Thu. Nov 15 2018

Seafood Harvesters Applaud Coast Guard Bill that Ends Much Uncertainty for Vessels Under 79 feet


Symphony of Seafood Debuts 10 New Products  


Coast Guard Rescue 4 Fishermen Off Maine Coast


GAA Debuting Documentary Short Film About Indonesian Shrimp Farming  


Wed. Nov 14 2018

Clearwater Receives Patent for Vision System for Grading Lobsters That Are Molting  


Bay Area Consumers Have Dungeness for Thanksgiving; Rest of West Coast Seasons Likely Delayed  


There is Now a Plant-Based Food Certification for Seafood Alternatives


Scotland May Be Left in the Cold on Brexit, As No Clear Fisheries Guarantee Emerges


Marine Harvest Builds New Processing Plant in Shanghai, its 6th in Asia  


Texas Shrimp Producer NaturalShrimp Conducting Final Tests in Enclosed Salt Water Systems  


#FutureFishAndChips Campaign Raises Awareness About Plastic in Oceans with Crazy Stunt


Applebee's Launches Catering; Offers More Shrimp Options With Bigger, Bolder Grill Combo Menu  


Captain D’s Brings Back Family Meal, Launches $3.49 Snacks  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, November 14


Tue. Nov 13 2018

Alexa Tonkovich Resigns as ASMI Director


Bristol Bay Sockeye Forecast Reduced for 2019, Board of Fish Update  


Ocean Phoenix Confirms Deal is Likely for Purchase of F/V Pacific Glacier


Marine Harvest Proposes Changing Company Name to Mowi; Joins Long Tradition of Company Rebrandings


East Coast Seafood Launches New Retail Brand for Holidays


China Basa Processing Plants Run Into Trouble with Rising Prices, Farm Stocking  


ASC Celebrates China's 10th ASC-Certified Farm  


Algeria Teams up with Egypt to Develop Nile Tilapia Aquaculture  


EDF, Santa Barbara ChannelKeeper Celebrate Judge’s Decision to Halt Offshore Fracking Pending Review


Canadian Government Creates Nature Legacy to Protect Country’s Nature and Wildlife


Canada’s Arctic Glacier Canada Fined for Fisheries Act Violation


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, November 13


Mon. Nov 12 2018

Letters: Ray Hilborn Clarifies Thoughts on MSC


San Francisco Crab Season Opens Nov. 15; Areas North to Mendocino Delayed Due to Domoic Acid  


JD.COM Reaches Record USD$23 Billion During Singles Day Shopping Festival


1,300 Fishermen Wanted First New Scallop Licenses Since 2009. Only Four Got Them.  


LISTEN: Alaska Fish News; Mexico Shrimp Production; October Refusals; and More  


Russia Expects No Significant Increase in Crab Harvests; More Live Exports in Future  


Maine: New Protections for Herring but Lobster Bait Crunch Imminent  


Plant-Based Seafood Company Sophie’s Kitchen Joins PepsiCo’s Nutrition Greenhouse Program


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, November 12


Fri. Nov 9 2018

High Liner’s 3rd Quarter Disappointing; Completes 14% Reduction in Salaried Workforce


Samherji, One of Iceland’s Largest Fishing Companies, Wins 8 Year Struggle with Central Bank


West Coast Whale Entanglement Causes, Solutions Detailed in New Report


ANALYSIS: Canada Whole Farmed Salmon Market Shifting to 12-14lb Size; Norway, Scotland Lower Offers  


Halibut’s a Wrap But There’s Lots of Fishing Going on Across Alaska  


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


Singapore Investment Fund Plans Global Rollout of Indoor RAS Salmon Farms


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


Alaska Senators Applaud $30 Million Alaska Pollock Procurement Contract for Nutrition Programs


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, November 9


Maine Scallop Season starting Soon with Minimal Changes from 2017-2018 Season  


FFAW Speaks out on Oil and Gas Activity in NL Marine Reserve


NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program Awards Over $8.3 Million in Grants


Applications Open for IAFI’s 2019 Peter Howgate Award


Thu. Nov 8 2018

SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, November 8


Captain D’s Awards 2018 Pride Cup to Georgia General Manager


Univ. of Texas Finds Gulf Fish Spawning Not Impacted by Hurricanes


In-Store Pickup Trend Growing: Online Grocery Company Instacart Expands Pickup Nationally


U.S. Coast Guard Stops 2 Lancha Boats from Illegally Fishing  


Single Snow Crab Bought for $23,000 as ‘Echizen Gani’ Snow Crab Fishery Begins in Sea of Japan  


Ocean Choice International Enters into Marketing Agreement with Qingdao Meichu Food Co.


