Tue. Dec 7 2021

Trident Seafoods Acquires Catcher/Processor Starbound From Aleutian Spray Fisheries  


Aleut Corp Met With DOJ on Antitrust Concerns in New Bering Sea Cod Trawl Program


Halibut Stock Boosted By Big Incoming Year Class  


FDA Has Refused 73 Entry Lines of Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp So Far This Year  


New York Announces $5.7 Million in COVID-19 Relief for Fishing Industry


Canada Shares Ghost Gear Program Progress Over Past 2 Years


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, December 7


Mon. Dec 6 2021

King, Snow Crab Face Shortages and Size Limitations Moving Into 2022  


PODCAST: New Bedford Scallops Hit High, Dungeness Crab Season Opens, and More  


Pacific Halibut Biomass Still Low, But Signs of Recruitment Positive as IPHC Nears Annual Meeting


Register for the Upcoming Urner Barry Seafood Market Update Webinar on Crab and Groundfish  


More Bigeye for Pacific Longliners? Scientists Say Yes, Along with Increased Monitoring


Scientists Show Warm-water Habitats Help Fuel Coldwater Fish


Chilean Coho Leads the October Salmon Sales at Tokyo Central Wholesale Market  


Sysco Acquires Fresh Produce Distributor The Coastal Companies


Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk Encouraging Queenslanders to Eat Local Seafood This Holiday Season


Fri. Dec 3 2021

Bristol Bay 2022 Salmon Forecast Highest Ever, Two Buyers Raise 2021 Base Price to $1.45/lb  


Scallops Hit New Record Price in New Bedford  


VIDEO: USDA Purchase Awards; Disney Funds Spiny Lobster; Seafood Supply Chain Crisis; Gorton's LTO


Maine Lobstering Union Files Supreme Court Appeal to Halt LMA-1 Fishing Closure  


Trident Seafoods Founder to Be Honored; Seafood Showcased During ‘Battle In Seattle’ Basketball Game  


Earth-friendly Packaging by OBI Seafoods, Chitin Packaging Developed


JAPAN: October Seafood Exports Doubled In Frozen Yellowtail for the U.S.  


Norwegian Seafood Exports Topple Annual Value Records With December Still to Come  


Sernapesca: Salmon Company Hit With Significant Fine After Mortality Mismanagement


Gathered Foods Co-Founders Named UBS Global Visionaries


ASP Executive Director Derek Butler Wins Economic Developer of the Year Award


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, December 3


Thu. Dec 2 2021

Crabbers Crack Record Opening Prices for Dungeness as Season Opens on West Coast  


This Week in Retail: Jingle Bells, December Sells  


Mowi Tops Coller FAIRR Protein Producer Index Again; Grieg, Lerøy Close Behind  


Barramundi Group Notes Expansion Progress, Completion of its Brunei Hatchery in Q3 Business Update  


Scientists Support New Measures, Changes to Hawaii Longline Tuna Fishery


Fish Net Recycling in Alaska Tops 1 Million Pounds


Northern Dynasty Issues Response to EPA's Announcement Regarding Protection of Bristol Bay Watershed  


K-FISH Celebrates Successful Promotional Events in November


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, December 2


Wed. Dec 1 2021

NFI: ‘Time for Washington to Act Now’ to Help Solve Seafood Supply Chain Crisis


Russia Ready to Increase Crab Catch and its Exports Next Year  


Alaska Fish Radio: Small Companies Win Big at New Products Competition


Rising Inflation, Relentless Pandemic Dampen U.S. Consumer Confidence


DFO Hits B.C. Salmon Harvester with Nearly $90K Fine After Routine Inspection  


Ikura Salmon Caviar Tops at 8312 yen/kg, up 600 yen/kg at Tokyo Central Wholesale Market  


Mowi-Owned Northern Harvest Sea Farms Reports Mortality Event at Newfoundland Salmon Site  


Fishing Vessel's Narrow Miss of Collision with a Cargo Ship Results in USCG Citation


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, December 1


Subway Expanding in Saudi Arabia Thanks to New Franchise Agreement


Heimon Kala Oy’s Kokkola Fish Processing Plant in Finland to Close


Tue. Nov 30 2021

UPDATED: Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team Meeting Postponed  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, November 30


Gorton’s Brings Value-Sized Butterfly Shrimp To Kroger Ahead of the Holidays  


Maine Food Projects Net $3.5 Million in Federal Grants to Boost Local, Regional Food Systems


Grocer Hy-Vee Adopts Seafood Supplier Code of Conduct


California Oil Spill Area Closure Removed as of Noon Today; Harvesters Can Resume Fishing


Department of Commerce Unveils Final Results of Antidumping Duty Review for Frozen Shrimp from India  


Seafood Sales Balloon During China’s Singles Day


Alaska Fish Radio: Halibut Hopeful Signs for 2022  


Market Mover: Fresh Whole Salmon  


Russia’s Norebo Group Expands Domestic Presence  


Kingfish Company Purchases Land for Maine Land-Based Aquaculture Facility  


Urner Barry Unveils New Quotations on Peruvian Scallops  


The Winding Glass: Lobster Industry Consolidation Bigger Story than High Opening Prices this Winter  


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Trident Seafoods Acquires Catcher/Processor Starbound From Aleutian Spray Fisheries

Trident Seafoods announced on Monday that they have acquired 300-foot catcher/processor Starbound from Aleutian Spray Fisheries.

