Fri. Feb 23 2018

Investors Swoon over Land based Salmon Farming in Maine; 2nd Company Buys Major Site  


Newfoundland Furious Over Clam Decision, Cripples Year-Round Employment in Grand Bank


Supreme Crab & Seafood Enters Partnership With G&C Food Distributors  


Legal, Copying Chipotle, Expands Fish Bowl Concept Restaurants in Boston


Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust Building Fish Hub Along CA Central Coast


Consumers Eating Shellfish Throughout the Year, Fish Consumption Increases During Lent  


VIDEO: New Bedford Fishing; Russian King Crab Price Gap; Ropeless Traps; Ecuador Shrimp Price  


Nordic Aquafarms Holds Listening Session in Belfast, ME on its Large Aquaculture Project


Barents Sea Russian Red King Crab Fishery First in World to Achieve MSC Certification    


Sea Watch International Introduces New Flavors for Oven Ready Clam Strips Line  


Maxwell Chase Develops First-of-its-kind Packaging to Extend Shelf Life of Seafood


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, February 23


Thu. Feb 22 2018

Adak Has Now Processed 1000 ton of cod, Will Now Get Rest of 5000 ton Cod Set Aside for First time


Aquaculture Player to Process Seafood in Russia's Far East


Urner Barry Announces Several Key Appointments


Five Nations Clam Company Secures New Arctic Surf Clam License


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, February 22


Wed. Feb 21 2018

Price Gap Between Russian Red and Golden King Crab at Historic Levels  


AK Bering Sea Crabbers Launch Search for New Executive Director


Santa Monica Seafood Expanding Pre-Packed Chilled Seafood Operations


Alaska Fisheries Trust Bill Supported During First House Hearing


Russia Concerned About Chinese Poaching Activities in Territorial Waters  


Washington Fish Farmers Urge State Lawmakers to Oppose Ban on Salmon Farms


Walmart Canada Introducing Sustainable Delivery For Vancouver Online Grocery Shoppers


Vietnam's Hung Vuong Sells Fish Meal Factory to Increase Capital; Plans to Up Basa Sales  


White Castle Brings Back Seafood Crab Cake Slider, Shrimp Nibblers For Lent  


Time for PWS Sablefish Fishermen To Register For the 2018 Fishery


Sea Watch Celebrating National Clam Chowder Day by Providing Bowls to Shelters, Food Pantries  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, February 21


Tue. Feb 20 2018

Thai Union Group Sales Up 1.6%, Profits up 14.6%, With Strong North American Business


Industry Responds to Erroneous Reports about Dungeness Fishery  


Ecuador Shrimp Prices to China Fall to Lowest Level in Five Years  


Tassal 17th Company to Join Global Salmon Initiative  


Burned California Bears Treated With Tilapia Skin Now in Good Health  


ASC and MSC Team Up for Think Fish Week in France


GAA, IFFO Provide Update on South East Asia Fishmeal Project  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, February 20


Mon. Feb 19 2018

California Crabbers Slow Landings, Say Won't Deliver at $2.50 per lb.  


Processors Must Eviscerate Dungeness Crab from Southern Oregon Due to Domoic Acid Levels  


China's Tariff Reduction Coincides with Imported Seafood Price Drops Around Chinese New Year  


Cooke Expresses Strong Disappointment with Washington House and Senate Votes to Ban Netpens


Trump Administration Wants to Cut Budget for NOAA, But Congress Unlikely to Accept   


New Seafood News Podcast Episode: Kingfish Zeeland Dutch Yellowtail, Coast Guard Rescue & More  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, February 19


Vietnam’s Seafood Export Value Rises to U.S. $560 Million in January; Exports to China Grew in 2017  


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Investors Swoon over Land based Salmon Farming in Maine; 2nd Company Buys Major Site

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - February 23, 2018

salmon farmDown east Maine is one of the poorest parts of the United States.  The area used to have large numbers of salmon canneries and paper mills, which have all disappeared.

