Tue. Jul 16 2019

EPA in Pacific Northwest Weighs in Against Pebble Mine: Draft EIS Inadequate for Meaningful Analysis


How a NOAA Aerial Whale Survey Team Aided Canadian Rescuers in Effort to Disentangle Right Whale


We'koqma'q First Nation Partners With Cooke Aquaculture on Sales, Marketing of Steelhead Trout  


ASC Revises Salmon and Freshwater Trout Standard  


5 Alaska Fishermen Rescued After Vessel Sinks Near Black Island


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


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


Coast Guard Coordinates Complex Rescue of 2 Fishermen More than 1300 Miles Southwest of San Diego


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, July 16


Mon. Jul 15 2019

Bristol Bay Run Could Reach 50M Sockeye, if Port Moller Results are in Line with Previous Years  


China's Value as Huge Shrimp Market Results in Both Foreign Winners and Losers    


Urner Barry Rolls Out Updated Foreign Trade Data Platform


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


Unusual Die-Offs of Pink Salmon, Marine Mammals, Seabirds, and Krill in Alaska’s Northwest Frontier  


Amazon Prime Day: 5 Seafood Organizations You Can Support For Free While You Shop


Japanese Fishing Co. Ordered to Pay $1.5 Million Fine For Attempting to Cover Up Illegal Pollution


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, July 15


Fri. Jul 12 2019

Alaska’s Fisheries No Longer the Gold Standard, as Budget Fiasco Threatens Research and Management   


FISH-NL Seeking Immediate Halt to All Fishing for Northern Cod Outside Stewardship Fishery  


Bristol Bay Catches Continue Up a Week After the Season’s Historical Peak


Alaska Fisheries Budget Fares Better Than Most


Congressmen Young and Van Drew Introduce Bipartisan Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization


VIDEO: Maine's Lobster Bait Crisis; Sea Shepherd Petition; Prime Day; Protecting Right Whales  


Maine Gov. Mills Directs State to Present Alternative Plan to Protect Endangered Right Whales


Maine Delegation Sends Letter to Trump Regarding Impact of Whale Regulations on Lobster Industry  


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


ASPA Reinforces That Commercial Wild-Caught Shrimp from Gulf of Mexico is Safe to Eat  


Planted's Pea-based Chicken, a Meatless Alternative, Was Inspired by Hagfish Slime  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, July 12


Thu. Jul 11 2019

Bristol Bay Harvest Exceeds 26.1M Forecast; Naknek-Kvichak Catch Now at 6 Million Sockeye  


Maine Lobster Bait Crisis: Cooke Aquaculture Receives Approval for Blackbelly Rosefish  


Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Fishery to Re-Open Off Texas on July 15  


Opinion: B.C. Still “Dragging its Feet” on Mine Safety. UFA Asks AK Delegation to "Lock it In."


California Congressman Announces Listening Tour for Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Bill


Russia Plans to Build At Least 30 New Crab Vessels in Coming Years  


Alaskans Own Delivers For a Decade  


Veramaris CEO Looks at Next Steps After Opening of $200 Mln Omega-3 Algal Oil Facility in Nebraska  


Thai Union Awarded Asia's Best CEO, Best Investor Relations Company at Asia Excellence Awards


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, July 11


Wed. Jul 10 2019

Acoustic Tags Reveal Dungeness Crab Ranges; Research May Inform Management, Offshore Energy Siting  


URNER BARRY: King Crab Imports on the Rise?  


Fortune International Expands Reach into Gulf States with Acquisition of Jubilee Seafood


China's Tilapia Industry Works to Build Domestic Market Under Trade War Shadow  


NMFS Rejects Sea Shepherd Petition to Ban Seafood Imports from New Zealand


Fish Catches, Prices, Sales by AK Region  


Louisiana Lawmakers Ask Secretary Ross to Review Impacts to Louisiana's Fishery Resources  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, July 10


Seafood Nutrition Partnership Receives 2-Year Funding Commitment From Walton Family Foundation


Tue. Jul 9 2019

SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, July 9


Friendly's Restaurant Adds Lobster Quesadilla, Lobster Mac & Cheese to Summer Menu  


Omega Shipyard Vessel to Join Cooke Uruguay's South American Red Crab Fishery  


Publix Partners with SFP and GSSI to Improve Transparency and Sustainability


Transport Canada Introduces New Measures to Protect North Atlantic Right Whales After 6 Deaths


Trust Between Industry and Government is Key for UK Fishing Industry Post Brexit


Tragic Explosion and Fire at Whittier Dock in PWS; Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Person


