Thu. Jul 9 2020

ANALYSIS: Pangasius - Below Average Imports, Optimistic Outlook  


Urner Barry's Reporter Summer 2020 Issue Released; Read It Online For Free Now


Fisheries Official: Caviar Exports Fetched Iran Over $3.5M Last Year


Wed. Jul 8 2020

ANALYSIS: Snow Crab Entering U.S. Market Right Along With 3-Year Average  


Seafood Industry Gets Help With Research and Marketing Frozen Product   


Seafood Fastest Growing Supermarket Category During Last Week of May


Newport Water Issues Ease as City Works on Cleaning Filters, Backup Plans  


Vegan Seafood Brand Good Catch Launches New Frozen Fish-Free Entrees, Appetizers


Conxemar Cancels Their 2020 Seafood Show in Vigo, First-Ever Event in Brussels


Study: Microplastics Impact Development of Lobster Larvae  


Rep. Stutes calls Alaska Board of Fish Hearing Amidst Controversy


Captain D’s Continues Southeast Development with 8th Louisiana Location


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, July 8


Tue. Jul 7 2020

After Short-Term Rejuvenation, Chinese Salmon Market Runs into More Trouble  


A Silver Lining Emerges in Bristol Bay as Salmon Landings Start to Increase


Delegation Calls for Trump to Restore Restrictions to Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Monument   


Four Research Groups Study Resiliency in Bristol Bay Against COVID-19 for 2021 Season


Alaska Fish Prices, Production for 2019 Provide Pre-COVID Base  


Newfoundland and Labrador Price Setting Panel Sides With FFAW on Cold Water Shrimp Price  


Ghost Kitchens on the Rise in a Post-COVID World


ASMI Hands Reins of RFM Certification Program to Certified Seafood Collaborative


Japan: May Tuna Imports Down 55% for Fresh, and 27% for Frozen  


Japan: Summer Chum Arrivals up 40%, Price Down 40% at Sapporo Market  


AEON to Sell Fully Traceable Eels in 40% of Eel Sales  


NOAA’s Trio of Ocean Drones Set to Reach Bering Sea Survey Station  


Uber to Acquire Postmates; Will Keep Consumer-Facing App Running Separately


Applebee’s Brings Back Tex-Mex Shrimp Bowl As They Begin to Reopen Dining Rooms  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, July 7


Mon. Jul 6 2020

Alaska Fishing Updates for July 2020  


PMTF Data Shows Bristol Bay Run a Week Late, Statewide Salmon Landings 8% of Forecast  


Pacific Seafood Worker in Quarantine After Testing Positive for COVID-19


Dismal Area 2A Halibut Landings Necessitate Second Opener; Vessel Limits Create Confusion  


DeFazio Urges NOAA to Reinstate Observer Waiver for West Coast Seafood Industry


JAPAN: Fresh Salmon Imports by Air Continued Decreasing in May  


Norwegian Seafood Export Value Reaches All-Time High in First-Half Year  


Florida Senators Push DOC to Include State for Aquaculture Opportunity Areas


JFOODO Large-scale Sales Promotion in Hong Kong Aims to Increase Consumption Post-COVID 19  


Russia Plans to Diversify Exports of Pollock Roe Within Next Several Years  


China Drafts a Plan to Help Exporters Raise Market Shares at Home  


New Report Highlights Ongoing Issue of Fisheries Observer Protections, Deaths at Sea


BioMar Norway, Bio Feeder to Develop Hybrid Fish Feed Vessel


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, July 6


Thu. Jul 2 2020

Urner Barry Launches Expanded Shrimp Market Coverage in Europe


ANALYSIS: May Shrimp Imports Decline 29.4 Percent  


Alaska’s Daily Rate of COVID Cases Up Sharply, Seafood Cases Now 10% of all Cases


Update: Bristol Bay Run Still Building, Ocean Temperatures Close to Normal, Patches Higher


Massachusetts Releases Update On Allocation of $28 Million Received From CARES Act


Seven Lessons Foodservice Can Learn from a Pandemic


NYC Pulls Back on Indoor Dining as U.S. Sees Biggest One-Day COVID-19 Spike Since Start of Pandemic


Massachusetts Delegation Calls for State’s Lobster Industry to be Part of Potential Tariff Relief  


Japan: May Seafood Exports Increased by 3% to 630,000 Tons; Frozen Scallops, Albacore Perform Well  


SeafoodNews Not Publishing on Friday, July 3


RODA Challenges Coast Guard Study Related to Offshore Wind


All Seafood Products in Pair of Albertsons Product Lines to Get Sustainability Logos on Packaging


Norpac Fisheries Export Recalls Shrimp Poke Due to Listeria Monocytogenes  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, July 2


Conagra Brands Partners with MSC to Boost Sustainable Seafood in U.S.


