Fri. Oct 23 2020

Trio of Seafood Companies Sue Trump Administration, Argue USDA Payments Were Aimed at Re-election


Urner Barry's Market Briefing Brings You the Latest in Protein Pricing Insight


ANALYSIS: Downwards Pressure on the Mussel Market  


Another Month, Another Historic Low in Shrimp Landings in the Gulf of Mexico  


Capt. Neill’s Barred by FDA from Importing Food into US for 5 Years


Massive, State of the Art Feed Barge Enroute to Arctic Offshore Farming’s Fellesholmen Site


Aker BioMarine’s Antarctic Krill Fishery Operations Re-certified by MSC


Advisory Bodies to SAFMC Have Openings for Commercial Representatives


Pure Blue Fish Creating 82 New Jobs With New Operation in South Carolina


NOAA Seeking Input on Gulf of Mexico, Southern California Aquaculture Opportunity Areas


Strong Seafood Sales Predicted for Holidays, Lent


NOAA's New and Improved Catch Shares Online System to Launch This Fall


EDF's "Everyone's Gulf" Program Provides Virtual Cooking Class to Houston Students


Gloucester to Receive $3 Million Grant From EDA To Protect City From Flooding


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, October 23


Thu. Oct 22 2020

The Winding Glass: Seafood Industry Appears Too Strong Right Now to be Derailed by Pandemic


Nature Conservancy to Buy 5 Million Surplus Oysters, Assisting Industry Impacted by COVID-19  


Samherji Acquires 50 Percent Stake of Boston-based Aquanor Marketing


Survey: COVID Led to Surge in Off-Premise Dining, Other Operational Changes for Franchisees


Impossible Foods Moving One Step Closer to Developing Plant-Based Seafood Alternative


Good Catch Plant-Based Seafood Expands to Canada, Available in Over 600 Stores


New Bedford Lands $16 Million Port Infrastructure Investment from Department of Commerce


Buyers of Jumbo Flying Squid From Peru Pen Letter to Government Looking for Improvements to Fishery  


Sernapesca Director Named Leader of APEC Oceans and Fisheries Group


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, October 22


Wed. Oct 21 2020

Whole Foods Releases Their Predictions for Top 10 Food Trends For 2021  


Grieg Seafood Newfoundland Postpones Post Smolt Building Construction Due to COVID-19  


Study: Higher Freshwater Temperatures Could Be Reason for Chinook Salmon Decline  


Another Entangled Right Whale Spotted Off Nantucket; NOAA Provides Update on New Jersey Entanglement


Russian, Ukrainian Fishermen Test Positive for COVID-19 in New Zealand


NMFS Finalizes New Areas, Regulations to Protect Coral Habitats in Gulf of Mexico


Three Facilities First to Achieve Best Aquaculture Practices Chain of Custody Standard


Sernapesca Verifies Presence of ISAv in Los Lagos Region  


Fish Board Sets New Meeting Dates; Status of New Seats Unclear


Russian Fisherman Continue Lobbying, Easing Access to Chinese Market


Head of Thai Union Takes Home 'ASIA’S BEST CEO' at Asian Excellence Awards 2020


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, October 21


Tue. Oct 20 2020

Chinese Shrimp Market Looks More Promising During October Festivals  


Newly Released Documents Reveal Proposed Federal North Atlantic Right Whale Protections for Maine  


LISTEN: Qingdao Coronavirus Update; CBP's Determination on Minh Phu; Seafood Analysis and More  


PCFFA Supports Stakeholder Involvement in Gov. Newsom's Executive Order


Trump Administration, EPA Release Global Marine Litter Strategy


Albertsons Invests in PickUp Lockers, Growing its E-Commerce Options


Sea Lions Feasting on First Chinook Salmon Arriving at Columbia River  


EU Council Reaches Agreement on 2021 Baltic Sea Catch Limits


Test Fishery for Golden King Crab at Prince William Sound  


Friend of the Sea Renews Certification for GC Rieber Oils


Cape Moreton Scarlet Prawns Named Best New Product by Australia's Delicious  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, October 20


Mon. Oct 19 2020

China's CDC Reports Detection of Living Coronavirus on Outer Packaging of Imported Frozen Cod  


ANALYSIS: King Crab Demand Improving During Pandemic  


OPINION: Dr. Al Gross Will Talk Truth, Not Tow the Party Line


NPFMC Narrows Focus on Abundance-Based Management for Pacific Halibut Bycatch in Bering Sea  


With Gloomy Overseas Markets, Vietnam’s Basa Industry is Looking for a Way Out  


Letter to the Editor: Polar Opposite Fishery Advocates Fields and Bonney Support Sullivan for Senate


