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Oct 20 - Newly Released Documents Reveal Proposed Federal North Atlantic Right Whale Protections for Maine


Oct 20 - LISTEN: Qingdao Coronavirus Update; CBP's Determination on Minh Phu; Seafood Analysis and More


Oct 15 - Boston Lobsters a Hit at Restaurants and Recent Festivals in China


Oct 15 - NOAA Provides Funding to Lobster, Jonah Crab Research Fleet as Fishery Undergoes Landings Jump


Oct 14 - University of Maine Lobster Institute Hosting Series of Webinars


Oct 13 - China’s Domestic Seafood Sales Rebound, Though the Country Still Faces Challenges in Seafood Trade


Oct 7 - The lobster Catch in St. Marys Bay is Down, But There's Little Consensus on Why


Oct 7 - ANALYSIS: Brazil Lobster Tail Market Reset


Oct 1 - NFI’s Robert DeHaan Talks Trade Deal Impacts on Lobster Industry During USITC Testimony


Sep 29 - Red Lobster Introduces New Daily Deals to Lure Dine-In Customers


Sep 28 - As Climate Change Threatens Maine Fisheries, It’s Not All Bad News for Oysters


Sep 25 - ANALYSIS: Hard Shell Lobster Inventory Low Throughout Industry


Sep 22 - Red Lobster Offering Discount to Celebrate National Lobster Day


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


Sep 18 - Carnival Cruise Lines the Latest to Cancel Voyages in 2021


Sep 15 - Maine Politicians Urge Trump Administration to Extend USDA Federal Aid to Dealers, Processors


Sep 14 - The Winding Glass: Despite Uncertainties, Signs Point to Good Holiday and Lent Season for Seafood


Sep 10 - USDA Providing $530 Million to Support U.S. Commercial Fishermen Impacted by Retaliatory Tariffs


Sep 9 - Marine Department of Marine Resources Nets Funding for Boost Lobster Health Research


Sep 9 - Clearwater Etches Deal with First Nation to Sell Pair of Lobster Licenses


Sep 4 - Maine-based Climate and Lobster Industry Research Receives $550K in Funding


Sep 2 - Researchers Equip Lobsters With Fitness Trackers to Boost Supply Chain Survival


Sep 1 - British Veterinary Association Calls For Ban on Boiling Lobsters Alive


Aug 31 - The Winding Glass: Pandemic and Election Could Revitalize Seafood Industry; We Need to Think Big


Aug 27 - Joe Biden’s Presidential Campaign Joins in on Lobster Conversation


Aug 26 - Watch Maine Lobsterman Jason Joyce Speak at the Republican National Convention


Aug 26 - USITC Investigating Possible Negative Effects of the Canada-EU Trade Deal on U.S. Lobster Industry


Aug 24 - US, EU Reach Agreement to Eliminate Tariffs on Live, Frozen Lobster


Aug 13 - PEI Lobster Roll Competition Hopes to Increase Lobster Sales Across Greater Toronto Area


Aug 12 - The Winding Glass: 35% of Restaurant Purchasing Evaporates in 2020; Where Does That Leave Us?


Aug 3 - Maine Certified Sustainable Lobster Association’s MSC Certification Suspended


Aug 3 - NOAA Fisheries Closes Office in U.S. Embassy Tokyo After 33 years


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Newly Released Documents Reveal Proposed Federal North Atlantic Right Whale Protections for Maine

Maine lobstermen have their livelihoods on the line as they wait to hear back from NOAA regarding the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan.

In April 2019, at the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team (ALWTRT) meeting, Maine's Department of Marine Resources was charged with reducing the risk of North Atlantic right whale entanglement in Maine's portion of Lobster Conservation Management Area (LCMA) 1. The ALWTRT set a target of a 60% risk reduction, however, when the Department of Marine Resources submitted their plan...

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LISTEN: Qingdao Coronavirus Update; CBP's Determination on Minh Phu; Seafood Analysis and More

Join SeafoodNews Podcast co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they talk about the CBP's determination that Minh Phu evaded antidumping duty orders on frozen shrimp from India; the recent success of Boston lobsters in China; a new study revealing that shoppers are buying seafood to stay healthy; and the latest detection of coronavirus on packaging of frozen seafood. Plus, listen for a pangasius and king crab analysis from UB market reporters.

This week's episode is brought to you by Urner Barry's COMTELL...

