Mon. Jun 14 2021

Copper River Opens For First Time in Three Weeks  


CDC Updates Guidelines as Mask Mandate Now Lifted for Commercial Fishermen


PODCAST: April 2021 Shrimp Imports; Haddock Market Update; Former NOAA Head's New Job  


Seafood Worker, Fully Vaccinated, Tests Positive for Virus in Dillingham


Pacific Council Executive Director Announces Retirement This Year


First Study Aims to Assess Economics of All Pacific Halibut Users  


City Pier Seafood Introduces New Program To Encourage Kids to Eat More Seafood


StarKist Teams Up With Feed the Children to Serve 400 Families in Indiana


Feed Producer BioMar Sets 2030 Sustainability Ambitions


Pokeworks to Enter 14 New Markets in U.S. as Expansion Continues


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, June 14


Fri. Jun 11 2021

ANALYSIS: Crab Meat Market Still Climbing; Imports Down 8.5 Percent Through April  


Administration Pushes Offshore Wind Lease Sale in New York Bight


VIDEO: Crab Meat Market Climbing; GE Salmon Labeling Act; 2019 Marine Economy; Plant Based Trends  


ASPANS Voluntarily Withdraws MSC Snow Crab Certification in Gulf of St. Lawrence


Salmon Catches in N. Pacific at Lowest Levels in 40 years  


Businesses, Investors, and Foundations Join the Call for Permanent Protection of Bristol Bay


Eastern Oregon Couple on the Hook for $1,400 After Selling Dungeness Crab on Social Media


JAPAN: April Imports By Air Improve Notably, Volume Recovered The Level Two Years Ago  


Seafood Scotland Shares Success Story as Foodservice Eyes Salmon After U.S. Beef Supply Disruptions  


OmniFoods Launches Plant-based Seafood Line After Alternative Pork Success


Gathered Foods Joins Mission Blue Nonprofit Aimed at Ocean Conservation


DFO Announces Second Call for Proposals Under Ghost Gear Fund


Harry & David Launches Fine Meats Line Just in Time for Grilling Season


GSA Submits Application to SSCI for Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, June 11


Thu. Jun 10 2021

ANALYSIS: Twice Frozen Haddock Demands Premium Over Single Frozen  


ANALYSIS: Ecuador Shrimp Producers Appear Committed to Value Adding  


American Seafoods Hires Chris Oliver as Regulatory Special Advisor


ANALYSIS: Indian Shrimp Share Values on the Up Despite Supply Concerns  


NOAA Selects OSU for Key Marine Research Institute


Norway Royal Salmon Confirms ISA Cases at Farming Site


Captain D’s Partners With CMX to Boost Quality, Safety Along Supply Chain


Russia’s Largest Producer of Deep-Sea Crabs Call on State Support  


Thai Union Invests in Aquaculture Health Platform Through Venture Fund


FDA Issues Closeout Letter to Neptunus Seafood Following 2020 Warning


Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act Passed By U.S. Senate


Milarex Taps Centric Software's PLM to Help Boost Efficiency as Company Grows


Poseidon Ocean Systems Opening Office in Chile


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, June 10


Wed. Jun 9 2021

24 Million Pounds of Snow Crab Arrives in April and Disappears!  


REPORT: Marubeni Withdraws From North American Business, Sold Five Alaska Sites To Canfisco  


ANALYSIS: April Shrimp Imports Surge Led By Ecuador Growth  


Senator Murkowski Once Again Reintroduces Genetically Engineered Salmon Labeling Act  


Seafood Harvesters Pleased with ‘30x30’ Removal in Reintroduced Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act


NOAA: Blue Economy Grew Faster Than National Economy in 2019


Smilin’ Bob’s Recalls Smoked Fish Dip Due to Listeria Monocytogenes


Cultured Seafood Manufacturer Finless Foods Launches Plant-based Seafood Option


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, June 9


Tue. Jun 8 2021

Alaska Fishing Updates For June 2021  


June 8, World Oceans Day: Getting to Know the Blue of Our Blue Planet


Fish Alternatives Make Whole Foods Market’s First Ever Plant-Based Trend Predictions List


Seafood Industry Veteran Alfonso Paz-Andrade Passes Away At Age 80


Bumble Bee Releases Seafood Future Report; Displaying Sustainability Efforts on World Ocean Day


Friendly’s Gets Ready for Summer Time With Seafood Splash Menu


CFIA: Pair of Companies Recall Black Tiger Shrimp Due to Undeclared Sulphites  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, June 8


Kvarøy Arctic Underwriting 2 Grants For World Central Kitchen’s Food Producer Network  


