Mon. Apr 19 2021

Multiple Chicken of the Sea Settlement Proposals on the Table in Tuna Price-fixing Lawsuit  


ANALYSIS: Strength in Shrimp Market Accelerating, Demand Robust and Supply Constrained  


PODCAST: Frozen Lobster, Tilapia, Argentine Red Shrimp Market Updates and More  


Pacific Council Works Late into the Evening to Finish Setting Salmon Seasons  


House Bill Introduced as Companion to Senate's Cormorant Relief Act to Help Catfish Farmers


ANALYSIS: Commodity Prices Surging Higher; Is This the Next Supercycle?  


Chile Algae Bloom Update: Mortality Removal Continues in Los Lagos Region  


JAPAN: March Imported Fresh Tuna Sales Nose-Dive  


BBRSDA to Conduct A Second Year of Quality Monitoring in Bristol Bay


Peter Pan Seafood Company Hires New Human Resources Director


Electric Boats Get a Boost in Alaska


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, April 19


Fri. Apr 16 2021

VIDEO: Frozen Lobster Products; Chile’s Algae Bloom; H-2B Visas; Red Lobster's New Sandwiches  


U.S. Seafoods Apologizes to Unalaska for Fired Crewmen’s Behavior in Dutch Harbor Bar


Sernapesca Reports On Progress of FAN Audits After Camanchaca’s Accused of Dumping Waste  


ANALYSIS: Supply Speculation Continues to Influence the Argentine Red Shrimp Market  


ANALYSIS: Tilapia Pricing at Record Highs  


NOAA Fact Checks Orca Bycatch Claim After Photo Goes Viral Following “Seaspiracy” Release


White Shrimp Facing Different Fates in China’s Regions  


Chilean Salmon Council Q1 Export Report Shows Recovery to Start 2021  


EDA Awards Over $500,000 in Assistance for Prince William Sound Aquaculture Development


Herring Wraps up at Sitka, Going Strong at Kodiak  


Russia Expects Slight Decline of Pollock Stocks in Okhotsk and Bering Seas in Years to Come  


Thai Union Director of Fish Procurement Kevin Bixler Named Chair of ISSF Board of Directors


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, April 16


Thu. Apr 15 2021

The Winding Glass: Why is the Seafood Industry Vulnerable to 'Seaspiracy' Lies and Falsehoods?   


ANALYSIS: Frozen Lobster Products Ascend into Record-High Territory  


Saint Paul Island’s Fuel Shortage — in its 5th Month — is Finally Over


Special Spotlight to Take Place on Future-Proofing the Supply Chain, April 26-30th


Atlantic Sapphire Responds After 3 Workers Hospitalized


Atlantic Sapphire Describes Q1 as ‘Lost Quarter’ for US Biomass Growth in Operational Update  


Soline Trading Recalls Elephant Brand Black Tiger Shrimp Due to Undeclared Sulphites  


Water in the News: Donlin Mine, Salmon Streams, Fukushima  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, April 15


Wed. Apr 14 2021

World Appetite for Snow Crab Outpaces Supply  


Abundance-based Management of Halibut Bycatch Draws Focus of NPFMC This Week


Pacific Northwest Delegation Looks to Net Assistance for West Coast Fishermen, Processors


Mowi Consumer Products of the Americas Welcomes New Director of Sales


Pacific Council Rejects Sardine Stock Projection; Approves Reduced Fishing Levels for 2021  


Kingfish Company Q1 Report Shows 2021 Starting Off on Right Foot  


Wild Planet Foods Introduces Ready-to-Eat Tuna Salad Bowls  


SeaShare Names E&E Foods 2020 Donor of the Year


Seafood Chain Shuckin’ Shack Talks 2020 Resiliency, Big Expectations for 2021 Resurgence


Sernapesca Seizes More Than 68 Tons of Products


Read RODA’s Letter to Members of BOEM’s NY Bight Task Force


Ocean Forecasting Technology Company Scoot Science Welcomes First Canadian Hire


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, April 14


Tue. Apr 13 2021

PODCAST: Area 12 Snow Crab Quota; Harmful Algae Blooms in Chile; Fire at FFAW Headquarters and More  


Alaska’s Herring Seasons Winding Down in Sitka, Ketchikan, and Kodiak, Togiak Ahead


Chile Algae Bloom Update: 95% of Mortality Removed From Affected Areas in Los Lagos, Aysén Region  


Russian Fish Sector Has No Major Concerns Regarding Possible Restrictions on Exports to U.S.  


