Thu. Mar 21 2019

Latest Oceana Seafood Fraud Report Takes Aim at SIMP, But Misses Mark


Western Pacific Managers, Fishermen Grapple with Closures, Slow Federal Pace of Reports  


Meal Kit Demand Going Strong, But Evolving


Bumble Bee Foods and SAP Create Blockchain to Track Fresh Fish from Ocean to Table  


Russia Plans Catch Increases to Match Soviet-era Harvest Figures  


Artisan Catch Announces Direct to User Restaurant Sales from Small Scale Fisheries to Begin in U.S.


ComFish Alaska Celebrates 40 years


Florida Man Arrested, Charged With Murder on Fishing Vessel Off Marco Island


Florida FWC Charge 3 People with Multiple Felonies for Exploiting Spiny Lobster Commercial Fishery  


FDA Commissioner Releases Statement on New Steps to Strengthen Food Safety Program


SENA 2019: Urner Barry Announces Winner of Executive Conference and Seafood Import Workshop Giveaway


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, March 21


Wed. Mar 20 2019

Herring Spotted in Sitka, Fleet on Two-Hour Notice  


Trident Seafoods Debuts Versatile 10g Protein Noodles at Seafood Expo North America  


March 2019 Alaska Fishing Updates  


Meet the Sustainable Shopper: Young Transitionals Who Are Tech-Savvy


Hardee’s Partners with Mississippi Catfish Farm to Create New Catfish Sandwich at Select Locations


Cooke Inc. Acquires California Distributor All Seas Wholesale, Inc.  


INSIGHT: Fishmeal Producers Need to Capitalise on 'Point-of-Difference' Factors  


Sustainable Oceans Leadership Institute Seeking Applicants; Set to Kick Off Program in Brussels


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, March 20


Tue. Mar 19 2019

In a Well-Designed Study, MSC Finds Labeling Fraud Rates of Less Than 1%


Pebble Dam Breach Modeled, Comments Open to May 31


Seafood Importers Support Measures to Save the Vaquita


Push to Standardize Traceability Efforts Launched by Retailers and International Seafood Companies


Slade Gorton Launches ICYBAY Iceland Retail Bag Line at Boston Seafood Show


FishWise Releases RISE, a Labor Rights Roadmap for Seafood Businesses


Fishermen Identify Projects to Improve Fisheries Development in the U.S. Pacific Islands


Stolt Sea Farm Expands European Production for Turbot and Sole


Global Aquaculture Alliance Launches Aquademia Podcast at Boston Seafood Show


SENA 2019: Corbion Teams Up With Celebrity Chef Sammy Monsour for Short Film on Algae-Fed Salmon  


Salmon Sisters Donating 1% of All Sales to Food Bank of Alaska


Two New Trustees Named Int’l Pole and Line Foundation


Coastal Villages Sets 2019 Budget for Community Benefits at Over $18 Million


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, March 19


Mon. Mar 18 2019

Legal Seafoods and CP Foods to Introduce Legal Branded Shrimp Products for National Distribution  


LISTEN: The Boston Seafood Show Podcast Episode!


Low Prices Overshadow China's White Shrimp Industry  


SENA 2019: Seafood Champion Awards Finalists Announced at Boston Seafood Show


Change Is in the Air: Western Pacific SSC Suggests New Approaches for Suite of Issues  


Chilean Salmon Marketing Council Introduces 'Promise of Patagonia' Campaign for US  


China Overtakes Japan as Alaska's Largest Seafood Importer  


CleanFish Brings First ‘Green Rated’ Marine-Farmed Atlantic Salmon to Boston Seafood Show  


Russian Fish Company Launches Branded Single Frozen Pollock Fillets in Russian Supermarkets  


Nielsen Study Finds Consumers Care Most About Buying Local


Tristan International Granted Exploratory Fishing Permits in Ecuador for Patagonian Toothfish  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, March 18


Fri. Mar 15 2019

SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, March 15


Argis Galac’sea Changes Name to Argisfood After Acquisition By Seafoodia Group


Antarctic Salmon Brand Sixty South Building New Hatchery  


The Fish Shoppe Becomes 1st Australian Seafood Retailer With MSC Chain of Custody Certification


