Thu. Jun 30 2022

This Week in Retail: This Year's July Fourth Cookout Could be Costlier


Trident Seafoods Brings Home Most of $26 Million USDA Pollock Purchase  


VIDEO: ‘Game of Thrones’ Actor is Mowi’s New Brand Ambassador  


Russian Fishermen Oppose State Plans to Sell 25% of Domestic Catch Via Exchange Trading


Over 100 Maine Seafood Dealers, Processors to Take Share of $15 Million in Grants  


Summer Crab Management in Washington Takes Effect this Weekend  


Russian Snow Crab Price Fell 50% to $19 per Kilo at Busan Auction  


Mitsubishi Corp., Maruha Nichiro Establish Land-Based Salmon Joint Venture  


Grieg Seafoods Says New B.C. RAS Facility Going Swimmingly  


Blumar, Veramaris Partner to Improve Welfare, Quality of Atlantic Salmon


World’s Largest Retailer Joins Global Ghost Gear Initiative


True Westfjords Debuts Cod Liver Brand Oil ‘Dropi’ Using 1,000-Year-Old Process


Wed. Jun 29 2022

The Winding Glass: What Lessons Do the 2009 Recession Hold for Seafood Marketers Today?


88% of Snow Crab Quota Caught in NL; DFO Extends Select Crab Management Areas  


Kuskokwim Salmon Get Relief from a Federal Court, AYK Chum Get Some Help From Area M Seiners


OBI Seafoods Expanding Ukraine Relief Efforts With The Help of Employees  


Southern Shrimp Alliance Supports Request for USDA Section 32 Shrimp Purchase  


Atlantic Sapphire Raises $125 Million, Lands Investment from Nordlaks  


G7 Commits $5 bln to Tackling Global Food Insecurity - U.S. Official


Plant-Based Seafood Firm Current Foods Closes $18 Million Funding Round, Cosigned by NBA Star


SeaBOS Launches First Progress Report After First Five Years in Operation


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, June 29


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  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, June 24


QDOBA Adds Citrus Lime Shrimp Option for Limited Time  


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


Dr. Chris Beattie Joins AquaBounty as New Chief Scientific Officer


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


Thu. Jun 23 2022

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, June 23


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


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


West Coast Lawmakers Raise Concerns Over Offshore Wind Siting Process


This Week in Retail: Supermarkets Prep for July 4th


UB Consulting: Has the Foodservice Industry Recovered?


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This Week in Retail: This Year's July Fourth Cookout Could be Costlier 

Consumers might sweat when shopping for July Fourth festivities since this year's cookout could be costlier than in years past.

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, inflation remains elevated at a multi-decade high with the index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs rising 14.2% over the last 12 months.

Despite higher retail prices and squeezed budgets, most households are forging ahead with their Independence Day plans. According to the National Retail Federation, 84% of consumers plan to celebrate the Fourth this year.

Of those, 59% of people plan to ring in Independence Day with a cookout...

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Trident Seafoods Brings Home Most of $26 Million USDA Pollock Purchase

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) purchased over 7.6 million pounds of Alaska pollock products for just shy of $26 million with Trident Seafoods taking home the majority of the contracts.

Specifically, the USDA bought 7.638 million pounds of frozen Alaska pollock products. The purchase award description from the USDA said 1.406 million pounds worth of frozen pollock fillets were purchased, 912k pounds worth of frozen nuggets and 5.32 million pounds of frozen pollock sticks were purchased.

In total, $25,911,683 worth of product was bought by...

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VIDEO: ‘Game of Thrones’ Actor is Mowi’s New Brand Ambassador

“Game of Thrones” alum Kristofer Hivju is the new face of Mowi. The Norwegian salmon company shared a commercial on social media earlier this month showing the actor indulging in some of their fresh fish.

Hivju, a Norway native, is best known for playing Tormund Giantsbane, a wildling and leader of the Free Folk who fought alongside Jon Snow. Now he’s trading in the Seven Kingdoms for the Norwegian fjords. 

And while Hivju stays silent on camera, his “wink” after a bite of salmon says it all. 

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Over 100 Maine Seafood Dealers, Processors to Take Share of $15 Million in Grants

Maine Governor Janet Mills announced that over $15 million will head to seafood dealers and processors in the state to help boost the supply of Maine-harvested seafood, allow businesses to expand markets and create and keep jobs in the industry.

Mills’ office said businesses in every coastal country landed awards, with over half coming in at over $115,000.

The announcement came at Hollander & de Koning, a grant recipient and owner of the sixth generation, family-owned and operated shellfish...

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Russian Snow Crab Price Fell 50% to $19 per Kilo at Busan Auction

The third auction for the new Russian frozen snow crab (Opilio variety) in Busan, South Korea, was set in mid-June. According to the trading company, 44 tons of air blast frozen boil section products (L - 4L size single price) were put forward for bidding, and Japan and Korean trading companies won the bid. The winning bid price was $19 per kilometer, down 50% from the same month last year. Another trading company made it $18.8 million. The current internal sales price is...

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Grieg Seafoods Says New B.C. RAS Facility Going Swimmingly

Grieg Seafood BC provided an update on its recently completed Gold River Hatchery Expansion Project, known as RAS 34, after it received the first transfers of juvenile Atlantic salmon into the system.

Rocky Boschman, Managing Director for Grieg Seafood BC said the facility’s completion marked the culmination of years of planning, construction, trialing and now production in April 2022. Two months later, after transferring the first fry into the facility, the company reported that the RAS system is functioning “beautifully”, and the fish are performing well...

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World’s Largest Retailer Joins Global Ghost Gear Initiative

Walmart is the newest member of the Ocean Conservancy’s Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI).

