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Jun 25 - JAPAN: Black Cod Prices Fall Due to COVID-19 Pandemic


Jun 19 - Relief Funds for 2018 Gulf Cod Crash Delayed Slightly Due to COVID


May 26 - ASMI Japan Campaign: "Eat Alaskan Seafood and Boost your Immunity!"


May 21 - China’s Seafood Imports are Recovering Better in the Fishing Off-Season


May 11 - ANALYSIS: Cod Imports Increase Outside of China


May 7 - Alaska Fish Radio: Fishing Updates for May 2020


Apr 24 - Russian Fish Producers and Processors Hope for Diversification of their Export Supplies This Year


Apr 23 - Atlantic Groundfish Council Responds to DFO’s 2020 Northern Cod Science Assessment


Apr 21 - The Winding Glass: Walking the Tightrope of Survival


Apr 20 - Russian Fisherman Plan to Increase Catch This Year Despite COVID-19 and Economic Recession


Apr 14 - Chinese Seafood Industry Struggling with the Coronavirus Closing Foreign Doors


Apr 7 - Alaska Wants Input on Distributing Cod Crash Relief Funds


Mar 25 - An Increase in Home Consumption Pushed February Seafood Sales at Japanese Supermarkets


Mar 23 - Russian Fisherman May Suspend Catch in Northern Basin


Mar 12 - A Look at How China's Seafood Market Grew in 2019


Mar 12 - Alaska Fishing Updates for March 2020


Mar 9 - LISTEN: Boston Seafood Show Postponed; Lent QSR Roundup; Maine Lobster Landings and More


Mar 6 - Cod Crash Caused by Warm Sea Bottom, Loss of Spawning Grounds


Feb 26 - ANALYSIS: Salmon, Cod and Tilapia the All-Stars at Retail During Lent


Feb 26 - Lent 2020: What 15 QSRs and Fast Casual Restaurants Are Offering on their Menus this Year


Feb 24 - These are the Top 10 Seafood Items Consumed in the U.S. for 2018


Feb 18 - Smashburger Introduces Pacific Cod Sandwich, First Ever Fish Entrée Ahead of Lent


Jan 17 - Russia Puts Big Hopes on its White Fish Exports in Years to Come


Dec 27 - Looking Ahead at Alaska 2020 Fishing


Dec 23 - LISTEN: Alaska Cod Fishery Update; GE Salmon Label; Charlie the Tuna Doll and More


Dec 18 - EU Council Takes Action to Limit Socioeconomic Impact of Baltic Cod and Western Herring Quota Cuts


Dec 18 - Russia May Lose Quotas for Fish Harvest in Northwestern Atlantic


Dec 17 - AK Could Get State Waters Cod Fishery, Decision Coming Shortly


Dec 16 - Study: Decline of Baltic Cod Linked to Hypoxia, Climate Change


Dec 10 - The Winding Glass: Lack of Cod Killing Alaskan Communities, as State and Council Punt on any Relief


Dec 9 - Russia Expects Significant Seafood Export Growth This Year


Nov 27 - Symphony Winners: Cod Fry Kit, Kelp Salsa, Wild Pollock Wings


Oct 28 - North Pacific Council Takes Up Amendment 113; Adak Cod Fishery Still Uncertain


Oct 18 - Cod or Haddock? UMass Amherst Taste Test Looks at ‘Name Bias’ and Fisheries Sustainability


Oct 9 - Norwegian Seafood Council: Cod is Still on the Menu


Oct 3 - America’s Cod Company Debuts More Products


Oct 1 - LISTEN: North Sea Cod Loses MSC Cert.; Pebble Mine Update; Final Alaska Salmon Numbers and More


Sep 30 - Chinese Customs Uncovers Seafood Smuggling Case Worth 100 Million Yuan


Sep 27 - VIDEO: North Sea Cod Loses MSC Cert.; Shrimp Tariffs Support; Salmon Hits D.C. and More


