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Jun 13 - Hokkaido FY2022 Scallop Landing Projection 296,000 Tons, Down 12%


Jun 3 - ANALYSIS: Scallop Supply Shows Improvement; Select Sizes, Origins Adjust


Jun 3 - Japan’s April Exports: Frozen Scallops to China Up 90%, Frozen Yellowtail to the U.S. Up 80%


May 26 - NOAA Announces Closure of Northern Gulf of Maine Scallop Management Area


May 17 - These Are The Top 10 Seafood Items Consumed In The U.S. For 2020


May 12 - JAPAN: Frozen Scallop Exports to China Spike By 80%, Frozen Yellowtail Fillets to U.S. Increases


Apr 4 - ANALYSIS: 2022 Scallop Season Expectations


Mar 30 - NOAA Fisheries Confirms Final Management Measures for 2022 Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishing Year


Mar 29 - Zhangzidao to Welcome a New Main Shareholder After Share Auction


Mar 22 - Japan: Bid Price for Whole Scallops Rise in Hokkaido Led by Chinese Demand


Mar 10 - Japan’s January Imports Up 34.8% In Value, Only 2.4% In Volume


Mar 10 - Man Pleads Guilty for Murder Aboard Commercial Scallop Vessel Off Massachusetts Coast


Mar 9 - Bid Price for Whole Scallops Rise in Hokkaido Led by Chinese Demand


Mar 9 - The Plant Based Seafood Co. Wins NEXTY Award For Their Mind Blown Dusted Scallops


Mar 3 - New Costco Product Alert: Harvest of the Sea’s Seafood Medley


Mar 2 - Zhangzidao Seeing Changes to Board Members


Feb 22 - Japan’s 2021 Scallop Exports Record 95,000 Tons, 90% for China


Feb 16 - NOAA Announces Proposed Management Measures For Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery for 2022 FY


Feb 4 - Japan: 2021 Exports Double in Frozen Scallops, Frozen Yellowtail Up 60%


Feb 4 - US, EU to Resume Trade of Bivalve Shellfish After 10-Year Stoppage


Feb 3 - Numerous Russian Crab and Seafood Producers on Brink of Bankruptcy


Jan 24 - JAPAN: Scallop Landing Forecast 289,500 Tons for the New Season, 13% Down From a Year Ago


Jan 14 - Atlantic Sea Scallop Group Pushes BOEM to Create Plan for Fisheries and Wind to Prosper


Jan 4 - Japan’s November Exports Fall 11% In Volume, Up 26% In Value


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


Dec 23 - BASE Seafood Auction Reports New Record for U12 Channel Scallops


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


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


Dec 16 - Scallop Prices Continue to Break Records in New Bedford


Dec 15 - NEFMC Agrees to 2022 Atlantic Scallop Fishing Year Framework with Lower Landings Expected


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


Dec 3 - JAPAN: October Seafood Exports Doubled In Frozen Yellowtail for the U.S.


Nov 4 - Japan’s September Exports: Scallops to China Doubled, Frozen Yellowtail Fall 20%


Oct 19 - Private Equity Firm Announces New Seafood Platform After Trio of Acquisitions


Jul 27 - Fishermen Push BOEM for Changes to New York Bight Wind Lease Areas


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


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Hokkaido FY2022 Scallop Landing Projection 296,000 Tons, Down 12%

Scallop dredge fishing along the Okhotsk coast, Hokkaido, started in May. The landing plan for FY2022 (April 2022 to March 2023) is 296,030 tons, a decrease of 12% from the previous year's results. In the previous year, the growth of shellfish was good, and wild shellfish increased in some areas, setting a new record, Minato Shimbun reported.

The Sarufutsu Village Fisheries Cooperative started a full-scale operation on May 1. In the main operating area 1 (north side) in the first half of the month (May 1-15)...

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ANALYSIS: Scallop Supply Shows Improvement; Select Sizes, Origins Adjust

Year-to-date scallop imports for the first three months of the year report the highest volume on record since 2014. The first quarter of 2022 brought in 20.8 million pounds of scallops, a 43.4 percent increase compared to 2021 and a 116.8 percent increase when compared to 2020.

Most notable is the shift in origin of the leading supplier of scallops. Typically, China exports the most volume to the U.S., however, Japan has imported 7.6 million pounds, or 35 percent of...

