Tue. Sep 21 2021

Alaska Enters "Crisis Care Standards" Phase of COVID Pandemic


Japan: August Seafood Imports Up 19% in Value, 11% in Volume Over 2020


Thai Union Makes $90 Million Investment in Thailand-based Food Ingredients Firm R&B Food Supply


Andfjord Salmon Appoints Jostein Nilssen as its New Project Director


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, September 21


Mon. Sep 20 2021

VIDEO: Alaska Snow Crab Stocks; Atlantic Sapphire Fire; Drift Gillnet Ban; Shrimp Landings


ANALYSIS: European Salmon Imports Top 8 Million Pounds in July, Surpass 2020 YTD Totals  


Alaska Governor, Mining Firms, and Native Corporations Get More Salmon to Yukon Villages


ANALYSIS: Chinese Catfish Facing Supply Constraints, Record Pricing  


Dark Clouds Hover Over Supply Outlook for Frozen Bluefin Tuna for Japan's End of Year Sales Season  


GAPP Funds 20 New Partnerships to Broaden Demand for Wild Alaska Pollock in NA and EU    


Scam Site Charges Triple for USCG Vessel Documentation


Massachusetts: $15 Million Available in Support for Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program


Scoular to Launch Fishmeal Facility in Myanmar Next Month


Rhode Island Announces Second Round of COVID Fisheries Funding


Scientists Recommend Better Management of False Killer Whale Impacts in Hawaii Fishery


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, September 20


Fri. Sep 17 2021

High-Stakes Debate Over Jones Act Third Proviso Today in Anchorage Federal Court


PODCAST: Bering Sea Snow Crab Stocks; CBP’s Response to TRO; Restaurant COVID Protocols and More


Maryland Seafood Company, Owner Plead Guilty to Visa Fraud


Future Looks Bright for Ecuadorian Shrimp in China  


Alaska Salmon Catches Come in 15% Higher Overall Than Projected  


Louisiana Nets $4.2 Million Through Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant


Iceland Seafood International to Enter Spain Retail Market Through Latest Acquisition  


Governments Must Seize Opportunities of a ‘Blue Food Revolution’


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, September 17


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Thu. Sep 16 2021

Fire Breaks Out at Atlantic Sapphire Denmark Facility; All Fish Expected to Be Lost  


Senate Passes Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act, Again


Urner Barry's Fall 2021 Reporter Issue Released; Read It Online For Free Now


Alaska Fishing Updates, September  


July Hokkaido Surimi Production Down 33%, Imports Up 3.2% Y-on-Y


Aquaculture Leaders Honor Dan Swecker, Fish Farming Pioneer and “True Statesman"


Rabobank: Offshore Aquaculture Has Potential for Growth


Scoular Debuts New Encompass Brand for Fishmeal Business


This Week in Retail: Heat Lingers, but Grocers Look Towards Fall Demand


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, September 16


Wed. Sep 15 2021

July Domestic Shrimp Landings Lowest Since 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill  


Tanner Crab Coming on Strong in the GOA, 2022 Fishery Looks Likely in Several Regions  


COVID-19 Spirals Upward in Alaska: Outbreak in Adak, Hospitals Overwhelmed Throughout State


Routine Coast Guard Patrol Discovers Chinese Warships Near Aleutians


Nova Austral Hit With $1.5 Million Fine for Concealing Fish Mortality Information


Global Seafood Alliance Rebranding Complete, New Identity Unveiled


The Pandemic Lifted Average Retail Spending Per Shopping Occasion, Reports NPD


Bakkafrost to Invest $985 Million in Growth, Scottish Operation Improvements  


Nature Conservancy’s Use of Satlink on Tuna Vessels Show EM Beats Logbooks


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, September 15


Business Coalition, NFI Back Ocean Shipping Reform Act


Atlantic Natural Foods Presents Their Reformulated TUNO Seafood Alternative


Tue. Sep 14 2021

SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, September 14


Crisis in the North Pacific: Bering Sea Snow Crab Stocks Fall Sharp and Fast  


Coast Guard Rescues 3 and a Dog After Fishing Vessel Sinks Off Oregon


Profand Group Closes Agreement with Corporación Financiera Alba Adds to Shareholding Structure


