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Nov 12 - Maine: New Protections for Herring but Lobster Bait Crunch Imminent


Nov 9 - October 2018 Tuna, Mahi Refusals Up YTD; Shrimp Refusals Drop Slightly


Nov 9 - VIDEO: Mexico Shrimp Production; Alaska Fishermen Sentenced; NZ Mussels Imports Fall and More


Nov 6 - Massachusetts Environmental Police Arrest Repeat Offender of Illegal Landing of Undersized Lobsters


Nov 5 - LISTEN: October Seafood Market Highlights and September Imports


Oct 31 - Low Boston Lobster Supply to China Keeps Prices High; Tariffs Not Having Much Impact


Oct 17 - California Spiny Lobster Fishery Closed in State Waters Around Anacapa Island Due to Domoic Acid


Oct 15 - Imported Seafood Lures More Chinese Foodies, According to JD Report


Oct 10 - Latest Lobster Numbers Show Continued Surge in Exports to Canada


Oct 1 - October is National Seafood Month


Sep 28 - Canada Increases Cargo flights to China to Ensure Lobster Supplies for Festivals


Sep 26 - King Crab Prices Dive in China on Good Supply from Russia


Sep 25 - Senate Recognizes September 25th as National Lobster Day for 4th Straight Year


Sep 25 - National Lobster Day? Free Lobster and Langostino Pizza at Red Lobster? What a Combination!


Sep 25 - Boston Lobster Price Increases Dramatically in Beijing; Some Importers Switch to European Lobsters


Sep 19 - Premium Brands Holdings Completes Acquisition of Maine-Based Ready Seafood Co.


Sep 17 - MLMC Brings New Shell Lobster to Chicago


Sep 17 - SeafoodNews Podcast: J50; Lobster Prices; Chinese Red Swimming Crab Meat Market Update and More


Sep 17 - Chinese Importers Bank on Upcoming Festivals to Boost Lobster Prices


Sep 13 - Massive Canadian Buying of Lobster Keeping Prices Steady in Maine, Despite Loss of China Market


Sep 6 - Part Owner of Saco-Based Lobster Wholesaler Accused of Embezzlement


Sep 5 - Lobster Import Volume Higher While Shrimp Imports Lower in July


Sep 4 - Maine-Based Ready Seafood Acquired By Premium Brands Holdings Corporation


Aug 30 - The Lobster Co., in Arundel Maine, Lays Off 25% of its Workers Due to China Tariffs


Aug 27 - Chinese Importers Stop U.S. Lobster Purchasing, Resulting in a Boon for Canada


Aug 23 - Due to Market Shortage, Boston Lobster Prices Have Increased in China


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Maine: New Protections for Herring but Lobster Bait Crunch Imminent

Fishing managers are considering extending new protections to Atlantic herring, but catch quotas for the important bait fish are still likely to plummet before the end of the year, which is bad news for the American lobster industry.

Herring is the most important bait source for the lobster fishery, which is one of the most lucrative marine industries in New England. A recent scientific assessment of the herring population says the fish's population has fallen in the past five years ...

 

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October 2018 Tuna, Mahi Refusals Up YTD; Shrimp Refusals Drop Slightly

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - November 9, 2018

Total refusals of shipments increased 52.4% from October 2017 to October 2018. Year-to-date there are 96 line item refusals compared to 63 at the same time last year.  

Tuna had the biggest YTD increase in October, with 197 line item refusals compared to 125 in October 2017. That’s a 57.6% increase. Mahi Mahi refusals also increased, with 160 line item refusals in October 2018 compared to 121 a year ago.

Unclassified fish, tilapia, lobster, snapper and shrimp are all down YTD ...

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Massachusetts Environmental Police Arrest Repeat Offender of Illegal Landing of Undersized Lobsters

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - November 6, 2018

On Friday Massachusetts Environmental Police arrested Gloucester fisherman James Santapaola Jr. for illegally landing undersized lobsters. According to officers who were conducting an investigation into illegal lobster fishing in state and federal waters, Santapaola’s 600-lb lobster catch included “dozens of undersized, oversized and illegally mutilated lobsters.” Specifically, officers found 28 undersized, 3 oversized and 16 illegally v-notched lobsters.

