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Feb 22 - Bristol Seafood Launches Grab & Go Range of Retail Products


Feb 10 - Joella’s Hot Chicken Spices Up Seafood Lent Promotion Game With New Cod Menu Options


Feb 5 - Alaska Fishing Updates For February 2021


Jan 27 - Alaska Fish Radio: CodCoil Pots For Black Cod Can’t Keep Up With Demand


Jan 25 - Imports of Pacific Cod, Atka Mackerel Increase from Russia, Habitat May Have Moved From Alaska


Jan 14 - Atlantic Groundfish Council Recommends Rollover of TAC for South Coast Cod


Jan 12 - Bristol Seafood Invests in Alaska Cod Capabilities


Dec 18 - Cod Stocks Rebounding in the GOA, Still at Low Abundance


Dec 15 - Norwegian Cod Farmer Appoints New CEO, Chairman of the Board


Dec 15 - Cod Comeback; Fishing Updates for Alaska


Dec 3 - Alaska Fish Radio: Updates on COVID Relief Funds, Deadline to Apply Approaches


Oct 19 - China's CDC Reports Detection of Living Coronavirus on Outer Packaging of Imported Frozen Cod


Oct 5 - True North Seafood Partners With Ocean Wise Seafood Program


Sep 25 - Alaska Fishing Updates for September/October


Sep 22 - Everything You Need to Know About the FDA's FSMA Food Traceability Proposed Rule


Sep 11 - Japan's Five Medium-Sized Bottom Longliners Retire From Fishing Inside Russian Waters


Aug 28 - Russia Posts 20% Decline of Crab Exports in First Half of Current Year


Aug 14 - Alaska Fishing Updates for August 2020


Aug 11 - OPINION: Adak: This is How Alaska Fishing Communities Die


Jul 31 - FFAW Calls for Meeting With DFO After Release of Northern Cod Harvesting Plan


Jul 30 - ANALYSIS: Cod Market Unsettled


Jul 29 - Russia May Face Significant Decline in Japanese Squid, Cod, and Pollock Catch Due to Poachers


Jul 28 - Call for Input on Relief Fund Payouts for GOA Cod, Chignik Salmon


Jul 24 - FFAW Calls on DFO to Release 2020 Harvest Plan for Northern Cod


Jul 6 - Alaska Fishing Updates for July 2020


Jun 25 - JAPAN: Black Cod Prices Fall Due to COVID-19 Pandemic


Jun 19 - Relief Funds for 2018 Gulf Cod Crash Delayed Slightly Due to COVID


May 26 - ASMI Japan Campaign: "Eat Alaskan Seafood and Boost your Immunity!"


May 21 - China’s Seafood Imports are Recovering Better in the Fishing Off-Season


May 11 - ANALYSIS: Cod Imports Increase Outside of China


May 7 - Alaska Fish Radio: Fishing Updates for May 2020


Apr 24 - Russian Fish Producers and Processors Hope for Diversification of their Export Supplies This Year


Apr 23 - Atlantic Groundfish Council Responds to DFO’s 2020 Northern Cod Science Assessment


Apr 21 - The Winding Glass: Walking the Tightrope of Survival


Apr 20 - Russian Fisherman Plan to Increase Catch This Year Despite COVID-19 and Economic Recession


Apr 14 - Chinese Seafood Industry Struggling with the Coronavirus Closing Foreign Doors


Apr 7 - Alaska Wants Input on Distributing Cod Crash Relief Funds


Mar 25 - An Increase in Home Consumption Pushed February Seafood Sales at Japanese Supermarkets


Mar 23 - Russian Fisherman May Suspend Catch in Northern Basin


Mar 12 - A Look at How China's Seafood Market Grew in 2019


Mar 12 - Alaska Fishing Updates for March 2020


Mar 9 - LISTEN: Boston Seafood Show Postponed; Lent QSR Roundup; Maine Lobster Landings and More


Mar 6 - Cod Crash Caused by Warm Sea Bottom, Loss of Spawning Grounds


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Bristol Seafood Launches Grab & Go Range of Retail Products

We’re living in a whole new world thanks to the coronavirus. While seafood used to primarily be consumed outside of the home, restaurant restrictions have resulted in people cooking more fish than ever before. And now Bristol Seafood is making it even easier to bring fresh seafood into the kitchen. The company announced that they’ve launched a new “Grab & Go” range of retail products.

“Today, seafood is the fastest-growing category in the American grocery store, and chilled Grab & Go appeals to younger shoppers, among other demographics...

