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Nov 18 - LISTEN: US Attempts Lobster Mini-Deal With EU; Salmon Price-Fixing and Seafood at the Dinner Table


Nov 15 - US Tries to Get Mini-Deal Tariff Relief on Lobsters from EU, but No Dice


Oct 30 - Greenhead Lobster Partners with Hiperbaric to Expand Lobster Processing Business


Oct 23 - Trade War Taking a Toll on Seafood Industries in Both the U.S. and China


Oct 21 - ANALYSIS: Seafood Items Swimming Upstream in October


Oct 11 - New Tool Developed to Assist Canadian Lobster Fishery with Impacts of Climate Change


Oct 3 - NOAA Responds to Maine Lobstermen’s Concerns with Take Reduction Team Agreement


Oct 3 - Cape Bald Packers Announces Construction of New Lobster Processing Facility


Sep 25 - All Things Lobster: MLMC Provides a Look into Maine’s Staple Industry on National Lobster Day


Sep 16 - LISTEN: Interview with Lobsterman Sonny Beal; Clipper Seafoods-Blue North Merger and More


Sep 12 - VIDEO: Ocean Acidification Research; Russian Seafood Exports; SALT Traceability and Lobster Analysis


Sep 6 - Another 1000 Jobs for North Queensland With World-first Land-based Sustainable Lobster Farm


Sep 3 - Maine Lobstermen’s Association Withdraws from April Take Reduction Team Agreement


Aug 27 - Government of Canada, New Brunswick Supporting Lobster Research and Oyster Aquaculture


Aug 22 - NOAA Seeking Comments on April 2019 Control Date for Lobster Fishery


Aug 14 - MLMC Releases New Detailed Fact Sheets on Frozen Cooked, Live Products


Aug 1 - Massachusetts Governor Signs Lobster Processing Regulations into Law


Jul 26 - VIDEO: Bristol Bay Salmon Catch; Massachusetts Lobster Bill; Alaska Ferry Strikes and More


Jul 23 - Massachusetts Lawmakers Pass Budget; Wholesale Dealers to Process Lobster, Sell Processed Lobster


Jul 19 - The Fishery Problem from Hell: Right Whales and Gear Entanglement (The Winding Glass)


Jul 16 - Captain D's Launches Their Limited Time Lobster & Crab Celebration Menu


Jul 16 - 'Deadliest Catch' Star Sig Hansen Helps Launch Resqunit's Canadian Operations


Jul 15 - LISTEN: Lobster Bait Alternative; Fortune International's New Acquisition; Amazon Prime Day and More


Jul 12 - Maine Lawmakers Send Another Request Seeking Relief for Lobster Industry Amidst Trade War with China


Jul 5 - VIDEO: Fish Consumption Advice for Pregnant Women; Red Lobster's Crabfest and More


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LISTEN: US Attempts Lobster Mini-Deal With EU; Salmon Price-Fixing and Seafood at the Dinner Table

Join SeafoodNews Podcast hosts Lorin Castiglione and Ryan Doyle as they discuss USTR Robert Lighthizer's attempt to get a mini-deal done with the European Union that would have lifted tariffs on US lobster for exports to the EU; the DOJ's investigation of Atlantic salmon price-fixing as major producers received subpoenas; the Dungeness crab season delay and tips to get seafood on the dinner table every week.

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US Tries to Get Mini-Deal Tariff Relief on Lobsters from EU, but No Dice

The US trade representative Robert Lighthizer tried to get a mini-deal done with the EU that would have lifted tariffs on US lobster for export to the EU.

Currently Canadian lobster, both live and frozen, can enter the EU duty-free, while US lobster faces an 8% tariff on live, and a 6% tariff on frozen.  This has been enough to radically shift markets in France and Italy to Canada, which enjoys a significant tariff price advantage.

According to a report that first appeared in Politico Europe, the US proposed a mini-trade agreement covering lobsters and some chemicals, in which the EU would drop tariffs on these...

