Tue. Jan 26 2021

Multiple Salmon Processing Facilities in Chile Halt Operations as COVID-19 Cases Spike  


Governor Mills Announces Action to Advance Offshore Wind in Gulf of Maine  


Surimi Imports in November Continues to Decrease by a Quarter  


Gulf of Alaska Cod Reinstated as MSC Certified, RFM Certification Remains in Place


Halibut Area 2A License Applications Open for Submission for 2021  


National Restaurant Association Releases 2021 State of the Restaurant Industry Report


Karen Hyun Appointed as Chief of Staff of NOAA by Biden-Harris Administration


North American Local Catch Network Nets $500K USDA Grant to Push “Boat-to-Fork” Seafood Marketing


New NFI Chair Highlights Market Data and Expert Insights Available at Virtual GSMC


Bristol Bay Sockeye Brand Releases Salmon Cooking Guide Website  


Clover Leaf Seafoods Recalls Sardines Products Due to Potential Presence of Dangerous Bacteria


Aquaculture Firm Omega Azul Nets ASC Certification


USCG Rescues Three from F/V Sunup After Collision with Humboldt Bay Jetty


Southern Shrimp Alliance Releases Data Documenting Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp  


Pacific Halibut Catches for 2021 Projected to Be Higher  


Oyster Prices Plummet as Diners Stay Home During Pandemic  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, January 26


Mon. Jan 25 2021

ANALYSIS: Lobster Exports to China Continue Upward Trend; Total Exports Trail 2019 Levels  


Clearwater Seafoods Closes Deal With Premium Brands, First Nations Coalition


Prospect of China’s Domestic Seafood Looks Optimistic this Year


PODCAST: COVID Outbreaks at Alaska Plants; Indoor Dining Updates; 2020 Shrimp Landings and More


China Suspends Shrimp Imports From Ecuadorian Establishment Due to White Spot Virus  


ANALYSIS: Pangasius Imports Skyrocket 122 Percent  


Imports of Pacific Cod, Atka Mackerel Increase from Russia, Habitat May Have Moved From Alaska  


RCMP Ends Search For Missing Chief William Saulis Fishermen


Massachusetts to Kick off Year-long 'Ropeless' Gear Feasibility Study


Wild Alaskan Company Introduces Red King Crab Special in 2021  


Russian Fishing Sector on Verge of Consolidation


FISH Standard for Crew Names Seafood Industry Veteran as Executive Director


Bristol Seafood Names Rick Espindola as VP of Procurement


Seaweed Can Help Reduce Methane Emissions From Cow Farts, Burps   


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, January 25


Fri. Jan 22 2021

The Latest Market Briefing is Here!


2020 Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Landings Lowest Recorded  


Alaskans Push For Permanent Protection as Pebble Mine Appeals USACE Permit Denial


VIDEO: COVID-19 Outbreak; COVID Impacts Chilean Salmon; Dungeness Crab Delay; GAA's New COO


Food and Agricultural Workers Prioritized for COVID-19 Vaccine Under Phase 1b


NOAA Release Blue Economy Strategy Plan for 2021-2025


AquaGen Invest NOK 150 Million in Land-based Salmon Broodstock Facility


Ocean Outcomes Names New President, CEO as it Outlines Future and Looks Back on Six Years


Alaska Fish Radio: Electric Boats Get a Boost in Alaska


Veramaris Becomes First Micro Microalgae for Feed Producer to Achieve Joint ASC-MSC Certification


Seafood Donations to Food Banks Exceeded 8 Million Servings in 2020


Baader Acquires Swedish Fish Processing Manufacturer SEAC


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, January 22


Thu. Jan 21 2021

USCG Warns Fishermen, Particularly Crabbers, About the Perils of Turning Off AIS


ANALYSIS: King Crab Market Firm as Demand Outweighs Supply  


How the FDA is Supporting the Distribution of the COVID-19 Vaccination to Food and Ag Workers


IPHC Publishes New Accreditation Process for Processor Advisory Board  


Thoma-Sea Marine Gets NOAA Contract for Two New Oceanographic Research Ships


Traci Chidester Promoted to Assistant General Manager of Pacific Seafood Clackamas


