Fri. Apr 21 2017

NMFS Put Councils on Notice About Overfishing or Overfished Conditions on Bigeye, Four Other Stocks


Russian Pollock Producers Plan to Grow Exports to EU Market 40% by 2019  


Icelandic Group Puts Major UK Seafood Distributor Seachill Up For Sale


Westward Seafoods Settles with EPA Over Clean Air Act Violations


VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectations; European Whole Salmon Floods US  


Newfoundland Fisherman Continues Hunger Strike Protest After Call From Minister


Seafood.com News Summary Friday April 21, 2017


Thu. Apr 20 2017

PWS Pink and Chum Salmon Get Determination of MSC Sustainability Prior to Public Objection Period  


Greenpeace Tuna Ranking Charade a Market Opportunity for Some Retailers Not a Sustainability Advance  


Scientists Spawn Pacific Sardines In Captivity; Results Could Inform Potential for Good Fishing  


Peru Hikes Anchovy Quota 1 Million Metric Tons With Season Set to Start on April 22  


Chesapeake Bay's Spawning Female Blue Crab Stocks at Highest Level in 28 Years   (0) 


Marine Harvest's Q1 Production Falls 13% in 2017 But Earnings Double from a Year Ago  


Feds Close Flatfish, Rockfish, Sablefish Trawling in Gulf of Alaska 2 Weeks Earlier Than Last Year


American Shrimp Processors Assoc. Backs "Buy American" Executive Order  


Portion of Kodiak Sac Roe Herring Fishery Temporarily Shut Down for Lack of Fish  


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 20, 2017


Wed. Apr 19 2017

European Whole Salmon Floods US and Cuts into Canada's Market Share  


West Coast EFP Successfully Targets Pelagic Rockfish with Minimal Bycatch


Russia Squeezed by High Salmon Prices as Chilean Companies Cut Back Shipments  


Letters: Laitram Says Steam Cookers Catching on In NB Crab Industry with Quality Advantages  


VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quotas Announced  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 19, 2017


Tue. Apr 18 2017

Japanese Crab Negotiations with Newfoundland Full of Uncertainty  


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 18, 2017


NFI's Shrimp Council Partners with Popular Food Blogger Chungah Rhee to Promote Shrimp Consumption  


Kroger Backs WWF with $50,000 Donation as Part of Earth Month Sustainability Campaign


Mon. Apr 17 2017

The Smokehouse of NY Recalls Smoked Salmon and Fish Products Over Listeria Concerns  


High Liner Recalls Captain's Crew Fish Strips for Undeclared Allergen


Thai Union CEO Thiraphong Chansiri to Run Virgin London Marathon in Support of WWF-UK


Fortune Fish Expands into E-Commerce Seafood Sales With Deal to Buy Lobster Gram  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 17, 2017


Indonesian Canned Tuna Producer PT Bali Maya Permai Joins ISSF  


China’s Tilapia Industry Faces Moment of Truth at Volume Remains Flat and Prices Fall  


New Zealand's Most Controversial Fishery Deemed Sustainable by Global Body  


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NMFS Put Councils on Notice About Overfishing or Overfished Conditions on Bigeye, Four Other Stocks

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - April 21, 2017

The National Marine Fisheries Service has notified regional councils that five species are subject to overfishing and/or are overfishing or overfished, requiring measures be put in place to remedy the situations.

Bigeye tuna in the Western and Central Pacific and South Atlantic golden tilefish are subject to overfishing, according to NMFS. South Atlantic blueline tilefish remains subject to overfishing. Pacific Bluefin tuna in the North Pacific Ocean and South Atlantic red snapper ...

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Russian Pollock Producers Plan to Grow Exports to EU Market 40% by 2019

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden - April 21, 2017

Russian pollock producers plans to significantly increase the volume of their supplies to the EU market during the next several years, according to an official spokesman of the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo).

