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Jun 26 - FISH-NL Wants Cod Quality Program Eliminated


Jun 14 - FFAW: To Protect Cod Stock, Action Needs to Be Taken to Control Seal Population


Jun 12 - Council Rejects Emergency Order Request for Adak Cod Set-Aside for 2020


May 30 - FFAW-Unifor Meets With Federal Fisheries Minister, Discuss Northern Cod Management


May 28 - Highly Ironic That Export Award from Gov’t Went to Maine Company Most Hurt by Seafood Tariffs


May 24 - FISH-NL Takes A Stand Against Proposal to Grant Labrador Harvesters 25% of Northern Cod Quotas


May 24 - Oceana Highlights Long Term Benefits of Rebuilt Northern Cod Fishery as DFO Readies Quota Call


May 20 - Russian Fish Harvests Level Off, Decrease After Years of Consecutive Growth


May 14 - Russia’s RRPK Developing Major Fish Processing Assets in the North


May 6 - Russia and Norway Prepare to Increase Barents Sea Whitefish Catch in 2020


Apr 25 - Alaska Seafood Industry Snapshot


Apr 3 - Norway Exports of Fresh Cod Decline in First Quarter of 2019; Frozen Cod Volumes Increase


Apr 1 - China's Seafood Trade Continues Growth Trend


Mar 29 - Russia Plans to Force More Domestic Processing of Pollock, Crab by Fiat


Mar 25 - Russian Fish Producer Norebo Plans to Expand Fishing Fleet with 10 New Vessels/Processors


Mar 13 - IKEA Canada Adds Sustainable Salmon Balls to Restaurant Menus


Mar 8 - VIDEO: Farmed Salmon Update; Lent Seafood; MSC Gulf Snow Crab; SeaPak Budweiser Partnership


Mar 7 - Norwegian Frozen Cod Exports Drop Slightly in February, But Up Overall For the Year


Mar 6 - Shoney’s Kicks Off Seafood Season with New Menu Items, Enhanced Seafood Fresh Food Bar


Mar 6 - Chick-Fil-A Promotes its Cod Sandwich for Lent


Feb 22 - VIDEO: Ocean Beauty & Findus; Wendy’s Cod Sandwich; Trident Target of EPA Fine; and More


Feb 21 - Wendy’s Brings Back North Pacific Cod Sandwich for Lent Despite Pollock Price Difference


Feb 20 - Study: Ocean Acidification Harms Atlantic Cod


Feb 20 - Alaska Fishing Updates for February


Feb 5 - Norwegian Frozen Cod Exports Rise in January 2019


Feb 4 - French Documentary on Cod Soaking Causing Problems in Norway


Jan 30 - FFAW Argues that Reference Point for Newfoundland Cod is Out of Date


Jan 28 - Prince William Sound Waters Open for Pacific Cod Today


Jan 28 - Russia Considers Adding Pollock, Herring and Cod to 'No History' Quota Auctions This Year


Jan 16 - Data on Alaska Fish Catches, Prices, Processor Sales by AK Region


Jan 7 - Norwegian Seafood Exports Set Record; Just Miss 100 Billion Kroner Mark


Jan 4 - Icewater Seafoods Founder Bruce Wareham Dies at 75


Jan 3 - Russia Initiates Plans for Pollock, Crab Harvests in Arctic Seas This Year


Jan 2 - Alaska Fishing Gears Up for 2019


Dec 11 - Alaska State Cod Winter/Spring TAC Near 8 Million Pounds After Reallocation from Bering Sea


Dec 10 - Norway Reports 10% Growth in Export Value for Salmon, Increase in Cod Exports in November


Nov 26 - Russia Expects Record Fish Harvests This Year; Salmon Growth Almost Doubles


Nov 21 - Trident’s Protein Noodles Top Winner at Alaska Seafood Contest


Nov 21 - Kuril Islands Resolution with Japan Could Mean Huge Losses for Russian Seafood Industry


