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Jun 18 - Alaska Dungeness Crab Fetching Higher Prices


Jun 9 - 24 Million Pounds of Snow Crab Arrives in April and Disappears!


Jun 8 - Alaska Fishing Updates For June 2021


May 28 - ANALYSIS: Snow Crab Market Sees Pace of Price Slow; Demand Remains Active


May 24 - Russian Crab Group Delivers First Shipment to Spain, EU


May 24 - ANALYSIS: Spread Between King and Snow Crab Highest Ever


May 20 - CDFW Announces Crab Season Closure Due to Whales


May 12 - Gulf of St. Lawrence Announces More Grid Closures With 85% Snow Crab Quota Caught


May 6 - NOAA Launches New Tool to Reduce West Coast Whale Entanglement Risk


May 6 - Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quota 76% Caught Amid New Grid Closures


May 6 - Alaska Fishing Update For May 2021


May 4 - Whales' Presence Means California Crabbers Restricted to Shallow Water


May 3 - PODCAST: Snow Crab Update; Foley's Fish Acquisition; New Hires at Peter Pan, Cousins Maine Lobster


Apr 30 - Blue Star Foods Files for Listing on the Nasdaq Stock Market


Apr 30 - VIDEO: Snow Crab Closures; BlueNalu Seafood in Asia; Q1 Shrimp Landings; Surf’N Turf Sandwich


Apr 29 - ANALYSIS: Ramadan Brings New Supply Constraints to Crab Meat Market


Apr 27 - First Gulf of St. Lawrence Grid Closure Announced Less Than A Month After Start of Snow Crab Season


Apr 26 - Florida Stone Crab Season to Wrap Up on May 2


Apr 26 - ANALYSIS: Snow Crab Update; Pricing in Record Territory


Apr 26 - Snow Crab Update: Standing Fish Price Setting Panel Announces Reconsideration Decision


Apr 22 - FFAW Submits Price Reconsideration Request For Snow Crab


Apr 22 - Russian Crab Company Harvest Up 19% to Begin 2021


Apr 21 - Crabbers Pull Up Record Catches in the Gulf of Alaska


Apr 21 - WDFW Eases Dungeness Crab Rules as Domoic Acid Levels Drop in Washington


Apr 20 - ANALYSIS: Blue Swimming Crab Meat Prices Soar; Up 34 Percent from Beginning of the Year


Apr 14 - World Appetite for Snow Crab Outpaces Supply


Apr 13 - PODCAST: Area 12 Snow Crab Quota; Harmful Algae Blooms in Chile; Fire at FFAW Headquarters and More


Apr 12 - Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Urges Federal Officials For More H-2B Visas


Apr 8 - Premiumization of High Value Seafood


Apr 7 - Alaska Fishing Updates for April 2021


Apr 5 - California Coast Crab Association Raises Red Flags Over Latest 'Pop-up' Crab Gear Bill


Apr 5 - PODCAST: Shake-ups at Peter Pan Seafood; CARES Act Update; Snow Crab Quota and More


Apr 1 - 2021 NL Snow Crab Price Decision Made by Price Setting Panel


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


Mar 30 - Russia: Growing Threat of Monopolization of Domestic Crab Sector


Mar 30 - ANALYSIS: Supply Situation for Blue Swimming Crab Meat Market Remains Strained


Mar 29 - 2021 Snow Crab Quota for Newfoundland and Labrador Announced; Up 29% From 2020


Mar 22 - ANALYSIS: King Crab Pricing at All-time Highs


Mar 18 - Sysco Highlights “Sea-cuterie” Boards In New Brunch Toolkit


Mar 15 - Barents Sea May Become Center of Kamchatka Crab Catch in Russia in Years to Come


Mar 12 - VIDEO: American Rescue Plan; Seaspiracy Controversy; Crab at Retail; 7-Eleven Pollock Bites


