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Jan 16 - Data on Alaska Fish Catches, Prices, Processor Sales by AK Region


Jan 7 - Norwegian Seafood Exports Set Record; Just Miss 100 Billion Kroner Mark


Jan 4 - Icewater Seafoods Founder Bruce Wareham Dies at 75


Jan 3 - Russia Initiates Plans for Pollock, Crab Harvests in Arctic Seas This Year


Jan 2 - Alaska Fishing Gears Up for 2019


Dec 11 - Alaska State Cod Winter/Spring TAC Near 8 Million Pounds After Reallocation from Bering Sea


Dec 10 - Norway Reports 10% Growth in Export Value for Salmon, Increase in Cod Exports in November


Nov 26 - Russia Expects Record Fish Harvests This Year; Salmon Growth Almost Doubles


Nov 21 - Trident’s Protein Noodles Top Winner at Alaska Seafood Contest


Nov 21 - Kuril Islands Resolution with Japan Could Mean Huge Losses for Russian Seafood Industry


Nov 9 - Halibut’s a Wrap But There’s Lots of Fishing Going on Across Alaska


Oct 26 - Electronic Monitoring Expands, Nov. 1 Deadline to Sign On


Oct 25 - Is FFAW Crying Wolf Over 3Ps Cod: Inshore Sector Increased Their Catches as Stock Remained Low


Oct 24 - Pier Fish Co. Names Beth Hickam to Vice President of West Coast Sales


Oct 15 - Imported Seafood Lures More Chinese Foodies, According to JD Report


Oct 1 - Russian Leading Fish Producer Norebo Subjected to State Searches, Seizures


Sep 18 - Cod Catches, Hatcheries Shuffle Alaska Fish Board Line Up


Sep 18 - 10% Tariffs on $200 Billion Chinese Exports Take Effect; Some Pollock and Cod Products May be Exempt


Aug 8 - Cod Study Shows Encouraging Signs


Aug 1 - Iceland Seafood International Acquires Solo Seafood


Jul 31 - New Russian State Producer Could Pose Direct Competition to Traditional Fishing Companies


Jul 19 - Russian Ban on Transhipping on Foreign Vessels Could Cripple Fishing Industry


Jul 10 - Icewater Seafoods Receives Investment Support For Equipment Upgrades From Canadian Government


Jul 6 - Rosrybolovstvo Makes Second Attempt to Set Up State Sponsored Chain of Low-Priced Fish Stores


Jul 3 - Summer Reading: Check Out 16 Must-Read Fishing and Seafood Books


Jul 2 - ICES Lowers Catch Advice on Barents Sea Cod and Haddock, Little Recruitment Occurring


Jun 29 - Newfoundland Cod Pot Study Says CPUE Can be Increased Nearly 150% With Right Design


Jun 4 - Impacts of Acidic Oceans Revealed on Key Alaska Species


May 17 - Russia Says Volume of King Crab in Barents Sea May Equal Far East in a Few Years; Cod Catches Drop


May 14 - Russia Plans to Lift Restriction on Bering Sea Pollock, Cod Catch This Year


May 2 - ENGO Pushes for Significant Change in Canada's Fisheries Act


Apr 23 - Northern Cod Fisheries Improvement Project to Aid in Understanding of Stock Components


Apr 6 - Norway has Record Cod Exports This Quarter, Driven by Strong Demand for Clipfish, Saltfish


Apr 4 - April Mixed for Alaska Fisheries, Sitka Herring Slumps, but Southeast Tanner Crab was Good


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


Apr 2 - Falling Revenue Hits Coastal Alaska Fishing Communities


Mar 23 - DFO Technical Meeting Hears Bad News About Northern Cod Stocks, with Potential 29% Biomass Decline


Mar 8 - Slade Gorton Launches Fish n’ Chips Meal Kit Ahead of SENA


Feb 26 - Battle Over Cod Allocations to Fishermen’s Finest Comes to Unalaska City Council