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Joella’s Hot Chicken Spices Up Seafood Lent Promotion Game With New Cod Menu Options

Joella’s Hot Chicken announced the return of its Crispy Cod Sammie and a new Crispy Cod Plate menu option. The Louisville-based fast casual restaurant said the new items will be available at all locations in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana.

The items feature North Atlantic Wild-Caught cod that is double beer-battered and fried starting on February 17 through April 4. The Crispy Cod Sammie and Plate can be prepared with any of Joella's six famous heat levels...

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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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Atlantic Groundfish Council Recommends Rollover of TAC for South Coast Cod

During the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s  annual Groundfish Advisory Council meeting on Wednesday, the recommendation was made to rollover the total allowable catch (TAC) for the 3Ps cod fishery. For 2020-2021 the TAC rollover amount is 2,691 mt. 

“This recommendation is consistent with the Atlantic Groundfish Council’s long-standing commitment to responsible decisions that respect science advice and help enable a sustainable fishery for generations to come,” Executive Director Kris Vascotto said in a statement. “In fact, all industry representatives...

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Cod Stocks Rebounding in the GOA, Still at Low Abundance

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

Cod stocks are rebounding in the Gulf of Alaska after bottoming out due to a multi-year heat wave that wiped out several year classes.

No fishery occurred this year in federally managed waters from three to 200 miles out, and a catch of less than six million pounds was allowed in state waters out to three miles.

For 2021, the federal cod catch will be just over 38 million pounds and nearly 11.7 million pounds for the state...

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Cod Comeback; Fishing Updates for Alaska

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch …Cod makes a comeback in the Gulf and fishing continues across the state.

Pacific cod appears to be making a comeback in the Gulf of Alaska after getting clobbered by a multi-year heat wave starting in 2014 that wiped out several year classes. That shut down the fishery this year in federal waters of the Gulf from three to 200 miles offshore. But P-cod is back on the fishing menu.

The North Pacific Council last week set a...

 

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China's CDC Reports Detection of Living Coronavirus on Outer Packaging of Imported Frozen Cod

Over the weekend China's Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that they detected living novel coronavirus on the outer packaging of imported frozen cod. The alleged discovery was made in the eastern coastal city of Qingdao and marks the first time that the live new coronavirus has been isolated on the outer packaging of cold-chain food.  Authorities in China are now warning that contact with the outer packaging of frozen foods contaminated by the coronavirus can cause infection.

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Alaska Fishing Updates for September/October

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – As salmon season ends more fisheries get underway.

Salmon numbers continue to trickle in but the total catch won’t add up to much more than the 113 million fish taken so far. That’s about 85 percent of what state managers expected for the season.

Of that, over 45 million are sockeyes and 58 million are pinks. Landings of about two million cohos are the lowest since the mid-1970s and a 7.5 million chum salmon harvest is the weakest since 1979...

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Japan's Five Medium-Sized Bottom Longliners Retire From Fishing Inside Russian Waters

Nemuro City's six bottom longline vessels of 50 tons or more will retire because Pacific cod's catch allocation decreased significantly at the fishery negotiations for the coast of Japan and Russia held in December last year. The annual negotiation determines the conditions for fishing operations. The low catch quota for 2020 called for all six vessels to retire. Five of these vessels will be out of business due to Japan's international fishing vessel reduction project based on reorganizing the international fishery operations...

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Alaska Fishing Updates for August 2020

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Some upswings in salmon and updates on more Alaska fisheries.

Good pink salmon catches at Kodiak, Prince William Sound and Cook Inlet contributed the bulk of the nearly 10 million pinks taken over the last week. That’s pushed Alaska’s total salmon catch over the 90 million mark.  That’s about 65% of the 132 million salmon target for 2020.

In other fisheries – Southeast’s summer Dungeness crab fishery will close August 15 after a two month opener. A few million pounds should come out of that fishery. A second opener for shrimp has beam trawlers back out on the water. A lingcod fishery is ongoing in parts of Southeast and Prince William Sound.

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FFAW Calls for Meeting With DFO After Release of Northern Cod Harvesting Plan

Just days before the northern cod fishing season off the northeast of Newfoundland and Labrador, the FFAW-Unifor is calling for a meeting with the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), Bernadette Jordan, claiming their input was ignored in the 2020 2J3KL harvesting plan for northern cod.

The start dates for Zone 2J, which will begin on August 2 and 3KL, to begin on August 9 were later than what was requested by harvesters. The FFAW argues this will take away time for quality and abundant fish...

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Russia May Face Significant Decline in Catch of Japanese Squid, Cod, and Pollock Due to North Korean Poachers

Russia may be faced with a significant decline in catch of Japanese squid, cod, pollock and some other fish species due to the ever growing volumes of poaching in its territorial waters in the Far East.   