Gulf of Maine Research Institute Nets $750,000 for Blue Innovation Recovery Program


GAPP Reaches Nearly 2 Million Consumers Through Lent-Season Social Media Campaign  


Great Red Snapper Count Unlikely to Make a Mark on 2021 Fishing Season  


Canadian Seafood Industry Shares Vision for Blue Economy Through New Video Series


Canadian Seafood Processor, Owner and Supplier Hit with $110K in Fines For Obstruction


Red Lobster Unveils New Monster Codzilla Sandwich  


Alaska Symphony of Seafood Cancels Spring 2021 Event


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, April 13


Lineage Logistics Expanding Cold-Storage Facility at Port of New Orleans


Donation From Channel Fish Helps SeaShare Provide 576,000 Servings of Seafood


Kodiak Symposium Serves up Local Science at a Fast Pace


Mon. Apr 12 2021

SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, April 12


Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Urges Federal Officials For More H-2B Visas  


Chile Algae Bloom Update: Over 5,000 Tons of Mortality Verified in Los Lagos, Aysén Region  


Vinh Hoan Purchases Additional Shares of Sa Giang


Whole Foods Launches Sourced for Good Seal; Aims to Help Shoppers Find Responsibly Sourced Seafood


Cultured Decadence Raises $1.6 Million as it Eyes Cell-Cultured Lobster Development  


ANALYSIS: Farmed Salmon Market Continues Roller Coaster Ride  


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Multiple Chicken of the Sea Settlement Proposals on the Table in Tuna Price-fixing Lawsuit

Thai Union’s Chicken of the Sea International (COSI) has proposed a $20 million settlement with another group of plaintiffs, the End Payer Plaintiffs (EPPs), in civil litigation stemming from the canned tuna price-fixing conspiracy involving major tuna brands.

The flurry of settlements continues for COSI as another agreement was put in place with the Commercial Food Preparers (CFPs) track in the class-action settlement.

The settlement focusing on the EPPs track, described as “indirect purchasers...

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ANALYSIS: Strength in Shrimp Market Accelerating, Demand Robust and Supply Constrained

Shrimp market values have been on the rise all year but accelerated in the last 30 days. The current situation is unique and the environment unmistakably robust.

Demand has become quite active in tandem with the reopening of restaurants, but probably at a pace that has surprised most market participants. The issue at-hand is that suppliers are short, part intentional and part through no fault of their own.

Importers had been replenishing somewhat cautiously — and for good reason...

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PODCAST: Frozen Lobster, Tilapia, Argentine Red Shrimp Market Updates and More

Join SeafoodNews Podcast co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they talk about the frozen lobster product market; the tilapia market; the Argentine red shrimp market; and much more.

This episode is brought to you by Urner Barry Insights, available on the Comtell Platform. If you’re in the food business, you’re probably wondering about future-proofing the supply chain. Given what we’ve seen over the last year — and what we’re still contending with — the task of managing supply chains has become more challenging than ever...

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Pacific Council Works Late into the Evening to Finish Setting Salmon Seasons

Thanks primarily to one run of coho, the Queets River coho, and the Klamath River run of fall Chinook, fishery managers last week had an extraordinarily tough time finding ways to afford salmon fishermen some time on the water while also protecting sensitive runs of fish.

The Pacific Fishery Management Council worked until 9 p.m. on the last day of the meeting to finalize the North of Cape Falcon sport, commercial and tribal fishing seasons for Washington and the northern bit of Oregon for this year...

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ANALYSIS: Commodity Prices Surging Higher; Is This the Next Supercycle?

Commodity prices have moved higher coming out of the initial phase of the pandemic with the price trough seen in May 2020. There has been an almost perfect storm of factors that have led to the increase. The first is the major supply chain disruptions that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic and continues to be felt now. There has also been a massive stimulus response in the United States and many other countries that has injected capital into the...

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House Bill Introduced as Companion to Senate's Cormorant Relief Act to Help Catfish Farmers

U.S. House Representatives Michael Guest (MS-03) and Rick Crawford (AR-01) introduced House Resolution 2548, The Cormorant Relief Act,  last Friday as companion legislation to Senate Bill 1050, which would increase flexibility for controlling double-crested cormorants by catfish farmers and other aquaculture producers.  

