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Jan 21 - Department of Commerce Determines Several Alaska Salmon, Crab and Cod Fisheries are Disasters


Jan 19 - NSEDC Not Purchasing Crab in 2022 Winter Fishery In Effort to Preserve Red King Crab Stock


Jan 18 - Staple Brands Handy Seafood, OLD BAY Launch Crab Cake, Breaded Shrimp Products


Jan 17 - Russian Crab Catchers to Build New Refrigeration Facilities in Far East


Jan 17 - FISH FACTOR: Tanner Crab Prices; More BOF Juggles; Seafood Again Sets Sales Records; Fish Watch


Jan 10 - Fish Factor: Alaska Fishing; Halibut Watch; COVID Cans Ketchikan; Good Global Outlook


Jan 10 - ANALYSIS: November 2021 Crab Meat Imports Down From Last Month But Up YTD


Jan 7 - VIDEO: Alaska COVID Update; Fortune's Latest Acquisition; Oregon Dungeness Season; New GE Label


Jan 5 - Oregon Marks Strong Dungeness Season; Landings Already Surpass Last Year


Jan 3 - Russia Will Consider Suspension of Controversial Reform of Domestic Fish Sector


Dec 30 - The Top Stories of 2021: Check Out the Most Read Stories on SeafoodNews


Dec 30 - Port of San Francisco Celebrates Off-the-Boat Dungeness Crab Sales


Dec 28 - Alaska Fish Radio: AK Fish Catches, Revenues For 2020 Mostly Leave The State


Dec 28 - Washington Opens Area North of Klipsan Beach to State Crabbers in a Couple Weeks


Dec 27 - Russian Crab Producers Hope For Further Increase of Crab Exports to U.S. in Years to Come


Dec 23 - Russian Fish Market Faced With New Threat of Consolidation in 2023


Dec 23 - Alaska Fish Radio: Fishing Updates, December 2021


Dec 21 - REPORTER: 2021 Turns The Tables On National Seafood Month


Dec 21 - Blue Swimming Crab Meat Market Cools as Raw Material Pricing Rises Overseas


Dec 20 - The Winding Glass: 2021 Was Fantastic Year for Seafood as Disruption Played to Our Strengths


Dec 17 - Russian Fishermen Eye Increase of Shrimp Catch in Far East in Years to Come


Dec 16 - Crabber Gets a Lump of Coal, Er, Ticket, For Delivering Undersized Dungeness


Dec 16 - It's Full Steam Ahead for Dungeness Crabbing Off California...Soon


Dec 15 - China Adjusting Import, Export Tariffs For Seafood Items Ahead of Beijing Winter Olympics


Dec 15 - Export Prices for Russian Crabs Almost Doubled This Year as Demand Grows


Dec 13 - PODCAST: Ocean Shipping Reform Act; Trident's C/P Acquisition; Import Figures and More


Dec 10 - Whales Remain Persistent in California; One Zone Opens to Crabbing with a Depth Restriction


Dec 6 - PODCAST: New Bedford Scallops Hit High, Dungeness Crab Season Opens, and More


Dec 6 - King, Snow Crab Face Shortages and Size Limitations Moving Into 2022


Dec 6 - Register for the Upcoming Urner Barry Seafood Market Update Webinar on Crab and Groundfish


Dec 2 - Crabbers Crack Record Opening Prices for Dungeness as Season Opens on West Coast


Dec 1 - Russia Ready to Increase Crab Catch and its Exports Next Year


Nov 30 - UPDATED: Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team Meeting Postponed


Nov 29 - Domoic Acid in Razor Clams Prompts Concerns, Testing in Dungeness Crab; USCG Urges Safety


Nov 24 - NFI Crab Council Congratulates Sri Lankan Blue Swimming Crab FIP on Sustainability Award


Nov 24 - Blue Swimming Crab Meat Inventories Thin, Raw Material Pricing Full Steady to Firming Overseas


Nov 19 - Russian Rosryblovstvo Confirms Plans to Put Remaining 50% Crab Quotas For Auction


Nov 17 - Alaska Fish Radio: State’s Positions Raise Eyebrows at Bycatch Hearing


Nov 16 - JD.com Reports Record-Breaking Singles Day Sales


Nov 5 - Record King and Snow Crab Imports


Nov 3 - A Look at Seafood Items That Performed Well During National Seafood Month


Nov 1 - ANALYSIS: Port of L.A. Sees 20% Drop in Crab Meat Imports


Oct 25 - Prevalence of Whales Suggests San Francisco Crab Season Delay as Port Pushes Dock Sales