The GGGI works as the only alliance on the planet to help solve the abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear (also known as “ghost gear”) problem impacting the oceans.

“We are thrilled to welcome Walmart as one of our corporate partners in the fight to eliminate ghost gear, the most harmful form of marine debris,” said Ingrid Giskes, Director of the GGGI at Ocean Conservancy. “Walmart is a huge retailer and their commitment to support efforts to...

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The Winding Glass: What Lessons Do the 2009 Recession Hold for Seafood Marketers Today?

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

The last time the seafood industry faced a genuine crisis was during the recession that started in 2008-09.

During that time, retailers prospered and foodservice contracted.  However retail prospered by giving customers the opportunity to trade down to less expensive products.

Looking at major seafood items, almost every single commodity lost substantial value between 2008 and 2010-2012, as US consumers changed their buying habits...

 

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Kuskokwim Salmon Get Relief from a Federal Court, AYK Chum Get Some Help From Area M Seiners

U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason ruled on June 23 that the State of Alaska cannot open a salmon season in the federal waters of the Kuskokwim River when the federal managers have closed the region. 

In a years-long disagreement between the State of Alaska and the U.S. government on the definition of ‘subsistence’, the court ruled temporarily in favor of the federal managers. 

The state’s openers allow all Alaskans to fish the Kuskokwim, but the federal managers allow fishing only by qualified ...

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Atlantic Sapphire Raises $125 Million, Lands Investment from Nordlaks

Land-based salmon farmer Atlantic Sapphire raised approximately $125 million via a private placement, which saw Norwegian salmon farmer Nordlaks and other notable investors land shares in the company.

“We have been following Atlantic Sapphire since the start. In our opinion, they are one of the players that has come the furthest in land-based farming,” CEO of Nordlaks Eirik Welde said. “They also have a good location at their facility in Miami, with good logistics to cover the American continent. Not least, they have access to...

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Russian Fishermen Oppose State Plans to Sell 25% of Domestic Catch Via Exchange Trading

Leading Russian fishermen have opposed the latest initiative of the national government to transfer up to 25% of Russian fish to exchange trading in a move to stabilize the current situation in the domestic market.

In accordance with the amendments to the federal law "on organized trading" in the event of “significant changes” up to 25% of the produced frozen fish and fillets will have to be sold in exchange trading.

Specific reasons for the introduction of mandatory exchange trading for fish and...

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Summer Crab Management in Washington Takes Effect this Weekend

This weekend is the time for outdoor barbecues, fireworks, celebrating America's independence and the start of the summer crab fishery in Washington.

While not nearly as anticipated as a welcome holiday over the Fourth of July weekend, Washington crabbers will have to adhere to new rules starting July 3. The rules are intended to protect soft-shelled crab through the end of the season and have been in place since 2015.

As of Sunday, coastal crabbers cannot possess or land crab in excess of 2,500 pounds during any weekly ...

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Mitsubishi Corp., Maruha Nichiro Establish Land-Based Salmon Joint Venture

The Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) and the Maruha Nichiro Corporation announced the establishment of a new joint venture company, ATLAND Corporation (ATLAND), that will specialize in the land-based production of salmon.

The duo said ATLAND will be established in Nyuzen town of Toyama prefecture in Japan in around October 2022, following regulatory approval. The breakdown of the new company will see MC hold a 51% share and Maruha Nichiro snag a 49% share. 

The land-based facility will open with a capacity of 2,500 tons (live weight equivalent)...

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Blumar, Veramaris Partner to Improve Welfare, Quality of Atlantic Salmon

Blumar Seafoods has launched a program that aims to improve the quality and nutrition of its Atlantic Salmon with the help of Veramaris and Skretting.

The program will see the trio work on an innovative feed protocol rich in EPA & DHA Omega-3 using Veramaris ASC-MSC certified sustainable algal oil. It consists of a pair of components. First, Veramaris’ algal oil will be introduced into salmon feed that is supplied by Skretting. Blumar Seafoods will also follow Veramaris’ Optimum Omega Nutrition (OON) guidelines to meet the nutritional requirements of...

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True Westfjords Debuts Cod Liver Brand Oil ‘Dropi’ Using 1,000-Year-Old Process

True Westfjords, an Icelandic cod liver oil manufacturer debuted its “Dropi” brand which uses a 1,000-year-old technique of cold-process extraction applied by the Scandinavian nation’s Viking settlers.

The company wanted to set a “gold standard” for extra-virgin cod liver oil in its rawest form and with it create a new category of clean fish oil. The company said Vikings used to extract the oil from Atlantic cod in the region and said the method has been passed down for generations...

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88% of Snow Crab Quota Caught in NL; DFO Extends Select Crab Management Areas

Snow crab fishing in the Newfoundland and Labrador region is winding down as 88% of the quota has already been caught. But Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is extending the snow crab season for select crab fishing areas.

A recent notice confirms that select Crab Management Areas in NAFO Divisions 3Ps for both Inshore and Supplementary fleets will now close at 2000 hours on Thursday, July 7, 2022. The extension applies to the following Crab Management Areas: 10A (Inner and Outer), 10B, 11W and 11S...

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OBI Seafoods Expanding Ukraine Relief Efforts With The Help of Employees

Maryna Molokopoi and Douglas Impagliazzo are a married couple who live in Odessa, Ukraine, when they’re not working for OBI Seafoods in Alaska during the salmon season. When Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022 the couple evacuated their home and relocated to Moldova. It was there that they jumped into action to lead efforts to assist those that have been displaced by war with relocation, food, medical care and housing. 

“When all of this broke out, they jumped into action,” says OBI Seafoods CEO Mark Palmer...

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