BioMar Buys Stake of JV Partner AquaChile in APSA Factory


Samuels And Son Seafood Announces Multi State Expansion, New Products Ahead of Boston Seafood Show


Vietnamese Shrimp Producers Worry about Loss of Competitiveness in Face of Thailand, India  


ISSF’s Scientist Advisors Reflect on a Decade of Discovery


VIDEO: Get Ready for Seafood Expo North America


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Latest Oceana Seafood Fraud Report Takes Aim at SIMP, But Misses Mark

The recent Oceana report was covered by media as more evidence of widespread seafood fraud.  In fact, it was a poorly designed study that deliberately conflated issues with poorly known and barely fished species with more popular and widely consumed species.  The following write up by Jack Cheney, part of the group behind the 'Sustainable Fisheries: the Science of Seafood' blog at the University of Washington, is a clear and relevent description of Oceana's program.  One salient question is if Oceana was focusing on non-SIMP species, why did they not test salmon, tilapia, catfish, pollock and clams.  All these species are in the top ten of species consumed and not in the SIMP program.

-John Sackton, Publisher, SeafoodNews

Jack's commentary is reprinted below:

The intention of Oceana’s most recent report was to call for an expansion of the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP)...

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Meal Kit Demand Going Strong, But Evolving

Meal-kits were all the rage in 2018. But is the meal kit trend continuing into 2019? Or are consumers moving onto the next dining trend?

Well, based on the latest report from Nielsen, consumer demand for meal kits is going strong in the new year. Nielsen reports that meal kit users have increased 36% over the past year. Panel data collected shows that 14.3 million households purchased meal kits in the last six months of 2018, which is 3.8 million more households from the last six months of 2017...

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Western Pacific Managers, Fishermen Grapple with Closures, Slow Federal Pace of Reports

At 9:40 a.m. Wednesday, minutes after Kitty M. Simonds completed the executive director's report to the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, the Hawai'i-based fishery was closed due to the fishery's interaction with a 17th loggerhead turtle this year.

The Hawai'i-based shallow-set longline fishery for swordfish has a federal observer on every vessel for every trip. The North Pacific loggerhead population is growing annually at 2.4 percent, but a court settlement in May 2018 reduced the fishery's ...

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Bumble Bee Foods and SAP Create Blockchain to Track Fresh Fish from Ocean to Table

SAP SE and Bumble Bee Foods recently announced that Bumble Bee Foods is using the SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain service to trace the journey of yellowfin tuna from the Indonesian ocean to the dinner table. Together, SAP and Bumble Bee continue to innovate and improve upon seafood traceability as more and more consumers demand to know their food is safe and sustainably sourced, the companies said in a press release.

With SAP’s blockchain technology, consumers and customers will be able to easily access...

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Russia Plans Catch Increases to Match Soviet-era Harvest Figures

Russia plans to increase its fish harvests up to Soviet-era figures during the next several years, according to recent statements of Ilya Shestakov, head of the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo).

Last year, the total fish catch in Russia exceeded 5 million tonnes and, according to Rosrybolovstvo plans, these figures should reach 6 million tonnes within the next five years.

That will be mainly achieved increasing harvests in the global ocean, as well as further optimization of catches within the inland waters. The latter...

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Artisan Catch Announces Direct to User Restaurant Sales from Small Scale Fisheries to Begin in U.S.

Orca Seafoods S.A. is a processor and distributor located in Merida, Yucatan, that focuses on purchasing products from small scale fisheries.   They purchase grouper and snapper and blue swimming crab from the Gulf, and also have operation in Baja for white sea bass, and Caifornia halibut.

This week at the Boston Seafood Show they announced the opening of their American distribution arm, called Artisan Catch.  They are a leading advocate of the seafood sustainability movement in Mexico...

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Florida Man Arrested, Charged With Murder on Fishing Vessel Off Marco Island

A Florida man has been arrested and charged by criminal complaint with second-degree murder within the maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States. According to reports, Casey Lowell Hickok, 32, is accused of beating his father to death while aboard a fishing vessel in the Gulf of Mexico.

