Tue. Nov 29 2022

Russia Eyes to Become A Major Player in Global Surimi Market  


Ongoing Legal Battles Put Maine Lobster Fishery in Crosshairs, Hurts Markets  


JAPAN: October Frozen Chilean Coho Sales Continue to Drop by 40% at Tokyo’s Toyosu Market  


FDA Advises Against Selling, Consuming Oysters from Korea Due to Potential Sapovirus Contamination  


Seafood Canner Frinsa Investing $21 Million in Florida for U.S. Headquarters


OPINION: New AFAC Can Oversee S-K Funding and Launch a National Seafood Promotion


Third Freshwater Fishery in Canada Lands MSC Certification


Red Lobster Shares 'Greatest Gift' for the Holidays That Combines Iconic Menu Item with Shrimp  


Port Orford Releases Request for Proposals for Crane Replacement Project to Retain Highliners, Serve


Nova Scotia Government Urges Safety As Lobster Season Begins  


Hong Kong Customs Seizes harry Crabs Worth An Estimated $2.4 Million  


Cargill Acquires Owensboro Grain Company


Captain D’s Opens New Franchised Location in Humble, Texas


USCG Conducts Medical Evacuation of Vietnamese Fisherman from Purse Seiner in Micronesia


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, November 29


Mon. Nov 28 2022

USDA’s WIC Program Proposes Increased Access to Seafood, Public Comments Open


AquaBounty Reviewing FDA’s Amended Environmental Assessment  


JAPAN: October Sales of Fresh Tuna Imported from North America Up 40% to 608 at Toyosu Market  


Plans for Discharge of Fukushima Water Updated With IAEA Review, China Still Concerned


Rhode Island: Application Deadline Approaching For Local Agriculture and Seafood Act Funding


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, November 28


Wed. Nov 23 2022

ANALYSIS: Shrimp, Crab Meat and Frozen Tuna Face Slow Sales, Backed Up Inventory  


Maine Delegation, Governor Mills Urge Retailers to Continue Selling Maine Lobster  


SeafoodNews Closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25


ANALYSIS: Key Shrimp Item Descends to All-Time Low Price  


China Fisheries & Seafood Expo Postponed to 2023 Due to COVID Concerns


OP-ED: NWAA To Public Lands Commissioner Franz: You Got It Wrong!


First Batch of 2023 Alaska Symphony of Seafood Winners Announced


Singapore 7-Eleven Launches 7-Select Fish Burger, Shrimp Burger  


Red Lobster Releases Holiday Collection of Gifts For the Cheddar Bay Biscuit Lover in Your Life


Scott & Jon’s Employees, Owners Give Back At Maine Food Bank


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, November 23


Tue. Nov 22 2022

National Fisheries Institute President John Connelly Passes Away After Battle With Cancer


Seafood Industry to the White House: Include Us in the Ocean Climate Action Plan


Whales are Sticking Around in California; Commercial Crab Season Remains Closed


California Market Squid Fishery Begins MSC Assessment  


Government Accountability Office Says USDA Needs to Provide More Seafood in School Lunches


NOAA Preliminary Data For August Reveals 17.4 Million Pounds of Shrimp Landed in Gulf of Mexico  


First Bidding for Salted Herring Roe in Osaka Up to JPY 10,000 Per Kilo for U.S., Canadian Products  


Russian Fishermen Call on State to Increase Support for Building of New Trawlers


Sysco Unveils 2022 Sustainability Report and Debuts DEI Report


tru Shrimp Partners with Medical Manufacturer to Develop Hemostat Products


Thai Union’s SEALECT TUNA Celebrating 30 Years, Highlights Pathway to Future Growth  


Thai Union Conducts First At-Sea Assessment to Strengthen Improvements For Fisher’s Work, Welfare


MSC Congratulates ICCAT On State-of-the-Art Conservation Measures to Safeguard Atlantic Bluefin Tuna


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, November 22


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Russia Eyes to Become A Major Player in Global Surimi Market  

Russia has increased the production of surimi this year by almost four times, which is mainly due to the increase of the number of fish processing trawlers.  

Alexei Buglak, President of the Russian Pollock Association (ADM), said in an interview with the Russian Vedomosti business paper that by mid-November 2022, Russia had produced more than 24,000 tons of surimi. This, according to him, is about four times higher than the figures for the same period last year when...

