Fri. Sep 25 2020

ANALYSIS: Hard Shell Lobster Inventory Low Throughout Industry  


REPORT: "Major Outbreak" of COVID-19 at Pacific Seafood's Warrenton Plant


Chinese Health Authorities in Qingdao Claim to Have Found Traces of Coronavirus on Imported Seafood  


Dungeness Crab Makes Oregon's List of Top 20 Agriculture Commodities  


Alaska Fishing Updates for September/October  


Seafood Show Tokyo Implements Coronavirus Safety Measures


U.S. Restaurant Dollar and Traffic Declines Ease in August as Consumers Gain Comfort in Dining Out


Seafood Dealers Allowed Delayed Reporting in Some Areas Due to Hurricane Sally


Fast Response Cutter Arrives on Guam, Named For First Woman to Enlist in Coast Guard, 102 Years Ago


Genova Premium Tuna, King Oscar partner With Chef Marcus Samuelsson and James Beard Foundation


Governor General's Throne Speech Commits to Blue Economy Development


Marel, Fusion Marine Technology Announce New Partnership


Marel, Fusion Marine Technology Announce New Partnership


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, September 25


Thu. Sep 24 2020

Collier Out, Shively Back In as Pebble CEO to “Advance Through Regulatory Process”


Consumers Itching for Night Out but Restaurants Limited with Winter Weather on the Horizon


Pebble Opponents Ask for Halt to Mine, Some Want Lasting Protection for Alaska’s “National Treasure”


FDA, European Commission Take Steps to Resume Shellfish Trade for the First Time in 10 Years  


Alaska's Salmon are Getting Smaller  


Agricultural Consultant Michelle Klieger Breaks Down the Needs and Wants of Today's Consumer


JAPAN: Laboratory Grown Octopus Reaches 500 Grams in Six Months  


RRPK Has No Concerns Regarding Expulsion From Association of Pollock Producers  


Cermaq iFarm Project Reaches Big Milestone With First Smolt Transfer


World's First ASC-MSC Certified Seaweed Products Go on Sale in Korea  


Russian Federation Lifts Restrictions on Imports From Chile's Ventisqueros


U.S. Coast Guard, Royal Bahamas Defense Force Seize More Than 12,000 lbs. of IUU Fishing Catch


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, September 24


Wed. Sep 23 2020

Bumble Bee Responds After Trump's Comments About Throwing Tuna  


USDA Signals Expansion of Commodity Buys With $4.4 M Award To Blue Harvest For Atlantic Groundfish


ANALYSIS: July Imports Boast New Tilapia Record  


Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association Wins $600,000 Match from U.S. EDA Build to Scale Grant


Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 Now Available for Aquaculture Operations


If Fishermen Can’t Flush a Head in Cook Inlet, Why Should Hilcorp Be Allowed to Dump Toxic Waste?


Brrrr! Charleston Ice Plant Starts Serving Commercial Vessels; Some Dock Work Still on Tap


FFAW Calling For Halt of Royal Greenland's Acquisition of Quinlan Brothers


Japan’s Yellowtail July Exports Fell 46% From Last Year  


Kodiak Could See a January 2021 Tanner Crab Fishery  


Moves for NZ's First Seaweed Farms Begin in Hauraki Gulf  


Vietnam's Pangasius and Bivalve Mollusk Exports Decrease


Omega Protein Raises Over $5,000 For Hurricane Laura Assistance


Southstream Seafoods Adds Ricardo Febles to Sales Team


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, September 23


Tue. Sep 22 2020

Fishing Sector of Russian Kamchatka on Verge of Big Changes  


The Pebble Tapes: Sting Operation Reveals Lies, Plans for Massive Expansion, Rigged Process


REPORT: Six Workers at Pacific Seafood Warrenton Plant Test Positive for Coronavirus


John Manzella Talks Macro-economic Trends, Global Trade and What's Ahead


NOAA Announces SIMP-Compliant Importers List


Everything You Need to Know About the FDA's FSMA Food Traceability Proposed Rule  


Seafood Eating Trends Tick Up Due to COVID


Grieg Seafood Closes Operations in Skye, Taking Loss of NOK 100 million in Q3 2020


JAPAN: August Marine Products Imports at 148,231 Million Yen, Down 2% From the Previous Year  


AFDF Postpones Symphony of Seafood Until Spring 2021


Red Lobster Offering Discount to Celebrate National Lobster Day  


USCG Rescues Two Shrimp Fishermen in Louisiana


Seafood Industry Research Fund Announces the Ed Morey Memorial Fund


USDA's Agricultural Research Service Joins Effort to Boost Oyster Production  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, September 22


