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Dec 14 - NMFS Releases Latest Fisheries of US Report; Alaska On Top for Volume, Value


Dec 10 - UMass Dartmouth Continues Video Surveys on Georges Bank with Industry Support


Dec 10 - LISTEN: Seafood Retail Features Analysis; 2019-20 Scallop Plan; Thai Union's Lobster Lab and More


Dec 6 - NE Council Finalizes 2019-20 Scallop Plan, Landings Will be 60 Million lbs or Higher


Dec 5 - ANALYSIS: Will Retail Features Keep Increasing Heading into the Holiday Season?


Nov 30 - ANALYSIS: Japanese Exports Affecting Canadian Scallops; U.S. Market Unsettled


Nov 12 - 1,300 Fishermen Wanted First New Scallop Licenses Since 2009. Only Four Got Them.


Nov 9 - Maine Scallop Season starting Soon with Minimal Changes from 2017-2018 Season


Nov 7 - Japan Eyes Increasing Seafood Imports from Russia’s Sakhalin and Kurile Islands


Oct 9 - SSC May Recommend Higher East Coast Scallop Landings for 2019 Tomorrow


Oct 1 - October is National Seafood Month


Sep 5 - Zhangzidao's Net Profit Plummets by 52%in Wake of Marine Ranch Disaster


Aug 1 - NOAA Adds MRAG Americas as Provider to Sea Scallop Observer Program


Jul 31 - Zhangzidao Ups its Transition Timeline from Seafood Supplier to Food Company


Jul 3 - Scallop Catches Down Again in Alaska


Jun 13 - Lack of Sustainable Fish in UK Force Buyers to Import


Jun 1 - Alibaba Has Plans to Become the One of the Biggest Retail and Online Seafood Players in China


May 11 - VIDEO: Ahimi Distribution; Blue Swimming Crabmeat Prices; Scallop Update; FDA Menu Requirements


May 10 - Pricing for 20-30 Count Scallops Upside Down, as U-10 and 10-20 Prices Fall Lower


May 7 - Seafood News Podcast: Scallop Market; Seafood goes Hollywood; StarKist Adds Chicken & More


May 4 - Zhangzidao Business Remains Haunted by Zero Harvest of Yesso Scallops


Apr 24 - Seafood News Podcast: Supreme Crab's Mark Laubner Talks Bobby Flay; Plus 2018 Scallop Plan and More


Apr 19 - NOAA Gives Final Approval to 2018 Scallop Plan Which Will Result in 60 Million Lb. Harvest


Apr 18 - Seafood Volume Sales Flat, But Bright Spots for Fresh Shrimp, Scallops and Flounder


Apr 9 - Another New Bedford Scallop Vessel Busted for Illegal Fishing in Closed Access Area


Apr 3 - Online Grocer Thrive Market Adds Wild & Sustainable Seafood Box to Offerings


Mar 29 - Zhangzidao Forced to Buy Scallops from Japan after Failure of Yesso Scallop Growing This Year


Mar 12 - Lund’s Fisheries Offering Fair Trade Certified Scallops


Mar 7 - Northern Wind Revealing Captain’s Call Rebrand at Boston Seafood Show


Feb 15 - New Bedford-Based Northern Wind Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary


Feb 9 - Zhangzidao in Trouble Again for Missing Scallops


Feb 1 - Atlantic Capes Fisheries Launches ‘Honest Scallops’ Campaign, featuring ‘Game Changing’ Packaging


Jan 30 - F/V Dinah Jane, Belonging to Carlos Rafael, Caught Cheating on Scallop Landings in New Bedford


Jan 18 - Scallop Group Praises NMFS Decisions on Openings, But Still Wants Georges Bank Area as Well


Jan 12 - New Charges Against Carlos Rafael Include Count Against Sector IX, 12 Counts Misreporting Scallops


Jan 11 - NOAA Moves to Revoke All Carlos Rafael’s Permits, New Charges Include Cheating on Scallop Landings


Jan 10 - NMFS Approves New England Council Habitat Amendments; Will Provide Boost to Scallops up to 60 Millio


Dec 21 - Conservation Group Accused of Launching Smear Campaign Against Shetland Shellfish


Dec 20 - French Scallopers See Bumper Harvest


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NMFS Releases Latest Fisheries of US Report; Alaska On Top for Volume, Value

Alaska topped the U.S. in commercial fisheries landings and value in 2017, according to the latest Fisheries of the United States 2017 report released this week by NOAA.

