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Jun 14 - The Winding Glass: We Need a New Magnuson Act to Deal with Climate Change Impacts on Fisheries


Jun 10 - Maine Delegation Sends Letter to Trump Urging Aid for Lobster Industry Affected by Trade War


Jun 7 - East Coast Opens New Lobster Facility in New Bedford Prior to the Opening of the Maine Season


Jun 7 - ANALYSIS: April Lobster Imports Sharply Lower - Seventh Straight Month of Lower Shipments


Jun 4 - Trade War with China Creating Worsening Conditions for U.S. Exporters


May 31 - Maine Senators Express Concern About Right Whale Regulations on Lobster Industry


May 31 - Northumberland Fishing Association Serving 1,000 Free Lobster Suppers to No Pipe Supporters


May 28 - Highly Ironic That Export Award from Gov’t Went to Maine Company Most Hurt by Seafood Tariffs


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


May 22 - MLMC Launches New Content Hub to Support Maine Lobster Distributors and Retailers


May 20 - VIDEO: Urner Barry Staff Taste Test Vinalhaven Smoked Lobster


May 3 - VIDEO: COS Aquaculture Commitment; GAPP Partnerships; Plant-Based Trends; MLMC's Executive Director


May 3 - Maine Lobsterman Delivers A Lot of Heart With Homemade Smoked Lobster


Apr 29 - LISTEN: The New Captain High Liner, Euclid Fish Lawsuit, Massachusetts Lobster Bill and More


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


Apr 25 - Four Maine Lobstermen Charged with Multiple Violations


Apr 24 - Gloucester Lobsterman Begins Jail Sentence for Illegal Landing of Undersized Lobsters


Apr 24 - Massachusetts Lobster Processing Bill Temporarily Killed Again by House of Representatives


Apr 22 - LISTEN: Red Lobster's New Partnership, Most Trusted Frozen Fish Brand, Live Lobster Market and More


Apr 17 - FFAW Brings SPONL into its Lobster Formula Pricing, Vows to Differentiate Newfoundland Lobster


Apr 16 - It’s April. Why are Live Lobster Prices Falling Like a Stone?


Apr 16 - Maine DMR Open to Exploring Alternative Bait Sources for Lobster with Nordic Aquafarms


Apr 12 - VIDEO: Snow Crab Quotas & U.S. Imports; Hawaiian Airlines Route from Boston; Sitka Sac Roe Herring


Apr 8 - Hawaiian Airlines Launches New Route From Honolulu to Boston; Live Lobster on Inaugural Flight


Apr 5 - Senator Collins Urges Senior Administration to Develop Gray Zone Fishing Agreement with Canada


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


Apr 1 - What Happens With China Likely to Determine Prices on Lobsters this Spring


Mar 29 - VIDEO: Whale Entanglement Settlement; Fortune's Latest Acquisition and More


Mar 29 - The Winding Glass: North of the Border Notes on Crab and Lobster


Mar 13 - Stavis Seafoods Launches SeaTru Lifestyle Seafood Brand Ahead of Boston Seafood Expo


Mar 13 - Outlook Better as Massachusetts Tries a 3rd Time to Get Lobster Processing Bill Through Legislature


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The Winding Glass: We Need a New Magnuson Act to Deal with Climate Change Impacts on Fisheries

[The Winding Glass is an opinion and commentary column from SeafoodNews Founder and Publisher John Sackton.]

50 years ago fisheries were in crisis.  The prevailing international law allowed no national control of ocean activities beyond 12 miles.  

Similar fishing situations were occurring around other coastal nations. 

The key features of the Magnuson-Stevens Act passed in 1976 were regional councils,  the best available science, and to involve all stakeholders in the council and decision-making process.

Today we are facing a new crisis...

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Maine Delegation Sends Letter to Trump Urging Aid for Lobster Industry Affected by Trade War

Maine Senators Angus King and Susan Collins, along with Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden, have sent President Donald Trump a letter requesting aid for members of the lobster industry who have been affected by the trade war with China. The letter, which was sent to the president on Friday, emphasizes the importance of the Chinese market to Maine's lobster industry.

"One of the first victims of retaliation imposed by China after the initial round of tariffs was lobster shipped from Maine...

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ANALYSIS: April Lobster Imports Sharply Lower -  Seventh Straight Month of Lower Shipments

The flow of lobster products into the U.S. continues to decline. The April loss extends the trend of year-over-year declines to seven-straight months. April 2019 imports of 4.413 million pounds were 18.6 percent lower when compared last year’s figure of 5.423 million pounds. Year-to-date figures show a 21.1 percent or 6.339-million-pound shortfall.

