Tue. Jun 18 2024

ANALYSIS: 2024 Pacific Halibut Season Update  


Pacific Seafood Fined $222,000 By Washington Department of Ecology


SeafoodNews Closed on Wednesday, June 19


Holland America Line’s McKinley Chalet Resort in Alaska Receives MSC Certificate


G7 Leaders Express Concerns Over Russian Fish and Seafood Products


Seafoodnews.com Summary Tuesday, June 18


Mon. Jun 17 2024

PODCAST: Silver Bay To Acquire Another Trident Facility; Red Lobster Brings Back Crabfest and More


ANALYSIS: Snow Crab Retail Features Lag Last Year 7.7 Percent  


ANALYSIS: Increasing Freight Drives Pressure on Value Finfish  


Norway Revokes All Snow Crab Permits In Effort To Ensure Better Profitability In Fishery  


Japan: April Surimi Product Output Increases After Four Months  


Nation’s Largest Icebreaker Healy Enroute to Alaska for Three Arctic Research Missions


ButcherBox’s Second Annual Grill Index Reveals Lack of Confidence When It Comes To Grilling Seafood  


CDFW, Cal Maritime Release Samon in Hopes of Rebuilding Populations  


Seafoodnews.com Summary Monday, June 17


Fri. Jun 14 2024

How Seafood and Fisheries Could Benefit From The Proposed Farm Bill


Praise For Brazil’s New Spiny Lobster Rules  


Japan: 2023 Sockeye Salmon Imports Surged by 41% to Over 10,000 Tons  


Russia Plans Further Increase of Pollock Supplies to China  


Seafoodnews.com Summary Friday, June 14


Thu. Jun 13 2024

FDA Issues Advisory For Canadian Oysters Potentially Contaminated With PSP  


Former Mowi Exec Lands At Grieg As New Regional Director of Newfoundland Region


Russia Expects Catch of 320,000 Tons of Salmon This Year  


Seafoodnews.com Summary Thursday, June 13


Wed. Jun 12 2024

Crabfest May Be Back At Red Lobster, But It’s Not The Same As Years Past  


The Retail Rundown: Raising the 'Steaks' for Father’s Day


ANALYSIS: EU Shrimp Imports Stable in Q1 Thanks to Spanish Market Boost  


ANALYSIS: Drop in Conch Imports Tightens U.S. Supply and Begins to Elevate Prices  


Russia Looking To Overtake The United States in Global Surimi Market  


A Market Survey Revealed 74% of Japanese Consumers Unaware of Seafood Sustainability Certifications


Seafoodnews.com Summary Wednesday, June 12


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ANALYSIS: 2024 Pacific Halibut Season Update

Supply

We are currently in the third month of the 2024 Pacific halibut season, which began on March 15 and will conclude on December 7. This year's overall annual catch limit is set at 35.29 million pounds, marking a 5% reduction compared to 2023, with commercial landings experiencing a 3% cut. As of week 21, year-to-date Pacific halibut landings total 5.41 million pounds, showing a 6.09% decrease year-over-year and a 13.07% decrease compared to the five-year year-to-date average.

The season started strongly, with...

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Pacific Seafood Fined $222,000 By Washington Department of Ecology

Pacific Seafood’s Westport facility has been hit with a $222,000 penalty after “repeatedly sending polluted wastewater into Half Moon Bay in Westport.” According to the Washington Department of Ecology, the seafood company’s Westport facility has violated its water quality permits 58 times over the past two years.

“It’s unacceptable that this facility is continuing to pollute Half Moon Bay after repeated citations and technical assistance,” said Vince McGowan, Ecology’s water quality program manager. “The majority of similar companies in the industry are able to...

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SeafoodNews Closed on Wednesday, June 19

SeafoodNews will not be publishing on Wednesday, June 19 in observance of Juneteenth. We will return to our normal publishing schedule on Thursday, June 20. 

In the meantime, catch up on our recent major news stories by checking our Featured Stories page. 

You can also watch all the latest SeafoodNews Weekly Videos here or listen to the latest SeafoodNews Podcast episodes here.

