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Mar 13 - Stavis Seafoods Launches SeaTru Lifestyle Seafood Brand Ahead of Boston Seafood Expo


Mar 13 - Outlook Better as Massachusetts Tries a 3rd Time to Get Lobster Processing Bill Through Legislature


Mar 7 - Glooscap First Nation Acquires SeaKist Lobster Holding Facility


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


Mar 6 - Quin Sea Fisheries Launches Newfoundland and Labrador Lobster Pot FIP


Mar 5 - Maine Lobster Market Group Will Evolve Promotional Strategy After Increased Landings, Value in 2018


Mar 4 - Restaurant Report: Lent Makes Waves in Seafood Offerings


Mar 1 - Maine 2018 Seafood Value Second Highest Ever, Lobster Landings Rose to 110 Million lbs


Feb 25 - 2nd Cape Bald Plant Burns at Cap-Pele in Major Blow to Lobster Processing Industry


Feb 22 - Maine Lobster, Tuna and More Seafood Star on Wolfgang Puck's 2019 Oscars Menu


Feb 18 - Clearwater Requests Advanced MSC Audit of Lobster Fishery, Audit to Review Lobster Pot Conviction


Feb 15 - Sustainability Rating Drops for Clearwater's Offshore Lobster Fishery


Feb 14 - King Crab and Lobster Again Shine for Chinese New Year, 'The Most Important Dinner in China'


Feb 11 - Captain D’s Prepares for Lent with New Sandwich Offerings


Feb 11 - Matt Jacobson Stepping Down as Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative Executive Director


Feb 11 - LISTEN: Right Whale Protection Rules; U.S. Lobster Imports; Tilapia and Cannabis; and More


Feb 7 - China Tariff Impacts Show up on US Lobster Imports in a Big Way; More US Product Stays Here


Feb 6 - Australia Commercial Fishing Industry Meet to Discuss Attack on WA Rock Lobster Fishery


Feb 6 - PETA Puts Lobster Ads Up at Bangor International Airport in Attack Against Maine Processor


Feb 6 - U.S. Diners Seek Out Lobster at Most Romantic Restaurants During Valentine’s Day


Feb 6 - Total FDA Refusals Increase Over 48% in January 2019


Feb 5 - Lobster Orders Tank as Chinese Turn to Tariff-Free Canada


Feb 4 - VIDEO: Nova Scotia's Lucy the Lobster Predicts Six More Weeks of Winter


Jan 29 - Lobsterfest is Back at Red Lobster With New Menu Items


Jan 17 - East Coast Seafood Consolidation of Groton Facility Comes from Years of Planning, Company Says


Jan 14 - China's online seafood giants look more to physcal stores as competition intensifies


Jan 14 - East Coast Closes Garbo Lobster Facility in Connecticut, Possible Consequence of China Tariffs


Jan 9 - Big Impact Likely if Massachusetts Can Vote to Legalize Lobster Processing


Jan 9 - Trade War With China Drove American Lobster to New Lows in 2018


Jan 7 - LISTEN: FDA December 2018 Refusals; New Silver Bay Seafoods CEO; Right Whale Updates and More


Jan 7 - Total FDA Refusals Decrease Over 25% in December 2018


Jan 2 - China Cuts Tariffs on Some Seafood Imported from Countries Other Than the U.S.


Dec 27 - Legal Seafoods, Lobster Gram Named ‘Best of 2018’ By TopConsumerReviews.com


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Stavis Seafoods Launches SeaTru Lifestyle Seafood Brand Ahead of Boston Seafood Expo

Stavis Seafoods announced on Wednesday the launch of their new lifestyle seafood brand: SeaTru.

According to the company, SeaTru products meet in-depth brand standards and are “completely traceable, socially responsible and sustainably sourced.” So far the initial products featured in the line include retail-ready pasteurized crabmeat, fresh Norwegian salmon, as well as the Prime Cuts Portion Program, which includes high quality salmon, halibut, swordfish and tuna portions. Each produced is sourced from a sustainable certified, ranked or domestic fishery, or from a fishery involved in...