Sep 12 - UK Retail Giant ASDA to Feature Seafood from Norway


Aug 29 - RFC Commissions New Processing Facility in Murmansk


Aug 14 - NFI Releases "Proper Perspective" On Latest Mercury Study About Cod and Tuna


Aug 7 - Strong Value Boosts Norwegian Seafood Exports in July


Aug 6 - Alaska Fishing Updates for August 2019


Jul 26 - Russia Plans Production Increases, Diversification of Seafood Exports this Year


Jul 12 - FISH-NL Seeking Immediate Halt to All Fishing for Northern Cod Outside Stewardship Fishery


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JAPAN: Black Cod Prices Fall Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Wholesale price of dressed Alaskan black cod in 4/5 pounds (longline caught) has dropped 100 yen ($0.94) to 1100-1200 yen/kg ($10.29-11.23) since the arrival of new catch this year after the holidays in May. This is due to the fact that demand for eating out around the world has fallen due to the coronavirus pandemic and the increase in catch quotas. However, in Japan, sales are relatively firm according to a trading company source, according to Minato Shimbun...

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Relief Funds for 2018 Gulf Cod Crash Delayed Slightly Due to COVID

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

The process to get relief payments into the hands of fishermen and communities hurt by the 2018 Gulf of Alaska cod crash is delayed a bit due to upheavals stemming from the coronavirus. 

In late February the U.S. Secretary of Commerce cut loose $24,416,440 for affected stakeholders.

Then, on March 20 Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game Commissioner Doug Vincent-Lang proposed a written timeline for developing a distribution plan and...

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China’s Seafood Imports are Recovering Better in the Fishing Off-Season

This May has witnessed the beginning of China’s fishing off-season, and some seafood prices have started to increase. The imported seafood market has also begun to rebound in the Asian country, which is gradually recovering from the coronavirus, though it is still haunted by some uncertainties in the near future.

Since early May, salmon, for example, has seen noticeable increase of both sales and prices in this oriental market. There is even shortage in some regions due to lower supply...

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Alaska Fish Radio: Fishing Updates for May 2020

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

Alaska’s salmon season officially kicks off one week from today on May 14 at Copper River near Cordova with a 12 hour opener for kings and sockeyes. Other salmon fisheries will follow across the state in coming weeks.

Alaska’s total salmon catch for 2020 is projected at just under 133 million fish this year,  a 36 percent drop from the 208 million fish taken in 2019.

The state’s largest herring fishery at Togiak in Bristol Bay opened on May 3...

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Atlantic Groundfish Council Responds to DFO’s 2020 Northern Cod Science Assessment

On Friday the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) released their latest stock status assessment on northern cod. According to the report, “survey indices suggest that recently observed stock growth (2012-2016) may have stalled.” Because of the results, the Atlantic Groundfish Council, an industry group that represents year-round groundfish harvesters across Atlantic Canada, is recommending that the 2020 catch should be limited to no more than the 10,000mt landed in 2019.

“The information provided by DFO suggests the...

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Russian Fisherman Plan to Increase Catch This Year Despite COVID-19 and Economic Recession  

Despite the ongoing spread of COVID-19 and the associated economic crisis in Russia, local fisherman continue to increase the volume of their catch this year, according to recent statements made by representatives of producers and industry analysts.  

According to latest data, issued by the Russian Rosrybolovstvo, since the beginning of the current year total fish catch in Russia has grown by 6.3% on year-on-year basis, up to 1.62 million tonnes 

Most of this catch accounted for pollock, the volume of which...

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Alaska Wants Input on Distributing Cod Crash Relief Funds; Better Make It Quick, Deadline is April 10

The State of Alaska wants input on plans to distribute nearly $24.5 million in federal disaster relief funds for stakeholders and communities hurt by the 2018 Gulf of Alaska cod crash.

Better make it quick – the deadline to comment is April 10.