This is not Santapaola’s first arrest for landing illegal lobsters. According to the Gloucester Daily Times the Gloucester fisherman committed a  ...

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Low Boston Lobster Supply to China Keeps Prices High; Tariffs Not Having Much Impact

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FishFirst] translated by Amy Zhong - October 31, 2018

Boston lobsters bigger than 2 jin each (1 jin=0.5 kg) are priced at more than 160 yuan/jin ($22.96/jin USD) in Guangzhou now, while those about 1.4 jin to 2 jin are at about 145 yuan/jin ($20.81/jin USD) in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. China has been facing a shortage of large Boston lobsters since National Day.

Some fishermen in Maine have chosen to deliver lobsters to Canada ...

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Imported Seafood Lures More Chinese Foodies, According to JD Report

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [WCHB.cjn] translated by Amy Zhong - October 15, 2018

On Oct. 8, JD has released its consumption report for this National Day. As statistics show, the giant’s online sales value has risen nearly 40 percent during this seven-day holiday compared with that of last year. Meanwhile, the sales of Norwegian cod and French blue lobsters have more than doubled at its physical supermarkets, 7FRESH, compared with the previous week.

The home-delivery sector of JD has seen an increase of 44 percent in its online sales of ...

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October is National Seafood Month

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - October 1, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Is your town celebrating seafood month?

October is National Seafood Month – a distinction proclaimed by Congress more than a quarter century ago to recognize one of our nation’s oldest industries.

Government figures show that nationwide, the seafood industry contributes $60 billion to the U.S. economy each year. 

Pacific salmon, sea scallops, shrimp and lobster contributed the most to total revenue. For poundage, Alaska pollock, menhaden and Pacific salmon accounted for more than half of ...

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King Crab Prices Dive in China on Good Supply from Russia

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FishFirst] translated by Amy Zhong - September 26, 2018

Live king crabs are sold at only 100 yuan/jin (1 jin=0.5 kg; $29.13/kg or $13.21/lb. USD) in Beijing based on data from Sept. 17. But their price and those of other live seafood products are estimated to further rise in South China under the influence of the recent typhoon and festivals. Seafood markets closed temporarily in Guangzhou and Shenzhen during the typhoon.

Guangzhou’s Huangsha market has even been flooded ...

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National Lobster Day? Free Lobster and Langostino Pizza at Red Lobster? What a Combination!

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 25, 2018

This is the fourth year celebrating National Lobster Day -- and what better way to celebrate than at a restaurant featuring seafood, specifically lobster?

According to NationalDayCalendar.com, "In 2014, Senators Angus King and Susan Collins of Maine drafted a joint resolution designating September 25 as National Lobster Day. Recognizing the men and women in an industry with a long and rich heritage, the proclamation celebrates the lobster from sea to table."

Red Lobster is carrying on that tradition by officially ...

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Premium Brands Holdings Completes Acquisition of Maine-Based Ready Seafood Co.

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 19, 2018

Premium Brands Holdings Corporation confirmed on Wednesday that they have successfully completed the acquisition of Ready Seafood Co.

“We are very excited about this transaction,” Premium Brands President and CEO George Paleologou said in a press release. “Not only does it add another talented management team to our business but it also provides our Seafood Group with a solid platform to support its organic growth and business acquisition initiatives in the U.S.

The company announced the acquisition plans ...

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SeafoodNews Podcast: J50; Lobster Prices; Chinese Red Swimming Crab Meat Market Update and More

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 17, 2018

This week on the SeafoodNews Podcast hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione discuss J50, the ailing 3-year-old killer whale from the J-pod. Plus, learn more about lobster prices, find out the latest on the Chinese red swimming crab meat market and much more.

This week’s episode is brought to you by Urner Barry’s Seafood Import Workshop, taking place in Boston on Thursday, October 18. The Seafood import workshop is a unique opportunity for businesses to ...

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Massive Canadian Buying of Lobster Keeping Prices Steady in Maine, Despite Loss of China Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton – September 13, 2018

When the China lobster tariffs of 25% went into effect on July 6th, many feared an immediate reaction in Maine leading to lower prices.  That has not happened.