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Holland America Line’s McKinley Chalet Resort in Alaska Receives MSC Certificate

Holland America Line is ensuring that its guests have access to the highest quality and sustainably sourced seafood through not only their cruises, but also their land-based properties. The company announced on Monday that its McKinley Chalet Resort, located in the heart of the Denali Canyon in Alaska, has recently received Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. 

"We are proud to extend our promise of fresh, sustainable fish beyond our ships to our guests on cruise tours visiting Denali," said...

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PODCAST: Silver Bay To Acquire Another Trident Facility; Red Lobster Brings Back Crabfest and More

Join Seafoodnews Podcast hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they talk about the big stories from the last week, including Silver Bay’s acquisition of Trident’s False Pass facility and the return of Red Lobster’s Crabfest. Plus, find out what fish is making a splash in Major League Baseball.

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ANALYSIS: Snow Crab Retail Features Lag Last Year 7.7 Percent

Snow crab market mid-June

The Canadian snow crab market mid-June has been reported to be moderate to fair out of Newfoundland. 5-8s continue to be the dominate size available over larger-sized crab, 8s and 10s. As of this writing, 70 percent of the snow crab catch out of Newfoundland has been caught. As we have reported previously, all of the Gulf quota was caught. Market participants report movement is steady, most state the market not to be robust, but also not...

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Norway Revokes All Snow Crab Permits In Effort To Ensure Better Profitability In Fishery

The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries confirmed earlier this month that all snow crab permits have been revoked, according to a new royal decree. The government agency further explained that “this means that all permits will be deleted from the Directorate of Fisheries’ registers with effect from January 1, 2025.”

Restrictions on snow crab participation have been looming since the Ministry of Trade and Fisheries released its 2024 quota announcement in December. At the time, the government had acknowledged that they would be limiting participation beginning...

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ButcherBox’s Second Annual Grill Index Reveals Lack of Confidence When It Comes To Grilling Seafood

ButcherBox, a direct-to-consumer meat and seafood brand, released its second annual ButcherBox Grill Index on Monday. The report reveals some surprising trends in the food space, including that nearly a third of Americans report “feeling not at all confident when grilling seafood.”

ButcherBox does carry some seafood, including sockeye salmon, sea scallops and cod. The direct-to-consumer company also offers salmon burgers, which tend to be a more comfortable option for those who are hesitant to throw seafood on...

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CDFW, Cal Maritime Release Samon in Hopes of Rebuilding Populations

As the sun set over the San Pablo Bay recently, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, joined by faculty, staff and students from the California State University Maritime Academy, released approximately 1 million fall-run Chinook salmon smolts from the Cal Maritime campus in Vallejo.

It was the first release of Chinook salmon from this location in almost four decades, and among the final releases of hatchery fall-run Chinook salmon taking place in San Francisco and San Pablo bays this spring and summer.

“Expanding our partnerships with...

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Praise For Brazil’s New Spiny Lobster Rules

Brazil’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MMA) and Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture (MPA) recently published a joint ordinance creating an unprecedented rule for  the 2024 season of catches of two different types of spiny lobster: red lobster (Panulirus argus) and green lobster (Panulirus laevicauda). The new rule limits the total allowable catch to 6,192 tons. 

There have been concerns for years about the overexploitation of the fishery, leading to non-profit organization CeDePesca to work on a Brazilian lobster fishery improvement project (FIP). The organization celebrated the adoption of the...

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Russia Plans Further Increase of Pollock Supplies to China

Russia plans to further increase supplies of its pollock to China as the demand for the fish in the Chinese market and its consumption is steadily growing. 

Currently Russia is the second largest supplier of fish to China, after Ecuador. In value terms, exports of Russian fish to China in 2023 reached US $2.9 billion. Of this, about $1.6 billion accounted for frozen fish and $1.2 billion from crustaceans.

According to the Russian Sfera FM business paper, citing the Russian Pollock Association, at present there...

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Former Mowi Exec Lands At Grieg As New Regional Director of Newfoundland Region

Elizabeth Barlow, a former Sustainability Director for Mowi Canada East, has landed at Grieg Seafood as its new Regional Director of Newfoundland operations.

