Fri. Jul 10 2020

China Suspends Ecuador Shrimp Imports After Allegedly Finding Positive Samples of Coronavirus  


Port Moller Test Fishery Says Bristol Bay Run May Reach 60 Million Sockeye in 2020


ANALYSIS: European Imports of Frozen Shrimp Dip in April as Quarantine Issues Linger  


DFO Issues Rollover TAC for Northern Cod, FFAW Predicts “Dire Impacts” on Inshore Fishery


Port of Coos Bay: Everything on Schedule for Charleston Ice Plant Opening in August


U.S. Coast Guard Seeks Information on F/V Aquarius Capsizing


New Chemical Technique Fishes Valuable Nutrients Out of Shrimp Processing Water


Urner Barry's Reporter Summer 2020 Issue Released; Read It Online For Free Now


NOAA Seeking Written Input on Interagency Seafood Trade Strategy


Mowi B.C. Salmon Farms Receive ASC Certification As Norway Mefaldskjaeret Farm’s Certificate Pulled


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, July 10


Thu. Jul 9 2020

ASC Suspends Blumar’s Certification After June Escapement


Alaska’s July COVID-19 Curve Rises, Seafood Processors Receive More Detailed Guidance


ANALYSIS: Pangasius - Below Average Imports, Optimistic Outlook  


JAPAN: Low Grade Surimi Price Fell 35 Yen Per kg  


Cell-Based Seafood Company BlueNalu Signs MOU with South Korean Company Pulmuone


Japan Fisheries Association Provides Financial Assistance for Sustainable Seafood Sales


SalMar Subsidiary Receives Approval for Conversion of Developmental Licenses for Ocean Farm Project


House Democrats Appropriations Bill For FY 2021 to Ban Offshore Drilling in Atlantic Ocean


Bristol Seafood Provides Founding Sponsorship to Create Inclusion in the Blue Economy Program


Sri Lanka: Leading Exporters Add Value to Tuna Products Through Sustainable Fisheries Certification  


DFO Announces Recipients of $8.3 Million Fund for Ghost Gear Clean Up


Fisheries Official: Caviar Exports Fetched Iran Over $3.5M Last Year


STUDY: Evidence of Ocean Mixing Across Gulf Stream


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, July 9


Wed. Jul 8 2020

ANALYSIS: Snow Crab Entering U.S. Market Right Along With 3-Year Average  


Seafood Industry Gets Help With Research and Marketing Frozen Product   


Seafood Fastest Growing Supermarket Category During Last Week of May


Newport Water Issues Ease as City Works on Cleaning Filters, Backup Plans  


Vegan Seafood Brand Good Catch Launches New Frozen Fish-Free Entrees, Appetizers


Conxemar Cancels Their 2020 Seafood Show in Vigo, First-Ever Event in Brussels


Study: Microplastics Impact Development of Lobster Larvae  


Rep. Stutes calls Alaska Board of Fish Hearing Amidst Controversy


Captain D’s Continues Southeast Development with 8th Louisiana Location


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, July 8


Tue. Jul 7 2020

After Short-Term Rejuvenation, Chinese Salmon Market Runs into More Trouble  


A Silver Lining Emerges in Bristol Bay as Salmon Landings Start to Increase


Delegation Calls for Trump to Restore Restrictions to Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Monument   


Four Research Groups Study Resiliency in Bristol Bay Against COVID-19 for 2021 Season


Alaska Fish Prices, Production for 2019 Provide Pre-COVID Base  


Newfoundland and Labrador Price Setting Panel Sides With FFAW on Cold Water Shrimp Price  


Ghost Kitchens on the Rise in a Post-COVID World


ASMI Hands Reins of RFM Certification Program to Certified Seafood Collaborative


Japan: May Tuna Imports Down 55% for Fresh, and 27% for Frozen  


Japan: Summer Chum Arrivals up 40%, Price Down 40% at Sapporo Market  


AEON to Sell Fully Traceable Eels in 40% of Eel Sales  


NOAA’s Trio of Ocean Drones Set to Reach Bering Sea Survey Station  


Uber to Acquire Postmates; Will Keep Consumer-Facing App Running Separately


Applebee’s Brings Back Tex-Mex Shrimp Bowl As They Begin to Reopen Dining Rooms  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, July 7