AquaMaof Signs Memorandum of Cooperation With Russia’s Federal Agency for Fishery  


The Winding Glass: Destabilized Supply Chain Here to Stay


NOAA Appoints Kelly Kryc as Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Fisheries


USDA Seeking Offers to Sell Frozen Wild Shrimp  


Modern Plant-Based Foods Starts New Division for Modern Plant-Based Seafood


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Japan: August Seafood Imports Up 19% in Value, 11% in Volume Over 2020

According to the August trade preliminary report released by the Ministry of Finance on September 16, imports of seafood (excluding non-edible marine products) have increased significantly in quantity and value. They are recovering from the slump in the first half. In particular, the import value has continued to grow significantly, reported Suisan Keizai.

August imports were 156,750 tons, worth 122,877 million yen ($1,121 million), up 10.8% in volume and 19.4% in value showing double-digit growth compared to the same month of the previous year...

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Alaska Enters "Crisis Care Standards" Phase of COVID Pandemic

With over 2,100 new cases reported yesterday for the three days over the weekend (September 17-19), and another 7 deaths, Alaska is moving into a new phase of the pandemic where deaths are occurring for critically ill patients — who may or may not have Covid-19 — due to lack of available hospital beds, staff, and equipment for critical care.

The tipping point was reached last week, reported Liz Ruskin at Alaska Public Media. On September 11, when the country was mourning the loss of life from the unexpected attacks on ...

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Thai Union Makes $90 Million Investment in Thailand-based Food Ingredients Firm R&B Food Supply

Thai Union announced a 10% strategic investment, valued at THB 3 billion (US$89.9 million) in Thailand-based food ingredients company R&B Food Supply (RBF).

RBF specializes in flavors, colors and coating. This investment follows a multi-year relationship between Thai Union and RBF in which RBF has been supplying high-quality food ingredients for Thai Union products.

Thai Union said this partnership continues the company’s growth opportunities in the adjacent food ingredients industry, particularly to serve the increasing sophistication of...

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Andfjord Salmon Appoints Jostein Nilssen as its New Project Director

Andfjord Salmon is excited to announce the appointment of Jostein Nilssen as its new Project Director. Nilssen has international experience as a project manager and Offshore Installation Manager in ConocoPhillips, and was most recently Production Director in Øksnes Entreprenør. The new role of Project Director will be a part of Andfjord Salmon's management group.

"Jostein Nilssen has highly relevant and unique experience in developing big international projects. He has documented his ability to implement and deliver results, having led innovative projects for one of the world's biggest oil companies...

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VIDEO: Alaska Snow Crab Stocks; Atlantic Sapphire Fire; Drift Gillnet Ban; Shrimp Landings

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video co-hosts Ryan Doyle and Georgeanne Nigro as they break down the biggest stories of the week, including dwindling snow crab stocks in the Bering Sea; a fire that broke out at land-based salmon farmer Atlantic Sapphire’s Danish facility; the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act and July 2021 landings of U.S. shrimp.

This episode of the SeafoodNews Weekly Video is brought to you by the latest issue of Urner Barry’s Reporter magazine! The Fall 2021 issue is out now and it takes...

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ANALYSIS: European Salmon Imports Top 8 Million Pounds in July, Surpass 2020 YTD Totals

European whole fish imports topped 8 million pounds during the month of July for the first time in 2021. Total fresh whole fish imports out of Europe have not seen over 8 million pounds since January of 2020. 2021 has now surpassed 2020 in year-to-date imports. In addition, 2021 has also surpassed the 3-year average when looking at the cyclical monthly imports from Europe. The European producing countries include the Faroe Islands, Norway, and the United Kingdom (Scotland)...

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Alaska Governor, Mining Firms, and Native Corporations Get More Salmon to Yukon Villages

Governor Mike Dunleavy continued his efforts to get salmon to residents of Yukon River communities, who could not fish this year due to extremely low returns of Chinook and chum salmon.

