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Feb 21 - White Castle Brings Back Shrimp Nibblers for Lent, But Crab Cake Sliders Don't Make the Cut


Feb 18 - Smashburger Introduces Pacific Cod Sandwich, First Ever Fish Entrée Ahead of Lent


Feb 18 - Arby’s Fires First in Fish Sandwich War as Lent Looms


Feb 12 - Russia Floods U.S. With Seafood While Banning U.S. Imports for 6th Year


Feb 6 - Alaska Fishing Updates for February 2020


Jan 22 - Russia Plans to Increase Pollock Catch in 2020


Jan 16 - Alaska Fishing Updates for January 2020


Dec 23 - LISTEN: Alaska Cod Fishery Update; GE Salmon Label; Charlie the Tuna Doll and More


Dec 9 - Russia Expects Significant Seafood Export Growth This Year


Dec 2 - Russian Pollock Market Continues Move Toward Consolidation


Nov 27 - Symphony Winners: Cod Fry Kit, Kelp Salsa, Wild Pollock Wings


Nov 25 - Russia Plans to Replace Chinese Fish Processors in US Pollock Fillets Market in Future


Nov 14 - Pollock Parts Plug Body Holes, Clean Lead From Soil


Nov 8 - Russian Fish Producers to Raise Prices to Offset Growing Fuel, Tax Costs


Sep 4 - Putin Launches Operations of Gidrostroy’s New Plant on Shikotan


Aug 7 - Russian Government Stays With Historical Participation for Distribution of Fish Quotas


Aug 6 - GAPP Seeking Wild Alaska Pollock Surimi, Roe Proposals for 3rd Round of Partnership Funding


Aug 6 - Fortune, American Seafoods Launch New Wild Alaska Pollock Products


Aug 6 - Alaska Fishing Updates for August 2019


Aug 2 - The Winding Glass: The Trade-War No One Wins


Jul 26 - Russia Plans Production Increases, Diversification of Seafood Exports this Year


Jul 17 - Sergey Darkin Aims to Become Leading Russian Fish Producer in the Years to Come


Jul 8 - Despite Higher Tariffs, the U.S. May Still Turn to China for Processed Seafood


Jun 27 - WATCH: Urner Barry Staff Tries Trident Seafoods' Wild Alaska Pollock Protein Noodles


Jun 21 - UrnerBarry's Summer 2019 Reporter Issue Released; Read It Online For Free Now


Jun 19 - Russian Government Concerned About Decline of Domestic Pollock Processing


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


Jun 14 - VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Closures; Trident & Nancy Fuller; ASMI's Exec Director; Dead Zone


Jun 14 - Trident Seafoods Partners with Food Network Star Nancy Fuller


Jun 12 - Vietnam May Overtake China as the World’s Largest Pollock Processor


Jun 4 - How Much U.S. Seafood is Imported? New Paper Challenges Conventional Thinking


May 30 - Russia Considering Ban of Foreign-Owned Transport Ships in Domestic Waters


May 29 - Russia Facing Drop in Domestic Pollock Consumption in Near Future


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


May 23 - Trident Accepts FABI Award at National Restaurant Association Show for 10g Protein Noodles


May 20 - Russian Fish Harvests Level Off, Decrease After Years of Consecutive Growth


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


May 2 - GAPP Partners With Fishpeople to Promote Meal Kits Featuring Wild Alaska Pollock


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


Apr 25 - Alaska Seafood Industry Snapshot


Apr 22 - Russian Fish Producers Call for Suspension of Controversial Industry Reforms


Apr 17 - First Branded Pollock Products from Russian Fishery Co. Brought to Russian Retail Chains


Apr 16 - Russian Pollock Producers Ready for Expansion in Brazil


Apr 8 - UK Court to Decide Norebo Fate as Russian Fish Tycoons Battle for Leadership


Apr 5 - VIDEO: NL Snow Crab Quota; Alaska Salmon Forecasts; Pollock Pressure; Trident's Protein Noodles


