Thu. Apr 2 2020

Maine’s Commercial Fishing, Processing and Aquaculture Remains ‘Essential’ Under New Executive Order


Local Catch Network Capitalizes on Pandemic to Broaden its Fresh Seafood Scope


These are the Top Operational Changes Restaurants are Making in Response to the Coronavirus


COVID-19: Updated Compendium of Closures/Meeting Changes


Salmon Group Taps Langeland as CEO as Øen Becomes New US Envoy for Seafood Council


Norwegian Seafood Sector Pivots to Frozen Fish as Production Continues During Pandemic


Restaurant Prices in Canada Expected to Fall Due to COVID-19


Voice Recognition Software Tracks Fish Catches


Wed. Apr 1 2020

Luke’s Lobster Launches E-Commerce Platform to Send Seafood Across U.S.


Haunted by the Coronavirus, Vietnam’s Seafood Industry Suffers


Russian Fish Processors Call on Government to Lift Restrictions on Fish Imports to Domestic Market


Bumble Bee CEO Appointed to Plant-based Food Company’s Board of Directors


Land-based Farm Pure Salmon Poland Earns Ocean Friendly Label  


Louisiana Oyster Task Force Reaches Out to Newsroom Ink to Tell Their Story  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, April 1


Tue. Mar 31 2020

The Winding Glass: Processors Now Key to Lobster and Crab Survival in Canada    


Chicago Restaurant Owners File Lawsuit Against Insurance Company Over Business Interruption Policy


Canadian Government Ensures Support for Seafood Industry During COVID-19 Pandemic


NMFS Approves Final Measures for Atlantic Sea Scallop Management Plan for 2020 Season  


China's Struggling Tilapia Industry Encounters More Trouble With Coronavirus Outbreak  


CenSea National Sales Director Dave Bennett Retiring After More Than 25 Years With The Company


Thai Union Donates Shelf-Stable Seafood to Red Cross


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, March 31


Mon. Mar 30 2020

Lobster Fishery Delayed in Two New Brunswick Areas, Other Fisheries Waiting on Decisions  


During One Week, Bishops From Five States Lift Ban on Eating Meat During Lent


Russia Hopes to Significantly Increase Exports of Pollock Fillets to U.S. Market This Year  


NMFS Says 'No' to West Coast Groundfish, Swordfish Vessels Seeking Waivers for Observers


Coronavirus Traps Fishing Crew of Japanese Long-Distance Tuna Vessels  


State of Louisiana Steps Up to Connect Consumers with Local Harvesters as “Matchmaker”


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, March 30


VIDEO: New COMTELL Spotlight - Improved Charting and History Pages


Fri. Mar 27 2020

TAKING STOCK: Economic Gauntlets & Seafood Market Waves


Alaska’s NOAA Fisheries Waives Observer Coverage on Partial Coverage Fleet For Two Weeks


An Explanation of Canada’s Quarantine Exemptions for Temporary Foreign Workers and Truckers


FFAW Recommending that DFO Postpone Snow Crab Fishery  


Updated MSC Fisheries Certification Process Manual Now Available


Maine Opening Elver Fishery Following COVID-19 Protection Measures  


Pescanova Introduces New Toss & Serve Shrimp as Convenient, Healthy At-Home Dinner Option  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, March 27


Walmart Subsidiary Seiyu First Retailer to Endorse BAP Certification in Japan


Global Study Shows How Marine Species Respond as Oceans Warm


NFI Issues Statement on Passing of Angie Prieble


FSIS Loosens Labeling Enforcement, Allows Foodservice Items Easier Access to Retail


Thu. Mar 26 2020

SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, March 26


Alaskans Prepare For Fishing Season Amid Health Mandates, Travel Restrictions, More Paperwork


National Restaurant Association Cancels Upcoming May Show


3 Ways the Coronavirus Stimulus Package Helps Restaurants and Workers


COVID-19 Relief Bill Provides $300M For U.S. Fisheries Participants


Coronavirus Impact Leads to Highest Unemployment Claims in U.S. History


Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Landings Show February Increase; Change in Reporting May Help the Boost  


China Opens Market to Norwegian Fishmeal and Fish Oil


ANALYSIS: Challenges Mount for Fresh Salmon Logistics and Production in Chile  


SeaShare Ramps Up Seafood Donations at Food Banks


Coronavirus Cases Continue to Impact Foodservice and Retail


Restaurants in America Offer Contactless Delivery Similar to China's Model


An Updated List of Every State That Has Closed Restaurants Due to the Coronavirus


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Maine’s Commercial Fishing, Processing and Aquaculture Remains ‘Essential’ Under New Executive Order

Patrick Keliher, the Commissioner of Maine’s Department of Marine Resources, is reassuring commercial fishing, processing and aquaculture businesses that they are still considered “essential” following Governor Janet Mills’ latest Executive Order.

