withdraws American Seafoods Ratings Following Debt Repayment


GAPP Presents Panel on Evolving Consumers, Future Markets and Current ‘State of Food’


ASMFC Awards Five Aquaculture Pilot Projects a Total of $610,000


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, September 26


Congresswoman Chellie Pingree Announces $2M Federal Investment to Strengthen Maine Aquaculture


Fri. Sep 23 2022

Global Seafood Alliance Presenting George Chamberlain With Lifetime Achievement Award at GOAL 2022


Superior Fresh Launches Three New Salmon Products In Celebration of National Seafood Month  


Bristol Bay Native Corporation Hosts Bristol Bay Wild Salmon Celebration in Washington D.C.  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, September 23


Previously Entangled North Atlantic Right Whale Spotted Off Massachusetts Coast With New Gear


INSIGHT: Aqua Feed Giants Unpack Potential of Fishmeal Alternatives


China Gets 2 New Species of White Shrimp  


National Fisheries Institute President John Connelly Diagnosed With Cancer


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REPORTER: Will AB5 Spread Across the U.S.?

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The trucking industry has taken its lumps over the last several years be it due to the COVID-19 pandemic, lack of drivers, chaos at ports due to ongoing supply chain issues, and other factors. Now comes the potential impact of a bill that has been around for a couple of years and is finally starting to make significant waves in California, the state where it was enacted. It’s called...

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Frozen Seafood Brand Scott & Jon’s Expanding Distribution With Walmart

Frozen shrimp entree brand Scott & Jon’s is expanding their distribution agreement with Walmart. 

The retail giant will increase distribution of the frozen seafood brand to almost 4,000 stores, as well as increase the brand’s frozen shelf presence to eight items. In addition, Sam’s Club will begin selling Scott & Jon’s products in all of their 590 U.S. locations. Shrimp lovers can expect to see the products in the frozen aisle no later than January 2023.

The expanded distribution agreement comes as Scott & Jon’s claims the #1 dollar ranking for...

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Vega Salmon First in Europe To Achieve BSP Certification

Vega Salmon has reason to celebrate this week as they have achieved Best Seafood Practices (BSP) certification for their processing plant in Handewitt, Germany. Vega Salmon is the first in Europe to be certified to BSP.

BSP is a third-party certification program developed by the Global Seafood Alliance. Launched in 2021, it’s the world’s only certification program capable of linking responsible wild-capture fisheries to certified processing plants and certified vessels.

“We are proud of being the first BSP salmon processor in Europe and proud of being...

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Canadian Government Invests in Partnership With Indigenous Peoples in Next Phase of Oceans Protection Plan

The Canadian Government is investing $50 million to directly support Indigenous partnerships as part of the Oceans Protection Plan. 

The Oceans Protection Plan was created to help Indigenous Peoples and coastal communities in protecting, preserving and restoring oceans and waterways. The new funding will be open to Indigeous communities and organizations, and can be used to support capacity for their continued involvement in discussing and building relationships that advance marine safety and environmental protection. Funding will also go towards supporting...

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Shellfish Harvesting Georgia Temporarily Closed Due to Hurricane Ian

Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida on Wednesday afternoon as a category 4 storm, bringing with it 150 mph winds. As the storm advances, it’s expected to hit the Georgia and South Carolina area, where forecasters say it will make a second landfall on Friday afternoon.

The southern states are facing threats of coastal flooding due to the storm surge, as well as inland flooding due to torrential rains.

Because of the potential hurricane-associated rainfall and surge, Georgia’s Department of...

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NFI Supports WH Goals on Hunger and Health, Says Seafood Must Be Central to Its Success

National Fisheries Institute President John Connolly is applauding the White House’s Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health. Connelly said, “Federal programming and education that clearly and consistently support advice to eat more seafood – fresh, shelf-stable, and frozen – must play a central part in this ambitious goal.”

Yesterday’s Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health was only the second in more than 50 years. In 1969 the first White House hosted conference on these subjects resulted in the school lunch program, the ...

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NaturalShrimp Announces Partnership With US Foods

On Wednesday NaturalShrimp announced that they had entered into a partnership with US Foods, South Texas area. The partnership means an exclusive grow out program for their customers in Austin, Houston and San Antonio.

“We are very excited to build this channel-specific program for a leading national distributor,” said Marco van den Berg, VP of Sales and Marketing. “This is in line with our strategy to deliver our quality product to restaurants inside a 300 mile radius, within eight hours from harvest at our production facility in La Coste. There has been...

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Woody Harrelson Among New Investors in Wicked Kitchen

Wicked Kitchen, the company that just recently acquired plant-based seafood brand Good Catch, has raised $20 million in bridge funding. Among the new investors is none other than actor Woody Harrelson. 

Co-founders, brothers and chefs Chad Sarno and Derek Sarno plan on using the funding to further ramp up global brand awareness initiatives and expand retail distribution and other channels to include foodservice. Currently Wicked Kitchen products can be found in more than 6,500 retail stores across the U.S.

