Wed. Aug 15 2018

Pacific Seafood Opens New, State-of-the-Art Plant in Warrenton, Oregon  


Restaurants' Gain from Lower Prices Due to Trump Tariffs May be Wiped Out by Seafood Price Increases


NOAA to Fully Fund At-Sea Monitoring Program in New England for 2018, Reimburse More Costs for 2017


Russia Company Plans Increase in Deep Water Crab Harvests  


Florida Gov. Rick Scott Declares State of Emergency Over Red Tide; Seafood Sales Drop


Whole Foods, HyVee, Aldi and Target Top Greenpeace’s 2018 Supermarket Sustainable Seafood Scorecard


High Liner’s New CEO Rod Hepponstall Announces Organizational Realignment With 2nd Quarter Results


Report: Untreated Grey Water Dumped in Canadian Arctic Waters to Double by 2035


Eating Farmed Salmon Just As Good As Going Vegan When it Comes to Reducing Impact on Earth  


Bering Sea Region Returns Most Fish Bucks to Alaska


Thai Union Remains on FTSE4Good Index, Receives Multiple Sustainability Awards


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, August 15


Tue. Aug 14 2018

45 Tons Of “Illegally Treated” Tuna Seized in Spain


Increase in Tilapia Imports Prior to Tariffs: Seasonality or Securing Volume?  


Another Record Breaks in Bristol Bay; Statewide Pink Salmon Below 2 Yrs Ago


Retail Sales Forecast Increased By NRF, But Tariff Uncertainty Still An Issue


Efforts to Save a Starving Young Orca Show Dire Situation for the Southern Resident Killer Whales


Net Hack Challenge Aims for New Revenue Stream for Alaska


Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association Receives $460,000 in Funding  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, August 14


Mon. Aug 13 2018

DFO Reverses Surf Clam Award After Refusing to Re-open Flawed Process in Victory for Clearwater


Dungeness Crab Prices Rise in China; US Shippers Shut Out by Tariffs  


China Continues Buying Russian Pollock, Taking 90%, With Some Going to Chinese Domestic Market  


LISTEN: Latest UB Seafood News, Tilapia, Lobster and Tariffs, Seafood goes NASCAR and More!


ANALYSIS: Imports of New Zealand Green Shell Mussels Cut in Half


Researchers See Young Cod Coming Back to Kodiak in Positive Sign


Argentina Shrimp Catches Up As Season Returns to Normal  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, August 13


Fri. Aug 10 2018

VIDEO: Golden King Crab Quota; MSC Study; Salmon Escapement; Dish on Fish Nomination


ASMI Drafting Letter to USTR on Impact of Tariffs on Alaska Seafood


Norway Sets New Record for Salmon Exports; Chinese Frozen Salmon Prices Drop  


Importers Reportedly “Rushing” to Bring in Merchandise Ahead of Tariffs


Mary Smith Joins Inland Seafood as Director of Sustainability


Stand For Salmon On the Ballot For Alaskan Voters  


Trident's Louis Kemp Crab Delights on Track for Two NASCAR Races This Fall


ASMI Celebrates Third Annual Alaska Wild Salmon Day


Kodiak Coast Guard Medevacs Fisherman Hit by Crab Pot   


Aramark Highlights Sustainability Efforts in New Back-to-School Offerings


Sysco's New Tagline: ‘At the Heart of Food and Service’


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, August 10


Thu. Aug 9 2018

Cross-Border Effort to Help Gravely Ill Orca Continues


Urner Barry Announces Plans to Report on European Seafood Market


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, August 9


Back to School Reminder: Children Benefit From Eating Seafood


Captain D’s Opens Third Missouri Location This Year


NFI to Host Nutritional Facts Panel Webinar on August 23


Alaska Celebrating 3rd Annual Wild Salmon Day on Friday  


Wed. Aug 8 2018

SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, August 8


First Sustainable Crab Project Launched in China  


Retailers Call 25 Percent Tariffs Perfect Example of "Cutting Off One’s Nose to Spite the Face”


Louisiana Chef Ryan Trahan Named Great American Seafood Cook Off Winner


Thai Union Addresses Modern Slavery Issues at Bali Forum


Cod Study Shows Encouraging Signs  


Bahamian Spiny Lobster Fishery Awarded MSC Certification After 19 Month Assessment  


MSC Study Finds Seafood Consumers Care About Sustainability, But Price Still a Factor


Add More Seafood to Your Diet With Dish on Fish's August Meal Plan


Russian Government Plans Subsidies for Smaller Trawl Vessel Construction  


Oversupply of Vietnam Basa in China Causes Prices to Cool Down  


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Pacific Seafood Opens New, State-of-the-Art Plant in Warrenton, Oregon

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Susan Chambers - August 15, 2018

Five years of planning and hard work and Pacific Seafood returns to Warrenton, Ore., with a brand new seafood processing facility on the banks of the Skipanon River.