Two weeks ago 12,000 pounds of salmon were purchased from Copper River Seafoods by the state and sent to communities along the Upper and Lower Yukon. Six thousand pounds were trucked to Fairbanks by Lynden Transport Inc., and 6,000 pounds were flown to Emmonak by Everts Air. Tanana Chiefs Conference will distribute the salmon out of ...

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GAPP Funds 20 New Partnerships to Broaden Demand for Wild Alaska Pollock in NA and EU

The Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) announced their investment of over $1.6 million to partner with 14 companies that will launch new products made with sustainable wild Alaska Pollock. The companies will introduce new products made with pollock to retail and foodservice outlets across North America and Europe.

The competition was stiff for GAPP’s co-investment funds again this year, said GAPP CEO Craig Morris. 

“Our Board set an ambitious goal to attract new partners and exciting innovations to the ...

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Massachusetts: $15 Million Available in Support for Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito have made available $15 million in funding through a second round of Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program.

This funding will allow the administration to implement recommendations provided by the Food Security Task Force, which was convened last year by the Massachusetts COVID-19 Command Center in response to increased demands for food assistance, per Baker’s office.

“Addressing food security issues remains a high priority of our Administration to help ensure all residents have fresh, healthy produce readily...

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Rhode Island Announces Second Round of COVID Fisheries Funding

The Rhode Island Congressional Delegation and the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced that commercial fishing and charter/for hire businesses, qualified aquaculture operators, seafood processors, and dealers are eligible to apply for an additional $255 million in assistance funding provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 on September 16.

This funding will support activities authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

DEM’s Division of Marine Fisheries is administering this second support round. According to the state government, commercial fishing...

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High-Stakes Debate Over Jones Act "Third Proviso" Today in Anchorage Federal Court

The case brought against Customs and Border  Protection (CBP) by subsidiary companies of American Seafoods will play out in an Anchorage courtroom this morning as each side will tell their story. It is a high-stakes debate as accusations have been flung back and forth in the past two weeks. 

The latest declaratory statements filed with the court from the American Seafood side refute the claims of the government that they should have been notified, and separate tariff rates should have been filed before the shipping route ...

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Maryland Seafood Company, Owner Plead Guilty to Visa Fraud

Phillip J. “Jamie” Harrington III, of Dorchester, Maryland and his company, Capt. Phip’s Seafood Inc., pleaded guilty to unlawful employment of undocumented workers and visa fraud on September 14.

As per the plea agreement, the seafood processing company “willfully submitted false and inaccurate job descriptions to obtain lower prevailing wages for its foreign workers.” The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland explained that omissions about the full scope of job duties to be performed by temporary foreign workers resulted in the DOL approving Capt. Phip’s to...

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Alaska Salmon Catches Come in 15% Higher Overall Than Projected

The last weekly salmon update from ASMI marks the end of the 2021 season and the statewide catches were up by 15% compared to the preseason forecasts.

The biggest money making fish exceeded expectations the most. The haul of sockeye salmon topped 54 compared to the pre-season forecast of 46.5 million.

Similarly, the pink salmon catch of over 150 million swamped the prediction of just over 124 million humpies.

And although the run of chum salmon was disappointing, falling about four million short of the 11.5 million projection...

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Iceland Seafood International to Enter Spain Retail Market Through Latest Acquisition

Iceland Seafood International (ISI) has announced it has finalized an agreement with the Mestanza family to acquire an 85% stake in the company Ahumados Dominguez in Spain.

Ahumados Dominguez producers smoked salmon and according to Iceland Seafood it has a strong brand and consumer recognition in the retail sector of the region.

The company will continue to be led by Managing Director Pedro Mestanza. Mestanza will hold a 15% minority stake and has an option to buy additional 5% stake form ISI within the next five years...

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Fire Breaks Out at Atlantic Sapphire Denmark Facility; All Fish Expected to Be Lost

Land-based salmon farmer Atlantic Sapphire said all of the fish at its Danish facility will be lost due to a serious fire that erupted on September 15.

