Mon. Jul 6 2020

Alaska Fishing Updates for July 2020  


Uber to Acquire Postmates; Will Keep Consumer-Facing App Running Separately


PMTF Data Shows Bristol Bay Run a Week Late, Statewide Salmon Landings 8% of Forecast  


Pacific Seafood Worker in Quarantine After Testing Positive for COVID-19


Dismal Area 2A Halibut Landings Necessitate Second Opener; Vessel Limits Create Confusion  


DeFazio Urges NOAA to Reinstate Observer Waiver for West Coast Seafood Industry


JAPAN: Fresh Salmon Imports by Air Continued Decreasing in May  


Norwegian Seafood Export Value Reaches All-Time High in First-Half Year  


Florida Senators Push DOC to Include State for Aquaculture Opportunity Areas


JFOODO Large-scale Sales Promotion in Hong Kong Aims to Increase Consumption Post-COVID 19  


Russia Plans to Diversify Exports of Pollock Roe Within Next Several Years  


China Drafts a Plan to Help Exporters Raise Market Shares at Home  


New Report Highlights Ongoing Issue of Fisheries Observer Protections, Deaths at Sea


BioMar Norway, Bio Feeder to Develop Hybrid Fish Feed Vessel


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, July 6


Thu. Jul 2 2020

Urner Barry Launches Expanded Shrimp Market Coverage in Europe


ANALYSIS: May Shrimp Imports Decline 29.4 Percent  


Alaska’s Daily Rate of COVID Cases Up Sharply, Seafood Cases Now 10% of all Cases


Update: Bristol Bay Run Still Building, Ocean Temperatures Close to Normal, Patches Higher


Massachusetts Releases Update On Allocation of $28 Million Received From CARES Act


Seven Lessons Foodservice Can Learn from a Pandemic


NYC Pulls Back on Indoor Dining as U.S. Sees Biggest One-Day COVID-19 Spike Since Start of Pandemic


Massachusetts Delegation Calls for State’s Lobster Industry to be Part of Potential Tariff Relief  


Japan: May Seafood Exports Increased by 3% to 630,000 Tons; Frozen Scallops, Albacore Perform Well  


SeafoodNews Not Publishing on Friday, July 3


RODA Challenges Coast Guard Study Related to Offshore Wind


All Seafood Products in Pair of Albertsons Product Lines to Get Sustainability Logos on Packaging


Norpac Fisheries Export Recalls Shrimp Poke Due to Listeria Monocytogenes  


Conagra Brands Partners with MSC to Boost Sustainable Seafood in U.S.


Torchy’s Tacos Introduces New Prawn Taco For July’s Taco of the Month  


More Food Delivery Consolidation? Uber in Talks to Buy Postmates


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, July 2


Wed. Jul 1 2020

NOAA Changes Course, Observer Redeployment Delayed Through July 31


City Water Woes Worsen Industry Upheaval in Newport, Ore.


Bipartisan Legislation Introduced Today Authorizes $3 Billion for Coastal Communities


NOAA: Vessel Collision Led to First U.S. North Atlantic Right Whale Death of 2020


Vietnam Runs into Trouble Again in Basa Exports to China  


JAPAN: Fresh Squid Landings in January-May Lowest in Recent Years, but Shows Sign of Improvement  


Pair of U.S. Squid Fisheries Obtain MSC Certification  


Seafood Show Tokyo to go on September 30-October 2


U Maryland’s Wilberg Wins President’s Science Award for Oyster Management Work   


Zoetis Purchases Fish Vet Group, Boost Fish Farm Diagnostic Offerings


Atlantic Capes Fisheries Donates 10,000 Pounds of Fresh Seafood to South Coast Food Banks


F3 Fish-Free Feed Competition Registration Extended; Prize Money Doubled  


FeedKind Aquafeed Project's First Commercial-Scale Plant to be Built in Chongqing  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, July 1


Tue. Jun 30 2020

Landings Report: AK Salmon Season Lags Behind Recent Years, Keta Harvest Picking Up  


Carlos “The Codfather” Rafael Moved to Residential Reentry Management Center During Pandemic


Rep. Seth Moulton Calls for Delay of At-Sea Monitors Coverage Ahead of Observer Return on July 1


