Fri. May 24 2019

Over 50% of Gulf Snow Crab has been landed; Newfoundland at 66%  


Oceana Highlights Long Term Benefits of Rebuilt Northern Cod Fishery as DFO Readies Quota Call  


Third Period on Copper River Opens Long-Closed Chinook Areas


California Opens Rock Crab Fishery in Area Near Eureka  


Wild Alaska Pollock Groups Laud Partnerships Behind Sustainability Success Story


SeafoodNews Closed on Monday, May 27


VIDEO: Seafood Plant Reopening; Crab Meat Tariffs; Sea Delight Acquires Bonamar; Blue Apron Grilling  


Fishing Captain Sentenced for Unlawful Discharge of Pollutant After Reality TV Cameras Capture Video


CDC: Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Frozen Ground Tuna Appears to Be Over  


Congressman Don Young Takes Aim at Offshore Fish Farms


Fisheries Council of Canada Launches CANfish, New Annual Magazine


FISH-NL Takes A Stand Against Proposal to Grant Labrador Harvesters 25% of Northern Cod Quotas  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, May 24


Thu. May 23 2019

New Group Opening Former National Fish Plant in Gloucester, Will Work to Restart Matlaw’s Clam Brand


Seattle Port Would Sink Without Alaska's Fisheries


Salmon Abundance Declines in North Pacific, Catches Near All-Time Highs  


Russia Plans to Increase its Pelagic Fishing Operations This Year  


Sea Delight Acquires Bonamar's Brands and Trademarks  


China Contributes to Clearwater’s Higher Profits in the First Quarter This Year  


Sanford CEO Volker Kuntzsch Says Interim Results Satisfactory, Despite Challenges of Past Year


Trident Accepts FABI Award at National Restaurant Association Show for 10g Protein Noodles  


Egigik Salmon Cannery Santaska, Formerly Wards Cove, Now For Sale


FDA Launches Menu Labeling Social Media Toolkit


Georgia DNR Set to Open Shrimp Season, Close Oyster Harvest  


Canadian Government Providing Emergency Financial Assistance to Fish Harvesters Affected by Ice


Canada Partners with Global Fishing Watch to Continue Fight Against IUU Fishing


Captain D's Finds Exclusive Beverage Provider in PepsiCola


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, May 23


Wed. May 22 2019

ANALYSIS: Chinese Tariff's Impact on Red Swimming Crab Meat Market  


New Trawl Gear Delivering Higher Quality Catch is Approved in New Zealand


Consolidated Catfish to Take Over SouthFresh Alabama Plant, Keep it Operating  


MLMC Launches New Content Hub to Support Maine Lobster Distributors and Retailers  


South African Fisheries Scientist Awarded Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun  


UFA Hires Scott Kelley, Former ADF&G CommFish Director, as Executive Administrator


China: LDC-Haid JV Starts Work on Tianjin Aqua Feed Mill


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, May 22


Tue. May 21 2019

Newfoundland Crab Price Panel Lowers Price to $4.90 After Processors Appeal for Reconsideration  


Adak Groups, NOAA, and Secretary of Commerce Ross Appeal Decision to Rescind Amendment 113


Mary B II Hearing on Capsizing Incident Wraps Up in Newport, Oregon  


AAP Report Gives Pediatricians Data on Benefits of Increased Fish Consumption for Children


Oregon Shrimpers May Look to State for Oversight as Partial Strike Continues  


How AquaMaof is Setting Up Aquaculture Companies for Success


Shrimp Featured in Meal Kit Company Blue Apron's First Grilling Box  


Captain D's Opens 26th Restaurant in North Carolina


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, May 21


Mon. May 20 2019

The Winding Glass: Is the Seafood Industry Awash in Corruption?   


LISTEN: Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit Obsessed; Dolphin-Safe Tuna Suit; and More!  