 

 

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JAPAN: October Frozen Chilean Coho Sales Continue to Drop by 40% at Tokyo’s Toyosu Market

In October, sales of fresh and frozen salmon and trout at the Tokyo Central Wholesale Market declined due to high prices, while salted salmon and trout recovered. Frozen Chilean coho, the main product, dropped 40% from last year for two months. On the contrary, salted coho recovered sales volume despite high prices remaining unchanged, reported Suisan Keizai.

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Overall sales volume was 873 tons, down 9.6% from the same month of the previous year. Still, the rate of decrease was slightly...

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FDA Advises Against Selling, Consuming Oysters from Korea Due to Potential Sapovirus Contamination

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an advisory that warned retailers, restaurants and consumers to not eat or sell certain oysters from the Republic of Korea due to possible sapovirus contamination.

The oysters in question are frozen half-shell oysters harvested on February 6, 2022 from Designated Area No. II, and exported by Dai One Food Co.

On the consumer front, the FDA warned those living in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey...

 

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Ongoing Legal Battles Put Maine Lobster Fishery in Crosshairs, Hurts Markets

An announcement released yesterday by the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) said in the contentious battle between conservationists and federal lobster managers over Atlantic right whales, Maine’s lobster fishery has been caught in the middle. 

“…[W]hile the industry has complied with all regulations in good faith,” MLMC said, an independent auditor who had just found Maine’s lobster fishing as “well-managed and sustainable” acknowledged that it could no longer be certified by the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) as a result of a July 2022 court case.

“An independent ...

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Third Freshwater Fishery in Canada Lands MSC Certification

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) announced that the Cedar Lake Walleye and Northern Pike Fisheries have achieved eco-certification to the MSC sustainable fishing standard.

According to the MSC, the fishery became the second freshwater fishery in Manitoba, and the third in Canada overall to land certification.

The move comes after a 13-month assessment that was independently certified by third-party auditor Lloyd’s Register that scored the fishery against 28 detailed MSC performance indicators related to stock health, overall environmental impact, and effective management, per the MSC...

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Port Orford Releases Request for Proposals for Crane Replacement Project to Retain Highliners, Serve Offshore Wind Sector

A small port in Oregon continues moving forward with bigger, better plans for its seafood economy.

The Port of Port Orford, on the Southern Oregon Coast, has published a Request for Proposals to carry out the Port’s Crane Replacement Project. Qualified bidders are encouraged to submit bids to the Port for consideration before the deadline at 4 p.m. Pacific Time on Jan. 2, 2023.

This project is part of the Port’s Redevelopment Plan, which includes plans for a high-capacity ...

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Hong Kong Customs Seizes harry Crabs Worth An Estimated $2.4 Million

Earlier this month Hong Kong Customs officers partnered with the Centre for Food Safety of the Food and Environment Hygiene Department for a joint operation at Man Kam to Control Point. The joint operation resulted in the customs agency seizing suspected smuggled hairy crabs with an estimated market value of $2.4 million.

The hairy crabs were found mix-loaded with other goods that were properly declared. Upon further inspection, the customs agency discovered that the hairy crabs did not come with health certificates issued by the...

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Captain D’s Opens New Franchised Location in Humble, Texas

Captain D’s announced last week that they have opened their newest franchised location in Humble, Texas. The restaurant is owned and operated by Irfan Ibrahim and Salman Iqbal of Checkout Food Stores, as well as Uzair Ibrahim, Development President, and Furqan Ibrahim, Director of Operations, who will be responsible for overseeing daily operations.

Together Ifran and Salman, along with their partners, have over 41 convenience store locations throughout South Texas and Western Louisiana. Last year they signed a franchise development agreement with Captain D’s to open 10 new locations...

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USDA’s WIC Program Proposes Increased Access to Seafood, Public Comments Open

Updating food packages to include more seafood may finally be happening at the US Department of Agriculture’s Women, Infants and Children’s Supplemental Nutrition Program (WIC). A proposed rule was released last week, outlining the updates — the first in the WIC program since 2009. 

These science-based revisions come from recommendations made by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025.

“USDA is committed to advancing maternal and child health through WIC, helping mothers, babies and young kids thrive,” said Agriculture ...