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  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, September 21


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


SeaPak Introduces New Shrimp Sea Pals  


Connecticut Lawmakers Urge USDA to Help Shellfish Farmers Under Section 32


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ANALYSIS: Hard Shell Lobster Inventory Low Throughout Industry

It is not unusual for hard shell lobster prices to firm moving into the fall months. However, this year, NE hard shell select market prices have increased 50% since early August. By all accounts, stored hard shell inventory throughout the industry is low. Uncertain market conditions related to COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions have compelled market participants to be cautious with their holdings. Typically, strong demand for the Chinese Fall Festival (Oct. 1) fuels buying interest in larger sized selects. Because pounded inventory...

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REPORT: "Major Outbreak" of COVID-19 at Pacific Seafood's Warrenton Plant

Clatsop County, Oregon's Public Health Department is reporting a "major outbreak" at Pacific Seafood's Warrenton Plant. According to a news release put out by the county, 77 out of the plant's 159-member night shift tested positive for the illness.

"The Oregon Health Authority is taking the lead in arranging for quarantine of the affected individuals, and conducting tracing of family and other contacts of those workers," the Clatsop County Public Health Department wrote in a press release Thursday...

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Chinese Health Authorities in Qingdao Claim to Have Found Traces of Coronavirus on Imported Seafood 

Health authorities in the city of Qingdao are claiming to have found traces of the coronavirus on packages of imported seafood.

According to the latest report published by Reuters, a seafood importer conducted routine testing after two of their employees tested positive for coronavirus, but displayed no symptoms. No other workers have tested positive. The two men are said to have handled the alleged contaminated products, but the exact item and origin of the alleged contaminated product in question has not been made public by...

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Alaska Fishing Updates for September/October

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – As salmon season ends more fisheries get underway.

Salmon numbers continue to trickle in but the total catch won’t add up to much more than the 113 million fish taken so far. That’s about 85 percent of what state managers expected for the season.

Of that, over 45 million are sockeyes and 58 million are pinks. Landings of about two million cohos are the lowest since the mid-1970s and a 7.5 million chum salmon harvest is the weakest since 1979...

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U.S. Restaurant Dollar and Traffic Declines Ease in August as Consumers Gain Comfort in Dining Out

While August restaurant trends reflect an environment in which slightly less than 25% of restaurant units were under restrictions for on-premises dining during the course of the month, similar to June and July, the rate of traffic and dollar declines for the month eased slightly to  -10% and  -9%, respectively, compared to same period year ago, reports The NPD Group.

“As the summer progressed and mandated restrictions were lifted, an increasing number of consumers became more comfortable dining out based on the safety protocols restaurants put in place,” says David Portalatin, NPD food industry advisor and author of Eating Patterns in America...

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Fast Response Cutter Arrives on Guam, Named For First Woman to Enlist in Coast Guard, 102 Years Ago

The first of three Fast Response Cutters (FRC) arrived at Apra Harbor in Guam this week, after a 10,000-nautical mile two-month journey.

The Coast Guard Cutter Myrtle Hazard, which traveled from Key West, Florida to Guam, is equipped with advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems and boast greater range and endurance.

The new FRCs will replace the 30-year old 110-foot Island-class patrol boats. 

“FRC’s in Guam strengthen and affirm the U.S. Coast Guard's ...

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Governor General's Throne Speech Commits to Blue Economy Development 

Governor General Julie Payette's Throne speech earlier this week made a mention of investing in the Blue Economy to help Canada prosper. The speech was welcomed by the Fisheries Council of Canada (FCC) and the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA).

"Canada is a water nation. With three coasts and some of the most marine and freshwater resources in the world, communities and families rely on capturing value from our waters," commented Tim Kennedy, CAIA President and CEO. "Today, the Government of Canada in the Speech from the...

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Marel, Fusion Marine Technology Announce New Partnership

Marel Inc. and Fusion Marine Technology Inc. are pleased to announce a partnership for exclusive service in the commercial fishing marine industry.

As stated by Einar Einarsson, President of the North American Region “ As the world’s largest and most innovative producer of advanced processing equipment it is imperative to support the equipment in a manner that allows the processor to utilize the full potential of the machinery, and realize the full value their purchase. Partnering with Fusion Marine Technology provides a unique opportunity to...

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Consumers Itching for Night Out but Restaurants Limited with Winter Weather on the Horizon

As consumers grow weary of eating at home and ordering takeout or delivery, restaurants in some of the states hit the hardest by the coronavirus are beginning to allow indoor dining, providing a glimmer of hope for operators as they look for a return to normalcy.

