Mon. Feb 17 2020

Alaska Pollock to be “Wildly” Available During Lent Promotion


SSPO Praise U.S.’ Decision to Pull Back Tariffs on Scottish Salmon  


Washington, Oregon Agree on Columbia River Salmon Allocations for 2020  


Thai Union China Sends Humanitarian Assistance To Wuhan


Port Moves Forward with Rebuilding the Charleston, Ore., Ice Plant


Thai Union Reports Slight Bump in Profit as Sales Dip 5% in 2019


Crew Training Program Calls for Third Round of Applicants


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, February 17


Fri. Feb 14 2020

NZ Rock Lobster Industry Could See Annual Catch Entitlement Carried Over Due to Coronavirus  


7-Eleven Features Wild Alaska Pollock Sandwich in U.S. Stores for Lenten Promotion


ANALYSIS: Tariff on Red Swimming Crab Meat Persists; Imports Down, Pricing Continues to Drop  


Conservation Law Foundation Petitions Commerce to Immediately End Overfishing of Atlantic Cod


ANALYSIS: Squid Imports Lowest in 10 Years, 2020 Outlook  


Wally Stevens Acting as GAA's CEO Following Andrew Mallison's Move into Strategic Advisor Role


Grieg Seafood Reports Boost in Q4 Harvest, Says 100,000 MT Harvest Goal Within Reach  


AquaBounty Complete $15.5 Million Public Stock Offering  


Seafood Favorites for Valentine's Day  


SeaPak Giving Chopped Fans the Chance to Win $5,000 with New At-Home Challenge


NOAA Finalizes 2020 Quotas for Atlantic Surfclam, Ocean Quahog  


Long John Silver’s Announces Lenten Season Specials


Shiok Meats Co-founder Named One of the Winners of 'Women and the Ocean: Changemakers Challenge'


Sysco Closes $500 Million Sustainability Bond Issuance


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, February 14


Thu. Feb 13 2020

Boston Seafood Show Organizers Comment on Impact of Participation from China Due to Coronavirus   


China’s Seafood Exports Hit Hard by the Coronavirus


Ecuador's National Chamber of Aquaculture Says China's Shrimp Demand Should Recover 'Very Soon'


ANALYSIS: A Look at Farmed Salmon, Lobster and European Shrimp Ahead of Valentine's Day  


Dungeness Crab Catch Breaks Record in Southeast Alaska, Red Flag for the Future  


NWAA Calls Environmental Plantiffs in Lawsuit Against Cooke ‘Out of Touch’ with Science


Russia Starts Preparations for Revision of US-USSR Agreement on Maritime Border


Southwestern Oregon Ports Will Receive Long Overdue Dredging Work Thanks to New Funding


Mowi Reaches Record Harvest in 2019, Target for 2020 Remains at 450,000 MT  


Young’s Seafood Revamps Packaging, Eyeing Socially Conscious Consumers


The Release of Japanese Glass Eel to Farmers Reached 3.5 Tons  


MSC Adopts On the Hook Campaign Change; Bans Compartmentalization by Fishing Practice


Post-Brexit Fisheries Bill Continues to Move Through UK Parliament


Guolian Achieves Success in Domestic Development


Wild American Shrimp Wants Shrimp Aficionados's Original Recipes, Urging Cooks "Don't Be Shellfish!"


Alaska Sea Grant Deadline for Fellowship Program is Tomorrow


Aquaculture Venture HATCH Completes First Fund, Receives Over $8 Million


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, February 13


Wed. Feb 12 2020

Russia Floods U.S. With Seafood While Banning U.S. Imports for 6th Year  


Only a Few SE Alaska Areas Will Open, Total Limit is 148,500 Chinook Salmon  


The Coronavirus has a New Name: COVID-19


Conservation Groups Hope to Sink Cooke's Steelhead Plans in Puget Sound  


Two Studies Reveal Geographical Differences in How Women’s Role in Fishing has Evolved — or Not


NMFS Rejects Maine’s Right Whale Protection Plan, Additional Measures to be Taken  


Half of U.S. Consumers are Looking to Lose Weight, Here’s How Seafood Fits in 2020 Diet Trends


