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Oct 19 - China's CDC Reports Detection of Living Coronavirus on Outer Packaging of Imported Frozen Cod


Oct 5 - True North Seafood Partners With Ocean Wise Seafood Program


Sep 25 - Alaska Fishing Updates for September/October


Sep 22 - Everything You Need to Know About the FDA's FSMA Food Traceability Proposed Rule


Sep 11 - Japan's Five Medium-Sized Bottom Longliners Retire From Fishing Inside Russian Waters


Aug 28 - Russia Posts 20% Decline of Crab Exports in First Half of Current Year


Aug 14 - Alaska Fishing Updates for August 2020


Aug 11 - OPINION: Adak: This is How Alaska Fishing Communities Die


Jul 31 - FFAW Calls for Meeting With DFO After Release of Northern Cod Harvesting Plan


Jul 30 - ANALYSIS: Cod Market Unsettled


Jul 29 - Russia May Face Significant Decline in Japanese Squid, Cod, and Pollock Catch Due to Poachers


Jul 28 - Call for Input on Relief Fund Payouts for GOA Cod, Chignik Salmon


Jul 24 - FFAW Calls on DFO to Release 2020 Harvest Plan for Northern Cod


Jul 6 - Alaska Fishing Updates for July 2020


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


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China's CDC Reports Detection of Living Coronavirus on Outer Packaging of Imported Frozen Cod

Over the weekend China's Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that they detected living novel coronavirus on the outer packaging of imported frozen cod. The alleged discovery was made in the eastern coastal city of Qingdao and marks the first time that the live new coronavirus has been isolated on the outer packaging of cold-chain food.  Authorities in China are now warning that contact with the outer packaging of frozen foods contaminated by the coronavirus can cause infection.

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True North Seafood Partners With Ocean Wise Seafood Program

True North Seafood, the flagship brand of family owned Cooke Inc., announced that they have partnered with the Ocean Wise Seafood program. 

Ocean Wise works with restaurants, markets, food services and seafood suppliers to ensure that they have the most current scientific information regarding sustainable seafood, whether it be farmed or wild. The goal of the program is to help people make ocean-friendly buying decisions. 

True North’s wild caught bay scallops, sea scallops, sockeye salmon, pink salmon, chum salmon, coho salmon, Dungeness crab, Pacific cod, pollock and...

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Everything You Need to Know About the FDA's FSMA Food Traceability Proposed Rule

On Monday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a proposed rule to establish additional traceability recordkeeping requirements for certain foods. So, what exactly does this mean? We're breaking it down….

The proposed rule is actually titled "Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods," and is a key component of the FDA's New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint. If finalized the proposed rule would "standardize the data elements and information firms must establish and maintain, and the information they would need...

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Russia Posts 20% Decline of Crab Exports in First Half of Current Year

Exports of Russian crab in the first half of 2020 fell by almost 20% in volume and by 15% in value terms, which is associated with serious losses for local producers and exporters, according to recent statements made by the President of the All-Russian Association of Fishermen (VARPE) Herman Zverev during the recent press conference 

In regard of overall fish exports, according to Zverevin the first half of the current year they amounted to 928,000 tonnes in volume terms and...

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OPINION: Adak: This is How Alaska Fishing Communities Die

Editor's Note: Steve Minor is a long-time advocate for Alaska coastal communities.

Last year we warned of the slow economic death of Alaskan fishing communities as their access to nearby fisheries that they depend on becomes squeezed by off-shore interests, lawsuits and slow or non-existent political and regulatory responses.  The first casualty came sooner than expected. In this case, a lawsuit by several off-shore corporate fishing interests has stripped the western Aleutian communities of Adak and Atka of their access to federal waters Pacific cod and...

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ANALYSIS: Cod Market Unsettled

The market for both Atlantic and Pacific cod remains slightly unsettled as we enter the eighth month of 2020. While some species have swiftly rebounded amid COVID-19 restrictions and reopenings, cod has seen a slower resurgence as demand picks up and slows down, unwilling to follow seasonal trends.

Prior to COVID-19, Atlantic cod was under upwards pricing pressure due to additional costs associated with the tariffs which will be under review in the coming weeks. In addition, the market saw a healthy demand leading into...

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Call for Input on Relief Fund Payouts for GOA Cod, Chignik Salmon

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

Comments are wanted by August 14 on draft plans to distribute $24.4 million in relief payments for the 2018 Gulf of Alaska cod crash and $10.3 million for the sockeye salmon run failure at Chignik. The funds were cut loose by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce in late February and after working with industry stakeholders and NOAA Fisheries, the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game has developed a draft payout plan...

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Alaska Fishing Updates for July 2020

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Lots of fishing is going on besides salmon.

Alaska’s salmon catch is nearing 8 million fish, of which over half are sockeyes, mostly from Bristol Bay where catches are building.

Fishermen in Quinhagak have formed a group of 70 harvesters to revitalize commercial salmon fishing in Kuskokwim Bay. The group is called the Independent Fishermen of Quinhagak Cooperative and also includes members from Goodnews Bay, Platinum, and Eek. It’s the first fishery since 2016 when the region’s CDQ group...

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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

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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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Alaska Fishing Updates for September/October

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – As salmon season ends more fisheries get underway.

Salmon numbers continue to trickle in but the total catch won’t add up to much more than the 113 million fish taken so far. That’s about 85 percent of what state managers expected for the season.

Of that, over 45 million are sockeyes and 58 million are pinks. Landings of about two million cohos are the lowest since the mid-1970s and a 7.5 million chum salmon harvest is the weakest since 1979...

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Japan's Five Medium-Sized Bottom Longliners Retire From Fishing Inside Russian Waters

Nemuro City's six bottom longline vessels of 50 tons or more will retire because Pacific cod's catch allocation decreased significantly at the fishery negotiations for the coast of Japan and Russia held in December last year. The annual negotiation determines the conditions for fishing operations. The low catch quota for 2020 called for all six vessels to retire. Five of these vessels will be out of business due to Japan's international fishing vessel reduction project based on reorganizing the international fishery operations...

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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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FFAW Calls for Meeting With DFO After Release of Northern Cod Harvesting Plan

Just days before the northern cod fishing season off the northeast of Newfoundland and Labrador, the FFAW-Unifor is calling for a meeting with the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), Bernadette Jordan, claiming their input was ignored in the 2020 2J3KL harvesting plan for northern cod.

The start dates for Zone 2J, which will begin on August 2 and 3KL, to begin on August 9 were later than what was requested by harvesters. The FFAW argues this will take away time for quality and abundant fish...

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Russia May Face Significant Decline in Catch of Japanese Squid, Cod, and Pollock Due to North Korean Poachers

Russia may be faced with a significant decline in catch of Japanese squid, cod, pollock and some other fish species due to the ever growing volumes of poaching in its territorial waters in the Far East.   

According to analysts of ZRPRESS, one of Russia’s leading business papers, currently the biggest concerns are related with the activities of fishermen from North Korea and China, whose illegal fishing in the Russian inland waters has significantly increased in recent years...

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FFAW Calls on DFO to Release 2020 Harvest Plan for Northern Cod

With the northern cod fishery expected to begin in less than two weeks, FFAW-Unifor is requesting that Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) release their 2020 harvest plan.

“While we expect delays due to the global pandemic, harvesters are unable to plan for a fishery that’s set to begin just days from now,” FFAW-Unifor President Keith Sullivan said in a news release. “Harvesters have been significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and have experienced substantial losses this year. They need to know where...

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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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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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