Thu. Aug 13 2020

Ecuador Signs Sanitary Protocol With China to Facilitate Export of Shrimp  


Seafood-related Cases of COVID-19 in Alaska Drops to 9.9% of Total 4,655 Cumulative Cases


USDA Opens Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to 11 Farmed Seafood Products


Fifth Area 2A Halibut Opener Set for Next Week Off the West Coast  


COVID-19 Forces Technomic to Revise Foodservice Industry Forecasts


Praise for Reduction in Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishing Capacity Reduction Buyback Loan


Plant-based Seafood Producers Gathered Foods Opens New Production Facility


Russian Fish Producers Hope for Further Diversification of Their Exports


Arizona Shrimp Farmer Royal Caridea Lands $2.2 Million Loan  


SCS Global Services Suspended from ASC Certifications in China for Six Months


PEI Lobster Roll Competition Hopes to Increase Lobster Sales Across Greater Toronto Area  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, August 13


Wed. Aug 12 2020

Close Encounters Between Sea Turtles and Fishermen Last Week in Alaska and Wales


The Winding Glass: 35% of Restaurant Purchasing Evaporates in 2020; Where Does That Leave Us?  


USCG Rescues One from Canadian Vessel Off Cape Flattery, Wash; 2 Confirmed Dead  


Clearwater’s Q2 Financial Results Show Sales Dip Due to COVID-19


Check Out These New COMTELL Features!


Diversified Cancels Seafood Expo Asia 2 Years in a Row


Alaska Scientists Get a Different Look at Humpback Whales Without Tourists in the Area


Feds: NW Atlantic Leatherback Turtle Population Listing Change Not Warranted; Species Still at Risk


SCEMFIS Study Shows Importance of Summer Flounder Fishery to Mid-Atlantic Communities  


Seafood Show Tokyo's 22nd Edition Scheduled For September 30 to October 2


Japan’s Mackerel June Exports to China Increased 8 Times  


S2G Ventures to Invest in New Seafood Companies Through Oceans and Seafood Strategy


Groups File Petition for Additional Speed Limits Along Atlantic Coast to Protect Right Whales


ALASKA: Dr. Al Gross Runs for US Senate


Thai Union Boosts Investment in Russian Companies


Global Majors Accelerate Expansion in Russian Fish Processing Sector


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, August 12


Tue. Aug 11 2020

Alaska Salmon Harvests Lag Year-on-Year for All Species Except Pinks, Now 12% Higher than 2018  


Chinese Authorities Allegedly Find Traces of Coronavirus on More Imported Frozen Seafood


OPINION: Adak: This is How Alaska Fishing Communities Die    


REPORT: Red Lobster Hires Advisor After Facing Difficulties Related to COVID-19 Shutdowns


Alaskans Routinely Provide Elders and Those in Need with Seafood, but Sitka Sets a New Standard


Sysco Sees Sales Drop in Fourth Quarter, Fiscal Year 2020 as COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts Foodservice


Japan Fisheries Agency Increases Alaska Pollock TAC to 65,000 Tons  


USCG Air Lifts Pregnant Crewmember From Factory Trawler to Cold Bay for Flight to Anchorage


Alaska Fish Radio: Comments on Fish Issues Due This Week, Month


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, August 11


Mon. Aug 10 2020

China Lifts Suspension on One of Three Ecuadorian Shrimp Exporters  


Price of Coho Salmon Farmed in Miyagi Falls Below 500 yen/kg  


NMFS Looks to Revive Longline EFP to Target Swordfish on the West Coast  


“Opening the Floodgates at Fukushima”: Woods Hole Marine Chemist Warns of Risks


Alaska Wild Salmon Day – Salmon Talk  


Coast Guard Aircrew Medevacs 24-year-old from Fishing Vessel near Sitka, Alaska


Russian Government Not Ready to Initiate New Large-Scale Reform of Domestic Fish Sector This Year


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, August 10


Fri. Aug 7 2020

Red Swimming Crab Meat, Tilapia Not on Tariff Exclusion List  


Alaska Daily Case Count Drops, Seafood Related Cases Remain 10-11% of Total Statewide


