Wed. Aug 5 2020

European Demand Set to Bolster Vietnam’s Shrimp Exports  


PERSPECTIVES: Six Programs to Virtually Promote US Seafood Products Overseas


Gulf of Mexico “Dead Zone” Smaller Than Forecasted


Consumer Advocacy Organization Sues Mowi Over Alleged Deceptive Advertising  


Norway’s Seafood Exports Levels for July Match Previous Year; Salmon Sees Growth in Volume  


NOAA Fisheries Cancels Four 2020 Surveys Due to COVID-19


ASC Publishes First Monitoring and Evaluation Report Displaying Impact of Responsible Aquaculture


SeafoodAuction.net opens in AK


Blue Apron Partnership With Food Network Star Amanda Freitag Introduces New Salmon, Shrimp Recipes  


Brent Casper of Fortune Fish and Gourmet Returning to Minnesota


Major Russian Fishing Producer Calls For New Reforms in Domestic Fish Sector


Louisiana Trustees Approve Three Oyster Restoration Projects  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, August 5


Tue. Aug 4 2020

With Another Four Weeks to Go, Alaska Salmon Landings are at 55% of Pre-Season Forecast  


INSIGHT: Demand Downturn Sparks Salmon Farming Woes  


ANALYSIS: Live Lobster - Dull Demand, Declining Imports, Unsettled Market  


Massachusetts Begins Distribution Process of CARES Act Funds to Fishing, Seafood Industries


Under HEALS Act, Over Half of Restaurants Ineligible for PPP Loans


Sernapesca Releases Official Estimate of Escaped Fish From Blumar’s Caicura Center


National Retail Federation: Economic Recovery May Not Be a Steady Climb


RODA: Latest BOEM Offshore Wind Report Notes Serious Impact on Fishermen


US Coast Guard 230th Birthday


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, August 4


Mon. Aug 3 2020

Maine Certified Sustainable Lobster Association’s MSC Certification Suspended  


California, Oregon Fisheries Relief Funding May Soon be Available for Sectors Affected by COVID-19


NOAA Fisheries Closes Office in U.S. Embassy Tokyo After 33 years  


China’s Chief Epidemiologist Says Ventilation to Blame for Coronavirus Outbreaks at Seafood Markets   


Virus Surges in Alaska with More Than 300 New Cases in Two Days, Only One Related to Seafood


U.S. Responds After Hundreds of Chinese Vessels Found Illegally Fishing Near Galápagos Islands


Humpback Whale Disentangled off New York After Multi-day Effort


Bristol Seafood Names Brett Heidtke as COO


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, August 3


Fri. Jul 31 2020

NOAA Implements Nationwide Observer Waiver Criteria; Northeast Coverage to Begin August 14


ANALYSIS: Sockeye Salmon Buying Opportunities Below 3-Year, 5-Year Averages  


Public Hearing on F/V Scandies Rose Sinking Delayed Due to Pandemic


Senate Commerce Heard from Campbell, Cantwell, Others On Pebble, COVID, and Stock Surveys


FFAW Calls for Meeting With DFO After Release of Northern Cod Harvesting Plan  


OR and CA House Members Introduce Amendment to Stop Fast-Tracking Pebble Permit Process


Southern Shrimp Alliance: Interagency Seafood Trade Task Force Must Address Imports  


Russian Pollock Association Forecasts 10% Boost in Catch  


NOAA Releases Ten-Year Plan to Address Ocean Acidification


NL Fisheries Minister Announces $400K Marketing Fund for Seafood Following Impacts of COVID-19


Tyson Foods Launches New, Nationwide COVID Monitoring Strategy; Expands Health Staff  


Instacart, Costco Partner for Same-day Delivery Throughout Canada


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, July 31


Thu. Jul 30 2020

The Week That Was: Alaska’s Worst for COVID-19 and Cases Still Climbing This Week


ANALYSIS: Cod Market Unsettled    


How the HEALS Act Aims to Help Restaurants


Association of Seafood Producers: NL Shrimp Fishery Opening Despite Price Challenges  


Technomic Updates Their 2020 Foodservice Trend Predictions For Today's 'New Environment'


MOWI Japan's Fresh Salmon Promotion at 154 Heiwado Stores on Salmon Day, July 30  


New Food Aid Program Links Alaska Fishermen to Food-Insecure Families in Pacific NW


The Week That Was: Alaska’s Worst for COVID-19 and Cases Still Climbing This Week


Review Finds 99.5 Percent of Atlantic Menhaden Year Class Stay in Water to Serve Ecological Role  


Eastern Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Fishery in Japan Becomes First to Earn MSC Certification  


NFI Moves 2021 Global Seafood Market Conference to May


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, July 30


Fishing Bibs Recycled Into Bags; More Are Needed


Wed. Jul 29 2020

Visitors to Alaska Now Need Negative COVID Test to Enter State


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, July 29


Why Atlantic Sapphire Had to Initiate An Emergency Harvest  


New Study Recommends Product Label For Cell-Based Seafood Products


Coast Guard Rescues Pair After Fishing Vessel Sinks Off New Jersey Coast


SCEMFIS: Federal Offshore Wind Report Paid Lack of Attention to Impacts on Fisheries


The Biggest Takeaways From NOAA’s 2019 Status of Stocks Report


Seafood Harvesters of America, Retail Federation Pleased by HEALS Act Provisions


Australians Want Restaurants, Supermarkets to Remove Unsustainable Seafood Products


Japanese Supermarket Sales Improve for the Second Consecutive Month


JAPAN: Seven Men Arrested For Allegedly Trying to Bring Juvenile Eels Out of the Country  


New Zealand King Salmon Co. Rolls Out Wood Roasted Retail Line in U.S.  