 

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Trade War Taking a Toll on Seafood Industries in Both the U.S. and China

After President Trump initiated a trade war against China, drastic changes have occurred to the trading between these two large economies. Both parties are suffering with no winner from either country, according to several media reports, and the seafood industry is among the biggest victims. Industry participants in both countries are feeling the pressure.

In China, for example, tilapia prices have decreased due to the coming harvest season and America’s higher tariffs. According to one processing plant in Zhanjiang, the price of live tilapias...

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New Tool Developed to Assist Canadian Lobster Fishery with Impacts of Climate Change

A team of U.S. and Canadian researchers have created a tool that will help stakeholders from fishermen to policymakers on the future of lobster fisheries in Canada and Nova Scotia as climate change takes place.

“Climate change has socio-economic impacts on coastal communities and the seafood market, but integrating that information into planning and decision-making has been a challenge,” said Vincent Saba, a fishery biologist at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center and a co-author of the study...

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Cape Bald Packers Announces Construction of New Lobster Processing Facility

Cape Bald Packers will build a new lobster processing facility in Cap-Pelé after the company lost two plants in fires back in February.

One of the leading processors of lobster, Cape Bald’s new 50,000 sq. ft. facility will be located in Cap- Pelé. The company expects the site to be up and running by May 2020, when spring lobster season will kick-off.

“2019 has been one of the most challenging years in our 70-year history as a company,” Doris Losier, Director of Cape Bald Packers said...

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Listen: Interview with Lobsterman Sonny Beal; Clipper Seafoods-Blue North Merger and More

Join SeafoodNews Podcast hosts Lorin Castiglione and Ryan Doyle as they discuss StarKist’s price-fixing sentence; the approved merger of Clipper Seafoods and Blue North; Russia’s seafood export plans along with an interview with lobsterman Sonny Beal!

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 is committed to bringing sustainably harvested lobster from...

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Another 1000 Jobs for North Queensland With World-first Land-based Sustainable Lobster Farm

The world’s only land-based Tropical Rock Lobster farm is set to be established in North Queensland, bringing a jobs bonanza to the region.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Australian aquaculture company Ornatas is planning to commercially grow and harvest the highly sought-after crustacean.

“Until now, these lobsters have only been able to be caught in the wild,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“But cutting-edge science has allowed the development of technology for production on this site...

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Government of Canada, New Brunswick Supporting Lobster Research and Oyster Aquaculture

The Government of Canada continues to roll out the support of projects supporting the seafood industry through the Atlantic Fisheries Fund.

Canada, along with the Province of New Brunswick announced $8.1 million in funding for 21 projects that will support the lobster and shellfish industries in the province.

“The lobster fishery and shellfish aquaculture industries are major generators of economic activity in rural and coastal communities in the Atlantic Region,” The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard said...

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MLMC Releases New Detailed Fact Sheets on Frozen Cooked, Live Products

The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) introduced fact sheets covering frozen cooked and frozen live products on its content hub.

The 10 fact sheets cover a variety of products, from frozen cooked tail meat to frozen raw tail and knuckle meat. Each page contains a plethora of information that begins with a brief introduction to the production, as well as questions for purveyors to ponder, along with cooking, thawing and reheating instructions.

The sheets also include information about the Maine lobster fishery, highlighting the expertise of...

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VIDEO: Bristol Bay Salmon Catch; Massachusetts Lobster Bill; Alaska Ferry Strikes and More 

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video hosts Lorin Castiglione and Ryan Doyle as they discuss the Bristol Bay salmon catch; a new Massachusetts lobster bill; the latest on North Atlantic right whales; and the Alaska ferry strikes.

This episode was brought to you by Maine Lobster. Summer means that it's officially lobster season in Maine. Between June and July lobsters in the cold waters of the Gulf of Maine shed their shells and the result is Maine New Shell Lobster. Perfectly sweet and tender meat... 

