Mon. May 20 2019

The Winding Glass: Is the Seafood Industry Awash in Corruption?   


LISTEN: Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit Obsessed; Dolphin-Safe Tuna Suit; and More!  


Copper River Opener Sees Encouraging Start to 2019 Run


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


Anchorage Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against BBRSDA’s Anti-Pebble Activities


Rising Demand, Unstable Supply Force China to Start Processing More Basa  


First Wild Copper River Salmon Delivered to Seattle by Alaska Air Cargo  


Shenzhen Customs Seizes 732 kg of Smuggled Geoducks from the U.S.  


VIDEO: Urner Barry Staff Taste Test Vinalhaven Smoked Lobster  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, May 20


Fri. May 17 2019

Vietnam Takes Advantage of U.S.-China Trade War  


Alaskans Enjoy the Journey of the First Copper River Salmon of the Year  


VIDEO: Cheddar Bay Biscuits; DFO Closes Fishing Areas; Consumers Sue Canned Tuna Companies  


Frankenfish Name Embraced by Makers, Updates


Trident Seafoods' Dan Murphy Joins Seafood Nutrition Partnership's Board of Directors


New Season of "Chef's A' Field: Good Catch" to Feature Sustainable Seafood   


Fisheries Debate Over Marine Parks Heats Up On Eve of Australia’s General Election


Captain D's Reopens Corporate-Owned Tennessee Location A Little Over Year After Fire


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, May 17


Thu. May 16 2019

U.S. Department of Transportation Suspends Air Service to and from Venezuela  


DFO Temporarily Closes Fishing Areas Due to Presence of North Atlantic Right Whales  


Alaska’s Bear-Viewing Industry Threatened by Pebble Mine


Economic Reports Show Seafood, Transportation Industries Contribute Billions to Northwest Economy


Bipartisan Group in Senate Introduce Bill to Restore Funding to Fishing Safety Training Grants


Crab House Trading Corp. Recalls Over 36,000 Pounds of Frozen Siluriformes Products  


Legal Seafoods, Lobster Gram Named 'Best of 2019' By TopConsumerReviews.com


Seven Seas International USA Recalls Biltmore Smoked Salmon Due to Possible Health Risk  


Florida Stone Crabbers Experienced Crustacean Frustration This Season. They Say Red Tide is to Blame  


Benchmark's New Land-Based Salmon Egg Production Facility to Open Next Week  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, May 16


Wed. May 15 2019

Consumers Sue Bumble Bee, Chicken of the Sea and StarKist Over 'Dolphin-Safe' Claims  


New Rules to Protect Chinook Salmon in Fraser and Avoid "Path to Extinction"


ANALYSIS: Tariffs High, Inventory Holdings Low  


Alec Brindle Leaves Legacy of Leadership and Philanthropy


Sea Delight Joins NFI's Crab Council, Red Crab Council


Op-Ed: Murkowski's Lack of Oversight on Pebble


Pebble Mine vs. Salmon Fishermen Gets Heard in Court, No Judgment Yet  


Florida Stone Crab Season to Close on Thursday  


Italian National Pleads Guilty After Attempting to Traffic Cocaine on Fishing Vessels


Red Lobster Launches Cheddar Bay Biscuits Sweepstakes in Honor of National Biscuit Day


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, May 15


Tue. May 14 2019

A View from the Top of the World: Interview with Salmon Group CEO- Women in Food and Agriculture


ANALYSIS: Record Spread Continues Between 5-8 and 8-up Canadian Snow Crab  


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


China’s Closed Fishing Season Having Unignorable Ripple Effect  


McDonald's Adds Fish & Chips to Canadian Menus for Limited Time  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, May 14


Canned Seafood Supplier Ocean Brands Becomes a Certified B Corporation


Norway Royal Salmon Investing USD 80 Million in Offshore Fish Farm


Mowi's Scotland Aqua Feed Plant Set to Start Trial Production This Month  


Increasing Acidity in Oceans Mean Bad News for Pink Salmon  


Mon. May 13 2019

SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, May 13


Alaska Crabbers saw good recruitment on Red King and Snow Crab, Expect Strong Settlement Prices


