Tue. Oct 26 2021

Latest Projection Finds North Atlantic Right Whale Population at Lowest Point in Almost 20 Years


ANALYSIS: October Slowdown Welcome Reprieve for Frozen Tuna  


AK Governor Dunleavy Discusses Bycatch, Other Pols Silent


Alaska’s Covid Case Rate Over 4X Higher than U.S. Average, “No Downward Trend” Say Experts


Japan’s September Seafood Import Growth Rate Slows, Value Continues to Increase


New Jersey to Receive $800K for Seafood Processors Through Pandemic Response Grant


Unalaska Sees Hurricane-level Winds in Last Week’s Storm


Aker BioMarine Says Patent for Krill Oil Finally Upheld in Europe


Thai Union Group Appoints New Group Director for Sustainability and part of Global Leadership Team


Red Lobster Launches Frozen Food Product Available in Walmart Stores


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, October 26


Mon. Oct 25 2021

Prevalence of Whales Suggests San Francisco Crab Season Delay as Port Pushes Dock Sales  


JBS Lands Approval from Australian Government for Huon Aquaculture Acquisition  


What Scientists Say About Decline of Pollock Stocks in Sea of ​​Okhotsk  


Ship in Straight of Juan de Fuca Lost 40 Containers on Friday Then Caught Fire on Saturday


US Coast Guard Medevacs Captain from Shrimp Boat 40 Miles Off Baffin Bay, TX


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, October 25


Fri. Oct 22 2021

VIDEO: Mexico Lifts Shrimp Ban; Lobster Closure Injunction; Surimi Update; Jones Act Pollock Update


Alaska’s BOF Puts Kenai River Chinook and South Alaska Pen Sockeye Proposals on March Agenda


Over $22B Worth of Cargo is Stuck on Container Ships Off California


Governing Parties Agree to Stay of Litigation on Columbia River for Next 9 Months   


Maine Delegation, Governor Push Commerce Secretary to Shut Down Right Whale Rule Changes  


Smilin' Bobs Recalls Smoked Fish Dip Due to Undeclared Egg and Mispackaging


Symphony of Seafood Competition Attracts 18 New Products


This Week in Retail: Buying Opportunities Increase for Pork  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, October 22


Thu. Oct 21 2021

Fishing Found to be Most Dangerous Occupation, per Study


The Winding Glass: Chuck Bundrant and the End of an Era in Alaska   


Government Asks Judge to Reconsider Injunction in Jones Act Pollock Case


Fishermen Ask BOF to Address Bristol Bay, Chignik, Cook Inlet Salmon Issues at Work Session  


RAS Farmer NaturalShrimp Signs Deal with Distributor Gulf Seafood for 25,000 Pounds of Shrimp  


Japan Fisheries Association to Host In-Person Japan International Seafood Show on November 8-10


Seafood Sales Continue to Soar at US Retail


California Lists Leatherback Turtles, Opening Door for New Management, Funding


Injured Crewman from F/V Patricia Lee Airlifted by USCG 200 Miles SW of Dutch Harbor


Chefs Urge Congress to End IUU Fishing, Fraud and Human Rights Issues in Seafood Industry


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, October 21


Wed. Oct 20 2021

Mexico Receives Green Light to Export Wild Shrimp Into United States  


Chinese Seafood Market is Expanding


Oregon Adopts Dungeness Crab Management Plan, First FMP on the West Coast  


Halibut, Sablefish Quota Share Updates  


Ivar's Soup and Sauce Co. Recalls Clam Chowder Due to Potential Presence of Plastic


Salmones Austral Unveils Secret Island Brand, Providing Chilean Salmon Doorstep Delivery  


COVID-19 Positivity Rate Highest Ever As Epidemic Trajectory Declines in Alaska


Chilean Salmon Exports Recover to Pre-Pandemic Levels in Q3, US Recovery Strong  


USDA Awards $10 Million to Address Challenges for Land-based Salmon Production


September Sales of Fresh Tuna Imports at Toyosu Market Fell 60% to 570 Fish  


RODA Files 60-Day Notice Intending to Sue Federal Government Over Vineyard Wind Project


First Philippines Fishery to Recieve MSC Certification


Wild Planet Foods Takes Home Good Housekeeping Sustainable Innovation Award  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, October 20


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Latest Projection Finds North Atlantic Right Whale Population at Lowest Point in Almost 20 Years

The North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium said the population of the endangered North Atlantic right whale species dropped 8% in 2020, with an estimated 336 whales remaining, marking the lowest population estimate for the species in almost two decades.

