Mon. Jan 18 2021

NOAA Fisheries COVID Impacts on Alaska Landings Improved by End of Year; Prices Not Updated


ANALYSIS: As The World Turns for Farmed Salmon…  


Toyosu Market December 2020 Imported Fresh Tuna; Firm Demand for Take-Out Sushi  


Crabbers Face Potential February Season Opening in Washington if Domoic Clears  


PODCAST: NOAA's COVID-19 Report; Maruha Nichiro's Latest Acquisition; And More Seafood News!


Brian Perkins Joins GAA as New COO, Will Help Transition to Global Seafood Alliance


RCMP Finds Missing Scallop Dragger the Chief William Saulis; Five Fishermen Still Missing


Alaska Fish Radio: Kelp Growing Increases to More Alaska Regions


AKVA Group Expects to Incur 'Significant Costs' Linked to Cyber-Attack


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, January 18


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, January 15


Fri. Jan 15 2021

NOAA Report: Seafood Industry Experienced Broad Declines in 2020 Due to COVID-19


Thai Union Ingredients Subsidiary Converts Tuna Bone into New Product  


ANALYSIS: China Bay Scallop Imports Continue Downwards Trend  


Sysco Releases 'Get Hooked on Seafood' Toolkit Ahead of Lent


Fishermen’s Survey: Lower Fish Prices is Biggest Hit From COVID


USCG, Partners Suspend Search for Fishermen Missing from Taiwanese Vessel Near Midway


Innovasea Shares Support of Finfish Mariculture Authorization By Army Corps of Engineers  


Atlantic Sapphire Listed on OTCQX Market, Now Available to U.S. Investors  


Plant-based Shellfish Company Lands Investment from Big Idea Ventures in Financing Round


Current Restaurant Restrictions and Capacity By State   


Vietnam Announces Pilot Program for Electronic Traceability in Seafood Supply Chain


Canadian Coast Guard Introduces Marine Mammal Desk to Protect Southern Resident Killer Whales


Thu. Jan 14 2021

The Winding Glass: Seafood, Consumers, Climate Change, the MSC and the Government in 2021  


Economic Tide: Irish Fishing Villages Brace For Harsh Times Post COVID-19  


Alaska Fish Radio: Alaska Fishing Updates for January 2021  


Russia Plans to Continue to Expand Presence in World Ocean in Years to Come  


Sysco Announces New 2025 Seafood Sustainability Commitments


Tru Shrimp Company Enter Distribution Partnership with Gordon Food Service  


Adisseo, Calysta Break Ground on Alternative Protein Joint Venture in China


MSC Launches First Sustainable Cookbook with Help of Chefs from Around the Globe


Atlantic Groundfish Council Recommends Rollover of TAC for South Coast Cod  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, January 14


Wed. Jan 13 2021

Oregon Sea Grant's Survey Results Prompted Positve Way to Address Seafood Industry's COVID Dilemma


Maruha Nichiro Acquires Vietnam’s Sai Gon Food


Harsh Business Amid COVID-19 Pandemic: 2020 Toyosu Market Sales 10% Decrease to 332.1 Billion Yen


USDA Now Accepting Pre-Cooked Seafood Products for Farmers to Families Food Box Program


FreshDirect Predicts Increased Demand for Fresh Seafood in 2021


Scottish Vessels Landing in Denmark, Leaving Local Processors in the Dark Amid Brexit Border Backlog


Former Part-owner of New Bedford Processing Plant Gets Jail Time for Tax Evasion


Rutgers Offering Intro Fisheries Science Course for New Jersey Fishing Stakeholders


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, January 13


Tue. Jan 12 2021

One Week Before “A” Season Unalaska Renews “Hunker Down” Orders, UniSea in Partial Lockdown


Despite "Extremely Large" Biomass, Sitka Sound Sac Roe Herring Harvest Will be <20,000 Tons


December Toyosu Wholesale 6% Decrease; Crabs and Ikura Salmon Roe Did Well, But Not Herring Roe  


Chicken of the Sea Announces Price-fixing Litigation Settlement  


Bristol Seafood Invests in Alaska Cod Capabilities  


Alaska Fish Radio: Boards of Fish and Game Meet to Discuss Meeting Delays


A Look at the Pandemic’s Impact on Restaurant Jobs in 2020


Lund’s Fisheries Hires Four Execs, Additional Staff to Boost Consumer Brands


Lineage Logistics Acquires Cryo-Trans, Owner of Refrigerated and Insulated Railcars


NRF: 2020 Imports Could Reach All-time High, Despite COVID


Santa Monica Seafood Kicks Off the New Year By Buying Out Ethos Seafood Group


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, January 12


UK Signs Deal with International Council of the Exploration of the Sea


Coast Guard Rescues 2 From Fishing Vessel Taking on Water Off Texas


Coast Guard Rescues 3 Florida Fishermen From Vessel Taking on Water


Cooke Aquaculture, Clearwater Seafood Named One of Atlantic Canada’s Top Employers


