Wed. Nov 23 2022

ANALYSIS: Shrimp, Crab Meat and Frozen Tuna Face Slow Sales, Backed Up Inventory  


Maine Delegation, Governor Mills Urge Retailers to Continue Selling Maine Lobster  


SeafoodNews Closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25


ANALYSIS: Key Shrimp Item Descends to All-Time Low Price  


China Fisheries & Seafood Expo Postponed to 2023 Due to COVID Concerns


OP-ED: NWAA To Public Lands Commissioner Franz: You Got It Wrong!


First Batch of 2023 Alaska Symphony of Seafood Winners Announced


Singapore 7-Eleven Launches 7-Select Fish Burger, Shrimp Burger  


Red Lobster Releases Holiday Collection of Gifts For the Cheddar Bay Biscuit Lover in Your Life


Scott & Jon’s Employees, Owners Give Back At Maine Food Bank


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, November 23


Tue. Nov 22 2022

National Fisheries Institute President John Connelly Passes Away After Battle With Cancer


Seafood Industry to the White House: Include Us in the Ocean Climate Action Plan


Whales are Sticking Around in California; Commercial Crab Season Remains Closed


California Market Squid Fishery Begins MSC Assessment  


Government Accountability Office Says USDA Needs to Provide More Seafood in School Lunches


NOAA Preliminary Data For August Reveals 17.4 Million Pounds of Shrimp Landed in Gulf of Mexico  


First Bidding for Salted Herring Roe in Osaka Up to JPY 10,000 Per Kilo for U.S., Canadian Products  


Russian Fishermen Call on State to Increase Support for Building of New Trawlers


Sysco Unveils 2022 Sustainability Report and Debuts DEI Report


tru Shrimp Partners with Medical Manufacturer to Develop Hemostat Products


Thai Union’s SEALECT TUNA Celebrating 30 Years, Highlights Pathway to Future Growth  


Thai Union Conducts First At-Sea Assessment to Strengthen Improvements For Fisher’s Work, Welfare


MSC Congratulates ICCAT On State-of-the-Art Conservation Measures to Safeguard Atlantic Bluefin Tuna


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, November 22


Mon. Nov 21 2022

Cooke Announces Completion of Acquisition of Tassal Group Limited  


Cooke, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe Release Statement on Decision to End Net Pen Aquaculture in WA  


OBI Seafoods Supports Pedro Bay Rivers Project Blocking Pebble Mine With $200K Donation


Pollock Catch Grows in Russia This Year  


Cargill Appoints Brian Sikes as their 10th CEO in 157-Year History


Japan: F&P to Purchase all ASC-MSC Certified Wakame and Kelp Seaweed by 2024 From a Regional Group  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, November 21


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ANALYSIS: Shrimp, Crab Meat and Frozen Tuna Face Slow Sales, Backed Up Inventory

‘Tis the season to be jolly! But with slow sales and backed up inventory, not everyone may be feeling the holiday spirit.

The shrimp market has come under significant pressure in recent weeks amid the realization supplies are burgeoning. Imports in the last 10 years have grown by CAGR 5.29 percent, but in 2021 surged 19.8 percent. And January through April were 17 percent higher. While imports have since slowed, and year-to-date imports are even with the prior year, that’s still 20.5 percent more shrimp than January through September 2020...

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Maine Delegation, Governor Mills Urge Retailers to Continue Selling Maine Lobster

Maine Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, along with Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden and Governor Janet Mills, are encouraging retailers to continue selling Maine lobster despite the fishery losing its Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. The group released a statement following news that Whole Foods would stop purchasing Gulf of Maine lobster.

We are disappointed by Whole Foods’ decision and deeply frustrated that the Marine Stewardship Council’s suspension of the lobster industry’s certificate of sustainability continues to harm the livelihoods of hardworking men and women up...

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SeafoodNews Closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25

SeafoodNews will not be publishing on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25. We will return to our normal publishing schedule on Monday, November 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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China Fisheries & Seafood Expo Postponed to 2023 Due to COVID Concerns

The 26th China Fisheries & Seafood Expo (CSFE) has officially been postponed until 2023.

CSFE was initially supposed to take place October 26 through October 28. However, in mid-September Peter Redmayne, the President of Sea Fare Expositions, the overseas organizer of China Fisheries & Seafood Expo (CFSE), announced that they would be postponing the event by two weeks due to COVID-19 restrictions in Qingdao. Earlier this month Redmayne confirmed that they would have to reschedule due to the ongoing restrictions and lockdowns to stop outbreaks...

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First Batch of 2023 Alaska Symphony of Seafood Winners Announced
CORRECTION 11/23/22: The kelp chimichurri used on Peter Pan Seafood's winning dish was developed completely in house. Below is the correct photograph of the dish. 

The winners of Alaska Symphony of Seafood  Seattle People's Choice, Retail, Foodservice and the Bristol Bay Choice Awards were announced last week at Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle on November 18, 2022.

Peter Pan Seafoods swept the Retail Category with their Wild Caught Alaska Salmon with Ribbon Kelp Chimichurri ...

Photo of Wild Caught Alaska Salmon with Ribbon Kelp Chimichurri courtesy Peter Pan Seafoods

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Red Lobster Releases Holiday Collection of Gifts For the Cheddar Bay Biscuit Lover in Your Life

Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay Biscuits are fan-favorites. And this year you can gift the Cheddar Bay Biscuit lover in your life with something from Red Lobster’s 2022 Holiday Collection. 

The seafood restaurant released their curated selection of apparel and accessories, and they are absolutely mouthwatering. From lobster and Cheddar Bay Biscuit ornaments an a a Red Lobster tote bag or beanie, there is something for everyone in Red Lobster’s Holiday Collection.