“We are obviously discouraged by this estimate, but quite frankly, not surprised. The right whale research and conservation communities know that while widespread efforts to change the trajectory of the species have been undertaken, they have not been enough,” said Heather Pettis, associate scientist in the New England Aquarium’s...

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ANALYSIS: October Slowdown Welcome Reprieve for Frozen Tuna

The frozen tuna market has experienced upward price pressure since late Q2 2021 just as the foodservice sector made a remarkable return. With limited inventory in the pipeline, many market participants were left scrambling to fill the constant demand. Importers' inability to secure product and build meaningful inventories has been an unending challenge.  Market prices for frozen 6oz. tuna steaks are trading 50.81% higher since the beginning of the year...

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AK Governor Dunleavy Discusses Bycatch, Other Pols Silent

Concerns over bycatch of salmon, halibut and crab in the Bering Sea are dominating fishery discussions among all Alaska user groups. 

Former senator Ted Stevens pounded tables in a rage and called bycatch “wanton waste” saying, "If this was occurring with our game resources, these people would be thrown in jail.”

But Alaska’s current crop of elected officials and those running for office have remained silent on the issue.

Governor Mike Dunleavy is so far the only one to share thoughts on The Alaska Outdoor Podcast with Caleb Martin...

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Alaska’s Covid Case Rate Over 4X Higher than U.S. Average, “No Downward Trend” Say Experts 

Over the weekend, 1,686 new cases were reported, five deaths, and 236 new hospitalizations. The daily case count over the weekend was 522 on Friday October 22, 800 on Saturday, and 357 on Sunday. 

Alaska’s weekly case rate yesterday was 550 cases per 100,000 people, over four times the Centers for Disease Control’s national average of 124.7 cases. 

Atate epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin said Monday, “We’re not seeing at this point any clear downward trend in cases.”

While September was the deadliest month for the ...

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Aker BioMarine Says Patent for Krill Oil Finally Upheld in Europe

Antarctic krill-harvesting company Aker BioMarine, who was awarded a key patent related to production and composition of krill oil in 2013 (European Patent Office patent 2144618), has finally seen it been upheld and validated after all procedural options were exhausted on 22 October 2021.

Due to opposition the patent had not been enforced while the decision from the European patent agency was pending. The newly enforced patent covers Aker BioMarine's sales of krill oil in EU until 2028. It covers krill oil made from krill...

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Thai Union Group Appoints New Group Director for Sustainability and part of Global Leadership Team

Thai Union Group has just appointed Adam Brennan to be Group Director of Sustainability, effective October 2021.

Some background on Adam Brennan is that he recieved a Bachelor of Science from Harper Adams University College in Environmental Management. He also received his Masters of Science from University of Reading in Renewable Energy: Technology and Sustainability.

For the “Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Foundation”, he was on the Board of Directors. There, he lead the...

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Prevalence of Whales Suggests San Francisco Crab Season Delay as Port Pushes Dock Sales

The California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group will meet Wednesday to review preliminary state findings suggesting a delay in the Central California season opening.

The Central California or "San Francisco" season traditionally opens on Nov. 15. However, the presence of whales and other factors may mean customers hungry for fresh Dungeness may have to wait until later in the year. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife director will conduct an assessment of marine life entanglement risk for the commercial Dungeness crab ...

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What Scientists Say About Decline of Pollock Stocks in Sea of ​​Okhotsk

The population of pollock in the Sea of ​​Okhotsk, one of the centers of Russia's catch, have substantially decreased this year, compared to 2019, according to recent statements of the press service of the All-Russian Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (VNIRO), one of Russia’s leading research institutions in the field of fisheries.  

According to an official spokesman of VNIRO, the results of calculations based on the use of two methods for assessing pollock stocks (ichthyoplankton and trawl) showed a decrease in the...

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US Coast Guard Medevacs Captain from Shrimp Boat 40 Miles Off Baffin Bay, TX

Last Saturday, the U.S. Coast Guard 8th District Public Affairs office issued a notice of a medevac operation that began with a 5:23 a.m. radio call from the fishing vessel Jake M, about 40 miles off of Baffin Bay, between Brownsville and Corpus Christie.

Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi command center watchstanders received a request for a medical air lift for the vessel’s 58-year-old master who was experiencing chest pains and an accelerated heart rate. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight    ...

 

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Alaska’s BOF Puts Kenai River Chinook and South Alaska Pen Sockeye Proposals on March Agenda

The Board of Fish condensed a two-day meeting into one on Wednesday, clearing the decks for an expanded meeting in March 2022 to cover statewide issues, including two newly fast-tracked ones: Upper Cook Inlet set-net management and South Alaska Peninsula salmon seasons. 

There were ten stakeholder-generated proposals that were submitted to be scheduled sooner than the seven-member panel’s multi-year cycle requires. All but one of those Agenda Change Requests (ACRs) were declined. ACR 7, submitted by Chignik fisherman Don...

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Japan’s September Seafood Import Growth Rate Slows, Value Continued to Increase

According to the September preliminary trade report released by the Ministry of Finance on October 20, seafood imports (excluding non-edible fishery products) increased in volume and value, but the growth rate slowed again. However, the increase in the value was still remarkable compared to the rise in the quantity, and the procurement cost remained high for a long time, reported Suisan Keizai.

Imports in September were 146,599 tons, 118.16 billion yen ($1.03 billion), an increase of 1.9% in quantity and 13.0% in value compared to the same month of...

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New Jersey to Receive $800K for Seafood Processors Through Pandemic Response Grant

New Jersey congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. announced that New Jersey will receive $826,807 from the USDA to help support the state’s seafood processors that were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding will also head to worker protection against the virus. The grant is from the Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety (SPRS) Block Grant Program which was included in the Omnibus and Coronavirus Relief Bill Congress passed and was signed into law in December 2020.

"The COVID-19 pandemic deeply affected our state’s fishing...

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Unalaska Sees Hurricane-level Winds in Last Week’s Storm

Last Thursday night sustained hurricane-level winds slammed the Aleutian Islands tossing vehicles off the road and vessels from their moorings in what is now the first major storm of the fall/winter season.

In Unalaska wind gusts of up to 132 mph were recorded by the National Weather Service.

“This was a very, very strong storm for so far east,” climatologist Rick Thoman, who works for the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, told reporters from KUCB radio station. “And for the Eastern ...

 

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Red Lobster Launches Frozen Food Product Available in Walmart Stores

Red Lobster launched their ready-to-bake Cheddar Bay Biscuits in the frozen food aisle, exclusively at Walmart stores, inspired by the chain's famous biscuits served in its restaurants daily.

The new ready-to-bake Cheddar Bay Biscuits have no prep work or mixing required, can be baked in less than 30 minutes. Instructions include pre-heating the oven to 350 degrees, placing the individual biscuits on a parchment-lined baking sheet and then proceed to bake for 25 to 30 minutes...

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JBS Lands Approval from Australian Government for Huon Aquaculture Acquisition

Brazil-based meatpacking giant JBS’ bid to acquire Huon Aquaculture was approved by Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB).

The move pushes the potential acquisition forward as much of the wait since JBS first announced its intentions to buy the Tasmanian salmon farmer in August revolved around government approval.

Following the FIRB approval, Huon Aquaculture shareholders will hold a vote on the proposed acquisition at The Scheme Meetings and Annual General Meeting on October 29.

Huon Chairman Neil Kearney said “The FIRB decision is another...

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Ship in Straight of Juan de Fuca Lost 40 Containers on Friday Then Caught Fire on Saturday

The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard have been monitoring the shipping vessel Zim Kingston since early Friday morning when it reported the loss of 40 containers when the heeled 35 degrees in heavy swells about 40 miles west of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, on the border of Canada and the U.S. 

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received notification from Prince Rupert Marine Communication and Traffic Services at 12:49 a.m. Friday ...

Photo Courtesy: UUSCG Petty Officer 3rd Class Diolanda Caballero

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VIDEO: Mexico Lifts Shrimp Ban; Lobster Closure Injunction; Surimi Update; Jones Act Pollock Update

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video co-hosts Lorin Castiglione and Ryan Doyle as they break down the biggest stories of the week, including Mexico landing certification to export its wild-caught shrimp into the United States; a court-ordered injunction that will keep a lobster fishing area open in Maine for the time being; an update on Japan's surimi production, imports and consumer spending and the latest on the high-profile Jones Act pollock case...

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