Thu. Feb 22 2024

ANALYSIS: Frozen Salmon Fillet Volume Retreats in 2023  


VIDEO: Deadline Extended For Russian Seafood; Sushi Council Formed; BBRSDA’s New Executive Director


Grieg Seafood Looks To Process More Of Its Own Fish In Norway  


US House Reps Steel, Panetta Urge Investigation of Forced Labor in Seafood Supply Chains


7-Eleven Singapore Introduces ‘K-Flavour Hits’ Menu Featuring Seafood  


Minister Invites Embassy Officials of ASEAN Countries to Toyosu Market to Promote Japanese Seafood


SeaPak Looks to AI Technology To Better Engage With Customers


Richmond BC Seafood Processing Company Fined $40,000 for Undersized Crabs


Nordlaks Adopts Underwater Robots with AI From Probotic to Keep Nets Clean


How Blue Star Foods Is Looking To Generate An Additional $20 Million in Revenue in 2024


$300K Coastal Planning Grants Available in Maine


2024 Massachusetts Commercial Fishing Grant To Help Defray Cost of Safety Gear


$3.3 Million Worth of Dried Shark Fins Seized By Hong Kong Customs


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, February 22


Wed. Feb 21 2024

Import Ban on Russian Seafood Into U.S. Receives Extension To May  


The Retail Rundown: Finalizing February’s Features


FFAW Responds To ASP’s Tie-Up Grievance  


Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument Now Bans All Commercial Fishing  


BBRSDA Promotes Lilani Dunn To Executive Director After Andy Wink's Departure


Dead NARW Off Georgia Coast Found With Blunt Force Trauma


Bakkafrost Releases Q4 2023 Results After Challenging Year  


NOAA Fisheries Wants Public Comments on Two New National Aquaculture Development Plans


U.S. Coast Guard: Enhanced Safety Oversight Needed for Fish Tender Vessels


NaturalShrimp Develops and Patents First Shrimp-Focused Commercially Operational RAS  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, February 21


Tue. Feb 20 2024

PODCAST: Wild Alaska Sole Association's Pat Shanahan On The Need For A New Marketing Association  


ASP Gives Update On Tie-Up Grievance As They Work Towards ‘Timely’ Start to 2024 NL Snow Crab Season  


NTSB: 2022 Sinking of $1.2 Million Seiner Due to Flooding in Lazarette and Non-Working Bilge Alarms


Thai Union Provides Update on Red Lobster in Q4 Results Amid Exit From Seafood Chain


Unified Command Transitions F/V Aleutian Storm Grounding Response to Sanctuary


Senator Murkowski Addresses Alaska Lawmakers With Candor and Optimism


Nova Sea to Acquire 33.4% Stake in Torghatten Aqua, Becoming the Company’s 2nd Largest Shareholder  


Ice Fish Farm Appoints Industry Veteran Roy Tore Rikardsen as New CEO


The EU Will Invest €2,2 M ($2.38M) to Develop the Fishing Vessel of the Future


Cousins Maine Lobster Expands in Virginia Almost a Year After Welcoming First Truck In The State  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, February 20


Fri. Feb 16 2024

Seattle Fish Co. President Derek Figueroa Retiring; Christian Maas Named As Successor


AquaBounty Selling Indiana Farm In Effort To Restart Construction On Ohio Facility  


SeafoodNews Closed on Monday, February 19


Entrevientos S.A. Fire Update: Blumar and Multi X Compensating Displaced Workers, Plan to Rebuild  


Another NARW Death Recorded Off Georgia, Marking 38th in Unusual Mortality Event


Alaska Politicians Applaud USDA’s Plan to Purchase Nearly $100 Million Worth of Salmon Products  


SNP Launches Direct-to-Consumer Seafood Program As Part Of ‘Fall In Love With Seafood’ Campaign


Japan: 2023 Surimi Products Output Exceeded 460,000 Tons for the First Time in 8 Years  


SalMar Releases Q4 2023 Results After Jellyfish Attacks and ISA Outbreak  


Wendy’s Educates Customers About Alaska Pollock In Limited Time Crispy Panko Fish Sandwich


Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Amends Menhaden NOI  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, February 16


Urner Barry Administrative Offices Will Be Closed on Monday, February 19


Thu. Feb 15 2024

Les Hodges: Russian Crab Dominates Asia  


Latest NARW Mortality Linked to Maine Lobster Gear; Read Reactions Here  


Massachusetts Politicians Have Questions About Blue Harvest’s Bankruptcy


VIDEO: What 6 QSR Chains Are Offering For Lent  


Announcement of Oregon Offshore Wind Areas Leads to Stakeholder/BOEM Disconnect


M/V Genius Star XI Departs Unalaska After Six-Week Layover Due to Fire of Lithium-Ion Batteries


