Tue. Oct 17 2017

DFO Cracks Down on Peaceful Crab Protest in Port Au Choix  


New Chicken of the Sea Ad Campaign Tackles the Question: Is It Chicken or Is It Fish?  


Captain D’s Franchisee Opens Second Restaurant In Less Than 60 Days  


Canadian Oyster Companies Recalling Some Products  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, October 17


Mon. Oct 16 2017

Newfoundland Snow Crab Survey Likely to Show Further Decline According to DFO Biologists


Royal Greenland Looking to Buy More Snow Crab and Coldwater Shrimp Access, CFO Tells Japanese


Alibaba's New Hema Fresh Supermarkets Generating Overwhelming Response in China  


Kodiak May See a Small Tanner Crab Fishery This Year


Thai Union Forms New Management Structure in Europe Headed by Paul Reenan of John West


ANALYSIS: Traders Outlook Positive Amid New Seasonal Mahi Production  


American Fisheries Society Strongly Objects to EPA’s Recent Effort to Reverse its Own Protection of  


Tilapia Prices Drop after National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival in China  


Blue Revolution Promoting Seaweed Mariculture in Alaska


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, October 16


Fri. Oct 13 2017

Bering Sea Pacific Cod Quota May Drop by a Third for 2018


Walton Foundation Flops As NOAA Demands an Outrageous Paper They Funded on IUU Fishing be Retracted


Maryland Could Potentially Increase Imports of Egg-Bearing Female Crabs  


VIDEO: Codfather Vessels; Imports Block; Maine Lobster Catch; Red Snapper Plot; Salmon Ballot  


Aramark Working to Ensure 100% Of their Seafood Purchases Meet Seafood Watch Recommendations


Cook Inlet Salmon Fisherman Wins Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Fishing Video Contest


Corporate Players Make Big Commitments At 2017 Our Ocean Conference


Barents Sea Cod Quota for 2018 Reduced For Russia and Norway  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, October 13


Thu. Oct 12 2017

Few Bright Spots in Bering Sea Crab Outlook  


WDFW Permits Cooke Aquaculture to Transport Atlantic Salmon Eggs from Iceland  


How an Underwater Nursery Is Helping to Replenish Marine Fish Stocks


Trader Joe’s Stops Buying Mexican Shrimp as Part of Effort To Save Vaquita Porpoise From Extinction  


Wenzhou City Seafood Import Volume Grows, Primarily Due to Oysters  


Are Plant Based Salmon Feeds Lacking in Nutrients?  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, October 12


Wed. Oct 11 2017

Rafael to Keep Majority of His Vessels, Permits Despite Cheating, Judge Destroys NOAA Enforcement


Groundfish Forum Projects Slight Declines in Wild-Caught Whitefish Species in 2018  


Plot by Dept. of Commerce and Congressional Leaders to Gut Magnuson Revealed in Red Snapper Memos  


Early October Monitoring off Oregon Hints at Return to Normal Conditions, Low Domoic Acid Threat  


WPFMC Pushes Back Against Congressional Allegations of Lobbying, Procedural Problems  


National Fish & Seafood Accountant Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud


PEI Oyster Fishermen Will Feel Impact of Smaller Oyster Seed  


Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker, Massport CEO Tom Glynn Honored For Support of Fishing Industry


Russian Fish Producers Prepare for Redistribution of Fish Quotas  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, October 11


Tue. Oct 10 2017

SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, October 10


Hema Fresh Brings Alaska Golden King Crab to China Market  


A Sixth-Generation Maine Fisherman Tries His Hand At Farming Oysters  


Port State Measures Agreement To Fight IUU Fishing Reaches 50 Members


Iceland’s MSC Certifications Grow With Cusk, Wolf Fish, Blue Ling and Plaice  


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ANALYSIS: Lobster Meat Market Retreats From All-time High

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Jim Kenny August 21, 2017

The market for CK meat has declined a little more than 14 percent in a year’s time; from a record-high $29.50/lb. to...

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DFO Cracks Down on Peaceful Crab Protest in Port Au Choix

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Northern Pen] by Kyle Greenham - October 17,2017

PORT AU CHOIX, NL – Harvesters who took part in a protest in Port au Choix last May have now been told they will be charged with obstruction of justice and placing crab pots in a wrong zone.

Fisherman Dean Offrey was called in for a meeting Wednesday, Oct. 11, and was informed he and the other harvesters involved in the protest would be facing these two charges.

“It was a peaceful demonstration,” Offrey said. “We just wanted to show that we should have the right to fish in this zone, and now they’re looking to charge us.”

In early May, nine crab harvesters took ...

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New Chicken of the Sea Ad Campaign Tackles the Question: Is It Chicken or Is It Fish?

