Mon. Sep 21 2020

More Measures Proposed for Western Pacific Longliners as Managers Agree to Electronic Reporting


ANALYSIS: Russian Snow Crab Pricing, Market Share Continues to Climb  


ANALYSIS: EU Frozen Shrimp Imports Down Year-on-Year  


Positively Groundfish Study Reveals West Coast Industry Groundfish Economic Outlook: '2020 Blows'  


Sen. Collins Asks Trump to “Rectify Glaring Disparities on the Water” in U.S./Canada Lobster Dispute


Quin-Sea Fisheries, Clearwater Seafoods Moving Forward With Joint Venture for St. Anthony Plant


Hokkaido Okhotsk Frozen Scallop Sales Slowdown in Mass Retailers, Market Price Downward Pressure  


Japanese Ministry Organizes Sustaina-Week to Promote Sustainable Food Products  


Washington Department of Ecology Seeking Comments on Draft Permits For Cooke Aquaculture  


Connecticut Lawmakers Urge USDA to Help Shellfish Farmers Under Section 32


SeaPak Introduces New Shrimp Sea Pals  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, September 21


Fri. Sep 18 2020

Urner Barry's Reporter Fall 2020 Issue Released; Read It Online For Free Now


IPHC Approves Three-Week Extension of Halibut Season in British Columbia Due to Pandemic


Oceana Report Confirms 300 Chinese Vessels Pillaging Waters Near Galapagos for Squid


Hurricane Sally Brings Destruction to the Gulf Coast


China’s Demand for Ecuador White Shrimp Seemingly Revives  


Coast Guard Medevacs Injured Fisherman Near Cold Bay, Alaska


Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories Finds Success in the Prospect of Mass Glass Eel Production  


Carnival Cruise Lines the Latest to Cancel Voyages in 2021  


Scandal-ridden Scallops Serve as Pledges in Zhangziao’s Borrowing Money from Banks  


Jerky From Alaska Pollock  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, September 18


Thu. Sep 17 2020

Pacific Council Unanimously Approves Pacific Sardine Rebuilding Plan


Coast Guard Continuing to Seek Information on December 2019 Sinking of F/V Scandies Rose


Crabbers Haul Up Best Dungeness Catches in Decades, Prices Sink  


ASMI Launches #SeafoodSunday, Invitation and Inspiration to Enjoy More Wild Seafood Together


Good Food Institute’s Alison Rabschnuk Talks About the Growing Demand for Alternative Proteins


China Reopens its Door to Russia’s King Crab  


Louisiana Fishing Industry Now Eligible to Apply for CARES Act Financial Assistance


JAPAN: Scallop Landings Recovered to 40,000 MT Level After Six Years  


JAPAN: Fall Chum Price Heats Up as Landings Slow Down  


SeaPak Introduces Everything Bagel Butterfly Shrimp  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, September 17


Wed. Sep 16 2020

APA’s Request to Extend Access to Winter Herring Savings Area Rejected by NOAA Fisheries    


Town Dock Accuses Former Employees of Violating Non-Compete Agreements


Rhode Island Fishermen Impacted by Trade War to Receive $10 Million in Tariff Relief


Petersburg Borough Requests Fishery Disaster Declaration from Alaska Governor Dunleavy


What’s Trashing Our Oceans in 2020


Study Reviews Seafood Sustainability Claims in Canadian Supermarkets


Red Lobster and PepsiCo Kick-Off Partnership With ‘Dew Garita’


Kodiak-based Coast Guard Cutter Returns Home Following International Fisheries Enforcement Operation


Talk or Dress Like a Pirate and Get Free Fish from Long John Silver’s as Part of New Promo


Maine Opens Lotteries for Dive and Drag Scallop Licenses


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, September 16


Tue. Sep 15 2020

Final ASMI Update Puts 2020’s Alaska Salmon Season in Historical Context


Maine Politicians Urge Trump Administration to Extend USDA Federal Aid to Dealers, Processors  