Apr 4 - Trident's Pollock Protein Noodles Hit Select East Coast Costco Stores


Apr 3 - Russia to Focus on Sea of Okhotsk for Pollock While Also Exploring Other Areas


Mar 29 - Russia Plans to Force More Domestic Processing of Pollock, Crab by Fiat


Mar 25 - LISTEN: Taste Testing Trident's Protein Noodles; The Future of Meal Kits; Plus More News From SENA


Mar 25 - Russian Fish Producer Norebo Plans to Expand Fishing Fleet with 10 New Vessels/Processors


Mar 21 - Russia Plans Catch Increases to Match Soviet-era Harvest Figures


Mar 20 - Trident Seafoods Debuts Versatile 10g Protein Noodles at Seafood Expo North America


Mar 14 - Trident Seafoods Launching 10g Protein Noodles at Boston Seafood Show


Mar 11 - Russian Seafood Industry Could Bear Huge Losses if Kurils Transferred to Japan


Mar 6 - GAPP Launches Wild Alaska Pollock Lent Challenge To Encourage Consumers to Try Wild Alaska Pollock


Mar 1 - Trident Wins Big at Symphony Contest in Juneau


Feb 28 - Trade War with China Continues to Pressure Alaska Pollock Industry


Feb 27 - Bojangles Brings Back BojAngler Fish Sandwich for Lent


Feb 26 - White Castle Brings Back Seafood Crab Cake Slider and Shrimp Nibblers for Lent


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White Castle Brings Back Shrimp Nibblers for Lent, But Crab Cake Sliders Don't Make the Cut

White Castle is adding some more seafood items to their menu —just in time for Lent. The fast food chain announced on Friday that they are now serving a new crispy Panko Breaded Fish Slider and a seasonal Craver favorite – Shrimp Nibblers. However, one seasonal seafood item is missing from their menu … the Seafood Crab Cake Slider.

White Castle added a Crab Cake Slider to their menu back in 2017. The Crab Cake Slider returned in 2018 and 2019, but appears to have...

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Smashburger Introduces Pacific Cod Sandwich, First Ever Fish Entrée Ahead of Lent

Fast-casual chain Smashburger is getting into the fish sandwich game with the launch of their first-ever fish entrée: The Beer Battered Pacific Cod Sandwich.

The launch of the Beer Battered Pacific Cod Sandwich comes about a week before the start of the Lenten season. Smashburger's new sandwich features wild-caught Pacific cod, lightly dipped in a signature batter infused with Yuengling Lager, and topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato and creamy tartar sauce.

"At Smashburger, we're on a mission to satisfy our guests with...

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Russia Floods U.S. With Seafood While Banning U.S. Imports for 6th Year

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – 

Lost in the ongoing news about the hits to seafood from the Trump Administration’s trade war with China is another international trade barrier with Russia that’s been going on far longer.

In August of 2014 Russia placed an embargo on U.S. food products to retaliate for sanctions it and other Western countries imposed over Ukraine issues.

It included Alaska seafood products, which accounted for more than $61 million in sales to Russia, primarily pink salmon roe...

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Russia Plans to Increase Pollock Catch in 2020

Russia plans to increase the volume of its pollock harvest up to 1.8 million tonnes this year. That will be significantly higher than the figures for 2019, according to recent statements by some leading local fishermen and state officials.

So far, implementation of these plans has already been confirmed by Alexey Buglak, president of the Russian Association of Pollock Producers. Buglak said the current situation with pollock stocks in Russia remains favorable and...

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LISTEN: Alaska Cod Fishery Update; GE Salmon Label; Charlie the Tuna Doll and More

This week on the SeafoodNews podcast hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione talk about the Alaska cod fishery; the Dungeness crab season opening; genetically engineered salmon; and Charlie the Tuna's Funko Pop! doll. Plus, find out what's going on in the octopus, pollock and salmon markets.

This episode is brought to you by COMTELL, which will be receiving a complete redesign in 2020. Subscribers who utilize COMTELL to track market quotations, analyze trends and stay on top of key industry news will see a host of...