Imports from Canada are down 25.6 percent in the month and 24.3 percent through four months.  The ongoing trade war with China...

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Maine Senators Express Concern About Right Whale Regulations on Lobster Industry

This week U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME), as well as Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Jared Golden (D-ME), submitted a letter to Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere Dr. Neil Jacobs to express their concern regarding the ongoing North Atlantic right whale take reduction efforts and the "significant impact" on Maine's lobster industry.

"As you are aware, Maine fisheries officials and stakeholders have been actively engaged on the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team and in correspondence with...

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Highly Ironic That Export Award from Gov’t Went to Maine Company Most Hurt by Seafood Tariffs

[The Winding Glass is an opinion and commentary column from SeafoodNews Founder and Publisher John Sackton.]

The danger of an escalating trade war with China for the seafood industry runs on two tracks.  For importers, especially of tilapia, the prospect of a permanent 25% tariff will force a major reshuffling in the category.  Unless the exemption on taxing products from the US processed in China is revoked, other items like pink salmon, twice frozen cod and pollock, and processed flatfish which are...

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MLMC Launches New Content Hub to Support Maine Lobster Distributors and Retailers

The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) announced on Tuesday that they have launched a brand new Content Hub, developed to "support the promotional efforts of Maine Lobster distributors and retailers worldwide."

The MLMC designed the Content Hub to "help make sure those selling and consuming Maine Lobster have a cohesive, easy-to-navigate resource packed with the tools and information needed to make informed decisions about lobster products." The Content Hub, which the public can use by requesting access...

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VIDEO: COS Aquaculture Commitment; GAPP Partnerships; Plant-Based Trends; MLMC's Executive Director

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Recap co-hosts Lorin Castiglione and Amanda Buckle as they talk about Chicken of the Sea's responsible aquaculture commitment; GAPP's new partnerships; plant-based trends in Canada; and the MLMC's new Executive Director.

This video is brought to you by Urner Barry. Urner Barry is headed to Brussels for Seafood Expo Global, the world's largest seafood trade fair, taking place from May 7-9. Visit us at booth 6-842 to buy posters and books. Plus, catch demos of Urner Barry's Comtell and...

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LISTEN: The New Captain High Liner, Euclid Fish Lawsuit, Massachusetts Lobster Bill and More

Join SeafoodNews Podcast hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione for a brand new episode. This week on the podcast we talk about Captain High Liner's new look; Euclid Fish's class action lawsuit; the Massachusetts lobster bill; and more!

This week's episode is brought to you by Urner Barry's 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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Four Maine Lobstermen Charged with Multiple Violations

Maine's Department of Marine Resources is reporting that two lobster fishermen and two crewmembers have been charged with multiple violations following an investigation by Marine Patrol Officer Rustin Ames.

Walter Foster, 56, and Nicholas Wood, 22, were issued summonses after the Marine Patrol received a complaint from Stockton Springs harvester William Nichols that someone was cutting his lobster traps. Marine Patrol conducted an investigation, and found that Foster, Wood and two crew members, had cut Nichols' traps on numerous occasions between August 2018 and October 2018...

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Massachusetts Lobster Processing Bill Temporarily Killed Again by House of Representatives

Since 2016, when the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed a bill that would allow for the processing of lobster in Massachusetts, and the sale of lobster parts, such as raw tails, the state has been unable to modernize the law due to opposition in the House of Representatives.

The latest set back came after Gloucester Rep. Bruce Tarr, also the Minority leader in the Senate tied the popular lobster bill to the 2018 supplemental budget.  During the House and Senate Conference, it was hoped the conferees would keep the bill...

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FFAW Brings SPONL into its Lobster Formula Pricing, Vows to Differentiate Newfoundland Lobster

The FFAW announced that after three years during which the Seafood Producers of Newfoundland and Labrador (SPONL) tried to roll back the price formula, both sides agreed to go forward with the formula this year.

The formula pays NL lobstermen around 70% of the Canadian dollar value of the average live market price for lobsters reported by Urner Barry.  During the Lobster season, which begins around April 22nd, the price is adjusted each week by the exchange rate and the US market price...

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Maine DMR Open to Exploring Alternative Bait Sources for Lobster with Nordic Aquafarms

Nordic Aquafarms, which is currently working on a land-based aquaculture facility in Belfast, Maine, is hoping that the state approves a regulation change that would allow heads and racks from their facilities to be used as lobster-bait.

