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Sep 17 - Iceland Seafood International to Enter Spain Retail Market Through Latest Acquisition


Sep 9 - Faroese Cod, Haddock Fisheries Net MSC Certification


Aug 17 - MSC Confirms Certification Status for Offshore, Inshore Norwegian Cod


Aug 5 - Cod Farmer Statt Torsk Unveils New Production Site


Aug 5 - Norway Seafood Import Value Jumps 21% in July 2021; Continues to Rise Above 2020 Totals


Jul 23 - Norwegian Cod Farmer Loses 24% of Facility's Fish in Mortality Event


Jul 9 - JAPAN: May Seafood Imports, Exports Up In Value, Down In Volume


Jul 7 - Norway Hits Historic Half-Year Mark for Seafood Exports


Jul 6 - Alaska Fishing Updates for July 2021


Jun 30 - MSC: Norway’s Inshore North East Arctic Cod Loses MSC Certification


Jun 2 - Japan to Become One of Most Important Sale Markets for Russian Fishermen in Years to Come


May 20 - Standing Fish Price Setting Panel Releases Decision On Cod Prices


May 19 - Iceland Seafood to Acquire 80% Stake in Spanish Salmon Processor Ahumados Dominguez


May 6 - Alaska Fishing Update For May 2021


May 5 - MSC Confirms Certification Status of Norwegian Cod and Haddock


Apr 28 - MSC Breaks Down Certification Status of Norwegian Cod and Haddock


Apr 13 - Red Lobster Unveils New Monster Codzilla Sandwich


Apr 7 - Alaska Fishing Updates for April 2021


Apr 1 - Research Finds Climate Change Impacts Young Cod in Alaska


Mar 31 - FFAW Holding Rally to Stop Closure of 3Ps Cod Fishery


Mar 31 - ADF&G Commissioner Addresses Disaster Relief, Cook Inlet Closure, Large Salmon Forecast for 2021


Mar 25 - Industry Groups Withdraw From Canada-France Advisory Committee Over Proposed Moratorium For 3Ps Cod


Mar 18 - Norcod Lands New Cod Farm Site; Now Holds Annual Licenses for Over 10,000t


Mar 10 - Fish Board Pushes Meetings to Next Year Due to COVID Concerns


Feb 22 - Bristol Seafood Launches Grab & Go Range of Retail Products


Feb 10 - Joella’s Hot Chicken Spices Up Seafood Lent Promotion Game With New Cod Menu Options


Feb 5 - Alaska Fishing Updates For February 2021


Jan 27 - Alaska Fish Radio: CodCoil Pots For Black Cod Can’t Keep Up With Demand


Jan 25 - Imports of Pacific Cod, Atka Mackerel Increase from Russia, Habitat May Have Moved From Alaska


Jan 14 - Atlantic Groundfish Council Recommends Rollover of TAC for South Coast Cod


Jan 12 - Bristol Seafood Invests in Alaska Cod Capabilities


Dec 18 - Cod Stocks Rebounding in the GOA, Still at Low Abundance


Dec 15 - Norwegian Cod Farmer Appoints New CEO, Chairman of the Board


Dec 15 - Cod Comeback; Fishing Updates for Alaska


Dec 3 - Alaska Fish Radio: Updates on COVID Relief Funds, Deadline to Apply Approaches


Oct 19 - China's CDC Reports Detection of Living Coronavirus on Outer Packaging of Imported Frozen Cod


Oct 5 - True North Seafood Partners With Ocean Wise Seafood Program


Sep 25 - Alaska Fishing Updates for September/October


Sep 22 - Everything You Need to Know About the FDA's FSMA Food Traceability Proposed Rule


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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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Faroese Cod, Haddock Fisheries Net MSC Certification

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) announced the FISF Faroe Islands cod, haddock, tusk and ling fishery has achieved certification for cod and haddock to the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) globally recognized standard for sustainable fishing on September 8.

The new certification is an extension of the current MSC certification for the ling and tusk in Faroese waters. The MSC described the certification as a “significant milestone” for the Faroe Islands, a country of 53,000 people that relies on exports for jobs and income.

Now, the fishery can export MSC labeled cod and haddock...

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Cod Farmer Statt Torsk Unveils New Production Site

Norway-based cod farmer Statt Torsk said it is well underway with full-scale production at Rekvika in Vanylvsfjorden. The company said the move follows six years of small-scale pilot projects in Stokkeneset.

“I am very happy that both installation and implementation have gone according to plan,” CEO Gustav Brun-Lie said. “Good job of crew and suppliers. A gradual start-up and increase in production give less uncertainty and risk and is a safe way to ensure the start-up of the cod industry...