Trident and Aleutian Spray both share a commitment to invest in fisheries and ecosystem research to improve knowledge about the Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea. The C/P Starbound, which was originally built in 1989 as a 240-foot factory trawler for the Bering Sea, has served as a platform for research and gear innovation in the Alaska pollock fishery. Even under new ownership, the C/P will continue to support these...

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Aleut Corp Met With DOJ on Antitrust Concerns in New Bering Sea Cod Trawl Program

After sounding an alarm over the potential for antitrust activities in the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s new Bering Sea/Aleutian Island Pacific cod trawl catcher vessel (CV) limited access privilege program (LAPP), the Aleut Corporation met with Department of Justice attorneys on November 30. 

“Promp engagement between DOJ Antitrust and NOAA-General Counsel will ultimately save time inn the regulatory process by efficiently addressinng the antiturst concerns,” wrote Skoey Vergen, President and CEO of Aleut Corporation. 

The group urged the agencies to review the ...

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Halibut Stock Boosted By Big Incoming Year Class

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Pacific halibut gets a boost from a big year class.

The Pacific halibut fishery ends today/Tuesday and there are some good signs looking ahead. Notably, a big year class appears to be recruiting into the fishery reflecting some new trends.

“And these correspond to a shift both in the fish and in the fishery to younger fish.” 

Ian Stewart is lead scientist for the International Pacific Halibut Commission speaking at last week’s interim IPHC meeting...

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New York Announces $5.7 Million in COVID-19 Relief for Fishing Industry

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced an additional $5.7 million in federal funding is available for the state’s fishing industry.

According to a release from the Governor’s office, the funding is available through New York's Marine Fisheries Relief Program, established by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, to provide financial relief for New York's marine fishing industry.

Eligible seafood, commercial marine fishing, marine aquaculture, and marine recreational for-hire fishing businesses are eligible to apply for the funding beginning Dec. 1...

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King, Snow Crab Face Shortages and Size Limitations Moving Into 2022

On November 23rd, the Commerce Department reported that, adjusted for inflation, consumer spending in October rose 0.7% from September which is a 6.6% increase from prior year. Two major banks and credit card providers' data show that spending has continued strong in November.  Retail executives confirm this and there is the expectation that consumers will spend a lot more this holiday season than last year. E- commerce sales in the third quarter were up 6.6% from a year earlier, but people have been...

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Pacific Halibut Biomass Still Low, But Signs of Recruitment Positive as IPHC Nears Annual Meeting

A hopeful sign of recruitment seen in the 2012 year-class, or 9-year old Pacific halibut signaled the best news the industry has heard in recent years at the Interim Meeting of the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) last week.

Dr. Ian Stewart presented the results from the summer survey and data modeling, adding that “The 2012 year-class now appears stronger than 2006-2011 and is projected to mature over the next approximately 3 years, but the magnitude remains uncertain.”

Female spawning biomass ...

 

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More Bigeye for Pacific Longliners? Scientists Say Yes, Along with Increased Monitoring

U.S. fishery managers propose increasing its Pacific bigeye tuna annual catch limit and gets the Western Pacific Fishery management Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee's blessing.

The SSC discussed issues related to bigeye tuna management last week at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meeting and endorsed the U.S. proposal to increase its bigeye tuna catch from 3,554 metric tons to 6,554 metric tons for the U.S. longline fishery. That ...

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Chilean Coho Leads the October Salmon Sales at Tokyo Central Wholesale Market

Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market Sales of salmon and trout in October continued to be stable for coho salmon, mainly produced in Chile. Frozen fish increased the volume even when the price increased, but salted salmon showed the signs of peaking out even when the price rose. Fresh salmon dropped in quantity due to the high price, Suisan Keizai reported.

Imported fresh salmon decreased due to high prices...

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Bristol Bay 2022 Salmon Forecast Highest Ever, Two Buyers Raise 2021 Base Price to $1.45/lb

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released the highest preliminary forecast in memory for the Bristol Bay salmon run next year at 75.27 million sockeye salmon. That’s 44% larger than the most recent 10-year average of Bristol Bay total runs (52.09 million) and 111% greater than the long-term average of 35.73 million fish. The long-term time period is from 1963 through 2021.

