Thu. Sep 19 2019

Darden Reports Drop in Traffic at Olive Garden, Increased Sales Overall for Q1 FY2020

ANALYSIS: Oyster Prices At 52-Week High  

ANALYSIS: Gap Narrows on Low and High Moisture Pangasius Fillets  

Salmon Update, Big Pay Day at Bristol Bay  

New Zealand Announces Ambitious Plan for $3 Billion Aquaculture Industry by 2035

Russia to Toughen Penalties for Poaching after Recent Attacks in Sea of Japan

Warmer Waters Threaten to Make the Commercial Salmon Fishery Less Predictable  

Marel's Whitefish ShowHow Convenes Next Week in Copenhagen

Long John Silver’s, Postmates Team Up to Launch Nationwide Delivery Summary Thursday, September 19

Wed. Sep 18 2019

Lawmakers Press USTR for Solutions for Massachusetts Lobstermen Impacted by Trade Tariffs  

Coast Guard Rescues Fishing Crew from Burning Boat Off Hawaii

Taprobane Seafood Group Has First Vannamei Harvest in Sri Lanka; Govt Projects Growth to 50,000 tons  

Corps of Engineers “Barrelling Ahead” on Pebble Permit, Allowing Major Changes With No Further Scrut

Asda Becomes First Retailer to Publish Farmed Seafood Sources  

North Pacific Council Expands Outreach to Homer, Opts for ‘Plain Language’

New Study Notes Changes in Lobster Molt Timing and Gulf of Maine Temperature Shifts

Maine Coast Attains SQF Food Safety Certification Introduces Seafood Subscription Service  

Cowcod is Latest West Coast Groundfish Stock Rebuilt; Only One Remains Listed as Overfished Summary Wednesday, September 18

Tue. Sep 17 2019

Seafood Expo Global 2021 to Be Held in Barcelona

USCG Cutters Support Oceania Partners During Month-long Anti-IUU Operation in South Pacific

Ninth North Atlantic Right Whale Found Dead, This Time in U.S. Waters

Pacific Packaging Products Acquires New Bedford’s Packaging Products Corp.

NL Squid Landings 40% Above 2018, Value up 50% With Another Month of Fishing To Go

Captain D's Opens New Unit in Georgia Bringing State Total to 105

Salmon Season a Nail Biter, Ends as One of the Best; Early Wrap up  

Alaska Sea Grant Releases New Handbook on Avoiding Boatyard Hazards

Mon. Sep 16 2019

Urner Barry to Steer the Ship as SeafoodNews Founder John Sackton Steps Down   

ANALYSIS: Chinese Catfish Stays Domestic Due to African Swine Fever  

West Coast Cable Removal Could Open New Fishing Grounds  

LISTEN: Interview with Lobsterman Sonny Beal; Clipper Seafoods-Blue North Merger and More  

Omega Protein Statement on the Chesapeake Bay Menhaden Cap

Bristol Seafood Hires Mike Lodato as New Vice President of Sales

The Atlantic Salmon Fish Farmers Call ASF’s Comments on Escapes “Fearmongering”

Fri. Sep 13 2019

China’s Suspension of Fish Meal Tariffs First Glimmer of Hope for Seafood Industry

Chinese Market Welcomes Large Shrimp, but Small Shrimp Also Expected to Sell During Holidays  

Russia Eyes Increasing Harvests of Antarctic Krill, Toothfish, Other Species  

Pew Report Finds Transshipments in Western and Central Pacific Likely Underreported

Friday the 13th: Superstitions at Sea

NIOSH, USCG Award $5.25 Million for Fishing Industry Research and Training

Gold Seal Celebrating 100 Year Anniversary

Coast Guard Seeks Tips for Threatening Radio Broadcast

Walmart to Roll Out Grocery Delivery Membership to Over 1400 Stores

Thu. Sep 12 2019

StarKist to Match First $25,000 Donated to Feed the Children to Help Those Impacted by Hurricane Summary Thursday, September 12

Alaska Sockeye Harvest Largest Since 1995, Fishing Winding Down Except for Late Runs

VIDEO: Ocean Acidification Research; Russian Seafood Exports; SALT Traceability and Lobster Analysis  

ANALYSIS: Atlantic Whole Farmed Salmon at 52-Week Lows; Weakness in Market  

Wild American Shrimp Calls for 2019 Chef of the Year Nominations  

Fishmeal: Triple Nine Reportedly Cutting Danish Staff Amid Lower Volumes

StarKist Ordered to Pay $100 Million Fine for Price-Fixing Scandal  

Argentine Red Shrimp Encounter Challenges in Chinese Market

UK Retail Giant ASDA to Feature Seafood from Norway  

NOAA Disappointed in Maine Lobstermen’s Association Decision to Withdrawal from TRT Agreement

Clipper Seafoods and Blue North Merger Approved by DOJ, New Company has 37% of Longline Pacific Cod

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ANALYSIS: Oyster Prices At 52-Week High

Current market prices for Select Oysters, FOB Mid-Atlantic is averaging $98.00 per gallon compared to $87.5 per gallon this time last September; up 12%.  In addition, prices are trending 9.5% higher than their five-year average and are presently sitting at their 52- week high.

