Tue. Nov 20 2018

Alaska Salmon Updates for This Year and Next  


ANALYSIS: West Coast Halibut Roundup  


ASMI Names Jeremy Woodrow Interim Director as it Prepares for New Exec Director Search


ANALYSIS: Crab Meat Imports from Indonesia Down YTD  


VIDEO: Alaska Coast Guard Helicopter Medevacs Commercial Fisherman


NaturalShrimp CEO Previews Plans for Future  


NOAA Establishes New Voluntary Right Whale Speed Restriction Zone South of Nantucket


The Kampachi Company Receives Funding for Sustainable Offshore Production of King Kampachi  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, November 20


Chinese Seafood Processors, Managers Encourage Sustainable Development  


Mon. Nov 19 2018

Ongoing China-U.S. Trade War Likely to Bring Changes to Global Seafood Industry  


For First Time Ever, ASMFC Shuts Maine Shrimp Fishery for 3 Years Citing Warm Water  


California Spiny Lobster Closure Lifted in State Waters Around Anacapa Island  


Cooke Aquaculture Closer to Entering Shrimp Farming with Honduras Deal for Seajoy  


Evolution of Sustainable Shopping: Companies Have to Get More Aggressive


LISTEN: Haddock Analysis; Clearwater’s Patent; Long John Silver’s New COO and More  


Russian Fishery Appoints Soren Dalsager Chief Commercial Officer


Chinese Company Joyvio Buys Chilean Salmon Producer Australis for $880 Million  


Change in Vietnam’s Health Certificates Backing up Containers in Ports, Especially Tuna


Whole Foods Lists Seaweed as One of the Top Food Trends for 2019


Over 1 Million Pounds of Seafood Delivered by SeaShare This Year


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, November 19


Fri. Nov 16 2018

Can Fishermen be Compensated for Climate Change? PCFFA Sues Oil Companies to Find Out   


ANALYSIS: Supply Issues for Haddock out of Russia, Norway, Iceland  


NOAA: Alaska pollock spawning earlier due to climate change


VIDEO: Lobster Patent; Plant Based Food Certification; Battered Plastic and More


Russian Taxes of 4.8 percent Proposed Across the Board for the Domestic Seafood Industry  


Feds Approve Plan for Oregon Officials to Kill Sea Lions at Willamette Falls  


More Alaska Nets, Fishing Gear Go To Recyclers


Young’s Seafood Appoints Roger Sudlow as New Business Manager


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, November 16


Thu. Nov 15 2018

F/V America’s Finest Wins Jones Act Exemption in Senate Coast Guard Bill


Seafood Industry Applauds Coast Guard Bill that Ends Much Uncertainty for Fishing Vessels


Symphony of Seafood Debuts 10 New Products  


Nova Scotia Fishermen’s Organization Want Boat Harbour to Close on Schedule


Coast Guard Rescue 4 Fishermen Off Maine Coast


New Zealand’s Sanford Limited Releases Full Year Results for FY18  


Thai Union Launches Fish Oil Refinery in Germany to Produce Tuna Oil


GAA Debuting Documentary Short Film About Indonesian Shrimp Farming  


Blain Shortreed Named New COO at Long John Silver’s


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, November 15


Wed. Nov 14 2018

Clearwater Receives Patent for Vision System for Grading Lobsters That Are Molting  


Bay Area Consumers Have Dungeness for Thanksgiving; Rest of West Coast Seasons Likely Delayed  


There is Now a Plant-Based Food Certification for Seafood Alternatives


Scotland May Be Left in the Cold on Brexit, As No Clear Fisheries Guarantee Emerges


Marine Harvest Builds New Processing Plant in Shanghai, its 6th in Asia  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, November 14


#FutureFishAndChips Campaign Raises Awareness About Plastic in Oceans with Crazy Stunt


Applebee's Launches Catering; Offers More Shrimp Options With Bigger, Bolder Grill Combo Menu  


Captain D’s Brings Back Family Meal, Launches $3.49 Snacks  


Texas Shrimp Producer NaturalShrimp Conducting Final Tests in Enclosed Salt Water Systems  


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Alaska Salmon Updates for This Year and Next

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – One king salmon is worth more than a barrel of oil.

