Mon. Dec 5 2022

Update of First NPFMC Salmon Bycatch Meeting Came From Kuskokwim Tribes: Act Now to Set Cap


OPINION: Trawlers Get a Pass in Bering Sea Snow Crab Rebuilding Plan  


Ecuador Shrimp Industry Responds to Government Ending Diesel Subsidy  


China’s Live and Fresh Crab Imports in January-October Record 16,000 MT from Russia  


Iceland Seafood International Lands Buyer for UK Operations


Norwegian Seafood Exports Challenged by Increased Costs, Unrest in Salmon Market  


Japan: Toyosu October Fish Roe Sales All Up In Volume And Price But Ikura Salmon Caviar And Pollock  


Norwegian Food Safety Authority Declares Nord-Trøndelag Pancreatic Disease Free  


Chile Fisheries Service Finds Fish Meal, Oil Plant Used Raw Materials of Illegal Origin


Fri. Dec 2 2022

Pebble Mine: Bristol Bay’s Tribes and Fishermen Review EPA’s Recommended Determination


Kingfish Company’s Maine Land-Based Facility Becomes Fully Permitted  


FFAW Exec Board Endorses Greg Petty to Lead Union


Russian Mollusk Producers on Verge of Serious Losses


Scientists: Paper Claiming MPA "Spillover Benefits" on Tunas in Western Pacific Monument has Holes


NOAA Requests Cooperation to Safeguard National Weather Service Buoys


Aloha Poke Announces Latest Store Opening in South Florida


Seafood People Add Otto Gregussen as Executive Advisor


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, December 2


Thu. Dec 1 2022

200 Maine Lobsters To Be Served At White House State Dinner Thursday Night  


Northline Seafoods New Freezer Barge “Hannah” is Game Changer in Bristol Bay


Norway Increases King Crab Quota In 2023  


This Week in Retail: Grocers Deck the Halls With December Deals


FFAW-Unifor President Keith Sullivan Announces He’s Stepping Down


North Pacific Seafoods Hit With $345K Fine for Violating Clean Air Act


Faroe Islands, Russia Renew Fisheries Agreement for 2023 Amid Criticism


Holiday Season Begins With Unique Seafood Promotions


Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team to Discuss Next Phase of Modifications This Week


PLANT PROTEIN: Get to Know Players in the Plant Protein Market: Mimic Seafood  


DFO: Timeline Extended for Harvesters to Implement Lower Breaking Strength Gear Modifications


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, December 1


Wed. Nov 30 2022

Study of North Sea Offshore Wind Farms Shows Change in Marine Ecosystems


U.S. Court Orders Temporary Ban on 9 Fish Imports From New Zealand Due to Endangered Maui Dolphins  


JAPAN: October Surimi Production In Hokkaido Plummets by 20% in Pollock and 30% in Atka Mackerel  


SalMar-Owned Arnalax to Appeal $800,000 Fine Linked to Salmon Escapement


US Foods Names Dave Flitman CEO


Small Business Administration Releases $83 Million in Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grants


Heartland Catfish Moves to Eliminate Additive; Move Set to Boost Consumer Accessibility  


Fast Casual Oyster Concept Shuckin’ Shack to Debut in Texas


NOAA Revises 2022 At-Sea Monitoring Coverage Target For Groundfish Sector Fishery  


Sernapesca Awards Blue Seal to Chilean Supermarket Chain for Responsible Fish Sourcing


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, November 30


Tue. Nov 29 2022

Russia Eyes to Become A Major Player in Global Surimi Market  


Ongoing Legal Battles Put Maine Lobster Fishery in Crosshairs, Hurts Markets  


JAPAN: October Frozen Chilean Coho Sales Continue to Drop by 40% at Tokyo’s Toyosu Market  


FDA Advises Against Selling, Consuming Oysters from Korea Due to Potential Sapovirus Contamination  


Seafood Canner Frinsa Investing $21 Million in Florida for U.S. Headquarters


OPINION: New AFAC Can Oversee S-K Funding and Launch a National Seafood Promotion


Third Freshwater Fishery in Canada Lands MSC Certification


Red Lobster Shares 'Greatest Gift' for the Holidays That Combines Iconic Menu Item with Shrimp  


Port Orford Releases Request for Proposals for Crane Replacement Project to Retain Highliners, Serve


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, November 29


Cargill Acquires Owensboro Grain Company


Nova Scotia Government Urges Safety As Lobster Season Begins  


USCG Conducts Medical Evacuation of Vietnamese Fisherman from Purse Seiner in Micronesia


Hong Kong Customs Seizes harry Crabs Worth An Estimated $2.4 Million  


Captain D’s Opens New Franchised Location in Humble, Texas


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Update of First NPFMC Salmon Bycatch Meeting Came From Kuskokwim Tribes: Act Now to Set Cap

The newly formed Salmon Bycatch Committee of the North Pacific Fisheries Management council met one week ago for the first time. Their charge is to provide recommendations on 1) chum salmon bycatch; 2) results from the governor's Bycatch Task Force; and 3) needed research to determine what is driving western Alaska salmon declines. 