Copper River Opener Sees Encouraging Start to 2019 Run


Russian Fish Harvests Level Off, Decrease After Years of Consecutive Growth  


Anchorage Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against BBRSDA’s Anti-Pebble Activities


Rising Demand, Unstable Supply Force China to Start Processing More Basa  


First Wild Copper River Salmon Delivered to Seattle by Alaska Air Cargo  


Shenzhen Customs Seizes 732 kg of Smuggled Geoducks from the U.S.  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, May 20


VIDEO: Urner Barry Staff Taste Test Vinalhaven Smoked Lobster  


Fri. May 17 2019

SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, May 17


Alaskans Enjoy the Journey of the First Copper River Salmon of the Year  


Trident Seafoods' Dan Murphy Joins Seafood Nutrition Partnership's Board of Directors


Frankenfish Name Embraced by Makers, Updates


New Season of "Chef's A' Field: Good Catch" to Feature Sustainable Seafood   


Vietnam Takes Advantage of U.S.-China Trade War  


Captain D's Reopens Corporate-Owned Tennessee Location A Little Over Year After Fire


VIDEO: Cheddar Bay Biscuits; DFO Closes Fishing Areas; Consumers Sue Canned Tuna Companies  


Fisheries Debate Over Marine Parks Heats Up On Eve of Australia’s General Election


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Over 50% of Gulf Snow Crab has been landed; Newfoundland at 66%

The latest Gulf quota report for areas 12, 18, 25 & 26 shows that 51% of the total quota has been harvested.  That means that 13,585 tons have been landed, out of a total Gulf quota of 27,742 tons.

In Newfoundland, landings for the inshore sector have reached 66% of the quota, meaning 7615 tons have been caught out of 22,378 tons.  Adding in the offshore quota, which includes NAFO areas beyond 200 miles, the total quota is 26,531, of which 60% has been harvested...

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Oceana Highlights Long Term Benefits of Rebuilt Northern Cod Fishery as DFO Readies Quota Announcement

Oceana has released a new economic study that says a rebuilt Northern Cod fishery, ie one where the stock has reached the reference limit, could support 16 times as many jobs, and 5 times the overall value of the cod fishery today in Newfoundland.

Their study says that the fishery could recover within 11 years, and grow in value from today's $36 million to $233 million.

“There is tremendous potential to rebuild northern cod to healthy levels...

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Third Period on Copper River Opens Long-Closed Chinook Areas

The third period of fishing on the Copper River opened yesterday and included areas that have been closed to Chinook fishing for many years, perhaps decades. These areas are inside the barrier sandbars that extend seaward and north-south along the coast from the mouth of the Copper River. They have been closed for perhaps a generation of fishermen, to protect chinook salmon that 'hole up' in the deeper areas behind the bars before entering the river to spawn. 

It is a hopeful sign to the fleet in Cordova that...

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SeafoodNews Closed on Monday, May 27

SeafoodNews will not be publishing on Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day. We will return to our normal publishing schedule on Tuesday, May 28.

In the meantime, catch up on our recent major news stories by checking our Featured Stories page.

You can also listen to episodes of the Seafood News Podcast here. Or you can watch Seafood News videos here. 

Have a great and safe Memorial Day Weekend!

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Wild Alaska Pollock Groups Laud Partnerships Behind Sustainability Success Story 

The Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) joined with NOAA Fisheries, At-Sea Processors Association and Marine Stewardship Council for a briefing gathered for a briefing to Congressional staff and NGO representatives connected to the seafood industry. The event, hosted by the Oceans Caucus Foundation (OCF), highlighted  the partnerships that serve to protect the species and provide for a vital business

Wild Alaska Pollock is the best example of how good business and healthy fish stocks go hand in hand was the message from the panelists...

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CDC: Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Frozen Ground Tuna Appears to Be Over

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an update this week announcing that the Salmonella Newport outbreak linked to frozen ground tuna imported from JK Fish of Vietnam appears to be over.

As we previously reported in mid-April, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CDC were investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections linked to frozen ground tuna. According to the CDC, a total of 13 people became ill between January 8, 2019 and March 20, 2019...

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Fisheries Council of Canada Launches CANfish, New Annual Magazine 

The Fisheries Council of Canada (FCC) has released a new publication for the seafood industry: CANfish.

CANfish is an annual magazine that was first released at Seafood Expo Global in Brussels earlier this month. According to the FCC, the magazine will replace their traditional products and services directory, which was previously published on an annual basis. Now, in addition to providing valuable buying and selling information for the marketplace, the CANfish publication also "tells the story of what the sector does, where the FCC sees the commercial fishery headed...

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Seattle Port Would Sink Without Alaska's Fisheries

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

If not for Alaska’s fisheries, the port of Seattle would not be what it is today. How important is Alaska to its bottom line?

An economic report released this month reveals that Seattle is home port to about 300 fishing vessels and of those, all but 74 make their fishing living in Alaska. The Seattle-based boats harvest Alaska pollock, Bering Sea crab, flounders, salmon and many other high value species, and they vary in size from huge, 150 crew catcher-processors to...