Salmon stakeholders are still crunching the numbers from the 2018 season, which up front has two distinctions:  it ranks as one of the most valuable on record to fishermen at nearly $596 million, and at just over 114 million salmon, it’s one of the smallest harvests in 34 years. 

A breakdown by the McDowell Group shows the sockeye harvest was the second most valuable in 26 years ...

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ANALYSIS: West Coast Halibut Roundup

The fresh West Coast halibut season came to a close on November 7th. The last published UB average price for 20-40 lbs. FOB Seattle was $8.50, finishing the season 4.55% higher than 2017 prices. Although prices finished slightly higher than last year, overall prices are off from a high of $9.75 recorded back in March 2017. For most of this season, prices have been trending lower than the three-year average, however, toward the end of this season as landings weakened, prices pushed higher ...

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ASMI Names Jeremy Woodrow Interim Director as it Prepares for New Exec Director Search

The ASMI board held a quick meeting Monday morning, November 19th, to select Jeremy Woodrow, currently ASMI’s communications program director, as the interim executive director.

Alexa Tonkovich, who had been Executive director since 2015, announced her resignation a few weeks ago. 

Speaking to the National Fishermen, ASMI board member Duncan Fields said “After a robust deliberative process, the ASMI board selected Jeremy Woodrow to be the interim director working collaboratively with program directors to move ASMI toward the selection of a permanent director ...

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ANALYSIS: Crab Meat Imports from Indonesia Down YTD

YTD, imports from Indonesia (who holds a 41.43 percent market share, the highest in the category) continue to be lower and down 4.9 percent YTD. On a month-to-month basis, September imports from Indonesia are 15.8 percent lower in comparison to August.

Imports from China were higher this month as compared to August, up 36.6 percent. YTD China is up 30.9 percent. When looking at some of the other producing countries, two markets that continue to see YTD increases is the ...

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VIDEO: Alaska Coast Guard Helicopter Medevacs Commercial Fisherman

A 63-year old crew member aboard the 147-foot Blue Attu was medevaced by a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter on Sunday after displaying symptoms of a stroke.

According to a press release from the Coast Guard, the commercial fishing vessel was approximately 100 miles north of St. Paul, Alaska when they received the call. A flight surgeon recommended the crew member be medevaced, but unfortunately “unfavorable conditions” made that difficult. Air Station Kodiak operations duty officer Lt. Megan Peters said in a press release that ...

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NaturalShrimp CEO Previews Plans for Future

Texas shrimp producer NaturalShrimp announced just last week that they are running the final tests on their indoor, all-natural system at their production facility near San Antonio. Now, CEO, chairman and co-founder Bill Williams is speaking out on what the future holds for the company.

NaturalShrimp’s system allows the producer to grow top-grade shrimp without any toxic chemicals. The company has been developing the technology since 2001, and according to Williams, they are the only company in the world that can grow shrimp in a closed salt water system ...

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Ongoing China-U.S. Trade War Likely to Bring Changes to Global Seafood Industry

Chinese seafood exports to America have grown this year, despite the trade war. However, the trade war with the U.S. could have global impacts, writer Amy Zhong reports from China.

Chinese seafood exports to the U.S. were US $3.22 billion during 2017, while the exports have risen by 5.75 percent to reach US $2.161 billion within the first eight months of this year compared with the same period last year. But things are starting to shift. The U.S. used to be the largest market for ...

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For First Time Ever, ASMFC Shuts Maine Shrimp Fishery for 3 Years Citing Warm Water

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted to shut Maine’s shrimp fishery for three years, with the Maine DMR representative, Patrick Keliher voting no.

Unlike last year’s single year closure, there will also be no research quota in 2019.