Feb 21 - Russia Concerned About Chinese Poaching Activities in Territorial Waters


Feb 13 - Baader Brings New Generation of Filleting Machines to Newfoundland, Icewater to Invest $3 million


Feb 6 - Norway's Cod Exports Have Banner Month in January


Feb 6 - More Russian Oligarchs Flooding into Fisheries With Aim to Buy Quota


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Data on Alaska Fish Catches, Prices, Processor Sales by AK Region

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

One click will take you to a site that can tell you all you need to know about prices and landings for nearly every Alaska fish species by region, how much was processed and into what products, and what processors sold it for.

It’s called the Commercial Fisheries Statistics and Data page on the Department of Fish and Game website and it extends back to the early 1980s.

For salmon, charts and graphs show...

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Norwegian Seafood Exports Set Record; Just Miss 100 Billion Kroner Mark

The Norwegian Seafood Council has confirmed that Norway set a new record with seafood exports in 2018. According to the organization, the country exported 2.7 million tons of seafood to “reach a new record of NOK 99 billion in 2018.”

“Although we did not pass the magical NOK 100 billion marker, this has been another good year for Norwegian seafood exports,” Norwegian Seafood Council CEO Renate Larsen said in a news release. “In summary, records were broken for Norwegian seafood, both in terms of export value and...

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Russia Initiates Plans for Pollock, Crab Harvests in Arctic Seas This Year

Russia plans to start more active production of pollock and crab in its Arctic seas during the next several years, according to recent statements of some leading Russian fish producers and officials from Rosrybolovstvo, the Russian fisheries agency.

Plans include increasing production of pollock and crab the Chukchi Sea - a marginal sea of the Arctic Ocean, bounded on the west by Long Strait, off Wrangel Island, and on the east by Point Barrow, Alaska. Implementation of these plans is already scheduled for the current...

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Alaska State Cod Winter/Spring TAC Near 8 Million Pounds After Reallocation from Bering Sea

The Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game has announced the TACs for the inshore state water cod season for 2019.

The three fishing areas are Kodiak, Chignik, and the South Peninsula.  The allocations are divided between pot and jig vessels, with most being allocated to pots.

For Kodiak, the total is 2.1 million lbs, evenly divided between pot and jig.  There is no size limit on vessels, but pot gear vessels greater than 58 feet, such as most of those that...

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Russia Expects Record Fish Harvests This Year; Salmon Growth Almost Doubles

Russia expects a record fish catch this year since the beginning of 1980s, according to recent statements of an official spokesman of the Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo).

According to deputy head of Rosrybolovstvo, Vasily Sokolov, the volume of catch this year will be more than 5 million tons – a record in the post-Soviet period and in the history of modern Russia.

Sokolov added that salmon has accounted for the biggest growth. According to data of Rosrybolovstvo, more than 677,000 tonnes of salmon were ...

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Kuril Islands Resolution with Japan Could Mean Huge Losses for Russian Seafood Industry

Russian leading fishery companies may bear multi-million dollar losses due to the possible transfer of the Kuril Islands to Japan, which is currently being discussed between the governments of Russia and Japan.

According to some Russian experts, both countries have never been so close to a solution of the issue of Kuril Islands since the end of World War II. The potential transfer were part of recent talks between Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which were conducted in Singapore.

For Russian fishermen, the transfer ...

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Electronic Monitoring Expands, Nov. 1 Deadline to Sign On

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - October 26, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch –

November 1 is the deadline for pot cod and longline vessels fishing in federal waters to sign up for electronic monitoring of their catches instead of onboard observers for 2019. And the EM program has been expanded to include more and larger boats.

This year was the first time that the EM systems got the go ahead for use on boats under 60 feet.

“It was an alternative to having to ...