Cordova is First to Ask State and Commerce Dept. to Declare Twin Disasters: Fishery and Economic


25% Tariff Exclusions Extended for Certain Crab Meats, Alaskan Sole


NJ and MA Members of Congress Request More COVID-19 Relief Assistance For Nation’s Fishing Industry


ANALYSIS: June Snow Crab Imports Significantly Higher Than Cyclical Behavior; Up 47% From June 2019  


NOAA to Host Webinar on Observer Redeployment for Northeast Fishermen


All Hands Event Goes virtual, Asks Public for Ideas, Internet Reliability


AquaBounty Previews Exciting Advances In Second Quarter Financial Results  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, August 7


Sturgeon Aquafarms, Marky’s Begin Sales of Beluga Caviar After Recovering From 2018 Hurricane  


Seafood Task Force Submits Recommendations to Help Level the Playing Field for U.S.


NOAA Launches Right Whale Slow Zones Campaign


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Ecuador Signs Sanitary Protocol With China to Facilitate Export of Shrimp

Ecuador’s president, Lenin Moreno, announced on Thursday that a sanitary protocol with China has been signed to facilitate the export of shrimp. The announcement comes after weeks of back and forth between the two countries following China’s decision to suspend shrimp imports from three Ecuadorian companies.

“We overcome the trade problem, further promoted the sales of ‘the best shrimp in the world’ and protected thousands of jobs. #WeExportQuality,” a translated tweet from Moreno reads.

As SeafoodNews reported in early July, China suspended Ecuador shrimp imports from Industrial Pesquera Santa Priscila S.A...

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Seafood-related Cases of COVID-19 in Alaska Drops to 9.9% of Total 4,655 Cumulative Cases

Since record-breaking daily counts of coronavirus in July, Alaska’s count has dropped to an average of 60 cases per day in the first 12 days of August. The daily average in the last 12 days of July was about 100. The non-resident case count now numbers 774, 461 of which are seafood related. 

Seafood-related cases are 9.9% of all positive cases reported in the state as of August 11, a percentage that has dropped from a high of 11.5% on July...

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USDA Opens Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to 11 Farmed Seafood Products

Are you an aquaculture producer growing in a controlled environment whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? If so, and your product is one of eleven listed below, the USDA has good news — you’re eligible for part of the $16 billion available to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19.

Eligible aquacultured products include:

catfish,
crawfish,
largemouth bass and carp sold live as foodfish,
hybrid striped bass,
red drum,
salmon,
sturgeon...

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Fifth Area 2A Halibut Opener Set for Next Week Off the West Coast

The International Pacific Halibut Commission has set vessel limits for a fifth halibut opener for fishermen in Area 2A -- where low attainments and low vessel limits have prevailed over most of the summer.

Fishermen will be able to set their gear at 8 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 17; the opening will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

The IPHC also provided some statistics for the first four openings so far:

The 2020 total allocation for the directed commercial fishery is 115.41 metric tons, or 254,426 ...

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COVID-19 Forces Technomic to Revise Foodservice Industry Forecasts

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to leave its mark on the foodservice industry, research firm Technomic announced revisions to its foodservice forecasts for 2020 and 2021.

The data Technomic shared is presented through three scenarios: Best Case, Middle Case and Worst Case. In the “Middle Case” scenario, Technomic predicts foodservice industry will grow by 21% in 2021 following the massive drop-off in sales during 20201, but sales are expected to remain 11% lower from 2019...

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Praise for Reduction in Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishing Capacity Reduction Buyback Loan

Politicians are praising the recent news that NOAA Fisheries has reduced the outstanding principal balance on the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishing Capacity Reduction Buyback Loan. The loan has been reduced by nearly $6 million.

In 2000 the West Coast groundfish fishery was declared an economic disaster. In response, Congress authorized a $46 million buyout to reduce overcapacity. $36 million in funds was provided in the form of a loan that the remaining fishing vessels agreed to repay based on a 3.5%-5% fee on...