“Their rationale was, ‘Let’s close the resource for three years, and that way if we have a good year for recruitment, it would give that class time to grow into a fishable resource.’”

The commission found the northern shrimp stock continues to be depleted ...

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California Spiny Lobster Closure Lifted in State Waters Around Anacapa Island

The spiny lobster closure around Anacapa Island in California's Ventura County has been lifted, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said Friday.

According to the memo from the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, analysis of spiny lobster samples by California Department of Public Health (CDPH) laboratories indicates that spiny lobster taken from this area no longer pose a significant human health risk due to elevated levels of domoic acid. The commercial spiny lobster fishery is now open statewide and the CDPH advisory to recreational anglers has been ...

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LISTEN: Haddock Analysis; Clearwater’s Patent; Long John Silver’s New COO and More

Join Seafood News staff writer Amanda Buckle for a new episode of the SeafoodNews Podcast. This week on the podcast we discuss the latest in the haddock market; Clearwater Seafoods’ vision system; Cooke Seafood USA’s Virginia expansion; a new COO at Long John Silver’s and 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. Contact advertise@urnerbarry.com to be a featured sponsor in the spring edition ...

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Chinese Company Joyvio Buys Chilean Salmon Producer Australis for $880 Million

Legend Holdings, parent company of Lenovo and a major player in the Chinese seafood industry, announced its subsidiary Joyvio Group has entered into a purchase agreement for Chilean salmon farmer Australis.  The value of the deal is $880 million. 

Australis produced 64,000 tons of salmon in 2017, or about 9% of Chilean production.  The purchase comes amid other consolidation in the Chilean aquaculture sector, but represents the first purchase by a Chinese firm.

In 2017 Australis had revenue of $399 million, and a net profit of ...

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Whole Foods Lists Seaweed as One of the Top Food Trends for 2019

This year you’re going to want to ring in the New Year with “marine munchies.” Whole Foods Market released their “most anticipated and innovative food trends for 2019,” and based on their fourth annual trends predictions, 2019 will be the year of seaweed snacks.

According to Whole Foods’ experts, seaweed snacks “rose to popularity” a few years ago. However, they expect “even more ocean influence in the grocery aisles in the year to come.” Shoppers can expect to see things like seaweed butter and kelp noodles ...

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Can Fishermen be Compensated for Climate Change?  PCFFA Sues Oil Companies to Find Out

The Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA) has sued a number of oil companies in a California state court for damages arising from the excessive burning of fossil fuels.

The fishermen, focusing mostly on losses during Dungeness crab season, say that due to harmful algae blooms caused by warming water, officials in California and Oregon barred dungeness harvesting for most of the fishing season in 2015, again closed or delayed the season inn 2016, again in 2017, and also this year, as ...

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NOAA: Alaska pollock spawning earlier due to climate change

NOAAA new study using an unprecedented 32-year data series reveals that spawning time of Alaska pollock-- target of the Nation’s biggest fishery-- varied by as much as three weeks over the past three decades in the Gulf of Alaska. The new study found clear evidence that the changes were driven by both climate and fishing.

Changes in spawn timing have major ecological and management implications. Timing is critical to survival of newly hatched fish as it determines the conditions they encounter. Many marine fish, like pollock, are adapted to spawn in time for ...

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Russian Taxes of 4.8 percent Proposed Across the Board for the Domestic Seafood Industry

Increased taxes on fish and seafood products appear to be on the horizon for the Russian seafood industry.

The Russian government is designing a new legislative system for the domestic fish industry that will be based on new taxation rules and standards, according to recent statements of some leading Russian fish producers and local analysts in the field of fish business.

According to Peter Savchuk, deputy head of the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo), the current situation in the Russian fish industry remains stable; however, its current growth rates do not meet the expectations of the national government.

He added that the government is unhappy...

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Clearwater Receives Patent for Vision System for Grading Lobsters That Are Molting

According to US Patent office, Clearwater Seafoods was granted a patent on November 12 for a vision system that identifies the molt stage of lobsters.