Mariner Seafood Files for Bankruptcy; View the List of 20 Creditors With Largest Unsecured Claims


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Cold Storage Cargo Facility at Anchorage Airport Get $21 Million Federal Boost


SC Shrimp Boat Captain Wayne Magwood Remembered by Southern Shrimp Alliance, "Dirty Jobs" Host  


USDA Eyeing Purchase of U.S. Shrimp, Alaska Pollock  


Adapt and Move Fast: A Q&A with Restaurant Brands International CMO Fernando Machado


US Foods Introduces Pre-portioned, Prepacked Ingredients for Take-Home DIY Meal Kits


Lineage Logistics Boosts Cold Storage Capacity in United Kingdom with Multiple Expansions


USCG Rescues Fisherman in Oregon Surf Amid High Wind, Waves, Currents, and Near Zero Visibility


RODA Highlights Multiple Economic and Labor Concerns Surrounding U.S. Offshore Wind


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, September 15


Hudson Valley Fisheries Highlighted by Oprah Magazine's September Food List  


National Restaurant Association Survey Reveals Nearly 1 in 6 Restaurants Closed in the Last 6 Months


The 22nd Seafood Show Tokyo Scheduled for Sep. 30-Oct. 2. with Measures to Prevent Coronavirus  


Sustainable Seafood Restaurant Opens in Harajuku, Tokhyo  


Mon. Sep 14 2020

IPHC Holds Unusual Public Meeting To Consider Extending Halibut Season in British Columbia


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, September 14


China Enforcing New Regulations for Chilled Food Imports Following the Release of COVID Salmon Study


August Sales of Imported Tuna at Toyosu Market Increased by 4.5% to 3,108 Fish  


NOAA Funds 23 New Marine Debris Clean Up Projects with $2.7 Million


NOAA Closes Atlantic Sea Scallop Closed Access Area  


Cooke Aquaculture Pacific Provides Update on Permits Needed to Raise Trout in Washington  


Japanese-style Restaurants Encounter Problems of Worried Customers and Unstable Supply in China  


Sustainable Seafood Coalition Urging UK Government to Focus on Sustainability in Fisheries Bill


ANALYSIS: Upward Pricing Pressure for Chilean Salmon Ahead of Holiday  


Scotland Salmon Sector Pleased With UK-Japan Trade Deal


New Rules Coming for Oregon Crab Fishermen for the 2020-2021 Season  


The Winding Glass: Despite Uncertainties, Signs Point to Good Holiday and Lent Season for Seafood  


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More Measures Proposed for Western Pacific Longliners as Managers Agree to Electronic Reporting

The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council concluded its 2020 third-quarter meeting recently with actions related to electronic reporting for Hawaii longline fisheries, annual catch limits for grey snapper (uku) for years 2022-2025 and more.

Hawaii longliners and those greater than 50 feet long in the American Samoa longline fleet will have to use electronic logbook reporting by the middle of next year, the Council approved in an amendment to the fishery management plan. Under the amendment, vessel operators must record and submit logbook...

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ANALYSIS: Russian Snow Crab Pricing, Market Share Continues to Climb

Russian snow crab imports have been climbing during 2020. Due to overall popularity and demand for snow crab this year, Russian snow crab appears to be filling a much-needed hole in the marketplace.

Overall imports of snow crab, due to the heavy dominance from Canada, follows a cyclical pattern each year. As the start of the Canadian season is in the late spring, an enormous jump in imports is seen during the month of May. June and July are typically higher import months but...

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ANALYSIS: EU Frozen Shrimp Imports Down Year-on-Year   

While European consumption of shrimp trended upward over the summer months, trade activity remains below pre-pandemic levels.  

Quantity 

During the 12 month period ending in June 2020, The European Union (EU) imported  43,903.47 tonnes of frozen shrimp (HS 030617) compared to 49,674.19 tonnes a year previous, or a decline in total quantity of 11.6% (year-on-year) YoY.

