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Nov 12 - Seven Projects in Magdalen Islands to Receive Close to $2 Million Through Quebec Fisheries Fund


Nov 12 - The Winding Glass: Don't Fear Expansion of Native Seafood Rights


Nov 12 - Maine Lobstermen Awarded More Than $36 Million Through USDA's Seafood Trade Relief Program


Nov 12 - E-commerce Companies in China See Greater Seafood Sales With Prolonged Double 11


Nov 12 - EU Continues Support of U.S. Lobster Trade Deal After Biden Victory


Nov 10 - LISTEN: September Shrimp and Lobster Imports; Snow Crab Update and More


Nov 5 - ANALYSIS: Lobster Imports Sharply Lower in Sept.; Dragged Down by Decline in Shipments from Canada


Nov 4 - The Winding Glass: How Last Night’s Muddled Election May Impact our Industry


Oct 20 - Newly Released Documents Reveal Proposed Federal North Atlantic Right Whale Protections for Maine


Oct 20 - LISTEN: Qingdao Coronavirus Update; CBP's Determination on Minh Phu; Seafood Analysis and More


Oct 15 - Boston Lobsters a Hit at Restaurants and Recent Festivals in China


Oct 15 - NOAA Provides Funding to Lobster, Jonah Crab Research Fleet as Fishery Undergoes Landings Jump


Oct 14 - University of Maine Lobster Institute Hosting Series of Webinars


Oct 13 - China’s Domestic Seafood Sales Rebound, Though the Country Still Faces Challenges in Seafood Trade


Oct 7 - The lobster Catch in St. Marys Bay is Down, But There's Little Consensus on Why


Oct 7 - ANALYSIS: Brazil Lobster Tail Market Reset


Oct 1 - NFI’s Robert DeHaan Talks Trade Deal Impacts on Lobster Industry During USITC Testimony


Sep 29 - Red Lobster Introduces New Daily Deals to Lure Dine-In Customers


Sep 28 - As Climate Change Threatens Maine Fisheries, It’s Not All Bad News for Oysters


Sep 25 - ANALYSIS: Hard Shell Lobster Inventory Low Throughout Industry


Sep 22 - Red Lobster Offering Discount to Celebrate National Lobster Day


Sep 22 - Everything You Need to Know About the FDA's FSMA Food Traceability Proposed Rule


Sep 18 - Carnival Cruise Lines the Latest to Cancel Voyages in 2021


Sep 15 - Maine Politicians Urge Trump Administration to Extend USDA Federal Aid to Dealers, Processors


Sep 14 - The Winding Glass: Despite Uncertainties, Signs Point to Good Holiday and Lent Season for Seafood


Sep 10 - USDA Providing $530 Million to Support U.S. Commercial Fishermen Impacted by Retaliatory Tariffs


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Seven Projects in Magdalen Islands to Receive Close to $2 Million Through Quebec Fisheries Fund

The Government of Canada and Quebec are providing close to $2million in funding to improve the efficiency, quality and sustainability of Quebec's fish and seafood sector.

"By participating in the Quebec Fisheries Fund, the Government of Canada is committed to stimulating innovation in the fish and seafood sector, while contributing on the one hand, to the creation of good jobs for the middle class and, on the other hand, to the growth of businesses in Quebec communities," said the Honourable Bernadette Jordan...

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The Winding Glass: Don't Fear Expansion of Native Seafood Rights

The Canadian lobster industry is in turmoil over first nation fishing rights.  In 1999 the Canadian supreme court ruled that Mi'qmaq and other First Nations had harvest rights that had to be recognized by the Canadian government.  For decades, this was never implemented.

For that reason, the Sipekne'katik First Nation began a test case, issuing 11 licenses themselves, limited to 50 traps each, and beginning to fish lobster in southwestern Nova Scotia during the closed season.

This led to riots, the burning of lobster pounds, attacks on boats...

