Thu. Feb 21 2019

Lund’s Fisheries Hires Seafood Veterans for Sales, Customer Service  


Thai Union to Buy Remaining 49% Stake in TMAC Shrimp Feed JV with Mitsubishi  


Wed. Feb 20 2019

Trident Has Proposed Settlement with EPA on Refrigeration Leaks, Pledges $23 Million Upgrade


EU Competition Police Raid 3 Norwegian Salmon Companies with Offices in Scotland and Netherlands    


Alaska Fishing Updates for February  


Proposal to Prioritize Personal Use Over Commercial Salmon Fishing in Cook Inlet Goes Before AK Boar


Study: Ocean Acidification Harms Atlantic Cod  


European Commission Approves Acquisition of Three Greek Aquaculture Companies by Amerra and Mubadala  


Birdlife International Joins NGO Chorus of Criticism of MSC


LoveTheWild CEO Jacqueline Claudia Named to Seafood Nutrition Partnership’s Board of Directors


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, February 20


Tue. Feb 19 2019

Alaska Delegation Leads Bipartisan Support for Young Fishermen's Development Act in New Congress


Zhanjiang Guolian Aquatic Products Raises $90 Million for New Shrimp Plant  


New Lobbying Push for American Aquaculture Act Launched by Seafood and Environmental Coalition


Smoked Alaska Seafoods Recalls Product Due to Possible Botulism Risk


Thai Union, WWF-UK Recognized at 2019 Edie Sustainability Leaders Awards


Sea Watch Celebrating National Clam Chowder Day by Providing Thousands of Bowls to Shelters  


Nueva Pescanova Group Launches Fish Solutions Website to Support Foodservice Professionals


Phillips Foods Launches 3 New Value-Added Options  


U.S. Coast Guard Partners with Canada’s DFO on Fisheries Enforcement Operations in South Pacific


San Diego Restaurant Lionfish Recognized as 2019 James Beard Foundation Smart Catch Leader


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, February 19


Mon. Feb 18 2019

Sysco Adds Portico Classic Wild Alaska Pollock Bites to Cutting Edge Solutions Platform  


Coast Guard, Good Samaritan Rescue 5 Crew Members After Cod Boat Sinks Off Dutch Harbor


Clearwater Requests Advanced MSC Audit of Lobster Fishery, Audit to Review Lobster Pot Conviction  


Russia Plans Accelerated Research Activities and Construction in Domestic Industry  


Grocery, Beverage Sales Increase 1.9 Percent Over November-December Holiday Season


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, February 18


Fri. Feb 15 2019

Bumble Bee Foods Settles Price-Fixing Lawsuit with Sysco  


Southern Oregon Crab Under Evisceration Order Again  


Spending Bill Ensures Better Catch Accounting for Gulf Anglers


Chile Looks to Salmon Stability for a Profitable Business Model, Expects Moderate Growth for Years  


Mowi Aqua Feed Plant in Scotland Expected to Start Production in Q2  


Sustainability Rating Drops for Clearwater's Offshore Lobster Fishery  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, February 15


Thu. Feb 14 2019

SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, February 14


Jet.com partners with New York’s Fulton Fish Market


Happy Valentine’s Day! Name a Salmon After Your Ex Before It’s Fed to a Bear


Tanner Crab Fishing Opens in Southeast Alaska


Hendrix Genetic, Nutreco Partner to Offer Sustainable Shrimp Solutions in Ecuador  


Thai Union, WWF Release First Sourcing Transparency: Wild Caught Fish and Shellfish Report


SeaWeb’s Seafood Summit, Now Owned by Diversified, Will be Held in Thailand This Year


India Shrimp Rejections for Antibiotics Spike in January 2019  


Bruce Gabrys, Alaskan Fisherman, Financial Planner and Resource Advisor (1955-2019)


Salmon Price Drop May be Aggravated by Late Start of Lent this Year  


Maryland Crab Industry Nervous About H-2B Visa Situation, Can’t Take Another Year With No Staffing  


King Crab and Lobster Again Shine for Chinese New Year, 'The Most Important Dinner in China'  


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Lund’s Fisheries Hires Seafood Veterans for Sales, Customer Service

Lund’s Fisheries is welcoming some new faces to their sales and customer service teams. The Cape May, New Jersey, based company announced on Wednesday that they have hired seafood veterans Jeff Lang and Donna Pimental.

