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Jan 30 - FFAW Argues that Reference Point for Newfoundland Cod is Out of Date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


Jun 4 - Impacts of Acidic Oceans Revealed on Key Alaska Species


May 17 - Russia Says Volume of King Crab in Barents Sea May Equal Far East in a Few Years; Cod Catches Drop


May 14 - Russia Plans to Lift Restriction on Bering Sea Pollock, Cod Catch This Year


May 2 - ENGO Pushes for Significant Change in Canada's Fisheries Act


Apr 23 - Northern Cod Fisheries Improvement Project to Aid in Understanding of Stock Components


Apr 6 - Norway has Record Cod Exports This Quarter, Driven by Strong Demand for Clipfish, Saltfish


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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 24, 2018

Pier Fish Co. Inc., a leading processor of fresh and frozen seafood in New Bedford, Mass., has announced that Beth Hickam has joined the company as Vice President, West Coast Sales. In her new position, she will be responsible for further developing Pier Fish’s business with existing customers and also for establishing new relationships with retailers, wholesalers/distributors and foodservice operators throughout West Coast market areas.

Founded in 1910 and one of the oldest, continuously operating companies in the U.S. seafood industry, Pier Fish offers a ...

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Russian Leading Fish Producer Norebo Subjected to State Searches, Seizures

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - October 1, 2018

Russian leading fish producer Norebo (Karat) Group of Companies may experience serious difficulties doing further business in the Russian domestic market, due to the recently conducted massive searches and documents seizures at the Murmansk office of the company, as well at homes of senior employees of Norebo.

This has been confirmed by Norebo company official spokesman Sergey Sennikov, who said the seizure of company servers and computers of the endangers payment of wages to employees ...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton - September 18, 2018

The Trump administration, over tremendous industry opposition, went ahead with a new round of punitive tariffs on Chinese products sent to America.

The new tariffs were set at 10% initially, and will rise to 25% on Jan 1, 2019.

Despite over 6000 comments opposing the tariffs, few changes were made in the list to accommodate individual companies or industries.  The exception was Apple, which secured exemptions for its watch, airpods, and ...

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Iceland Seafood International Acquires Solo Seafood Ehf  

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 1, 2018

Iceland Seafood International (ISI) has finalized the terms and has formally purchased Solo Seafood ehf, the sole owner of Icelandic Iberica and Ecomsa in Spain and Achernar in Argentina. The merging of the businesses has been finalized but is subject to certain conditions including the required approval by ISI shareholders. ISI made the decision to buy Solo Seafood after seeing positive 2017 performances and the profit Solo Seafood made in 2018.

Solo Seafood is owned by Sjávarsýn, FISK ...

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Russian Ban on Transhipping on Foreign Vessels Could Cripple Fishing Industry

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - July 29, 2018

The Russian fishing industry is on the verge of serious losses, due to the recent national Federal Security Service (FSB) warnings to fishing companies about new requirements limiting foreign transport ships and tenders.

The introduction of these new requirements have already been confirmed by the All-Russian Association of Fishermen (VARPE), a public association that unites some leading Russian fish producers.

Previously, such requirements were not imposed if the foreign vessel had the right to operate under the Russian flag and was ...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton – October 25, 2018

unlimited usage, navigator magazineOne of the characteristics of fisheries is that decisions about harvests run on two tracks:  the scientific track of what can be caught sustainably, and the allocation track, where fishers and gear sectors fight over who gets what proportions of the catch.

With Newfoundland’s 3Ps cod, mixing up these two tracks can take a relatively clear picture and turn it to mud. 

This was the effect of FFAW-Unifor President Keith Sullivan’s statement ...

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Imported Seafood Lures More Chinese Foodies, According to JD Report

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [WCHB.cjn] translated by Amy Zhong - October 15, 2018

On Oct. 8, JD has released its consumption report for this National Day. As statistics show, the giant’s online sales value has risen nearly 40 percent during this seven-day holiday compared with that of last year. Meanwhile, the sales of Norwegian cod and French blue lobsters have more than doubled at its physical supermarkets, 7FRESH, compared with the previous week.

The home-delivery sector of JD has seen an increase of 44 percent in its online sales of ...

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Cod Catches, Hatcheries Shuffle Alaska Fish Board Line Up

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - September 18, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch … 

The state Board of Fisheries has a packed early line up when it meets for five days next month in Anchorage.

This year’s meeting cycle focuses on fisheries at Chignik, Bristol Bay, the Alaska Peninsula and the Bering Sea but others also are on the list – notably hatcheries.

Some stakeholders believe increased numbers of hatchery fish pose a risk to wild salmon stocks and a major study is underway ...

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Cod Study Shows Encouraging Signs

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - August 8, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Tiny cod fish are appearing around Kodiak. It could be a blip or an indication that cod stocks are recovering after the stock crashed from several years of too warm water. 

“A lot can happen in that first year of life that we would like to learn more about to predict whether or not these year classes that come through are actually going to survive. But there is always this variability and uncertainty that we have to be braced for.”

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden – July 31, 2018

A new state-owned fish producer may soon be established in Russia, according to recent statements of some leading Russian fish producers and sources in Rosrybolovstvo. It could hold a large number of fish quotas available in the Russian fish market and compete with the current market leaders.

The new fish producer will be established on the basis of the already existing FSUE "Natrbresource," a state enterprise that operates coastal port facilities in several regions of Russia, including the Kaliningrad Sea Fishing Port, as well as ...

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