"By allowing further taking of these predatory birds, producers in Mississippi, Arkansas, and other states would not be punished for efficient aquaculture production, which has been shown to attract more cormorants," Guest explained in a statement last week...

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JAPAN: March Imported Fresh Tuna Sales Nose-Dive

The number of imported fresh tuna received at the Toyosu Market in March, which Jiji Press calculated, was 776, a decrease of 29% from the same month of the previous year. Wild Southern bluefin tuna and bigeye tuna have plummeted, but bluefin tuna, the main species, has doubled due to the surge in wild fish from Greek and farmed Mexican bluefin, reported Minato Shimbun. The total number of bluefin tuna was 622, about double from 309 in the same month of the previous year. Wild bluefins from Greece...

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Peter Pan Seafood Company Hires New Human Resources Director 

Peter Pan Seafood Company is on a hiring spree. The company announced that they’ve recently added Shannon Grant to their team as their new director of human resources.

Grant’s addition to Peter Pan comes after the company was sold by longtime owner Maruha Nichiro in early November. The sale to Northwest Fish Company and McKinley Capital was finalized on December 31, 2020. The company said in a  press release that Grant’s main focus will be “to carry out one of the main core values established when Peter Pan...

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VIDEO: Frozen Lobster Products; Chile’s Algae Bloom; H-2B Visas; Red Lobster's New Sandwiches

This week SeafoodNews Weekly Video co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione talk about record highs for frozen lobster products and the latest on Chile's harmful algae blooms. Plus, learn more about Maryland's request for additional H-2B visas and take a bite out of Red Lobster's new sandwich offerings.

This episode is brought to you by Urner Barry Insights, available on the Comtell Platform. If you’re in the food business, you’re probably wondering about future-proofing the supply chain. Given what we’ve seen over...

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Sernapesca Reports On Progress of FAN Audits After Camanchaca’s Accused of Dumping Waste

Sernapesca, Chile’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service, wants to make it clear that they are carrying out audits to ensure that the removal of mortality related to harmful algae blooms (FAN) is being done in accordance with regulations.

The update from Sernapesca comes after Salmones Camanchaca was accused of dumping tons of waste related to the FAN into the waters. Greenpeace Chile posted a video alleging that the company was dumping dead salmon into the waters in the Los Lagos Region. The environmental group even filed...

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ANALYSIS: Tilapia Pricing at Record Highs 

Despite the market being frozen-in-place for the majority of 2020, frozen tilapia fillets from China have seen an average increase of $0.61 cents per pound since 2018, or up by $0.21 per pound from November 2020 when reports of increased freight were just starting to circulate. Currently, 3-5 ounce and 5-7 ounce, chem-free fillets are boasting all-time record high pricing at $2.55 per pound and $2.65 per pound, respectively.

While tariffs and freight weigh...

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White Shrimp Facing Different Fates in China’s Regions

This early April has seen obvious price contraction of white shrimp in China’s Guangdong province. As available statistics show, local reduction ranges between 4 to 6 yuan/jin (1 jin=0.5 kilo) compared with the previous week, while prices of some shrimps have even plummeted by as much as 7 yuan/jin.

Apart from overall price decline, prices also differ to noticeable extents there, depending on qualities. In Zhanjiang, for example, the differences of same-sized shrimp are about 3 to 5 yuan/jin. Currently, most local shrimp weigh between...

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EDA Awards Over $500,000 in Assistance for Prince William Sound Aquaculture Development

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded a $520,518 CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant which will be used to help support aquaculture development in Prince William Sound.

The grant, which was provided to the Chugach Regional Resources Commission, will be matched with $97,235 in local investment. The EDA said the grant is expected to create 85 jobs and retain 128 jobs.

“The Economic Development Administration plays an important role in supporting community-led economic development strategies designed to boost coronavirus recovery...

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Russia Expects Slight Decline of Pollock Stocks in Okhotsk and Bering Seas in Years to Come 

The Russian Rosrybolovstvo has officially approved the forecast of the total allowable catch for 2022 at the level of 3.25 million tons, according to recent statements made by representatives of the Agency and some local media reports.  