Regal New Zealand King Salmon Kicks Off New Year With 4 Awards  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, January 21


Wed. Jan 20 2021

Local Government Calls on Chilean Processing Plants to Close, Citing COVID-19 Outbreaks


Japan November Fisheries Imports Dip 9%; Chilean Coho Salmon Sees Notable Jump as Shrimp, Squid Fall  


BlueNalu’s $60 Million in Financing Round Includes Well-known Seafood Companies


Grieg Seafood Enters Joint Venture for Post-smolt and Land-based Salmon Farming


NOAA’s Southeast Fisheries COVID-19 Report Reveals Impact on Seafood Dealers and Processors


Long John Silver’s Announces New CEO as Company "Charts New Course"


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, January 20


NOAA Expands Gulf of Mexico Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary


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Multiple Salmon Processing Facilities in Chile Halt Operations as COVID-19 Cases Spike

Chilean salmon industry association SalmonChile announced on January 22 that multiple member companies would halt operations in Quellón, Chile as COVID-19 cases spiked in the commune.

Salmones Austral, Yadran and Marine Farm stopped production on January 22 with plans to re-open on January 25 or January 26 with employees on shift only entering the facility with a negative coronavirus test.

“The industry plan involves taking PCR to all workers in the process plants and intensive sanitation of all facilities. For this reason, our partner companies...

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Governor Mills Announces Action to Advance Offshore Wind in Gulf of Maine

On Monday Maine’s Governor Janet Mills proposed a series of actions to advance the nation’s first floating offshore wind research array in federal waters. 

Offshore Wind has been a topic of concern for Maine’s fishing industry, something that Gov. Mills acknowledged in a letter addressed to Maine’s fishermen and fishing organizations. But with that said, Gov. Mills said that she feels strongly that Maine must be committed to the development of clean energy and to fight against climate change. “I wanted you to hear from me directly...

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Surimi Imports in November Continues to Decrease by a Quarter

According to the Ministry of Finance's trade statistics, the amount of surimi imported into Japan in November 2020 was 19,267 tons, down 22.6% from the same month of the previous year, and down from the last year in all months.

Imports from the United States continued to decline at a quarter pace, down 24% at 9,192 tons. Surimi production in the United States kept dropping by 20-30%, and due to this, imports to Japan have also decreased by the same amount...

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Gulf of Alaska Cod Reinstated as MSC Certified, RFM Certification Remains in Place

Wrangell, Alaska — Gulf of Alaska Pacific cod can now be certified under the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) standard, announced MRAG Americas, the independent On January 22, 2021, the MSC certification body that audits the fishery. Certification was reinstated as of January 1 this year after seven months of suspensio, allowing all Pacific cod caught this year to be certified.

MSC’s suspension of P-cod  was triggered when the fishery was closed due two year classes not surviving the warm waters of the two-year-long-Blob, a .....

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Halibut Area 2A License Applications Open for Submission for 2021

The International Pacific Halibut Commission has opened the license application period for fishermen in Area 2A, Washington, Oregonand California.

While the IPHC sets the overall total fishery removals (mortality limit) for the area, the Pacific Fishery Management Council and National Marine Fisheries Service adopts a catch-sharing plan for all three states to further allocate the amount of fishery removals between sectors.

However, the IPHC licenses commercial and recreational charter vessels retaining Pacific halibut in Area 2A. Only vessels with...

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National Restaurant Association Releases 2021 State of the Restaurant Industry Report

The National Restaurant Association released its 2021 State of the Restaurant Industry Report, which measures the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the restaurant industry and examines the current state of key pillars including technology and off-premises, labor, and menu trends across segments based on a survey of 6,000 restaurant operators and consumer preferences from a survey of 1,000 adults. The report also provides a look at the path to recovery for chains, franchises, and independents and the year of transition ahead.

Key findings regarding the impact of coronavirus on the restaurant industry include...