Maine is currently undergoing a bait crisis due to the shortage of herring. As the Associated Press previously reported, federal regulators are "imposing a steep cut in the herring fishery this year, and some areas of the East Coast are already restricted to fishing...

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Hawaiian Airlines Launches New Route From Honolulu to Boston; Live Lobster on Inaugural Flight

It's about to get easier for Hawaii residents to get their hands on New England lobster, and for New Englanders to get their hands on Hawaiian fish. Hawaiian Airlines announced on Friday that Flight 90 flew into "aviation history," inaugurating the nation's longest domestic route from Boston Logan Airport to Honolulu. And making that inaugural flight was none other than one and a half tons of live lobster.

According to Hawaiian Airlines, prior to Flight 90, Boston was the largest U.S. market without...

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The Winding Glass: Markets Don’t Care

This column from SeafoodNews Founder and Publisher John Sackton is a new trial feature that may continue as John retires from active management of SeafoodNews.  

The spring is a time when many seasonal price negotiations get underway in fisheries where harvesters negotiate a fixed price.  This certainly happens in Snow Crab, Cold water Shrimp, and Canadian Cod; and to a lesser extent lobster.

Other seafood producers, such as those farming salmon, shrimp, or landing scallops or groundfish see prices vary from week to week depending on the commodity market demand...

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VIDEO: Whale Entanglement Settlement; Fortune's Latest Acquisition and More

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Recap co-hosts Lorin Castiglione and Amanda Buckle as they talk about the whale entanglement settlement; Fortune International's acquisition of Morey's St. Louis and Kansas City operations; January lobster imports; and new hires at Atlantic Natural Foods. 

This video is brought to you by the Urner Barry Executive Conference, NOW the premier event for the seafood industry. The Executive Conference, taking place at the Bellagio in Las Vegas from April 28 to April 30, is expanding this year...

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Stavis Seafoods Launches SeaTru Lifestyle Seafood Brand Ahead of Boston Seafood Expo

Stavis Seafoods announced on Wednesday the launch of their new lifestyle seafood brand: SeaTru.

According to the company, SeaTru products meet in-depth brand standards and are “completely traceable, socially responsible and sustainably sourced.” So far the initial products featured in the line include retail-ready pasteurized crabmeat, fresh Norwegian salmon, as well as the Prime Cuts Portion Program, which includes high quality salmon, halibut, swordfish and tuna portions. Each produced is sourced from a sustainable certified, ranked or domestic fishery, or from a fishery involved in...

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East Coast Opens New Lobster Processing Facility in New Bedford Prior to the Opening of the Maine Season

East Coast Seafood Group has begun operating a new state of the art lobster facility in Massachusetts, offering one of the most efficient processing lines currently available in the industry. Set in a 66,000 square foot building on New Bedford’s working waterfront, the new lobster operation for East Coast Seafood’s/Seatrade facility, feeds from the success of the companies’ commodity business and puts lobster and scallop processing under one roof.

East coast received permits for the processing plant in April and began with processing fresh lobster meat. In May they added frozen processing.

The company expects that a long-sought Massachusetts bill to revise antiquated lobster holding laws will become final in June...

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Trade War with China Creating Worsening Conditions for U.S. Exporters

U.S. President Trump has initiated a trade war with China, and higher tariffs have been levied on commodities traded between the two countries. Both suffer from the president’s decision, and it is still uncertain who will be the bigger victim in the long run, according to media and trade reports. But according to responses from aquatic companies in the two countries, the war is hitting America harder than China at present.

One Chinese aquatic company in Maoming, an important tilapia aquaculture region, is...

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Northumberland Fishing Association Serving 1,000 Free Lobster Suppers to No Pipe Supporters

Fishermen have been fighting against Northern Pulp's proposed effluent pipe for months, and now they're thanking those who have stood by them by offering 1,000 free lobster suppers to No Pipe supporters.

"Hundreds of community members have decorated their lawns with signs of support," Northumberland Fishermen's Association president Ronnie Heighton said in a press release. "Last summer, over 3,500 citizens joined our No Pipe Land & Sea Rally. And to date, over 6,000 letters supporting a federal environmental assessment of the project have been submitted…

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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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VIDEO: Urner Barry Staff Taste Test Vinalhaven Smoked Lobster 

It's no secret that the Urner Barry office is full of seafood lovers. So, when Robert Young, founder of Vinalhaven Smoked Lobster, sent some of his cherry and hickory smoked lobster to the Urner Barry office, we had people lined up to try it.

