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May 17 - These Are The Top 10 Seafood Items Consumed In The U.S. For 2020


May 4 - Bering Select’s Alaskan Cod Live Oil Lands Certification From Responsible Fisheries Management Group


May 4 - Norwegian Salmon Prices Up in April Behind Increased Demand, Less Access to Volume


May 2 - Russia Considering Taking Measures for Prevention of Fish and Seafood Shortage in Domestic Market


Apr 27 - Iconic Northern Cod’s ‘Fishery Improvement Project’ Continues


Apr 13 - Russian Fish Processors Call on State to Limit Fish Exports From Russia


Apr 6 - Agreement on TAC for 3Ps Cod Fishery Reached Between Canada and France


Apr 6 - U.S. Becomes Largest Growth Market for Norwegian Seafood Through Q1


Mar 28 - Asian Seafood Markets Get Into Trouble During the Russia-Ukraine War


Mar 25 - Russian Seafood Import Ban Deadline Pushed From March 25 to June 23, 2022


Mar 21 - ANALYSIS: Sanctions and Tariffs Shift Focus to Icelandic Cod


Mar 15 - Purecod Receives Permit For Closed-Pen Farming in Norway


Mar 3 - Royal Greenland Announces They Will Temporarily Stop Trading With Russia


Mar 3 - Strong Month for Norwegian Seafood Exports Overshadowed by Russia-Ukraine War


Mar 3 - Alaskan Leader Seafoods Bringing 6 New Products to SENA, Including Symphony of Seafood Winners


Mar 2 - A Look at the Most Popular Seafood During Lent


Mar 2 - Russian Fishing Industry Hoping for Best Despite Tough Economic Environment and Western Sanctions


Mar 2 - Icewater Seafoods Cancels Imports of Russian Cod in Support of Ukraine


Feb 24 - Wendy’s Bringing Back Crispy Panko Fish Sandwich for 2022 Lenten Season


Feb 8 - 2022 Marks Best Start Ever for Norwegian Seafood Export Value


Jan 25 - Norcod Lands Delivery Contract with Spain Supermarket Chain, Increases 2025 Harvest Forecast


Jan 21 - Department of Commerce Determines Several Alaska Salmon, Crab and Cod Fisheries are Disasters


Dec 23 - This Week in Retail: Seafood Features Are Ablaze Amid the Holidays


Dec 20 - Russian Fishermen May Face Serious Problems During Catch in Foreign Territorial Waters


Dec 20 - The Winding Glass: 2021 Was Fantastic Year for Seafood as Disruption Played to Our Strengths


Dec 15 - China Adjusting Import, Export Tariffs For Seafood Items Ahead of Beijing Winter Olympics


Nov 30 - Russia’s Norebo Group Expands Domestic Presence


Nov 29 - Beijing Strengthens Seafood Market Supervision


Nov 18 - EDITORIAL: It is Time to Recognize and Celebrate Responsible Federal Fisheries Management


Sep 17 - Iceland Seafood International to Enter Spain Retail Market Through Latest Acquisition


Sep 9 - Faroese Cod, Haddock Fisheries Net MSC Certification


Aug 17 - MSC Confirms Certification Status for Offshore, Inshore Norwegian Cod


Aug 5 - Cod Farmer Statt Torsk Unveils New Production Site


Aug 5 - Norway Seafood Import Value Jumps 21% in July 2021; Continues to Rise Above 2020 Totals


Jul 23 - Norwegian Cod Farmer Loses 24% of Facility's Fish in Mortality Event


Jul 9 - JAPAN: May Seafood Imports, Exports Up In Value, Down In Volume


Jul 7 - Norway Hits Historic Half-Year Mark for Seafood Exports


Jul 6 - Alaska Fishing Updates for July 2021


Jun 30 - MSC: Norway’s Inshore North East Arctic Cod Loses MSC Certification


Jun 2 - Japan to Become One of Most Important Sale Markets for Russian Fishermen in Years to Come


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These Are The Top 10 Seafood Items Consumed In The U.S. For 2020

Seafood consumption figures are in for 2020, revealing how the pandemic helped - and hurt - the industry.

When the coronavirus began spreading in the U.S. in early 2020, the government took extreme lockdown measures, shutting down all non-essential businesses. While restaurants were allowed to remain open, their dining rooms were closed. This was a major blow to the seafood industry, where fish and shellfish thrived at dine-in. However, retail seafood purchases did increase with many people using the lockdown to learn how to...

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Bering Select’s Alaskan Cod Live Oil Lands Certification From Responsible Fisheries Management Group

Bering Select, a manufacturer of wild-caught Alaskan cod and salmon-derived omega-3 ingredients, has attained Alaskan Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) certification for its Alaskan Cod Liver Oil, the company announced on May 3.

