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Oct 17 - California Spiny Lobster Fishery Closed in State Waters Around Anacapa Island Due to Domoic Acid


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


Oct 10 - Latest Lobster Numbers Show Continued Surge in Exports to Canada


Oct 1 - October is National Seafood Month


Sep 28 - Canada Increases Cargo flights to China to Ensure Lobster Supplies for Festivals


Sep 26 - King Crab Prices Dive in China on Good Supply from Russia


Sep 25 - Senate Recognizes September 25th as National Lobster Day for 4th Straight Year


Sep 25 - National Lobster Day? Free Lobster and Langostino Pizza at Red Lobster? What a Combination!


Sep 25 - Boston Lobster Price Increases Dramatically in Beijing; Some Importers Switch to European Lobsters


Sep 19 - Premium Brands Holdings Completes Acquisition of Maine-Based Ready Seafood Co.


Sep 17 - MLMC Brings New Shell Lobster to Chicago


Sep 17 - SeafoodNews Podcast: J50; Lobster Prices; Chinese Red Swimming Crab Meat Market Update and More


Sep 17 - Chinese Importers Bank on Upcoming Festivals to Boost Lobster Prices


Sep 13 - Massive Canadian Buying of Lobster Keeping Prices Steady in Maine, Despite Loss of China Market


Sep 6 - Part Owner of Saco-Based Lobster Wholesaler Accused of Embezzlement


Sep 5 - Lobster Import Volume Higher While Shrimp Imports Lower in July


Sep 4 - Maine-Based Ready Seafood Acquired By Premium Brands Holdings Corporation


Aug 30 - The Lobster Co., in Arundel Maine, Lays Off 25% of its Workers Due to China Tariffs


Aug 27 - Chinese Importers Stop U.S. Lobster Purchasing, Resulting in a Boon for Canada


Aug 23 - Due to Market Shortage, Boston Lobster Prices Have Increased in China


Aug 8 - Bahamian Spiny Lobster Fishery Awarded MSC Certification After 19 Month Assessment


Aug 6 - ANALYSIS: Uncertainty Exists Around Lobster Exports to China


Aug 6 - Direct Flights, Easier Transportation to Chinese Market is Good News for Some Suppliers


Aug 3 - Lobster Import Volume Lower in June 2018, Still Higher YTD


Aug 3 - Taste Test: What Do The New Lay’s Lobster Roll and Chesapeake Bay Crab Spice Chips Taste Like?


Jul 31 - Senate Once Again Approves September 25 as National Lobster Day


Jul 30 - Captain D’s Brings Lobster Feast Lineup to Locations


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California Spiny Lobster Fishery Closed in State Waters Around Anacapa Island Due to Domoic Acid

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Susan Chambers - October 17, 2018

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Wednesday a commercial spiny lobster fishery closure around Anacapa Island, effective immediately.

State health agencies determined that spiny lobster near Anacapa Island in Ventura County had unhealthy levels of domoic acid and recommended closure of the commercial fishery in the area. The recreational fishery for spiny lobster remains open statewide with a warning from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to sport fishermen to avoid ...

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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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October is National Seafood Month

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - October 1, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Is your town celebrating seafood month?

October is National Seafood Month – a distinction proclaimed by Congress more than a quarter century ago to recognize one of our nation’s oldest industries.

Government figures show that nationwide, the seafood industry contributes $60 billion to the U.S. economy each year. 

Pacific salmon, sea scallops, shrimp and lobster contributed the most to total revenue. For poundage, Alaska pollock, menhaden and Pacific salmon accounted for more than half of ...

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King Crab Prices Dive in China on Good Supply from Russia

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FishFirst] translated by Amy Zhong - September 26, 2018

Live king crabs are sold at only 100 yuan/jin (1 jin=0.5 kg; $29.13/kg or $13.21/lb. USD) in Beijing based on data from Sept. 17. But their price and those of other live seafood products are estimated to further rise in South China under the influence of the recent typhoon and festivals. Seafood markets closed temporarily in Guangzhou and Shenzhen during the typhoon.

