Fri. Sep 20 2019

The Winding Glass:  What does 40 years in the American Seafood Industry look like   


U.S. Files Complaint Against South Korea Due to Illegal Fishing


VIDEO: Lawmakers’ Letter to USTR; 9th Right Whale Death; Pangasius Analysis; New Zealand Aquaculture  


Three Men Charged with Violating Laws Intended to Protect Rebuilding Atlantic Herring Stock  


Pink Salmon Relief Fund Payouts Face Another Snag  


Study: Six Eastern Bering Sea Stocks Appear Most Vulnerable to Climate Change  


Cooke Seafood Acquires Fish Feed Mill in Scotland


Cromaris Obtains Certification for 100% of its Seabass, Seabream and Meagre Farms  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, September 20


Thu. Sep 19 2019

Darden Reports Drop in Traffic at Olive Garden, Increased Sales Overall for Q1 FY2020


ANALYSIS: Oyster Prices At 52-Week High  


ANALYSIS: Gap Narrows on Low and High Moisture Pangasius Fillets  


Salmon Update, Big Pay Day at Bristol Bay  


New Zealand Announces Ambitious Plan for $3 Billion Aquaculture Industry by 2035


Russia to Toughen Penalties for Poaching after Recent Attacks in Sea of Japan


Warmer Waters Threaten to Make the Commercial Salmon Fishery Less Predictable  


Marel's Whitefish ShowHow Convenes Next Week in Copenhagen


Long John Silver’s, Postmates Team Up to Launch Nationwide Delivery


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, September 19


Wed. Sep 18 2019

Lawmakers Press USTR for Solutions for Massachusetts Lobstermen Impacted by Trade Tariffs  


Coast Guard Rescues Fishing Crew from Burning Boat Off Hawaii


Taprobane Seafood Group Has First Vannamei Harvest in Sri Lanka; Govt Projects Growth to 50,000 tons  


Corps of Engineers “Barrelling Ahead” on Pebble Permit, Allowing Major Changes With No Further Scrut


Asda Becomes First Retailer to Publish Farmed Seafood Sources  


North Pacific Council Expands Outreach to Homer, Opts for ‘Plain Language’


New Study Notes Changes in Lobster Molt Timing and Gulf of Maine Temperature Shifts


Maine Coast Attains SQF Food Safety Certification  


FultonFishMarket.com Introduces Seafood Subscription Service  


Cowcod is Latest West Coast Groundfish Stock Rebuilt; Only One Remains Listed as Overfished  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, September 18


Tue. Sep 17 2019

Seafood Expo Global 2021 to Be Held in Barcelona


USCG Cutters Support Oceania Partners During Month-long Anti-IUU Operation in South Pacific


Ninth North Atlantic Right Whale Found Dead, This Time in U.S. Waters


Pacific Packaging Products Acquires New Bedford’s Packaging Products Corp.


NL Squid Landings 40% Above 2018, Value up 50% With Another Month of Fishing To Go


Captain D's Opens New Unit in Georgia Bringing State Total to 105


Salmon Season a Nail Biter, Ends as One of the Best; Early Wrap up  


Alaska Sea Grant Releases New Handbook on Avoiding Boatyard Hazards


Mon. Sep 16 2019

Urner Barry to Steer the Ship as SeafoodNews Founder John Sackton Steps Down   


ANALYSIS: Chinese Catfish Stays Domestic Due to African Swine Fever  


West Coast Cable Removal Could Open New Fishing Grounds  


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


Omega Protein Statement on the Chesapeake Bay Menhaden Cap


Bristol Seafood Hires Mike Lodato as New Vice President of Sales


The Atlantic Salmon Fish Farmers Call ASF’s Comments on Escapes “Fearmongering”


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The Winding Glass:  What does 40 years in the American Seafood Industry look like

[The Winding Glass is the opinion and commentary column of John Sackton, Founder of SeafoodNews.]

