Tue. Nov 19 2019

ANALYSIS: Canadian Snow Crab Market Extremely Firm Since End of October  


FDA Hits Vietnamese Tuna Company With Import Alert After Scombrotoxin Fish Poisoning Outbreak  


Lawmakers’ Plea to NOAA: Don’t Lift West Coast Ban on Longlines


FAO: Global Fisheries at a Crossroads, Time for a New Vision


Red Lobster Celebrates the Holidays With New Offerings in Create Your Own Ultimate Feast®   


NOAA, NFWF Provide $30 Million in Grants to Support Coastal Resilience Efforts in 23 States


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, November 19


Mon. Nov 18 2019

City of Adak Asks Court for One-Year Stay to Keep Plant Open for Cod A Season


LISTEN: US Attempts Lobster Mini-Deal With EU; Salmon Price-Fixing and Seafood at the Dinner Table  


ANALYSIS: Stone Crab Season Off to Promising Start  


ANALYSIS: China Bay Scallops – Prices Up, Imports Down  


Bristol Bay Forecast is Strong for 2020, But Recent Record Runs May Portend Downturn


Santa Monica Seafood Spices Up Brand With New Logo


Collaboration Encourages Responsible Development of Yellow Sea Region


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, November 18


Fri. Nov 15 2019

US Tries to Get Mini-Deal Tariff Relief on Lobsters from EU, but No Dice  


VIDEO: Chilean Salmon in US; Harbor Seafood Wins Award; Right Whales Act; WC Dungeness Season Delay  


US Investigating Salmon Price-Fixing; Mowi, SalMar Receive Subpoenas  


CEO of Samherji Steps Aside as Company Launches Investigation Into Corruption Allegations


Alexa Cole Named NOAA's Director for International Affairs and Seafood Inspection


New Report Looks at Problem of TAC-Setting Above Scientific Levels in Europe


Russian Government Plans to Allocate Additional Support to Domestic Crab Producers This Year  


Pollution Ranked #1 Threat to Seafood by Customers, Strong Support for Ecolabels


SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Commit $900,000 To Protect Critically Endangered North Atlantic Right Whale


Captain D’s Reaches the Next Frontier in Utah


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, November 15


Thu. Nov 14 2019

Primary West Coast Dungeness Season Delayed Until Mid-December at the Earliest  


Pollock Parts Plug Body Holes, Clean Lead From Soil  


CPF Reports Better-Than-Expected Q3 Earnings


Tuna’s Carbon Ratios Indicate Changes in Oceanic Food Web  


Australia Reports on Largest Pacific Illegal Fishing Surveillance Operation


Cantwell Language to Improve Legislation Getting Fisheries Disaster Aid to Fleets Passes Committee


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, November 14


SAVE Right Whales Act Passes Out of Senate Committee


Wed. Nov 13 2019

Chilean Salmon Making Its Way to the States as National Strikes Stall the Country  


Zoneco Says 80 Percent of Scallops Found Dead; Cause Unknown  


Coast Guard Names a Pair of Cutters After 9/11 Heroes


High-stakes Effort to End Harmful Fisheries Subsidies Under New Leadership at WTO


Farmed Fish Fail to Reduce Pressure on Wild Stocks, Study Says


Russian Sakhalin and Kuril Islands May Face Salmon Shortage in Years Ahead  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, November 13


Swedish Study Improves Nutrition and Sustainability for Farmed Lobster, Wolffish


Cooke Aquaculture's Northeast Nutrition Celebrates Expansion Boosting Output 50%


Tue. Nov 12 2019

SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, November 12


What's Next for Amazon: Taking AmazonFresh Beyond Online and into Brick-and-Mortar Stores


Norway Royal Salmon Announces Q3 Results  


You Chang Trading Recalls Siluriformes Products


Mowi Tabs Ivan Vindheim as New CEO


Japanese Snow Crab Season Opens, Auction Fetches ¥5 Million ($45,800) For One Crab  


Harbor Seafood Takes Home US Foods’ Center-of-the-plate Award   


Applications Open for Future Leaders Canada 2020 Program


Bering Sea Region Returns Most Fish Bucks to Alaska


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ANALYSIS: Canadian Snow Crab Market Extremely Firm Since End of October

As we reported back in October, Canadian snow crab market has been firming through late summer and fall on all size. However, over this past week and a half, the market has been extremely firm. Since the end of October 8-ounce and 10-ounce crab has adjusted over $0.30 higher while 5-8s trended $0.15 higher.