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Russian Pollock Market Continues Move Toward Consolidation

Poronay, a Russian fish company based in the Sakhalin region, aims to become one of the leading fish and seafood producers in the domestic market in years to come, according to some market sources and local analysts.

For this purpose, the owners of the company recently closed a deal for the acquisition of local rival Everon. Local businessmen Efim Malkin and Irina Panchenko, reportedly affiliated with Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, negotiated the deal.

The estimated at USD $330 million acquisition will allow Poronaya to increase the...

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Russia Plans to Replace Chinese Fish Processors in US Pollock Fillets Market in Future

Russia plans to replace Chinese fish processors in the US pollock fillets market in years to come, mainly due to the ongoing US-China trade wars and the overall stagnation of fish processing industry in China, according to recent statements, made by Petr Savchuk, deputy head of the Russian Federal Agency for Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo). 

Savchuk believes the current trade war with the US and the introduction of customs duties negatively affect the level of competitiveness of Chinese fish products in global market.

Petr Savchuk comments...

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Russian Fish Producers to Raise Prices to Offset Growing Fuel, Tax Costs

Leading Russian fish and seafood producers have announced their plans for a significant increase of prices for their product ranges, due to the growth of production costs and the additional pressure from the state, according to recent statements by fishermen and analysts.

The forthcoming introduction of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships will result in the increase of fuel prices in Russia by at least 20%, they said. In addition, tax levies for the catch of fish and seafood in Russia will...

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Russian Government Stays With Historical Participation for Distribution of Fish Quotas

The Russian federal government has rejected a proposal to distribute fish quotas via auctions instead of on the basis of historical participation in the fishery, according to recent statements an official spokesman of the press-service of the state and industry’s analysts.

Some domestic fishermen and state officials, including the Russian Federal Anti-Monopoly Service, earlier pushed the idea to distribute fish to domestic producers via auction, replacing distribution based on history. The FAS said this scheme would have created conditions for the attraction of additional revenue...

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Fortune, American Seafoods Launch New Wild Alaska Pollock Products

American Seafoods, the world’s largest at-sea processor of Wild Alaska pollock, teamed up with Fortune to launch three new Wild Alaska Pollock products.

The companies announced the release of Perfect Pollock Portions, in a 3.8 or 5.1 oz. variety and Wild Alaska Pollock loins.

The new offerings should appeal to every level of at-home cook. Pollock can be thrown in the oven, tossed on the grill, or prepared in several other ways. American Seafoods highlighted the versatility of pollock in many recipes...

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The Winding Glass: The Trade-War No One Wins

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

It’s Lucy and the football again, Charlie Brown. For those not familiar with the Charles Schulz comic, every time Lucy holds the football for Charlie Brown to kick, she pulls it away at the last minute, leaving him flat on his back. The joke is that Charlie Brown never stops hoping she won’t pull the ball away, and is always disappointed.

This is exactly the position most of the American business community is in regarding...

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Sergey Darkin Aims to Become Leading Russian Fish Producer in the Years to Come

Sergey Darkin, a well-known Russian fishing tycoon and a former governor of Russia’s Primorsky Territory, plans to make the Nakhodka Base of Active Sea Fisheries (Nakhodkinskaya BAMR) subsidiary the largest fish processor in the Russian Far East within the next several years, according to some sources close to the businessman and some leading Russian analysts in the field of fish business.

As part of these plans, Nakhodkinskaya BAMR has recently launched deep-sea processing of squid, pollock and...

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WATCH: Urner Barry Staff Tries Trident Seafoods' Wild Alaska Pollock Protein Noodles

Trident Seafoods' Protein Noodles, made from Wild Alaska Pollock, have been making headlines for the past few months. The new product, which is packed with 10g of protein, took home first place in the retail category and the Seattle's People's Choice category at the Symphony of Seafood, won the 2019 FABI Award at the National Restaurant Association Show, and was awarded funding from the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers to help get the product in North American club stores.

Well, after hearing all of the praise for the versatile noodles, Urner Barry's staff had to see what all the fuss was about...

