Wed. May 4 2016

Squid Prices Up 30% as El Nino Tightens Global Supply Tight


Pacific Seafood's Appeal to go to Arbitration on Merger with Ocean Gold Denied


FDA Completes Transferring Catfish Inspection Duties to USDA  


U.S. Consumers Hooked on Health Benefits of Fish, Cargill Survey Finds   (1)


Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted Awarded for Using Fish to Fight Malnutrition in Asia, Africa


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday, May 4, 2016


Tue. May 3 2016

California to Finally Open Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishing in Most Northern Waters  


The Fishin' Company Begins Retail Distribution of Four-Star BAP Tilapia to US Market


Gulf Shareholders Say Red Snapper Reallocation Punishes Commercial Sector Despite Following Limits  


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday May 3, 2016


Mon. May 2 2016

MKG Provisions Processed But Did Not Supply Salmon to St. James Smokehouse


European Commission Adopts Directive to Improve Working Conditions for Fishing Sector


South Pacific Tuna Treaty Negotiations with US Slow Going


Fishing Monitors to Accompany Fewer New England Trips


Seafood.com News Summary Monday May 2, 2016


Fri. Apr 29 2016

Evaluating the Report Card: What's Behind NOAA Fisheries Annual Status of the Stocks


One North Coast "Hot Crab" Pushes California's Fishery Officials to Reconsider Opening Protocols  


Togiak Herring Landings At 50% of Quota Twelve Days into the Season  


China's Seafood Imports and Exports Struggle From High Input Costs, Overproduction, Weak Demand


Public Comments Sought on Federal Program to Expedite Seafood Imports to US from Trusted Suppliers


Seafood.com News Summary Friday April 29, 2016


Thu. Apr 28 2016

Vietnam, Grappling with Mass Fish Deaths, Clamps Down on Seafood Sales


Gulf Red Snapper Quota Reallocation to Rec Sector Finalized; Revised 2016 and 2017 Quotas Issued  


Fortune Fish Distributing Pacific Oysters Under the Hangtown Oysters Brand  


Brett Veerhusen Steps Down as Executive Director of the Seafood Harvesters of America


Sherrill International Joins NFI's Crab Council


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 28, 2016


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Squid Prices Up 30% as El Nino Tightens Global Supply Tight 

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS by Kelly Hill - May 4, 2016

As widely reported over the winter and into the spring, global squid fisheries have experienced large die-offs or in many cases have registered low or no populations of squid in areas where commercial fishing has historically occurred.

Fisheries in Japan, Argentina, The Falklands, Chile and California have all noted serious declines or die offs, and industry sources confirm that the effects are being seen in all countries with commercial fisheries and in all species. These changes are ...

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Pacific Seafood's Appeal to go to Arbitration on Merger with Ocean Gold Denied

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafoodnews.com] - May 4, 2016

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday affirmed two lower court decisions that will keep an injunction in place against a merger between Pacific Seafoods and Ocean Gold, and not allow the suit to go to arbitration.

The appeals are from an antitrust action brought by a group of West Coast fishermen against Pacific Seafood and Ocean Gold Seafoods which started in 2010 and was settled in 2012. Their settlement is documented in a Resolution Agreement.

In December 2014, Pacific Seafood informed the other parties to the Resolution Agreement that Pacific Seafood was planning to acquire Ocean Gold. A second group of West Coast fishermen then filed the present action against the processors, alleging ...

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FDA Completes Transferring Catfish Inspection Duties to USDA

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 4, 2016

The FDA says it has completed transferring catfish inspection duties to the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).  

The program was passed last November and requires that domestic and imported catfish of the siluriformes order be subject to mandatory inspection by the USDA. The program was engulfed in controversy for being duplicative and costly. 

Primary inspection responsibilities for catfish were transferred to FSIS on March 1, 2016 for domestic producers and on April 15, 2016 for importers. FSIS is already working with firms associated with these types of fish and fish products...

