Wed. Feb 21 2018

Price Gap Between Russian Red and Golden King Crab at Historic Levels  


AK Bering Sea Crabbers Launch Search for New Executive Director


Santa Monica Seafood Expanding Pre-Packed Chilled Seafood Operations


Alaska Fisheries Trust Bill Supported During First House Hearing


Russia Concerned About Chinese Poaching Activities in Territorial Waters  


Washington Fish Farmers Urge State Lawmakers to Oppose Ban on Salmon Farms


Walmart Canada Introducing Sustainable Delivery For Vancouver Online Grocery Shoppers


Vietnam's Hung Vuong Sells Fish Meal Factory to Increase Capital; Plans to Up Basa Sales  


White Castle Brings Back Seafood Crab Cake Slider, Shrimp Nibblers For Lent  


Time for PWS Sablefish Fishermen To Register For the 2018 Fishery


Sea Watch Celebrating National Clam Chowder Day by Providing Bowls to Shelters, Food Pantries  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, February 21


Tue. Feb 20 2018

Thai Union Group Sales Up 1.6%, Profits up 14.6%, With Strong North American Business


Industry Responds to Erroneous Reports about Dungeness Fishery  


Ecuador Shrimp Prices to China Fall to Lowest Level in Five Years  


Tassal 17th Company to Join Global Salmon Initiative  


Burned California Bears Treated With Tilapia Skin Now in Good Health  


ASC and MSC Team Up for Think Fish Week in France


GAA, IFFO Provide Update on South East Asia Fishmeal Project  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, February 20


Mon. Feb 19 2018

California Crabbers Slow Landings, Say Won't Deliver at $2.50 per lb.  


Processors Must Eviscerate Dungeness Crab from Southern Oregon Due to Domoic Acid Levels  


China's Tariff Reduction Coincides with Imported Seafood Price Drops Around Chinese New Year  


Cooke Expresses Strong Disappointment with Washington House and Senate Votes to Ban Netpens


Trump Administration Wants to Cut Budget for NOAA, But Congress Unlikely to Accept   


New Seafood News Podcast Episode: Kingfish Zeeland Dutch Yellowtail, Coast Guard Rescue & More  


Vietnam’s Seafood Export Value Rises to U.S. $560 Million in January; Exports to China Grew in 2017  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, February 19


Fri. Feb 16 2018

Russian Security Service Challenging Crab Quota Holders as Illegal Foreign Controlled Business  


NFI's Crab Council Grows to 33 Members  


Oregon Readies New Waste Water Requirements for Seafood Processors


Fisheries Council of Canada Welcomes Designation of Ocean Supercluster by Ottawa


VIDEO: F/V Sinks; Record Shrimp Consumption; Nemesis Pulled From Water; New Whole Foods Policies


Alaska Deckhand Apprentice Program Calls for Applicants


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, February 16


Thu. Feb 15 2018

Pacific Whiting Stock Looks Strong for 2018, Coming off Record 440,944 tons in 2017


4 Rescued from Atlantic Cape’s Vessel Sea Star, After Sinking off Martha’s Vineyard


Cermaq Reports Excellent Salmon Survival Rates in 2017


After Years of Delays Tsukiji Move is Now on Track


Grieg Seafood Temporarily Banned from Exporting Norwegian Salmon to China after Document Mistake  


SeaShare Distributed Over 6.9 Million Servings of Seafood to Struggling Americans in 2017


California Bill Would Crack Down on Fishing Operations That Poach in Marine Protected Areas


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, February 15


GAA Executive Director Wally Stevens Transitioning Out of Role for Andrew Mallison


Pacific Fisheries Technology Conference Hears Shortage of Workers will Plague Alaska Industry


New Bedford-Based Northern Wind Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary  


Company Introduces Individual Package Temp Indicators for Low Oxygen Packaging


Lent Kicks Off Biggest Time of the Year for Seafood Sales


Wed. Feb 14 2018

SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, February 14


Adak 5000 ton Cod Allocation Gets Discussed at Council, as Unforeseen Scenario Put it at Risk


New Zealand King Salmon Supports Recommendation to Relocate Marlborough Sound Salmon Farms  


What You Need to Know About Fast-Food Fryer Oil During Lent


Oregon, Washington Pink Shrimp Fishery Re-Certified as MSC as Certifiers Laud Management, Ecosystem  


Arby's Adds Nashville Hot Fish Pollock Fillet to Menu as Lent Begins  


Myanmar Looks to Boost Farmed Shrimp Production  


Fresco Fisheries Joins NFI Crab Council as 32nd Member  


SeaPak Introduces New 'Selections' Line for Healthier, More Convenient Meals


New Zealand Slows, May Stop, Roll Out of Camera on Board Monitoring


Invermar and AquaChile Confirm Salmon Losses from Algae Blooms  


Virginia Legislature Opposes 2018 ASMFC Reductions in Menhaden Quota, Supported by Omega Protein  


The Most Popular Seafood Options for Valentine's Day  


China Shrimp Importers Anxious About Fall in Prices After New Year, Leaving High Cost Inventory  


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Price Gap Between Russian Red and Golden King Crab at Historic Levels

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Janice Schreiber - February 21, 2018

The current market for king crab has been somewhat stagnant.