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Outlook Better as Massachusetts Tries a 3rd Time to Get Lobster Processing Bill Through Legislature

For three years the Massachusetts Senate has passed a bill sponsored by Sen. Bruce Tarr that would permit lobster processing in Massachusetts. For the past two years, the bill was stymied by the House.

This year proponents have attached the bill to a supplemental budget that has already passed the House, and they hope that in conference they can make the lobster processing bill stick.

Currently wholesale dealers in the state are prohibited from processing or processing unfrozen lobster parts...

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

Shoney’s has some new seafood offerings – and just in time for Lent.

The Lenten season begins on Wednesday, and now through April 21 Shoney’s is offering their guests the best seafood prepared with “Shoney’s signature quality.”

“Shoney’s prides itself on giving our valued guests what they want when they want it,” said Shoney’s Chairman and CEO, David Davoudpour. “And now, it’s the season for seafood and we’re serving the finest the ocean has to offer. This year’s Seafood Fest will satisfy our guests at every level...

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Maine Lobster Market Group Will Evolve Promotional Strategy After Increased Landings, Value in 2018

The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative says that on the heels of another prosperous year and strong landings for the Maine Lobster industry, they will evolve their promotional strategy, building on past successful efforts to bring the story of Maine’s signature crustacean to more audiences around the country.

In 2018, Maine fishermen landed 119,640,379 pounds of lobster, which is an increase of nearly 8 million pounds over 2017. At $484,543,633, the value of Maine’s lobster fishery climbed by...

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Maine 2018 Seafood Value Second Highest Ever, Lobster Landings Rose to 110 Million lbs

The Maine Department of Marine Resources published its 2018 lobster landing totals.  For 2018 total landings were 119.6 million lbs, up from 111.9 million pounds in 2017.  The 7.7 million pound increase is in line with expectations from people in the industry, who experienced a heavier pace of landings during the year.

Maine also increased its exports to Canada substantially over 2017, which reflected both the increased landings during the summer and the strong demand for Canadian lobsters from China...

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Maine Lobster, Tuna and More Seafood Star on Wolfgang Puck's 2019 Oscars Menu

The 91st Academy Awards are this Sunday and you know what that means – the stars will feast! While all eyes are generally on the Best Picture nominees, foodies focus on what celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck will be serving at the post-Oscars Governors Ball. And just like last year, seafood has a strong presence on the menu.

Wolfgang Puck has been catering the Governors Ball for 25 years and is responsible for the over 30 dish menu...

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Sustainability Rating Drops for Clearwater's Offshore Lobster Fishery

Clearwater Seafoods' offshore lobster fishery in Eastern Canada has lost its "recommended" rating from Ocean Wise, a seafood sustainability recommendation program of the Vancouver Aquarium.

It's more fallout from a 2018 conviction for what the Crown called a "gross violation" of a Canadian fisheries regulation by Halifax-based Clearwater.

In a separate action, the Marine Stewardship Council, another much larger eco-sustainability organization, has moved up its scheduled "full surveillance audit" of Clearwater's offshore lobster fishery by two months to April.

Clearwater asked for the early audit...

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Captain D’s Prepares for Lent with New Sandwich Offerings

Lent doesn’t begin until March 6, but Captain D’s is ready for the religious observance. The fast-casual seafood restaurant announced on Monday that they’re introducing a new lineup of sandwiches this Lenten season, including the Giant Fish Sandwich and North Atlantic Lobster Rolls.

The Giant Fish Sandwich features two pieces of batter dipped fish, topped with tartar sauce and lettuce, on a warm toasted bun. In addition to the Giant Fish Sandwich, diners can also order a pair of lobster rolls made with North Atlantic lobster...

