Fri. Jun 23 2017

NFI, Importers Dealt Setback by Court in Ruling over Seafood Traceability Rule


ANALYSIS: Live Lobster Market Following Seasonal Trends  


Atlantic Capes Promotes Two Executives to Operations and Financial Roles  


Thu. Jun 22 2017

Japan Frozen Salmon Market Weakens Ahead of New Season Production in Russia and Alaska  


ANALYSIS: Atlantic Salmon Frozen Fillet Imports Beginning to Rise  


Brits All At Sea on Old Fish Names


Zhanjiang Aquatic Products Exposition Draws Purchaser and Visitors from Around the World  


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday June 22, 2017


Norway Sees Rise in Export Values in May  


Wed. Jun 21 2017

BuyBack Program for Non-Whiting Trawl Fleet Continues to Generate Excessive Costs with no Relief   (0)


ANALYSIS: Scallop Market Prices Retreat from All-Time Highs  


New Bedford Mayor Says Rafael Represented 75% of their Groundfish Landings; Pleads to Keep Permits


Mexican Film on Tilapia Workers Wins First Prize for World Seafood Congress Women in Seafood Videos


Just Shrimp Adds Healthy Alternatives to Attract Younger Diners  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday June 21, 2017


Tue. Jun 20 2017

Peeled Shrimp Margins Squeezed by Two Year Decline  


Bocaccio, Darkblotch Rockfish Assessment Updates Show Stocks Rebuilt  


Oregon Trawl Commission Strongly Disputes Our Criticism of MSC's Approach to West Coast Groundfish   (0)


Chris Oliver Named Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries


Stavis Seafoods to Pack Fresh Fish in 100% Recyclable Material


Americold Announces Appointment of Tim Hinckley as Executive VP & CCO


Editorial Changes at Seafood News Announced With Susan Chambers Named Associate Editor


VIDEO: Farmed Salmon Prices in Seasonal Decline  


Canadian Gov’t Says NL Plant Workers Will get Extra 5 Weeks of Employment Insurance Benefit


California Budget Bill Lowers Landing Fees From State Proposal  


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday June 20, 2017


Mon. Jun 19 2017

MSC Could be Kiss of Death for West Coast Groundfish   (0)


Flood of Sick and Weak Shrimp Depresses Market Prices in China during first part of June  


Battle Over Snow Crab by Russian Oligarchs Leads to Record Bidding in Quota Auction  


Port Moller Test Boat Out for Today, Bristol Bay Pre-Season Measurement Program in 50th Year  


New Shrimp Prices to be Set in Newfoundland, With Uncertainty Whether Market Will Accept Increase  


Antibiotic Usage Among Chilean Fish Farms Down 30% in 2016  


Acme Smoked Fish Adds Sashimi Style Smoked Salmon to Blue Hill Bay Brand  


Australia's Southern Rock Lobster Stocks Showing Resistance to Climate Change  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday June 19, 2017


Fri. Jun 16 2017

Farmed Salmon Prices Enter Summer Season Decline  


First Port Moeller Report Suggests Bristol Bay Sockeye Run Timing Normal, Close to Forecasts  


Hokkaido Squid Processors Ask Japan to Increase Import Quota After Poor Harvests  


Omega Protein Enters Atlantic and Gulf Mendaden Fisheries into MSC Assessment Process  


Seafood.com News Summary Friday June 16, 2017


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Pacific Council Approves Electronic Monitoring for West Coast Trawlers SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 10, 2017 The Pacific Fishery Management Council heard updates on an exempted fishing permit (EFP) and took final action to approve electronic monitoring (EM) in the bottom trawl and non-whiting midwater trawl fisheries. The Council is meeting this week in Sacramento, Calif. Fishermen, regulators and NGOs like Environmental Defense Fund and The Nature Conservancy have long been interested in EM’s potential as an alternative to the 100 percent human observer coverage requirement for fishing vessels targeting groundfish in the two trawl sectors. This is a follow-on to the Council’s 2016 action authorizing EM for the fixed gear and whiting sectors of the fleet, and ...

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NFI, Importers Dealt Setback by Court in Ruling over Seafood Traceability Rule

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  June 23, 2017

NFI and the nine seafood importers who filed suit to halt the Obama administration rule on new seafood traceability requirements were dealt a blow in a Washington DC District Court yesterday, June 22nd.

The Judge, Amit P. Mehta, ordered the Dept. of Commerce to submit a signed statement to ratify the Seafood Traceability Rule.  Such a statement would then cure, after the fact, any failure of the DOC in making the rule in violation of Magnuson.

The plaintiffs had argued that since the rule was signed by an ineligible officer,...