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California to Finally Open Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishing in Most Northern Waters

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Susan Chambers - May 3, 2016

Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Will Finally Open on California's North Coast on May 12

California Fish and Game Commission, working with the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment and the California Department of Public Health on Monday recommended opening the areas but that consumers should not eat the crab ...

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The Fishin' Company Begins Retail Distribution of Four-Star BAP Tilapia to US Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 3, 2016

The Fishin’ Company confirmed that its first shipment of four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) tilapia has arrived to the US market and will soon be available at retail outlets across the country.  

This is the first four-star certified tilapia to be sold in the US market. Four-star certification means the product originates from BAP-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills. It’s the highest designation in BAP. 

“This is a groundbreaking day for tilapia. We are ecstatic to be able to deliver this totally comprehensive benchmark of food safety, traceability and sustainability to the retail arena, and applaud our supply chain for their partnership in this endeavor,” said Manish Kumar, CEO of The Fishin’ Company...

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U.S. Consumers Hooked on Health Benefits of Fish, Cargill Survey Finds
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Cargill] May 4, 2016
 
Consumers prefer fish over fish oil supplements
 
MINNEAPOLIS - May 4, 2016 – According to a recent Cargill Animal Nutrition survey, U.S. consumers recognize there are more health benefits associated with eating fish and seafood compared to taking fish oil supplements. Consumers understand that the health benefits of fish, the world’s fastest growing protein source, outweigh that of fish oil supplements, despite their ...

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Gulf Shareholders Say Red Snapper Reallocation Punishes Commercial Sector Despite Following Limits

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 3, 2016

The Gulf Reef Shareholders Alliance condemned last week's final federal decision to reallocate Gulf red snapper quotas between the commercial and recreational sectors. The response follows NMFS' decision to finalize a contentious allocation plan to shift the Gulf of Mexico's red snapper quota from the commercial sector to recreational fishermen. Under Amendment 28 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico red snapper quotas were reallocated for the commercial and recreational sectors from 51:49 percent to 48.5:51.5 percent, respectively.

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European Commission Adopts Directive to Improve Working Conditions for Fishing Sector

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 2, 2016

The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a Directive which aims at improving the working conditions for workers in the fishing sector.

The proposed Directive intends to improve the living and working conditions of fishermen by setting several minimum requirements for the sector.

urthermore, the implementation of the social partner agreement in EU legislation is expected to set an example for third countries to ratify the 2007 ILO Working in Fishing Convention. This is particularly relevant in the context of the fight against illegal fishing....

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Evaluating the Report Card: What's Behind NOAA Fisheries Annual Status of the Stocks

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  By Peggy Parker - April 29, 2016

The just-released annual report about the status of the nation’s fish stocks gives Congress a sustainability report card on 546 species of commercial importance within the U.S.’s exclusive economic zone.

NOAA Fisheries’ intensely summarized report comes from thousands of management reports, stock assessments, fisheries management plans, and rebuilding initiatives and other programs used to manage the nation’s seafood resources. It gives lawmakers who determine budget levels for NOAA Fisheries a high-level assessment of how sustainably managed U.S. stocks are in the U.S.

The report’s best news is that for the most part, the principles of the Magnuson-Stevens Act which guide fish management, are being applied successfully. We know what constitutes a sustainably managed fishery. We know how to rebuild stocks that have been overfished...

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Togiak Herring Landings At 50% of Quota Twelve Days into the Season

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews.com]  By Peggy Parker - April 29, 2016

The Togiak herring season started April 17, the earliest opening in history, and as of yesterday landed a cumulative total of 10,480 mt. That is just over 50 percent of the total purse seine allocation of 20,148 mt in 12 days.

The Dillingham office of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, operating under a minimal-to-zero budget for the herring season, reports no gillnet harvest to date. Last year’s herring fishery in Togiak landed 20,374 tons in a season that started April 27 and ended May 10, 2015.

Landings this year began on April 17 but were not reported until at least three processors began buying and reporting deliveries. By April 22, a cumulative harvest of 3,815 tons had been landed. Roe percentages were 11.8% and the reported average fish size was 404 grams.

The purse seine harvest for April 25 was 252 tons, for a cumulative of 7,741 tons. The average size of the fish was 379 grams with...

