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Oct 21 - Large Players Purchase Majority of Quota During Russian Crab Auctions


Oct 17 - Russian King Crab Seizes a Greater Market Share in China


Oct 16 - Russia May Propose Revision to Existing US-USSR Maritime Border Agreement


Oct 14 - Listen: Bering Sea Crab Quotas; NPFMC Observer Program; Invasive Green Crabs and More


Oct 11 - China’s National Day Stimulates Sales of Some Seafood But Not All


Oct 11 - Russia Plans to Increase its Seafood Imports from Latin America in Wake of EU Embargoes


Oct 10 - NMFS Publishes Proposed Habitat Designation for Pacific Humpback Whales


Oct 9 - High Number of European Green Crabs Found in Drayton Harbor Near Washington-Canadian Border


Sep 30 - Cantwell Pushes for Changes to Fisheries Disaster Process, Presses NOAA on Pebble Mine


Sep 26 - Russian Crab Producers Plan to Invest Millions in New Crab Vessels This Year


Sep 24 - Crab Surveys for 2019 Show Mostly Lower Numbers


Sep 20 - Study: Six Eastern Bering Sea Stocks Appear Most Vulnerable to Climate Change


Aug 14 - Under New Quota Auction Plan, Russian Crab Industry Consolidation, Monopolization Will Increase


Aug 7 - Washington Commission Supports $24.5M Budget Request Increase for WDFW


Jul 19 - Kamchatka Salmon, Crab Harvests May be on Downward Swing This Year


Jul 17 - Sergey Darkin Aims to Become Leading Russian Fish Producer in the Years to Come


Jul 10 - Fish Catches, Prices, Sales by AK Region


Jul 10 - Acoustic Tags Reveal Dungeness Crab Ranges; Research May Inform Management, Offshore Energy Siting


Jul 9 - Omega Shipyard Vessel to Join Cooke Uruguay's South American Red Crab Fishery


Jun 27 - WPRFMC Responds to News Media Series, Acts on Kona Crab Fishery, Protected Species


Jun 14 - VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Closures; Trident & Nancy Fuller; ASMI's Exec Director; Dead Zone


Jun 14 - Trident Seafoods Partners with Food Network Star Nancy Fuller


Jun 10 - Russian Police Consider New Investigations Against Domestic Crab, Fish Tycoons


May 24 - California Opens Rock Crab Fishery in Area Near Eureka


May 23 - China Contributes to Clearwater’s Higher Profits in the First Quarter This Year


May 17 - VIDEO: Cheddar Bay Biscuits; DFO Closes Fishing Areas; Consumers Sue Canned Tuna Companies


May 7 - Alaska Fishing gearing up as Copper River Opens Next Week


Apr 30 - California Crab Industry May Finally See Disaster Checks from 2015, Mostly at $21,000 or More


Apr 26 - The Winding Glass: If Your Only Tool is Anti-Trust, Everything Looks Like Price Fixing


Apr 22 - USCG to Hold Public Hearing for F/V Mary B II Crab Vessel Capsizing Investigation


Apr 18 - California Considers Sport Crab Fishery for Action Relating to Whale Entanglement


Apr 17 - Many California Crabbers Switching to Chinook Trolling as Salmon Seasons Are Set


Apr 5 - The Winding Glass: Markets Don’t Care


Apr 1 - China's Seafood Trade Continues Growth Trend


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


Mar 27 - CDFW, Center for Biological Diversity, PCFFA Agree to Whale Entanglement Settlement


Mar 25 - Federally Managed Fisheries in Hawai'i, U.S. Pacific Islands Face a Mixed Future


Mar 11 - Russian Seafood Industry Could Bear Huge Losses if Kurils Transferred to Japan


Mar 4 - Restaurant Report: Lent Makes Waves in Seafood Offerings


Mar 1 - Russian Crab Auction Winners Could Get Tax Breaks; Historical Quota Owners Would Not


Feb 26 - White Castle Brings Back Seafood Crab Cake Slider and Shrimp Nibblers for Lent