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North American Local Catch Network Nets $500K USDA Grant to Push “Boat-to-Fork” Seafood Marketing

The Local Catch Network, which is based in the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine, received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) aimed at the improved integration of seafood into regional and local food systems.

The grant will also fund the ‘Scale Your Local Catch’, the first nationwide training and technical assistance program to catalyze direct-to-consumer seafood operations...

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Bristol Bay Sockeye Brand Releases Salmon Cooking Guide Website

Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon, the brand behind the popular seafood item, released its Salmon Cooking Guide website as it looks to boost home consumption of salmon and show how preparing salmon is manageable.

With the foodservice industry still battling the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers are eating at home more often. Many are hesitant to prepare seafood at home and a cooking guide is a way to provide inspiration and a straightforward way to create at-home meals.

The website features salmon fanatics including celebrity chefs to Alaska’s favorite home cooks to influencers providing cooking techniques...

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Aquaculture Firm Omega Azul Nets ASC Certification

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has granted Omega Azul certification to the ASC fisheries and ASC Chain of Custody (CoC) standards.

Omega Azul explained how ASC certification can help companies and organizations to promote and identify farm grown fish as a responsibly produced product. The company has entered into an agreement with the ASC to use their logo on all of its products.

"These are very exciting times for Omega Azul; we are well positioned for global sales expansion. We have recently partnered with several leading U.S food retailers. Omega is seeking more partners in both the retail and wholesale distribution channels”, said CEO Terry Morris...

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Releases Data Documenting Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp

The Southern Shrimp Alliance has released an updated database that provides data documenting antibiotic-contaminated shrimp import rejections in the United States. 

To put together their database, the Southern Shrimp Alliance turned to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) entry line refusals, which compiles information regarding eerie shrimp entry line refused for reasons related to banned antibiotics between 2002 and 2020. In 2020 the FDA refused 36 line items of shrimp due to antibiotics. Of those 36 line items, 12 were from India. An additional nine were from...

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ANALYSIS: Lobster Exports to China Continue Upward Trend; Total Exports Trail 2019 Levels

Year-to-date (January-November 2020) lobster exports to China, total 12.5 million pounds; a 130.4% increase year-over-year and are outpacing their 6-year average by 14.1%. Keep in mind that the live export market to China was derailed back in July 2018, when China placed heavy retaliatory tariffs on U.S. lobster imports. Up to that point, year-to-date (January-June 2018) exports totaled 11.7 million pounds, on track for a record-setting year...

 

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Prospect of China’s Domestic Seafood Looks Optimistic this Year

As available statistics show, China’s domestic seafood prices on average have increased by 0.28% in 2020 to 23.27 yuan/kilo compared with the previous year. Though the number looks small, it is comforting considering great damage brought by last year’s coronavirus. And the market prospect also looks rosy in this new year, said an insider.

Among the 49 seafood species included in the relevant market research, 21 of them have enjoyed some price increase. In view of time, some seafood prices have started to skyrocket in the end of last year. For example, one domestic crab was said to have gained greater popularity among consumers, and its price more than doubled at that time.

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China Suspends Shrimp Imports From Ecuadorian Establishment Due to White Spot Virus 

China is once again suspending shrimp imports from an Ecuadorian company. But this time it’s not COVID related.

On Monday the Ministry of Production, Foreign Trade, Investments and Fisheries (MCEIP) posted an update after receiving notification from the General Administration of Customs of China about the suspension of a shrimp export establishment. The reason was cited as the presence of White Spot Virus (WSSV). China’s customs agency had alerted the Embassy of Ecuador in Beijing, which then alerted MCEIP, which coordinates control actions and verifies...

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Imports of Pacific Cod, Atka Mackerel Increase from Russia, Habitat May Have Moved From Alaska

Importers of frozen cod and Atka mackerel are shifting from the United States, such as Alaska, to Russia. In addition to the low prices, Russian processors are expanding processing Atka mackerel for the Japanese market, and cod is likely to improve quality and increase volume due to changes in the fish habitat.

"Russia's Atka mackerel catch quota is about 20,000 tons. It was produced in the round for domestic consumption, exported to South Korea and China for processing...