Bellingham Wants to Keep Working Waterfront Alive After Reclaiming Fairhaven Shipyard Property


Snow Crab Prices Continue to Adjust Lower, with Urner Barry Quotes on 5-8 Falling Below $8.00  


Two Alaska Fishing Vessels Sink With No Lives Lost, Thanks to Skipper and Crew Safety Awareness


Battle Lines are Drawn: Dunleavy Administration Supports Pebble Mine Against BBRSDA


New China Tariffs Don’t Include Additional Taxes on US Seafood Exports


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The Winding Glass: Is the Seafood Industry Awash in Corruption?

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

Is the seafood industry a hotbed of corruption?  If you look at some of our biggest companies, an outsider might make that case.  There seems to be a flood tide of cheating and lawbreaking.

Recently, Pacific Andes, which is now in protracted legal bankruptcy and criminal proceedings, saw its owners the Ng family, accused of massive corruption.  In 2014, Pacific Andes reported $1.6 billion in revenue.  But according to recent court filings by...

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LISTEN: Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit Obsessed; Dolphin-Safe Tuna Suit; and More!

Join SeafoodNews Podcast hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they obsess over Red Lobster's Cheddar Bay Biscuits. Plus, on this week's episode we also talk about the "dolphin-safe" tuna lawsuit; the abrupt closure of National Fish and Seafood; the suspension of air service to and from Venezuela; and the temporary closure of fishing areas in the Gulf and Quebec regions due to the presence of North Atlantic Right Whales.

This week's episode is brought to you by Foreign Trade Data. Reduce uncertainty, minimize risk and...

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Copper River Opener Sees Encouraging Start to 2019 Run

The Copper River salmon run got off to a close-to-projected start last Thursday with landings of 20,474 sockeye and 2,327 chinook. The famous first of the year run began with a dozen salmon swimming past the sonar counter in the Copper River on May 11, triggering the first count. The next day 66 were seen on the sonar screen. Over 700 showed up on May 15, then over 4,200 on May 17. The last posting was Saturday May 18 of 5,185  summing to 12,719 salmon counted as escapement to...

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

Russia may be faced with the decline of total fish catch this year after several years of consecutive growth, according to recent statements of some leading Russian fishermen and experts of Rosrybolovstvo.

According to official state statistics, as of May 8, the total fish catch in Russia amounted to 1.78 million tonnes, which is by 1.7% lower than same period last year.

The biggest decline is in the Northern Basin, where total catch amounted to only 179,800 tonnes, which is 33.46% below the 2018 level.

The decline was...

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Anchorage Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against BBRSDA’s Anti-Pebble Activities

An Anchorage judge dismissed the case filed against the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBSDA) on behalf of six of its members alleging the group’s activities against Pebble Mine were illegal. The suit, filed on April 1, was funded by the Pebble Limited Partnership, backers of the proposed mine located at the headwaters of Bristol Bay’s five salmon river systems.

Friday’s ruling agreed with BBRSDA that it was acting within its statutory purpose of promoting the Bristol Bay fishery in opposing the Pebble Mine, which could have a devastating...

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Rising Demand, Unstable Supply Force China to Start Processing More Basa

China has spent more efforts developing its basa industry thanks to rising demand and an unstable supply from Vietnam. More companies have planned or begun to process basa products. On the early morning of May 13, one Zhanjiang aquatic company, Zhong Yi, received 43,000 jin (1 jin=0.5 kilo) of basa from Hainan, which were the first batch to be processed in China this year, according to media reports.

Tens of thousands jin of basa will flood into this processing plant every day in...

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Shenzhen Customs Seizes 732 kg of Smuggled Geoducks from the U.S.

According to Shenzhen customs, in late April it cracked down on a seafood smuggling case involved 732 kg of geoduck clams.

