Tue. May 18 2021

Alaska Seafood Marketing Arm Hopes to Finally Benefit From Federal Pandemic Relief Dollars


Area 2A Halibut Opener Announced for June 22-24  


FSIS Issues Public Health Alert For Ineligible Siluriformes Products Imported From Brazil  


Applications for Ninth Annual Global Aquaculture Innovation Award Are Due by June 15


Red Lobster Debuts New Menu With 15 Dishes Under $20


Genova Premium Tuna Sells Out of Complimentary Mediterranean-Inspired Meal Kits  


Mexico Promoting Sustainable Sardine Fishery Agriculture With Training Course For Observers  


Blackline Cold Storage Breaks Ground on New Port of Houston Facility


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, May 18


Mon. May 17 2021

PODCAST: AquaBounty CEO Sylvia Wulf Talks First Commercial Harvest at Indiana Farm  


ANALYSIS: Markets Moving, Soaring Higher in Some Cases  


China Says No to Australian Lobsters  


Cause and Final Report on Scandies Rose Sinking Will Be Determined and Released June 29


Russia May Significantly Reduce Halibut Catch This Year  


Trade Data for Alaska Omits Seafood, Queries Go Unanswered


Lobster and Salmon Get Highest Honors at Specialty Food Association Awards 2021  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, May 17


Sun. May 16 2021

Gov. Newsom's California Comeback Plan Includes Significant Increases for Fish and Wildlife


Fri. May 14 2021

States Begin Work on Second Round of COVID-19 Funds as Some First Round Funds Falter


Industry Lauds Record-Breaking USDA Seafood Purchase


VIDEO: AquaBounty Sells Out; Mexico Shrimp Update; Stavis' New VP of Operations and More


ANALYSIS: The Rise of Pangasius, Again  


First Copper River Salmon, Prepared by Five Top Chefs, in Public Auction For Frontline Workers  


Most Shrimp and Tilapia Prices Increase in China During May’s Labor Day  


Alaska’s Rep. Don Young Introduces House Version of the American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act


New Bill in US House Will Strengthen Anti-IUU laws and Fight Human Rights Abuses in Supply Chain


Plastics From Fishing Gear, Marine Debris Turned Into Lumber in Cordova


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, May 14


Thu. May 13 2021

USDA Makes Historic Seafood Purchase for Food Assistance Programs  


Alaska Salmon Fishermen Send Urgent Plea for “Decisive Action” on Climate as Season Begins  


Alaska’s House Passes Joint Resolution to Senate Asking Congress To Invest In AK Infrastructure


GAPP Research Finds Potential need to “Relaunch” Surimi  


Publix Now Offering Atlantic-Sapphire’s Bluehouse Salmon In All Stores  


SalMar Credits Rising Salmon Prices for Good Q1 Results  


Grieg Seafood Q1 Results: Low Market Prices Impacted Earnings


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, May 13


Wed. May 12 2021

Gulf of St. Lawrence Announces More Grid Closures With 85% Snow Crab Quota Caught  


BOEM Celebrates Vineyard Wind Approval Project; Seafood Industry Bites Back


Alaska's Fisheries Committee Gets Seafood Market Report from ASMI in Last Days of Session


AK State Legislature Nixes Pebble Candidate for Board of Fish


Mexican Authorities Launch Workshops to Regain Shrimp Certification to U.S.  


Stavis Seafoods Hires Salvatore Bramante As New VP of Operations


Red Lobster CEO Appointed New Chairman of the Board for Vertical Farming Company Kalera


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, May 12


Norway Royals Salmon Pleased With Iceland Farming Ops but Norway Costs Remain High  


Bakkafrost Sees Signs of Market Improvement in Q1 2021  


Tue. May 11 2021

SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, May 11


Alaska Supreme Court Rules in Favor of State in Fish Tax Lawsuit


Pacific Seafood Board of Directors Welcomes Former U.S. Congressman Greg Walden


Premium Brands Reports Record Revenue in First Quarter After Completion of Clearwater Seafoods


NL Government Contributes Funds to Help Oyster Research in Notre Dame Bay


Alaska’s Coast Guard Honors Four With Air Medals for Heroic Rescue Last November


Proximar Seafood Signs MoU with Marubeni Corporation Focusing on Sales, Marketing


Pescanova Debuts “La Pasta del Mar” Product with Help from Spanish Chef Ángel León


Russia Puts Big Hopes on Forthcoming Salmon Fishing Season This Year  


High Pre-order Prices for Copper River Salmon  


Fishermen, Processors Prepare for Pacific Whiting Season in Wake of No Canada/U.S. Agreement  


