Fri. Jan 28 2022

CBP: Seafood Harvested With Use of Forced Labor by F/V Da Wang Likely Being Imported Into U.S.


VIDEO: SENA Update; USDA Purchase Awards; Salmon Market News; UPSIDE's New Acquisition


This Week in Retail: Wing Prices Take Flight Ahead of Super Bowl


Thai Union Announces Joint Venture with R&B Food Supply, Avanti Group in India


Global Ocean Works of Kagoshima to Increase Exports of Farmed Yellowtail  


Iceland Seafood UK Appoints New Managing Director


Icewater Seafoods, Wareham Family Launch New Award to Honor Legacy of Founder Bruce Wareham


Coast Guard Saves Unmanned Fishing Vessel Aground in Dry Spruce Bay, Alaska


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, January 28


Thu. Jan 27 2022

All Eyes on Seafood Consumption In 2022


VIDEO: Watch Us Eat "Selling Sunset" Star Emma Hernan's Plant-Based Empanadas


Tokyo Central Wholesale Markets Fish Roe Sales Mark Highest Record Prices for Salmon, Herring Roe  


New York Fisherman Charged with Conspiracy, Fraud and Obstruction for Overharvest of Fish


Russia to Oblige Fishermen to Process 70% of Catch at Domestic Factories


Aker BioMarine Antarctic Krill Fishery Nets A-Rating from Sustainable Fisheries Partnership  


Tillamook Bay South Jetty $62 Million Repair Project Approved


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, January 27


Wed. Jan 26 2022

The Winding Glass: Is it Time to Rethink the Boston Seafood Show?   


Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen Stepping Down as CEO of Stolt-Nielsen Limited, Stolt Sea Farms Parent Company


UPSIDE Foods Acquires Cultivated Seafood Company Cultured Decadence


BlueNalu Partners With Japanese Sushi Restaurant Operator FOOD & LIFE COMPANIES  


BAP Program Expanded by 8.6% in 2021; Certified Facility Retention Rate at 5-Year High


USDA Invests $500K to Boost Southeast Alaska Mariculture Processing Capacity


Red Lobster Names Make-A-Wish National Charity Partner


Gig Harbor BoatShop Washington Sea Grant, Offer 'Crew School'


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, January 26


Tue. Jan 25 2022

Diversified Communications “Sets the Record Straight” About Seafood Expo North America Cancellations


COVID-19 Still Surging in Alaska; 5,759 New Positive Cases Reported Last Weekend


OBI Seafoods Takes Home Big Chunk of $60 Million USDA Salmon, Pollock Purchase  


Gov. Inslee Appoints New Members to Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission


Searay Foods Recalls Searay Brand Sauerkraut Fish Product Due to Undeclared Allergen


NOAA Finalizes Atlantic Deep-Sea Red Crab Quota  


Norcod Lands Delivery Contract with Spain Supermarket Chain, Increases 2025 Harvest Forecast  


Blue Star Foods Nets $5 Million Investment from The Lind Partners


Fish Consumption in Russia Rapidly Declining


JAPAN: 2021 Seafood Imports Up Slightly to 1.93 Million Tons, Value 10% Up to 1.5 Trillion Yen


Hook Line and Savor’s Everything Crusted Cod Returning to Costco Stores


Maine Elver Lottery Kicks Off  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, January 25


Mon. Jan 24 2022

ANALYSIS: Salmon Market Continues Upward Swing Amid Supply Constraints  


Fish Factor: ASMI Economic Report; Bycatch Task Force Update; Lease Plan Gets Panned


Former ASMI Executive Director Alexa Tonkovich Joins Seafood People


Sam Grimley Named Sea Pact’s New Executive Director


JAPAN: Scallop Landing Forecast 289,500 Tons for the New Season, 13% Down From a Year Ago  


Northern Wind’s George Kouri Joins NFI Board of Directors


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, January 24


Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association Crew Training Program Seeking Applicants


Tijuana Flats Officially Adds Shrimp To The Menu After Testing Seafood At Select Locations  


Los Angeles Inspired Poke Concept Sweetfin Nets Investment from International Brand Poke House


Northeast Seafood Supplier NAFCO Teams Up With Reusable Packaging Firm Tosca


Fri. Jan 21 2022

SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, January 21


Department of Commerce Determines Several Alaska Salmon, Crab and Cod Fisheries are Disasters  


Wild Alaska Pollock Nets MSC 2021 Ocean Champion Award  


Over 3.5 Tons of Salmon Removed in Chile Following Algae Bloom  


Russian Pollock Producers Post $400 Million in Losses Due to China Market Closure


JAPAN: Farm-gate Price of Yellowtail in Kagoshima Hits 1000 yen/kg With Strong Demand  


This Week in Retail: Wintry Weather Boosts Protein Sales


Updated List: Exhibitors Begin Pulling Out of 2022 Seafood Expo North America Show


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CBP: Seafood Harvested With Use of Forced Labor by F/V Da Wang Likely Being Imported Into U.S.