Whole Foods Offering Discount on Wild-Caught Sockeye Salmon Fillets as Part of Prime Day  


Applebee's Adds Shrimp to Their All You Can Eat Dining Event  


Russia Considering Changes to Foreign Quotas This Year


Scottish Salmon Company Looking To Sell Business  


Alaska Fishing Updates for July 2019  


N. Pacific Council Asks Dept of Justice to Follow Through on Appeal Invalidating Adak Cod Set Aside


REPORTER: Increased Demand and Growing Imports Continue for Farmed Salmon  


REPORTER: Pollock is a Hot Topic at Major Seafood Shows  


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EPA in Pacific Northwest Weighs in Against Pebble Mine, says Draft EIS Inadequate for Meaningful Analysis

We don’t yet know if the fix is in on Pebble, with some in the US government determined to push the mine forward regardless of the law and the facts.

But the EPA region 10 weighed in with comments essentially saying the draft environmental impact statement is garbage because it underestimates “risks to groundwater and surface water flows, water quality, wetlands, aquatic resources, and air quality from the Pebble Project.” 

EPA Region 10 Administrator Chris Hladick wrote in...

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How a NOAA Aerial Whale Survey Team Aided Canadian Rescuers in Effort to Disentangle Right Whale

The NOAA Fisheries aerial whale survey team worked with Canadian rescuers last week in an effort to entangle one of the three North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

On July 9 the aerial whale survey team was flying over the Gulf of St. Lawrence to document where, and which right whales are using habitat in the area. It was during that aerial survey that they spotted entangled whale #4440. Fading light and low fuel resulted in....

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We'koqma'q First Nation Partners With Cooke Aquaculture on Sales, Marketing of Steelhead Trout

Nova Scotia's We'koqma'q First Nation announced on Monday that they are partnering with Cooke Aquaculture on the sale and marketing of their Bras d'Or Lakes grown steelhead trout.

"Our people have lived and flourished on the shores of the Bras d’Or Lakes for over 13,500 years, sustainably living and producing food in and around the Lakes for generations," We'koqma'q First Nation Chief Rod Googoo said in a press release. "The Cooke family business shares our belief that aquaculture can be...

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ASC Revises Salmon and Freshwater Trout Standard

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) announced last week that they have revised their Salmon and Freshwater Trout Standard following a "rigorous multi-stakeholder, science-based review process." According to the organization, the update is part of their ongoing commitment to "continuously improve standards and adapt to changes in the industry."

The update to the Salmon and Freshwater Trout Standard will resolve any inconsistencies between the two standards. Moving forward, all freshwater salmonid farming, including salmon smolt production, will now be audited against the...

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5 Alaska Fishermen Rescued After Vessel Sinks Near Black Island

Five Alaska fishermen were rescued off of Black Island on Sunday thanks to the Coast Guard and Alaska State Trooper boat crews, as well as the crew of a good Samaritan vessel.

Fishing Vessel Daffnie sent a distress call at approximately 10:55 a.m. on Sunday, alerting the Coast Guard that their vessel had capsized and sunk. All five people on board were able to abandon ship into a skiff, however they only had one survival suit and one handheld radio...

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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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Coast Guard Coordinates Complex Rescue of 2 Fishermen More than 1300 Miles Southwest of San Diego 

On Friday the U.S. Coast Guard 11th District Pacific Southwest coordinated the rescue of two Mexican fishermen who were injured while their fishing vessel was more than 1300 miles southwest of San Diego in international waters.

The two men were part of the tuna fishing fleet Pesca Azteca. On Tuesday evening a crane on the f/v Mazatun collapsed while recovering nets. The crane collapse injured three people, with two of them suffering serious head and leg injuries...

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Urner Barry Rolls Out Updated Foreign Trade Data Platform

New Site to Include Red Meat Import/Export Stats for the First Time Ever

Urner Barry, the leading provider of protein market news and information in the food industry, is pleased to announce the launch of a new and improved Foreign Trade Data service, complete with newly added Customs and Census data for pork, beef, lamb and veal.

Foreign Trade Data has long provided detailed information on each and every frozen, waterborne shipment of seafood entering the United States, with records being updated regularly with the most recent data available. Now, U.S. Customs export data has also been newly added for seafood. Subscribers can now track Customs exports of crab and other species.

And for the first time ever, Foreign Trade Data subscribers will have access to the latest intelligence surrounding red meat imports and exports. Users can...

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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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Amazon Prime Day: 5 Seafood Organizations You Can Support For Free While You Shop

This Amazon Prime Day you have a chance to score epic deals – all while making a donation to an organization aiding the seafood industry. And the best part is that you don't have to spend an extra dime!

