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Jan 17 - Russia Puts Big Hopes on its White Fish Exports in Years to Come


Dec 27 - Looking Ahead at Alaska 2020 Fishing


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


Dec 18 - EU Council Takes Action to Limit Socioeconomic Impact of Baltic Cod and Western Herring Quota Cuts


Dec 18 - Russia May Lose Quotas for Fish Harvest in Northwestern Atlantic


Dec 17 - AK Could Get State Waters Cod Fishery, Decision Coming Shortly


Dec 16 - Study: Decline of Baltic Cod Linked to Hypoxia, Climate Change


Dec 10 - The Winding Glass: Lack of Cod Killing Alaskan Communities, as State and Council Punt on any Relief


Dec 9 - Russia Expects Significant Seafood Export Growth This Year


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


Oct 28 - North Pacific Council Takes Up Amendment 113; Adak Cod Fishery Still Uncertain


Oct 18 - Cod or Haddock? UMass Amherst Taste Test Looks at ‘Name Bias’ and Fisheries Sustainability


Oct 9 - Norwegian Seafood Council: Cod is Still on the Menu


Oct 3 - America’s Cod Company Debuts More Products


Oct 1 - LISTEN: North Sea Cod Loses MSC Cert.; Pebble Mine Update; Final Alaska Salmon Numbers and More


Sep 30 - Chinese Customs Uncovers Seafood Smuggling Case Worth 100 Million Yuan


Sep 27 - VIDEO: North Sea Cod Loses MSC Cert.; Shrimp Tariffs Support; Salmon Hits D.C. and More


Sep 12 - UK Retail Giant ASDA to Feature Seafood from Norway


Aug 29 - RFC Commissions New Processing Facility in Murmansk


Aug 14 - NFI Releases "Proper Perspective" On Latest Mercury Study About Cod and Tuna


Aug 7 - Strong Value Boosts Norwegian Seafood Exports in July


Aug 6 - Alaska Fishing Updates for August 2019


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


Jul 12 - FISH-NL Seeking Immediate Halt to All Fishing for Northern Cod Outside Stewardship Fishery


Jun 26 - FISH-NL Wants Cod Quality Program Eliminated


Jun 14 - FFAW: To Protect Cod Stock, Action Needs to Be Taken to Control Seal Population


Jun 12 - Council Rejects Emergency Order Request for Adak Cod Set-Aside for 2020


May 30 - FFAW-Unifor Meets With Federal Fisheries Minister, Discuss Northern Cod Management


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


May 24 - FISH-NL Takes A Stand Against Proposal to Grant Labrador Harvesters 25% of Northern Cod Quotas


May 24 - Oceana Highlights Long Term Benefits of Rebuilt Northern Cod Fishery as DFO Readies Quota Call


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


May 14 - Russia’s RRPK Developing Major Fish Processing Assets in the North


May 6 - Russia and Norway Prepare to Increase Barents Sea Whitefish Catch in 2020


Apr 25 - Alaska Seafood Industry Snapshot


Apr 3 - Norway Exports of Fresh Cod Decline in First Quarter of 2019; Frozen Cod Volumes Increase


Apr 1 - China's Seafood Trade Continues Growth Trend


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


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


Mar 13 - IKEA Canada Adds Sustainable Salmon Balls to Restaurant Menus


Mar 8 - VIDEO: Farmed Salmon Update; Lent Seafood; MSC Gulf Snow Crab; SeaPak Budweiser Partnership


Mar 7 - Norwegian Frozen Cod Exports Drop Slightly in February, But Up Overall For the Year


Mar 6 - Shoney’s Kicks Off Seafood Season with New Menu Items, Enhanced Seafood Fresh Food Bar


Mar 6 - Chick-Fil-A Promotes its Cod Sandwich for Lent


Feb 22 - VIDEO: Ocean Beauty & Findus; Wendy’s Cod Sandwich; Trident Target of EPA Fine; and More


Feb 21 - Wendy’s Brings Back North Pacific Cod Sandwich for Lent Despite Pollock Price Difference


