Tue. Jun 28 2022

Australia’s Tassal Group Rejects $700 Million Acquisition Bid from Cooke Inc.  


FFAW ‘Outraged’ Over Summer Shrimp Decision From Standing Fish Price Setting Panel  


Western Pacific Fishermen Losing Last Vestiges of U.S. Waters Open to Fishing; Council Frustrated


Biden Issues Global Strategy to Clamp Down on IUU Fishing and Labor Abuses


U.S. and Russian Frozen Pollock Roe Price Spike by 20-30%  


Appointments Announced for 2022 Regional Fishery Management Councils


Captain D’s Turning Up the Heat with New Spicy Batter Dipped Fish


Kingfish Company Receives U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Permit For Facility in Jonesport, Maine  


Plant-Based Firm ISH Food Company Lands B Corporation Certification


Coast Guard Inspectors Return to Anchorage After Supporting Opening of Bristol Bay Fishing Season


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, June 28


Mon. Jun 27 2022

ANALYSIS: Farmed Salmon Update Heading Into July  


Ecuador Protests Update: President Cuts Gasoline Prices By 10 Cents Per Gallon


Russian Far East Salmon Fishery Bullish Start, 4400 Tons of Sockeye in Two Weeks  


‘Major Achievement’: MSC Board of Trustees Approves Fisheries Standard


FSIS Issues Public Health Alert on Ineligible Siluriformes Products Imported from Korea  


DFO Releases Management Decision for NL Northern Cod Stewardship Fishery  


Grounded Packaging Launches New Sustainable Packaging Solution Made From 83% Recycled Materials


StarKist, Feed the Children Partner and Cornerstones to Provide Hunger Relief to 400 Families in VA


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, June 27


Fri. Jun 24 2022

Logistical Bottlenecks in Ecuador as Protests Related to Fuel Prices Continue


Alaska Salmon Landings on Track Timewise, Except Chinook and Chum — Much Lower on Average


Massive Tundra Fires in Western Alaska Threaten Fishing Communities


Offshore Wind and Fisheries: BOEM Seeks Public Comment on Draft Mitigation Strategy


Biden Administration Launches Federal-State Offshore Wind Implementation Partnership


Grant Applications Now Available for Oregon’s Seafood Processing Industry


GAO Recommends USDA Strengthen Efforts to Prevent Unsafe Drug Residue in Imported Seafood


Xinpangao International Trade Corporation Recalls Shrimp Dumplings Due to Undeclared Allergen  


Dr. Chris Beattie Joins AquaBounty as New Chief Scientific Officer


Seafood and Gender Equality Receives $400,000 Grant To Further Mission


QDOBA Adds Citrus Lime Shrimp Option for Limited Time  


NFI Crab Council Meets in Maryland For Summer Working Group Meeting Series  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, June 24


Thu. Jun 23 2022

UB Consulting: Has the Foodservice Industry Recovered?


Judge Vacates NMFS Final Rule on Cook Inlet Salmon Closure as Arbitrary and Capricious


Senator Susan Collins: “Hold China Accountable” For Phase One Lobster Purchases  


Canadian Fisheries Minister Announces 2-Year Renewal of Discovery Island Fish Farm Leases  


Shipping Companies Push Back Against CBP Motion to Reinstitute Fines in Jones Act Pollock Case  


West Coast Lawmakers Raise Concerns Over Offshore Wind Siting Process


Prince William Sound Red Salmon Takes Center of the Plate at HyVee Stores This Summer  


This Week in Retail: Supermarkets Prep for July 4th


Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods Survey Assesses Shifts in Seafood Retail, Foodservice and the Future


China Imports More Seafood Now, Though Some Exotic Ones Still Face Uncertainties There  


High Levels of Toxins in Clams Follows Rapid Warmup in Gulf of Alaska Waters


WDFW Deploys Emergency Measures to Control European Green Crabs


Chilean Salmon Council Says Employment Grew in Q1 After Drop Due to COVID Impacts


Mowi Earns Recognition at Compassion in World Farming's Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, June 23


Wed. Jun 22 2022

Drought, Water Flows Force CDFW to Truck Salmon Smolts Around Adverse River Conditions  


OSU Research Suggests Pacific Hake Skin has Properties to Prevent Wrinkles  


Fishing Organizations Request Funding For Offshore Wind Research


Scottish Salmon Company Takes on New Name: Bakkafrost Scotland  


DFO Releases Atlantic Herring Management Plan in SW Nova Scotia, Bay of Fundy


Blue Star Foods Finds Engineer for RAS Soft-Shell Crab Expansion


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, June 22


Blue Ocean Technology, Purecod Sign Deal For State-of-the-Art Sludge Dewatering Facility  


