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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


Mar 7 - Glooscap First Nation Acquires SeaKist Lobster Holding Facility


Mar 6 - Shoney’s Kicks Off Seafood Season with New Menu Items, Enhanced Seafood Fresh Food Bar


Mar 6 - Quin Sea Fisheries Launches Newfoundland and Labrador Lobster Pot FIP


Mar 5 - Maine Lobster Market Group Will Evolve Promotional Strategy After Increased Landings, Value in 2018


Mar 4 - Restaurant Report: Lent Makes Waves in Seafood Offerings


Mar 1 - Maine 2018 Seafood Value Second Highest Ever, Lobster Landings Rose to 110 Million lbs


Feb 25 - 2nd Cape Bald Plant Burns at Cap-Pele in Major Blow to Lobster Processing Industry


Feb 22 - Maine Lobster, Tuna and More Seafood Star on Wolfgang Puck's 2019 Oscars Menu


Feb 18 - Clearwater Requests Advanced MSC Audit of Lobster Fishery, Audit to Review Lobster Pot Conviction


Feb 15 - Sustainability Rating Drops for Clearwater's Offshore Lobster Fishery


Feb 14 - King Crab and Lobster Again Shine for Chinese New Year, 'The Most Important Dinner in China'


Feb 11 - Captain D’s Prepares for Lent with New Sandwich Offerings


Feb 11 - Matt Jacobson Stepping Down as Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative Executive Director


Feb 11 - LISTEN: Right Whale Protection Rules; U.S. Lobster Imports; Tilapia and Cannabis; and More


Feb 7 - China Tariff Impacts Show up on US Lobster Imports in a Big Way; More US Product Stays Here


Feb 6 - Australia Commercial Fishing Industry Meet to Discuss Attack on WA Rock Lobster Fishery


Feb 6 - PETA Puts Lobster Ads Up at Bangor International Airport in Attack Against Maine Processor


Feb 6 - U.S. Diners Seek Out Lobster at Most Romantic Restaurants During Valentine’s Day


Feb 6 - Total FDA Refusals Increase Over 48% in January 2019


Feb 5 - Lobster Orders Tank as Chinese Turn to Tariff-Free Canada


Feb 4 - VIDEO: Nova Scotia's Lucy the Lobster Predicts Six More Weeks of Winter


Jan 29 - Lobsterfest is Back at Red Lobster With New Menu Items


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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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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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Glooscap First Nation Acquires SeaKist Lobster Holding Facility

The Glooscap First Nation, located approximately 70 kilometers northwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia, has acquired SeaKist Lobster Holding Facility, as well as 52% ownership of seafood distribution company Yarmouth Bar Fisheries Limited.

The acquisition comes as part of the Government of Canada’s partnership with First Nations to “support community-driven economic development projects that will help build healthier, most sustainable communities.” Indigenous Services Canada contributed $779,922 under the Community Opportunity Readiness Program to aid the Glooscap First Nation with the business development project...

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Quin Sea Fisheries Launches Newfoundland and Labrador Lobster Pot FIP

Quin Sea Fisheries announced on Tuesday that they have taken the next major step to advance Newfoundland’s lobster initiative.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Lobster Pot Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) is being led by the St. John’s based company, a division of Royal Greenland A/S. According to a press release from Quin Sea Fisheries, the project will “seek partnerships to align and improve the fishery’s management and science with the ultimate objective of achieving Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) fishery sustainability certification...

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Restaurant Report: Lent Makes Waves in Seafood Offerings

Lent begins March 6th, and with it comes the advent of the seafood promotional season at many QSR and fast casual concepts. In anticipation of the season, many restaurants have either launched new LTOs, revived previous offerings, or rolled out tests for new menu items.
 
Wendy's brought back the North Pacific Cod sandwich, an annual staple, as most other QSRs continue using pollock for their fish sandwiches. Pollock LTO's include Arby's fish sandwiches, White Castle's Fish Nibblers and Fish Slider, Jack in the Box's Fish Sandwich, Bojangles's BojAngler, and Captain D's...
 

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2nd Cape Bald Plant Burns at Cap-Pele in Major Blow to Lobster Processing Industry

Winter is a tough time in New  Brunswick, with fish plants closed for the season.  Cape Bald Packers, one of the largest lobster companies operating in New Brunswick, has just suffered a second huge fire loss.

The lobster packing plant at Cap-Pele, the main processing center of Cape Bald Packers, is a total loss according to the Cap-Pele fire chief.

The fire call came in around 10:30 am Sunday morning.  No employees were at the plant Sunday morning...

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Clearwater Requests Advanced MSC Audit of Lobster Fishery, Audit to Review Lobster Pot Conviction

Halifax-based Clearwater Seafoods is looking to advance their annual Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) audit. The company confirmed in a press release that, at their request, conformity assessment body Lloyd’s Register will conduct the surveillance audit in April, instead of when it is typically done in June.

“The Canadian offshore lobster fishery was the first on the Eastern seaboard to be certified under the MSC standard and continues to be a model for sustainable fisheries management,” said Christine Penney, VP of Sustainability and Public Affairs...

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King Crab and Lobster Again Shine for Chinese New Year, 'The Most Important Dinner in China'

China’s largest-scale shopping carnival has come to an end with the ending of its lunar New Year holiday recently. Impressively, its residents spent more than 1 trillion yuan celebrating the holiday. One new feature of festival consumption is that imported commodities have become increasingly popular and affordable for frenzied Chinese consumers.

