Thu. Dec 14 2017

Analysis: Seasonal Upswing in Full Motion for Farmed Fresh Salmon  


Canadians to Spend More at Restaurants in 2018, Price of Seafood Not Expected to Rise Much


FDA Posts Import Alert For Vietnamese Seafood Company Due to Hepatitis A Contamination  


South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Working on New Regulation App for Commercial Fishermen


DFO Seeking Public Opinion On Plans to Ticket for Minor Fishing Violations


Northern California Dungeness Crab Meat Recovery Rates Show Incremental Growth  


China’s Domestic Shrimp Output Drops by 10%; Decrease Could Mean Higher Imports  


Wed. Dec 13 2017

Russia will Expand Pollock to 2 Million Tons of Production Next Year; Aims to Undercut US on Price  


ANALYSIS: Demand For Octopus Growing Globally, But Lower Catches Reported  


FSIS Discontinuing Third-Party Hold and Test Sampling of Catfish  


Are Bering Sea Cod and Pollock Shifting Northward?  


EU Ministers Announce Atlantic & North Sea 2018 Catch Limits, ClientEarth Says Limits Ignore Science


Phillips Seafoods Names Sarah Palmer As Vice President of Foodservices


Captain D’s Promotes Tim Ward to COO, Andy Castle to VP of Company Operations


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, December 13


Tue. Dec 12 2017

West Coast's Pacific Ocean Perch Stock Declared Rebuilt, Will Lead to Higher Groundfish Catches  


Nova Scotia Lobster Landings Similar to Last Year After First Two Weeks  


Walmart Offering Shelf-Stable Crab in New Delivery Meal Kit  


MSC Says Hands Tied on PNA Review, Says Our Story Mischaracterized Parliamentary Interest


China's Tilapia Industry Faces Struggles Along the Road to Acceptance  


FDA Expands Rule on ‘Refusal of Inspection’ Gives Foreign Plants 24 Hours to Answer Query


Cooke Aquaculture VP of Communications Nell Halse Retiring at the End of the Year


Hawaii Longliners Paying for Fishing Bigeye Rights in U.S. Territories  


Nova Scotia Car Dealership Hosts 2nd Annual Crazy Lobster Photo Contest  


Washington State Crabber Sentenced to 90 Days House Arrest, Fined $5K for Stealing Crab Pots


Gulf Fishermen Set Up Retail Stores in Mid-West, Rotate from Boat to Retail and Back


Trans-Ocean Gets its Surimi Verified with Non-GMO Label  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, December 12


Mon. Dec 11 2017

Gulf of Alaska P-Cod TACs Drop by 80% for 2018, Council Approves Increase in BSAI Pollock


Larry Cotter, CEO of APICDA Since its Founding, Announces Retirement at End of 2018


Another Lobster Zone Votes to Continue Maine's Lobster Marketing Program  


Changes in the Warm Kuroshio current in Japan to affect fishing operations


England's Largest Fishing Port to Get £3.4 Million Shellfish Processing Plant


Shell Shack Seafood Chain Restaurant Expanding Outside of Texas


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, December 11


Fri. Dec 8 2017

NE Council Sets Higher Limits for Cod, Pollock, But SNE Yellowtail Restrictions will Hurt


Live King Crab from Alaska Flying to Chinese Markets  


Russian Banks May Cut Funding for Domestic Industry If Crab Auction Overturns Historical Fish Rights  


Urner Barry Hosting Seafood Import Workshop in Los Angeles


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, December 8


Maine Shrimp Fishery May Never Rebound


Researchers Find Dam Flow Patterns Could Boost Yields at Freshwater Fisheries


Washington State Senator Maria Cantwell Introduces Fishing and Small Vessel Relief Act


Young’s Seafood Launches ‘Proudly Made in Britain’ Campaign


Poland’s Fish Processors Expand as Exports Drive Sales  


VIDEO: Fork and Fin Foodtruck; Aldi Trademarks “Love Fish”; WC Crab Season Delayed; Misty Blue Sinks


Thu. Dec 7 2017

SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, December 7


Captain D’s Continues to Grow in Final Weeks of 2017


ASC Adds New Member To Commercial Team in Stockholm


Coldwater Shrimp Market May be Tight in Early 2018  


MSC Called to Parliament to Answer Questions About its PNA Tuna Recertification


Dungeness Crab Continue to Fill Out in Oregon; Season Delayed Until Dec. 31  


Dan Herring Joins Suram Trading Corp as VP of National Accounts  


Bay of Bengal Typhoons Hit Seafood Exports from Kerala, Threaten Andra Pradesh, Shrimp Farm Cap


Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Seeks to Introduce Commercial Fishing to 3 Marine Monuments


AP Recommends Modest Increases in Pollock, POP, and Sablefish TACs in Bering Sea


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Crabfest Back at Red Lobster with More Non-Snow Crab Offerings: Dungeness and Southern Red Crab  SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafod News] July 11, 2017  Crabfest®, is back at Red Lobster®! For a limited time Red Lobster is inviting guests to explore the restaurant's largest variety of wild-caught crab it offers all year, including two new types of crab – Dungeness and Southern King. Red Lobster says diners can dive into its new "NEW! Dueling Crab Legs™" – a pairing of Pacific Northwest Dungeness and sweet Snow crab legs, or they can try the "NEW! Southern King Crab Leg ...

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Analysis: Seasonal Upswing in Full Motion for Farmed Fresh Salmon

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Janice Schreiber - December 14, 2017

The farmed Atlantic market looks to be hitting its stride in the historical seasonal upswing...

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Canadians to Spend More at Restaurants in 2018, Price of Seafood Not Expected to Rise Much

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - December 14, 2017

Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph released Canada’s Food Price Report on Wednesday, revealing that food prices Canada could potentially rise 1%-3% in 2018.

According to the report, annual food expenditure for a family of four is expected to rise by $348, for a total of $11,948. This is a decrease from 2017, which predicted a $420 rise in costs ...

 

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FDA Posts Import Alert For Vietnamese Seafood Company Due to Hepatitis A Contamination 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - December 14, 2017

On Wednesday the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) posted an import alert for “detention without physical examination of seafood due to hepatitis A contamination.

According to the FDA alert, they conducted a sample of frozen raw tuna products in May 2017 and found that the products contained the hepatitis A virus. A follow up screening by the FDA alerted them to a second firm’s frozen raw tuna products containing the hepatitis A ...

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DFO Seeking Public Opinion On Plans to Ticket for Minor Fishing Violations

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - December 14, 2017

In an effort to ensure that fisheries remain healthy and sustainable, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is seeking the public’s opinion on its plans to expand tickets for minor fishing violations.

Fishery officers can currently issue a warning – or lay charges – to those that do not follow regulations in the Pacific, Atlantic, British Columbia Sport Fishing, Newfoundland and Labrador, and “General” fishery. The DFO is seeking to begin using tickets for minor fishing violations ...

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ANALYSIS: Demand For Octopus Growing Globally, But Lower Catches Reported

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Jim Kenny - December 13, 2017

Strong demand and poor landings has buoyed the global octopus market...

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Are Bering Sea Cod and Pollock Shifting Northward?

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Peggy Parker - December 13, 2017

Fisheries scientists from nations that share northern boundaries with the Arctic Ocean are looking at the effects of ocean warming and changes in the distribution of commercially important seafood species.

In western Arctic Canada, indigenous observations and scientific knowledge are collaborating to measure the frequency of salmon, particularly chum salmon, in the MacKenzie River System.  They have found that the frequency of “exceptional years” of higher return has increased. They want to know ...

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Phillips Seafoods Names Sarah Palmer As Vice President of Foodservices

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - December 13, 2017

Phillips Seafoods has promoted product specialist Sarah Palmer to Vice President of Foodservices.

Palmer, who previously worked as a territory manager and seafood specialist with US Foodservice, joined Phillips in 2010 as a product specialist.

“Sarah has been a dynamic and successful member of our team for many years,” said Phillips President and CEO Steve Phillips. “She has been instrumental to our foodservice sales success across all regions, and this new position will enable ...

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West Coast's Pacific Ocean Perch Stock Declared Rebuilt, Will Lead to Higher Groundfish Catches

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - December 12, 2017

The National Marine Fisheries Service on Monday formally approved Pacific ocean perch rockfish as rebuilt, giving West Coast shoreside and at-sea groundfish fleets a little breathing room for what has been a constraining species.

"There will be quite a bit more fish available, and that's good," Oregon Trawl Commission Director Brad Pettinger said.

As Seafood News reported in July, Pacific ocean perch -- or POP -- was decimated by foreign fleets off the West Coast prior to implementation of the...

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Walmart Offering Shelf-Stable Crab in New Delivery Meal Kit

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - December 12, 2017

Walmart is jumping on the delivery meal kit bandwagon thanks to Takeout Kit, the first shelf-stable global meal kit.

Takeout Kit, which has a shelf life of two-months, was founded by “busy professional and perpetual student” Rachael Lake in 2016. Lake came up with the concept after realizing that other meal kits added “an unnecessary level of stress” by requiring consumers to cook the food within 3-5 days ...