Alaska FRM is benchmarked by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative and aligned with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, the most comprehensive set of international standards and best practices for wild fisheries, per Bering Select...

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Russia Considering Taking Measures for Prevention of Fish and Seafood Shortage in Domestic Market

Russia is considering taking measures for the prevention of fish and seafood shortages in the domestic market, which could be the result of unprecedented sanctions, imposed on the country.

According to recent statements of Alexey Buglak, head of the Russian Pollock Association, which were made in an interview with the local RBC business paper, the deliveries of certain fish and seafood species to the domestic market, such as shrimp, Atlantic herring and mackerel can be partially replaced by domestic products, as Russian fishermen produce them...

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Russian Fish Processors Call on State to Limit Fish Exports From Russia  

Leading Russian fish processors have called on the national government to limit exports of fish due to a possible shortage of raw materials for their needs.   

The initiators of the idea expect that this will allow them to reserve at least 2.9 million tons for the domestic market, which will prevent a sharp rise in prices and will allow them to stay afloat amid the current conditions.  

Alexander Panin, chairman of the Russian Fish Union, a public association which unites...

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U.S. Becomes Largest Growth Market for Norwegian Seafood Through Q1

A look at seafood exports from Norway through the first quarter of 2022 saw the U.S. become the largest growth market for seafood products from the country, according to the Norwegian Seafood Council.

During Q1 seafood exports to the U.S. jumped by NOK 785 million (US$90 million) to a total of NOK 2.6 billion with France and China following behind them. The U.S. accounted for 38% of direct exports in the quarter.

The Council noted that a slow start to the Pacific cod season in Alaska...

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Russian Seafood Import Ban Deadline Pushed From March 25 to June 23, 2022

Friday was supposed to be the last day for Russian seafood imports to enter the U.S. However, those who ordered product ahead of Biden’s Executive Order on March 11 and have yet to receive it can breathe a sigh of relief. The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued an update on Thursday, revealing that the import ban deadline has been delayed until June 23, 2022. But, of course, there is a catch

OFAC released the following update...

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Purecod Receives Permit For Closed-Pen Farming in Norway

Purecod AS, which is owned by Blue Future AS, has been granted the world’s first closed-pen cod farming permit. The company announced last week that the County Municipality of Møre and Romsdal granted them a production permit to farm Atlantic cod in closed pens with a maximum standing biomass allowance of 3,120 tons in Røneset, in Storfjorden.

“This is an important milestone for Purecod, and we believe it is also a game changer for the industry,” said Purecod CEO Mikael Rønes. “Cod farming is now at a crucial moment...

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Strong Month for Norwegian Seafood Exports Overshadowed by Russia-Ukraine War

Although the Norwegian Seafood Council announced a record month for seafood export value in February 2022, the impressive totals were overshadowed by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, according to CEO Renate Larsen.

“This is the highest value of Norwegian seafood exports ever registered in February. However, the war in Ukraine overshadows this. The dramatic situation affects us first and foremost strongly on the human level, but also affects the flow of seafood,” said CEO Renate Larsen of the Norwegian Seafood Council.

During February, Norway exported seafood worth...

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A Look at the Most Popular Seafood During Lent

Tis the season for seafood! Today is Ash Wednesday, which is also the first day of Lent. Those that observe Lent refrain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and every Friday leading up to Easter, which this year falls on April 17. As a result, seafood sales tend to tick up.

Easter fell early last year, which according to IRI Worldwide resulted in an increase in fresh seafood sales in March.  Fresh seafood reached $548 million, a 13.3% dollar sales increase and 6.6% volume sales increase from March 2020...

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Icewater Seafoods Cancels Imports of Russian Cod in Support of Ukraine

Icewater Seafoods has become the first company to publicly cancel imports of Russian seafood. President and CEO Alberto Wareham released a statement on Tuesday denouncing Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

“Like others around the world, we are following the invasion of Ukraine with deep concern and sadness,” said Wareham. “We are simultaneously heartbroken for Ukrainians and inspired by their courage. We are committed to doing our part to offer them unwavering support.”

The Newfoundland, Canada, based company typically imports frozen-at-sea cod from...

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2022 Marks Best Start Ever for Norwegian Seafood Export Value

Norwegian Seafood Council CEO Renate Larsen said January 2022 marked the highest export value for the month of January in history. Norway exported a total of NOK 10.3 billion (US$1.2 billion), a 26% increase from January 2021.

"January this year gave the highest export value ever, and thus the strong trend continues from 2021. Despite challenges with the corona pandemic, prices for many of our products increased. It was also a January record in both value and volume for salmon,” Larsen said...

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Department of Commerce Determines Several Alaska Salmon, Crab and Cod Fisheries are Disasters

Tanner crab, Pacific cod and multiple salmon fisheries are certified disasters, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo said today her determination was made at the request of the governor of Alaska. The disasters occurred from 2018 to 2021.

