Tue. Nov 30 2021

The Winding Glass: Lobster Industry Consolidation Bigger Story than High Opening Prices this Winter  


Urner Barry Unveils New Quotations on Peruvian Scallops  


Market Mover: Fresh Whole Salmon  


California Oil Spill Area Closure Removed as of Noon Today; Harvesters Can Resume Fishing


Seafood Sales Balloon During China’s Singles Day


Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team to Meet This Week  


Department of Commerce Unveils Final Results of Antidumping Duty Review for Frozen Shrimp from India  


Alaska Fish Radio: Halibut Hopeful Signs for 2022  


Kingfish Company Purchases Land for Maine Land-Based Aquaculture Facility  


Grocer Hy-Vee Adopts Seafood Supplier Code of Conduct


Gorton’s Brings Value-Sized Butterfly Shrimp To Kroger Ahead of the Holidays  


Maine Food Projects Net $3.5 Million in Federal Grants to Boost Local, Regional Food Systems


Russia’s Norebo Group Expands Domestic Presence  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, November 30


Mon. Nov 29 2021

Trident, High Liner Among Firms to Land USDA Contracts for Salmon, Pollock  


Domoic Acid in Razor Clams Prompts Concerns, Testing in Dungeness Crab; USCG Urges Safety  


Two Trawl Surveys in Northern Bering Sea Show Overall Decline in Many Species


VASEP: Shrimp Exports Up Through 10 Months as Shipments to US Rise, Restrictions Ease  


JAPAN: Surimi Inventory Falls Again In August But Overall Shipping Consistent  


Disney Backs Caribbean Spiny Lobster Conservation Project  


Beijing Strengthens Seafood Market Supervision  


Interior Department Approves 2nd Large U.S. Offshore Wind Farm


Alaska Fish Radio: Big Plankton Bloom Bodes Well for Gulf of Alaska


Alaska Fish Radio: Electric Boats Get a Boost in Alaska


Company Creating Sustainable Packaging From Shellfish Waste Closes $2.5 Million Seed Funding Round


NaturalShrimp, GSI Complete First Commercial Deliveries of Live Shrimp  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, November 29


Wed. Nov 24 2021

UK Chef Shortage Influencing Wholesale Shrimp Market  


Alaska to Get Billions From Biden’s $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act


SeafoodNews Closed on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26


Captain Phip’s Seafood, Owner Jamie Harrington, Sentenced for Federal Visa Fraud


Record Salmon Catch in Russia This Year Does Not Lead to Decline of Prices in Local Market  


Japan: October Seafood Imports Fell Year-on-Year After Four Months  


Blue Swimming Crab Meat Inventories Thin, Raw Material Pricing Full Steady to Firming Overseas  


Alaska Symphony of Seafood: "And the First-Round Winners Are .... "


California Rescues Young Chinook During Drought; Releases Into Klamath River


Maine Governor Mills Announces Steps to Prepare for Offshore Wind Investments


COVID Concerns Cancel 2022 Maine Fishermen's Forum


NFI Crab Council Congratulates Sri Lankan Blue Swimming Crab FIP on Sustainability Award  


New Zealand Company FlipFarm Wins Global Aquaculture Innovation Award  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, November 24


Tue. Nov 23 2021

Federal Fisheries Disaster Declared for 2019 Atlantic Herring Fishery  


Cooke’s Cold Ocean Salmon Reports ISA Detections at Newfoundland Salmon Site  


Bumble Bee Names Senior VP of Sales as Leadership Team Grows


Toyosu Market October Imported Tuna Sales Down In Wild Bluefins from North America  


New Type of Ice Cube Could Revolutionize How Food is Kept Cold


SURVEY: Inflation Leads to Thanksgiving Cutbacks


Acme Smoked Fish Foundation Launches With Goal to Fund Climate Change Solutions


Canadian Plant-Based Meat, Seafood Producer Launches Products in Australia, New Zealand


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, November 23


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The Winding Glass: Lobster Industry Consolidation Bigger Story than High Opening Prices this Winter

At the end of November a lot of attention is focused on the market price as the Southwest Nova Scotia fishery (LFA 33 and 34) opens.  This is the largest volume lobster fishery in Canada, and the opening is timed to feed global holiday markets.  This starts with the Christmas and New Year’s celebrations in Europe, the US, and Japan, and then continues with the New Year’s celebration in China about a month later.