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Pier Fish Co. Names Beth Hickam to Vice President of West Coast Sales

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 24, 2018

Pier Fish Co. Inc., a leading processor of fresh and frozen seafood in New Bedford, Mass., has announced that Beth Hickam has joined the company as Vice President, West Coast Sales. In her new position, she will be responsible for further developing Pier Fish’s business with existing customers and also for establishing new relationships with retailers, wholesalers/distributors and foodservice operators throughout West Coast market areas.

Founded in 1910 and one of the oldest, continuously operating companies in the U.S. seafood industry, Pier Fish offers a ...

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Russian Leading Fish Producer Norebo Subjected to State Searches, Seizures

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - October 1, 2018

Russian leading fish producer Norebo (Karat) Group of Companies may experience serious difficulties doing further business in the Russian domestic market, due to the recently conducted massive searches and documents seizures at the Murmansk office of the company, as well at homes of senior employees of Norebo.

This has been confirmed by Norebo company official spokesman Sergey Sennikov, who said the seizure of company servers and computers of the endangers payment of wages to employees ...

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10% Tariffs on $200 Billion Chinese Exports Take Effect; Some Pollock and Cod Products May be Exempt

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton - September 18, 2018

The Trump administration, over tremendous industry opposition, went ahead with a new round of punitive tariffs on Chinese products sent to America.

The new tariffs were set at 10% initially, and will rise to 25% on Jan 1, 2019.

Despite over 6000 comments opposing the tariffs, few changes were made in the list to accommodate individual companies or industries.  The exception was Apple, which secured exemptions for its watch, airpods, and ...

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Iceland Seafood International Acquires Solo Seafood Ehf  

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 1, 2018

Iceland Seafood International (ISI) has finalized the terms and has formally purchased Solo Seafood ehf, the sole owner of Icelandic Iberica and Ecomsa in Spain and Achernar in Argentina. The merging of the businesses has been finalized but is subject to certain conditions including the required approval by ISI shareholders. ISI made the decision to buy Solo Seafood after seeing positive 2017 performances and the profit Solo Seafood made in 2018.

Solo Seafood is owned by Sjávarsýn, FISK ...

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Russian Ban on Transhipping on Foreign Vessels Could Cripple Fishing Industry

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - July 29, 2018

The Russian fishing industry is on the verge of serious losses, due to the recent national Federal Security Service (FSB) warnings to fishing companies about new requirements limiting foreign transport ships and tenders.

The introduction of these new requirements have already been confirmed by the All-Russian Association of Fishermen (VARPE), a public association that unites some leading Russian fish producers.

Previously, such requirements were not imposed if the foreign vessel had the right to operate under the Russian flag and was ...

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Rosrybolovstvo Makes Second Attempt to Set Up State Sponsored Chain of Low-Priced Fish Stores

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - July 6, 2018

Russian Rosrybolovstvo plans to establish a network of seafood stores in Russia, with the aim to ensure local citizens have regular access to fish and seafood and sold at affordable prices, according to an official spokesman of a Ilya Shestakov, head of Rosrybolovstvo, and recent statements of some senior officials of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture.

The first store is scheduled to open in August or September this year in Murmansk ...

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ICES Lowers Catch Advice on Barents Sea Cod and Haddock, Little Recruitment Occurring 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton – July 2, 2018

ICES, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, has issued its latest scientific advice for cod and haddock in the Barents Sea.

In recent years the Joint Norwegian/Russian Fisheries Commission has set catch targets above ICES advice, but they have followed the same general trends.

For Cod, ICES is recommending a 2019 TAC no higher than 674, 678 tons.  This is 36,000 tons than the 2017 recommendation.

In 2018, the JNRFC set the TAC at ...

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Impacts of Acidic Oceans Revealed on Key Alaska Species

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - June 4, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch. Latest lab results show impacts of acid oceans on key Alaska species.

The chemistry showing that our oceans are becoming more acidic can’t be denied.  So how does all that absorption of increasing carbon dioxide affect some key Alaska fisheries?