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E-commerce Companies in China See Greater Seafood Sales With Prolonged Double 11

China’s e-commerce industry has decided to prolong this year’s Double 11 shopping spree to further fasten market revival. Some industry giants, like JD, have started the online carnival on October 21. And thanks to enthusiastic buyers, they have enjoyed noticeable increase in sales since the starting point.

As statistics show, fresh food sales of JD has jumped by 165% in this late October compared with that of September. And some imported seafood have been among the biggest winners during the event...

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LISTEN: September Shrimp and Lobster Imports; Snow Crab Update and More

Join SeafoodNews Podcast co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they talk about September shrimp and lobster imports. Plus, the latest news on the tilapia and snow crab markets.

This week's episode is brought to you by Urner Barry's COMTELL. Urner Barry continues to build upon the value COMTELL offers customers with new features and improvements consistently being added to the platform. We are excited to announce three new widgets for the COMTELL dashboard, designed to increase efficiency and expand on the amount of information available...

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The Winding Glass: How Last Night’s Muddled Election May Impact our Industry

[The Winding Glass is an opinion and commentary column by John Sackton, Founder of SeafoodNews]

I admit to wearing rose colored glasses. I thought yesterday would lead to a clear Biden win, a reset of our national conversation, and a new commitment to serious fiscal stimulus, aid to states, and governance by science.

This is roughly the type of policy we have seen in countries who have controlled the pandemic, and now have growing economies:  China, S. Korea, Japan, Australia, Taiwan, Vietnam, for example. It is not what we are seeing in Europe or the U.S.

After last night, I no longer think we will see much change...

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LISTEN: Qingdao Coronavirus Update; CBP's Determination on Minh Phu; Seafood Analysis and More

Join SeafoodNews Podcast co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they talk about the CBP's determination that Minh Phu evaded antidumping duty orders on frozen shrimp from India; the recent success of Boston lobsters in China; a new study revealing that shoppers are buying seafood to stay healthy; and the latest detection of coronavirus on packaging of frozen seafood. Plus, listen for a pangasius and king crab analysis from UB market reporters.

This week's episode is brought to you by Urner Barry's COMTELL...

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NOAA Provides Funding to Lobster, Jonah Crab Research Fleet as Fishery Undergoes Landings Jump

Last month, the Northeast Fisheries Science Center provided funding to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to support the Lobster and Jonah Crab Research Fleet, organized by the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation (CFRF). NOAA explained that both the lobster and Jonah crab fisheries need additional research and data.

For lobster, managers have recently noted the need for more data for the most valuable species in the United States. When it comes to Jonah crab on the other hand it was once considered...

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China’s Domestic Seafood Sales Rebound, Though the Country Still Faces Challenges in Seafood Trade

With the ending of fishing off-season, foodies in China seem more eager to buy seafood. And this eagerness will help revive the country’s domestic seafood market, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Though China’s seafood trade is facing a much slower recovery, many domestic ones have seen an increase either in prices or sales due to greater demand.

According to Wang, a fisherman from China’s southern Fujian province, his recent sales of domestic seafood is close to that of last year, however...

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ANALYSIS: Brazil Lobster Tail Market Reset

Seafood is, and always has been, uniquely placed when compared to other protein categories. It’s hugely reliant on the foodservice sector, and in particular, the mid-to-upper scale establishment; so, it came as no surprise that it was the most susceptible to the COVID-19 pandemic of all the main protein categories.

As one can imagine, one of the steepest price actions was observed in the lobster category. For illustrative purposes, let us look at the price action in 8 oz. Brazil origin tails...

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Red Lobster Introduces New Daily Deals to Lure Dine-In Customers

Need a reason to visit Red Lobster every day? The popular seafood chain has just introduced their new daily deals menu. Beginning Monday, Red Lobster diners can take advantage of a different deal on delicious seafood each weekday.

Ultimate Endless Shrimp Monday allows guests to mix and match Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp, Walt's Favorite Shrimp, Garlic Shrimp Scampi and Wood-Grilled Shrimp Skewers for just $17.99.