In August 2020 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice stating that they would be detaining seafood harvested by the Da Wang, a Vanuatu-flagged, Taiwan-owned distant water fishing vessel due to its involvement with forced labor. Now, CBP says that seafood being harvested by the F/V Da Wang is likely being, or is likely to be, imported into the United States.

A notice was published in the Federal Register on Friday stating that CBP...

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VIDEO: SENA Update; USDA Purcahse Awards; Salmon Market News; UPSIDE's New Acquisition

Join SeafoodNews Video co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they talk about the latest ongoings with Seafood Expo North America; the USDA's recent purchase awards; what's going on in the salmon market; and UPSIDE's new acquisition.

This episode of the SeafoodNews Weekly Video is brought to you by the winter 2022 issue of Urner Barry’s Reporter magazine. The new issue is filled with can’t miss content regarding rising prices adding more pressure to markets. Keep an eye out for stories on how...

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This Week in Retail: Wing Prices Take Flight Ahead of Super Bowl

Seafood feature volume advanced to 28% this week, taking the top spot across proteins in retail buying opportunities. Beef closely follows with 27%, while pork and chicken features claim 18% and 10%, respectively, of ad space. Egg features climbed to 13%, up from 7% the week prior.

At the seafood counter, catfish, cod, and tilapia fillets average $6.55 per pound, nearly 13% above year-ago levels. Cooked shrimp features are roughly 90 cents higher than a year ago, averaging $8.49 per pound. Raw shrimp is featured at $7.57 on average for various counts, down 8.4% from this time last year.

In the retail beef complex, 80% lean ground beef averages $3.49 per pound, up 7% from a year ago but lower than both boneless skinless chicken breasts and chicken tenders. The steak and roast complexes continue to maintain hefty premiums to year-ago levels. Steaks average $8.47 per pound, up from $7.19 per pound in 2021. Roasts are featured at $6.06 per pound on average, a nearly 34% YoY increase...

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Global Ocean Works of Kagoshima to Increase Exports of Farmed Yellowtail

Global Ocean Works (GOW) of Tarumizu City, Kagoshima Prefecture, is a vertically integrated firm of yellowtail from farming to export. This year, it expects its export of yellowtail to increase year-on-year. President Yuji Masunaga plans to expand exports, saying that "global demand for yellowtail will increase further." As a requirement for growing exports of yellowtail, he raised, "In addition to sustainable fish farming that is internationally acceptable, further shift from live feed to extruded pellets. Expansion of production scale. Transition from market price system to...

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Icewater Seafoods, Wareham Family Launch New Award to Honor Legacy of Founder Bruce Wareham

Icewater Seafoods is honoring the legacy of its founder with a new $5,000 annual award.

This week the company and Wareham family announced the launch of the Bruce Wareham Memorial Award in Seafood Quality, which will be granted through the Fisheries and Marine Institute to a student in the Advanced Diploma in Food Safety program.

Wareham was a well-known and respected pioneer in Canada’s seafood industry until his passing in 2019. The award in his honor was created to recognize an individual enrolled in...

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All Eyes on Seafood Consumption In 2022

It’s time to find the silver lining in all the chaos from the coronavirus pandemic. And based on the report that Datassential’s Kelley Fechner presented at the National Fisheries Institute’s (NFI) Global Seafood Market Conference (GSMC) last week, we’re just going to come out and say it… COVID was good for seafood. 

Boosting consumption and dispelling fear around cooking seafood has been an issue talked about a lot at NFI conferences in the past. And while the seafood industry had PLENTY of issues to talk about at this year’s GSMC, consumption was...

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Tokyo Central Wholesale Markets Fish Roe Sales Mark Highest Record Prices for Salmon, Herring Roe

In December, Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market sales of salted fish roe products increased due to the drop in selling prices. Still, sujiko and ikura salmon roe and herring roe prices increased sharply, and the sales volume decreased significantly. This tendency did not change from year to year, and the prices of all fish roe products increased. The reaction was particularly remarkable for salmon eggs, reported Suisan Keizai.

Due to cost increases mainly from North America, supply shortages and chronically high prices continued...

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Russia to Oblige Fishermen to Process 70% of Catch at Domestic Factories  

Fishermen applying for fish quotas in Russia as part of the second stage of distribution may be required to process at least 70% of their catch at coastal factories. According to recent statements, made by representatives of some leading Russian fisherman and local media reports, this is part of state plans to increase the output of products with high added value.

These plans have been also confirmed by representatives of the Russian Federal Agency for Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo).

The new auction is scheduled...