“The direct effect of carbon dioxide increase may be the pH effect on the ability of a pollock or cod to grow or to have gas exchange across the gill membranes ...

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Russia Plans to Lift Restriction on Bering Sea Pollock, Cod Catch This Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - May 14, 2018

Russia plans to increase its total allowable catch of pollock and cod in the Bering Sea this year, due to the increasing volumes of production by the U.S. fishermen, according to sources in the Russian Federal Fisheries Agency (Rosrybolovstvo) and Russian scientific institutions in the field of fish and aquaculture.

So far, the imbalance between Russia and the U.S. in terms of pollock catch in the region has already reached ...

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Icewater Seafoods Founder Bruce Wareham Dies at 75

Icewater Seafoods announced today that Bruce Wareham, well-known and well-respected pioneer in Canada’s seafood industry, passed away on January 4, at age 75, after a brief battle with cancer. Bruce was a long-time Senior Executive with National Sea Products Ltd. which became High Liner Foods Inc. and ultimately Founder and Chairman of the Icewater Group of Companies. 

During his 55-year career in the seafood industry, Bruce was a leader in innovation, adaptation to change, and quality-focused seafood processing.

Bruce was a long serving Board Member of...

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Alaska Fishing Gears Up for 2019

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch…. January marks the start of Alaska’s largest fisheries - and that means more jobs than any other Alaska industry!

Salmon will always be the heart of Alaska’s fisheries. That’s why many people think of summer as the fishing season.

But that’s not the case.  The heart of winter is when most of Alaska’s largest fisheries get underway each year.

On January first, hundreds of boats with hook and line gear or huge pots begin plying the waters of...

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Norway Reports 10% Growth in Export Value for Salmon, Increase in Cod Exports in November

The Norwegian Seafood Council has released their numbers for November. The organization is reporting that Norway exported a total of 276,000 tons of seafood for the month.

Of the 276,000 tons, salmon contributed 101,000 tons. While the export volume is at the same level as November 2017, the export value increased by 10% this year.

“Despite economic downturns and rising salmon prices, Italy is still experiencing a salmon boom,” Trym Eidem Gundersen explained in a press release from the Norwegian Seafood Council...

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Trident’s Protein Noodles Top Winner at Alaska Seafood Contest

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

Trident’s Protein Noodles took top honors at the Symphony of Seafood, winning first place in the retail category and the Seattle’s People’s Choice. The top winners were announced Monday at Pacific Marine Expo.

The refrigerated noodles are pollock-based and touted as a high protein, gluten free alternative to wheat-based pastas that contain loads of carbs and sugars.  Just heat them up and add sauce! The protein noodles will debut at Costco stores early next year ...

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Halibut’s a Wrap But There’s Lots of Fishing Going on Across Alaska

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - November 9, 2018

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Halibut’s a wrap but there’s lots of fishing going on across Alaska.

As some Alaska fisheries wind down for the year, others are still going strong.

In Southeast, a fishery opened on November 8 for seven different kinds of rockfish.

About 170 divers are still going down for more than 1.7 million pounds of sea cucumbers, and more than 700,000 pounds of giant geoduck clams ...

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Is FFAW Crying Wolf Over 3Ps Cod: Inshore Sector Increased Their Catches as Stock Remained Low

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton – October 25, 2018

unlimited usage, navigator magazineOne of the characteristics of fisheries is that decisions about harvests run on two tracks:  the scientific track of what can be caught sustainably, and the allocation track, where fishers and gear sectors fight over who gets what proportions of the catch.

With Newfoundland’s 3Ps cod, mixing up these two tracks can take a relatively clear picture and turn it to mud. 

This was the effect of FFAW-Unifor President Keith Sullivan’s statement ...

