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May 21 - Make Your Favorite Restaurant Dish at Home; Restaurants Turn to Meal Kits During Pandemic


May 21 - DFO Announces First Season-Long Fishing Closure in Gulf After North Atlantic Right Whale Sightings


May 21 - China’s Seafood Imports are Recovering Better in the Fishing Off-Season


May 20 - NOAA Awards Grants to 8 Projects in Greater Atlantic Region Through Saltonstall-Kennedy Program


May 18 - DFO Announces Additional Grid Closures in Gulf of St. Lawrence After New Right Whale Sighting


May 15 - MLMC Launches “Cooking Maine Lobster at Home” Hub to Aid Home Chefs


May 14 - Foreign Seafood Suppliers Working to Perform Better in Recovering Chinese Market


May 7 - Maine Lobstermen’s Association Launches Campaign to Save Industry After Recent Ruling


May 6 - Fishermen and Right Whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence: Traps Without Ropes, Buoys Start This Year


May 5 - DFO Announces More Newfoundland Lobster Season Openings


May 1 - RI Allows Commercial Fishermen to Sell Directly to Consumers, Retailers with New Temporary License


May 1 - South Shore Lobster Season to Start On Time as Right Whales Depart Cape Cod Bay


Apr 29 - Cape Cod Bay Lobster Season Delayed Following Right Whale Sighting


Apr 28 - The Winding Glass: Work Together or Hang Separately, It’s That Simple


Apr 24 - DFO: Newfoundland and Labrador Lobster Seasons Will Not Open Before May 1


Apr 22 - DFO Announces P.E.I. Lobster Season Set to Begin on May 15


Apr 20 - P.E.I. Fishermen Vote on the 2020 Lobster Season Opening Date


Apr 16 - Survey: Majority of P.E.I. Lobstermen Comfortable Fishing, Still Looking for Season Delay


Apr 14 - Winding Glass: Pandemic Spreads Uncertainty in All Directions for Seafood Sector


Apr 9 - Canadian Lobster Industry Battling Pandemic as Fishing Area Openings Loom


Apr 8 - Virtual Marketing Outshines Others in Facilitating Chinese Seafood Market Revival


Apr 7 - The Winding Glass: Can Seafood Distributors Survive, and What Will This Summer Look Like?


Mar 31 - The Winding Glass: Processors Now Key to Lobster and Crab Survival in Canada


Mar 30 - Lobster Fishery Delayed in Two New Brunswick Areas, Other Fisheries Waiting on Decisions


Mar 17 - Maine DMR Commissioner Addresses Lobster Industry as Coronavirus Jolts Market


Mar 12 - A Look at How China's Seafood Market Grew in 2019


Mar 9 - Right Whales Rules a Hot Topic at Maine Fishermen's Forum


Mar 9 - LISTEN: Boston Seafood Show Postponed; Lent QSR Roundup; Maine Lobster Landings and More


Mar 6 - Maine Lobster Harvesters Landed Over 100 Million Pounds in 2019


Mar 5 - OCEANAIR Reports Over 90 Blank Sailings From Asia to the U.S. Between February and March


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Make Your Favorite Restaurant Dish at Home; Restaurants Turn to Meal Kits During Pandemic

Restaurants have been forced to get creative during the coronavirus pandemic. Some have launched family meal deals to lower the cost and lure back customers during a time when many are filing for unemployment. Others are launching make-at-home meal kits to allow diners to get that restaurant meal they crave right in the comfort of their own home.

99 Restaurant and Pub, which has over 100 locations across the Northeast, just announced that guests can now make their favorite entrees with their new...

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DFO Announces First Season-Long Fishing Closure in Gulf After North Atlantic Right Whale Sightings

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has announced the first season-long fishing closure in the Gulf of St. Lawrence due to sightings of the endangered North Atlantic right whale. 

The seasonal closure is for grids GV44, GW42, GW43, GW44, GW45, GW46, GX45 and GX46. Pre-notice of the closure was given earlier this week to allow fishermen time to remove their gear from the waters. The closure will begin at 5 p.m. on May 21 and run through November 15, 2020...