Coast Guard Search Underway for Potential Missing Vessel off North Carolina


ICL Food Specialties Launching Functional Ingredient Line at Boston Seafood Show


Fisheries and Oceans Canada Kicks-Off Gear Innovation Summit


Scottish Fishing Company Fined Almost 5 Years After Crewmember's Death


Quiznos Lobster & Seafood Subs Make Their Return, with a Twist  


First SOLI Program of 2020 to Take Place in Maine This March


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, February 12


Tue. Feb 11 2020

Atlantic Natural Foods Dropping Further Action Against Boston Seafood Show Organizers


Oregon, Washington Making Crab Fishery Changes to Minimize Entanglements  


2019 Crab Production and Market Data Released; Live Crab Diverted From China to Other Asia Markets  


The Plant-Based Alternative Fight: Ocean Hugger Recalls Exhibiting at Boston Seafood Show in 2018


Corps Ignores Congress's Call to Improve Pebble Mine Draft Final EIS, Say Bristol Bay Tribes


Bumble Bee, FCF and Ocean Outcomes Team up for FIP to Improve Indian Ocean Tuna Fisheries  


Coronavirus Impacting Lobstermen Across the Country  


Responders Working to Move Grounded Fishing Vessel in Hilo Bay


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, February 11


AquaBounty Prices Underwritten Public Offering at $13.5 Million  


UK’s Marine Management Organization Updates Catch Recording Service


Heart Health Month: MSC Encourages Americans to Choose Seafood that’s 'Good for You and the Ocean'


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Alaska Pollock to be “Wildly” Available During Lent Promotion

This year’s six-week Lenten season will start off in the Pacific Northwest with the first-ever Wild Alaska Pollock Week on February 28  through March 8, 2020.

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) has teamed with Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) and the Alaska seafood industry to present Wild Alaska Pollock at many of Seattle’s best restaurants. 

Over two dozen restaurants, many with several locations, will offer unique dishes featuring Alaska’s unsung, delicious, and sustainable pollock. The event organizers encourage consumers to participate by visiting one of the restaurants throughout the ...

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SSPO Praise U.S.’ Decision to Pull Back Tariffs on Scottish Salmon

The Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) was relieved to hear that the United States has decided to pull back tariffs on Scottish salmon as trade disputes between the E.U. and U.S. continue.

In December 2019, the USTR listed salmon fillets on its list of products that were targeted for increased tariffs. Now, salmon has been removed from the revised list.

“We are relieved that our farmers will be able to continue sending top quality Scottish salmon to the USA without any new barriers in their way,” Hamish Macdonell, Director...

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Washington, Oregon Agree on Columbia River Salmon Allocations for 2020

Washington and Oregon have agreed on sport and commercial salmon allocations for 2020.

The directors of the respective tate departments of fish and wildlife reached the agreement Friday. The fish and wildlife commissions of both states delegated development of 2020 Columbia River fisheries to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Curt Melcher and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Kelly Susewind.

“Consistency in the regulations between our two states is always a top priority when talking about management on the Columbia River,” Susewind said in a ...

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Port Moves Forward with Rebuilding the Charleston, Ore., Ice Plant

Getting ice ice in Charleston, Ore., is a little flaky right now. The Port of Coos Bay's ice plant succumbed to a fire in December 2019 and processors in the marina have only a limited supply.

The Port announced recently it is aggressively pursuing solutions to provide commercial grade flake ice to the fishing fleet. Following a declaration of emergency, staff have been working as quickly as possible to minimize any impacts to local fishermen, the port said in a press release.

But the search hasn't been easy.

Staff ...

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Thai Union China Sends Humanitarian Assistance To Wuhan

BANGKOK - The world’s largest producer of canned tuna has donated more than 52,000 cans of King Oscar tuna to the hospitals in Wuhan, China, the city at the center of the COVID-19 virus outbreak.

Thai Union China, a subsidiary of Thai Union Group, sent the high-protein seafood through a local logistics service and an online food delivery operator in China.

The first shipment went to workers of the Wuhan Leishenshan Hospital Project, one of two new hospitals being built for COVID-19 patients. The second shipment was sent to more ...

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Thai Union Reports Slight Bump in Profit as Sales Dip 5% in 2019

For the fiscal year 2019 (FY2019), Thai Union group reported a net profit of THB 5.218 million, a 0.5% increase YoY.

The company did note a 5.3% drop in sales (THB 126.27 billion), which the company said was mainly due to the Thai baht’s appreciation in 2019.