Pacific Seafood CEO Frank Dulcich, along with state Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, and Warrenton Mayor Henry Balensifer, officially re-opened Pacific Seafood's new Warrenton plant during a ceremony celebrating the vibrant coastal fishing community Tuesday.

The original processing facility and dock, built in 1941 and acquired by Pacific Seafood in 1983, burned down in ...

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Restaurants' Gain from Lower Prices Due to Trump Tariffs May be Wiped Out by Seafood Price Increases

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton – August 15, 2018

fried fish public domainOften one group’s pain is another’s gain.  This seems to be the case with Trump’s agricultural tariffs, which will cost farmers hundreds of millions of dollars in lost income but will provide the restaurant industry with slightly lower prices on a range of items.

Plate IQ looked at 500,000 restaurant invoices from the 12 month period ending July 2018, and tried to calculate the projected change in restaurant food costs ...

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NOAA to Fully Fund At-Sea Monitoring Program in New England for 2018, Reimburse More Costs for 2017

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton – August 15, 2018

NOAA announced on Tuesday that they will fund 100% of New England At-Sea Monitoring costs for 2018, as part of an additional $10.3 million added to the budget by New England congressmen, including NH Senator Jeanne Shaheen. 

In addition, they will provide an additional 25% subsidy for 2017 costs, based on the money they saved from Carlos Rafael’s fleets not fishing. Since there was less need for monitoring, the  ...

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott Declares State of Emergency Over Red Tide; Seafood Sales Drop

noaa red tide public domainSEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton – August 15, 2018

Florida’s Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency to help cope with the red tide impacting the Tampa Bay area and points south to Naples, and the Everglades.

The toxic bloom has killed thousands of fish and some turtles, and as hit tourism as many will no longer go to the beach.

Scott announced that $100,000 would be given to Mote Marine Lab for studies on the red tide, and $500,000 to Visit Florida to combat the negative effects on tourism.  

In the Tampa area, seafood sales...

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High Liner’s New CEO Rod Hepponstall Announces Organizational Realignment With 2nd Quarter Results

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 15, 2018

High Liner released their financial results for the second quarter of 2018 on Tuesday. It’s the first quarter results since Rod Hepponstall replaced Henry Demone as High Liner’s CEO.

“The company’s financial results for the second quarter of 2018 reflect continued challenges in the business related to soft sales volume, a shift in product mix from higher margin value-added products to lower margin commodity products, raw material cost increases not fully passed along to customers and inefficiencies in our supply chain ...

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Report: Untreated Grey Water Dumped in Canadian Arctic Waters to Double by 2035

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 15, 2018

According to a report from Vard Marine commissioned by World Wildlife Fund Canada, untreated grey water that is dumped in Canadian Arctic waters could double by 2035 if it remains unregulated.

Grey water comes from vessel showers, baths, laundry, dishwashers and galley waster. The untreated water contains oil, grease, detergent, soap residue and other residues that can be harmful to whales, walrus, seabirds, fish and other marine organisms that live in the Arctic ...

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Bering Sea Region Returns Most Fish Bucks to Alaska

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - August 15, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch –

In Alaska’s fisheries, the regions of Southeast, Cook Inlet, Bristol Bay and Kodiak attract the most attention. But it turns out that the more far flung and remote areas provide some of the state’s biggest fish bucks – notably, the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands regions, called BS/AI.

A new McDowell Group report measures the statewide economic impacts of shoreside processing operations in Dutch Harbor, Saint Paul, King Cove ...

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Co-operative Research on Golden King Crab Pays off with Quota Increases 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - August 7, 2018

For the first time in 20 years, the small fleet of vessels harvesting golden king crab in the remote waters of the Aleutian Islands can take 3.9 million pounds of golden king crab east of Adak and 2.5 million pounds west of Adak, increases of 18 percent and 11 percent respectively over last year. The 9-month season opened last week under a management system that relies on data from federal observers and fishermen themselves ...

 

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Another Record Breaks in Bristol Bay; Statewide Pink Salmon Below 2 Yrs Ago

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - August 14, 2018

Although it is Bristol Bay’s smallest and last salmon run, Togiak broke its all-time record harvest of 822,000 sockeye set in 1988 with a harvest of 825,000 salmon as of Monday. Escapement has exceeded the goal range and is now the second highest recorded, making the total run a record breaking 1.2 million sockeye.