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NOAA Provides Funding to Lobster, Jonah Crab Research Fleet as Fishery Undergoes Landings Jump

Last month, the Northeast Fisheries Science Center provided funding to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to support the Lobster and Jonah Crab Research Fleet, organized by the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation (CFRF). NOAA explained that both the lobster and Jonah crab fisheries need additional research and data.

For lobster, managers have recently noted the need for more data for the most valuable species in the United States. When it comes to Jonah crab on the other hand it was once considered...

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China’s Domestic Seafood Sales Rebound, Though the Country Still Faces Challenges in Seafood Trade

With the ending of fishing off-season, foodies in China seem more eager to buy seafood. And this eagerness will help revive the country’s domestic seafood market, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Though China’s seafood trade is facing a much slower recovery, many domestic ones have seen an increase either in prices or sales due to greater demand.

According to Wang, a fisherman from China’s southern Fujian province, his recent sales of domestic seafood is close to that of last year, however...

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ANALYSIS: Brazil Lobster Tail Market Reset

Seafood is, and always has been, uniquely placed when compared to other protein categories. It’s hugely reliant on the foodservice sector, and in particular, the mid-to-upper scale establishment; so, it came as no surprise that it was the most susceptible to the COVID-19 pandemic of all the main protein categories.

As one can imagine, one of the steepest price actions was observed in the lobster category. For illustrative purposes, let us look at the price action in 8 oz. Brazil origin tails...

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Red Lobster Introduces New Daily Deals to Lure Dine-In Customers

Need a reason to visit Red Lobster every day? The popular seafood chain has just introduced their new daily deals menu. Beginning Monday, Red Lobster diners can take advantage of a different deal on delicious seafood each weekday.

Ultimate Endless Shrimp Monday allows guests to mix and match Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp, Walt's Favorite Shrimp, Garlic Shrimp Scampi and Wood-Grilled Shrimp Skewers for just $17.99.

Bring your date for Two for Tuesday, where diners can enjoy two lobster, shrimp and salmon meals for $49.99....

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ANALYSIS: Hard Shell Lobster Inventory Low Throughout Industry

It is not unusual for hard shell lobster prices to firm moving into the fall months. However, this year, NE hard shell select market prices have increased 50% since early August. By all accounts, stored hard shell inventory throughout the industry is low. Uncertain market conditions related to COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions have compelled market participants to be cautious with their holdings. Typically, strong demand for the Chinese Fall Festival (Oct. 1) fuels buying interest in larger sized selects. Because pounded inventory...

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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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Maine Politicians Urge Trump Administration to Extend USDA Federal Aid to Dealers, Processors

Last Wednesday U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) would be providing approximately $530 million to support the U.S. seafood industry and fishermen who have been impacted by the retaliatory tariffs from foreign governments. While the program was welcomed by fishermen, lobster dealers and processors were some of the folks left out of the equation. Now, Maine senators Susan Collins and Angus King, as well as Representative Chellie Pingree, are calling on the Trump administration to expand the...

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USDA Providing $530 Million to Support U.S. Commercial Fishermen Impacted by Retaliatory Tariffs

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced on Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide approximately $530 million to support the U.S. seafood industry and fishermen who have been impacted by the retaliatory tariffs from foreign governments.

"Many nations have not played by the rules for a long time, and President Trump is the first President to stand up to them and send a clear message that the United States will no longer tolerate unfair trade practices," said Secretary Perdue...

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Clearwater Etches Deal with First Nation to Sell Pair of Lobster Licenses

Clearwater Seafoods announced it has reached an agreement with the Membertou First Nation in the sale of two lobster licenses. Membertou is set to spend $25 million to purchase the pair of licenses from Clearwater.

"Clearwater is proud to work with Membertou to create First Nation access to this important offshore fishery,” Ian Smith, CEO for Clearwater Seafoods said. “This transaction serves as a model of cooperation, with the commercial fishing industry and First Nations working together as equal partners to build value and opportunity for local communities..."

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Researchers Equip Lobsters With Fitness Trackers to Boost Supply Chain Survival

A Lobster wearing a Fitbit? Well, not quite.

Still, researchers are prototyping miniature fitness trackers and devices that will monitor the quality of shipping conditions for lobsters. The development of such devices is part of an initiative to help reduce stress points and boost the survival of lobsters being shipped from Maine.

The University of Maine, alongside Saint Joseph’s College, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve and industry partners are looking to improve practices to reduce lobster mortality throughout the supply chain...