On the morning of April 27, a truck claimed that it was empty and carrying empty packing boxes while being cleared by customs staffs of Wenjindu Port, Shenzhen. But the staff became suspicious. And after further inspection, customs staff found 43 foam boxes that contained 732 kg of geoducks on the truck. Further inspection showed the labels indicated the seafood’s place ...

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Vietnam Takes Advantage of U.S.-China Trade War

President Donald Trump’s recent tweets about tariffs and China has hit both the U.S. and China hard and also influenced global markets. Some countries will likely suffer, while some are believed to benefit from the fight between the two large economies. Vietnam is likely to be a winner in this trade war.

America’s higher tariffs on Chinese commodities are expected to encourage more Americans to purchase basa from Vietnam as substitutes for China’s tilapias. Meanwhile, Vietnamese seafood exporters also intend to seize this opportunity and expand...

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VIDEO: Cheddar Bay Biscuits; DFO Closes Fishing Areas; Consumers Sue Canned Tuna Companies

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they discuss the latest on the temporary closing of fishing areas in the Gulf and Quebec regions due to the presence of North Atlantic Right Whales, as well as the suspension of air service to and from Venezuela. Plus, learn more about Red Lobster's Cheddar Bay Biscuits Sweepstakes in honor of National Biscuit Day! Enter for a chance to win an insulated fanny pack by tweeting @RedLobster what you love most about their Cheddar Bay Biscuits using #CBBSweepstakes...

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Trident Seafoods' Dan Murphy Joins Seafood Nutrition Partnership's Board of Directors

Dan Murphy, Trident Seafoods' Executive Vice President for North American Sales, is the newest member of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership's Board of Directors.

"I am honored to join the Seafood Nutrition Partnership Board of Directors," Murphy said in a press release. "I have admired and respected SNP for the important work the organization is doing to help Americans get healthier with seafood and help move the needle on seafood consumption in the U.S."

Murphy has more than 25 years of experience in the seafood industry...

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Fisheries Debate Over Marine Parks Heats Up On Eve of Australia’s General Election

The war of words is heating up in Australia as the country readies itself for another general election tomorrow. Among many contentious issues is whether Australia’s fisheries resources are sustainably managed and whether an agressive plan to expand the creation of marine parks -- in which commercial fishing would not be allowed -- should be continued.

The current debate was triggered a year ago when a paper written by lead author Graham J. Edgar declared the 31 percent decline in catch over the past decade meant that...

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U.S. Department of Transportation Suspends Air Service to and from Venezuela

The U.S. Department of Transportation Office issued a notice this week announcing the suspension of air service to and from Venezuela.

Venezuela imports fresh crab meat that is flown into the U.S., and the suspension of air service could potentially impact the market. A majority of this product is used on the East Coast of the U.S. With the summer season quickly approaching, this suspension is coming at a time that is the highest demand period of the year. 

So far for this year, Venezuela has sent...

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Alaska’s Bear-Viewing Industry Threatened by Pebble Mine

Another industry besides fishing has weighed in on how Pebble mine -- a proposed copper-gold-molybdenum mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay -- could cost the state millions of dollars in lost revenues and hundreds of jobs if it is approved. 

A new study by University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers highlights the strong and growing economic value of bear-viewing on the west side of Cook Inlet, where the Pebble Partnership hopes to build a major transportation corridor and industrial export facility.

Along with the full remifications of of a catastrophic failure...

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Crab House Trading Corp. Recalls Over 36,000 Pounds of Frozen Siluriformes Products

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Wednesday that Los Angeles-based Crab House Trading Corp. is recalling approximately 36,040 pounds of frozen Siluriformes products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection. According to the news release, the recall is specifically for yellow walking fish.

The frozen Siluriformes products from Crab House Trading Corp. were shipped to retail and wholesale locations in California. The vacuum-sealed packages contain frozen "TRIPLE PEARL HEADLESS-CLEANED YELLOW WALKING FISH...

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Legal Seafoods, Lobster Gram Named 'Best of 2019' By TopConsumerReviews.com

Legal Seafoods and Lobster Gram have once again secured the title of "Best of" by TopConsumerReviews.com.

