Thu. Feb 29 2024

Captain D's Names Hair Parra to Senior VP of Intl. Operations and Development Amid Global Expansion  


Wed. Feb 28 2024

India’s Captain Fresh Acquires U.S. Importer CenSea; CenSea Releases Statement


NL Snow Crab Season 2024: Stock Status Concerns in 3K  


ANALYSIS: Ratio of Farmed to Wild U.S. Shrimp Imports from Mexico Remains Consistent  


The Retail Rundown: Plenty to Munch on in March


Louisiana’s Carter Asks USDA, SBA to Help Crawfish Farmers Hit Hard By Extreme Weather in 2023


Mi’kmaw Chiefs Looking for Options A Month Before Elver Season


Lerøy Midt Sjø AS Reports Escape Incident In Gjemnes Municipality  


BioMar Introduces New Product to Help Atlantic Salmon Manage Stress and Improve Performance  


Proximar Seafood Provides Update on Atlantic Salmon Production at Japan Facility  


Australis Wants Customers To Share The Better Fish With Their Furry Friends  


Japan: 12 Companies, Including Sojitz and Marine Foods, Establish New Company to Develop Alt Meat


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, February 28


Tue. Feb 27 2024

3 Takeaways From Outlaw Ocean Project’s North Korea Forced-Labor Program Report


Ecuadorian Shrimp Sector Woes Mirrored at Aquafeed Supplier Level [Part 2]  


Kroger Responds After FTC Decision to Block Albertsons Merger


The Winners of the 2024 Alaska Symphony of Seafoods Have Been Announced; Find Out Who Won Here


Nordic Aqua Releases Q4 2023 Results As Company Works to Launch Atlantic Salmon Into Chinese Market  


SPACE-F Invites Food-Tech Startups to Join Batch 5 Incubator and Accelerator Program


Infectious Salmon Anemia Suspected at Lerøy Midt Farm in Norway  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, February 27


Mon. Feb 26 2024

Ecuador Shrimp Sector Now Confronted with Multiple Challenges After Years of Strong Growth [Part 1]  


REPORT: Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quota To Be Slashed In 2024  


Captain of F/V Darkstar Fined $250,000 For Illegal Prawn Fishing in B.C. Glass Sponge Refuge  


Clearwater Seafoods Employee Dies After Incident on F/V Anne Risley


High Liner CEO Optimistic About 2024 After Releasing Q4 2023 Results


Russia Wants to Reduce Exports of Salmon, Sardines This Year in Favor of Supplies to Domestic Market  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, February 26


Fri. Feb 23 2024

Ocean Choice Has Sold Its Offshore Nova Scotia Scallop Quota To These 3 Companies  


ANALYSIS: Shrimp Exports Disrupted in Argentina Due to Nationwide Strike  


ANALYSIS: Scallop Market Dynamics and Net Supply Decline  


It's That Time of Year Already: Time to Think About Spring and Summer Ocean Salmon Seasons  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, February 23


Captain D's Promotes Nan Ward to COO Amid Several Franchise Development Agreements  


Prime Shrimp Adds Asian-inspired Flavor to Product Lineup With Soy Ginger Offering  


Pokeworks Expands Plant-Based Tuna Launch After Summer Success in Irvine Location  


Thu. Feb 22 2024

SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, February 22


Nordlaks Adopts Underwater Robots with AI From Probotic to Keep Nets Clean


How Blue Star Foods Is Looking To Generate An Additional $20 Million in Revenue in 2024


Minister Invites Embassy Officials of ASEAN Countries to Toyosu Market to Promote Japanese Seafood


2024 Massachusetts Commercial Fishing Grant To Help Defray Cost of Safety Gear


Grieg Seafood Looks To Process More Of Its Own Fish In Norway  


$300K Coastal Planning Grants Available in Maine


Richmond BC Seafood Processing Company Fined $40,000 for Undersized Crabs


US House Reps Steel, Panetta Urge Investigation of Forced Labor in Seafood Supply Chains


$3.3 Million Worth of Dried Shark Fins Seized By Hong Kong Customs


SeaPak Looks to AI Technology To Better Engage With Customers


7-Eleven Singapore Introduces ‘K-Flavour Hits’ Menu Featuring Seafood  


ANALYSIS: Frozen Salmon Fillet Volume Retreats in 2023  


VIDEO: Deadline Extended For Russian Seafood; Sushi Council Formed; BBRSDA’s New Executive Director


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Captain D's Names Hair Parra to Senior VP of Intl. Operations and Development Amid Global Expansion

Just one week after Captain D’s promoted Nan Ward to COO, the fast casual seafood restaurant has named Hair Parra to the newly created position of senior vice president of international operations and development. 