Value 

According to latest available trade data, The EU imported a total value of €345.65m of frozen shrimp (HS 030617) over...

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Maine Senator Collins Asks Trump to “Rectify Glaring Disparities on the Water” in U.S./Canada Lobster Dispute

Last Tuesday, Maine’s Senator Susan Collins sent a letter to President Trump asking for help to “protect our seafood harvesters and invaluable natural resources” by finding a resolution to the Gray Zone dispute.

Since the Revolutionary War, the United States and Canada have both claimed 277 square miles of sea known as the Gray Zone, in what has been prime lobster fishing grounds. 

“Maine lobstermen and fishermen who work in the “Grey Zone” — an area located approximately 10 miles off the Maine coast ...

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Hokkaido Okhotsk Frozen Scallop Sales Slowdown in Mass Retailers, Market Price Downward Pressure

As of September 15, scallop fishing from Okhotsk, Hokkaido, has harvested less than 80% of the season's projection from April 2020 to March 2021. Shipments of the main product, frozen scallop, are expected to increase in the future, but the domestic and overseas markets have shrunk due to the new coronavirus. Mass retailers, which have been the driving force for selling in the first half of the season, have begun to slow down due to the rise in market prices, reports Minato Shimbun.

 

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Washington Department of Ecology Seeking Comments on Draft Permits For Cooke Aquaculture

The Department of Ecology for the State of Washington announced that they are accepting comments on draft permits for Cooke Aquaculture. Cooke is currently going through the multi-agency permitting process to change the type of fish it raises in four Puget Sound net pens from non-native Atlantic salmon to native steelhead.

Back in 2018 a law was passed to phase out non-native species in marine fish farming by 2022. A switch to steelhead, which are native to Washington, would allow Cooke to...

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SeaPak Introduces New Shrimp Sea Pals

Forget about the dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets! SeaPak has launched a new product, Shrimp Sea Pals, that will have kids eating their recommended two servings of seafood each week.

"At SeaPak, our goal is to make seafood an east fit for everyday busy life," explained Kristen Beadon, Director of Marketing for SeaPak. "We're always looking for new ways to serve up great-tasting seafood, whether it's by introducing new flavors, new kinds of seafood or, in this case, new shapes."

SeaPak's Shrimp Sea Pals, which are made with minced shrimp and whole grain breading....

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IPHC Approves Three-Week Extension of Halibut Season in British Columbia Due to Pandemic

In its second special session of the year, triggered by issues brought on by the coronavirus, the International Pacific Halibut Commission agreed yesterday to extend the fishing season three weeks — to December 7, 2020 — for British Columbia, or Area 2B. 

IPHC's first special session last May relaxed management measures for charter operators in Alaska, as  out-of-state clients cancelled their trips when state health mandates restricting travel were imposed. Unlike that session, yesterday’s meeting was open to the public. More than 50 stakeholders attended the... 

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Hurricane Sally Brings Destruction to the Gulf Coast

Hundreds of thousands of people are without power after Hurricane Sally came barrelling through the Gulf Coast this week.

Sally made landfall in Alabama on Wednesday as a Category 2 hurricane. According to reports, Sally was moving at less than five miles an hour when it first made landfall with winds at 105 MPH. The slow moving hurricane, which turned into a tropical storm, created mass destruction before tearing through the Florida Panhandle.

In Bon Secour, Alabama, multiple businesses, including Bon Secour Fisheries and Billy’s Seafood, an open-air fresh seafood market...

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Coast Guard Medevacs Injured Fisherman Near Cold Bay, Alaska

KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard medevaced an injured fisherman approximately 40 miles west of Cold Bay, Alaska, Wednesday. A video of the helicopter lowering the medivac official and hoisting the patient as it hovered over the vessel in open water shows the skills needed for each at-sea procedure. 