Feb 20 - Study: Ocean Acidification Harms Atlantic Cod


Feb 20 - Alaska Fishing Updates for February


Feb 5 - Norwegian Frozen Cod Exports Rise in January 2019


Feb 4 - French Documentary on Cod Soaking Causing Problems in Norway


Jan 30 - FFAW Argues that Reference Point for Newfoundland Cod is Out of Date


Jan 28 - Prince William Sound Waters Open for Pacific Cod Today


Jan 28 - Russia Considers Adding Pollock, Herring and Cod to 'No History' Quota Auctions This Year


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Russia Puts Big Hopes on its White Fish Exports in Years to Come  

The Russian government plans to attract up to RUB 340 billion (US$5,48 billion) of private investments in the implementation of "New Cod Industry" – a state project, which involves the conduction of a large-scale modernization  of the existing capacities in Russia for the production of cod fish, according to recent statements, made by senior officials of Russian Rosrybolovstvo and industry’s analysts.  

In general, the project involves building up to 43 new fishing trawlers and 26 coastal fish production enterprises within the territory of the...

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Looking Ahead at Alaska 2020 Fishing

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch…Looking ahead at some new year’s fishing.

Cod openers in the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska will kick off the coming year’s fishing lineup starting on January first. 

Kodiak’s 400,000 Tanner crab fishery opens on January 15.

That’s also around the time that Bering Sea crabbers will get serious about pulling up snow crab. That quota was boosted to nearly 34 million pounds, a 24 percent increase from last season.

Alaska pollock opens to trawlers on January 20 in the Gulf and...

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EU Council Takes Action to Limit Socioeconomic Impact of Baltic Cod and Western Herring Quota Cuts

The Council of the European Union (EU) has taken measures to help fishermen cope with the socioeconomic effects of the severe fishing restrictions on cod and Western herring in the Baltic Sea.

The restrictions will see the cod catch in the Baltic sea by 92 percent, while herring in the western Baltic will be cut by 65 percent.

According to a press release from the Council of the EU, the council defined its general approach on a regulation which amends two...

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AK Could Get State Waters Cod Fishery, Decision Coming Shortly

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – The Gulf could get a state waters cod fishery.

Cod traditionally kicks off Alaska’s fisheries at the start of each year. Following the unprecedented cod closure in federal waters of the Gulf of Alaska, the status of a state waters cod fishery out to three miles will be decided in the next two weeks.

Doug Vincent Lang is Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game Commissioner, -

“We’re looking at everything from a fully prosecuted state water fishery to having no fishery...

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The Winding Glass: Lack of Cod Killing Alaskan Communities, as State and Council Punt on any Relief

The rubber has hit the road as far as global warming in Alaska is concerned. Cod, one of the state’s major and iconic fisheries, has collapsed to such an extent that directed fishing is banned in the Gulf of Alaska.

Think of no salmon returns to Bristol Bay. Or a shutdown of pollock for the A season in the Bering sea.  This is the kind of seismic impact the changes in climate have wrought with cod...

 

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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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Cod or Haddock? UMass Amherst Taste Test Looks at ‘Name Bias’ and Fisheries Sustainability

Could you taste the difference between cod and other whitefish, such as haddock or hake, if you didn’t know what you were eating? The answer may have implications for supporting local fisheries and food sustainability in New England, says UMass Amherst environmental conservation graduate student Amanda Davis.

A research fellow at the UMass Amherst-based Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, Davis is exploring the reactions of UMass Amherst students and staff born between 1980 and 2000, in a scientific sensory evaluation of five different whitefish species ...

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America’s Cod Company Debuts More Products

Many Americans are skeptical about buying fish and mislabeling seafood is rampant. One Alaska company is removing all guess work from consumers.

America’s Cod Company is the new brand that Alaskan Leader Seafoods is splashing all over its packaging. The company’s four longliners fish for cod in the Bering Sea. 

“With the tagline America's company, because we want to stand apart. I mean, that's about as apart from a foreign interest company as you can get right. So our logo is red, white, and blue. And we're all about it...”

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Chinese Customs Uncovers Seafood Smuggling Case Worth 100 Million Yuan

According to Nanning customs of China, officials cracked down on three seafood smuggling gangs. The Sept. 24 announcement said customs, along with support from about 16 other agencies, had 14 suspects in custody and seized about 107 tons of seafood, such as cod, on the spot.

Further details reveal that these gangs started smuggling operations in 2018. They bought seafood such as cod, dried abalones and shrimps abroad according to orders from domestic buyers, and then ...