That will be achieved through the increase of the volume of domestic fish processing and the reduction of fish exports to abroad, more than 87% of which account for frozen, whole fish...

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PWS Pink and Chum Salmon Get Determination of MSC Sustainability Prior to Public Objection Period


SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - April 21, 2017

The final report of the results of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) assessment of the Prince William Sound (PWS) salmon fisheries is out and this time, pink and chum hatchery salmon from that area were determined to be certified as sustainable.

The determination triggers a 15 working day objection period. Once that period passes without MSC receiving an objection...

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Westward Seafoods Settles with EPA Over Clean Air Act Violations

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 21, 2017 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Justice (DOJ) today announced a settlement with Westward Seafoods to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations at its Captain’s Bay seafood processing plant in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. As part of the settlement, Westward is required to use new electronic systems for monitoring, recordkeeping and reporting, to properly train personnel for compliance, and to implement a more robust preventative maintenance and operations plan...

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Newfoundland Fisherman Continues Hunger Strike Protest After Call From Minister

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Canadian Press] - April 21, 2017

St John's, N.L. — A Newfoundland fisherman is continuing his hunger strike over what he says is Ottawa's dire mismanagement of stocks, despite getting a phone call from federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc, his mother says.

Linda Gillett said Friday that her son Richard Gillett spoke with LeBlanc on Thursday, but isn't ready yet to give up his protest.

"He's not accepting that, he wants it in writing that he (LeBlanc) will meet with him," said Gillett.

She said her son is entering the ninth day...

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Scientists Spawn Pacific Sardines In Captivity; Results Could Inform Potential for Good Fishing

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - April 20, 2017

Biologists at NOAA Fisheries’ Southwest Fisheries Science Center cracked the code on how to spawn Pacific sardines in the laboratory, opening a new window on the life cycle of the commercially important species. Some in the industry hope it will better inform industry and managers as to what environmental factors would augment wild reproduction and recruitment.

Like many species, sardines require just the right conditions to reproduce. Researchers working with sardines in the SWFSC’s Experimental Aquarium had tried for decades to identify ...

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Chesapeake Bay's Spawning Female Blue Crab Stocks at Highest Level in 28 Years

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 20, 2017 

The crab population in the Chesapeake Bay is resilient and steady as the biomass of spawning-age females is now at a 28-year high for the fishery according to the latest survey from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Accordign to the DNR’s 2017 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey the overall population of crabs was estimated at 455 million, the 11th highest level recorded by the survey. The spawning female stock increased 31 percent, from 194 million to 254 million, exceeding the healthy target level of 215 million for the first time since 2010...

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Marine Harvest's Q1 Production Falls 13% in 2017 But Earnings Double from a Year Ago

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - April 20, 2017

Marine Harvest’s salmon harvest volumes were down but earnings were about double in the first quarter of 2017 compared to last year.

According to the major salmon producer’s preliminary earnings report, Marine Harvest produced about 83,000 metric tons of salmon from its key farms in Norway, Scotland, Canada and Chile. This figure is down about 13 percent, or 14,000 metric tons from its harvest volumes from the first quarter in 2016.

Production from Marine Harvest’s Norwegian, Chilean and Canadian sites was down. In Chile, the industry is still recovering from an algae bloom in 2016 that set production schedules back by almost a full year for all major producers in the Southern part of Chile...

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Feds Close Flatfish, Rockfish, Sablefish Trawling in Gulf of Alaska 2 Weeks Earlier Than Last Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  April 20, 2017

NMFS has closed the deepwater trawl fisheries in the Gulf directed at rockfish, sablefish, flatfish and arrowtooth flounder effective April 13th.

The fishery has come up against its halibut bycatch limit of 256 metric tons. 

This is a temporary closure, and the fishery will reopen May 15th, with their third-period allocation.

The fishery will close at the latest on July 1st, under the management plan.

The closure this year is two weeks earlier than last year's closure..