“Helping communities to bounce back from the impacts of fishery disasters is essential, and we are working to ensure there is relief coming for impacted Alaskans,” Raimondo said in a press release...

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Russian Fishermen May Face Serious Problems During Catch in Foreign Territorial Waters

Russian fishermen may lose a significant amount of fish caught in foreign territorial waters under international agreements, as well as in areas of joint fishing due to existing legal gaps in the Customs Code of the countries of the Eurasian Economic Space.  

The problems may arise due to the amendments to the EAEU Customs Code prepared by the Russian Ministry of Economy in regard with the recognition as a Russian product of fish caught in the exclusive economic zone of Russia and the open ocean...

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China Adjusting Import, Export Tariffs For Seafood Items Ahead of Beijing Winter Olympics

China’s Ministry of Finance revealed this week that beginning January 1, 2022 they will be adjusting import and export tariffs of certain commodities. 

The Office of the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council said that the temporary adjustment of import tariffs is to “meet the needs of the people for a better life, conform to the consumption upgrade trend, and create a strong atmosphere for the Beijing Winter Olympics.” 

The Beijing Winter Olympics are set to begin on February 4 and run through February 20...

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Beijing Strengthens Seafood Market Supervision

In mid-November, market supervision officials of Beijing Dongcheng District inspected local markets, according to BJNews.com. During the inspection, they found a lack of traceability codes among five kinds of seafood, which are imported basa, cod, salmon, white and red shrimps. So, the bureau decided to further strengthen supervision of these seafood items through both online and offline channels.

It is said that the officials have searched such seafood on virtual takeout platforms, located relevant physical booths and cold stores, and then examined them on the spot. After the operation...

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Iceland Seafood International to Enter Spain Retail Market Through Latest Acquisition

Iceland Seafood International (ISI) has announced it has finalized an agreement with the Mestanza family to acquire an 85% stake in the company Ahumados Dominguez in Spain.

Ahumados Dominguez producers smoked salmon and according to Iceland Seafood it has a strong brand and consumer recognition in the retail sector of the region.

The company will continue to be led by Managing Director Pedro Mestanza. Mestanza will hold a 15% minority stake and has an option to buy additional 5% stake form ISI within the next five years...

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Norwegian Salmon Prices Up in April Behind Increased Demand, Less Access to Volume

The price of Norwegian seafood exports was up in April 2022 as the Norwegian Seafood Council cited rising global food prices, lower supply of popular species and the continued reopening of foodservice markets.

During April, the country exported NOK 11.3 billion ($1.2 billion) in April, a 33% jump compared to April of last year.

“Higher prices for our key species such as salmon, cod, trout and haddock are the biggest contributors to value growth this month,” said Børge Grønbech, Acting CEO of the Norwegian Seafood Council...

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Iconic Northern Cod’s ‘Fishery Improvement Project’ Continues

Stakeholders met in Barcelona yesterday to discuss the ongoing Northern Cod ‘Fishery Improvement Project’ (FIP).

Stakeholders include Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), Marks & Spencer and Youngs Seafoods from the United Kingdom, Sysco France, High Liner Foods from Canada/United States, and producer organizations in Canada, including Ocean Choice International, Icewater Seafoods, the Association of Seafood Producers, and the Atlantic Groundfish Council.  Participants also included representatives from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Marine Stewardship Council.

A central feature of the Northern Cod...

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Agreement on TAC for 3Ps Cod Fishery Reached Between Canada and France

Canada and France have reached an agreement regarding 3Ps for the 2022-2023 fishing season.

According to Joyce Murray, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, fishermen in Newfoundland and Labrador will be happy to learn that both countries intend to roll over the current total allowable catch (TAC) of 1,346 tonnes.

“I know how important cod is to fishers who depend on it, and all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians,” said Murray. “It is encouraging to see the stock showing signs of modest growth...

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Asian Seafood Markets Get Into Trouble During the Russia-Ukraine War

The war between Russia and Ukraine has exerted great influence on different sectors of the global market. One victim is seafood industries worldwide. Russia has spent great efforts in seafood promotion within recent years, and it has been rising to prominence. Its seafood export has raised by 33.7% to US$7 billion in 2021 from that of 2020, according to Russian Federal Agency for Fishery. But now everything has been disrupted.

With war sanctions, seafood trade between Russia and some previous main importers has been halted...

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ANALYSIS: Sanctions and Tariffs Shift Focus to Icelandic Cod

The announcement from President Biden banning imports of seafood from Russia during the Lenten season, historically a period of the highest demand for seafood within the U.S., has resulted in mounting uncertainty, new obstacles to circumvent, and a shift in demand within the cod markets.

Pricing on single frozen cod from Iceland began demanding premiums at the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, only to be fueled once the executive order was announced on March 11, 2022. Previously ordered product will have...