Jessica Fuentes Takes Over as Sernapesca’s National Director


Grocery Chain Giant Food Introduces Private-Label Cook-In-Bag Product Line


Mon. Jan 11 2021

SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, January 11


Seafood Nutrition Partnership Announces 2021 Board of Directors


Kvarøy Arctic Hires Former Pacifico Aquaculture Senior Sales Manager


AK Governor Appeals Decision to Deny Pebble a Permit Citing “Constitutional Mandate”


Deadline For USDA’s Seafood Trade Relief Program Quickly Approaching


PODCAST: Executive Appointments; Commerce Department Nomination; Market News and More


AKVA Group Reports Cyber-Attack


Blue Star Foods Releases First GRI Sustainability Report  


Nomad Foods Eyes Croatian Frozen Food Business as it Continues to Grow European Footprint


Chile: Salmon Feed Producer Salmofood Purchases Research and Development Centre


ANALYSIS: Scallop Imports Lead over LY during Pandemic  


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NOAA Fisheries COVID Impacts on Alaska Landings Improved by End of Year; Prices Not Updated 

NOAA Fisheries’ Update last week on the impacts of COVID-19 in Alaska covered landings and revenues through August of 2020, but differences in landings narrowed significantly by the end of the year. Prices were estimated to be between 15-50% down from 2019, depending on species, but have not been updated beyond estimates from August 2020.

NOAA’s Report shows landings down about 15% by August, but updated catch data shows most species’ limits were caught with less than 5-8% left in the water ...

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ANALYSIS: As The World Turns for Farmed Salmon…  

Surpassing the $5.00 threshold in the Chilean fresh fillet market for 3-4 pound fillets and maintaining that price almost three weeks in a row was not something that many could have predicted heading into the 2020 holiday season. However, as we close out the second full week of January and are now into the middle of the month, the undertone in the fresh fillet market looks to be somewhat supportive of current pricing.

Presently fresh Chilean 3-4 pound fillets have...  

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Toyosu Market December 2020 Imported Fresh Tuna; Firm Demand for Take-Out Sushi

Tokyo Toyosu Market received 697 fresh imported tuna in December 2020, an increase of 14.6% from 608 the same month of the previous year, compiled by Jiji Press. Bigeye tuna has declined significantly, but wild bluefin tuna has increased from North America and the Mediterranean, as well as farmed bluefin from Mexico, reported Minato Shimbun.

The total number of bluefin tuna was 673, increasing about 38% from 488 a year ago. The number of farmed bluefins from Mexico also increased by about 38% to 355 from 258...

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PODCAST: NOAA's COVID-19 Report; Maruha Nichiro's Latest Acquisition; And More Seafood News!

Join SeafoodNews Podcast co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they talk about NOAA’s latest COVID-19 report, which provides insights into the pandemic’s early economic impact. Plus we talk about Chicken of the Sea International reaching a settlement with the final group of plaintiffs involved in the canned tuna price-fixing scandal; Thai Union's new UniQ BONE bone powder product; pre-cooked seafood products becoming eligible to include in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program; and Maruha Nichiro's...

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RCMP Finds Missing Scallop Dragger the Chief William Saulis; Five Fishermen Still Missing

On Saturday the search for missing scallop dragger the Chief William Saulis came to an end as the Nova Scotia and British Columbia RCMP Underwater Recovery Teams (URT), with the help of the Canadian Coast Guard and Transportation Safety Board, confirmed the discovery of the sunken vessel.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police issued an update on Sunday revealing that they had searched a targeted area using side scan sonar. It was during this search that they located an “anomaly.” The RCMP’s Underwater Recovery Teams used...

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AKVA Group Expects to Incur 'Significant Costs' Linked to Cyber-Attack

Following AKVA Group’s January 10 announcement of a cyber-attack, the company said it is expecting to incur “significant non-recurring costs during Q1 2021 related to the breach and mitigating measures.

AKVA said its technical team, alongside external help, was able to detect the root cause of the system shutdown and will work to gradually restore its IT systems.

The company said that police are currently investigating the incident and further information about the cyber-attack and fixes deployed have not yet become public...

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Thai Union Ingredients Subsidiary Converts Tuna Bone into New Product

Waste not! A new product from the Thai Union Ingredients subsidiary is ensuring that every fish is properly used to reduce wastage. On Thursday Thai Union group announced that they would be launching a new product, UniQ BONE bone powder, which is produced by converting tuna bone into a fine, off-white powder that has a neutral taste and smell.

“Thai Union has built its business on not only providing the highest quality products to consumers around the world, but on constantly innovating and ensuring that we are providing...

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Sysco Releases 'Get Hooked on Seafood' Toolkit Ahead of Lent

Sysco wants to help customers “get hooked on seafood.” 

On Thursday the global foodservice distribution company released four new toolkits to its Foodie Solutions platform to help the foodservice industry generate additional revenue and meet customer expectations. The latest additions to their Foodie Solutions series include: Valentine’s Day, Wholesome Dining, Greatest Game, and Get Hooked on Seafood.