I am stepping down as Publisher of SeafoodNews at the end of this month, as part of my agreement with Urner Barry and Agribriefing.  However, writing and commentary about this industry is in my blood, and happily, we have agreed that after my retirement, I will continue to write my Winding Glass column for SeafoodNews.

I began in the seafood industry in 1977.  I came to it because I was on Nantucket with my future wife, I loved to fish, and 7 years out of college I needed a better career than being a teamster truck driver and organizer.  I applied to go back to school in the Marine Affairs program at the University of Rhode Island...

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U.S. Files Complaint Against South Korea Due to Illegal Fishing

For the first time ever, the United States Trade Representative that it intends to seek environmental consultations with Korea under the Environment Chapter of the U.S. – Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) over illegal fishing.

The request comes after the release of The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) biennial report to Congress identifying illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

The NMFS found that South Korea was “failing to apply sufficient sanctions to deter its vessels from engaging in fishing activities that violate conservation and management measures adopted by..."

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VIDEO: Lawmakers’ Letter to USTR; 9th Right Whale Death; Pangasius Analysis; New Zealand Aquaculture 

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video hosts Pete Iridoy and Ryan Doyle as they discuss a letter sent by Massachusetts lawmakers to the USTR; the latest right whale death; pangasius analysis; and New Zealand's long-term aquaculture plans.

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...

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Pink Salmon Relief Fund Payouts Face Another Snag

Alaska salmon permit holders who are applying now for nearly $32 million in federal relief funds from the 2016 pink salmon run failure are facing another snarl.

The way in which the payouts were calculated appears badly flawed.

“A portion of the problem is nobody saw the final plan before it was released. We asked for it several times.”

Representative Louise Stutes of Kodiak has watchdogged the relief process from the get-go.

The payouts to salmon permit holders in seven regions are based on average dockside values over even years...

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Three Men Charged with Violating Laws Intended to Protect Rebuilding Atlantic Herring Stock

The Maine Marine Patrol has issued citations to three men for violating laws designed to protect the Atlantic herring fishery.

Late last year, the New England Fishery Management Council and NMFS instituted new management rules for the fishery that included steep cuts to harvest levels. Stock assessments showed herring recruitment was extremely poor.

Glenn Robbins, 72, of Eliot, owner and captain of the F/V Western Sea, was charged with exceeding the weekly limit of 160,000 pounds of herring and with failing to ...

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Study: Six Eastern Bering Sea Stocks Appear Most Vulnerable to Climate Change

NOAA scientists and partners have released a Climate Vulnerability Assessment for groundfish, crabs and salmon in the Eastern Bering Sea. They looked at the potential impacts of changing climate, ocean temperatures and other environmental conditions on 36 stocks. Of these, four rockfish stocks, flathead sole and Tanner crab were determined to be the most vulnerable. Several other fish stocks were seen as potentially more resilient. This is because they may be able to move to areas with more favorable environmental conditions, such as...

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Cromaris Obtains Certification for 100% of its Seabass, Seabream and Meagre Farms

Cromaris, a leading producer of Mediterranean whitefish based in Croatia, has become the first producer to obtain Aquaculture Stewardship Council certification for all of its seabass, seabream and meagre farms.

Cromaris has applied and successfully obtained ASC certification for all five of its farms, certified by the independent auditor DNV GL Business Assurance Norway. The producer has also attained Chain of Custody certification for its processing facility. CoC certification ensures that ASC seafood is properly handled and kept separate from non-certified food throughout the supply chain ...

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Darden Reports Drop in Traffic at Olive Garden, Increased Sales Overall for Q1 FY2020

ORLANDO, FL -- Darden Restaurants today reported a 0.8% drop in traffic at their Olive Garden restaurants during their first quarter of FY2020, ending August 25, 2019.

Olive Garden is Darden's leader in the casual dining segment, bringing in more than double the segment sales of Darden's LongHorn Steakhouse.  While Olive Garden's FY2020 Q1 segment sales grew 3.6% from FY2019 Q1 ($1.05 billion to $1.09 billion during the quarter), LongHorn Steakhouse's FY2020 Q1 sales grew 4.6%, from $430 million to $450 million during ...