During the January to July period, Maine shipped 3 million lbs of live lobster to China in 2016, 5.6 million in 2017, and nearly 12 million in 2018.  To have such growth suddenly halt is like an airplane aborting a take off ...

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Lobster Import Volume Higher While Shrimp Imports Lower in July

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] Analysis by Jim Kenny - September 5, 2018

July import numbers were released on Wednesday, and according to the data, the month saw the volume of lobster products imported into the U.S. increase 3.5 percent compared to July 2017. However, the same can’t be said for shrimp.  

Imports of all lobster products in July totaled 10.38 million pounds, a 3.6 percent increase year-to-date. Market Reporter Jim Kenny reports that imports of lobster products from Canada increased 4.5 percent in July; and that imports of cold-water lobster tails are ...

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The Lobster Co., in Arundel Maine, Lays Off 25% of its Workers Due to China Tariffs

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton – August 30, 2018

Stephanie Nadeau, President of the Lobster Company, said she had to lay off 25% of her workers after orders from China stopped in July, due to tariffs on American Lobsters.

The Company has a location in Canada as well, and can still ship live lobster from its Canadian location in Southwest Nova Scotia.

She told Portland’s WGME TV that "It's really kind of hard to wrap your head around, because it ...

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Due to Market Shortage, Boston Lobster Prices Have Increased in China

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FishFirst] translated by Amy Zhong - August 23, 2018

Boston lobsters were priced at 98 yuan/jin (1 jin=0.5 kg; $14.25/jin USD) in Shanghai last week, while they were sold at about 90 yuan ($13.08 USD) to 94 yuan ($13.67 USD) per jin in Beijing and Guangzhou. Their prices have risen by about 10 percent compared with before. Furthermore, there is shortage of small Boston lobsters in Shanghai, while the inventory is also limited in Beijing and ...

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VIDEO: Mexico Shrimp Production; Alaska Fishermen Sentenced; NZ Mussels Imports Fall and More

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - November 9, 2018

Watch the latest Seafood News Weekly Recap with hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione. This week we talk about Mexico shrimp production; the sentencing of two Alaska fishermen; New Zealand Mussel imports; and live lobster exports.

This video is sponsored by Urner Barry’s Reporter, the quarterly newsmagazine for the food industry professional packed with the latest industry headlines, analysis and trending articles. Contact advertise@urnerbarry.com to be a featured sponsor in the spring edition of the Reporter ...

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LISTEN: October Seafood Market Highlights and September Imports 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - November 5, 2018

This week on the SeafoodNews Podcast, co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione take a look at six seafood markets that trended higher in October - contrary to seasonal pattern. Plus, listen for an update on September 2018 lobster and shrimp imports.

This week’s episode is brought to you by Urner Barry’s Reporter, the quarterly newsmagazine for the food industry professional packed with the latest industry headlines, analysis and trending articles. Contact advertise@urnerbarry.com to be a featured sponsor in the spring edition of the Reporter ...

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California Spiny Lobster Fishery Closed in State Waters Around Anacapa Island Due to Domoic Acid

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Susan Chambers - October 17, 2018

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Wednesday a commercial spiny lobster fishery closure around Anacapa Island, effective immediately.

State health agencies determined that spiny lobster near Anacapa Island in Ventura County had unhealthy levels of domoic acid and recommended closure of the commercial fishery in the area. The recreational fishery for spiny lobster remains open statewide with a warning from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to sport fishermen to avoid ...

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Latest Lobster Numbers Show Continued Surge in Exports to Canada

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton and Liz Cuozzo - October 10, 2018

American lobster, the East Coast’s most valuable seafood export, continued to reflect the turmoil of the China tariff war in the latest import and export statistics for August.

On the export side, exports to China for the month of August were down 50.4% compared to the same time last year. The US exported 861,910 pounds this August versus 1,736,336 pounds in...