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, October 19


Coast Guard Medevacs 58-Year-Old Crewmember Off Baffin Bay, Texas


Fri. Oct 16 2020

SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, October 16


Even With a Pandemic, NOAA and Alaska Fisheries Science Center Plan for Surveys to Resume in 2021


CBP Determines Minh Phu Evaded Antidumping Duty Order on Frozen Shrimp From India  


Public Health Agency of Canada Investigating Vibrio Outbreak Linked to Shellfish  


Re Trump’s May Executive Order: North Pacific Council Prioritizes Surveys and Catch Monitoring


NOAA Fisheries Develops Tools to Help Display Impact of Offshore Wind on Fishing Industry


Sysco Hires Judith Sansone in Newly Created Executive Role


Group of Six Fisheries in Ecuador Improve Thanks to Fishery Improvement Project


Eight Fifty, Parent Company of Young’s Seafood Acquires Greenland Seafood; Grows Presence in Europe


Alaska Fish Meetings Focus on COVID Delays, Halibut Bycatch  


OPINION: Visa Restrictions Are Threatening the Survival of the U.S. Shrimp Industry  


GAPP ROI Study Reveals Marketing Impact For Wild Alaska Pollock Fillet, Wild Alaska Pollock Surimi  


ANALYSIS: Pangasius Imports Flat, YTD totals Retreat  


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Trio of Seafood Companies Sue Trump Administration, Argue USDA Payments Were Aimed at Re-election

Three seafood companies, who say they fell victim to the United States’ trade war with China, are suing the Trump Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) arguing that the President focused on bailing out the farming industry to help his reelection efforts.

Houston Seafood Company, based in Texas and Louisiana-based Gulf Marine Product Co. and Ningbo Trading filed an eight-page complaint on October 21 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas alleging the USDA violated the...

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Urner Barry's Market Briefing Brings You the Latest in Protein Pricing Insight

In this Market Briefing, Urner Barry reporters outline the latest action in the commodity protein markets, highlighting seasonal factors, disruptors, and current supply and demand fundamentals....

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ANALYSIS: Downwards Pressure on the Mussel Market

The market for New Zealand and Chile origin mussels are seeing downwards pricing pressure. Discounts are emerging across all sizes of New Zealand Green Shell mussels where the supply of small-sized New Zealand mussels are the thinnest among all sizes.  Chilean mussel meat is also seeing some weakness as it is largely a foodservice item...

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Capt. Neill’s Barred by FDA from Importing Food into US for 5 Years

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has barred Capt. Neill’s Seafood, a North Carolina based crab supplier from importing food into the country for five years. The company’s owner Philip R. Carawan, plead guilty to falsely labeled millions of dollars' worth of crabmeat last year.

“The Company (and Carawan) was given notice of the proposed permanent debarment and an opportunity to request a hearing within the timeframe prescribed by regulation. As of 30 days after receipt of the notice (July 13, 2020), Capt. Neill’s has not responded...

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Aker BioMarine’s Antarctic Krill Fishery Operations Re-certified by MSC

Last week Aker BioMarine received its third certification from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for its sustainable Antarctic krill fishery. The company, the first to be certified for krill, received the certification in 2010.

The independent assessment report, released last week, noted that Aker BioMarine’s key sustainability strengths include the minimum amount of bycatch, its 100 percent observer coverage on its vessels, and the active partnerships with NGOs and scientific institutes that have raised standards in the fishery.

To display the MSC blue label, companies must demonstrate that they are ...

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Pure Blue Fish Creating 82 New Jobs With New Operation in South Carolina

Fish farming company Pure Blue Fish announced earlier this week that they are establishing new operations in Orangeburg County, South Carolina.

"All of us at Pure Blue Fish appreciate the time, effort and interest that the South Carolina Department of Commerce, SC Power Team, Tri-County Cooperative and the Orangeburg County Development Commission have offered to assist us at this location," said Pure Blue Fish co-founder and CEO Nimrod Litvak. "We  are looking forward to a long working relationship...

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Strong Seafood Sales Predicted for Holidays, Lent

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Strong seafood sales are projected for the holidays and Lent. More after this –

 

Just like the stock market, the U.S. seafood industry is defying expectations with strong sales and higher prices despite the loss of an estimated 25% of the food service business and as many as 100,000 restaurants closed long-term or for good  

That’s according to market expert John Sackton, founder of SeafoodNews.com, who adds that the trend is predicted to continue for the holidays and the Lenten season...

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EDF's "Everyone's Gulf" Program Provides Virtual Cooking Class to Houston Students

The Environmental Defense Fund's  (EDF) "Everyone's Gulf" program hosted a virtual cooking class for Houston students on Thursday

"Chopped" alums Chef Evelyn Garcia of Houston's Kin, and Chef Nick Wallace of Jackson, Mississippi, came together to show students and families from the Raul Yzaguirre School for Success, Pasadena High School and Pasadena Memorial High School how to prepare a Gulf classic: red snapper. Also in attendance was Texas Rep. Sylvia Garcia, who spoke to students about how to better connect communities in the Houston region to healthier...

