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Jan 14 - The Winding Glass: Seafood, Consumers, Climate Change, the MSC and the Government in 2021


Dec 31 - MLA Issues Response to Proposed Changes to Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan


Dec 30 - NOAA Releases Proposed Changes to Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan


Dec 28 - The Winding Glass: 2020 Part 1: The End of a Year of Turmoil, Loss, and Resilience


Dec 7 - ANALYSIS: Live Lobster Market Unsettled as Canadian Fishing Season Begins


Nov 30 - EU Parliament Pushes Through Mini Lobster Trade Deal With US


Nov 12 - Seven Projects in Magdalen Islands to Receive Close to $2 Million Through Quebec Fisheries Fund


Nov 12 - The Winding Glass: Don't Fear Expansion of Native Seafood Rights


Nov 12 - Maine Lobstermen Awarded More Than $36 Million Through USDA's Seafood Trade Relief Program


Nov 12 - E-commerce Companies in China See Greater Seafood Sales With Prolonged Double 11


Nov 12 - EU Continues Support of U.S. Lobster Trade Deal After Biden Victory


Nov 10 - LISTEN: September Shrimp and Lobster Imports; Snow Crab Update and More


Nov 5 - ANALYSIS: Lobster Imports Sharply Lower in Sept.; Dragged Down by Decline in Shipments from Canada


Nov 4 - The Winding Glass: How Last Night’s Muddled Election May Impact our Industry


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


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The Winding Glass: Seafood, Consumers, Climate Change, the MSC and the Government in 2021

Last month CFOOD, the website established by University of Washington scientists to explain the science of sustainable seafood, published an excellent summary of the problems facing the Maine lobster fishery due to right whale interactions.

There are six lobster fisheries interacting with right whales certified by the MSC in the U.S. and Canada but only the Maine fishery was suspended by the MSC. The Maine fishery lost its MSC certification due to a lawsuit against NMFS charging failure to implement stronger measures to reduce right whale...

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MLA Issues Response to Proposed Changes to Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan

Just days before the New Year, NOAA announced its proposed modifications to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan.

The goal of the proposed modifications to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan is to further reduce the impacts of entanglement in fishing gear on right whales in U.S. waters. According to Chris Oliver, the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, the proposed modifications will modify gear configurations to reduce the number of vertical lines by requiring more traps between buoy lines and by...

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The Winding Glass: 2020 Part 1: The End of a Year of Turmoil, Loss, and Resilience

Most will welcome the end of 2020 as next year promises improvements in all respects.

For the seafood industry looking back on this past year, it feels like a bomb went off. Now we are picking up the pieces, seeing who survived and who didn’t, and checking on each other to see what shape we’re in.

The most salient aspect of the pandemic is that even though this is a universal event affecting behavior in every country in the world, the impacts have been...

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EU Parliament Pushes Through Mini Lobster Trade Deal With US

The mini-trade deal between the European Union and the United States took another step forward last week as the EU Parliament supported the agreement.

The agreement will eliminate duties on live and frozen lobster imported from the U.S. and the EU will receive duty relief a comparable economic value on its own products, such as prepared meals, certain crystal glassware and cigarette lighters. This is the first EU-US negotiated tariff-reduction in over 20 years and is applicable for all WTO trading partners...

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The Winding Glass: Don't Fear Expansion of Native Seafood Rights

The Canadian lobster industry is in turmoil over first nation fishing rights.  In 1999 the Canadian supreme court ruled that Mi'qmaq and other First Nations had harvest rights that had to be recognized by the Canadian government.  For decades, this was never implemented.

For that reason, the Sipekne'katik First Nation began a test case, issuing 11 licenses themselves, limited to 50 traps each, and beginning to fish lobster in southwestern Nova Scotia during the closed season.

This led to riots, the burning of lobster pounds, attacks on boats...

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E-commerce Companies in China See Greater Seafood Sales With Prolonged Double 11

China’s e-commerce industry has decided to prolong this year’s Double 11 shopping spree to further fasten market revival. Some industry giants, like JD, have started the online carnival on October 21. And thanks to enthusiastic buyers, they have enjoyed noticeable increase in sales since the starting point.

