Wed. Jan 22 2020

CDC Ups Travel Notice to ‘Level 2’ After First Case of Novel Coronavirus Confirmed in U.S.


Judge Denies Chicken of the Sea, Food Preparers’ $6.5 Million Settlement


A Look Into Aquaculture in the United States Through USDA’s 2018 Fish Farming Census


Russia Plans to Increase Pollock Catch in 2020  


China Continues to Take Severe Action Against Seafood Smuggling


Safety Drill Training Ramps up in Alaska


Cell-Based Meat Company Aiming to Bring Products to Market Following Strong Funding Round


Tue. Jan 21 2020

NFI Rotates Chairmanship as Todd Clark Completes Term, Frank Dulcich is New Chairman of the Board


FCF’s Bid for Bumble Bee Foods Successful, Following DOJ Objection


Korea Confirms Case of Pneumonia Linked to Wuhan; Travelers Being Screened Ahead of Chinese New Year


Trade Mission says China Eager to Buy Wild Alaska Pollock for Domestic Market


Minh Phu Has Not Received Official Documents From CBP, Vows to Work With Agency During Investigation  


US Coast Guard Gets Recognition from Sen. Murkowski on the Floor of the Senate


Alaskan Legislature Convenes, Updates on Fish Bills


Sophie’s Kitchen Transforms to Celebrate Veganuary


Top Seafood Executives Celebrate Future Leaders Class of 2019


ASMI Issues New Fact Sheet on Chalk in Halibut  


NaturalShrimp Inks Postlarvae Hatchery Contract  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, January 21


Mon. Jan 20 2020

Alaska Seafood’s Economic Impact Continues to Grow in U.S. and Globally


ANALYSIS: Haddock Market Unsettled Amid Tariff Exclusion  


LISTEN: Seafood Industry Reacts to Phase One Trade Agreement; Carlos Rafael Update and More


Wuhan Pneumonia Outbreak Update: 136 New Cases Confirmed a Week Before Chinese New Year


Injured North Atlantic Right Whale Calf Given Antibiotics, But Prognosis 'Poor'


IS Seafood and Z-Rou Meat Sign Distribution Agreement for Plant-based Foods in China


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, January 20


Fri. Jan 17 2020

Kodiak Loses Salmon to Chignik, Cook Inlet  


VIDEO: Phase One Trade Deal; Fortune's New Acquisition; Minh Phu Investigation; Good Catch Funding


ANALYSIS: The Impact of Labor Issues, Tariffs and More on Imported Scallops  


Hawaiian Swordfish Back in the Market After 9-month Absence; New Measures Protect Sea Turtles  


ANALYSIS: Frozen Tuna Fillets Imports at Record High  


Trouble at Sea: Natuna Islands and Claims of Sovereignty


Russia Puts Big Hopes on its White Fish Exports in Years to Come  


China’s Wuhan City Gradually Rises to Prominence Among Seafood Sellers  


Maine DMR Holding Elver Lottery for 9 Licenses  


Search Suspended for Two Missing Fishermen After Deadly Collision Near Galveston, Texas


NOAA Investigates Effects of Ocean Acidification on Scallops  


Cellular Aquaculture Firm BlueNalu, Nutreco Announce Strategic Partnership


UK Calls on Governments to Join Initiative to Protect 30% of the Ocean by 2030


RODA Launches Pacific Advisory Committee with Members of West Coast Fisheries


Cooke Aquaculture Scotland Welcomes New PR and Communications Manager


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, January 17


Thu. Jan 16 2020

How Seafood Fits Into The Phase One Trade Deal With China


CBP Formally Investigating Minh Phu For Anti-Dumping Duty Allegations  


ANALYSIS: Atlantic Salmon Retail Features Surge to Kick Off 2020  


Save Our Seas 2.0 Act Unanimously Passes Senate, Now On To the House


Plant-Based Seafood Brand Good Catch Gets Funding from General Mills and Greenleaf Foods


Alaska Fishing Updates for January 2020  


One Dead, Two Remain Missing Following Fishing Vessel Collision in Galveston, Texas


Clearwater, Quin-Sea Partner for Shrimp Processing Venture  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, January 16


Red Lobster, ezCater Bringing Seafood and Biscuits to Conference Rooms Across the U.S.