Cod is Alaska’s second largest groundfish harvest (after pollock), but the Gulf stock dropped by 80% in 2018 following a three year heatwave that disrupted food webs, fish metabolism and egg survival on the ocean floor. It combined to...

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Russian Fisherman May Suspend Catch in Northern Basin  

Russian fishermen operating in the Northern basin have warned the national government about the existing risks of the suspension of the further catch in the Barents Sea. 

According to fishermen, due to quarantine measures implemented at foreign ports, the losses of the local fishermen operating in the Barents Sea may reach RUB 70 billion (US$900 million) by May. 

German Zverev, President of the All-Russian Association of Fishery Enterprises, Entrepreneurs and Exporters (VARPE), in an interview to some Russian media, confirmed such risks...

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Alaska Fishing Updates for March 2020

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

March marks the start of halibut and herring fisheries but there’s not a lot of good news this go around.

The eight month long Pacific halibut fishery is set to open on March 14 amidst a grim market outlook due in part to the coronavirus. Most of Alaska’s 17 million pound halibut catch goes to markets in the U.S. but transportation by flight is getting more sketchy and many stores and restaurants are devoid of customers. 

In Southeast Alaska, no ferries means no halibut shipments...

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Cod Crash Caused by Warm Sea Bottom, Loss of Spawning Grounds

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Keys to the Gulf cod crash.

Warmer temperatures on the ocean bottom were key in causing the  cod crash in the Gulf of Alaska.

That’s the conclusion of a NOAA Fisheries study that connected low numbers of cod larvae, juveniles and adults to loss of spawning grounds in the 2013–2016 heatwave called “the Blob” – the largest warm anomaly ever recorded in the North Pacific.

Pacific cod are unique among all cod species because they only spawn once in a season...

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Lent 2020: What 15 QSRs and Fast Casual Restaurants Are Offering on their Menus this Year

February 26 is Ash Wednesday and the first day of Lent. Those who observe the Christian holy day refrain from eating meat on Fridays during the six weeks of Lent, as well as on Ash Wednesday. In an effort to accommodate those who abstain from eating meat, many restaurants add seafood to their menus.

Because of this, the Lenten season tends to be a big time of the year for the seafood industry. The NPD group, a leading global information company, reported that...

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Smashburger Introduces Pacific Cod Sandwich, First Ever Fish Entrée Ahead of Lent

Fast-casual chain Smashburger is getting into the fish sandwich game with the launch of their first-ever fish entrée: The Beer Battered Pacific Cod Sandwich.

The launch of the Beer Battered Pacific Cod Sandwich comes about a week before the start of the Lenten season. Smashburger's new sandwich features wild-caught Pacific cod, lightly dipped in a signature batter infused with Yuengling Lager, and topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato and creamy tartar sauce.

"At Smashburger, we're on a mission to satisfy our guests with...

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Looking Ahead at Alaska 2020 Fishing

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch…Looking ahead at some new year’s fishing.

Cod openers in the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska will kick off the coming year’s fishing lineup starting on January first. 

Kodiak’s 400,000 Tanner crab fishery opens on January 15.

That’s also around the time that Bering Sea crabbers will get serious about pulling up snow crab. That quota was boosted to nearly 34 million pounds, a 24 percent increase from last season.

Alaska pollock opens to trawlers on January 20 in the Gulf and...

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EU Council Takes Action to Limit Socioeconomic Impact of Baltic Cod and Western Herring Quota Cuts

The Council of the European Union (EU) has taken measures to help fishermen cope with the socioeconomic effects of the severe fishing restrictions on cod and Western herring in the Baltic Sea.

The restrictions will see the cod catch in the Baltic sea by 92 percent, while herring in the western Baltic will be cut by 65 percent.

According to a press release from the Council of the EU, the council defined its general approach on a regulation which amends two...

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AK Could Get State Waters Cod Fishery, Decision Coming Shortly

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – The Gulf could get a state waters cod fishery.

