Fri. Nov 16 2018

Can Fishermen be Compensated for Climate Change? PCFFA Sues Oil Companies to Find Out

ANALYSIS: Supply Issues for Haddock out of Russia, Norway, Iceland  

NOAA: Alaska pollock spawning earlier due to climate change

VIDEO: Lobster Patent; Plant Based Food Certification; Battered Plastic and More

Russian Taxes of 4.8 percent Proposed Across the Board for the Domestic Seafood Industry  

Feds Approve Plan for Oregon Officials to Kill Sea Lions at Willamette Falls  

More Alaska Nets, Fishing Gear Go To Recyclers

Young’s Seafood Appoints Roger Sudlow as New Business Manager

Thu. Nov 15 2018

F/V America’s Finest Wins Jones Act Exemption in Senate Coast Guard Bill

Seafood Industry Applauds Coast Guard Bill that Ends Much Uncertainty for Fishing Vessels

Symphony of Seafood Debuts 10 New Products  

Nova Scotia Fishermen’s Organization Want Boat Harbour to Close on Schedule

Coast Guard Rescue 4 Fishermen Off Maine Coast

New Zealand’s Sanford Limited Releases Full Year Results for FY18  

Thai Union Launches Fish Oil Refinery in Germany to Produce Tuna Oil

GAA Debuting Documentary Short Film About Indonesian Shrimp Farming  

Blain Shortreed Named New COO at Long John Silver’s Summary Thursday, November 15

Wed. Nov 14 2018

Clearwater Receives Patent for Vision System for Grading Lobsters That Are Molting  

Bay Area Consumers Have Dungeness for Thanksgiving; Rest of West Coast Seasons Likely Delayed  

There is Now a Plant-Based Food Certification for Seafood Alternatives

Scotland May Be Left in the Cold on Brexit, As No Clear Fisheries Guarantee Emerges

Marine Harvest Builds New Processing Plant in Shanghai, its 6th in Asia  

Texas Shrimp Producer NaturalShrimp Conducting Final Tests in Enclosed Salt Water Systems  

#FutureFishAndChips Campaign Raises Awareness About Plastic in Oceans with Crazy Stunt

Applebee's Launches Catering; Offers More Shrimp Options With Bigger, Bolder Grill Combo Menu  

Captain D’s Brings Back Family Meal, Launches $3.49 Snacks Summary Wednesday, November 14

Tue. Nov 13 2018

Alexa Tonkovich Resigns as ASMI Director

Bristol Bay Sockeye Forecast Reduced for 2019, Board of Fish Update  

Ocean Phoenix Confirms Deal is Likely for Purchase of F/V Pacific Glacier

Marine Harvest Proposes Changing Company Name to Mowi; Joins Long Tradition of Company Rebrandings

East Coast Seafood Launches New Retail Brand for Holidays

China Basa Processing Plants Run Into Trouble with Rising Prices, Farm Stocking  

ASC Celebrates China's 10th ASC-Certified Farm  

Algeria Teams up with Egypt to Develop Nile Tilapia Aquaculture  

EDF, Santa Barbara ChannelKeeper Celebrate Judge’s Decision to Halt Offshore Fracking Pending Review

Canadian Government Creates Nature Legacy to Protect Country’s Nature and Wildlife

Canada’s Arctic Glacier Canada Fined for Fisheries Act Violation Summary Tuesday, November 13

Mon. Nov 12 2018

Letters: Ray Hilborn Clarifies Thoughts on MSC

San Francisco Crab Season Opens Nov. 15; Areas North to Mendocino Delayed Due to Domoic Acid  

JD.COM Reaches Record USD$23 Billion During Singles Day Shopping Festival

1,300 Fishermen Wanted First New Scallop Licenses Since 2009. Only Four Got Them.  

LISTEN: Alaska Fish News; Mexico Shrimp Production; October Refusals; and More  

Russia Expects No Significant Increase in Crab Harvests; More Live Exports in Future  

Maine: New Protections for Herring but Lobster Bait Crunch Imminent Summary Monday, November 12

Plant-Based Seafood Company Sophie’s Kitchen Joins PepsiCo’s Nutrition Greenhouse Program

Fri. Nov 9 2018 Summary Friday, November 9

Maine Scallop Season starting Soon with Minimal Changes from 2017-2018 Season  

Singapore Investment Fund Plans Global Rollout of Indoor RAS Salmon Farms

FFAW Speaks out on Oil and Gas Activity in NL Marine Reserve

High Liner’s 3rd Quarter Disappointing; Completes 14% Reduction in Salaried Workforce

NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program Awards Over $8.3 Million in Grants

Applications Open for IAFI’s 2019 Peter Howgate Award

Samherji, One of Iceland’s Largest Fishing Companies, Wins 8 Year Struggle with Central Bank

