Thu. Dec 8 2022

VIDEO: October Shrimp Imports; Maine Lobster's Ongoing Fight; Opening of LFA 34


Whales, Toxins and Recovery Rates, Oh My! Dungeness Season Remains on Hold  


This Week in Retail: The Christmas Countdown


Pacific Offshore Wind Lease Auction Results in Five Leases for $757.1 Million


Northwest Aquaculture Alliance Sends Letter to Franz About Ban on Net Pen Aquaculture


NRF: Imports Slowing as Holiday Season Nears End


Pacific Halibut Fishery Closes; Commercial Catches Come Up Short  


Russia Will Continue to Fish in Territorial Waters of Faroe Islands Despite Pressure From West


Japan: October Frozen Scallop Exports Grew 100% to Taiwan, followed by the US and Denmark


European Coastal States Agree on 2023 Mackerel Quota, Fail to Complete Deal on Management Plan


Holiday Season Begins With Unique Seafood Promotions


Aker BioMarine’s QRILL Aqua Lands Approval for Import in Canadian Market


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, December 8


Wed. Dec 7 2022

Crab Demand Remains Behind Supply  


ANALYSIS: Sharp Declines in October Shrimp Imports Erase Early Year Gains  


Japan: Leading Crab Importer-Processor Imported 600 MT, Began Promoting the Russian Golden King Crab  


VIDEO: New Retail Experience Coming to COMTELL


PNA Members Adopt Management Measures for Skipjack Tuna Stocks  


Acme Smoked Fish Launches New Danish Double Smoked Salmon  


BioMar Names Former AKVA Executive as CEO of AQ1 Subsidiary


FDA Refuses One Shipment of Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp in November


Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods Now Largest Importer of Fair Trade Certified Shrimp in the U.S.  


Carrefour Belgium Named Best Supermarket for Fresh Fish by MSC


NOAA Publishes Final Rule to Implement Two Framework Actions for Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, December 7


Tue. Dec 6 2022

Poor Salmon Catch In Russia Leads to Decline of Red Caviar Output This Year  


Cousins Maine Lobster Expanding Into Maryland, Virginia and D.C.  


GAPP Re-Appoints Bob Desautel Board Chairman, Doug Christensen to Continue as Treasurer  


Coast Guard Seizes Illegally Caught Halibut Near Homer, Alaska


MSC Congratulates WCPFC for New Measures to Protect Key Tuna Stocks  


Japan: Sumitomo Corporation Enters the Blue Carbon Business in Iwate Prefecture


New Zealand Coastal Seafoods Sales Jump 25% in Q2 FY2023


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, December 6


Mon. Dec 5 2022

Update of First NPFMC Salmon Bycatch Meeting Came From Kuskokwim Tribes: Act Now to Set Cap


OPINION: Trawlers Get a Pass in Bering Sea Snow Crab Rebuilding Plan  


Ecuador Shrimp Industry Responds to Government Ending Diesel Subsidy  


China’s Live and Fresh Crab Imports in January-October Record 16,000 MT from Russia  


Iceland Seafood International Lands Buyer for UK Operations


Norwegian Seafood Exports Challenged by Increased Costs, Unrest in Salmon Market  


Japan: Toyosu October Fish Roe Sales All Up In Volume And Price But Ikura Salmon Caviar And Pollock  


Norwegian Food Safety Authority Declares Nord-Trøndelag Pancreatic Disease Free  


Chile Fisheries Service Finds Fish Meal, Oil Plant Used Raw Materials of Illegal Origin


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, December 5


Fri. Dec 2 2022

Pebble Mine: Bristol Bay’s Tribes and Fishermen Review EPA’s Recommended Determination


Kingfish Company’s Maine Land-Based Facility Becomes Fully Permitted  


FFAW Exec Board Endorses Greg Petty to Lead Union


Russian Mollusk Producers on Verge of Serious Losses


Scientists: Paper Claiming MPA "Spillover Benefits" on Tunas in Western Pacific Monument has Holes


NOAA Requests Cooperation to Safeguard National Weather Service Buoys


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, December 2


Seafood People Add Otto Gregussen as Executive Advisor


Aloha Poke Announces Latest Store Opening in South Florida


Thu. Dec 1 2022

Northline Seafoods New Freezer Barge “Hannah” is Game Changer in Bristol Bay


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, December 1


FFAW-Unifor President Keith Sullivan Announces He’s Stepping Down


Norway Increases King Crab Quota In 2023  


200 Maine Lobsters To Be Served At White House State Dinner Thursday Night  


DFO: Timeline Extended for Harvesters to Implement Lower Breaking Strength Gear Modifications


Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team to Discuss Next Phase of Modifications This Week


North Pacific Seafoods Hit With $345K Fine for Violating Clean Air Act


Faroe Islands, Russia Renew Fisheries Agreement for 2023 Amid Criticism


This Week in Retail: Grocers Deck the Halls With December Deals


PLANT PROTEIN: Get to Know Players in the Plant Protein Market: Mimic Seafood  


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VIDEO: October Shrimp Imports; Maine Lobster's Ongoing Fight; Opening of LFA 34

Join SeafoodNews Managing Editor Amanda Buckle as she breaks down the top three read stories of the week, including October shrimp imports; the latest on Maine lobster's ongoing fight; and the opening of Lobster Fishing Area 34 in Canada.

This episode of the SeafoodNews Weekly Video is brought to you by the new retail experience coming to Comtell in January 2023. A newly enhanced and comprehensive retail experience gives subscribers access to retailer-based IRI scanner data with an in-depth and accurate view of the...

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Whales, Toxins and Recovery Rates, Oh My! Dungeness Season Remains on Hold

Tri-state managers in California, Oregon and Washington are navigating some rough waters to open the ocean Dungeness crab season. Crab for Thanksgiving? Nope. Christmas? Sorry. New Year's? Unlikely.

Meat recovery rates are still below acceptable levels in Washington, both the north and south coasts of Oregon and in Northern California. Testing for domoic acid is ongoing in some areas due to high levels of the toxin in razor clams or because crab viscera in some tests showed elevated levels. And in California...

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This Week in Retail: The Christmas Countdown

Jingle bells—or should we say alarm bells—are ringing now that just two short weekends are left to shop for Christmas. 

In the lead-up to the big day, grocers are focused on holiday spending as consumers prepare to celebrate the season with food and drinks. This sparks interest in the protein case and traditional favorites for the Christmas dinner table, including hams and rib roasts. 

This week in retail, pork leads the charge in retail buying opportunities with 30 percent of total protein ad space. Seafood follows with 24.2 percent, while beef comes in with 22.3 percent. Chicken accounts for 15.5 percent, up slightly from the week prior.

Upon closer inspection, bacon features make up a large chunk of category ads within the pork complex. Brand-label bacon currently averages $6.43 per pound, up 19 cents a year ago and at a near seasonal all-time high. Shoppers can find holiday hams at a more palatable price point of $1.96 per pound on average, below $2.23 last year. Pork roasts are situated above 2021 levels at an average of $2.98 per pound but are competitively priced against many beef and chicken items...

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Pacific Offshore Wind Lease Auction Results in Five Leases for $757.1 Million

While the Biden administration says the first offshore wind sale in the Pacific is successful, it's a far cry from the $4.7 billion record sale in the Atlantic earlier this year.

The Department of the Interior on Wednesday announced results from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s wind energy auction for five leases offshore California. The lease sale represents the third major offshore wind lease sale this year and the first ever for the Pacific region. The sale drew competitive high bids ...

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Pacific Halibut Fishery Closes; Commercial Catches Come Up Short

The Pacific halibut fishery closed Wednesday (Dec. 7) after nine months of fishing.

The overall halibut removals came up just 7% short of the 2022 catch limit of  42.4 million pounds, an increase of 5% over the previous year.

That includes takes by commercial, sport, subsistence users and as bycatch in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California and Alaska.

Alaska’s commercial halibut fishery produced nearly 19.3 million pounds, 10% under the Alaska catch limit.

Kodiak bumped Homer from the top spot with halibut...

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Japan: October Frozen Scallop Exports Grew 100% to Taiwan, followed by the US and Denmark

According to the Ministry of Finance's customs statistics, exports of frozen scallops, mainly adductor muscles, were steady in October at 444 tons to Taiwan, roughly double. Exports of frozen scallops also increased to the United States, the EU, and Australia. Frozen in-shells for China increased by 30% year-on-year. On the other hand, the exports of prepared products increased 3.3 times as a whole, but the live scallops decreased by about 10%, reported Suisan Shimbun.

The exports of frozen shucked scallops...

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Holiday Season Begins With Unique Seafood Promotions 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And what better way to celebrate than with seafood! 