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Tillamook Bay South Jetty $62 Million Repair Project Approved

Oregon Congressman Kurt Schrader (05) announced the Tillamook Bay & Bar Project at the Port of Garibaldi has been approved for $62 million by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to repair damages to the South Jetty’s head and trunk.

Schrader described the project as “critical” for the safety of Oregon fishermen. The funding mainly comes from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, per a release from Schrader’s office.

For a long time, both the North and South Jetties...

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Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen Stepping Down as CEO of Stolt-Nielsen Limited, Stolt Sea Farms Parent Company

Stolt-Nielsen Limited (SNL), the parent company of Stolt Sea Farm, confirmed on Wednesday that Chief Executive Officer Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen will be stepping down from his position.

“I joined Stolt-Nielsen in 1990 and have served as CEO since 2000,” Stolt-Nielsen said in a statement. “It has been a privilege to lead and work with talented and dedicated individuals throughout the organization for so long. However, I feel now is the right time for me to step aside...

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Thai Union Announces Joint Venture with R&B Food Supply, Avanti Group in India

Thai Union has signed a joint venture agreement with R&B Food Supply PCL (RBF) and Srinivasa Cystine Private Limited (SCPL) to launch a new company focused on serving high-quality food ingredients to the Indian market on January 28.

Thai Union said the new partnership will leverage each company’s strengths, including SCPL, which is an associate company of Avanti Group, a top aquaculture and marine food processor in India.

Somchai Ratanapoompinyo, CEO of RBF said that “this joint venture is the next step in the...

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Iceland Seafood UK Appoints New Managing Director

Iceland Seafood International announced in November 2021 that it would be making changes to strengthen the local management team of its Iceland Seafood UK business and Glen Mathews was officially appointed as Managing Director of the UK operations. Mathews will enter the role at the end of February.

Iceland said changes were made with an eye on addressing business complexities, the increased retail exposure and harvest the upcoming growth of the business.

Reynir Jonsson, the Group CFO stepped in as an interim Managing Director and at the same time it was announced that...

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Coast Guard Saves Unmanned Fishing Vessel Aground in Dry Spruce Bay, Alaska

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Fir saved an unmanned, adrift fishing vessel that was just shy of a mile away from running aground in Dry Spruce Bay, Alaska on January 23.

The Coast Guard said the crew launched a small boat and established a tow with fishing vessel Guardian less than 100 yards from shore. The Cutter anchored and the small boat crew maneuvered the Guardian alongside a buoy deck for damage inspection.

Watchstanders at the Sector Anchorage Command Center assisted in identifying the owner...

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VIDEO: Watch Us Eat "Selling Sunset" Star Emma Hernan's Plant-Based Empanadas

On this episode of WATCH US EAT co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione are chowing down on something a little different than normal... plant-based empanadas.

(We know - it's not seafood. BUT these plant-based empanadas from Emma Leigh & Co. are put out in partnerhip with Yankee Trader Seafood.)

For those unfamiliar with Emma Leigh & Co., the company was started by Emma Hernan, one of the stars of the Netflix series "Selling Sunset." Hernan, who is also a model and luxury real estate agent...

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New York Fisherman Charged with Conspiracy, Fraud and Obstruction for Overharvest of Fish

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of New York unsealed a superseding indictment that charges New York fisherman Christopher Winkler with both conspiracy and substantive charges in connection with a scheme to illegally overharvest fluke and black sea bass.

Winkler, 61, of Montauk, faces charges of one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, to obstruct the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through the falsification of fishing logs, and to unlawfully frustrate NOAA’s efforts at regulating...

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Aker BioMarine Antarctic Krill Fishery Nets A-Rating from Sustainable Fisheries Partnership

Aker BioMarine’s Antarctic krill fishery landed an A-rating from the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) 2021 review for the seventh consecutive year, the company announced on January 26.

The company said it topped the 2021 SFP review, earning between eight to 10 points in all categories – the highest among the evaluated fisheries. 

“SFP’s rating is an important measure for us at Aker BioMarine because it tells not only the story of our own journey to meeting our 2030 sustainability targets, but also the bigger picture story about...

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The Winding Glass: Is it Time to Rethink the Boston Seafood Show?

The Boston Seafood Show is almost certainly going ahead in March despite the headaches of the pandemic.  This will be the first show since 2019, as both the 2020 and 2021 versions were cancelled.

However, it will be much smaller than the 2019 Seafood Expo North America.  That show had 1329 exhibitors from 49 countries. This year current exhibitors on the show’s website last week were 639, including Seafood Processing America.  That number is in flux as the show organizers update some cancellationsand get some new enquiries.

Diversified has built up a large stable of shows and conferences, and they have run other meetings successfully in North America this year.  For example, their energy storage and solar conference debuted in Long Beach last week, from January 13 to 15.  The conference and expo went ahead...

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