As SeafoodNews previously reported, Governor Mills issued an Executive Order for Maine on March 24 mandating that all non-essential businesses and operations in the state close their physical locations that are public facing. The Executive Order also closed non-essential business sites that “require more than 10...

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COVID-19: Updated Compendium of Closures/Meeting Changes

Several state and federal agencies and private businesses made announcements over the past month about closures and changes to schedules or logistics due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. SeafoodNews.com staff broke the story about the coronavirus in January and have kept our readers updated about how the pandemic is affecting the seafood industry. In that vein, the SeafoodNews staff is keeping a list of meeting and event changes and announcements that could affect your business. We will update the list as new announcements are made ...

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These are the Top Operational Changes Restaurants are Making in Response to the Coronavirus

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused a massive disruption to daily life. Some states have issued stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders, and a majority have implemented social distancing measures, like closing down restaurant dining rooms, in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. As a result, the National Restaurant Association says that 3% of restaurants have already closed for good—and an additional 11% of operators could permanently close in the next 30 days. Those that remain open have...

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Salmon Group Taps Langeland as CEO as Øen Becomes New US Envoy for Seafood Council

The Board of Norway’s Salmon Group has hired Jan Olav Langeland as the new CEO of the network. Langland has experience from both national and international work in management, sales, marketing and branding. He was marketing manager at feed manufacturer EWOS and has worked Kavli, Synnøve Finden, Altibox and BKK brands. Today, Langeland runs the labor market company Grønneviken AS, a company with 140 employees. 

Langland will begin his new job August 1, 2020. 

The outgoing CEO of the Salmon Group, Anne-Kristine Øen, was...

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Restaurant Prices in Canada Expected to Fall Due to COVID-19

In December Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph released the 10th edition of Canada’s Food Price Report, a guide published annually that forecasts increases in food prices for the upcoming year. With the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) sweeping the country, the team at Dalhousie and Guelph have issued an update to their report. According to the researchers, they do not believe that the overall forecast for food prices in 2020 will change. However, restaurant prices are expected to fall.

Back in December, the report anticipated that...

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Luke’s Lobster Launches E-Commerce Platform to Send Seafood Across U.S.

Can’t get to a Luke’s Lobster location? No problem. The restaurant chain, which has over 25 locations across the U.S., has just launched an e-commerce platform to send sustainably sourced seafood right to your door. 

In response to the global pandemic, we're officially launching our e-commerce platform to deliver fresh lobster and premium sustainable seafood right to your door,” the company announced. “We'll deliver Maine lobster shipped anywhere in the continental U.S. making your #LukesAtHome dreams a reality.”

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Russian Fish Processors Call on Government to Lift Restrictions on Fish Imports to Domestic Market  

Russian leading fish processors have called on the national government to lift the existing embargo on the imports of fish to the domestic market – in a move to ensure regular supplies of raw materials for their needs and to create conditions for the reduction of prices for fish and seafood in Russia, according to recent statements, made by representatives of some of Russian leading fish processors and local analysts.  

So far, the petition, signed by processors was sent to the office of the...

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Land-based Farm Pure Salmon Poland Earns Ocean Friendly Label

Land-based salmon farm Pure Salmon Poland's fish was recommended by Ocean Wise Seafood programs as an ocean-friendly farmed fish option.

Pure Salmon Poland is based in Warsaw and is co-owned by aquaculture company AquaMaof and private equity funds from 8F Asset Management.

The Ocean Wise Seafood program is a conservation program that helps consumers and businesses choose sustainable options.

Ocean Wise's symbol on a seafood item gives buyers peace of mind as it was harvested with the environment and the health water sources around the globe in...

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The Winding Glass: Processors Now Key to Lobster and Crab Survival in Canada

[The Winding Glass is an opinion and commentary column by John Sackton, Founder of SeafoodNews]

This week economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic will become more visible, and the success or failure of economic decisions will have a big impact on our lives, as much as the success or failure of pandemic containment actions.