Russia May Face Significant Decline in Japanese Squid, Cod, and Pollock Catch Due to Poachers  


California Culls 3.2 Million Trout Due to Bacterial Outbreak at Hatcheries


Renowned Regional Chefs Support #EatOregonSeafood Initiative


IPHC Grants a Fourth Halibut Opener for Area 2A Commercial Fishery Next Week  


USCG Rescues Fisherman from Sinking Vessel at Columbia River Entrance


Two More Da Yang Seafoods Workers Test Positive for COVID-19


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European Demand Set to Bolster Vietnam’s Shrimp Exports 

Described by the European Commission as "the most ambitious free trade deal ever concluded with a developing country" the EU-Vietnam free trade agreement (EVFTA) and the subsequent removal of high basic tax rates is expected to increase European imports of seafood from Vietnam.   

While global shrimp demand has been negatively impacted by a decline in foodservice activity, the EVFTA has been hailed as key mechanism to facilitate Vietnam’s international shrimp trade.  

As the second largest export market for seafood, second only to the U.S., Europe is expected to...  

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PERSPECTIVES: Six Programs to Virtually Promote US Seafood Products Overseas

Are you a seafood supplier headquartered in the Northeastern US looking for new and creative ways to market your products overseas, especially in today’s travel restricted environment? Food Export–Northeast, the recognized leader in helping to connect the region’s suppliers to overseas buyers, has several programs that can help you promote your business virtually.

Below are six (6) programs to consider:

1. Branded Program is a cost-sharing program that allows seafood suppliers promoting US-origin fish and shellfish to obtain reimbursement for up to 50% of their marketing or promotional dollars when targeting international audiences. These funds can be used to support activities like...

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Gulf of Mexico “Dead Zone” Smaller Than Forecasted 

In June NOAA released their annual prediction for the Gulf of Mexico “dead zone,” which forecasted that the area, which has low to no oxygen, would be “larger-than-average.” Now, two months later, scientists with the government agency are saying that the dead zone measured “smaller-than-expected.”

According to NOAA’s scientists, the dead zone this year is approximately 2,116 square miles, which is equivalent to 1.4 million acres of habitat that is potentially unavailable to fish and bottom species. The area was initially believed to be approximately 6,700 square miles...

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Norway’s Seafood Exports Levels for July Match Previous Year; Salmon Sees Growth in Volume

In the month of July, Norway exported NOK 7.9 billion in seafood, maintaining the same export levels as last year. For the year, Norway has exported NOK 60.8 billion worth of seafood, a three percent increase in value.

The Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) highlighted three factors behind July’s export statistics.

First, the weakened Norwegian krone contributed to the increase in seafood value. However, there has been a significant difference in value between species.

“Saithe and herring prices have held up relatively well compared with more expensive species such as salmon...

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ASC Publishes First Monitoring and Evaluation Report Displaying Impact of Responsible Aquaculture

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) published its first Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) report, which shows for the first time the impact of certified responsible aquaculture and the improvements of the environment in fish farms in Norway, Canada, Chile and Vietnam.

“The report is a product of ASC’s measurable performance requirements, commitment to transparency, and its requirements that farms make public their performance on more than 100 indicators,” the Council said in a news release...

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Blue Apron Partnership With Food Network Star Amanda Freitag Introduces New Salmon, Shrimp Recipes

Blue Apron is making it easier to cook like your favorite celebrity chef. The meal kit service announced this week that they have partnered with New York chef and Food Network star Amanda Freitag to bring their subscribers some new mouthwatering meals.

"Growing up, my family understood the value of a good meal, but we were busy. We ate a lot of frozen pizzas and other things that were easy to prepare,” said Freitag. “I still love those simple, classic American flavors...

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Major Russian Fishing Producer Calls For New Reforms in Domestic Fish Sector 

The Russian Fisheries Company (RRPK), one of Russia’s largest fish producers and processors, is initiating a new large-scale reform in the domestic fish sector. RRPK is submitting a proposal to the national government to expand the existing mechanism of investment quotas, to conduct new auctions for the most profitable fish and seafood species and tighten conditions for the provision of preferential tax regimes.  

As the company said in an official letter, which was sent to Russia’s Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, despite the "optimistic dynamics" of fish catch...

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With Another Four Weeks to Go, Alaska Salmon Landings are at 55% of Pre-Season Forecast

A total of 72.05 million salmon have been landed as of Sunday, August 2, 2020, putting all five species below expected harvests, Garrett Evridge reports for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. Sockeye salmon came in closer to expectations than any other salmon species, at 91%. 