Two Die After Crab Vessel Strikes Jetty Near Florence, Ore.; One Crewman Rescued


AquaBounty Begins Commercial Harvest of Atlantic Salmon Raised in Indiana  


Peer-reviewed Study Shows Army Corps Downplayed Risk of Earthquakes at Pebble


First Red Sea Bream Aquaculture Improvement Project (AIP) in Japan Launched


Former Pro Baseball Player Bo Jackson Joins NFI’s Crab Council


Kvarøy Arctic Investing in Land-Based Aquaculture  


Russian Pollock Producers May Significantly Strengthen Their Positions in Domestic Market This Year  


Hokkaido Scallop Producers Regain Access to Top Market Through New Export Route  


BioMar’s New Denmark Facility Fully Operational, Set to Boost Annual Capacity by 25%


New Jersey Postpones Indoor Dining Indefinitely as Other States Pause Reopening


Kura Sushi to Purchase 200 Tons of Red Seabream


Hong Kong Japanese Restaurant Association organizes Hong Kong Japan Food Import Promotion Council


DFO Renews Fishery Management Order Regarding At-Sea Observer Requirements


Alaska Fish Radio: World Fishing Highlights 2018; COVID Impacts


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, June 30


Mon. Jun 29 2020

Bristol Bay Sockeye: Returns to Date Compare Poorly with Five-Year Average


Storm Sinks Blumar’s Salmon Cages, Extent of Escapement Unknown  


Plant-Based Seafood Company Ocean Hugger Foods Falls Victim to Pandemic


Newfoundland and Labrador Shrimp Season Still in Limbo  


First Right Whale Death of 2020 in U.S. Waters Observed Off New Jersey Coast


Maine Governor Urges Commerce Secretary to Deny Pew Trusts’ Right Whale Petition  


NEFMC Follows Suit, Questions At-Sea Observer Deployment Restart


China’s Shrimp Industry is Struggling and Waiting for a Better but Seemingly Far Away Tomorrow  


JAPAN: May Seafood Imports the Most Profound Decline Since COVID-19 Pandemic  


Coast Guard Returns from Bristol Bay After Two Weeks and 372 Vessel Safety Inspections


New Zealand Announces New Protections For Hector’s and Māui dolphins


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, June 29


Department of Commerce Announces 2020 Regional Fishery Management Council Appointments


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Alaska Fishing Updates for July 2020

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

Alaska’s salmon catch is nearing 8 million fish, of which over half are sockeyes, mostly from Bristol Bay where catches are building.

Fishermen in Quinhagak have formed a group of 70 harvesters to revitalize commercial salmon fishing in Kuskokwim Bay. The group is called the Independent Fishermen of Quinhagak Cooperative and also includes members from Goodnews Bay, Platinum, and Eek. It’s the first fishery since 2016 when the region’s CDQ group...

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Uber to Acquire Postmates; Will Keep Consumer-Facing App Running Separately 

Uber announced on Tuesday that they have reached a definitive agreement to acquire Postmates for approximately $2.65 billion in an all-stock transaction. The deal, once completed, will keep the consumer-facing Postmates app running separately.

As we reported last week, Uber was said to be in talks to buy Postmates after their deal with Grubhub fell apart in June. The New York Times reported that Uber made an offer of about $2.6 billion, however, their offer came at the same time that Postmates reportedly decided to...

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Pacific Seafood Worker in Quarantine After Testing Positive for COVID-19

Pacific Seafood confirmed that a new hire at their Warrenton plant has tested positive for the coronavirus. The worker has since been quarantined and the company is taking precautions to ensure that workers who may have been exposed are not putting others at risk.

The Clatsop County Health Department released an update on June 30 about a new COVID-19 case in a male between the age of 40-49. While not identified as a seafood worker, the Daily Astorian was able to confirm that the male was...

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PMTF Data Shows Bristol Bay Run a Week Late, Statewide Salmon Landings 8% of Forecast

The latest data from the Port Moller Test Fishery (PMTF) shows the salmon run continues to build seaward of the fishing grounds. If landings at the test stations continue or even level off at the current values, it means the run will be at least six days late to the grounds. 

The stations are arrayed across the outside entrance to Bristol Bay, some 200 miles from the rivers and even further from the spawning grounds in upriver areas and lakes.  It takes six to nine ...

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Dismal Area 2A Halibut Landings Necessitate Second Opener; Vessel Limits Create Confusion

Fishermen harvested a mere 16 percent of the overall quota for the directed commercial halibut fishery in Area 2A in June. That means a second 3-day opener starts today.