Prime Day is a shopping event for Amazon Prime subscribers that runs July 15 and July 16. Throughout the day subscribers will be able to score "epic deals" on a wide range of items. However, what many don't realize is that if they shop via AmazonSmile...

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Alaska’s Fisheries No Longer the Gold Standard, as Budget Fiasco Threatens Research and Management

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

For nearly 40 years, Alaska has been the gold standard in Global Fisheries.  State management brought wild salmon back from the brink of commercial extinction in many rivers, so that today Bristol Bay, for example, is consistently producing bigger runs than in the past 100 years.

State management also lived by a few broad principles. Fisheries sustainability was written into the Alaska constitution. And decisions were guided by science...

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Bristol Bay Catches Continue Up a Week After the Season’s Historical Peak

It’s Friday in the second week in July which, in Alaska, means the Bristol Bay salmon season should be winding down. Catch figures, however, say anything but. 

Since ADF&G’s last report early yesterday, another 2.2 million sockeyes have been landed in the state, of which 1.9 million came from Bristol Bay. 

Total Bristol Bay sockeye landings to date are now 28.3 million, with the breakdown in river districts below.

The Naknek-Kvichak District saw an increase of almost .7 million sockeyes to reach a cumulative total of...

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VIDEO: Maine's Lobster Bait Crisis; Sea Shepherd Petition; Prime Day; Protecting Right Whales

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they talk about Maine's lobster bait crisis; Sea Shepherd's petition against imported New Zealand seafood; Amazon Prime Day deals involving seafood; annd what's being done to protect the North Atlantic Right Whales.

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....

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Maine Delegation Sends Letter to Trump Regarding Impact of Right Whale Regulations on Lobster Industry

Earlier this week Maine lawmakers sent a letter to President Donald Trump regarding the livelihoods of Maine lobstermen and the impact that the North Atlantic right whale regulations will have on them.

As we've previously reported, NOAA's Take Reduction Team announced earlier this year that in order to reduce whale deaths, Maine lobstermen would have to cut their number of vertical lines to prevent fatal fishing gear entanglements. The rule was designed to reduce serious injuries and deaths among whales by 60%...

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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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Planted's Pea-based Chicken, a Meatless Alternative, Was Inspired by Hagfish Slime

This vegetarian chicken may be a-pea-ling, since its made out of pea protein, pea fiber, water and sunflower oil, but its structure was based on something many find totally unpalatable: hagfish slime.

Planted, a Swiss company that formed earlier this year, released its planted.chicken animal-free meat alternative that, in many dishes, cooks up the same as the real thing.

According to TechCrunch, hagfish had properties that drew the attention of Lukas Böni and professor Erich Windhab at the ETH Zurich food sciences labs...

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Maine Lobster Bait Crisis: Cooke Aquaculture Receives Approval for Blackbelly Rosefish

Maine lobstermen now have a new option when it comes to bait. The Maine Department of Marine Resources granted Cooke Aquaculture approval to sell and use whole blackbelly rosefish as lobster bait.

The lobster bait crisis in Maine has been going on for months following the reduction in the amount of Atlantic herring that fishmen can catch. Atlantic herring is the primary bait used by lobstermen, however, a low number of juveniles resulted in NOAA cutting the herring haul for 2019 from...

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Opinion: B.C. Still “Dragging its Feet” on Mine Safety. UFA Asks AK Delegation to "Lock it In."

[Note: Almost a month ago, eight U.S. senators sent a letter to British Columbia Premier John Horgan and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressing their concern over the province’s mining practices and its impact on rivers that flow into the United States...]

United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA) is grateful to Senator Lisa Murkowski and Senator Dan Sullivan, as well as the senators of Idaho, Washington and Montana, for coming together across party lines to urge British Columbia Premier John Horgan to clean...

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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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Bristol Bay Run Could Reach 50M Sockeye, if Port Moller Results are in Line with Previous Years

The most recent report from the Port Moller Test Fishery came last Saturday and announced that test fishing will start Sunday at Station 12 and fish shoreward through today. 

“Our fishing strategy for the July 16-17 will depend on catch results over the next two days,” said PMTF lead scientist Scot Rayborn.

“Missed inner and outer stations over the last several days notwithstanding, what was sampled indicates there is still some strength left to the run,” Rayborn wrote in an email...

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China's Value as Huge Shrimp Market Results in Both Foreign Winners and Losers

With China’s new generation of consumers attaching more and more importance to a healthy lifestyle, seafood has become increasingly popular in the Asian market. It is luring seafood suppliers all over the world with its great market potential, according to media reports. This year, some suppliers have seen increases in their shrimp exports to China, but some have not.