Now, the drop in costs for land-based salmon farming has resulted in an investor led rush to acquire and build out suitable properties in Maine.

The latest investment group is Whole Oceans, a company owned by the private equity venture group called ...

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Newfoundland Furious Over Clam Decision, Cripples Year-Round Employment in Grand Bank

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC News] by Geoff Bartlett - Febraury 23, 2018

Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc's decision to cleave off 25 per cent of the lucrative Arctic surf clam fishery and give it to a newly formed consortium of Indigenous groups has blindsided those who have depended on the industry on Newfoundland's Burin Peninsula for decades.

"This is an unprecedented move," Grand Bank Mayor Rex Matthews told CBC Radio's The Broadcast. "To come in and expropriate 25 per cent of a quota that we've had for ...

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Supreme Crab & Seafood Enters Partnership With G&C Food Distributors

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 23, 2018

Supreme Crab & Seafood announced Thursday that they have entered into a “strategic partnership” with G&C Food Distributors.

G&C Food Distributors, a leading food service re-distributor in the U.S., currently re-distributes over 4,000 products to over 1,000 food service and retail customers in 28 states. Their partnership with Supreme Crab & Seafood will begin with the company’s blue and red swimming crab lines. Supreme Crab & Seafood is also launching a new item next week that G&C will be re-distributing ...

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Legal, Copying Chipotle, Expands Fish Bowl Concept Restaurants in Boston

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Boston Eater] by Dana Hatic - Febraury 23, 2018

Legal Sea Foods plans to capitalize on its successful foray into the fast-casual food business with an expansion of Kendall Square’s Legal Fish Bowl concept to an area that’s an epicenter of tourism in Boston. A second Legal Fish Bowl will debut in Quincy Market in early spring, with a simple yet customizable menu of seafood bowls and the brand’s signature New England clam chowder.

The forthcoming Fish Bowl at Faneuil Hall Marketplace will offer a modern take on the classic Legal Sea Foods style ...

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Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust Building Fish Hub Along CA Central Coast

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - February 23, 2018

Fishermen, chefs, community leaders and Monterey Bay residents are working with the Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust to revitalize the fishing economy along the central coast of California in a new and creative approach.

The Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust, formed as a non-profit in July 2013, got a million-dollar contribution in the form of fishing quota from the Nature Conservancy in September 2015. The Trust began leasing quota back to the fishermen in the fall of 2015.

The idea of a Fish Hub, much like Food Hubs in other parts of the country, brings local-caught fish to the area for processing and distribution to regional restaurants and retailers...

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Consumers Eating Shellfish Throughout the Year, Fish Consumption Increases During Lent

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 23, 2018

Fish consumption increases during Lent, but people are eating shellfish year-round, according to a new report from the NPD Group, a leading global information company.

Lent begins on a different day every year, but for 40 days those who participate in the religious observance refrain from eating meat on Fridays. NPD has found that it’s during this six-week time period that more seafood is consumed than any other time of the year ...

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Nordic Aquafarms Holds Listening Session in Belfast, ME on its Large Aquaculture Project

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bangor Daily News] By Nick McCrea - February 23, 2018

BELFAST, Maine — As a Norwegian aquaculture firm tries to find enough groundwater to operate sustainably in Belfast for the next several decades, locals are full of questions about how the farm would affect their city.

Their concerns range from how the company will control water quality to how they’ll keep all those fish guts from stinking up the place.

City officials and Nordic Aquafarms hosted the first public question-and-answer session related to ...

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Sea Watch International Introduces New Flavors for Oven Ready Clam Strips Line

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 23, 2018

Sea Watch International is broadening their Oven Ready Clam Strips line. The company announced on Friday that they are introducing three new flavors to join their original flavored Clam Strips: Honey & Sriracha, Sea Salt & Black Cracked Pepper, and Beer Battered.

Those looking for a balance between sweet and heat will want to try the Honey & Sriracha flavored clam strips. The Sea Salt & Black Cracked Pepper gives a “savory flavor,” while the Beer Battered clam strips ...