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Portion of Kodiak Sac Roe Herring Fishery Temporarily Shut Down for Lack of Fish 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 20, 2017

Kodiak’s commercial herring sac roe fishery in the combined Village Islands/Uganik bay sections is on a temporary stand down because of a lack of harvestable fish.

About 80 tons of sac roe herring have been harvested from the region to date.

A release from the ADF&G said the research vessel K-Hi-C is now departing the Uganik Bay and will now conduct surveys in the Izhut Bay Section.

Kodiak’s herring season opened on April 15. This year’s herring stock is strong but made up of mostly smaller, 3-5 year old fish. That prompted managers to reduce the harvest slightly to 1,645 tons. 

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Icelandic Group Puts Major UK Seafood Distributor Seachill Up For Sale 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - April 21, 2017

The Board of Icelandic Group has initiated a sales process for its UK operations, Seachill. This is the latest operation that Icelandic Group has decided to sell off.

 Seachill is a leading supplier of chilled fish to the UK retail market since it was founded in 1998. The business has grown to be one of the largest chilled fish processors in the UK, with well-invested facilities and an established supply chain Icelandic Group said.

Seachill owns The Saucy Fish Co. brand which has a fast growing reputation globally. The brand recently expanded to the North American market.  In 2017, The Saucy Fish Co. entered the frozen retail category with a line of ready to cook frozen products.

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Greenpeace Tuna Ranking Charade a Market Opportunity for Some Retailers Not a Sustainability Advance

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  [News Analysis]  April 20, 2017 

As can be expected with a major initiative of a multi-million dollar NGO like Greenpeace, they have received wide press coverage with their 2017 tuna rankings.

Unfortunately, the rankings have almost nothing to do with tuna sustainability.

Instead, like other supermarket rankings undertaken by Greenpeace, the ranking system is used to reward banners that conform to Greenpeace’s ideology and punish banners that don’t.

For example, 5 of the 9 lower ranked banners on Tuna simply refused to answer Greenpeace’s questionnaire....

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Peru Hikes Anchovy Quota 1 Million Metric Tons With Season Set to Start on April 22

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - April 20, 2017

Peru’s Ministry of Production announced a 2.8 million metric ton fishing quota for its first fishery season, which will start on April 22.

This quota is up 55 percent from last year, a one million metric ton increase.

"We have the satisfaction of having found an important level of biomass that confirms that we are doing well. We are leaving little more than 6 million tons at sea, a lot more baggage than normal for fishing to be sustainable," said Peru’s Production Minister Bruno Giuffra...

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European Whole Salmon Floods US and Cuts into Canada's Market Share

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - April 19, 2017

European salmon producers, beset with sea lice problems, appear to be harvesting fish early and flooding the US market with unusual amounts of smaller whole fish.

This has had an impact on Canadian producers, who normally dominate the whole fish market in the US.

Import data from the US Department of Commerce in February showed whole salmon imports from Europe about equal to shipments from Canada...

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West Coast EFP Successfully Targets Pelagic Rockfish with Minimal Bycatch

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Susan Chambers - April 19, 2017

More than 750,000 pounds of West Coast rockfish have been landed in roughly a month under an exempted fishing permit, creating a small boon for fishermen and markets.

The 2017 annual catch limits (ACLs) for many rockfish species such as canary and widow rockfish, formerly listed as overfished, increased more than five times what they were in 2016 -- but the trawl fleet had no real way to access them under the catch shares program, which holds fishermen 100 percent accountable but did not remove archaic management regulations...

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American Shrimp Processors Assoc. Backs "Buy American" Executive Order

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - April 20, 2017

The American Shrimp Processors Association (ASPA) supported the Trump Administration’s “Buy America” executive order that was signed this week and begins a widespread review period of all US import policies for manufactured goods.

Among the directives in the order, section “F” directs the Commerce Secretary to “assess the impacts of all United States free trade agreements and the World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement on the operation of Buy American Laws, including their impacts on the implementation of domestic procurement preferences.”

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