According to market participants, supply has been limited along the eastern shoreline, causing upward pressure on market prices, while demand has been consistent. Heavy rainfall last year resulted in an influx of fresh water into the Chesapeake Bay, disrupting the saline balance, and in turn...


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Darden Reports Drop in Traffic at Olive Garden, Increased Sales Overall for Q1 FY2020

ORLANDO, FL -- Darden Restaurants today reported a 0.8% drop in traffic at their Olive Garden restaurants during their first quarter of FY2020, ending August 25, 2019.

Olive Garden is Darden's leader in the casual dining segment, bringing in more than double the segment sales of Darden's LongHorn Steakhouse.  While Olive Garden's FY2020 Q1 segment sales grew 3.6% from FY2019 Q1 ($1.05 billion to $1.09 billion during the quarter), LongHorn Steakhouse's FY2020 Q1 sales grew 4.6%, from $430 million to $450 million during ...

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ANALYSIS: Gap Narrows on Low and High Moisture Pangasius Fillets

In the wake of falling prices for pangasius standard moisture frozen fillets, low moisture product remained steady for most of the year due to a much tighter supply within the market. Recently, however, prices on this low moisture product, which average about 84% moisture content, have begun to fall.

In 2017 the average price difference between low moisture and standard moisture frozen fillets was about $0.20. Beginning in March 2018 the price difference between the two products grew month-over-month reaching $1.15 in August 2019...


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New Zealand Announces Ambitious Plan for $3 Billion Aquaculture Industry by 2035

Yesterday New Zealand Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash announced an ambitious partnership between the government and New Zealand's aquaculture industry to deliver economic growth and jobs as part of an overall aim to make aquaculture a $3 billion industry by 2035.

Speaking at the NZ Aquaculture Conference, which ends today, Nash congratulated the industry on its work to grow the sector and New Zealand’s reputation for sustainable, healthy and high-value products. He also released the Governments strategy for the industry.

“The strategy will build on that..."

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Warmer Waters Threaten to Make the Commercial Salmon Fishery Less Predictable

“Unpredictable” is the way salmon managers describe Alaska’s 2019 salmon season, with “very, very interesting” as an aside.

The salmon fishery is near its end, and a statewide catch of nearly 200 million salmon is only 6% off what Alaska Department of Fish and Game number crunchers predicted, and it is on track to be the eighth largest since 1975.

The brightest spot of the season was the strong returns of sockeye salmon that produced a catch of over 55 million fish, the largest since 1995...

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Long John Silver’s, Postmates Team Up to Launch Nationwide Delivery 

Long John Silver’s has launched a nationwide delivery after partnering with Postmates. Starting on Wednesday, customers near Long John Silver’s 800 locations can get their meals delivered to their doorstep.

"Postmates is always looking to partner with restaurants that have a rich history and we couldn't be more thrilled to officially partner with Long John Silver's,'' said Dan Mosher, SVP, Merchant Lead, Postmates. "As a leader in on-demand delivery, we are proud to connect our customers with Long John Silver's restaurants nationwide..."

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Taprobane Seafood Group Has First Vannamei Harvest in Sri Lanka; Government Projects Growth to 50,000 tons

Sri Lanka has opened to Vannamei shrimp cultivation.  Earlier this year the government announced approval for the import of SPF Vannamei brood stock, and Taprobane Seafood, a major producer of blue swimming crab and tuna, was licensed for the first farm and hatchery.

According to Tim O’Reilly, managing director, it has taken the company three years to secure approval for Vannamei in Sri Lanka.  The traditional black tiger cultivating industry was...

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Asda Becomes First Retailer to Publish Farmed Seafood Sources 

To increase transparency in seafood supply chains, United Kingdom supermarket Asda has become the first retailer to publish sourcing details for its farmed seafood. This transparency comes as part of an update to the company's annual Ocean Disclosure Project profile. The update marks the first time that a participant has publicly disclosed information on both wild and farmed species.

Previously, the profile described all own-brand, wild caught seafood retailed by the business along with data relating to management, fishing techniques, and environmental impact. The profile now also contains information on...

