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Sep 22 - Russian Fishing Profits Fall in 2017; Industry on Verge of Financial Crisis


Sep 21 - New Brunswick Seafood Exports to China Have Skyrocketed by 238 Percent


Sep 19 - Snow Crab Fishery Likely in Alaska This Year With Positive News from Survey; King Crab Will Be Down


Sep 14 - Phones Help California Crabbers Retrieve Gear Before it Kills Whales


Sep 13 - JD.com Offers 'Fresh Crab Insurance' as Part of its 'Super Hairy Crab Day' Promotion


Sep 12 - Hokkaido Urges Russia to Improve Crab Enforcement After Finding 844 Illegal Crab Pots


Sep 8 - After a 15-Year Ban, Russian Fishermen Have Resumed Crab Harvest in Primorye Territory


Sep 6 - Live American Lobster, Dungeness Crab Pass Chinese Quarantine in 40 Minutes


Aug 31 - Crocker & Winsor Seafoods to Begin Carrying Fresh Pasteurized Crab Meat


Aug 30 - Seafood America Joins NFI's Crab Council as 29th Member


Aug 24 - West Coast Dungeness Crab Management Bill Becomes Law


Aug 18 - Russian Crab Producers Say Production is Now at Highest Sustainable Levels, Consolodation is Next


Aug 16 - Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission Looking to Fill Staff Position


Aug 11 - Russian Crab Companies Delay Fishing Due to New Processing Rules; Crab Prices Rise


Aug 8 - Weaker US Dollar Roiling Seafood Imports, Putting Pressure on Lobster, Crab and Shrimp Producers


Aug 7 - Russian Leading Crab Producer Dalmoreproduct to Be Sold to Local Rivals


Aug 4 - West Coast Dungeness Crab Bill Heads to President for Signature


Aug 2 - Quebec Private Equity Creates $140 Million Lobster and Crab Group Merging Riverside and Cheticamp


Jul 28 - Crescent City Harbor District Exploring Options in Wake of Tsunami Debt Load


Jul 27 - Newport Fishing Fleet Steadfast in its Access to International Terminal


Jul 20 - West Coast Dungeness Crab Season: Rocky Start, Good Markets, High Value


Jul 19 - Live Canadian Geoducks Arrive at New Airport Clearance Site in Qingdao For First Time


Jul 13 - Crab Poachers Design New Schemes for Illegal Activities in Russia


Jul 11 - Crabfest Back at Red Lobster with More Non-Snow Crab Offerings: Dungeness and Southern Red Crab


Jun 22 - Norway Sees Rise in Export Values in May


Jun 20 - California Budget Bill Lowers Landing Fees From State Proposal


Jun 19 - Battle Over Snow Crab by Russian Oligarchs Leads to Record Bidding in Quota Auction


Jun 9 - DFO Extends Crab Season in NL 3K Area due to Heavy Ice


Jun 6 - PODCAST: Seafood Podcast Featuring Latest Shrimp Imports and FDA Refusal Figures


Jun 5 - Latest Snow Crab Quota Reports Show Gulf Landings Well Ahead of Newfoundland


Jun 5 - Undercover Reporter Sees Live Seafood Switched For Dead Crabs, Shrimp at Fancy Changsha Restaurant


Jun 2 - VIDEO: Louisiana Shrimping Starts; Scallop Prices Crash; Cold Spring Slows Snow Crab Fishing


Jun 2 - SE Alaska's Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery to Start


Jun 1 - Russian Fishing Co (RFC) Enters Crab Business with $170 million Quota Purchase at Auction


Jun 1 - Coldest May in Years Slows Crab, Lobster Fisheries, Stabilizes Prices


May 25 - DHL Now Shipping Live Crabs and Seafood from Northern Norway to South Korea and US Markets


May 23 - RFM Certification Underway for Five Alaska Crab Fisheries, ASMI Calls for Stakeholders Input


May 22 - PODCAST: Canada’s Snow Crab Market Stabilizes and China’s Era of High Shrimp Output Fades


May 19 - VIDEO: Canada’s Snow Crab Market Stabilizes as the Era of High Chinese Shrimp Output Fades


May 18 - Oregon State Partners with NIOSH to Focus on Maritime Safety


May 17 - CDFW Director Extends Rock Crab Closure Due to Domoic Acid


May 17 - Salmon Season Threatened by Budget Impasse


May 17 - Congressional Seafood Names Matthew Berrie as Food Safety Director


May 15 - Russia Vows Crackdown on 10,000 tons of IUU Snow Crab Fished in Barents Sea