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LISTEN: Right Whale Protection Rules; U.S. Lobster Imports; Tilapia and Cannabis; and More

Welcome back to the SeafoodNews Weekly Podcast!  This episode of the podcast breaks down right whale protection rules in the Gulf of St. Lawrence; how the China tariffs are impacting U.S. lobster importers; November 2018 shrimp imports; pesticide use in Washington oyster beds; and how tilapia is being used to grow cannabis. Plus, find out “Guardians of the Galaxy” actor Chris Pratt’s connection to shrimp!

This episode is brought to you by the Urner Barry Executive Conference, taking place in Las Vegas from April 28...

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Australia Commercial Fishing Industry Meet to Discuss Attack on WA Rock Lobster Fishery

Members of Australia’s commercial fishing industry came together in Fremantle, WA, on Wednesday to talk about the ongoing attack on the Western Rock Lobster fishery.

“What we have seen happen in Western Australia with regard to Western Rock Lobster and the McGowan Government’s move to issue licenses to itself is unprecedented, we believe illegal and condemned by representatives at today’s meeting,” Seafood Industry Australia CEO Jane Lovell said. “This action dramatically devalues the local industry and has national consequences on...

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U.S. Diners Seek Out Lobster at Most Romantic Restaurants During Valentine’s Day

The most romantic day of the year is approaching, and restaurant reservations are quickly filling up. So, what do love birds want to feast on during Valentine’s Day? Well, according to TripAdvisor, when it comes to the “25 Most Romantic Restaurants in the U.S.,” people can’t seem to get enough lobster.

Out of the top 25 most romantic restaurants listed, eight of the establishments have lobster listed as their most popular dishes. At Charleston Restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland, it’s their lobster soup...

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Lobster Orders Tank as Chinese Turn to Tariff-Free Canada

Lunar New Year is supposed to be the busiest time of the year for Tom Adams, whose company, Maine Coast, used to sell millions of pounds of lobster to China.

But the U.S.-China trade war has shut Maine Coast out of that market.

His former customers in China now buy their lobster from Canada, where dealers can sell a hard-shell version without the 25 percent import tariff. On a snowy Wednesday morning, on what should have been his busiest shipping day of the year...

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Lobsterfest is Back at Red Lobster With New Menu Items

Red Lobster welcomes back its annual Lobsterfest event, featuring the largest selection of lobster dishes available all year. For a limited time, guests can choose from exciting options including NEW! Lobster in Paradise featuring a crispy coconut Maine lobster tail, as well as classic favorites, like the Lobster Lover's Dream, this year featuring a butter-poached Maine lobster tail alongside a roasted rock lobster tail and lobster and shrimp linguini, according to a company statement.

"Lobsterfest is one of our guests' favorite events because there are so many different ...

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China's online seafood giants look more to physcal stores as competition intensifies

Fiordland Lobster plans to build an online platform designated specifically for Chinese markets in this new year. It has gotten some knowledge of Chinese buyers by selling live lobsters through Hema, Alibaba’s subsidiary, since 2018. But setting up this online sales channel requires more efforts in learning end consumer demand, said its general manager.

It may not be easy, but it is believed to be rewarding. And there are some successful stories to strengthen this kind of belief and make e-commerce platforms a popular option ...

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Big Impact Likely if Massachusetts Can Vote to Legalize Lobster Processing

taken by john sacktonThe very first bill introduced in the Massachusetts Senate this year would modernize the states lobster processing rules and could result in a big expansion of lobster processing in New Bedford.

The bill, introduced by Gloucester based Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, and co-sponsored by other coastal legislators, would allow for the processing of raw frozen lobster parts in Massachusetts.

Under current law, possession of live, cooked, and canned or packaged lobster is allowed, but the possession of uncooked or frozen lobster parts is not...