Mar 8 - Crab Sales Continue Strong at Retail


Mar 8 - ANALYSIS: U.S. Snow Crab Buyers May Have Options To Feed Hungry Market


Feb 22 - ANALYSIS: Crab Meat Prices Continue to Rise Amid Low Inventories


Feb 19 - VIDEO: QSR & Fast Casual Seafood Offerings for Lent: White Castle, Bojangles, Quiznos and Popeyes


Feb 16 - White Castle Brings Back Crab Cake Sliders For Lent After Cutting it From Menu in 2020


Feb 8 - Seafood and Crab Sales Soar at Retail and Online


Feb 5 - Alaska Fishing Updates For February 2021


Feb 5 - Super Bowl Snack Ideas: The Best Seafood Appetizers To Eat During The Game


Feb 3 - Japan's 2020 Trade Performance: Significant Reduction in Export and Import Value


Feb 1 - PODCAST: Latest COVID News out of Alaska; Lawsuit Against Subway; CA Restaurants Reopening and More


Jan 26 - USCG Rescues Three from F/V Sunup After Collision with Humboldt Bay Jetty


Jan 25 - Wild Alaskan Company Introduces Red King Crab Special in 2021


Jan 21 - ANALYSIS: King Crab Market Firm as Demand Outweighs Supply


Jan 21 - USCG Warns Fishermen, Particularly Crabbers, About the Perils of Turning Off AIS


Jan 18 - Crabbers Face Potential February Season Opening in Washington if Domoic Clears


Jan 11 - Blue Star Foods Releases First GRI Sustainability Report


Jan 8 - 30 Alaska Communities Obtain 3% of Crab Quota Valued at $35 Million, Seven Vessels


Jan 8 - Russia Live Crab Exports Hit 28,481.1 M/T (62.789MM LBS)


Jan 8 - Washington Crab Season On Hold Beyond Jan. 15; Researchers Find Delays Force Fishing Changes


Jan 7 - Russian Presidential Administration May Consider RRPK’s Proposals About Reform of Domestic Fish


Jan 4 - Quinault Tribe Voluntarily Recalls Dungeness Crab Due to Domoic Acid


Dec 31 - The Top Stories of 2020: Check Out the Most Read Stories on SeafoodNews


Dec 30 - NOAA Releases Proposed Changes to Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan


Dec 28 - The Winding Glass: 2020 Part 1: The End of a Year of Turmoil, Loss, and Resilience


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Alaska Dungeness Crab Fetching Higher Prices

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

Prices for all crab continue to soar and that bodes well for Dungeness crab fisheries at Southeast Alaska and Kodiak, areas that last year saw big catches.

Kodiak’s fishery opened on May 1 and so far 68,358 pounds have been landed by just eight boats, compared to 29 last year. The Kodiak price this season was reported at $2.75 a pound for the crab that weigh just over two pounds on average. That compares to...

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24 Million Pounds of Snow Crab Arrives in April and Disappears!

The current U.S. economic recovery is unlike any in recent history, powered by consumers who have saved trillions of dollars during the pandemic. The ending of the pandemic with vaccine levels increasing is unleashing pent-up consumer demand from the pre-shutdown economy. 

According to U.S. Commerce Department data, spending at stores, restaurants, and online shopping portals increased in March 2021 to $620 billion and stayed at that level through April. These levels are $100 billion larger than the same period in 2019 when...

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ANALYSIS: Snow Crab Market Sees Pace of Price Slow; Demand Remains Active 

For the first time in four weeks, the Newfoundland and Gulf snow crab market did not adjust higher. All sizes held full steady across both locations. However, higher offers are still noted heading into the long weekend in the U.S. for Memorial Day.  

Overall supplies out of Canada remain tight when coupled with a still active demand for crab in the U.S. marketplace. Market participants report that both foodservice and retail have had active buyers throughout the season...

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ANALYSIS: Spread Between King and Snow Crab Highest Ever 

Both the Russian red king crab and Canadian snow crab markets are achieving all-time highs. 20-24 red king crab are 64 percent higher than the 3-year average, and 5-8s out of the Gulf are 69 percent higher than the 3-year average.  