While Alaska's 6 billion pounds of landings generating $1.8 billion led the nation, fishing and seafood consumption increased across the board last year. Landings and value of U.S. fisheries continued a strong, positive trend, according to NOAA. Fishermen landed 9.9 billion pounds of fish and shellfish in 2017, while the U.S. imported 5.9 billion pounds of seafood, up 1.6 percent.

Given the increases in ...

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UMass Dartmouth Continues Video Surveys on Georges Bank with Industry Support

Researchers at UMass Dartmouth’s School for Marine Science & Technology (SMAST) are once again working with the fishing industry to address conservation issues related to bycatch of yellowtail flounder.

In early November SMAST researchers conducted a week-long survey with a focus on yellowtail flounder. The survey, which was last conducted in the areas in the fall of 2016, revealed the greatest abundance of skates, red hake, haddock, scallops, and dogfish. Meanwhile, researchers caught an average of 42 yellowtail flounder per tow based on a total of 25 tows...

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NE Council Finalizes 2019-20 Scallop Plan, Landings Will be 60 Million lbs or Higher

The New England Fishery Management Council has finalized the scallop plan for 2019-20, the fishing year beginning on April 1st.

NMFS staff estimates that catches will be similar to this year, which are expected to be around 60 million lbs.

However, the plan adds one additional closed area trip for each of the approximately 310 full time vessels in the fishery.  At 18,000 lbs per trip, this has the potential to increase landings by around 5.5 million lbs...

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ANALYSIS: Japanese Exports Affecting Canadian Scallops; U.S. Market Unsettled

Premiums are developing in the Canadian sea scallop market as approximately 95% of the offshore quota has been caught. Frozen inventory levels are not as abundant compared to previous years and one factor contributing to this are fewer exports from Japan into Canada.

This past year, while Japan harvested the same number of scallops as expected, the harvest was of a smaller size, attributing to about 25% less product available for export. Less exports, paired with strong domestic demand in Japan ...

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Maine Scallop Season starting Soon with Minimal Changes from 2017-2018 Season

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - November 9, 2018

The 2018-2019 Maine Scallop Season is set to begin, and according to the Maine Department of Marine resources, harvesters will see few changes from last year.

The daily possession limit of 15 gallons of shucked scallops for Zone 1 and Zone 2, which was in place for the 2017-2018 season, will remain. Meanwhile, in Zone 3, there will also be a daily possession limit of 10 gallons.

For Zones 1 and 3, harvesting will be limited to ...

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SSC May Recommend Higher East Coast Scallop Landings for 2019 Tomorrow

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton - October 9, 2018

The New England Council SSC will take up 2019 scallop fishery recommendations at its meeting tomorrow, at a time when surveys show that fishing mortality it at “an all time low in 2017” and “recruited biomass is at its highest point in the time series”, ie. since 1975.

The scallop fishery is managed through a series of closed areas, which are opened periodically to limited access trips when the scallops in these areas are at their maximum growth potential ...

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Zhangzidao's Net Profit Plummets by 52%in Wake of Marine Ranch Disaster

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Finance.china] translated by Amy Zhong - September 4, 2018

Although Zhangzidao has achieved its goal of earning money in the first half of this year, the scallop disaster that happened earlier is still taking a toll on the company’s performance. According to its report of Aug. 22, the company has earned a revenue of 1.41 billion yuan (~$206.4 million USD) during the first half of this year, which has contracted by 6.44 percent compared with the same period last year ...

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Zhangzidao Ups its Transition Timeline from Seafood Supplier to Food Company

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [P5W] translated by Amy Zhong - July 31, 2018

Zhangzidao used to be a star in China’s stock market with high stock prices, but now is infamous online due to two scallop scandals. According to insiders, the company must take action now to rebuild its image.