According to analysts of ZRPRESS, one of Russia’s leading business papers, currently the biggest concerns are related with the activities of fishermen from North Korea and China, whose illegal fishing in the Russian inland waters has significantly increased in recent years...

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FFAW Calls on DFO to Release 2020 Harvest Plan for Northern Cod

With the northern cod fishery expected to begin in less than two weeks, FFAW-Unifor is requesting that Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) release their 2020 harvest plan.

“While we expect delays due to the global pandemic, harvesters are unable to plan for a fishery that’s set to begin just days from now,” FFAW-Unifor President Keith Sullivan said in a news release. “Harvesters have been significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and have experienced substantial losses this year. They need to know where...

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JAPAN: Black Cod Prices Fall Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Wholesale price of dressed Alaskan black cod in 4/5 pounds (longline caught) has dropped 100 yen ($0.94) to 1100-1200 yen/kg ($10.29-11.23) since the arrival of new catch this year after the holidays in May. This is due to the fact that demand for eating out around the world has fallen due to the coronavirus pandemic and the increase in catch quotas. However, in Japan, sales are relatively firm according to a trading company source, according to Minato Shimbun...

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ASMI Japan Campaign: "Eat Alaskan Seafood and Boost your Immunity!" 

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) Japan uploaded four recipes on "Kurashinisuta," an online life information portal. Following the Alaskan seafood introduction, which is 100% wild and sustainable, the page reminds the audience that the ingredients of many traditional Japanese meals have been incorporating a variety of Alaskan seafood for a long time. Grilled sockeye salmon and Pacific cod are used in popular pot dishes, as well as surimi products using Alaska pollock. Those kinds of seafood are very nutritious and rich with high-quality protein, vitamins, and minerals...

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ANALYSIS: Cod Imports Increase Outside of China

While year-to-date total cod imports into the U.S increased only 1.8 percent compared to the same timeframe last year, volumes from individual countries saw more significant gains. Imports from Russia increased 62% or by 870,795 pounds, Vietnam imported 39% or 412,972 pounds more, and Indonesia saw a 1440% increase, or 539,150 pounds, as there were no reported imports from the country during this time last year.

When looking at import data from China, year-to-date volumes from January through March fall 2.1 percent...

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Alaska Fishing Updates For February 2021

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch. Lots of February fishing – and Frankenfish heads to markets.

Freezing February weather doesn’t keep Alaskans off the fishing grounds from Southeast to Norton Sound.

In the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska, boats are pulling in pollock, cod, flounders and other groundfish. 

Over three billion pounds of pollock will come out of the Bering Sea, another 250 million pounds from the Gulf.

Prince William Sound also has a winter pollock fishery underway that will produce nearly 5 million pounds...

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

Importers of frozen cod and Atka mackerel are shifting from the United States, such as Alaska, to Russia. In addition to the low prices, Russian processors are expanding processing Atka mackerel for the Japanese market, and cod is likely to improve quality and increase volume due to changes in the fish habitat.

"Russia's Atka mackerel catch quota is about 20,000 tons. It was produced in the round for domestic consumption, exported to South Korea and China for processing...

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Bristol Seafood Invests in Alaska Cod Capabilities

Bristol Seafood, the largest importer and processor of Norwegian line-caught haddock in the U.S., announced over the weekend that they have aligned with Bristol Bay Alaska Seafoods, owner of the Blue North, state of the art Alaska Cod harvester. The alignment means that Blue North will become the lead supplier of Alaska cod for Bristol Seafood.

“It’s a huge credit to the forward-thinking team at Bristol to see the value of using Alaska cod in their growing business,” Mike Burns, Chairman and co-founder of Blue North, said in a statement...

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Norwegian Cod Farmer Appoints New CEO, Chairman of the Board

Norcod, a Norway-based cod farmer announced the appointment of Christian Riber as new CEO. Marit Solberg will also become the new Chairman of the Board of Directors.

The new role for Riber will mean his departure of the Chairman of the Board and of his role as Commercial Director at Sirena Group. Solberg was previously a board members but ascends to the top of that group. Lastly, former CEO Hilde R. Storhaug continues at Norcod in a new position as CSO, Chief Sustainability Officer.

“I am happy to be trusted the job as new board chairman...

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Alaska Fish Radio: Updates on COVID Relief Funds, Deadline to Apply Approaches

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

December 14th is the deadline for U.S. fishermen to apply for federal funds to take the sting out of market hits from the Trump Administration’s trade tariffs.

