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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


Sep 11 - Japan's Five Medium-Sized Bottom Longliners Retire From Fishing Inside Russian Waters


Aug 28 - Russia Posts 20% Decline of Crab Exports in First Half of Current Year


Aug 14 - Alaska Fishing Updates for August 2020


Aug 11 - OPINION: Adak: This is How Alaska Fishing Communities Die


Jul 31 - FFAW Calls for Meeting With DFO After Release of Northern Cod Harvesting Plan


Jul 30 - ANALYSIS: Cod Market Unsettled


Jul 29 - Russia May Face Significant Decline in Japanese Squid, Cod, and Pollock Catch Due to Poachers


Jul 28 - Call for Input on Relief Fund Payouts for GOA Cod, Chignik Salmon


Jul 24 - FFAW Calls on DFO to Release 2020 Harvest Plan for Northern Cod


Jul 6 - Alaska Fishing Updates for July 2020


Jun 25 - JAPAN: Black Cod Prices Fall Due to COVID-19 Pandemic


Jun 19 - Relief Funds for 2018 Gulf Cod Crash Delayed Slightly Due to COVID


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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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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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Cod Stocks Rebounding in the GOA, Still at Low Abundance

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

Cod stocks are rebounding in the Gulf of Alaska after bottoming out due to a multi-year heat wave that wiped out several year classes.

No fishery occurred this year in federally managed waters from three to 200 miles out, and a catch of less than six million pounds was allowed in state waters out to three miles.

For 2021, the federal cod catch will be just over 38 million pounds and nearly 11.7 million pounds for the state...

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Cod Comeback; Fishing Updates for Alaska

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch …Cod makes a comeback in the Gulf and fishing continues across the state.

Pacific cod appears to be making a comeback in the Gulf of Alaska after getting clobbered by a multi-year heat wave starting in 2014 that wiped out several year classes. That shut down the fishery this year in federal waters of the Gulf from three to 200 miles offshore. But P-cod is back on the fishing menu.

The North Pacific Council last week set a...

 

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

Over the weekend China's Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that they detected living novel coronavirus on the outer packaging of imported frozen cod. The alleged discovery was made in the eastern coastal city of Qingdao and marks the first time that the live new coronavirus has been isolated on the outer packaging of cold-chain food.  Authorities in China are now warning that contact with the outer packaging of frozen foods contaminated by the coronavirus can cause infection.

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Alaska Fishing Updates for September/October

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – As salmon season ends more fisheries get underway.

Salmon numbers continue to trickle in but the total catch won’t add up to much more than the 113 million fish taken so far. That’s about 85 percent of what state managers expected for the season.

Of that, over 45 million are sockeyes and 58 million are pinks. Landings of about two million cohos are the lowest since the mid-1970s and a 7.5 million chum salmon harvest is the weakest since 1979...

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Japan's Five Medium-Sized Bottom Longliners Retire From Fishing Inside Russian Waters

Nemuro City's six bottom longline vessels of 50 tons or more will retire because Pacific cod's catch allocation decreased significantly at the fishery negotiations for the coast of Japan and Russia held in December last year. The annual negotiation determines the conditions for fishing operations. The low catch quota for 2020 called for all six vessels to retire. Five of these vessels will be out of business due to Japan's international fishing vessel reduction project based on reorganizing the international fishery operations...

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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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Bristol Seafood Invests in Alaska Cod Capabilities

Bristol Seafood, the largest importer and processor of Norwegian line-caught haddock in the U.S., announced over the weekend that they have aligned with Bristol Bay Alaska Seafoods, owner of the Blue North, state of the art Alaska Cod harvester. The alignment means that Blue North will become the lead supplier of Alaska cod for Bristol Seafood.

“It’s a huge credit to the forward-thinking team at Bristol to see the value of using Alaska cod in their growing business,” Mike Burns, Chairman and co-founder of Blue North, said in a statement...

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Norwegian Cod Farmer Appoints New CEO, Chairman of the Board

Norcod, a Norway-based cod farmer announced the appointment of Christian Riber as new CEO. Marit Solberg will also become the new Chairman of the Board of Directors.

The new role for Riber will mean his departure of the Chairman of the Board and of his role as Commercial Director at Sirena Group. Solberg was previously a board members but ascends to the top of that group. Lastly, former CEO Hilde R. Storhaug continues at Norcod in a new position as CSO, Chief Sustainability Officer.

“I am happy to be trusted the job as new board chairman...

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

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

December 14th is the deadline for U.S. fishermen to apply for federal funds to take the sting out of market hits from the Trump Administration’s trade tariffs.

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture will distribute a total of $530 million to fishermen based on their catches in 2019 for 19 species under the new Seafood Trade Relief Program (STRP).  

For example, the U.S. pays a 38 percent tariff on seafood products going to China, previously Alaska’s biggest buyer...

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True North Seafood Partners With Ocean Wise Seafood Program

True North Seafood, the flagship brand of family owned Cooke Inc., announced that they have partnered with the Ocean Wise Seafood program. 

Ocean Wise works with restaurants, markets, food services and seafood suppliers to ensure that they have the most current scientific information regarding sustainable seafood, whether it be farmed or wild. The goal of the program is to help people make ocean-friendly buying decisions. 

True North’s wild caught bay scallops, sea scallops, sockeye salmon, pink salmon, chum salmon, coho salmon, Dungeness crab, Pacific cod, pollock and...

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

On Monday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a proposed rule to establish additional traceability recordkeeping requirements for certain foods. So, what exactly does this mean? We're breaking it down….

The proposed rule is actually titled "Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods," and is a key component of the FDA's New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint. If finalized the proposed rule would "standardize the data elements and information firms must establish and maintain, and the information they would need...

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