Torchy’s Tacos Introduces New Prawn Taco For July’s Taco of the Month  


More Food Delivery Consolidation? Uber in Talks to Buy Postmates


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ANALYSIS: Pangasius - Below Average Imports, Optimistic Outlook

Imports of pangasius frozen fillets for the month of May diminished 38.2 percent, falling 3.8 million pounds from the previous month. Compared to the same month one year ago, however, volume saw an increase of 7.4 percent, noting that May 2019 marked the lowest May on record for pangasius imports since 2007.

Compared to the previous three-year average for the month of May, May 2020 falls 48 percent below average. So far, every single month of 2020 has fallen below the previous...

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Urner Barry's Reporter Summer 2020 Issue Released; Read It Online For Free Now

A brand-new issue of Urner Barry's Reporter is out now!

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Fisheries Official: Caviar Exports Fetched Iran Over $3.5M Last Year

The figure comprises the official and unofficial (through outbound passengers) overseas sales of the product in this period, added Isa Golshahi, the director-general of IFO’s Office for Improvement of Processing Quality and Market Development, in an exclusive interview with Iran Daily.

He noted that last year’s caviar exports indicate a 2.5-fold growth in terms of weight compared to the figure for the same period the preceding year.

Golshahi put Iran’s official caviar exports in the year to March 2019 at 380 kilograms, valued at $815,000...

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Seafood Industry Gets Help With Research and Marketing Frozen Product

A nearly $300,000 Saltonstall-Kennedy (SK) grant has been awarded to expand positive awareness of high-quality frozen U.S. seafood among chefs, retailers, and consumers. 

“Although there has been a growing interest as of late around frozen seafood, there are still large barriers to overcome regarding the perception of frozen seafood,” explains Ann Colonna, Sensory Program Director of the Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center in Portland, OR.  “A stigma still exists for frozen seafood, despite consumers, chefs and retailers finding frozen seafood comparable to if not preferred to...

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Newport Water Issues Ease as City Works on Cleaning Filters, Backup Plans

Seafood processors are up and running again in Newport, Ore., as city water issues abated somewhat over the holiday weekend.

Iron has plugged city water treatment filters over the past couple months and staff have yet to determine the cause. Last week, seafood processors had to stop processing ahead of the holiday weekend in order to allow sufficient water availability for the hospitality industry. The Fourth of July weekend is one of the biggest tourism weekends for Newport.

City personnel said Sunday that water demand for ...

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Conxemar Cancels Their 2020 Seafood Show in Vigo, First-Ever Event in Brussels

Conxemar, the Spanish association of wholesalers, importers, transformers and exporters of fishery and aquaculture products, announced today that they are canceling two of their upcoming events due to the coronavirus.

This October was set to be Conxemar’s 22nd edition of their International Frozen Seafood Exhibition in Vigo.  However, the association said that after “many weeks of evaluating the progress of the pandemic and having consulted with a majority of our clients,” the Conxemar board decided to cancel the show. The event was scheduled to...

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Rep. Stutes calls Alaska Board of Fish Hearing Amidst Controversy

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

Controversial picks to the state Board of Fisheries (BOF)were made in April by Governor Dunleavy and they will finally get a hearing in early fall.

Normally, the Alaska legislature would put appointees through a vigorous vetting process with public input - but the Covid virus sent them home early from the last session.

Now, Representative Louise Stutes of Kodiak has called a hearing for September 3 in Anchorage.

“I tried to push it out as far as I thought I could...

 

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After Short-Term Rejuvenation, Chinese Salmon Market Runs into More Trouble

On June 11, traces of the coronavirus was found on a salmon cutting board at a Beijing market. This has produced disastrous ripple effects, which are even worse than expected. It exerts great influence not only on the country’s salmon industry, which has been trapped with unsellable salmon, but also on some others, such as raw-food restaurants and fresh food import.

An anonymous salmon wholesaler said that his loss from the Chinese New Year to this late June has exceeded 1 million yuan. He had no choice but...