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The Winding Glass: Pandemic and Election Could Revitalize Seafood Industry; We Need to Think Big

It could be that the loss of significant sales by the U.S. seafood industry due to the pandemic may provide some real opportunities.

For these to happen we will need the entire country to commit to a huge infrastructure and jobs program, which will only happen if democrats win control of the White House and senate. The pandemic and the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression offers the possibility for large scale recovery programs.

We have published a few stories this month on...

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Watch Maine Lobsterman Jason Joyce Speak at the Republican National Convention

The seafood industry was in the spotlight during the second night of the Republican National Convention. Maine lobsterman Jason Joyce took the stage for a two-minute speech endorsing President Donald Trump and praising him for his support of Maine’s lobster industry.  

And this isn’t the first time that seafood had a starring role in the upcoming election. Calamari stole the show during the Democratic National Convention when Democratic Party Chairman Joe McNamara had a mask-clad chef join him on camera with a plate of...

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US, EU Reach Agreement to Eliminate Tariffs on Live, Frozen Lobster

The United States and European Union agreed to eliminate tariffs on both live and frozen American lobster, per a joint statement from United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and European Union Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan.

The agreement should help boost lobster exports and the overall industry, which has been one of many hit hard by the coronavirus. Lobster exports have also been impacted during the course of the U.S.-China trade war, with a key lobster market in China taken off the board...

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The Winding Glass: 35% of Restaurant Purchasing Evaporates in 2020; Where Does That Leave Us?

[The Winding Glass is a commentary and opinion column by John Sackton, Founder of SeafoodNews]

Like most of us individually, the seafood industry has adjusted to a new normal during this pandemic. However, despite hoping to return to where we were last year, it is increasingly unlikely that will happen even with a vaccine in 2021. Personally, and on an industry level, we have to confront that we are in a new world, and there is likely going to be a multi-year period of...

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Boston Lobsters a Hit at Restaurants and Recent Festivals in China

Seafood from overseas has suffered in the Chinese market as the country has reported traces of coronavirus on the packaging of products, leading to public concern. As many markets are still waiting to recover from the downturn in demand during the pandemic, New England lobsters are seeing a jump in sales since June, outpacing some other popular species in the country.

According to statistics from the Shanghai Jiangyang market, a main wholesale market of imported seafood in China, daily sales of Boston lobsters...

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University of Maine Lobster Institute Hosting Series of Webinars

Those looking to learn more about what’s going on in the lobster industry will want to check out a series of webinars being hosted by the University of Maine Lobster Institute. 

Last week the Lobster Institute hosted their first online event, titled “Collaborative Chats: Successful Research Partnerships in the Lobster Industry.” The webinar, which was co-hosted by Amalia Harrington from Maine Sea Grant and Jessica Waller from the Maine Department of Marine Resources over Zoom, included an hour-long slideshow presentation followed by a Q&A...

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The lobster Catch in St. Marys Bay is Down, But There's Little Consensus on Why

The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans has released data showing a decrease in the amount of lobster caught between 2016 and 2018 in St. Marys Bay, the body of water at the centre of a disputed Mi'kmaw fishery in southwest Nova Scotia.

Lobster landings in St. Marys Bay were 1,691 metric tonnes in the 2016-2017 season with a record high value of $25 million, according to data released to CBC News by the department.

Two years later, landings were down...

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NFI’s Robert DeHaan Talks Trade Deal Impacts on Lobster Industry During USITC Testimony

As the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) examines the impact the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), Robert DeHaan, the Vice President for Government Affairs for the National Fisheries Institute testified before the Commission, sharing his thoughts on how various trade deals are impacting the American lobster industry.

Last month, the EU and United States agreed to a trade deal involving lobster, which could bring the European market back into the fold for the U.S. lobster industry...

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As Climate Change Threatens Maine Fisheries, It’s Not All Bad News for Oysters

Despite the threat climate change poses to longstanding Maine fisheries such as lobsters and softshell clams, and the harm it already has inflicted on northern shrimp and groundfish, there is one Maine fishery that has seen rapid growth in the past decade and is expected to continue expanding: oysters.

Eastern oysters are native to Maine, and have long been harvested as food along the coast, as evidenced by piles of ancient shell middens found along the banks of the tidal Damariscotta River. The river is where the...