Also noted is the continued strength of 8-ounce crab. Historically, 8-ounce crab prior to 2018 tracked much more closely with 5-8-ounce crab...

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FDA Hits Vietnamese Tuna Company With Import Alert After Scombrotoxin Fish Poisoning Outbreak

The FDA placed Truong Phu Xanh Co, a Vietnamese tuna supplier on Import Alert following an investigation of incidents of scombrotoxin fish poisoning linked to yellowfin tuna.

The Import Alert now allows the FDA to detain any yellowfin tuna products without examination. The product will not be able to enter the US unless Truong Phu Xanh can prove it meets US food safety standards.

The FDA urged the company to initiate a voluntary recall of all its imported yellowfin tuna...

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Lawmakers’ Plea to NOAA: Don’t Lift West Coast Ban on Longlines

California Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congressman Jared Huffman (both D-Calif.) and nine members of Congress called on NOAA to reconsider the steps it has taken to authorize the use of longlines off the West Coast of the United States.

The release from Senator Feinstein’s office said, “longlines, which have been banned in California waters since 1989, can unintentionally catch or kill endangered marine species. Instead of advancing sustainable options that yield higher quality catch, the Trump administration is proposing to expand the use of outdated..."

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NOAA, NFWF Provide $30 Million in Grants to Support Coastal Resilience Efforts in 23 States

NOAA and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, alongside partners Shell and TransRe, announced $30 million in new grants to support coastal resilience projects in 23 states and U.S. territories.

The grants will restore or expand natural features including coastal marshes and wetlands, dune and beach systems, oyster and coral reefs, mangroves, forests, coastal rivers, and barrier islands that help minimize the impacts of storms, rising sea levels and other extreme events on nearby communities and habitats, according to a press release from...

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City of Adak Asks Court for One-Year Stay to Keep Plant Open for Cod A Season

Last week the city of Adak asked a federal court to stay their order from last March -- until January 1, 2021 -- so the city’s only processing plant can operate during the Pacific cod season next year.

The March 2019 court decision agreed with plaintiffs representing the Bering Sea bottom trawl fleets that target flatfish, mackerel and cod, that Amendment 113, setting a 5,000 mt cod set-aside for remote villages in the Aleutian Islands, was not compliant with the Magnuson-Stevens Act. 

The Court ...

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ANALYSIS: Stone Crab Season Off to Promising Start

The 2019-2020 stone crab season opened on October 15 and is set to run through May 15. By all accounts, last season was a disappointment in terms of landings. Last year we saw the lowest landings in Florida state history, at roughly 1.9 million pounds; a 24% drop from the 5-year average harvest of 2.5 million pounds. Florida provides nearly all of the stone crab in the US, accounting for 98% of the supply.  Fisherman in the state had to contend with the relentless red tide and the aftermath...

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Bristol Bay Forecast is Strong for 2020, But Recent Record Runs May Portend Downturn

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game predicts anywhere from 36 to 61 million salmon will return to Bristol Bay in 2020, but experts note that the point estimate of 48.9 million “is a relatively high forecast," almost 30% larger than the long-term average of 34.6 million and 6% above the ten-year average. 

ADF&G’s Bristol Bay biologist Greg Buck spoke to Isabelle Ross of KDLG last week about the enormous returns in the area in recent summers, and how they can impact future ...

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Collaboration Encourages Responsible Development of Yellow Sea Region

At the China Fisheries and Seafood Expo, held in Qinqdao, a new initiative was launched to focus on the responsible development of the Yellow Sea Region.

The Yellow Sea Responsible Mariculture (YSRM) Initiative consists of 31 seafood producers, processors and distributors. According to the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, the YSRM members aim to process and sell seafood in a responsible manner, put ecological safety and consumer health at the forefront of their corporate development goals, and help protect the Yellow Sea ecosystem.

“The aim of this initiative is to help businesses improve their..."

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VIDEO: Chilean Salmon in US; Harbor Seafood Wins Award; Right Whales Act; WC Dungeness Season Delay

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video hosts Lorin Castiglione and Ryan Doyle as they discuss Chilean salmon reaching the US market despite firms struggling with logistics as protests and strikes continue throughout the country; Harbor Seafood won US Foods' Center-of-the-plate Award; a Senate Committee's passing of the SAVE Right Whales Act and the primary west coast Dungeness crab season delay.