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A Silver Lining Emerges in Bristol Bay as Salmon Landings Start to Increase

There’s no doubt about it, Bristol Bay’s season is on. In the 24-hour period between Saturday and Sunday, over two milion sockeye were landed in the Naknek/Kvichak district, very nearly a million in the Nushagak, and over half a million in Egegik. The baywide catch total jumped from 8.5 milion sockeye to 11.4 in one day. And that was two days ago.

The rest of this week will likely show an increase to what most observers are saying will realize the pre-season forecast of ...

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Alaska Fish Prices, Production for 2019 Provide Pre-COVID Base

This is Alaska Fish Radio...

While this summer’s salmon prices still remain mostly under wraps the Covid-virus has pushed down prices for other popular species.

Halibut, for example, is below $4 a pound at several major ports compared to a statewide average of $5.32 last year. And Dungeness crab At Southeast is down to around $1.72 a pound compared to $2.97 last season.

You can track dock prices, production, and processor sales for nearly every fish and shellfish species that crosses the Alaska docks...

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ANALYSIS: Snow Crab Entering U.S. Market Right Along With 3-Year Average

With May 2020 imports released last week, we see that Canada’s snow crab imports are very much following typical cyclical behavior regardless of the pandemic situation within the U.S. marketplace. Imports for May 2020 are up 943 percent from April 2020 and following the sharp line upwards for May, which is the norm for when the Canadian season opens. As compared to May 2019, however, imports are down 12.1 percent out of Canada; additionally, year-to-date imports for...  

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Seafood Fastest Growing Supermarket Category During Last Week of May

While the seafood industry has experienced many setbacks during the coronavirus pandemic, one silver lining has been the increase in consumption at home. Multiple reports over the last few months have explained how seafood purchases at supermarkets and other stores have set new records. And according to Nielsen, that trend has not slowed down. The data and information firm is reporting that seafood was the fastest growing supermarket category during the last week of May.

Nielsen’s data, as reported by Nation’s Restaurant News, shows that...

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Vegan Seafood Brand Good Catch Launches New Frozen Fish-Free Entrees, Appetizers

Good Catch is expanding their line of fish-free offerings just a few months after securing celebrity investors.

Gathered Foods, the makers of Good Catch, announced on Wednesday that their new product line features fish-free frozen entrees and appetizers. Included in the line-up of new products is New England Style Plant-Based Crab Cakes, Thai Style Plant-Based Fish Cakes, and Classic Style Plant-Based Fish Burgers. 

“Quality and innovation are essential to the Good Catch culinary journey,” said Chard Sarno...

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Study: Microplastics Impact Development of Lobster Larvae

Microplastic pollution negatively impacts the development of lobster larvae according to new research published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin.

Fibers in microplastic affect lobster’s feeding and respiration and it could prevent larvae from reaching adulthood.

“In today's ocean, organisms are exposed to so many environmental factors that affect how many make it to the next stage of life,” said Paty Matrai, a study author and senior research scientist at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. “Lobsters play a fundamental role in the Gulf of Maine ecosystem as well as the state’s economy, and it is important that we understand how pollutants impact their development..."

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Captain D’s Continues Southeast Development with 8th Louisiana Location

Fast-casual seafood restaurant chain Captain D’s opened its newest location in Shreveport, Louisiana. The new restaurant marks the first in the city and the eighth in the state as the company continues to add locations in the Southeast.

The Shreveport location will open with drive-thru, carry-out, online ordering and call ahead ordering with curbside delivery. The company said the dining room will remain closed for the immediate future to help ensure the safety of both guests and employees...

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Delegation Calls for Trump to Restore Restrictions to Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Monument

Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) have urged President Trump to reverse his recent action to remove fishing restrictions in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument.

Trump’s June 5 decision opened up 5,000 square miles in the Atlantic ocean for commercial fishing. The order to designate that area of the Atlantic Ocean as a national monument was signed by former President Barack Obama during his final months in office, as SeafoodNews reported...

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Four Research Groups Study Resiliency in Bristol Bay Against COVID-19 for 2021 Season

A research team is surveying residents of Dillingham and fishermen and processors who work there during the salmon season to assess how they perceive the pandemic, how they have prepared for it, and to understand the cost/benefits ratios related to mitigation efforts.

“The project has two parts, an initial survey that is open to all residents of Dillingham and commercial fishers and processors in Nushagak Bay,” explained Dr. Davin Holen, Coastal Community Resilience Specialist for Alaska Sea Grant and a principle investigator in the project ...

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