DFO to Collaborate on Atlantic Salmon Migration Research  


Mon. Jun 7 2021

SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, June 7


Public Comment Period Open on Proposal to Close Commercial Salmon Fishing in the Cook Inlet EEZ


Surveys Back on Track in Alaska, Climate Data Already Coming In


Commercial Red Snapper Season Opening Announced in South Atlantic Federal Waters  


DFO Highlights International Day for the Fight Against Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing


Bristol Seafood Releases Seafood Singles Range; Adding More Retail Options  


PODCAST: CBP Issues Import Ban; History Made at Peter Pan Seafoods and More


ANALYSIS: Frozen Tuna Hit With Logistical Challenges, Constrained Supply and Firm Prices  


Salmon Harvest Set to be a Big One with Eager Markets, Pinks Surge at Norton Sound  


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Copper River Opens For First Time in Three Weeks

Cordova’s ADF&G management biologists opened the Copper River fishing grounds this morning after a three-week closure when most of the fleet fished Prince William Sound. 

Harvests in PWS have reached nearly 38,000 sockeye from the June 9 opener, compared to nearly 53,000 sockeye caught on the Copper River Flats in the previous three weeks. The closure on the Flats was due to low escapement, the number of salmon that “escape” the nets on the fishing grounds at the mouth of the river and go up river to spawn...

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CDC Updates Guidelines as Mask Mandate Now Lifted for Commercial Fishermen

Commercial fishermen are now able to remove masks aboard vessels as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a federal order updating mask guidance on June 11.

Thanks to the recent amendment, fully vaccinated commercial fishermen are able to remove masks while outdoors on a vessel or at a transportation hub.

“Accordingly, mask wear in outdoor areas of maritime transportation conveyances and hubs is no longer required,” a U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Information Bulletin said. "Though the CDC is no longer requiring mask wear in outdoor...

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PODCAST: April 2021 Shrimp Imports; Haddock Market Update; Former NOAA Head's New Job

Join SeafoodNews Podcast co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they talk about April 2021 shrimp imports; what's going on in the haddock market; and former NOAA head Chris Oliver's new job at American Seafoods.

This episode is brought to you by Urner Barry Consulting. Urner Barry Consulting provides tailored solutions to identify growth opportunities within the fast-paced protein commodity sectors. Combining the expertise of our analytical team, our warehouse of proprietary and trusted data, and unparalleled insight into market forecasting...

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Pacific Council Executive Director Announces Retirement This Year

Change is coming to the Pacific Fishery Management Council. After five years of leadership, several years of deputy director leadership and a career in West Coast fisheries, Executive Director Chuck Tracy is planning his next adventure: retirement.

"My last five years as ED have been the most challenging of my career, and I hope I have been at least an adequate accomplice in all the Council has engaged in during that time," Tracy said in an email to Council members, colleagues and staff ...

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City Pier Seafood Introduces New Program To Encourage Kids to Eat More Seafood

Seafood is a great source of protein and full of omega-3s to help brain development, so it would be every parents’ dream to have their kid begging for more fish sticks. And while some certainly do, City Pier Seafood is doing their part to help encourage even more kids to become little seafoodies.

City Pier Seafood, a recently launched dock-to-door delivery service based out of Fall River, Massachusetts, is kicking off a new program called Kitch’n Kidz...

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Feed Producer BioMar Sets 2030 Sustainability Ambitions

BioMar announced its 2030 Ambitions that are aiming to help restore the environment and enabling the people of the planet alongside its 2020 Sustainability Report.

Two of the main focuses for the company will be limiting the impact of aquaculture feeds on the environment with the third focusing on capacity building in the communities where the company operates.

“Humanity has burdened our planet and pushed beyond planetary boundaries. We must strive beyond sustainability and innovate with solutions that restore the planet while supporting its people. That is why we are setting...

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ANALYSIS: Crab Meat Market Still Climbing; Imports Down 8.5 Percent Through April

April imports remain lower for pasteurized crab meat. In total year-to-date crab meat is down 8.5 percent. Indonesia, the largest producing country with a 48 percent market share, is down 17.8 percent year-to-date. The country’s imports are also 9.3 percent lower than the 3-year average.  

In addition to the lower imports, reports out of Indonesia are that the size of the blue swimming crabs are smaller. Due to this scenario, the market will...

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Administration Pushes Offshore Wind Lease Sale in New York Bight

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced today a new offshore wind lease sale that includes stipulations to prioritize union jobs and ocean user engagement, but some fishermen remain concerned about prime fishing grounds.

Currently, two BOEM Wind Energy Areas, Hudson South and Central Bight, are located in particularly sensitive areas for scallops, the Fisheries Survival Fund said in a statement. In their current form, these areas, including hundreds of thousands of acres of ocean, will have a serious negative impact on the scallop...

