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Apr 3 - Norway Exports of Fresh Cod Decline in First Quarter of 2019; Frozen Cod Volumes Increase


Apr 1 - China's Seafood Trade Continues Growth Trend


Mar 29 - Russia Plans to Force More Domestic Processing of Pollock, Crab by Fiat


Mar 25 - Russian Fish Producer Norebo Plans to Expand Fishing Fleet with 10 New Vessels/Processors


Mar 13 - IKEA Canada Adds Sustainable Salmon Balls to Restaurant Menus


Mar 8 - VIDEO: Farmed Salmon Update; Lent Seafood; MSC Gulf Snow Crab; SeaPak Budweiser Partnership


Mar 7 - Norwegian Frozen Cod Exports Drop Slightly in February, But Up Overall For the Year


Mar 6 - Shoney’s Kicks Off Seafood Season with New Menu Items, Enhanced Seafood Fresh Food Bar


Mar 6 - Chick-Fil-A Promotes its Cod Sandwich for Lent


Feb 22 - VIDEO: Ocean Beauty & Findus; Wendy’s Cod Sandwich; Trident Target of EPA Fine; and More


Feb 21 - Wendy’s Brings Back North Pacific Cod Sandwich for Lent Despite Pollock Price Difference


Feb 20 - Study: Ocean Acidification Harms Atlantic Cod


Feb 20 - Alaska Fishing Updates for February


Feb 5 - Norwegian Frozen Cod Exports Rise in January 2019


Feb 4 - French Documentary on Cod Soaking Causing Problems in Norway


Jan 30 - FFAW Argues that Reference Point for Newfoundland Cod is Out of Date


Jan 28 - Prince William Sound Waters Open for Pacific Cod Today


Jan 28 - Russia Considers Adding Pollock, Herring and Cod to 'No History' Quota Auctions This Year


Jan 16 - Data on Alaska Fish Catches, Prices, Processor Sales by AK Region


Jan 7 - Norwegian Seafood Exports Set Record; Just Miss 100 Billion Kroner Mark


Jan 4 - Icewater Seafoods Founder Bruce Wareham Dies at 75


Jan 3 - Russia Initiates Plans for Pollock, Crab Harvests in Arctic Seas This Year


Jan 2 - Alaska Fishing Gears Up for 2019


Dec 11 - Alaska State Cod Winter/Spring TAC Near 8 Million Pounds After Reallocation from Bering Sea


Dec 10 - Norway Reports 10% Growth in Export Value for Salmon, Increase in Cod Exports in November


Nov 26 - Russia Expects Record Fish Harvests This Year; Salmon Growth Almost Doubles


Nov 21 - Trident’s Protein Noodles Top Winner at Alaska Seafood Contest


Nov 21 - Kuril Islands Resolution with Japan Could Mean Huge Losses for Russian Seafood Industry


Nov 9 - Halibut’s a Wrap But There’s Lots of Fishing Going on Across Alaska


Oct 26 - Electronic Monitoring Expands, Nov. 1 Deadline to Sign On


Oct 25 - Is FFAW Crying Wolf Over 3Ps Cod: Inshore Sector Increased Their Catches as Stock Remained Low


Oct 24 - Pier Fish Co. Names Beth Hickam to Vice President of West Coast Sales


Oct 15 - Imported Seafood Lures More Chinese Foodies, According to JD Report


Oct 1 - Russian Leading Fish Producer Norebo Subjected to State Searches, Seizures


Sep 18 - Cod Catches, Hatcheries Shuffle Alaska Fish Board Line Up


Sep 18 - 10% Tariffs on $200 Billion Chinese Exports Take Effect; Some Pollock and Cod Products May be Exempt


Aug 8 - Cod Study Shows Encouraging Signs


Aug 1 - Iceland Seafood International Acquires Solo Seafood


Jul 31 - New Russian State Producer Could Pose Direct Competition to Traditional Fishing Companies


Jul 19 - Russian Ban on Transhipping on Foreign Vessels Could Cripple Fishing Industry