Icelandic Salmon Releases Q4 2023 Results After Sea Lice Outbreak in Tálknafjörður  


Mowi Reports Record Breaking Year for 2023  


Kajima Corporation Succeeds in Mass Culturing Red Sea Plume, a Seaweed Suppressing Burping in Cows  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, February 15


Scott & Jon’s Fighting “Shrinkflation” By Maintaining Prices On Their New Larger Portions  


Popeyes Brings Back Alaska Flounder Sandwiches, Shrimp Tackle Box For LTO Lent Offering  


Mintec Completes Fourth IOSCO Accreditation for Proprietary Agrifood Prices


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ANALYSIS: Frozen Salmon Fillet Volume Retreats in 2023

Volumes of farmed Atlantic frozen salmon have retreated for the first time in recent memory on a year-over-year basis. 2023 ended 3.0 percent lower than 2022, stopping a 6-year record for increasing YTD levels.

Another note is the loss of market share for Chile, the category leader. Chile is down to a 60 percent market share in 2023 as compared to a 67 percent market share in 2022. Market share gains are being led by Norway and Poland...

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VIDEO: Deadline Extended For Russian Seafood; Sushi Council Formed; BBRSDA’s New Executive Director

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they break down the top stories of the week, including the deadline extension for Russian-origin seafood; the formation of the National Fisheries Institute’s Sushi Council; and the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association’s new Executive Director.

This episode of the SeafoodNews Weekly Video is brought to you by Urner Barry. Urner Barry is heading to Boston for Seafood Expo North America from March 10th through the 12th...

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Grieg Seafood Looks To Process More Of Its Own Fish In Norway

Grieg Seafood is looking to expand its presence in Norway with a new value added processing facility at Gardermoen.

The aquaculture company has fish farms in Rogaland and Finnmark in Norway. Now it is setting its sights on a facility that will process salmon from production in both the North (Finnmark) and South (Rogaland) of Norway. This new processing facility will be housed at Oslo Airport City at Gardermoen, with a processing capacity of 10,000-12,000 tonnes (HOG equivalent). If needed the company also has the...

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US House Reps Steel, Panetta Urge Investigation of Forced Labor in Seafood Supply Chains

Yesterday Reps. Michelle Steel (R-CA) and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) urged Biden Administration officials to investigate allegations of forced labor in seafood supply chains with China. The letter, signed by ten additional members of Congress, went to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai, and Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Troy Miller.

“As members of the Ways and Means Committee, we urge you to investigate allegations of forced labor in seafood supply chains associated with China and promptly ...

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SeaPak Looks to AI Technology To Better Engage With Customers 

The future is AI. And SeaPak is turning to the technology to encourage customers to get creative in the kitchen. The frozen seafood brand announced this week that they are rolling out a new “Kitchen Wingman” — an AI-generated digital Pelican. 

The Kitchen Wingman is currently featured on the SeaPak website with a link encouraging visitors to check out new dinner recipes. The recipes —  which include dishes like sheet pan coconut shrimp and crispy noodles, and a salmon burger lime and avocado salad — are marked with the...

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Nordlaks Adopts Underwater Robots with AI From Probotic to Keep Nets Clean

Nordlaks is using underwater robots to improve the cleaning of fish nets. The Norway-based company has entered into a six-year agreement with Probotic, which offers robotic services to improve operational efficiency. 

The robots — known as REN-NOT — will be used at the Grønnstranda site in Narvik. They have built-in sensors to detect holes and will operate continuously in pens, ensuring nets remain clean. The goal is to cut costs, implement better fish welfare and reduce negative environmental impacts...

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$300K Coastal Planning Grants Available in Maine

The Department of Marine Resources’ Maine Coastal Program (MCP) and the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Municipal Planning Assistance Program (MPAP) are accepting applications for coastal planning grants totaling approximately $300,000. 

The funding, which comes from an annual grant from NOAA, is in response to impacts of recent storms experienced in Maine’s coastal communities.

Two grant programs — the FY 2025 Coastal Community Grant Program and the Shore and Harbor Planning Grant Program are being combined into one grant program. The matching fund requirement has been eliminated and the application process... 

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2024 Massachusetts Commercial Fishing Grant To Help Defray Cost of Safety Gear

The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries will provide a one-time payment to reimburse the cost, or a portion of the cost, of safety equipment purchased or serviced for use in Massachusetts commercial fishing. The application can be found below. Funds are for fiscal year 2024.

A maximum amount of $375,000 to be divided among all approved applications. 

“For example, if MA DMF approves 1,000 applications, the maximum payment per application will then be $375,” the agency pointed out in a press release. “MA DMF asks ...