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Salmon Update, Big Pay Day at Bristol Bay 

Alaska’s total salmon harvest has topped 200 million fish in an up and down season that finally panned out to be a good one.

Managers predicted a total catch this year at 213 million fish. Salmon showed up in fits and starts for most of the summer and until last week at least one million Alaska salmon were landed for 13 weeks in a row.

The sockeye catch exceeded 55 million - the fifth year in a row that Alaska’s harvest topped 50 million reds...

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Russia to Toughen Penalties for Poaching after Recent Attacks in Sea of Japan

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has initiated a plan to toughen punishment for fish and crab poaching in the domestic territorial waters, following an attack from the crew of a North Korean trawler against the Russian Coast Guard.

The attack, which led to traumas of at least three Russian border patrol agent, took place in the Sea of Japan during attempts to arrest the crew of the detained ship for poaching in Russian territorial waters.

So far, the Russian Coast Guard and police have arrested 160 ...

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Marel's Whitefish ShowHow Convenes Next Week in Copenhagen

Marel's 5th annual Whitefish ShowHow, a one-day event featuring the latest in whitefish processing, will take place on Wednesday, September 25 in Copenhagen.

Participants will see demonstrations of Marel's processing equipment and software to learn ways to better utilize raw material, reduce processing time, and increasing automation and food safety.

Key decision-makers from the whitefish processing industry around the world are expected to attend the event, located at Marel’s demonstration center in Copenhagen. 

The 900-square meter demonstration hall will showcase a range of full lines and stand-alone machines ...

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Lawmakers Press USTR for Solutions for Massachusetts Lobstermen Impacted by Trade Tariffs 

United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), along with Representatives Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA-08), William Keating (D-MA-09), Seth Moulton (D-MA-06) and Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA-04), sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer yesterday, urging him to explore new markets for American lobster exports to address the impact of 25% tariffs placed on imported American lobsters by China. The lawmakers' letter comes before a Joint Committee on Export Development oversight hearing...

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Coast Guard Rescues Fishing Crew from Burning Boat Off Hawaii

Six fishermen and a NOAA observer were rescued from their burning boat by the U.S. Coast Guard eight miles off Oahu’s southern shore yesterday afternoon.

A mayday call was received at 4:29 p.m. Tuesday from the crew of the commercial fishing vessel Miss Emma as they battled an onboard fire. 

"We are so pleased to have this crew safe in less than an hour after the initial call," said Lt. j.g. Seth Gross, command duty officer, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center. "The quick action of this crew, coupled ...

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North Pacific Council Expands Outreach to Homer, Opts for ‘Plain Language’

Starting September 30 and for 10 days, Homer will host federal stewards of Alaska’s fisheries for the first time since 1983.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council oversees more than 25 stocks in waters from three to 200 miles offshore, the source of the bulk of Alaska’s fish catches. Coming to Homer is part of an ongoing effort to engage more people in the decision-making process.

“Yeah, absolutely. The council certainly is interested in engaging more stakeholders, particularly from rural and Alaska Native communities, and by the Council...

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Maine Coast Attains SQF Food Safety Certification 

Maine Coast, known for Lively Lobster, fresh North Atlantic lobster sourced from United States and Canadian fisheries for global distribution, has announced the achievement of a certification under the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Food Safety Code for Manufacturing. The company received a score of 97 and Excellent status. The SQF Food Safety Code is an internationally recognized, independent food safety standard administered by the Safe Quality Food Institute. The SQF Certification requires producers to develop and implement a strict food safety system that applies to each step of the supply chain, ensuring products...

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New Study Notes Changes in Lobster Molt Timing and Gulf of Maine Temperature Shifts

A new report finds that increased variation in lobster molt timing is related to changing ocean temperatures in the Gulf of Maine. The study provides a quantified time series for when the crustaceans annually shed their shells.