According to the company, a fire broke out at an Atlantic Sapphire Denmark facility at about 8:20 p.m. local time. Employees were evacuated safely, and all are accounted for with no injuries reported.

In an announcement, Atlantic Sapphire said all of the biomass at its facility is expected to be lost and the damage...

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Urner Barry's Fall 2021 Reporter Issue Released; Read It Online For Free Now

Check out a brand new issue of Urner Barry's Reporter! The Fall edition takes a deep dive into soaring farm to fork costs that have triggered global price shocks. In our latest issue you can find market insights from our talented team of market reporters, as well as stories on plant-based trends, labor issues, sustainability, and much more!

Read Volume 16, Numer 4 of Urner Barry's Reporter for free here.

Not a subscriber? Sign up for free! Click here to subscribe to Urner Barry’s Reporter, the quarterly newsmagazine for the food industry professional. The Reporter delivers interesting and informative articles for the poultry, egg, red meat and seafood industries...

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July Hokkaido Surimi Production Down 33%, Imports Up 3.2% Y-on-Y

The production volume of land-based surimi in Hokkaido in July 2021 was 918 tons, which was 67% of the same month of the previous year. The National Surimi Manufacturers Association released the report on August 25. According to Kamaboko News, the breakdown was 915 tons of Alaska pollack surimi, 68% of the same month last year, zero tons for Atka mackerel surimi, and 3 tons other surimi.

With this, the cumulative production from January to July was 6937 tons, down 22% from a year ago, and the...

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Rabobank: Offshore Aquaculture Has Potential for Growth

In a new report, Rabobank took a “deep dive” into the future of offshore aquaculture as fish farmers are looking to develop offshore practices due to a litany of issues.

According to Rabobank senior seafood analyst, Gorjan Nikolik explored the potential growth of offshore aquaculture as companies deal with legislative issues, environmental concerns and other hindrances to current operating procedures.

One area that Nikolik focused on was both federal and local laws that have left offshore aquaculture unable to scale.

“To move farming offshore, an industry must secure support from local and federal...

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ANALYSIS: Chinese Catfish Facing Supply Constraints, Record Pricing

Like many other commodities, Chinese catfish is continuously breaking records with higher pricing reported week after week. Skyrocketing freight costs, logistical issues including problems at the departure ports in Guangdong and delays at the domestic arrival ports, and an active demand that is outpacing supply are the main factors attributing to the premiums. In addition, domestic catfish is also demanding record prices due to production setbacks stemming, in part, from labor shortages, having some buyers look towards imported product

Due to the limited supply entering the market...

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Dark Clouds Hover Over Supply Outlook for Frozen Bluefin Tuna for Japan's End of Year Sales Season

For frozen tuna that can be stored for an extended period, it is easy to calculate the quantity and unit price, and it is easy to make a schedule for the year-end sales season. Mediterranean Sea tuna, which accounts for most frozen bluefin tuna fillets, has a peak of delivery from November when new products enter the market and around April of the following year. While many new harvests that arrive in November are destined for the year-end sales season...

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Scam Site Charges Triple for USCG Vessel Documentation

Every year vessel owners must renew documentation with the US Coast Guard as to the boat’s name, ownership, tonnage, home port and other basic criteria. It costs $26 – unless  you get scammed by a private provider that charges three times as much. Fishing groups are warning that is the case with an online company called US Vessel Documentation.

“You know, it’s serious business. If you don’t file your Coast Guard papers, they can end your voyage right there.”

Fisherman Norm Hughes of Haines received a letter saying he needed to renew...

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Scoular to Launch Fishmeal Facility in Myanmar Next Month

Omaha-based agricultural marketing company Scoular is accelerating the growth of its fishmeal business by launching a fishmeal facility in Myanmar.

The facility will be operational as of this October and will supply Asia feed markets.

The facility is a key part of Scoular’s recent expansion in the Asia-Pacific region, including an expanded regional headquarters in Singapore, the company said...

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Scientists Recommend Better Management of False Killer Whale Impacts in Hawaii Fishery

Longline fishery impacts to false killer whales may be greatly overestimated and a revision to how impacts are measured could help the deep-set longline fleet keep fishing, according to new findings.