TopConsumerReviews.com is an independent organization that provides unbiased reviews of products available for online purchasing. The site named Legal Seafoods as the top-ranking Best Seafood Store for 2019, with Catalina Offshore Products coming in second place, and The Crab Place coming in third. Lobster Gram was named the best online lobster retailer, with Legal Seafoods coming in second and Lobster Anywhere coming in third...

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Florida Stone Crabbers Experienced Crustacean Frustration This Season. They Say Red Tide is to Blame.

The stone crab harvest was down this year -- way down -- and local crabbers say it was because of red tide.

With Wednesday marking the final day of harvest for the 2018-19 season, several Cortez crabbers left their boats tied up at the dock, rather than scouting for the hard-to-find crustaceans.

"It's been a very slow year," said Brian Ibasfalean, production manager for A.P. Bell Fish Company Inc. "The boats are way off. (Tuesday), it was about 15 pounds of stone crab...

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Consumers Sue Bumble Bee, Chicken of the Sea and StarKist Over 'Dolphin-Safe' Claims

Class action lawsuits were filed by consumers in California on Monday against tuna companies Bumble Bee, Chicken of the Sea, and StarKist. The suits allege that despite the "dolphin-safe" claims on their products, the companies actually employ fishing techniques that kill or harm dolphins.

The consumers state that the dolphin-safe labels on products from Bumble Bee, Chicken of the Sea, and StarKist, are not only false, but misleading, which violates the laws of several U.S. states. In addition, the lawsuits state that StarKist...

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ANALYSIS: Tariffs High, Inventory Holdings Low

Seasonally, January brings in the highest volume of product from China, however, this was not the case for the start of 2019. January imports fell way below average with importers rushing product into the country in December 2018 to get ahead of the 25% tariff originally set for a January 1st, 2019 start date. With a 90-day window to prepare after the 10% tariffs were set in place, the industry was able to evaluate their current inventory levels and make a necessary plan of action for how they will proceed accordingly...

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First Wild Copper River Salmon Delivered to Seattle by Alaska Air Cargo

It's that time of the year again! On Friday Alaska Air Cargo delivered the season's first wild Copper River Salmon to Seattle – a whopping 18,000 pounds.

According to Alaska Airlines, the plane touched down at Settle-Tacoma International Airport shortly after 6:30 a.m. on Friday. The airline expected to deliver a total of 50,000 pounds of Copper River salmon to the Lower 48 by noon.

"This year, we are flying in the first catch of coveted Copper River salmon on...

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VIDEO: Urner Barry Staff Taste Test Vinalhaven Smoked Lobster 

It's no secret that the Urner Barry office is full of seafood lovers. So, when Robert Young, founder of Vinalhaven Smoked Lobster, sent some of his cherry and hickory smoked lobster to the Urner Barry office, we had people lined up to try it.

Watch the video to see what they had to say!

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Alaskans Enjoy the Journey of the First Copper River Salmon of the Year

After a long, white winter, summer colors are starting to show. The air smells different. Alaskans are starting to stay up later, maybe a little too late on these final school nights. The sun and all of its promises are being revealed. And, the first taste of the season is finally here: Copper River salmon.

Thursday morning Skip Winfree from 10th & M Seafood climbed into an Alaska Central Express plane along with a Channel 2 crew to chase the salmon in Cordova.

Excitement filled the air...

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Frankenfish Name Embraced by Makers, Updates

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

The makers of genetically modified salmon are now embracing the “Frankenfish” name saying it’s much like the Frankenstein monster in the book written in 1817.

Undercurrent News reports that Sylvia Wulf, CEO of fish maker AquaBounty Technologies, said “It was the uneducated mob that didn’t understand the benefits of the science that killed Frankenstein. Let’s applaud the Frankenfish, because it’s designed to solve real-world global challenges.”

Wulf was speaking at a Recirculating Aquaculture System Technology (RAStech) conference this week in Washington, D.C...

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New Season of "Chef's A' Field: Good Catch" to Feature Sustainable Seafood

Sustainable seafood is the star of the latest season of "Chefs A' Field: Good Catch."