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CEO of Samherji Steps Aside as Company Launches Investigation Into Corruption Allegations

Thorsteinn Mar Baldvinsson, CEO of Icelandic fishing conglomerate Samherji, will “step aside” from his position as the company launches an internal investigation into allegations of corruption for the company’s actions in Namibia.

Until “key material facts of the matter” are revealed through the internal investigation, Björgólfur Jóhannsson will function as acting CEO of Samherji.

Jóhannsson has been the CEO & President of Icelandair Group, Chair of Fisheries Iceland (SFF), Chair of The Icelandic Employers Association (SA) and CEO of the seafood company Icelandic Group. He will focus on meeting...

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FAO: Global Fisheries at a Crossroads, Time for a New Vision

Director General of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization Qu Dongyu opened the International Symposium on Fisheries Sustainability with a strong message: “Fisheries are facing an important crossroad and the world needs a new vision in the 21st century.”

The Symposium kicked off on Monday and Dongyu explained that by 2050, the human population will be nearing the 10 billion mark, and land alone will not be able to feed everyone. The world will need to rely on seafood more than ever.

Dongyu spoke at the FAO’s Rome...

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Red Lobster Celebrates the Holidays With New Offerings in Create Your Own Ultimate Feast®

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and with it, the holiday period of feasting can begin. Red Lobster is celebrating the season by offering seafood feasts without the fuss of cooking at home by bringing back their popular Create Your Own Ultimate Feast®.  

The limited-time event offers new entrees to choose from, plus a variety of seasonal cocktails as well as home or office delivery. In its second year, Create Your Own Ultimate Feast® lets guests choose their own seafood ...

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LISTEN: US Attempts Lobster Mini-Deal With EU; Salmon Price-Fixing and Seafood at the Dinner Table

Join SeafoodNews Podcast hosts Lorin Castiglione and Ryan Doyle as they discuss USTR Robert Lighthizer's attempt to get a mini-deal done with the European Union that would have lifted tariffs on US lobster for exports to the EU; the DOJ's investigation of Atlantic salmon price-fixing as major producers received subpoenas; the Dungeness crab season delay and tips to get seafood on the dinner table every week.

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ANALYSIS: China Bay Scallops – Prices Up, Imports Down

Tariffs have been affecting many markets since their implementation, but for China bay scallops, tariffs aren’t the only thing inflating prices. Increasing labor costs overseas are adding to the upwards pressure, especially on the smaller size counts including 120/150s and 150/200s.

Reports from key industry players indicate smaller sizes will be staying domestically within China and other Asian markets, causing exports to the United States to shrink, go forward.

Currently 120/150 ct. sized China bay scallops are averaging $3.60, only slightly higher than 2017 and 2018 prices...

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Santa Monica Seafood Spices Up Brand With New Logo

Santa Monica Seafood kicked off the launch of its new brand identity with the release of a fresh logo. One of the top seafood distributors, Santa Monica is amidst changes that include evolving its offerings and expanding its presence across the nation.

Santa Monica is celebrating its 80th anniversary. The company has strong ties to California, Arizona, Nevada and recently in New Mexico and Illinois.

“Santa Monica Seafood will not rest on its laurels,” Michael Cigliano, Board Chairman and Executive VP of Santa Monica Seafood said...

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US Tries to Get Mini-Deal Tariff Relief on Lobsters from EU, but No Dice

The US trade representative Robert Lighthizer tried to get a mini-deal done with the EU that would have lifted tariffs on US lobster for export to the EU.

Currently Canadian lobster, both live and frozen, can enter the EU duty-free, while US lobster faces an 8% tariff on live, and a 6% tariff on frozen.  This has been enough to radically shift markets in France and Italy to Canada, which enjoys a significant tariff price advantage.

According to a report that first appeared in Politico Europe, the US proposed a mini-trade agreement covering lobsters and some chemicals, in which the EU would drop tariffs on these...

 

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US Investigating Salmon Price-Fixing; Mowi, SalMar Receive Subpoenas

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) will subpoena Mowi as the DOJ investigates alleged price-fixing of Atlantic salmon. SalMar has already received a subpoena from the department.

The latest investigation comes after an inspection by the European Commission (EC) which claimed the companies have engaged in anticompetitive price-fixing.

According to a press release from both Mowi and SalMar, the DOJ Antitrust Division is opening an investigation involving allegations of similar conduct.

Both companies said, “there are no basis for the EU inspection and that the class action...

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