Tue. Aug 21 2018

Analysis: Tilapia Gaining Traction as Pangasius Prices Hit New Highs; Tariffs Are Huge Threat  


Tom Mazzetta Not Bothered by Tariffs on AK Seafood, Says Shrimp Tariffs Forced Him to Close Plant


Consumers Want Convenience — Is the Seafood Industry Moving in the Right Direction?


Big in Japan: Scotland’s Seafood Heavyweights Look to Scale Up Exports  


Start up Plans 'Recovery Ponds' for Horseshoe Crabs After Blood Extracted for Medical Use


Governor Walker Set to Sign Bill to Grow Mariculture Industry in Alaska  


Shrimp Landings Down for Month of July in Louisiana  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, August 21


Mon. Aug 20 2018

NOAA Trawl Survey Finds No Cold Water In Bering Sea; Conducts Emergency Survey in North    


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, August 20


US Trade Rep Doubles Length of Tariff Hearing on China, Seafood Industry to get 14 minutes to Speak


This Week On the Seafood News Podcast: Arctic Surf Clam Quota, Illegally Treated Fish and More  


Urner Barry's Seafood Import Workshop is Heading to Boston This October


Fri. Aug 17 2018

Bonamar Buys IMS; Morty and Marc Nussbaum to Continue Operations


Fraser Sockeye Season Gearing Up; Landings of 1.3 Million Salmon So Far


VIDEO: Surf Clam Award; Red Tide Emergency; Pacific Seafood Reopens Plant; Seafood Import Workshop


NL First Nation Says it Will Retry for Surf Clam License; Calls for Adjacency Principle


Mining Operations Threaten Fishing Operations at Russian West Kamchatka Region  


BAP Certifies 38 New Facilities, Recertifies 157 in July


NOAA Fisheries Call on Tribes to Apply for Species Recovery Grants


Mead Treadwell Talks Fish in Race for Alaska Governor


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, August 17


Thu. Aug 16 2018

NFI Posts 3 New Videos That Illustrate Impact of Tariffs on Seafood Community


Global Salmon Initiative Celebrates Five Years of Collaboration and Transparency


Zhangzidao Avoids Hot Weather Sea Cucumber Disaster That Affects Cucumber Pond Farms  


Ocean Acidity Impairs Sense of Smell in Fish


BioMar Gets Final Approval to Start Construction on Fish Feed Facility in Tasmania


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, August 16


Wed. Aug 15 2018

Pacific Seafood Opens New, State-of-the-Art Plant in Warrenton, Oregon  


Restaurants' Gain from Lower Prices Due to Trump Tariffs May be Wiped Out by Seafood Price Increases


NOAA to Fully Fund At-Sea Monitoring Program in New England for 2018, Reimburse More Costs for 2017


Florida Gov. Rick Scott Declares State of Emergency Over Red Tide; Seafood Sales Drop


Russia Company Plans Increase in Deep Water Crab Harvests  


Whole Foods, HyVee, Aldi and Target Top Greenpeace’s 2018 Supermarket Sustainable Seafood Scorecard


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, August 15


Report: Untreated Grey Water Dumped in Canadian Arctic Waters to Double by 2035


High Liner’s New CEO Rod Hepponstall Announces Organizational Realignment With 2nd Quarter Results


Thai Union Remains on FTSE4Good Index, Receives Multiple Sustainability Awards


Eating Farmed Salmon Just As Good As Going Vegan When it Comes to Reducing Impact on Earth  


Bering Sea Region Returns Most Fish Bucks to Alaska


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Analysis: Tilapia Gaining Traction as Pangasius Prices Hit New Highs; Tariffs Are Huge Threat

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton and Lorin Castiglione – August 21, 2018

Urner Barry is reporting that Pangasius is showing record high replacement prices for the past three months.  Wholesale prices for Pangasius fillets have also been in the $3.35 range.

Volume for Pangasius has fallen sharply this year, as Vietnamese exporters struggle with US market barriers, and seek other markets. Through June, about 79 million pounds has been imported, down 31% from the year before...