 

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Russian Government Concerned About Decline of Domestic Pollock Processing

The Russian government has sparked concern regarding the decline of pollock processing volumes in the domestic market. The increasing decline has been observed this year despite good figures of catch and stable domestic reserves, according to recent statements made by senior officials of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture and Rosrybolovstvo.

Regarding pollock production, the catch volume in the Sea of Okhotsk region -- a major Russian production base -- amounted to about 840,000 tonnes during the first half of the pollock fishing season this year. That volume accounted for ...

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VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Closures; Trident & Nancy Fuller; ASMI's Exec Director; Dead Zone

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they discuss the latest Gulf of St. Lawrence fishing closures; Trident's partnership with Food Network star Nancy Fuller; ASMI's new Executive Director; and the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone.

This week's episode was brought to you by Foreign Trade Data. Reduce uncertainty, minimize risk and uncover opportunities with the only website designed exclusively for the seafood import/ export community.

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Vietnam May Overtake China as the World’s Largest Pollock Processor

China may lose its status as the world’s largest pollock processor in the future -- due primarily to the ever-growing competition from some other countries in the region. One of those countries is Vietnam, say some leading Russian and Korean analysts in the field of fishing.

As Kim Jong-Sok, professor of the South Korean Maritime Institute, said during the IX Far Eastern Russian-Korean Forum, Vietnam will be able to overtake China in terms of the annual volume of pollock processing already in...

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Arby’s Fires First in Fish Sandwich War as Lent Season Looms 

Is another sandwich war on the way? After chicken sandwich wars took the U.S. by storm, Arby’s struck the first blow in what has already been dubbed, the “Fish Sandwich War.”

Arby’s took to Twitter to fire at McDonald’s staple fish sandwich, the Filet-O-Fish. A menu item since 1962, Arby’s sentiment was simple, its Fish N’ Cheddar Sandwich, is better than the Filet-O-Fish.

The company kept up the barrage with short YouTube ads and a pair of other 10-15 seconds ads poking fun at...

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Alaska Fishing Updates for February 2020

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch –

Winter sees a wide array of fisheries out on the water with more to come. Cod and a big mix of whitefish kicked off the year in the Bering Sea and in many parts of the Gulf. 

Alaska pollock, the world’s largest food fishery, opened on January 20 in the Bering Sea with a 3 billion pound harvest. Smaller pollock catches will come out of the Gulf  (250 million pounds) and at Prince William Sound (5 million pounds)...

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Alaska Fishing Updates for January 2020

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch –

There’s lots of fishing going on across Alaska and more to come in the winter line up.

Cod and a mix of groundfish kicked off the year on January 1 in the Bering Sea and in many parts of the Gulf.  Boats also are targeting black rockfish in Southeast, the westward region of Kodiak, Chignik and the Alaska Peninsula and along the Aleutians.

Lingcod also is open in Southeast. Divers there have pretty much wrapped up a 2 million pound sea cucumber fishery but...

 

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Russia Expects Significant Seafood Export Growth This Year

Fish exports from Russia are expected to reach $4.83 billion USD this year, up 12.7% on a year-on-year basis, according to recent predictions of the All-Russian Association of Fishery Enterprises (VARPE) President German Zverev and some other industry analysts.

In volume terms, exports will grow by about 3.1% and reach 1.832 million tons, one of the record figures for Russia for the last several years.

According to VARPE experts, Russian fish export value growth can mainly be explained by the strengthening of global prices for whitefish, particularly...

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Symphony Winners: Cod Fry Kit, Kelp Salsa, Wild Pollock Wings

A fish and chips meal kit featuring Alaska cod was the favorite in the first round of the Alaska Symphony of Seafoods competition held last weekend at Pacific Marine Expo. The snappy kit by Alaskan Leader Seafoods won the Seattle People’s Choice Award. Keith Singleton heads the company’s value added division.

“It's really a lot of fun. You've got the French fries, the batter, the panko and the fish, which of course is Alaska cod.”

Alaskan Leader, which pitches itself as “America’s Cod Company” won the overall grand prize...

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Pollock Parts Plug Body Holes, Clean Lead From Soil

Fish Radio likes to spotlight fish parts that go well beyond dinner plates and can add up to more value than fillets.