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Imported Seafood Lures More Chinese Foodies, According to JD Report

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [WCHB.cjn] translated by Amy Zhong - October 15, 2018

On Oct. 8, JD has released its consumption report for this National Day. As statistics show, the giant’s online sales value has risen nearly 40 percent during this seven-day holiday compared with that of last year. Meanwhile, the sales of Norwegian cod and French blue lobsters have more than doubled at its physical supermarkets, 7FRESH, compared with the previous week.

The home-delivery sector of JD has seen an increase of 44 percent in its online sales of ...

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Cod Catches, Hatcheries Shuffle Alaska Fish Board Line Up

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - September 18, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch … 

The state Board of Fisheries has a packed early line up when it meets for five days next month in Anchorage.

This year’s meeting cycle focuses on fisheries at Chignik, Bristol Bay, the Alaska Peninsula and the Bering Sea but others also are on the list – notably hatcheries.

Some stakeholders believe increased numbers of hatchery fish pose a risk to wild salmon stocks and a major study is underway ...

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Cod Study Shows Encouraging Signs

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - August 8, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Tiny cod fish are appearing around Kodiak. It could be a blip or an indication that cod stocks are recovering after the stock crashed from several years of too warm water. 

“A lot can happen in that first year of life that we would like to learn more about to predict whether or not these year classes that come through are actually going to survive. But there is always this variability and uncertainty that we have to be braced for.”

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New Russian State Producer Could Pose Direct Competition to Traditional Fishing Companies

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden – July 31, 2018

A new state-owned fish producer may soon be established in Russia, according to recent statements of some leading Russian fish producers and sources in Rosrybolovstvo. It could hold a large number of fish quotas available in the Russian fish market and compete with the current market leaders.

The new fish producer will be established on the basis of the already existing FSUE "Natrbresource," a state enterprise that operates coastal port facilities in several regions of Russia, including the Kaliningrad Sea Fishing Port, as well as ...

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Icewater Seafoods Receives Investment Support For Equipment Upgrades From Canadian Government 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 10, 2018

Icewater Seafoods, a family-owned processor that primarily exports its products to Europe, has received investment support from the Canadian government to make equipment upgrades. As the only processor in North America that is dedicated full time to Atlantic cod production, the investment from the federal government will enable Icewater to “adapt and install leading-edge groundfish technology to modernize its Arnold’s Cove plant.”

“The Government of Canada is committed to helping connect Canadian businesses with global customers ...

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Summer Reading: Check Out 16 Must-Read Fishing and Seafood Books 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Mary Kelly McQuarrie - July 3, 2018

Summer is here and there’s no better way to spend a day on the beach than reading a book you can’t put down. SeafoodNews has compiled a list of top books about seafood and fishing that are bound to catch your attention. Check them out below:

1. Cousins Maine Lobster: How One Food Truck Became a Multimillion-Dollar Business by Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac is a business book that follows the journey of cousins whose Lobster food truck became an overnight sensation in Maine. This book came out in April 2018, in just ...

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Newfoundland Cod Pot Study Says CPUE Can be Increased Nearly 150% With Right Design

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton – June 29, 2018

wikimedia commons by Philip MeintzerA study led by Philip Meintzer and other researchers at Memorial University in St. John’s compared four different types of cod pots used in Newfoundland and Norway.

The purpose was to see if certain pot designs could increase Catch per Unit Effort, and to determine whether there was a cod pot that was optimized for catching cod in Newfoundland.

The researchers worked with a group of fishermen off Fogo Island who are catching pot cod ...

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Russia Says Volume of King Crab in Barents Sea May Equal Far East in a Few Years; Cod Catches Drop

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - May 17, 2018

Russia plans to significantly increase the harvest volume of cod and Kamchatka (King) crab in the Barents Sea during the next several years, according to the Russian Fisheries Agency (Rosrybolovstvo). 

According to Kolonchin, and in contrast to cod, the volume of production of Kamchatka crab in theBarents Sea may increase significantly. That increase is primarily due to the corresponding population growth of the stock that has been ...

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