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Tom Mazzetta Not Bothered by Tariffs on AK Seafood, Says Shrimp Tariffs Forced Him to Close Plant

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SEAFOODNEWS] Opinion - by Tom Mazzetta - August 21, 2018

The following opinion was written by Tom Mazzetta, President of Mazzetta Company, regarding some of the issues surrounding the proposed tariffs on Alaskan seafood exported to China for Processing.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently announced that it would require roughly $811 million to support U.S. fishermen affected by retaliatory Chinese tariffs set to go into effect this week.  

Included in that number is financial support that would theoretically go to Alaskan seafood ...

 

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Consumers Want Convenience — Is the Seafood Industry Moving in the Right Direction?

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Amanda Buckle - August 21, 2018 

Surprise, surprise. A new study by Nielsen, a global measurement and data analytics company, has found that convenience is a driving factor for consumers.

According to Nielsen, consumers are busy, stressed and tired. So it’s not really a surprise that they are looking for an easier out when it comes to their food. That’s something that the  seafood industry is already taking note of.

According to Nielsen, 58% of the world’s population will live in cities or towns by 2025 ...

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NOAA Trawl Survey Finds No Cold Water In Bering Sea; Conducts Emergency Survey in North

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton – August 20, 2018

There was a big surprise in the annual NOAA trawl survey for the southern Bering Sea this year: no cold water.

Recently scientists involved in the survey gave public talks in Nome, in a meeting at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Northwest Campus.  They said they found things never seen in the 34 year history of the survey.

The annual trawl survey is the basis for the North Pacific Council quota allocations for major species, such as pollock ...

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Start up Plans 'Recovery Ponds' for Horseshoe Crabs After Blood Extracted for Medical Use

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Virginia Pilot] - August 21, 2018

MANTEO, N.C.- William Hall, a retired marine scientist, is scheduled for cataract surgery soon, and a horseshoe crab will play a crucial role .

The blood of horseshoe crabs contains an agent that clots when exposed to gram-negative bacteria, such as E. coli and salmonella. Since the 1980s, the blood has been used to detect toxins in medical procedures, including inoculations, intravenous drugs and even rabies shots for pets.

Decades ago, scientists conducted less accurate...

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US Trade Rep Doubles Length of Tariff Hearing on China, Seafood Industry to get 14 minutes to Speak 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton – August 20, 2018

The US Trade Representative announced that they were doubling the length of hearings on tariffs for $200 billion worth of goods from China.  The hearings will now take place over six days, from August 20th to August 27th.

The hearings are only one part of the action on the escalating trade war with China.  According to the Wall St. Journal, the USTR (US Trade Representative) is taking a hard line and trying to impose ...

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This Week On the Seafood News Podcast: Arctic Surf Clam Quota, Ilegally Treated Fish and More

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 20, 2018

Join Seafood News staff writer Amanda Buckle and market reporter Lorin Castiglione for another episode of the Seafood News Podcast. This week's episode breaks down the latest in the Arctic Surf Clam quota, plus illegally treated fish in Spain, the lobster emoji and a new beauty product featuring fish skin.

The Seafood News Podcast is available to download via SoundCloud or iTunes.

This episode was sponsored by the Seafood Innovation Expo ...

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Bonamar Buys IMS; Morty and Marc Nussbaum to Continue Operations

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 17, 2018

Bonamar has acquired International Marketing Specialists (IMS), a New England based seafood importer best known for their DelicaSea brand and for specializing in the marketing of shrimp products.

“We are pleased to add IMS to our Bonamar family and we look with great enthusiasm to this division to strengthen our leadership in the market by adding a multitude of new product categories,” Argenis Contreras, CEO and founder of Bonamar said in a press release. “Bonamar is committed to ...

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VIDEO: Surf Clam Award; Red Tide Emergency; Pacific Seafood Reopens Plant; Seafood Import Workshop

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 17, 2018

Watch the latest Seafood News Weekly Recap with hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione. This week we break down the DFO's reversal of the surf clam award; Florida's State of Emergency over the red tide; and Pacific Seafood reopening their Warrenton Plant. Plus, find out where Urner Barry's Seafood Import Workshop is heading to in October.

This video is sponsored by the Seafood Innovation Expo, taking place at the Mazatlan International Center in ...