While the committee report had not been posted by press time, the Kuskokwim River Intertribal Fisheries Commission posted their update on the day after the meeting.

“While we are heartened to ...

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OPINION: Trawlers Get a Pass in Bering Sea Snow Crab Rebuilding Plan

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) must decide this month on a 10 year rebuilding plan for Bering Sea snow crab to comply with federal fisheries laws. They have no time to waste: the plan must be in place prior to the start of the 2023/2024 fishing season.

According to the initial environmental assessment of the Rebuilding Plan for Eastern Bering Sea Snow Crab released on November 10, “The main driver in speed of rebuilding for this stock is not fishing mortality, rather...

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Ecuador Shrimp Industry Responds to Government Ending Diesel Subsidy

On Thursday, December 1, Ecuador’s President, Guillermo Lasso, announced that they will be ending a diesel subsidy aimed at large shrimp farms. Farms with more than 30 productive hectares are being impacted. 

Over the summer indigenous groups were protesting the high fuel prices and pushing for better living conditions. The groups had requested that the government eliminate fuel subsidies for large shrimp farms. Now by cutting the diesel subsidy, the government said that they expect to save approximately $160 million a year. 

In a statement the government said that...

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Iceland Seafood International Lands Buyer for UK Operations

Iceland Seafood International (ISI) has signed a Letter of Intent to sell its United Kingdom Operations, Iceland Seafood UK to a “respected industry player.”

The specific buyer was not named in a December 5 update from ISI but the company said both parties have agreed to a swift “due diligence process with the aim to complete a binding agreement before end of December.”

ISI said further updates would be provided as appropriate.

Last month, ISI announced that it would leave the UK market from a value-added perspective...

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Japan: Toyosu October Fish Roe Sales All Up In Volume And Price But Ikura Salmon Caviar And Pollock 

In October, the sales of salt-cured fish roe in the Tokyo Central Wholesale Market continued to see high unit prices, except for ikura salmon caviar. Still, the number of products sold increased steadily except for mentaiko spicy pollock roe. In particular, salted and seasoned herring roe have absorbed higher unit prices and significantly increased their handling volume, Suisan Keizai reported.

Sujiko salmon roe

Although the sales environment is severe due to a backlog of cargo and delays...

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Chile Fisheries Service Finds Fish Meal, Oil Plant Used Raw Materials of Illegal Origin

Chile’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (SERNAPESCA) verified that a fish meal and fish oil plant used raw materials of illegal origin. Sernapesca seized the illegal products and issued a trio of citations.

The plant in question was located in Puerto Chacabuco, according to a translated news update from Sernapesca. Multiple Sernapesca units were critical in its verification process.

The update from Sernapesca explained that the illegal products were that of 28 tons of hoki, which was extracted, processed and destined without accreditation of legal origin...

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Kingfish Company’s Maine Land-Based Facility Becomes Fully Permitted

The Kingfish Company announced that the town of Jonesport, Maine has finalized Kingfish Maine’s building permit application, the last step needed for pre-construction design and engineering for its planned U.S. facility.

Kingfish Maine, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Kingfish Company will use the same technology as Kingfish uses in its Netherlands operations.

With the Jonesport facility, Kingfish Maine will become the largest Yellowtail Kingfish producers in the U.S. and will provide a local seafood option for retailers and foodservice providers...

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Russian Mollusk Producers on Verge of Serious Losses

Leading Russian seafood producers may face serious losses in the short term due to the recently announced state plans for a significant increase in taxes.

The largest problems will be observed in the mollusks segment where tax rates are expected to grow by 6-7 times in the month.

According to the Russian Kommersant business paper, so far some of Russia’s leading seafood and mollusks producers have warned regulators about a possible suspension of their operations due to lower profitability.

As a result, according to a producer...

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NOAA Requests Cooperation to Safeguard National Weather Service Buoys

The National Data Buoy Center issued an updated Notice to Mariners recently, after incidents involving fishing vessels and National Weather Service buoys.