The company proposed eleven measures to deal with the scallop disaster earlier this year. One of them is to expand its food processing business and improve its brand image. It intends to focus on areas such as sea cucumbers and snack food. The company also ...

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Lack of Sustainable Fish in UK Force Buyers to Import

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - June 13, 2018

Sustainable Fish Cities conducted an investigation that found that UK fish buyers are importing sustainable fish from the UK, Turkey, Greenland and South America because domestic fisheries are not certified sustainable.

“The government simply hasn’t invested enough in research, data collection, and monitoring of fishing vessels,” Ruth Westcott, coordinator of Sustainable Fish Cities, said in a statement. “Even if boats are operating sustainably, if there isn’t a good enough understanding of the fish stocks and impacts on ...

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VIDEO: Ahimi Distribution; Blue Swimming Crabmeat Prices; Scallop Update; FDA Menu Requirements

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 11, 2018

Check out the top stories of the week in the SeafoodNews.com Weekly Recap Video. This week hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione talk about Whole Foods expanding their distribution of Ahimi; blue swimming crabmeat prices; FDA menu labeling requirements; and the scallop market. 

This video is sponsored by Urner Barry's new Comtell app. Download the Comtell app today on the Apple app store for iOS or Google Play for Android.

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Seafood News Podcast: Scallop Market; Seafood goes Hollywood; StarKist Adds Chicken & More

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - May 7, 2018

Seafood News podcast hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione break down this week's top seafood stories, including: scallop prices, "Good Catch" on PBS, StarKist's new chicken pouches, and March 2018 shrimp imports.

This episode is brought to you by Urner Barry’s Comtell App ...

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Seafood News Podcast: Supreme Crab's Mark Laubner Talks Bobby Flay; Plus 2018 Scallop Plan and More

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 24, 2018

On this week’s episode of the Seafood News podcast hosts Nicole Christie and Amanda Buckle talk to Supreme Crab & Seafood chef Mark Laubner about his experience on "Beat Bobby Flay." Get some behind-the-scenes scoop on the fan-favorite Food Network show. Plus, we talk about one of the survivors of the Alaska Ranger changing his story 10 years after the vessel sank, take a look at seafood volume sales, and ...

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Seafood Volume Sales Flat, But Bright Spots for Fresh Shrimp, Scallops and Flounder

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] By Amanda Buckle - April 18, 2018

Despite a boost in sales from Lent, Nielsen reports that seafood volume sales are flat.

According to Nielsen’s report, dollar sales of seafood have increased 3.4% in the 52 weeks ending February 24, 2018. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the volume of seafood sold has increased. Volume sales are reportedly down 1.1% over that 52 week span, and Nielsen credits the dollar sales boost to an increase in average retail price.

But while volume sales are unimpressive, there is a “bright spot” in ...

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Online Grocer Thrive Market Adds Wild & Sustainable Seafood Box to Offerings

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] By Amanda Buckle - April 3, 2018

Thrive Market, a membership-based online grocer that focuses on healthy foods, has added seafood to their offerings. The e-commerce platform announced Tuesday that members will now be able to purchase wild and sustainable seafood through the site.  

“Thrive Market set out to create the most ethical and highest quality meat and seafood program in the country offered at our affordable member pricing,” CEO and co-founder Nick Green said in a press release ...

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Lund’s Fisheries Offering Fair Trade Certified Scallops

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - March 12, 2018

Lund’s Fisheries has announced that they are now offering Fair Trade Certified scallops, a first in the United States for an Atlantic sea scallop fishery.

“Ethically and sustainably harvested seafood is increasingly demanded by consumers. It is the right thing for the environment and the right thing for people,” said Wayne Reichle, President of Lund’s Fisheries. “We are proud to sell a product that’s as good for our fishermen as it is for the consumer.”

Lund’s Fisheries received approval from an independent certification group ...

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New Bedford-Based Northern Wind Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 15, 2018

Northern Wind is celebrating their 30th anniversary.