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UK Retail Giant ASDA to Feature Seafood from Norway

400 ASDA stores across the United Kingdom will begin to stock Norwegian cod and Norwegian haddock with the Seafood from Norway origin branding.

ASDA will have visuals and marketing on display to show-off Norwegian seafood to its customers. The partnership marks the first major retail campaign which targets British consumers with the Seafood from Norway origin mark.

“Together with New England Seafood and ASDA we can communicate the unique qualities of Norwegian cod and haddock to a huge proportion of seafood loving British consumers through this partnership..."

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NFI Releases "Proper Perspective" On Latest Mercury Study About Cod and Tuna

A study recently released by Harvard scientists reports that climate change and overfishing are increasing toxic mercury levels in cod and tuna. News outlets looking at the study published headlines like: "Toxic Fish: Is climate change making cod and tuna dangerous to eat?" and "The scary reason why fish and chips could become a thing of the past." The National Fisheries Institute (NFI) is now speaking out on the "hyperbolic reporting that lacks a complete understanding of the findings and often ignores needed perspective...

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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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FISH-NL Seeking Immediate Halt to All Fishing for Northern Cod Outside Stewardship Fishery

Following a recently published research paper that offers an "alternative" view on the state of northern cod stock, the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) are calling for an immediate halt to all fishing for northern cod outside of the small-scale stewardship fishery.

Late last month George Rose and Carl Walters published a research paper titled "The State of Canada's Iconic Northern Cod: A Second Opinion." In the paper, Rose challenges the DFO's current model that estimates the size of...

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FFAW: To Protect Cod Stock, Action Needs to Be Taken to Control Seal Population  

FFAW is calling on the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to "take action to control the overpopulation of seals." The call for action comes after the DFO announced the management plan for certain groundfish species in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, including the total allowable catch (TAC) for 3Pn4RS cod.

The management plan for 3Pn4RS cod sets the TAC at 1000t for a two-year period, which is a 68% reduction from the previous season. The reduction is a result of the increasing rate of...

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FFAW-Unifor Meets With Federal Fisheries Minister, Discuss Northern Cod Management

FFAW-Unifor's president, secretary treasurer and director of public affairs met with Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Jonathan Wilkinson in St. John's on Wednesday. According to the organization, which represents approximately 15,000 working women and men throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, the meeting focused on northern cod.

"FFAW highlighted the management recommendations presented by the NL Groundfish Industry Development Council and the importance of northern cod to fish harvesters, plant workers and coastal communities," the group said in a statement regarding the meeting...

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FISH-NL Takes A Stand Against Proposal to Grant Labrador Harvesters 25% of Northern Cod Quotas

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) announced this week that they are against a proposal that could see 25% of the northern cod quota allocated to harvesters from Labrador and processed there. According to Ryan Cleary, President of Fish-NL, the issue is granting one group or organization the percentage of the overall total allowable catch.

"The inshore harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador as a whole must be the principle beneficiary of adjacent fish stocks," Cleary said...

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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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Russia May Lose Quotas for Fish Harvest in Northwestern Atlantic

Russia's share of the fish and seafood catch in the northwestern part of the Atlantic may be redistributed in favor of foreign fishermen eligible to fish in the basin, Russian fish producers and senior officials of the Russian government say.

The primary reason is a significant decrease in Russian fishing activity in the area in recent years.

Deputy Governor of the Murmansk Region, Olga Kuznetsova, confirmed the statements. Over the past 10 years, Russian companies have been catching less than 50% of the quota in the northern Atlantic...

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Study: Decline of Baltic Cod Linked to Hypoxia, Climate Change

Researchers at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) found that hypoxia, driven by climate change is leading to the demise of Baltic cod.

Hypoxia is an oxygen deficiency that can occur in fish wish can make them smaller, and thus, less valuable.

"The cod themselves are telling us through their 'internal logbooks' that they're affected by hypoxia, which we know is driven by climate change and by nutrient loading," Dr. Karin Limburg, a fisheries ecologist at SUNY-ESF in Syracuse, New York...

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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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North Pacific Council Takes Up Amendment 113; Adak Cod Fishery Still Uncertain

Earlier this month, the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council asked for more information on ways Pacific cod could be managed for the community of Adak and its seafood processing plant, which represents about half of the town’s economy.