At approximately 7:13 a.m. on March 18 the Coast Guard received a call for medical assistance from a fishing boat that was about 66 miles west of Marco Island. Upon boarding the vessel...

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FDA Commissioner Releases Statement on New Steps to Strengthen Food Safety Program 

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., and Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas released a statement this week on the government agency's new steps to strengthen the food safety program for "2020 and beyond."

According to Gottlieb and Yiannas, as part of the President's 2020 Budget, they have proposed "new funding across multiple aspects of our food safety system." Moving forward the FDA is looking to invest in preventing problems, which includes "solidifying the agency's tools under FSMA." The agency is also looking to...

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Trident Seafoods Debuts Versatile 10g Protein Noodles at Seafood Expo North America

Those walking around Seafood Expo North America in Boston earlier this week were bound to see people wearing “I’m hooked” stickers. And attendees certainly were hooked… on Trident’s new 10g Protein Noodles.

As we previously reported, Trident Seafoods took their 10g Protein Noodles to Boston with the goal of expanding the reach of their new product, which is made from wild Alaska pollock. And they certainly succeeded in doing so. The unique high-protein, lower-carb, gluten-free noodle had many attendees talking about the...

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Meet the Sustainable Shopper: Young Transitionals Who Are Tech-Savvy

“Sustainability” is a trending topic in the seafood industry and beyond. Everyone wants to convey that their product is sustainably produced. But who exactly are these companies targeting with the term? According to Nielsen, the sustainable shopper tends to be “well-educated young transitionals who live in smaller households and live in urban cities.”

Based on Nielsen’s data, the purchase of sustainable products is on the rise, with 64% of households buying items that are sustainable, which is up 4% from the year prior...

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Cooke Inc. Acquires California Distributor All Seas Wholesale, Inc.

Cooke Inc. announced on Tuesday that they have acquired California seafood distributor All Seas Wholesale, Inc.

“Purchasing All Seas allows us to continue to strengthen our vertical integration and distribute our True North Seafood products to additional markets,” said Cooke Inc. CEO Glenn Cooke. “All Seas prides itself on being able to receive an order early in the morning and have it delivered fresh to the customer to serve on their lunch menu that same day, and that fits very well with our drive for high standards in both... 

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Sustainable Oceans Leadership Institute Seeking Applicants; Set to Kick Off Program at Brussels Seafood Show

The new Sustainable Oceans Leadership Institute (SOLI), a partnership between Global Seafood Assurances and Diversified Communications, is seeking applicants for their 2019 class.

Wally Stevens, the Executive Director at Global Seafood Assurances, and co-founder of the National Fisheries Institute’s (NFI) Future Leaders program, introduced the SOLI program to a small group of attendees at Seafood Expo North America on Monday.

The program is seeking 25 men and women from around the world to participate in four sessions that will cover climate change and...

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Pebble Dam Breach Modeled, Comments Open to May 31

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – What would a dam breach from the Pebble Mine look like? 

The proposed Pebble Mine would include a 550 foot high tailings dam that would hold roughly 30 billion cubic feet of mining wastes. But how a dam breach of any size might affect the Bristol Bay watershed is not included in the draft environmental impact statement now out for public review.

“There are so many things that are not being considered in the draft EIS, so many holes that...

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Push to Standardize Traceability Efforts Launched by Retailers and International Seafood Companies

A group of major retailers and international seafood companies have announced an effort to standardize traceability requirements.

As traceability becomes more important in the seafood industry, major retailers find a need to avoid siloing of information by the vendor providing the traceability software.

The goal of the new effort is to provide guidance that would first, develop a shared expectation about what types of information and the quality needed that enter into traceability systems.

A second goal is to promote inter-operability among systems...

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FishWise Releases RISE, a Labor Rights Roadmap for Seafood Businesses

FishWise, a non-profit sustainable seafood consultancy in Santa Cruz, Calif., released the Roadmap for Improving Seafood Ethics -- RISE -- this week. RISE was developed in partnership with members of the seafood industry and leading conservation and human rights experts. The RISE website, riseseafood.org, offers streamlined guidance and steps companies can take to understand the labor conditions throughout their supply chains and make improvements to protect workers and mitigate their own regulatory and reputational risks, the company said in a press release.