Nov 9 - Halibut’s a Wrap But There’s Lots of Fishing Going on Across Alaska


Oct 26 - Electronic Monitoring Expands, Nov. 1 Deadline to Sign On


Oct 25 - Is FFAW Crying Wolf Over 3Ps Cod: Inshore Sector Increased Their Catches as Stock Remained Low


Oct 24 - Pier Fish Co. Names Beth Hickam to Vice President of West Coast Sales


Oct 15 - Imported Seafood Lures More Chinese Foodies, According to JD Report


Oct 1 - Russian Leading Fish Producer Norebo Subjected to State Searches, Seizures


Sep 18 - Cod Catches, Hatcheries Shuffle Alaska Fish Board Line Up


Sep 18 - 10% Tariffs on $200 Billion Chinese Exports Take Effect; Some Pollock and Cod Products May be Exempt


Aug 8 - Cod Study Shows Encouraging Signs


Aug 1 - Iceland Seafood International Acquires Solo Seafood


Jul 31 - New Russian State Producer Could Pose Direct Competition to Traditional Fishing Companies


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FISH-NL Wants Cod Quality Program Eliminated

Fresh off the DFO's announcement of a 30% increase in the total allowable catch for the northern cod stewardship fishery, the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) is calling for the elimination of the cod quality program.

The cod quality program began in 2014 as a way to improve the quality and price of cod landed. However, FISH-NL argues that in the five years that the program has been around, the average price of cod has actually declined...

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FFAW: To Protect Cod Stock, Action Needs to Be Taken to Control Seal Population  

FFAW is calling on the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to "take action to control the overpopulation of seals." The call for action comes after the DFO announced the management plan for certain groundfish species in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, including the total allowable catch (TAC) for 3Pn4RS cod.

The management plan for 3Pn4RS cod sets the TAC at 1000t for a two-year period, which is a 68% reduction from the previous season. The reduction is a result of the increasing rate of...

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FFAW-Unifor Meets With Federal Fisheries Minister, Discuss Northern Cod Management

FFAW-Unifor's president, secretary treasurer and director of public affairs met with Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Jonathan Wilkinson in St. John's on Wednesday. According to the organization, which represents approximately 15,000 working women and men throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, the meeting focused on northern cod.

"FFAW highlighted the management recommendations presented by the NL Groundfish Industry Development Council and the importance of northern cod to fish harvesters, plant workers and coastal communities," the group said in a statement regarding the meeting...

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FISH-NL Takes A Stand Against Proposal to Grant Labrador Harvesters 25% of Northern Cod Quotas

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) announced this week that they are against a proposal that could see 25% of the northern cod quota allocated to harvesters from Labrador and processed there. According to Ryan Cleary, President of Fish-NL, the issue is granting one group or organization the percentage of the overall total allowable catch.

"The inshore harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador as a whole must be the principle beneficiary of adjacent fish stocks," Cleary said...

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Russian Fish Harvests Level Off, Decrease After Years of Consecutive Growth

Russia may be faced with the decline of total fish catch this year after several years of consecutive growth, according to recent statements of some leading Russian fishermen and experts of Rosrybolovstvo.

According to official state statistics, as of May 8, the total fish catch in Russia amounted to 1.78 million tonnes, which is by 1.7% lower than same period last year.

The biggest decline is in the Northern Basin, where total catch amounted to only 179,800 tonnes, which is 33.46% below the 2018 level.

The decline was...

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Russia and Norway Prepare to Increase Barents Sea Whitefish Catch in 2020

Russia and Norway plan to significantly increase their volume of Barents Sea cod, haddock and other types of whitefish during the next several years, according to recent fish authorities from both countries.

Although for 2019 the quota for Barents Sea cod, which was set by both Russia and Norway, was a 7% decrease from 2018, to 725,000 tonnes. According to some sources in the Russian Federal Agency for Fishery, Rosrybolovstvo, Russia plans to push for an increase in 2020.

The same is applied ...

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Norway Exports of Fresh Cod Decline in First Quarter of 2019; Frozen Cod Volumes Increase

The Norwegian Seafood Council released export data for the first quarter of 2019 and is reporting a decline in the volume of fresh cod. According to the data, the volume of fresh cod fell 22%, with just 25,200 tons exported.