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Fishing Monitors to Accompany Fewer New England Trips

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Boston Globe] By David Abel - May 2, 2016

After protesting for months about having to pay for the government observers who monitor their catch, the region’s fishermen are catching a break.

The National Marine Fisheries Service on Friday approved a measure that will ease the financial burden on fishermen by reducing the number of times observers must accompany them to sea.

They will now have to take monitors on only 14 percent of their fishing trips, down from nearly a quarter of all trips.

The decision has raised concerns among environmental advocates, who argue that the government should be doing more to monitor the catch of vulnerable species such as Atlantic cod.

“With the experience and data from five years of monitoring, we have determined that the lower coverage levels in this rule will allow us to effectively estimate discards,” said Jennifer Goebel, a spokeswoman for the Fisheries Service in Gloucester.

Fishermen are required to bring in all the fish they catch...

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Vietnam, Grappling with Mass Fish Deaths, Clamps Down on Seafood Sales
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [REUTERS] BY HO BINH MINH - April 28, 2016 
 
Vietnam on Thursday banned the sale and distribution of non-living aquatic products in its central region, following inconclusive efforts to explain why huge numbers of dead fish washed ashore.
 
The ban tackles fears of a health threat along 200 km (124 miles) of the coast, after the government said the fish could have been killed by toxic discharge caused by humans or "red tide", when algae blooming at an abnormal rate produce toxins.
 
On Wednesday, the government said there was no evidence that discharge from a new Taiwanese-built steel plant, a unit of Formosa Plastics, was to blame for the fish ...

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Fortune Fish Distributing Pacific Oysters Under the Hangtown Oysters Brand

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 28, 2016

Fortune Fish & Gourmet has added a line of Pacific oysters grown in Puget Sound waters that will be distributed under the Hangtown Oysters brand. 

The oysters are sourced from the Harding Creek Estuary off the coast of the Kitsap Peninsula

Fortune Fish owns the exclusive distribution rights to the oysters.  

“We had the idea to create Hangtown Oyster a couple of years ago,” explains Sean J. O’Scannlain, President and CEO, Fortune Fish & Gourmet...

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SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 28, 2016

The National Fisheries Insitute's Crab Council membership is up to 23 companies after Virginia-based importer Sherrill International announced its commitment to the group. 

Sherrill has been in business for over 25 years and imports blue swimming crab from Indonesia. The company offers its customers a full suite of pasteurized crab grades.

“Sherrill International has a long history in the crab industry,” said Owner Mark Sherrill. “As a company, we have moved with the market adapting...

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News Summary May 4, 2016 

Today's Main Story: Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative Says "Maine" Lobsters Command a Higher Menu Price 

Today's lead story reports that serving up Maine lobster is paying off big for restaurants that tout the state's iconic offering on their menus. Restaurants selling lobster are charging $6.22 more, on average, when it comes from Maine and its provenance is identified by name on the menu, according to a new report issued Tuesday by the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative. The Portland-based nonprofit, which was founded in 2013 and is funded by industry license surcharges, based its finding on a 2015 menu survey of about 7,000 American restaurants conducted by Technomic Inc., a food consulting and research firm based in Chicago, said Executive Director Matt Jacobson.

In other news, as widely reported over the winter and into the spring, global squid fisheries experienced large die-offs, or in many cases have registered low or no populations of squid in areas where commercial fishing has historically occurred. Fisheries in Japan, Argentina, The Falklands, Chile and California have all noted serious declines or die offs, and industry sources confirm that the effects are being s

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News Summary May 2, 2016

Today's Main Story: NOAA to Cut Monitoring for New England’s Struggling Groundfish

In a victory for groundfishermen, NOAA will significantly reduce at-sea monitoring coverage for northeast multispecies groundfish vessels in the season that begins Sunday. NOAA, according to the final rule filed Friday in the Federal Register, will cut monitoring to 14 percent of all vessel trips in 2016, down from about 24 percent in 2015.