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Salmon Abundance Declines in North Pacific, Catches Near All-Time Highs

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

Salmon abundance in the North Pacific has declined somewhat over the past decade, but salmon catches remain near all-time highs. 

For over 25 years the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC) has summarized abundances and catches of salmon  as reported by its five member countries - Canada, Japan, Korea, Russia, and the U.S.  It tracks all salmon species caught in the North Pacific, Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk.

The Commission also provides the venue for...

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Sea Delight Acquires Bonamar's Brands and Trademarks

Sea Delight announced this week that they have acquired Bonamar's brands and trademarks, including the Sebastian Brand and other top seafood brands. According to SVP Cesar Bencosme, the acquisition of Bonamar is part of Sea Delight's plan to become a "major player in the crab category."

"Acquiring these brands and trademarks is transformational for Sea Delight as we step firmly into the crab category and further diversify our portfolio," the company said in a press release. "From the start of our involvement, we've been traveling to meet with team members, both global and...

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California Opens Rock Crab Fishery in Area Near Eureka

California officials have opened an area of the coastline near Eureka to commercial rock crab fishing that has been closed since late 2016 due to elevated domoic acid levels.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said Thursday that, following the recommendation of state health agencies, it will open the rock crab fishery from near Cape Mendocino in Humboldt County (40° 30.00’ N. Lat.) north to the Humboldt Bay entrance at the north jetty (40° 46.15’ N. latitude), including all ocean waters of Humboldt Bay...

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VIDEO: Seafood Plant Reopening; Crab Meat Tariffs; Sea Delight Acquires Bonamar; Blue Apron Grilling

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they discuss the reopening of the former National Fish & Seafood plant; the tariff impact on the red swimming crab meat market; Sea Delight acquiring Bonamar's brands and trademarks; and Blue Apron's brand new grilling box.

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Fishing Captain Sentenced for Unlawful Discharge of Pollutant After Reality TV Cameras Capture Video

In June 2017, Brannon Finney, captain of the F/V Alaskan Girl, was off the coast of Alaska with her crew filming for a possible cable TV reality show. That footage captured the crew unlawfully discharging pollutant into Sumner Strait. Now Finney has been ordered to pay up.

According to a news release from the Department of Justice, in June 2017 Finney and her crew were in route from Wrangell to Petersburg, Alaska with four bags that contained approximately 4,000 pounds of sandblast waste...

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Congressman Don Young Takes Aim at Offshore Fish Farms

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

Congressman Don Young helped toss out foreign fishing fleets from Alaska waters in 1976 and he wants to do the same with offshore fish farms.

“I’m trying to keep all fish farms off the Alaskan shores, that’s the big thing. It’s not just finfish there, it’s flatfish too, because they’ve got to feed them and it will contaminate our waters. And I don’t know who’s going to be involved in it. I’m supporting the state waters production of...

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New Group Quickly Opening Former National Fish Plant in Gloucester, Will Work to Restart Matlaw’s Clam Operation

A report by Sean Horgan in the Gloucester Times says that a deal has been reached to re-open the National Fish and Seafood plant, formerly part of Pacific Andes, that abruptly closed on May 10th.

“NSD Seafood is purchasing the assets of National Fish and Seafood” said Nicholas Osgood, a real estate professional and principal in the firm.   Two other real estate partners are involved as well.

A new company, to be called Atlantic Fish and Seafood, will be formed to...

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FISH-NL Takes A Stand Against Proposal to Grant Labrador Harvesters 25% of Northern Cod Quotas

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) announced this week that they are against a proposal that could see 25% of the northern cod quota allocated to harvesters from Labrador and processed there. According to Ryan Cleary, President of Fish-NL, the issue is granting one group or organization the percentage of the overall total allowable catch.

"The inshore harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador as a whole must be the principle beneficiary of adjacent fish stocks," Cleary said...

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Russia Plans to Increase its Pelagic Fishing Operations This Year

Russia may significantly increase its harvest of mackerel, sardines and other pelagic fish species this year, due to a significant increase of their stocks in the domestic territorial waters, according to recent statements of some leading Russian fishermen and experts of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture.

As planned, both for mackerel and sardines, the expected catch will be at least 300,000 tonnes. In the meantime, there are also plans for the increase of saury harvests.

According to fishermens’ plans, the peak of catch of...

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