However, the high price levels are not the only area seeing all-time highs. The spread between king crab and snow crab is also at all-time highs. The spread in 2021 is currently 22 percent higher than the same time last year in 2020...

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Gulf of St. Lawrence Announces More Grid Closures With 85% Snow Crab Quota Caught

Last week SeafoodNews reported on closures in the Gulf of St. Lawrence due to the presence of North Atlantic right whales. At the time 76% of the snow crab quota in the Gulf had been caught. Now, there’s additional grid closures due to whale sightings, with 85% of the quota caught.

As of May 9, the Department of Fisheries temporarily closed GX55 and permanently closed GY55 following a repeat detection of the endangered whales. On May 13 an additional nine grids will be temporarily closed...

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Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quota 76% Caught Amid New Grid Closures 

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has confirmed additional grid closures in the Gulf of St. Lawrence due to the presence of North Atlantic right whales. However, the news comes at a point when 76% of the snow crab quota in the Gulf has been caught.

According to the latest announcement, the following grids will be closed beginning at 5 p.m. on May 8: GW52, GW53, GW54, GX52, GX53, GX54, HB55, and HB56. In addition, a portion of the following grids will...

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Whales' Presence Means California Crabbers Restricted to Shallow Water

The whales are migrating back into California waters and that means Dungeness crab fishermen will have to move.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife completed the most recent marine life entanglement risk assessment under the Risk Assessment Mitigation Program. Recent survey data indicate humpback whales have begun to return from their winter breeding grounds to northern California fishing grounds. Humpback and blue whales also have been sighted further offshore in central California but primarily outside the fishing grounds.

As a result, CDFW Director ...

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Blue Star Foods Files for Listing on the Nasdaq Stock Market

Blue crab meat firm Blue Star Foods has formally applied to list its common shares on the Nasdaq Stock Market ("NASDAQ").

The company expects to satisfy all the listing requirements but said there is no assurance that it will be approved for the listing.

“We believe listing our common stock on the NASDAQ will improve liquidity, increase our corporate visibility in the financial markets, and create shareholder value,” said John Keeler, Chairman and CEO of Blue Star. “We believe that listing on the NASDAQ...

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ANALYSIS: Ramadan Brings New Supply Constraints to Crab Meat Market

The crab meat market continues to soar, but further supply constraints are on the horizon.

Currently the country of Indonesia is celebrating Ramadan, which began on April 12 and concludes May 12. On May 11, the Muslim community will celebrate the festival of Eid al-Fitr, which is also called the “Festival of Breaking the Fast.” This festival, which is typically celebrated for 1-3 days, ends the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting during the Ramadan observance. 

When it comes to crab meat production...

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Florida Stone Crab Season to Wrap Up on May 2

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced its recreational and commercial stone crab season will end in state and federal waters on May 2.

The final day of harvest will be May 1. The Commission noted that the closure date was adjusted last year as part of a suite of changes that were made in response to a long-term decline in harvest and because the stone crab fishery is likely undergoing overfishing.

The changes aim to boost the stone crab population and create resiliency in the fishery...

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Snow Crab Update: Standing Fish Price Setting Panel Announces Reconsideration Decision

The Standing Fish Price Setting Panel has made their decision on the snow crab price reconsideration request made by the Fish Food and Allied Workers (FFAW).

Earlier this month the panel had sided with FFAW’s proposed price of $5.73 a pound over the Association of Seafood Producers’ (ASP) proposed price of $5.35. Last week FFAW submitted a request to reopen talks with the Panel, but did not put forward a price. On Sunday a decision was made...

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Russian Crab Company Harvest Up 19% to Begin 2021

The Russian Crab Company released its operational results for the first quarter of 2021 and the company noted a 19% increase in crab catch volume compared to Q1 2020.

In all, the group harvested over 2.4 thousand tons of crab, with its share in the total volume of crab catch in the Far Eastern Basin reaching 21%.

