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Feb 15 - Sustainability Rating Drops for Clearwater's Offshore Lobster Fishery


Feb 14 - King Crab and Lobster Again Shine for Chinese New Year, 'The Most Important Dinner in China'


Feb 11 - Captain D’s Prepares for Lent with New Sandwich Offerings


Feb 11 - Matt Jacobson Stepping Down as Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative Executive Director


Feb 11 - LISTEN: Right Whale Protection Rules; U.S. Lobster Imports; Tilapia and Cannabis; and More


Feb 7 - China Tariff Impacts Show up on US Lobster Imports in a Big Way; More US Product Stays Here


Feb 6 - Australia Commercial Fishing Industry Meet to Discuss Attack on WA Rock Lobster Fishery


Feb 6 - PETA Puts Lobster Ads Up at Bangor International Airport in Attack Against Maine Processor


Feb 6 - U.S. Diners Seek Out Lobster at Most Romantic Restaurants During Valentine’s Day


Feb 6 - Total FDA Refusals Increase Over 48% in January 2019


Feb 5 - Lobster Orders Tank as Chinese Turn to Tariff-Free Canada


Feb 4 - VIDEO: Nova Scotia's Lucy the Lobster Predicts Six More Weeks of Winter


Jan 29 - Lobsterfest is Back at Red Lobster With New Menu Items


Jan 17 - East Coast Seafood Consolidation of Groton Facility Comes from Years of Planning, Company Says


Jan 14 - China's online seafood giants look more to physcal stores as competition intensifies


Jan 14 - East Coast Closes Garbo Lobster Facility in Connecticut, Possible Consequence of China Tariffs


Jan 9 - Big Impact Likely if Massachusetts Can Vote to Legalize Lobster Processing


Jan 9 - Trade War With China Drove American Lobster to New Lows in 2018


Jan 7 - LISTEN: FDA December 2018 Refusals; New Silver Bay Seafoods CEO; Right Whale Updates and More


Jan 7 - Total FDA Refusals Decrease Over 25% in December 2018


Jan 2 - China Cuts Tariffs on Some Seafood Imported from Countries Other Than the U.S.


Dec 27 - Legal Seafoods, Lobster Gram Named ‘Best of 2018’ By TopConsumerReviews.com


Dec 10 - Total FDA Refusals Decrease Slightly in November 2018


Dec 10 - 'Boston' Lobsters Again Shine in China's Singles Day Sales Last Month


Dec 4 - Royal Greenland / Quin-Sea buys Woodman's Newfoundland Crab Plant to Enter Live Lobster Business


Dec 3 - LISTEN: Center for Bio Diversity Sues Trump Admin, New AquaBounty CEO and More


Nov 29 - PEI Lobster Fishermen to Discuss Rule Limiting Their Hours of Operation Between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m.


Nov 28 - Olive Garden Adds Lobster Shrimp Mac and Cheese to Menu for Limited Time


Nov 21 - Hancock Gourmet’s Lobster Truffle Mac & Cheese Makes Oprah’s Favorite Things List


Nov 19 - LISTEN: Haddock Analysis; Clearwater’s Patent; Long John Silver’s New COO and More


Nov 19 - California Spiny Lobster Closure Lifted in State Waters Around Anacapa Island


Nov 12 - Maine: New Protections for Herring but Lobster Bait Crunch Imminent


Nov 9 - October 2018 Tuna, Mahi Refusals Up YTD; Shrimp Refusals Drop Slightly


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Sustainability Rating Drops for Clearwater's Offshore Lobster Fishery

Clearwater Seafoods' offshore lobster fishery in Eastern Canada has lost its "recommended" rating from Ocean Wise, a seafood sustainability recommendation program of the Vancouver Aquarium.

It's more fallout from a 2018 conviction for what the Crown called a "gross violation" of a Canadian fisheries regulation by Halifax-based Clearwater.

In a separate action, the Marine Stewardship Council, another much larger eco-sustainability organization, has moved up its scheduled "full surveillance audit" of Clearwater's offshore lobster fishery by two months to April.

