Wed. May 25 2022

Over 23 Seasonal Grid Closures In Place With 73% of Gulf Snow Crab Landed  


EPA Proposal Moves to Block Pebble Mine, Citing Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon Fishery  


Latest AgriBriefing Webinar: Many Markets Nervous as No End in Sight for Rising Raw Materials Prices


St. Mary’s Bay Fish Processing License Application Approved


ANALYSIS: Live Lobster Market Uneasy as Inflation Looms  


NPD Group: Restaurant Traffic Dips in April as Food Prices Soar


Sernapesca Files Complaints for Improper Garbage Removal by Salmon Farmers


Hendrix Genetics Senior Geneticist Kyle Martin Appointed to NWAA Board of Directors


Illegal Indian Ocean Tuna Fleet Blacklisted by IOTC After Latest Meeting  


AltaSea, California Colleges Announce Return of Aquaculture Webinar Series


ASC Adds New Chair, Five New Members to Supervisory Board


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, May 25


Tue. May 24 2022

USDA Buys Nearly $8 Million Worth of Salmon Products; Plus a Walleye Purchase    


Russia Facing Shortage of Salmon This Year


NOAA Fisheries Wants “Diverse” Nominations for IPHC and 7 other International Commissions


China’s Customs Agency Takes Precautionary Measures Against 4 U.S. Fishing and Processing Vessels


NFI Shares Praise for Upcoming White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health


Pacific Marine Expo Returns to Seattle on November 17


GSA Lands New Partner to Digitize Seafood Assurances


DFO Announces Another First Nation to Pursue Moderate Livelihood Fishery in N.S.


China Buys More Basa From Vietnam, Though Importers Are Hoping To Sell ASAP  


RODA Looking to Add Staff to Concentrate on West Coast Offshore Development


Salmones Multiexport SA Confirms Massive Mortality Event At San Luis Farm in Los Lagos Region  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, May 24


Mon. May 23 2022

Alaska’s Copper River Season Off to Very Slow Start


Seasonal Snow Crab Grid Closures Announced in Gulf of St. Lawrence Following NARW Entanglement  


PODCAST: A Breakdown of Seafood Consumption in 2020 and More!


Ecuador White Shrimp Widely Received in China and Expecting An Even Better Tomorrow  


Captain D’s Seafood Acquired By Private Equity Firm Centre Partners


Canada to Ban Russian Seafood Imports Amid Additional Sanctions


Netuno Partners with LP Foods to Debut Value-Added Brand in U.S.


Nissui Announces Name Change To Take Place on 80th Anniversary


Thai Union Sending Over 500 Medical Kits to Thai Vessels by End of Year


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, May 23


Fri. May 20 2022

Hokkaido Sea of Japan Herring Exceeds Record-Breaking 5000 Tons  


Standing Fish Price Setting Panel Releases Decision for 2022 Sea Cucumber Price  


Foreign Fishermen Unable to Begin Catch in Russian Territorial Waters This Year  


Crabs and Electromagnetic Fields, Sea Urchin Farming Among Studies Receiving Oregon Sea Grant Funds


Sea Grant, Federal Agencies Eye Projects Related to Fisheries and Offshore Wind in Northeast


U.S. and Japan Coast Guards Strengthen Their Alliance, Focus on Indo-Pacific Region


Class Action Targeting Retailer ALDI’s Salmon Sustainability Claims Moves Forward  


McDonald’s Agrees to Sell Russian Assets to Existing Licensee


White Cane Sockeye Salmon Issues Recall Over Undeclared Allergens  


Benin, Global Fishing Watch Partner to Combat IUU Fishing in West Africa


FFAW Pushes Back On St. Mary’s Crab Plant Opposers With Their Own Facts  


Latest Acosta Report Indicates Consumers Dining Out Less Due to Inflation


Lund’s Fisheries to Be Featured On Outdoor Channel’s “The Fishmonger,” Airing May 23


Lineage Logistics Named to CNBC Disruptor 50 List for Second Year in a Row


Sysco to Deploy 800 Electric Trucks by 2026 for U.S. Customers


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, May 20


Thu. May 19 2022

It Takes a Village: Unalaska Keeps 20-Year Salmon Data Set Going Even Without a Commercial Fishery


USDA Spends Just Shy of $10 Million in Latest Alaska Pollock Purchase  


This Week in Retail: Beef Ads Lag Leading Up to Memorial Day


Several Canadian Seafood Associations to Split $1.7 Million in Funding to Grow Export Markets


Thai Union Invests in Leading Micro-Algae Ingredients Producer Mara Renewables Corporation


Tiny Oregon Port Wins Big on Vessel Crane Replacement Project


Green Plains, Key U.S. Trout Producer Partner to Expand Aquafeed Production in Idaho


Sanford Credits Post-COVID Recovery for Boosted First Half Results


Atlantic Natural Foods Expands Assortment of Shelf-Stable, Plant-Based Foods For Foodservice