The International Pacific Halibut Commission set extremely low vessel limits this year, noting the increase in the number of permits issued and anticipating more participation over a three-day opener. However, the low limits likely made it economically unviable for many fishermen, particularly the larger vessels. Some fishermen also reported low halibut prices this summer. ...

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DeFazio Urges NOAA to Reinstate Observer Waiver for West Coast Seafood Industry

Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., last week sent a letter to NOAA Fisheries, blasting its decision to reinstate the waiver for observer and catch monitor requirements for the Greater Atlantic Region without reinstating it for the West Coast Region.

“I am appalled that NOAA Fisheries seems to believe that those in the Pacific Coast fishing industry deserve less protection from COVID-19 than their New England counterparts,” DeFazio said in a press release. “The pandemic is far from over, and the economic and health risk ...

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Norwegian Seafood Export Value Reaches All-Time High in First-Half Year

According to the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC), the export value of the Norwegian seafood reached an all-time high for the first half of the year.

The main driving factor behind the boost in export value is the weak Norwegian krone, according to the Council’s CEO Renate Larsen.

“Despite a very challenging spring with the corona crisis, we have still seen growth in seafood exports in the first half of the year. Salmon, trout, herring and mackerel have increased the most compared to the first half of 2019,” Larsen said...

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JFOODO Large-scale Sales Promotion in Hong Kong Aims to Increase Consumption Post-COVID 19

The Japanese Food Overseas Promotion Center (JFOODO) will launch a large-scale promotion of Japanese scallops, yellowtail, and red seabream in Hong Kong from July. JFOODO has teamed up with about 300 local restaurants and retail stores, and advertised three fish species to consumers using advertising tools. In Hong Kong, new coronavirus infections are coming to an end, and JFOODO aims to further increase the three fish species' consumption.

JFOODO has been promoting in Hong Kong for three consecutive years. Since many people are...

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China Drafts a Plan to Help Exporters Raise Market Shares at Home

China’s State Council released an announcement in late Junea bout providing support to exporters in developing the country’s domestic market. Such action is important for both its exporters and also the market itself, according to the announcement. Local governments are required to tailor their supports based on local features.

Moreover, the council has put forward three measures for better assistance in the announcement. First is to simplify relevant procedures, to expand the application of export standards in the domestic market and also to better protect intellectual property rights...

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BioMar Norway, Bio Feeder to Develop Hybrid Fish Feed Vessel

BioMar Norway and Bio Feeder are beginning a project to create a hybrid fish feed vessel. The Kryssholm will be a battery-powered vessel, the first of its kind in Norway, to deliver fish feed. The BioMar chartered ship will begin deliveries in the summer of 2021.

“With this vessel’s cutting-edge hybrid technology, we are continuing to develop our role as an innovator in the aquaculture industry,” said Tore Gunnar Wikdal, BioMar’s Supply Chain Director...

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ANALYSIS: May Shrimp Imports Decline 29.4 Percent

May shrimp imports were released today and in-line with expectations of the first year-over-year decline. That data showed May imports at 83.357 million pounds, 29.4 percent below May 2019. This was near the forecast by Urner Barry Consulting in early June

Of our top five trade partners, a change of leadership was seen with gains only from Indonesia (+10.5%), pushing this country to the number one spot. Less shrimp was shipped from India (-57.8%), Ecuador (-25.2%), Vietnam (-8.7%), and...

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Massachusetts Releases Update On Allocation of $28 Million Received From CARES Act 

In early May, over a month after the CARES Act was passed, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the allocation of $300 million in fisheries assistance funding. Of that $300 million, Massachusetts received the third largest amount of funding: $28,004,176. Now, the state is working on setting up the application process to disperse those funds.

The Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) released an update Thursday morning to provide industry participants with the latest information regarding the dispersal process...

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Seven Lessons Foodservice Can Learn from a Pandemic 

As states begin to reopen, restaurants are adapting to a new normal to welcome diners back. These adaptions include providing outdoor seating, incorporating stricter sanitary procedures, and paperless menus. According to a recent report by Datassential, there are seven lessons foodservice operators can learn from the COVID-19 pandemic that will benefit their business going forward. 

The first lesson is goodbye fear, hello caution. As more places begin to ease coronavirus restrictions, consumers are feeling more comfortable returning to public spaces if certain safety measures are met. After restrictions are lifted, about 63% of those surveyed feel safe eating at a restaurant with outdoor dining. Around 54% feel safe returning to a convenience store, and the same percentage feel comfortable with...