Clearwater asked for the early audit...

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King Crab and Lobster Again Shine for Chinese New Year, 'The Most Important Dinner in China'

China’s largest-scale shopping carnival has come to an end with the ending of its lunar New Year holiday recently. Impressively, its residents spent more than 1 trillion yuan celebrating the holiday. One new feature of festival consumption is that imported commodities have become increasingly popular and affordable for frenzied Chinese consumers.

According to Alibaba, the country’s e-commerce giant, king crabs have become a hot choice for the festival feast. Their sales ballooned by 769% on its T-mall platform around...

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Matt Jacobson Stepping Down as Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative Executive Director

Matt Jacobson, Executive Director of the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative, informed the organization’s board of directors last week that he will be stepping down from his position. His last day with the MLMC will be February 25, 2019.

Jacobson was appointed MLMC Executive Director back in 2014. He took on the position after spending more than 20 years in sales, marketing and senior leadership positions in Maine.

During his time as Executive Director, Jacobson helped the MLMC bring their "Trap to Table" event...

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China Tariff Impacts Show up on US Lobster Imports in a Big Way; More US Product Stays Here

For the first few months after the July imposition of tariffs on US lobster by China in retaliation for a US initiated trade war, it appeared that the US industry might weather the storm through a combination of sales to other markets, increased US sales, and robust sales to Canada.

With November import data, we can now get a clearer picture of how the lobster markets are changing, both for live and frozen product, and the picture for...

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PETA Puts Lobster Ads Up at Bangor International Airport in Attack Against Maine Processor

PETA’s “I’m ME, Not MEAT” lobster ads are up at Bangor International Airport. The animal rights group has taken out the ad space at the airport following a complaint they submitted to Hancock County District Attorney Matthew Foster back in December regarding footage of alleged mistreatment at the Maine Fair Trade Lobster plant.

As previously reported, PETA released an undercover video of the alleged mistreatment, and told the District Attorney that the processor “mutilates and tortures fully conscious lobsters, causing them...

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Total FDA Refusals Increase Over 48% in January 2019

Total refusals of shipments increased 48.3% from January 2018 to January 2019. Year-to-date there are 175 line item refusals compared to 118 at this time last year.

Snapper had the biggest YTD increase in January, with 71 line item refusals compared to 3 at this time last year; a 2266.7% increase. Tilapia refusals also increased, with 16 line item refusals YTD compared to 4 last year YTD. That’s a 300% increase. Shrimp increased 52.4%, with 32 line item refusals YTD compared to...

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VIDEO: Nova Scotia's Lucy the Lobster Predicts Six More Weeks of Winter

Move over Punxsutawney Phil. Over the weekend the Municipality of Barrington in Nova Scotia brought out the famous “Lucy the Lobster” to give her Groundhog Day prediction at the 2nd annual South Shore Lobster Crawl, a winter food event.

Lucy the Lobster was caught in early 2018 by Captain Tyler Nickerson and his crew aboard the “Chas’n Rac’n.” Lucy was destined for Capt. Kat’s Lobster Shack, but Nickerson and supplier Xsealent Seafood Company saw “something special” in the lobster. So, instead of landing on a plate...

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East Coast Seafood Consolidation of Groton Facility Comes from Years of Planning, Company Says

East Coast Seafood Group said the move of its live lobster packing operations in Groton Connecticut to Prospect Harbor Maine has long been planned as part of the companies investment strategy.

The Groton plant will close this week.  The company is offering positions at other subsidiary locations where possible, absorbing benefit costs of covered employees for a period of time, offering severance to each employee affected, and providing recommendation letters and other support requested by employees during their transition...

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East Coast Closes Garbo Lobster Facility in Connecticut, Possible Consequence of China Tariffs

The East Coast Seafood Group announced on Friday that the Garbo Lobster facility in Groton, Connecticut will close on January 17th.

Garbo has been a presence in Connecticut for 36 years, and also has facilities in Maine and Canada.