Produced by Warner Hanson Television, season five of the award-winning public TV series will feature the nation's best chefs as they "get on board for a culinary adventure from sea to table." These chefs, including "Top Chef" alum Jennifer Carroll and James Beard Award winner Gavin Kaysen, will leave the kitchen in search of sustainable seafood. During each episode a different chef will...

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Captain D's Reopens Corporate-Owned Tennessee Location A Little Over Year After Fire 

Captain D's announced earlier this week that they have reopened their corporate-owned Gallatin, Tennessee, location a little over a year after the restaurant was destroyed in a fire.

The Gallatin location had been open since September 1975, but burned down in a fire last March. The fast casual seafood chain has since rebuilt the restaurant with their new 2,400 square-foot prototype, which features indoor seating for 62 people. Thanks to the new restaurant prototype, Captain D's was able to create an additional 15 jobs...

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DFO Temporarily Closes Fishing Areas Due to Presence of North Atlantic Right Whales

Beginning on Friday, the DFO will temporarily close fishing areas in the Gulf and Quebec regions due to the presence of more than three North Atlantic Right Whales. The endangered whales are reportedly within a zone situated outside the dynamic management area in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence.  

According to the DFO, the closures will follow a grid system. The following grids will be closed beginning at 5 p.m. ADT on May 17: GU42, GU43, GU44...

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Economic Reports Show Seafood, Transportation Industries Contribute Billions to Northwest Economy

Commercial fishing facilities on Port of Seattle property hauled in over $671.3 million, supporting over 7,000 direct jobs in 2017, according to a report released yesterday by the Port. Add recreational boating related facilities to that and the total economic impact reaches $1.3 billion supporting nearly 11,000 jobs.

In 2017, gross earnings in Alaska's fisheries totaled more than $1.0 billion. The revenues generated in 2017 by Port of Seattle vessels from fishing in Alaska-$455.0 million-represented 44% of all gross earnings from the North...

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Bipartisan Group in Senate Introduce Bill to Restore Funding to Fishing Safety Training Grants

Last Friday a bipartisan group of coastal senators introduced a bill that restores the federal share of fishing safety training and research grants back to 75 percent, up from the 50% cut made 2018 legislation. The bill would also reauthorize the safety training and research programs for $6,000,000 per year for 2019-2021.

The bill, dubbed the Funding Instruction for Safety Health, and Security Avoids Fishing Emergencies (FISH SAFE) Act, was signed by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Markey (D-MA)...

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Seven Seas International USA Recalls Biltmore Smoked Salmon Due to Possible Health Risk

Seven Seas International USA, LLC of St. Petersburg, Florida, announced on Wednesday that they are recalling their 4 oz. Biltmore Smoked Sockeye Salmon because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The 4 oz. Biltmore Smoked Sockeye Salmon was sold in black printed carton sleeves and has the "Biltmore" brand name printed on the front. The product was distributed in Florida by Publix Grocery stores and can be identified by the 4-digit product code...

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Benchmark's New Land-Based Salmon Egg Production Facility to Open Next Week

Norway's Benchmark is set to open their new land-based salmon egg production facility next week.

The facility, SalmoBreed Salten, has been under construction for a little over a year. Located in Sørfold in Northern Norway, SalmoBreed Salten was designed with the highest standards of biosecurity in mind. The facility, which has the capacity to produce 150 million eggs annually, can hold stock from egg to final mature broodfish. According to the company, the production is equivalent to approximately half a million tons of harvested salmon...

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New Rules to Protect Chinook Salmon in Fraser and Avoid "Path to Extinction"

On Monday, Canada's Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard ran an op-ed in the Vancouver Sun, acknowledging that "British Columbians are rightly concerned about the state of several wild Pacific salmon stocks. I share that concern."

Jonathan Wilkinson is also the Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, and acknowledge how important salmon are to his constituency.

"I know that salmon are more than just food. They are intrinsically linked to our cultural identity, they are fundamental to Indigenous communities, and they are...

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