Wed. Jan 27 2021

What California’s Lifted Stay-At-Home Order Means for Restaurants


Biden's Climate-focused Executive Order Includes Controversial ‘30 by 30’ Initiative


Statement from Maine’s Fishing Community on Offshore Wind Development    


Over 40 U.S. States Lost Restaurant Jobs in December as Pandemic Continues to Hit Industry


Mowi Scotland Earns ASC Certification for Seawater Salmon Farms  


Gray Whales Along West Coast Decline; Drop Doesn't Imperil Population


Regal New Zealand King Salmon Expands U.S. Distribution Across Midwest  


Jeffrey Robertson Joins Stavis Seafoods as New National Accounts Manager   


Vietnam Expects Notable Jump in Shrimp Exports in 2021


National Restaurant Association Releases 2021 State of the Restaurant Industry Report


NaturalShrimp Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for RAS Facility in Iowa  


CP Foods Releases Sustainability Strategy with Focus on Food Security and Circular Economy


Alaska Fish Radio: CodCoil Pots For Black Cod Can’t Keep Up With Demand  


Quiznos Brings Back Lobster Classic, Introduces New Old Bay Lobster Club Ahead of Lent  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, January 27


Tue. Jan 26 2021

Multiple Salmon Processing Facilities in Chile Halt Operations as COVID-19 Cases Spike  


Governor Mills Announces Action to Advance Offshore Wind in Gulf of Maine  


Surimi Imports in November Continues to Decrease by a Quarter  


Gulf of Alaska Cod Reinstated as MSC Certified, RFM Certification Remains in Place


Halibut Area 2A License Applications Open for Submission for 2021  


Karen Hyun Appointed as Chief of Staff of NOAA by Biden-Harris Administration


North American Local Catch Network Nets $500K USDA Grant to Push “Boat-to-Fork” Seafood Marketing


New NFI Chair Highlights Market Data and Expert Insights Available at Virtual GSMC


Bristol Bay Sockeye Brand Releases Salmon Cooking Guide Website  


Clover Leaf Seafoods Recalls Sardines Products Due to Potential Presence of Dangerous Bacteria


Aquaculture Firm Omega Azul Nets ASC Certification


USCG Rescues Three from F/V Sunup After Collision with Humboldt Bay Jetty


Southern Shrimp Alliance Releases Data Documenting Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp  


Pacific Halibut Catches for 2021 Projected to Be Higher  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, January 26


Mon. Jan 25 2021

ANALYSIS: Lobster Exports to China Continue Upward Trend; Total Exports Trail 2019 Levels  


Clearwater Seafoods Closes Deal With Premium Brands, First Nations Coalition


Prospect of China’s Domestic Seafood Looks Optimistic this Year


PODCAST: COVID Outbreaks at Alaska Plants; Indoor Dining Updates; 2020 Shrimp Landings and More


China Suspends Shrimp Imports From Ecuadorian Establishment Due to White Spot Virus  


ANALYSIS: Pangasius Imports Skyrocket 122 Percent  


Imports of Pacific Cod, Atka Mackerel Increase from Russia, Habitat May Have Moved From Alaska  


RCMP Ends Search For Missing Chief William Saulis Fishermen


Massachusetts to Kick off Year-long 'Ropeless' Gear Feasibility Study


Wild Alaskan Company Introduces Red King Crab Special in 2021  


Russian Fishing Sector on Verge of Consolidation


FISH Standard for Crew Names Seafood Industry Veteran as Executive Director


Bristol Seafood Names Rick Espindola as VP of Procurement


Seaweed Can Help Reduce Methane Emissions From Cow Farts, Burps   


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, January 25


Fri. Jan 22 2021

The Latest Market Briefing is Here!


2020 Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Landings Lowest Recorded  


Alaskans Push For Permanent Protection as Pebble Mine Appeals USACE Permit Denial


VIDEO: COVID-19 Outbreak; COVID Impacts Chilean Salmon; Dungeness Crab Delay; GAA's New COO


Food and Agricultural Workers Prioritized for COVID-19 Vaccine Under Phase 1b


NOAA Release Blue Economy Strategy Plan for 2021-2025


AquaGen Invest NOK 150 Million in Land-based Salmon Broodstock Facility


Ocean Outcomes Names New President, CEO as it Outlines Future and Looks Back on Six Years


Alaska Fish Radio: Electric Boats Get a Boost in Alaska


Veramaris Becomes First Micro Microalgae for Feed Producer to Achieve Joint ASC-MSC Certification


Seafood Donations to Food Banks Exceeded 8 Million Servings in 2020


Baader Acquires Swedish Fish Processing Manufacturer SEAC


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, January 22


Thu. Jan 21 2021

USCG Warns Fishermen, Particularly Crabbers, About the Perils of Turning Off AIS


ANALYSIS: King Crab Market Firm as Demand Outweighs Supply  


How the FDA is Supporting the Distribution of the COVID-19 Vaccination to Food and Ag Workers