"The company is working with the employees affected by the closure of the facility to ensure a smooth transition for all," East Coast Seafood Group, which is based in Topsfield, Mass., said in an emailed statement to The Day newspaper in New London.

 "To assist, the company will be absorbing benefit costs of covered employees for a period of time, offering severance to each employee affected, and providing recommendation letters and other support requested by employees during their transition to other...

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Trade War With China Drove American Lobster to New Lows in 2018

China has been an important buyer of American lobsters. In 2017, it purchased Boston lobsters worth $142 million. But the prospering trade took a downturn in 2018 when President Trump initiated a trade war with China. As a forerunner in developing the Chinese market, the lobster industry was hit hard by the president’s decision, according to media and industry reports.

Anthony Kleiner, a fisherman from New Hampshire, was not too happy, according to one article, after returning to port with a good lobster harvest in December 2018...

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Total FDA Refusals Decrease Over 25% in December 2018

Total refusals of shipments decreased 25.7% from December 2017 to December 2018. Year-to-date there are 78 line item refusals compared to 105 at this time last year.

Tuna had the biggest YTD increase in December, with 243 line item refusals compared to 156 at this time last year; a 55.8% increase. Mahi Mahi refusals also increased, with 172 YTD compared to 137 last year YTD. Snapper stayed the same, with 59 line item refusals last year and YTD this year...

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Legal Seafoods, Lobster Gram Named ‘Best of 2018’ By TopConsumerReviews.com

Legal Seafoods and Lobster Gram have done it again. TopConsumerReviews.com has released their “Best of” list for 2018, and the two companies are at the top for the second year in a row.  

TopConsumerReviews.com is an independent organization that provides unbiased reviews of products available for online purchase. Looking specifically at online seafood stores, TopConsumerReviews.com named Legal Seafoods the “Best Seafood Store” of 2018. Runner ups this year include Catalina Offshore, The Crab Place, Hancock Gourmet, Chesapeake Bay and Lobsters Online...

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'Boston' Lobsters Again Shine in China's Singles Day Sales Last Month

Boston lobsters shine again in China’s online shopping carnival this year.

November 11th has been witnessing online shopping frenzy of Chinese consumers as well as their deep pockets. This year buyers have set new records during the shopping carnival. One is that the turnover has reached 100 billion yuan ($14.4 billion) within the first two hours for online stores on Alibaba’s T-mall platform. Meanwhile, sales value has also skyrocketed on other virtual platforms that day.

Imported fresh food used to be rare in China...

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LISTEN: Center for Bio Diversity Sues Trump Admin, New AquaBounty CEO and More 

This week on the Seafood News podcast co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione discuss the Center for Biological Diversity suing the Trump Administration, Aqua Bounty Technologies appoints new CEO and Executive Director, October 2018 Shrimp Harvest in Gulf of Mexico lowest recorded, more Carlos Rafael News, Biodegradable plastic from lobster and crab shells and more!

The Seafood News podcast is available to download for free via SoundClound and iTunes.

This episode was sponsored by Urner Barry’s Reporter Magazine , the quarterly newsmagazine for the food industry professional ...

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Olive Garden Adds Lobster Shrimp Mac and Cheese to Menu for Limited Time

This holiday season Olive Garden diners can warm up with the chain restaurant’s new oven baked pasta dishes – including a Lobster Shrimp Mac and Cheese

For a limited time only, Olive Garden will be offering a twist on mac and cheese. The dish features rigatoni pasta in a creamy seafood afredo sauce, topped with lobster and shrimp and baked with Italian cheeses, tomatoes and toasted breadcrumbs.

The new Lobster Shrimp Mac and Cheese dish joins other seafood favorites, including Calamari, Classic or Spicy Shrimp Scampi Fritta ...

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LISTEN: Haddock Analysis; Clearwater’s Patent; Long John Silver’s New COO and More

Join Seafood News staff writer Amanda Buckle for a new episode of the SeafoodNews Podcast. This week on the podcast we discuss the latest in the haddock market; Clearwater Seafoods’ vision system; Cooke Seafood USA’s Virginia expansion; a new COO at Long John Silver’s and more.

