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Feb 26 - Maine Delegation Makes Plea to Biden to Protect Lobstermen from Proposed Right Whale Rules


Feb 23 - Maine Gov. Janet Mills Warns Draft Right Whale Biological Opinion Will be Devastating For Lobstermen


Feb 23 - ANALYSIS: Lobster Prices Firm as Industry Faces Supply Shortage


Feb 19 - VIDEO: QSR & Fast Casual Seafood Offerings for Lent: White Castle, Bojangles, Quiznos and Popeyes


Feb 12 - VIDEO: Valentine’s Spending Decline; Retail Saves Lobster; Salmon Struggling; EU Shrimp Subdued


Feb 12 - Valentine’s Day: Retail Demand a “Life Saver” for Lobster Market, But Not So Much For Others


Feb 5 - MLMC Executive Director Gives Update on Efforts to Increase Demand for Maine Lobster


Feb 5 - Super Bowl Snack Ideas: The Best Seafood Appetizers To Eat During The Game


Feb 4 - MLMC Unveils First Ever Maine Lobster Tail Bouquet Ahead of Valentine’s Day


Feb 1 - Red Lobster Launching 2 New Dishes During Lobsterfest


Jan 29 - VIDEO: Alaska Plant COVID Update; Chile Plants Reopen; Clearwater Deal; Lobster Exports to China


Jan 27 - Statement from Maine’s Fishing Community on Offshore Wind Development


Jan 27 - Quiznos Brings Back Lobster Classic, Introduces New Old Bay Lobster Club Ahead of Lent


Jan 26 - Governor Mills Announces Action to Advance Offshore Wind in Gulf of Maine


Jan 25 - ANALYSIS: Lobster Exports to China Continue Upward Trend; Total Exports Trail 2019 Levels


Jan 14 - The Winding Glass: Seafood, Consumers, Climate Change, the MSC and the Government in 2021


Dec 31 - MLA Issues Response to Proposed Changes to Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan


Dec 30 - NOAA Releases Proposed Changes to Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan


Dec 28 - The Winding Glass: 2020 Part 1: The End of a Year of Turmoil, Loss, and Resilience


Dec 7 - ANALYSIS: Live Lobster Market Unsettled as Canadian Fishing Season Begins


Nov 30 - EU Parliament Pushes Through Mini Lobster Trade Deal With US


Nov 12 - Seven Projects in Magdalen Islands to Receive Close to $2 Million Through Quebec Fisheries Fund


Nov 12 - The Winding Glass: Don't Fear Expansion of Native Seafood Rights


Nov 12 - Maine Lobstermen Awarded More Than $36 Million Through USDA's Seafood Trade Relief Program


Nov 12 - E-commerce Companies in China See Greater Seafood Sales With Prolonged Double 11


Nov 12 - EU Continues Support of U.S. Lobster Trade Deal After Biden Victory


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Maine Delegation Makes Plea to Biden to Protect Lobstermen from Proposed Right Whale Rules

A Maine delegation has urged President Joe Biden to protect the state’s lobstermen as regulations have been put forward aiming to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales that could hit the lobster industry hard.

The delegation described the proposed rules as a “death knell” for the state’s critical lobster industry. They pushed Biden to fulfill his campaign promise of protecting lobstermen.

“When former President Trump came to Maine last year to meet with our lobster industry, you tweeted...

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills Warns Draft Right Whale Biological Opinion Will be Devastating For Lobstermen

Maine’s Governor Janet Mills is speaking out on the North Atlantic right whale draft Biological Opinion. The Maine Department of Marine Resources filed comments with NOAA late last week regarding the draft Biological Opinion for 10 fishery management plans in the Greater Atlantic Region, focusing on the North Atlantic Right Whale. Governor Mills’ “grave” concerns were outlined in a cover letter included with the DMR’s comments.

One of the issues regarding the draft Biological Opinion is that it calls for a...

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VIDEO: QSR & Fast Casual Seafood Offerings for Lent: White Castle, Bojangles, Quiznos and Popeyes

This week SeafoodNews Weekly Video co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione take a look at QSR and fast casual offerings for Lent. Find out what's been added to the menus at White Castle, Bojangles, Quiznos and Popeyes.

This episode was brought to you by Urner Barry's new Insights offering, which is coming this March. This largely digital offering will allow subscribers to read, watch and listen to impactful market content in a new way like never before...

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Valentine’s Day: Retail Demand a “Life Saver” for Lobster Market, But Not So Much For Others

It’s been a tough year for restaurants who have been dealt devastating blow after devastating blow by the coronavirus pandemic. And unfortunately they won’t see much relief this upcoming Valentine’s Day.