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Russian Fish Producers Hope for Further Diversification of Their Exports

Amid the existing problems with the supplies to the Asian Pacific region this yearcaused by the pandemic, Russian fish producers are working on the diversification of their exports. According to recent statements, made by representatives of some leading local fish producers and analysts in the field of fish business, the diversification will take place through the  expansion into some new markets.

The Russian Kommersant business paper reported several days ago that the Russian Association of Pollock Producers (ADM) has called on the several domestic state agencies, responsible for...

 

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SCS Global Services Suspended from ASC Certifications in China for Six Months

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) announced SCS Global Services has been suspended from carrying out ASC certifications in China, following a review.

SCS Global is a Conformity Assessment Body (CAB), one of which independently audits fish farms and makes certification decisions against the ASC’s standards.

The ASC explained, that “Like all CABs, SCS Global is accredited by another independent body, Accreditation Services International (ASI). In order to assure robust and accurate audits, only CABs that have been accredited by ASI may carry out certification against the ASC standards..."

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Close Encounters Between Sea Turtles and Fishermen Last Week in Alaska and Wales

Two fishing boats, one in Alaska fishing for salmon and another charter hosting a holiday father and son outing off the coast of northern Wales, were in the news last Wednesday and Thursday.

The encounters were remarkable in that both sea turtles are from endangered species and each was at the extreme edge of their normal migration route. Both survived their close encounter with humans, and the half dozen men who witnessed the unusual event were captivated.

In Southeast Alaska, the crew of a salmon seiner was ...

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USCG Rescues One from Canadian Vessel Off Cape Flattery, Wash.; 2 Confirmed Dead

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued one fisherman from a lifeboat early Tuesday morning after a 66-foot Canadian commercial fishing boat -- formerly from Astoria, Ore. -- began taking on water about 85 miles offshore of Cape Flattery, Wash., with three people aboard.

Watchstanders at multiple Coast Guard units received a VHF radio hail for help at about 2 a.m. from a person aboard the Arctic Fox II reporting the vessel was taking on water and the three people aboard planned to abandon ship.

The fisherman who hailed for help reported ...

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Check Out these New COMTELL Features!

Urner Barry continues to build upon the value COMTELL offers customers with new features and improvements consistently being added to the platform.  We are excited to announce three new widgets for the COMTELL dashboard, designed to increase efficiency and expand on the amount of information available right from the homepage...

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Alaska Scientists Get a Different Look at Humpback Whales Without Tourists in the Area

Alaska’s cancelled cruise season has been significant negative impacts on the state’s economy, but it may have significantly positive impacts on humpback whales that visit the waters near Juneau every summer. 

“When I learned back in March that the cruise ship season would be postponed or even suspended for the summer, I realized we had this incredible opportunity to study whales in the absence of high levels of vessel traffic,” said Heidi Pearson, associate professor of marine biology at the University of Alaska Southeast...

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Seafood Show Tokyo's 22nd Edition Scheduled For September 30 to October 2

The 22nd Japan International Seafood Show, Japan's most significant international fisheries exhibitions sponsored by the Japan Fisheries Association, will be held from September 30 to October 2 at the Tokyo Big Sight in Ariake, Tokyo. The venue is the same South Exhibition Building as last year. The secretariat office is recruiting exhibitors until August 21, reports Suisan Keizai.

This trade show specializing in seafood will bring together buyers from retailers, restaurants, take-out meals, trading companies, and wholesalers. It attracts immediate business negotiations between buyers and exhibitors...

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Feds: NW Atlantic Leatherback Turtle Population Listing Change Not Warranted; Species Still at Risk

A new review of leatherback sea turtle science found that seven distinct populations of leatherback sea turtles face a high extinction risk, according to the National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The federal agencies released the information Monday, noting that all seven are currently listed as endangered. Neither agency proposed a change to current global listings since a petition to identify the Northwest Atlantic population as a distinct population segment and threatened, not endangered, under the Endangered Species Act was unjustified.

"We have determined...

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Groups File Petition for Additional Speed Limits Along Atlantic Coast to Protect Right Whales

Earlier this month a number of conservation groups came together to file a petition seeking additional speed limits along the Atlantic Coast to protect North Atlantic right whales. The letter, submitted to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator Chris Oliver on August 6, begs the National Marine Fisheries Service to take action to prevent and mitigate the continuing threat of vessel strikes.

