Fri. Jun 11 2021

ANALYSIS: Crab Meat Market Still Climbing; Imports Down 8.5 Percent Through April  


Administration Pushes Offshore Wind Lease Sale in New York Bight


VIDEO: Crab Meat Market Climbing; GE Salmon Labeling Act; 2019 Marine Economy; Plant Based Trends  


ASPANS Voluntarily Withdraws MSC Snow Crab Certification in Gulf of St. Lawrence


Salmon Catches in N. Pacific at Lowest Levels in 40 years  


Businesses, Investors, and Foundations Join the Call for Permanent Protection of Bristol Bay


Eastern Oregon Couple on the Hook for $1,400 After Selling Dungeness Crab on Social Media


JAPAN: April Imports By Air Improve Notably, Volume Recovered The Level Two Years Ago  


Seafood Scotland Shares Success Story as Foodservice Eyes Salmon After U.S. Beef Supply Disruptions  


OmniFoods Launches Plant-based Seafood Line After Alternative Pork Success


Gathered Foods Joins Mission Blue Nonprofit Aimed at Ocean Conservation


DFO Announces Second Call for Proposals Under Ghost Gear Fund


Harry & David Launches Fine Meats Line Just in Time for Grilling Season


GSA Submits Application to SSCI for Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, June 11


Thu. Jun 10 2021

ANALYSIS: Twice Frozen Haddock Demands Premium Over Single Frozen  


ANALYSIS: Ecuador Shrimp Producers Appear Committed to Value Adding  


American Seafoods Hires Chris Oliver as Regulatory Special Advisor


ANALYSIS: Indian Shrimp Share Values on the Up Despite Supply Concerns  


NOAA Selects OSU for Key Marine Research Institute


Norway Royal Salmon Confirms ISA Cases at Farming Site


Captain D’s Partners With CMX to Boost Quality, Safety Along Supply Chain


Russia’s Largest Producer of Deep-Sea Crabs Call on State Support  


Thai Union Invests in Aquaculture Health Platform Through Venture Fund


FDA Issues Closeout Letter to Neptunus Seafood Following 2020 Warning


Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act Passed By U.S. Senate


Milarex Taps Centric Software's PLM to Help Boost Efficiency as Company Grows


Poseidon Ocean Systems Opening Office in Chile


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, June 10


Wed. Jun 9 2021

24 Million Pounds of Snow Crab Arrives in April and Disappears!  


REPORT: Marubeni Withdraws From North American Business, Sold Five Alaska Sites To Canfisco  


ANALYSIS: April Shrimp Imports Surge Led By Ecuador Growth  


Senator Murkowski Once Again Reintroduces Genetically Engineered Salmon Labeling Act  


Seafood Harvesters Pleased with ‘30x30’ Removal in Reintroduced Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act


NOAA: Blue Economy Grew Faster Than National Economy in 2019


Smilin’ Bob’s Recalls Smoked Fish Dip Due to Listeria Monocytogenes


Cultured Seafood Manufacturer Finless Foods Launches Plant-based Seafood Option


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, June 9


Tue. Jun 8 2021

Alaska Fishing Updates For June 2021  


June 8, World Oceans Day: Getting to Know the Blue of Our Blue Planet


Fish Alternatives Make Whole Foods Market’s First Ever Plant-Based Trend Predictions List


Seafood Industry Veteran Alfonso Paz-Andrade Passes Away At Age 80


Bumble Bee Releases Seafood Future Report; Displaying Sustainability Efforts on World Ocean Day


Friendly’s Gets Ready for Summer Time With Seafood Splash Menu


CFIA: Pair of Companies Recall Black Tiger Shrimp Due to Undeclared Sulphites  


DFO to Collaborate on Atlantic Salmon Migration Research  


Kvarøy Arctic Underwriting 2 Grants For World Central Kitchen’s Food Producer Network  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, June 8


Mon. Jun 7 2021

PODCAST: CBP Issues Import Ban; History Made at Peter Pan Seafoods and More


Surveys Back on Track in Alaska, Climate Data Already Coming In


ANALYSIS: Frozen Tuna Hit With Logistical Challenges, Constrained Supply and Firm Prices  


Salmon Harvest Set to be a Big One with Eager Markets, Pinks Surge at Norton Sound  


Public Comment Period Open on Proposal to Close Commercial Salmon Fishing in the Cook Inlet EEZ


Bristol Seafood Releases Seafood Singles Range; Adding More Retail Options  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, June 7


Commercial Red Snapper Season Opening Announced in South Atlantic Federal Waters  


DFO Highlights International Day for the Fight Against Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing


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ANALYSIS: Crab Meat Market Still Climbing; Imports Down 8.5 Percent Through April

April imports remain lower for pasteurized crab meat. In total year-to-date crab meat is down 8.5 percent. Indonesia, the largest producing country with a 48 percent market share, is down 17.8 percent year-to-date. The country’s imports are also 9.3 percent lower than the 3-year average.  