Pollock, for example, Alaska’s largest fishery produces millions of pounds of fish sticks, surimi and roe – but other pollock parts are being used to seal holes in lung and blood vessels. 

Researchers at Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) have discovered that gelatin from pollock skins makes a sealant that is 12 times stronger than conventional uses.

A big plus is the fish gelatin remains liquid at room...

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Putin Launches Operations of Gidrostroy’s New Plant on Shikotan

At the Far East Economic Forum, Russian President Vladimir Putin, alongside, Gidrostroy’s founder and chairman Alexander Verkhovskiy, remotely launched operations for Gidrostroy’s new fish plant on September 4.

The plant located on Shikotan Island in the northern Pacific Ocean will process pollock and pelagic fish. This new plant will further increase Gidrostroy’s impressive production in the country. Annually, the company produces 300 thousand tons of fish, accounting for 30 percent of the total catch in the Sakhalin region.

According to the Federal Agency of Russia for Fisheries...

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GAPP Seeking Wild Alaska Pollock Surimi, Roe Proposals for 3rd Round of Partnership Funding

The Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) is once again seeking out companies that have an innovative new product or channel that they are seeking to place Wild Alaska Pollock in.

Earlier this year the GAPP Board of Directors approved $1 million in funding for the second round of the North American Partnership Program. Now, the Association is searching for proposals for the third round of funding.

"We are thrilled to be able to partner with even more companies to continue to...

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Alaska Fishing Updates for August 2019

Alaska’s salmon catches range from the ridiculous at places like Southeast and Chignik – to the sublime at Bristol Bay.

The statewide harvest by yesterday was nearing 105 million salmon, more than half  - 53 million – are sockeyes. Of that, 43 million of the reds are from Bristol Bay, the second largest catch in its history. Most processors have now posted a base price of $1.35 for Bay sockeyes, not including nice bonuses for chilling, bleeding and more.

The statewide pink catch so far has just topped 40 million...

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Russia Plans Production Increases, Diversification of Seafood Exports this Year

Russia plans a significant increase and diversification of its fish and seafood exports this year, paying a particular attention to some far-abroad nations, according to recent statements of some leading Russian fishermen and senior officials of the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo).

According to latest data provided by Rosrybolovstvo, fish exports out of Russia over the past five years have increased by 400,000 tonnes in volume and $1.8 billion USD in value. Traditionally, the biggest exports were observed in frozen fish, such as pollock and...

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Despite Higher Tariffs, the U.S. May Still Turn to China for Processed Seafood

According to American media, the country’s plan to raise tariffs on Chinese commodities has taken a toll on bilateral trading and also its seafood industry. Some industry participants in the U.S. are worried and have called on the government to stop the action that is expected to increase the costs of local processed seafood.

Within the past two decades, China has been playing a leading role in processing seafood. Large quantities of seafood like fish have been sent from the U.S. to China for processing...

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UrnerBarry's Summer 2019 Reporter Issue Released; Read It Online For Free Now

reporterA brand-new issue of UrnerBarry's Reporter is out now! The Summer 2019 issue is the annual market analysis edition, and just like previous years, the magazine is jam-packed with need-to-know information.

On the seafood side of things check out analysis pieces on the….

Shrimp Market: U.S. imports record volume of shrimp in 2018, prices feel pressure

Lobster Market: Life after the 25% Chinese tariff

King and Snow Crab Markets: King crab down 17% at retail; Unprecedented spread between...

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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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Trident Seafoods Partners with Food Network Star Nancy Fuller

Food Network star Nancy Fuller is the new brand ambassador for Trident's Louis Kemp brand Crab Delights.

Trident Seafoods announced the partnership with the star of "Farmhouse Rules" on Thursday, revealing that the move is part of their effort to connect "healthy and easy-to-prepare seafood with current food and lifestyle trends." And Fuller is wasting no time in making that connection. Those that visit the Louis Kemp website can find Fuller's 5-minute "Easy Breezy Crab Dip" recipe, or her "Red, White & BBQ Pizza" recipe...

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