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LISTEN: FDA December 2018 Refusals; New Silver Bay Seafoods CEO; Right Whale Updates and More

Join Seafood News staff writer Amanda Buckle and Urner Barry seafood market reporter Lorin Castiglione for a new episode of the SeafoodNews Podcast. This week on the podcast we discuss FDA refusals for December 2018; Silver Bay Seafoods’ new CEO; the Washington Fish Growers Association’s appointment of Jeanne McKnight as Interim Executive Director; the new Pacific Salmon Treaty; SW Nova Scotia’s December lobster season; the USDA Economic Research Service’s forecast for 2019 food prices; and an update on North Atlantic right whales...

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Glooscap First Nation Acquires SeaKist Lobster Holding Facility

The Glooscap First Nation, located approximately 70 kilometers northwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia, has acquired SeaKist Lobster Holding Facility, as well as 52% ownership of seafood distribution company Yarmouth Bar Fisheries Limited.

The acquisition comes as part of the Government of Canada’s partnership with First Nations to “support community-driven economic development projects that will help build healthier, most sustainable communities.” Indigenous Services Canada contributed $779,922 under the Community Opportunity Readiness Program to aid the Glooscap First Nation with the business development project...

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Quin Sea Fisheries Launches Newfoundland and Labrador Lobster Pot FIP

Quin Sea Fisheries announced on Tuesday that they have taken the next major step to advance Newfoundland’s lobster initiative.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Lobster Pot Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) is being led by the St. John’s based company, a division of Royal Greenland A/S. According to a press release from Quin Sea Fisheries, the project will “seek partnerships to align and improve the fishery’s management and science with the ultimate objective of achieving Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) fishery sustainability certification...

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Restaurant Report: Lent Makes Waves in Seafood Offerings

Lent begins March 6th, and with it comes the advent of the seafood promotional season at many QSR and fast casual concepts. In anticipation of the season, many restaurants have either launched new LTOs, revived previous offerings, or rolled out tests for new menu items.
 
Wendy's brought back the North Pacific Cod sandwich, an annual staple, as most other QSRs continue using pollock for their fish sandwiches. Pollock LTO's include Arby's fish sandwiches, White Castle's Fish Nibblers and Fish Slider, Jack in the Box's Fish Sandwich, Bojangles's BojAngler, and Captain D's...
 

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2nd Cape Bald Plant Burns at Cap-Pele in Major Blow to Lobster Processing Industry

Winter is a tough time in New  Brunswick, with fish plants closed for the season.  Cape Bald Packers, one of the largest lobster companies operating in New Brunswick, has just suffered a second huge fire loss.

The lobster packing plant at Cap-Pele, the main processing center of Cape Bald Packers, is a total loss according to the Cap-Pele fire chief.

The fire call came in around 10:30 am Sunday morning.  No employees were at the plant Sunday morning...

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Clearwater Requests Advanced MSC Audit of Lobster Fishery, Audit to Review Lobster Pot Conviction

Halifax-based Clearwater Seafoods is looking to advance their annual Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) audit. The company confirmed in a press release that, at their request, conformity assessment body Lloyd’s Register will conduct the surveillance audit in April, instead of when it is typically done in June.

“The Canadian offshore lobster fishery was the first on the Eastern seaboard to be certified under the MSC standard and continues to be a model for sustainable fisheries management,” said Christine Penney, VP of Sustainability and Public Affairs...

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King Crab and Lobster Again Shine for Chinese New Year, 'The Most Important Dinner in China'

China’s largest-scale shopping carnival has come to an end with the ending of its lunar New Year holiday recently. Impressively, its residents spent more than 1 trillion yuan celebrating the holiday. One new feature of festival consumption is that imported commodities have become increasingly popular and affordable for frenzied Chinese consumers.

According to Alibaba, the country’s e-commerce giant, king crabs have become a hot choice for the festival feast. Their sales ballooned by 769% on its T-mall platform around...

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Matt Jacobson Stepping Down as Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative Executive Director

Matt Jacobson, Executive Director of the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative, informed the organization’s board of directors last week that he will be stepping down from his position. His last day with the MLMC will be February 25, 2019.