Two Alaska Fishermen Sentenced for Harassing, Killing Steller Sea Lions


Mexico May Produce Nearly 140,000 Tons of Shrimp, Up About 15%, but it’s Not Coming to the US  


Alaska Fishing Jobs Set Records in 2017


Samuel Martin Named Atlantic Cape Fisheries’ New COO


ANALYSIS: NZ Mussels - September Imports Fall 75%; Lowest Ever Recorded  


ANALYSIS: A Year of Pangasius Imports in the Books Under USDA    


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Seafood Harvesters Applaud Coast Guard Bill that Ends Much Uncertainty for Vessels Under 79 feet

The Senate has passed a bi-partisan Coast Guard Reauthorization bill 94-6 that includes many regulatory updates that were critical to US fishing interests. Charter and commercial fishing businesses in Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii have been working on this issue for several years.

The bill permanently removes vessels under 79 feet from being subject to EPA incidental discharge regulations regarding ballast water and deck washing.  The EPA rules applying to ballast water and deck water discharge were put in place in 2008, but fishing vessels were given a temporary exemption.

That exemption expired at the end of this year, and vessel owners were extremely concerned that without a permanent fix, such simple activities as washing down a deck after gutting fish ...

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Symphony of Seafood Debuts 10 New Products

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – From spring rolls to seafood noodles – Alaska’s Symphony of Seafood unveils new products.

The 26th Alaska Symphony of Seafood attracted 10 entries in its annual competition. They were judged privately last night (Wednesday) in Seattle in three categories: retail, food service and Beyond the Plate. As always, the innovation is off the charts.

“I have not seen a spring roll product entered before. Alaska sockeye salmon spring roll by Tai Foong. And Fishpeople Seafoods entered a salmon jerky ...

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Coast Guard Rescue 4 Fishermen Off Maine Coast

Four fishermen off the coast of Rockland, Maine, were rescued by the Coast Guard on Wednesday after they were forced to abandon their boat.

The men, who were on board the F/V Aaron & Melissa II, were forced to abandon their boat when it began taking on water at approximately 7:45 a.m. The captain radioed the Northern New England Coast Guard, who were able to send an HC-114 Ocean Sentry aircraft and MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. The aircrews were able to locate the raft and fishermen ...

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Clearwater Receives Patent for Vision System for Grading Lobsters That Are Molting

According to US Patent office, Clearwater Seafoods was granted a patent on November 12 for a vision system that identifies the molt stage of lobsters.

The system would replace blood protein analysis and other means of determining the overall quality and amount of meat in a live lobster.  The system is designed to be noninvasive, and operate on a conveyor belt.

The lobsters could be sorted by size, molt condition, and quality, based on the vision system.

According to the patent filing, the vision system consists of ...

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GAA Debuting Documentary Short Film About Indonesian Shrimp Farming

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) is giving their members a peak into what goes on at an Indonesian shrimp farm. The organization announced on Monday that their fifth documentary short film – about Rosida Idriss, her daughter Aanisah Idriss, and their network of black tiger shrimp farms in East Kalimantan, Indonesia – will debut at the end of the month.

GAA has been producing films since 2016, but their upcoming release stands apart from the rest in that it features “overlaying plotlines” and “tension” ...

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Bay Area Consumers Have Dungeness for Thanksgiving; Rest of West Coast Seasons Likely Delayed

The celebrated San Francisco Dungeness crab season starts tomorrow, but delays due to domoic acid or meat quality in other areas are likely, according to officials from Oregon and California.

“California’s Dungeness crab fishery is one of the most progressively designed and collaboratively managed fisheries on the West Coast,” Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations Executive Director Noah Oppenheim said in a press release. “Our crab populations are stable and doing well. Yet climate change continues to threaten crab fisheries in complex and unpredictable ways ...