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The Fishery Problem from Hell: Right Whales and Gear Entanglement (The Winding Glass)

The right whale population is hovering at the brink of failure, with around 400 surviving individuals.  In some years, there has been some population increase, and in other years not.  But the fact is that unintentional killing of right whales through both ship strikes and gear entanglements is preventing the population from increasing to a safer level and exacerbating the risk the entire species will go extinct.

Although the population increased between 1990 and 2010, since then it has begun another decline...

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'Deadliest Catch' Star Sig Hansen Helps Launch Resqunit's Canadian Operations

Sig Hansen, star of Discovery Channel's hit TV series "Deadliest Catch," was on hand at Dartmouth's Centre for Ocean Venture & Entrepreneurship's Start-Up Yard in Nova Scotia to help Resqunit launch their new Canadian operations.

Resqunit is a flotation device that secures fishing gear and prevents gear from getting lost. The device is attached to lobster traps or crab pots, and when the gear gets lost, or is under water for a certain period of time, the Resqunit is released, bringing the gear back up to the surface...

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Maine Lawmakers Send Another Request Seeking Relief for Lobster Industry Amidst Trade War with China

Maine Senators Angus King and Susan Collins, along with Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden, have sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture urging them to include "significant funding" for Maine's lobster industry, which has been impacted by the trade war with China. Their letter is a follow up to a letter that was initially sent to President Trump at the beginning of June to request aid for those who have lost business as a result of the tariffs...

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Greenhead Lobster Partners with Hiperbaric to Expand Lobster Processing Business

Greenhead Lobster, a lobster processing company in Stonington, Maine, has added a Hiperbaric high pressure processing (HPP) machine to expand its lobster processing operations.

The company recently opened a new production facility in Bucksport, Maine, which uses the Hiperbaric 420i to process lobster, extracting meat from the shell. The machine is also used for food safety to inactivate harmful foodborne bacteria, as well as provide extended shelf life.

Greenhead Lobster processes 30,000 pounds of lobster per day, with some of the meat distributed fresh and some frozen...

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ANALYSIS: Seafood Items Swimming Upstream in October

October, as many say in the industry, is called National Seafood month for a reason, demand is quiet. School is in session and the U.S.’s appetite for seafood tends to wane during the Fall.

There are several seafood items, however, that are swimming upstream this fall. Each species has its own story to tell, but the theme circles around a lack of supply coupled with what appears to be an insatiable demand.

King and Snow Crab

Both king and snow crab demand has been active over the past several weeks...

 

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NOAA Responds to Maine Lobstermen’s Concerns with Take Reduction Team Agreement 

Chris Oliver, Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries responded to the Maine Lobstermen’s Association’s (MLA) concerns with the April 2019 Take Reduction Team (TRT) agreement.

On August 30, the MLA announced the withdrawal of members of Maine’s lobster industry from the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team citing data flaws and the potential of the agreement to negatively impact lobstermen.

Oliver expressed disappointment in his letter to MLA’s executive director Patrice McCarron. Oliver said he believes there are practical solutions to ensure the long-term health of the North Atlantic...

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All Things Lobster: MLMC Provides a Look into Maine’s Staple Industry 

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about states around America. When imagining New York, do you think skyscrapers, how about Florida and sunshine? Well, how about the state of Maine, odds are you start thinking about a lobster dinner.

The lobster fishery in Maine provides more than $1 billion to the state’s economy and continues to be an industry that thousands of Mainers rely on.

To celebrate National Lobster Day, the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) showed off the impressive Maine lobster industry...

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VIDEO: Ocean Acidification Research; Russian Seafood Exports; SALT Traceability and Lobster Analysis

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video hosts Lorin Castiglione and Ryan Doyle as they discuss global ocean acidification research efforts; Russia's long-term seafood export plan; SALT's traceability hub; and the latest lobster analysis.

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 is committed to bringing sustainably harvested lobster from trap to table...