“We’re thrilled to bring back our holiday shop this year...

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National Fisheries Institute President John Connelly Passes Away After Battle With Cancer

National Fisheries Institute (NFI) President John Connelly has passed away after a battle with a rare and aggressive form of cancer, cholangiocarcinoma. He was 61-years-old.

Connelly has served as the President of NFI since 2003. In January 2022 he announced that he intended to retire in 2023. However, in September he confirmed to NFI members that he had been diagnosed with cancer in late March. He said at the time that he started chemotherapy in early April and had been...

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Whales are Sticking Around in California; Commercial Crab Season Remains Closed

Whales off the California have no idea they're impinging on the commercial Dungeness crab fishery, but that's just the way it goes.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife surveys and information from commercial whale-watching trips showed a number of whales still present in the areas south of Point Arena, Calif. CDFW Director Charlton Bonham consequently delayed the season in Central and Southern California for a second time, he announced Monday.

"Aerial surveys undertaken by the Department on November 9, 2022, observed ...

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Government Accountability Office Says USDA Needs to Provide More Seafood in School Lunches

A recent report from government watchdog the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) must develop a plan to boost its assistance in providing more seafood in school lunches.

The GAO found that the USDA purchased a “limited quantity of seafood compared to other animal proteins (beef, eggs, pork, and poultry) for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) for fiscal years 2014 through 2019.”

Seafood purchases by the USDA represented just 1 and 2% of all animal proteins...

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First Bidding for Salted Herring Roe in Osaka Up to JPY 10,000 Per Kilo for U.S., Canadian Products

The first bidding of the salted herring roe sales season for the New Year was held on November 18 at the Osaka City Central Wholesale Market. Uoichi and Daisui primary wholesalers put 764 kg (540 kg in the previous year) of salted herring roe on the auction. Minato Shimbun reported that the median price of successful bids for large-sized Canadian and American products in gift-grade packages was 9,000 to 9,500 yen/kg ($63.49-67.02/kg)...

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ANALYSIS: Key Shrimp Item Descends to All-Time Low Price

The market for 16-20 count, P&D, tail-on, white shrimp has fallen to a new all-time low. The bellwether item, used in a multitude of foodservice applications, fell to $5.00 per pound in Tuesday’s assessment.

There’s an array of factors contributing to the current, weak environment:

Imports have been growing at a rate of roughly 5.3 percent, per year, in the last ten years. In 2021, imports surged 19.8 percent, and January through April, they climbed another...

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OP-ED: NWAA To Public Lands Commissioner Franz: You Got It Wrong!

Just four days after she announced that she would not renew Cooke Aquaculture’s fish farming leases, Washington state Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz held a press conference where, flanked by her anti-aquaculture supporters from the Wild Fish Conservancy (WFC), she declared an end to the proud 40-year tradition of fish farming in Puget Sound.

In response, the Northwest Aquaculture Alliance, joined by six other leading seafood trade associations—the National Fisheries Institute, National Aquaculture Association, Global Seafood Alliance, Best Aquaculture Practices, California Aquaculture Association...

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Singapore 7-Eleven Launches 7-Select Fish Burger, Shrimp Burger

Something fishy is going on at 7-Eleven Singapore locations. The convenience store chain is launching five brand-new 7-Select grab-and-go burgers … and two of them feature seafood!

“Variety is the spice of life so we’re adding not one but two all-new seafood options to our burger menu,” 7-Eleven Singapore teased. 

First up is the 7-Select Fish Burger, featuring a “delicious white fish patty in crispy breadcrumb with cheese, diced onions and mayonnaise in a soft bun...

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Scott & Jon’s Employees, Owners Give Back At Maine Food Bank

It’s the season of giving, and that’s exactly what the owners and employees of Scott & Jon’s did last week by joining the Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine in the fight against hunger.

This is the third year that Scott & Jon’s has partnered with the Good Shepherd Food Bank. The partnership includes them donating items and volunteering their time to come hand-sort fresh foods and packaged goods. This year the team at Scott & Jon’s created 4,582 complete meals for those affected by food insecurity...

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Seafood Industry to the White House: Include Us in the Ocean Climate Action Plan

Climate and fisheries: Both need to be protected as the earth continues to change. The Responsible Offshore Development Alliance, joined by almost 50 people and organizations, sent that message to the White House last week.

Commercial fishing industry leaders and participants submitted recommendations to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to inform the development of a U.S. Ocean Climate Action Plan through RODA on Nov. 18. The letter outlined nine specific actions necessary to...

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California Market Squid Fishery Begins MSC Assessment

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Fisheries Standard assessment process has begun for the California market squid fishery.

Over a month ago, SeafoodNews covered how squid purse seiners and processors in the state were looking to land MSC certification.

Del Mar Seafoods, Silver Bay Seafoods and Lund’s Fisheries, supplied by Sun Coast Calimari, have engaged with independent certification body SCS Global Services to complete the assessment of the fishery against the MSC Standard.

The aforementioned coalition explained that the California market squid fishery is the largest commercial squid fishery by tonnage...

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NOAA Preliminary Data For August Reveals 17.4 Million Pounds of Shrimp Landed in Gulf of Mexico

The Fishery Monitoring Branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released preliminary shrimp landings data from the Gulf of Mexico for August 2022. While the data does not include shrimp landings in Georgia or South Carlina, the figures released reveal that at least 17.4 million pounds of shrimp were landed in the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, another 1.5 million pounds of shrimp were landed in the South Atlantic in August.

NOAA only began releasing landings data from the...

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