Although overall pricing for smaller Russian red king crab is roughly $2.00 per pound less than in 2017, pricing is still roughly $3.00 more than where it was in 2015. Demand for smaller crab is fair to moderate currently.

A trend though, which has not been seen in several years, is the price difference between red and golden Russian king crab ... 

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AK Bering Sea Crabbers Launch Search for New Executive Director

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 21, 2018

The Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers (ABSC) announced late yesterday they will be accepting applications for a new Executive Director. ABSC is a trade organization representing the interests of crab harvesters in the Bering Sea in areas of research, marketing and advocacy. 

Current Executive Director Tyson Fick will be leaving June 1 after an eventful 18 months with the organization. Since he joined ABSC in December 2016, Fick has seen the group through a significant increase in brand value, with a clear emphasis on sustainability based on ...

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Santa Monica Seafood Expanding Pre-Packed Chilled Seafood Operations

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 21, 2018

Santa Monica Seafood announced on Tuesday that they will be expanding their Ethos Seafood division’s pre-packed chilled seafood operations by opening a new, state-of-the-art facility in Illinois.

The decision to expand their pre-packed chilled seafood operations stems from growing consumer demand for convenience. More shoppers are looking for easy handling, clear labeling and less waste. The new facility will allow the company to extend their supply to over 60% of the U.S. It will also allow them to ...

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Washington Fish Farmers Urge State Lawmakers to Oppose Ban on Salmon Farms

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - February 21, 2018

The Washington Fish Growers Association (WFGA), in testimony to the Senate Natural Resources Committee on Monday, urged lawmakers to vote down any bans or phase-outs on farming Atlantic salmon in Washington state waters. 

Last week the state House passed a bill that would eventually phase out fish farming in Washington State, similar to a near-identical bill passed by the Senate a week earlier. The two bodies are now in conference to pass one bill ...

 

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Walmart Canada Introducing Sustainable Delivery For Vancouver Online Grocery Shoppers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - February 21, 2018

This summer Walmart.ca customers in Vancouver will be able to take advantage of sustainable delivery. Walmart Canada announced on Wednesday that they have partnered with Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery’s (SPUD) food delivery platform, Food-X Urban Delivery Inc, to reduce waste, truck trips and greenhouse gas emissions.  

“Consumer demand for online grocery shopping is growing and that means more trucks on the road,” SPUD CEO Peter van Stolk said in a press release. “We have built a best-in-class platform to get food from the supplier to ...

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White Castle Brings Back Seafood Crab Cake Slider, Shrimp Nibblers For Lent

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 21, 2018

The Lenten season kicked off on February 14, boosting sales of seafood at restaurants for those that observe. To coincide with Lent, hamburger chain White Castle is bringing back two of their seafood favorites – the Seafood Crab Cake Slider and Shrimp Nibblers.

“At White Castle, we’ve been innovators since 1921, when we started the first fast-food chain,” Jamie Richardson, vice president of White Castle, said in a press release. “Last year, we were again a leader by ...

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Sea Watch Celebrating National Clam Chowder Day by Providing Bowls to Shelters, Food Pantries

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 21, 2018

Sea Watch International invites you to celebrate clam chowder on February 25.

Whether you are a fan of New England style, Manhattan style, Clear Broth or West Coast Clam Chowder, Sunday February 25th 2018 will be your favorite day. To commemorate this day Sea Watch International will be providing thousands of bowls of Clam Chowder to shelters and food pantries across the country, from Boston, Washington DC, New York to San Francisco and Seattle ...

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Industry Responds to Erroneous Reports about Dungeness Fishery

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - February 20, 2018

The fact that many boats stopped fishing dungeness crab over the weekend spurred confusion in the market place, as some buyers heard that the fishery was halted due to a price dispute.

Our story yesterday focused on one report of a sale below the $2.75 price that has been standard along the coast since the season opened.

Buyers were quick to correct the mistaken impression about prices.

Many processors were plugged with crab, and needed the long holiday weekend to catch up and the crabbers took a ...