"Reduced quotas and a prolonged period of bad weather mean that less raw material has been brought to the market," said Norwegian Seafood Council analyst Ingrid K. Pettersen. "This is evident in the figures for fresh cod exports...

 

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Russia Plans to Force More Domestic Processing of Pollock, Crab by Fiat

The Russian government plans to seriously tighten control for the sales of fish and seafood both in the domestic market and abroad with the aim to ensure additional supplies of domestic catch to local customers, according to recent statements of Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo) representatives.

According to Ilya Shestakov, head of Rosrybolovstvo, the government is continuing its work on the design of a new federal law that will set new standards for fish trade in Russia and the...

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IKEA Canada Adds Sustainable Salmon Balls to Restaurant Menus

Forget about IKEA’s Swedish meatballs. IKEA Canada shoppers can now indulge in salmon balls. The home furnishing retailer announced on Tuesday that they have introduced salmon balls to the restaurant menus from “coast to coast.”

IKEA’s salmon balls are made from ASC-certified salmon, with the addition of MSC-certified cod. But in addition to being sustainably sourced, the new menu items are also responsibly produced in that they are made from smaller sections of salmon that “cannot be used as fillets...

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Norwegian Frozen Cod Exports Drop Slightly in February, But Up Overall For the Year

The Norwegian Seafood Council is reporting that 17,000 tons of frozen cod have been exported so far this year – an increase in volume of 11%.

In February the largest recipients of frozen cod were China, the UK and the Netherlands. But while exports of frozen cod for the year are up, they were down for the month of February when comparing to the previous month. In February 7,200 tons of frozen cod were exported, a decrease in volume of 4%. Looking back to January...

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Chick-Fil-A Promotes its Cod Sandwich for Lent

Chick-Fil-A is bringing back its cod sandwich at participating locations, menued as catch of the day.

The Lent offering will be available from March 6th until April 20th.  

The company has offered a fish sandwich during Lent in the past as well.

According to a release on the company’s website, they will also offer a deluxe fish sandwich with cheese, and 2 and 3 count fish  meals with waffle fries.

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Wendy’s Brings Back North Pacific Cod Sandwich for Lent Despite Pollock Price Difference 

The North Pacific Cod Sandwich is back at Wendy’s – and just in time for Lent.

The North Pacific Cod Sandwich is a limited time menu option added just once a year. The Lenten season staple starts with a wild-caught North Pacific cod fillet, which is hand-cut and lightly breaded with crispy panko crumbs. The fillet is topped with a creamy dill tartar sauce, dill pickles and crisp lettuce and served to fish lovers on a toasted bun.

While fast food chains like...

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Alaska Fishing Updates for February

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – There’s lots of February fishing going on.

Hundreds of boats of all types are out in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea targeting pollock, cod, flounders and other whitefish.

The Bering Sea snow crab fishery is still ongoing and openers for their bigger cousin, bairdi Tanners, kicked off on February 12 in Southeast Alaska. The duration will depend on how the catches go in specific regions for 62 participants and it’s likely to last a few weeks. The Tanner harvest should top one million pounds...

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French Documentary on Cod Soaking Causing Problems in Norway

A French TV documentary titled "Mollo sur le cabillaud" (Easy on the Cod) has sparked a marketing debate in Norway.

Cod is the second most popular fish in France, after salmon, and most of the cod eaten there is Norwegian cod sent to China for processing, and then imported back to Europe.

The problem, as usual, is the amount of undeclared water and tripolyphosphate added to increase the weight of the fillets.

The French film crew sent a reporter to the...

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Prince William Sound Waters Open for Pacific Cod Today 

The Prince William Sound state water fishery for Pacific cod using pots will open today at noon Alaska time. 

The guideline harvest level (GHL) for the PWS Pacific cod state-waters season is 936,965 lb, with 85% or 796,420 lb allocated to vessels using longline gear and 15% or 140,545 lb allocated to vessels using pot or jig gear. That is 425 mt, slightly less than the 450 mt GHL in 2018.  