Parra spent more than 35 years leading international operations for well-known names like Papa Johns, Benihana and Domino's. Parra also oversaw international development for FAT Brands since 2021. Prior to that, he was chief operating officer of Wing Zone after spending over...

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India’s Captain Fresh Acquires U.S. Importer CenSea; CenSea Releases Statement

This story was updated at 11:16 a.m. to include statements from CenSea and Captain Fresh.

India’s Captain Fresh has been rumored to be in negotiations with U.S. shrimp importer CenSea for months. Now, the acquisition is official.

“Captain Fresh is very excited to add CenSea and its experienced management to our team," said Utham Gowda, Founder and CEO of Captain Fresh. "Our plan is to back the current management and support them to grow CenSea into a global seafood brand. We believe in the transformative potential of combining CenSea’s experience and Captain Fresh’s...

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NL Snow Crab Season 2024: Stock Status Concerns in 3K

On Tuesday the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ (DFO) Science Department provided a technical briefing on the latest stock assessment for snow crab in Newfoundland and Labrador. And while there was no change in the stock status of all assessment divisions, the DFO expressed concerns about a decline in exploitable biomass in 3K.

“The science is not what we had hoped to have seen,” said Trevor Jones, a fleet chair and harvester from 3K. “We recognize there are things that affected the fishery of 2023...

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The Retail Rundown: Plenty to Munch on in March

Baseball, basketball, briskets, and the list goes on! Retailers have their sights set on spring demand with March just around the corner. Next month brings several buying opportunities and a refresh for the retail food landscape following the February slump.

Just a little over two weeks out is St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th. Bar and foodservice establishments are expected to benefit from patrons out and about for the holiday, which falls on a weekend this year.

Consumers in the U.S. also celebrate the holiday with corned beef, which is made...

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Mi’kmaw Chiefs Looking for Options A Month Before Elver Season

The Mi'kmaw Chiefs are frustrated with Diane Lebouthillier, Canada's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. The Chiefs sent her a proposal to manage the lucrative 2024 elver fishery that would include monitoring total allowable catches, enhancing traceability using GPS, and other components to responsibly manage the fishery. To date, they have heard nothing from the minister on that. They have heard, as others did when the letter went public, that Lebouthillier announced on February 13 that the fishery should be closed in 2024.

Lebouthillier wants the lucrative fishery shut ...”

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BioMar Introduces New Product to Help Atlantic Salmon Manage Stress and Improve Performance

International fish feed producer BioMar has introduced a new product aimed at advancing the salmon industry. Calm — which is made from natural ingredients — is designed to help improve the performance of Atlantic Salmon during times of stress. The product is the latest addition to BioMar’s SmartCare line and can be used in addition to other products. 

The company’s SmartCare line includes a range of feed solutions for various aquaculture species. By adjusting nutritional and functional ingredients, SmartCare enables farmers to improve the...

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Australis Wants Customers To Share The Better Fish With Their Furry Friends

Australis Aquaculture has developed a treat made of a single-ingredient, human-grade product that is “good for pups and the planet.” 

While seafood lovers can find Australis’ The Better Fish Barramundi brand in the frozen aisle, those who are also dog owners will have to make their way to the pet aisle to find Barra Barrk, the world’s first Fair Trade Certified pet product under The Better Fish brand. As mentioned above, the product is made with a single-ingredient, human grade product … hand-rolled Barramundi fish...

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3 Takeaways From Outlaw Ocean Project’s North Korea Forced-Labor Program Report

Ian Urbina of The Outlaw Ocean Project is once again making headlines. In October 2023 the investigative reporter published a piece about companies sourcing seafood processed by Uyghur forced labor. Now, Urbina has published a new report — this one on North Korea’s forced–labor program.

North Korean workers in China are widespread, but Urbina was able to identify 15 seafood-processing plants that “together seem to have used more than a thousand North Korean workers since 2017. Back in 2017, in response to North Korea testing nuclear...

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Kroger Responds After FTC Decision to Block Albertsons Merger 

On Monday news broke that the Federal trade Commission (FTC) would be challenging Kroger’s acquisition of Albertsons. The FTC said that the potential merger would “eliminate competition and raise grocery prices for millions of Americans, while harming tens of thousands of workers.” Now, Kroger has responded.

“Kroger’s business model is to take costs out of the business and invest in lowering prices for customers,” the company stated. “Kroger has reduced prices every year since 2003, resulting in $5 billion invested to lower prices and a 5% reduction in gross...