FDA Releases Graphic Novels to Encourage Families to Eat More Fish


New Zealand Issues Warning for Fishermen Participating in Illegal Activity: "People Are Watching"  


Wed. Jan 15 2020

SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, January 15


Alaska Residents in Need Received Over 830,000 Servings of Seafood in 2019 Thanks to SeaShare


Gulf of Alaska Cod Likely to Lose 2020 MSC Certification Due to Ocean Warming


Wuhan Pneumonia Outbreak: Case Detected in Thailand, Human-to-Human Transmission Not Ruled Out


Fortune International Expands in Midwest with Acquisition of Seattle Fish's Kansas City Operations


TGI Friday’s Launches Fridays Feats Featuring Seafood Options


MEL Japan Committed to Stand Firm As 2020 Olympics Approach


Coast Guard Searching For 2 Fishermen Following Vessel Collision in Galveston, Texas


Pink Salmon Payouts for 2016 Run Failure Back on Track  


F/V Pacific Miner Capsizes on Coos Bay Jetty; 3 Crew Rescued


Russian Processors Moving More and More to Deliveries of Live Crab vs. Cooked Crab  


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CDC Ups Travel Notice to ‘Level 2’ After First Case of Novel Coronavirus Confirmed in U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has upped their travel health notice for China from a “Watch Level 1” to “Alert Level 2.”

Since the initial mysterious pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan, the CDC has had a “Watch Level 1” travel health notice listed for China. The “Watch Level 1” notice encourages travelers to “practice usual precautions” when traveling to the specific destination, as well as to be up-to-date on all recommended vaccines. Now, with the first confirmed case of...

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Judge Denies Chicken of the Sea, Food Preparers’ $6.5 Million Settlement

California Federal Judge Janis L. Sammartino denied a proposed settlement between commercial food preparers (CFPs) and Chicken of the Sea over price-fixing of canned tuna. Sammartino ruled that the settlement does not provide “adequate relief to the class.”

Back in May, Chicken of the Sea (COSI) reached a deal in most of the lawsuits it was involved in stemming from the price-fixing. The company filed court papers, but the deal was denied last Friday.  

Sammartino broke down several problems with the agreement, ruling...

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A Look Into Aquaculture in the United States Through USDA’s 2018 Fish Farming Census 

Just before the New Year, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the 2018 Census of Aquaculture. The document dives deep into the aquaculture industry in the United States.

The USDA collected information relating to production methods, surface water acres and sources, production sales point of first sale outlets, and aquaculture distributed for restoration, conservation, enhancement, or recreational purposes.

In the United States, aquaculture generated $1.5 billion in 2018, just over a 10 percent increase from 2013. The number of fish farms in the...

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China Continues to Take Severe Action Against Seafood Smuggling

According to Beijing customs in early January, the agency has cracked down on a seafood smuggling case worth more than 200 million yuan (~$29 million USD), while the tax evasion exceeds 40 million yuan (~$5.8 million USD). Customs held 15 suspects in custody and seized more than 20 tons of frozen seafood. This gang is said to have illegally brought in frozen seafood such as shrimps and fish from regions like South America and Vietnam, according to media reports.

In addition to ...

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Cell-Based Meat Company Aiming to Bring Products to Market Following Strong Funding Round

With a Series B funding round of $161 million, cell-based meat, poultry and seafood company Memphis Meats is pushing towards bringing its first products to market.

The $161 million in funding marks the highest funding round in the cell-based industry and the company announced they are looking to use the funds to build a pilot production facility to grow its products and bring them to market.

In total the company has raised $180 million and are working on selecting an official...

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FCF’s Bid for Bumble Bee Foods Successful, Following DOJ Objection

Taiwanese tuna company FCF Fishery Co.’s “stalking horse” bid for Bumble Bee Foods was successful, according to a filing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

The auction for Bumble Bee that was scheduled for January 23 was canceled as no other bids were submitted before the Jan. 20, 5 p.m. ET deadline. The successful bid will be presented by Bumble Bee’s debtors at a Sale Hearing on January 23 at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Four days prior to the announcement of the successful bid...

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Minh Phu Has Not Received Official Documents From CBP, Vows to Work With Agency During Investigation

Minh Phu Seafood Corporation, the largest exporter of shrimp in Vietnam, is speaking out after a letter from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regarding an investigation into the company for allegedly evading duties began circulating earlier this month

Local media in Vietnam reports that Minh Phu has not yet received any official documents from CBP related to the allegations of duty evations. According to the report, Minh Phu said that the “CBP made the decision only based on information provided by the...

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Alaskan Legislature Convenes, Updates on Fish Bills

Today begins the 31st Alaska legislative session in Juneau and at least two fish bills will resurface. A priority is resolving the conflict of interest issue for the state Board of Fisheries – House Bill 35.

“You can see it at every BOF meeting you go to. When you have a board member who has an expertise in a certain area and is conflicted out and can’t even express his knowledge to other board members, what’s the point of having him on the board.  So this bill will allow them...