Last year saw an 80 percent drop in cod landings in one year. In 2017, the GHL for ...

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Data on Alaska Fish Catches, Prices, Processor Sales by AK Region

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

One click will take you to a site that can tell you all you need to know about prices and landings for nearly every Alaska fish species by region, how much was processed and into what products, and what processors sold it for.

It’s called the Commercial Fisheries Statistics and Data page on the Department of Fish and Game website and it extends back to the early 1980s.

For salmon, charts and graphs show...

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Council Rejects Emergency Order Request for Adak Cod Set-Aside for 2020

An effort to reinstate the Adak cod set-aside by emergency order failed at the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council last week. Proponents are now reaching out to Congress for a legislative fix in time for the January 2020 cod season.

The 5,000 mt set-aside was established in 2016 with Amendment 113, which was vacated last March in response to a lawsuit brought by the Groundfish Forum. In his decision, D.C. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly found the amendment did not comply with requirements in the Magnuson-...

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Highly Ironic That Export Award from Gov’t Went to Maine Company Most Hurt by Seafood Tariffs

[The Winding Glass is an opinion and commentary column from SeafoodNews Founder and Publisher John Sackton.]

The danger of an escalating trade war with China for the seafood industry runs on two tracks.  For importers, especially of tilapia, the prospect of a permanent 25% tariff will force a major reshuffling in the category.  Unless the exemption on taxing products from the US processed in China is revoked, other items like pink salmon, twice frozen cod and pollock, and processed flatfish which are...

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Oceana Highlights Long Term Benefits of Rebuilt Northern Cod Fishery as DFO Readies Quota Announcement

Oceana has released a new economic study that says a rebuilt Northern Cod fishery, ie one where the stock has reached the reference limit, could support 16 times as many jobs, and 5 times the overall value of the cod fishery today in Newfoundland.

Their study says that the fishery could recover within 11 years, and grow in value from today's $36 million to $233 million.

“There is tremendous potential to rebuild northern cod to healthy levels...

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Russia’s RRPK Developing Major Fish Processing Assets in the North

RRPK, one of Russia’s largest fish producers and processors, is finishing preparations for the launch of Russkay Treska, a new large-scale facility in the Russian Murmansk region. It will specialize in the processing of cod and other whitefish species. It is expected to be one of the largest of its kind in the entire Russian North.

Currently RRPK is finishing installation of the main equipment for the plant, that will be operated jointly with the local Agama Group.

The new plant will be equipped...

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Alaska Seafood Industry Snapshot

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch - An updated snapshot of Alaska’s seafood industry.

Alaska’s seafood industry puts 60,000 people to work, meaning $1.5 billion in earnings for fishermen on more than 9,000 vessels and workers at 87 large shoreside processing plants.

The seafood industry supports at least $150 million a year in taxes and fees.

And here’s why state budget watchers should care about fish prices:  In 2017, for example, the average dock price per pound for all Alaska seafood was 41 cents. If it had increased by one penny, it would...

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China's Seafood Trade Continues Growth Trend

China's seafood industry set new records last year for trade. Trading volume increase 3.33% to reach 9.544 million tons, while the value increased 14.44% to $37.188 billion USD. To be specific, its export volume contracted by 0.4% to only 4.322 million tons, but the value rose 5.56% to $22.326 billion USD. And the import volume rose by 6.64% to 5.222 million tons, while the value jumped by 30.99% to $14.861 billion USD.

With regard to exports, tilapia is still popular among foreign buyers and they have enjoyed increased...

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Russian Fish Producer Norebo Plans to Expand Fishing Fleet with 10 New Vessels/Processors

Norebo, one of Russia’s largest fish producers and processors and owned by a local fish tycoon Vitaly Orlov, has reached an agreement with Russian shipbuilder Severnaya Verf, to build an additional four new fish trawler-processors during the next several years, according to the company.