Guangzhou’s Huangsha market has even been flooded ...

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National Lobster Day? Free Lobster and Langostino Pizza at Red Lobster? What a Combination!

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 25, 2018

This is the fourth year celebrating National Lobster Day -- and what better way to celebrate than at a restaurant featuring seafood, specifically lobster?

According to NationalDayCalendar.com, "In 2014, Senators Angus King and Susan Collins of Maine drafted a joint resolution designating September 25 as National Lobster Day. Recognizing the men and women in an industry with a long and rich heritage, the proclamation celebrates the lobster from sea to table."

Red Lobster is carrying on that tradition by officially ...

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Premium Brands Holdings Completes Acquisition of Maine-Based Ready Seafood Co.

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 19, 2018

Premium Brands Holdings Corporation confirmed on Wednesday that they have successfully completed the acquisition of Ready Seafood Co.

“We are very excited about this transaction,” Premium Brands President and CEO George Paleologou said in a press release. “Not only does it add another talented management team to our business but it also provides our Seafood Group with a solid platform to support its organic growth and business acquisition initiatives in the U.S.

The company announced the acquisition plans ...

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SeafoodNews Podcast: J50; Lobster Prices; Chinese Red Swimming Crab Meat Market Update and More

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 17, 2018

This week on the SeafoodNews Podcast hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione discuss J50, the ailing 3-year-old killer whale from the J-pod. Plus, learn more about lobster prices, find out the latest on the Chinese red swimming crab meat market and much more.

This week’s episode is brought to you by Urner Barry’s Seafood Import Workshop, taking place in Boston on Thursday, October 18. The Seafood import workshop is a unique opportunity for businesses to ...

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Massive Canadian Buying of Lobster Keeping Prices Steady in Maine, Despite Loss of China Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton – September 13, 2018

When the China lobster tariffs of 25% went into effect on July 6th, many feared an immediate reaction in Maine leading to lower prices.  That has not happened.

During the January to July period, Maine shipped 3 million lbs of live lobster to China in 2016, 5.6 million in 2017, and nearly 12 million in 2018.  To have such growth suddenly halt is like an airplane aborting a take off ...

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Lobster Import Volume Higher While Shrimp Imports Lower in July

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] Analysis by Jim Kenny - September 5, 2018

July import numbers were released on Wednesday, and according to the data, the month saw the volume of lobster products imported into the U.S. increase 3.5 percent compared to July 2017. However, the same can’t be said for shrimp.  

Imports of all lobster products in July totaled 10.38 million pounds, a 3.6 percent increase year-to-date. Market Reporter Jim Kenny reports that imports of lobster products from Canada increased 4.5 percent in July; and that imports of cold-water lobster tails are ...

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The Lobster Co., in Arundel Maine, Lays Off 25% of its Workers Due to China Tariffs

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton – August 30, 2018

Stephanie Nadeau, President of the Lobster Company, said she had to lay off 25% of her workers after orders from China stopped in July, due to tariffs on American Lobsters.

The Company has a location in Canada as well, and can still ship live lobster from its Canadian location in Southwest Nova Scotia.

She told Portland’s WGME TV that "It's really kind of hard to wrap your head around, because it ...

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Due to Market Shortage, Boston Lobster Prices Have Increased in China

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FishFirst] translated by Amy Zhong - August 23, 2018

Boston lobsters were priced at 98 yuan/jin (1 jin=0.5 kg; $14.25/jin USD) in Shanghai last week, while they were sold at about 90 yuan ($13.08 USD) to 94 yuan ($13.67 USD) per jin in Beijing and Guangzhou. Their prices have risen by about 10 percent compared with before. Furthermore, there is shortage of small Boston lobsters in Shanghai, while the inventory is also limited in Beijing and ...

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ANALYSIS: Uncertainty Exists Around Lobster Exports to China

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Liz Cuozzo - August 6, 2018

The recent announcement of the retaliatory tariffs by China has caused much speculation in New England as to how it will affect the lobster industry.  The bottom line is that it is still too early to predict what the fallout will be.  However, the consensus is that it does not bode well for the US market.