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NOAA Awards Grants to 8 Projects in Greater Atlantic Region Through Saltonstall-Kennedy Program

NOAA Fisheries has awarded more than $8 million in funding to a total of 30 projects through the Saltonstall-Kennedy program. Of those 30 projects, eight are from the Greater Atlantic Region. According to the government agency, the funding for those eight projects totals approximately $2.25 million.

A majority of the projects in the Greater Atlantic Region focus on “Sustainable U.S. Seafood Production and Harvesting. Two projects focusing on sustainable seafood were picked up from...

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MLMC Launches “Cooking Maine Lobster at Home” Hub to Aid Home Chefs

Maine lobster is a popular dish when dining out. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, more people are cooking at home than ever before— and that includes seafood! The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) has launched a new “Cooking Maine Lobster at Home” content hub to show that you don’t need to be a gourmet chef to enjoy Maine lobster.

“Fortunately, many Maine Lobster product formats have already been developed that are ideal for consumer use,” Marianne LaCroix, Executive Director of the MLMC...

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Maine Lobstermen’s Association Launches Campaign to Save Industry After Recent Ruling

The Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA) is fighting back after a recent ruling determined that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) violated the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by allowing Maine lobstermen to use gear that has the ability to entangle and kill endangered North Atlantic right whales. MLA president Patrice McCarron announced this week that the organization has launched a campaign to raise $500,000 to save Maine’s lobster industry.

Last month U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled that the “American lobster fishery had the potential to harm the...

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DFO Announces More Newfoundland Lobster Season Openings

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) continues to confirm start dates for Lobster Fishing Areas (LFA) in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The DFO confirmed that LFA 3 Cape Charles to Cape St. John (White Bay) will open on May 16, and end on July 15. LFA 4A (Notre Dame Bay West) will open on May 23 and also end on July 15. LFA 4B (Notre Dame Bay East) will run from May 16, 2020 to July 10, 2020.

Find the DFO announced dates for LFAs 5 through 9B below...

 

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South Shore Lobster Season to Start On Time as Right Whales Depart Cape Cod Bay

Days after the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) closed fishing through May 7 in the majority of Cape Cod Bay, the department quickly changed its course.

Endangered North Atlantic right whales that were previously spotted in Cape Cod Bay have since migrated and the lobster season, which was delayed one week on April 27 is now scheduled to open as planned on May 1.

The initial delay was put in place due to the sightings of multiple right whales on April 25...

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The Winding Glass: Work Together or Hang Separately, It’s That Simple

Two qualities that gives the seafood industry its unique character are being made up of a multitude of diverse companies of all sizes, and having an immense diversity of species and products.

In the U.S. meat industry, four companies control 84% of beef production, 65% of pork production, 53% of poultry, and one dairy co-op and one processor control 30% and 40% respectively of the national milk supply.

Our companies are not large enough to be dominant in this way. With the exception of a few farmed salmon...

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DFO Announces P.E.I. Lobster Season Set to Begin on May 15

Following weeks of back and forth, the lobster fishery in LFAs 23, 24 and 26 will open on May 15, lasting until June 30, according to an announcement from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).

“The Government of Canada is taking the necessary steps to ensure that you can continue to operate safely and effectively and we will continue to keep you informed of the latest developments,” the DFO said in a Notice to Fish Harvesters.

The announcement follows the results of a vote from the Prince Edward Island Fishermen...

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Survey: Majority of P.E.I. Lobstermen Comfortable Fishing, Still Looking for Season Delay

The majority of lobster fishermen on Prince Edward Island are comfortable fishing during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, they would like to begin the season later than normal, according to a survey conducted by the PEI Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA).

The survey gathered input from 775 harvesters from LFA 24 and 26A, more than 80 percent of harvesters took part. The survey found that 64.2% of fishermen are comfortable taking their crew aboard and interacting with fish buyers while following public health guidelines...

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Canadian Lobster Industry Battling Pandemic as Fishing Area Openings Loom

Typically, the start of spring is a time of hope for the Canadian lobster industry. Multiple fishing areas across the coast would be set to open in the coming weeks and millions of pounds of lobster would be processed and shipped live across the globe.

However, the coronavirus has become a major cause for concern for one of Canada’s most lucrative fisheries. Alike most of the seafood industry, Canada’s lobstermen and processors are still deciding how to tackle the situation revolving the pandemic...