“Seafood companies understand...

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Global Aquaculture Alliance Launches Aquademia Podcast at Boston Seafood Show

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) launched their new Aquademia Podcast, hosted by GAA team members Shaun O’Loughlin and Justin Grant, while at Seafood Expo North America in Boston this week.

The Aquademia podcast, which is available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and Stitcher, will be released biweekly. The podcast aims to educate consumers and industry professionals on “how seafood is connected with the issues facing our planet, what consumers can do to help, arm them with the knowledge to make better seafood choices...

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Stolt Sea Farm Expands European Production for Turbot and Sole

Stolt Sea Farm is building two new facilities in Spain and one in France, and planning for expansion of their farm in Iceland to boost their sole production.

The new production farms in Cervo, Spain and Tocha, Portugal in addition to the remodel of Stolt’s Anglet, France sole farm, will bring the company’s total capacity for sole from 850 mt to 2,800 by 2023. Stolt says that it plans to expand the company’s sole production to that of turbot, some 5,400 mt.

Stolt will focus on technology...

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Two New Trustees Named Int’l Pole and Line Foundation

LONDON -- The International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF), the charity that is committed to developing and supporting responsible one-by-one tuna fisheries and supply chains, named Jurgita Rhodes and Rahim Hoosen to its Board of Trustees.

Rhodes is Senior Partner at Marquis Media Partners and Hoosen is the Trading Head of Groceries, Household, Pet, Personal Care, Print Media at Woolworths South Africa. their appointments are effective immediately.

Rhodes has extensive experience across fintech, media and disruptive technologies, and has led pioneering commercial transformation programmes at the forefront of ...

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ComFish Alaska Celebrates 40 years

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

Open and free meetings for all will top the docket next week as part of ComFish Alaska next week at Kodiak, now in its 40th year. 

ComFish is set for March 28-30 and topping the list of visitors is US Senator Dan Sullivan who plans to stay for a couple of days. 

“Senator Sullivan plans to do a number of things around ComFish that are very exciting.”

Frank Schiro is director of the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce, host of ComFish...

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Florida FWC Charge 3 People with Multiple Felonies for Exploiting Spiny Lobster Commercial Fishery

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWD) announced that they have charged three people with multiple felonies for exploiting the South Florida spiny lobster commercial fishery. The charges against the three individuals comes after a two-year investigation, dubbed "Operation Thimblerig."

According to the FWC, Elena Reyes, the owner and operator of Florida Marine Fisheries Consultant, created a "far-reaching scheme" that ultimately defrauded the State of Florida out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Reyes is accused of...

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Herring Spotted in Sitka, Fleet on Two-Hour Notice

All eyes are on Sitka as Alaska’s annual ramp up to the herring fishery begins. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reported yesterday that an aerial survey showed herring schools were showing up, but no herring spawn has been seen yet. 

The schools were seen by air from Silver Point to Deep Inlet. ADF&G management biologists look for predator activity to help them pinpoint locations. 

“The highest concentration of herring predators was seen south and west of Vitskari Rocks where numerous whales were seen working in...

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March 2019 Alaska Fishing Updates

This is Alaska Fish Radio – You know spring is near when herring start arriving at Sitka Sound and other parts of Southeast Alaska.

Herring pounds are going in the water near Craig and the fleet is on two hour notice at Sitka Sound. They’ll be hoping to pull in a nearly 13,000 ton harvest of herring for their roe.

And their fingers are crossed for a better catch: Last year’s Sitka fishery was a total bust with a catch of just 2,800 tons, 75 percent below the pegged harvest of 11,128 tons...

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Hardee’s Partners with Mississippi Catfish Farm to Create New Catfish Sandwich at Select Locations

Hardee’s is testing a new fish sandwich at select Mississippi locations during Lent. The fast-food chain, which is operated by CKE Restaurant Holdings, Inc., announced this week that they have partnered with America’s Catch, one of the largest producers of U.S. farm-raised catfish, to bring a new item to four locations: Hardee’s new Catfish Sandwich.