Jul 10 - Icewater Seafoods Receives Investment Support For Equipment Upgrades From Canadian Government


Jul 6 - Rosrybolovstvo Makes Second Attempt to Set Up State Sponsored Chain of Low-Priced Fish Stores


Jul 3 - Summer Reading: Check Out 16 Must-Read Fishing and Seafood Books


Jul 2 - ICES Lowers Catch Advice on Barents Sea Cod and Haddock, Little Recruitment Occurring


Jun 29 - Newfoundland Cod Pot Study Says CPUE Can be Increased Nearly 150% With Right Design


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Norway Exports of Fresh Cod Decline in First Quarter of 2019; Frozen Cod Volumes Increase

The Norwegian Seafood Council released export data for the first quarter of 2019 and is reporting a decline in the volume of fresh cod. According to the data, the volume of fresh cod fell 22%, with just 25,200 tons exported.

"Reduced quotas and a prolonged period of bad weather mean that less raw material has been brought to the market," said Norwegian Seafood Council analyst Ingrid K. Pettersen. "This is evident in the figures for fresh cod exports...

 

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China's Seafood Trade Continues Growth Trend

China's seafood industry set new records last year for trade. Trading volume increase 3.33% to reach 9.544 million tons, while the value increased 14.44% to $37.188 billion USD. To be specific, its export volume contracted by 0.4% to only 4.322 million tons, but the value rose 5.56% to $22.326 billion USD. And the import volume rose by 6.64% to 5.222 million tons, while the value jumped by 30.99% to $14.861 billion USD.

With regard to exports, tilapia is still popular among foreign buyers and they have enjoyed increased...

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Russian Fish Producer Norebo Plans to Expand Fishing Fleet with 10 New Vessels/Processors

Norebo, one of Russia’s largest fish producers and processors and owned by a local fish tycoon Vitaly Orlov, has reached an agreement with Russian shipbuilder Severnaya Verf, to build an additional four new fish trawler-processors during the next several years, according to the company.

So far, Norebo has already ordered six large fish trawlers from Severnaya Verf, while the new contract, worth of RUB 16 billion ($300 million USD), means the total number of ordered vessel is now 10 units...

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VIDEO: Farmed Salmon Update; Lent Seafood; MSC Gulf Snow Crab; SeaPak Budweiser Partnership

SeafoodNews Weekly Recap's Lorin Castiglione is back! Watch Lorin and co-host Amanda Buckle reunite on screen as they talk about the latest farmed salmon market update; Lent seafood offerings; the MSC Gulf Snow Crab Certificate; and SeaPak's partnership with Budweiser.

This video is sponsored by the Urner Barry Executive Conference, now the premier event for the seafood industry. The Executive Conference, taking place at the Bellagio in Las Vegas from April 28th to the 30th, is expanding this year and...

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Shoney’s Kicks Off Seafood Season with New Menu Items, Enhanced Seafood Fresh Food Bar

Shoney’s has some new seafood offerings – and just in time for Lent.

The Lenten season begins on Wednesday, and now through April 21 Shoney’s is offering their guests the best seafood prepared with “Shoney’s signature quality.”

“Shoney’s prides itself on giving our valued guests what they want when they want it,” said Shoney’s Chairman and CEO, David Davoudpour. “And now, it’s the season for seafood and we’re serving the finest the ocean has to offer. This year’s Seafood Fest will satisfy our guests at every level...

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VIDEO: Ocean Beauty & Findus; Wendy’s Cod Sandwich; Trident Target of EPA Fine; and More

Watch the latest Seafood News Weekly Recap with host Amanda Buckle. This week on the video we talk about Ocean Beauty Seafoods partnering with Findus; Wendy's North Pacific Cod Sandwich; Trident being targeted by the EPA; and NOAA setting specifications for fishing year 2019.

This video is sponsored by the Urner Barry Executive Conference, now the premier event for the seafood industry. The Executive Conference, taking place at the Bellagio in Las Vegas from April 28th to the 30th...