Feb 25 - Coast Guard Seeks Additional Information in F/V Mary B II Capsizing


Feb 22 - Maine Lobster, Tuna and More Seafood Star on Wolfgang Puck's 2019 Oscars Menu


Feb 18 - Russia Plans Accelerated Research Activities and Construction in Domestic Industry


Feb 15 - Southern Oregon Crab Under Evisceration Order Again


Feb 14 - King Crab and Lobster Again Shine for Chinese New Year, 'The Most Important Dinner in China'


Feb 1 - Oregon Dungeness Crab Tests All Clear of Biotoxins


Jan 31 - Court Denies California's Attempt to Delay Whale Entanglement Case


Jan 23 - Russia May Consider Change in This Year's Crab Quota Auctions to 20% Instead of 50%


Jan 21 - Smaller Winter Crab Fisheries Give Economic Boost to Coastal Communities


Jan 21 - California, Oregon Choose Different Dates to Open Remaining Coastline to Crabbing


Jan 21 - Roughly One-Third of Russia’s Fish Harvest Continues to be Lost or Destroyed


Jan 16 - Coast Guard Formalizes Investigation into F/V Mary B II Capsizing


Jan 8 - Russian King Crab Endure Convoluted Shipping Methods to China


Jan 8 - California Delays Part of Northern Dungeness Opening; Oregon Crabbers Deliver Product


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Large Players Purchase Majority of Quota During Russian Crab Auctions

More than RUB 142 billion (US$2.22 billion) were allocated to the Russian federal budget as a result of recently completed crab auctions in the country, according to recent statements of producers, which participated in the auctions, and some Russian media reports.

As a result of the auctions 35 out of 41 lots, (which were initially put up for sale), were distributed, while each lot provides quotas for crab catch for the 15-year period. The companies will start crab catch under new quotas from 2020...

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Russian King Crab Seizes a Greater Market Share in China

King crabs have become a rock star in the Chinese seafood market, and recent years have shown a dramatic increase in the country’s import, according to media reports. Available data show that its imports have skyrocketed from 1,500 tons in 2015 to around 10,000 tons in 2018. And this year the number is expected to reach 13,000 tons.

Among all exporters, Russia, China's neighbor, has risen to prominence. For example, statistics show Shanghai’s import from Russia has ballooned by 950% this year compared with ...

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Listen: Bering Sea Crab Quotas; NPFMC Observer Program; Invasive Green Crabs and More

Join SeafoodNews Podcast hosts Lorin Castiglione and Ryan Doyle as they discuss Bering Sea crab quotas; NPFMC's vote on the observer program; invasive green crabs in Washington; MSC's annual report; National Seafood Month and much more!

This week's episode was brought to you by Foreign Trade Data. Reduce uncertainty, minimize risk and uncover opportunities with the only website designed exclusively for the seafood import and export community...

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Russia Plans to Increase its Seafood Imports from Latin America in Wake of EU Embargoes

Russia plans to significantly increase imports of fish and seafood from the Latin American region within the next several years.

Senior state officials of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture and industry analysts made those statements during the WorldFood 2019 expo, one of the most important annual events in the European food and drink industry.

According to them, Latin America is expected to be the major fish and seafood supplier to Russia in ...

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High Number of European Green Crabs Found in Drayton Harbor Near Washington-Canadian Border

As part of an early-detection partnership, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington Sea Grant Crab Team found evidence of European green crabs (Carcinus maenas) in Drayton Harbor during regular monitoring, and then trapped 17 green crabs during a two-day rapid response in late September. This is the highest number of green crabs trapped in such a short period of time from any one area along Washington’s inland shoreline.

“Finding this many invasive green crabs so quickly in one area raises a serious concern...

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Russian Crab Producers Plan to Invest Millions in New Crab Vessels This Year

Russian crab industry competition may increase again, due primarily to the recently announced plans of some domestic industry leaders to speed building of new crab-fishing vessels.

According to the Russian Kommersant business paper, one of such companies, RRPK, is investing $500 million USD in the building of at least 22 vessels already this year.