The US exported $128 million worth of lobster to China in 2017, which was up 56% from 2016 ...

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Lobster Import Volume Lower in June 2018, Still Higher YTD

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Jim Kenny - August 3, 2018

The volume of lobster products imported into the U.S. declined 4.6 percent in June. Imports of all lobster products in the month totaled 20.47 million pounds, compared to 21.46 million pounds in June 2017. Year-to-date imports now stand 3.6 percent higher.

Imports of lobster products from Canada declined 0.9 percent in June, but remain 5.7 percent higher YTD. The live and in-shell components were higher in June, but meat and prepared declined ...

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Senate Once Again Approves September 25 as National Lobster Day

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 31, 2018

There is never a bad time to celebrate lobster and Maine's U.S. Senators, Angus King and Susan Collins, are keen to agree. Senators King and Collins have successfully submitted a resolution for September 25, 2018 to be dubbed as National Lobster Day — not to be confused with the pre-existing nationally recognized Lobster Day celebrated on June 15.

This is not the first time that lobster has been honored on September 25. According to National Day Calendar, the September celebration has been occurring since ...

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Latest Lobster Numbers Show Continued Surge in Exports to Canada

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton and Liz Cuozzo - October 10, 2018

American lobster, the East Coast’s most valuable seafood export, continued to reflect the turmoil of the China tariff war in the latest import and export statistics for August.

On the export side, exports to China for the month of August were down 50.4% compared to the same time last year. The US exported 861,910 pounds this August versus 1,736,336 pounds in...

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Canada Increases Cargo flights to China to Ensure Lobster Supplies for Festivals

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fashion.ifeng] translated by Amy Zhong - September 28, 2018

Due to the Mid-Autumn Festival and the coming National Day, the prices of large Boston lobsters have risen dramatically in North China where the demand has also increased. The market prospect is also optimistic of these lobsters in China, though the absence of Boston lobsters from America led to a temporary shortage. Thus, Canada has taken timely action and provided China with more lobsters to fill in the gap.

America’s new tariff rates are ...

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Senate Recognizes September 25th as National Lobster Day for 4th Straight Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 25, 2018

National Lobster Day is here – again!

Although some celebrate on June 15, the U.S. Senate has recognized September 25 as the official National Lobster Day for the fourth year in a row.

Maine Senators Susan Collins and Angus King introduced a resolution to designate September 25, 2018 as National Lobster Day back in July. The resolution, which aimed to recognize the “historic and economic importance of lobster in the United States,” was sponsored by ...

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Boston Lobster Price Increases Dramatically in Beijing; Some Importers Switch to European Lobsters

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FishFirst] translated by Amy Zhong - September 25, 2018

The price of large Boston lobsters over 2 jin each (1 jin=0.5 kg) exceeds 135 yuan/jin ($39.28/kg USD) in Beijing and importers are not willing to offer any discount, according to data collected on Sept. 14. These lobsters are sold at 135 yuan/jin ($39.28/kg USD), 138 yuan/jin ($40.15/kg USD) or even as high as 140 yuan/jin ($40.73/kg USD), depending on their qualities ...

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MLMC Brings New Shell Lobster to Chicago

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 17, 2018

Chicago got a bite of Maine last week with the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative’s (MLMC) “Trap to Table” event.

The MLMC’s “Trap to Table” event is currently circulating around new shell season, which starts in mid-summer and runs through the fall and into early November. New shell, which has a sweeter meat, occurs when lobsters shed their old shells and grow new ones.

“Lobster is so often associated with summer, but there are many ways to purchase and use Maine lobster ...

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Chinese Importers Bank on Upcoming Festivals to Boost Lobster Prices

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FishFirst] translated by Amy Zhong - September 17, 2018

Recently the Boston lobster market in China has been damaged with excessive supply when the demand fails to catch up, said one Boston lobster importer in Shanghai. Boston lobster prices are in decline, especially the small ones. Though the demand is greater for the large ones, it is difficult to source any, importers say. The price contraction of live seafood such as Boston lobsters and box crab has begun after the Qixi Festival (Chinese Valentine's Day) on August 17 ...

