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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


Jun 17 - Alaska Scallop Fishery Opens July 1


Jun 11 - Administration Pushes Offshore Wind Lease Sale in New York Bight


Jun 4 - Japan April Export Volume: Frozen Yellowtail Fillets Up More Than 5 Times


May 28 - ANALYSIS: Two Months After Season Open, Scallop Prices Finally Soften


May 20 - 6 Highlights From the 2019 Fisheries of the United States Report


May 19 - NOAA Announces 2021 IFQ, Limited Access Allocations for Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery


May 7 - Northern Gulf of Maine Scallop Management Area Closes For the Season


May 6 - Japan’s Discharge Announcement Triggers More Ripple Effect in China


Apr 29 - NFI, FMI Launch New Seafood Forms To Improve Buyer Process


Apr 28 - Quinn Fisheries, Blue Harvest Take Carlos Rafael’s Trust to Court as Companies Look to Wrap Up Deal


Apr 23 - ANALYSIS: U10 Scallop Prices Almost $20 Higher than Last Year


Apr 8 - Blue Apron Partnership With Roy Yamaguchi Introduces Hawaii-inspired Shrimp and Scallop Recipes


Mar 25 - NOAA Implements Default Management Measures for Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishing on April 1


Mar 16 - Atlantic Sea Scallop Research Program to Support 13 Projects for ’21-22


Mar 2 - JAPAN: January Marine Product Exports Increase 60% For Frozen Yellowtail Fillets; Scallops Decrease


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


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


Jan 28 - New England Fishery Management Council Issues Update On Start of 2021 Scallop Fishing Year


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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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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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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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Japan’s September Exports: Scallops to China Doubled, Frozen Yellowtail Fell 20%

According to trade statistics released by Japan's Ministry of Finance, exports of marine products in September increased by 21% year-over-year to 42,187 tons, and the value increased by 47% to 22,048 million yen ($193.53 million). Yellowtail fillets fell below the same month last year, but frozen scallops grew in volume. Frozen bonito also exceeded the same month the previous year.

Total volume increased by 20%, value increased by 50%

The volume of frozen scallops (shell-off and in-shells combined) for China, the principal market...

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

Last week, scallop fishermen and industry advocates urged the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to adjust the proposed New York Bight offshore wind lease areas.

The Fisheries Survival Fund explained that the industry officials asked BOEM officials on an online call to create a buffer zone to protect the valuable scallop fishery in the region.

“Proposed lease areas need to be thoroughly re-evaluated to reduce impacts to scallops and scallop fishermen, who operate in the most valuable federally managed fishery,” the Fund wrote in a press...

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Alaska Scallop Fishery Opens July 1

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

One of Alaska’s smallest and priciest fisheries gets underway on July 1 – weathervane scallops.

The fleet size is limited by federal licensing for only 9 permits, but just two boats take part in the fishery which spans from Yakutat to the Bering Sea and can run through the winter.

“It’s pretty specialized. It’s not something you can get into easily. A fair bit of institutional knowledge and also specialized gear.  Lots of people have some Tanner crab pots lying around their back yards but...

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Japan April Export Volume: Frozen Yellowtail Fillets Up More Than 5 Times

According to trade statistics released by the Ministry of Finance, the quantity of marine product exports (seafood and its preparations, fish meal) in April increased by 33% from the same month of the previous year to 82,390 tons. The value increased by 73% to 25,935 million yen ($235.59 million). Furthermore, in the same month of the last year, there was a reactionary increase in quantity and value due to the impact of the new coronavirus. Sales of frozen scallops and other products increased...

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6 Highlights From the 2019 Fisheries of the United States Report

On Thursday NOAA Fisheries released their 2019 Fisheries of the United States Report, which provides fisheries statistics for the nation, including commercial landings and value. According to the latest figures, in 2019 U.S. commercial fishermen landed 9.3 billion pounds of seafood valued at $5.5 billion. This was on par with 2018, representing a less than 1% decline in volume and 2% decline in value. Find five more highlights from the report below:

Highest Value Species Groups

Of all species caught by U.S. fishermen...

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Northern Gulf of Maine Scallop Management Area Closes For the Season

The Northern Gulf of Maine Scallop Management Area closed on Thursday after NOAA determined that 100% of the 2021 default total allowable catch for the area will be taken. As of May 6, no scallop vessel fishing under federal scallop regulations is allowed to fish for, possess, or land scallops in the area until March 31, 2022.

According to NOAA, Framework Adjustment 33 is currently under review and will implement a 2021 NGOM LAGC TAC of 119,222 lbs. when finalized...

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NFI, FMI Launch New Seafood Forms To Improve Buyer Process

The National Fisheries Institute (NFI) has teamed up with the Food Industry Association (FMI) to develop new resources to improve efficiency and standardize the seafood buying process.

Together NFI and FMI have created fillable forms that retailers and wholesalers can use when sending seafood product specifications to suppliers. These forms allow retailers and wholesalers to indicate their product requirements, while enabling seafood suppliers to consolidate their communication. 

“For a seafood buying office, one of the first major career challenges can come in understanding the...

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ANALYSIS: U10 Scallop Prices Almost $20 Higher than Last Year

Almost a full month into the start of the 2021 Atlantic sea scallop season, typically a time when abundant landings allow prices to begin softening into the summer months, is seeing.

Supply of all-natural U10s has been constrained since last season and continues to demand record high premiums week after week. Landings of these larger sizes are being harvested, however, the volumes are not yet adequate enough to allow prices to soften...

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NOAA Implements Default Management Measures for Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishing on April 1

Starting on April 1, 2021, NOAA Fisheries announced it will implement default management measures for the scallop fishery until it can implement final specifications in Framework Adjustment 33 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan.