This week’s episode is brought to you by Urner Barry’s Reporter, the quarterly newsmagazine for the food industry professional packed with the latest industry headlines, analysis and trending articles. Contact advertise@urnerbarry.com to be a featured sponsor in the spring edition ...

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Captain D’s Prepares for Lent with New Sandwich Offerings

Lent doesn’t begin until March 6, but Captain D’s is ready for the religious observance. The fast-casual seafood restaurant announced on Monday that they’re introducing a new lineup of sandwiches this Lenten season, including the Giant Fish Sandwich and North Atlantic Lobster Rolls.

The Giant Fish Sandwich features two pieces of batter dipped fish, topped with tartar sauce and lettuce, on a warm toasted bun. In addition to the Giant Fish Sandwich, diners can also order a pair of lobster rolls made with North Atlantic lobster...

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LISTEN: Right Whale Protection Rules; U.S. Lobster Imports; Tilapia and Cannabis; and More

Welcome back to the SeafoodNews Weekly Podcast!  This episode of the podcast breaks down right whale protection rules in the Gulf of St. Lawrence; how the China tariffs are impacting U.S. lobster importers; November 2018 shrimp imports; pesticide use in Washington oyster beds; and how tilapia is being used to grow cannabis. Plus, find out “Guardians of the Galaxy” actor Chris Pratt’s connection to shrimp!

This episode is brought to you by the Urner Barry Executive Conference, taking place in Las Vegas from April 28...

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Australia Commercial Fishing Industry Meet to Discuss Attack on WA Rock Lobster Fishery

Members of Australia’s commercial fishing industry came together in Fremantle, WA, on Wednesday to talk about the ongoing attack on the Western Rock Lobster fishery.

“What we have seen happen in Western Australia with regard to Western Rock Lobster and the McGowan Government’s move to issue licenses to itself is unprecedented, we believe illegal and condemned by representatives at today’s meeting,” Seafood Industry Australia CEO Jane Lovell said. “This action dramatically devalues the local industry and has national consequences on...

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U.S. Diners Seek Out Lobster at Most Romantic Restaurants During Valentine’s Day

The most romantic day of the year is approaching, and restaurant reservations are quickly filling up. So, what do love birds want to feast on during Valentine’s Day? Well, according to TripAdvisor, when it comes to the “25 Most Romantic Restaurants in the U.S.,” people can’t seem to get enough lobster.

Out of the top 25 most romantic restaurants listed, eight of the establishments have lobster listed as their most popular dishes. At Charleston Restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland, it’s their lobster soup...

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Lobster Orders Tank as Chinese Turn to Tariff-Free Canada

Lunar New Year is supposed to be the busiest time of the year for Tom Adams, whose company, Maine Coast, used to sell millions of pounds of lobster to China.

But the U.S.-China trade war has shut Maine Coast out of that market.

His former customers in China now buy their lobster from Canada, where dealers can sell a hard-shell version without the 25 percent import tariff. On a snowy Wednesday morning, on what should have been his busiest shipping day of the year...

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Lobsterfest is Back at Red Lobster With New Menu Items

Red Lobster welcomes back its annual Lobsterfest event, featuring the largest selection of lobster dishes available all year. For a limited time, guests can choose from exciting options including NEW! Lobster in Paradise featuring a crispy coconut Maine lobster tail, as well as classic favorites, like the Lobster Lover's Dream, this year featuring a butter-poached Maine lobster tail alongside a roasted rock lobster tail and lobster and shrimp linguini, according to a company statement.

"Lobsterfest is one of our guests' favorite events because there are so many different ...

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China's online seafood giants look more to physcal stores as competition intensifies

Fiordland Lobster plans to build an online platform designated specifically for Chinese markets in this new year. It has gotten some knowledge of Chinese buyers by selling live lobsters through Hema, Alibaba’s subsidiary, since 2018. But setting up this online sales channel requires more efforts in learning end consumer demand, said its general manager.