“This week and next will be dominated by pink salmon production. Landings for the species will need to improve significantly to meet the ADF&G harvest projection of 61 million fish,” the economist from the McDowell Group noted...

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ANALYSIS: Live Lobster - Dull Demand, Declining Imports, Unsettled Market

This year, Maine fishermen are embarking upon the summer fishing season during the unprecedented time of COVID-19. Rising cases, limited restaurant re-openings and restricted travel are all negatively impacting market demand for live lobster. Due to the lack of foodservice sales, supply has been outpacing retail demand; resulting in depressed prices. Hard shell New England chicks, quarters, halves and selects are all trading below their 3-year averages. As an example, New England hard shell halves are trading 23% below their 3-year average...

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Under HEALS Act, Over Half of Restaurants Ineligible for PPP Loans

The National Restaurant Association is looking to change a threshold in the Senate HEALS Act which will currently make 55% of restaurants ineligible for another Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan.

Via a letter to Congressional leadership, the Association noted that small businesses with less than 300 employees will need to show 50% in quarterly gross receipts to apply for another round of PPP loans. At that level, over half of restaurants will be ineligible for the loans.

In order to get more restaurants the assistance they need, the Association...

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Consumer Advocacy Organization Sues Mowi Over Alleged Deceptive Advertising

The Organic Consumer Association (OCA), a nonprofit consumer protection organization is suing Mowi, the biggest salmon farmer in the world, over alleged deceptive marketing.

The lawsuit alleges that Mowi’s sustainability claims on its packaging is false and misleading. The OCA said its smoked Atlantic salmon products sold under the Ducktrap River of Maine brand “were made from salmon industrially farmed using unsustainable and environmentall destructive practices.”

“The OCA seeks no monetary damages, only an end to the deceptive marketing and advertising at issue,” the lawsuit filed by Richman Law Group, in D.C. Superior Court under the D.C. Consumer Protection Procedures Act.

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NOAA Fisheries Cancels Four 2020 Surveys Due to COVID-19

NOAA Fisheries announced the cancellation of four research surveys off the East and Gulf Coasts because of uncertainties created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Autumn Bottom Trawl Survey (NEFSC), Summer Ecosystem Monitoring Survey (NEFSC), Northern Shrimp Survey (NEFSC) and Summer and Fall Plankton Survey (SEFSC) were all cancelled.

“These are difficult decisions for the agency as we strive to balance our need to maintain core mission responsibilities with the realities and impacts of the current health crisis,” NOAA wrote in an update...

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SeafoodAuction.net opens in AK

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Fishermen, registered buyers and hatcheries have a new and easier way to do business online from a single location. It’s SeafoodAuction.net based in Kenai. https://seafoodauction.net/

“All buyers that register through the site have to be certified and registered through the feds and of course, through the state of Alaska, so nothing changes in that regard. Your existing buyers are part of this if  they choose to be. And they're the ones that are bidding.  It just makes everything easier. It's in one location...

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Brent Casper of Fortune Fish and Gourmet Returning to Minnesota

After running the Missouri operations of Fortune Fish & Gourmet for the last year, seafood veteran Brent Casper is returning to Minnesota. Sean J. O’Scannlain, President and CEO of Fortune International, announced this week that Casper, who successfully integrated the Morey’s of Missouri, Seattle Fish of Missouri and EuroGourmet acquisitions into the Fortune Plan, will be heading to Minnesota to take on the role of Vice President and General Manager of Fortune Minnesota and Missouri.

“I have known Brent for many years, and I have always been impressed with...

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Louisiana Trustees Approve Three Oyster Restoration Projects 

The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group announced this week that they have approved four projects to restore oysters and marine mammals. 

Three of the four projects will focus on oyster restoration in the Louisiana Restoration Area and will be led by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, in partnership with federal and state trustees and private contractors. A total of $25,621,1446 in funding will be used for the projects.

The first project will construct a network of oyster reefs to increase spawning oyster populations...

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INSIGHT: Demand Downturn Sparks Salmon Farming Woes

Lower salmon consumption in the first half of this year amid restaurants shutdown during the global Covid-19 pandemic has sparked worries on a potential downturn in salmon farming in Europe.
China was the first country to implement nationwide lockdown where all non-essential businesses, including restaurants were ordered to shut in end of January this year to slow the spread of coronavirus. As China eased its measures after nearly three months of lockdown, Europe imposed similar quarantine measures from early March where restaurants were also shut...
 

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Massachusetts Begins Distribution Process of CARES Act Funds to Fishing, Seafood Industries

The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries announced on Tuesday that they have begun the process of distributing federal disaster relief aid related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The CARES Act was passed in March with $300 million earmarked for the  fisheries assistance fund. However, at the time of the announcement, there had been no agency named to oversee the disbursement of the fund. Frustrated with the situation, fishermen wrote to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross asking that the Department of Commerce and NOAA “clearly articulate their distribution process for...

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