Mon. Jul 13 2020

Ecuador Forms COVID-19 Oversight Taskforce After China Suspends Shrimp Imports From 3 Companies  


Eleven New COVID-19 Cases at Valdez Plant, Most Asymptomatic, Active Cases in AK Approach 900


New Poll Shows Alaska Voters Oppose Construction of Pebble Mine by Two to One


ANALYSIS: Farmed Salmon Taking a Hit as COVID-19 Cases Increase Around the Country  


FDA Prepping to Resume Domestic Inspections Following Four-Month Halt


ANALYSIS: Frozen Tuna Imports Decline 31% in May  


Nova Austral Fined For Misreporting Mortalities to Sernapesca  


Connecticut Delegation Looking for USDA to Reverse Decision on Shellfish Farmer COVID-19 Aid


Russian Pollock Roe from the Previous Fishing Season Increased by 10% to 34,000 Tons  


Coast Guard Medevacs Injured Fisherman 100 Miles off Coos Bay, Oregon


Nemuro Sockeye Salmon Aquaculture Starts in the Second Year  


Oregon Commission Adopts a Climate and Ocean Change Policy — the First in the Nation


Chile: 8.1 Tons of Mussels Found Hidden in Dairy Truck  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, July 13


Fri. Jul 10 2020

China Suspends Ecuador Shrimp Imports After Allegedly Finding Positive Samples of Coronavirus  


Port Moller Test Fishery Says Bristol Bay Run May Reach 60 Million Sockeye in 2020


ANALYSIS: European Imports of Frozen Shrimp Dip in April as Quarantine Issues Linger  


DFO Issues Rollover TAC for Northern Cod, FFAW Predicts “Dire Impacts” on Inshore Fishery


Port of Coos Bay: Everything on Schedule for Charleston Ice Plant Opening in August


U.S. Coast Guard Seeks Information on F/V Aquarius Capsizing


New Chemical Technique Fishes Valuable Nutrients Out of Shrimp Processing Water


Urner Barry's Reporter Summer 2020 Issue Released; Read It Online For Free Now


NOAA Seeking Written Input on Interagency Seafood Trade Strategy


Mowi B.C. Salmon Farms Receive ASC Certification As Norway Mefaldskjaeret Farm’s Certificate Pulled


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, July 10


Thu. Jul 9 2020

ASC Suspends Blumar’s Certification After June Escapement


Alaska’s July COVID-19 Curve Rises, Seafood Processors Receive More Detailed Guidance


ANALYSIS: Pangasius - Below Average Imports, Optimistic Outlook  


JAPAN: Low Grade Surimi Price Fell 35 Yen Per kg  


Cell-Based Seafood Company BlueNalu Signs MOU with South Korean Company Pulmuone


Japan Fisheries Association Provides Financial Assistance for Sustainable Seafood Sales


SalMar Subsidiary Receives Approval for Conversion of Developmental Licenses for Ocean Farm Project


House Democrats Appropriations Bill For FY 2021 to Ban Offshore Drilling in Atlantic Ocean


Bristol Seafood Provides Founding Sponsorship to Create Inclusion in the Blue Economy Program


Sri Lanka: Leading Exporters Add Value to Tuna Products Through Sustainable Fisheries Certification  


DFO Announces Recipients of $8.3 Million Fund for Ghost Gear Clean Up


Fisheries Official: Caviar Exports Fetched Iran Over $3.5M Last Year


STUDY: Evidence of Ocean Mixing Across Gulf Stream


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, July 9


Wed. Jul 8 2020

ANALYSIS: Snow Crab Entering U.S. Market Right Along With 3-Year Average  


Seafood Industry Gets Help With Research and Marketing Frozen Product   


Seafood Fastest Growing Supermarket Category During Last Week of May


Newport Water Issues Ease as City Works on Cleaning Filters, Backup Plans  


Vegan Seafood Brand Good Catch Launches New Frozen Fish-Free Entrees, Appetizers


Conxemar Cancels Their 2020 Seafood Show in Vigo, First-Ever Event in Brussels


Study: Microplastics Impact Development of Lobster Larvae  


Rep. Stutes calls Alaska Board of Fish Hearing Amidst Controversy


Captain D’s Continues Southeast Development with 8th Louisiana Location


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, July 8


Tue. Jul 7 2020

After Short-Term Rejuvenation, Chinese Salmon Market Runs into More Trouble  


A Silver Lining Emerges in Bristol Bay as Salmon Landings Start to Increase


Delegation Calls for Trump to Restore Restrictions to Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Monument   


Four Research Groups Study Resiliency in Bristol Bay Against COVID-19 for 2021 Season


Alaska Fish Prices, Production for 2019 Provide Pre-COVID Base  


Newfoundland and Labrador Price Setting Panel Sides With FFAW on Cold Water Shrimp Price  