As statistics show, fresh food sales of JD has jumped by 165% in this late October compared with that of September. And some imported seafood have been among the biggest winners during the event...

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LISTEN: September Shrimp and Lobster Imports; Snow Crab Update and More

Join SeafoodNews Podcast co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they talk about September shrimp and lobster imports. Plus, the latest news on the tilapia and snow crab markets.

This week's episode is brought to you by Urner Barry's COMTELL. Urner Barry continues to build upon the value COMTELL offers customers with new features and improvements consistently being added to the platform. We are excited to announce three new widgets for the COMTELL dashboard, designed to increase efficiency and expand on the amount of information available...

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The Winding Glass: How Last Night’s Muddled Election May Impact our Industry

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

I admit to wearing rose colored glasses. I thought yesterday would lead to a clear Biden win, a reset of our national conversation, and a new commitment to serious fiscal stimulus, aid to states, and governance by science.

This is roughly the type of policy we have seen in countries who have controlled the pandemic, and now have growing economies:  China, S. Korea, Japan, Australia, Taiwan, Vietnam, for example. It is not what we are seeing in Europe or the U.S.

After last night, I no longer think we will see much change...

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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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NOAA Releases Proposed Changes to Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan

NOAA announced its proposed modifications to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan on December 30.

NOAA said it is looking to “further reduce the impacts of entanglement in fishing gear on right whales in U.S. waters.” The modifications are focused on the Northeast Jonah crab and lobster trap/pot fisheries, which are responsible for roughly 93 percent of the buoy lines fished in areas where right whales occur.

According to NOAA, the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team will be asked to recommend risk reduction measures...

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ANALYSIS: Live Lobster Market Unsettled as Canadian Fishing Season Begins

There has been much anticipation ahead of the opening of the Canadian lobster fishing seasons in LFA 33-34, the two largest producing zones. LFA 33 opened on time on November 30, however, LFA 34 has been delayed once again, looking at Saturday, December 5 as a drop date, weather permitting. A decision will be announced later shortly.  There is concern that each delay, coupled with the increasing pent-up demand for product and the late start may lead to...

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Seven Projects in Magdalen Islands to Receive Close to $2 Million Through Quebec Fisheries Fund

The Government of Canada and Quebec are providing close to $2million in funding to improve the efficiency, quality and sustainability of Quebec's fish and seafood sector.

"By participating in the Quebec Fisheries Fund, the Government of Canada is committed to stimulating innovation in the fish and seafood sector, while contributing on the one hand, to the creation of good jobs for the middle class and, on the other hand, to the growth of businesses in Quebec communities," said the Honourable Bernadette Jordan...

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Maine Lobstermen Awarded More Than $36 Million Through USDA's Seafood Trade Relief Program

Maine lobstermen have received some welcome financial relief. U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced this week that a total of $36,284,110.12 has been awarded by the USDA's Seafood Trade Relief Program to offset the financial harm that the state's lobstermen and women have experienced due to China's retaliatory tariffs.

"Unfair retaliatory tariffs as well as the COVID-19 pandemic that has closed restaurants and reduced exports have placed increasing financial pressure on Maine's hardworking lobstermen and women," said Senator Collins...

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EU Continues Support of U.S. Lobster Trade Deal After Biden Victory

The European Parliament Committee on International Trade voted in support of a trade deal that will remove tariffs on live and frozen U.S. lobsters.

Both the EU and U.S. agreed to eliminate tariffs on lobster in August, via a joint statement from United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and European Union Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan.

The committee pushed the mini-deal through in the wake of the U.S. Presidential election, “as a sign of hope for renewed negotiations between the two parties, despite ongoing disputes...

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ANALYSIS: Lobster Imports Sharply Lower in Sept.; Dragged Down by Decline in Shipments from Canada

Imports of lobster products in the month of September totaled 7.56 million pounds compared to 9.25 in September 2019; this represents an 18.3 percent or 1.69 million-pound decline.

Product from Canada accounted for roughly 70 percent of all lobster entering the country in September. However, in the month, 28 percent less product entered the U.S. from Canada. Individually, shipments of all categories declined...

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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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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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