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Red Lobster Offering Discount to Celebrate National Lobster Day

National Lobster Day may not be until Friday, but Red Lobster kicked off their celebrations yesterday. The popular seafood chain revealed that they'll be celebrating National Lobster Day all week long.

From now through September 25, diners who visit the seafood restaurant can get 15% off their Lobster Lover's Dream entrée.

The Lobster Lover's Dream features a succulent roasted rock lobster tail, butter-poached Maine lobster tail; and a lobster-and-shrimp linguini alfredo. And while the entrée normally only makes a guest appearance on the menu...

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Carnival Cruise Lines the Latest to Cancel Voyages in 2021

The cruise line industry is continuing to take a beating from the coronavirus. On Wednesday Carnival Cruise Line announced that they were canceling some of their 2021 voyages. And they are far from the first cruise company to do so.

Cruises took a hit early on in the pandemic when news outlets began to report on passengers getting stranded at sea due to illnesses and restrictions at ports. On March 14 the CDC issued a No Sail Order and Suspension of Further Embarkation for cruise ships operating in U.S. waters...

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The Winding Glass: Despite Uncertainties, Signs Point to Good Holiday and Lent Season for Seafood

[The Winding Glass is an opinion and commentary column from John Sackton, Founder of Seafood News.]

After seven months of struggling to keep businesses going during the pandemic, it seems we are in a bit of a lull.  No end is in sight, but things are not getting dramatically better either.  The bounce back we experienced both in terms of sales demand and restaurant demand in June and July appears to be fading.

In mid-September, we simply face a huge number of uncertainties...

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Marine Department of Marine Resources Nets Funding for Boost Lobster Health Research

The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) received roughly $100,000 to improve research into a key indicator of the lobster population’s health and to develop a database of publicly available information for use by researchers.

The funding was provided by the 2020 National Sea Grant American Lobster Initiative. The work will include an examination of a potentially less costly and more efficient method to examine the size at which female lobsters mature, the DMR explained.

“Research that studies the size of female lobsters at the point when they become capable of egg production..."

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Maine-based Climate and Lobster Industry Research Receives $550K in Funding

Four NOAA Sea Grant projects focused on the American lobster industry and climate change will receive $559,181 in funding, via an announcement from Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME)

The research will address critical gaps in knowledge about how American lobster is being impacted by environmental changes in the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, and southern New England, a release from Pingree’s office said.

“Mainers rely on the lobster industry for our economic livelihood; about 5,000 Mainers are employed by the industry, which brings in $1 billion to our state’s economy every year..."

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British Veterinary Association Calls For Ban on Boiling Lobsters Alive

Should lobsters be boiled alive? The debate is once again making headlines.

The British Veterinary Association is weighing in and arguing that the process of boiling lobsters alive should be outlawed on animal cruelty grounds. According to the Association, research has found that shellfish do experience trauma. And since it can take up to 15 minutes to kill a lobster by boiling it alive, the Association is calling for chefs to begin stunning lobsters before they are thrown in the pot... 

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Joe Biden’s Presidential Campaign Joins in on Lobster Conversation

Lobster is having its moment in the spotlight thanks to the upcoming U.S. election.

Earlier this week lobsterman Jason Joyce spoke at the Republican National Convention to not only endorse President Donald Trump, but to praise him for his support of Maine’s lobster industry. Now, the Biden campaign is joining the conversation.

Biden for President Maine Deputy State Director BJ McCollister issued a statement on Wednesday about the Biden campaign’s support for giving a voice to Maine lobstermen and women on right whale decisions...

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USITC Investigating Possible Negative Effects of the Canada-EU Trade Deal on U.S. Lobster Industry

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) announced it is currently seeking input for an investigation which will assess possible negative effects the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) had on the American lobster industry, including export numbers.

This investigation was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in a July 29 letter. It follows President Trump’s Memorandum, “Protecting the United States Lobster Industry” which he ordered on June 24...

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PEI Lobster Roll Competition Hopes to Increase Lobster Sales Across Greater Toronto Area 

The Lobster Fishers of Prince Edward Island Marketing Board, also known as Lobster PEI, is launching a new campaign to promote sustainable local lobster. PEI Lobster Roll Call invites lobster lovers from across the greater Toronto area to visit participating restaurants to try out their lobster roll, featuring sustainable PEI lobster. Lobster lovers can then visit the Toronto Life website to cast their vote for their favorite lobster roll.

"Due to COVID-19, Canadians are travelling less and this means they are not able to enjoy...

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