Ghost Kitchens on the Rise in a Post-COVID World


ASMI Hands Reins of RFM Certification Program to Certified Seafood Collaborative


Japan: May Tuna Imports Down 55% for Fresh, and 27% for Frozen  


Japan: Summer Chum Arrivals up 40%, Price Down 40% at Sapporo Market  


AEON to Sell Fully Traceable Eels in 40% of Eel Sales  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, July 7


Applebee’s Brings Back Tex-Mex Shrimp Bowl As They Begin to Reopen Dining Rooms  


NOAA’s Trio of Ocean Drones Set to Reach Bering Sea Survey Station  


Uber to Acquire Postmates; Will Keep Consumer-Facing App Running Separately


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Ecuador Forms COVID-19 Oversight Taskforce After China Suspends Shrimp Imports From 3 Companies

Ecuador’s National Chamber of Aquaculture has formed a COVID-19 Oversight Taskforce (COT) in response to positive COVID-19 samples that China found on the outside of shrimp packaging belonging to three Ecuadorian companies. The taskforce has been formed to implement and monitor hygiene and food safety policies for the shrimp industry.

The taskforce was formed directly under the lead of Ministry of Production, Trade, Investment and Fisheries, the Ministry of Health, the Secretary of Quality and Control and the National Chamber of Aquaculture of Ecuador...

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Eleven New COVID-19 Cases at Valdez Plant, Most Asymptomatic, Active Cases in AK Approach 900

Alaska’s coronavirus cases continues skyward with another record breaking daily total of 116 resident and non-resident cases on July 11. That total includes 11 new positives from seafood workers in Valdez, bringing total seafood worker cases to 162. With total resident and non-resident cases at 1,793 as of midnight last Saturday, seafood workers represent 9 percent of the total cases in Alaska.

Late last Friday, Valdez received confirmation of 11 non-resident cases of COVID-19.

“All of the new non-resident ...

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New Poll Shows Alaska Voters Oppose Construction of Pebble Mine by Two to One

A new research study by David Binder Research of likely voters in the November 2020 election, confirms that opposition to the Pebble Mine project is “broad and intense.”

Alaskans oppose the construction of the mine, including almost half (48%) who strongly oppose that. Further, 57% support a veto from the Environmental Protection Agency, while 34% oppose.

The online survey was conducted in early June of 500 likely November 2020 voters in Alaska. The demographics and partisan composition of the survey reflect that of...

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FDA Prepping to Resume Domestic Inspections Following Four-Month Halt 

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn M.D. said preparations have begun for the return of domestic inspections of FDA-regulated facilities.

Domestic inspections were scaled back in March as COVID-19 outbreaks began to shut down the country. As of July 10, the FDA is looking to restarting on-site inspections during the week of July 20.

The start date is subject to change as inspections will rely on “data about the virus’ trajectory in a given state and locality and the rules..."

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Nova Austral Fined For Misreporting Mortalities to Sernapesca

Chilean salmon company Nova Austral has been fined 3,000 UTM (more than 150 million pesos) after providing Sernapesca with unreliable information related to fatalities at their farming center in Magallanes in 2019.

Alicia Gallardo Lagno, the National Director of Sernapesca, filed a complaint against the company for the delivery of unreliable information. The company also received a complaint for providing the information to Sernapesca after the deadline. Gallardo Lagno requested the maximum possible sanction under the Fisheries Law, which would equate to a fine of...

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Russian Pollock Roe from the Previous Fishing Season Increased by 10% to 34,000 Tons

The new Russian Pollock roe's production volume is estimated to be 33,000 to 34,000 tons this year, which is an increase of 2000 to 3000 tons, up to six to ten percent, from the previous period. The high-grade product's median market price was $6.00 to $7.20/kg in the March-April bid but dropped to no more than $5.50/kg after mid-May. As for off-grade, buying in South Korea was weak, and the feeling of affordability became...

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Nemuro Sockeye Salmon Aquaculture Starts in the Second Year

On July 3 the Nemuro City Sockeye Salmon Culture Council, which is organized by the City of Nemuro and four fishery coops in Nemuro, started the second year experimental mariculture for sockeye salmon at Nemuro Port. It will develop the knowledge of aquaculture technology by comparing and verifying the growth status, increase in fat, survival rate, among others compared to last year, reports Suisan Keizai Shimbun.

The experiment is to demonstrate the sockeye salmon aquaculture technology on the open ocean, which an institution researched in response to...

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Chile: 8.1 Tons of Mussels Found Hidden in Dairy Truck 

Chilean police conducting roadside control in the city of Osorno were surprised to find 8.1 tons of cholgas, also known as ribbed mussels, in a truck labeled as belonging to Soprole, a well-known dairy brand.