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Norwegian Cod Farmer Loses 24% of Facility's Fish in Mortality Event

Norway-based cod farmer Statt Torsk lost 48,000 fish in a mortality event at its Stokkeneset facility.

The lost fish represented a biomass of about 106 tonnes and makes up 24% of fish that were in the facility, the company said. The incident occurred in 2 of the 3 pens at the site.

Statt Torsk said the incident was an external happening but results of samples taken from the pens are expected next week.

The incident shifted the company’s Expected sales...

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Norway Hits Historic Half-Year Mark for Seafood Exports

Norwegian seafood export value has never been higher for the first half of the year than in 2021, the Norwegian Seafood Council shared.

Norway exported seafood worth NOK 53.7 billion ($6.2 billion) in the first six months of 2021, a slight uptick from last year’s six-month total.

"Despite a strengthened Norwegian krone and the fact that the markets are still affected by the corona pandemic, the first half of the year has been the best ever for seafood exports when measured by value. Strong demand for healthy, safe...

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MSC: Norway’s Inshore North East Arctic Cod Loses MSC Certification

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) confirmed the revocation of the certification of inshore North East Arctic cod after an objection completed on June 25.

An objection into the certification of the offshore stocks for North East Artic Cod was brought forth by the WWF, which provided both inshore and offshore cod with an extension of up to six months.

After a thorough consultation period between the fishery client (Norges Fiskarlag), the Conformity Assessment Body (CAB), DNV and the objector, WWF, an outcome was reached by the Independent Adjudicator (IA) who...

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Standing Fish Price Setting Panel Releases Decision On Cod Prices

The Standing Fish Price Setting Panel released its decision on cod prices earlier this week. 

Last week FFAW and the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) entered into negotiations regarding the price of cod for the 2021 season, but was unable to reach an agreement. The price arbitration moved to the Standing Fish Price Setting Panel, with FFAW’s final price offer for the opening to July 31 at $0.98 for Grade A, $0.47 for Grade B, and $0.20 for Grade C...

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Alaska Fishing Update For May 2021

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch –

Managers are set to announce any day when the famous Copper River fishery near Cordova will open for sockeyes and kings, signaling the official  start of Alaska’s 2021 salmon season. 

Alaska’s biggest herring fishery at Togiak kicked off on May 3 with two buyers and about a dozen boats on the grounds. They have a roughly 85 million pound quota, the largest since 1993. (42,639 tons).

Herring fishing continued around Kodiak for a nearly 16 million pound catch, the largest ever...

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MSC Breaks Down Certification Status of Norwegian Cod and Haddock 

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) provided updates to the certification status of Norwegian cod and haddock. The MSC noted that planned changes to the North East Arctic haddock certification, caught by Norges Fiskarlag went into effect on April 26 and North East Arctic cod certification has been temporarily extended until May 3.

According to the MSC, past certifications included both the inshore and offshore stocks of the North East Arctic cod and haddock but the fishery decided to just apply for reassessment for offshore only...

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Alaska Fishing Updates for April 2021

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Lots of fishing action across Alaska. 

It’s hard to believe, but in little more than a month, Alaska’s salmon season will officially open when sockeyes and Chinook return to the Copper River. Meanwhile, there’s lots of fishing activity across the state.

In Southeast, the winter Chinook troll fishery wrapped up on March 15.

It’s slow going at Sitka Sound where seiners continue to tap on a 33,304-ton roe herring harvest, or nearly 67 million pounds. A herring spawn on kelp fishery is..

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FFAW Holding Rally to Stop Closure of 3Ps Cod Fishery

FFAW-Unifor is not one to back down from a fight. The union, which represents fisheries workers in Newfoundland and Labrador, has been very vocal about the impact that the closure of the 3Ps cod fishery would have on the industry. Now, they’re holding a rally to further bring awareness. 

The rally began earlier today at MP Churence Rogers’ office in Clarenville. The goal of the gathering was to get the Minister to reject the recommendation to close the 3Ps cod fishery in light of insufficient DFO science for the....

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Industry Groups Withdraw From Canada-France Advisory Committee Over Proposed Moratorium For 3Ps Cod

The Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW) and Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) don’t always get along. But they both certainly disagree with the calls to close the 3Ps cod fishery.

As previously highlighted in a recent CBC News story, there are calls for a moratorium on 3Ps cod. Both FFAW and ASP are arguing that a recent assessment from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) indicated that the biomass index in 3Ps actually increased, and predicts further growth for the cod stock in 2021...

 

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Fish Board Pushes Meetings to Next Year Due to COVID Concerns

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch –

The Alaska  Board of Fisheries voted unanimously on Monday to not double up its meeting cycle to include two Alaska regions and instead advance them by one year.