The call for action comes shortly after the death of a calf this past June...

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Thai Union Boosts Investment in Russian Companies

The Thai Union Group announced it has doubled its shares in TUMD Luxembourg Sàrl (TUMD) through its Luxembourg subsidiary Thai Union EU Seafood.

TUMD acts as the joint-venture vehicle for Thai Union investments in three Russian companies, Dalpromryba LLC (Dalpromryba), Maguro LLC (Maguro) and Torgovo-Promyshlenny Komplex Dalprombryba (TPK DPR).

Since 2018 Thai Union EU Seafood has held 45% of share capital and voting rights of TUMD, with the remaining held by MDF Investments (MDF). Thai Union will hold an additional 45%, doubling its holdings to 90%...

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Alaska Salmon Harvests Lag Year-on-Year for All Species Except Pinks, Now 12% Higher than 2018

About 85 million Alaska salmon have been harvested so far this year. An additional 18 million fish will be added if the 2018 harvest pace is matched through the end of the season. If 2016 is matched, the 2020 harvest will increase by 14 million fish, reports Garrett Evridge of the McDowell Group, in the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Weekly Salmon Update.

Nearly 400,000 sockeye were harvested last week, bringing the total to 44.3 million sockeyes to date. About 160,000 of last week’s ...

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OPINION: Adak: This is How Alaska Fishing Communities Die

Editor's Note: Steve Minor is a long-time advocate for Alaska coastal communities.

Last year we warned of the slow economic death of Alaskan fishing communities as their access to nearby fisheries that they depend on becomes squeezed by off-shore interests, lawsuits and slow or non-existent political and regulatory responses.  The first casualty came sooner than expected. In this case, a lawsuit by several off-shore corporate fishing interests has stripped the western Aleutian communities of Adak and Atka of their access to federal waters Pacific cod and...

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Plant-based Seafood Producers Gathered Foods Opens New Production Facility 

Gathered Foods, the makers of the Good Catch plant-based seafood brand, announced the opening of its new production facility in Heath, Ohio.

The company’s new 42,500 sq ft. facility was created for high-tech production of its plant-based product offerings.

"We are incredibly proud to establish a strong manufacturing footprint in the U.S. as we grow our product portfolio," said Christine Mei, CEO of Gathered Foods. "With Good Catch's rapid expansion and the launch of our new line..."

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Arizona Shrimp Farmer Royal Caridea Lands $2.2 Million Loan

North Avenue Capital, a commercial lender funding USDA Rural Development loans, closed a deal to provide shrimp farmer Royal Caridea with $2.2 million for new equipment and working capital for its Gila Bend, Arizona facility.

Royal Caridea is a shrimp farmer focusing on “reconstituting the shrimp industry by raising a variety of fresh and frozen shrimp products for distribution among regional grocers and restaurants.”

The company operates two properties southwest of Phoenix, the loan is expected to help Royal Caridea make upgrades to its ponds and increase in scale to establish itself in the U.S. shrimp market...

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PEI Lobster Roll Competition Hopes to Increase Lobster Sales Across Greater Toronto Area 

The Lobster Fishers of Prince Edward Island Marketing Board, also known as Lobster PEI, is launching a new campaign to promote sustainable local lobster. PEI Lobster Roll Call invites lobster lovers from across the greater Toronto area to visit participating restaurants to try out their lobster roll, featuring sustainable PEI lobster. Lobster lovers can then visit the Toronto Life website to cast their vote for their favorite lobster roll.

"Due to COVID-19, Canadians are travelling less and this means they are not able to enjoy...

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The Winding Glass: 35% of Restaurant Purchasing Evaporates in 2020; Where Does That Leave Us?

[The Winding Glass is a commentary and opinion column by John Sackton, Founder of SeafoodNews]

Like most of us individually, the seafood industry has adjusted to a new normal during this pandemic. However, despite hoping to return to where we were last year, it is increasingly unlikely that will happen even with a vaccine in 2021. Personally, and on an industry level, we have to confront that we are in a new world, and there is likely going to be a multi-year period of...