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The Winding Glass: Can Seafood Distributors Survive, and What Will This Summer Look Like?

Datassential reported this week that foodservice sales were down 65% across all sectors due to the impact of COVID-19.  But focusing on those sectors most important to the seafood industry, which include midscale restaurants, casual dining, fine dining and institutional users outside of healthcare, the average loss of business was close to 80%.

Further, 86% of all restaurants who were doing take-out said it just didn’t cut it in terms of volume. Most operators expect this situation to last at last three to...

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Lobster Fishery Delayed in Two New Brunswick Areas, Other Fisheries Waiting on Decisions

According to the CBC, Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans accepted a request to delay the start of the lobster season in areas 36 and 37 of southern New Brunswick due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.

The request was sent by the Fundy North Fishermen’s Association, the delay will push the start of the fishery from March 31 to April 30.

"In light of the current circumstances, and with input and support from groups involved, DFO has accepted this request and will be...

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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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LISTEN: Boston Seafood Show Postponed; Lent QSR Roundup; Maine Lobster Landings and More

Join SeafoodNews managing editor Amanda Buckle and SeafoodNews staff writer Ryan Doyle as they break down some of the biggest stories of the week, including the postponement of the Boston Seafood Show; Maine's lobster landings; Clearwater Seafoods' potential sale; January shrimp imports and more. Plus, find out what QSR and fast casual restaurants are offering for Lent.

The SeafoodNews Podcast is brought to you by Urner Barry's Reporter magazine, the quarterly newsmagazine for the food industry professional...

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OCEANAIR Reports Over 90 Blank Sailings From Asia to the U.S. Between February and March

According to logistics company OCEANAIR, carriers executed over 90 blank sailings from Asia to the U.S. between February and March.

A "blank sailing," also known as a void sailing, is a sailing that has been cancelled by the carrier. These cancellations are generally due to a lack of demand.

Based on OCECANAIR's data, they had zero transpacific capacity voided during the weeks of January 1 through January 16. However, things started to change around January 23 when the coronavirus outbreak began to spread...

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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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DFO Announces Additional Grid Closures in Gulf of St. Lawrence After New Right Whale Sighting

Fisheries and Oceans Canada has added new grid closures in the Gulf of St. Lawrence after a North Atlantic right whale sighting.

SeafoodNews reported earlier this month that the DFO closed grids GU42, GU43, GU44, GV42, GV43, GV44, GW42, GW43, and GW44 due to two confirmed right whale sightings in the area. Now, the DFO has closed the following additional grids because of the confirmed presence of the endangered whale: GV52, GV53, GV54, GW45, GW46, GW47, GW52, GW53, GW54, GX45, GX46, GX47, GX52, GX53...

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Foreign Seafood Suppliers Working to Perform Better in Recovering Chinese Market 

Chinese New Year is usually the biggest shopping carnival in the oriental market, however, things have been turned upside down this year by COVID-19. The fourth quarter of 2019 set a new record with seafood imports increasing by 13% from the previous quarter to US$4.51 billion. But in the blink of an eye, imports started to plummet, and in this first quarter, the number dropped by 27% to around US$3.2 billion from last year’s fourth quarter...

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OpEd: Fishermen and Right Whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence: Traps Without Ropes, Buoys Start This Year

In the coming weeks, the 400 or so remaining North Atlantic right whales (NARW) will gradually arrive in our waters, under the watchful eye of several organizations, ENGOs, scientists and governments. The reason for all this interest is the risk of entanglement that may be posed by the fixed fishing gear used to catch crab and lobster. Protecting right whales from the potential threat of entanglement includes avoiding overlap between whales and fishermen and developing technologies to mitigate the risk of...

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RI Allows Commercial Fishermen to Sell Directly to Consumers, Retailers with New Temporary License

Rhode Island is helping commercial fishermen stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic with a new temporary license to allow them to sell certain types of seafood directly to consumers and retailers.

“There is a growing demand for local seafood during this critical time, and we’re fortunate that our commercial harvesters are able to meet the needs of residents with the abundant seafood resources available off our coast,” said Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Director Janet Coit. “Rhode Islanders can take pride in knowing that when...

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Southern Massachusetts Lobster Season Delayed Following Right Whale Sighting

The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) announced on April 27 the majority of Cape Cod Bay will be closed to fishing through May 7.