Bring your date for Two for Tuesday, where diners can enjoy two lobster, shrimp and salmon meals for $49.99....

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ANALYSIS: Hard Shell Lobster Inventory Low Throughout Industry

It is not unusual for hard shell lobster prices to firm moving into the fall months. However, this year, NE hard shell select market prices have increased 50% since early August. By all accounts, stored hard shell inventory throughout the industry is low. Uncertain market conditions related to COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions have compelled market participants to be cautious with their holdings. Typically, strong demand for the Chinese Fall Festival (Oct. 1) fuels buying interest in larger sized selects. Because pounded inventory...

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Everything You Need to Know About the FDA's FSMA Food Traceability Proposed Rule

On Monday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a proposed rule to establish additional traceability recordkeeping requirements for certain foods. So, what exactly does this mean? We're breaking it down….

The proposed rule is actually titled "Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods," and is a key component of the FDA's New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint. If finalized the proposed rule would "standardize the data elements and information firms must establish and maintain, and the information they would need...

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Maine Politicians Urge Trump Administration to Extend USDA Federal Aid to Dealers, Processors

Last Wednesday U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) would be providing approximately $530 million to support the U.S. seafood industry and fishermen who have been impacted by the retaliatory tariffs from foreign governments. While the program was welcomed by fishermen, lobster dealers and processors were some of the folks left out of the equation. Now, Maine senators Susan Collins and Angus King, as well as Representative Chellie Pingree, are calling on the Trump administration to expand the...

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USDA Providing $530 Million to Support U.S. Commercial Fishermen Impacted by Retaliatory Tariffs

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced on Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide approximately $530 million to support the U.S. seafood industry and fishermen who have been impacted by the retaliatory tariffs from foreign governments.

"Many nations have not played by the rules for a long time, and President Trump is the first President to stand up to them and send a clear message that the United States will no longer tolerate unfair trade practices," said Secretary Perdue...

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Maine Lobstermen Awarded More Than $36 Million Through USDA's Seafood Trade Relief Program

Maine lobstermen have received some welcome financial relief. U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced this week that a total of $36,284,110.12 has been awarded by the USDA's Seafood Trade Relief Program to offset the financial harm that the state's lobstermen and women have experienced due to China's retaliatory tariffs.

"Unfair retaliatory tariffs as well as the COVID-19 pandemic that has closed restaurants and reduced exports have placed increasing financial pressure on Maine's hardworking lobstermen and women," said Senator Collins...

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EU Continues Support of U.S. Lobster Trade Deal After Biden Victory

The European Parliament Committee on International Trade voted in support of a trade deal that will remove tariffs on live and frozen U.S. lobsters.

Both the EU and U.S. agreed to eliminate tariffs on lobster in August, via a joint statement from United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and European Union Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan.

The committee pushed the mini-deal through in the wake of the U.S. Presidential election, “as a sign of hope for renewed negotiations between the two parties, despite ongoing disputes...

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ANALYSIS: Lobster Imports Sharply Lower in Sept.; Dragged Down by Decline in Shipments from Canada

Imports of lobster products in the month of September totaled 7.56 million pounds compared to 9.25 in September 2019; this represents an 18.3 percent or 1.69 million-pound decline.

Product from Canada accounted for roughly 70 percent of all lobster entering the country in September. However, in the month, 28 percent less product entered the U.S. from Canada. Individually, shipments of all categories declined...

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Newly Released Documents Reveal Proposed Federal North Atlantic Right Whale Protections for Maine

Maine lobstermen have their livelihoods on the line as they wait to hear back from NOAA regarding the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan.

In April 2019, at the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team (ALWTRT) meeting, Maine's Department of Marine Resources was charged with reducing the risk of North Atlantic right whale entanglement in Maine's portion of Lobster Conservation Management Area (LCMA) 1. The ALWTRT set a target of a 60% risk reduction, however, when the Department of Marine Resources submitted their plan...