ASP Backs Plant Workers Who Oppose New Fish Processing Capacity


Genova Premium Tuna Teams Up with Top Chef Judge to Create Mediterranean Dinner Party Collection


68-Year-Old Crewmember Medevaced From Fishing Vessel Near Cordova, Alaska


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, May 19


Wed. May 18 2022

First of the Year Copper River Salmon Hits Market at High Prices, Low Volume


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, May 18


JD Worldwide Introduces Fresh Supermarket for Imported Goods


Global Seafood Alliance’s GOAL Conference Heads to Atlantic Canada in 2023


Celebrity Chef Tom Colicchio Invests In Mind Blown Plant Based Seafood Co.


aquaManager, Nueva Pescanova Partner to Digitalize Shrimp Hatcheries


Washington Seafood Broker Lands Jail Time; Company Hit with $25K Fine for Illegal Geoduck Shipments  


Ohio Woman Pleads Guilty to Illegally Selling Invasive Fish Species


Thai Union Sells Assets of Dabrowa Chelminska Facility to Polish Seafood Manufacturer


More Snow Crab Grid Closures Announced in Gulf of St. Lawrence This Week  


Florida Fisherman Fined $22K to Settle Federal Case with NOAA  


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Over 23 Seasonal Grid Closures In Place With 73% of Gulf Snow Crab Landed

A little more than a month remains until the end of the snow crab season in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. According to preliminary data released by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), 73.04% of the quota in the Gulf has been landed. But with North Atlantic right whales in the area, the DFO has started closing grids from the season.

The DFO posted the latest closure on Tuesday, announcing 10 full grid seasonal closures and seasonal closures for a portion of two grids...

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EPA Proposal Moves to Block Pebble Mine, Citing Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon Fishery

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a proposal to protect the Bristol Bay watershed, and its vital sockeye salmon fishery, a move that would ban the controversial Pebble Mine.

“If finalized, EPA’s Section 404(c) determination would help protect the Bristol Bay watershed’s rivers, streams, and wetlands that support the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery and a subsistence-based way of life that has sustained Alaska Native communities for millennia,” the EPA wrote in a news release.

The EPA cited the Clean Water Act to...

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Latest AgriBriefing Webinar: Many Markets Nervous as No End in Sight for Rising Raw Materials Prices

Russia’s war against Ukraine and subsequent blockade of Ukraine’s grain exports by sea have sparked an unprecedented global food crisis. The disruption has been further exacerbated by hot weather and droughts that have hurt crops in other parts of the world, sending prices of some grains to record highs and threatening food security in parts of the developing world too.  

And if we factor in challenging growing seasons for crops, lockdowns in major Chinese cities, bird flu in the US, and other pressure points for import, export, and production, the concerns over agricultural markets and global demand are unlikely to relent.   

Experts from AgriBriefing's brands –  Stratégie Grains, Feedinfo, and Urner Barry – came together in a live webinar entitled ‘Rising Raw Materials Prices: Why? How? What’s Next?’ on 24 May to provide their latest overviews of...

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ANALYSIS: Live Lobster Market Uneasy as Inflation Looms

Just before the start of the Canadian spring lobster fishing season is when the net supply of lobster is most constrained. And that is no different in 2022.

Winter storms and windy weather often kept boats docked in Q1. Supply constraints and record acquisition pricing lead to market prices climbing into record high territory. The average market price for NE hard shell selects in Q1 2022 was $16.15, 41.5% higher than its 5-year Q1 average of $11.67...

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Sernapesca Files Complaints for Improper Garbage Removal by Salmon Farmers

Chile’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca) filed four complaints with the country’s Superintendent of the Environment for breaches detected in inspections carried out in farming centers in the region.

Three of the complaints revolved around improper removal of garbage near aquaculture activity in the Seno Skyring area, per a translated news release from Sernapesca. The announcement said the involved companies were given a period of 10 days to remove the waste, after which they stated that they had solved the problem...

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Illegal Indian Ocean Tuna Fleet Blacklisted by IOTC After Latest Meeting

A fleet of tuna fishing vessels has been blacklisted in the Indian Ocean by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) following the group’s 26th session meeting in Seychelles.

The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) said the fleet had a history of illegal fishing activities in the region and now the fleet will be strictly prohibited from fishing in the Indian Oceans. The fleet was previously blacklisted by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) in 2021 and dropped by its insurers in March 2022...

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ASC Adds New Chair, Five New Members to Supervisory Board

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)’s Supervisory Board has welcomed a new chair and five new members, the ASC announced on May 25.

The new chair of the Supervisory is Margret Thalwitz who had a long career at the World Bank. Among other senior positions, she was leading the Bank’s Global Partnership Department prior to leaving for a sabbatical year in Oxford to study the governance of global food security, per the ASC.

Thalwitz also spent time as a consultant on development strategy, a Senior Fellow at the Centre for...

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Russia Facing Shortage of Salmon This Year  

Russia is facing a shortage of salmon this year due to the almost complete end of its imports to the country including those, which, so far, have been delivered via the territory of Belarus.