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Massachusetts to Kick off Year-long 'Ropeless' Gear Feasibility Study

The state of Massachusetts is looking to see if the implementation of 'ropeless' fishing gear is a potential option for its lobster fishery.

The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) has launched a year-long scoping project to determine if ‘ropeless’ fishing gear in the New England lobster fishery.

According to the DMF, the project will be on an accelerated timeline and feature interviews from dozens of fishermen, technologists, policy experts, and scientists to evaluate the potential fishing method.

Funding from the project comes from...

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Russian Fishing Sector on Verge of Consolidation 

The Russian fishing sector is on the verge of consolidation due to the recently announced plans of the ex-governor of Primorye Sergey Darkin, the owner of the Nakhodka active marine fishing base (NBAMR)  one of Russia’s largest fish producers -  to acquire its major local rival - Okeanrybflot 

These plans have been recently reported by the Russian Kommersant business paper, citing its own sources 

According to estimates of Forbes Russiacurrently NBAMR holds quotas on the catch of 181,000 tonnes of fish annually. In 2019 it increased catch by 22%...

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Bristol Seafood Names Rick Espindola as VP of Procurement

Bristol Seafood announced Rick Espindola joined the company as Vice President of Procurement as it looks to grow its portfolio of premium seafood offerings. He previously spent time with Pescanova and was most recently the Managing Director of Superior Seafood Solutions.

Mr. Espindola noted, “Bristol is a socially responsible company focused on producing premium, sustainable seafood, and it starts at the source. I look forward to contributing towards Bristol’s mission to make seafood America’s favorite protein...

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The Latest Market Briefing is Here! 

Breakdown the poultry, egg, red meat and seafood markets with exclusive analysis from UB Market Reporters

Urner Barry is the leading provider of protein market news and information in the food industry. Through daily canvasses of the trade and an unrivaled historical database, our analysts are uniquely positioned to report on the underlying conditions and significant disruptors to the market. In this Market Briefing, Urner Barry reporters outline the latest action in the commodity protein markets, highlighting seasonal factors, disruptors, and current supply and demand fundamentals...

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Karen Hyun Appointed as Chief of Staff of NOAA by Biden-Harris Administration

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced new appointees to lead the agency under the Biden-Harris Administration. Among the list of new appointees is Karen Hyun, who will be serving as the new Chief of Staff of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 

Hyun joins the team at NOAA after previously spending four years at the National Audubon Society, where she served as the Vice President for Coastal Conservation, as well as Director of Water and Coastal Policy.

According to Hyun’s biography on the NOAA site...

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New NFI Chair Highlights Market Data and Expert Insights Available at Virtual GSMC

The President and CEO of Seattle Fish Co., Derek Figueroa, is the new Chair of the National Fisheries Institute. Figueroa helms the Denver-based seafood distributor that boasts more than a hundred years in business.

“Seattle Fish has a legacy of using technology and engagement to do more in the seafood space,” said Figueroa. “In 1918 this company created a cold chain system that used rail cars, sawdust and ice to transport fresh seafood to the landlocked state of Colorado...

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Clover Leaf Seafoods Recalls Sardines Products Due to Potential Presence of Dangerous Bacteria

Clover Leaf Seafoods announced a recall of its Clover Leaf brand Sardines Boneless Fillets - Garlic & Chive in Oil and Sardines Boneless Fillets - Smoked Jalapeño in Oil on January 22 due to the potential presence of Clostridium botulinum.

The product was distributed in retail locations in the following provinces: Alberta, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, possibly national and Quebec...

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USCG Rescues Three from F/V Sunup After Collision with Humboldt Bay Jetty

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three people after their commercial crab fishing boat lost propulsion and collided with the jetties while attempting to transit through the entrance channel in Humboldt Bay, Sunday.

At approximately 6:20 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 24, Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay watchstanders received a distress call from the F/V Sunup stating their vessel had propulsion problems and was on the south jetty rocks inside the channel.

Coast Guard personnel ...

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Pacific Halibut Catches for 2021 Projected to Be Higher

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

The Pacific halibut catch limits for this year won’t be revealed until Friday but reports claiming they will be higher has the industry buzzing. 

