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Oct 19 - OPINION: Dr. Al Gross Will Talk Truth, Not Tow the Party Line


Oct 16 - OPINION: Visa Restrictions Are Threatening the Survival of the U.S. Shrimp Industry


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


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


Aug 11 - OPINION: Adak: This is How Alaska Fishing Communities Die


Jun 25 - OPINION: Morgan Stanley Dumps the Pebble Mine, Northern Dynasty


Jun 25 - The Winding Glass: Strength of Frozen Lobster Means We Survive the Summer


May 29 - The Winding Glass: The Changing Face of Seafood Distribution


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


Mar 2 - Op Ed: NFI President John Connelly on Plant-based Food Labeling


Feb 27 - Opinion: Stand Up to the Political Fearmongering from Anti-Salmon Farming Activists


Feb 25 - The Winding Glass: Industry Must Prepare as Coronavirus Rapidly Changing Supply Chain Behavior


Jan 28 - Paul Lansbergen: We Need To Be Proud And Loud For Our Fisheries


Dec 18 - The Winding Glass: As the Decade Ends, What Battles Will The Industry Face In The Next 10 Years


Dec 10 - The Winding Glass: Lack of Cod Killing Alaskan Communities, as State and Council Punt on any Relief


Oct 22 - Opinion: Oceana Twists the Facts on Observer Program


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OPINION: Dr. Al Gross Will Talk Truth, Not Tow the Party Line

Alaskans should not be surprised that it took Dan Sullivan a decade to say he opposes the Pebble Mine. That came only after the Pebble Tapes revealed mine backers boasting about how Sullivan was hoping to “ride out the election” and that “he’s off in a corner being quiet.” 

Remember that it was Dan Sullivan as Commissioner of the AK Dept. of Natural Resources in 2012 who removed the words “conserve,” “enhance,” and “future Alaskans” from the DNR mission statement, sidestepping a state law requiring legislative approval...

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OPINION: Visa Restrictions Are Threatening the Survival of the U.S. Shrimp Industry

It’s our busy season right now in the Texas shrimping industry. Seventy percent of our income is made between July and October, and during this time we need workers. Lots of them. Of course, we’d like to hire from our state’s growing pool of unemployed workers, but that’s not possible. Shrimpers need years of experience to safely operate a boat. That’s why we look abroad—we need seasoned fishermen. They travel from Central and South America to work on our boats for three months...

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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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OPINION: Morgan Stanley Dumps the Pebble Mine, Northern Dynasty

This article was originally published by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Multinational investment banking and financial services firm reports over 99 percent reduction in shares of Northern Dynasty Minerals, sole owner of widely-condemned Bristol Bay mining scheme; Bristol Bay leaders applaud the sell-off.

Adding to the financial woes of embattled Pebble Mine owner Northern Dynasty Minerals, global investment banking firm Morgan Stanley filed a form 13F with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 31, 2020 reporting a reduction of 99.14 percent in its...

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The Winding Glass: The Changing Face of Seafood Distribution

Like so many other businesses, the core business of major U.S. seafood distributors has been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We all know how restaurants, hotels and casinos, and amusement parks shut down. And foodservice seafood sales have fallen anywhere from 30% to 98%, depending on the type of venue and offering.

I have been wrestling with what this might mean for our industry. The only certainty I have is that we won’t go back to the way things were before.

The restaurant industry is taking too big a hit...

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Op Ed: NFI President John Connelly on Plant-based Food Labeling

Everyone knows spinach is a great source of iron. It is a simple fact, embedded as much in American nutritional knowledge as it is in pop culture. The original strong man himself, Popeye, famously fortified his hasty muscles with the iron found in spinach.

The only thing is, spinach is not really that high in iron. In fact, other leafy greens like broccoli and Brussels sprouts deliver almost the same steely dietary punch. The prominent iron content in spinach is essentially a myth that is rarely unpacked and...

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The Winding Glass: Industry Must Prepare as Coronavirus Rapidly Changing Supply Chain Behavior

With the spread of the coronavirus to new countries, I now believe the seafood industry is going to face its worst crisis since the economic collapse of 2008.

That was difficult and frightening. From October to December of 2008, fresh whole salmon prices dropped 20%. From August 2008 to January 2009, shrimp prices in the Urner Barry farmed shrimp index fell 16%. Cod loins, which were at record prices in November of 2008, fell 34% over the next 11 months, in a continuous price decline...

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The Winding Glass: As the Decade Ends, What Battles Will The Industry Face in the Next 10 Years

New Year’s day 2020 offers a good chance to think about how the next ten years may be different for the seafood industry.

If you think back to where we were in 2010, it is quite different than where we are today.

Ten years ago, certification was still controversial.  The MSC was about to decertify Alaska salmon.  Retailers were facing a multiplicity of certifications and ratings, and the shrimp industry with BAP...

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Opinion: Oceana Twists the Facts on Observer Program

The recent opinion piece by Jon Warrenchuk with Oceana noted that at its October meeting, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) increased the partial coverage observer sector fee from the current 1.25% to 1.65% of ex-vessel value. However, Mr. Warrenchuk failed to report the highly critical first action taken by the Council where they identified observer program cost efficiency as their highest priority for the partial coverage sector. The Council outlined an intent to both increase fee revenue and decrease observer cost per day, for the benefit of a sustainable...

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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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OPINION: Adak: This is How Alaska Fishing Communities Die

Editor's Note: Steve Minor is a long-time advocate for Alaska coastal communities.

Last year we warned of the slow economic death of Alaskan fishing communities as their access to nearby fisheries that they depend on becomes squeezed by off-shore interests, lawsuits and slow or non-existent political and regulatory responses.  The first casualty came sooner than expected. In this case, a lawsuit by several off-shore corporate fishing interests has stripped the western Aleutian communities of Adak and Atka of their access to federal waters Pacific cod and...

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The Winding Glass: Strength of Frozen Lobster Means We Survive the Summer

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

Two things have combined to help both the snow crab and lobster fisheries avoid the worst-case scenarios that were feared back in April.

First, the government stimulus programs and employment benefits have protected consumer spending to a large extent. And what people are not spending going out, they are spending on the seafood they crave when they see it priced aggressively at retail...

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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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Opinion: Stand Up to the Political Fearmongering from Anti-Salmon Farming Activists

As seafood professionals gather this week in Halifax for the 22nd Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister’s Conference, the seemingly never-ending debate over salmon farming will resurface, complete with the usual dump of misinformation by several small but vocal anti-fish farming activist groups.

As this unfolds, here is my call to Nova Scotians and their elected officials: Stand up to these anti-salmon farming sentiments that are based on the politics of fear rather than the realities of science...

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Paul Lansbergen: We Need To Be Proud And Loud For Our Fisheries

The world is embarking on international negotiations of a new biodiversity framework. This will include a vision for 2050 and interim targets for 2030. Marine conservation is a hot topic in these negotiations. However, some important facts often get lost in such discussions and we need to remind ourselves and others of these facts.

Part of the problem is that the fisheries sector has fallen short when telling its story. The resulting void has been filled by the sector’s critics. Their view of our world is that we..

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The Winding Glass: Lack of Cod Killing Alaskan Communities, as State and Council Punt on any Relief

The rubber has hit the road as far as global warming in Alaska is concerned. Cod, one of the state’s major and iconic fisheries, has collapsed to such an extent that directed fishing is banned in the Gulf of Alaska.

Think of no salmon returns to Bristol Bay. Or a shutdown of pollock for the A season in the Bering sea.  This is the kind of seismic impact the changes in climate have wrought with cod...

 

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