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China's Tilapia Industry Faces Struggles Along the Road to Acceptance

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - December 11, 2017

China is the largest producer and exporter of tilapias worldwide, but now countries from the South and the Central America are catching up with it. Meanwhile, its export volumes and value have stayed at low levels within the past three years. Its aquaculture cost has been rising continually, while profits are increasingly low. Some processing companies have quit the market and the market worsens with a few companies exporting products at small or no profits to get subsidies and survive.

Now China's processing companies are trying to ...

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South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Working on New Regulation App for Commercial Fishermen

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - December 14, 2017

Having a hard time keeping up with offshore fishing regulations? There’s an app for that!

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council has been using the South Atlantic Fishing Regulations app to aid both recreational and commercial fishermen when in federal waters – anywhere from three to 200 miles off the South Atlantic Coast. However, come January 1, the Council will be transferring over to a new app: “Fish Rules.”

The Fish Rules mobile app is ... 

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Russia will Expand Pollock to 2 Million Tons of Production Next Year; Aims to Undercut US on Price

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  December 13, 2017

Russia plans to overtake the US in the global pollock market during the next several years, that will take place through the increase of domestic production and possible expansion in major export markets, Russian experts believe.

According to predictions of experts of Russian Rosrybolovstvo, already next year pollock production in Russia may exceed 2 million tons, that will be significantly higher figures of the current year, which are predicted at 1.8 million tons.

Rosrybolovstvo expects already next year  Russian companies will start on-board production of pollock surimi and fillets and will start active expansion on global market with this product. In addition, next year Russian fisherman also plan  to increase the production of block pollock fillets and individual single frozen fillets.  

Finally, Russia plans to significantly increase the production of pollock roe ...

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FSIS Discontinuing Third-Party Hold and Test Sampling of Catfish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - December 13, 2017

On Dec. 18, 2017, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will be discontinuing third-party “Hold and Test” sampling and testing protocol for imported Siluriformes fish.

During the 18-month transitional period before the implementation of the USDA Catfish Inspection Program, FSIS conducted some testing on imported fish products that revealed “violative levels of drugs, pesticides, dyes, metals, nitrofurans or other chemical restudies.” The USDA agency began to require Importers of Record (IOR) ...

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EU Ministers Announce Atlantic & North Sea 2018 Catch Limits, ClientEarth Says Limits Ignore Science

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - December 13, 2017

On Wednesday EU ministers announced that they reached an agreement on fishing catch limits for 2018 in the Atlantic and North Sea. Fifty-three catch limits will be brought to Maximum Sustainable Yield levels, compared to 44 stocks in 2017.

“We are now more than half-way to the 2020 deadline to ensure that all stocks are fished sustainable,” said Commissioner Karmenu Vella. “With today’s agreement two-thirds of ...

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Captain D’s Promotes Tim Ward to COO, Andy Castle to VP of Company Operations

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - December 13, 2017

Fast casual seafood chain Captain D’s announced on Tuesday that they have promoted four employees within the company.

Tim Ward, who joined the company in 2011 as their Director of Operations, and later took on the role of Vice President of Operations, is now Captain D’s new Chief Operating Officer. Andy Castle, who joined Captain D’s as an Area Director 2012, and was promoted in 2013 to Director of Operations ...

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Nova Scotia Lobster Landings Similar to Last Year After First Two Weeks

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - December 12, 2017

Lobster landings in Nova Scotia are about the same as last year, says fishermen in Shelburne County.

Weather delayed the season opening by a day, but lobstermen reportedly started off with a strong haul, with price at shore set at $5.75. However, Steven Atkinson, manager at Atksym Fisheries told the Shelburne County Coast Guard that full tides and a full moon “dropped the catches fairly quick” during the second week of ...

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MSC Says Hands Tied on PNA Review, Says Our Story Mischaracterized Parliamentary Interest

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - December 12, 2017

The MSC sent a statement in response to our story of December 7, about On the Hook's Campaign to Object to the MSC certifying PNA tuna when the same fleet catches both approved and unapproved products.

They said in particular that the recertification of the PNA fishery is currently under a formal Objection. MSC is unable to comment or engage on the issue of the PNA recertification until such time as the Objections Process is complete, which will happen when the Independent Adjudicator makes his final determination.

They said certification decisions are taken by our third party certifiers against specific versions of our Standard and Requirements. MSC cannot intervene to halt an assessment because decisions on certification are taken by our third party certifiers, not by MSC.

If our requirements do change as a result of consultation, all affected fisheries are required to come into alignment with the new requirements according to the implementation timeframe specified by the Board.

Their statement is below:

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