So far, Norebo has already ordered six large fish trawlers from Severnaya Verf, while the new contract, worth of RUB 16 billion ($300 million USD), means the total number of ordered vessel is now 10 units...

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VIDEO: Farmed Salmon Update; Lent Seafood; MSC Gulf Snow Crab; SeaPak Budweiser Partnership

SeafoodNews Weekly Recap's Lorin Castiglione is back! Watch Lorin and co-host Amanda Buckle reunite on screen as they talk about the latest farmed salmon market update; Lent seafood offerings; the MSC Gulf Snow Crab Certificate; and SeaPak's partnership with Budweiser.

This video is sponsored by the Urner Barry Executive Conference, now the premier event for the seafood industry. The Executive Conference, taking place at the Bellagio in Las Vegas from April 28th to the 30th, is expanding this year and...

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Shoney’s Kicks Off Seafood Season with New Menu Items, Enhanced Seafood Fresh Food Bar

Shoney’s has some new seafood offerings – and just in time for Lent.

The Lenten season begins on Wednesday, and now through April 21 Shoney’s is offering their guests the best seafood prepared with “Shoney’s signature quality.”

“Shoney’s prides itself on giving our valued guests what they want when they want it,” said Shoney’s Chairman and CEO, David Davoudpour. “And now, it’s the season for seafood and we’re serving the finest the ocean has to offer. This year’s Seafood Fest will satisfy our guests at every level...

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VIDEO: Ocean Beauty & Findus; Wendy’s Cod Sandwich; Trident Target of EPA Fine; and More

Watch the latest Seafood News Weekly Recap with host Amanda Buckle. This week on the video we talk about Ocean Beauty Seafoods partnering with Findus; Wendy's North Pacific Cod Sandwich; Trident being targeted by the EPA; and NOAA setting specifications for fishing year 2019.

This video is sponsored by the Urner Barry Executive Conference, now the premier event for the seafood industry. The Executive Conference, taking place at the Bellagio in Las Vegas from April 28th to the 30th...

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Study: Ocean Acidification Harms Atlantic Cod

According to a new study conducted by scientists from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, ocean acidification could be harming Atlantic cod.

The study, which was completed with the aid of scientists from France and Norway, was recently published in the scientific journal Global Change Biology. The scientists looked at previously published papers, that found that “less cod larvae survive” due to ocean acidification. What the researchers from GEOMAR found was that “even the surviving larvae have significant organ damages and developmental delays.” Looking specifically at...

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Norwegian Frozen Cod Exports Rise in January 2019

Norway kickstarted 2019 with a new record in seafood exports. The Norwegian Seafood Council announced on Tuesday that seafood exports totaled 200,600 tons, worth NOK 8.6 billion in January. While volume exported did reduce, the value increased 13% compared to January 2018.

“2018 was a record year for seafood exports, and we begin the new year with strong numbers,” Asbjørn Warvik Rørtveit, the Norwegian Seafood Council’s Director for Market Insight and Access, said in a statement. “Seafood export values have never been higher during the month of January...

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FFAW Argues that Reference Point for Newfoundland Cod is Out of Date

The DFO held a technical briefing in Newfoundland yesterday on the Limit reference point for Northern Cod.

Under Canadian fisheries management, this is the key determination that tells whether a fishery is in a ‘critical’ or cautious zone, similar to NOAA’s concept of whether a species is overfished.

The purpose of the meeting in St. John’s was to evaluate how the Limit Reference Point for northern cod was developed, and whether it is still appropriate.

The current reference point is 900,000 tons, representing the average...

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Russia Considers Adding Pollock, Herring and Cod to 'No History' Quota Auctions This Year

The Russian government will consider the possibility of extending the list of fish species quotas that will be open to oligarch investors with no fishing history in Russia.  These quotas for which catch will be distributed through the auctions will be open to companies that do not have any prior fishing history,  according to recent statements of the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo) and some senior officials of the Ministry of Agriculture.

According to initial state plans, only crab quotas would have become a subject of these 'no history' auctions. However, these plans were revised later by the government, in an attempt to increase revenue from the seafood industry to the federal budget...

 

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