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Sep 25 - Cape Town Fishermen Protesting Over Potential New Fishing Quotas


Sep 25 - Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative and Chef Barton Seaver Celebrate National Lobster Day


Sep 25 - Clearwater's Chinese Sales up 500%, Largely Driven by Ecommerce


Sep 22 - Salmones Camanchaca to Become Public Company, Langostino Lobster Gets MSC Certification


Sep 21 - New Brunswick Seafood Exports to China Have Skyrocketed by 238 Percent


Sep 18 - US Lobster Industry Braces for Christmas Disruption as Canada’s Zero Tariff for EU Goes Into Effect


Sep 15 - Maine Wholesaler Corea Lobster Co-op Building New Refrigeration Facility


Sep 11 - New Lobster Fishing Rules On the Way Amid Warming Waters


Sep 7 - Maine Lobster Industry Members Renew Their Marine Stewardship Council Certification


Sep 6 - Live American Lobster, Dungeness Crab Pass Chinese Quarantine in 40 Minutes


Sep 1 - Florida Lobster Being Stolen in Large Numbers From Commercial Traps


Aug 24 - Hema Expands Fresh Retail/Restaurant Concept in China Merchandising Online Seafood


Aug 22 - A Seafood Restaurant Chain Has Started a Petition to Add a Lobster Emoji


Aug 21 - Capital Seafood Rebuilding in Nova Scotia After 2016 Fire


Aug 14 - Stronger Canadian Dollar Creating Standoff Over Falling Shore Lobster Prices in New Brunswick


Aug 14 - Maxfield Seafood Sues Freight Co. Over Theft of $318,00 Load of Frozen Lobster from Boston


Aug 11 - FAO Predicts Decline of North American Lobster Production in 2017, Rise of China Imports


Aug 11 - Qingdao Clears Live Lobsters from Canada in 40 Minutes


Aug 10 - Alibaba Encouraging Canadian Seafood Companies to Sell to China Through Them


Aug 8 - Weaker US Dollar Roiling Seafood Imports, Putting Pressure on Lobster, Crab and Shrimp Producers


Aug 8 - Shake Shack Introduces Lobster Topped Hamburger in NY, in Collaboration with Eleven Madison Park


Aug 3 - Third Annual National Lobster Day to Take Place on September 25


Aug 2 - Quebec Private Equity Creates $140 Million Lobster and Crab Group Merging Riverside and Cheticamp


Aug 1 - Kourtney Corcoran Joins East Coast Seafood Group As New Chief Financial Officer


Jul 19 - Chicago Tastemakers Meet Maine's Most Iconic Seafood: Lobster


Jun 29 - Zhangzidao Outpaces Competitors During '618' Festival; Argentine Shrimp Biggest Seller


Jun 21 - Just Shrimp Adds Healthy Alternatives to Attract Younger Diners


Jun 19 - Australia's Southern Rock Lobster Stocks Showing Resistance to Climate Change


Jun 13 - Ecommerce Companies Drive Prices of Lobster in China Down to Unbelievable Levels


Jun 9 - VIDEO: Seafood Data Summary A Look at Shrimp Imports, FDA Refusals and Snow Crab Quotas


Jun 9 - Lobster Promos Continue Hot and Heavy in New England This Summer Despite McDonald's Canada Pullback


Jun 5 - FDA Seafood Refusals Down Sharply in 2017 as Rejections for Filth Slide 50%


Jun 5 - Thai Union enters China consumer market with 'King Oscar' Brand Lobsters from North America


Jun 5 - Undercover Reporter Sees Live Seafood Switched For Dead Crabs, Shrimp at Fancy Changsha Restaurant


Jun 1 - Coldest May in Years Slows Crab, Lobster Fisheries, Stabilizes Prices


May 31 - Red Lobster Promoting Wild Caught Red Shrimp on Summerfest Menu


May 22 - PODCAST: Canada’s Snow Crab Market Stabilizes and China’s Era of High Shrimp Output Fades