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Boston Lobsters a Hit at Restaurants and Recent Festivals in China

Seafood from overseas has suffered in the Chinese market as the country has reported traces of coronavirus on the packaging of products, leading to public concern. As many markets are still waiting to recover from the downturn in demand during the pandemic, New England lobsters are seeing a jump in sales since June, outpacing some other popular species in the country.

According to statistics from the Shanghai Jiangyang market, a main wholesale market of imported seafood in China, daily sales of Boston lobsters...

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University of Maine Lobster Institute Hosting Series of Webinars

Those looking to learn more about what’s going on in the lobster industry will want to check out a series of webinars being hosted by the University of Maine Lobster Institute. 

Last week the Lobster Institute hosted their first online event, titled “Collaborative Chats: Successful Research Partnerships in the Lobster Industry.” The webinar, which was co-hosted by Amalia Harrington from Maine Sea Grant and Jessica Waller from the Maine Department of Marine Resources over Zoom, included an hour-long slideshow presentation followed by a Q&A...

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The lobster Catch in St. Marys Bay is Down, But There's Little Consensus on Why

The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans has released data showing a decrease in the amount of lobster caught between 2016 and 2018 in St. Marys Bay, the body of water at the centre of a disputed Mi'kmaw fishery in southwest Nova Scotia.

Lobster landings in St. Marys Bay were 1,691 metric tonnes in the 2016-2017 season with a record high value of $25 million, according to data released to CBC News by the department.

Two years later, landings were down...

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NFI’s Robert DeHaan Talks Trade Deal Impacts on Lobster Industry During USITC Testimony

As the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) examines the impact the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), Robert DeHaan, the Vice President for Government Affairs for the National Fisheries Institute testified before the Commission, sharing his thoughts on how various trade deals are impacting the American lobster industry.

Last month, the EU and United States agreed to a trade deal involving lobster, which could bring the European market back into the fold for the U.S. lobster industry...

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As Climate Change Threatens Maine Fisheries, It’s Not All Bad News for Oysters

Despite the threat climate change poses to longstanding Maine fisheries such as lobsters and softshell clams, and the harm it already has inflicted on northern shrimp and groundfish, there is one Maine fishery that has seen rapid growth in the past decade and is expected to continue expanding: oysters.

Eastern oysters are native to Maine, and have long been harvested as food along the coast, as evidenced by piles of ancient shell middens found along the banks of the tidal Damariscotta River. The river is where the...

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Red Lobster Offering Discount to Celebrate National Lobster Day

National Lobster Day may not be until Friday, but Red Lobster kicked off their celebrations yesterday. The popular seafood chain revealed that they'll be celebrating National Lobster Day all week long.

From now through September 25, diners who visit the seafood restaurant can get 15% off their Lobster Lover's Dream entrée.

The Lobster Lover's Dream features a succulent roasted rock lobster tail, butter-poached Maine lobster tail; and a lobster-and-shrimp linguini alfredo. And while the entrée normally only makes a guest appearance on the menu...

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Carnival Cruise Lines the Latest to Cancel Voyages in 2021

The cruise line industry is continuing to take a beating from the coronavirus. On Wednesday Carnival Cruise Line announced that they were canceling some of their 2021 voyages. And they are far from the first cruise company to do so.

Cruises took a hit early on in the pandemic when news outlets began to report on passengers getting stranded at sea due to illnesses and restrictions at ports. On March 14 the CDC issued a No Sail Order and Suspension of Further Embarkation for cruise ships operating in U.S. waters...

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The Winding Glass: Despite Uncertainties, Signs Point to Good Holiday and Lent Season for Seafood

[The Winding Glass is an opinion and commentary column from John Sackton, Founder of Seafood News.]

After seven months of struggling to keep businesses going during the pandemic, it seems we are in a bit of a lull.  No end is in sight, but things are not getting dramatically better either.  The bounce back we experienced both in terms of sales demand and restaurant demand in June and July appears to be fading.

In mid-September, we simply face a huge number of uncertainties...

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