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Corps of Engineers “Barrelling Ahead” on Pebble Permit, Allowing Major Changes With No Further Scrutiny

DILLINGHAM - During a press conference yesterday, the US Army Corps of Engineers said they will not seek public input or further scrutiny on at least ten major changes to the Pebble Mine permit application. On August 12, the Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP) delivered a memo to the Army Corps of Engineers with ten changes to its most recent project proposal as part of its Clean Water Act Section 404 permit application.

The latest effort to reduce transparancy in the process triggered a collective call from ...

Full Story » Introduces Seafood Subscription Service, the nation's largest and second-oldest continuously operating fish market, has launched a seafood subscription service called The Fish Drop. Subscribers will be able to schedule recurring biweekly or monthly purchases of fresh, high-quality fish and seafood, delivered to their door. Consumers will have the option of selecting sustainable favorites such as salmon, tuna, trout, and red snapper, or from an assortment of chef-curated premium and basic seafood boxes.

Orders are processed at the Fulton Fish Market located in the Bronx, New York, where in-house seafood experts procure...

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Salmon Update, Big Pay Day at Bristol Bay 

Alaska’s total salmon harvest has topped 200 million fish in an up and down season that finally panned out to be a good one.

Managers predicted a total catch this year at 213 million fish. Salmon showed up in fits and starts for most of the summer and until last week at least one million Alaska salmon were landed for 13 weeks in a row.

The sockeye catch exceeded 55 million - the fifth year in a row that Alaska’s harvest topped 50 million reds...

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Russia to Toughen Penalties for Poaching after Recent Attacks in Sea of Japan

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has initiated a plan to toughen punishment for fish and crab poaching in the domestic territorial waters, following an attack from the crew of a North Korean trawler against the Russian Coast Guard.

The attack, which led to traumas of at least three Russian border patrol agent, took place in the Sea of Japan during attempts to arrest the crew of the detained ship for poaching in Russian territorial waters.

So far, the Russian Coast Guard and police have arrested 160 ...

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Marel's Whitefish ShowHow Convenes Next Week in Copenhagen

Marel's 5th annual Whitefish ShowHow, a one-day event featuring the latest in whitefish processing, will take place on Wednesday, September 25 in Copenhagen.

Participants will see demonstrations of Marel's processing equipment and software to learn ways to better utilize raw material, reduce processing time, and increasing automation and food safety.

Key decision-makers from the whitefish processing industry around the world are expected to attend the event, located at Marel’s demonstration center in Copenhagen. 

The 900-square meter demonstration hall will showcase a range of full lines and stand-alone machines ...

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Lawmakers Press USTR for Solutions for Massachusetts Lobstermen Impacted by Trade Tariffs 

United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), along with Representatives Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA-08), William Keating (D-MA-09), Seth Moulton (D-MA-06) and Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA-04), sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer yesterday, urging him to explore new markets for American lobster exports to address the impact of 25% tariffs placed on imported American lobsters by China. The lawmakers' letter comes before a Joint Committee on Export Development oversight hearing...

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Coast Guard Rescues Fishing Crew from Burning Boat Off Hawaii

Six fishermen and a NOAA observer were rescued from their burning boat by the U.S. Coast Guard eight miles off Oahu’s southern shore yesterday afternoon.

A mayday call was received at 4:29 p.m. Tuesday from the crew of the commercial fishing vessel Miss Emma as they battled an onboard fire. 

"We are so pleased to have this crew safe in less than an hour after the initial call," said Lt. j.g. Seth Gross, command duty officer, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center. "The quick action of this crew, coupled ...

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North Pacific Council Expands Outreach to Homer, Opts for ‘Plain Language’

Starting September 30 and for 10 days, Homer will host federal stewards of Alaska’s fisheries for the first time since 1983.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council oversees more than 25 stocks in waters from three to 200 miles offshore, the source of the bulk of Alaska’s fish catches. Coming to Homer is part of an ongoing effort to engage more people in the decision-making process.

“Yeah, absolutely. The council certainly is interested in engaging more stakeholders, particularly from rural and Alaska Native communities, and by the Council...

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Maine Coast Attains SQF Food Safety Certification 

Maine Coast, known for Lively Lobster, fresh North Atlantic lobster sourced from United States and Canadian fisheries for global distribution, has announced the achievement of a certification under the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Food Safety Code for Manufacturing. The company received a score of 97 and Excellent status. The SQF Food Safety Code is an internationally recognized, independent food safety standard administered by the Safe Quality Food Institute. The SQF Certification requires producers to develop and implement a strict food safety system that applies to each step of the supply chain, ensuring products...

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