May 18 - Oregon State Partners with NIOSH to Focus on Maritime Safety


May 17 - Congressional Seafood Names Matthew Berrie as Food Safety Director


May 12 - PODCAST: High Liner Buys Rubicon; Lobster Prices Strong Heading into Mother’s Day


May 12 - VIDEO: High Liner Buys Rubicon; Scallop Market in a Tailspin; Lobster Prices Up


May 11 - Slow Lobster Landings in Gulf of St. Lawrence Push up Prices for Mothers Day; Threaten Disruption


May 1 - Monday is the day for New Brunswick and PEI Lobster to start in Earnest


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Cape Town Fishermen Protesting Over Potential New Fishing Quotas

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle September 25, 2017

The Cape Town Fisheries Department is setting new fishing quotas – and not every fishermen is happy about it.

South Africa’s Eyewitness News reports that the Fisheries Department is expected to reduce the allowable catch for West Coast rock lobster by up to 59%. Small-scale fishermen are asking that the Fisheries Department stop commercial fishing and only “livelihood” catches. The potential reduction could cause fishermen to lose up to ...

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Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative and Chef Barton Seaver Celebrate National Lobster Day

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle September 25, 2017

Summer is over, but not lobster season. The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) – an organization funded by Maine lobster harvesters, dealers and processors to promote the core values of the Maine lobster industry – is celebrating National Lobster Day on Monday, September 25.

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Salmones Camanchaca to Become Public Company, Langostino Lobster Gets MSC Certification

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle September 22, 2017

Chilean seafood company Camanchaca has had a busy week. Their salmon subsidiary, Salmones Camanchaca, is set to become a public company, while their langostino lobster fishery received Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.

According to a press release, one third of the company’s shares will be part of the public offering ...

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US Lobster Industry Braces for Christmas Disruption as Canada’s Zero Tariff for EU Goes Into Effect

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton Sept. 18, 2017

Canadian live lobster exporters expect to see the elimination of the 8% EU tariff on live lobsters this month, as a result of the implementation of the Canada Europe Trade Agreement (CETA).

The agreement has various provisions lowering tariffs on Canadian seafood exported to the EU over several years, but the 8% tariff on live lobster is scheduled to be eliminated completely the day the pact goes into force.

This has the potential to disrupt live lobster trading patterns during the important Christmas holiday season.

At this time, most of the lobster shipped overseas is Nova Scotia hard shell lobsters, from fishing areas 33 and 34 which represent the largest Canadian lobster production areas.  LFA 34 opens generally the last Sunday in November, until May 30th.  The bulk of the catches are generally in the first month.

Much of the export of live lobster to Europe moves through Boston..

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New Lobster Fishing Rules On the Way Amid Warming Waters

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] BY PATRICK WHITTLE - September 11, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine — New restrictions are coming to southern New England's lobster fishery in an attempt to save the area's population of the crustaceans, which has dwindled as waters have warmed.

An arm of the interstate Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted on Tuesday to pursue new management measures to try to slow the decline of lobsters in the area. Management tools will include changes to legal harvesting size, reductions to the number of traps and seasonal closures to fishing areas.

The board's move was "a recognition that climate change and warming water temperatures play an increasingly role in lobster stocks, especially in southern New ...

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Live American Lobster, Dungeness Crab Pass Chinese Quarantine in 40 Minutes

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Qingdao] translated by Amy Zhong - September 6, 2017

Three tons of American lobsters, Dungeness crabs and geoducks arrived in Qingdao from Canada recently.

On the evening of Aug. 24, Qingdao airport welcomed one flight from Vancouver, British Columbia, in Canada. It carried live American lobsters, Dungeness crab and geoducks with a total weight of 3 tons. This import sets a new record in Shandong’s edible seafood imports regarding their species number and weight. And they were available in local markets after clearance.

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Hema Expands Fresh Retail/Restaurant Concept in China Merchandising Online Seafood; Plans 50 Stores in Chengdu 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Sichuan] translated by Amy Zhong - August 24, 2017.

The Hema store in Shanghai attracted a lot of public attention last month with the arrival of Jack Ma, a renowned businessman in China and founder of Alibaba. After his tour around the store, Ma enjoyed fresh food such as crayfish, king crab and lobsters, which were cooked in the store.