The system would replace blood protein analysis and other means of determining the overall quality and amount of meat in a live lobster.  The system is designed to be noninvasive, and operate on a conveyor belt.

The lobsters could be sorted by size, molt condition, and quality, based on the vision system.

According to the patent filing, the vision system consists of ...

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Seafood Industry Applauds Coast Guard Bill that Ends Much Uncertainty for Fishing Vessels

The Senate has passed a bi-partisan Coast Guard Reauthorization bill 94-6 that includes many regulatory updates that were critical to US fishing interests. Charter and commercial fishing businesses in Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii have been working on this issue for several years.

The bill permanently removes all vessels under 79 feet from being subject to EPA incidental discharge regulations regarding ballast water and deck washing.  It also removes all fishing vessels, fish processing vessels, or tenders of any length from the EPA discharge requirements.  The EPA rules applying to ballast water and deck water discharge were put in place in 2008, ...

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Young’s Seafood Appoints Roger Sudlow as New Business Manager

Young’s Seafood announced this week that Roger Sudlow, previously of Aryzta Food Solutions and Brakes, will take on the role of business manager to “develop the company’s presence within the profit sector.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining the largest seafood company within the UK at such an exciting time,” Sudlow said in a statement. “I have a passion for foodservice, engaging with customers and I look forward to getting stuck in to achieve the company’s aims and objectives.”

In his new role, Sudlow will work to ...

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NOAA Establishes New Voluntary Right Whale Speed Restriction Zone South of Nantucket

NOAA has established a voluntary vessel speed restriction zone (Dynamic Management Area or DMA) 21 nautical miles south of Nantucket, Massachusetts, following the sighting of fourth North Atlantic right whales in the area.

The whales were spotted on November 18 and with only a reported 411 North Atlantic right whales left in the world, a restriction zone is necessary. NOAA is cautioning boaters to “give these endangered whales plenty of room as they migrate south.” They are also asking the commercial fishermen be ...

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The Kampachi Company Receives Funding for Sustainable Offshore Production of King Kampachi

The Kampachi company announced on Monday that they have received funding to help their sustainable offshore production of King Kampachi, a sashimi-quality marine fish.

The Althelia Sustainable Ocean Fund (SOF) is a new fund managed by Mirova Natural Capital that is “dedicated to making pioneering impact investments that align ocean resource development and conservation goals.”

“We’re delighted to welcome Althelia on board,” Kampachi Company CEO Jorge Schmidt said in a press release. “The Sustainable Ocean Fund promotes the highest standards of ...

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Cooke Aquaculture Closer to Entering Shrimp Farming with Honduras Deal for Seajoy

john sacktonThe Cooke group is still in talks to buy Seajoy Group, a large, 39-year-old vannamei shrimp producing company in Central America with an operation spread across the entire value chain, sources told Undercurrent News. 

Undercurrent reported in June that the Canadian seafood giant was “one of several groups” interested in buying the Central American producer, though it was considered the favorite. A deal has been anticipated for the past few weeks, but nothing has yet been confirmed. However, sources said the talks are still active ...

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Evolution of Sustainable Shopping: Companies Have to Get More Aggressive 

Is a certified sustainable label no longer good enough for consumers? According to a new survey published by Nielsen, consumers want to “buy the change they wish to see in the world.” And that means companies must get more aggressive with their sustainability initiatives.

“A new era of sustainability is rising and it’s touching every corner of the world,” the report reads. “Driven in part by consumers, governments, corporations and the growing visible effects of pollution, sustainability initiatives are becoming more ubiquitous, more aggressive, and more expected ...

 

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Russian Fishery Appoints Soren Dalsager Chief Commercial Officer

The Russian Fishery Company (RFC) management announced the appointment of Soren Dalsager as a Company’s Chief Commercial Officer.