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Massachusetts Delegation Calls for State’s Lobster Industry to be Part of Potential Tariff Relief

Massachusetts politicians are looking to get the state’s lobster industry included in potential financial assistance for its losses during the U.S.-China trade war.

A delegation led by Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Representatives Seth Moulton (MA-06), and William R. Keating (MA-09), wrote the Trump administration asking that the Massachusetts lobster industry be a part of any trade relief assistance that may be distributed in response to China’s retaliatory tariffs...

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SeafoodNews Not Publishing on Friday, July 3

SeafoodNews will not be publishing on Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day. We will return to our normal publishing schedule on Monday, July 6.

In the meantime, catch up on our recent major news stories by checking our Featured Stories page.

From all of us here at SeafoodNews, we wish you a safe and happy holiday! 

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All Seafood Products in Pair of Albertsons Product Lines to Get Sustainability Logos on Packaging

Albertsons Companies announced that all seafood in its waterfront BISTRO and Open Nature lines of Own Brands products will display the Responsible Choice logo created for sustainable sourcing.

The logo signifies that the product meets the company’s Responsible Choice Logo standards, which means the caught or farmed seafood “in ways that safeguard future supplies and help keep ecosystems thriving. The logo also signifies that sourcing is third-party audited to ensure the highest standards...

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Conagra Brands Partners with MSC to Boost Sustainable Seafood in U.S.

Conagra Brands announced a partnership with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to bring more sustainably sourced seafood options to the American consumer.

Starting this summer, Conagra Brands' Van de Kamp's and Mrs. Paul's frozen fish fillets and fish sticks will bear the MSC blue fish label, meaning that the wild-caught products are now third-part certified for sustainability.

Along with the partnership with Conagra, the MSC is attempting to boost consumption of sustainable seafood through its 'Little Blue Label, Big Blue Future' (#bigbluefuture) campaign...

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NOAA Changes Course, Observer Redeployment Delayed Through July 31

NOAA Fisheries announced the redeployment of observers will be delayed through July 31, 2020 less than 24 hours before at-sea monitors were set to be aboard vessels in the Greater Atlantic Region.

Over the past four weeks, fishery councils, stakeholders and politicians have spoken out against the return of fishery observers, citing concerns regarding the health and safety of captains, crews and observers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Although NOAA Fisheries had announced plans to resume observer deployments on July 1, we recognize the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve..."

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JAPAN: Fresh Salmon Imports by Air Continued Decreasing in May 

According to the Ministry of Finance's customs statistics, salmon and trout imported by air freight in May fell 20% year-on-year, as it did in April, due to the spread of the new coronavirus. Among them, the mainstay Norwegian Atlantic salmon has continued to decline by more than 30%. The unit price was generally sluggish, analyzed Suisan Keizai.

In May, import by air transport was 2,476 tons, 3,172.97 million yen ($29.5 million), which was a significant decrease in volume of 20.4% and value of 19.8% compared to...

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Florida Senators Push DOC to Include State for Aquaculture Opportunity Areas

Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott asked U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to designate waters off the coast of Florida as one of the initial aquaculture opportunity areas detailed in the “Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth” Executive Order signed by President Trump in early May.

“In pursuit of a more resilient domestic food supply chain, we hope you agree that Florida is a common-sense option for one of the first aquaculture opportunity areas under the Executive Order,” the senator’s letter to Ross read...

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Russia Plans to Diversify Exports of Pollock Roe Within Next Several Years 

According to recent statements, made by German Zverev, head of the Russian Association of Fish Producers (VARPE), Russia plans to significantly diversify exports of its pollock roe within the next several years, paying a particular attention to supplies for the Chinese market. 

As Zverev said in an interview to the Far East business paper Tvoy Dalny Vostok, so far, up to 90% of pollock roe, produced in Russia, have been sent for exports to Japan, however there is a possibility that this year at least part of...

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New Report Highlights Ongoing Issue of Fisheries Observer Protections, Deaths at Sea

Human Rights at Sea, an organization established for the benefit of the international community concerning explicit engagement in exposing and ending abuses at sea, published a new report last week on fisheries observer deaths at sea, human rights, and the role and responsibilities of fisheries organizations. The report features facts about the ongoing investigation into the March 2020 death of Kiribati Fisheries Observer Eritara Aatii Kaierua, who was on board the Taiwanese flagged WIN FAR No. 636. 

As Liz Mitchell, President of the Association of Professional Observers...