Halibut’s a Wrap But There’s Lots of Fishing Going on Across Alaska  

Alaska Senators Applaud $30 Million Alaska Pollock Procurement Contract for Nutrition Programs

October 2018 Tuna, Mahi Refusals Up YTD; Shrimp Refusals Drop Slightly  

VIDEO: Mexico Shrimp Production; Alaska Fishermen Sentenced; NZ Mussels Imports Fall and More  

West Coast Whale Entanglement Causes, Solutions Detailed in New Report

ANALYSIS: Canada Whole Farmed Salmon Market Shifting to 12-14lb Size; Norway, Scotland Lower Offers  

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Can Fishermen be Compensated for Climate Change?  PCFFA Sues Oil Companies to Find Out

The Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA) has sued a number of oil companies in a California state court for damages arising from the excessive burning of fossil fuels.

The fishermen, focusing mostly on losses during Dungeness crab season, say that due to harmful algae blooms caused by warming water, officials in California and Oregon barred dungeness harvesting for most of the fishing season in 2015, again closed or delayed the season inn 2016, again in 2017, and also this year, as areas in the North of California will not open as scheduled due to domoic acid concerns.

The PCFFA says that this unwanted warming of the Pacific is directly related...

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ANALYSIS: Supply Issues for Haddock out of Russia, Norway, Iceland

Haddock is a year round market, making it hard to pinpoint seasonality and trends within the industry. Sometimes it will hang on the coattails of cod, other times it can surprise even the most seasoned seafood veteran.

Most recently haddock has been experiencing major supply issues out of both Russia and Norway from the Barents Sea as well as from Iceland, demanding premiums on all sizes across the board.

While the Icelandic haddock quota for the 2019 fishing season was increased to 57,982 metric tons, up from ...

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NOAA: Alaska pollock spawning earlier due to climate change

NOAAA new study using an unprecedented 32-year data series reveals that spawning time of Alaska pollock-- target of the Nation’s biggest fishery-- varied by as much as three weeks over the past three decades in the Gulf of Alaska. The new study found clear evidence that the changes were driven by both climate and fishing.

Changes in spawn timing have major ecological and management implications. Timing is critical to survival of newly hatched fish as it determines the conditions they encounter. Many marine fish, like pollock, are adapted to spawn in time for ...

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Russian Taxes of 4.8 percent Proposed Across the Board for the Domestic Seafood Industry

Increased taxes on fish and seafood products appear to be on the horizon for the Russian seafood industry.

The Russian government is designing a new legislative system for the domestic fish industry that will be based on new taxation rules and standards, according to recent statements of some leading Russian fish producers and local analysts in the field of fish business.

According to Peter Savchuk, deputy head of the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo), the current situation in the Russian fish industry remains stable; however, its current growth rates do not meet the expectations of the national government.

He added that the government is unhappy...

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Clearwater Receives Patent for Vision System for Grading Lobsters That Are Molting

According to US Patent office, Clearwater Seafoods was granted a patent on November 12 for a vision system that identifies the molt stage of lobsters.

The system would replace blood protein analysis and other means of determining the overall quality and amount of meat in a live lobster.  The system is designed to be noninvasive, and operate on a conveyor belt.

The lobsters could be sorted by size, molt condition, and quality, based on the vision system.

According to the patent filing, the vision system consists of ...

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Seafood Industry Applauds Coast Guard Bill that Ends Much Uncertainty for Fishing Vessels

The Senate has passed a bi-partisan Coast Guard Reauthorization bill 94-6 that includes many regulatory updates that were critical to US fishing interests. Charter and commercial fishing businesses in Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii have been working on this issue for several years.

The bill permanently removes all vessels under 79 feet from being subject to EPA incidental discharge regulations regarding ballast water and deck washing.  It also removes all fishing vessels, fish processing vessels, or tenders of any length from the EPA discharge requirements.  The EPA rules applying to ballast water and deck water discharge were put in place in 2008, ...

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Young’s Seafood Appoints Roger Sudlow as New Business Manager

Young’s Seafood announced this week that Roger Sudlow, previously of Aryzta Food Solutions and Brakes, will take on the role of business manager to “develop the company’s presence within the profit sector.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining the largest seafood company within the UK at such an exciting time,” Sudlow said in a statement. “I have a passion for foodservice, engaging with customers and I look forward to getting stuck in to achieve the company’s aims and objectives.”

In his new role, Sudlow will work to ...

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Nova Scotia Fishermen’s Organization Want Boat Harbour to Close on Schedule

A number of fishermen’s organizations in Nova Scotia are coming together to demand that Boat Harbour close on schedule – despite Northern Pulp admitting that they likely will miss the 2020 effluent deadline.

