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


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


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


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


Researchers Find Dam Flow Patterns Could Boost Yields at Freshwater Fisheries


Maine Shrimp Fishery May Never Rebound


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, December 8


Thu. Dec 7 2017

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


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  


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


ASC Adds New Member To Commercial Team in Stockholm


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, December 7


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


Coldwater Shrimp Market May be Tight in Early 2018  


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


Wed. Dec 6 2017

Seafood Importers and Brokers Totally Unprepared for Jan 1st Implementation of Sfd Import Monitoring


Eggs Set Up 4 Percent; Chicks Placed Up Slightly


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, December 6


NFI Launches New Website to Get Food Service Community 'Hooked' on Seafood


University of New Haven Student Sheds Light on Sodexo’s Sustainable Seafood


China’s Antarctic Toothfish Market is Bustling But Smuggling Remains a Problem  


Seafood Sourcing Investing Over £600,000 into Whitefish Processing Facility  


Industry, Managers Prepare for Possible Partial Dungeness Crab Opening on the West Coast  


Atlantic Capes Puts Out Statement on Sinking of Their Clam Vessel F/V Misty Blue; 2 Crewmen Lost


New England Fishery Management Council Sends Atlantic Herring Amendment 8 to Public Hearing  


Tue. Dec 5 2017

SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, December 5


Sector IX Objects to Suspension in Letter to NOAA; Asks to Operate While Investigating Over Fishing


Red Lobster Launches New, Smaller Tasting Plates and Globally-Inspired Entrées  


Shrimp Imports Continue to Accelerate, Driven by Retail Demand  


Lund's Fisheries Announces New Management Team


Florida Fishermen's Group Sues Over 40% Cut in 2018 Golden Tilefish Allocation  


OECD Review of Fisheries 2017 Sees Rise in Aquaculture Sector


Chinese Basa Growth Slows by About 7%; Prices Expected to Remain High  


Hokkaido Scallop Season Ends with Landings Up 16% Over 2016; Another Increase seen for 2018  


SW Nova Scotia Lobster Season More Normal This Year, Quality Varies by Location


Broodstock Capital Invests in Norwegian Salmon Industry Track and Trace Software  


ISSF Releases Position Statement Calling for Better Management of Stocks  


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News Summary July 12, 2017 Today's Main Story: Chile's Salmon Output May Increase More than Expected, Help Shares Headlining the news today is a focus on how Chile's farmed salmon production could increase more than expected this year, helping share prices of Chilean producers at a time when salmon from leading global producer Norway is limited, according to a trade association and analysts. As stricter regulations are implemented to tackle environmental problems that have decimated fish populations, local companies had forecast stable output in 2017 after a 20 percent decline a year earlier due to a deadly algae bloom. Production now looks likely to surpass expectations, said Felipe Sandoval, president of the Salmon Chile association, which represents producers. Meanwhile, the Chilean salmon fillet market continued to trend lower yesterday. Urner Barry's Salmon Market Reporter Janice Schreiber writes that supplies range fully adequate to ample in the spot market coupled with a seasonally lackluster demand period. Downward pricing pressure is being felt not only from other origins of farmed salmon (i.e. Canada and Europe) but also from the growing supply of wild salmon; especially sockeyes. Additionally, market participants report that the volumes available out of Chile will continue to increase throughout the second half of the 

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

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

On Tuesday Cooke Aquaculture announced that Nell Halse, the company’s long-time VP of Communications, will be retiring at the end of the year. Halse joined the company in 2004 and has been the spokesperson for Cooke Aquaculture and their various seafood divisions.

According to Cooke Aquaculture CEO Glenn Cooke, Halse played an important role in communicating all of the company’s growth and success, including their Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) ...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Peggy Parker - December 11, 2017

The North Pacific Fisheries Managment Council dropped the 2018 Pacific Cod total allowable catch in the Gulf of Alaska by 80 percent to 13,096 mt, from last year’s TAC of 64,442 mt. The 2018 TAC is less than half of what has been landed to date, approximately 33,000 mt. 

The stunning drop was at the high end of earlier predicted cuts, and is related ....