The discovery by police was made in the early hours of July 2. The police then contacted Sernapesca for additional support. However, the driver could not provide the fisheries agency with the legal origin of the fresh mussels, or any documentation. 

Two subpoenas were...

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Port Moller Test Fishery Says Bristol Bay Run May Reach 60 Million Sockeye in 2020

Yesterday’s increased catch indices at the Port Moller Test Fishery’s inside stations have resulted in a current interpretation that the run is “4-6 days late and greater than 50 million,” report Scott Raborn and Michael Link, managers of the test fishery.

“Sustained Port Moller indices are edging this forecast towards 60 million or at least the high 50s assuming the run-per-index (RPI) has not inexplicably declined,” they reported yesterday evening.

More data will come today as the research vessel Ocean Cat conducts  ... 

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DFO Issues Rollover TAC for Northern Cod, FFAW Predicts “Dire Impacts” on Inshore Fishery

Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) released their management plan for northern cod earlier this week, promptly followed by objections from the FFAW/Unifor, who say rolling over last year’s total allowable catch (TAC) is a mistake and under-represents how healthy cod stocks are in the area. FFAW released a statement calling the plan “a result of an inadequate assessment that failed to take into account important data as well as harvester observations – the result of which will have dire impacts on an already ...

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ANALYSIS: Farmed Salmon Taking a Hit as COVID-19 Cases Increase Around the Country

Farmed salmon has begun to take a hit from restaurant closures and upticks in COVID-19 cases around the country. Last week the whole fish markets out of both the Northeast, West Coast, and Chile adjusted drastically lower. 12-14 West Coast Seattle whole dropped 10.3 percent from last week or $0.30.  

After a large uptick from almost all farmed salmon items from the middle of June through the week of July 4, the market appears to be dealing with an oversupply situation...

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ANALYSIS: Frozen Tuna Imports Decline 31% in May

Total imports of frozen tuna fillets for the month of May declined 31.6% from the previous month and are 45% less than compared to May 2019. YTD total import volume is down 8.4% compared to this time last year, registering 33.3 million pounds. However, for the first four months of the year, Jan-April 2020, total imports registered 28.5 million pounds, a 3% increase over the same period last year. It must be noted that 2019 recorded the highest import volume at 90 million pounds...

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Connecticut Delegation Looking for USDA to Reverse Decision on Shellfish Farmer COVID-19 Aid

Politicians from Connecticut sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture asking to reverse the decision prohibiting the state’s shellfish farmers from receiving payments from the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).

Connecticut’s shellfish farmers were able to receive assistance from the CARES Act but additional direct payments through the CFAP could help the industry battle the negative impacts of the coronavirus, the delegation argued.

“Shellfish aquaculture is a $30 million industry in our state and this decision puts the long-term survival...

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Coast Guard Medevacs Injured Fisherman 100 Miles off Coos Bay, Oregon

A U.S. Coast Guard aircrew medically evacuated a 26-year-old man Saturday morning off the fishing vessel McKenzie Rose 100 miles west of Coos Bay.

The fishing vessel’s captain used a marine radio to hail watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Bend at approximately 5:30 a.m. to report a member of the crew sustained a head injury and was in need of medical attention.

The McKenzie Rose began to transit toward shore to more quickly rendezvous with the Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew. A constant ...

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Oregon Commission Adopts a Climate and Ocean Change Policy — the First in the Nation

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission on Friday adopted a Climate and Ocean Change Policy Friday on a unanimous vote, making it the first state fish and wildlife commission in the nation to adopt such a measure.

The Policy approved Friday will be the framework under which ODFW will evaluate the impacts of climate change on the resources under its stewardship, adopt management practices to safeguard those resources and minimize the impacts to communities that depend on these resources. The Policy also includes...

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China Suspends Ecuador Shrimp Imports After Allegedly Finding Positive Samples of Coronavirus

Almost a month after blaming a new outbreak of COVID-19 in Beijing on imported salmon, the Chinese Government is now suspending shrimp imports from Ecuador after allegedly finding positive traces of the virus on packaging.

According to China’s General Administration of Customs (GAC), samples of imported shrimp tested positive for the coronavirus.

“As of 24:00 yesterday, the customs houses across the country had collected 227,934 samples,” said Bi Kexin, Director...

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ANALYSIS: European Imports of Frozen Shrimp Dip in April as Quarantine Issues Linger

As pandemic-induced bottlenecks remain a hindrance to dining options, imports of frozen shrimp continue to filter into European ports, albeit at a lesser pace.

Key Exporters

While demand at foodservice is gradually on the up, Asian and Latin American farmers have had to contend with low farm gate prices, with prices in Ecuador and India among the worst hit.

The EU imported a total value of €25.95 million worth of frozen shrimp from India—the largest exporter of shrimp into Europe...

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