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - October 17, 2017

In a subtle nod to past reality TV stars, Chicken of the Sea is celebrating October as National Seafood Month by testing a national advertising campaign that revisits the age-old question: Is it chicken or is it fish?

Albany, N.Y., and Hartford-New Haven, Conn., will serve as test markets for a national Chicken of the Sea advertising campaign themed to the rhetorical chicken-or-fish question. The two test cities were chosen for their size, media importance and ...

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Newfoundland Snow Crab Survey Likely to Show Further Decline According to DFO Biologists

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Telegram]  by Ashley Fitzpatrick October 16, 2017

Once labelled a nuisance, snow crab are now key to Newfoundland and Labradors fishing industry, accounting for $274 million of $708 million in landed value in 2016. And that success story has become a problem.

Higher crab prices are masking lower quota. Shellfish numbers are falling off, with no relief in sight.

Aboard the Canadian Coast Guard ship Vladykov this week, crabs captured in Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) traps were being pulled from the water, dumped into orange, plastic baskets, pulled out, measured and categorized before being dumped back. These were among the last of the crab checked for the 2017 inshore survey, ongoing since May.

The survey work has involved about 35,000 crab taken from bays around the province...

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Alibaba's New Hema Fresh Supermarkets Generating Overwhelming Response in China

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [HZ Daily] translated by Amy Zhong - October 16, 2017

The first store of Hema Fresh Food in Hangzhou earned a revenue of close to 1 million yuan (~$150,000 USD) on its opening day.

Jinhua Road of Hangzhou was very crowded on the evening of Sept. 28 due to the opening of the first store of Hema Fresh Food in this city. Online platform Alibaba has nurtured the new retail model, such as Hema, that attempts to merge both online and offline shopping experiences. New technology and data have helped ...

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Bering Sea Pacific Cod Quota May Drop by a Third for 2018

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - October 13, 2017

The data is still preliminary, but a reduction in the catch of Bering Sea Pacific cod for 2018 is all but inevitable. The question is how much, and an early look at survey numbers indicate that it will be about a third lower than 2017. 

The reduction is not as stark as estimates for the P-cod Gulf of Alaska TAC, where preliminary data suggest three sequential year classes of P-cod did not survive to ages 2 or 3 due to conditions brought about by the Blob in 2014-2016. Biologists are estimating that once the data has gone through the model and been peer reviewed, there may be half to two thirds less than last year...

 

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ANALYSIS: Traders Outlook Positive Amid New Seasonal Mahi Production

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Nicole West - October 13, 2017

After back-to-back low production years traders are hopeful production will pick up for the 2017-2018 mahi fishing season...

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American Fisheries Society Strongly Objects to EPA’s Recent Effort to Reverse its Own Protection of Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - October 16, 2017

Last Friday the American Fisheries Society (AFS) sent a strongly worded letter to Administrator Scott Pruitt of the Environmental Protection Agency in response to a proposal to withdraw the EPA’s July 2014 Clean Water Act 404(c) Proposed Determination to “restrict the use of certain waters as disposal sites for dredged or fill material associated with mining the Pebble deposit in Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed.”

The group, representing over 7,500 professional fishery scientists and resource managers, objects to the withdrawal and recommends that the EPA “use its authority to prevent the elimination and/or impairment of waters and wetlands supporting the extraordinarily prolific, sustainable, all-wild Bristol Bay salmon fisheries."

AFA urged the EPA to consider its own report...

 

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Blue Revolution Promoting Seaweed Mariculture in Alaska

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio] October 16, 2017

This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini. Seaweed pasta, it’s good for you and the planet. I’ll tell you more after this… 

ASMI’s Can Do and Cook It Frozen campaigns are designed to keep people eating Alaska seafood all year round. Learn more about the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute at www.alaskaseafood.org

Seaweed is alkalizing, detoxifying, and is loaded with nutrients. Eating more of it improves the health of our oceans and environment by absorbing carbon and reducing acidification. Blue Evolution is bringing seaweed to the surface, and putting it on shelves in a consumer friendly way. 

“We are trying to make it into products that are familiar to North American Consumers. So our first few ...

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Canadian Oyster Companies Recalling Some Products

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - October 17, 2017

The Canadian oyster industry is recalling certain farm-raised Pacific oysters from the marketplace due to a marine biotoxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP), according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The CFIA said consumers should not eat oysters, and retailers, hotels, restaurants and institutions should not sell, serve or use the recalled products.

No illnesses have been reported, the CFIA said.

The following products have been sold in Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec and may have been distributed in other provinces and territories.

The recalled products include: ...