SeaPak Hosts Beach Cleanup to Celebrate National Ocean Month


Nordic Aqua Partners Appoints Fish Health Manager


Canadian Government Extends Support of Nunavut’s Fishing Industry


Tue. Jun 21 2022

SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, June 21


Proposal to Support EU Fishing Operations Have Been Jeopardized by Russia-Ukraine War


Umami Meats Reports Research and Development, Low-Cost Production Advancements


US Coast Guard Medevacs Fishermen to Anchorage from Bering Sea and Prince William Sound


Thai Union North America Appoints Blake Stok As Director of Sustainability for North America


Seafood Summerfest is on at Red Lobster


Long John Silver’s Debuts Summer Shrimp Menu Item to Add Sweetness to the Warmer Months


Hokkaido Fishermen on Verge of Serious Loss Due to Russia’s Decision to Suspend Fisheries Agreement  


Cooke Seafood to Expand Global Headquarters in Saint John


Chile Environmental Body Hits Australis Seafoods with Overproduction Charge


ANALYSIS: Tilapia and Pangasius Under Downwards Pressure  


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Australia’s Tassal Group Rejects $700 Million Acquisition Bid from Cooke Inc.

Australia-based salmon farmer Tassal Group rejected a A$1.04 billion ($721.53 million) acquisition bid from Canada’s Cooke Inc. on June 27.

According to Reuters, shares of Tassal jumped over 16% to A$4.610 with the company on track for its best session ever following the announcement.

Tassal said its Board of Directors evaluated the proposal and determined that it “is not in the best interest of shareholders. The company also stated it would not engage with Cooke regarding the proposal...

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FFAW ‘Outraged’ Over Summer Shrimp Decision From Standing Fish Price Setting Panel 

On Monday the Standing Fish Price Setting Panel announced their decision on the minimum price for summer shrimp. The decision sets the minimum price at $0.90/lb…which of course has FFAW and the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) at odds.

FFAW shared in a news release on Tuesday that shrimp harvesters across the province are “outraged” by the Standing Fish Price Setting Panel’s decision to side with ASP’s final offer. FFAW’s Shrimp Negotiating Committee had submitted a final offer of $1.36/lb, which they say...

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Western Pacific Fishermen Losing Last Vestiges of U.S. Waters Open to Fishing; Council Frustrated

Sanctuaries, marine monuments, no-fishing zones -- Western Pacific fishermen are trying to hold on to as many areas open for fishing as they can.

Last week, the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council supported permitting non-commercial fishing and prohibiting commercial fishing in the Monument Expansion Area of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, from 50 to 200 nautical miles.

However, Council members were infuriated because continuing to close areas to fishing is an affront to indigenous peoples. Members stressed the importance of continuing indigenous cultures and ...

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Biden Issues Global Strategy to Clamp Down on IUU Fishing and Labor Abuses

resident Joe Biden sent a strong message to 11 Cabinet members and executive agencies yesterday, directing them “to work toward ending forced labor and other crimes or abuses in IUU fishing; promote sustainable use of the oceans in partnership with other nations and the private sector; and advance foreign and trade policies that benefit U.S. seafood workers.”

National Security Memorandum/NSM-11 is the White House's first ever on IUU fishing. In it, Biden calls for Secretaries of State, Treasury, Defense, Commerce, Labor, Homeland Security, the Attorney  ...

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Captain D’s Turning Up the Heat with New Spicy Batter Dipped Fish

Fast casual seafood chain Captain D’s plans to turn up the heat in the summer of 2022 with its new Spicy Batter Dipped Fish.

The latest menu option will be available from June 27-August 29 and feature four new spicy fish entrées.

"For the first time ever, we have created an all-new flavor profile for our legendary Batter Dipped Fish; it's our same famous batter, only spicier," said Bindi Menon, Chief Marketing Officer at Captain D's. "This bold new flavor complements our flagship...

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Plant-Based Firm ISH Food Company Lands B Corporation Certification

The ISH Food Company, a business developing plant-based seafood products, was awarded B Corp certification, joining a select group of only ~5,000 for-profit companies globally.

The company, which wants to create a regenerative, nutritious food system was founded by Bernard David after he suffered a heart attack in Penn Station and moved him to discover the benefits of plant-based foods.

"We have a big mission, and we can't do it alone," said David, "which makes our confirmation as a certified B Corporation even more important...

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ANALYSIS: Farmed Salmon Update Heading Into July

The farmed salmon complex has seen the index adjust lower over the past seven weeks as the summer doldrums look to have hit the market. However, the farmed salmon index is currently 34.8 percent higher than the 5-year average as we head into the end of June inching closer to July.  

Looking at the Chilean fillet market specifically, the fresh fillet market did stabilize this week and the markets held unchanged throughout the week. Much of the stabilization is attributed to a slowdown...

