Wed. Dec 7 2022

Crab Demand Remains Behind Supply  


ANALYSIS: Sharp Declines in October Shrimp Imports Erase Early Year Gains  


Japan: Leading Crab Importer-Processor Imported 600 MT, Began Promoting the Russian Golden King Crab  


VIDEO: New Retail Experience Coming to COMTELL


PNA Members Adopt Management Measures for Skipjack Tuna Stocks  


BioMar Names Former AKVA Executive as CEO of AQ1 Subsidiary


FDA Refuses One Shipment of Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp in November


Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods Now Largest Importer of Fair Trade Certified Shrimp in the U.S.  


Carrefour Belgium Named Best Supermarket for Fresh Fish by MSC


Tue. Dec 6 2022

Poor Salmon Catch In Russia Leads to Decline of Red Caviar Output This Year  


Cousins Maine Lobster Expanding Into Maryland, Virginia and D.C.  


GAPP Re-Appoints Bob Desautel Board Chairman, Doug Christensen to Continue as Treasurer  


Coast Guard Seizes Illegally Caught Halibut Near Homer, Alaska


MSC Congratulates WCPFC for New Measures to Protect Key Tuna Stocks  


Japan: Sumitomo Corporation Enters the Blue Carbon Business in Iwate Prefecture


New Zealand Coastal Seafoods Sales Jump 25% in Q2 FY2023


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, December 6


Mon. Dec 5 2022

Update of First NPFMC Salmon Bycatch Meeting Came From Kuskokwim Tribes: Act Now to Set Cap


OPINION: Trawlers Get a Pass in Bering Sea Snow Crab Rebuilding Plan  


Ecuador Shrimp Industry Responds to Government Ending Diesel Subsidy  


China’s Live and Fresh Crab Imports in January-October Record 16,000 MT from Russia  


Iceland Seafood International Lands Buyer for UK Operations


Norwegian Seafood Exports Challenged by Increased Costs, Unrest in Salmon Market  


Japan: Toyosu October Fish Roe Sales All Up In Volume And Price But Ikura Salmon Caviar And Pollock  


Norwegian Food Safety Authority Declares Nord-Trøndelag Pancreatic Disease Free  


Chile Fisheries Service Finds Fish Meal, Oil Plant Used Raw Materials of Illegal Origin


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, December 5


Fri. Dec 2 2022

Pebble Mine: Bristol Bay’s Tribes and Fishermen Review EPA’s Recommended Determination


Kingfish Company’s Maine Land-Based Facility Becomes Fully Permitted  


FFAW Exec Board Endorses Greg Petty to Lead Union


Russian Mollusk Producers on Verge of Serious Losses


Scientists: Paper Claiming MPA "Spillover Benefits" on Tunas in Western Pacific Monument has Holes


NOAA Requests Cooperation to Safeguard National Weather Service Buoys


Aloha Poke Announces Latest Store Opening in South Florida


Seafood People Add Otto Gregussen as Executive Advisor


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, December 2


Thu. Dec 1 2022

200 Maine Lobsters To Be Served At White House State Dinner Thursday Night  


Northline Seafoods New Freezer Barge “Hannah” is Game Changer in Bristol Bay


Norway Increases King Crab Quota In 2023  


This Week in Retail: Grocers Deck the Halls With December Deals


FFAW-Unifor President Keith Sullivan Announces He’s Stepping Down


North Pacific Seafoods Hit With $345K Fine for Violating Clean Air Act


Faroe Islands, Russia Renew Fisheries Agreement for 2023 Amid Criticism


Holiday Season Begins With Unique Seafood Promotions


Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team to Discuss Next Phase of Modifications This Week


PLANT PROTEIN: Get to Know Players in the Plant Protein Market: Mimic Seafood  


DFO: Timeline Extended for Harvesters to Implement Lower Breaking Strength Gear Modifications


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, December 1


Wed. Nov 30 2022

SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, November 30


Heartland Catfish Moves to Eliminate Additive; Move Set to Boost Consumer Accessibility  


Fast Casual Oyster Concept Shuckin’ Shack to Debut in Texas


NOAA Revises 2022 At-Sea Monitoring Coverage Target For Groundfish Sector Fishery  


Small Business Administration Releases $83 Million in Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grants


U.S. Court Orders Temporary Ban on 9 Fish Imports From New Zealand Due to Endangered Maui Dolphins  