In other news, the unprecedented impasse on salmon fishing seasons has now lead to upcoming fishing closures in all Puget Sound marine areas, and some popular lakes and lower river areas, announced by state Fish and Wildlife on Friday. There are five lakes and many lower river sections that feed into Puget Sound that will close to all fishing on Sunday (May 1) when salmon and steelhead fishing 

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Today's Main Story: PEI Doesn't Expect Big Spread Between Canner and Market Sized Lobster Prices this Season 

The PEI Fishermen's Association says prices between canner and market-sized lobsters will not be very wide this season given this year's demand for more smaller-sized live lobsters. "There really shouldn't be any difference, much difference anymore in the price of canners and markets," said the Association's president Craig Avery. Fishing in the province is expected to get going sometime next week. Boat prices are higher over last year at this time with lobster demand quite high this year.  

Longtime NPFMC member Duncan Fields filed paperwork this week that will allow him to start campaigning for the Kodiak seat on Alaska's state legislator. Fields will run as an independent and challenge Kodiak's current, first-term Rep. Louise Stutes.  Fields is an attorney and fishermen and has been involved in Alaskan fisheries and fish politics for years. Fields will wrap up his ninth and final year as a member of the NPFMC in August. 

In other news, a decline in tilapia stocking among producers in South China is expected to help raise prices. According to reports, the combination of hot temperatures early in 2015, a cold front to end the year and far lower market prices throughout last year forced Chinese farmers to reduce pond stocking. The expectation is for Chinese tilapia prices to rebound this year from more limited tilapia supplies.

Finally, Santa Monica Seafood received BAP certification for its recently renovated seafood processing headquarters in California. “Our recently refurbished and expanded 120,000 square foot Rancho Dominguez main processing facility is now a BAP certified processing plant for repacking salmon and tilapia products.  We are proud to be 1 of only 14 seafood plants in the U.S. that are BAP certified as a repacking plant," said Santa Monica's CEO Roger O’Brien.

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Santa Monica Seafood Gets BAP Certification at Expanded Rancho Dominguez Facility

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 27, 2016

Santa Monica Seafood has received Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification for its recently renovated seafood processing facility in Rancho Dominguez, California.

“Our recently refurbished and expanded 120,000 square foot Rancho Dominguez main processing facility is now a BAP certified processing plant for repacking salmon and tilapia products.  We are proud to be 1 of only 14 seafood plants in the U.S. that are BAP certified as a repacking plant," said Santa Monica's CEO Roger O’Brien...

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Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted Awarded for Using Fish to Fight Malnutrition in Asia, Africa

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 4, 2016

Aquaculture Without Frontiers has named Dr Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted as the woman of the month for May for her contribution towards creating food-based systems to overcome micronutrient deficiencies in low-income countries across Asia and Africa. 

Shakuntala is currently Research Program Leader, Value Chains and Nutrition at WorldFish. Her work focuses on the potential of small nutrient-rich fish in combating and preventing vitamin and mineral deficiencies, in particular, vitamin A, iron, zinc and calcium. She has carried out work in Bangladesh, Cambodia, West Bengal and Nepal, together with government institutions, universities and NGOs. In Bangladesh, deficiencies of these nutrients are widespread effecting more than 20 million people, particularly women and young children....

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MKG Provisions Processed But Did Not Supply Salmon to St. James Smokehouse

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 2, 2016

A story we published on Friday April 29 from the BBC News by Douglas Fraser about UpRiver Aquaculture admitting to a Lacey Act Violation for false labeling said that the company supplied salmon to St. James Smokehouse. 

However, according to a press release issued by UpRiver’s General Manager Cheryl Lipson, the company does not supply salmon to St. James Smokehouse.  Rather the company, which also does business as MKG Provisions, said it processed the salmon that it received from St. James. The packaging MKG used was also provided by St. James. In other words, MKG was acting as a private label processor for St. James.  

“MKG’s customer [St. James Smokehouse] provided MKG with both the salmon as well as the pre-printed packaging, and the salmon was marketed and sold under the customer’s label, not MKG’s or UpRiver’s,” MKG said in a press release...

