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Mar 25 - An Increase in Home Consumption Pushed February Seafood Sales at Japanese Supermarkets


Mar 23 - Russian Fisherman May Suspend Catch in Northern Basin


Mar 12 - A Look at How China's Seafood Market Grew in 2019


Mar 12 - Alaska Fishing Updates for March 2020


Mar 9 - LISTEN: Boston Seafood Show Postponed; Lent QSR Roundup; Maine Lobster Landings and More


Mar 6 - Cod Crash Caused by Warm Sea Bottom, Loss of Spawning Grounds


Feb 26 - ANALYSIS: Salmon, Cod and Tilapia the All-Stars at Retail During Lent


Feb 26 - Lent 2020: What 15 QSRs and Fast Casual Restaurants Are Offering on their Menus this Year


Feb 24 - These are the Top 10 Seafood Items Consumed in the U.S. for 2018


Feb 18 - Smashburger Introduces Pacific Cod Sandwich, First Ever Fish Entrée Ahead of Lent


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


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An Increase in Home Consumption Pushed February Seafood Sales at Japanese Supermarkets

According to supermarket sales statistics released by three small and medium-sized supermarkets in Japan, existing store sales in the seafood division in February were ¥74.552 billion (US$669.39million), up 4.1% year-on-year. It is the first time in four years that the year-on-year result exceeded one point. Sales grew in response to a growing demand for in-home consumption due to the spread of the new coronavirus infection. In marine products, sashimi such as tuna and bonito...

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Russian Fisherman May Suspend Catch in Northern Basin  

Russian fishermen operating in the Northern basin have warned the national government about the existing risks of the suspension of the further catch in the Barents Sea. 

According to fishermen, due to quarantine measures implemented at foreign ports, the losses of the local fishermen operating in the Barents Sea may reach RUB 70 billion (US$900 million) by May. 

German Zverev, President of the All-Russian Association of Fishery Enterprises, Entrepreneurs and Exporters (VARPE), in an interview to some Russian media, confirmed such risks...

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Alaska Fishing Updates for March 2020

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

March marks the start of halibut and herring fisheries but there’s not a lot of good news this go around.

The eight month long Pacific halibut fishery is set to open on March 14 amidst a grim market outlook due in part to the coronavirus. Most of Alaska’s 17 million pound halibut catch goes to markets in the U.S. but transportation by flight is getting more sketchy and many stores and restaurants are devoid of customers. 

In Southeast Alaska, no ferries means no halibut shipments...

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Cod Crash Caused by Warm Sea Bottom, Loss of Spawning Grounds

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Keys to the Gulf cod crash.

Warmer temperatures on the ocean bottom were key in causing the  cod crash in the Gulf of Alaska.

That’s the conclusion of a NOAA Fisheries study that connected low numbers of cod larvae, juveniles and adults to loss of spawning grounds in the 2013–2016 heatwave called “the Blob” – the largest warm anomaly ever recorded in the North Pacific.

Pacific cod are unique among all cod species because they only spawn once in a season...

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Lent 2020: What 15 QSRs and Fast Casual Restaurants Are Offering on their Menus this Year

February 26 is Ash Wednesday and the first day of Lent. Those who observe the Christian holy day refrain from eating meat on Fridays during the six weeks of Lent, as well as on Ash Wednesday. In an effort to accommodate those who abstain from eating meat, many restaurants add seafood to their menus.

Because of this, the Lenten season tends to be a big time of the year for the seafood industry. The NPD group, a leading global information company, reported that...

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Smashburger Introduces Pacific Cod Sandwich, First Ever Fish Entrée Ahead of Lent

Fast-casual chain Smashburger is getting into the fish sandwich game with the launch of their first-ever fish entrée: The Beer Battered Pacific Cod Sandwich.

The launch of the Beer Battered Pacific Cod Sandwich comes about a week before the start of the Lenten season. Smashburger's new sandwich features wild-caught Pacific cod, lightly dipped in a signature batter infused with Yuengling Lager, and topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato and creamy tartar sauce.

"At Smashburger, we're on a mission to satisfy our guests with...

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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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A Look at How China's Seafood Market Grew in 2019

China is an important aquaculture country with its annual aquatic output reaching about 64.5 million tons in 2019. Although its individual consumption is still comparatively low, the country’s seafood market is expanding, and it is of increasing significance in global trade.

As available statistics show, though its seafood consumption was only 14.3kg per person back in 2018, its trade value doubled compared with that of 2009 to reach 373.802 billion yuan. And new retailers like Hema are taking measures to cut middlemen and promote seafood directly to end consumers...

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LISTEN: Boston Seafood Show Postponed; Lent QSR Roundup; Maine Lobster Landings and More

Join SeafoodNews managing editor Amanda Buckle and SeafoodNews staff writer Ryan Doyle as they break down some of the biggest stories of the week, including the postponement of the Boston Seafood Show; Maine's lobster landings; Clearwater Seafoods' potential sale; January shrimp imports and more. Plus, find out what QSR and fast casual restaurants are offering for Lent.

The SeafoodNews Podcast is brought to you by Urner Barry's Reporter magazine, the quarterly newsmagazine for the food industry professional...

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ANALYSIS: Salmon, Cod and Tilapia the All-Stars at Retail During Lent

With the beginning of Lent today, many Christians will start to follow church guidelines to abstain from meat and will look to seafood as an alternative.

Seafood is historically an extremely popular item during the Lenten season before Easter, and salmon is one of the highlights. Each year, the number of buying opportunities at retail rises for the week of Ash Wednesday. This year, even with headwinds from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in certain regions of the world, is shaping up to be no different...

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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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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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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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