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ANALYSIS: Live Lobster Market Following Seasonal Trends

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Urner Barry] by Nicole West - June 23,2017

The 4th of July is right around the corner – a time of year typically met with peak demand for live lobsters. Traders in the US are reporting higher replacement costs for product and it appears lobster market prices are following their traditional seasonal trend. By the end of next week, the major producing Lobster Fishing Areas in Canada will be closed and supplies of hard shell live lobsters will be limited. So far reports indicate that Maine is not producing  ...

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Atlantic Capes Promotes Two Executives to Operations and Financial Roles

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton June 23, 2017

Atlantic Capes Fisheries, a producer of scallops, clams and oysters, and also an importer, announced two promotions this week.

Danny Cohen, Atlantic Capes Owner, said Chris Brown will become operations manager and assume all responsibility for fresh and frozen seafood processing at ACF’s scallop facility and custom IQF plant.  Chris will also continue to head up Atlantic Capes fresh seafood sales.

“I’m very pleased to promote Chris to operations manager. His hard work and dedication to quality have played a huge role in the success of our business. Chris is extremely knowledgeable..

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ANALYSIS: Atlantic Salmon Frozen Fillet Imports Beginning to Rise

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Urner Barry] Janice Schreiber - June 22, 2017

We are beginning to see some changes in the Atlantic frozen fillet and portion markets. Imports look to be beginning to increase compared to the trend we have seen over the past almost year. The reduction in frozen imports is due to the strength of the Atlantic fresh fillet market; high prices have discouraged the need for suppliers to freeze fish. The incentive to sell fresh fillets at record highs has outweighed the need to produce frozen.

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Brits All At Sea on Old Fish Names

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Marine Stewardship Council] June 22, 2017

A study of over 2,000 Brits found many are baffled by traditional fish dishes with over half (54%) not knowing, or incorrectly guessing what a kipper is.

The research conducted for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) aims to highlight the vast array of MSC sustainable seafood available in the UK. It shows that despite being avid fish consumers, many are baffled by traditional dishes such as bloaters, Cullen skink, rock salmon and kippers. Coupled with the mistaken belief (41%) that fish labelled as sustainable is more expensive, these findings could mean many are reluctant to sample new species. There are now over 1,000 MSC labelled sustainable seafood choices including kippers, Coquilles St Jaques and redfish in supermarkets such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Lidl, Aldi and ...

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ANALYSIS: Scallop Market Prices Retreat from All-Time Highs

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Urner Barry] by Jim Kenny - June 21, 2017

The market for U.S. origin sea scallops has fallen considerably since the start of the new year; the result of some demand destruction and expectations for increased landings. Scallops have been trading at-or-close to record levels for four years, climbing almost continuously since the start of 2013. This long-term price action has resulted in a diminished call for scallops. Management measures during that timeframe resulted in annual landings between 30 and 40 million pounds, compared to 54 to 57 million pounds in the....

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Mexican Film on Tilapia Workers Wins First Prize for World Seafood Congress Women in Seafood Videos

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  June 21, 2017

Iceland's Matís, in collaboration with WSI, the International Association for Women in the Seafood Industry, has launched the first worldwide video contest portraying women working in the seafood industry. The videos will be featured at the World Seafood Congress in September.

The winner was a film maker from Mexico.

The results was astounding, with 14 high quality short films received from 12 countries in four continents. A large array of situations have been depicted, showing successes and difficulties, at producing, processing..

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Bocaccio, Darkblotch Rockfish Assessment Updates Show Stocks Rebuilt

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - June 20, 2017

Two important West Coast groundfish stocks that were formerly listed as overfished have now been rebuilt.

Bocaccio and darkblotched rockfish, which are managed by the Pacific Fishery Management Council, were under strict rebuilding plans that have constrained West Coast fisheries for more than a decade. Bocaccio was declared overfished in 1999, and darkblotched rockfish in 2000; both were rebuilt well before their original target dates.

The Scientific and Statistical Committee report at the June Council meeting said bocaccio's increase above the overfishing level is due in large part to strong recruitment ...

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Chris Oliver Named Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - June 21, 2017

Well, it's official. After a months long search that included individuals from other sectors of the fishing industry and a preliminary decision that pivoted on confirmation, the choice of Chris Oliver as the next head of NOAA Fisheries has finally been made official.

Oliver, a fisheries biologist from Texas who went on to shepherd the largest regional management council in the nation through years of profound evolutions...

 

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Stavis Seafoods to Pack Fresh Fish in 100% Recyclable Material

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] June 20, 2017

Stavis Seafoods announced that it will utilize packaging made of 100% recyclable material for fresh fish orders.

The new packaging is part of an ongoing and proactive effort by Stavis to offer more environmentally friendly and responsible options to its customers.

“We are always looking for ways to meet the needs of our growing customer base,” said Richard Stavis, CEO of Stavis Seafoods... 