The big money fisheries in Atlantic Canada are lobster and snow crab, and how these fisheries navigate the next few months will be critical to the survival of many shore communities and... 

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Canadian Government Ensures Support for Seafood Industry During COVID-19 Pandemic

Canadian Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan and a plethora of provincial ministers ensured the support and safety of the seafood sector as the coronavirus continues to impact life in the country.

“We continue to work together, across all levels of government, and in partnership with harvesters, processors, seafood farmers, and industry, to keep Canadians safe and communities supported,” the statement said. “The seafood sector, and the hard working women and men behind it, are essential to our collective food security and to Eastern Canada’s economies...”

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Local Catch Network Capitalizes on Pandemic to Broaden its Fresh Seafood Scope

During the coronavirus pandemic, some people are realizing they don’t have a strong relationship with the food system or local food producers.

Local Catch can help remedy that, University of Maine Assistant Professor of Marine Policy Joshua Stoll said in a press release.

The Local Catch Network is a community of fishermen, researchers and consumers committed to providing local, healthful, low-impact and economically sustainable seafood directly from harvesters.

The Seafood Finder map allows people to pinpoint where they can buy fresh...

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Norwegian Seafood Sector Pivots to Frozen Fish as Production Continues During Pandemic

As the coronavirus creates a plethora of problems for the seafood industry across the globe, the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) provided updates on how the country’s seafood sector is weathering the storm.

According to the Council, the Norwegian government, transportation sector and the seafood industry are working to maintain production and supply of Norwegian seafood.

“Producers and their customers all over the world are finding solutions and overcoming hurdles to deliver nutritious and top-quality seafood, despite the crisis,” CEO of the Norwegian Seafood Council, Renate Larsen said...

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Voice Recognition Software Tracks Fish Catches

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Tracking Alaska’s fish catches by voice, hands free. More after this -

“Leopard skate, 19.56… set weight 12.25…big mouth sculpin, 12.05…Table, count five…Edit row two…Set species – Pacific cod… Edit row three…Set species, northern rock sole” … (fade out)  

That’s a NOAA Fisheries scientist in a video showing the use of new voice recognition software that helps track data on fish coming over the rails.

During yearly trawl surveys each summer in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea, scientists must identify, sort and...

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Haunted by the Coronavirus, Vietnam’s Seafood Industry Suffers

The coronavirus outbreak has exerted destructive influence on global seafood trade. Vietnam, one of the greatest victims, has seen about 50% of its overseas orders either canceled or postponed this March, though exporters have cut prices by about 25% to 30%. There is not enough space to hold all the unsold seafood, said one insider.

As the country’s customs statistics show, its aquatic export has contracted by 10% to US$0.989 billion during this January and February compared with the same period last year. Its lower exports to China is...

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Bumble Bee CEO Appointed to Plant-based Food Company’s Board of Directors 

Bumble Bee CEO Jan Tharp is the newest addition to Gathered Foods’ Board of Directors. The announcement of her appointment comes less than a month after Bumble Bee announced a  joint distribution venture with the plant-based food company.

"We are thrilled to welcome Jan to our Board of Directors, as she brings years of leadership, innovation and superb operational expertise in the seafood industry, along with a shared passion for the health of our oceans," said Chris Kerr, CEO and Co-Founder of Gathered Foods...

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Louisiana Oyster Task Force Reaches Out to Newsroom Ink to Tell Their Story

The Louisiana Oyster Task Force, through the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, has enlisted Ed Lallo and Newsroom Ink to assist in their ongoing effort to tell the story of the of the Louisiana Gulf oyster, the people dedicated to ensuring its sustainability, as well as its importance to the State’s economy, culture and culinary cuisine.

“We know the work of Lallo since the days of the BP Oil Spill,” said Mitch Jurisich, chairman of the task force. “At that time his he and his partners...

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Chicago Restaurant Owners File Lawsuit Against Insurance Company Over Business Interruption Policy

As SeafoodNews reported earlier this month, many business owners are trying to deal with the fallout from the coronavirus (COVID-19). A majority of restaurants across the U.S. have been forced to close their dining rooms and instead offer only take-out or delivery. The result has been a decrease in sales, a rise in unemployment, as well as permanent and temporary closures. These businesses are turning to their insurance policies for relief. Unfortunately, many are discovering that their business interruption policy does not cover losses due to...

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