In case of Belarus, as the Chairman of the Russian Fish Union Alexander Panin said in an interview with the Russian Kommersant business paper, prior to February 24, 2022, Belarusian producers of red fish products primarily used salmon from Norway. However with the beginning of the military conflict between Russia and Ukraine and a new wave of sanctions...

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China’s Customs Agency Takes Precautionary Measures Against 4 U.S. Fishing and Processing Vessels

China's General Administration of Customs continues to test imported food packages for coronavirus. As part of their latest crackdown on seafood imports, “urgent precautionary measures” have been taken against four U.S. fishing and processing vessels.

According to a news release put out by the government agency on May 24, 25 samples taken from the outer packaging of three batches of frozen Pacific cod, two samples taken from the outer packaging of one batch of frozen yellow-cap plaice, two samples from...

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Pacific Marine Expo Returns to Seattle on November 17

The Pacific Marine Expo, the largest and longest-running commercial marine and fishing industry trade show will return to Seattle from Thursday, Nov. 17, through Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Lumen Field Event Center.

"The return of the Expo last year proved again that this show is the place to be for the commercial marine and fishing industry to see old friends, network with new ones and successfully do business in person," said Bob Callahan, Group Vice President, Diversified Communications, which produces the show...

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St. Mary’s Bay Fish Processing License Application Approved

Derrick Bragg, the Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture for Newfoundland and Labrador, confirmed on Tuesday that the fish processing licensing application for St. Mary’s Bay Fisheries has been approved.

The proposed St. Mary’s crab plant has been the point of contention between FFAW and the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) for the past few weeks. ASP made it clear that they opposed the potential plant, which they said would result in “less hours of work for those in existing facilities.” FFAW pushed back on the opposition, releasing fact sheets stating that...

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NPD Group: Restaurant Traffic Dips in April as Food Prices Soar

The NPD Group credited food inflation and rising costs of a meal in foodservice for the 4% decline in consumer visits to U.S. restaurants in April, compared to 2021.

NPD said that the price of a foodservice meal is up 9% when compared to April 2019 and traffic was down 11% when compared to the same month in 2019 before the pandemic.

Overall online and physical visits to quickservice restaurants (QSR) dropped by 4% and is 6% below the April 2019 pre-pandemic baseline. Traffic...

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Hendrix Genetics Senior Geneticist Kyle Martin Appointed to NWAA Board of Directors

Kyle Martin has been appointed to the Northwest Aquaculture Alliance’s (NWAA) Board of Directors. 

Martin is a senior geneticist with Hendrix Genetics, which is the parent company of Washington State-based Troutlodge and Hawaii-based Kona Bay Shrimp, where Martin focuses his expertise. According to Jim Parsons, the NWAA Board President and the CEO of Jamestown Seafoods, Martin is a welcome addition to the Board of Directors thanks to his reputation as a geneticist and his understanding of the role that science plays...

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AltaSea, California Colleges Announce Return of Aquaculture Webinar Series

AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles and a trio of colleges in California announced their second annual series of webinars focused on aquaculture, called “Blue + Green 2022.”

The webinars, featuring aquaculture and sustainability experts from top colleges and research institutions, start-up company founders will be one-hour long and be heled on the first four Thursdays in June.

Pre-registration for the events is required and can be found here: https://altasea-project-blue.org/blue-green-2022/.

“Our goal with this series is to shine a spotlight on the emerging aquaculture sector...

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USDA Buys Nearly $8 Million Worth of Salmon Products; Plus a Walleye Purchase

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) invited offers to sell walleye and salmon products for use in the National School Lunch Program and other Federal Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs.

On May 19, the USDA announced it has purchased $7,861,472.25 worth of salmon products. Altogether, the USDA bought 290,480 pounds of product.

Trident Seafoods sold most of the product for 7,219,074.65 and OBI Seafoods rounded things out by netting $642,397.60 from the USDA for canned pink salmon.

According to the...

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NOAA Fisheries Wants “Diverse” Nominations for IPHC and 7 other International Commissions

Nominations are open today for two members of the U.S. Pacific halibut industry to serve as commissioners on the International Pacific Halibut Commission based in Seattle. The current commissioners, Bob Alverson of the Fishing Vessel Owners Association and Richard Yamada of the Alaska Charter Association, may submit their names as well. Nominations will be accepted through July 8, 2022. 

NOAA’s sweeping announcement covers eight international fisheries management organizations of which the U.S. is a member. 

In a statement, NMFS said that as a nation, the U.S. is “committed ... 

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NFI Shares Praise for Upcoming White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health

The National Fisheries Institute was pleased to hear the news of the White House’s plans to host a Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health in September 2022.

SeafoodNews covered the initial announcement made by President Biden in early May. The Conference will focus on ending hunger, improving nutrition and physical activity, reducing diet-related disease and closing the disparities around them.

“Seafood is unquestionably the healthiest animal protein on the planet and the U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend Americans eat 2-3 servings each week...

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