Thu. Oct 19 2017

China Jumps on Argentine Red Shrimp, Which Had a Near Record Harvest This Year


Fisheries Council of Canada Says Government Secrecy on New Fisheries Law Threatens Jobs, Investment


In its 22nd year, China Fisheries & Seafood Expo Still Setting Records


Riverside Lobster in Nova Scotia Struggles to Find Plant Workers  


MSC Responds to Criticisms of PNA MSC Tuna Using Vessels That Target Both FAD and Free Swimming Fish


One-by-One Tuna Conference Pens Global Principles for Stakeholders and Supply Chain  


Indianapolis Based First Choice Seafood Acquired by Cincinnati Distributor Enson Group


Oysters Could Reduce Nutrient Pollution, According to New Study  


Rainforest Tilapia Earns 4th and Final BAP Certification Star  


Canadian Centre For Fisheries Innovation Hosting Cod Fishery Conference  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, October 19


Wed. Oct 18 2017

Lawsuit Documents Show Pattern of Collusion Between Commerce and Rec Fishery  


Fortune Fish Hopes to Haul in E-commerce Sales With Lobster Gram  


Maine Weighs Lottery to Issue First New Scallop Licenses Since 2009  


StarKist Expands BOLD Line of Tuna Pouches with New Sriracha Flavor  


White Shrimp Prices Drop in Some China Regions Due to Market, Environmental Factors  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, October 18


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


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, October 13


Barents Sea Cod Quota for 2018 Reduced For Russia and Norway  


Corporate Players Make Big Commitments At 2017 Our Ocean Conference


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


Thu. Oct 12 2017

SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, October 12


How an Underwater Nursery Is Helping to Replenish Marine Fish Stocks


Few Bright Spots in Bering Sea Crab Outlook  


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


WDFW Permits Cooke Aquaculture to Transport Atlantic Salmon Eggs from Iceland  


Are Plant Based Salmon Feeds Lacking in Nutrients?  


Wenzhou City Seafood Import Volume Grows, Primarily Due to Oysters  


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Alaska Salmon Landings Exceed ADF&G 2017 Forecast SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - September 1, 2017 It hasn’t been easy, but sometime in the last day or so, landings of Alaska salmon surpassed the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s pre-season forecast of 204.3 million fish.  So while the rest of country enjoys the holiday weekend that marks the end of summer and celebrates the social and economic achievements of American workers, Alaskan fishermen, processors, and management biologists can give themselves a collective pat on the back for a job well done. Now to the numbers. It wouldn’t have happened without Bristol Bay. An over-the-top ten million additional sockeye swam into the nets this year, upsetting ADF&G’s prediction by the widest margin of all. But the Alaska Peninsula can take a few bows, too. Seven million more pinks than were predicted, returned to the South Peninsula district. And five million more sockeyes...

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China Jumps on Argentine Red Shrimp, Which Had a Near Record Harvest This Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - October 19, 2017

argentina red shrimpThis year has seen a great harvest of Argentine red shrimp. With the fishing season coming to an end, the harvest volume has reached as much as 171,138 tons of shrimp on Sept. 27. The number is close to the record of 178,454 tons in 2016. About 90 percent of the shrimp are L1 and L2 sizes. These shrimp are widely received in markets where there is increasing demand.

The holiday consumption has just ended in China...

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Fisheries Council of Canada Says Government Secrecy on New Fisheries Law Threatens Jobs, Investment

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews] October 19, 2017

The 102 year old Fisheries Council of Canada just finished their annual meeting in Ottawa this week and many members expressed concern about the Canadian government's lack of responsiveness to the seafood industry.  

A new fisheries law is being proposed in Parliment, and under the Canadian system, once the party with the parlimentary majority introduces legislation, it is generally passed exactly as written.  But the industry has gotten very little response from the goverment regarding what significant changes might be in thebill, other than a statement that it will likely be the most significant fisheries legislation in Canada in two generations...

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In its 22nd year, China Fisheries & Seafood Expo Still Setting Records

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews] - October 19, 2017

More overseas companies eager to tap into China’s seemingly insatiable appetite for imported seafood has resulted in Asia’s largest seafood show setting yet another record for square meters of exhibit space. 

The 22nd annual edition of the show will be held at the Qingdao International Expo Center from November 1-3.  The total exhibit space will be more than 36,000 square meters. More than 1,400 companies from some 40 countries will display their products to 25,000 visitors from 100 countries.

“Once again this year, most of the growth in the show is due to an increase in the amount of exhibit space in the overseas halls,” says Peter Redmayne, president of Seattle-based Sea Fare Expositions, Inc...

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MSC Responds to Criticisms of PNA MSC Tuna Using Vessels That Target both FAD and Free Swimming Fish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - October 19, 2017

The Marine Stewardship Council is responding to the criticisms the On the Hook Campaign has made about PNA Tuna .(SeafoodNews October 16th)       

When the PNA purse seine tuna fishery was first certified more than five years ago, it was the first purse seine tuna certification by the MSC.  The certification was only for free swimming tuna, but vessels were allowed to target both free swimming schools and FAD tuna in the same trip, so long as the catches were segregated.

In an widely distributed opinion piece, also published in Seafood News on October 16th, Dr. Megan Bailey laid out the criticism, which was that it was misleading to tell consumers that their tuna was sustainable if the same vessel that caught their MSC tuna also caught tuna that the MSC would not certify...

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Indianapolis Based First Choice Seafood Acquired by Cincinnati Distributor Enson Group

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - October 19, 2017

Enson Group, Inc., a food distribution company with an emphasis on Asian food-service products, has acquired First Choice Seafood, Inc.