Oct 20 - Oregon Adopts Dungeness Crab Management Plan, First FMP on the West Coast


Oct 15 - Fishing Updates, October 2021 – Dungies Now AK’s Largest Crab Fishery


Oct 15 - California Shows Overwhelming Support for Change in Dungeness Crab/Domoic Acid Rules


Oct 12 - Crab Closures, Cutbacks in Bering Sea


Oct 11 - Bering Sea Snow Crab Harvest Cut by Almost 90% After Population Takes Major Dip


Oct 7 - The Russian Red King Crab Season Began September 1 in Both the Barents Sea and Russian Far East


Oct 5 - Alaska’s Crabbers Urge NPFMC to Act Immediately to Protect Bering Sea Crab Stocks


Sep 15 - Tanner Crab Coming on Strong in the GOA, 2022 Fishery Looks Likely in Several Regions


Sep 14 - Crisis in the North Pacific: Bering Sea Snow Crab Stocks Fall Sharp and Fast


Sep 13 - Fish Factor: Bering Sea Crab Stocks Take Substantial Dip


Sep 7 - Alaska Red King Crab Season Closed & Russian Red King Quota Reduced


Sep 7 - Bristol Bay Red King Crab Season Closes For First Time in 25 Years


Aug 19 - ODFW Releases Whale Entanglement Conservation Plan for Crab Fishery


Aug 11 - New Grant to OSU Aims to Decrease Injuries to Dungeness Crab Fishermen


Aug 9 - Record King and Snow Crab Imports - What Crab Supplies Remain for the Year?


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


Jul 21 - Russian Crab Company Reaches 57% of 2021 Quota in First Six Months


Jul 21 - Vietnam COVID-19 Spike Hits Seafood Processors, Causes Problems at Ports


Jul 21 - Alaska Crab Shells Make Yarns and Fibers Bio-Friendly


Jul 20 - NFI Red Crab Council Renew Contract to Keep China Red Crab FIP Intact


Jul 19 - ANALYSIS: Crab Meat Continues its Climb


Jul 19 - Russia Considers Auctioning 50% of Remaining Crab Quotas


Jul 16 - VIDEO: King Crab Prices Up; EO Promotes Competition; Atlantic Sapphire Mortality; And More


Jul 12 - ANALYSIS: The Climb Continues for King Crab, Snow Crab Prices


Jul 6 - King and Snow Crab Demand in 2021 is Inelastic!


Jul 6 - Alaska Fishing Updates for July 2021


Jul 2 - Market Trends to Watch Ahead of Independence Day


Jul 1 - Russia May Face Decline of Crab Catch This Year


Jun 22 - State Shutdown Threatens Alaska Salmon, Crab Fisheries


Jun 18 - Alaska Dungeness Crab Fetching Higher Prices


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Department of Commerce Determines Several Alaska Salmon, Crab and Cod Fisheries are Disasters

Tanner crab, Pacific cod and multiple salmon fisheries are certified disasters, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo said today her determination was made at the request of the governor of Alaska. The disasters occurred from 2018 to 2021.

“Helping communities to bounce back from the impacts of fishery disasters is essential, and we are working to ensure there is relief coming for impacted Alaskans,” Raimondo said in a press release...

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NSEDC Not Purchasing Crab in 2022 Winter Fishery In Effort to Preserve Red King Crab Stock

Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation (NSEDC) announced last week that they will not be purchasing red king crab from the 2022 winter fishery in an effort to preserve the stock on the Norton Sound.

“The results from the 2021 Norton Sound Alaska Department of Fish and Game trawl survey show an increasing number of crab growing to legal size (measuring 4 ¾” or greater across the carapace) for commercial harvest, which is encouraging,” a press release from NSEDC reads...

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Russian Crab Catchers to Build New Refrigeration Facilities in Far East  

The Russian Federal Agency for Fishery (Rosrybolovstvo) plans to oblige domestic crab producers to invest in the construction of new refrigeration facilities in the country, which should solve the problem of their shortage in the Far East.   

The second stage of crab auctions in Russia is scheduled for 2023 and will involve distribution of 50% of crab quotas, which will be divided into 35 lots. According to initial plans, all the auction winners would be required to invest in the construction of...

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Fish Factor: Alaska Fishing; Halibut Watch; COVID Cans Ketchikan; Good Global Outlook

Wow, there is a lot of fishing going on across Alaska!

Salmon is the heart of Alaska’s seafood industry but winter is when the fishing action really begins.