According to some sources, Hema is wholly invested by Alibaba and is trying a new retailing mode. It serves as a supermarket that provides various fresh food and also a restaurant where consumers can have their selected ...

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Capital Seafood Rebuilding in Nova Scotia After 2016 Fire

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Chronicle Herald] by James Risdon

Eastern Passage-based Capital Seafood International is getting ready to rise from the ashes after a fire destroyed its lobster processing and storage building last November.

“Last year, it was terrible,” Jiu Chang, vice-president of Capital Seafood, said in an interview Thursday. “Not only did we lose the working area and the equipment but also the production. We just can’t do anything.”

The electrical fire that ripped through the two-story building on Government Wharf Road last year took out ...

 

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Maxfield Seafood Sues Freight Co. Over Theft of $318,00 Load of Frozen Lobster from Boston

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton August 14, 2016

Maxfield Seafood, a California Company, is suing Seneca Logistics, its trucking company, for the value of a load of frozen lobster stolen from the Preferred Freezer in Everett, Mass.

In a complaint filed in Massachusetts District Court last week, Maxfield says they hired Seneca to pick up a load of frozen lobster bullets and tails last December 14th.  They had used Seneca for freight pickups on various occasions during the past few years.

Seneca accepted a bill of lading, and agreed to the transport.  On Dec. 15th, Seneca’s CEO gave verbal ...

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Qingdao Clears Live Lobsters from Canada in 40 Minutes

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] translated by Amy Zhong - August 11, 2017

In July, 703 kg (1,550 pounds) of live lobsters were flown from Canada to Qingdao Liuting International Airport -- the largest batch of live lobsters imported to Qingdao airport this year. The airport customs agents were able to hasten relevant procedures and clear the seafood within 40 minutes.

Seafood importers have seized the opportunity to enter the Chinese market during its fishing off-season. But their imports are frequently challenged by hot weather. And considering such seafood problems as ...

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Weaker US Dollar Roiling Seafood Imports, Putting Pressure on Lobster, Crab and Shrimp Producers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  August 8, 2017

Suddenly currency swings are back in the news again.  After a period of dollar strength, that contributed to record seafood imports of commodities like shrimp and salmon in 2016, the dollar has reversed course, and has fallen about 7% since January of this year against a composite of foreign currencies.

This kind of change in currency values can have a big impact on profitability for overseas exporters to the US.

Take Lobster and Canadian snow crab for example.  From May 1st until July 31st, the Canadian dollar has strengthened from $1.35 to $1.25, a change of nearly...

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Third Annual National Lobster Day to Take Place on September 25

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle August 3, 2017

Save the date — September 25 is National Lobster Day.

This year will mark the third annual celebration, which was started by the Maine Lobster industry. It’s the official day of honor — not to be confused with the unofficial “National Lobster Day” that falls on June 15.

Maine Senators Angus King and Susan Collins passed the Lobster Day resolution on Wednesday after it was introduced on July 19. The day was created to “recognize the economic and cultural importance of the species,” as well as celebrate...

 

 

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Kourtney Corcoran Joins East Coast Seafood Group As New Chief Financial Officer

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle August 1, 2017

East Coast Seafood Group has named a new Chief Financial Officer. Kourtney Corcoran, who previously served as Vice President of Finance at Slade Gorton & Co. and High Liner Foods, joins the supplier as they work on “strategic diversification into consumer value-added products.” Corcoran will aid the seafood distributor with strategic planning, financial processes and data analysis.

“East Coast Seafood Group is highly regarded throughout the industry, and this is an exciting time in the company’s evolution into...

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Zhangzidao Outpaces Competitors During '618' Festival; Argentine Shrimp Biggest Seller

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [163.com] Translated by Amy Zhong - June 29, 2017

June 18 -- or "618" -- is known as a mid-year online shopping festival in China and very popular with consumers. This year has seen the increase in such statistics as sales volumes of e-commerce platforms like JD and T-mall of Alibaba.