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Nordic Aqua Releases Q4 2023 Results As Company Works to Launch Atlantic Salmon Into Chinese Market

Nordic Aqua has released its Q4 2023 results. The Norwegian land-based salmon farming company saw another successful year with strong growth, a mortality rate below 1.6% and no signs of maturation. Biomass production for the fourth quarter reached 1,079 tonnes. 

"The fourth quarter of 2023 was another eventful quarter for Nordic Aqua. Biological performance was good during the quarter with good fish health and strong growth,” said Nordic Aqua CEO Ragnar Joensen. “During the quarter, we also conducted a successful private...

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ANALYSIS: Ratio of Farmed to Wild U.S. Shrimp Imports from Mexico Remains Consistent

While the data set is relatively new, the ratio of farmed to wild U.S. shrimp imports from Mexico remained relatively consistent in 2023. In 2021, the first year tracked, farmed shrimp represented 78% of all imports into the United States, with wild at 22%. But it shifted in 2022, where the ratio was 56% to 44%, and followed in the most recent year at 55% farmed and 45% wild.

Consumption of farm-raised shrimp in Mexico has...

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Louisiana’s Carter Asks USDA, SBA to Help Crawfish Farmers Hit Hard By Extreme Weather in 2023

Last week U.S. House member Troy A. Carter sent letters to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Secretary of the Small Business Administration Isabel Guzman urging them to aid Louisiana’s crawfish farming industry following a late freeze in March 2023 and an exceptionally dry, hot summer that wreaked havoc on Louisiana’s agricultural landscape.

“Crawfish aquaculture is more than just a product in Louisiana; it is a way of life," the congressman wrote. Carter represents the 2nd District which includes New Orleans and Baton Rouge ...

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Lerøy Midt Sjø AS Reports Escape Incident In Gjemnes Municipality

Lerøy Midt Sjø AS alerted Norway’s Directorate of Fisheries on Tuesday to an escape incident at the Naustneset site in Tingvollfjorden in Gjemnes municipality, Møre og Romsdal.

Farmed salmon were caught near the facility, leading to an investigation that revealed a 3x1 meter hole in one of the cages. The company said that they have not yet determined the final number of escaped salmon, but have caught around 200 farmed fish in its own recapture fishery. Fifteen salmon linked to the escape have also been reported as captured...

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Proximar Seafood Provides Update on Atlantic Salmon Production at Japan Facility

Proximar Seafood has released its Q4 2023 financial results, providing updates on its Atlantic salmon production at its Oyama facility in Japan. 

In October 2023, the company provided its first production update on the Japanese land-based facility. The fish were first brought into Proximar’s hatchery in 2022 where they performed well and saw a low mortality rate. 

In December 2023, Proximar Seafood announced that this first batch of Atlantic salmon had successfully transferred from the nursery department to the company’s...

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Japan: 12 Companies, Including Sojitz and Marine Foods, Establish New Company to Develop Alt Meat

According to the Minato Shimbun, 12 food-related companies promote plant-based products, including Sojitz, Sojitz Foods, and Marine Foods. A new company, "Food Tech One," has been established to develop and sell meat substitutes. Participating companies other than the above three companies are ADEKA Corporation, F-Link Corporation, JALUX, Inc., Showa Sangyo Co., Ltd., Delica Foods Holdings Co., Ltd., Matsuya Foods, Marudai Food Co., Ltd., Meat One Corporation, and Royal Holdings Co., Ltd.. Sojitz and Sojitz Foods will hold over 67%...

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Ecuadorian Shrimp Sector Woes Mirrored at Aquafeed Supplier Level [Part 2]

In part 1 of our look at the Ecuadorian shrimp sector, we looked at the rapid rise of the industry and its more recent yet significant growth constraints. Today, we share the point-of-view of the Ecuadorian aquafeed supplier; aquafeed constituting an important component in the overall cost of shrimp farming (50-70% according to some estimates).

We spoke to one of the largest Ecuadorian aquafeed producers, who told us that the domestic aquafeed market has developed in tandem with shrimp production over the past 5-10 years...

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The Winners of the 2024 Alaska Symphony of Seafoods Have Been Announced; Find Out Who Won Here

Congratulations are in order for all those who participated in the 2024 Alaska Symphony of Seafood competition.

Organized by the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF), this annual competition was created in order to highlight commercial-ready, value-added products that are made from Alaska seafood. The event first kicked off in Seattle this past November with a private judging session. But the main event, featuring a reception co-hosted by AFDF and United Fishermen of Alaska, was held in Juneau just last week...

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