“From May 1, 2020 through May 7, 2020, it shall be unlawful for any person to fish, set, store or abandon any fixed gear, including but not limited to lobster traps and gillnets, within those waters under the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth in Cape Cod Bay south of 42° 08.42’ north latitude and...

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DFO: Newfoundland and Labrador Lobster Seasons Will Not Open Before May 1

The lobster fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador will not open before May 1, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) announced. The decision will impact lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 3 -14c.

Once decisions are made for specific areas, the DFO said announcements will be made through Notices to Fish Harvesters. Typically, LFAs 3-13b begin fishing on April 20, so fishermen are set for at least a two-week delay. The season in LFAs 14a-14c normally begins in early May.

The delay follows the DFO's decision...

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P.E.I. Fishermen Vote on the 2020 Lobster Season Opening Date

The Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA) will wrap up a membership vote that will decide the opening date of the 2020 lobster season on Monday at noon local time.

Members of the association, who fish in LFA 24 and 26A are set to vote on two potential opening dates, May 6 or May 13.

"I think frustration is probably the biggest thing, frustration and anxiety of people," said executive director Ian MacPherson told the CBC. "Hopefully this will take a little bit away..."

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Winding Glass: Pandemic Spreads Uncertainty in All Directions for Seafood Sector

It is now nearly 11 weeks since I first wrote “could the economic impact of the coronavirus tip the U.S. and the rest of the world into recession” in this column. At issue then was price stability and a potential fall in demand.

Since then, the impact of the largest global pandemic since 1918 has devastated health, economies, and production. The U.S. now has the highest number of cases and deaths in the world.

For the seafood sector, our thinking has evolved. 

First, the concern was over inventories that...

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Virtual Marketing Outshines Others in Facilitating Chinese Seafood Market Revival

Online channels have been rising to prominence as seafood marketing tools in China, a country haunted by the coronavirus outbreak and also market bust during this Chinese New Year. These platforms not only boost the country’s domestic sales volumes of seafood, but also push upward some of their prices.

A case in point is the one-week-long virtual seafood festival initiated by Shenzhen Commerce Bureau, Tecent, JD and Weiku Seafood. About 100 tons of seafood have been sold in this shopping carnival, which ran from...

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The Winding Glass: Processors Now Key to Lobster and Crab Survival in Canada

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

This week economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic will become more visible, and the success or failure of economic decisions will have a big impact on our lives, as much as the success or failure of pandemic containment actions.

The big money fisheries in Atlantic Canada are lobster and snow crab, and how these fisheries navigate the next few months will be critical to the survival of many shore communities and... 

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Maine DMR Commissioner Addresses Lobster Industry as Coronavirus Jolts Market

In a March 17 statement, Maine Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher addressed the state’s lobster industry, as the impact of the coronavirus is beginning to be felt.

Keliher opened by shutting down rumors about a potential closure of the lobster fishery.

“Despite rumors to the contrary, I do not have any immediate plans to close any commercial fishery in response to the Coronavirus,” Keliher wrote. “In particular, it is important to understand that under the existing circumstances, I DO NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO CLOSE THE LOBSTER FISHERY...”

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Right Whales Rules a Hot Topic at Maine Fishermen's Forum

The Maine Fishermen's Forum took place in Rockport, Maine, last week. The hot topic of the event? The National Marine Fisheries Service's pending North Atlantic right whale policy.

State and federal regulators are calling for the Maine lobster industry to change up their gear in order to protect the endangered right whale. These measures include reducing the number of vertical ropes in offshore waters and using weak or breakaway ropes. But lobstermen disagree with the actions, arguing that Canadian fishermen and ships are the ones...

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Maine Lobster Harvesters Landed Over 100 Million Pounds in 2019

The Maine Department of Marine Resources released their 2019 commercial landings on Friday, and according to the agency 2019 landings were the "second most valuable of all time."

Last year Maine's commercial fishery brought in a value of $673,910,558 —an increase of more than $26 million from 2018. Looking specifically at lobster, harvesters in Maine landed 100,725,013 pounds for a value of $485 million. The Maine DMR reports that this is the ninth year in a row —and only the ninth ever —that landings topped 100 million pounds...

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