According to Alibaba, the country’s e-commerce giant, king crabs have become a hot choice for the festival feast. Their sales ballooned by 769% on its T-mall platform around...

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Matt Jacobson Stepping Down as Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative Executive Director

Matt Jacobson, Executive Director of the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative, informed the organization’s board of directors last week that he will be stepping down from his position. His last day with the MLMC will be February 25, 2019.

Jacobson was appointed MLMC Executive Director back in 2014. He took on the position after spending more than 20 years in sales, marketing and senior leadership positions in Maine.

During his time as Executive Director, Jacobson helped the MLMC bring their "Trap to Table" event...

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China Tariff Impacts Show up on US Lobster Imports in a Big Way; More US Product Stays Here

For the first few months after the July imposition of tariffs on US lobster by China in retaliation for a US initiated trade war, it appeared that the US industry might weather the storm through a combination of sales to other markets, increased US sales, and robust sales to Canada.

With November import data, we can now get a clearer picture of how the lobster markets are changing, both for live and frozen product, and the picture for...

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

For three years the Massachusetts Senate has passed a bill sponsored by Sen. Bruce Tarr that would permit lobster processing in Massachusetts. For the past two years, the bill was stymied by the House.

This year proponents have attached the bill to a supplemental budget that has already passed the House, and they hope that in conference they can make the lobster processing bill stick.

Currently wholesale dealers in the state are prohibited from processing or processing unfrozen lobster parts...

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Shoney’s Kicks Off Seafood Season with New Menu Items, Enhanced Seafood Fresh Food Bar

Shoney’s has some new seafood offerings – and just in time for Lent.

The Lenten season begins on Wednesday, and now through April 21 Shoney’s is offering their guests the best seafood prepared with “Shoney’s signature quality.”

“Shoney’s prides itself on giving our valued guests what they want when they want it,” said Shoney’s Chairman and CEO, David Davoudpour. “And now, it’s the season for seafood and we’re serving the finest the ocean has to offer. This year’s Seafood Fest will satisfy our guests at every level...

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Maine Lobster Market Group Will Evolve Promotional Strategy After Increased Landings, Value in 2018

The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative says that on the heels of another prosperous year and strong landings for the Maine Lobster industry, they will evolve their promotional strategy, building on past successful efforts to bring the story of Maine’s signature crustacean to more audiences around the country.

In 2018, Maine fishermen landed 119,640,379 pounds of lobster, which is an increase of nearly 8 million pounds over 2017. At $484,543,633, the value of Maine’s lobster fishery climbed by...

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Maine 2018 Seafood Value Second Highest Ever, Lobster Landings Rose to 110 Million lbs

The Maine Department of Marine Resources published its 2018 lobster landing totals.  For 2018 total landings were 119.6 million lbs, up from 111.9 million pounds in 2017.  The 7.7 million pound increase is in line with expectations from people in the industry, who experienced a heavier pace of landings during the year.

Maine also increased its exports to Canada substantially over 2017, which reflected both the increased landings during the summer and the strong demand for Canadian lobsters from China...

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Maine Lobster, Tuna and More Seafood Star on Wolfgang Puck's 2019 Oscars Menu

The 91st Academy Awards are this Sunday and you know what that means – the stars will feast! While all eyes are generally on the Best Picture nominees, foodies focus on what celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck will be serving at the post-Oscars Governors Ball. And just like last year, seafood has a strong presence on the menu.

Wolfgang Puck has been catering the Governors Ball for 25 years and is responsible for the over 30 dish menu...

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Sustainability Rating Drops for Clearwater's Offshore Lobster Fishery

Clearwater Seafoods' offshore lobster fishery in Eastern Canada has lost its "recommended" rating from Ocean Wise, a seafood sustainability recommendation program of the Vancouver Aquarium.

It's more fallout from a 2018 conviction for what the Crown called a "gross violation" of a Canadian fisheries regulation by Halifax-based Clearwater.

In a separate action, the Marine Stewardship Council, another much larger eco-sustainability organization, has moved up its scheduled "full surveillance audit" of Clearwater's offshore lobster fishery by two months to April.

Clearwater asked for the early audit...

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Captain D’s Prepares for Lent with New Sandwich Offerings

Lent doesn’t begin until March 6, but Captain D’s is ready for the religious observance. The fast-casual seafood restaurant announced on Monday that they’re introducing a new lineup of sandwiches this Lenten season, including the Giant Fish Sandwich and North Atlantic Lobster Rolls.

The Giant Fish Sandwich features two pieces of batter dipped fish, topped with tartar sauce and lettuce, on a warm toasted bun. In addition to the Giant Fish Sandwich, diners can also order a pair of lobster rolls made with North Atlantic lobster...

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LISTEN: Right Whale Protection Rules; U.S. Lobster Imports; Tilapia and Cannabis; and More

Welcome back to the SeafoodNews Weekly Podcast!  This episode of the podcast breaks down right whale protection rules in the Gulf of St. Lawrence; how the China tariffs are impacting U.S. lobster importers; November 2018 shrimp imports; pesticide use in Washington oyster beds; and how tilapia is being used to grow cannabis. Plus, find out “Guardians of the Galaxy” actor Chris Pratt’s connection to shrimp!

This episode is brought to you by the Urner Barry Executive Conference, taking place in Las Vegas from April 28...

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