First Choice Seafood has been in operation in Indianapolis since 2002 and focuses on frozen seafood distribution to the central Indiana restaurant sector. The acquisition of the company is part of Enson Group’s desire to grow and concentrate on seafood distribution. Currently Enson distributes “certain seafood products” out of their Cincinnati distribution ...

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Rainforest Tilapia Earns 4th and Final BAP Certification Star

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - October 19, 2017

Rainforest Tilapia has earned their fourth and final Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification star. The company earned the coveted fourth star by getting their feed mill certified, an act they hope will help ensure buyers and consumers that their product is responsibly raised from egg to harvest.

“We’re very proud of earning our final BAP certification star ..."

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Lawsuit Documents Show Pattern of Collusion Between Commerce and Rec Fishery

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - October 18, 2017

Three additional documents have emerged as part of the lawsuit filed against the U.S. Commerce Department that show an intent to end-run normal channels of public comment and regulated processes for regional council activities, only to serve the needs of the sports fishing industry.

The lawsuit, filed by Ocean Conservancy and the Environmental Defense Fund last July, focused on mismanagement of the Gulf Red Snapper fishery, but documents released last week show the recreational industry expects a level of allowance that flies in the face of the legal requirements of the Magnuson Stevens Act, and the processes for managing fisheries that is contained within it.

The documents are part of a 70-page package submitted by the government in response to the plaintiff’s lawsuit. They show clear intent to receive special treatment when it comes to taking more of the annual catch, and broader influence on choosing who sits on the regional management councils ...

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Maine Weighs Lottery to Issue First New Scallop Licenses Since 2009

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bangor Daily News] by Bill Trotter - October 18, 2017

Nearly a decade after halting new licenses for scallop fishing to protect the stock from depletion, Maine is considering how to encourage new people into the fishery.

Prices for scallops remain historically high, and Maine’s scallop fishermen are getting older, prompting the state to contemplate adopting a lottery system for new licenses. The average age for licensed scallop fishermen in Maine is ...

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White Shrimp Prices Drop in Some China Regions Due to Market, Environmental Factors

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - October 18, 2017

White shrimp prices have dropped as much as 3 yuan/jin (~$0.90/kg USD) in some regions of China due to the end of holiday consumption and sudden heavy rainfall.

White shrimp farm gate prices declined in several regions of China after National Day and the Mid-Autumn Festival when there is a natural reduction in consumption. According to available statistics, the prices have contracted between 1 to 3 yuan/jin in regions such as the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region, ...

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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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Riverside Lobster in Nova Scotia Struggles to Find Plant Workers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - October 19, 2017

Nova Scotia-based lobster processing plant, Riverside Lobster, is struggling to find workers.

Frank Anderson, a corporate affairs officer for the processor, spoke to the Sheldon MacLeod Show on NEWS 95.7, where he explained that the location of their plant in rural Nova Scotia is making it difficult for them to maintain their staff. And Anderson says that the problem could potentially grow if statistics showing that they could “lose up to 30% of their local work force in the next ...

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One-by-One Tuna Conference Pens Global Principles for Stakeholders and Supply Chain

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 19, 2017

The first international one-by-one tuna fisheries conference, held in the Azores October 16-17, concluded with a six-point declaration of support “to ensure a sustainable and equitable future for fisheries as well as to prioritize the needs of associated communities and cultures.”

The Azores Declaration in Support of One-by-One Tuna Fisheries calls for:

1. Sustainability to be approached in a holistic manner that acknowledges the environmental, social and economic characteristics of fisheries and the people involved.

2. The socio-cultural heritage of one-by-one tuna fisheries to be respected and supported.

3. The economic, social and cultural rights of women to be addressed, strengthened and protected to enable them to participate fully in, and benefit from one-by-one tuna fisheries.

4. One-by-one tuna fisheries to have a valid stake in the resources...

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Oysters Could Reduce Nutrient Pollution, According to New Study

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - October 19, 2017

A new study shows that oysters could potentially reduce nutrient pollution.

Researchers at William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science published their new study in the September 29 issue of PLoS ONE. Their work is the “first to identify and quantify potentially denitrifying bacteria in the oyster gut and shell,” as well as the first study to ...

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Canadian Centre For Fisheries Innovation Hosting Cod Fishery Conference 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - October 19, 2017

The future of the cod fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador will be the topic of conversation at a two-day conference being hosted by the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (CCFI).

With the groundfish stocks growing, CCFI is using the opportunity to shed light on the industry. The objective of the conference, which is being held in ...

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Fortune Fish Hopes to Haul in E-commerce Sales With Lobster Gram

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Chicago Tribune] by Greg Trotter - October 18, 2017

Just in time for the holidays, you can order fresh lobster dinners online all the way from the exotic waters of … Bensenville?

In its first foray into the world of e-commerce, Fortune Fish & Gourmet, one of the largest seafood distributors in the country, acquired Chicago-based Lobster Gram in April. The live lobster is still sourced from Maine — and some frozen lobster tails from ...

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StarKist Expands BOLD Line of Tuna Pouches with New Sriracha Flavor

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - October 18, 2017

StarKist Co. has announced the addition of Sriracha as one of the newest flavors in the Tuna Creations® BOLD pouch line. Seasoned with red chili peppers, garlic and vinegar, the new Tuna Creations® BOLD Sriracha will add a BOLD, spicy kick to a ramen noodle salad or tuna burger or can even be enjoyed straight from the pouch. This comes as part of StarKist's BOLD line of tuna pouches, making it the sixth flavor in the line.

"StarKist is constantly evolving in order to ensure our BOLD varieties are meeting the needs of ...

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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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