 

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Adak Has Now Processed 1000 ton of cod, Will Now Get Rest of 5000 ton Cod Set Aside for First time

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - February 22, 2018

For the first time since the remote Alaskan village of Adak became the beneficiary of a conditional Aleutian Island set-aside of 5,000 mt of Pacific cod, the processing facility there will be processing almost 100 percent of it.

Amendment 113 set aside that amount to restore the traditional commerce in the Aleutian Islands, and at the processing plant in Adak, since the plant opened in 1999. The Adak plant is one of only two plants in the area and the only one that processes cod. 

The management tool was adopted by the NPFMC in 2016 to mitigate the impact on the Aleutian Islands area from landmark laws rationalizing stocks of pollock, cod, and crab fisheries in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands. Prior to rationalization, cod was...

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Urner Barry Announces Several Key Appointments

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 22, 2018

TOMS RIVER, NJ - February 22, 2018 — Urner Barry today announced several senior level appointments.

AgriBriefing, the leading media and information business for the global agribusiness sector, has initiated a period of significant investment in Urner Barry to deliver greater value for subscribing customers in the Americas and overseas.  

Kris Carlson has been appointed Executive Director of Urner Barry, and CEO Americas for AgriBriefing. In addition to leading the U.S. Senior Management Group, Carlson will be promoting AgriBriefing’s platform across ...

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Price Gap Between Russian Red and Golden King Crab at Historic Levels

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Janice Schreiber - February 21, 2018

The current market for king crab has been somewhat stagnant.

Although overall pricing for smaller Russian red king crab is roughly $2.00 per pound less than in 2017, pricing is still roughly $3.00 more than where it was in 2015. Demand for smaller crab is fair to moderate currently.

A trend though, which has not been seen in several years, is the price difference between red and golden Russian king crab ... 

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Santa Monica Seafood Expanding Pre-Packed Chilled Seafood Operations

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 21, 2018

Santa Monica Seafood announced on Tuesday that they will be expanding their Ethos Seafood division’s pre-packed chilled seafood operations by opening a new, state-of-the-art facility in Illinois.

The decision to expand their pre-packed chilled seafood operations stems from growing consumer demand for convenience. More shoppers are looking for easy handling, clear labeling and less waste. The new facility will allow the company to extend their supply to over 60% of the U.S. It will also allow them to ...

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Washington Fish Farmers Urge State Lawmakers to Oppose Ban on Salmon Farms

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - February 21, 2018

The Washington Fish Growers Association (WFGA), in testimony to the Senate Natural Resources Committee on Monday, urged lawmakers to vote down any bans or phase-outs on farming Atlantic salmon in Washington state waters. 

Last week the state House passed a bill that would eventually phase out fish farming in Washington State, similar to a near-identical bill passed by the Senate a week earlier. The two bodies are now in conference to pass one bill ...

 

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Walmart Canada Introducing Sustainable Delivery For Vancouver Online Grocery Shoppers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - February 21, 2018

This summer Walmart.ca customers in Vancouver will be able to take advantage of sustainable delivery. Walmart Canada announced on Wednesday that they have partnered with Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery’s (SPUD) food delivery platform, Food-X Urban Delivery Inc, to reduce waste, truck trips and greenhouse gas emissions.  

“Consumer demand for online grocery shopping is growing and that means more trucks on the road,” SPUD CEO Peter van Stolk said in a press release. “We have built a best-in-class platform to get food from the supplier to ...

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White Castle Brings Back Seafood Crab Cake Slider, Shrimp Nibblers For Lent

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 21, 2018

The Lenten season kicked off on February 14, boosting sales of seafood at restaurants for those that observe. To coincide with Lent, hamburger chain White Castle is bringing back two of their seafood favorites – the Seafood Crab Cake Slider and Shrimp Nibblers.