In addition to the lower imports, reports out of Indonesia are that the size of the blue swimming crabs are smaller. Due to this scenario, the market will...

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VIDEO: Crab Meat Market Climbing; GE Salmon Labeling Act; 2019 Marine Economy; Plant Based Trends

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they break down the biggest stories of the week, including the climbing crab meat market; reintroduction of the GE salmon labeling act; NOAA's report on the 2019 marine economy; and Whole Foods' plant based food trends predictions.

This episode of the SeafoodNews Weekly Video is brought to you by Urner Barry Consulting. Urner Barry Consulting provides tailored solutions to identify growth opportunities within the fast-paced protein...

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Administration Pushes Offshore Wind Lease Sale in New York Bight

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced today a new offshore wind lease sale that includes stipulations to prioritize union jobs and ocean user engagement, but some fishermen remain concerned about prime fishing grounds.

Currently, two BOEM Wind Energy Areas, Hudson South and Central Bight, are located in particularly sensitive areas for scallops, the Fisheries Survival Fund said in a statement. In their current form, these areas, including hundreds of thousands of acres of ocean, will have a serious negative impact on the scallop...

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Salmon Catches in N. Pacific at Lowest Levels in 40 years

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Troubling signs for salmon in the North Pacific.

Salmon catches throughout the North Pacific reached all-time highs in 2018, then dropped last year to the lowest levels in four decades.

That’s according to the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC) which tracks salmon abundances and catches as reported by its five member countries - Canada, Japan, Korea, Russia, and the U.S. 

The Commission also coordinates research and enforcement.  

Based on 2020 commercial catches, Pacific salmon abundance at 322.5 million fish...

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Eastern Oregon Couple on the Hook for $1,400 After Selling Dungeness Crab on Social Media

Selling Dungeness crab in Eastern Oregon illegally is not the pot of gold some sport fishermen originally thought.

A Prineville, Ore., couple was sentenced to pay $1,200 in restitution after illegally selling recreationally caught crab on the commercial market. The incident showcases the importance of consumers knowing that the fish and shellfish they buy are legally harvested and handled as a food product, the Oregon Department of Fish and ...

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Seafood Scotland Shares Success Story as Foodservice Eyes Salmon After U.S. Beef Supply Disruptions

Scotland seafood industry group, Seafood Scotland has taken advantage of a handful of disruptions to the U.S. beef supply chain by providing products to foodservice operators looking for protein in lieu of steaks.

As it looks to gain more footing in the U.S. market, Seafood Scotland shared a story from John Serock of John Serock Catering, West Chester, PA who needed protein.

Serock is facing a vast number of events and needs to find product for weddings that have set menus and pricing...

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Gathered Foods Joins Mission Blue Nonprofit Aimed at Ocean Conservation

Gathered Foods, the producers of Good Catch plant-based seafood brand have joined Mission Blue, a non-profit focused on Ocean conservation created by oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle.

Good Catch will become a corporate sponsor for Mission Blue and the duo will create consumer campaigns to call for greater protection of Mission Blue Hope Spots, which are designated conservation areas protected by Mission Blue programs and government partnerships.

Good Catch explained that its mission aligns with Mission Blue’s to restore ocean health. The messaging will...

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Harry & David Launches Fine Meats Line Just in Time for Grilling Season

Harry & David, a company that is known for its fruit, chocolate and treats gift baskets has launched Harry & David Fine Meats just ahead of the summer grilling season and seafood is most definitely on the menu.

The company has launched a new online gourmet butcher shop to provide customers with high-quality seafood, beef, pork, and poultry. The shop will launch with 60 products along with recipes, how-to guides, and more to engage customers and provide inspiration for a memorable summer get-together...

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ANALYSIS: Twice Frozen Haddock Demands Premium Over Single Frozen

The market for twice frozen haddock fillets began strengthening soon after the tariff exemption on the imported species came to an end on December 31, 2020. Since then, wholesale prices have increased an average of $0.83 per pound, reaching a new record high of about $4.38 per pound for skinless, boneless, IQF, frozen fillets.