Although the season lasts until the end of May...

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Urner Barry Unveils New Quotations on Peruvian Scallops

November 30, 2021, Toms River, NJ – Urner Barry, the leading provider of protein market news and information in the food industry, today announced the launch of a brand new quotation series on Peruvian scallops.

Imported product from China, once our leading supplier of imported scallops, was hit hard by the 2019 tariffs, not to mention all the other obstacles brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, Peru topped the charts in 2020, and has seen significant growth over the past two years...

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Market Mover: Fresh Whole Salmon

The fresh whole salmon market has overall been unsettled for the past several months. Sizing and availability out of the top producing countries, especially Canada, have been varying each week leading to sometimes significant rising and falling of market quotations. As we look at the 10-12 pound and 5-6 kilogram market out of both coasts of Canada and Norway, we see the volatility throughout the year. Since summer 2021, the whole fish market has moved lower out of both the East and West Coasts of Canada with a...

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California Oil Spill Area Closure Removed as of Noon Today; Harvesters Can Resume Fishing

Fishermen can get back to work off Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and other areas in Southern California today after the state announced the closure due to an oil spill will be lifted today at noon Pacific time.

The closure began on October 3 after an Amplify Energy-owned oil pipeline was discovered broken and oil leaking oil in the ocean and onto nearby beaches. It ultimately leaked roughly 25,000 gallons of crude oil. The closure prohibited the take of all fish and shellfish from Huntington ...

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Department of Commerce Unveils Final Results of Antidumping Duty Review for Frozen Shrimp from India

The Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced the final results for the 15th administrative review of the antidumping duty of frozen shrimp from India.

Commerce determined that producers and exporters of certain frozen warmwater shrimp from India made sales at “less than normal value during the period of review (POR) February 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020,” per a notice in the Federal Register.

The Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) explained that after the Department’s investigation of U.S. sales made by two companies...

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Kingfish Company Purchases Land for Maine Land-Based Aquaculture Facility

Land-based aquaculture producer The Kingfish Company purchased land where it will build a facility in Jonesport, Maine to be run by subsidiary Kingfish Maine.

The new production facility will mark the company’s first in the United States. Kingfish said it wants to replicate the success it has had in Europe and hope to create “local sustainable seafood production for U.S. retailers and foodservice.”

Earlier this month, Kingfish landed final state-level permits for the facility. The company explained these permits will allow the project to begin...

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Gorton’s Brings Value-Sized Butterfly Shrimp To Kroger Ahead of the Holidays

Gorton’s Seafood is trying to make life a little easier for seafood lovers who shop at Kroger’s. The company announced this week that they will now be offering their value-sized Butterfly Shrimp product at the grocery retailer for a limited time.

According to the company, the introduction of the limited time offer comes at a time when consumers are looking for “minimal prep freezer staples during the busy holiday season.” Gorton’s boasts that their value pack will allow consumers...

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Russia’s Norebo Group Expands Domestic Presence  

Norebo Group, one of Russia’s largest fish producers, owned by Vitaly Orlov, has expanded its business by the acquisition of Murmansk enterprises of its local rival FEST Group of Companies, the company which owns quotas for the catch of about 80,000 tons of fish per year.

Financial and other details of the deal were not disclosed.  

FEST enterprises will continue to be managed in Murmansk, where Norebo’s headquarters is also located. The companies will function as a separate unit.

According to data of the...

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Domoic Acid in Razor Clams Prompts Concerns, Testing in Dungeness Crab; USCG Urges Safety

It wouldn't be a Dungeness crab season without a hiccup.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture, on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, discovered elevated levels of domoic acid in razor clams in Southern Oregon. That meant the agency then also had to test Dungeness crab for domoic acid -- even though the 2021-2022 crab season was cleared to open on Wednesday, Dec. 1 with a pre-soak period that started Sunday.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife arranged for boats to get samples of crab on Friday, ...