The company said it harvested Opilio snow crab, Blue King crab, Golden King crab, and Horsehair crab in Primorskiy, West Kamchatka and West Bering Sea subzones of the northwestern part of the...

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WDFW Eases Dungeness Crab Rules as Domoic Acid Levels Drop in Washington

Dungeness crabbers and processors in Washington no longer have to eviscerate crab, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said earlier this month. Soon, crabbers will also have to get summer buoy tags to fish after May 1. Crabbers can also help with gear recovery after May 1.

"Due to low levels of domoic acid in recent crab samples taken from all coastal WA sample locations, WDFW is removing evisceration requirements for all areas," the agency said in a notice last week. "Hold inspection certificate numbers... 

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World Appetite for Snow Crab Outpaces Supply

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – The world can’t satisfy its appetite for snow crab.

“Insatiable” is the word being used to describe the demand for snow crab as pots are dropped in the world’s largest fishery at Eastern Canada.

Fishing got underway on April 5 in three main regions:   Newfoundland and Labrador, the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence, and the Maritime provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.

The combined Canadian catch for snow crab now  through September, most of which comes into the U.S...

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Urges Federal Officials For More H-2B Visas

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is urging federal officials to make more H-2B visas available to help Maryland’s $355 million seafood industry and supply chain.

Late last month, Hogan sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh to request a “long-term” and “permanent” solution to the labor issues that the state’s seafood industry faces every year.

“As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on countless industries across the country, including the seafood industry,” wrote Hogan...

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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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Alaska Fishing Updates For June 2021

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – There’s lots of fishing going on besides salmon.

Salmon fisheries are opening nearly every day across Alaska and as always, lots of other fishing are gearing up or ongoing.

Southeast Alaska’s Dungeness fishery opens June 15 and crabbers are hoping for another good season. Combined catches for last year’s summer and fall fisheries totaled nearly 6.7 million pounds, more than double the 10 year average, and just shy of the record 7.3 million pounds taken in 2002...

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Russian Crab Group Delivers First Shipment to Spain, EU

The Russian Crab Group of Companies completed its first crab delivery to the EU.

Its first batch of frozen King Crab sections for a seafood distributor, 02 Arctic Crab, hit Spain. In all, the total volume of delivery will be 32 tons.

“We work with raw materials directly from their origins, with products processed on board to guarantee the best freshness and quality. Russian Crab brand products are of high quality, good infill and excellent taste”, — said Javier Villar Van Reybroeck, commercial director of 02 Arctic Crab...

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CDFW Announces Crab Season Closure Due to Whales

The California crab season will close June 1 now that whales have moved into waters shared by the marine mammals and crabbers.

Recent survey data indicate an increase in humpback whales returning from their winter breeding grounds to California fishing grounds, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a press release. CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham assessed the entanglement risk under the Risk Assessment and Management Program and announced the closure of the commercial Dungeness crab fishery statewide beginning at noon on June 1.

“It has been a very difficult...

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NOAA Launches New Tool to Reduce West Coast Whale Entanglement Risk

By combining the latest ocean condition data and marine life on the west coast NOAA Fisheries scientists have created a new tool that aims to reduce the entanglement risk of whales on the west coast.

“Resource managers and stakeholders can refer to the page for the latest information like prey abundance or sea surface temperatures before considering a season delay or other management options,” said Jarrod Santora a research biologist at the NOAA Fisheries Southwest Fisheries Science Center who helped develop the new system, told NOAA...

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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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PODCAST: Snow Crab Update; Foley's Fish Acquisition; New Hires at Peter Pan, Cousins Maine Lobster

Join SeafoodNews Podcast hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they talk about the latest snow crab news. Plus, find out what's going on in the crab meat market; get the scoop on the acquisition of Foley's Fish; and learn about the newest executive appointments at Sysco, Cousins Maine Lobster and Peter Pan Seafood.

