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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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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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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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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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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