Understanding that relationship is critical to the lobster industry and the sustainability of the resource. The study, published in the journal Fisheries Oceanography, was led by then UMaine graduate student Kevin Staples, who was pursuing a dual master's degree in marine biology and marine policy.

The study team included ...

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Seafood Expo Global 2021 to Be Held in Barcelona 

Diversified Communications, organizer of Seafood Expo Global, announced it will be moving the world's largest seafood exposition to Barcelona, Spain, beginning in 2021. Since 1993, Seafood Expo Global has taken place in Brussels, Belgium. Diversified Communications stated that the shift in locations is due to the show's popularity, which has led it to outgrow Brussels.

Mary Larkin, the president of Diversified Communications, stated, "The location of our event contributes to our customers’ overall experience. The Brussels Expo and the city of Brussels were great partners to launch and...

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USCG Cutters Support Oceania Partners During Month-long Anti-IUU Operation in South Pacific

Two Coast Guard cutters, the Walnut and Joseph Gerczak, conducted Operation Aiga, the Samoan word for “family”, in waters off of Samoa and the U.S. territory of American Samoa, to counter illegal fishing and strengthen relations with U.S. allies. 

"Our Coast Guard crews demonstrated superior performance during intense operations over the past month in support of the Government of Samoa and within the U.S. territory of American Samoa," said Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday, commander, U.S. Coast Guard 14th District.

"Working with Australia and New Zealand ...

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Cooke Seafood Acquires Fish Feed Mill in Scotland 

Cooke Inc. announced the creation of Northeast Nutrition Scotland Limited, a company that will run its newly acquired fish feed mill in Invergordon, Scotland.

The mill was previously operated by Skretting but was closed in April of 2019. The new facility will afford Cooke more vertical integration and traceability of its fish feed.

“All of our salmon is reared using feeds that are manufactured in compliance with the highest standards for animal feed safety,” said Glenn Cooke, CEO of Cooke Inc.

Cooke announced that the company will work with former employees...

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ANALYSIS: Oyster Prices At 52-Week High

Current market prices for Select Oysters, FOB Mid-Atlantic is averaging $98.00 per gallon compared to $87.5 per gallon this time last September; up 12%.  In addition, prices are trending 9.5% higher than their five-year average and are presently sitting at their 52- week high.

According to market participants, supply has been limited along the eastern shoreline, causing upward pressure on market prices, while demand has been consistent. Heavy rainfall last year resulted in an influx of fresh water into the Chesapeake Bay, disrupting the saline balance, and in turn...

 

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ANALYSIS: Gap Narrows on Low and High Moisture Pangasius Fillets

In the wake of falling prices for pangasius standard moisture frozen fillets, low moisture product remained steady for most of the year due to a much tighter supply within the market. Recently, however, prices on this low moisture product, which average about 84% moisture content, have begun to fall.

In 2017 the average price difference between low moisture and standard moisture frozen fillets was about $0.20. Beginning in March 2018 the price difference between the two products grew month-over-month reaching $1.15 in August 2019...

 

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New Zealand Announces Ambitious Plan for $3 Billion Aquaculture Industry by 2035

Yesterday New Zealand Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash announced an ambitious partnership between the government and New Zealand's aquaculture industry to deliver economic growth and jobs as part of an overall aim to make aquaculture a $3 billion industry by 2035.

Speaking at the NZ Aquaculture Conference, which ends today, Nash congratulated the industry on its work to grow the sector and New Zealand’s reputation for sustainable, healthy and high-value products. He also released the Governments strategy for the industry.

“The strategy will build on that..."

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Warmer Waters Threaten to Make the Commercial Salmon Fishery Less Predictable

“Unpredictable” is the way salmon managers describe Alaska’s 2019 salmon season, with “very, very interesting” as an aside.

The salmon fishery is near its end, and a statewide catch of nearly 200 million salmon is only 6% off what Alaska Department of Fish and Game number crunchers predicted, and it is on track to be the eighth largest since 1975.