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VIDEO: Codfather Vessels; Imports Block; Maine Lobster Catch; Red Snapper Plot; Salmon Ballot 

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

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Royal Greenland Looking to Buy More Snow Crab and Coldwater Shrimp Access, CFO Tells Japanese

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  October 16, 2017

During a recent visit to Japan, Mr. Nils Duus Kinnerup who is CFO of Royal Greenland, spoke to the fisheries press about his company's plans to increase its access to both snow crab and shrimp.  They are actively looking for new acquisitions in Canada, said Kinnerup.

Royal Greenland purchased Quin-Sea, a major Newfoundland snow crab supplier, in March of 2015.  Kinnerup said they hoped to increase the amount of snow crab sales to Japan.

Japan is an important market for Royal Greenland, and it has a 25 year history of sales there.

Kinnerup said it was essential for his company to secure raw materials in order to expand sales...

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Kodiak May See a Small Tanner Crab Fishery This Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Factor] Laine Welch - October 16, 2017

Kodiak crab come back? For the first time since 2013 Kodiak crabbers might be able to drop pots for Tanners in mid-January.

“I’d say it’s the best chance we’ve had in the last five years,” said Nat Nichols, area shellfish/groundfish manager at the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game in Kodiak.

Crab stocks must reach strict number thresholds before a fishery is allowed to open. Preliminary data from the summer survey indicate two Kodiak districts might have enough legal sized males – the only crabs that can be retained - to allow for a fishery.

“We will be looking very closely at the southwest...

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Thai Union Forms New Management Structure in Europe Headed by Paul Reenan of John West

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - October 16, 2017

Thai Union announced today a new management structure in Europe as part of its global program to harmonize and streamline operations. The announcement comes on the heels of Thai Union Europe’s CEO Elisabeth Fleuriot retiring after four years of overseeing growth and development of the company’s European brands.

Paul Reenan, currently Head of Northern Europe Ambient managing John West, King Oscar and Rugen Fisch, was named regional president for Europe, responsible for commercial marketing, sales and service. Reenan will report directly to Thiraphong Chansiri, Thai Union’s CEO.

The new structure will organize the company to focus on four critical areas of commercial marketing, sales and service; supply chain management; finance and business services, and ...

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Walton Foundation Flops As NOAA Demands an Outrageous Paper They Funded on IUU Fishing be Retracted

iUU vessel wanted by interpolSEAFOODNEWS.COM  [News Analysis] by John Sackton October 13, 2017

The Head of NOAA Fisheries, Chris Oliver, has called for a major paper on IUU fishing published in Marine Policy to be retracted in its entirety due to egregious factual errors and misreporting as regards US fisheries.

The paper, Estimates of Illegal and Unreported Seafood Imports to Japan,  was funded by the Walton Family Foundation (WFF).The lead author, Ganapathiraju Pramod conceived the design, conducted the study, analyzed information and drafted the paper. He has made a career out of constructing a model of trade in illegal fisheries, and has previously published a paper claiming up to 32% of US Fisheries Imports are from IUU fish.

He used the same basic methodology in both papers.  First, he develops estimates for trade flows, including fish processed in 3rd countries.  Then he searches for all possible indications of IUU fishing from news accounts, literature citations, government and fisheries association reports, consultants reports, NGO reports, Oral or Written interviews, and finally, peer reviewed academic papers.

He takes the mishmash of sources and assigns a weight to IUU fishing in each major sourcing area...

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Tilapia Prices Drop after National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival in China

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - October 16, 2017

China’s tilapia price index is reported to be 101.24 points for those between 0.6 to 1 jin (~ 0.25-0.5 kg) each on October 10. The number contracts by 0.71 points from September 25. The index is 100.44 points for those about 1 to 1.6 jin (~0.5-1.25 kg) each, which has declined by 0.54 points.

The average price decreased after National Day compared with the price before the holiday. So did the purchase prices of processing plants as well as ...

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Captain D’s Franchisee Opens Second Restaurant In Less Than 60 Days

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - October 17, 2017

Captain D’s, a leading fast casual seafood restaurant, announced recently the opening of its newest franchised location in Horn Lake, Mississippi. Owned and operated by Joe Springer, operating partner of SonFish, LLC, this new restaurant is Springer’s second Captain D’s restaurant to open in less than two months.

The new Horn Lake Captain D’s marks the brand’s 28th location in the state and emphasizes Captain D’s continued development in Mississippi and throughout the Southeast.

With more than 15 years ...

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Maryland Could Potentially Increase Imports of Egg-Bearing Female Crabs

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

In late September Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources’ Blue Crab Industry Advisory Committee voted to increase the period where seafood businesses would be able to import sponge crabs, also known as egg-bearing female crabs.

It’s been illegal to harvest sponge crabs in Maryland, but the decision to lift that ban stems from the “depressed harvest” that Maryland crabbers experienced in 2017. However, not everyone is on board with this new ...

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