As part of these plans, at least 10 of the vessels will be built at the domestic Onega shipyard. That will provide an opportunity the company to claim the majority of crab quotas ...

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Study: Six Eastern Bering Sea Stocks Appear Most Vulnerable to Climate Change

NOAA scientists and partners have released a Climate Vulnerability Assessment for groundfish, crabs and salmon in the Eastern Bering Sea. They looked at the potential impacts of changing climate, ocean temperatures and other environmental conditions on 36 stocks. Of these, four rockfish stocks, flathead sole and Tanner crab were determined to be the most vulnerable. Several other fish stocks were seen as potentially more resilient. This is because they may be able to move to areas with more favorable environmental conditions, such as...

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Washington Commission Supports $24.5M Budget Request Increase for WDFW

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission approved moving forward on a request to the State Legislature to increase Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife funding.

It was the first meeting for two new members, Molly Linville and James R. Anderson, who joined five other commission members to approve the department's request to seek $24.5 million in increased operating funds, plus $26 million in capital funds, during the 2020 state legislative supplemental session, according to a press release.

The department seeks $6.6 million to...

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Sergey Darkin Aims to Become Leading Russian Fish Producer in the Years to Come

Sergey Darkin, a well-known Russian fishing tycoon and a former governor of Russia’s Primorsky Territory, plans to make the Nakhodka Base of Active Sea Fisheries (Nakhodkinskaya BAMR) subsidiary the largest fish processor in the Russian Far East within the next several years, according to some sources close to the businessman and some leading Russian analysts in the field of fish business.

As part of these plans, Nakhodkinskaya BAMR has recently launched deep-sea processing of squid, pollock and...

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Acoustic Tags Reveal Dungeness Crab Ranges; Research May Inform Management, Offshore Energy Siting

Dungeness crab is Oregon’s leading commercial seafood product, bringing in an estimated $75 million in 2018, yet little is known about how far crabs will venture in search of food.

Oregon State University marine ecologist Sarah Henkel is hoping to change that. Last year, she and a colleague from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration glued acoustic tags onto several legal-sized Dungeness crabs near the mouth of the Columbia River and off of Cape Falcon, then deployed acoustic receivers ...

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WPRFMC Responds to News Media Series, Acts on Kona Crab Fishery, Protected Species

The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council fired back at a local non-profit news service when the Council met this week in Honolulu.

The online news outlet Civil Beat recently published a lengthy three-part series suggesting members of the Council's Executive Committee engaged in decision-making for self-profit. The non-profit media service says, "Our goal is to challenge our leaders to do better. We are the watchdogs of the public’s trust and we take seriously the mission to...

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Trident Seafoods Partners with Food Network Star Nancy Fuller

Food Network star Nancy Fuller is the new brand ambassador for Trident's Louis Kemp brand Crab Delights.

Trident Seafoods announced the partnership with the star of "Farmhouse Rules" on Thursday, revealing that the move is part of their effort to connect "healthy and easy-to-prepare seafood with current food and lifestyle trends." And Fuller is wasting no time in making that connection. Those that visit the Louis Kemp website can find Fuller's 5-minute "Easy Breezy Crab Dip" recipe, or her "Red, White & BBQ Pizza" recipe...

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California Opens Rock Crab Fishery in Area Near Eureka

California officials have opened an area of the coastline near Eureka to commercial rock crab fishing that has been closed since late 2016 due to elevated domoic acid levels.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said Thursday that, following the recommendation of state health agencies, it will open the rock crab fishery from near Cape Mendocino in Humboldt County (40° 30.00’ N. Lat.) north to the Humboldt Bay entrance at the north jetty (40° 46.15’ N. latitude), including all ocean waters of Humboldt Bay...

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VIDEO: Cheddar Bay Biscuits; DFO Closes Fishing Areas; Consumers Sue Canned Tuna Companies

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they discuss the latest on the temporary closing of fishing areas in the Gulf and Quebec regions due to the presence of North Atlantic Right Whales, as well as the suspension of air service to and from Venezuela. Plus, learn more about Red Lobster's Cheddar Bay Biscuits Sweepstakes in honor of National Biscuit Day! Enter for a chance to win an insulated fanny pack by tweeting @RedLobster what you love most about their Cheddar Bay Biscuits using #CBBSweepstakes...