The brightest spot of the season was the strong returns of sockeye salmon that produced a catch of over 55 million fish, the largest since 1995...

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Long John Silver’s, Postmates Team Up to Launch Nationwide Delivery 

Long John Silver’s has launched a nationwide delivery after partnering with Postmates. Starting on Wednesday, customers near Long John Silver’s 800 locations can get their meals delivered to their doorstep.

"Postmates is always looking to partner with restaurants that have a rich history and we couldn't be more thrilled to officially partner with Long John Silver's,'' said Dan Mosher, SVP, Merchant Lead, Postmates. "As a leader in on-demand delivery, we are proud to connect our customers with Long John Silver's restaurants nationwide..."

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Taprobane Seafood Group Has First Vannamei Harvest in Sri Lanka; Government Projects Growth to 50,000 tons

Sri Lanka has opened to Vannamei shrimp cultivation.  Earlier this year the government announced approval for the import of SPF Vannamei brood stock, and Taprobane Seafood, a major producer of blue swimming crab and tuna, was licensed for the first farm and hatchery.

According to Tim O’Reilly, managing director, it has taken the company three years to secure approval for Vannamei in Sri Lanka.  The traditional black tiger cultivating industry was...

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Asda Becomes First Retailer to Publish Farmed Seafood Sources 

To increase transparency in seafood supply chains, United Kingdom supermarket Asda has become the first retailer to publish sourcing details for its farmed seafood. This transparency comes as part of an update to the company's annual Ocean Disclosure Project profile. The update marks the first time that a participant has publicly disclosed information on both wild and farmed species.

Previously, the profile described all own-brand, wild caught seafood retailed by the business along with data relating to management, fishing techniques, and environmental impact. The profile now also contains information on...

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Corps of Engineers “Barrelling Ahead” on Pebble Permit, Allowing Major Changes With No Further Scrutiny

DILLINGHAM - During a press conference yesterday, the US Army Corps of Engineers said they will not seek public input or further scrutiny on at least ten major changes to the Pebble Mine permit application. On August 12, the Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP) delivered a memo to the Army Corps of Engineers with ten changes to its most recent project proposal as part of its Clean Water Act Section 404 permit application.

The latest effort to reduce transparancy in the process triggered a collective call from ...

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FultonFishMarket.com Introduces Seafood Subscription Service 

FultonFishMarket.com, the nation's largest and second-oldest continuously operating fish market, has launched a seafood subscription service called The Fish Drop. Subscribers will be able to schedule recurring biweekly or monthly purchases of fresh, high-quality fish and seafood, delivered to their door. Consumers will have the option of selecting sustainable favorites such as salmon, tuna, trout, and red snapper, or from an assortment of chef-curated premium and basic seafood boxes.

Orders are processed at the Fulton Fish Market located in the Bronx, New York, where in-house seafood experts procure...

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Cowcod is Latest West Coast Groundfish Stock Rebuilt; Only One Remains Listed as Overfished

An important West Coast groundfish stock that was formerly declared overfished has now been rebuilt ahead of schedule, the Pacific Fishery Management Council announced Tuesday.

The cowcod stock south of 40°10’ N. latitude, one of the rockfish species, has been managed under a strict rebuilding plan that severely constrained West Coast fisheries in California for two decades. Rebuilding cowcod was achieved through large area closures, non-retention rules and very low allowance for...

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Pacific Packaging Products Acquires New Bedford’s Packaging Products Corp. 

Pacific Packaging Products, an international provider of packaging products, equipment, automation, and supply chain management services has announced the acquisition of Packaging Products Corporation, a cold chain packaging leader serving the seafood, medical, and perishable food industries.

Packaging Products Corporation has a customer-base along the Eastern Seaboard specializing in all aspects of packaging and handling of perishables including seafood and pharmaceuticals. With expertise in development, the company has loyal and growing customers including those in the fresh food industry.

David Varsano, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Packaging Products...

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