“At White Castle, we’ve been innovators since 1921, when we started the first fast-food chain,” Jamie Richardson, vice president of White Castle, said in a press release. “Last year, we were again a leader by ...

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Sea Watch Celebrating National Clam Chowder Day by Providing Bowls to Shelters, Food Pantries

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 21, 2018

Sea Watch International invites you to celebrate clam chowder on February 25.

Whether you are a fan of New England style, Manhattan style, Clear Broth or West Coast Clam Chowder, Sunday February 25th 2018 will be your favorite day. To commemorate this day Sea Watch International will be providing thousands of bowls of Clam Chowder to shelters and food pantries across the country, from Boston, Washington DC, New York to San Francisco and Seattle ...

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Industry Responds to Erroneous Reports about Dungeness Fishery

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - February 20, 2018

The fact that many boats stopped fishing dungeness crab over the weekend spurred confusion in the market place, as some buyers heard that the fishery was halted due to a price dispute.

Our story yesterday focused on one report of a sale below the $2.75 price that has been standard along the coast since the season opened.

Buyers were quick to correct the mistaken impression about prices.

Many processors were plugged with crab, and needed the long holiday weekend to catch up and the crabbers took a ...

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Tassal 17th Company to Join Global Salmon Initiative

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 20, 2018

Australia’s largest salmon producer, Tassal, is the latest company to join the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI).

GSI was established in 2013 by global farmed salmon producers to make “significant progress on industry sustainability.” The goal of the group is to not only provide a sustainable source of healthy food to the growing population, but to minimize their environmental footprint and continue to improve upon their social contribution. In the past seven months the organization has expanded by more than 40% ...

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VIDEO: New Bedford Fishing; Russian King Crab Price Gap; Ropeless Traps; Ecuador Shrimp Price

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 23, 2018

The latest SeafoodNews.com Weekly Recap Video features: New Bedford Fishing Update; Russian King Crab Price Gap; Need for Ropeless Lobster Traps; Ecuador Shrimp Prices to China Fall.

This video is sponsored by Urner Barry's Foreign Trade Data. Visit the Urner Barry booth (#364) at Boston's Seafood Expo North America for your free demo.

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Barents Sea Russian Red King Crab Fishery First in World to Achieve MSC Certification

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 23, 2018

Independent certifier Acoura Marine has awarded MSC certification to the Russian Red King Crab fishery in the Barents Sea, making them the first king crab fishery in the world to achieve MSC certification.

“To become certified it was crucial that the fishery demonstrate a high level of management and, in particular, explicit harvest control rules,” Camiel Derich, MSC Regional Director for Europe, said in a press release. “This will hopefully encourage other king crab fisheries to enter assessment ...

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Maxwell Chase Develops First-of-its-kind Packaging to Extend Shelf Life of Seafood

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 23, 2018

Imagine packaging that could extend the shelf life of your product? Well, it exists. And those attending Seafood Expo North America (SENA) in Boston next month will be able to see it in person thanks to Maxwell Chase.

Maxwell Chase is a CSP Technologies, Inc. company that “specializes in extending freshness and enhancing food safety” through unique packaging solutions. The company will debut their SeaWell Seafood System at their SENA Booth ...

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Aquaculture Player to Process Seafood in Russia's Far East

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] By Jaroslaw Adamowski - February 22, 2018

Russia-based aquaculture company Venlyan Aquaculture has unveiled plans to set up a processing facility for various types of seafood at the Free Port of Vladivostok, in the country’s Far East. 

Under the plan, the new plant is to process scallops, mussels and sea kale, according to senior company representatives.

Dmitriy Mintyuk, the general director of the company, said that the operations in Vladivostok will provide seafood to the Russian market, and the company is planning to purchase modern equipment for ...

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Five Nations Clam Company Secures New Arctic Surf Clam License

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] By Amanda Buckle - February 22, 2018

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced on Wednesday that the new Arctic Surf Clam license will be issued to the Five Nations Clam Company.