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Russian Far East Salmon Fishery Bullish Start, 4400 Tons of Sockeye in Two Weeks

Salmon and trout fishing in Kamchatka in the Russian Far East is doing well. As of June 20, the sockeye salmon of East Kamchatka, the principal species of the first half, has already approached 8,000 tons, more than three times the speed of the same period of the previous year and more than double the average of four years in recent years, reported Suisan Keizai.

Sockeyes, returning sooner, are the main catch in the early stages...

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FSIS Issues Public Health Alert on Ineligible Siluriformes Products Imported from Korea

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a public health alert for Siluriformes products imported by Grand BK Corporation, a Carlstadt, N.J. firm.

FSIS said that products were imported from Korea, a country ineligible to export Siluriformes products to the United States. A recall was not requested because the products are no longer available for purchase.

The product was frozen, ready to cook Siluriformes stew products were imported on various dates from September 2021 through May 2022...

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Grounded Packaging Launches New Sustainable Packaging Solution Made From 83% Recycled Materials

There is no denying that sustainable packaging is in high demand. But there are plenty of issues that go with it – from it not being cost effective, to it not being suitable for food contact. Enter Grounded Packaging. The company, which boasts themselves as the “next generation of packaging materials and technology,” announced on Monday that they’re launching a new product that is not only made of 83% recycled materials, but is available for food contact pouches. 

RE: MONO is Grounded’s new film laminate that offers food manufacturers...

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U.S. and Russian Frozen Pollock Roe Price Spike by 20-30%

The bid price for the 2022 A season of frozen Alaska pollock roe produced in the United States has skyrocketed. According to a major trading company, the median bid price was 1250 to 1300 yen/kg ($9.23-9.60/kg) for standard FAS pollock roe, 30% higher than the same season last year. Land-frozen roe was 1150 yen/kg ($8.49/kg), 90% higher. The price increase in land-frozen products is conspicuous because it was not listed in the first bid session (March 8-9)...

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Appointments Announced for 2022 Regional Fishery Management Councils

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced appointments for 20 new and returning members to the regional fishery management councils. These councils partner with NOAA Fisheries to manage marine fishery resources.

NOAA Fisheries explained that the councils were established by the Magnuson-Stevens Act, and are responsible for developing region-specific management plans. The councils consist of diverse groups, including commercial and recreational fishing industries, environmental organizations, and academia.

Annually, the Secretary of Commerce appoints approximately one-third of the total 72 appointed members to the eight councils. The Secretary selects...

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Kingfish Company Receives U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Permit For Facility in Jonesport, Maine

On Tuesday the Kingfish Company announced that they received the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit for their new facility in Jonesport, Maine. The company previously received key permits from the State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MDEP) and critical water-side permits in 2021

As SeafoodNews previously reported, Kingfish Company purchased land for their Jonesport facility in November 2021. Once completed the new production facility will mark the company’s first in the United States...

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Coast Guard Inspectors Return to Anchorage After Supporting Opening of Bristol Bay Fishing Season

Coast Guard inspectors who were deployed to Bristol Bay for the past two weeks to support the opening of the region’s commercial fishing season have returned to Anchorage.

A total of 351 dockside examinations took place. No fines or penalties were issued during these inspections. Instead the goal was to address safety issues that were present, including items such as flares, charts, navigational signals, fire extinguishers, emergency position indicating radio beacons and the serviceability of immersion suits. Upon inspection of the immersion suits...

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Ecuador Protests Update: President Cuts Gasoline Prices By 10 Cents Per Gallon

As strikes continue across Ecuador, President Guillermo Lasso has ultimately announced a cut in gasoline prices. Lasso acknowledged on national television Sunday that the price of fuel “has become the cornerstone that maintains the conflict.” While the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) have been calling for a reduction of gasoline from $2.55 to $2.10 a gallon and $1.90 to $1.50 for diesel, Lasso has reduced the price of gasoline by 10 cents per gallon.

“Ecuadorians who seek dialogue will find...

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‘Major Achievement’: MSC Board of Trustees Approves Fisheries Standard

Following a four-year review, the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) Board of Trustees has unanimously approved its new Fisheries Standard, describing the milestone as a “major achievement.”

Currently, 539 fisheries are certified to MSC’s Standard, representing 16% of the wild marine catch in the world, making it the largest fishing program on the planet.

The MSC explained that the review involved “the most extensive consultation ever undertaken by the organization” and it heard from fisheries, scientists, assessors, environmental NGOs and industry representatives...

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DFO Releases Management Decision for NL Northern Cod Stewardship Fishery

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) announced that the maximum authorized harvest level for the 2022 Northern cod Stewardship Fishery (2J3KL) on the east coast of Newfoundland and Labrador will remain the same as last year (12,999 tonnes) in an effort to continue to allow for the regeneration of the stock.

According to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Joyce Murray, 2600t have been included and set aside for harvesters fishing in 2J (off Labrador)...

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