Cod traditionally kicks off Alaska’s fisheries at the start of each year. Following the unprecedented cod closure in federal waters of the Gulf of Alaska, the status of a state waters cod fishery out to three miles will be decided in the next two weeks.

Doug Vincent Lang is Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game Commissioner, -

“We’re looking at everything from a fully prosecuted state water fishery to having no fishery...

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The Winding Glass: Lack of Cod Killing Alaskan Communities, as State and Council Punt on any Relief

The rubber has hit the road as far as global warming in Alaska is concerned. Cod, one of the state’s major and iconic fisheries, has collapsed to such an extent that directed fishing is banned in the Gulf of Alaska.

Think of no salmon returns to Bristol Bay. Or a shutdown of pollock for the A season in the Bering sea.  This is the kind of seismic impact the changes in climate have wrought with cod...

 

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ASMI Japan Campaign: "Eat Alaskan Seafood and Boost your Immunity!" 

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) Japan uploaded four recipes on "Kurashinisuta," an online life information portal. Following the Alaskan seafood introduction, which is 100% wild and sustainable, the page reminds the audience that the ingredients of many traditional Japanese meals have been incorporating a variety of Alaskan seafood for a long time. Grilled sockeye salmon and Pacific cod are used in popular pot dishes, as well as surimi products using Alaska pollock. Those kinds of seafood are very nutritious and rich with high-quality protein, vitamins, and minerals...

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ANALYSIS: Cod Imports Increase Outside of China

While year-to-date total cod imports into the U.S increased only 1.8 percent compared to the same timeframe last year, volumes from individual countries saw more significant gains. Imports from Russia increased 62% or by 870,795 pounds, Vietnam imported 39% or 412,972 pounds more, and Indonesia saw a 1440% increase, or 539,150 pounds, as there were no reported imports from the country during this time last year.

When looking at import data from China, year-to-date volumes from January through March fall 2.1 percent...

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Russian Fish Producers and Processors Hope for Diversification of their Export Supplies This Year  

Leading Russian fish producers and processors hope for a significant diversification of their exports in years to come, that will allow them to better protect their revenues in the declining market this year.

Part of these plans is increasing supplies to the EU market, as well as the Latin American region.  

According to earlier statements of German Zverev, head of the Russian Association of Fish Producers (WARPE)there are some big opportunities for Russian fish processors in the market of Brazil, where the annual volume of...

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The Winding Glass: Walking the Tightrope of Survival

There is a path through this, but it is like staying on a tightrope, with the slightest mistake causing a disastrous fall. 

The issue is not a decline in price. We have lived with volatility before. The issue is how to adjust to structural changes where some distributors estimate 20% to 40% of their foodservice customers will never reopen, and more and more companies try and put seafood through the retail channel.

The second issue is to avoid outcomes that permanently devalue a product. The poster child for this is lobster...

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Chinese Seafood Industry Struggling with the Coronavirus Closing Foreign Doors

China has been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak. Although its domestic seafood market is gradually recovering, the industry is encountering great difficulties in exports. Some exporters said that they are on the verge of bankruptcy, and some are concerned that the limited increase at home can hardly make up for losses abroad.

A case in point is tilapia, about 70% of which used to be sold to foreign buyers. This industry has already been under great pressure because it has been losing overseas market shares...

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An Increase in Home Consumption Pushed February Seafood Sales at Japanese Supermarkets

According to supermarket sales statistics released by three small and medium-sized supermarkets in Japan, existing store sales in the seafood division in February were ¥74.552 billion (US$669.39million), up 4.1% year-on-year. It is the first time in four years that the year-on-year result exceeded one point. Sales grew in response to a growing demand for in-home consumption due to the spread of the new coronavirus infection. In marine products, sashimi such as tuna and bonito...

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A Look at How China's Seafood Market Grew in 2019

China is an important aquaculture country with its annual aquatic output reaching about 64.5 million tons in 2019. Although its individual consumption is still comparatively low, the country’s seafood market is expanding, and it is of increasing significance in global trade.

