News from Intrafish on December 28, from the Russian warship that threatened the American cod fishing fleet to the close-down British fish and chip shop, the whitefish industry has encountered several challenges in 2020.
However, not all news is bad news. The industry has also taken advantage of the opportunity for consumers to switch to consuming frozen fish at home. Some companies’ sales have soared over previous years, attracting new consumers.
Here are some of the hottest white fish stories in 2020:
1. The Russian warship warned the pollock fishing vessel in American waters:”Get out!”
Alaska Bering Sea cod fishermen saw something they won’t forget quickly this year:American fishing boats chased Alaska cod fishing boats in the Bering Sea, and close contact with the Russian warship fleet eventually attracted great attention, so that Congress held a hearing on this issue. meeting.
Recently, Russian warships and warplanes have launched a confrontation against fishing boats flying the American flag legally operating in the exclusive economic zone of the United States, causing the captain and crew of the fishing boat to worry about their safety, which disrupted a very important fishing season at a critical moment Business operations of a fishing company.
In December, Stephanie Madsen, executive director of the At-Sea Processors Association, testified at a hearing of a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate that these incidents severely disrupted maritime operations in the Bering Strait in August and September .
2. During the coronavirus lockdown, 10,000 fish and chip shops in the UK were urged to close
Since the coronavirus swept the world in March, the British National Federation announced that fish and chip shops across the country should be temporarily closed to protect the safety of employees and the public. The British fish and chip catering industry has suffered a huge impact.
The haze surrounding the industry began to ease in May. About 70%of the country’s 10,500 fish and chip shops reopened because shopkeepers found innovative ways of operating before the lockdown was relaxed.
Store owners have also been urging the British government to reform the value-added tax (VAT) as a way to recover from a catastrophic year.
3. American Seafoods, the largest seafood company in the United States, negotiates the acquisition of Bristol Bay Native Corporation, an Alaska cod fish group
Bristol Bay Native Corporation is one of the largest holders of Pacific cod quotas, but the negotiation process is slow.
Beginning in February 2019, American Seafoods began to look for new investors to replace Bregal Partners, the largest shareholder.
4. Russian Fishery Company (RFC) takes the lead in carrying out the”revolution” in the value-added codfish
At the beginning of 2020, Viktor Litvinenko was appointed as the new general manager of RFC. He reformed the company due to the development of the cod industry.
RFC is now one of Russia’s largest seafood companies and has always been the center of large-scale modernization of the fishing fleet and seafood processing sector. Now it is not only in the Russian cod sector, but also in the value-added processing industry worldwide. In the leading position. RFC is one of the largest cod producers in the world and one of the three largest fishery quota holders in the country.
5. The Alaska cod fish industry scrambles to protect fishing vessels from the spread of coronavirus
Before the 2020 B fishing season, the Alaska cod fish industry has been looking for ways to protect the safety of its practitioners.
The major cod fishing company in Alaska in the United States has taken new screening measures with marine health doctors to prevent contact with people working in high-risk areas, such as Unalaska, or people working in ships and processing plants.
Despite taking preventive measures, some companies still face the risk of closing their doors or responding to the epidemic.
In June this year, American Seafoods was hit hard. The company reported that a total of 86 crew members on its”American Dynasty” fishing vessel tested positive for COVID-19.
Out of caution, Trident Seafoods had to temporarily close a factory whose employees had worked in a wharf area that was also docked by American Seafoods’ American Dynasty Over.
In July of this year, when the”American Triumph” fishing vessel arrived in Alaska for unloading, more than 75%of the 112 American Seafoods crew on board were tested to be infected with the virus.
6. Young’s Seafood and Birds Eye’s sales of frozen fish surpassed that of chilled fish for the first time in ten years
For the first time in 15 years, the growth of retail frozen seafood sales in the UK has exceeded that of fresh and chilled seafood. The two largest frozen fish suppliers in the UK said that this trend will continue.
In the 52 weeks ending April 18, frozen fish sales increased by 6%to 964.4 million pounds. When the British government took measures to lock down the city, consumers preferred food that felt easier to handle at home. Frozen fish is in the epidemic During the period, a”natural alternative” was provided, providing consumers with a simple way to enjoy the well-known health benefits of seafood without having to face the fear of making seafood.
7. As demand grows and supply shrinks, the price of cod will rise
With global supply tightening, COVID-19-related demand surges, and lower-than-expected B-season catches, American Alaskan cod producers expect all forms of cod prices to rise, in some cases substantially rise.
Compared with last year, the raw material output of all three major frozen cod fish produced by the US fishery is still low.
In December, the North Pacific Fisheries Management Committee (NPFMC) approved the total allowable catch (TAC) of Pollock in the Eastern Bering Sea at 1.375 million tons, a decrease of 3.5%from the 1.425 million tons in 2020.
Alaska’s major offshore and fishing processing companies stated that the Alaskan cod industry is preparing for the upcoming 2021 fishing season, and for better fishing, continued strong bulk markets, and protecting crews from higher costs Hope for the vaccine against the marine epidemic.
8. 7-11 convenience store chain launches Alaska cod sandwich in the United States
In 2020, consumers will be able to buy Alaskan cod-flavored sandwiches for the first time at the convenience store chain 7-11 in the United States, which has approximately 8,000 stores in the United States.
This promotion is part of the third round of financing of the North American Partnership Program of GAPP (Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers’) and Alaska pollock suppliers.
9. With the spread of the coronavirus, Espersen has suspended the production of sweetfish at the McDonald’s factory
In April of this year, because McDonald’s was forced to close branches to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Espersen, a white fish processing company based in Denmark, temporarily closed its production of wheat ayu (Filet-O-Fish) for McDonald’s in Europe. The processing plant caused the white fish industry to panic.
10. Groundfish Forum:Global whitefish production is expected to increase by more than 4%in 2021
The whitefish industry is expected to increase production by 4.32%to 7.559 million tons next year. The increase is mainly due to the increase in the total catch of Alaska cod and Atlantic cod. Among them, the output of haddock, hake and pollock will increase. maximum.