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ANALYSIS: September Pangasius and Catfish Imports Surge over 2019

Both Pangasius and Chinese catfish imports saw a surge in September imports when compared to the same month a year ago. September volume for pangasius frozen fillets totaled 9.8 million pounds, 3.1 million pounds, or 46 percent above the September 2019 total of 6.7 million pounds. The previous 10-year average for September imports is 17.5 million pounds, however. In looking at year-to-date totals thus far, January through September imports report 82.7 million pounds, retreating 6.5 percent from the...

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USDA Looking for Bids on 342,000 Pounds of Catfish

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is looking for offers to sell 342,000 pounds of catfish products to be used in the National School Lunch Program and other Federal Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs.

Acceptances on the frozen, unbreaded raw fillets will be announced on November 20, 2020 and deliveries are to be made between January 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021.

In September, the USDA was eyeing bids on seafood including wild shrimp and Alaska pollock for Federal programs. The USDA said the goal of the purchases was to assist the U.S. seafood sector as restaurants and the foodservice sector were shut down due to the coronavirus...

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ANALYSIS: Opportunity for Chinese Catfish with Tight Domestic Supply 

Wholesale quotes collected on Chinese catfish frozen fillets during week 21 saw a wider range of prices compared to previous weeks. Depending on individual frozen inventory levels, prices ranged from $3.45 per pound on smaller 3-5 oz. sized fillets up to $3.80 per pound reported on 5-7 oz. sizes.  The bulk of trade, however, fell in between $3.55-$3.70 per pound. The wholesale market has continued to adjust lower in May due to the COVID-19 related halt in demand and sales...

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These are the Top 10 Seafood Items Consumed in the U.S. for 2018

On Friday the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released their Annual Fisheries of the U.S. Report for 2018, and the report detailed how U.S. seafood per capita consumption has hit 16.1 lbs.  Now, the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) is doing a deeper dive into exactly what seafood items Americans are consuming.

The top consumed seafood item – once again – is shrimp, with 4.6 lbs. eaten per capita. This is a record-high. Second on the list is...

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ANALYSIS: Second Month-Over-Month Surge for Chinese Catfish

Imports for Chinese catfish frozen fillets totaled 1.7 million pounds for the month of November, increasing 52.7 percent from October, which saw a 125.2 percent increase over the previous month.

Compared to November 2018, imports are 80.8 percent above last year's volume, however, on a YTD basis, 2019 still falls 20.4 percent below 2018 levels.

November 2019 import volume comes in 70.7 percent, or 723,011 pounds, above the previous 3-year average of just over 1 million pounds.

Domestic consumption within China of this...

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USDA Authorizes Purchase of $30 Million in U.S. Produced Shrimp

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is doing their part to help the seafood industry. The USDA announced this week that they have authorized the purchase of $30 million worth of shrimp to alleviate food insecurity in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Gulf coast shrimpers have been struggling throughout the pandemic. With restaurant closures and restrictions, demands for fresh shrimp has been “almost non-existent,” according to some. In late May the price of brown shrimp was about $1.50 a pound compared to...

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Four U.S. Senators Push for Coronavirus Relief for Aquaculture Producers

Noting the aquaculture industry’s battle with the impact of the coronavirus, Arkansas Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton, along with Mississippi Senators Cindy Hyde-Smith and Roger Wicker sent a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue looking for more support for the sector.

The Senators highlighted aquaculture’s sharp market share decline and depressed prices as the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on industries across the United States. The letter pushed for increased funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) for aquaculture producers...

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Golden Pearl Trading Corp. Recalls 12,000 Pounds of Siluriformes Products

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Golden Pearl Trading Corporation is recalling 12,054 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) imported Siluriformes products.

Golden Pearl was doing business as “Dandy Food Products” and its “Sugar Kid SALTED EGG FISH SKIN” products were not presented for import re-inspection into the U.S. The products were also imported from Singapore, a country that is not eligible to export RTE Siluriformes products into the U.S.

The RTE salted egg fish skin items were imported on various dates...

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Alli & Rose Recalling Over 20,000 Pounds of Siluriformes Products

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Thursday that Redlands, California-based Alli & Rose is recalling approximately 21,930 pounds of Siluriformes products.

The product being recalled is "The SnakYard Salted Egg Fish Skins." The product was shipped to retail locations in California, Maryland and New Jersey before the issue was discovered during routine FSIS surveillance.

According to FSIS, the products in question were imported from Thailand, a country that is ineligible to export ready-to-eat Siluriformes products...

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