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NOAA Announces Closure of Northern Gulf of Maine Scallop Management Area

The Northern Gulf of Maine Scallop Management Area is closed to all federally permitted limited access general category scallop vessels beginning Thursday, May 26. 

NOAA confirmed the closure earlier this week, explaining that scallop regulations require that the agency close this area once they project that 100% of the 2022 default total allowable catch for the area has been taken. This means that no scallop vessels fishing under scallop regulations may fish for, possess, or land scallops in or from the...

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JAPAN: Frozen Scallop Exports to China Spike By 80%, Frozen Yellowtail Fillets to U.S. Increases

According to the trade statistics released by the Ministry of Finance, the volume of marine products exports (fish and shellfish and their preparations and fish meal) in March decreased by 17% from the same month of the previous year to 58,093 tons. The value increased by 9% to 25,634 million yen ($196.87 million). Both frozen scallops and yellowtail fillets exceeded the same month last year, Minato Shimbun reported.

The volume of frozen scallops combined with adductor muscles and shell-on for China...

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NOAA Fisheries Confirms Final Management Measures for 2022 Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishing Year

It’s official. NOAA Fisheries has approved Atlantic sea scallop fishing management measures in Framework 34 which will go into effect at the start of the season on April 1, 2022 and run through March 31, 2023.

In 2022, the Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC) of the fishery will sit at 56.7 million pounds (25,724 mt) and 51.1 million pounds (23,200 mt) for the 2023 FY, per the Final Rule posted in the Federal Register. In 2021, the ABC of the fishery was set at 67.3 million lb (30,517...

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Japan: Bid Price for Whole Scallops Rise in Hokkaido Led by Chinese Demand

The bid price for scallops for processing is rising from the JF Iburi Funka Bay Fisheries Cooperative in the Iburi area of ​​Hokkaido. The active Chinese demand for frozen whole scallops is driving the price, reported Suisan Keizai.

According to the fishery cooperative, the bid price on February 15 for 110 tons listed from the four districts under the cooperative management was JPY 259-273/kg ($2.23-2.35/kg). The median price was 260 yen/kg ($2.24/kg). Until the beginning of...

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Man Pleads Guilty for Murder Aboard Commercial Scallop Vessel Off Massachusetts Coast

A man pleaded guilty in federal court on March 9 in connection to the murder aboard a scallop vessel off the coast of Massachusetts in 2018.

Franklin Freddy Meave Vazquez, 31, a Mexican National, pleaded guilty to one count of murder in the second degree, one count of attempted murder, and one count of assault with a dangerous weapon. U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs scheduled sentencing for June 28, 2022. Meave Vazquez was indicted in November 2018.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) shared...

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The Plant Based Seafood Co. Wins NEXTY Award For Their Mind Blown Dusted Scallops

And the NEXTY Award goes to….

Congratulations are in order for The Plant Based Seafood Co., which was named one of the winners of the New Hope Network Expo West NEXT Awards.

As SeafoodNews reported late last month, a handful of seafood companies and some alternative companies were nominated for a NEXTY Award. The awards were created to recognize the “most progressive, impactful and trustworthy products in the natural products industry.” Of all the products and companies nominated, The Plant Based Seafood Co. was named...

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Zhangzidao Seeing Changes to Board Members

Zhangzidao hit headlines again recently with an announcement released on February 23. The announcement revealed that large quantities of the company’s shares will be auctioned because its main shareholders have failed to pay off debts. This sale is said to happen for surea and is believed to change its ownership.

The announcement reads that this auction is to occur from March 25 to 26 during which 0.109-billion shares are to be auctioned off. There have been some signs before this breaking news. For example, another announcement from the company on February 18 said...

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NOAA Announces Proposed Management Measures For Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery for 2022 FY

NOAA Fisheries announced the proposed management measures for the Atlantic sea scallop fishery for the 2022 fishing year (FY).

According to the Framework Adjustment 34 proposed rule in the Federal Register, the New England Fishery Management Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) recommend a scallop fishery Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC) of 56.7 million lbs. (25,724 mt) for 2022 and 51.1 million lbs. (23,200 mt) for the 2023 FY. 

Framework 34 would implement specifications that would result in projected landings of 34 million lbs...

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US, EU to Resume Trade of Bivalve Shellfish After 10-Year Stoppage

The United States and the European Union (EU) have agreed to resume trade in bivalve molluscan shellfish, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced on February 4.