Last year’s total catch limit for the Pacific U.S. and British Columbia was 36.6 million pounds, of which 91% was taken by all users, meaning commercial, sport, subsistence, personal use and halibut taken in other fisheries as bycatch. 

Undercurrent News and global supplier Tradex based in British Columbia  both project the 2021 catch will be...

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Clearwater Seafoods Closes Deal With Premium Brands, First Nations Coalition

Premium Brands Holdings and FNC Holdings Limited Partnership, representing a coalition of Mi’kmaq First Nations have officially acquired Clearwater Seafoods, a historic transaction for the Canadian seafood industry.

The CAD $1billion (USD $785 million) acquisition received “overwhelming support” from Clearwater’s shareholders. Premium Brands and the Coalition acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares at a price of CAD $8.25 per share.

"I’m proud of this deal and confident it will enhance the culture of diversity and sustainable seafood excellence that Clearwater is known for...

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PODCAST: COVID Outbreaks at Alaska Plants; Indoor Dining Updates; 2020 Shrimp Landings and More

This week SeafoodNews Podcast co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione talk about the COVID outbreaks at Trident and UniSea's Alaska plants; indoor dining updates; 2020 shrimp landings and more!

This podcast is brought to you by Urner Barry’s Reporter magazine, which is out now! The latest issue is packed with great stories, including a food trend forecast for 2021, a look at how restaurants have introduced new design concepts as a result of the pandemic, the scoop on Mowi’s new Captain Omega line and more...

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ANALYSIS: Pangasius Imports Skyrocket 122 Percent

The pangasius market has slowly and steadily been rebuilding after a tumultuous few years stemming from a regulation shift in September of 2017 from the FDA to the USDA.

Since then, we saw record high wholesale and replacement prices, rising raw material and administrative costs, and lengthy delays due to new and in-depth inspection processes. In the wake of high prices in 2018, farming of the species increased and U.S. imports were strong. With higher volumes in inventory, and reports of consumption trailing...

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RCMP Ends Search For Missing Chief William Saulis Fishermen 

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) announced over the weekend that they are concluding their search for the five missing fishermen who were on board the Chief William Saulis when it sank in mid-December. 

The sinking of the scallop dragger in the Bay of Fundy last month captured headlines. On December 15 an emergency beacon was activated off the coast of Delaps Cove, prompting the search for the vessel and the sink crew. One member of the crew was found deceased that night, but the search did not turn up...

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Wild Alaskan Company Introduces Red King Crab Special in 2021

Wild Alaskan Company members are in for a treat in 2021, because on Monday the sustainable seafood company announced the launch of wild-caught, red king crab. 

“Wild Alaskan Company is thrilled to introduce red king crab, one of Alaska’s most famous and sought-after seafood choices,” said founder and CEO Arron Kallenberg. “A mainstay of Alaska’s seafood offerings, red king crab is the perfect choice to start the new year right. We’re beyond excited to share this special offering with our members nationwide...

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FISH Standard for Crew Names Seafood Industry Veteran as Executive Director 

FISH Standard for Crew, an independent certification program for labor practices aboard fishing vessels named Mike Kraft it's Executive Director.

Kraft has spent over 11 years as the Vice President of Global Sustainability and Social Responsibility at Bumble Bee Seafoods providing the program with strong knowledge and experience of social standards.

“As a United States Marine Corps officer for over a decade, who also happens to have an MBA, Mike brings outstanding leadership and business acumen to our organization,” said Fridrik Fridriksson, chair of the FISH Standard’s...

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Seaweed Can Help Reduce Methane Emissions From Cow Farts, Burps

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

"They are coming to take our cows away!" claim critics of the proposed Green New Deal that’s cropped up in Congress. The deal calls for major investments in clean-energy jobs and infrastructure to help transform to a more earth friendly economy.

It’s making farmers uneasy because fingers are pointing at cows as big polluters from all the methane gas they pass.

Most of the gas is actually belched from the cow’s mouth and not released from the back end...

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