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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


Oct 11 - Opinion: Math Just Doesn’t Add Up in Gulf of Alaska Trawl Fisheries


Sep 30 - Opinion: Halibut Bycatch Limits Must Drop to Protect Communities of the Bering Sea


Aug 23 - Fishing Industry Shooting Itself in Foot with Opposition to Offshore Wind: Not the Pebble Mine


Jul 19 - The Fishery Problem from Hell: Right Whales and Gear Entanglement (The Winding Glass)


Jul 11 - Opinion: B.C. Still “Dragging its Feet” on Mine Safety. UFA Asks AK Delegation to "Lock it In."


Jun 21 - The Winding Glass: New Canadian Fisheries Law a Step Forward, But it Won't Resolve Conflicts


Jun 20 - Hilborn: Rebuilding Plans for Widow Rockfish Caused the Collapse of the Fishery


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


Jun 7 - The Winding Glass: Importers Should Steer Clear of New Shrimp Duty Investigations


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


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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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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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Opinion: Halibut Bycatch Limits Must Drop to Protect Communities of the Bering Sea

I sat on the North Pacific Fur Seal Commission; it was created in 1910 to manage and protect the fur seals of the Pribilof Islands. I’m one of the few Commissioners still around, and I’m still devoted to helping the communities of the Pribilofs survive – and thrive. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has the chance this week in Homer to protect the fishermen of St. Paul and St. George Islands in the Pribilofs, and many more, by protecting the halibut they harvest from the Bering Sea... 

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The Fishery Problem from Hell: Right Whales and Gear Entanglement (The Winding Glass)

The right whale population is hovering at the brink of failure, with around 400 surviving individuals.  In some years, there has been some population increase, and in other years not.  But the fact is that unintentional killing of right whales through both ship strikes and gear entanglements is preventing the population from increasing to a safer level and exacerbating the risk the entire species will go extinct.

Although the population increased between 1990 and 2010, since then it has begun another decline...

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The Winding Glass: New Canadian Fisheries Law a Step Forward, But it Won't Resolve Conflicts

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

The new Canadian fisheries act is a long-overdue modernization that clearly helps fix some management issues with Canadian fisheries, but also enshrines into law some of the problematic aspects of Canadian Ocean protection efforts.

With the third Reading of the fisheries bill under the Canadian system, the bill will now quickly become law once signed by the governor general, the Queen's representative in Canada...

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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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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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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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Opinion: Math Just Doesn’t Add Up in Gulf of Alaska Trawl Fisheries

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council just voted to advise the Fisheries Service to increase the observer fee, a fee collected from groundfish vessels and processors that pays for monitoring the fisheries.   

Oceana supported the fee increase. The existing fee wasn’t generating enough money for the program to adequately sample the catch and bycatch of the fisheries. With the fee increase, the Observer Program will gain over $1 million in new revenue. Now we need the money to be spent wisely...

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Fishing Industry Shooting Itself in Foot with Opposition to Offshore Wind: Not the Pebble Mine

[The Winding Glass is a weekly analysis and opinion column from SeafoodNews Founder John Sackton]

At an offshore wind symposium in Rhode Island this week, Lanny Dellinger, a Newport Lobsterman and chair of the RI Committee that advises on fishery concerns on offshore wind, said “Our whole community is in danger.”

Other members of the fishing industry have called for years of studies before offshore wind farms are built.  The powerful DC lobbyists at Kelly Drye, representing the Fisheries Survival Fund, were also among those...

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Opinion: B.C. Still “Dragging its Feet” on Mine Safety. UFA Asks AK Delegation to "Lock it In."

[Note: Almost a month ago, eight U.S. senators sent a letter to British Columbia Premier John Horgan and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressing their concern over the province’s mining practices and its impact on rivers that flow into the United States...]

United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA) is grateful to Senator Lisa Murkowski and Senator Dan Sullivan, as well as the senators of Idaho, Washington and Montana, for coming together across party lines to urge British Columbia Premier John Horgan to clean...

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Hilborn: Rebuilding Plans for Widow Rockfish Caused the Collapse of the Fishery

The June 12 article by Cassandra Profita misrepresents the history of the widow rockfish fishery and the lessons learned.

Widow rockfish was declared overfished in 2001, and the subsequent rebuilding of the species is cited by Ms. Profita as a great success of the management of US fisheries.  From 1995 to 2001, annual widow catch averaged 6,600 MT. After the rebuilding plan was implemented, from 2003 to 2012, annual widow catch averaged 194 tons.  What Ms. Profita and most media coverage ignore, is that by 2007...

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The Winding Glass:  Importers Should Steer Clear of New Shrimp Duty Investigations

It is highly ironic to see some major US shrimp importers try and use department of commerce duty investigations to sabotage the competition.

This is precisely the behavior of the domestic shrimp industry that has been criticized for years by the shrimp importing sector.

Domestic shrimp processors have tried to undermine buyer confidence in imported shrimp by repeating false allegations about lack of inspection and a high presence of antibiotics in imported shrimp.

This week we ran a story about CongressmanDarin LaHood from Illinois who sent a letter to the head of customs and border protection and to the secretary of commerce, calling attention to a single publicly initiated complaint against Minh Phu Seafoods.  The complaint, which has not been investigated, alleges that Minh Phu...

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