Jacobson was appointed MLMC Executive Director back in 2014. He took on the position after spending more than 20 years in sales, marketing and senior leadership positions in Maine.

During his time as Executive Director, Jacobson helped the MLMC bring their "Trap to Table" event...

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China Tariff Impacts Show up on US Lobster Imports in a Big Way; More US Product Stays Here

For the first few months after the July imposition of tariffs on US lobster by China in retaliation for a US initiated trade war, it appeared that the US industry might weather the storm through a combination of sales to other markets, increased US sales, and robust sales to Canada.

With November import data, we can now get a clearer picture of how the lobster markets are changing, both for live and frozen product, and the picture for...

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PETA Puts Lobster Ads Up at Bangor International Airport in Attack Against Maine Processor

PETA’s “I’m ME, Not MEAT” lobster ads are up at Bangor International Airport. The animal rights group has taken out the ad space at the airport following a complaint they submitted to Hancock County District Attorney Matthew Foster back in December regarding footage of alleged mistreatment at the Maine Fair Trade Lobster plant.

As previously reported, PETA released an undercover video of the alleged mistreatment, and told the District Attorney that the processor “mutilates and tortures fully conscious lobsters, causing them...

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Total FDA Refusals Increase Over 48% in January 2019

Total refusals of shipments increased 48.3% from January 2018 to January 2019. Year-to-date there are 175 line item refusals compared to 118 at this time last year.

Snapper had the biggest YTD increase in January, with 71 line item refusals compared to 3 at this time last year; a 2266.7% increase. Tilapia refusals also increased, with 16 line item refusals YTD compared to 4 last year YTD. That’s a 300% increase. Shrimp increased 52.4%, with 32 line item refusals YTD compared to...

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VIDEO: Nova Scotia's Lucy the Lobster Predicts Six More Weeks of Winter

Move over Punxsutawney Phil. Over the weekend the Municipality of Barrington in Nova Scotia brought out the famous “Lucy the Lobster” to give her Groundhog Day prediction at the 2nd annual South Shore Lobster Crawl, a winter food event.

Lucy the Lobster was caught in early 2018 by Captain Tyler Nickerson and his crew aboard the “Chas’n Rac’n.” Lucy was destined for Capt. Kat’s Lobster Shack, but Nickerson and supplier Xsealent Seafood Company saw “something special” in the lobster. So, instead of landing on a plate...

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East Coast Seafood Consolidation of Groton Facility Comes from Years of Planning, Company Says

East Coast Seafood Group said the move of its live lobster packing operations in Groton Connecticut to Prospect Harbor Maine has long been planned as part of the companies investment strategy.

The Groton plant will close this week.  The company is offering positions at other subsidiary locations where possible, absorbing benefit costs of covered employees for a period of time, offering severance to each employee affected, and providing recommendation letters and other support requested by employees during their transition...

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East Coast Closes Garbo Lobster Facility in Connecticut, Possible Consequence of China Tariffs

The East Coast Seafood Group announced on Friday that the Garbo Lobster facility in Groton, Connecticut will close on January 17th.

Garbo has been a presence in Connecticut for 36 years, and also has facilities in Maine and Canada.

"The company is working with the employees affected by the closure of the facility to ensure a smooth transition for all," East Coast Seafood Group, which is based in Topsfield, Mass., said in an emailed statement to The Day newspaper in New London.

 "To assist, the company will be absorbing benefit costs of covered employees for a period of time, offering severance to each employee affected, and providing recommendation letters and other support requested by employees during their transition to other...

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Trade War With China Drove American Lobster to New Lows in 2018

China has been an important buyer of American lobsters. In 2017, it purchased Boston lobsters worth $142 million. But the prospering trade took a downturn in 2018 when President Trump initiated a trade war with China. As a forerunner in developing the Chinese market, the lobster industry was hit hard by the president’s decision, according to media and industry reports.

Anthony Kleiner, a fisherman from New Hampshire, was not too happy, according to one article, after returning to port with a good lobster harvest in December 2018...

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