Mon. Jul 6 2020

Alaska Fishing Updates for July 2020  


PMTF Data Shows Bristol Bay Run a Week Late, Statewide Salmon Landings 8% of Forecast  


Pacific Seafood Worker in Quarantine After Testing Positive for COVID-19


Dismal Area 2A Halibut Landings Necessitate Second Opener; Vessel Limits Create Confusion  


DeFazio Urges NOAA to Reinstate Observer Waiver for West Coast Seafood Industry


JAPAN: Fresh Salmon Imports by Air Continued Decreasing in May  


Norwegian Seafood Export Value Reaches All-Time High in First-Half Year  


Florida Senators Push DOC to Include State for Aquaculture Opportunity Areas


JFOODO Large-scale Sales Promotion in Hong Kong Aims to Increase Consumption Post-COVID 19  


Russia Plans to Diversify Exports of Pollock Roe Within Next Several Years  


New Report Highlights Ongoing Issue of Fisheries Observer Protections, Deaths at Sea


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, July 6


BioMar Norway, Bio Feeder to Develop Hybrid Fish Feed Vessel


China Drafts a Plan to Help Exporters Raise Market Shares at Home  


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California's Dungeness Crab Landings and Sales Down Sharply After Lengthy Delay 

California's commercial Dungeness crab landings and sales are down sharply because of the extended delay to this past fishing season for high levels of domoic acid. Gross sales for the season for the crab fleet topped $33 million, about 45 percent of the 5-year average, according to state Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, chairman of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture. Bodega Bay, of the nine key commercial ports for Dungeness landings, reported a 37 percent drop in the haul to 1.8 million pounds, according to early calculations. “Something is better than nothing, but we are not out of the woods,” said McGuire, who will convene a special hearing Wednesday in Sacramento to review the season, the push for federal relief and the outlook for next season. California's Dungeness fishery was supposed to open last November but was ultimately delayed until February because of high levels of domoic acid in the crabs.

A federal appeals court in San Francisco upheld a previous ruling that supported the 2011 implementation of the federal catch share management scheme for Pacific Whiting. “We cannot substitute our judgment for the agency’s,” said Judge Sandra Ikuta said in the 3-0 ruling. A Washington state vessel owner and processors challenged the catch share implementation in court, arguing that the selection of past years was arbitrary and violated a law requiring federal officials to take into account “present participation in the fishery” and “dependence on the fishery” when setting limits.

In other news, Norway’s seafood export values were up 15 percent in July and are up 24 percent for the year compared to 2015 figures. Higher salmon prices have helped boost Norwegian returns. Norway’s earnings are up 25 percent from its salmon sales, with per kilogram prices up 50 percent this year. ”July proved to be a good summer month for Norwegian seafood exports. Exports of salmon and trout totalled NOK 5.1 billion ($600 million), an increase of 28 percent from July last year. The higher salmon prices were the result of strong demand coupled with lower volumes," said the Norwegian Seafood Council’s Jan Ståle Lauritzen

Meanwhile, Canada's Transportation Safety Board said a fatal fishing accident that left three people dead off Newfoundland says the crew was using a boat that was not intended for crab fishing. The vessel was reported overdue from a fishing trip in Placentia Bay on June 16, 2015, and the bodies of the three crew members were found the next day. A report concluded that modifications to the vessels combined with the weight of the crew members, bait, ice, and the catch onboard would have significantly reduced the distance between the water and the deck, making it more susceptible to taking on water.

Finally, domestic shrimp processor Paul Piazza & Son hired industry veteran John W. Appelbaum to the company’s sourcing and sales team. Prior to joining Paul Piazza, Appelbaum previously worked for Illinois-based Worldwide Shrimp Company. “John is a tremendous addition and we are pleased to have him as part of our team. His expertise further strengthens our position as an industry leader in the sourcing and processing of Wild Caught Domestic Shrimp for Foodservice and Retail customers across the United States,” said Kristen Baumer, President of Paul Piazza & Son.

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