On top of that, two salmon buyers in the Bay announced a post-season increase in prices ...

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Scallops Hit New Record Price in New Bedford

The market for U.S. origin Atlantic sea scallops continues to break records as severely constrained supply entering the market is met with continued active demand. The entire Urner Barry scallop complex including all sizes (U10, 10/20, 20/30) and moisture contents (all-natural, dry, processed) is firm at record highs at the start of the holiday season, a time when fishing efforts continue to wane due to shorter days and seasonal storms interrupting trips.

Unwavering demand is seen from both foodservice and retail sectors. Reports of pushback on premium prices have...

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FDA Has Refused 73 Entry Lines of Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp So Far This Year

With only one month to go until the end of the year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has so far refused a total of 73 entry lines of antibiotic contaminated shrimp. 

FDA refusals of shrimp entry lines for veterinary drug residues hit a whopping 404 in 2015. However, since then it’s been on a decline, with the number dropping to 134 in 2016, 55 in 2017 and 53 in 2018. That number slightly jumped in 2019 to 61 refusals, but then dropped...

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Canada Shares Ghost Gear Program Progress Over Past 2 Years

Joyce Murray, Canada’s Minister for Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard noted that the Ghost Gear Program has led to the removal of approximately 739 metric tons of abandoned, lost or discarded fishing gear from Canada’s Atlantic and Pacific coasts. That is the equivalent weight of 231 Zambonis. This includes more than 118 kilometers of rope, an amount that could almost stretch from Fredericton to Saint John, New Brunswick.

The program was launched in 2019 and included the CAD $8.3 million Ghost Gear Fund...

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PODCAST: New Bedford Scallops Hit High, Dungeness Crab Season Opens, and More

This week SeafoodNews Podcast co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione talk about New Bedford scallops hitting a new record; the Dungeness crab season opening on the west coast; and more.

This episode of the SeafoodNews Podcast is brought to you by Urner Barry's upcoming seafood market update webinar on crab and groundfish. Join Urner Barry on Tuesday, December 7 at 11:00 AM EST for an update on the volatility of the crab and groundfish markets featuring Urner Barry market reporters Janice Schreiber and Lorin Castiglione, as well as special guest Michael Kotok from Arctic Fisheries. In this webinar, host Amanda will lead the discussion on the continued impact of COVID-19 on the seafood markets through supply situations, labor shortages, the continued high costs for transportation, and the price reaction from the holiday season. Click here to register.

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Register for the Upcoming Urner Barry Seafood Market Update Webinar on Crab and Groundfish

Join Urner Barry on Tuesday, December 7 at 11:00 AM EST for an update on the volatility of the crab and groundfish markets featuring Urner Barry market reporters Lorin Castiglione and Janice Schreiber, as well as special guest Michael Kotok from Arctic Fisheries.

In this webinar, host Amanda Buckle will speak with our panelists to discuss the continued impact of COVID-19 on the seafood markets through supply situations, labor shortages, the continued high costs for transportation, and the price reaction from the holiday season.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join this exciting event LIVE.

Click here to register.

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Scientists Show Warm-water Habitats Help Fuel Coldwater Fish

Coldwater fish like salmon depend on warm-water habitats more than previously thought, according to new research from the Oregon State University.

In the midst of climate change, this research has important implications for habitat protection and restoration efforts, which traditionally prioritize cold bodies of water instead of those that heat up during summer months, the researchers said in a press release by Sean Nealon.

“We show in this paper by devaluing habitats that are warm in summer we miss their critical ...

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Sysco Acquires Fresh Produce Distributor The Coastal Companies

Sysco Corporation announced on Monday that they have acquired The Coastal Companies, a fresh produce distributor and value-added processor based in Laurel, Maryland.

The Coastal Companies, which was founded in 1992, was previously owned by the Continental Grain Company. The company is comprised of three integrated businesses, including foodservice distribution through Coastal Sunbelt Produce, retail distribution through Lancaster Foods, and value-added manufacturing through East Coast Fresh.

“As Sysco continues to invest in our specialty offerings, The Coastal Companies is an outstanding addition to our family of specialty companies and...

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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk Encouraging Queenslanders to Eat Local Seafood This Holiday Season

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is encouraging those in the area to eat local this upcoming holiday season. 

“Christmas is just not Christmas in Queensland without a lot of fresh, sustainable seafood on the festive table,” said Premier Palaszczuk. “Fishers, aquaculture farmers, and seafood merchants are working hard to ensure there will be plentiful supplies of all the top prawn, crab and fish varieties to meet the big seasonal rush. All report they are well ready to meet the demand.”

To further promote Queensland seafood...

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