The board regulates commercial, sport, subsistence and personal use fisheries in state waters, meaning out to three miles.

It would normally be wrapping up a roster this month that included 275 proposals for Southeast, Prince William Sound and statewide shellfish.  But the ongoing Covid pandemic curtailed those plans...

 

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Joella’s Hot Chicken Spices Up Seafood Lent Promotion Game With New Cod Menu Options

Joella’s Hot Chicken announced the return of its Crispy Cod Sammie and a new Crispy Cod Plate menu option. The Louisville-based fast casual restaurant said the new items will be available at all locations in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana.

The items feature North Atlantic Wild-Caught cod that is double beer-battered and fried starting on February 17 through April 4. The Crispy Cod Sammie and Plate can be prepared with any of Joella's six famous heat levels...

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Alaska Fish Radio: CodCoil Pots For Black Cod Can’t Keep Up With Demand

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch –

Lightweight, collapsible coiled pots are changing the game for Alaska black cod fishermen and in under two years, nearly 10,000 will soon be working the fishing grounds.

“I've had more than one fisherman tell me that for the first time in a long time they are excited about fishing black cod again.”

Pete Sawle runs Fish Tech, Inc. and sells the CodCoil pots invented by fellow fisherman and researcher Alexander Stubbs of San Francisco...

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Atlantic Groundfish Council Recommends Rollover of TAC for South Coast Cod

During the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s  annual Groundfish Advisory Council meeting on Wednesday, the recommendation was made to rollover the total allowable catch (TAC) for the 3Ps cod fishery. For 2020-2021 the TAC rollover amount is 2,691 mt. 

“This recommendation is consistent with the Atlantic Groundfish Council’s long-standing commitment to responsible decisions that respect science advice and help enable a sustainable fishery for generations to come,” Executive Director Kris Vascotto said in a statement. “In fact, all industry representatives...

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MSC Confirms Certification Status for Offshore, Inshore Norwegian Cod

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) confirmed that the Norwegian Offshore North East Arctic Cod was recertified on August 15 and the Inshore North East Arctic cod will no longer be MSC certified.

Previously, both the inshore and offshore stocks were certified by the MSC said that the fishery client, Norges Fiskarlag, only applied for recertification for offshore fishing.

The MSC noted the certification follows an objection process that ended last month after a thorough consultation between the fishery client (Norges Fiskarlag), the Conformity Assessment Body (CAB), DNV and the objector, WWF...

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Norway Seafood Import Value Jumps 21% in July 2021; Continues to Rise Above 2020 Totals

The Norwegian Seafood Council shared the notable 21% jump in seafood export value for the country in July 2021 when compared to a year ago. For the month, Norway exported NOK 9.5 billion (US$1.08 billion) NOK 1.6 billion above July 2020.

"Measured by value, this July is the best ever for Norwegian seafood exports. Salmon continues its growth trajectory from June, while we have also experienced a sharp increase in exports of snow crab and king crab," said Tom-Jørgen Gangsø, Director of...

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JAPAN: May Seafood Imports, Exports Up In Value, Down In Volume

According to the May customs statistics released by the Ministry of Finance on June 29, imports of marine products (including non-edibles) have picked up slightly even though they are less than last month. The value increased significantly as unit prices continued to rise. Suisan Keizai reports that due to rising international prices and the Japanese yen depreciation, procurement costs are likely to be high.

Imports in May were 177,551 tons; 120,246.02 million yen ($1,091.94 million), which is a decrease of 2.4% from...

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Alaska Fishing Updates for July 2021

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – 

July brings lots of fishing updates from Southeast Alaska to the Bering Sea.

The biggest fish story so far is at Bristol Bay where hauls of sockeye salmon neared two million fish on each of two days last week. The Bay’s red salmon catch so far is at nearly 12 million fish.

We’ll update more Alaska salmon catches tomorrow. 

In other fisheries: Catches for Dungeness crabbers in Southeast were going slow so far for 163 boats, but prices of $4.20 a pound are more than...

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Japan to Become One of Most Important Sale Markets for Russian Fishermen in Years to Come  

Japan may become one of the most important sale markets for Russian fishermen this year amid the ever growing supplies of fish and seafood from Russia to Japan this year.  

During the period of January-April 2021 the biggest growth of supplies was observed in the case of frozen fish, which deliveries grew by 3.2 times, up to 9,900 tonnes, and by 3.8 times to US$42 million in terms of value.  

The bulk of this volume...