“I am pleased to welcome Elizabeth Barlow as the new Regional Director of our Newfoundland region,” commented Grieg CEO Andreas Kvame. “Elizabeth has extensive operational and management experience spanning from biology and salmon farming to governmental roles in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. I am glad to have Elizabeth onboard and confident that she is the right person...

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Crabfest May Be Back At Red Lobster, But It’s Not The Same As Years Past

Even a bankruptcy filing can’t stop Red Lobster from bringing back Crabfest. The financially embroiled restaurant chain — with the help of rapper and reality TV star Flavor Flav — used the guest-favorite dining event to remind fans that despite the Chapter 11 bankruptcy, they can still enjoy seafood from their local Red Lobster. But this isn’t the same Crabfest as years past.

Red Lobster is known for its limited time promotional events, from Lobsterfest to Summerfest and...

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ANALYSIS: EU Shrimp Imports Stable in Q1 Thanks to Spanish Market Boost

Between January and March 2024, the European Union imported 133k MT of shrimp of all species from any origin ex-EU. This represents a slight growth of 1.7% compared with Q1 last year, and a strong progression of 16.2% compared with the pre-COVID period of Q1 2019.

When looking at each country, the position of Spain as the largest importer of the region is confirmed again this year. First, its share of EU shrimp imports progressed from 27.1% in Q1 2023 to...

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Russia Looking To Overtake The United States in Global Surimi Market

Russia is overtaking the United States in the global market of surimi by a sharp increase of domestic production.

According to recent statements from the president of the All-Russian Association of Fisheries, German Zverev, Russia's share in the global market of surimi from pollock in 2024 will increase by 5% - to 24%, versus 19% a year earlier.

According to data from the Russian Pollock Association (ADM), the global surimi market reached about 900,000 tons last year. Of this, surimi from warm-water fish species accounted for...

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G7 Leaders Express Concerns Over Russian Fish and Seafood Products

Late last week the leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) met in Apulia, Italy, to discuss “global challenges at a crucial moment in history.” Multiple topics were addressed, including the G7’s “unwavering support” for Ukraine, the conflict in Gaza, and “the triple global crisis of climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss.” Also on the list of topics? “Russia’s environmentally unsustainable and unfair trading practices regarding fish and seafood products.”

G7’s leaders currently include Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, President of France Emmanuel Macron, President of...

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News Summary June 17, 2024

PODCAST: Silver Bay To Acquire Another Trident Facility; Red Lobster Brings Back Crabfest and More

Join Seafoodnews Podcast hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they talk about the big stories from the last week, including Silver Bay’s acquisition of Trident’s False Pass facility and the return of Red Lobster’s Crabfest. Plus, find out what fish is making a splash in Major League Baseball...

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News Summary June 13, 2024

Today's Top Story: FDA Issues Advisory For Canadian Oysters Potentially Contaminated With PSP

On Wednesday the FDA issued a warning advising restaurants and food retailers not to serve certain oysters that were harvested in British Columbia, Canada. This advisory comes about a week after the FDA issued a warning for shellfish harvested from Washington and Oregon due to PSP...

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ANALYSIS: Increasing Freight Drives Pressure on Value Finfish

The frozen fillet market for tilapia, pangasius, and catfish is experiencing shifts due to a variety of factors impacting both supply and demand. Recent developments in ocean freight rates, weather conditions, and supply chain disruptions have all contributed to the current market dynamics.

Tilapia

Tilapia pricing has steadily increased for the past year due to several key factors. U.S. importers face lower inventory levels, as anticipated supply improvements by late May or early June were delayed by unusual weather patterns in China's producing areas of Guangdong and...

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Japan: April Surimi Product Output Increases After Four Months 

The Food Marketing Research and Information Center announced that the production volume of surimi products in April (estimated figure) was 35,974 tons, up 0.4% from the same month last year. It was the first time in four months that it exceeded the same month last year. The main product, fried products, recovered in volume by 3.2% to 13,086 tons. The other category, featuring crab sticks, increased by 0.8% to 11,081 tons.

According to a report by Minato Shimbun, fried products exceeded the same month...

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Nation’s Largest Icebreaker Healy Enroute to Alaska for Three Arctic Research Missions

The 420-foot USCG cutter Healy left its home port of Seattle last Wednesday for the Alaskan Arctic, where it will conduct the first of three scientific missions planned for this summer.