JAPAN: March Salmon Imports From Chile Up 67% to 17,815 Tons  


Blue Star Foods Signs Deal with Top Foodservice Warehouse Supplier  


AquaBounty Sells Out First Harvest of GE Salmon from Indiana Farm  


Norwegian Seafood Council Shares Top Seafood Megatrends in Latest Report


Kingfish Company Sticks With Ramboll to Build RAS Facility in Maine


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Alaska Seafood Marketing Arm Hopes to Finally Benefit From Federal Pandemic Relief Dollars

Alaska’s lone seafood marketing arm gets zero budget from the state and to date, has received no pandemic funds.

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is hoping to get a breather from the more than $1 billion coming to Alaska in the latest round of federal relief dollars under the American Rescue Plan (ARP).

The influx also provides $518 million of non-discretionary funds to Alaska and $220 million for public health and safety, workforce development, education, transportation, and emergency management...

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Area 2A Halibut Opener Announced for June 22-24

The non-tribal halibut fishery will open in Area 2A from June 22 to 24, the International Pacific Halibut Commission said this week. A total of 190 licenses will have the opportunity to fish for an overall annual allocation for 116.17 metric tons, or 256,122 pounds - a very slight increase over last year's quota of 115.41 metric tons, or 254,426 pounds.

Last year, the low initial period allocations for each vessel class limited participation and resulted in a number of openers during the summer.

The first fishing period will ...

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FSIS Issues Public Health Alert For Ineligible Siluriformes Products Imported From Brazil

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a public health alert for approximately 165 pounds of frozen Siluriformes products imported from Brazil, a country that is ineligible to export Siluriformes products to the U.S. 

According to the public health notice, the products were produced on April 23, 2021 and shipped in 13-14 lbs. cases labeled “GUTTED FROZEN FISH SCIENTIFIC NAME: Hypostomus.” The Importer of Record was EX Express Provisions, based out of Newark, New Jersey, and...

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Red Lobster Debuts New Menu With 15 Dishes Under $20

Getting a delicious seafood dinner has never been more affordable at Red Lobster. The popular chain unveiled their new menu and it’s loaded with new flavors and classic favorites — all under $20.

New additions to the menu include the Crispy Cod Sandwich — also known as Codzilla — which Red Lobster unveiled last month. The new mouthwatering sandwich features 6-8 ounces of hand-battered, wild-caught cod, fried until crisp, and placed on a toasted buttery brioche bun with crunchy slaw and tartar sauce and served with...

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Mexico Promoting Sustainable Sardine Fishery Agriculture With Training Course For Observers

Mexico is working to maintain MSC certification of their raw sardine fishery with a new training course for observers aboard vessels.

Mexico’s National Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Inapesca) launched a training course on Monday that provides training for undergraduate students of a Fisheries Biology degree as observers aboard sardine vessels. The main focus is on minor pelagic fish, including sardines, anchovies and herring. Undergraduate students will learn about the fishery, their reproductive biology, regulations, and endangered or threatened species associated with fishing...

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PODCAST: AquaBounty CEO Sylvia Wulf Talks First Commercial Harvest at Indiana Farm

AquaBounty Technologies CEO Sylvia Wulf joins the SeafoodNews podcast to talk about the first commercial harvest at the company's Indiana farm. Learn more about AquaBounty's important milestone, including Sylvia's thoughts on their biggest hurdle leading up to this point, and what's next for the company.

This episode is brought to you by Urner Barry Consulting. Urner Barry Consulting provides tailored solutions to identify growth opportunities within the fast-paced protein commodity sectors. Combining the expertise of our analytical team, our warehouse of proprietary and trusted data...

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China Says No to Australian Lobsters

On May 6, China’s National Development and Reform Commission announced that they will indefinitely suspend all activities under the framework of the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue. This is another significant action that China has taken after it banned lobster imports from Australia in November 2020, and it is believed to exert great influence on the Australian lobster industry and also some others.

China used to be among Australia’s largest importers, and the bilateral free trade agreement signed in 2015 once boosted the two countries’ trade to great extents...

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Cause and Final Report on Scandies Rose Sinking Will Be Determined and Released June 29

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will determine the cause for the 2019 sinking of the cod and crab fishing vessel Scandies Rose at a webcast meeting on June 29, 2021. The vessel sank enroute from Kodiak to the Bering Sea on December 31, 2019 just 2.5 miles south of Sutwik Island. 