May 15 - Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods Backs FIP for Blue Swimming Crab Fisheries in Sri Lanka


May 12 - Snow Crab Prices Begin to Stabilize After Tumultuous Start to Season


May 8 - PODCAST: Commission Keeps Duties on Shrimp Imports; India Now 25% of US Shrimp Supply; FDA Refusals


May 5 - VIDEO: Indian Shrimp Dominates US Market in Q1; Trade Commission Upholds Shrimp Import Duties


May 3 - Congress Directs FDA to Formally Change Brown King Crab to Golden King Crab in Budget Bill


May 3 - Crab quota share prices increase, crews face quota loss


May 2 - Oregon Processors Warned of New DEQ Regulations, Costs for Wastewater Discharge


May 1 - Live Dungeness Shipments to China Hampered by Rumors of Cadmium Contamination


Apr 26 - PODCAST: Gulf Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectation; Whole Salmon Floods US Market; Brussels Show Starts


Apr 25 - New Brunswick Snow Crab Fishery Opening Today


Apr 24 - VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectations; European Whole Salmon Floods US


Apr 20 - Chesapeake Bay's Spawning Female Blue Crab Stocks at Highest Level in 28 Years


Apr 19 - VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quotas Announced


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Russian Fishing Profits Fall in 2017; Industry on Verge of Financial Crisis

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - September 22, 2017

The latest financial indicators show the Russian fishing industry is on the verge of a serious crisis. According to data of the Russian Association of Fishermen (RAF), the balance profit of the industry in the first half of 2017 fell by18.7 percent, which happened for the first time since 2014.

Experts say the industry no longer feels any benefits from the devaluation of the ruble. Its profitability is also hampered by low global fish prices and poor purchasing ...

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New Brunswick Seafood Exports to China Have Skyrocketed by 238 Percent

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fishfirst] translated by Amy Zhong - September 21, 2017

The export value of New Brunswick seafood to China has reached as high as $15.66 million CAD (~$12.6 million U.S.) in 2016, which is 23 percent of the Canadian total seafood export. The province’s seafood export has ballooned by 238 percent from 2015 to 2016. And it is still working hard to promote seafood in this huge market.

On Sept. 8, a small-scale meeting was held in the Consulate General of Canada (Guangzhou). New Brunswick’s governmental officials, along with representatives for its three leading ...

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Phones Help California Crabbers Retrieve Gear Before it Kills Whales

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] Ellen Knickmeyer - September 14, 2017

HALF MOON BAY, CALIF. -- Fisherman Jake Bunch leans over the side of the fishing boat "Sadie K," spears his catch, and reels it aboard: an abandoned crab pot, dangling one limp lasagna noodle of kelp and dozens of feet of rope, just the kind of fishing gear that has been snaring an increasing number of whales off U.S. coasts.

Confirmed counts of humpbacks, blue and other endangered or threatened species of whale entangled by the ropes, buoys and anchors of fishing gear hit a record 50 on the East Coast last year, and tied the record on the West Coast at 48, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The accidental entanglements can gouge whales' flesh and...

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Hokkaido Urges Russia to Improve Crab Enforcement After Finding 844 Illegal Crab Pots

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Japan Reports]  September 12, 2017

Hokkaido urges Russia to keep up with enforcement on crab poaching in its waters.

The Hokkaido prefecture has brought to Russia's attention that a total of 844 illegal crab basket implements were found within the area ranging from off Cape Soya to off Abashiri in the Japanese exclusive economic zone (EEZ) during the period from January through July this year.

The report was made at this year's first at-sea meeting of the Hokkaido and Sakhalin State border guard authorities held Sept. 1 onboard Hokkaido's fisheries enforcement vessel, Hokuo-Maru (499 tons), around the intermediate line between the two countries at the Soya Strait..

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Live American Lobster, Dungeness Crab Pass Chinese Quarantine in 40 Minutes

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Qingdao] translated by Amy Zhong - September 6, 2017

Three tons of American lobsters, Dungeness crabs and geoducks arrived in Qingdao from Canada recently.