As available statistics show, though its seafood consumption was only 14.3kg per person back in 2018, its trade value doubled compared with that of 2009 to reach 373.802 billion yuan. And new retailers like Hema are taking measures to cut middlemen and promote seafood directly to end consumers...

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LISTEN: Boston Seafood Show Postponed; Lent QSR Roundup; Maine Lobster Landings and More

Join SeafoodNews managing editor Amanda Buckle and SeafoodNews staff writer Ryan Doyle as they break down some of the biggest stories of the week, including the postponement of the Boston Seafood Show; Maine's lobster landings; Clearwater Seafoods' potential sale; January shrimp imports and more. Plus, find out what QSR and fast casual restaurants are offering for Lent.

The SeafoodNews Podcast is brought to you by Urner Barry's Reporter magazine, the quarterly newsmagazine for the food industry professional...

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ANALYSIS: Salmon, Cod and Tilapia the All-Stars at Retail During Lent

With the beginning of Lent today, many Christians will start to follow church guidelines to abstain from meat and will look to seafood as an alternative.

Seafood is historically an extremely popular item during the Lenten season before Easter, and salmon is one of the highlights. Each year, the number of buying opportunities at retail rises for the week of Ash Wednesday. This year, even with headwinds from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in certain regions of the world, is shaping up to be no different...

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These are the Top 10 Seafood Items Consumed in the U.S. for 2018

On Friday the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released their Annual Fisheries of the U.S. Report for 2018, and the report detailed how U.S. seafood per capita consumption has hit 16.1 lbs.  Now, the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) is doing a deeper dive into exactly what seafood items Americans are consuming.

The top consumed seafood item – once again – is shrimp, with 4.6 lbs. eaten per capita. This is a record-high. Second on the list is...

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Russia Puts Big Hopes on its White Fish Exports in Years to Come  

The Russian government plans to attract up to RUB 340 billion (US$5,48 billion) of private investments in the implementation of "New Cod Industry" – a state project, which involves the conduction of a large-scale modernization  of the existing capacities in Russia for the production of cod fish, according to recent statements, made by senior officials of Russian Rosrybolovstvo and industry’s analysts.  

In general, the project involves building up to 43 new fishing trawlers and 26 coastal fish production enterprises within the territory of the...

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LISTEN: Alaska Cod Fishery Update; GE Salmon Label; Charlie the Tuna Doll and More

This week on the SeafoodNews podcast hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione talk about the Alaska cod fishery; the Dungeness crab season opening; genetically engineered salmon; and Charlie the Tuna's Funko Pop! doll. Plus, find out what's going on in the octopus, pollock and salmon markets.

This episode is brought to you by COMTELL, which will be receiving a complete redesign in 2020. Subscribers who utilize COMTELL to track market quotations, analyze trends and stay on top of key industry news will see a host of...

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Russia May Lose Quotas for Fish Harvest in Northwestern Atlantic

Russia's share of the fish and seafood catch in the northwestern part of the Atlantic may be redistributed in favor of foreign fishermen eligible to fish in the basin, Russian fish producers and senior officials of the Russian government say.

The primary reason is a significant decrease in Russian fishing activity in the area in recent years.

Deputy Governor of the Murmansk Region, Olga Kuznetsova, confirmed the statements. Over the past 10 years, Russian companies have been catching less than 50% of the quota in the northern Atlantic...

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Study: Decline of Baltic Cod Linked to Hypoxia, Climate Change

Researchers at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) found that hypoxia, driven by climate change is leading to the demise of Baltic cod.

Hypoxia is an oxygen deficiency that can occur in fish wish can make them smaller, and thus, less valuable.

"The cod themselves are telling us through their 'internal logbooks' that they're affected by hypoxia, which we know is driven by climate change and by nutrient loading," Dr. Karin Limburg, a fisheries ecologist at SUNY-ESF in Syracuse, New York...

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