The deal means that for the first time since 2011, U.S. producers, starting in Massachusetts and Washington will be eligible to export live, raw and processed bivalve molluscan shellfish to the EU, including oysters, clams, mussels, and whole or roe-on scallops. EU producers in Spain and the Netherlands will be eligible to export the same products to the US...

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JAPAN: Scallop Landing Forecast 289,500 Tons for the New Season, 13% Down from A year Ago

The landing of Okhotsk scallops in the new season, which will start in March this year, is expected to be a little over 10% lower than last year, which was the highest ever.

According to an interview conducted by the Suisan Keizai Shimbun, a Japanese fishery newspaper, from the end of last year to the beginning of the year, the total volume of the current landing prospects (including older scallop capture during fishing ground preparation to remove the predator starfish and excluding...

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Japan’s November Exports Fall 11% In Volume, Up 26% In Value

According to trade statistics released by the Ministry of Finance, the volume of marine products exports (fish and shellfish and their preparations, and fish meal) in November decreased by 11% from the same month of the previous year to 39,375 tons. The value increased by 26% to 25,176 million yen ($217.46 million). The volume of frozen scallops and yellowtail fillets was lower than the same month of the previous year, but the value was higher, reported Minato Shimbun.

The volume of frozen scallops...

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BASE Seafood Auction Reports New Record for U12 Channel Scallops

Captain Eddie Dellecese and the crew of the F/V Blue Wave will be celebrating a VERY Merry Christmas this year. The Buyers and Sellers Exchange (BASE) Seafood Auction announced on Wednesday that they set a new scallop price record for U12 Channel product… a whopping $39.75 per pound.

Scallop price records have been broken left and right in the past month. On November 11 the F/V Capt John set a record price for U12 Channel scallops at $34.90 per pound...

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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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NEFMC Agrees to 2022 Atlantic Scallop Fishing Year Framework with Lower Landings Expected

The New England Fishery Management Council signed off on final measures to the 2022 Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan during its December meeting.

The measures are being sent to NOAA for review and implementation, with a targeted implementation date set for April 1, 2022, the first day of the new scallop fishing year.

The landings under the NEFMC’s Framework Adjustment 34 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan are down from 2021, expected to reach just 34 million pounds...

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Japan’s April Exports: Frozen Scallops to China Up 90%, Frozen Yellowtail to the U.S. Up 80%

According to the trade statistics released by the Ministry of Finance, the volume of marine product exports (preliminary figures, fish and shellfish, their preparations, and fish meal) in April was 82,077 tons, which was about the same as the same month of the previous year. The value increased by 29% to 33,516 million yen ($258.39 million). Frozen scallops and yellowtail fillets both exceeded the same month last year. Minato Shimbun reported that the total volume was about the...

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These Are The Top 10 Seafood Items Consumed In The U.S. For 2020

Seafood consumption figures are in for 2020, revealing how the pandemic helped - and hurt - the industry.

When the coronavirus began spreading in the U.S. in early 2020, the government took extreme lockdown measures, shutting down all non-essential businesses. While restaurants were allowed to remain open, their dining rooms were closed. This was a major blow to the seafood industry, where fish and shellfish thrived at dine-in. However, retail seafood purchases did increase with many people using the lockdown to learn how to...

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ANALYSIS: 2022 Scallop Season Expectations

April 1, 2022 marks the opening of the 2022/2023 Atlantic sea scallop fishery that operates along the Atlantic coast from the Mid-Atlantic region, up to the U.S.-Canadian border. Framework Adjustment 34, which namely projects 34 million pounds of Atlantic sea scallops to be landed this season, was approved by New England Fishery Management Council back in December, and passed along to NOAA for final approval and implementation. On March 30, 2022 NOAA published the final rule to the Federal Register, taking effect on...

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Zhangzidao to Welcome a New Main Shareholder After Share Auction

Recently 0.11-billion shares of Zhangzidao have been auctioned off at 0.343 billion yuan, according to Xdkb.net. If the transaction is completed successfully, the company is going to have Dalian Salt Chemical Group (DSCG) as its new and largest shareholder. Shortly after the news, its share price increased by its daily limit to 4.58 yuan per share on March 28.

The stock market seems confident about Zhangzidao’s prospect after this shareholder replacement, but this kind of optimism is not that common...