Founded in 1987 by Ken Melanson and Michael Fernandes, Northern Wind has grown to become a direct off-loader, processor and distributor of fresh and frozen scallops. The company, which is based out of New Bedford, processes over 15 million pounds of scallops a year. However, their other products also include Ahi tuna, North Atlantic lobster, monkfish, headfish, skate and value-added seafood offerings.

“Over the last 30 years, Northern Wind has not only remained ...

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LISTEN: Seafood Retail Features Analysis; 2019-20 Scallop Plan; Thai Union's Lobster Lab and More

Join Seafood News staff writer Amanda Buckle and Urner Barry seafood market reporter Lorin Castiglione for a new episode of the SeafoodNews Podcast. This week on the podcast we take a look at seafood retail features, discuss the 2019-20 scallop plan, talk about Thai Union's Lobster Lab and much more.

This week’s episode is brought to you by Urner Barry’s Reporter, the quarterly newsmagazine for the food industry professional packed with the latest industry headlines, analysis and trending articles...

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ANALYSIS: Will Retail Features Keep Increasing Heading into the Holiday Season?

After the traditionally slow pre-Thanksgiving period for seafood promotions, things look to come back with a roar for the holidays. Most of the major seafood retail items, except for salmon and tilapia, are trading at lower prices than last year in December. And both salmon and tilapia have positives that may support more retail promotions over the holidays. For salmon, it is the higher prices of whitefish, that make it a more attractive staple. For tilapia, it is the heavy buying ahead of Chinese tariffs that...

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1,300 Fishermen Wanted First New Scallop Licenses Since 2009. Only Four Got Them.

The state has chosen four fishermen from eastern Maine from almost 1,300 applicants who sought the first new scallop fishing licenses to be issued in Maine in the past nine years.

The Maine Department of Marine Resources held a lottery this week to determine who among the nearly 1,300 applicants would be allowed into the lucrative scallop fishery this coming winter.

The names of Matthew Alley of Beals Island, Chase Fitzsimmons of Lubec, Johnathon Oliver of Deer Isle and Frank Gott of ...

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Japan Eyes Increasing Seafood Imports from Russia’s Sakhalin and Kurile Islands

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - November 7, 2018

Japan plans to significantly increase the volume of fish and seafood imports from Sakhalin and Kurile Islands during the next several years, according to recent statements by some Japanese business officials and senior officials of the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo).

According to Tatsuki Kato, general director of HOKO, a leading food and fish producer in Japan, the company is particularly interested in the increase of supplies of pink salmon and crab from both Sakhalin and Kurile Islands, with the ...

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October is National Seafood Month

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - October 1, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Is your town celebrating seafood month?

October is National Seafood Month – a distinction proclaimed by Congress more than a quarter century ago to recognize one of our nation’s oldest industries.

Government figures show that nationwide, the seafood industry contributes $60 billion to the U.S. economy each year. 

Pacific salmon, sea scallops, shrimp and lobster contributed the most to total revenue. For poundage, Alaska pollock, menhaden and Pacific salmon accounted for more than half of ...

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NOAA Adds MRAG Americas as Provider to Sea Scallop Observer Program 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 1, 2018

NOAA’s sea scallop observer program is growing. The government agency announced on Tuesday that MRAG Americas, a private consulting and auditing company, will be deploying certified observers beginning Thursday, August 2.

The industry-funded sea scallop observer program launched in 2007 and is a requirement for select trips under the fishery management plan. Those selected trips must contact a provider and have an observer on board the vessel in order to fish. NOAA will only waive an observer ...

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Scallop Catches Down Again in Alaska 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - July 3, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch --- Alaska’s fishery for weathervane scallops got underway on July 1.

Just two boats will target the pricey shellfish in areas from Yakutat to the Bering Sea. Weathervanes are the largest scallops in the world with a shell diameter averaging ten inches.  It can take up to five years for scallops to reach market size, and they can live up to 20 years. Scallop boats drop big dredges that make tows along mostly sandy bottoms of ...

