Tue. Aug 11 2020

Alaska Salmon Harvests Lag Year-on-Year for All Species Except Pinks, Now 12% Higher than 2018  


Chinese Authorities Allegedly Find Traces of Coronavirus on More Imported Frozen Seafood


OPINION: Adak: This is How Alaska Fishing Communities Die    


REPORT: Red Lobster Hires Advisor After Facing Difficulties Related to COVID-19 Shutdowns


Alaskans Routinely Provide Elders and Those in Need with Seafood, but Sitka Sets a New Standard


Sysco Sees Sales Drop in Fourth Quarter, Fiscal Year 2020 as COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts Foodservice


Japan Fisheries Agency Increases Alaska Pollock TAC to 65,000 Tons  


USCG Air Lifts Pregnant Crewmember From Factory Trawler to Cold Bay for Flight to Anchorage


Alaska Fish Radio: Comments on Fish Issues Due This Week, Month


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SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, August 11


Mon. Aug 10 2020

China Lifts Suspension on One of Three Ecuadorian Shrimp Exporters  


Price of Coho Salmon Farmed in Miyagi Falls Below 500 yen/kg  


NMFS Looks to Revive Longline EFP to Target Swordfish on the West Coast  


“Opening the Floodgates at Fukushima”: Woods Hole Marine Chemist Warns of Risks


Alaska Wild Salmon Day – Salmon Talk  


Coast Guard Aircrew Medevacs 24-year-old from Fishing Vessel near Sitka, Alaska


Russian Government Not Ready to Initiate New Large-Scale Reform of Domestic Fish Sector This Year


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, August 10


Fri. Aug 7 2020

Red Swimming Crab Meat, Tilapia Not on Tariff Exclusion List  


Alaska Daily Case Count Drops, Seafood Related Cases Remain 10-11% of Total Statewide


Cordova is First to Ask State and Commerce Dept. to Declare Twin Disasters: Fishery and Economic


25% Tariff Exclusions Extended for Certain Crab Meats, Alaskan Sole


NJ and MA Members of Congress Request More COVID-19 Relief Assistance For Nation’s Fishing Industry


ANALYSIS: June Snow Crab Imports Significantly Higher Than Cyclical Behavior; Up 47% From June 2019  


NOAA to Host Webinar on Observer Redeployment for Northeast Fishermen


All Hands Event Goes virtual, Asks Public for Ideas, Internet Reliability


AquaBounty Previews Exciting Advances In Second Quarter Financial Results  


Seafood Task Force Submits Recommendations to Help Level the Playing Field for U.S.


NOAA Launches Right Whale Slow Zones Campaign


Sturgeon Aquafarms, Marky’s Begin Sales of Beluga Caviar After Recovering From 2018 Hurricane  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, August 7


Thu. Aug 6 2020

ANALYSIS: June Shrimp Imports Significantly Higher From Last Month, Slightly Below Last Year  


ANALYSIS: Whole Tilapia Gaining Traction in U.S.  


Early Results of 2019 Northern Bering Sea Study Say Cod Not Likely to Overwinter Under Ice


Omega Protein Shares Support of ASMFC Decision on New Menhaden Management Approach


USDA Authorizes Purchase of $30 Million in U.S. Produced Shrimp  


Initial Unemployment Claims Decrease in the Week Ending August 1


Retailers, Seafood Companies Urge Governments to Address Outbreak of New Disease in Shrimp Farms  


DFO to Open the Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant Program on August 24


Senators Reintroduce Food Supply Protection Act Amid COVID-19 Crisis


Fisheries Agency Warned 318 Foreign Fishing Vessels to Leave Due to Crackdown Around Yamato Bank


Merck Animal Health Acquires IdentiGEN  


JAPAN: Frozen Black Cod Price Keeps Falling  


Botaneco Completes Trials for Plant-based Protein Ingredient for Aquaculture Feed


ASMI Japan Hosts Alaska Seafood Fair at Major Supermarket Chains  


Injured Oregon Fisherman Rescued by Coast Guard 150 Miles Off Yaquina Bay


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, August 6


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


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, August 5


Louisiana Trustees Approve Three Oyster Restoration Projects  


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


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Alaska Salmon Harvests Lag Year-on-Year for All Species Except Pinks, Now 12% Higher than 2018

About 85 million Alaska salmon have been harvested so far this year. An additional 18 million fish will be added if the 2018 harvest pace is matched through the end of the season. If 2016 is matched, the 2020 harvest will increase by 14 million fish, reports Garrett Evridge of the McDowell Group, in the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Weekly Salmon Update.