At 2:30 p.m. an Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew hoisted the injured man and transferred him to awaiting emergency medical services in Cold Bay for further transport to Anchorage.

At 8:34 a.m., command center watchstanders received on...

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Positively Groundfish Study Reveals West Coast Industry Groundfish Economic Outlook: '2020 Blows'

A new study published by Positively Groundfish reports that business owners and key decision-makers in the West Coast groundfish fishery expect economic conditions to worsen in their businesses, the West Coast groundfish industry and the U.S. seafood market in the coming year.

The annual West Coast Groundfish Industry Economic Outlook Study, conducted by Positively Groundfish in August 2020, surveyed 47 West Coast groundfish industry leaders, including commercial fishermen, processors, community supported fisheries owners and consumer packaged goods manufacturers. Overall, the majority of survey respondents expressed...

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Quin-Sea Fisheries, Clearwater Seafoods Moving Forward With Joint Venture for St. Anthony Plant

It's full steam ahead for a joint venture between Quin-Sea Fisheries and Clearwater Seafoods. The two companies announced that the application to transfer the processing license for the St. Anthony fish plant has been approved by the Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture. As part of this new venture, Quin-Sea Fisheries will assume management responsibility for the plant.

"This marks a good day for future seafood investments in Newfoundland and Labrador," said Simon Jarding, the managing director for Quin-Sea Fisheries...

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Japanese Ministry Organizes Sustaina-Week to Promote Sustainable Food Products

"Afu no Wa 2030 Project-Thinking about Sustainability of Food and Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries" (Afu no Wa Project) is hosting a Sustainability Week "Projects for the Future" on September 17-27 in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Consumer Affairs Agency, and Ministry of the Environment. The 75th UN General Assembly is also held on the same date.

During the Sustaina Week, the project organizer will disseminate the project cooperators' sustainable efforts. Simultaneously, some stores will have sustainable products...

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Connecticut Lawmakers Urge USDA to Help Shellfish Farmers Under Section 32

WASHINGTON, DC -  Last week five members of the U.S. House and two Senators, all from Connecticut, continued a full-court press on Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue to expand federal resources to aid shellfish farmers in Connecticut and throughout the country. 

This is the second letter Connecticut’s Congressional delegation has sent to USDA on the need for federal support for the shellfish industry. Two months ago, lawmakers sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader ...

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Urner Barry's Reporter Fall 2020 Issue Released; Read It Online For Free Now

A brand new issue of Urner Barry's Reporter is out! Volume 15, Number 4 features a preview of Urner Barry's upcoming Executive Conference and Global Protein Summit, set to take place from October 6-9, 2020. Check out interviews with some of the speakers from our epic online event, including Scott Rasmussen, John Manzella, Fernando Machado and more! Click here to read.

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Oceana Report Confirms 300 Chinese Vessels Pillaging Waters Near Galapagos for Squid

In a brief but damning report conservation group Oceana shows non-stop “pillaging” taking place off the coast of the Galapagos Islands by Chinese vessels.

The report shows nearly 300 Chinese fishing boats, many with hold capacities of 1,000 mt, targeting mostly squid, just outside of the Galapagos Marine Reserve. Squid are essential to the diet of iconic Galapagos species such as fur seals and hammerhead sharks, as well as for many commercial and recreational fish species, including tuna and billfish, that contribute to the local economy ...

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China’s Demand for Ecuador White Shrimp Seemingly Revives

Due to the coronavirus, Ecuador ran into great trouble in white shrimp exports this year, and earlier local prices even hit the lowest level within the past decade. But luckily since August the market has been gradually recovering with better control of this epidemic worldwide and rising demand of its main buyers, like China.

As statistics show, on September 13, the price increased by US$0.2/kg to US$3.6/kg compared with previous week for those weighing between 40 to 50 shrimps/kg. Local processing plants are fastening production...

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