As SeafoodNews reported last year, the percent of people spending money on an evening out for Valentine’s Day has been on a slow decline since 2016. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), just 24% of people surveyed say that they will celebrate Valentine’s Day with...

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Super Bowl Snack Ideas: The Best Seafood Appetizers To Eat During The Game

Super Bowl LV is this Sunday, February 7, and will find the Kansas City Chiefs taking on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), 186.6 million adults in the U.S. plan on tuning in to the big game. And although Super Bowl party celebrations will be looking a little different due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there still needs to be snacks out! NRF reports that 86% of viewers are planning to make purchases to mark the occasion...

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Red Lobster Launching 2 New Dishes During Lobsterfest

Lobsterfest kicks off at Red Lobster on February 1 and alongside a number of returning customer favorites, a pair of new dishes will join in on the fun with the new Ultimate Surf and Turf and Kung Pao Noodles with Fried Lobster.

With lobster on the mind during Lobsterfest, the restaurant chain announced that with each purchase of the classic Lobster Lover’s Dream dish, a portion of proceeds will head to lobster sustainability efforts.

Proceeds will head to research about ocean warming on the Maine lobster population and rock lobster...

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Statement from Maine’s Fishing Community on Offshore Wind Development

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

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

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

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

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

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The Winding Glass: Seafood, Consumers, Climate Change, the MSC and the Government in 2021

Last month CFOOD, the website established by University of Washington scientists to explain the science of sustainable seafood, published an excellent summary of the problems facing the Maine lobster fishery due to right whale interactions.

There are six lobster fisheries interacting with right whales certified by the MSC in the U.S. and Canada but only the Maine fishery was suspended by the MSC. The Maine fishery lost its MSC certification due to a lawsuit against NMFS charging failure to implement stronger measures to reduce right whale...

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NOAA Releases Proposed Changes to Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan

NOAA announced its proposed modifications to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan on December 30.

NOAA said it is looking to “further reduce the impacts of entanglement in fishing gear on right whales in U.S. waters.” The modifications are focused on the Northeast Jonah crab and lobster trap/pot fisheries, which are responsible for roughly 93 percent of the buoy lines fished in areas where right whales occur.

According to NOAA, the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team will be asked to recommend risk reduction measures...

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ANALYSIS: Live Lobster Market Unsettled as Canadian Fishing Season Begins

There has been much anticipation ahead of the opening of the Canadian lobster fishing seasons in LFA 33-34, the two largest producing zones. LFA 33 opened on time on November 30, however, LFA 34 has been delayed once again, looking at Saturday, December 5 as a drop date, weather permitting. A decision will be announced later shortly.  There is concern that each delay, coupled with the increasing pent-up demand for product and the late start may lead to...

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Seven Projects in Magdalen Islands to Receive Close to $2 Million Through Quebec Fisheries Fund

The Government of Canada and Quebec are providing close to $2million in funding to improve the efficiency, quality and sustainability of Quebec's fish and seafood sector.

"By participating in the Quebec Fisheries Fund, the Government of Canada is committed to stimulating innovation in the fish and seafood sector, while contributing on the one hand, to the creation of good jobs for the middle class and, on the other hand, to the growth of businesses in Quebec communities," said the Honourable Bernadette Jordan...

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Maine Lobstermen Awarded More Than $36 Million Through USDA's Seafood Trade Relief Program

Maine lobstermen have received some welcome financial relief. U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced this week that a total of $36,284,110.12 has been awarded by the USDA's Seafood Trade Relief Program to offset the financial harm that the state's lobstermen and women have experienced due to China's retaliatory tariffs.

"Unfair retaliatory tariffs as well as the COVID-19 pandemic that has closed restaurants and reduced exports have placed increasing financial pressure on Maine's hardworking lobstermen and women," said Senator Collins...

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EU Continues Support of U.S. Lobster Trade Deal After Biden Victory

The European Parliament Committee on International Trade voted in support of a trade deal that will remove tariffs on live and frozen U.S. lobsters.

Both the EU and U.S. agreed to eliminate tariffs on lobster in August, via a joint statement from United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and European Union Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan.

The committee pushed the mini-deal through in the wake of the U.S. Presidential election, “as a sign of hope for renewed negotiations between the two parties, despite ongoing disputes...

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ANALYSIS: Lobster Prices Firm as Industry Faces Supply Shortage

The live lobster market is entering a seasonally quiet period following Valentine’s day and the end of Chinese New Year celebrations. Since the beginning of February, there was a frenzy to satisfy the demand for these two events taking place simultaneously.

Alongside Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year, declining COVID-19 cases and restrictions easing across the U.S. and overseas, market participants reported an uptick in demand from the foodservice sector.

Competition for product from shippers, and the live market has...