The new menu item features America’s Catch catfish fillets, which are coated in cornmeal breading and topped with Duke’s Tartar Sauce. The Catfish Sandwich is currently available at...

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INSIGHT: Fishmeal Producers Need to Capitalise on 'Point-of-Difference' Factors

In some cases fishmeals are regarded as no longer essential, but they are expected to be niche high-value ingredients in the future. Looking at it from this angle, producers are presented with opportunities in “capitalising on the point-of-difference factors of fishmeals.” Such were the words of the University of Stirling's Prof. Brett Glencross at the IFFO's 58th Annual Conference late last year.

Touching base with Prof. Glencross, a professor of aquaculture nutrition at the Institute of Aquaculture, Feedinfo News Service sought to find out...

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In a Well-Designed Study, MSC Finds Labeling Fraud Rates of Less Than 1%

Recently Oceana released a new part of their ongoing targeting of seafood mislabeling claiming that 20% of their samples failed a dna test to be the species they were being sold as.  Oceana then extrapolate this to claim that “1 in every five fish tested was mislabeled’.

Today, the MSC released its own mislabeling report.  The report also tested DNA against the species on the label, and the MSC found that less than 1% of its samples were mis-labeled.

Which is more representative of the ...

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Seafood Importers Support Measures to Save the Vaquita

Eight U.S. based importers of Mexican seafood have joined efforts to remove illegal fishing gear and develop alternative gear to protect the critical endangered vaquita porpoise.

The eight importers -- Aquastar, Artisan Catch (Orca Foods), Del Pacifico, Inland Seafood, Meridian Products, Ocean Garden Products, Santa Monica Seafood, and Seattle Fish Company—donated $12,000 to VaquitaCPR, an effort to remove illegal fishing gear from the upper Gulf of California.

All eight companies participated in a Mexican Seafood Supply Chain Roundtable facilitated by Sustainable Fisheries Partnership. 

The most recent population estimate... 

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Slade Gorton Launches ICYBAY Iceland Retail Bag Line at Boston Seafood Show

Slade Gorton’s new ICYBAY Iceland retail bag line of frozen cod, haddock and Arctic char were on display at Seafood Expo North America in Boston this week.

The ICYBAY Iceland products were created with the consumer in mind. Each 1-pound bag is individually vacuum-packed to put the focus on seafood, and features step-by-step cooking instructions on the back.

“These retail-ready ICYBAY Iceland seafood bags are our latest innovation to get more sustainable, delicious and...

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Fishermen Identify Projects to Improve Fisheries Development in the U.S. Pacific Islands

Projects to develop fisheries topped the list of needs identified by fishermen from Hawai'i, American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands during their March 15 and 16 meeting in Honolulu. The group, which constitutes the Advisory Panel of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, also highlighted the importance of fishing to the communities of each of the island areas.

Advisory panel members said the social and economic value of the local and regional fisheries also needs to better communicated...

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SENA 2019: Corbion Teams Up With Celebrity Chef Sammy Monsour for Short Film on Algae-Fed Salmon

Corbion and celebrity chef Sammy Monsour teamed up at Seafood Expo North America in Boston this week to premiere a short film documenting the impact of AlgaPrime DHA on sustainable aquaculture.

“With algae-fed salmon brands gaining distribution at U.S. retailers, we are excited to work with Chef Sammy Monsour to start a dialogue with consumers and chefs about the impact of sustainably produced salmon,” said Marc den Hartog, Executive Vice President of Innovation Platforms at Corbion...

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Salmon Sisters Donating 1% of All Sales to Food Bank of Alaska

Salmon Sisters, the sibling-owned Alaskan seafood and design company has expanded it’s charitable subsidiary to donate one-percent of all sales to the Food Bank of Alaska. 

Launched in 2016, the Give Fish Project has donated one can of wild salmon to The Food Bank of Alaska for each order placed on the Salmon Sisters website, a total of over 100,000 cans to date. The new one-percent model expands the brand’s overall donation, and better accommodates the needs of the food...

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