Of these, pollock accounts for about 2 million tonneswhile the majority of catch (up to 3.08 million tonswill be produced in the Far Eastern Basin.   

In the case of pollock, the volume of catch in the Sea of ​​Okhotsk...

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The Winding Glass: Why is the Seafood Industry Vulnerable to 'Seaspiracy' Lies and Falsehoods?

The Netflix documentary "Seaspiracy" was released the last week in March 2021 and was in the top ten most viewed Netflix movies that week in several countries.

It has generated a wave of social media, critical reaction from fisheries scientists, and has been the focus of several industry panel discussions.

Much of the criticism is based on the fact the ‘documentary’ repeats a huge number of lies and simplifications that obscure the relationship between fishing and ocean ecosystems, rather than elucidate them...

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Special Spotlight to Take Place on Future-Proofing the Supply Chain, April 26-30th

Available on the COMTELL Platform and brought to you by Urner Barry Insights

If you’re in the food business, you’re probably wondering about future-proofing the supply chain. Given what we’ve seen over the last year—and what we’re still contending with—the task of managing supply chains has become more challenging than ever (and it was no picnic before, we know!). That’s why Urner Barry is bringing together exclusive Insights through original reports, interviews, videos and podcasts in a special April Spotlight dedicated to the biggest supply chain issues the industry is currently facing.

This Spotlight, Future-Proofing the Supply Chain, will take place April 26-30th, 2021, and can be accessed through...

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Atlantic Sapphire Responds After 3 Workers Hospitalized 

Atlantic Sapphire has issued a statement after three workers were hospitalized earlier this week.

CBS Miami first reported on Tuesday that three people had to be rescued from a large fish tank at Atlantic Sapphire’s Homestead facility. Miami-Dade Fire Chief Jason Richard told the outlet that the three workers were in the tank for routine maintenance.

“...there was some type of fume released and they were overcome by it,” said Richard.

Ultimately other workers were able to pull the three individuals out and they were transported to a local hospital...

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Soline Trading Recalls Elephant Brand Black Tiger Shrimp Due to Undeclared Sulphites

Soline Trading Ltd. recalled its Elephant Brand Black Tiger Shrimp due to undeclared sulphites, per a recall notice posted on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website.

Recalled product includes Thai Elephant brand Black Tiger Shrimp, Headless, 16/20 and Black Tiger Shrimp, Headless, 21/25.

The impacted product was distributed through Hotel/Restaurant/Institutional channels in Ontario and Quebec, Canada...

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Chile Algae Bloom Update: Mortality Removal Continues in Los Lagos Region

While the mortality related to the harmful algae blooms in the Aysén region have been removed, Sernapesca, Chile’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service, is continuing to monitor and inspect the Los Lagos region.

According to the latest update from Sernapesca, as of April 16, approximately 84% of the total mortality in the Los Lagos region has been removed. This totals 3,397 tons. The agency says that they’ve already issued all the “necessary authorization” for the remaining 6% and that mortality removal is continuing to be...

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BBRSDA to Conduct A Second Year of Quality Monitoring in Bristol Bay

Three and a half months before the peak of the Bristol Bay salmon season, the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRSDA) announced that they are teaming up with Seafood Analytics (subsidiary of Certified Quality Foods) and Digital Observers for a second year monitor and gather quality data during the 2021 sockeye salmon season. 

Despite the onset of the pandemic in the US in 2020, and the need for thousands of plant workers and fishermen to travel to the region from other parts of the U.S. and the ...

 

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Electric Boats Get a Boost in Alaska

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Is an electric boat right for your marine business? There’s an easy way to find out.

No engine noise…no fuel slicks or emissions -- would an electric boat be suitable for your business?  Newer battery banks and hybrid options make it ideal for several uses. 

“We’re more focused on low speed vessels that know where they are going every day and pretty much have the same routine.  Some of the uses would be harbor port operations, work boats, tourism, recreation or rentals...

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U.S. Seafoods Apologizes to Unalaska for Fired Crewmen’s Behavior in Dutch Harbor Bar

United States Seafoods’ Chief Operating Officer Dave Wood issued an apology to Unalaska yesterday during an interview with Hope McKenney, reporter for the area radio station KUCB and Alaska Public Media. McKenney's story about crewmen who had earlier tested positive off of a U.S. Seafoods factory ship chose to breach their quarantine and visit a bar in Dutch Harbor last weekend. The incident raised the local risk factor for COVID-19 spread from medium to high. 