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South Pacific Tuna Treaty Negotiations with US Slow Going

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 2, 2016

The South Pacific Tuna Corporation and The Global Companies, which includes Ocean Global, LLC, Sea Global, LLC, and Pacific Global, LLC say progress in negotatiing a new South Pacific Tuna Treat with the US is slow going.

The Corporation adn The Global Companies are with other tuna industry leaders and delegates representing American Samoa this week for negations between the Governments of the United States and the Pacific Island Nations regarding the 27-year- Treaty, a cornerstone of commercial support to the Pacific Island Nations.

However, after a week of intense dialogue between all affected parties, the delegation was dismissed without coming to any formal agreement. The following is a statement from J Douglas Hines, executive director of South Pacific Tuna Corporation, and partner in The Global Companies...

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One North Coast "Hot Crab" Pushes California's Fishery Officials to Reconsider Opening Protocols

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Susan Chambers - April 29, 2016

If anyone has a right to be crabby about the Dungeness crab season in California, it's the fishermen and processors in Northern California.

Persistent levels of domoic acid in the crab in California delayed the Dungeness and rock crab along the whole coast and have allowed limited, incremental openings of sport and commercial fisheries in certain areas...

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China's Seafood Imports and Exports Struggle From High Input Costs, Overproduction, Weak Demand

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] Translated by Amy Zhong - April 29, 2016

In 2015, China has been faced with the toughest situation in its aquatic import and export within the past twenty years. There is decline in both the country’s export volume and value of aquatic products.

Under the influence of such factors as slow recovery of global economy and decrease of seafood consumption, there has been decline in the foreign trading of aquatic products worldwide including that of China during 2015. The past year has witnessed China’s encountering the most difficult situation in its import and export within the past 20 years...

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Public Comments Sought on Federal Program to Expedite Seafood Imports to US from Trusted Suppliers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 29, 2016

NMFS is now taking public comments on a program that seeks to streamline seafood imports to the US market from verified suppliers. 

The Trusted Trader Program was formed as part of the White House's Presidential Task Force to Combat IUU fishing. The National Ocean Council (NOC Committee) Committee on IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud, is charged with implementing the Task Force's plans.

Under the program, seafood imports will be expedited into the US market...

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Gulf Red Snapper Quota Reallocation to Rec Sector Finalized; Revised 2016 and 2017 Quotas Issued

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - April 28, 2016

NMFS finalized a contentious allocation plan to shift the Gulf of Mexico's red snapper quota from the commercial sector to recreational fishermen. 

Today the Federal Register will list the approval of Amendment 28 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico. The effective date for the rule change is May 31 of this year. 

The amendment reallocates the red snapper stock's annual...

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Brett Veerhusen Steps Down as Executive Director of the Seafood Harvesters of America
 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 28, 2016

Brett Veerhusen will step down as the executive director of the Seafood Harvesters of America on April 30 after serving two years at the position. 

"It's been a great two years and I've enjoyed very much working with you," Veerhusen said in an email. "The organization will continue to be very active on alternative safety compliance, vessel incidental discharge, Magnuson-Stevens and other issues that affect commercial fishermen coast-to-coast."

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Today's Main Story: St. James Smokehouse's Salmon Supplier MKG Provisions Fined and Put on Probation for False Labeling 

A story we published on Friday, April 29 from the BBC News by Douglas Fraser about UpRiver Aquaculture admitting to a Lacey Act Violation for false labeling said that the company supplied salmon to St. James Smokehouse. However, according to a press release issued by UpRiver’s General Manager Cheryl Lipson, the company does not supply salmon to St. James Smokehouse.  Rather the company, which also does business as MKG Provisions, said it processed the salmon that it received from St. James. The packaging MKG used was also provided by St. James. “MKG’s customer [St. James Smokehouse] provided MKG with both the salmon as well as the pre-printed packaging, and the salmon was marketed and sold under the customer’s label, not MKG’s or UpRiver’s,” MKG said in a press release.