The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council's Statistical Committee adopted recommendations to improve the management of impacts to false killer whales in the Hawai‘i deep-set longline fishery when it met last week. The issues paper from an SSC working group ...

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PODCAST: Bering Sea Snow Crab Stocks; CBP’s Response to TRO; Restaurant COVID Protocols and More

Join SeafoodNews Podcast co-hosts Lorin Castiglione and Ryan Doyle as they talk about falling snow crab stocks in the Bering Sea; CBP’s Response to the Temporary Restraining Order issued by American Seafood’s subsidiary Alaska Reefer Management and an affiliate; restaurants revisiting COVID protocols as cases of the virus rise; and more!

This episode is brought to you by Urner Barry Consulting. Urner Barry Consulting provides tailored solutions to identify growth opportunities within the fast-paced protein commodity sectors...

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Future Looks Bright for Ecuadorian Shrimp in China

Under the influence of COVID-19, some shrimp suppliers have struggled and have encountered great challenges in China. However, a few lucky countries such as  Ecuador have seen obvious market rebound and strong shrimp demand in the Chinese market. And their near future also looks optimistic...

Shrimp industries in countries like Vietnam and India have been hit hard by the epidemic, while recently Ecuador has enjoyed steady price increase of its shrimps in China. Now it is even hardly possible to bargain with Ecuador’s suppliers...

 

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Louisiana Nets $4.2 Million Through Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant

Seafood processors in Louisiana will receive $4,229,669 in financial assistance through the Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant Program (SPRS), U.S. Congressman Corey Graves announced.

This program was unveiled by the USDA last week alongside the Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant.

Together, the programs will support agriculture stakeholders who have yet to receive “substantial federal financial assistance” during the COVID-19 crisis.

These grant programs will aid small businesses in certain commodity areas, including small-scale specialty crop producers and processors, shellfish...

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Governments Must Seize Opportunities of a ‘Blue Food Revolution’

The Blue Food Assessment (BFA) sends a message to the policy makers that they must act urgently in order for future generations to benefit from the 'blue food revolution', according the Marine Stewardship Council.

The BFA report provides very detailed reviews of the part blue foods could play in communication and describing the challenges of malnutrition, climate change, and sustainable development.

Blue foods is set to double in global demand by 2050. The BFA makes known that sustainable management of the world's wild-capture fisheries is extremely vital for...

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Senate Passes Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act, Again

The Senate has once again passed the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act, which was vetoed by former President Trump on January 1, 2021 after passing through Congress in 2020.

The legislation looks to ban drift gillnets used in fisheries off the state of California to protect whales, dolphins and sea turtles.

According to a release from Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the bill is expected to be signed by President Biden if it passes through the House of Representatives. The bill was reintroduced after the veto in February...

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Alaska Fishing Updates, September

Alaska’s salmon catch is nearing 219 million and fishing continues despite slowing down at this time of year. That’s 30 million more salmon than was forecasted.

For pinks, the harvest so far is over 151 million with catches at Prince William Sound, Southeast and Kodiak all topping projections

Also at Southeast, beam trawlers have a third go for northern pink shrimp totaling 650,000 pounds in two districts. The spot shrimp fishery opens on October 1 for 457,300 pounds.

That same day Dungeness crab reopens for the fall fishery...

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Aquaculture Leaders Honor Dan Swecker, Fish Farming Pioneer and “True Statesman"

Covington, WA—Dan Swecker, the fish farming pioneer and aquaculture advocate, passed away September 1, 2021, following a brief illness.

Swecker was Executive Director of the Washington Fish Growers Association (WFGA), an organization he helped launch to promote fish farming in the state. From 1993 to 2013, Swecker also served in the Washington State Senate, representing the people of the 20th District. He was Vice-Chair of the Agriculture and Environment Committee and served on the Natural Resources & Parks and Ways & Means Committees.

After retiring from WFGA in January ...

Photo Courtesy Northwest Aquaculture Alliance.

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