The fourth license for Arctic Surf Clam, which represents 25% of the total allowable catch for the fishery, was first introduced by LeBlanc in September 2017. The license was only open to an Indigenous entity in one of four ...

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AK Bering Sea Crabbers Launch Search for New Executive Director

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 21, 2018

The Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers (ABSC) announced late yesterday they will be accepting applications for a new Executive Director. ABSC is a trade organization representing the interests of crab harvesters in the Bering Sea in areas of research, marketing and advocacy. 

Current Executive Director Tyson Fick will be leaving June 1 after an eventful 18 months with the organization. Since he joined ABSC in December 2016, Fick has seen the group through a significant increase in brand value, with a clear emphasis on sustainability based on ...

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Alaska Fisheries Trust Bill Supported During First House Hearing

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Peggy Parker - February 21, 2018

A bill that gives critical support to young people entering the “graying” Alaska fishing fleet, received enthusiastic support yesterday at its first hearing in the Alaska House.

HB188, sponsored by Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, “establishes regional fisheries trusts, to provide a mechanism to help new fishermen enter Alaska fisheries.”

That mechanism is a community entity, governed by a Board that is representative of the region, what would be able to hold permits and then ...

 

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Russia Concerned About Chinese Poaching Activities in Territorial Waters

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - February 21, 2018

The Russian government is increasingly concerned about the growth of poaching activities of Chinese fishermen in the domestic territorial waters.

According to some experts of Russian Rosrybolovstvo and representatives of local special services, one of the reasons for more poaching activity may be a shortage of fish in the Chinese territorial and inland waters. And those shortages could be due to the increase of harvests by Chinese fishermen, which has been observed over the last few years. This shortage currently forces Chinese ...

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Vietnam's Hung Vuong Sells Fish Meal Factory to Increase Capital; Plans to Up Basa Sales

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [mp.weixin] translated by Amy Zhong - February 21, 2018

According to Vietnam’s media, Hung Vuong Joint Stock Company, one of the country’s main basa processing plants, has recently released its financial report for 2017. The report shows its after-tax profit is 705 billion VND, about US $31 million last year. But its earlier report said its profit was merely 63 billion VND, which made the public lose confidence in the titan.

But as the latest report reads, its revenue is 15,514 billion VND (~ US $683 million) in 2017, which declined 13 percent ...

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Time for PWS Sablefish Fishermen To Register For the 2018 Fishery

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 21, 2018

Monday, April 2, 2018, is the deadline for Prince William Sound sablefish permit holders to register for the PWS sablefish fishery. The traditional date is April 1, but since that falls on a Sunday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is setting Monday as the deadline.

The season will open April 15 with a guideline harvest level (GHL) of 133,000 lb. Permit holders failing to register by the April 2 deadline will not be allotted a share of the quota ...

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Thai Union Group Sales Up 1.6%, Profits up 14.6%, With Strong North American Business

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - February 20, 2018

Thai Union Group reported growth of 1.6% in overall sales in 2017, and a 14.6% increase in profits.

Thai Union said North America was again its chief market, contributing 40% of sales, while Europe contributed 32%.  The domestic Thai market represents 10%, and Japan only 6%.

China sales also increased significantly.

“Despite market volatility and higher raw material prices, our profitability remained resilent in 2017,” said Thiraphong Chansiri, CEO of Thai Union ...

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Ecuador Shrimp Prices to China Fall to Lowest Level in Five Years

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton (with material from Angel Rubio, Urner Barry Analytics)

January shrimp exports from Ecuador show the continued dominance of shipments to Asia, primarily China and  Vietnam. 

However export prices have now come down to their lowest level in five years.  The $US export price posted by CNA in January was $2.87, and the last time prices were lower was in January 2013, when the average export price was $2.72.

Chart:  Urner Barry Analytics and CNA

On January 1st, China cracked down on the grey cross-border trade through Vietnam, and simultaneously reduced tariffs on imported shrimp, so that now it no longer makes economic sense to transship through Vietnam....

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