NMFS's annual Status of the Stocks fishery report continued to show the positive effects of US Fishery Management under Magnuson. However, Peggy Parker writes of one glaring error in this year's report about the overfishing status of Eastern Pacific Swordfish.  There appears to be confusion on whether that fishery should be under the jurisdiction of the U.S. at all, even though references are in documents of the Pacific Fishery Management Council.

In other news, Chinese seafood export and import figures posted their worst declines in 20 years in 2015. According to our story, high inputs costs and over production combined with a decline in global and domestic seafood demand to hurt the sector's revenues and volumes.

Meanwhile, one Dungeness crab from California's North Coast tested positive for high levels of domoic acid, further delaying the start to commercial fishing activity in the region. The single positive "hot crab" now has the state's fishery managers questioning if anything can be done to expedite opening the fishery, rather than having to wait weeks for another round of tests.

Finally, the Togiak herring season that started April 17, the earliest opening in history, landed a cumulative total of 10,480 metric tons as of yesterday. That is just over 50 percent of the total purse seine allocation of 20,148 metric tons in 12 days.

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News Summary May 3, 2016 

Today's Main Story: Dr. Ray Hilborn Launches Global Collaborative to Address Shortcomings in Forage Fish Science

Today's news opens reporting that Dr. Ray Hilborn, a marine biologist and fisheries scientist at the University of Washington, launched a new initiative aimed at addressing key issues surrounding forage fish science and the impacts of forage fishing on predator species. Dr. Hilborn's Forage Fish Project is one of several scientific efforts occurring in the next few months to expand the existing body of scientific research on forage fish.

In other news, commercial Dungeness crab season will finally open on California's North Coast on May 12. California Fish and Game Commission, working with the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment and the California Department of Public Health on Monday recommended opening the areas but that consumers should not eat the crab viscera.

The Fishin' Company confirmed that its first shipment of four-star Best Aquaculture Practices 

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Today's Main Story: Coalition of Thai Seafood Companies Agree to Use Electronic Catch Reporting System 

The Thai Fishery Producers Coalition (TFPC) and several of Thailand's regulatory agencies and NGOs signed a letter of cooperation to require fishermen to use an electronic marine catch documentation system. The system will also control the trade of aquatic products and aquaculture development including sanitation. The system is intended to help accurately trace the sources of Thailand's seafood according to the Fisheries Act. The TFPC includes the Thai Frozen Food Association and Thai Shrimp Association along with several other of the country's major commercial fishing and fishmeal groups. The commitment is a direct response from Thailand's fishing industry and regulatory officials to combat IUU issues in their sector.

California officials are testing Dungeness crabs from North Coast waters for domoic acid levels with hopes to open commercial fishing in the region by the first week of May. If the crabs don’t show high levels of the neurotoxin, the season could start as soon as May 5, according to Department of Fish and Wildlife senior environmental scientist Pete Kalvass.

In other news, the rift between Washington state and tribal fishery officials in Puget Sound continues and now threatens all salmon fishing activity in the region. A third attempt to set the salmon fishing seasons in Puget Sound failed, which means a complete fishery closure is possible starting May 1. Both the state and tribes will now pursue federal permits through NMFS, which are needed to conduct any salt- and fresh-water fisheries in Puget Sound.

Finally, Alaska's state fishery managers put the Copper River salmon fleet on notice that the season is likely going to open on May 16. The harvest this year calls for 1.6 million sockeyes, 21,000 kings and 201,000 coho. The Copper River Prince William Sound Marketing Association is also coordinating the season's first fish deliveries to Seattle with Alaska Airlines. The tradition sees the first Copper River salmon delivered straight to chefs waiting at the Seattle-Tacoma airport.

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Tilapia Prices Expected to Rebound with Pond Stocking Rates in South China Down 30% in 2016

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] Translated by Amy Zhong - April 27, 2016

The year of 2015 was disastrous for China’s tilapia industry which suffered from a great price decrease in the market. The price has even dropped below the cost of 3.2 yuan/jin (1 jin = 0.5 kilo) in Hainan, one main production area.

Several factors contributed to last year's price declines. The outbreak of the streptococcus disease peaked; illegal drug residues ...

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