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Jan 17 - East Coast Seafood Consolidation of Groton Facility Comes from Years of Planning, Company Says


Jan 14 - China's online seafood giants look more to physcal stores as competition intensifies


Jan 14 - East Coast Closes Garbo Lobster Facility in Connecticut, Possible Consequence of China Tariffs


Jan 9 - Big Impact Likely if Massachusetts Can Vote to Legalize Lobster Processing


Jan 9 - Trade War With China Drove American Lobster to New Lows in 2018


Jan 7 - LISTEN: FDA December 2018 Refusals; New Silver Bay Seafoods CEO; Right Whale Updates and More


Jan 7 - Total FDA Refusals Decrease Over 25% in December 2018


Jan 2 - China Cuts Tariffs on Some Seafood Imported from Countries Other Than the U.S.


Dec 27 - Legal Seafoods, Lobster Gram Named ‘Best of 2018’ By TopConsumerReviews.com


Dec 10 - Total FDA Refusals Decrease Slightly in November 2018


Dec 10 - 'Boston' Lobsters Again Shine in China's Singles Day Sales Last Month


Dec 4 - Royal Greenland / Quin-Sea buys Woodman's Newfoundland Crab Plant to Enter Live Lobster Business


Dec 3 - LISTEN: Center for Bio Diversity Sues Trump Admin, New AquaBounty CEO and More


Nov 29 - PEI Lobster Fishermen to Discuss Rule Limiting Their Hours of Operation Between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m.


Nov 28 - Olive Garden Adds Lobster Shrimp Mac and Cheese to Menu for Limited Time


Nov 21 - Hancock Gourmet’s Lobster Truffle Mac & Cheese Makes Oprah’s Favorite Things List


Nov 19 - LISTEN: Haddock Analysis; Clearwater’s Patent; Long John Silver’s New COO and More


Nov 19 - California Spiny Lobster Closure Lifted in State Waters Around Anacapa Island


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


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East Coast Seafood Consolidation of Groton Facility Comes from Years of Planning, Company Says

East Coast Seafood Group said the move of its live lobster packing operations in Groton Connecticut to Prospect Harbor Maine has long been planned as part of the companies investment strategy.

The Groton plant will close this week.  The company is offering positions at other subsidiary locations where possible, absorbing benefit costs of covered employees for a period of time, offering severance to each employee affected, and providing recommendation letters and other support requested by employees during their transition...

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China's online seafood giants look more to physcal stores as competition intensifies

Fiordland Lobster plans to build an online platform designated specifically for Chinese markets in this new year. It has gotten some knowledge of Chinese buyers by selling live lobsters through Hema, Alibaba’s subsidiary, since 2018. But setting up this online sales channel requires more efforts in learning end consumer demand, said its general manager.

It may not be easy, but it is believed to be rewarding. And there are some successful stories to strengthen this kind of belief and make e-commerce platforms a popular option ...

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Big Impact Likely if Massachusetts Can Vote to Legalize Lobster Processing

taken by john sacktonThe very first bill introduced in the Massachusetts Senate this year would modernize the states lobster processing rules and could result in a big expansion of lobster processing in New Bedford.

The bill, introduced by Gloucester based Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, and co-sponsored by other coastal legislators, would allow for the processing of raw frozen lobster parts in Massachusetts.

Under current law, possession of live, cooked, and canned or packaged lobster is allowed, but the possession of uncooked or frozen lobster parts is not...

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LISTEN: FDA December 2018 Refusals; New Silver Bay Seafoods CEO; Right Whale Updates and More

Join Seafood News staff writer Amanda Buckle and Urner Barry seafood market reporter Lorin Castiglione for a new episode of the SeafoodNews Podcast. This week on the podcast we discuss FDA refusals for December 2018; Silver Bay Seafoods’ new CEO; the Washington Fish Growers Association’s appointment of Jeanne McKnight as Interim Executive Director; the new Pacific Salmon Treaty; SW Nova Scotia’s December lobster season; the USDA Economic Research Service’s forecast for 2019 food prices; and an update on North Atlantic right whales...