 

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

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

Larrin Breitsprecher, a 57-year-old commercial crab fisherman from Westport, Washington, has been sentenced to 90 days of electronic home monitoring and fined $5,000 for stealing crab pots.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) launched an investigation into Breitsprecher after a deckhand on his boat told officers that his boss “directed him to steal crab pots while fishing near Westport.” WDFW officers and the ...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Gleaner] by Aimee Blume - December 12, 2017

Living as we do in the middle of the Midwest, a huge selection of really good, fresh seafood isn't always readily available.

We have some groceries and restaurants that supply good products, but another is always welcome, and now we have AB Seafood, a truly brilliant operation that works out of Dauphin Island off Mobile, Alabama, to bring freshly-caught gulf seafood up into Tennessee ...

 

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - December 11, 2017

The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) was created to aid the industry. However, there is a debate amongst lobstermen about whether the organization is truly an asset.

As we previously reported, the MLMC’s $2.2 million budget is funded by lobster license surcharges. Now that it’s time to renew the license surcharge, some fishermen are arguing that the MLMC has not made them any more money. The group needs the program ...

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Changes in the Kuroshio current in Japan to affect fishing operations

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  December 11, 2017

   The Japan Coast Guard said on Dec. 6 it confirmed--for the first time in 12 years--that the Kuroshio current has been meandering visibly southward in the eastern area of Japan's exclusive economic zone.

   Kuroshio, also known as the Japan Current, is the largest ocean current in the seas off Japan. It is a warm current, originating in the area east of the Philippines, that flows northward between Taiwan and the island of Ishigakijima into the East China Sea.

   The Sanriku Coast, where the Kuroshio meets the Oyashio (the cold southbound current), is a rich fishing ground.

   The coast guard said that Kuroshio moved about 20 kilometers southward from the observation point as of Nov.3, with the width of the flow expanding...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton December 12, 2017

The FDA has put out a draft constituent guidance document for public comment on how the agency will determine ‘Refusal of Inspection.’

It gives foreign plants 24 hours to respond to any request for an inspection, or have their products denied entry to the US.

The Food Safety and Modernization Act gives the FDA authority to refuse entry to any seafood product where the FDA is not permitted to inspect the foreign production plant.  The guidance is to say what the FDA considers to be refusal.

Some of the proposals are quite draconian, including a demand for a 24 hour response to any request for an inspection.

The FDA does not pre-announce inspections at US facilities.  However, at overseas facilities, the FDA will request to schedule an inspection..

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

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

A recent story in Honolulu Civil Beat reports that Hawaii longline fishermen are going over their bigeye tuna quota by purchasing fishing rights to access fish in U.S. territories.

However, the purchase of those fishing rights are well within established rules and regulations under the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Under the agreement, Hawaii fishermen would pay $250,000 for half of the 2,000-ton quotas from Guam, American Samoa and ...

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

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

Canadian lobstermen are flooding a car dealership’s Facebook page with photos of lobster. Why? It’s Murray GM’s “2nd Annual Craziest Lobster Contest”!

Blue, iridescent, spotted and striped – unique lobsters caught by crew members are making the rounds online thanks to the contest, which awards the winner with $250 and the title of “Craziest Lobster” for the 2017/2018 season.

The rules to enter are pretty simple: Lobstermen post a ... 

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - December 11, 2017

Larry Cotter, who helped develop the Community Development Quota (CDQ) program and became the first CEO of APICDA (Aleutian and Pribilof Islands Community Development Association), will retire on December 31, 2018.

The APICDA board has formed a transition team and will launch a search for a new CEO in February.

Larry has been a well known and active advocate for the CDQ program throughout the Alaska fishing industry.  APICDA just recently announced a joint venture with Trident to vastly upgrade a processing facility at False Pass ...

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

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

The Non-GMO project, a non-profit organization dedicated to building and protecting a non-GMO food supply, has verified Trans-Ocean Products’ Simply Surimi seafood brand.

 “Earning this verification is an important milestone for our Simply Surimi product line,” said Lou Shaheen,Trans-Ocean’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “We want all consumers to know they can trust Simply Surimi and the ingredients used to make it. The Non-GMO Project adds a ...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  December 8, 2017

The New England Fishery Management Council increased cod and pollock quotas for 2018 this week, which is good news for the New England fishing industry.

The council passed groundfish framework 57 which sets new quotas and has a number of other groundfish adjustments.

The species with substantial quota increases are Georges Bank Cod, Gulf of Maine Cod, Gulf of Maine Haddock, and pollock. 

Redfish will go up 5%.

The biggest percentage increases all were in the ...

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