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Study: Ocean Acidification Harms Atlantic Cod

According to a new study conducted by scientists from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, ocean acidification could be harming Atlantic cod.

The study, which was completed with the aid of scientists from France and Norway, was recently published in the scientific journal Global Change Biology. The scientists looked at previously published papers, that found that “less cod larvae survive” due to ocean acidification. What the researchers from GEOMAR found was that “even the surviving larvae have significant organ damages and developmental delays.” Looking specifically at...

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Norwegian Frozen Cod Exports Rise in January 2019

Norway kickstarted 2019 with a new record in seafood exports. The Norwegian Seafood Council announced on Tuesday that seafood exports totaled 200,600 tons, worth NOK 8.6 billion in January. While volume exported did reduce, the value increased 13% compared to January 2018.

“2018 was a record year for seafood exports, and we begin the new year with strong numbers,” Asbjørn Warvik Rørtveit, the Norwegian Seafood Council’s Director for Market Insight and Access, said in a statement. “Seafood export values have never been higher during the month of January...

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FFAW Argues that Reference Point for Newfoundland Cod is Out of Date

The DFO held a technical briefing in Newfoundland yesterday on the Limit reference point for Northern Cod.

Under Canadian fisheries management, this is the key determination that tells whether a fishery is in a ‘critical’ or cautious zone, similar to NOAA’s concept of whether a species is overfished.

The purpose of the meeting in St. John’s was to evaluate how the Limit Reference Point for northern cod was developed, and whether it is still appropriate.

The current reference point is 900,000 tons, representing the average...

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Russia Considers Adding Pollock, Herring and Cod to 'No History' Quota Auctions This Year

The Russian government will consider the possibility of extending the list of fish species quotas that will be open to oligarch investors with no fishing history in Russia.  These quotas for which catch will be distributed through the auctions will be open to companies that do not have any prior fishing history,  according to recent statements of the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo) and some senior officials of the Ministry of Agriculture.

According to initial state plans, only crab quotas would have become a subject of these 'no history' auctions. However, these plans were revised later by the government, in an attempt to increase revenue from the seafood industry to the federal budget...

 

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Norwegian Seafood Exports Set Record; Just Miss 100 Billion Kroner Mark

The Norwegian Seafood Council has confirmed that Norway set a new record with seafood exports in 2018. According to the organization, the country exported 2.7 million tons of seafood to “reach a new record of NOK 99 billion in 2018.”

“Although we did not pass the magical NOK 100 billion marker, this has been another good year for Norwegian seafood exports,” Norwegian Seafood Council CEO Renate Larsen said in a news release. “In summary, records were broken for Norwegian seafood, both in terms of export value and...

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Russia Initiates Plans for Pollock, Crab Harvests in Arctic Seas This Year

Russia plans to start more active production of pollock and crab in its Arctic seas during the next several years, according to recent statements of some leading Russian fish producers and officials from Rosrybolovstvo, the Russian fisheries agency.

Plans include increasing production of pollock and crab the Chukchi Sea - a marginal sea of the Arctic Ocean, bounded on the west by Long Strait, off Wrangel Island, and on the east by Point Barrow, Alaska. Implementation of these plans is already scheduled for the current...

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Alaska State Cod Winter/Spring TAC Near 8 Million Pounds After Reallocation from Bering Sea

The Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game has announced the TACs for the inshore state water cod season for 2019.

The three fishing areas are Kodiak, Chignik, and the South Peninsula.  The allocations are divided between pot and jig vessels, with most being allocated to pots.

For Kodiak, the total is 2.1 million lbs, evenly divided between pot and jig.  There is no size limit on vessels, but pot gear vessels greater than 58 feet, such as most of those that...

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Russia Expects Record Fish Harvests This Year; Salmon Growth Almost Doubles

Russia expects a record fish catch this year since the beginning of 1980s, according to recent statements of an official spokesman of the Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo).