India is one of the winners in promoting its shrimps to this oriental country. In May alone, it sold...

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Unusual Die-Offs of Pink Salmon, Marine Mammals, Seabirds, and Krill in Alaska’s Northwest Frontier

North of Bristol Bay, where sockeye salmon are plugging nets and processing plants, residents in Alaska’s northwest frontier are witnessing unusual die-offs of pink salmon, whales, seals, walruses, sea birds, and even krill this summer.

The area is vast even by Alaska standards, stretching north and west of Bristol Bay. Mariners traveling north from the Bay will first cross Kuskokwim Bay into which flows the Kuskokwim River, then the frayed channels of the Yukon River, before entering Norton Sound...

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Japanese Fishing Co. Ordered to Pay $1.5 Million Fine For Attempting to Cover Up Illegal Pollution

Fukuichi Gyogyo Kabushiki Kaisha (Fukuichi), a Japanese fishing company, was convicted and sentenced last week in the District of Guam for two violations of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, and one count of obstruction of an agency proceeding.

According to the Department of Justice, the F/V Fukuichi Maru No. 112 discharged waste oil and oily bilge into international waters. The company then attempted to cover up those discharges when the vessel was being inspected by...

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FISH-NL Seeking Immediate Halt to All Fishing for Northern Cod Outside Stewardship Fishery

Following a recently published research paper that offers an "alternative" view on the state of northern cod stock, the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) are calling for an immediate halt to all fishing for northern cod outside of the small-scale stewardship fishery.

Late last month Dr. George Rose published a research paper titled "The State of Canada's Iconic Northern Cod: A Second Opinion." In the paper, Dr. Rose challenges the DFO's current model that estimates the size of...

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Alaska Fisheries Budget Fares Better Than Most

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

Commercial fisheries have fared far better than most other state sectors in terms of Governor Mike Dunleavy’s budget cuts. Doug Vincent-Lang is Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner.

“And I think to give the governor credit he recognized the return on investment. It’s a theme I had all the way through the legislature is that we take a $200m budget of which about $50 million is UGF and we turn that into an...

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Congressmen Young and Van Drew Introduce Bipartisan Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization

Today, Representatives Don Young (R-AK) and Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ) introduced H.R. 3697, the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act. Today is exactly one year from the day of last action on the same bill in the 115th Congress which passed the House on July 11, 2018 and and was received in the Senate on July 12, 2018. That day, the bill was read twice before being referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation...

 

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Maine Gov. Mills Directs State to Present Alternative Plan to Protect Endangered Right Whales

Maine's govenor has asked the director of the Maine Department of Marine Resources to craft a new plan for the state's lobster industry to help protect endangered right whale from gear entanglements. 

Governor Janet Mills says she won’t allow “foolish” regulations to make life harder for the state’s fishermen, according to a report from the Portland Press Herald yesterday.

NOAA Fisheries has asked Maine for a detailed plan by September to reduce the lobster industry’s threat to right whales by 60 percent. Federal regulators say entanglement ...

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ASPA Reinforces That Commercial Wild-Caught Shrimp from Gulf of Mexico is Safe to Eat

It's "business as usual" for the commercial wild-caught shrimp industry in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the American Shrimp Processors Association (ASPA). The ASPA released a statement earlier this week reinforcing that wild-caught shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico remains safe to eat, despite reports about a freshwater influx due to flooding in the Midwest and close-to-shore algae blooms.

"The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) is continuing to test water and fish samples to ensure seafood safety in...

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Bristol Bay Harvest Exceeds 26.1M Forecast; Naknek-Kvichak Catch Now at 6 Million Sockeye

The pre-season forecast for a 26.11 million sockeye catch was blown past earlier this week with a mid-day July 10 harvest total of 26.5 million sockeye. In addition to the sockeye, there has been 668,000 chum salmon caught and 26,5000 chinook, both mostly from the Nushagak District, for a total landing of 27.2 million salmon to date.

The Nushagak District now shows a cumulative harvest of 12.4 million salmon, of which 11.8 million is sockeye, more than 50% above the size of ADF&G’s ...

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Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Fishery to Re-Open Off Texas on July 15

Shrimp fishing will re-open in both state and federal waters off of Texas on Monday, July 15.

The official time for shrimp trawling to begin is 30 minutes after official sunset, NMFS said in a notice. That corresponds to the time when Texas also opens its waters.

The season closed on May 15. The closure typically happens this time of year to all brown shrimp to grow to more valuable sizes prior to harvest and also to avoid ...

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