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Canada Increases Cargo flights to China to Ensure Lobster Supplies for Festivals

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fashion.ifeng] translated by Amy Zhong - September 28, 2018

Due to the Mid-Autumn Festival and the coming National Day, the prices of large Boston lobsters have risen dramatically in North China where the demand has also increased. The market prospect is also optimistic of these lobsters in China, though the absence of Boston lobsters from America led to a temporary shortage. Thus, Canada has taken timely action and provided China with more lobsters to fill in the gap.

America’s new tariff rates are ...

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Senate Recognizes September 25th as National Lobster Day for 4th Straight Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 25, 2018

National Lobster Day is here – again!

Although some celebrate on June 15, the U.S. Senate has recognized September 25 as the official National Lobster Day for the fourth year in a row.

Maine Senators Susan Collins and Angus King introduced a resolution to designate September 25, 2018 as National Lobster Day back in July. The resolution, which aimed to recognize the “historic and economic importance of lobster in the United States,” was sponsored by ...

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Boston Lobster Price Increases Dramatically in Beijing; Some Importers Switch to European Lobsters

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FishFirst] translated by Amy Zhong - September 25, 2018

The price of large Boston lobsters over 2 jin each (1 jin=0.5 kg) exceeds 135 yuan/jin ($39.28/kg USD) in Beijing and importers are not willing to offer any discount, according to data collected on Sept. 14. These lobsters are sold at 135 yuan/jin ($39.28/kg USD), 138 yuan/jin ($40.15/kg USD) or even as high as 140 yuan/jin ($40.73/kg USD), depending on their qualities ...

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MLMC Brings New Shell Lobster to Chicago

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 17, 2018

Chicago got a bite of Maine last week with the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative’s (MLMC) “Trap to Table” event.

The MLMC’s “Trap to Table” event is currently circulating around new shell season, which starts in mid-summer and runs through the fall and into early November. New shell, which has a sweeter meat, occurs when lobsters shed their old shells and grow new ones.

“Lobster is so often associated with summer, but there are many ways to purchase and use Maine lobster ...

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Chinese Importers Bank on Upcoming Festivals to Boost Lobster Prices

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FishFirst] translated by Amy Zhong - September 17, 2018

Recently the Boston lobster market in China has been damaged with excessive supply when the demand fails to catch up, said one Boston lobster importer in Shanghai. Boston lobster prices are in decline, especially the small ones. Though the demand is greater for the large ones, it is difficult to source any, importers say. The price contraction of live seafood such as Boston lobsters and box crab has begun after the Qixi Festival (Chinese Valentine's Day) on August 17 ...

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Part Owner of Saco-Based Lobster Wholesaler Accused of Embezzlement 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 6, 2018

Matthew Bellerose, a part-owner of Saco, Maine-based lobster wholesaler Sea Salt, is being accused of embezzling nearly $1.5 billion from the business.

Bellerose and another individual reportedly set up a scheme that involved sending thousands of dollars worth of lobsters to a fake customer. The fake customer was never charged for the lobsters, and the crustaceans were later resold with Bellerose and the other individual profiting from it.

According to the Press Herald, a lawsuit was filed in ...

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Maine-Based Ready Seafood Acquired By Premium Brands Holdings Corporation

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 4, 2018

Premium Brands Holdings Corporation, a leading producer, marketer and distributor of branded specialty food products, has signed an agreement to purchase Portland, Maine-based Ready Seafood Co.

Ready Seafood is a leading processor, distributor, and marketer of lobsters in the U.S. The company, which was founded in 2004 by brothers John and Brendan Ready, currently has three production facilities in Maine.

“We are very pleased to be partnering with John, Brendan and their talented management team ...

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Chinese Importers Stop U.S. Lobster Purchasing, Resulting in a Boon for Canada

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [finance.ifeng] translated by Amy Zhong - August 27, 2018

America’s lobster industry is under great pressure now due to its trade war with China, the country’s limitations on seasonal workers and the E.U.’s plan of signing new free trade agreements with Canada. In July, after the U.S. levied tariffs of billions of dollars on Chinese commodities, Beijing has come back with a 25 percent tariff rate on lobsters from America, among other seafood products.

It is hardly possible for China to buy any lobster from ...

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