Thursday, December 1 kicks off Pacific Seafood’s “12 Days of Fishmas.” The promo will include 12 virtual surprises on Pacific Seafood’s social media pages. The surprises include everything from secret recipes to even a big gift card giveaway. Pacific’s first day of Fishmas kicks off with a recipe for Broiled Oysters with Bourbon Brown Sugar Butter. You can click here to follow along for the remaining 11 surprises.

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Crab Demand Remains Behind Supply

It looks like we are in for a bumpy road. If the U.S. economy shrinks in 2023 no one should be surprised. The Fed has raised interest rates six times in 2022 and is expected to increase another 0.50% at the December meeting. The regular Wall Street Journal survey finds economists think there is a 63% chance of a recession next year. The October NOAA Census data released today tells a compelling tale on both snow and king crab. U.S. snow crab imports continue to disappoint. October imports from...

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Japan: Leading Crab Importer-Processor Imported 600 MT, Began Promoting the Russian Golden King Crab

Tsukiji Kanisho Co., Ltd., a Tokyo-based crab importer and processor, will focus on selling Russian Golden King Crab next year. Golden Kings are new products to the Japanese market, and the company will propose them to restaurants and mass retailers throughout the year. The sales floor has shrunk due to the soaring prices, but against the international situation, crabs are now at a price that is easy to handle, and the company plans to rebuild demand, reported Suisan Shimbun.

The situation surrounding...

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PNA Members Adopt Management Measures for Skipjack Tuna Stocks

Members of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) have adopted measures for skipjack tuna in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO).

The measures were described as a “significant component of the harvest strategy and tropical tuna measure that will be progressed in the coming years” by tuna company Pacifical.

The new deals, adopted at the latest Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), will apply to the catch of purse seine and pole and line fisheries and other commercial fisheries on skipjack in the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs)...

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Northwest Aquaculture Alliance Sends Letter to Franz About Ban on Net Pen Aquaculture

Last month the Washington Department of Natural Resources announced that they had decided not to renew leases for Cooke Aquaculture’s Puget Sound fish farms. But that was only the beginning. Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz later released a statement saying that the state’s public aquatic lands would no longer be home to commercial finfish net pen aquaculture.

“Since the catastrophic Cypress Island net pen collapse in 2017, I have stood tall to defend the waters of Puget Sound,” said Commissioner Franz. “This effort began by...

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NRF: Imports Slowing as Holiday Season Nears End

With retailers' shelves and warehouses already stocked for holiday shopping, the National Retail Federation (NRF) believes December cargo volume at the nation’s top container ports will be well below the records witnessed in early 2022.

“Retailers are in the middle of the annual holiday frenzy but ports are headed into their winter lull after one of the busiest and most challenging years we’ve ever seen,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “We’ve dodged a rail strike and the retail supply chain should be...

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Russia Will Continue to Fish in Territorial Waters of Faroe Islands Despite Pressure From West  

Thanks to the recent extension of the fishing agreement between the sides, Russia will continue to fish in the territorial waters of the Faroe Islands and will provide quotas for Faroe fishermen for the catch in the Barents sea. 

As far back as in the spring of this year, the parliament of the Faroe Islands withdrew cooperation with Russia in the fishing industry due to sanctions. The Faroe Islands also decided not to ban entry of Russian fishing vessels into its ports, despite serious criticism...

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European Coastal States Agree on 2023 Mackerel Quota, Fail to Complete Deal on Management Plan

Norway, the EU, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland and the UK reached an agreement on a total quota of 782,066 metric tons of Northeast Atlantic mackerel for 2023.

According to Norway’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, the quota is in line with advice of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and represents a slight quota decrease from 2022, which was 794,920 MT.

“I am very pleased that we have now finally set a total quota for...

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Aker BioMarine’s QRILL Aqua Lands Approval for Import in Canadian Market

Aker BioMarine announced that it had renewed its registration with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to allow the country’s aquaculture industry to include its QRILL Aqua in fish feeds.

The move comes months after landing U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval with the company saying the product has made “headway” in the North American market.

The registration with the CFIA comes after the removal of ethoxyquin as a feed additive to its krill meal product, QRILL Aqua. QRILL Aqua functions as a feeding...

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ANALYSIS: Sharp Declines in October Shrimp Imports Erase Early Year Gains

In data released today, October U.S. shrimp imports fell sharply again for the fourth straight month, and erased the gains made earlier in the year. October imports were 153.009 million pounds, 18.6 percent below last year’s record of 187.990 million pounds Through the first ten months, imports have now slipped below last year for the first time all year. At 1.571 billion pounds, it is two percent lower than 2021 figures of 1.602 billion pounds.

When looking at country-specific data...

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