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Salmon Catches in N. Pacific at Lowest Levels in 40 years

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Troubling signs for salmon in the North Pacific.

Salmon catches throughout the North Pacific reached all-time highs in 2018, then dropped last year to the lowest levels in four decades.

That’s according to the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC) which tracks salmon abundances and catches as reported by its five member countries - Canada, Japan, Korea, Russia, and the U.S. 

The Commission also coordinates research and enforcement.  

Based on 2020 commercial catches, Pacific salmon abundance at 322.5 million fish...

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Eastern Oregon Couple on the Hook for $1,400 After Selling Dungeness Crab on Social Media

Selling Dungeness crab in Eastern Oregon illegally is not the pot of gold some sport fishermen originally thought.

A Prineville, Ore., couple was sentenced to pay $1,200 in restitution after illegally selling recreationally caught crab on the commercial market. The incident showcases the importance of consumers knowing that the fish and shellfish they buy are legally harvested and handled as a food product, the Oregon Department of Fish and ...

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Seafood Worker, Fully Vaccinated, Tests Positive for Virus in Dillingham

A seafood worker who was fully vaccinated against COVID-19 has tested positive for the disease in Dillingham, AK.  The asymptomatic worker arrived in Dillingham one week ago to work at OBI Seafood’s Wood River Plant. He was tested as part of the company’s protocol. Upon learning of the positive test, OBI isolated and quarantined him, and contact tracing is being done by the state and local health authorities. OBI Seafoods is conducting more testing at the plant. Vaccine “breakthrough infection” cases are rare, but do occur, said the city...

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First Study Aims to Assess Economics of All Pacific Halibut Users

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch. Who are the users of Pacific halibut and how do they use it?  

Responses to a stakeholder survey will help yield results for a first of its kind study that aims to characterize the economic contribution of the Pacific halibut fisheries to all regions.

The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) is the first regional group in the world to do such a study, saying that understanding the human dimension is part of its mandate for optimum management of the resource...

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StarKist Teams Up With Feed the Children to Serve 400 Families in Indiana

Canned tuna company StarKist has joined forces with Feed the Children to provide food and essentials to 400 families in the Evansville, Indiana area.

StarKist helped host an event on June 10 at a local church as the company helps Feed the Children fight summer hunger. Families who attended received a 25-pound box of food, a 15-pound box of essentials (such as shampoo, conditioner and personal care items), a 5-pound box of Avon products and...

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Pokeworks to Enter 14 New Markets as Expansion Continues

Fast casual brand Pokeworks is prepping for a number of openings and multi-unit agreements, according to qsrmagazine.

The publication noted that with the new openings and deals, the brand will enter 14 new markets across the U.S. including a trio of franchise-owned locations expected this month.

In June, the brand will open a third Mexico location and a ninth location in Houston, Texas with a multi-unit franchisee Chris Lav owner of six Pokeworks restaurants.

Back in January, Pokeworks unveiled its ‘Cruise-Thru’ concept...

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VIDEO: Crab Meat Market Climbing; GE Salmon Labeling Act; 2019 Marine Economy; Plant Based Trends

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they break down the biggest stories of the week, including the climbing crab meat market; reintroduction of the GE salmon labeling act; NOAA's report on the 2019 marine economy; and Whole Foods' plant based food trends predictions.

This episode of the SeafoodNews Weekly Video is brought to you by Urner Barry Consulting. Urner Barry Consulting provides tailored solutions to identify growth opportunities within the fast-paced protein...

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ASPANS Voluntarily Withdraws MSC Snow Crab Certification in Gulf of St. Lawrence

The Affiliation of Seafood Producers Association of Nova Scotia (ASPANS) announced this week that they have voluntarily withdrawn the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certificate for the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence (Gulf) snow crab fishery. 

The decision to withdraw comes after a consortium of Atlantic Canada’s harvesters and producers filed a Comprehensive Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) to address the ongoing efforts to reduce risks to North Atlantic right whales. According to ASPANS, the work plan in the comprehensive FIP will extend past the MSC expiry date....

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Businesses, Investors, and Foundations Join the Call for Permanent Protection of Bristol Bay

Yesterday in an open letter to the Biden administration and Congress, more than 200 companies and industry associations urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to permanently block the proposed Pebble Mine.  

In 2014, the Obama administration began the 404(c) process after conducting a multi-year scientific study and meeting with local communities. That process was stalled in 2014 when the Pebble Limited Partnership sued the EPA and the Trump administration later removed the Obama administration’s proposed protections for Bristol Bay in 2019.

“The Environmental Protection Agency...

 

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