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Scotland May Be Left in the Cold on Brexit, As No Clear Fisheries Guarantee Emerges

The Brexit deal hangs by a knife edge as UK prime minister May tries to round up support in her coalition for a deal that gives few parties what the want.

The bare outlines are that the UK will stay in the EU customs union at least until 2020, and possibly longer, without a unilateral path to exit unless the EU and the UK agree on a supplemental trade agreement.  If the UK did exit, Northern Ireland would remain ...

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Texas Shrimp Producer NaturalShrimp Conducting Final Tests in Enclosed Salt Water Systems

Texas shrimp producer NaturalShrimp is making progress on their system to grow top-grade shrimp without toxic chemicals. The agro-technology company, which produces an eco-friendly fresh Pacific white shrimp, announced on Tuesday that they are running the final tests on their indoor all-natural patented system at their production facility near San Antonio.

“NaturalShrimp has spent the past several years developing its new, unique technology of growing shrimp in enclosed salt water systems,” the company said in a press release ...

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#FutureFishAndChips Campaign Raises Awareness About Plastic in Oceans with Crazy Stunt

Customers who recently ordered fish and chips from The Chippery in Blackburn, England, received quite a surprise. A recording reveals that the restaurant was serving guests battered plastic instead of battered fish – and the reason will surprise you.

“God, that’s plastic,” one patron says in the video.

“You think I’m feeding the kids with that?” asked another, as she angrily handed back her plate.

The stunt was part of Plastic Oceans UK’s #FutureFishandChips campaign, a global effort by environmental groups and ...

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Captain D’s Brings Back Family Meal, Launches $3.49 Snacks

Whether you’re grabbing dinner for the family or just a quick snack, Captain D’s has you covered. The fast-casual seafood chain announced earlier this week that they are not only bringing back their 10 Piece Family Meal season special, but offering new $3.49 snacks.

Captain D’s 10 Piece Family Meal, created to “solve mealtime dilemmas” during the busiest time of the year, features the restaurant’s signature batter dipped fish, a choice of two family-style sides and “plenty” of hush puppies – all for $19.99 ...

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Ocean Phoenix Confirms Deal is Likely for Purchase of F/V Pacific Glacier

SEATTLE, Washington, US -- A deal is indeed in the works for US pollock catcher Glacier Fish Company to sell its 84-meter factory trawler Pacific Glacier to the owner of Ocean Phoenix but the deal has not yet closed, a source confirmed.

In an email to Undercurrent News, Joe Bersch, general manager of Premier Pacific Seafoods, confirmed that a deal is being pursued.

"The name is indeed changed reflecting the expectation of closing a deal between Phoenix Processor Limited Partnership ...

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East Coast Seafood Launches New Retail Brand for Holidays

press photoEast Coast Seafood, the largest supplier of live and frozen North American lobster, announced today the launch of a new company owned retail brand called Salt and Sky.

The goal is to build relationships directly with consumers that will leverage the company’s experience with the food service sector.

“We’re proud of our long-standing commitment to the food service sector and seek the same strong relationship with consumers”, said Steve Musser, VP of Sales for East Coast Seafood Group.  “As we continue to develop additional product lines ...

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Letters: Ray Hilborn Clarifies Thoughts on MSC

Letter to the Editor:

I think the quotes in your lead article Friday (Is MSC Just Something to Make Rich People Feel Good? Label Criticized in Vancouver- Friday Nov. 9th)  may have given the wrong impression about my views on the MSC.

I have consistently found that the MSC label is the most authoritative assessment of the sustainability of a fishery and was a co-author on a paper showing that the MSC certified fisheries are among the best in the world.  Showing that other organizations like Greenpeace rate fisheries differently was ...

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ASC Celebrates China's 10th ASC-Certified Farm

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) had good reason to celebrate at the China Fisheries and Seafood Expo earlier this month. Thanks to Weifang-based Green Life Foods and Pengcheng Marine Products Company in Guangdong, China now has 10 ASC-certified farms that together produce over 40,000 tons a year.