“We are extremely sorry about the events that occurred,” said Wood ...

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ANALYSIS: Supply Speculation Continues to Influence the Argentine Red Shrimp Market 

Hailed as the most profitable fishery in the Argentine Sea, Pleoticus Muelleri (Argentine Red shrimp) demand continues to contend with a mixture of issues. 

While there is a sense of cautious optimism amid an uptick in vaccines, irregularities in global trade remain a concern.  

Normally driven by demand out of southern Europe and the Far East, exporters have had to contend with lacklustre sales amid the closure of foodservice and changes in buying behaviour across key markets. While demand...

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NOAA Fact Checks Orca Bycatch Claim After Photo Goes Viral Following “Seaspiracy” Release

The “Seaspiracy” Netflix documentary has encouraged some internet sleuths to look into a photo of two orca whales being taken as bycatch by a trawler in Alaska. The photo has gone viral on Reddit with the claim that the bycatch “has not been reported” and that they’re looking for information on the crew or boat. NOAA Fisheries has now gotten involved and released their own “fact check” on the photo in question. 

“NOAA does not have confirmation of when or where the photo in question was...

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Chilean Salmon Council Q1 Export Report Shows Recovery to Start 2021

Consejo Del Salmón (CDS), an association comprised of AquaChile, Cermaq, Mowi and Salmones Aysén released its ‘Quarterly Report on Salmon Exports,’ which found that following a rough January, salmon and trout exports from Chile began recovering to kick off 2021.

In the first quarter, through the first three months of 2021, the report found that exports of salmon and trout totaled US $ 1.284 million, a 4.9% decrease compared to Q1 2020. Overall, 223,000 thousand tons of fish were exports, 6.6% more than the same period last year...

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Herring Wraps up at Sitka, Going Strong at Kodiak

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

The roe herring fishery at Sitka Sound ended on April 9 after two weeks of daily fishing. A fleet of about 20 seiners took less than half of the 33,304 ton harvest. State managers estimate the total catch at around 16,000 tons, or 32 million pounds. No word yet on price.

Herring fishing at Kodiak began on April 1, two weeks earlier than usual, due to an earlier spawn across the island’s five fishing districts. Thirteen boats have taken less than half of...

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Thai Union Director of Fish Procurement Kevin Bixler Named Chair of ISSF Board of Directors

Kevin Bixler, Global Director of Group Fish Procurement for Thai Union Group was appointed as the Chair of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) Board of Directors.

Bixler will succeed Luciano Pirovano, Director of Sustainable Development for Bolton Food, in the role. Alongside Bixler William Gibbons-Fly, former U.S. Department of State Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries, also joined the Board...

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ANALYSIS: Frozen Lobster Products Ascend into Record-High Territory

The market for frozen lobster products has been thrusted into record-high territory given a somewhat unexpected level of demand and a short supply situation that has developed without the benefit of meaningful replacement. 

In 2020, in-and-around the height of the pandemic and coinciding with new season production, frozen lobster tail values fell roughly 25 percent. The levels were now attractive to retailers who gravitated to products that replicated the restaurant experience. This buying resulted in a warm water...

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Saint Paul Island’s Fuel Shortage — in its 5th Month — is Finally Over

Saint Paul Island will be able to start supplying the areas crab fleet and other fishing vessels with fuel today, thanks to the arrival of the fuel barge two days ago.

“We’ve only been waiting for it since November last year,” said Saint Paul City Manager Phillip Zavadil yesterday. “We are restocked with diesel and gasoline and will be able to sell to the fleet starting tomorrow.” 

Saint Paul’s Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, which can hold 1.8 million gallons of deisel and gasoline, was drawn down to...

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Atlantic Sapphire Describes Q1 as ‘Lost Quarter’ for US Biomass Growth in Operational Update

RAS salmon farmer Atlantic Sapphire said that the first quarter of 2021 was a “lost quarter” for biomass gain in the US.

The Danish company said its March 23 incident at its Miami facility that led to the loss of 100,000 fish, or 5% of its annual production was the reason behind the biomass dip. The update stated that the company has 300mt fewer fish in the U.S. It also experiences a 150mt loss in its Denmark operations...

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