According to deputy head of Rosrybolovstvo, Vasily Sokolov, the volume of catch this year will be more than 5 million tons – a record in the post-Soviet period and in the history of modern Russia.

Sokolov added that salmon has accounted for the biggest growth. According to data of Rosrybolovstvo, more than 677,000 tonnes of salmon were ...

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Kuril Islands Resolution with Japan Could Mean Huge Losses for Russian Seafood Industry

Russian leading fishery companies may bear multi-million dollar losses due to the possible transfer of the Kuril Islands to Japan, which is currently being discussed between the governments of Russia and Japan.

According to some Russian experts, both countries have never been so close to a solution of the issue of Kuril Islands since the end of World War II. The potential transfer were part of recent talks between Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which were conducted in Singapore.

For Russian fishermen, the transfer ...

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Electronic Monitoring Expands, Nov. 1 Deadline to Sign On

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - October 26, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch –

November 1 is the deadline for pot cod and longline vessels fishing in federal waters to sign up for electronic monitoring of their catches instead of onboard observers for 2019. And the EM program has been expanded to include more and larger boats.

This year was the first time that the EM systems got the go ahead for use on boats under 60 feet.

“It was an alternative to having to ...

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Russia Plans to Force More Domestic Processing of Pollock, Crab by Fiat

The Russian government plans to seriously tighten control for the sales of fish and seafood both in the domestic market and abroad with the aim to ensure additional supplies of domestic catch to local customers, according to recent statements of Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo) representatives.

According to Ilya Shestakov, head of Rosrybolovstvo, the government is continuing its work on the design of a new federal law that will set new standards for fish trade in Russia and the...

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IKEA Canada Adds Sustainable Salmon Balls to Restaurant Menus

Forget about IKEA’s Swedish meatballs. IKEA Canada shoppers can now indulge in salmon balls. The home furnishing retailer announced on Tuesday that they have introduced salmon balls to the restaurant menus from “coast to coast.”

IKEA’s salmon balls are made from ASC-certified salmon, with the addition of MSC-certified cod. But in addition to being sustainably sourced, the new menu items are also responsibly produced in that they are made from smaller sections of salmon that “cannot be used as fillets...

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Norwegian Frozen Cod Exports Drop Slightly in February, But Up Overall For the Year

The Norwegian Seafood Council is reporting that 17,000 tons of frozen cod have been exported so far this year – an increase in volume of 11%.

In February the largest recipients of frozen cod were China, the UK and the Netherlands. But while exports of frozen cod for the year are up, they were down for the month of February when comparing to the previous month. In February 7,200 tons of frozen cod were exported, a decrease in volume of 4%. Looking back to January...

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Chick-Fil-A Promotes its Cod Sandwich for Lent

Chick-Fil-A is bringing back its cod sandwich at participating locations, menued as catch of the day.

The Lent offering will be available from March 6th until April 20th.  

The company has offered a fish sandwich during Lent in the past as well.

According to a release on the company’s website, they will also offer a deluxe fish sandwich with cheese, and 2 and 3 count fish  meals with waffle fries.

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Wendy’s Brings Back North Pacific Cod Sandwich for Lent Despite Pollock Price Difference 

The North Pacific Cod Sandwich is back at Wendy’s – and just in time for Lent.

The North Pacific Cod Sandwich is a limited time menu option added just once a year. The Lenten season staple starts with a wild-caught North Pacific cod fillet, which is hand-cut and lightly breaded with crispy panko crumbs. The fillet is topped with a creamy dill tartar sauce, dill pickles and crisp lettuce and served to fish lovers on a toasted bun.

While fast food chains like...

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Alaska Fishing Updates for February

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – There’s lots of February fishing going on.

Hundreds of boats of all types are out in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea targeting pollock, cod, flounders and other whitefish.

The Bering Sea snow crab fishery is still ongoing and openers for their bigger cousin, bairdi Tanners, kicked off on February 12 in Southeast Alaska. The duration will depend on how the catches go in specific regions for 62 participants and it’s likely to last a few weeks. The Tanner harvest should top one million pounds...