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Urner Barry Launches Expanded Shrimp Market Coverage in Europe

Urner Barry, the leading provider of protein market news and information in the food industry, is excited to announce an expansion in its coverage of shrimp trading within the European market.

Adding to the existing European coverage of  Coldwater (Pandalus Borealis) and Red Argentine (Pleoticus Muelleri) shrimp, Urner Barry has expanded coverage to include Vannamei (White) shrimp coming into Europe with a key focus on value added imports from both South Asia and South East Asia as well as whole and headless items from Latin America. In addition, Urner Barry has also added Penaeus Monodon (Black Tiger shrimp) to the European shrimp complex.

Leading this initiative is Market Analyst Michael Nesbitt, who recently reported that shrimp trading is...

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Alaska’s Daily Rate of COVID Cases Up Sharply, Seafood Cases Now 10% of all Cases

In the last week, the daily count of coronavirus cases has nearly doubled with a record-breaking 45 new cases last Monday and 42 on Tuesday. As of midnight Tuesday, a total 436 resident cases were considered active. 

In the 198 non-resident cases, 126 are related to the seafood industry. Because testing is part of an approved protocol during the 2020 fishing season, a high percentage of those who tested positive have no symptoms. Those cases still follow the quarantine requirements but without the...

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Update: Bristol Bay Run Still Building, Ocean Temperatures Close to Normal, Patches Higher

As of yesterday, Bristol Bay’s total catch of salmon was 2.6 milion salmon, including 2.5 million sockeye. Escapement into all five river systems is at 1.3 million, with observers noting that the 4 milion mark in the run is expected in the next 24 hours. 

The Port Moller Test Fishery’s latest stock compilation summary is expected later today. Indices for catching stations on the PMTF’s grid have seen higher values in recent days. 

The vessels have been hampered by extreme weather, but co-manager Scott Raborn says ...

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NYC Pulls Back on Indoor Dining as U.S. Sees Biggest One-Day COVID-19 Spike Since Start of Pandemic

New York City is not taking any chances when it comes to the coronavirus. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday that indoor dining will no longer move ahead as scheduled.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been reopening the state by regions. New York City, which was one of the regions hit the hardest by the coronavirus, was expected to enter Phase 3 of reopening on Monday, July 6. Phase 3 was supposed to include indoor dining at no more...

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Japan: May Seafood Exports Increased by 3% to 630,000 Tons; Frozen Scallops, Albacore Perform Well

According to trade statistics released by the Ministry of Finance, exports of marine products in May increased by 3% year-on-year to 63,450 tons and decreased by 2% to 17.2 billion yen ($159.9 million). On a monetary basis, the rate of decrease was double-digit from January of this year, with a 22% decrease in March and a 35% decrease in April, but it recovered in this month. Among the leading products, frozen scallops exceeded the same month last year in volume and...

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RODA Challenges Coast Guard Study Related to Offshore Wind

The Responsible Offshore Wind Development Alliance (RODA) called for the U.S. Coast Guard to revise its Massachusetts and Rhode Island Port Access Route Study (MARIPARS), claiming the study contains serious errors.

RODA filed a formal Request for Correction under the Information Quality Act in order to improve the objectivity and utility of the disseminated information.

MARIPARS examined current waterway uses in areas off of Massachusetts and Rhode Island which are potential offshore wind energy sites. RODA cited “serious foundational and analytical errors that merit correction” in the study...

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Norpac Fisheries Export Recalls Shrimp Poke Due to Listeria Monocytogenes

Norpac Fisheries Export recalled all of its fresh Garlic Shrimp Poke distributed in the Hawaiian Island between May 11, 2020 and June 25, 2020 because it had the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The product was distributed in Hawaii on The Big Island, Maui, Oahu, and Kauai through its retail customers, specifically Safeway Stores.

According to a release from the company posted on the FDA website, the shrimp poke is distributed as "pre-mixed in plastic pouches and go to service counters and then...

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Torchy’s Tacos Introduces New Prawn Taco For July’s Taco of the Month

Popular taco chain Torchy’s Tacos is starting the month with a brand new taco: The Prawn Star.

The Prawn Star is Torchy’s “July Taco of the Month” and features coconut lime shrimp ceviche with fresh mango, avocado and cilantro on a crispy tandem tortilla. It’s a new edition to their menu, and debuting for just $5.50 all month long.

“We’re excited to reveal a never-before-seen Taco of the Month that’s perfect for hot summer days,” said Mike Rypka, founder of Torchy’s Tacos...

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