On the evening of Aug. 24, Qingdao airport welcomed one flight from Vancouver, British Columbia, in Canada. It carried live American lobsters, Dungeness crab and geoducks with a total weight of 3 tons. This import sets a new record in Shandong’s edible seafood imports regarding their species number and weight. And they were available in local markets after clearance.

The inspection and quarantine bureau ...

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Seafood America Joins NFI's Crab Council as 29th Member

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle August 30, 2017

Seafood America of Warminster, Pennyslvania, has become the latest member of the National Fisheries Institute’s Crab Council.

The Crab Council consists of 29 U.S. and International members who are involved in the industry and support sustainability. In business for over 25 years, Seafood America has worked hand in hand with the Crab council, sourcing their crab exclusively from members. Their addition to the Council marks the first time that a non-importing processor has joined.

“What started as an importer-focused effort has broadened to ...

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Russian Crab Producers Say Production is Now at Highest Sustainable Levels, Consolodation is Next

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - August 18, 2017

Russia has no plans to significantly increase the volume of crab catch in the coming years, as the current volumes are already at historical maximums. Additionally, further increase is substantially limited by the biological component, according to recent statements of Alexander Duplyakov, president of the Association of Crab Producers of the Far East.

According to Duplyakov, further increase of catch could damage the entire population of crab in Russia. Duplyakov also added that crab quotas are at almost 100 percent capacity ...

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Russian Crab Companies Delay Fishing Due to New Processing Rules; Crab Prices Rise

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - August 11, 2017

Crab season in Russia is under a threat of failure this year, due to the recently introduced ban of on-board processing of crabs caught within the Russian territorialwaters that extend out to 12 miles, initiated by the Russian government.

The introduction of the ban has already resulted in massive protests of Russian leading crab producers in the Russian Far East, who prefer not to fish until the ban is lifted.

According to state plans, on-shore crab processing will result in the establishment of additional processing capacities and will create new jobs.

Sergei Eremeev, general director of the Preobrazhensky Base ....

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Russian Leading Crab Producer Dalmoreproduct to Be Sold to Local Rivals

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by Eugene Gerden August 7, 2017

PJSC "Dalmoreproduct, one of Russia’s largest fish and crab producers is considering selling its crab business to local competitors, according to press-service of the authorities of the Primorye region and sources close to the company.

This would further the trend of consolodation in the Russian Crab Industry, which rapidly may become an industry with only four large players, some of which are state enterprises, and others affiliated with oligarchs.

To date, Dalmoreproduct, which is affilated with Dmitry Dremluga, one of Russia’s largest fishing tycoons, (who currently lives in the US), has separated its crab business from its corporate structure..

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Quebec Private Equity Creates $140 Million Lobster and Crab Group Merging Riverside and Cheticamp

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton August 2, 2017

The Montreal based private Equity Firm Champlain Financial  has purchased Riverside Lobster of Nova Scotia, and will merge the company with Cheticamp Fisheries, which it purchased in May, 2017.

The primary products of Riverside and Cheticamp are lobster and snow crab.

The group will be led by Marc Poulin, formerly CEO of Sobey’s, who will become the executive chairman of Champlain’s seafood platform.

"Both companies are strategically located in the most productive crab and lobster regions of the Nova Scotia Coast. I am ...

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Newport Fishing Fleet Steadfast in its Access to International Terminal

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] submitted by Heather Mann - July 27, 2017

The following is the Port of Newport's Commercial Fishing Industry Platform Regarding the International Terminal Access, as presented by Midwater Trawlers Cooperative Executive Director Heather Mann at the July 25 Port of Newport Commission meeting. The Port is considering modification of the international terminal to allow lumber shipping, which, under one scenario, would have displaced the fishing fleet's use of the terminal. 

The Port of Newport is home to a diversified commercial fishing industry. Well over 100 commercial fishing vessels are home-ported in Newport and many more transient vessels visit and utilize the Port’s facilities. Newport-based vessels participate in many fisheries ...

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Live Canadian Geoducks Arrive at New Airport Clearance Site in Qingdao For First Time

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

A batch of Canadian live geoducks weighing 374 kg arrived at Qingdao on July 3 for the first time. They are from the North Pacific of Canada with a value of $20,000 U.S.

The new route between Qingdao and Vancouver not only makes traveling and business trips more convenient but also helps the import of fresh food. Imported food will be delivered to different markets in China from here. For example, after clearance, these geoducks will be transported to markets in Shanghai and Guangzhou.

Qingdao airport has cooperated with relevant agencies ...