Northern Pulp, a pulp and paper mill in Pictou County, confirmed yesterday that a new effluent treatment pipeline is at risk of missing the government-imposed deadline of January 2020. Jean-Francois Guillot, VP of Operations at Paper Excellence, which owns Northern Pulp, told CBC News that they will likely miss the deadline by ...

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 New Zealand’s Sanford Limited Releases Full Year Results for FY18

New Zealand’s Sanford Limited released their full year results for FY18 on Thursday. The company is reporting net profit after tax of $42.3 million, an improvement of 12.9% from last year, which can be credited to the insurance settlement from the Kaikoura earthquake that damaged their Havelock mussel processing facility. Meanwhile, the company’s adjusted earnings before interest and tax increased 1.5% to $64.7 million.

According to Sanford, sales revenue increased by 7.7% from $477.9 million to $515 million. The increase can be credited to ...

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GAA Debuting Documentary Short Film About Indonesian Shrimp Farming

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) is giving their members a peak into what goes on at an Indonesian shrimp farm. The organization announced on Monday that their fifth documentary short film – about Rosida Idriss, her daughter Aanisah Idriss, and their network of black tiger shrimp farms in East Kalimantan, Indonesia – will debut at the end of the month.

GAA has been producing films since 2016, but their upcoming release stands apart from the rest in that it features “overlaying plotlines” and “tension” ...

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VIDEO: Lobster Patent; Plant Based Food Certification; Battered Plastic and More

Watch the latest Seafood News Weekly Recap with hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione. This week we talk about Clearwater's new patent; a certification for plant-based food; a battered fish stunt; and Marine Harvest's name change.

This video is sponsored by Urner Barry’s Reporter, the quarterly newsmagazine for the food industry professional packed with the latest industry headlines, analysis and trending articles. Contact to be a featured sponsor in the spring edition of the Reporter, which is distributed to thousands of protein industry professionals ....

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F/V America’s Finest Wins Jones Act Exemption in Senate Coast Guard Bill, but will have Sideboards on Pollock and Cod

The bitter intra-industry fight over the certification of F/V America’s Finest has ended with the approval by the Senate of a Jones Act waiver.  The House has already twice approved such a waiver.

The language, included in the Coast Guard Authorization Bill, says “Notwithstanding sections 12112 and 12113 of title 46, United States Code, the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating may issue a certificate of documentation with a coastwise and a fishery endorsement for the vessel AMERICA’S FINEST ...

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Feds Approve Plan for Oregon Officials to Kill Sea Lions at Willamette Falls

Officials from the National Marine Fisheries Service have approved an application from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to kill California sea lions at Willamette Falls in an effort to try to save the state's beleaguered winter steelhead and spring Chinook.

Protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the state needed federal approval to take lethal action against the pinnipeds, which have been observed gorging themselves on endangered fish at the foot of the iconic waterfall.

"This is good news for the native runs...

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More Alaska Nets, Fishing Gear Go To Recyclers

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – More Alaska fishing gear is getting recycled. 


Two shipping containers were filled this week with plastic fishing nets, crab lines and other gear in Dutch Harbor and two more are headed to Kodiak for loading this month.

“The same goes for Kodiak -- we’re accepting trawl and crab line and halibut gear but all of that stuff is going to Bulgaria to be sorted because that is how the logistics and the pricing worked out ...

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Symphony of Seafood Debuts 10 New Products

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – From spring rolls to seafood noodles – Alaska’s Symphony of Seafood unveils new products.

The 26th Alaska Symphony of Seafood attracted 10 entries in its annual competition. They were judged privately last night (Wednesday) in Seattle in three categories: retail, food service and Beyond the Plate. As always, the innovation is off the charts.

“I have not seen a spring roll product entered before. Alaska sockeye salmon spring roll by Tai Foong. And Fishpeople Seafoods entered a salmon jerky ...

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Coast Guard Rescue 4 Fishermen Off Maine Coast

Four fishermen off the coast of Rockland, Maine, were rescued by the Coast Guard on Wednesday after they were forced to abandon their boat.

The men, who were on board the F/V Aaron & Melissa II, were forced to abandon their boat when it began taking on water at approximately 7:45 a.m. The captain radioed the Northern New England Coast Guard, who were able to send an HC-114 Ocean Sentry aircraft and MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. The aircrews were able to locate the raft and fishermen ...

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Thai Union Opens Fish Oil Refinery in Germany to Produce Tuna Oil

Thai Union announced on Wednesday that they have commissioned their $24 million Thai Union Marine Nutrients tuna oil refinery in Rostock, Germany. The company is now the only refiner of high-grade tuna oil with complete end-to-end supply chain and production management.

“we are focused on creating a sustainable future for the tuna industry by maximizing and leveraging high-nutrient tuna byproducts,” Thai Union CEO Thiraphong Chansiri said in a statement. “Our pure tuna oil is just our first step in a suite of ....

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