It may not be easy, but it is believed to be rewarding. And there are some successful stories to strengthen this kind of belief and make e-commerce platforms a popular option ...

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Big Impact Likely if Massachusetts Can Vote to Legalize Lobster Processing

taken by john sacktonThe very first bill introduced in the Massachusetts Senate this year would modernize the states lobster processing rules and could result in a big expansion of lobster processing in New Bedford.

The bill, introduced by Gloucester based Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, and co-sponsored by other coastal legislators, would allow for the processing of raw frozen lobster parts in Massachusetts.

Under current law, possession of live, cooked, and canned or packaged lobster is allowed, but the possession of uncooked or frozen lobster parts is not...

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LISTEN: FDA December 2018 Refusals; New Silver Bay Seafoods CEO; Right Whale Updates and More

Join Seafood News staff writer Amanda Buckle and Urner Barry seafood market reporter Lorin Castiglione for a new episode of the SeafoodNews Podcast. This week on the podcast we discuss FDA refusals for December 2018; Silver Bay Seafoods’ new CEO; the Washington Fish Growers Association’s appointment of Jeanne McKnight as Interim Executive Director; the new Pacific Salmon Treaty; SW Nova Scotia’s December lobster season; the USDA Economic Research Service’s forecast for 2019 food prices; and an update on North Atlantic right whales...

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China Cuts Tariffs on Some Seafood Imported from Countries Other Than the U.S.

According to an announcement from China’s Ministry of Finance, the country has lowered tariffs on commodities imported from New Zealand, Peru, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Iceland, South Korea, Australia, Georgia and members of the Asian Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA). These new tariffs went into effect on January 1.

The official list includes about 300 types of seafood products.

The tariffs have dropped to zero on many seafood items from some countries mentioned above and on all seafood products produced in Hong Kong and Macao...

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Total FDA Refusals Decrease Slightly in November 2018

Total refusals of shipments decreased 1.6% from November 2017 to November 2018. Year-to-date there are 61 line item refusals compared to 62 at this time last year.

Tuna had the biggest YTD increase in November, with 203 line item refusals compared to 135 at this time last year; a 50.4% increase. Mahi Mahi refusals also increased, with 168 YTD compared to 126 last year YTD.

Unclassified fish, tilapia, lobster, snapper and shrimp are all down YTD. Unclassified fish had a 64.4% drop...

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Royal Greenland / Quin-Sea buys Woodman's Newfoundland Crab Plant to Enter Live Lobster Business

Quin-Sea Fisheries, which operates crab and shrimp plants in Newfoundland, and is owned by Royal Greenland, announced the purchase of the Woodman's crab facility as a means to expand to live export of lobster in coming years.  Managing director Simon Jarding said that with the continued forecast decline of crab and lobster it was imperative for the company to look to new opportunities.  One of them is the build up a direct live lobster shipping capability so as to participate in the international lobster market...

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PEI Lobster Fishermen to Discuss Rule Limiting Their Hours of Operation Between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m.

The issue of restricted hours for lobster fishers will come up again at an upcoming Southern Gulf Lobster Advisory Committee meeting December 4th and 5th.

The MFU (Maritime Fishermen's Union) wants to reinstate a rule that no gear could be aboard vessels between 9 pm and 4 am.  This rule was in place for many years, but was removed by the DFO in a new management plan several years ago,

The MFU wants to apply the rule in LFA 25 ...

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Hancock Gourmet’s Lobster Truffle Mac & Cheese Makes Oprah’s Favorite Things List

The holiday shopping season doesn’t start until Oprah Winfrey releases her Favorite Things list. This year Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. has made that coveted list thanks to their Lobster Truffle Mac & Cheese.

“This special list is the ultimate catalog of Oprah’s favorite things and we are more than delighted to be included,” Ca Hancock, Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. founder and president, said in a press release. “It’s an utterly intoxicating combination that enhances the flavor of the Maine lobster ...

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