Lang will be joining Lund’s Fisheries as a member of their Sales and Marketing team. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Lang brings “extensive scallop sourcing knowledge to his role.”

“Jeff’s expertise in scallop imports is recognized throughout the seafood business, and we look forward to his input in expanding our...

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Thai Union to Buy Remaining 49% Stake in TMAC Shrimp Feed JV with Mitsubishi

Thai Union Group has announced it will buy Mitsubishi Corporation's 49% stake in the Thai-based shrimp feed distributor and shrimp breeding joint venture TMAC for an estimated THB 110 million (about USD 3.5 million), enabling Thai Union to become the sole owner of the operation.

Thai Union initially acquired a 51% stake in TMAC in December 2012.

The deal is due to be completed in March 2019.

TMAC is based in Samut Sakhon province, west of Bangkok.

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Trident Has Proposed Settlement with EPA on Refrigeration Leaks, Pledges $23 Million Upgrade

Big companies make big targets.  Trident, which does not have a substandard record of environmental compliance compared to other companies in the seafood industry, has again been the target of an EPA fine.

The EPA announced a proposed settlement filed in Alaska District Court that would mean Trident will pay a $900,000 fine and spend up to $23 million to fix refrigeration leaks and upgrade equipment with alternative refrigerants when required.

The EPA said in its notice that Trident used thousands of pounds of...

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EU Competition Police Raid 3 Norwegian Salmon Companies with Offices in Scotland and Netherlands

EU competition authorities carried out raids on three salmon companies on Tuesday to seize paperwork in an investigation of whether the companies have engaged in anti-competitive price fixing as a cartel.

"The Commission has concerns that the inspected companies may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices," it said in a statement.

The companies were Mowi, (formerly Marine Harvest), Grieg Seafood, and Salmar and Leroy’s Scottish Sea Farms.

Mowi plants in both Scotland and the Netherlands were raided...

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Alaska Fishing Updates for February

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – There’s lots of February fishing going on.

Hundreds of boats of all types are out in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea targeting pollock, cod, flounders and other whitefish.

The Bering Sea snow crab fishery is still ongoing and openers for their bigger cousin, bairdi Tanners, kicked off on February 12 in Southeast Alaska. The duration will depend on how the catches go in specific regions for 62 participants and it’s likely to last a few weeks. The Tanner harvest should top one million pounds...

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Proposal to Prioritize Personal Use Over Commercial Salmon Fishing in Cook Inlet Goes Before AK Board of Fish

“Help Move Alaskans Up the Food Chain” -- a slogan in large red letters on the Kenai River Sportsfishing Association (KRSA) website exhorts readers to support the group’s proposal to prioritize ‘personal use’ salmon harvests over commercial landings in Cook Inlet.

Proposal 171 will go before the Board of Fisheries in early March at their Statewide Finfish meeting in Anchorage. 

In it, KRSA asks the Board to “Modify criteria for the allocation of fishery resources among personal use, sport, and...

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European Commission Approves Acquisition of Three Greek Aquaculture Companies by Amerra and Mubadala

Late last week the European Commission approved the acquisition of three Greek aquaculture companies – Andromeda, Nireus and Selonda – by investment firms Amerra and Mubadala. The approval is under the EU Merger Regulation and is “conditional on the divestiture of a remedy package.”

Andromeda has four parks in Greece and two in Spain with an annual production capacity of 15,000 tons. The company farms gilthead sea bream, European sea bass, meagre-corvina, sharp snout sea bream and common red sea bream. Nireus also has...