In the battlefield of fresh food, Zhangzidao has won over consumers with good products, renown brand and satisfactory service. Its sales on its T-mall store has ballooned by 395 percent ...

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Australia's Southern Rock Lobster Stocks Showing Resistance to Climate Change

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] June 19, 2017

Research from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) suggests Australia’s Southern rock lobster fishery is showing resistance to climate change.  

The research identified many complex environmental factors affecting the abundance of juvenile lobsters, but those that were important in one region were often completely different from those in another.

“The reef settlement of the rock lobster J. edwardsii is a complex process where larval behaviour, biological factors and oceanographic processes interact over different scales,” said Professor Gardner.

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VIDEO: Seafood Data Summary A Look at Shrimp Imports, FDA Refusals and Snow Crab Quotas 

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Clearwater's Chinese Sales up 500%, Largely Driven by Ecommerce 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [I.Wshang] translated by Amy Zhong - September 25, 2017

Clearwater's sales have ballooned by five times in the Chinese market, much of it due to the T-mall e-commerce platform. The T-mall platform of Alibaba has become the first choice of Canadian companies while entering this new market.

As statistics show, Chinese online shoppers buy 83 percent of their fresh food from the Alibaba T-mall platform. And the platform has been increasing its fresh food imports to maintain market status within the past few years. It has become the first choice of many Canadian ...

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New Brunswick Seafood Exports to China Have Skyrocketed by 238 Percent

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fishfirst] translated by Amy Zhong - September 21, 2017

The export value of New Brunswick seafood to China has reached as high as $15.66 million CAD (~$12.6 million U.S.) in 2016, which is 23 percent of the Canadian total seafood export. The province’s seafood export has ballooned by 238 percent from 2015 to 2016. And it is still working hard to promote seafood in this huge market.

On Sept. 8, a small-scale meeting was held in the Consulate General of Canada (Guangzhou). New Brunswick’s governmental officials, along with representatives for its three leading ...

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Maine Wholesaler Corea Lobster Co-op Building New Refrigeration Facility

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle September 15, 2017

Corea Lobster Co-op, a seafood wholesaler located in Corea, Maine, has received approval from planning board members to build a refrigeration facility. The new facility will be used to freeze and cool herring. The herring will be used for lobster bait.

The company received approval after providing the board members with proof of site ownership, a layout for the plan, an engineering plan and proof of financial backing. Despite concerns from some neighbors about ...

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Maine Lobster Industry Members Renew Their Marine Stewardship Council Certification

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle September 7, 2017

The Maine Lobster industry is well known for their sustainability. Members of the community pride themselves in harvesting their lobster “by hand, one trap at a time.” It’s part of their ongoing commitment to keep their fisheries “healthy and plentiful for generations to come.” But it’s not just their word of mouth. Fourteen major processors in the Maine Lobster industry have renewed their Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.

For Matt Jacobson, executive director of the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative, sustainability and the MSC certification is ...

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Florida Lobster Being Stolen in Large Numbers From Commercial Traps

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [NBC News] By Willard Shepard - September 01, 2017

Some South Florida lobster fishermen say they’re suffering what they call an "organized and orchestrated effort" to steal their valuable lobsters.

"It's an epidemic," said Mike Henry, who owns Bleaufish and catches lobsters exclusively for Fountainbleau Miami Beach.

He says he’s seen substantial losses since the beginning of lobster season in early August.

"These are not recreational divers taking our...

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A Seafood Restaurant Chain Has Started a Petition to Add a Lobster Emoji

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle August 22, 2017

There’s a crab emoji and a shrimp emoji — but what about a lobster emoji? Right now one doesn’t exist, but a seafood restaurant chain is working to change that.

Luke’s Lobster is a seafood shack that first opened in New York’s East Village in 2009. Started by Maine native and former lobsterman Luke Holden, the restaurant can now be found in cities across the country. They’re already known for ...

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Stronger Canadian Dollar Creating Standoff Over Falling Shore Lobster Prices in New Brunswick

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  August 14, 2017

The strengthening Canadian dollar is pressuring the lobster industry. 