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Part Owner of Saco-Based Lobster Wholesaler Accused of Embezzlement 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 6, 2018

Matthew Bellerose, a part-owner of Saco, Maine-based lobster wholesaler Sea Salt, is being accused of embezzling nearly $1.5 billion from the business.

Bellerose and another individual reportedly set up a scheme that involved sending thousands of dollars worth of lobsters to a fake customer. The fake customer was never charged for the lobsters, and the crustaceans were later resold with Bellerose and the other individual profiting from it.

According to the Press Herald, a lawsuit was filed in ...

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Maine-Based Ready Seafood Acquired By Premium Brands Holdings Corporation

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 4, 2018

Premium Brands Holdings Corporation, a leading producer, marketer and distributor of branded specialty food products, has signed an agreement to purchase Portland, Maine-based Ready Seafood Co.

Ready Seafood is a leading processor, distributor, and marketer of lobsters in the U.S. The company, which was founded in 2004 by brothers John and Brendan Ready, currently has three production facilities in Maine.

“We are very pleased to be partnering with John, Brendan and their talented management team ...

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Chinese Importers Stop U.S. Lobster Purchasing, Resulting in a Boon for Canada

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [finance.ifeng] translated by Amy Zhong - August 27, 2018

America’s lobster industry is under great pressure now due to its trade war with China, the country’s limitations on seasonal workers and the E.U.’s plan of signing new free trade agreements with Canada. In July, after the U.S. levied tariffs of billions of dollars on Chinese commodities, Beijing has come back with a 25 percent tariff rate on lobsters from America, among other seafood products.

It is hardly possible for China to buy any lobster from ...

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Bahamian Spiny Lobster Fishery Awarded MSC Certification After 19 Month Assessment

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 8, 2018

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has awarded certification to the Bahamian spiny lobster fishery after a 19-month assessment. The fishery is the first Caribbean fishery to earn MSC certification.

“Congratulations to the Bahamas Marine Exporters Association (BMEA) on this notable achievement, and for their years of hard work alongside partners to improve the fishery,” Brian Perkins, MSC’s Regional Director for the Americas, said in a statement. 

“We’re thrilled to welcome this fishery to the program, and to ...

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Direct Flights, Easier Transportation to Chinese Market is Good News for Some Suppliers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Sina/Sohu] translated by Amy Zhong - August 6, 2018

One hundred tons of live Boston lobsters were flown from their place of origin, Canada, to Changsha airport in China in late July. Their successful landing after 17 hours of traveling marked the beginning of cargo flights between Changsha and North America.

The three main flight destinations on this route include Changsha in China, Chicago in the U.S. and Halifax in Canada. It is good news for Chinese seafood importers and foodies, since it is now easier for Chinese citizens to get a ...

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Taste Test: What Do The New Lay’s Lobster Roll and Chesapeake Bay Crab Spice Chips Taste Like?

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 3, 2018

Last month Lay’s announced that they were rolling out eight new chip flavors as part of their “Tastes of America” program. When SeafoodNews learned that two of those chip flavors were seafood-inspired, we knew that we had to get our hands on them.

Lay’s sent SeafoodNews bags of the New England Lobster Roll and Chesapeake Bay Crab Spice chips to try and we were instantly hooked. But do they taste like the real deal?

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Captain D’s Brings Lobster Feast Lineup to Locations

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 30, 2018

Lobster Feast is back at Captain D’s.

Starting Monday, July 30, diners who visit their local Captain D’s restaurant will be able to indulge in four tasty and affordable lobster dishes – including Lobster Bites, Lobster Scampi, Lobster Bisque and North Atlantic Lobster Rolls.

“Lobster Feast is an exciting time for us at Captain D’s, as we bring the indulgence of lobster that is both delicious and affordable to our guests,” Bob Kraut, Captain D’s Chief Marketing Officer, said in a press release ...

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