IPHC Publishes New Accreditation Process for Processor Advisory Board  


Thoma-Sea Marine Gets NOAA Contract for Two New Oceanographic Research Ships


Traci Chidester Promoted to Assistant General Manager of Pacific Seafood Clackamas


Regal New Zealand King Salmon Kicks Off New Year With 4 Awards  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, January 21


Wed. Jan 20 2021

SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, January 20


NOAA Expands Gulf of Mexico Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary


Grieg Seafood Enters Joint Venture for Post-smolt and Land-based Salmon Farming


Long John Silver’s Announces New CEO as Company "Charts New Course"


BlueNalu’s $60 Million in Financing Round Includes Well-known Seafood Companies


Local Government Calls on Chilean Processing Plants to Close, Citing COVID-19 Outbreaks


Japan November Fisheries Imports Dip 9%; Chilean Coho Salmon Sees Notable Jump as Shrimp, Squid Fall  


NOAA’s Southeast Fisheries COVID-19 Report Reveals Impact on Seafood Dealers and Processors


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What California’s Lifted Stay-At-Home Order Means for Restaurants

On Monday California lifted its stay-at-home order, allowing restaurants and other establishments to reopen. But don’t start celebrating just yet.

Restaurant restrictions and closures due to the coronavirus have varied based on state and county. In early December, as a result of increasing COVID-19 hospitalizations, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the Golden State would be split into five regions - the Bay Area, Greater Sacramento, Northern California, San Joaquin Valley, and Southern California. If ICU capacity in a region fell below 15%...

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Biden's Climate-focused Executive Order Includes Controversial ‘30 by 30’ Initiative

President Joe Biden is expected to sign an executive order (EO) focused on tackling the climate crisis including the controversial ‘30 by 30’ provision, which calls for conserving 30 percent of U.S. lands and oceans by 2030.

“The order commits to the goal of conserving at least 30 percent of our lands and oceans by 2030 and launches a process for stakeholder engagement from agricultural and forest landowners, fishermen, Tribes, States, Territories, local officials, and others to identify strategies that will result in broad participation,” the statement from the White House...

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Statement from Maine’s Fishing Community on Offshore Wind Development

Editor's Note: This opinion piece is written on behalf of Patrice McCarron, Maine Lobstermen's Association; Ben Martens, Maine Coast Fishermen's Association; Annie Tselikis, Maine Lobster Dealers Association; Rocky Alley, Maine Lobstering Union; Paul Anderson, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries; and Sheila Dassatt, Downeast Lobstermen's Association

Maine fishermen are deeply committed to clean energy and protecting the environment. We draw our livelihoods from the ocean and recognize the fragility of our shared marine environment. Maine fishermen understand and support the need to develop clean renewable energy sources, but do not share the...

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Mowi Scotland Earns ASC Certification for Seawater Salmon Farms

Mowi Scotland announced it has achieved certification for four seawater salmon farms from the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) bumping its total of certified farms to eight.

The company’s sites at Loch Linnhe, Gorsten, Marulaig Bay and Stulaigh join Loch Leven as ASC certified farms. Mowi views this achievement as a key step as the company looks to get all of its sites ASC certified.

The ASC standards are a result of the Aquaculture Dialogues, initiated by WWF USA, and founded the development of verifiable environmental...

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Regal New Zealand King Salmon Expands U.S. Distribution Across Midwest

Folks in the Midwest will now be able to get their hands on Regal New Zealand King Salmon’s award winning product. New Zealand King Salmon announced on Monday that they’ve expanded their U.S. distribution with the launch of their premium Regal Fresh King Salmon at all Fresh Thyme Market grocery stores across 10 Midwest states.

For those unfamiliar with the product, Regal New Zealand King Salmon is raised in the clean and cold waters of New Zealand’s Marlborough Sounds. The salmon is sustainably raised and certified kosher...

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Vietnam Expects Notable Jump in Shrimp Exports in 2021

According to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exports and Producers (VASEP), exports of shrimp from Vietnam are expected to jump by 15% compared to 2020.

Overall, export turnover is expected to reach over USD $4 billion with VASEP crediting advantages over competitors and participation in free trade agreements.

Phung Duc Tien, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development said Vietnam has advantages in the U.S., European and Chinese markets...

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NaturalShrimp Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for RAS Facility in Iowa

NaturalShrimp hosted a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Webster City, Iowa, facility, known as NaturalShrimp Iowa.

The ceremony was attended by the executive management team of the company, personnel who will be operating the plant, the Webster city mayor and his wife along with local media.

NaturalShrimp’s three Iowa facilities contain the tanks and infrastructure to support the production of shrimp. One site has 240 tanks, 10,000 gallons each, a second site has 24 tanks, 10,000 gallons each and the third site has 240 tanks, 200 to 500 gallons each the company explained...

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Alaska Fish Radio: CodCoil Pots For Black Cod Can’t Keep Up With Demand

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

Lightweight, collapsible coiled pots are changing the game for Alaska black cod fishermen and in under two years, nearly 10,000 will soon be working the fishing grounds.