Sales volume, on the other hand, grew 1.9 percent over 2018. Thai Union said that frozen and chilled seafood products were behind the improvement, increasing 12.8% YoY. PetCare and value-added products also saw a 3.2% sales boost in 2019...

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NZ Rock Lobster Industry Could See Annual Catch Entitlement Carried Over Due to Coronavirus

The New Zealand commercial rock lobster industry could potentially see their uncaught annual catch entitlement (ACE) carried over into the next fishing year.

Fisheries New Zealand is currently seeking feedback on whether to enable uncaught rock lobster commercial ACE to be carried into the next fishing year, which begins on April 1, 2020. The government agency provided commercial fishermen with three options, including retaining the status quo and making no changes; enabling carry forward of up to 10% of the total rock lobster ACE...

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7-Eleven Features Wild Alaska Pollock Sandwich in U.S. Stores for Lenten Promotion

Last Monday the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) announced that 7-Eleven will launch a campaign for a new herb-crusted Wild Alaska Pollock fillet with American cheese and tartar sauce on a buttery bun. The campaign, which offers the pollock sandwich at a retail price of $2.49, will run for ten weeks. 

On Fridays during the promotional term, customers can get the  Lenten meat alternative for a promotional price of $2 through...

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ANALYSIS: Squid Imports Lowest in 10 Years, 2020 Outlook

2019 imports of squid into the U.S. totaled 131.6 million pounds of volume with an estimated value of $313.9 million. Volume has fallen just over 30.2 million pounds from the previous 3-year average of 161.8 million pounds.

When looking at a breakdown by origin, volume from mainland China retreated significantly, falling 33.3 million pounds from 2018 or by 32.6 percent. Republic of Korea (-41.5%), Argentina (-12.8%), India (-4.7%), and China (Taiwan, -2.4%) also exported less product in 2019, while New Zealand..

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Grieg Seafood Reports Boost in Q4 Harvest, Says 100,000 MT Harvest Goal Within Reach

Noting a boost in harvest volume in the Q4 of 2019 and a strong finish to the year in Norway, Grieg Seafood ASA reached operational earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) of NOK 357 million ($38.6 million) in Q4.

The company harvested 25,432 tonnes of fish in the final quarter of the year, a seven percent increase compared to 2018 totals (23,682 MT). The increased harvest came alongside a decrease in farming costs during the same period last year...

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Seafood Favorites for Valentine's Day

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch….It’s Valentine’s Day and Seafood helps share the love!

Lovers choose lobster as the top Valentine’s Day dish to share with that special someone.

Crab legs and shrimp also get the nod as ‘romantic meals’ on one of the busiest dining out days for U.S. restaurants. 

In a national survey by Harris Interactive, chefs called lobster an ‘exotic delicacy’  that results in an intimate moment because it is hand-held and shareable.’

They called all shellfish ‘a catalyst for connection like no other food...

 

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NOAA Finalizes 2020 Quotas for Atlantic Surfclam, Ocean Quahog

NOAA announced on Thursday that they have finalized the 2020 quotas for the Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog commercial fishery. The quotas for both fisheries will remain "status quo" for 2020.

The quotas were previously projected back in February 2018. Since there were no overages in 2019, and no new biological information, NOAA confirmed that the Atlantic surfclam quota will remain at 3.4 million bushels for 2020. Meanwhile, the quota for ocean quahogs will remain at 5.33 bushels, and 100,000 bushels for Maine ocean quahogs...

 

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Shiok Meats Co-founder Named One of the Winners of 'Women and the Ocean: Changemakers Challenge'

Dr. Ling Ka Yi, the co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Shiok Meats, was named one of the winners of the "Women and the Ocean: Changemakers Challenge."

The "Women and the Ocean: Changemakers Challenge" is a competition created to showcase some of the female change makers and entrepreneurs who are not only working to develop business solutions to achieve ocean-related sustainability, but also offering innovative solutions to some of the ocean's greatest challenges. Sponsored by The Nature Conservancy, the goal of the...

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Boston Seafood Show Organizers Comment on Impact of Participation from China Due to Coronavirus

Diversified Communications, the organizers of Seafood Expo North America, also referred to as the Boston Seafood Show, released another update regarding the impact of the coronavirus on the upcoming event.