“I have known Chad and Derek for many years...

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Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Increase Export Budget Request

In its FY2023 budget request, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) requested JPY 14.13 billion ($97.72 million) for export-related items, an increase of 31% from the initial budget for FY2022. The budget request is based on three pillars: "strengthening overseas sales capabilities through joint efforts of the public and private sectors," "supporting businesses that take on the challenge of exporting with a market-oriented concept," and "overcoming obstacles to exports through governmental cooperation," Minato Shimbun reported.

In 2020, the government formulated a strategy to expand exports of agricultural, forestry...

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Oregon State Researchers Discover Probiotics Dramatically Increase Oyster Larvae Survival

Probiotics aren't just good for humans -- they also help young oysters survive.

Oregon State University researchers discovered oyster larvae survival rates were significantly boosted by treating them with specific combinations of probiotics.

With only a one-time application, the probiotics also boosted larval growth, metamorphosis and settlement, meaning that in addition to more oysters surviving past the larvae stage, they also fared better at transitioning to juveniles and anchoring to shells and other surfaces.

The findings ...

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Pokemoto Opens First Tennessee Location; Enters South Carolina 

It’s another month of expansion for Pokemoto. The Hawaiian poke bowl restaurant concept announced on September 22 that they opened their new location in Gallatin, Tennessee. But they’ve got more locations in the U.S. on the horizon.

Gallatin marks the fifth opening announced by the company since August. 

“Gallatin is a growing city full of culture, entertainment and places to dine, a major draw for those looking for something to do,” said Pokemoto franchisee Amindra Wijayanayake. “We’re excited to bring our delicious poke bowls and boba tea to the...

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VIDEO: MSC Lobster Certificate Audit; Bristol Bay Salmon; Scallop License Allocation

Join SeafoodNews Managing Editor Amanda Buckle as she takes a look at three of the most read stories of the week, including Maine Lobster's MSC certificate expedited audit; the record Bristol Bay salmon season; and the scallop license allocation not moving forward.

This episode of the SeafoodNews Weekly Video is brought to you by the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers’ fourth annual meeting, taking place in Seattle on October 17, 2022. The meeting will bring together representatives from all segments of the Wild Alaska Pollock industry...

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Russia: Analysts Expect Growth of King Crab Population in Arctic Seas

The population of Kamchatka crab is steadily growing in the Arctic seas of Russia and other countries of the region amid the conditions of global warming and the ongoing climate change.  

During the 1960s, these crabs were delivered to the Barents Sea from the Far East. Thirty years later, the volume of their reserves allowed to start their commercial fishing in the Northern Basin.  

In the case of Russia, the volume of king crab has been steadily growing in recent years. In Norway the local authorities were unhappy...

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Beijing Seafood Vendor Sentenced to Prison for Obstructing the Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19

Yang Moumou of Beijing Trading Co. was sentenced to one year and six months in prison for obstructing the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.

According to a report from Beijing News, between April and November 2021,  Moumou and others associated with Beijing Trading Co. imported frozen hairtail from Thailand and other countries and stored the product in a cold storage facility belonging to Beijing Commercial and Trading Co. in the Fangshan District of Beijing. Moumou reportedly did not submit nucleic acid tests or...

 

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Alexa Dayton Named Executive Director of Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries

Alexa Dayton has been named the new Executive Director of the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries. In the role she’ll be responsible for leading a 10-person staff and operations of the organization. Dayton will also be responsible for fundraising for the Stonington-based organization.

“The MCCF Board is delighted to welcome Alexa Dayton as our new Executive Director,” said Jane Osborne, Chair of the Board of Directors. “Alexa’s background, experience, connections and excitement about the MCCF mission make her a great person to lead MCCF...

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Woody Harrelson Among New Investors in Wicked Kitchen

Wicked Kitchen, the company that just recently acquired plant-based seafood brand Good Catch, has raised $20 million in bridge funding. Among the new investors is none other than actor Woody Harrelson. 

Co-founders, brothers and chefs Chad Sarno and Derek Sarno plan on using the funding to further ramp up global brand awareness initiatives and expand retail distribution and other channels to include foodservice. Currently Wicked Kitchen products can be found in more than 6,500 retail stores across the U.S.

“I have known Chad and Derek for many years...

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NEFMC Not Moving Forward With Scallop License Allocation

The New England Fishery Management Council is not moving forward with the development of a scallop license allocation leasing program for a limited access fishery. 

Scallop allocation leasing would have allowed a boat owner to sell days and tonnage from a fishing license to another vessel owner to harvest in restricted zones. The topic has been up for debate for months before it was ultimately discussed on Tuesday at the September Council Meeting in Gloucester. 

Prior to the meeting, the council said that of the 286 commenters who spoke out during the...

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