Amendment 113 to the Magnuson-Stevens Act was rescinded by a federal judge as a result of a lawsuit brought on by representatives of the largely Seattle-based trawl fleet. The judge agreed with the plaintiffs that the Amendment was poorly worded and encouraged the Council to make changes to...

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Norwegian Seafood Council: Cod is Still on the Menu

The Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) pushed its Marine Stewardship Council certified cod fishery after North Sea Cod lost its MSC certification in late September.

After multiple headlines around Europe claiming that “Cod is off the menu” the council wanted to ensure consumers that there is a sustainable cod option that is still readily available.

“There is absolutely no reason at all to stop eating cod, if anything, most people would benefit from eating more lean fish than they do today,” Hans Frode...

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LISTEN: North Sea Cod Loses MSC Cert.; Pebble Mine Update; Final Alaska Salmon Numbers and More

Join SeafoodNews Podcast hosts Lorin Castiglione and Ryan Doyle as they discuss North Sea Cod losing its MSC Certification; update on a pair of open-pit mines in Alaska; Alaska salmon season wrap-up; crab biomass numbers; poor shrimp landings in the Gulf; and a look at the pangasius and tilapia markets.

This episode was brought to you by Maine Lobster. The rocky coast of Maine is home to one of the most iconic and sustainable fisheries in the worlds...

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VIDEO: North Sea Cod Loses MSC Cert.; Shrimp Tariffs Support; Salmon Hits D.C. and More

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video hosts Lorin Castiglione and Ryan Doyle as they discuss North Sea Cod losing its MSC Certification; the Southern Shrimp Alliance supporting tariffs on shrimp imports; salmon hitting the nation's capital and the latest analysis of the pangasius and tilapia markets.

This episode was brought to you by Maine Lobster. The rocky coast of Maine is home to one of the most iconic and sustainable fisheries in the worlds. With 5,600 independent lobstermen from multi-generational families, the Maine Lobster industry...

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RFC Commissions New Processing Facility in Murmansk

The Russian Fishery Company commissioned the Russian Cod fish processing plant in Murmansk and began construction of a second enterprise, the Russian Haddock plant. Both projects are implemented by the Russian Fishery Company in partnership with Agama Group of Companies.

The design capacity of the Russian Cod plant is more than 50 tons of finished products from cod and haddock per day. The new production will provide the domestic market with high-quality fish products and increase the export of agricultural products. As planned, it will export...

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Strong Value Boosts Norwegian Seafood Exports in July 

Norway enjoyed a strong month of July when it came to the country’s seafood exports. Norway exported 164,000 metric tonnes of seafood last month, which was a six percent drop in volume, but the $870.1 million in value was an 11 percent improvement, a solid sign for the country.

“Seafood exports fluctuate with the seasons and normally July is our weakest export month,” Paul T. Aandahl, Seafood Analyst with the Norwegian Seafood Council said.

According to Aandahl, July 2019 exports numbers was the second-highest in history...

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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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FISH-NL Wants Cod Quality Program Eliminated

Fresh off the DFO's announcement of a 30% increase in the total allowable catch for the northern cod stewardship fishery, the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) is calling for the elimination of the cod quality program.

The cod quality program began in 2014 as a way to improve the quality and price of cod landed. However, FISH-NL argues that in the five years that the program has been around, the average price of cod has actually declined...

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Council Rejects Emergency Order Request for Adak Cod Set-Aside for 2020

An effort to reinstate the Adak cod set-aside by emergency order failed at the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council last week. Proponents are now reaching out to Congress for a legislative fix in time for the January 2020 cod season.

The 5,000 mt set-aside was established in 2016 with Amendment 113, which was vacated last March in response to a lawsuit brought by United Catcher Boats, B & N Fisheries Company, Groundfish Forum, and Katie Ann LLC. In his decision, D.C. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly found ...

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

[The Winding Glass is an opinion and commentary column from SeafoodNews Founder and Publisher John Sackton.]

The danger of an escalating trade war with China for the seafood industry runs on two tracks.  For importers, especially of tilapia, the prospect of a permanent 25% tariff will force a major reshuffling in the category.  Unless the exemption on taxing products from the US processed in China is revoked, other items like pink salmon, twice frozen cod and pollock, and processed flatfish which are...

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