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LoveTheWild CEO Jacqueline Claudia Named to Seafood Nutrition Partnership’s Board of Directors

Jacqueline Claudia, the CEO and co-founder of LoveTheWild frozen seafood line, has been announced as the newest member of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership’s (SNP) Board of Directors.

“This is an excellent opportunity for me to pair my passion and expertise with a cause and mission that I deeply care about,” said Claudia. “I look forward to working with the other board members on the important work being done by SNP to inspire Americans to eat more sustainable seafood.”

SNP is a non-profit organization that works to...

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Zhanjiang Guolian Aquatic Products Raises $90 Million for New Shrimp Plant

Zhanjiang Guolian announced that the company has secured $90 million (CNY 606 million) in new funding through a private share placement in China.  This is 18 months after their original announcement.

The original plan was to raise $111 million for replacing their primary shrimp production plant with a new state of the art facility.  They also had originally looked to raise other funds for expanded aquaculture and operating capital.

The company plans to carry out the 24-month-long project of healthy...

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Smoked Alaska Seafoods Recalls Product Due to Possible Botulism Risk 

Smoked Alaska Seafoods, Inc. of Wasilla, AK is recalling all jars and cans of Smoked Silver Salmon in 6.5 oz. containers with the production code of AL81111133 on the bottom of the jar or can because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. 

Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

The Smoked Silver Salmon was sold to distributors throughout the state of Alaska primarily...

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Sea Watch Celebrating National Clam Chowder Day by Providing Thousands of Bowls to Shelters

Are you a traditional New England Clam Chowder lover? Or are you Team Manhattan Clam Chowder? Whether you prefer your clam chowder with a tomato-base, bacon, or even hot peppers, everyone can get on board to celebrate National Clam Chowder Day on February 25.

This year, Sea Watch International is celebrating National Clam Chowder Day by taking a warm cup of chowder to warm someone’s heart. The clam processor announced this week that in honor of the day, they will be providing thousands of...

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Phillips Foods Launches 3 New Value-Added Options

Phillips Foods has launched three new value-added options with millennials and foodies in mind: Crispy Dim Sum, Crab Rangoon, and Shrimp & Grits. The three new frozen products were designed with quick and easy preparation in mind – without sacrificing flavor.

Check out the product descriptions below:

Crispy Dim Sum

The perfect option for a party, Phillips Foods’ Crispy Dim Sum features three varieties: Shrimp Spring Rolls, Shrimp Wontons and Shrimp Money Bags. Each item is made with a crisp wonton wrapper and...

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San Diego Restaurant Lionfish Recognized as 2019 James Beard Foundation Smart Catch Leader

Clique Hospitality’s Lionfish, located inside the Pendry San Diego Hotel, has been recognized as a James Beard Foundation Smart Catch Leader for 2019.

The James Beard Foundation’s Smart Catch program was created by chefs to honor their colleagues who focus on a sustainable seafood supply chain when creating their menu. And this year Executive Chef Jose “JoJo” Ruiz did just that. With the aid of Chef Ruiz, Lionfish offers their diners local and sustainable products from the “sea to the table...

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Coast Guard, Good Samaritan Rescue 5 Crew Members After Cod Boat Sinks Off Dutch Harbor

On Friday the Coast Guard aided a good Samaritan fishing vessel in rescuing five people after a cod boat sank approximately 40 miles west, southwest of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. 

According to a press release from the Coast Guard, the fishing vessel Pacific 1 began taking on water and was listing heavily with five people aboard. A good Samaritan fishing vessel, Kona Kai, located the five Pacific 1 crew members in an inflatable lift raft that was deployed when their vessel sank...

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Russia Plans Accelerated Research Activities and Construction in Domestic Industry

Russia plans to significantly increase funding of research and development activities in the domestic fishing industry during the next several years, according to recent statements of some senior officials from the Russian Ministry of Agriculture and local fishermen.

For this purpose, up to RUB 33 billion ($500 million USD) will be allocated in the building of new research vessels intended for Russian fishermen and marine scientists.