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The Retail Rundown: Finalizing February’s Features

Retailers are finalizing their February features while actively preparing for spring demand, which is bolstered by seasonal factors like warmer weather along with holidays including St. Patrick’s Day and Easter.

Retail features are shifting from red meat and poultry towards seafood as Lenten observers begin the 40 days of fasting and reduced meat consumption. 

The seafood complex continues to hold the top spot within total protein features, accounting for 37% this week. Beef follows with 21% of retail buying opportunities, while pork closes in at 19%. Chicken claims almost 16% of ad space, nearly...

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BBRSDA Promotes Lilani Dunn To Executive Director After Andy Wink's Departure

The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRSDA) confirmed on Wednesday that they have promoted Lilani Dunn to Executive Director. Dunn, who joined the BBRSDA in 2020 as their Head of Marketing, replaces Andy Wink, who departed in December 2023 after six years. 

Dunn is a seafood veteran who headed up marketing at Orca Bay Seafoods before joining BBRSDA in March 2020. 

“We, the board, are looking forward to having Lilani in this new role in leading our organization into the future,” said Fritz Johnson...

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7-Eleven Singapore Introduces ‘K-Flavour Hits’ Menu Featuring Seafood

Seafood might not be your first thought when visiting convenience store chain 7-Eleven… but based on locations they do have it!

7-Eleven Singapore announced this week that they are featuring some authentic Korean seafood options as part of the launch of their ”K-Flavour Hits” menu. Singapore shoppers will find a selection of Korean-inspired ready-to-eat items, including packed meals, snacks and sandwiches, with prices starting at $2.80. 

In the ready-to-eat packed meals category seafood lovers will be able to find...

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JAPAN: Agriculture Minister Invites Embassy Officials of ASEAN Countries to Toyosu Market to Promote Japanese Seafood

On February 19, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) held a promotion event at Toyosu Market in Tokyo to introduce Japanese seafood to the officials from the ASEAN member embassies in Tokyo. MAFF Minister Satoshi Sakamoto attended the event, touring the auction and tasting seafood.

Participants observed a tuna auction and intermediate wholesale stores. They received explanations from market officials about auction methods and seafood from Hokuriku, where the Noto Peninsula earthquake struck, and Hokkaido...

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Richmond BC Seafood Processing Company Fined $40,000 for Undersized Crabs

Tenshi Seafood Limited was fined CAN$40,000, after a routine inspection of its plant by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) fishery officers in January last year discovered undersize crabs on the premises, a violation of Canada's Fisheries Act.

The company pleaded guilty last December and the fine was levied against them. The harvest of undersized crab is the largest threat to conservation of Dungeness crab stocks, which is a traditional food source for Indigenous communities and core to the livelihood of commercial crab harvesters. Dungeness crab is also...

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How Blue Star Foods Is Looking To Generate An Additional $20 Million in Revenue in 2024

Blue Star Foods is looking to generate an additional $20 million in revenue this year. The company announced this week that they have signed a Master Service Agreement with a vertically integrated seafood value added provider.

The seafood provider has not been identified, but has been described as adding value from “sourcing to preparing and distributing its gourmet meals through 2,776 retail outlets.” This unnamed seafood provider develops value-added meals under several brands, as well as retail partner private label brands...

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$3.3 Million Worth of Dried Shark Fins Seized By Hong Kong Customs 

Hong Kong Customs agents have seized suspected scheduled dried shark fins worth approximately $3.3 million. 

Last week a 40-foot seaborne container at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound was selected to be inspected through risk assessment. The container, which arrived in Hong Kong from Guyana, contained 1 200 kilograms of dried shark fins.

Hong Kong Customs agents alerted the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD), which is following up with an investigation. Anyone found...

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Import Ban on Russian Seafood Into U.S. Receives Extension To May

In the final days of 2023, President Joseph R. Biden signed an Executive Order on “taking additional steps with respect to the Russian Federation’s harmful actions.” The U.S. had already banned imports of Russian seafood, but the latest Executive Order closed a loophole that allowed Russian-caught seafood, processed in China, to enter the country. The government gave U.S. importers a deadline of February 21 to bring in any Russian-origin seafood that was already under contract or written agreement prior to December 22...

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FFAW Responds To ASP’s Tie-Up Grievance

The (crab) claws are back out ahead of the 2024 snow crab season in Newfoundland and Labrador. 

All eyes are on the Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW) and the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) as the two groups reportedly work towards a pricing formula. But while many in the industry are looking towards the future and the start of the season, the two parties have been pulled back into the drama of last year.

On Tuesday ASP revealed that they are making some progress with the grievance they filed against...

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