Wed. Sep 18 2019

Lawmakers Press USTR for Solutions for Massachusetts Lobstermen Impacted by Trade Tariffs  


Coast Guard Rescues Fishing Crew from Burning Boat Off Hawaii


Taprobane Seafood Group Has First Vannamei Harvest in Sri Lanka; Govt Projects Growth to 50,000 tons  


Corps of Engineers “Barrelling Ahead” on Pebble Permit, Allowing Major Changes With No Further Scrut


Asda Becomes First Retailer to Publish Farmed Seafood Sources  


North Pacific Council Expands Outreach to Homer, Opts for ‘Plain Language’


New Study Notes Changes in Lobster Molt Timing and Gulf of Maine Temperature Shifts


Maine Coast Attains SQF Food Safety Certification  


FultonFishMarket.com Introduces Seafood Subscription Service  


Cowcod is Latest West Coast Groundfish Stock Rebuilt; Only One Remains Listed as Overfished  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, September 18


Tue. Sep 17 2019

Seafood Expo Global 2021 to Be Held in Barcelona


USCG Cutters Support Oceania Partners During Month-long Anti-IUU Operation in South Pacific


Ninth North Atlantic Right Whale Found Dead, This Time in U.S. Waters


Pacific Packaging Products Acquires New Bedford’s Packaging Products Corp.


NL Squid Landings 40% Above 2018, Value up 50% With Another Month of Fishing To Go


Captain D's Opens New Unit in Georgia Bringing State Total to 105


Salmon Season a Nail Biter, Ends as One of the Best; Early Wrap up  


Alaska Sea Grant Releases New Handbook on Avoiding Boatyard Hazards


Mon. Sep 16 2019

Urner Barry to Steer the Ship as SeafoodNews Founder John Sackton Steps Down   


ANALYSIS: Chinese Catfish Stays Domestic Due to African Swine Fever  


West Coast Cable Removal Could Open New Fishing Grounds  


LISTEN: Interview with Lobsterman Sonny Beal; Clipper Seafoods-Blue North Merger and More  


Omega Protein Statement on the Chesapeake Bay Menhaden Cap


Bristol Seafood Hires Mike Lodato as New Vice President of Sales


The Atlantic Salmon Fish Farmers Call ASF’s Comments on Escapes “Fearmongering”


Fri. Sep 13 2019

China’s Suspension of Fish Meal Tariffs First Glimmer of Hope for Seafood Industry


Chinese Market Welcomes Large Shrimp, but Small Shrimp Also Expected to Sell During Holidays  


Russia Eyes Increasing Harvests of Antarctic Krill, Toothfish, Other Species  


Pew Report Finds Transshipments in Western and Central Pacific Likely Underreported


Friday the 13th: Superstitions at Sea


NIOSH, USCG Award $5.25 Million for Fishing Industry Research and Training


Gold Seal Celebrating 100 Year Anniversary


Coast Guard Seeks Tips for Threatening Radio Broadcast


Walmart to Roll Out Grocery Delivery Membership to Over 1400 Stores


Thu. Sep 12 2019

StarKist Ordered to Pay $100 Million Fine for Price-Fixing Scandal  


Alaska Sockeye Harvest Largest Since 1995, Fishing Winding Down Except for Late Runs


ANALYSIS: Atlantic Whole Farmed Salmon at 52-Week Lows; Weakness in Market  


Clipper Seafoods and Blue North Merger Approved by DOJ, New Company has 37% of Longline Pacific Cod


VIDEO: Ocean Acidification Research; Russian Seafood Exports; SALT Traceability and Lobster Analysis  


Argentine Red Shrimp Encounter Challenges in Chinese Market


NOAA Disappointed in Maine Lobstermen’s Association Decision to Withdrawal from TRT Agreement


UK Retail Giant ASDA to Feature Seafood from Norway  


Fishmeal: Triple Nine Reportedly Cutting Danish Staff Amid Lower Volumes


StarKist to Match First $25,000 Donated to Feed the Children to Help Those Impacted by Hurricane


Wild American Shrimp Calls for 2019 Chef of the Year Nominations  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, September 12


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Lawmakers Press USTR for Solutions for Massachusetts Lobstermen Impacted by Trade Tariffs 

United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), along with Representatives Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA-08), William Keating (D-MA-09), Seth Moulton (D-MA-06) and Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA-04), sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer yesterday, urging him to explore new markets for American lobster exports to address the impact of 25% tariffs placed on imported American lobsters by China. The lawmakers' letter comes before a Joint Committee on Export Development oversight hearing...