Nearly 400,000 sockeye were harvested last week, bringing the total to 44.3 million sockeyes to date. About 160,000 of last week’s ...

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Chinese Authorities Allegedly Find Traces of Coronavirus on More Imported Frozen Seafood

Authorities in Yantai, China, are reporting that they have found traces of the coronavirus on packaging of imported frozen seafood.

According to officials, the batches that tested positive are from a foreign vessel and entered the country through the Dalian port. Currently there are no details on the specific type of seafood or the country that it came from. South China Morning Post reports that officials could only confirm that a “small quantity” of the frozen seafood had been reprocessed and exported. The remainder of the product is...

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OPINION: Adak: This is How Alaska Fishing Communities Die

Editor's Note: Steve Minor is a long-time advocate for Alaska coastal communities.

Last year we warned of the slow economic death of Alaskan fishing communities as their access to nearby fisheries that they depend on becomes squeezed by off-shore interests, lawsuits and slow or non-existent political and regulatory responses.  The first casualty came sooner than expected. In this case, a lawsuit by several off-shore corporate fishing interests has stripped the western Aleutian communities of Adak and Atka of their access to federal waters Pacific cod and...

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Alaskans Routinely Provide Elders and Those in Need with Seafood, but Sitka Sets a New Standard 

In Alaska there’s an unwritten law that even when fishing isn’t great, there’s always a few fish for the elderly or those who can’t catch their own. Whether it’s through a church, or a bar owner who knows who is in need, fish has been shared for generations by residents for their neighbors. 

But in Sitka, that effort has grown to involve fishermen’s associations, processors, social worker agencies and transportation professionals to get fresh and frozen fish to needy communities across Alaska and to ...

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Japan Fisheries Agency Increases Alaska Pollock TAC to 65,000 Tons

The Fisheries Agency of Japan approved the increase in the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) of pollock for the FY2020 fishing season (April to March 2021) at the 102nd Resource Management Subcommittee of the Fisheries Policy Council held in Tokyo on August 6. In response to a large number of pollock in the Sea of Okhotsk appearing in the Japanese fishing grounds this year, the Agency increased the catch quota for offshore trawling in the waters by 10,000 tons to 64,900 tons...

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Alaska Fish Radio: Comments on Fish Issues Due This Week, Month

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – 

This week and month provide many chances to add your two cents on state and federal fishery policies – and the links to comment can be found with one stop at the Alaska Fish Radio website.

First off  -feedback on shaping an online All Hands on Deck fall meeting for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is welcome by Wednesday, August 12 in a quick survey. ASMI also is seeking committee members.  

The deadline to comment to the U.S. Department of Agriculture on...

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Price of Coho Salmon Farmed in Miyagi Falls Below 500 yen/kg 

Production of farmed coho salmon in Miyagi Prefecture is now over. Farming was sound throughout the season, and the production reached the goal of 14,000 tons. Landed price, however, declined about 20% due to an ample supply of low-priced Chilean coho. Local processers acknowledged the open price meeting the supply and demand situation or even better under the impact of coronavirus. Farmers, on the other hand, were disappointed by saying they expect no profit, reports Suisan Keizai...

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“Opening the Floodgates at Fukushima”: Woods Hole Marine Chemist Warns of Risks

In the nine years since Japan’s triple earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster occured at Fukushima, cesium levels have dropped by hundreds of thousands of times, and since 2015 fish caught nearby have not exceed Japan’s strict limit for cesium.

“Yet, enormous challenges remain in decommissioning the reactors and clean-up on land,” writes Ken Buesseler in the journal Science published August 7, 2020.  

“Two of the biggest unresolved issues are what to do with the more than 1000 tanks at the site that contain contaminated water and the...

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Coast Guard Aircrew Medevacs 24-year-old from Fishing Vessel near Sitka, Alaska

KODIAK, AK -- A MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka medevaced a 24-year-old crewman off the F/V Carol D, near Baranof Island last Saturday. The medivac was successful and thethe patient was delivered to awaiting emergency medical service personnel in Sitka.

The initial call to Coast Guard Sector Juneau came in Friday night reporting a crewmember aboard the Carol D, which is home-ported in Sitka, was suffering from medical complications from an infected tooth.