Sernapesca Awards Blue Seal to Chilean Supermarket Chain for Responsible Fish Sourcing


SalMar-Owned Arnalax to Appeal $800,000 Fine Linked to Salmon Escapement


US Foods Names Dave Flitman CEO


JAPAN: October Surimi Production In Hokkaido Plummets by 20% in Pollock and 30% in Atka Mackerel  


Study of North Sea Offshore Wind Farms Shows Change in Marine Ecosystems


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Crab Demand Remains Behind Supply

It looks like we are in for a bumpy road. If the U.S. economy shrinks in 2023 no one should be surprised. The Fed has raised interest rates six times in 2022 and is expected to increase another 0.50% at the December meeting. The regular Wall Street Journal survey finds economists think there is a 63% chance of a recession next year. The October NOAA Census data released today tells a compelling tale on both snow and king crab. U.S. snow crab imports continue to disappoint. October imports from...

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ANALYSIS: Sharp Declines in October Shrimp Imports Erase Early Year Gains

In data released today, October U.S. shrimp imports fell sharply again for the fourth straight month, and erased the gains made earlier in the year. October imports were 153.009 million pounds, 18.6 percent below last year’s record of 187.990 million pounds Through the first ten months, imports have now slipped below last year for the first time all year. At 1.571 billion pounds, it is two percent lower than 2021 figures of 1.602 billion pounds.

When looking at country-specific data...

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Japan: Leading Crab Importer-Processor Imported 600 MT, Began Promoting the Russian Golden King Crab

Tsukiji Kanisho Co., Ltd., a Tokyo-based crab importer and processor, will focus on selling Russian Golden King Crab next year. Golden Kings are new products to the Japanese market, and the company will propose them to restaurants and mass retailers throughout the year. The sales floor has shrunk due to the soaring prices, but against the international situation, crabs are now at a price that is easy to handle, and the company plans to rebuild demand, reported Suisan Shimbun.

The situation surrounding...

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PNA Members Adopt Management Measures for Skipjack Tuna Stocks

Members of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) have adopted measures for skipjack tuna in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO).

The measures were described as a “significant component of the harvest strategy and tropical tuna measure that will be progressed in the coming years” by tuna company Pacifical.

The new deals, adopted at the latest Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), will apply to the catch of purse seine and pole and line fisheries and other commercial fisheries on skipjack in the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs)...

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FDA Refuses One Shipment of Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp in November

The Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) shared that the FDA released data on 82 total seafood entry line refusals last month, with only one involving shrimp related to the use of banned antibiotics.

The Alliance noted that through November, 55 entry lines of shrimp had been refused because of antibiotic-contaminated shrimp.

Between January and June, the FDA reported refusing 45 entry lines of shrimp due to veterinary drug residues. Since that stretch, only 10 entry lines have been refused...

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Carrefour Belgium Named Best Supermarket for Fresh Fish by MSC

Retailer Carrefour and its Belgium operations were named the Best Supermarket for Fresh Fish by the Marine Stewardship Council and its Sustainable Fish Awards in Belgium.

The awards were aimed at publicly recognizing sustainability efforts by entrepreneurs and organizations in Belgium's fishing sector, Carrefour explained in a press release.

The retailer said it offers a number of sustainable products with its fish counter featuring 10 products from its own Carrefour Quality Line (CQL): mussels, oysters, Ardennes trout, sea bass, salmon, gilt-head breams and Madagascar prawns...

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Cousins Maine Lobster Expanding Into Maryland, Virginia and D.C. 

Cousins Maine Lobster is on the move! The leading food truck concept announced Tuesday that they are expanding into Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., bringing six food trucks to the region over the next 18 months.

Leading the expansion is Yunus Shahul, who joined the Cousins Maine Lobster Franchise in September 2018 when he launched his first food truck in Connecticut. Shahul added a second truck dedicated to New York City six months after that, and today owns and operates five trucks across his territories. Now he’s partnering with...

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Coast Guard Seizes Illegally Caught Halibut Near Homer, Alaska

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) announced that one of its law enforcement boarding teams seized illegally harvested fish near Homer, Alaska last week.

The incident was discovered by a Coast Guard Cutter Naushon boarding team when it found halibut aboard a commercial Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) halibut vessel that was not documented in the vessel’s logbook.