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Sophie’s Kitchen Transforms to Celebrate Veganuary

Vegan seafood manufacturer Sophie’s Kitchen has gone “all-in” on Veganuary. In an effort to promote animal welfare and the environmental and health benefits of a vegan diet, the company has transformed its social media presence to encourage people to participate.

Sophie’s posts will be dedicated to promoting the cause through meatless seafood products. Alongside its posts geared toward celebrating Veganuary, the company announced an investment of several thousand dollars in social media advertising to reach hundreds of thousands of people.

"2019 was declared the year of the vegan..."

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ASMI Issues New Fact Sheet on Chalk in Halibut

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute has released a new fact sheet on chalkiness in halibut for the trade. The fact sheet provides wholesalers and distributors how to identify it, foodservice and retail buyers how to prepare it, other trade members on what could be causing it. Most importantly, the change in texture is not harmful to consumers or the fish.

Deciding to get out in front of a natural phenomenon that was seen as a negative in the market took months of deliberation by industry members. But early last year, with ...

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Russia Plans to Increase Pollock Catch in 2020

Russia plans to increase the volume of its pollock harvest up to 1.8 million tonnes this year. That will be significantly higher than the figures for 2019, according to recent statements by some leading local fishermen and state officials.

So far, implementation of these plans has already been confirmed by Alexey Buglak, president of the Russian Association of Pollock Producers. Buglak said the current situation with pollock stocks in Russia remains favorable and...

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Safety Drill Training Ramps up in Alaska

Since 1994 it’s been the law that skippers and crews do monthly safety drills if they fish beyond three miles.

“And those monthly drills have to cover Man Overboard, flooding, fire and abandoned ship, those four scenarios.”

Jerry Dzugan is director of the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association based in Sitka.

AMSEA training helps fishermen get used to doing the safety drills and stay up to speed with survival equipment like EPIRBS, life rafts and radios, immersion suits and what to do in emergencies...

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NFI Rotates Chairmanship as Todd Clark Completes Term, Frank Dulcich is New Chairman of the Board

Orlando, January 21, 2020 - At their annual meeting in Orlando this week, NFI announced election of directors and the new Board Chairman, Frank Dulcich.  Frank is the founder of Pacific Seafood Seafood Group, and has been an active member of NFI for many years.  NFI has an executive committee rotation whereby the secretary, treasurer and then vice-chairman rotate up to the chairmanship, and then step back.

Todd Clark completed his year as chairman for 2019.  Clark served as NFI’s secretary, treasurer...

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Korea Confirms Case of Pneumonia Linked to Wuhan; Travelers Being Screened Ahead of Chinese New Year

The first case of novel coronavirus linked to Wuhan, China, has been reported in the Republic of Korea.

National IHR Focal Point for the Republic of Korea confirmed the case on Monday. The patient is a 35-year-old female Chinese national who resides in Wuhan. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the patient was initially diagnosed with a cold after visiting a hospital in Wuhan on January 18 for a fever, chills, and muscle pain. The following day the patient traveled to...

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Trade Mission says China Eager to Buy Wild Alaska Pollock for Domestic Market

Eight industry leaders in the wild Alaska pollock sector returned from a 10-day trade mission to China excited about partnerships with Chinese retailers, importers, and manufacturers and trends that favor a larger presence for wild Alaska pollock in their domestic market. 

“In meeting after meeting this week we heard passionately from our customers their desire to source Wild Alaska Pollock because of its superior consistency and quality,” said Craig Morris, Chief Executive Officer of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP). 

“We have loyal, excited customers who ...

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US Coast Guard Gets Recognition from Sen. Murkowski on the Floor of the Senate

Following the harrowing rescue of two crewmen on the crab vessel Scandies Rose on January 1 by a USCG swimmer from the Kodiak station, Alaska’s senior senator Lisa Murkowski spoke to the importance of and gratitude for the service men and women who serve in Kodiak. Her remarks were made on Wedesday, January 15, 2020.

“Mr. President, I rise today to commend the Coast Guard men and women who serve in Kodiak, AK, a designated Coast Guard City. On February 7, Kodiak’s Chamber of Commerce will ...

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Top Seafood Executives Celebrate Future Leaders Class of 2019

Prior to the kickoff of the Global Seafood Market conference, the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) and members celebrated the Future Leaders Class of 2019. The ceremony honored forty of the most promising minds in seafood for successfully completing the well-known and respected executive education program.

The Class of 2019 was the 21st graduating class of the Future Leaders program and coincide with the trade association’s 75th Anniversary.

Derek Figueroa, President & CEO of Seattle Fish Company was one of the many top seafood executives that were in attendance...

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