NOAA said the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) voted on final 2021 allocations in Framework Adjustment 33 on January 27. If approved, scallop allocations will be adjusted according to Framework 33...

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JAPAN: January Marine Product Exports Increase 60% For Frozen Yellowtail Fillets; Scallops Decrease

January marine product exports based on trade statistics released by the Ministry of Finance decreased by 1% year-on-year to 26,285 tons, but the value increased by 33% to 16.55 billion yen ($155.34 million). The volume and value of frozen Yellowtail fillets, skipjack, and albacore exceeded the same month last year,  Minato Shimbun compiled.

Frozen Yellowtail fillets increased the quantity by 58% to 736 tons and the value by 45% to 1,243 million yen ($11.66 million). The fresh fillets decreased by...

 

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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: October Seafood Exports Doubled In Frozen Yellowtail for the U.S.

According to trade statistics released by the Ministry of Finance, the quantity of marine products exports (fish and shellfish and their preparations, and fish meal) in October decreased by 10% from the same month of the previous year to 39,083 tons, and the value increased by 29% to 23.3 billion yen ($205.81 million). Frozen scallops, yellowtail fillets, among others, exceeded the previous year's levels, but frozen mackerel fell below the last year's level, reported Minato Shimbun.

For China, frozen scallops (adductors and in-shell combined) increased by 47%...

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Private Equity Firm Announces New Seafood Platform After Trio of Acquisitions

ACON Investments, a private equity firm, hae formed a new sustainable seafood platform, ‘Atlantic Sustainable Catch’ (ASC),

The ASC consists of North American firms Northern Wind Inc., Suncoast Seafood Inc. and Raymond O'Neill & Son Fisheries Ltd. ("ROSF"), recent acquisitions made by ACON.

The new platform was described as a leading producer of scallops and lobster, with nearly 600 total employees across five locations in Massachusetts and New Brunswick, Canada. The trio of companies also have a history of working with some of the largest retailers, restaurant groups, and food distributors across...

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

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

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

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Administration Pushes Offshore Wind Lease Sale in New York Bight

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced today a new offshore wind lease sale that includes stipulations to prioritize union jobs and ocean user engagement, but some fishermen remain concerned about prime fishing grounds.

Currently, two BOEM Wind Energy Areas, Hudson South and Central Bight, are located in particularly sensitive areas for scallops, the Fisheries Survival Fund said in a statement. In their current form, these areas, including hundreds of thousands of acres of ocean, will have a serious negative impact on the scallop...

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ANALYSIS: Two Months After Season Open, Scallop Prices Finally Soften

The 2021 Atlantic Scallop season, which opened on April 1, 2021, has made its mark in the record books with scallop prices soaring to new heights, sharply reversing typical seasonal activity the industry has come to expect over the years.

Beginning in 2020, the size mix of scallops has trended smaller, allowing premiums to develop on the largest U10 sized scallops. With 2021 landings proving this downwards shift in scallop size was continuing, wholesale prices on larger scallops remained firm and...

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NOAA Announces 2021 IFQ, Limited Access Allocations for Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery

On Tuesday NOAA released the 2021 individual fishing quota (IFQ) and limited access allocations for the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery.

IFQ allocations are effective May 19, 2021 through March 21, 2022. The limited access general category (LAGC) allocations for the 2021 fishing year is set at 1,903,581 lbs. The limited access with LAGC IFQ Annual Allocation for the 2021 fishing year is 190,359. 

Meanwhile, for the full-time limited access fleet, Closed Area II and Nantucket Lightship-South-Deep...

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Japan’s Discharge Announcement Triggers More Ripple Effect in China

Japan’s plan to discharge waste water into the ocean is more than a domestic issue. And it is believed to not only exert great influence on its own seafood industry, but also impact other countries to different extents. For example, China, one of its neighbors, intends to stop its seafood imports and search for other substitutes.

Japan was never a main seafood supplier to Chinam which tends to source seafood from all over the world, said one insider. The country is not even among the top 10 suppliers whose exports are...

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Quinn Fisheries, Blue Harvest Take Carlos Rafael’s Trust to Court as Companies Look to Wrap Up Deal

Major New Bedford, Massachusetts-based scallop harvesters have filed a lawsuit against Carlos Rafael’s estate trust and three other individuals as the companies sit on the verge of what they describe as a “multi-million dollar” deal.

Quinn Fisheries and Blue Harvest expected to close a deal on April 16 which would have seen Quinn transfer certain vessels and fishing permits to Blue Harvest and make purchases from Blue Harvest for both vessels and permits.

Quinn and Blue Harvest argue that if...

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Blue Apron Partnership With Roy Yamaguchi Introduces Hawaii-inspired Shrimp and Scallop Recipes

Meal kit lovers won’t want to miss Blue Apron’s upcoming partnership with James Beard award-winning Chef Roy Yamaguchi. This latest collaboration brings Hawaii-inspired recipes right to your door, featuring seafood items like shrimp and scallops.

“I am thrilled to partner with Blue Apron to shine a spotlight on Hawaii-inspired cuisine and its roots,” said Chef Yamaguchi. “In collaboration with their culinary team, we created recipes that highlight elements of what makes this cuisine so unique, including juiced, dried, and preserved fruits in different formats...

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Atlantic Sea Scallop Research Program to Support 13 Projects for ’21-22

The New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) announced the Atlantic Sea Scallop Research Set-Aside (RSA) Program will support 13 new projects under the 2021- 2022 award cycle.

Awards from the program are expected to generate about $12.5 million, including $3 million to fund the research and $9.5 million to compensate industry partners who harvest the set-aside scallops.

The projects that will be supported will address scallop research priorities identified by the NEFMC during its June 2020 meeting. The focus will be on resource surveys...

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