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VASEP: Shrimp Exports Up Through 10 Months as Shipments to US Rise, Restrictions Ease

The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) reported that Vietnam’s shrimp exports have risen 2.6%, to US$3.2 billion through the first 10 months of the year.

VASEP noted a sharp rise in shipments to the United States. The US accounted for 24% of exports, rising 25% to just shy of $1.7 billion. For the year, Vietnam is eyeing $4 billion in total shrimp exports for 2021.

A look at other countries saw the EU accounting for...

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Seafood Sales Balloon During China’s Singles Day

Double 11 has become the largest and probably the most anticipated online shopping festival in China. During the shopping frenzy, seafood has been gradually rising to prominence on shopping lists of Chinese foodies, and their sales have enjoyed obvious increase during the past few years, with aquatic companies paying more attention to online channels. And some virtual platforms like T-mall of Alibaba have extended the shopping holiday to 11 days or even more.

As statistics from JD Fresh on November 12 show, its seafood sales ballooned by 105% by...

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Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team to Meet This Week

The Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team is set to meet this week to discuss Phase 2 modifications to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan.

The Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team was formed to help reduce serious injuries and mortalities to right, humpback and fin whales. The final rule to modify Phase 1, which impacts the Northeast lobster and Jonah crab trap/pot fishery was announced in late August and published in the Federal Register on September 17...

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Alaska Fish Radio: Halibut Hopeful Signs for 2022

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The status of the Pacific halibut stock is highlighted today/Tuesday and the latest data show some encouraging signs.

The interim meeting of the International Pacific Halibut runs through Wednesday/Dec 1 and includes recaps of this year’s fishery and results of the summer setline survey of nearly 2,000 stations from California to the Bering Sea.

Between five and seven skates of baited gear were set at each station and the modelled survey results showed coastwide combined numbers per setline increased by 17% from...

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Grocer Hy-Vee Adopts Seafood Supplier Code of Conduct

Retailer Hy-Vee has adopted a new Seafood Supplier Code of Conduct (SCoC) as it looks to provide its customers with responsible seafood choices.

Hy-Vee is the latest grocer to jump on the sustainable seafood trend. Just this year multiple retailers have adjusted policies to introduce more responsibly sourced seafood options to their consumers.

The company will look to partner with seafood suppliers that share its commitment to quality products, environmental responsibility, and fair labor practices, it explained in a press release...

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Maine Food Projects Net $3.5 Million in Federal Grants to Boost Local, Regional Food Systems

Federal funding for five Maine-based projects which will aim to strengthen and explore new market opportunities for both Maine and New England’s food systems, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced on November 29.

The grants, totaling $3.5 million, heading to Maine will target multiple agriculture products in the state including seafood with projects heading to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Food Fork Lab and Community Shellfish Company.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture funding heading to the state is through...

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Trident, High Liner Among Firms to Land USDA Contracts for Salmon, Pollock

USDA purchase awards were announced for Alaska pollock and canned pink salmon products with a few well-known firms netting contracts.

The USDA purchased 88,160 cases of canned pink salmon products for $5.87 million. Much of the purchase was awarded to OBI Seafoods with the firm landing a $4.95 million contract. The rest was netted by Trident Seafoods for roughly $925,000.

A total of $3.9 million in Alaska pollock was purchased by the USDA. In all, over 1.6 million pounds of product was...

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Two Trawl Surveys in Northern Bering Sea Show Overall Decline in Many Species

Results from two annual surveys in the northern Bering Sea this summer, one using bottom trawl and one using a surface trawl, show a decline in sea temperatures since the 2019 survey. Last year’s surveys, conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations' Fisheries branch, were cancelled due to Covid-19. This year's surveys showed the precipitous drop in snow crab and “large declines in the Bering Sea include walleye pollock, saffron cod, and various types of jellyfish.”

The presentations, reported by KNOM.org on November 10 and ..

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