The “Get Hooked on Seafood” foodie solutions toolkit provides “innovative tools and resources to help you provide your customers with the best seafood experience.” And it’s out just in time for...

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USCG, Partners Suspend Search for Fishermen Missing from Taiwanese Vessel Near Midway

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended the active search Wednesday for 10 crewmembers of the Taiwan fishing vessel, Yong-Yu-Sing No. 18, who went missing approximately 550 miles northeast of Midway Island.

“As a lifesaving service making the decision to suspend a search is never easy," Capt. Craig O'Brien, the We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the mariners,” said Capt. Craig O’Brien, the USCG 14th District chief of response, said ina press release. “Coast Guard and Navy aircrews, along with our maritime ...

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Atlantic Sapphire Listed on OTCQX Market, Now Available to U.S. Investors

Atlantic Sapphire, the company behind Bluehouse Salmon announced it has joined the OTCQX Best Market, making it accessible to U.S. investors.

Established in Norway, the company is already listed on the Norwegian stock exchange Oslo Børs. In 2020, Atlantic Sapphire wrapped up its first U.S. harvest in its Florida facility.

Atlantic Sapphire Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Johan Andreassen said, "since the first U.S. harvest in September 2020, our Bluehouse Salmon has expanded its retail footprint to more than 1,000 locations, with more and more stores coming online as we continue to ramp-up production...

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Crabbers Face Potential February Season Opening in Washington if Domoic Clears

Biotoxins just want to hang around Washington waters, it appears. Domoic acid is again delaying the Dungeness crab season north of Cape Falcon, Ore., the industry learned Friday.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife sent out a notice advising the industry that recent tests from Jan. 9 showed continued levels of domoic acid that exceeded the action level of 30 ppm in the viscera.

Tri-State policy representatives from WDFW, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife agreed to...

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Brian Perkins Joins GAA as New COO, Will Help Transition to Global Seafood Alliance

Seafood industry veteran Brian Perkins is the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s (GAA) new Chief Operating Officer. 

Perkins joins the team at GAA after acting as Regional Director Americas for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for the last six years. During his time at MSC, Perkins was responsible for building a team that “energized the program in the Americas region,” which included increasing consumer awareness, the number of MSC-labeled products, and the number of participants engaged in the MSC program...

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Alaska Fish Radio: Kelp Growing Increases to More Alaska Regions

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch –

Alaskans have now applied for over 2,000 acres of new or expanding undersea farms, double the footprint from two years ago.  Nearly 60 percent plan to grow kelp with the remainder growing a mix of kelp and/or shellfish.

Currently in Alaska, 36 operators are producing primarily Pacific oysters in Southeast, Prince William Sound and Kachemak Bay.

It’s the faster growing seaweed, notably kelp, that has spawned wider interest, especially from regions that aren’t as hospitable to growing shellfish....

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NOAA Report: Seafood Industry Experienced Broad Declines in 2020 Due to COVID-19

A new analysis released by NOAA Fisheries today reveals that the U.S. fishing and seafood sector experienced broad declines in 2020.

According to NOAA’s analysts, 2020 actually started out strong, with a 3% increase in commercial fish landings revenue in January and February. However, things began to turn in March when COVID-19 protective measures began getting put in place not only across the U.S., but the rest of the world. NOAA reports that revenues declined each month from a 19% decrease in March to a...

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ANALYSIS: China Bay Scallop Imports Continue Downwards Trend

It started with tariffs, followed by poor harvests, COVID-19, the U.S. dollar devaluation, skyrocketing freight costs, and recently a new outbreak in northern China creating additional setbacks, the market for China Bay scallops has seen better days here in the United States.

The average import volume from 2015 through 2018 was 21 million pounds, 2019 was the first year to see a major drop off of imports from China totaling less than 8 million pounds, while 2020 is anticipated to be...

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Fishermen’s Survey: Lower Fish Prices is Biggest Hit From COVID

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch –

Fishermen say the single biggest hit from the Covid-19 virus is lower dock prices.

That’s according to survey results of West Coast and Alaska harvesters compiled by Ocean Strategies, a public relations firm that focuses on fisheries.

The company was founded in 2013 by Homer fisherman, Brett Veerhusen, previously the Executive Director of the Seafood Harvesters of America in Washington, D.C.

Nearly 400 fishermen responded to the short, confidential survey launched last November...

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Innovasea Shares Support of Finfish Mariculture Authorization By Army Corps of Engineers

Innovasea, a technology provider for aquaculture companies shared its support for the Army Corps of Engineers’ new rule authorizing finfish mariculture in federal waters.

“The Army Corps of Engineers’ decision is another positive step for the aquaculture industry in the United States and builds upon the momentum of the past year,” said David Kelly, Innovasea CEO. “The agency’s thorough review and deliberation has created a permitting process for open ocean aquaculture facilities in federal  waters that is cognizant of environmental impacts and responsive to stakeholders without being needlessly burdensome to applicants...

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