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture will distribute a total of $530 million to fishermen based on their catches in 2019 for 19 species under the new Seafood Trade Relief Program (STRP).  

For example, the U.S. pays a 38 percent tariff on seafood products going to China, previously Alaska’s biggest buyer...

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True North Seafood Partners With Ocean Wise Seafood Program

True North Seafood, the flagship brand of family owned Cooke Inc., announced that they have partnered with the Ocean Wise Seafood program. 

Ocean Wise works with restaurants, markets, food services and seafood suppliers to ensure that they have the most current scientific information regarding sustainable seafood, whether it be farmed or wild. The goal of the program is to help people make ocean-friendly buying decisions. 

True North’s wild caught bay scallops, sea scallops, sockeye salmon, pink salmon, chum salmon, coho salmon, Dungeness crab, Pacific cod, pollock and...

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Everything You Need to Know About the FDA's FSMA Food Traceability Proposed Rule

On Monday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a proposed rule to establish additional traceability recordkeeping requirements for certain foods. So, what exactly does this mean? We're breaking it down….

The proposed rule is actually titled "Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods," and is a key component of the FDA's New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint. If finalized the proposed rule would "standardize the data elements and information firms must establish and maintain, and the information they would need...

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Russia Posts 20% Decline of Crab Exports in First Half of Current Year

Exports of Russian crab in the first half of 2020 fell by almost 20% in volume and by 15% in value terms, which is associated with serious losses for local producers and exporters, according to recent statements made by the President of the All-Russian Association of Fishermen (VARPE) Herman Zverev during the recent press conference 

In regard of overall fish exports, according to Zverevin the first half of the current year they amounted to 928,000 tonnes in volume terms and...

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OPINION: Adak: This is How Alaska Fishing Communities Die

Editor's Note: Steve Minor is a long-time advocate for Alaska coastal communities.

Last year we warned of the slow economic death of Alaskan fishing communities as their access to nearby fisheries that they depend on becomes squeezed by off-shore interests, lawsuits and slow or non-existent political and regulatory responses.  The first casualty came sooner than expected. In this case, a lawsuit by several off-shore corporate fishing interests has stripped the western Aleutian communities of Adak and Atka of their access to federal waters Pacific cod and...

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ANALYSIS: Cod Market Unsettled

The market for both Atlantic and Pacific cod remains slightly unsettled as we enter the eighth month of 2020. While some species have swiftly rebounded amid COVID-19 restrictions and reopenings, cod has seen a slower resurgence as demand picks up and slows down, unwilling to follow seasonal trends.

Prior to COVID-19, Atlantic cod was under upwards pricing pressure due to additional costs associated with the tariffs which will be under review in the coming weeks. In addition, the market saw a healthy demand leading into...

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Call for Input on Relief Fund Payouts for GOA Cod, Chignik Salmon

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

Comments are wanted by August 14 on draft plans to distribute $24.4 million in relief payments for the 2018 Gulf of Alaska cod crash and $10.3 million for the sockeye salmon run failure at Chignik. The funds were cut loose by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce in late February and after working with industry stakeholders and NOAA Fisheries, the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game has developed a draft payout plan...

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Alaska Fishing Updates for July 2020

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Lots of fishing is going on besides salmon.

Alaska’s salmon catch is nearing 8 million fish, of which over half are sockeyes, mostly from Bristol Bay where catches are building.

Fishermen in Quinhagak have formed a group of 70 harvesters to revitalize commercial salmon fishing in Kuskokwim Bay. The group is called the Independent Fishermen of Quinhagak Cooperative and also includes members from Goodnews Bay, Platinum, and Eek. It’s the first fishery since 2016 when the region’s CDQ group...

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Relief Funds for 2018 Gulf Cod Crash Delayed Slightly Due to COVID

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

The process to get relief payments into the hands of fishermen and communities hurt by the 2018 Gulf of Alaska cod crash is delayed a bit due to upheavals stemming from the coronavirus. 

In late February the U.S. Secretary of Commerce cut loose $24,416,440 for affected stakeholders.

Then, on March 20 Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game Commissioner Doug Vincent-Lang proposed a written timeline for developing a distribution plan and...

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China’s Seafood Imports are Recovering Better in the Fishing Off-Season

This May has witnessed the beginning of China’s fishing off-season, and some seafood prices have started to increase. The imported seafood market has also begun to rebound in the Asian country, which is gradually recovering from the coronavirus, though it is still haunted by some uncertainties in the near future.

Since early May, salmon, for example, has seen noticeable increase of both sales and prices in this oriental market. There is even shortage in some regions due to lower supply...

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