Hundreds of boats are out on the water on the first day of each new year, beginning a predictable rhythm for the seafood industry as millions of pounds of fish begin to cross the docks around the clock at Alaska’s working waterfronts. Here’s a sampler:

Starting January 1 boats drop pots and baited lines for cod...

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VIDEO: Alaska COVID Update; Fortune's Latest Acquisition; Oregon Dungeness Season; New GE Label

Join SeafoodNews Video co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione for the first weekly video recap of the year! This week we talk about the latest COVID updates out of Alaska; Fortune's acquisition of Ocean Harvest Wholesale; the Oregon Dungeness crab season; and the USDA's GE labeling rule.

This episode of the SeafoodNews Weekly Video is brought to you by the winter 2022 issue of Urner Barry’s Reporter magazine. The new issue is filled with can’t miss content regarding rising prices adding more pressure to markets...

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Russia Will Consider Suspension of Controversial Reform of Domestic Fish Sector

Russia will consider suspension of the controversial reform of the domestic fish sector, which was proposed by the Ministry of Agriculture due to its opposition by some senior officials in the national government and the local anti-trust regulator – the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS).

The reform suggests distributing 20% of the total allowable catch of pollock and herring in the Far East in 2023 in exchange for investments (for building of fishing vessels and processing complexes), as well as placement at auctions of up...

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Port of San Francisco Celebrates Off-the-Boat Dungeness Crab Sales

The Dungeness crab season is finally starting in the Zone off of San Francisco and some boats are celebrating by selling crab directly to the public today.

"Fisherman’s Wharf will begin today with the start of the commercial crab season," the Port of San Francisco said in a press release. Off-the-boat crab sales will begin at 3 p.m. at Pier 47; these direct sales were authorized for a one-year pilot program by the San Francisco Port Commission...

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Washington Opens Area North of Klipsan Beach to State Crabbers in a Couple Weeks

One of Washington's last coastal areas closed to non-tribal crabbers will open for commercial Dungeness crabbing in January.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife sent details late last week to crabbers and processors that the area north of Klipsan Beach on the southern Washington Coast will open on Jan. 11, 2022, and that the agency will delay the mandatory use of electronic fish receiving tickets until further notice.

WDFW and Quinault Indian Nation managers reviewed catch data from the first 31 days of the Quinault ...

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Russian Fish Market Faced With New Threat of Consolidation in 2023 

The Russian fish market will face a new threat of consolidation due to the forthcoming allocation of investment quotas. This will lead to the withdrawal of small and medium-sized enterprises from the market, as well as large players gaining a control over their quotas.

The second stage of investment quotas program in Russia is scheduled for 2023 and will lead to a distribution of 20% of the total allowable catch (TAC) of pollock and herring in the Far East, 50% of crab catch quotas and 100% of shellfish...

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REPORTER: 2021 Turns The Tables On National Seafood Month

This article was originally featured in the Winter 2022 Edition of Urner Barry's Reporter magazine.

Usually, the line around the industry goes, “October is National Seafood Month for a reason.” Historically, seafood items trend lower as the weather cools and holiday season begins. But things are different in 2021.

Many seafood products trended up in October, with some hitting all-time highs in the process. Nearly all items which experienced upward pricing pressure during the month felt the impacts of rising shipping costs, lack of container availability, and the litany of logistical headaches the seafood industry has been facing.

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The Winding Glass:  2021 Was Fantastic Year for Seafood as Disruption Played to Our Strengths

This is the first part of a two-part end of year review. Today we will focus on the fantastic year most in the Seafood industry have had, despite the turmoil and disruption of the pandemic. 

The second part will look at how the factors that helped us in 2021 may play out in 2022 and what we think may be different.

First, some numbers. When I went to analyze what happened with the U.S. seafood supply in 2021, I was blown away by our success...

 

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Crabber Gets a Lump of Coal, Er, Ticket, For Delivering Undersized Dungeness

While many Dungeness crabbers are enjoying a season that opened before Christmas for the first time in years, one vessel captain could spend a bunch of his pre-holiday paycheck on restitution for delivering "short" or undersized crab.

On Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist was sampling commercially caught Dungeness crab at a seafood processor in Warrenton, Ore., when the biologist noticed numerous undersized crabs from one boat, according to an Oregon State Police ...

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China Adjusting Import, Export Tariffs For Seafood Items Ahead of Beijing Winter Olympics

China’s Ministry of Finance revealed this week that beginning January 1, 2022 they will be adjusting import and export tariffs of certain commodities. 

The Office of the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council said that the temporary adjustment of import tariffs is to “meet the needs of the people for a better life, conform to the consumption upgrade trend, and create a strong atmosphere for the Beijing Winter Olympics.” 