This has already been confirmed by the head of Rosrybolovstvo, Ilya Shestakov, who said at the initial stage...

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Bumble Bee Foods Settles Price-Fixing Lawsuit with Sysco

Bumble Bee Foods has settled the tuna price-fixing lawsuit that was brought to them by U.S. food distributor Sysco.

News that Sysco was suing Bumble Bee, as well as Chicken of the Sea and StarKist, broke in January 2018. Sysco filed the suit in Houston, and alleged that the three big tuna companies had secretly agreed to reduce the size of their tuna cans and raise prices as a way to increase profits. In addition, the lawsuit charged that the tuna companies had promised not to offer...

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Spending Bill Ensures Better Catch Accounting for Gulf Anglers

WASHINGTON - Included in the spending bill passed by Congress yesterday, which averted another government shutdown, was an important boost to modernize data collection of recreational fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. The bill included up to $10 million to implement electronic reporting on federally permitted charter-for-hire vessels in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Electronic logbooks, or eLogBooks, are used by recreational for-hire vessels in Europe, Australia, and Canada where they were implemented last year. Alaska’s sport charter fleet can use either eLogBooks or paper logbooks ...

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Mowi Aqua Feed Plant in Scotland Expected to Start Production in Q2

Mowi ASA's (formerly Marine Harvest) aqua feed plant in Skye, Scotland is nearing completion and is expected to start production in Q2, Kim Døsvig, the company's Head of Treasury and Investor Relations Officer told investors yesterday.

The investment in the factory is estimated at EUR 110 million. It will deliver feed to Mowi's farmed salmon operations in Scotland, Ireland and the Faroe Islands.

During a conference call, Døsvig added that Mowi’s existing aqua feed facility in Norway produced close to 350,000 tons in 2018...

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Study: Ocean Acidification Harms Atlantic Cod

According to a new study conducted by scientists from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, ocean acidification could be harming Atlantic cod.

The study, which was completed with the aid of scientists from France and Norway, was recently published in the scientific journal Global Change Biology. The scientists looked at previously published papers, that found that “less cod larvae survive” due to ocean acidification. What the researchers from GEOMAR found was that “even the surviving larvae have significant organ damages and developmental delays.” Looking specifically at...

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Birdlife International Joins NGO Chorus of Criticism of MSC

Birdlife International has joined the chorus of NGO’s that are critical of the Marine Stewardship Council’s certification schemes on the grounds that they allow too many unsustainable practices to continue.

Birdlife is a partnership of local conservation organizations around the world, and is seen as a leading advocate for bird conservation.

Using money from the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, they undertook an analysis of MSC certifications in 23 fisheries, and found that they were failing to meet the FAO standard of minimizing bycatch of non-target species...

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Alaska Delegation Leads Bipartisan Support for Young Fishermen's Development Act in New Congress

Alaska’s Congressional delegation are spearheading a bipartisan effort in Congress to enact the Young Fishermen's Development Act, legislation to benefit the nation’s fishing communities by establishing the first national program to support young men and women entering the commercial fishing industry. 

Representative Don Young (R-AK), along with Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Seth Moulton (D-MA), Jared Golden (D-ME), and Amata Radewagen (R-American Samoa) co-authored HR 1240, the House bill.

Senator’s Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Lisa Murkowski ...

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New Lobbying Push for American Aquaculture Act Launched by Seafood and Environmental Coalition

The Stronger America through Seafood Coalition is renewing its congressional push to get an Aquaculture Bill through Congress.

The US lags far behind other countries in aquaculture production, and the technology for large scale remotely operated offshore aquaculture is advancing rapidly.

US development has been stymied by political opposition, and the initial efforts of NOAA produced a plan so flawed that potential investors ran the other way.

The coalition is made up of some of the largest US seafood companies, buyers such as Red Lobster...

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Thai Union, WWF-UK Recognized at 2019 Edie Sustainability Leaders Awards

Thai Union and WWF-UK took home top honors at the 2019 edie Sustainability Leaders Awards in London earlier this month.

