Fri. Aug 14 2020

ANALYSIS: Imported Scallops Seeing Competition from Domestic Supply  


Alaska Fishing Updates for August 2020  


Fisheries Survival Fund Questions NOAA Over Decision to Reinstate Observers, But Cancel Surveys  


Two Studies Raise 'Critical' Questions On Disease Risks from Ocean Plastics


American Sword and Tuna Harvesters Call For Department of State to Help Imprisoned Captain Michael F


National Survey: Canadians Want Parties to Work Together to Manage Fisheries, Improve Enforcement


Nielsen Report Reveals How COVID-19 is Changing How People Shop


CFAP Expansion Provides Relief Opportunity for Louisiana Crawfish Industry  


Oregon Department of Agriculture Updates its Brand to Reflect New Dedication  


Mississippi Environmental Department Awarded $7.6 Million for Oyster Hatchery, Research Center  


DFO: At-Sea Observers Reinstated in NL Region After Waiver Due to Coronavirus


Vital Pet Life’s Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil Now Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Certified


Fishers from Taiwan Criticize Wind Turbine Project


COVID-19 Forces Technomic to Revise Foodservice Industry Forecasts


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, August 14


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  


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


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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


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, August 10


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


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ANALYSIS: Imported Scallops Seeing Competition from Domestic Supply

The smaller sized, slow-growing scallops located within the Nantucket Lightship Deep-South Area have created more opportunities for domestic product here in the U.S. Tariff and COVID-19 related setbacks aside, importers usually look to China bay scallops for the petite product at a value, however, as fishermen clear out the harvest from this area, new marketing opportunities for this class of scallops is emerging, overlapping with China bay scallop applications.

In looking at the latest import data, while 2020 year-to-date...

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Alaska Fishing Updates for August 2020

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Some upswings in salmon and updates on more Alaska fisheries.

Good pink salmon catches at Kodiak, Prince William Sound and Cook Inlet contributed the bulk of the nearly 10 million pinks taken over the last week. That’s pushed Alaska’s total salmon catch over the 90 million mark.  That’s about 65% of the 132 million salmon target for 2020.

In other fisheries – Southeast’s summer Dungeness crab fishery will close August 15 after a two month opener. A few million pounds should come out of that fishery. A second opener for shrimp has beam trawlers back out on the water. A lingcod fishery is ongoing in parts of Southeast and Prince William Sound.

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Fisheries Survival Fund Questions NOAA Over Decision to Reinstate Observers, But Cancel Surveys

Why are fishery surveys being canceled but at-sea-observers being reinstated? That’s the tough question that the Fisheries Survival Fund (FSF) is asking. FSF submitted a letter to NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator Chris Oliver on August 13, just one day before the resumption of observer programs in the Northeast region.

“As you know, FSF represents the significant majority of full-time Limited Access permit holders in the Atlantic scallop fishery,” the letter reads. “Our members are home-ported along the Atlantic Coast from Massachusetts through...

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American Sword and Tuna Harvesters Call For Department of State to Help Imprisoned Captain Michael Foy

American longline fishing boat captain Michael Foy has been imprisoned in the British Virgin Islands since June 8.  It’s now been months since his arrest, and now the American Sword and Tuna Harvesters are calling for the all relevant agencies of the United States Government to step in.

For those that haven’t been following the story of Foy, the captain, who lives in Puerto Rico, left on May 29 for a fishing expedition. He was detained in the British Virgin Islands on June 8...

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CFAP Expansion Provides Relief Opportunity for Louisiana Crawfish Industry 

U.S. Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA) described the inclusion of Louisiana crawfish in the USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) as a win.

This week, the USDA announced that 11 farmed seafood products including crawfish are now included in the CFAP, allowing farmers to obtain federal assistance after the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted markets.

“(CFAP) is going to help some of our guys out of a pinch as we all hold out hope that the tail-end of this thing is close,” Graves said...

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Mississippi Environmental Department Awarded $7.6 Million for Oyster Hatchery, Research Center 

A Mississippi delegation praised the $7.6 million award to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality which will be used to build an oyster hatchery and research center to be operated by the University of Southern Mississippi.

The funds were made available through the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act) which provides funding for Gulf Coast states affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

“The scientists at USM’s Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center have..."

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DFO: At-Sea Observers Reinstated in NL Region After Waiver Due to Coronavirus 

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada has removed the waiver on at-sea observers in the Newfoundland and Labrador region. As of Thursday, August 13, at-sea-observers on board fishing vessels are fully reinstated. 

“All fishers will be expected to comply with the observer-related conditions of their fishing licences,” the notice from the DFO reads. “Fishers and at-sea observer companies will also be expected to continue following provincial health guidelines for minimizing risks from COVID-19...

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Fishers from Taiwan Criticize Wind Turbine Project

Yunlin County-based fishers yesterday called on the Wpd Taiwan Energy to build its proposed offshore wind turbines farther away from coastal fishing areas and to stop threatening local fishers.

Wpd has been one of Taiwans major wind energy developers since it bought InfraVest Wind Power in 2016, including a projected windmill farm with 80 offshore wind turbines.

The turbines would be located in waters 8 to 17km off the nations west coast and produce 640 megawatts (MW), the companys Web site showed...

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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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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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Two Studies Raise 'Critical' Questions On Disease Risks from Ocean Plastics

Two separate studies have been released that raise questions on the role microplastics play as a carrier of pathogens as they move through the ocean. 

With millions of tons of plastic reaching the world's oceans every year - and trillions of particles floating on the surface - the potential impacts of plastic pollution are vast.

The University of Exeter and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) says critical questions remain about microplastics, which carry pathogens, and possible threats to food production and safety.

A second study, led by ...

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National Survey: Canadians Want Parties to Work Together to Manage Fisheries, Improve Enforcement

A nationwide survey in Canada conducted by Nanos Research found that the vast majority of Canadians want fisheries where everyone respects fishing regulations and that those regulations are properly enforced by the DFO.

The survey was commissioned by a coalition of fishing organizations.

"Some individuals are openly breaking the rules meant to keep our fisheries healthy and sustainable," said Maritime Fishermen's Union President Gaetan Robichaud.

"We need the Government of Canada to protect the public good. That means cracking down on all fishing outside of government established fishing seasons immediately..."

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Nielsen Report Reveals How COVID-19 is Changing How People Shop

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Oregon Department of Agriculture Updates its Brand to Reflect New Dedication

The Oregon Department of Agriculture announced this week it has updated its look with a new brand.

The new design is the result of a redesign effort intended to mirror the growth and transformation of ODA, the department said in a statement. 

The new logo, colors, and tagline -- Protect. Promote. Prosper. -- represent agriculture throughout the state of Oregon and ODA’s commitment to the industry, including its four seafood commodity commissions. The raising yellow sun represents the ...

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Vital Pet Life’s Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil Now Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Certified 

Los Angeles-based Vital Pet Life announced their Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil is certified 100% sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) earlier this week.

“Since Vital Pet Life was founded, our core values have always embraced the importance of sustainability and transparency. We are thrilled to announce that our Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil comes from a MSC certified sustainable fishery ensuring it is wild, traceable and sustainable,” said Donie Yamamoto, company founder.  

Sustainability for this product means that the salmon from which the oil is sourced...

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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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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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