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Japan Frozen Salmon Market Weakens Ahead of New Season Production in Russia and Alaska

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews/John Sackton]  June 22, 2017

The price in domestic trading in frozen salmon in Japan, which peaked out late in March, has been declining steadily over the past two months.  This is causing Russian sockeye sellers to hold back on price quotes, and also suggests difficulties for Japanese buyers of Alaskan sockeye.

Frozen coho from Chile is still trading around 900 yen per kg. for the 4-6 lb fish, but larger sizes have weakened and are now below 800 Yen per Kg, with some sales reported at 770 Yen or lower.

The sales of fillet products have cooled as well, after a period of record high prices.

The weakening market is ascribed to the fact that...

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BuyBack Program for Non-Whiting Trawl Fleet Continues to Generate Excessive Costs with no Relief

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - June 22, 2017

The West Coast non-whiting groundfish trawl fleet has paid back $29.8 million on the $28.4 million buy-back loan issued in 2003, but still owes $24.2 million and is looking at an additional $10 million fee to refinance.

SeafoodNews reported on the disastrously implemented buyback loan last year. Since then, "there has been...

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Zhanjiang Aquatic Products Exposition Draws Purchaser and Visitors from Around the World

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - June 22, 2017

ZHANJIANG, China -- The 2017 China International Aquatic Products Exposition (CIAPE 2017) & China Seafood Procurement Fair opened on June 18 at Zhanjiang International Convention and Exhibition Center.

With the mission to "connect the Chinese aquaculture industry with the world and let the whole world benefit from its boom," the CIAPE 2017 placed particular emphasis on the quality and safety of China's aquatic products and seized the strategic opportunity generated by the promotion of the Belt and Road Initiative to build an industry-wide, one-stop exchange platform for aquatic products and seafood merchants as well as fishing equipment manufacturers at ...

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New Bedford Mayor Says Rafael Represented 75% of their Groundfish Landings; Pleads to Keep Permits

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews]  June 21, 2017

The Mayor of New Bedford, Jon Mitchel, has appealed to Commerce Secretary Ross to prevent Carlos Rafael’s groundfish permits from leaving New Bedford.

In a letter, (linked here), Mitchel says that "Rafael's business directly employed hundreds of individuals, including 285 fishermen, many of whom would lose their jobs if his groundfish permits were revoked or auctioned off to others outside New Bedford. His business also supports a sprawling supply chain in the port that includes gear menders and manufacturers, fuel companies, vessel outfitters, settlement houses, welders, lumpers, ice houses, truckers, and many others. Some of these businesses rely heavily on Rafael's boats."

"For example, approximately seventy percent of the fuel supplied to fishing vessel

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Peeled Shrimp Margins Squeezed by a Two Year Decline

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by Paul Brown  June 20, 2017

After the high prices due to EMS in 2014; peeled shrimp have generally traded in a very narrow range over the last 3 years

After the high prices due to EMS in 2014, peeled shrimp have generally traded in a very narrow range over the last 3 years.

However, since about the middle of 2015, despite a few peaks, margins on peeled shrimp have been on a steady decline. They bottomed out in the 4th quarter of 2016 ...

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Oregon Trawl Commission Strongly Disputes Our Criticism of MSC's Approach to West Coast Groundfish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by Brad Pettinger, Executive Director of the Oregon Trawl Commission  June 20, 2017

OTC Rebuttal to Seafoodnews.com

As the director of the Oregon Trawl Commission (OTC), the client for the MSC certification of the US West Coast Groundfish Trawl Fishery, I feel that I need to respond to Monday’s article about the MSC and the West Coast groundfish trawl fishery.  First off all, I think that the title is so far removed from reality, that it’s almost laughable.  With that, I’ll address my rebuttal point by point, ending with my thoughts on the article’s title.

The rot at the heart of the MSC system is that they have no concern for maximum sustainable yield, the key driver of fisheries sustainability and economic viability.

  • I don’t know where this rationale comes from. A fishery is scored against the MSC standard, taking into consideration the management system that a fishery operates in.  In their infinite wisdom, the Pacific Council opted for an overfished threshold of 25% B◦, whereas the rest of the US fishery councils have a 20% B◦ ...

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Just Shrimp Adds Healthy Alternatives to Attract Younger Diners

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - June 21, 2017

Just Shrimp is a new concept with just three units in Illinois.  But they are making a splash.   Their original location in Tinley Park recently added a few more non-fried items to their menu: Grilled shrimp skewers and fresh grilled salmon. 

Recently, Just Shrimp started smoking salmon in-house, and added two sandwiches their customers seem to enjoy. The smoked salmon fillet sandwich is servedcold, on a buttered and toasted soft bun  ...

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