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California Crab Industry May Finally See Disaster Checks from 2015, Mostly at $21,000 or More

California Dungeness and rock crab fishermen and processors will likely see disaster aid checks in June, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced late last week.

After a lengthy review process with industry, the $25 million in federal disaster aid to cover the 2015-2016 seasons was approved and the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission could start sending checks as soon as June.. Some of those funds will go to mitigation against future domoic acid/harmful algal bloom events, PSMFC overhead and the commercial ...

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USCG to Hold Public Hearing for Mary B II Crab Vessel Capsizing Investigation

The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to conduct a formal public hearing beginning May 13 to consider evidence related to the Mary B II marine casualty investigation.

The hearing will focus on the capsizing of the commercial fishing vessel Mary B II, which led to the deaths of three fishermen at the entrance of Yaquina Bay in Newport January 8, 2019. The fishermen included James Lacey, 48, from South Toms River, NJ; Joshua Porter, 50, from Toledo, Ore.; and the boat's skipper, Stephen Biernacki...

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Russia May Propose Revision to Existing US-USSR Maritime Border Agreement

Russia may revise the existing U.S.-USSR agreement on the maritime border, which was signed on July 1, 1990, and established a demarcation line of economic zones and the continental shelf between Russia (as the successor to the USSR) and the U.S. in the Bering and Chukchi Seas, and territorial waters in a small section of the Bering Strait, according to some leading Russian state officials.

Signing of that agreement has led to serious losses to the Russian fishing industry since that time, they said, ...

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China’s National Day Stimulates Sales of Some Seafood But Not All

This Chinese National Day has seen a bustling seafood market at home, and new-generation consumers seem more willing to pay for quality seafood or previously elite ones. This in turn has pushed upward prices of some seafood and brought greater sales, though there are a few that have seen contraction in both prices and sales.

According to statistics from Alibaba, turnover in its Hema stores has risen about 30% during the holiday. And all top 10 sales products were seafood items, while mantis shrimps, ...

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NMFS Publishes Proposed Habitat Designation for Pacific Humpback Whales

The federal government this week published a proposed rule designating 302,961 square nautical miles as critical habitat for three populations of humpback whales off the West Coast and Alaska.

The NMFS announcement follows a court-approved agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity, Turtle Island Restoration Network and Wishtoyo Foundation to issue new protections. The groups sued the Trump administration for failing to protect two Pacific Ocean humpback populations listed as endangered and a third as threatened ...

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Cantwell Pushes for Changes to Fisheries Disaster Process, Presses NOAA on Pebble Mine

At a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing last week on fisheries disasters, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., the Ranking Member of the committee, highlighted the importance of responding to fisheries disasters and pushed for reforms to the process.

“In Washington, fisheries are a cornerstone of our maritime economy," Cantwell said in her remarks. "Its related businesses and seafood processors, ship builders, gear manufacturers, support 60% of our maritime economy, which is about 146,000 jobs and $30 billion in economic activity. Washington has ...

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Crab Surveys for 2019 Show Mostly Lower Numbers

Alaska crab news is discouraging for all but Bering Sea snow crab.

Members of the North Pacific Council’s crab plan team revealed results of annual summer surveys at a meeting last week in Seattle.

Weeks earlier crabbers were told there would be a red king crab fishery at Bristol Bay but likely less than last season’s 4.3 million pound catch. Jake Jacobsen is director of the Inter-cooperative Exchange.

“We’ve been told that we will have a Bering Sea red king crab season. We don’t know what the TAC will be..."

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Under New Quota Auction Plan, Russian Crab Industry Consolidation, Monopolization Will Increase

The Russian crab industry continues to gradually move toward consolidation and monopolization, reflected by the recent changes of rules for the conduction of auctions in the industry, according to recent statements of some leading Russian fishermen and industry analysts.