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Taprobane Seafood Group Has First Vannamei Harvest in Sri Lanka; Government Projects Growth to 50,000 tons

Sri Lanka has opened to Vannamei shrimp cultivation.  Earlier this year the government announced approval for the import of SPF Vannamei brood stock, and Taprobane Seafood, a major producer of blue swimming crab and tuna, was licensed for the first farm and hatchery.

According to Tim O’Reilly, managing director, it has taken the company three years to secure approval for Vannamei in Sri Lanka.  The traditional black tiger cultivating industry was...

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Coast Guard Rescues Fishing Crew from Burning Boat Off Hawaii

Six fishermen and a NOAA observer were rescued from their burning boat by the U.S. Coast Guard eight miles off Oahu’s southern shore yesterday afternoon.

A mayday call was received at 4:29 p.m. Tuesday from the crew of the commercial fishing vessel Miss Emma as they battled an onboard fire. 

"We are so pleased to have this crew safe in less than an hour after the initial call," said Lt. j.g. Seth Gross, command duty officer, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center. "The quick action of this crew, coupled ...

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North Pacific Council Expands Outreach to Homer, Opts for ‘Plain Language’

Starting September 30 and for 10 days, Homer will host federal stewards of Alaska’s fisheries for the first time since 1983.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council oversees more than 25 stocks in waters from three to 200 miles offshore, the source of the bulk of Alaska’s fish catches. Coming to Homer is part of an ongoing effort to engage more people in the decision-making process.

“Yeah, absolutely. The council certainly is interested in engaging more stakeholders, particularly from rural and Alaska Native communities, and by the Council...

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Maine Coast Attains SQF Food Safety Certification 

Maine Coast, known for Lively Lobster, fresh North Atlantic lobster sourced from United States and Canadian fisheries for global distribution, has announced the achievement of a certification under the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Food Safety Code for Manufacturing. The company received a score of 97 and Excellent status. The SQF Food Safety Code is an internationally recognized, independent food safety standard administered by the Safe Quality Food Institute. The SQF Certification requires producers to develop and implement a strict food safety system that applies to each step of the supply chain, ensuring products...

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New Study Notes Changes in Lobster Molt Timing and Gulf of Maine Temperature Shifts

A new report finds that increased variation in lobster molt timing is related to changing ocean temperatures in the Gulf of Maine. The study provides a quantified time series for when the crustaceans annually shed their shells.

Understanding that relationship is critical to the lobster industry and the sustainability of the resource. The study, published in the journal Fisheries Oceanography, was led by then UMaine graduate student Kevin Staples, who was pursuing a dual master's degree in marine biology and marine policy.

The study team included ...

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Seafood Expo Global 2021 to Be Held in Barcelona 

Diversified Communications, organizer of Seafood Expo Global, announced it will be moving the world's largest seafood exposition to Barcelona, Spain, beginning in 2021. Since 1993, Seafood Expo Global has taken place in Brussels, Belgium. Diversified Communications stated that the shift in locations is due to the show's popularity, which has led it to outgrow Brussels.

Mary Larkin, the president of Diversified Communications, stated, "The location of our event contributes to our customers’ overall experience. The Brussels Expo and the city of Brussels were great partners to launch and...

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USCG Cutters Support Oceania Partners During Month-long Anti-IUU Operation in South Pacific

Two Coast Guard cutters, the Walnut and Joseph Gerczak, conducted Operation Aiga, the Samoan word for “family”, in waters off of Samoa and the U.S. territory of American Samoa, to counter illegal fishing and strengthen relations with U.S. allies. 

"Our Coast Guard crews demonstrated superior performance during intense operations over the past month in support of the Government of Samoa and within the U.S. territory of American Samoa," said Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday, commander, U.S. Coast Guard 14th District.

"Working with Australia and New Zealand ...

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NL Squid Landings 40% Above 2018, Value up 50% With Another Month of Fishing To Go

St. John’s, NL -- A changing ecosystem has increased the abundance of squid around Newfoundland and Labrador, expanding landings well above those of 2018, according to the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP).

The increased volumes met challenges for both harvesters and processors. 