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French Documentary on Cod Soaking Causing Problems in Norway

A French TV documentary titled "Mollo sur le cabillaud" (Easy on the Cod) has sparked a marketing debate in Norway.

Cod is the second most popular fish in France, after salmon, and most of the cod eaten there is Norwegian cod sent to China for processing, and then imported back to Europe.

The problem, as usual, is the amount of undeclared water and tripolyphosphate added to increase the weight of the fillets.

The French film crew sent a reporter to the...

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Prince William Sound Waters Open for Pacific Cod Today 

The Prince William Sound state water fishery for Pacific cod using pots will open today at noon Alaska time. 

The guideline harvest level (GHL) for the PWS Pacific cod state-waters season is 936,965 lb, with 85% or 796,420 lb allocated to vessels using longline gear and 15% or 140,545 lb allocated to vessels using pot or jig gear. That is 425 mt, slightly less than the 450 mt GHL in 2018.  

Last year saw an 80 percent drop in cod landings in one year. In 2017, the GHL for ...

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Data on Alaska Fish Catches, Prices, Processor Sales by AK Region

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

One click will take you to a site that can tell you all you need to know about prices and landings for nearly every Alaska fish species by region, how much was processed and into what products, and what processors sold it for.

It’s called the Commercial Fisheries Statistics and Data page on the Department of Fish and Game website and it extends back to the early 1980s.

For salmon, charts and graphs show...

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Icewater Seafoods Founder Bruce Wareham Dies at 75

Icewater Seafoods announced today that Bruce Wareham, well-known and well-respected pioneer in Canada’s seafood industry, passed away on January 4, at age 75, after a brief battle with cancer. Bruce was a long-time Senior Executive with National Sea Products Ltd. which became High Liner Foods Inc. and ultimately Founder and Chairman of the Icewater Group of Companies. 

During his 55-year career in the seafood industry, Bruce was a leader in innovation, adaptation to change, and quality-focused seafood processing.

Bruce was a long serving Board Member of...

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Alaska Fishing Gears Up for 2019

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch…. January marks the start of Alaska’s largest fisheries - and that means more jobs than any other Alaska industry!

Salmon will always be the heart of Alaska’s fisheries. That’s why many people think of summer as the fishing season.

But that’s not the case.  The heart of winter is when most of Alaska’s largest fisheries get underway each year.

On January first, hundreds of boats with hook and line gear or huge pots begin plying the waters of...

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Norway Reports 10% Growth in Export Value for Salmon, Increase in Cod Exports in November

The Norwegian Seafood Council has released their numbers for November. The organization is reporting that Norway exported a total of 276,000 tons of seafood for the month.

Of the 276,000 tons, salmon contributed 101,000 tons. While the export volume is at the same level as November 2017, the export value increased by 10% this year.

“Despite economic downturns and rising salmon prices, Italy is still experiencing a salmon boom,” Trym Eidem Gundersen explained in a press release from the Norwegian Seafood Council...

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Trident’s Protein Noodles Top Winner at Alaska Seafood Contest

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

Trident’s Protein Noodles took top honors at the Symphony of Seafood, winning first place in the retail category and the Seattle’s People’s Choice. The top winners were announced Monday at Pacific Marine Expo.

The refrigerated noodles are pollock-based and touted as a high protein, gluten free alternative to wheat-based pastas that contain loads of carbs and sugars.  Just heat them up and add sauce! The protein noodles will debut at Costco stores early next year ...

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Halibut’s a Wrap But There’s Lots of Fishing Going on Across Alaska

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - November 9, 2018

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Halibut’s a wrap but there’s lots of fishing going on across Alaska.

As some Alaska fisheries wind down for the year, others are still going strong.

In Southeast, a fishery opened on November 8 for seven different kinds of rockfish.

About 170 divers are still going down for more than 1.7 million pounds of sea cucumbers, and more than 700,000 pounds of giant geoduck clams ...

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