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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VIDEO: Snow Crab Closures; BlueNalu Seafood in Asia; Q1 Shrimp Landings; Surf’N Turf Sandwich

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they talk about the first grid closures in the Gulf of St. Lawrence less than a month into the snow crab season. Plus, learn about BlueNalu's MOU with Thai Union and Mitsubishi Corporation; Gulf of Mexico Q1 shrimp landings; and the mouthwatering new Surf'N Turf Sandwich at Nathan's Famous and SlapFish's flagship locations. 

This episode of the SeafoodNews Weekly Video is brought to you by Urner Barry Consulting...

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First Gulf of St. Lawrence Grid Closure Announced Less Than A Month After Start of Snow Crab Season 

The snow crab season in the Gulf of St. Lawrence kicked off earlier this month and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans already announced the first grid closure related to North Atlantic right whales. 

“Spotted: North Atlantic #RightWhales are officially back in Canadian waters,” the official DFO Twitter tweeted Monday. “Our 2021 fisheries measures are now in place to help protect these whales for the duration of their stay in Canada.”

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ANALYSIS: Snow Crab Update; Pricing in Record Territory

And we are off. 

Thursday, April 22, marks the first time in 2021 that Gulf of Saint Lawrence 5-8s were reinstated into the quotations. Within the last 10 years — outside of 2015 and 2019 when the previous season supply of 5-8s ran into the new season — 2021 is the earliest quotations have been reinstated for the Gulf. 

With the ice clear and the opening a bit earlier, Gulf snow crab has made its way into the U.S. market. In addition to...

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FFAW Submits Price Reconsideration Request For Snow Crab 

The Fish Food And Allied Workers (FFAW) announced on Wednesday that they submitted a reconsideration request for snow crab prices to the Standing Fish Price Setting Panel. 

As SeafoodNews previously reported in early April, the Standing Fish Price Setting Panel sided with FFAW’s proposed price of $5.73 a pound over the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) proposed price of $5.35 per pound. 

““The considerable increase from last year’s original price of $2.90, and the reconsidered price of $3.50, is a significant win...

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Crabbers Pull Up Record Catches in the Gulf of Alaska

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

Crabbers throughout the Gulf of Alaska are enjoying some great hauls, most recently for Tanners at Southeast Alaska.

The 11 day February fishery produced 1.26 million pounds, the fourth largest catch in the past 15 seasons for nearly 70 permit holders.  At an average price of $3.72 per pound, the fishery was valued at $4.2 million at the docks, the highest since 1999.

For golden king crab, which also opened in February, four out of seven fishing districts remain open...

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ANALYSIS: Blue Swimming Crab Meat Prices Soar; Up 34 Percent from Beginning of the Year 

The crab meat market has reached all-time highs, above levels seen in the late summer and early fall of 2017. Most market participants said it was just a matter of time—and it looks as though they were correct.  

The blue swimming crab meat market for colossal, jumbo lump, super lump, and lump have all achieved all-time highs this month. Meanwhile, the remainder of the grades, backfin, special, and claw continue to climb...

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PODCAST: Area 12 Snow Crab Quota; Harmful Algae Blooms in Chile; Fire at FFAW Headquarters and More

Join SeafoodNews Podcast co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they talk about the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence snow crab quota; the harmful algae blooms in Chile; and the fire at FFAW's headquarters. Plus, find out the latest going on in the shrimp and pangasius market; and much more.

This episode of the SeafoodNews Podcast was brought to you by the spring issue of Urner Barry's Reporter magazine. Volume 16, Number 2 is our second issue of 2021 and...

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Premiumization of High Value Seafood

There is a new word that is trending that appropriately describes king and snow crab today. It is “Premiumization”, or customers recognizing a higher value for a product and paying a higher price. Premium seafood like crab and lobster this past year were perceived as being affordable as compared to what one would have paid in a Seafood Restaurant.  Because of the Pandemic and so many restaurants closed, people learned how to cook and enjoy at home the seafood that they used to consume at restaurants.

The premiumization on high value items has...

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