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China Cuts Tariffs on Some Seafood Imported from Countries Other Than the U.S.

According to an announcement from China’s Ministry of Finance, the country has lowered tariffs on commodities imported from New Zealand, Peru, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Iceland, South Korea, Australia, Georgia and members of the Asian Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA). These new tariffs went into effect on January 1.

The official list includes about 300 types of seafood products.

The tariffs have dropped to zero on many seafood items from some countries mentioned above and on all seafood products produced in Hong Kong and Macao...

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Total FDA Refusals Decrease Slightly in November 2018

Total refusals of shipments decreased 1.6% from November 2017 to November 2018. Year-to-date there are 61 line item refusals compared to 62 at this time last year.

Tuna had the biggest YTD increase in November, with 203 line item refusals compared to 135 at this time last year; a 50.4% increase. Mahi Mahi refusals also increased, with 168 YTD compared to 126 last year YTD.

Unclassified fish, tilapia, lobster, snapper and shrimp are all down YTD. Unclassified fish had a 64.4% drop...

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Royal Greenland / Quin-Sea buys Woodman's Newfoundland Crab Plant to Enter Live Lobster Business

Quin-Sea Fisheries, which operates crab and shrimp plants in Newfoundland, and is owned by Royal Greenland, announced the purchase of the Woodman's crab facility as a means to expand to live export of lobster in coming years.  Managing director Simon Jarding said that with the continued forecast decline of crab and lobster it was imperative for the company to look to new opportunities.  One of them is the build up a direct live lobster shipping capability so as to participate in the international lobster market...

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PEI Lobster Fishermen to Discuss Rule Limiting Their Hours of Operation Between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m.

The issue of restricted hours for lobster fishers will come up again at an upcoming Southern Gulf Lobster Advisory Committee meeting December 4th and 5th.

The MFU (Maritime Fishermen's Union) wants to reinstate a rule that no gear could be aboard vessels between 9 pm and 4 am.  This rule was in place for many years, but was removed by the DFO in a new management plan several years ago,

The MFU wants to apply the rule in LFA 25 ...

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Hancock Gourmet’s Lobster Truffle Mac & Cheese Makes Oprah’s Favorite Things List

The holiday shopping season doesn’t start until Oprah Winfrey releases her Favorite Things list. This year Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. has made that coveted list thanks to their Lobster Truffle Mac & Cheese.

“This special list is the ultimate catalog of Oprah’s favorite things and we are more than delighted to be included,” Ca Hancock, Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. founder and president, said in a press release. “It’s an utterly intoxicating combination that enhances the flavor of the Maine lobster ...

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California Spiny Lobster Closure Lifted in State Waters Around Anacapa Island

The spiny lobster closure around Anacapa Island in California's Ventura County has been lifted, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said Friday.

According to the memo from the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, analysis of spiny lobster samples by California Department of Public Health (CDPH) laboratories indicates that spiny lobster taken from this area no longer pose a significant human health risk due to elevated levels of domoic acid. The commercial spiny lobster fishery is now open statewide and the CDPH advisory to recreational anglers has been ...

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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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East Coast Closes Garbo Lobster Facility in Connecticut, Possible Consequence of China Tariffs

The East Coast Seafood Group announced on Friday that the Garbo Lobster facility in Groton, Connecticut will close on January 17th.

Garbo has been a presence in Connecticut for 36 years, and also has facilities in Maine and Canada.

"The company is working with the employees affected by the closure of the facility to ensure a smooth transition for all," East Coast Seafood Group, which is based in Topsfield, Mass., said in an emailed statement to The Day newspaper in New London.

 "To assist, the company will be absorbing benefit costs of covered employees for a period of time, offering severance to each employee affected, and providing recommendation letters and other support requested by employees during their transition to other...