According to Diversified, they are expecting to see an "impact in participation from Mainland China." The show, which is set to run from March 15 – 17 this year, attracted more than 22,000 seafood industry professionals in 2019. Based on their stats, China represents about 5% of the combined visitor and exhibitor attendee base, as well as...

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Ecuador's National Chamber of Aquaculture Says China's Shrimp Demand Should Recover 'Very Soon'

Jose Antonio Camposano, Executive President of the National Chamber of Aquaculture of Ecuador, says that the Ecuadorian shrimp industry should expect demand from China to recover "very soon." His comments come on the heels of Chinese authorities announcing the completion of the long holiday.  Camposano says that the end of Chinese New Year, which was extended by the Chinese government, will "generate a positive expectation for the Ecuadorian shrimp industry that expects a fast recovery of the demand, especially the one focusing on safe food...

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Dungeness Crab Catch Breaks Record in Southeast Alaska, Red Flag for the Future

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch.

Two hundred fishermen in Southeast Alaska will share a record $16.3 million payday for the Dungeness crab they hauled up from combined summer and winter fisheries, which just wrapped up last month.  

Crabbers fishing primarily around Petersburg and Wrangell landed 5.3 million pounds of dungies for the season, the third highest catch and at an average $3.07 per pound, the most valuable ever.

“It was pretty awesome that we  broke that record...

 

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NWAA Calls Environmental Plantiffs in Lawsuit Against Cooke ‘Out of Touch’ with Science

The Northwest Aquaculture Alliance (NWAA) issued a statement yesterday in response to a lawsuit was filed earlier this week against the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) for allowing a net pen operation for steelhead in Puget Sound. The plaintiffs -- Friends of the Earth, Wild Fish Conservancy, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the Center for Food Safety -- charge WDFW with violating the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) by not issuing an Environmental Impact Statement on the new aquaculture operation.

NWAA said the four plaintiffs bringing the ...

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Southwestern Oregon Ports Will Receive Long Overdue Dredging Work Thanks to New Funding

Ports and fishermen got some good news this week: Southwestern Oregon ports are scheduled for long overdue dredging and maintenance.

This week, Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., announced an additional $11.7 million from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for projects in Oregon’s Fourth Congressional District as part of the Fiscal Year 2020 work plan for the Corps’ Civil Works program.

“Our ports and harbors along the Oregon coast are critical lifelines for coastal communities, and support ...

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Crew Training Program Calls for Third Round of Applicants

The call is out for Alaskans interested in learning firsthand about commercial fishing.

It’s the third year for the Crew Training Program hosted by the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association in Sitka. Over 213 have applied so far from all over the country and 25 deckhands and 20 skippers have participated so far.

“It’s very exciting to see so many young people interested in entering the commercial fishing industry. You always hear about the graying of the fleet but for me it shows that the interest is out there...

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ANALYSIS: Tariff on Red Swimming Crab Meat Persists; Imports Down, Pricing Continues to Drop

Lower imports on red swimming crab meat has seen all of 2019 hovering below the 3-year average. Imports are at the lowest volumes seen in over 10 years and the situation is almost completely reactionary due to the continued 25% tariff that remains in place on red swimming crab meat from China.

With China’s season beginning in August, imports typically begin to rise in September through the end of the year. Taking a quick glance at the cyclical look above, imports have drastically trailed off...

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Conservation Law Foundation Petitions Commerce to Immediately End Overfishing of Atlantic Cod 

Boston-based Conservation Law Foundation delivered a 74-page petition to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and to the Gloucester NOAA Fisheries office yesterday demanding that the agency take immediate action to end the unlawful overfishing of New England’s Atlantic cod.

“Our regional managers have lost control of and abandoned the cod fishery,” said Peter Shelley, CLF’s senior counsel.

“After decades of reckless decision-making, Atlantic cod populations are now in crisis. To give this iconic species a chance at survival and recovery, the federal government must take...

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Wally Stevens Acting as GAA's CEO Following Andrew Mallison's Move into Strategic Advisor Role

Wally Stevens has been named the acting CEO of the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) following Andrew Mallison's sudden departure from the role.

GAA announced back in February 2018 that Stevens, who acted as GAA's executive director from 2007-2018, would be stepping aside from his role to focus on other "strategic ventures" within the organization. Mallison was named as Stevens replacement, joining the GAA team after serving as the Director General at IFFO. He officially joined GAA at their headquarters in Portsmouth, New Hampshire....