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Tassal 17th Company to Join Global Salmon Initiative

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 20, 2018

Australia’s largest salmon producer, Tassal, is the latest company to join the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI).

GSI was established in 2013 by global farmed salmon producers to make “significant progress on industry sustainability.” The goal of the group is to not only provide a sustainable source of healthy food to the growing population, but to minimize their environmental footprint and continue to improve upon their social contribution. In the past seven months the organization has expanded by more than 40% ...

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ASC and MSC Team Up for Think Fish Week in France

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 20, 2018

While people in the U.S. celebrate American Heart Month in February, those in France are celebrating Think Fish Week.

Kicking off on Feb. 19, Think Fish Week – or La Semaine de la Pêche Responsable – is a campaign to encourage French consumers to “make an informed choice for certified responsibly farmed and sustainably caught seafood.” Supermarket chains and brands join forces to produce in-store marketing materials to encourage French consumers to not only make the right choice during Think Fish Week, but beyond ...

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Alaska Fisheries Trust Bill Supported During First House Hearing

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Peggy Parker - February 21, 2018

A bill that gives critical support to young people entering the “graying” Alaska fishing fleet, received enthusiastic support yesterday at its first hearing in the Alaska House.

HB188, sponsored by Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, “establishes regional fisheries trusts, to provide a mechanism to help new fishermen enter Alaska fisheries.”

That mechanism is a community entity, governed by a Board that is representative of the region, what would be able to hold permits and then ...

 

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Russia Concerned About Chinese Poaching Activities in Territorial Waters

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - February 21, 2018

The Russian government is increasingly concerned about the growth of poaching activities of Chinese fishermen in the domestic territorial waters.

According to some experts of Russian Rosrybolovstvo and representatives of local special services, one of the reasons for more poaching activity may be a shortage of fish in the Chinese territorial and inland waters. And those shortages could be due to the increase of harvests by Chinese fishermen, which has been observed over the last few years. This shortage currently forces Chinese ...

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Vietnam's Hung Vuong Sells Fish Meal Factory to Increase Capital; Plans to Up Basa Sales

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [mp.weixin] translated by Amy Zhong - February 21, 2018

According to Vietnam’s media, Hung Vuong Joint Stock Company, one of the country’s main basa processing plants, has recently released its financial report for 2017. The report shows its after-tax profit is 705 billion VND, about US $31 million last year. But its earlier report said its profit was merely 63 billion VND, which made the public lose confidence in the titan.

But as the latest report reads, its revenue is 15,514 billion VND (~ US $683 million) in 2017, which declined 13 percent ...

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Time for PWS Sablefish Fishermen To Register For the 2018 Fishery

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 21, 2018

Monday, April 2, 2018, is the deadline for Prince William Sound sablefish permit holders to register for the PWS sablefish fishery. The traditional date is April 1, but since that falls on a Sunday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is setting Monday as the deadline.

The season will open April 15 with a guideline harvest level (GHL) of 133,000 lb. Permit holders failing to register by the April 2 deadline will not be allotted a share of the quota ...

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Thai Union Group Sales Up 1.6%, Profits up 14.6%, With Strong North American Business

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - February 20, 2018

Thai Union Group reported growth of 1.6% in overall sales in 2017, and a 14.6% increase in profits.

Thai Union said North America was again its chief market, contributing 40% of sales, while Europe contributed 32%.  The domestic Thai market represents 10%, and Japan only 6%.

China sales also increased significantly.

“Despite market volatility and higher raw material prices, our profitability remained resilent in 2017,” said Thiraphong Chansiri, CEO of Thai Union ...

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Ecuador Shrimp Prices to China Fall to Lowest Level in Five Years

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton (with material from Angel Rubio, Urner Barry Analytics)

January shrimp exports from Ecuador show the continued dominance of shipments to Asia, primarily China and  Vietnam. 

However export prices have now come down to their lowest level in five years.  The $US export price posted by CNA in January was $2.87, and the last time prices were lower was in January 2013, when the average export price was $2.72.

Chart:  Urner Barry Analytics and CNA

On January 1st, China cracked down on the grey cross-border trade through Vietnam, and simultaneously reduced tariffs on imported shrimp, so that now it no longer makes economic sense to transship through Vietnam....

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Burned California Bears Treated With Tilapia Skin Now in Good Health

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - February 20, 2018

The California brown bears who suffered third degree burns from the historic Thomas Fire in December are back in the wild and in good health – thanks to the use of tilapia skin.

As previously reported, the bears were being treated at the Wildlife Investigations Lab in Rancho Cordova for oozing wounds and burned paw pads. Dr. Jamie Peyton, chief of Integrative Medicine at the UC Davis Veterinary Teaching Hospital, was inspired ...

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