 

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Japan’s January Imports Up 34.8% In Value, Only 2.4% In Volume

According to the January customs statistics released by the Ministry of Finance on February 25, imports of marine products (including non-edibles) were 184,854 tons, 150,501.39 million yen ($1297.08 million). Quantity increased 2.4%, and a significant 34.8% increase in value. Although the import volume has increased slightly, it lacks cohesiveness as in the previous year when it dropped sharply due to COVID, and the import value expanded due to the rise in procurement costs, Suisan Keizai reported.

Salmon and trout were almost the same as...

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Bid Price for Whole Scallops Rise in Hokkaido Led by Chinese Demand

The bid price for scallops for processing is rising from the JF Iburi Funka Bay Fisheries Cooperative in the Iburi area of ​​Hokkaido. The active Chinese demand for frozen whole scallops is driving the price, reported Suisan Keizai.

According to the fishery cooperative, the bid price on February 15 for 110 tons listed from the four districts under the cooperative management was JPY 259-273/kg ($2.23-2.35/kg). The median price was 260 yen/kg ($2.24/kg) range...

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New Costco Product Alert: Harvest of the Sea’s Seafood Medley

Costco shoppers need to keep their eyes peeled for a tasty new seafood product: Harvest of the Sea’s Seafood Medley.

Costco’s frozen seafood section is full of healthy and delicious meals that can be ready to eat in a matter of minutes. And the Seafood Medley from Harvest of the Sea is definitely one product that you’ll be wanting to add to your shopping list. Packed with scallops, calamari, shrimp and mussels, this frozen seafood offering can be ready in just five minutes...

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Japan’s 2021 Scallop Exports Record 95,000 Tons, 90% for China

Last year's exports of frozen scallops (shell-on and shell-off combined) increased 51% year-on-year to 95,372 tons, the highest since 1988 when the World Customs Organization incorporated the current HS code system. In addition to the excellent quality of domestic scallops, the background is the scallop production reduction in the United States and the recovery of consumption from the new coronavirus disease overseas, especially in China, reported Suisan Keizai.

The export record for frozen scallops in the past was 70,344 tons in 2019...

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Japan: 2021 Exports Double in Frozen Scallops, Frozen Yellowtail Up 60%

According to the Ministry of Finance Trade Statistics, the export value of marine products (fish and shellfish and their preparations and fish meal) in 2021 increased by 31% from the previous year to 269,299 million yen. It is the first time in three years since 2018 that there was a year-on-year increase. By month, all months except February exceeded the same month last year. The quantity increased by 9% to 624,229 tons. The mainstay frozen scallops and yellowtail fillets exceeded the previous year's levels...

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Numerous Russian Crab and Seafood Producers on Brink of Bankruptcy  

Many of Russian crab and seafood producers may declare bankruptcy this year due to the risks, associated with the forthcoming distribution of quotas in Russia, which is scheduled for the next year, according to recent statements, made by producers and some local media reports.

So far, representatives of producers have sent over 30 letters to the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia (FNPR), sparking their fears about the risks of the upcoming quotas’ distribution.

According to Russian Vedomosti business paper, citing on the fisherman, they refer to the...

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Atlantic Sea Scallop Group Pushes BOEM to Create Plan for Fisheries and Wind to Prosper

The Fisheries Survival Fund (FSF), a group that represents the majority of Atlantic sea scallop fishermen called on federal regulators to create an “adaptive and proactive mitigation plan” that will allow both fisheries and the offshore wind industry to thrive.

The FSF’s public comments follow the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)’s announcement that it will conduct a wind lease auction for 480,000 acres of ocean in the New York Bight area of the Atlantic.

“It is unquestionable that the proliferation of new turbine...

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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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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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Scallop Prices Continue to Break Records in New Bedford

Scallopers in New Bedford have a lot to be happy about in recent weeks. The market for U.S. origin Atlantic sea scallops continues to break records. 

In early December, SeafoodNews reported on the Buyers and Sellers Exchange (BASE) Seafood auction in New Bedford, Massachusetts, marking a new record with U10 Channel scallops selling for $36.05/lb. Now, BASE is reporting that there has been another scallop price record of $37.00/lb. for U12 Channel product. The previous record price for U12 Channel scallops (selling for $34.90/lb.)...

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