Of the seven crew aboard, five were lost when the vessel sank, including the captain and his son. Two were able to get their survival suits on and get into a liferaft during...

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Trade Data for Alaska Omits Seafood, Queries Go Unanswered

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – No changes have been made for incorrect Alaska trade and export data, which don’t even mention seafood.

Most Alaskans are surprised to learn that seafood is by far Alaska’s top export, the source of the state’s largest manufacturing base and its #1 private employer

More surprising is that those simple to find facts are not included in the official trade sheet for Alaska provided by the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

The information on the...

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States Begin Work on Second Round of COVID-19 Funds as Some First Round Funds Falter

Last year's $300 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funding was intended to help fishermen, processors and tribes as the COVID-19 virus disrupted markets, displaced workers and generally created havoc around the globe.

But some of that funding has yet to be distributed, even as a second round of federal funding is pending. An additional $255 million in fisheries assistance funding was provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, and announced ...

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Applications for Ninth Annual Global Aquaculture Innovation Award Are Due by June 15

Yesterday the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) put out a call for applications for its annual Global Aquaculture Innovation Award. Now in its ninth year, the prize is awarded to innovative solutions to key challenges facing aquaculture. The application deadline is June 15.

Last year’s winner was University of Stirling postdoctoral researcher Simao Zacarias for his work on the shrimp-hatchery practice of unilateral eyestalk ablation. His research debunked the notion that the practice results in higher egg production and showed that it actually escalates disease vulnerability...

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Genova Premium Tuna Sells Out of Complimentary Mediterranean-Inspired Meal Kits

Some home chefs were lucky enough to score a complimentary Mediterranean-inspired meal kit from Genova Premium Tuna. 

The company recently partnered with Celebrity Chef Geoffrey Zakarian to offer a premium meal kit that “gives fans the opportunity to take their tastebuds on a tour of the Mediterranean.” The kit included the recipe and pre-portioned ingredients to make Chef Zakarian’s  Genova Premium Tuna Salad with Arugula Pesto & Dates. And home chefs must have been pretty hungry to explore the new recipe...

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Blackline Cold Storage Breaks Ground on New Port of Houston Facility

Ground has been broken on Blackline Cold Storage’s new facility at the Port of Houston. The company announced last week that construction has begun on their new, state-of-the-art 298,000 square foot cold storage facility, which is owned in partnership with Artemis Real Estate Partners. 

“The need for cold storage in Houston is growing like crazy, said Blackline Cold Storage CEO Mike Day. “It’s driven by several different factors. The import export trade through Port Houston is growing, and of course the port itself is growing...

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ANALYSIS: Markets Moving, Soaring Higher in Some Cases

With markets closing this week, on the seafood side, we saw some significantly higher adjustments and also some still considerably higher offers and sales, leaving most markets full steady to firm heading into the weekend.  

The farmed salmon market is now joining the club for tight supplies and an active to robust demand. Looking back, the index for most of April adjusted lower with both coasts of Canada seeing ample supply situations while the Chilean and the European markets saw increasingly tighter supply scenarios...

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Russia May Significantly Reduce Halibut Catch This Year  

The volume of halibut catch in Russia may significantly decline this year due to state plans to impose a ban on its production with trawl nets with baited hooks.

In accordance with the proposal of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture, the conduction of halibut catch with the use of such tools could be banned in some major fish-producing areas of the country, particularly West Kamchatka, Kamchatka-Kuril and North Okhotsk subzones from 1 to 31 January, and from 1 September to 31 December...

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Gov. Newsom's California Comeback Plan Includes Significant Increases for Fish and Wildlife

Proposed budget increases for California will help shark and swordfish gillnet fishermen transition out of the fishery.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday introduced his California Comeback Plan, which includes significant fiscal resources aimed to protect California’s diverse fish, wildlife and plant resources and the habitats on which they depend, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a press release. The proposed budget increases show the Newsom administration's investment in California’s biodiversity both for its intrinsic, ecological value as well as for...

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Lobster and Salmon Get Highest Honors at Specialty Food Association Awards 2021

Seafood loomed large at the Specialty Food Association Awards 2021 with sofi™ Product of the Year going to Hancock Gourmet Lobster Company and New Product of the Year to Regal New Zealand King Salmon Company on May 11.

Hancock Gourmet Lobster’s Maine Shore Dinner for 2 won in the Product of the Year, and in new category New Product of the Year, Regal New Zealand King Salmon’s Manuka Wood Roasted Salmon took highest honors.

SFA members submitted nearly 1,500 products in about 50 categories for judging by...

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