Weather in the area was...

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Red Swimming Crab Meat, Tilapia Not on Tariff Exclusion List

On Thursday the USTR issued a Notice of Product Exclusion Extensions. While the notice included a handful of seafood items, including Alaskan sole and snow crab meat, there were two items noticeably absent: tilapia and red swimming crab meat.

As most people following the tariffs will recall, in September 2018 the U.S. Trade Representative imposed an additional 10% duty on goods from China with an annual trade value of approximately $200 billion. The move was part of the action in the Section 301 investigation of China’s acts...

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REPORT: Red Lobster Hires Advisor After Facing Difficulties Related to COVID-19 Shutdowns

According to reports, Red Lobster has hired credit advisor Guggenheim. The news comes just as Thai Union released their financial statement for 2Q, which revealed a “high share of loss from Red Lobster” during the pandemic.

While the company has not announced that they have engaged with Guggenheim, FSR Magazine says that “sources familiar with the situation told Debtwire” about Red Lobster’s efforts to explore strategic options.  

As the 2Q20 financial report reveals, Thai Union reported a net profit of THB 1,716mn, up 1,440% YOY...

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Sysco Sees Sales Drop in Fourth Quarter, Fiscal Year 2020 as COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts Foodservice

Sysco reported its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2020 financial results on Tuesday.

The company’s U.S. foodservice operations saw a 42.8% decrease in Q4 sales compared to the same period last year, totaling $6.1 billion.

Sysco also noted its gross profit decreased by 45.7% to $1.2 billion, and gross margin decreased 102 basis points to 19.1%, compared to the same period last year.

For its international foodservice business, Sysco noted a 53.4% drop in sales, totaling $1.4 billion for Q4 2020...

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USCG Air Lifts Pregnant Crewmember From Factory Trawler to Cold Bay for Flight to Anchorage

Last Saturday, August 8, Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrew hoisted a pregnant crewmember from a fishing vessel 200 miles northwest of St. Paul Island in the Pribilofs. The Coast Guard posted the bullitin late last night.

The crew member was working on the factory trawler Northern Jaeger, a 308-foot processor owned by American Seafoods. The processing ship was near St. Matthew Island in the Bering Sea. The woman was reportedly experiencing medical complications due to pregnancy.

Saturday morning the Coast Guard received the...

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China Lifts Suspension on One of Three Ecuadorian Shrimp Exporters

Ecuador’s Foreign Ministry announced Monday morning that China has lifted the suspension on shrimp from Santa Priscila, one of the three companies that had been suspended last month.

As SeafoodNews previously reported, China suspended shrimp imports after allegedly finding positive samples of coronavirus on packaging. China’s General Administration of Customs said that samples collected from Industrial Pesquera Santa Priscila S.A., along with Empacreci S.A. and Empacadora Del Pacifico Sociedad Anonima Edpacif S.A., suggested that the “container environment and the outer packaging of the...

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NMFS Looks to Revive Longline EFP to Target Swordfish on the West Coast

Swordfish landings on the West Coast have dropped dramatically since 1985 -- and it's unlikely fishermen will ever achieve optimum yield under current gear restrictions. NMFS hopes to change that by drafting a new Environmental Impact Statement for longlines targeting highly migratory species.

A history of litigation and both state and federal regulations have led to the decline and eventual phase out of a number of gear types aimed at catching swordfish off of Oregon and California. The primary concern was sea turtle bycatch: endangered species of loggerhead...

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Alaska Wild Salmon Day – Salmon Talk

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch -

It is officially Alaska Wild Salmon Day. The honor was established five years ago by former Governor Bill when he signed a bill designating every August 10th  as a day to honor the fish that is the cultural and economic backbone of so many communities.

Fishermen shared what they would say to the salmon with The Alaska’s Show’s Alex Trokey -

-I’ve always been pretty heartless towards salmon, laughs.

-Sorry you’ll never spawn.

-You’re just a dollar bill with fins...

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Russian Government Not Ready to Initiate New Large-Scale Reform of Domestic Fish Sector This Year  

The proposal of the Russian Fisheries Company (RRPK) to begin a new large-scale reform of the domestic fish sector did not find support from the Russian federal government, particularly the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo).

According to representatives of the agency, the expansion of the mechanism of investment quotas, which was proposed by RRPK will create unequal competitive conditions in the industry, while the introduction of new auctions for crab quotas will be associated with a threat of...

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