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JAPAN: October Sales of Fresh Tuna Imported from North America Up 40% to 608 at Toyosu Market

Jiji Press counted 805 imported fresh tuna on the fresh tuna auction floor at the Toyosu Market in October, an increase of 62% compared to the same month last year. In addition to bluefin tuna, there was an increase in southern bluefin tuna and bigeye tuna, Suisan Keizai reported.

The total number of bluefin tuna was 687, up 43% from October last year. Canadian fish was 400 (306 in the same month of the previous year), an increase of about 31%...

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Seafood Canner Frinsa Investing $21 Million in Florida for U.S. Headquarters

Frinsa, a seafood canner with operations across the globe, plans to invest $21 million to build a plant in Lakeland, Florida with the town also serving as its U.S. headquarters.

Local publication lkldnow, reported that the Lakeland Economic Development Council is working with Frinsa on the project. According to a memo from the City Attorney’s Office, Frinsa’s facility will be 180,000 square feet and will create 110 new jobs in the town.

According to the Lakeland Economic Development Council website, Frinsa’s investment is the largest the town has...

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OPINION: New AFAC Can Oversee S-K Funding and Launch a National Seafood Promotion

The American Fisheries Advisory Committee (AFAC) was passed and signed into law by President Biden in May 2022. This committee of seafood industry experts was an original part of the Saltonstall Kennedy Act (SK) of 1956. The statute charges the Committee to “Promote and Develop Seafood Products” with the goal of “increasing the free flow of domestic seafood products through Commerce.” 

AFAC’s primary charge with the SK grant program, also in statute, is to design and conduct a grant program that includes the “...expansion of domestic ...

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Red Lobster Shares 'Greatest Gift' for the Holidays That Combines Iconic Menu Item with Shrimp

Red Lobster said it has provided its guests with “the greatest gift of all this holiday season” but you can be the judge.

However, fans of their iconic Cheddar Bay Biscuits will likely be happy with Red Lobster’s gift which is the introduction of its new Cheddar Bay Shrimp just in time for the holiday season.

"Everyone loves our Cheddar Bay Biscuits, and our shrimp is a close second favorite, so it just made sense to finally put the two together...

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Nova Scotia Government Urges Safety As Lobster Season Begins

The Nova Scotia government is urging lobstermen to follow safety measures as their season begins.

“Boarding boats in the cold and dark, at the mercy of the weather and the sea, makes fishing dangerous work,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minster Steve Craig. “One tragedy is one too many, so we urge fishing captains and crews to make sure they follow their safety training and take every precaution so they are able to come home safely to their loved ones.”

Occupational health and safety laws require fishing crews to wear...

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Cargill Acquires Owensboro Grain Company

Fifth-generation family-owned soybean processing and refinery company Owensboro Grain Company (OGC) has entered into a deal that will see the company be acquired by Cargill.

The company is located in Owensboro, Kentucky and will be added to Cargill’s North American agricultural supply chain business.

OGC was founded in 1906 as a small grain merchant and today operates a fully integrated soy processing facility, producing soy products, including protein meal and hull pellets for animal feeds, crude and degummed oil, lecithin, various blends of refined vegetable oil for human consumption, biodiesel, glycerin...

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USCG Conducts Medical Evacuation of Vietnamese Fisherman from Purse Seiner in Micronesia

A Vietnamese fisherman is in better shape thanks to a U.S.Coast Guard boarding recently in the Pacific.

The crew of the USCGC Frederick Hatch (WPC 1143) medically evacuated a 31-year-old Vietnamese fisherman from the F/V Ocean Galaxy to a higher level of medical care in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, on Nov. 20.

The Frederick Hatch boarding team learned of the fisherman's injuries while conducting a bilateral fisheries boarding with an FSM Marine Police Officer aboard the Ocean Galaxy ...

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AquaBounty Reviewing FDA’s Amended Environmental Assessment

AquaBounty is once again on a rollercoaster with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). On November 16 the FDA announced the “availability of a draft amended Environmental Assessment (EA) for an approved application concerning Atlantic salmon with an intentionally altered genome, and a subsequent virtual public meeting to obtain public input on the draft amended EA.”

The FDA had approved an application for AquaBounty’s AquAdvantage Salmon (AAS), which contains an intentional genomic alteration, back in November 2015. As part of the process of evaluating the application...

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