ASC first launched in China in 1012 with the help of the China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance and WWF. The initial goal was to improve the practices at tilapia farms, however, the country now ha ASC-certified farms for bivalves and shrimp ...

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EDF, Santa Barbara ChannelKeeper Celebrate Judge’s Decision to Halt Offshore Fracking Pending Review

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper (SBCK) experienced a victory earlier this month when a federal judge issued an order declaring that the federal government “violated environmental protection lass when it approved permits for fracking and acidizing.” According to a press release from the two organizations, the government “failed to conduct adequate consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding potential impacts to threatened and endangered species.”

The recent victory stems from a lawsuit that ...

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Canada’s Arctic Glacier Canada Fined for Fisheries Act Violation

Arctic Glacier Canada Inc. has been ordered to pay a $350,000 fine for violating subsection 36(3) of the Fisheries Act.

The Fisheries Act Violation stems from an incident in April of 2014. According to Environmental and Climate Change Canada, their enforcement workers received a “dangerous goods incident report regarding dead fish in an unnamed creek near the Golden Ears Bridge in the City of Surrey.” Upon an investigation, workers determined that the ammonia solution that was purged from equipment at Arctic Glacier’s facility ended up ...

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1,300 Fishermen Wanted First New Scallop Licenses Since 2009. Only Four Got Them.

The state has chosen four fishermen from eastern Maine from almost 1,300 applicants who sought the first new scallop fishing licenses to be issued in Maine in the past nine years.

The Maine Department of Marine Resources held a lottery this week to determine who among the nearly 1,300 applicants would be allowed into the lucrative scallop fishery this coming winter.

The names of Matthew Alley of Beals Island, Chase Fitzsimmons of Lubec, Johnathon Oliver of Deer Isle and Frank Gott of ...

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Russia Expects No Significant Increase in Crab Harvests; More Live Exports to In Future

Russia does not expect a significant crab harvest increase during the next several decades, expecting that its stock will remain at the same level as at present, according to latest predictions of some leading Russian crab producers and experts of the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo).

According to recent statements, Alexander Dyplyakov, head of the Sakhalin Association of Crab Producers, the Sea of Okhotsk will remain a center of crab catch in Russia for the next several years ...

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There is Now a Plant-Based Food Certification for Seafood Alternatives

Plant-based seafood alternative brands like Sophie’s Kitchen, Ocean Hugger Foods, New Wave Foods and Good Catch Foods will now be able to get their products certified. On Tuesday the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA) announced that they have launched a new Certified Plant Based program – the first and only certification for plant-based foods.

“The launch of the Certified Plant Based seal is an exciting step for the fast-growing and innovative plant-based food industry,” PBFA executive director Michele Simon said in a press release ...

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Marine Harvest Builds New Processing Plant in Shanghai, its 6th in Asia

Marine Harvest is building a large salmon processing plant in Shanghai.  The company, whose subsidiary is Shanghai Harvest Marine, will sign a strategic cooperation agreement with the Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal.

This was announced at the recent China International Fisheries Show, where the Shanghai Association of Cruise Line Supplier was inaugurated.

According to a report in Eastday, the plant will be located in Shanghai’s Baoshan district.

The chilled salmon processing plant will improve product quality by shortening the supply chain ...

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Alexa Tonkovich Resigns as ASMI Director

Alexa Tonkovich, who has served for as ASMI’s executive director for three years, announced her resignation in a letter to ASMI committee members on Saturday.

Tonkovich said she will be leaving in mid-December to pursue a master’s degree in international business.

She pledged to work with the interim director, who will be appointed at the ASMI board meeting on November 19th.

Tonkovich has been with ASMI for nearly ten years, formerly working as head of Asia operations before becoming executive director.

Another ASMI staffer, Domestic Marketing Director Victoria Parr, resigned on ...

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Applebee's Launches Catering; Offers More Shrimp Options With Bigger, Bolder Grill Combo Menu

Planning a holiday party just got a little easier thanks to Applebee’s. The casual dining chain announced that they are now offering Applebee’s Catering, a “convenient way to feed a crowd without breaking the bank.”