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The Winding Glass: Seafood Industry Appears Too Strong Right Now to be Derailed by Pandemic

Just like the stock market, the seafood industry in the US seems to defy expectations with higher prices and strong sales on many items despite the loss of perhaps 25% of foodservice business.

This led me last month to predict a strong holiday and lent season for seafood.  I keep looking for evidence to derail this expectation but have not found anything substantive enough.

In this column, lets test some of these assumptions against current reports on the pandemic front, and see if things are still holding up...

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Samherji Acquires 50 Percent Stake of Boston-based Aquanor Marketing

Samherji announced it has agreed to acquire 50% of Boston-based Aquanor Marketing, a seafood importer, distributor and marketer.

Iceland-based Samherji said Aquanor has been a key customer for over a decade, providing a large portion of Aquanor’s imports in seafood products which head to U.S. retail chains, restaurant chains and wholesalers.

Aquanor focuses on importing fresh North Atlantic species including Arctic Charr, Cod, Haddock, Salmon and Oysters under the Aquanor and WiAnno brands...

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Another Month, Another Historic Low in Shrimp Landings in the Gulf of Mexico

Recent figures of shrimp landings for the Gulf of Mexico show more dismal news for shrimpers. Landings are down and ex-vessel prices for many sizes are down as well.

September data from the National Marine Fisheries Service reveal 6.1 million pounds of shrimp were landed in the Gulf, the lowest total reported for any September since 2002 in the historical database maintained by the Southern Shrimp Alliance. Prior to this year, the smallest amount of shrimp harvested in the Gulf was...

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Massive, State of the Art Feed Barge Enroute to Arctic Offshore Farming’s Fellesholmen Site

The largest feed barge designed and built for the offshore farming industry is on its way from a shipyard in Estonia to northern Norway. Arctic Offshore Farming’s new purchase, an innovation in toughness, environmentally-friendly operation, and sheer size, will be used in the company’s new site in Fellesholmen west of Tromsø. 

Arctic Offshore Farming (AOF) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Norway Royal Salmon ASA (NRS). In 2018, NRS/AOF licenses to develop semi-submersible steel cages for salmon farming in Fellesholmen. Two pens with ...

Photo courtesy AKVA Group

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Advisory Bodies to SAFMC Have Openings for Commercial Representatives

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is soliciting applicants for several open seats on its Dolphin Wahoo Advisory Panel, the Outreach and Communications Advisory Panel and a commercial representative on the Law Enforcement Advisory Panel.

The Council’s advisory panels inform and guide the Council in developing and implementing federal fishery management plans. Upcoming issues to be addressed in 2021 include an amendment modifying annual catch limits, sector allocations, recreational bag limits for Dolphin and Wahoo, a planned upgrade to the Council’s website, and input on law enforcement issues affecting...

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NOAA Seeking Input on Gulf of Mexico, Southern California Aquaculture Opportunity Areas

NOAA announced that they are seeking public input on the creation of Aquaculture Opportunity Areas (AOA) in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and waters off of southern California.

Establishing AOA's is part of the "Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth" Executive Order that President Trump signed back in May  The Executive Order was created to ensure food security, support American workers, and remove any unnecessary regulatory burdens.

"Americans need a vibrant and competitive seafood industry to create and sustain American jobs, but safe and...

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NOAA's New and Improved Catch Shares Online System to Launch This Fall

The Catch Shares Online System is being updated by NOAA Fisheries. The government agency announced on Thursday that development on the new system is underway and will be hosted in a cloud application, which they say should decrease unexpected down-times in the future.

Changes to the updated site include allowing multiple entries per species to allow for different prices per pound in one landing transaction. The site will also provide increased security by requiring stronger pins and secret questions...

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Gloucester to Receive $3 Million Grant From EDA To Protect City From Flooding

The city of Gloucester is set to receive a generous federal grant to help with flooding.

U.S. Rep Seth Moulton announced that Gloucester will receive a $3 million grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA). The grant will fund the final design, permitting and construction of a flood barrier to protect Gloucester's Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF). In addition, it will also support recovery efforts from past flooding disasters in the area.

"America's oldest working seaport is...

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Nature Conservancy to Buy 5 Million Surplus Oysters, Assisting Industry Impacted by COVID-19

Oyster farmers that have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic will soon get help from the Nature Conservancy via the purchase of 5 million surplus oysters to be used in oyster restoration projects.

This program was undertaken alongside The Pew Charitable Trusts and in coordination with similar moves taken by NOAA and the USDA.

Over the next two years, the Supporting Oyster Aquaculture and Restoration (SOAR) initiative looks to provide $2 million in payments to oyster farmers to support more than...

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