In New Brunswick, the fall lobster season has begun in LFA 25, the Northumberland Strait between New Brunswick and PEI. The Maritime Fishermens Union (MFU) is objecting strongly to shore prices put out by processors.

Packers were offering $CA 4.25 for canners (under 1 lb lobster) and $CA 4.75 for markets.  This is a full $2.00 lower than the price paid in LFA 24 and 25 last spring.

The MFU says that the change in currency cannot justify such a large swing in the shore price...

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FAO Predicts Decline of North American Lobster Production in 2017, Rise of China Imports

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle August 11, 2017

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has published a report on lobster based on market analysis from 2016 and the first quarter of 2017. The organization is predicting that North American lobster supplies will decline in 2017, while imports will rise in China.

Lobster growth in North America has been strong since 2007, but 2016 saw the first signs of decline with a six percent drop. The reason could be linked to new fishing restrictions that were put in place in...

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Alibaba Encouraging Canadian Seafood Companies to Sell to China Through Them

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle August 10, 2017

Chinese e-commerce site Alibaba is using the success of Clearwater to lure other Canadian seafood companies to do business with them.

Alibaba Group president Michael Evans and executive chairman/ founder Jack Ma announced on Thursday a one day event called Gateway Canada. The event, being held in Toronto on September 25, is a chance for Canadian companies — from those in the agribusiness to the hospitality industry — to learn about how they can profit from the growing demand from Chinese consumers for imports and...

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Shake Shack Introduces Lobster Topped Hamburger in NY, in Collaboration with Eleven Madison Park

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle August 8, 2017

Popular restaurant chain Shake Shack is known for their burgers, and for a limited time in August they’ll be adding seafood-inspired burgers to their menu.

Those who dine at the original Madison Square Park location in New York City from August 11 to the 13 will be able to snack on a Maine lobster-topped hamburger, which is pretty self explanatory, or a CLAMBurger, which is a cheeseburger topped with...

 

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Quebec Private Equity Creates $140 Million Lobster and Crab Group Merging Riverside and Cheticamp

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton August 2, 2017

The Montreal based private Equity Firm Champlain Financial  has purchased Riverside Lobster of Nova Scotia, and will merge the company with Cheticamp Fisheries, which it purchased in May, 2017.

The primary products of Riverside and Cheticamp are lobster and snow crab.

The group will be led by Marc Poulin, formerly CEO of Sobey’s, who will become the executive chairman of Champlain’s seafood platform.

"Both companies are strategically located in the most productive crab and lobster regions of the Nova Scotia Coast. I am ...

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Chicago Tastemakers Meet Maine's Most Iconic Seafood: Lobster

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - July 19, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine -- The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) headed to the Midwest this week and brought a taste of Maine to chefs and culinary influencers in Chicago during a Maine Lobster-inspired industry night event. The MLMC hosted the event to educate and inspire local chefs and industry leaders in one of the largest and most influential food hubs in the country.

In partnership with prominent Chef Giuseppe Tentori of GT Fish & Oyster, the MLMC hosted a "Maine After Midnight" celebration ...

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Just Shrimp Adds Healthy Alternatives to Attract Younger Diners

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - June 21, 2017

Just Shrimp is a new concept with just three units in Illinois.  But they are making a splash.   Their original location in Tinley Park recently added a few more non-fried items to their menu: Grilled shrimp skewers and fresh grilled salmon. 

Recently, Just Shrimp started smoking salmon in-house, and added two sandwiches their customers seem to enjoy. The smoked salmon fillet sandwich is servedcold, on a buttered and toasted soft bun  ...

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Ecommerce Companies Drive Prices of Lobster in China Down to Unbelievable Levels

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Eastay.com] Translated by Amy Zhong  June 13, 2017

A price war is breaking out over ecommerce lobster sales in the Province of Ningbo, directly south of Shanghai.  As new entrants come on board, they are offering lobsters at lower prices than in the US, and with free delivery to the customer's home.  This cost appears to be unsustainable, but a new importer, iseafoods.cn, is making this offer. Their prices are about 66% of Chinese supermarket lobster prices...

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