“With the pressures of holiday spending and entertaining just around the corner, we know our guests are looking for delicious dishes both in-restaurant and at home at a great price,” Joel Yashinsky, Chief Marketing Officer at Applebee’s said in a press release.

Catering portions are served in party-ready packaging and ...

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Bristol Bay Sockeye Forecast Reduced for 2019, Board of Fish Update 

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – A reduced Bristol Bay salmon forecast for next year and some big ideas for the Board of Fish.

Next summer at Bristol Bay, a run of just over 40 million sockeye salmon is projected which would allow for a catch of 26.1 million at Bristol Bay and 1.49 million in the South Peninsula fisheries. That’s down eight percent from the 10 year average of 30 million reds.

There could be a few changes to the fishery ...

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Marine Harvest Proposes Changing Company Name to Mowi; Joins Long Tradition of Company Rebrandings

Marine Harvest announced at its capital markets day that the company was going to globally rebrand itself.

Instead of Marine Harvest, it will now be known as Mowi.  The name change has to be approved by shareholders, and a special meeting has been called to implement the name change by January 1, 2019.

Mowi is a Norwegian name under which Marine Harvest was first started more than 50 years ago.

The reason for the rebranding is that the company wants to push ...

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China Basa Processing Plants Run Into Trouble with Rising Prices, Farm Stocking

China’s basa prices are very messy now and they vary, depending on different meat color and regions. Meanwhile, the peak season usually comes for the basa processing industry around October and November. Due to a shortage, the prices of Chinese basa have also started to increase. With less supply and farmers’ unwillingness to sell, processing plants in the Pearl River Delta region have even lowered their standards and have begun to buy those as small as 400g each.

Recently, basa have been sold at ...

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San Francisco Crab Season Opens Nov. 15; Areas North to Mendocino Delayed Due to Domoic Acid

Other changes coming to California Dungeness fishery this season, too

Several Changes are coming to the California Dungeness crab fishery this year, the worst being a season delay for part of the coastline.

The Central Coast/Southern season, frequently referred to as the San Francisco opener, is scheduled to open Nov. 15, but California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Director Charlton H. Bonham on Friday delayed the season opening from Bodega Head, Sonoma County, north to the Sonoma/Mendocino county line due to ...

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Algeria Teams up with Egypt to Develop Nile Tilapia Aquaculture

Egypt and Algeria have signed an agreement to jointly develop nile tilapia aquaculture. 

Taha Hammouche, the director-general for fisheries at the Algerian Agriculture Ministry, said that Algeria aims to draw from the experience of Egypt whose aquaculture industry produces about 1 million tons per year. Egypt is considered as one of the leaders in the field of aquaculture in the region, and will provide technical assistance to the project, Hammouche told local broadcaster Radio Algerie.

"We will send our specialists for long-term training to [Egypt's] fish farms ...

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Canadian Government Creates Nature Legacy to Protect Country’s Nature and Wildlife

The Canadian Government, in an effort to protect and aid in the recovery of at risk aquatic species, has created the Nature Legacy.

The Nature Legacy will provide project funding for two on-going programs that contribute to the protection, recovery and conservation of Canada’s nature and wildlife – the Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk, and the Habitat Stewardship Program. “Our government recognizes the importance of protecting, enhancing and conserving Canada’s aquatic species at risk and their habitats,"the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and ...

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JD.COM Reaches Record USD$23 Billion During Singles Day Shopping Festival

JD.com announced late Sunday that they reached a record transaction volume of approximately USD$23 billion during their Singles Day Shopping Festival from November 1 – 11.

According to the e-commerce giant, 2018 marks the first time that they worked closely with brick-and-mortar retail partners. The result of the partnership was sales of more than 400 million items. In addition, the site boasts that the amount of imported fresh food sold “doubled versus the same period last year ...

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LISTEN: Alaska Fish News; Mexico Shrimp Production; October Refusals; and More

This week on the SeafoodNews Podcast, co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione talk about Alaska’s senators applauding a $30 million Alaska pollock procurement contract for nutrition programs; Alaska fishing jobs; two Alaska fishermen in trouble; Mexico’s shrimp production; October refusals; a new COO at Atlantic Capes Fisheries; and a very, VERY expensive crab.

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 ...

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