Watch the video to see what they had to say!

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Maine Lobsterman Delivers A Lot of Heart With Homemade Smoked Lobster 

How do you eat your lobster? On a roll? Smothered in butter? Mixed into macaroni and cheese? For Robert Young, a lobsterman based in Vinalhaven, Maine, the best way to eat lobster is smoked.

Young has been commercial fishing for over 20 years, but things changed for him back in 2004 when his wife bought him a smoker for Christmas. While many Christmas gifts have a tendency to get used a handful of times and tossed aside, Young’s smoker ultimately led to his family business: Vinalhaven Smoked Lobster...

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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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Gloucester Lobsterman Begins Jail Sentence for Illegal Landing of Undersized Lobsters

Gloucester lobsterman James A. Santapaola Jr. has started his 47-day jail sentence for illegally landing undersized lobsters.

As SeafoodNews.com previously reported in November 2018, Santapaola Jr. was arrested by Massachusetts Environmental Police following an investigation into illegal lobster fishing in state and federal waters. Officers discovered that Santapaolo Jr.'s 600-lb lobster catch included "dozens of undersized, oversized and illegally mutilated lobsters."

And that wasn't Santapaola Jr.'s first offense. He committed a similar offense in 2006, and a criminal complaint was...

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LISTEN: Red Lobster's New Partnership, Most Trusted Frozen Fish Brand, Live Lobster Market and More

Join SeafoodNews Podcast hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione for a brand new episode. This week on the podcast we talk about Red Lobster's new partnership with nonprofit group Ocean Conservancy; the most trusted frozen fish brand by consumers; the live lobster market; and more.

This week's episode is brought to you by Urner Barry's Executive Conference, taking place at the Bellagio in Las Vegas from April 28-30. The Executive Conference is a must-attend event for decision makers in the protein industry...

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It’s April. Why are Live Lobster Prices Falling Like a Stone?

There is definitely a hiccup in the live lobster market. Historically, April is usually the time of highest live prices for the year.

This is because new Canadian seasons have not yet started — they open May 1, and cold water generally inhibits catches for areas that are open, along Southwestern Nova Scotia and the Bay of Fundy, and those who held lobsters in tanks and tubes are nearing the end of their inventory.

But this year, April prices for 1 1/8 lb hard shell...

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VIDEO: Snow Crab Quotas & U.S. Imports; Hawaiian Airlines Route from Boston; Sitka Sac Roe Herring

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Recap co-hosts Lorin Castiglione and Amanda Buckle as they talk about the Gulf of St. Lawrence snow crab quotas; U.S. snow crab imports; Hawaiian Airlines' new route from Boston; and the potential for their to be no sac roe herring fishery in Sitka this year.

This video is brought to you by the Urner Barry Executive Conference, NOW the premier event for the seafood industry. The Executive Conference, taking place at the Bellagio in Las Vegas from April 28 to...

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Senator Collins Urges Senior Administration to Develop Gray Zone Fishing Agreement with Canada

Senator Susan Collins of Maine, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, took issues affecting Maine's lobster industry to the Commerce Appropriations Subcommittee hearing this week – specifically the "Gray Zone" and the ongoing trade war with China.

The Gray Zone sits approximately 10 miles off the coast of Maine, around Machias Island. Canadian and Maine lobstermen both work in the area, but do not follow the same regulations, which has caused disputees. Maine Lobstermen mark the tails of...

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What Happens with China Likely to Determine Prices on Lobsters this Spring

Lobster prices are now the lowest they have been at this time in three years.  Yet the lull after valentines day and Chinese New Year is typically a time of very low volume on live lobster, and often very high prices.

But this year, 1 ¼ lb hardshell are being quoted wholesale by Urner Barry at $9.50, well below the $10.88 and $12.88 quoted in 2017 and 2018. The fact is these spring prices have no relationship to summer lobster prices, as there have been years with record high spring prices followed by well below average summer prices.

The big question mark hanging over the spring season is what market conditions are in the US and in China...

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The Winding Glass: North of the Border Notes on Crab and Lobster

This column from SeafoodNews Founder and Publisher John Sackton is a new trial feature that may continue as John retires from active management of SeafoodNews.  

Lobster and Crab Outlook  

For the past ten years, I have made an annual trip to New Brunswick following the Seafood Show to discuss the market outlook for snow crab and lobster with harvesters and processors in a series of meetings around the Province, sponsored by the Dept. of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Here are a few thoughts on those species...

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