“With the greater abundance, we needed to take care to ensure harvesters landed the best quality and that producers can produce the best quality,” said Derek Butler, executive director of ASP. 

After protracted discussions with the FFAW (Fish, Food, and Allied Workers Union) ... 

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Captain D's Opens New Unit in Georgia Bringing State Total to 105

Captain D's, one of the nation's top fast casual seafood restaurants, opened its newest franchised location in Cochran, Georgia recently on the heels of recent openings in Hazlehurst, Norcross and Pooler earlier this year.

The new Captain D's is owned and operated by Cochran native Ali Momin, at 28, he is the brand’s youngest operator. Momin signed his first franchise development agreement in 2016 and currently has another Captain D's restaurant in Lovejoy. 

In addition to his two Captain D's, Momin owns two Dairy Queen restaurants and ...

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Asda Becomes First Retailer to Publish Farmed Seafood Sources 

To increase transparency in seafood supply chains, United Kingdom supermarket Asda has become the first retailer to publish sourcing details for its farmed seafood. This transparency comes as part of an update to the company's annual Ocean Disclosure Project profile. The update marks the first time that a participant has publicly disclosed information on both wild and farmed species.

Previously, the profile described all own-brand, wild caught seafood retailed by the business along with data relating to management, fishing techniques, and environmental impact. The profile now also contains information on...

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Corps of Engineers “Barrelling Ahead” on Pebble Permit, Allowing Major Changes With No Further Scrutiny

DILLINGHAM - During a press conference yesterday, the US Army Corps of Engineers said they will not seek public input or further scrutiny on at least ten major changes to the Pebble Mine permit application. On August 12, the Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP) delivered a memo to the Army Corps of Engineers with ten changes to its most recent project proposal as part of its Clean Water Act Section 404 permit application.

The latest effort to reduce transparancy in the process triggered a collective call from ...

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FultonFishMarket.com Introduces Seafood Subscription Service 

FultonFishMarket.com, the nation's largest and second-oldest continuously operating fish market, has launched a seafood subscription service called The Fish Drop. Subscribers will be able to schedule recurring biweekly or monthly purchases of fresh, high-quality fish and seafood, delivered to their door. Consumers will have the option of selecting sustainable favorites such as salmon, tuna, trout, and red snapper, or from an assortment of chef-curated premium and basic seafood boxes.

Orders are processed at the Fulton Fish Market located in the Bronx, New York, where in-house seafood experts procure...

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Cowcod is Latest West Coast Groundfish Stock Rebuilt; Only One Remains Listed as Overfished

An important West Coast groundfish stock that was formerly declared overfished has now been rebuilt ahead of schedule, the Pacific Fishery Management Council announced Tuesday.

The cowcod stock south of 40°10’ N. latitude, one of the rockfish species, has been managed under a strict rebuilding plan that severely constrained West Coast fisheries in California for two decades. Rebuilding cowcod was achieved through large area closures, non-retention rules and very low allowance for...

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Pacific Packaging Products Acquires New Bedford’s Packaging Products Corp. 

Pacific Packaging Products, an international provider of packaging products, equipment, automation, and supply chain management services has announced the acquisition of Packaging Products Corporation, a cold chain packaging leader serving the seafood, medical, and perishable food industries.

Packaging Products Corporation has a customer-base along the Eastern Seaboard specializing in all aspects of packaging and handling of perishables including seafood and pharmaceuticals. With expertise in development, the company has loyal and growing customers including those in the fresh food industry.

David Varsano, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Packaging Products...

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Ninth North Atlantic Right Whale Found Dead, This Time in U.S. Waters

A North Atlantic right whale was found dead Monday in the waters off Long Island, making it the ninth of the critically endangered species to be found dead this year, officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.

It was unclear how the whale died or the gender.

There are no more than 420 of the species left, and an estimated 90 breeding females.

NOAA officials said they expected...

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Salmon Season a Nail Biter, Ends as One of the Best; Early Wrap up

Alaska’s statewide salmon catch of nearly 200 million is just six percent off what managers predicted, and it is on track to be the 8th largest harvest since 1975. How to sum up the 2019season in a single word?

“Unpredictable” 

Forrest Bowers, deputy director of the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game commercial fisheries division, is a nearly 30 year management veteran.

The brightest fishing spot was the strong returns of sockeyes which produced a catch of over 55 million fish, the largest since 1995...

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