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, in its recent newsletter to subscribers, highlighted the importance of not tying up to buoys.

A partial description as part of a federal investigation of a vessel reportedly tied to a NOAA buoy while fishing included, "Buoy Camera imagery detected ...

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Seafood People Add Otto Gregussen as Executive Advisor

Seafood People has added Otto Gregussen as Executive Advisor at what the group describes as “a crucial moment when the fishing and aquaculture industry is navigating key changes."

Gregussen enters the role with a strong background in fisheries with a specialty in economics, politics, banking and public service. He has previously served as the Minister of Fisheries for the Norwegian government and also served as the Secretary General of The Norwegian Fishermen’s Association.

“I am joining Seafood People at a time when the industry is experiencing interesting...

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China’s Live and Fresh Crab Imports in January-October Record 16,000 MT from Russia

In China, where live demand is high, imports of live and fresh crabs from Russia are increasing. According to statistics from the General Administration of Customs of China, imports of live and fresh crabs from January to October increased by 9% year-on-year to 63,436 tons. Among them, imports from Russia increased by 24% to 15,746 tons, already surpassing last year's record high since 2017, when statistics are available. Minato Shimbun reported that the average unit price of imports from Russia fell 12% to...

 

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Norwegian Seafood Exports Challenged by Increased Costs, Unrest in Salmon Market

Norwegian Seafood Council CEO Christian Chramer stated that despite the third-highest export value for the month of November in history, Norway’s seafood exports faced increased costs and inflation, a key reason behind impressive values in the month.

“Nevertheless, the increase in demand is not taken out in greater volume but in higher prices. In general, we have high food inflation and increased costs, which drive up prices throughout the value chain,” Chramer explained.

Increased prices represented nearly NOK 3 billion of the total NOK 14.4 billion...

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Norwegian Food Safety Authority Declares Nord-Trøndelag Pancreatic Disease Free

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority declared Nord-Trøndelag and Bindal as pancreatic disease (PD)-free after five years.

The Authority announced that following five years of “systematic and good work with biosecurity in Nord-Trøndelag” the monitoring zone for PD can be lifted in the region, according to a translated press release.

“The fact that we have together succeeded in keeping old Nord-Trøndelag free of PD for two years is very important for both the health and welfare of the fish. The farming industry in the area has taken...

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Pebble Mine: Bristol Bay’s Tribes and Fishermen Review EPA’s Recommended Determination

After two decades of fighting to protect the Bristol Bay watershed, the United Tribes of Bristol Bay (UTBB) and the Bristol Bay Seafood Development Association (BRSDA) reacted to Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recommendation to protect the area with cautious optimism. Both groups, who have collaborated for years in legal suits and in public education campaigns — said they wanted to read through the 385-page Recommended Determination as to ensure it protects the area. 

The RD was released by EPA Region 10 Regional Administrator Casey Sixkiller to the public...

 

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FFAW Exec Board Endorses Greg Petty to Lead Union

Shortly after news broke that Keith Sullivan would be stepping down from his role as president of FFAW-Unifor, the Union’s Executive Board announced its endorsement of Greg Petty as its next leader.

“Greg Pretty has agreed to put his name forward, and after discussions, the Board made the unanimous decision to support him,” said Tony Doyle, FFAW-Unifor Inshore Vice-President.

“Greg is currently the Industrial/Retail/Offshore Director of the FFAW-Unifor and has served FFAW members since the days of Richard Cashin. He’s an experienced negotiator and...

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Scientists: Paper Claiming MPA "Spillover Benefits" on Tunas in Western Pacific Monument has Holes

Western Pacific scientists refuted a recent paper that claimed the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument resulted in higher tuna catches immediately outside the Monument boundary.

Scientists on the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee, at its meeting earlier this week, discussed a critique of a recently published paper on “Spillover benefits from the world’s largest fully protected MPA,” referring to reported benefits from expanding the Monument in 2016. SSC member Dr. Ray Hilborn summarized analyses that ...

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Aloha Poke Announces Latest Store Opening in South Florida

Fast casual poke concept Aloha Poke announced its newest location and franchisee.

Husband and wife duo Rody Berotte and Tahnie Danastor are long-time residents of South Florida, and they will open their new store in the Fort Lauderdale area in early 2023.

Berotte decided that Aloha Poke Co. was the perfect compliment to his existing franchise portfolio after he experienced poke for the first time.

"At first, I did not know anything about poke food," said Berotte. "My wife talked to me about it and made me try it...

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