“I've had more than one fisherman tell me that for the first time in a long time they are excited about fishing black cod again.”

Pete Sawle runs Fish Tech, Inc. and sells the CodCoil pots invented by fellow fisherman and researcher Alexander Stubbs of San Francisco...

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Multiple Salmon Processing Facilities in Chile Halt Operations as COVID-19 Cases Spike

Chilean salmon industry association SalmonChile announced on January 22 that multiple member companies would halt operations in Quellón, Chile as COVID-19 cases spiked in the commune.

Salmones Austral, Yadran and Marine Farm stopped production on January 22 with plans to re-open on January 25 or January 26 with employees on shift only entering the facility with a negative coronavirus test.

“The industry plan involves taking PCR to all workers in the process plants and intensive sanitation of all facilities. For this reason, our partner companies...

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Surimi Imports in November Continues to Decrease by a Quarter

According to the Ministry of Finance's trade statistics, the amount of surimi imported into Japan in November 2020 was 19,267 tons, down 22.6% from the same month of the previous year, and down from the last year in all months.

Imports from the United States continued to decline at a quarter pace, down 24% at 9,192 tons. Surimi production in the United States kept dropping by 20-30%, and due to this, imports to Japan have also decreased by the same amount...

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Over 40 U.S. States Lost Restaurant Jobs in December as Pandemic Continues to Hit Industry

The National Restaurant Association said the downward slide in restaurant business conditions continued in December 2020 with the bottom dropping out on restaurant employment in the month, with 400,000 jobs lost across the country.

State-by-state, 42 states and Washington, D.C. had job losses in the month with only 8 states seeing employment increases. The biggest loss came in California, losing 85,800 eating and drinking place jobs.

Michigan (-46,600), New York (-33,000) and Minnesota (-32,800) also shed a significant number of restaurant jobs in December, the Association shared...

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Gray Whales Along West Coast Decline; Drop Doesn't Imperil Population

Gray whales are a familiar sight along the West Coast, but an unusual mortality even seems responsible for a recent decline in the population.

A new population assessment shows a 24 percent drop since 2016, to an estimated 20,580 whales.

"That is similar to previous fluctuations in the Eastern North Pacific population that has long since recovered from the days of whaling," NMFS said in a a press release.

The unusual mortality event in 2019 resulted in ...

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Jeffrey Robertson Joins Stavis Seafoods as New National Accounts Manager

Jeffrey Robertson is Stavis Seafoods’ new National Accounts Manager. Robertson, a 25-year-vereran of the seafood and food industries, joins the multinational fishing company and seafood manufacturer after spending the last 10 years as the National Key Account Manager at Morey’s Seafood International.

“Jeff has a history of successfully establishing long term sales relationships with national-level customers and will be a key part of our overall growth strategy moving forward,” said Stavis Seafoods President David Lancaster. “Jeff will be a vital part of our new business efforts...

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National Restaurant Association Releases 2021 State of the Restaurant Industry Report

The National Restaurant Association released its 2021 State of the Restaurant Industry Report, which measures the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the restaurant industry and examines the current state of key pillars including technology and off-premises, labor, and menu trends across segments based on a survey of 6,000 restaurant operators and consumer preferences from a survey of 1,000 adults. The report also provides a look at the path to recovery for chains, franchises, and independents and the year of transition ahead.

Key findings regarding the impact of coronavirus on the restaurant industry include...

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CP Foods Releases Sustainability Strategy with Focus on Food Security and Circular Economy

Charoen Pokphand Foods PLC (CP Foods) unveiled its sustainability strategy and targets with Senior Vice President Wuthichai Sithipreedanant sharing that food security and circular economy-based operation will be at its backbone.

Sithipreedanant, the SVP of Social Responsibility and Sustainability Development said, “the company, as an integrated agro-industrial and food business that are concerned with social and environmental responsibility as well as food security for Thailand and the globe, will apply the circular economy concept throughout the value chain...

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Quiznos Brings Back Lobster Classic, Introduces New Old Bay Lobster Club Ahead of Lent

It’s backkkk…. But only for a limited time.

Sandwich franchise Quiznos has brought back a fan favorite sub - the Classic Lobster - a few weeks before the start of Lent.

The Classic Lobster sub features a lobster and seafood salad (which contains Alaska pollock), and is topped with shredded lettuce on butter-toasted Italian white bread. But for those looking for a little extra flavor, Quiznos is introducing a new lobster sandwich in 2021: The Old Bay Lobster Club...

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Governor Mills Announces Action to Advance Offshore Wind in Gulf of Maine

On Monday Maine’s Governor Janet Mills proposed a series of actions to advance the nation’s first floating offshore wind research array in federal waters. 

Offshore Wind has been a topic of concern for Maine’s fishing industry, something that Gov. Mills acknowledged in a letter addressed to Maine’s fishermen and fishing organizations. But with that said, Gov. Mills said that she feels strongly that Maine must be committed to the development of clean energy and to fight against climate change. “I wanted you to hear from me directly...

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