Statewide, sockeye landings were good in the Alaska Peninsula (cumulative total so far exceeds 3.3 million) and in Prince William Sound, with nearly one million ...

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Efforts to Save a Starving Young Orca Show Dire Situation for the Southern Resident Killer Whales

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - August 14, 2018

The 76 members of the Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) have been on the Endangered Species List since 2005. An iconic and much-loved species in the Pacific Northwest, the population has decreased due to severe declines in Chinook salmon, a primary food source, ship strikes, vessel noise, pollution, and other human-related activities. 

Recent attention has focused on two of its members: a 20 year old female named J-35, also known as ...

 

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Russia Company Plans Increase in Deep Water Crab Harvests

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - August 15, 2018

Vostok-1 Fishery Farm, one of Russia’s leading fishing companies that operates at deep ocean depths, plans to significantly increase the volume of deep-sea crab and fish harvests this year, according to the company.

As part of these plans, the company is going to conduct modernization of its fishing fleet, that will allow it to operate at the depths of 2,500 meters.

Alexander Slizkin, a scientific consultant of the Pacific Research Fishing Center (TINRO-center), one of Russia’s leading fishing research institutions ...

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Whole Foods, HyVee, Aldi and Target Top Greenpeace’s 2018 Supermarket Sustainable Seafood Scorecard

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 15, 2018

Greenpeace has ranked supermarkets by their sustainability efforts and Whole Foods has come out on top.

On Wednesday the NGO released the 10th edition of their Carting Away the Oceans report.  The report takes a look at 22 of the major grocery retailers across the United States and evaluates them based on seafood sustainability practices. Grocery retailers were scored on their policy, initiatives, labeling and transparency, and inventory. And while there is always areas for improvement ...

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45 Tons Of “Illegally Treated” Tuna Seized in Spain

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 14, 2018

Spain is cracking down on fraudulent food. Food Navigator reports that Spanish authorities, who have been working alongside Europol and Interpol, seized 45 tons of tuna that was “illegally treated.”

According to the report, the fish in question were frozen and “only suitable for canning.” However, the fish were treated with an unknown substance that enhanced their color, and then sold as “fresh fish.” While the substance that the fish were treated with has not been identified, it’s likely carbon monoxide, which prevents meat and seafood from discoloring with age. While fish treated with CO is legal in the United Sates, it’s illegal in the European Union.

“This can represent a serious risk to public health, taking into account that the modification of the initial color can mask spoilage allowing the development of biological amines (histamine) responsible for the so called scombroid syndrome in humans,” Spanish authorities said in a statement regarding the tuna seizure.

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Eating Farmed Salmon Just As Good As Going Vegan When it Comes to Reducing Impact on Earth

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 15, 2018

Recycling, using public transportation and reducing trash can reduce your carbon footprint – but what about changing your eating habits? Studies show that eating vegan meals – or  farmed salmon – has the ability to reduce your impact on Earth.

A chart developed by Norwegian NGO Future in Our Hands (FIOH) shows that a farmed salmon meal and vegan meal use the least amount of square meters to produce one portion of dinner ...

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Thai Union Remains on FTSE4Good Index, Receives Multiple Sustainability Awards

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Thai Union] - August 15, 2018

Thai Union announced on Wednesday that they will remain a constituent to the FTSE4Good Emerging Index by the Frank Russell Company.

The FTSE4Good Index Series was launched in 2001 to help investors integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into their investment decisions and as a framework for corporate engagement and stewardship. The indices identify companies that better manage ESG risks and are used as a basis for tracker funds, structured products and as a performance benchmark ...

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Increase in Tilapia Imports Prior to Tariffs: Seasonality or Securing Volume?

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Lorin Castiglione - August 14, 2018

Tilapia, the leading seafood import from China, has seen a dramatic increase in imports for the month of June. Frozen tilapia fillet imports for June 2018 were recorded at 19 million pounds, up 57 percent from the previous month. This figure is in range of the previous 10-year average of 21.2 million pounds, however this is the largest May to June increase recorded with import data dating back to 1998 ...

 

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Retail Sales Forecast Increased By NRF, But Tariff Uncertainty Still An Issue

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 14, 2018

The National Retail Federation (NRF) has changed their 2018 economic forecast.

Back in February the NRF projected that retail industry sales would increase between 3.8 and 4.4 percent. Now, NRF is expecting 2018 retail sales to increase a minimum of 4.5 percent.

So, what sparked the change? NRF is crediting the upgraded forecast to tax reform and “other positive economic inputs.” However, with that said, the organization is still concerned about the impact of tariffs on consumer confidence ...

 

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