At the same time, many restaurants are limited by occupancy regulations and lack of real estate for outdoor dining capabilities. Plus, the cooler weather will be less appealing in the coming weeks...

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Pebble Opponents Ask for Halt to Mine, Some Want Lasting Protection for Alaska’s “National Treasure”

In the wake of a dozen secret tapes released earlier this week showing Pebble CEO Tom Collier and Northern Dynasty’s CEO Ron Thiessen contradict public statements they’ve made to media, stakeholders, and in federal permit applications, stakeholders are calling for an immediate halt to the federal permitting process. 

“The ‘Pebble Tapes’ completely contradict the scope of the proposed Pebble Mine project reviewed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and underscore the lack of consideration given to foreseeable, cumulative environmental impacts – an aspect ...

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Dungeness Crab Makes Oregon's List of Top 20 Agriculture Commodities

Oregon's agriculture economy is dominated by nursery and greenhouse products, but one seafood product is clawing its way up the Top 20 commodities ranking: Dungeness crab.

In 2019, Dungeness crab came in at 16th on the list, with a total value to the state of more than $67 million. By comparison, greenhouse and nursery products have an estimated value of almost $1 billion in 2019. Hay came in second, at $674 million. Oregon has more than 37,200 farms and ranches and, with the addition of commercial fishing ...

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Seafood Show Tokyo Implements Coronavirus Safety Measures

The 22nd Japan International Seafood Show, one of Japan's largest fisheries trade fairs, hosted by the Japan Fisheries Association, will be held from September 30 to October 2 at the Tokyo Big-Sight. Small and medium-sized enterprises strongly requested the exhibition. The show organizer is managing to hold the event by thoroughly implementing measures to prevent the new coronavirus infection. As the problematic situation continues due to the COVID disaster, and various exhibitions get canceled, it seems to be a great sales promotion opportunity...

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Seafood Dealers Allowed Delayed Reporting in Some Areas Due to Hurricane Sally

The National Marine Fisheries Services has relaxed electronic reporting requirements through Oct. 31 for seafood dealers in some counties in Alabama and Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Sally's destruction.

The category 2 Hurricane Sally made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama, on Sept. 16, and caused catastrophic conditions in Mobile and Baldwin counties in Alabama and Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, Franklin, Wakulla, Leon, Jefferson and Taylor counties in Florida, according to NMFS.

The agency said that any federally permitted ...

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Genova Premium Tuna, King Oscar partner With Chef Marcus Samuelsson and James Beard Foundation

The coronavirus has people cooking at home more than ever before.

When the outbreak began in the U.S. in mid-March, many Americans stockpiled groceries and stayed home and cooked. A special report released by HUNTER, a leading food and beverage public relations and marketing communications consultancy, revealed that not only are people cooking more, but that they're becoming more confident in the kitchen and learning more.  

Now the James Beard Foundation is getting involved to ensure that Americans are...

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Marel, Fusion Marine Technology Announce New Partnership

Marel Inc. and Fusion Marine Technology Inc. are pleased to announce a partnership for exclusive service in the commercial fishing marine industry.

As stated by Einar Einarsson, President of the North American Region “ As the world’s largest and most innovative producer of advanced processing equipment it is imperative to support the equipment in a manner that allows the processor to utilize the full potential of the machinery, and realize the full value their purchase. Partnering with Fusion Marine Technology provides a unique opportunity to...

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Collier Out, Shively Back In as Pebble CEO to “Advance Through Regulatory Process”

One day after the release of video tapes showing him describe his close and politically beneficial relationships with elected leaders and regulatory officials in Alaska, Tom Collier offered his resignation to the board of Northern Dynasty Minerals, parent company of the Pebble Limited Partnership.

Northern Dynasty’s CEO Ron Thiessen, who was also caught on video discussing those relationships and Pebble’s intentions to expand the mine once permitted, offered an apology to “all Alaskans.”

“Collier’s comments embellished both his and the Pebble Partnership’s relationships with elected officials and...

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FDA, European Commission Take Steps to Resume Shellfish Trade for the First Time in 10 Years

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Commission (EC) took a step toward opening the market for the sale of molluscan shellfish — a big deal considering that it has been 10 years since the U.S. has engaged in shellfish trade with Europe.

On Wednesday the FDA published a notice in the Federal Register on "Food and Drug Administration Equivalence Determination Regarding Implementation by Spain and the Netherlands of the European Union System of Food Safety Control Measures for...

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