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VIDEO: Valentine’s Spending Decline; Retail Saves Lobster; Salmon Struggling; EU Shrimp Subdued

This week SeafoodNews Weekly Video co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione take a look at Valentine's Day spending for 2021. Plus, find out how retail is saving lobster this Valentine's Day; salmon's struggle; and how EU shrimp remains subdued. 

This episode was brought to you by Urner Barry's new Insights offering, which is coming this March. This largely digital offering will allow subscribers to read, watch and listen to impactful market content in a new way like never before...

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MLMC Executive Director Gives Update on Efforts to Increase Demand for Maine Lobster

The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) was founded in 2013 to help harvesters, dealers and processors by growing demand for whole live lobster and other value-added products. In the years since the MLMC has focused on getting the word out to the foodservice industry and distributors. But when the pandemic hit in March 2020, the organization shifted their efforts to grocery stores and home cooks.

“To reach grocers and home cooks, we used public relations outreach to raise awareness of Maine Lobster as...

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MLMC Unveils First Ever Maine Lobster Tail Bouquet Ahead of Valentine’s Day

Why give roses on Valentine’s Day when you can gift your loved one with a bouquet featuring Maine lobster tail?

This year, for the first time ever, the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) is introducing seafood-lovers to the Maine Lobster Tail Bouquet kit. The MLMC is partnering with Hancock Gourmet and Maine Lobster Now to ship these unique (and delicious) gifts across the country.

Those that order through Hancock Gourmet can get a Maine Lobster Tail Bouquet featuring four lobster tails harvested and...

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VIDEO: Alaska Plant COVID Update; Chile Plants Reopen; Clearwater Deal; Lobster Exports to China

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they talk about the latest COVID updates out of Alaska; Chile's salmon plants reopening; the Clearwater Seafoods deal; and the lobster market.

This video was brought to you by Urner Barry’s Reporter Magazine, which is out now.  The latest issue is packed with great stories, including a food trend forecast for 2021, a look at how restaurants have introduced new design concepts as a result of...

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

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

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

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

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

Year-to-date (January-November 2020) lobster exports to China, total 12.5 million pounds; a 130.4% increase year-over-year and are outpacing their 6-year average by 14.1%. Keep in mind that the live export market to China was derailed back in July 2018, when China placed heavy retaliatory tariffs on U.S. lobster imports. Up to that point, year-to-date (January-June 2018) exports totaled 11.7 million pounds, on track for a record-setting year...

 

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MLA Issues Response to Proposed Changes to Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan

Just days before the New Year, NOAA announced its proposed modifications to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan.

The goal of the proposed modifications to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan is to further reduce the impacts of entanglement in fishing gear on right whales in U.S. waters. According to Chris Oliver, the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, the proposed modifications will modify gear configurations to reduce the number of vertical lines by requiring more traps between buoy lines and by...

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The Winding Glass: 2020 Part 1: The End of a Year of Turmoil, Loss, and Resilience

Most will welcome the end of 2020 as next year promises improvements in all respects.

For the seafood industry looking back on this past year, it feels like a bomb went off. Now we are picking up the pieces, seeing who survived and who didn’t, and checking on each other to see what shape we’re in.

The most salient aspect of the pandemic is that even though this is a universal event affecting behavior in every country in the world, the impacts have been...

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EU Parliament Pushes Through Mini Lobster Trade Deal With US

The mini-trade deal between the European Union and the United States took another step forward last week as the EU Parliament supported the agreement.

The agreement will eliminate duties on live and frozen lobster imported from the U.S. and the EU will receive duty relief a comparable economic value on its own products, such as prepared meals, certain crystal glassware and cigarette lighters. This is the first EU-US negotiated tariff-reduction in over 20 years and is applicable for all WTO trading partners...

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The Winding Glass: Don't Fear Expansion of Native Seafood Rights

The Canadian lobster industry is in turmoil over first nation fishing rights.  In 1999 the Canadian supreme court ruled that Mi'qmaq and other First Nations had harvest rights that had to be recognized by the Canadian government.  For decades, this was never implemented.

For that reason, the Sipekne'katik First Nation began a test case, issuing 11 licenses themselves, limited to 50 traps each, and beginning to fish lobster in southwestern Nova Scotia during the closed season.

This led to riots, the burning of lobster pounds, attacks on boats...

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E-commerce Companies in China See Greater Seafood Sales With Prolonged Double 11

China’s e-commerce industry has decided to prolong this year’s Double 11 shopping spree to further fasten market revival. Some industry giants, like JD, have started the online carnival on October 21. And thanks to enthusiastic buyers, they have enjoyed noticeable increase in sales since the starting point.

As statistics show, fresh food sales of JD has jumped by 165% in this late October compared with that of September. And some imported seafood have been among the biggest winners during the event...

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