The first mission is to service underwater moorings in the Beaufort Sea and conduct a broad-scale survey of the boundary current system from the Bering Strait to the western Canadian Arctic. This program has been ongoing for more than two decades to improve understanding of the Pacific Arctic ecosystem in a...

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How Seafood and Fisheries Could Benefit From The Proposed Farm Bill

This week Senator John Boozman released the framework for a Senate farm bill that is “farmer-focused.” While the farm bill has primarily centered on meeting the needs of farmers, ranchers, and foresters, the latest framework also addresses fisheries. 

“As the House and Senate continue work on proposed Farm Bill legislation, the emerging framework for the first time reflects a significant focus on fisheries,” National Fisheries Institute President Lisa Wallenda Picard commented in a statement Friday. “Those leading the charge to craft a responsible path forward for...

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FDA Issues Advisory For Canadian Oysters Potentially Contaminated With PSP

On Wednesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning advising restaurants and food retailers not to serve certain oysters that were harvested in British Columbia, Canada.

The oysters in question were distributed by Dailyfresh Shellfish, Inc. with lot #240531JM. It’s believed that the oysters, which were harvested from Subarea 23-10 in BC, Canada on May 30, 2024, may be contaminated with toxins that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP). This advisory comes about a week after the FDA issued a warning for shellfish harvested from Washington and Oregon due...

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Russia Expects Catch of 320,000 Tons of Salmon This Year

Russia expects that its salmon catch during the current salmon fishing season could reach 320,000 tons, according to recent statements made by representatives of the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo).

The salmon fishing season in Russia begins at the end of May. The biggest catch volumes are expected to be in the Kamchatka Territory, where these figures are estimated at 170,000 tonnes.

Among the other centers of salmon catch in Russia are also the Sakhalin region, the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, and the Khabarovsk Territory...

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The Retail Rundown: Raising the 'Steaks' for Father’s Day

The Memorial Day and July 4th holidays are popular burger occasions, whereas Father’s Day is typically geared toward steak consumption. Fittingly, grocers have upped the feature volume for steaks ahead of the upcoming holiday weekend.

Steaks currently make up 43.3% of total retail buying opportunities within the beef complex, up from 37.7% the week prior. Ground beef ads also saw a week-over-week advance, now holding 35.3% of beef’s total retail activity. Feature activity for roasts has eased as fewer households utilize their ovens during the hotter weather.

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ANALYSIS: Drop in Conch Imports Tightens U.S. Supply and Begins to Elevate Prices

At the year’s midpoint, the Honduran conch season is coming to a close, resulting in the supply of 100% clean product tightening up and the overall market to firm. According to U.S. Census import data, currently available through April 2024, conch imports into the U.S. totaled 2.25 million on a year to date basis, a 13.5% decrease compared to the same 2023 timeframe. This is the lowest January through April YTD volume since 2021, when imports reported just under...

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A Market Survey Revealed 74% of Japanese Consumers Unaware of Seafood Sustainability Certifications

According to the Minato Shimbun report, Yano Research Institute revealed the results of a survey of domestic consumers on May 24. The survey concluded that awareness and purchase of sustainable seafood, such as certified marine products and land-based aquaculture, are still ongoing. It also concluded that most other foods are still being popularized among the general public.

The survey was conducted online in January this year among 1,200 men and women (600 men and 600 women) in their...

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News Summary June 18, 2024

ANALYSIS: 2024 Pacific Halibut Season Update

Urner Barry seafood market reporter Liz Cuozzo reports that as of week 21, year-to-date Pacific halibut landings total 5.41 million pounds, showing a 6.09% decrease year-over-year and a 13.07% decrease compared to the five-year year-to-date average. The overall annual catch limit for Pacific halibut this year is set at 35.29 million pounds...

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News Summary June 14, 2024

Today's Top Story: How Seafood and Fisheries Could Benefit From The Proposed Farm Bill

Senator John Boozman released the framework this week for a Senate farm bill that is “farmer-focused.” While the farm bill has primarily centered on meeting the needs of farmers, ranchers, and foresters, the latest framework also addresses fisheries...

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