The edie Sustainability Leaders Awards recognizes “excellence across the spectrum of sustainable business; from the best efficiency programs through to product innovation, from stakeholder engagement and CSR initiatives to the people making it happen.” Thai Union and WWF-UK took home the award as recognition of “how partnerships can help drive change on a global scale.”

“Together with WWF, Thai Union are taking...

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Nueva Pescanova Group Launches Fish Solutions Website to Support Foodservice Professionals

The Nueva Pescanova Group is working to ensure that the hospitality sector has access to the best product offerings and specialist advice for business management. On Monday the company announced the launch of their new Fish Solutions site, a website designed with food professionals in mind.

According to the company, the website will bring the hospitality sector closer to the seafood products and services that Nueva Pescanova offers. In addition, the new site will “meet consumers’ needs with quality food solutions consistent with different market trends...

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U.S. Coast Guard Partners with Canada’s DFO on Fisheries Enforcement Operations in South Pacific

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mellon crew has been working alongside Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to enforce fisheries laws with partner nations in the South Pacific.

“The U.S. is advancing a vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific that excludes no nation,” said Capt. Robert Hendrickson, chief of response for Coast Guard 14th District. “We are redoubling our commitment to establish alliances and partnerships while expanding and deepening relationships with new partners that...

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Sysco Adds Portico Classic Wild Alaska Pollock Bites to Cutting Edge Solutions Platform

Portico Classic Wild Alaska Pollock Bites are the latest seafood item to be added to Sysco’s Cutting Edge Solutions platform.

Sysco’s Cutting Edge Solutions Platform features new and exclusive products from Sysco that “offer on-trend flavors, labor saving solutions and menu versatility.” The product line first launched in October 2015 and was created to “assist customers with refreshing their menus, driving increased traffic, and streamlining back-of-house operations.”

Back in September Sysco announced the addition of...

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Clearwater Requests Advanced MSC Audit of Lobster Fishery, Audit to Review Lobster Pot Conviction

Halifax-based Clearwater Seafoods is looking to advance their annual Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) audit. The company confirmed in a press release that, at their request, conformity assessment body Lloyd’s Register will conduct the surveillance audit in April, instead of when it is typically done in June.

“The Canadian offshore lobster fishery was the first on the Eastern seaboard to be certified under the MSC standard and continues to be a model for sustainable fisheries management,” said Christine Penney, VP of Sustainability and Public Affairs...

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Grocery, Beverage Sales Increase 1.9 Percent Over November-December Holiday Season

According to the latest information released from the Commerce Department, 2018 holiday retail sales increased 2.9 percent over the same period in 2017 to $707.5 billion. While a jump from 2017’s $687.9 billion in sales over the holiday period, the increase is a far cry from the forecast that the National Retail Federation (NRF) released in October.

Prior to the start of the holiday rush, NRF’s forecast predicted retail sales – excluding automobiles, gasoline and restaurants – to increase between 4.3 percent to 4.8 percent over...

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Southern Oregon Crab Under Evisceration Order Again

After waiting two months for the Dungeness crab season to open in southern Oregon, crab from the are must now be eviscerated before being sold due to elevated levels of domoic acid. The meat remains safe for consumption.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced late Thursday the establishment of a biotoxin management zone from Bandon (43° 07’) to the California-Oregon border (42° 00’), effective immediately. Traceability measures will be used to ensure whole crab are...

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Chile Looks to Salmon Stability for a Profitable Business Model, Expects Moderate Growth for Years

In a recent interview with Aslak Berge of Salmon Business, Arturo Clement, former CEO of Multiexport and current president of SalmonChile, says that Chile is poised to grow at a moderate, profitable pace for the next five or six years.

This year, Chilean output should grow from 649,000 tons to 674,000 tons, a rate of 3.8%.  Clement sees no barriers  to continuing this growth rate for an extended period of time.

“We have the best performance ever,” he said, adding that...

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