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Alibaba Has Plans to Become the One of the Biggest Retail and Online Seafood Players in China

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Finance/YQ] translated by Amy Zhong - June 1, 2018

Recently the CEO for Alibaba’s Hema Fresh, the new retail giant, visited Guolian for a discussion about market trends and the possibility of cooperation, which could give both companies the opportunity to share resources and complement each other. In their discussions, Hou, the CEO, proposed Guolian could focus on the development of upstream products, while Hema would be in charge of the sales. Together, they could provide consumers with fresh, healthy and ...

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Pricing for 20-30 Count Scallops Upside Down, as U-10 and 10-20 Prices Fall Lower

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton – May 10, 2018

Scallops are priced by size with U-10 and 10-20 count scallops usually selling at a premium over smaller 20-30 count sizes.

Currently that relationship is upside down.  For all natural scallops and dry scallops, 10-20’s are now priced lower than 20-30 count.

And U-10’s, which in January were priced $4.50 per lb. higher than 20-30’s, are now quoted at only a $1.00 premium.

The same pattern is true for processed scallops as well.

This is all due to a shortage of 20-30 scallops...

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Zhangzidao Business Remains Haunted by Zero Harvest of Yesso Scallops

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [yuanchuang] translated by Amy Zhong - May 4, 2018

Zhangzidao released its quarterly report on April 27, showing more revenue but slower growth.

The report shows the company earned a revenue of 712 million yuan (~$112 million USD) in the first quarter, which is an increase of 5.94 percent compared with the same period last year. The growth rate is lower than the industry’s average level, 11.26 percent. Its net profit attributable to shareholders plummeted by 344.18 percent to -8.999 million yuan (~ -$1.415 million USD), while the ...

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NOAA Gives Final Approval to 2018 Scallop Plan Which Will Result in 60 Million Lb. Harvest

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 19, 2018

NOAA Fisheries and NMFS have approved measures included in Framework Adjustment 29 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management plan. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on Thursday and sets an annual catch limit of 60 million pounds of scallops for FY 2018. In comparison, the 2017 fishing year was set at 51.7 million pounds.

Framework 29 sets management measures for the Atlantic Sea Scallop fishery for the remainder of the 2018 fishing year ...

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Another New Bedford Scallop Vessel Busted for Illegal Fishing in Closed Access Area

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By John Sackton - April 9, 2018

The F/V Ligia, a scalloper out of New Bedford, was busted on Sunday for illegally taking scallops from a closed access area.

The vessel is owned by Ligia Scalloping Company.  Under NOAA regulations, a vessel participating in a closed area scallop fishery is limited to possession of 18,000 lbs of scallops, which is equivalent to one trip in a closed area.

The landing amount must be hailed prior to ...

 

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Zhangzidao Forced to Buy Scallops from Japan after Failure of Yesso Scallop Growing This Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [stockhxun] Translated by Amy Zhong March 29, 2018

Zhangzidao is under pressure with financial losses after it disclosed another scallop failure earlier this year.  One result has been the company's need  to buy yesso scallops from Japan.

On the evening of March 27, Zhangzidao has announced that it is estimated to suffer a loss between 7 million to 11 million yuan in this first quarter, while it earned a net profit of 3.6852 million yuan in the same period last year. 

Both sales and revenue of its yesso scallops plummet and relevant departments are adjusting accordingly. Owing to its high cost spread among fewer scallops, the profitability dives in the scallop business.

What’s worse, the company has to buy yesso scallops from Japan to satisfy domestic demand after the recent scallop disappearance. 

It has dispatched a ship to buy scallops..

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Northern Wind Revealing Captain’s Call Rebrand at Boston Seafood Show

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - March 7, 2018

Northern Wind’s scallop product line, Captain’s Call, has a new look.

The direct off-loader, processor and distributor of scallops announced on Tuesday that their rebranded Captain’s Call product line will debut at Seafood Expo North America. The line now features a new logo, which was designed to highlight the brand as the “best of the fisherman’s catch.”

“We wanted our new Captain’s Call brand identity to reflect our leadership position within the industry and our commitment to be the very best at what we do for ...

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