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AquaBounty Complete $15.5 Million Public Stock Offering

AquaBounty Technologies, a company behind genetically engineered salmon announced its has closed its public stock offering. The company sold 10,350,000 shares at $1.50 per share, raising approximately $15.5 million.

SeafoodNews reported that the proceeds of the offering will be used to continue the construction and renovation activities of its existing facilities in Rollo Bay and Indiana.

Aquabounty priced its public offering on February 11 at $13.5 million. The company was able to buy an additional 1.35 million shares since...

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SeaPak Giving Chopped Fans the Chance to Win $5,000 with New At-Home Challenge

Frozen seafood company SeaPak Shrimp and Seafood is giving fans of Food Network’s Chopped series, a chance to compete at home just like their favorite chefs.

SeaPak will sponsor the “Chopped At Home Challenge” where contestants will be challenged to create a delicious “quick and easy” original dish.

To qualify for the grand prize of $5,000 and one-year of free SeaPak products, contestants must use four required ingredients and submit a dish that takes less than 45 minutes to prepare...

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Long John Silver’s Announces Lenten Season Specials

Long John Silver’s knows Lent is a time when the company can shine. It’s “Lenten voyage” will begin a week before Fat Tuesday and reach its destination on Easter, with seafood deals springing up along the way.

The festivities kick-off from Feb. 17 through Feb. 25 with an All You Can Eat fried fish, chicken and sides offer starting at $7.99, which may be coupled by a “sea-prise” at participating locations.

Until Lent, guests can enjoy 2 for $6 Mix & Match options. With plenty of...

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Sysco Closes $500 Million Sustainability Bond Issuance

Foodservice distribution company Sysco announced the closing of its first Sustainability Bond issuance. Proceeds from the $500 million offering will fund projects that help advance Sysco’s 2025 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Goals.

In total, the offering that closed today raised $1 billion, comprised of $500 million in 10-year 2.4% senior notes, representing the Sustainability Bond issuance, and an additional $500 million in 30-year 3.3% senior notes, the company said in a statement.

“We are proud to lead our industry in issuing our first ever Sustainability Bond..."

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China’s Seafood Exports Hit Hard by the Coronavirus

The coronavirus outbreak has exerted destructive influence on China’s seafood industry in both its imports and exports. These previously hustling shopping carnivals have been slow with consumers mostly holed up at home. Meanwhile, seafood processing plants in China are challenged by various problems in both production and export.

Considering the contagious disease, China’s processing plants have to prolong their leave. Those in the Hubei province are required not to restart operation until February 14. But according to some plants, they are not sure if they can reopen as planned...

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ANALYSIS: A Look at Farmed Salmon, Lobster and European Shrimp Ahead of Valentine's Day

Between Lent and Valentine's Day, this time of year can be extremely active for certain species. However, this year Urner Barry market reporters are seeing a dip.

Looking at farmed salmon, UB Market Reporter Janice Schreiber reports that 2020 thus far looks to be a more moderate year. The overall farmed salmon market is currently holding about steady to weakening across the complex. Coming off an extremely active January, the farmed salmon complex was hit with additional unexpected availability of supply due to the coronavirus...

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Russia Starts Preparations for Revision of US-USSR Agreement on Maritime Border 

Russia has started preparations for the revision of the existing US-USSR agreement on the maritime border. The agreement was signed on July 1, 1990 and established a demarcation line of economic zones and the continental shelf between Russia (as the successor to the USSR) and the US in the Bering and Chukchi Seas, as well as territorial waters in a small section of the Bering Strait.

Such a possibility was discussed on February 7 at the Council of Federation...

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Mowi Reaches Record Harvest in 2019, Target for 2020 Remains at 450,000 MT

Salmon farmer Mowi announced it harvested record-highs of 436,000 metric tons in 2019 and 116,000 MT in Q4 2019 in its end of year earnings call.

Mowi topped its harvest record in 2019, with the 436,000 MT total but the company is eyeing further improvement in that sector. Mowi’s 2020 harvest goal is 450,000 MT.

The Norwegian-based company reached operational earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) of £165.7 million ($181 million), a 22 percent drop from Q4 of 2018...

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