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Clearwater’s Q2 Financial Results Show Sales Dip Due to COVID-19 

Canada-based Clearwater Seafoods witnessed a significant drop in sales in the second quarter of the 2020 fiscal year as COVID-19 continues to impact business.

The company recorded second quarter and year-to-date sales of CAD $106.0 million and $206.3 million respectively. At this time in 2019 those numbers hit $153.9 million and 274.0 million.

The main driver behind the lower sales total is no secret as Clearwater noted a lower foodservice demand impacting most species and regions during the first half of the fiscal year...

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Diversified Cancels Seafood Expo Asia 2 Years in a Row

Seafood Expo Asia has been canceled by Diversified Communications for the second year in a row.

Diversified announced this past May that the new date and location for their Seafood Expo Show would be November 18-20, 2020 in Singapore at the Singapore Expo, Hall 2. Liz Plizga, Group VP for Diversified, said that the move from Hong Kong to Singapore would provide exhibitors and buyers with the “opportunity to connect and further explore business potential throughout Asia.” 

Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the show has now...

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SCEMFIS Study Shows Importance of Summer Flounder Fishery to Mid-Atlantic Communities

A new report from the Science Center for Marine Fisheries (SCEMFIS) displays the importance of summer flounder to Mid-Atlantic coastal communities.

SCEMFIS found that $26.5 million worth of fish landed at the docks, generating over $151 million in total sales for wholesalers, retailers and restaurants. Overall, the fishery which operates in New Jersey, Virginia and Rhode Island is responsible for over $259 million in total economic output and over 1,600 direct jobs...

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Japan’s Mackerel June Exports to China Increased 8 Times

Japan's monthly export volume of mackerel in June totaled 19,627 tons, which was the same as the previous month. It was a 22% decrease compared to the same month last year. Egypt and Nigeria's main markets fell by 60 to 70% from the same month of the previous year, and Vietnam also decreased by 6%, which was the largest export destination this year. On the other hand, exports increased 7.9 times to China and 5.3 times to the Philippines. Both countries have grown significantly for the third consecutive month...

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S2G Ventures to Invest in New Seafood Companies Through Oceans and Seafood Strategy

Investment firm S2G Ventures launched its Oceans and Seafood investment strategy which will look to invest in early, venture, and growth-stage companies across the globe focused on seafood, alt. proteins, aquaculture and surrounding sectors.

The company announced the launch of the strategy and investment team with commitments of up to $100 million for the strategy. The group also announced Kate Danaher and Larsen Mettler will lead the Oceans and Seafood strategy team as Managing Directors...

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ALASKA: Dr. Al Gross Runs for US Senate

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

Dr. Al Gross of Juneau has fished his whole life, his kids fish, and he’s a surgeon. Gross is an Independent candidate running against Republican Dan Sullivan for the U.S. Senate.

Gross says fishermen’s health care issues is a reason he entered the race.

“As a doctor, I stepped up and proposed a means of fishermen obtaining affordable health care, which I know is a really big deal because so many of my friends are commercial fishermen, and seeing how much...

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Global Majors Accelerate Expansion in Russian Fish Processing Sector   

Global fish processors are accelerating their expansion in Russia by acquiring some leading local players and expanding their presence in the local market, according to recent statements of some leading local analysts in the field of fish business and local media reports.   

One of such companies is Thai Union Group – a Thailand-based producer of seafood-based food products, which has recently announced its plans to acquire the Dalpromryba group, one of Russia’s largest producers of fish products.  

Currently the Thai company already holds a stake in...

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Chinese Authorities Allegedly Find Traces of Coronavirus on More Imported Frozen Seafood

Authorities in Yantai, China, are reporting that they have found traces of the coronavirus on packaging of imported frozen seafood.

According to officials, the batches that tested positive are from a foreign vessel and entered the country through the Dalian port. Currently there are no details on the specific type of seafood or the country that it came from. South China Morning Post reports that officials could only confirm that a “small quantity” of the frozen seafood had been reprocessed and exported. The remainder of the product is...

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