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Mining Operations Threaten Fishing Operations at Russian West Kamchatka Region

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - August 17, 2018

Major Russian Kamchatka-region fish harvests may drop this year thanks to investment in another natural resource: mining.

Global mining companies have announced plans to start the production of minerals close to the West Kamchatka shelf as well as peripheral areas of the Peninsula.

For example, Indian energy holding company Tata Power -- India's largest integrated power company, according to its website -- has recently completed its plans to build a new port on the Sea of Okhotsk on the western coast of Kamchatka. The company's ...

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Big in Japan: Scotland’s Seafood Heavyweights Look to Scale Up Exports

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Susan Chambers

A contingent of Scottish seafood companies hope to build on growing international exports when they visit Japan this week.

At £944 million (~$1.2 million USD), Scottish seafood international exports rose by 23 percent last year, and several companies heading to the Japan Seafood Expo 2018 want to continue the trend. The group includes, for the first time, some of the biggest companies in the sector, making this year’s delegation the largest yet in terms of ...

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Governor Walker Set to Sign Bill to Grow Mariculture Industry in Alaska

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - August 21, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Governor Walker gives a big boost to a new industry.

Governor Walker plans to sign the Alaska Mariculture Development Plan this week in Ketchikan, boosting a new industry that could yield $1 billion within 30 years.

Meanwhile, 16 new applicants applied this year to grow shellfish and seaweed businesses in just over 417 acres of Alaska tideland areas.

Most are located in Southeast and Southcentral regions and ...

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News Summary August 20, 2018

Today’s Main Story: NOAA Trawl Survey Finds No Cold Water In Bearing Sea; Conducts Emergency Survey in North

Today's lead item reports on this year’s NOAA’s trawl survey findings. There was a big surprise in the annual NOAA trawl survey for the southern Bering Sea this year: no cold water, and few pollock in the southern Bering Sea. Recently scientists involved in the survey gave public talks in Nome, in a meeting at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Northwest Campus. They said they found things never seen in the 34 year history of the survey. In the past, the survey has always found a ‘cold pool’ within the Bering Sea south of St. Lawrence Island. This year, no 'cold pool' was found, meaning no barrier to keep pollock from migrating northward ...

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Shrimp Landings Down for Month of July in Louisiana

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 21, 2018

Gulf of Mexico Shrimp landings are down slightly in July, with NMFS reporting a total of 7.92 million lbs headless shrimp, vs 8.01 million lbs in July 2017.

The cumulative total is slightly down, but Louisiana, which had the lowest landings for the month of July for the past five years, is still ahead for the year overall.  July is typically one of the lowest volume summer months in the Louisiana shrimp fishery.

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Urner Barry's Seafood Import Workshop is Heading to Boston This October

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 20, 2018

Urner Barry is heading to Boston. Following a successful event in Los Angeles this past February, the Seafood Import Workshop is back on the East Coast. Join speakers Scott Zimmerman (CEO and founder of Safe Quality Seafood Associates), Corey L. Norton (international trade attorney), Michael Lieberman (Foa & Son insurance broker) and Jonathan Lieberman (customs broker and director of operations for New York Customs Brokers) as they discuss topics ranging from ...

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Fraser Sockeye Season Gearing Up; Landings of 1.3 Million Salmon So Far

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - August 17, 2018

The Fraser River sockeye season has netted landings of about 600,000 sockeye in the U.S. and 735,000 sockeye in Canada as of early this week. In Canada there have been three separate openings and an updated announcement on openings just this week, indicating a ramping up of a fishery that will peak in the coming few weeks. 

This year’s return to the Fraser is estimated to be 14 million sockeye, within a wide range of possibilities. The return is made ...

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NL First Nation Says it Will Retry for Surf Clam License; Calls for Adjacency Principle

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton – August 17, 2018

surf clamsThe Miawpukek First Nation located on the south coast of Newfoundland says they applaud the reopening of the issue of an arctic surf clam license for indigenous peoples, and will try again to secure the license under the new procedure announced by DFO.

“ Ottawa’s announcement to cancel a recent clam license decision is a fitting end to a move that would have given virtually 100 % of a Newfoundland and Labrador resource to stakeholders outside ...

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