As part of these plans, a new method for calculating the initial value of lots for crab auctions in Russia has been recently proposed and already sparked criticism from the majority of the industry’s players.

According to German Zverev, president of the All-Russian Association of Fishery Enterprises...

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Kamchatka Salmon, Crab Harvests May be on Downward Swing This Year

The Kamchatka region, one of Russia’s major fish-producing regions, may face a significant decline of crab and salmon harvest this year, due to the reduction of stocks, according to recent statements of representatives of local authorities and experts in the field of fishing.

According to the latest data published by the Kamchatka government, since the beginning of the region's salmon fishing season on June 1, the volume of its catch has declined by almost 30% compared to the same period last year...

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Fish Catches, Prices, Sales by AK Region

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

One click takes you to a site that can tell you all everything about fish prices and landings for every Alaska species by region, how much was processed into what products, and what processors bought and 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 1984.

For salmon, charts and graphs show historical harvest rankings by the numbers of fish, the poundages and average prices for...

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Omega Shipyard Vessel to Join Cooke Uruguay's South American Red Crab Fishery

Omega Protein subsidiary Omega Shipyard recently christened the F/V Southern Star, which is the latest ship to come out of its Moss Point, Mississippi, shipyard. The F/V Southern Star is now headed for Uruguary, where Cooke Uruguay will fish for red crab.

The F/V Southern Star started off in 1979 as a supply vessel for the offshore oil industry. The vessel was purchased by Omega Protein in 2016 with plans to turn it into a menhaden fishing vessel...

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VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Closures; Trident & Nancy Fuller; ASMI's Exec Director; Dead Zone

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they discuss the latest Gulf of St. Lawrence fishing closures; Trident's partnership with Food Network star Nancy Fuller; ASMI's new Executive Director; and the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone.

This week's episode was brought to you by Foreign Trade Data. Reduce uncertainty, minimize risk and uncover opportunities with the only website designed exclusively for the seafood import/ export community.

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Russian Police Consider New Investigations Against Domestic Crab, Fish Tycoons

The Russian police, together with the national Federal Security Service (FSB), continue investigations over the activities of some of the country’s largest fish and crab producers, according to recent statements of FSB and some independent analysts in the field of fishing.

Following the recent investigations over Russian crab king Oleg Kahn, this time local law enforcement agencies were attracted to Dmitry Dremlyiga, a well-known Russian businessman and a former owner of Dalmoreproduct, which was one of the largest fish producers in...

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China Contributes to Clearwater’s Higher Profits in the First Quarter This Year

According to Nova Scotia's Clearwater Seafoods, China has become a market of great significance now and its great seafood demand has created higher profits for the company this year. As its performance report reads, the company’s profit has risen to $20.1 million CAD ($14.9 million USD) during the first quarter from $19.1 million CAD ($14.1 million USD) last year. Meanwhile, its sales to China has jumped to $32.2 million CAD ($23.9 million USD) during the quarter...

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Alaska Fishing gearing up as Copper River Opens Next Week

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch…May means even more Alaska fishery openers.

Alaska’s 2019 salmon season will officially open on Thursday, May 16 with a 12 hour opener for sockeyes and king salmon at Copper River. The 500 plus drift fleet is hoping to catch just under 800-thousand reds and 31-thousand king salmon this summer.

Salmon openers in other Alaska fishing regions will quickly follow.

Trollers in Southeast began targeting spring king salmon in various regions starting May 1...

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The Winding Glass: If Your Only Tool is Anti-Trust, Everything Looks Like Price Fixing

This week Euclid fish launched a US class action price-fixing suit against the major salmon companies.

Over the past several years, we have seen several major price fixing or anti-trust cases.  The one that has legs is the tuna price-fixing case, in which a conspiracy to control competition and limit discounts was discovered by the Dept. of Justice, and the three companies involved all pled guilty.

Several tuna executives have pled guilty as well, and currently, Chris Lischewski, former CEO of Bumble Bee...

 

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