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Maine Lobstermen’s Association Withdraws from April Take Reduction Team Agreement 

The Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA) withdrew its support from the April 2019 Take Reduction Team (TRT) agreement due to serious data flaws on August 30.

MLA sent a letter to Chris Oliver, the head of NOAA Fisheries to announce its withdrawal.

The TRT agreement called for Maine lobstermen to reduce its risk to right whales by 60 percent.

“Following the TRT meeting, MLA undertook a careful review of data available from NMFS, due to unresolved concerns with the timeliness and accuracy of information provided to TRT members,” said Patrice McCarron...

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NOAA Seeking Comments on April 2019 Control Date for Lobster Fishery

NOAA Fisheries announced on Thursday that they are seeking comments on a control date, or a date that may be used to establish eligibility, for the American lobster fishery as they "consider ways to reduce threats of entanglement by fixed-gear fisheries to North Atlantic right whales."

The government agency clarified that this is not a proposed rule.

"We are notifying the public that we may develop a future rulemaking to complement any actions taken by the Commission, and that future participation in the fishery may be based on...

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Massachusetts Governor Signs Lobster Processing Regulations into Law

On Wednesday Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed the Fiscal Year 2020 budget into law. Amongst things covered in the $43.321 billion plan is the ability for Massachusetts wholesale dealers to not only process unfrozen lobsters and import unfrozen shell-on lobster parts, but sell processed lobster.

In 2017 Massachusetts landed over 16.5 million pounds of lobster worth a total value of $81.4 million. However, prior to the budget being approved, Massachusetts only allowed the sale of live, cooked and canned lobster... 

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Massachusetts Lawmakers Pass Budget; Wholesale Dealers to Process Lobster, Sell Processed Lobster

Massachusetts wholesale dealers may soon be able to process and sell processed lobster.

On Monday lawmakers agreed to a $43.1 billion budget, which allows for Massachusetts wholesale dealers to not only process unfrozen lobsters and import unfrozen shell-on lobster parts, but sell processed lobster. The legislation is now headed to Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker's desk.

The Massachusetts lobster processing bill has been an ongoing issue since 2016, when the state unanimously passed a bill that would allow for the processing of lobster, as well as the sale of lobster parts...

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Captain D's Launches Their Limited Time Lobster & Crab Celebration Menu

Need a reason to celebrate good food? Captain D's has you covered. The fast-casual seafood chain just launched their limited time Lobster & Crab Celebration.

"We have taken two delicious premium seafood choices, lobster and crab, and combined them to create enticing options this summer for our guests," said Bindi Menon, VP of National Marketing for Captain D's.

Diners who visit Captain D's locations will find seven new additions to the menu: Crab Cake, Fish & Shrimp Meal; Lobster Rolls; Lobster Bites, Fish & Shrimp Meal...

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LISTEN: Lobster Bait Alternative; Fortune International's New Acquisition; Amazon Prime Day and More

Join SeafoodNews Podcast hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they discuss the new lobster bait alternative to herring; Sea Shepherd's rejected petition; what Canada is doing to protect the North Atlantic Right Whale; Fortune International's recent acquisition; and much more!

This week's episode is brought to you by Maine Lobster. Summer means that it's officially lobster season in Maine. Between June and July lobsters in the cold waters of the Gulf of Maine shed their shells and the result is Maine New Shell Lobster. Perfectly sweet and tender meat, with a softer shell that's easier to crack into. Visit lobsterfrommaine.com to learn more!

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VIDEO: Fish Consumption Advice for Pregnant Women; Red Lobster's Crabfest and More

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they break down the FDA's recently updated advice about eating fish for women who are or might become pregnant, breastfeeding mothers, and young children. Plus, learn more about a North Carolina business accused of violating the Lacey Act; the launch of Red Lobster's Crabfest; and Stonewall Kitchen's growing Legal Sea Foods line.

This episode was brought to you by Maine Lobster. Summer means that it's officially lobster season in Maine...

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