According to the USCG, the halibut was filleted in a way that made the size and number of fish illegally harvested impossible to determine.

The Naushon crew seized the illegal...

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Japan: Sumitomo Corporation Enters the Blue Carbon Business in Iwate Prefecture

Sumitomo Corporation, based in Tokyo, has entered the blue carbon business, which absorbs and stores carbon dioxide (CO2) in the ocean. On November 21, it received "J Blue Credit®" certification for 3,106.5 tons of CO2 from the Japan Blue Economy Association (JBE) in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture. The project will develop and conserve seaweed beds in Hirono Town, Iwate Prefecture. The certification volume is the largest since 2020 when the J-Blue credit system approved by the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism went into effect...

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Update of First NPFMC Salmon Bycatch Meeting Came From Kuskokwim Tribes: Act Now to Set Cap

The newly formed Salmon Bycatch Committee of the North Pacific Fisheries Management council met one week ago for the first time. Their charge is to provide recommendations on 1) chum salmon bycatch; 2) results from the governor's Bycatch Task Force; and 3) needed research to determine what is driving western Alaska salmon declines. 

While the committee report had not been posted by press time, the Kuskokwim River Intertribal Fisheries Commission posted their update on the day after the meeting.

“While we are heartened to ...

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BioMar Names Former AKVA Executive as CEO of AQ1 Subsidiary

Andrew Campbell will become the CEO of aqua feed tech company and BioMar subsidiary AQ1, at the start of 2023.

Campbell previously spent time as an executive at AKVA, overseeing AKVA Group’s International operations in the Americas, Austrasia, Mediterranean and UK for the last 20 years.

AQ1’s founder, Ross Dodd will remain in an executive position helping the company grow and hand over his position as CEO.

“We are extremely happy that Andrew Campbell has decided to join us to build the future of AQ1...

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Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods Now Largest Importer of Fair Trade Certified Shrimp in the U.S.

Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods (COSFF) can now say that they are the largest importer of Fair Trade Certified shrimp in the U.S. The news comes after the company launched an exclusive initiative with two of their global shrimp suppliers, Thai Union Frozen PCL and Avanti Frozen Foods. 

Nonprofit organization Fair Trade is the leading certifier of fair trade products in North America. If a product has the Fair Trade Certified label then shoppers can rest assured that they are...

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Poor Salmon Catch In Russia Leads to Decline of Red Caviar Output This Year  

Russia has faced a significant decline of red caviar production this year. As a result of the poor salmon fishing season, prices for red caviar have increased in the domestic market. 

According to the latest data from the Russian Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography -- one of Russia’s leading research institutions in the field of fisheries -- the volume of catch of pink salmon, sockeye salmon, coho and other salmon species in Russia this year barely exceeded 260,000 tons, which is two times less than in 2021...

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GAPP Re-Appoints Bob Desautel Board Chairman, Doug Christensen to Continue as Treasurer

The Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) announced on Monday that Bob Desautel, Wild Alaska Pollock industry veteran and Global Seas CEO, will continue as chairman of the Board. Desautel was pivotal in securing the increased industry investment in GAPP four years ago.

Desautel was reappointed at the GAPP December Board meeting held last Friday. His appointment was unanimous. In addition, Doug Christensen was unanimously re-appointed to serve as GAPP’s Vice Chair/ Secretary and Treasurer...

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MSC Congratulates WCPFC for New Measures to Protect Key Tuna Stocks

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) was pleased with delegates of the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), calling new measures to protect skipjack tuna a “significant breakthrough.”

The MSC explained that last week, government representatives from the 26 member states of the WCPFC met for the first time in person in Vietnam, after failing for years to agree on harvest strategies. Those strategies is something the MSC called “vital” when looking at the long-term health of tuna stocks and potential MSC certification...

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New Zealand Coastal Seafoods Sales Jump 25% in Q2 FY2023

New Zealand Coastal Seafoods (NZCS) shared that it generated sales of NZ$892,779 (US$565,582) during October and November 2022, which already marks a 25% jump compared to sales during all of Q2 2022 (NZ$716,440).

The sales boost is apparent compared to H1 2022’s sales of NZ$1,636,865 as current H1 2023 sales are already at NZ$2,079,206.

NZCS linked the sales jump to higher volumes of orders of its premium marine products and bulk purchase orders into Australian and U.S. markets...

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