The Beijing Winter Olympics are set to begin on February 4 and run through February 20...

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PODCAST: Ocean Shipping Reform Act; Trident's C/P Acquisition; Import Figures and More

This week on the SeafoodNews Podcast...find out the latest import figures for king crab and shrimp. Plus, learn about the Ocean Shipping Reform Act and Trident's acquisition of 300-foot catcher/processor Starbound from Aleutian Spray Fisheries.

This episode of the SeafoodNews Podcast is brought to you by Urner Barry's COMTELL. Urner Barry recently launched a brand new quotation series on Peruvian scallops that can be accessed through COMTELL. The addition of this quotation series further expands...

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PODCAST: New Bedford Scallops Hit High, Dungeness Crab Season Opens, and More

This week SeafoodNews Podcast co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione talk about New Bedford scallops hitting a new record; the Dungeness crab season opening on the west coast; and more.

This episode of the SeafoodNews Podcast is brought to you by Urner Barry's upcoming seafood market update webinar on crab and groundfish. Join Urner Barry on Tuesday, December 7 at 11:00 AM EST for an update on the volatility of the crab and groundfish markets featuring Urner Barry market reporters Janice Schreiber and Lorin Castiglione, as well as special guest Michael Kotok from Arctic Fisheries. In this webinar, host Amanda will lead the discussion on the continued impact of COVID-19 on the seafood markets through supply situations, labor shortages, the continued high costs for transportation, and the price reaction from the holiday season. Click here to register.

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Register for the Upcoming Urner Barry Seafood Market Update Webinar on Crab and Groundfish

Join Urner Barry on Tuesday, December 7 at 11:00 AM EST for an update on the volatility of the crab and groundfish markets featuring Urner Barry market reporters Lorin Castiglione and Janice Schreiber, as well as special guest Michael Kotok from Arctic Fisheries.

In this webinar, host Amanda Buckle will speak with our panelists to discuss the continued impact of COVID-19 on the seafood markets through supply situations, labor shortages, the continued high costs for transportation, and the price reaction from the holiday season.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join this exciting event LIVE.

Click here to register.

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Staple Brands Handy Seafood, OLD BAY Launch Crab Cake, Breaded Shrimp Products

Handy Seafood, the oldest seafood processor in North America and OLD BAY have teamed up to create new frozen seafood grocery options including crab cakes and breaded shrimp.

The two staple brands in the U.S. debuted the Handy Seafood’s OLD BAY® Crab Cake and Handy Seafood’s OLD BAY® Breaded Shrimp on January 18.

The new crab cake product features wild-caught blue swimming crab from fresh crabs and OLD BAY seasoning that adds a rich, time-honored Maryland style flavor to these hand-crafted cakes....

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FISH FACTOR: Tanner Crab Prices; More BOF Juggles; Seafood Again Sets Sales Records; Fish Watch

$8.10 per pound!

That’s the jaw-dropping advance price being paid to Kodiak fishermen for Tanner crab in the fishery that opened on January 15.

High crab prices have led all other seafoods during the Covid pandemic as buyers grab all they can to fill demand at buffet tables, restaurants and retail counters around the world.

“Our strategy was to get a price before the season even started. It's simply bad business to go fishing without a price,” said Peter Longrich, secretary of...

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ANALYSIS: November 2021 Crab Meat Imports Down From Last Month But Up YTD

November crab meat imports reveal a 20.5 percent increase year-to-date. Although November monthly imports are down 19.8 percent compared to October 2021, comparing November 2021 to November 2020, imports are up 21.7 percent.

Below is a cyclical look of imports by month. November 2021 remains much higher than the 3-year average, up almost 11 percent.  

Currently the market looks to be about steady to barely steady on blue swimming crab meat. A few lower offers...

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Oregon Marks Strong Dungeness Season; Landings Already Surpass Last Year

Despite some rough weather and worker shortages along the coast slowing down the Dungeness crab season around the holidays, the 2021-2022 season has already surpassed the previous season in landings and ex-vessel value.

As of Jan. 4, the Oregon Dungeness crab fleet has landed 12.8 million pounds of crab after the season started on time, on Dec. 1, 2021.

“We’re so glad to see the fishermen all getting a safe start and a chance this year to have Oregon Dungeness crab for the holidays,” ODCC Executive ...

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The Top Stories of 2021: Check Out the Most Read Stories on SeafoodNews

As 2021 comes to a close, SeafoodNews is looking back at our top read stories of the year...