Contributing factors to the rising wholesale price includes elevated freight costs and widespread logistical issues causing shipping delays coupled with heightened demand from the swift...

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American Seafoods Hires Chris Oliver as Regulatory Special Advisor

After a long and impressive career in public service, former head of NOAA Fisheries Chris Oliver has entered the private sector. Earlier this week, Seattle-based American Seafoods, the world’s largest at-sea processor of Wild Alaska Pollock, announced the hiring of Oliver as Special Advisor on Government Affairs.

“We’re thrilled to have Chris and his deep national and international fisheries experience on our team,” said Mikel Durham, American Seafoods CEO. 

“He’s a sector authority, and his position here underscores our commitment to environmentally sound, sustainable, and productive fishery policies and ...

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ASPANS Voluntarily Withdraws MSC Snow Crab Certification in Gulf of St. Lawrence

The Affiliation of Seafood Producers Association of Nova Scotia (ASPANS) announced this week that they have voluntarily withdrawn the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certificate for the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence (Gulf) snow crab fishery. 

The decision to withdraw comes after a consortium of Atlantic Canada’s harvesters and producers filed a Comprehensive Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) to address the ongoing efforts to reduce risks to North Atlantic right whales. According to ASPANS, the work plan in the comprehensive FIP will extend past the MSC expiry date....

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Businesses, Investors, and Foundations Join the Call for Permanent Protection of Bristol Bay

Yesterday in an open letter to the Biden administration and Congress, more than 200 companies and industry associations urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to permanently block the proposed Pebble Mine.  

In 2014, the Obama administration began the 404(c) process after conducting a multi-year scientific study and meeting with local communities. That process was stalled in 2014 when the Pebble Limited Partnership sued the EPA and the Trump administration later removed the Obama administration’s proposed protections for Bristol Bay in 2019.

“The Environmental Protection Agency...

 

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JAPAN: April Imports By Air Improve Notably, Volume Recovered The Level Two Years Ago

According to the April import customs statistics released by the Ministry of Finance, seafood brought in by air freight is recovering rapidly. The signs of improvement have been noticeable since March, but they confirmed it in April and finally approached the same month of 2019 before the coronavirus pandemic, reported Suisan Keizai.

The import by air transportation (marine products and preparations) in April was 5,290 tons and 8,058.61 million yen ($73.53 million), a significant recovery of 51.8% in quantity and 50.2% in value compared to...

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OmniFoods Launches Plant-based Seafood Line After Alternative Pork Success

OmniFoods celebrated World Oceans Day on June 8 by releasing its OmniSeafood line, a range of plant-based seafood options featuring the Omni Classic Fillet, Omni Golden Fillet and Omni Ocean Burger, OmniTuna and the expected launch of OmniSalmon.

The company’s plant-based seafood options come after a successful launch of its OmniPork line. However, the company noted that due to the  various textures, tastes and applications of seafood, its new line of products “presents a brand-new experience of high-quality plant-based fish with high culinary versatility...

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DFO Announces Second Call for Proposals Under Ghost Gear Fund

Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan launched a second call for proposals under the Ghost Gear Fund.

The fund, aimed at removing lost, abandoned and discarded fishing gear from Canadian waters, is looking for proposals focusing on the following three priorities:

- Identification and removal of ghost gear within the Fraser River, British Columbia: The Fraser River is an important breeding ground for wild salmon and other important fish species, but they can get trapped in abandoned gillnets along the river...

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GSA Submits Application to SSCI for Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard

The newly-named Global Seafood Alliance (GSA) has submitted a benchmarking application to The Consumer Goods Forum’s (CGF) Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) for its Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard (RFVS).

The application is the first step towards earning SSCI recognition as meeting industry expectations for third-party social compliance programs under the SSCI’s At-Sea Operations scope.

RFVS is the first scheme to apply under the scope, which launched in May 2021. The SSCI is looking to build trust in sustainability standards and is setting out to recognize programs...

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ANALYSIS: Ecuador Shrimp Producers Appear Committed to Value Adding

The growth in the category in recent years is not going unnoticed. Shipments of peeled shrimp from Ecuador to the U.S. were up 12 percent in 2018, 16 percent in 2019, and 51 percent in 2020. In this short time, the volume has nearly doubled—going from 52 to 101 million pounds.

More recently, in just the first quarter of 2021, shipments of peeled shrimp from Ecuador to the U.S. surged 88 percent. While India is still the dominant supplier— shipping 55 percent of all...

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