Soren Dalsager had been the executive vice president for Regal Springs, and before that President of Royal Greenland U.S. He is also the founder of the internationally recognized Napa Seafood Summit, an annual invitation only gathering of seafood executives in California's wine country.

As Russian Fishery’s CCO, Mr. Dalsager will lead the Company’s efforts to ensure the transition from a production/fishing-oriented focus to a market-driven and customer-focused business by enhancing ...

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Change in Vietnam’s Health Certificates Backing up Containers in Ports, Especially Tuna

A change introduced by Vietnam’s Animal Health department has led to a backup of seafood containers in Vietnamese ports.

Beginning November 1st, containers of frozen fish sent directly from fishing boats will require an animal health certificate, the same as if the product was produced on land.

For the past ten years, these containers, primarily frozen tuna, have not needed any additional clearances.  VASEP says that the change has resulted in more than 50 containers being stuck in port.

The containers will not be released until ...

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Over 1 Million Pounds of Seafood Delivered by SeaShare This Year

The season of giving is upon us, but for SeaShare, the giving season is year-round. Jim Harmon, executive director of the non-profit organization, confirmed that so far this year SeaShare has delivered over one million pounds of seafood to those in need.

According to Harmon, 28 locations in 16 states – including a truck load of pollock, cod and salmon to Georgia after Hurricane Michael – have received deliveries from SeaShare thanks to their partners.

“We are so grateful for our industry partners and fishermen for supplying ...

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ANALYSIS: Supply Issues for Haddock out of Russia, Norway, Iceland

Haddock is a year round market, making it hard to pinpoint seasonality and trends within the industry. Sometimes it will hang on the coattails of cod, other times it can surprise even the most seasoned seafood veteran.

Most recently haddock has been experiencing major supply issues out of both Russia and Norway from the Barents Sea as well as from Iceland, demanding premiums on all sizes across the board.

While the Icelandic haddock quota for the 2019 fishing season was increased to 57,982 metric tons, up from ...

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VIDEO: Lobster Patent; Plant Based Food Certification; Battered Plastic and More

Watch the latest Seafood News Weekly Recap with hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione. This week we talk about Clearwater's new patent; a certification for plant-based food; a battered fish stunt; and Marine Harvest's name change.

This video is sponsored by Urner Barry’s Reporter, the quarterly newsmagazine for the food industry professional packed with the latest industry headlines, analysis and trending articles. Contact advertise@urnerbarry.com to be a featured sponsor in the spring edition of the Reporter, which is distributed to thousands of protein industry professionals ....

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F/V America’s Finest Wins Jones Act Exemption in Senate Coast Guard Bill, but will have Sideboards on Pollock and Cod

The bitter intra-industry fight over the certification of F/V America’s Finest has ended with the approval by the Senate of a Jones Act waiver.  The House has already twice approved such a waiver.

The language, included in the Coast Guard Authorization Bill, says “Notwithstanding sections 12112 and 12113 of title 46, United States Code, the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating may issue a certificate of documentation with a coastwise and a fishery endorsement for the vessel AMERICA’S FINEST ...

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Feds Approve Plan for Oregon Officials to Kill Sea Lions at Willamette Falls

Officials from the National Marine Fisheries Service have approved an application from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to kill California sea lions at Willamette Falls in an effort to try to save the state's beleaguered winter steelhead and spring Chinook.

Protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the state needed federal approval to take lethal action against the pinnipeds, which have been observed gorging themselves on endangered fish at the foot of the iconic waterfall.

"This is good news for the native runs...

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More Alaska Nets, Fishing Gear Go To Recyclers

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – More Alaska fishing gear is getting recycled. 

 

Two shipping containers were filled this week with plastic fishing nets, crab lines and other gear in Dutch Harbor and two more are headed to Kodiak for loading this month.

“The same goes for Kodiak -- we’re accepting trawl and crab line and halibut gear but all of that stuff is going to Bulgaria to be sorted because that is how the logistics and the pricing worked out ...

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