A Rough Start in Alaska

For the past few months we’ve been adjusting to the “new normal.” But when 2021 began we were still deep in the chaos of COVID-19. The new year kicked off with multiple processing plants having to shut down their operations because of COVID-19 outbreaks. Trident Seafoods’ plant in Akutan had a month-long closure after...

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Alaska Fish Radio: AK Fish Catches, Revenues For 2020 Mostly Leave The State

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Most of the fish and the values of Alaska’s catches go out of state.

As Alaska struggles to find new sources of revenue, its leaders might look to reining in the losses from fish and crab that go elsewhere.             

Data compiled each year by NOAA research economists at the Seattle-based Alaska Fisheries Science Center provide a breakdown of the shares of all groundfish ex-vessel values, meaning dock side, by boat owners’ state of residency...

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Russian Crab Producers Hope For Further Increase of Crab Exports to U.S. in Years to Come

Exports of Russian crabs are steadily growing due to the existing high demand from major importers and a sharp jump in prices, which is associated with the start of supplies of the most valuable species – the Kamchatka (king) crab. 

The Kamchatka crab fishing season begins in the Russian Northern Basin from August 15, while in the Far East - from September 1.  

In 2021 the price for finished products, such as frozen-cooked crab, also grew. This forced many companies that...

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Alaska Fish Radio: Fishing Updates, December 2021

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

Holidays aside, Alaska fishing stakeholders are gearing up for the start of some of the state’s biggest fisheries and fish meetings.

Starting January 1, boats will drop pots and lines for cod and other groundfish in the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea.

Trawling for pollock, the nation’s largest food fishery, begins on January 20.

A pollock fishery also opens that day in Prince William Sound. Fish and Game also is seeking trawlers for a pollock test fishery in the Sound to offset...

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Blue Swimming Crab Meat Market Cools as Raw Material Pricing Rises Overseas

The pasteurized blue swimming crab meat market has started to see some of the smaller grades adjust lower at the end of last week. Overall, we are starting to see an end to suppliers placing customers on allocation and offers are starting to increase. Demand ranges fair to moderate with still pockets of active demand reported. However, inventories appear to be increasing as the market heads into a slower demand period post-Christmas. The highest demand period is typically during the summer in the Mid-Atlantic region...

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Russian Fishermen Eye Increase of Shrimp Catch in Far East in Years to Come 

Leading Russian fishermen have called on the national government to expand the list of investment quotas distributed among domestic producers with Far Eastern shrimps, as well as to speed up new auctions for crab quotas.  

The latest proposals were sent to the Russian Minister of Agriculture Dmitry Patrushev by representatives of the Russian Association of Fishing Fleet Shipowners (ASRF), which unites some leading domestic fish producers and processors, such as RRPK 

According to the Russian Kommersant business paper...

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It's Full Steam Ahead for Dungeness Crabbing Off California...Soon

Another week and another round of data review means Dungeness crabbers will soon be able to set gear in Zone 3, around San Francisco, and the 40-fathom depth restriction will be lifted in Zone 4. Whales are starting to move on for the winter.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Charlton Bonham reviewed CDFW preliminary recommendations, the California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group recommendations and all available data before announcing Wednesday that both areas will fully open by the end of the...

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Export Prices for Russian Crabs Almost Doubled This Year as Demand Grows  

Export prices for Russian crabs almost doubled this year as the demand for them is steadily growing in some key sale markets. 

According to data of the Russian RBC business paper, in October export prices for Russian crabs grew sharply and reached US$58 per 1 kg.

Crabs traditionally rise in price during autumn compared to the summer months, but over the past three years prices have never reached such a high level. In October 2020, 1 kg of crab supplied from Russia cost...

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Whales Remain Persistent in California; One Zone Opens to Crabbing with a Depth Restriction

Humpback whales appear to like the Central California area, the Farallon Islands in particular. They're sticking around, leaving some crabbers tied to the dock until mid-December at the earliest.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife staff proposal earlier this week recommended opening Zone 4, from Pigeon Point to Lopez Point, to crabbing shallower than 40 fathoms and leaving Zone 3, from the Sonoma/Mendocino county line to Pigeon Point, closed. The Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group ...

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King, Snow Crab Face Shortages and Size Limitations Moving Into 2022

On November 23rd, the Commerce Department reported that, adjusted for inflation, consumer spending in October rose 0.7% from September which is a 6.6% increase from prior year. Two major banks and credit card providers' data show that spending has continued strong in November.  Retail executives confirm this and there is the expectation that consumers will spend a lot more this holiday season than last year. E- commerce sales in the third quarter were up 6.6% from a year earlier, but people have been...

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