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Royal Greenland Announces They Will Temporarily Stop Trading With Russia

Another seafood company is taking a stand against Russia. On Tuesday SeafoodNews reported that Icewater Seafoods had canceled their imports of Russian cod in support of Ukraine. Now, Royal Greenland CEO Mikael Thinghuus has announced that the company, which is the world’s largest supplier of coldwater shrimp and Greenland halibut, will temporarily stop trading with Russia.

Thinghuus told Undercurrent that the decision to cease trading with Russia stems from the government of Greenland.

“The decision will obviously impact both Royal Greenland and our close Russian joint venture partner since 2010...

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Alaskan Leader Seafoods Bringing 6 New Products to SENA, Including Symphony of Seafood Winners

Seafood Expo North America is less than two weeks away and Alaskan Leader Seafoods is excited to show off their new lineup of products. 

Alaskan Leader Seafoods is fresh off their win in the 2022 Alaska Symphony of Seafood. The company took home first place in three categories – the Seattle People’s Choice and Juneau’s People’s Choice for their Wild Caught Alaska Black Cod in Japanese Miso Marinade and Bristol Bay Choice for their Wild Caught Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon...

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Russian Fishing Industry Hoping for Best Despite Tough Economic Environment and Western Sanctions

The Russian fishing industry is hoping for the best despite a tough economic environment in Russia and strict Western sanctions against the country.

Most producers and analysts believe domestic fishermen will be able to completely meet domestic needs in fish and fish products even in case of complete suspension of imports to the country.

At present the capacity of the Russian fish market is estimated at 1 million tonnes, most of which is met by domestic products.

So far, many leading Russian fish producers and...

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Wendy’s Bringing Back Crispy Panko Fish Sandwich for 2022 Lenten Season

The Crispy Panko Fish Sandwich is making its return to Wendy’s. The fast food chain confirmed to SeafoodNews that the limited time menu offering will be available across the U.S. beginning Monday, February 28 – just in time for the Lenten season to begin!

The Crispy Panko Fish Sandwich from Wendy’s features a wild-caught Alaskan pollock fillet, which is fried in a crunchy panko breading and topped with a slice of cheese, creamy dill tartar sauce, lettuce, and dill pickles. The sandwich was first introduced last year...

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Norcod Lands Delivery Contract with Spain Supermarket Chain, Increases 2025 Harvest Forecast

Norwegian cod farming company Norcod has entered into a delivery contract with a major Spanish supermarket chain, delivering 850 MT with a fixed gross price of NOK 60 per kg delivered in Spain.

The company’s agreement coincides with the continued harvesting of its first batch of cod in April 2022 and the company believes it will reach its target volume of 5,000 MT.

"This is an exceptional agreement, confirming our strategy to enter into fixed price contracts, and even more so in that it will occur...

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This Week in Retail: Seafood Features Are Ablaze Amid the Holidays

With Christmas at our doorstep, some households are stocking up on last-minute gifts, along with food for those hosting holiday meals.

Just ahead of the holiday, seafood climbed to the top spot among protein ads this week with 29.5 percent. Beef comes in second with 25.9 percent of total protein ad volume, followed by pork with 21.6 percent. Chicken makes up 4.7 percent, compared to 5.7 percent the previous week. Turkey features increased to 16.8 percent, up from 12.2 percent last week...

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The Winding Glass:  2021 Was Fantastic Year for Seafood as Disruption Played to Our Strengths

This is the first part of a two-part end of year review. Today we will focus on the fantastic year most in the Seafood industry have had, despite the turmoil and disruption of the pandemic. 

The second part will look at how the factors that helped us in 2021 may play out in 2022 and what we think may be different.

First, some numbers. When I went to analyze what happened with the U.S. seafood supply in 2021, I was blown away by our success...

 

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Russia’s Norebo Group Expands Domestic Presence  

Norebo Group, one of Russia’s largest fish producers, owned by Vitaly Orlov, has expanded its business by the acquisition of Murmansk enterprises of its local rival FEST Group of Companies, the company which owns quotas for the catch of about 80,000 tons of fish per year.

Financial and other details of the deal were not disclosed.  

FEST enterprises will continue to be managed in Murmansk, where Norebo’s headquarters is also located. The companies will function as a separate unit.

According to data of the...

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EDITORIAL: It is Time to Recognize and Celebrate Responsible Federal Fisheries Management

Last month, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council recommended the establishment of a new Limited Access Privilege Program (LAPP), or a Catch Share plan, for the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands Pacific Cod trawl catcher vessel fishery. It is time to celebrate responsible federal fisheries management and the public process that resulted in final action on a muchimproved management system for the BSAI trawl catcher vessel cod fishery. The vessel owner members of Midwater Trawlers Cooperative (MTC) and United Catcher Boats (UCB) applauds the Council for their leadership and...

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