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Iceland Seafood to Acquire 80% Stake in Spanish Salmon Processor Ahumados Dominguez

Iceland Seafood announced this week that they have signed a letter of intent with the shareholders of Spanish salmon processor Ahumados Dominguez to acquire an 80% stake in the company. The remaining 20% stake in Ahumados Dominguez will be held by Managing Director Pedro Mestanza, who will continue to lead the company post-acquisition.

Ahumados Dominguez is a retail-oriented company that is known for its premium brand smoked salmon. Iceland Seafood said in a press release that the acquisition will strengthen their position in...

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MSC Confirms Certification Status of Norwegian Cod and Haddock

A week after providing an update on the certification status of Norwegian cod and haddock, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) confirmed the status of both inshore and offshore North East Arctic cod and haddock.

The inshore and offshore North East Arctic cod catch will have MSC certification until further notice and for a maximum of six more months.

Meanwhile, Offshore North East Arctic haddock has a new MSC certification and the inshore catch is no longer certified, per a May 3 update from the MSC...

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Red Lobster Unveils New Monster Codzilla Sandwich

Red Lobster is adding a pair of sandwiches to its menu with the new Crispy Cod Sandwich, otherwise known as Codzilla, alongside its Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich, becoming the latest name to feature a chicken sandwich following the memorable Chicken Sandwich war of 2019.

The new Crispy Cod Sandwich features 6-8 ounces of hand-battered, wild-caught cod, fried until crisp, placed on a toasted buttery brioche bun with crunchy slaw and tartar sauce and served with a choice of side...

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Research Finds Climate Change Impacts Young Cod in Alaska

NOAA Fisheries highlighted a new study that indicates warming waters in Alaska are increasing the likelihood of prey mismatch and starvation for Pacific cod larvae.

The study was a collaboration between NOAA Fisheries scientists and partners to assess how temperatures impacted first feeding Pacific cod larvae in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska through 1998-2019.

“Warming can increase the metabolic demands of fish and shift the timing of their food production. So you have temperature unraveling the system, moving food around...

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ADF&G Commissioner Addresses Disaster Relief, Cook Inlet Closure, Large Salmon Forecast for 2021

Alaska's Governor Mike Dunleavy has received 11 requests for fisheries disaster declarations, said Doug Vincent-Lange, Alaska's Commissioner of Fish and Game, in an update at the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce's ComFish Expo. 

Noting the good news of over half of Alaska's population now vaccinated, and shots now available for anyone over 16, Vincent-Lange said, "I don’t see why you wouldn’t all be able to fish this year.”

However, the poor returns on salmon and lower abundance on crab and Pacific cod resulted in requests... 

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Norcod Lands New Cod Farm Site; Now Holds Annual Licenses for Over 10,000t

Norwegian cod farmer Norcod announced it has established a new farming site in the Meløy municipality in Nordland county.

The new site was described as an “important milestone” for the company that is eyeing year-round industrial-scale cod farming.

"The expansion in Meløy is a big step towards our 2025 production targets," said Norcod COO Rune Eriksen.

Eriksen explained that work with authorities including the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries, the county administration and the Norwegian Food Safety Authority, in securing the site and gaining the necessary...

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Bristol Seafood Launches Grab & Go Range of Retail Products

We’re living in a whole new world thanks to the coronavirus. While seafood used to primarily be consumed outside of the home, restaurant restrictions have resulted in people cooking more fish than ever before. And now Bristol Seafood is making it even easier to bring fresh seafood into the kitchen. The company announced that they’ve launched a new “Grab & Go” range of retail products.

“Today, seafood is the fastest-growing category in the American grocery store, and chilled Grab & Go appeals to younger shoppers, among other demographics...

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Alaska Fishing Updates For February 2021

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch. Lots of February fishing – and Frankenfish heads to markets.

Freezing February weather doesn’t keep Alaskans off the fishing grounds from Southeast to Norton Sound.

In the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska, boats are pulling in pollock, cod, flounders and other groundfish. 

Over three billion pounds of pollock will come out of the Bering Sea, another 250 million pounds from the Gulf.

Prince William Sound also has a winter pollock fishery underway that will produce nearly 5 million pounds...

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Imports of Pacific Cod, Atka Mackerel Increase from Russia, Habitat May Have Moved From Alaska

Importers of frozen cod and Atka mackerel are shifting from the United States, such as Alaska, to Russia. In addition to the low prices, Russian processors are expanding processing Atka mackerel for the Japanese market, and cod is likely to improve quality and increase volume due to changes in the fish habitat.

"Russia's Atka mackerel catch quota is about 20,000 tons. It was produced in the round for domestic consumption, exported to South Korea and China for processing...

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