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Trade War With China Drove American Lobster to New Lows in 2018

China has been an important buyer of American lobsters. In 2017, it purchased Boston lobsters worth $142 million. But the prospering trade took a downturn in 2018 when President Trump initiated a trade war with China. As a forerunner in developing the Chinese market, the lobster industry was hit hard by the president’s decision, according to media and industry reports.

Anthony Kleiner, a fisherman from New Hampshire, was not too happy, according to one article, after returning to port with a good lobster harvest in December 2018...

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Total FDA Refusals Decrease Over 25% in December 2018

Total refusals of shipments decreased 25.7% from December 2017 to December 2018. Year-to-date there are 78 line item refusals compared to 105 at this time last year.

Tuna had the biggest YTD increase in December, with 243 line item refusals compared to 156 at this time last year; a 55.8% increase. Mahi Mahi refusals also increased, with 172 YTD compared to 137 last year YTD. Snapper stayed the same, with 59 line item refusals last year and YTD this year...

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Legal Seafoods, Lobster Gram Named ‘Best of 2018’ By TopConsumerReviews.com

Legal Seafoods and Lobster Gram have done it again. TopConsumerReviews.com has released their “Best of” list for 2018, and the two companies are at the top for the second year in a row.  

TopConsumerReviews.com is an independent organization that provides unbiased reviews of products available for online purchase. Looking specifically at online seafood stores, TopConsumerReviews.com named Legal Seafoods the “Best Seafood Store” of 2018. Runner ups this year include Catalina Offshore, The Crab Place, Hancock Gourmet, Chesapeake Bay and Lobsters Online...

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'Boston' Lobsters Again Shine in China's Singles Day Sales Last Month

Boston lobsters shine again in China’s online shopping carnival this year.

November 11th has been witnessing online shopping frenzy of Chinese consumers as well as their deep pockets. This year buyers have set new records during the shopping carnival. One is that the turnover has reached 100 billion yuan ($14.4 billion) within the first two hours for online stores on Alibaba’s T-mall platform. Meanwhile, sales value has also skyrocketed on other virtual platforms that day.

Imported fresh food used to be rare in China...

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LISTEN: Center for Bio Diversity Sues Trump Admin, New AquaBounty CEO and More 

This week on the Seafood News podcast co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione discuss the Center for Biological Diversity suing the Trump Administration, Aqua Bounty Technologies appoints new CEO and Executive Director, October 2018 Shrimp Harvest in Gulf of Mexico lowest recorded, more Carlos Rafael News, Biodegradable plastic from lobster and crab shells and more!

The Seafood News podcast is available to download for free via SoundClound and iTunes.

This episode was sponsored by Urner Barry’s Reporter Magazine , the quarterly newsmagazine for the food industry professional ...

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Olive Garden Adds Lobster Shrimp Mac and Cheese to Menu for Limited Time

This holiday season Olive Garden diners can warm up with the chain restaurant’s new oven baked pasta dishes – including a Lobster Shrimp Mac and Cheese

For a limited time only, Olive Garden will be offering a twist on mac and cheese. The dish features rigatoni pasta in a creamy seafood afredo sauce, topped with lobster and shrimp and baked with Italian cheeses, tomatoes and toasted breadcrumbs.

The new Lobster Shrimp Mac and Cheese dish joins other seafood favorites, including Calamari, Classic or Spicy Shrimp Scampi Fritta ...

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LISTEN: Haddock Analysis; Clearwater’s Patent; Long John Silver’s New COO and More

Join Seafood News staff writer Amanda Buckle for a new episode of the SeafoodNews Podcast. This week on the podcast we discuss the latest in the haddock market; Clearwater Seafoods’ vision system; Cooke Seafood USA’s Virginia expansion; a new COO at Long John Silver’s and more.

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 ...

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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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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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