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Crabfest Back at Red Lobster with More Non-Snow Crab Offerings: Dungeness and Southern Red Crab

 SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafod News] July 11, 2017

 Crabfest®, is back at Red Lobster®! For a limited time Red Lobster is inviting guests to explore the restaurant's largest variety of wild-caught crab it offers all year, including two new types of crab – Dungeness and Southern King.

Red Lobster says diners can dive into its new "NEW! Dueling Crab Legs™" – a pairing of Pacific Northwest Dungeness and sweet Snow crab legs, or they can try the "NEW! Southern King Crab Leg ...

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California Budget Bill Lowers Landing Fees From State Proposal

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

Five months of opposing a huge landing tax increase in California yielded victory Thursday as the legislature sent a budget to Gov. Jerry Brown with landing fees less than 10 percent of what the governor originally proposed.

California seafood industry members were shocked in January to find landing taxes that would increase an average of 1300 percent in an effort to make up a $20 million state Fish and Wildlife budget shortfall. The landing taxes had not changed in 20 years. ...

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DFO Extends Crab Season in NL 3K Area due to Heavy Ice

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  June 9, 2017

The DFO announced that the snow crab season in area 3K, off the northeast coast of Newfoundland, will be extended to July 15th, due to heavy pack ice which has been impacting vessels attempting to leave port.

The two week extension increases the liklihood that the quota in 3K will becaught.  However, the coast guard warns that pack ice could stall in some areas, including traditional near shore fishing grounds...

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Latest Snow Crab Quota Reports Show Gulf Landings Well Ahead of Newfoundland

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  June 5, 2017

The most current DFO quota reports, covering to near the end of May, show that Gulf snow crab landings in New Brunswick and Quebec are outpacing Newfoundland.

in the Gulf, out of a 39,000 ton quota, about 65% has been landed, and it looks likely the quota will be caught by the end of the season at the end of June.

In Newfoundland, for all NAFO divisions which include also the fishing areas outside of 200 miles, the total quota is 35,000 tons of which 38% has been taken as of May 31st...

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Snow Crab Fishery Likely in Alaska This Year With Positive News from Survey; King Crab Will Be Down

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton and Peggy Parker - September 19, 2017

Signs point to a snow crab fishery again this year in Alaska.

 Following an extremely poor stock survey in 2016, the ADF&G opened the Alaskan Opilo (Snow Crab) fishery with an allowable catch barely above the legal threshold.

Many in the crab industry, and their customers, feared that a negative survey this year could lead to a complete shutdown. So the results of the latest Eastern Bering Sea crab survey appear to offer some good news.

However, the survey data on red king crab was ...

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JD.com Offers 'Fresh Crab Insurance' as Part of its 'Super Hairy Crab Day' Promotion

Chinese Hairy Crab in Traditional WrappingSEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  Sept. 12, 2017

Hairy crabs from some famous Chinese lakes are a highly sought after product when they become available.  This week, JD.com launched its Super Hairy Crab Day sales event ahead of the highly-anticipated season for the coveted crustaceans. The event was a huge success, in only 24 hours selling nearly two million crabs and coupons for crabs that customers will give as gifts. 

Over the past few years, online sales of Hairy Crabs have spiked – and with JD.com’s efficient logistics network, consumers in over 300 cities across China can now enjoy fresh crabs within 48 hours, and in less than 24 hours in 150 cities. Customers located in cities closer to the heart of crab production, such as Shanghai and Suzhou, are able to receive live crabs within six hours.

JD.Com is offering 'Fresh Crab Insurance' this year

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After a 15-Year Ban, Russian Fishermen Have Resumed Crab Harvest in Primorye Territory

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - September 8, 2017

After 15 years of ban, Russian fishermen have resumed crab fishing in the Primorye Territory, according to press service of Russian Rosrybolovstvo.

The resume of production is due primarily to the results of recent studies, conducted by scientists of Russian Rosrybolovstvo, that indicates the crab population in Primorsky Krai has fully recovered after massive harvests and poaching during the 1990s.

According to the plans of Rosrybolovstvo, the volume of production at the Primorye Territory this year will reach about ...

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Crocker & Winsor Seafoods to Begin Carrying Fresh Pasteurized Crab Meat

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] August 31, 2017

Crocker & Winsor Seafoods is expanding their product offerings. The frozen seafood re-distributor, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Newport Organization, will begin carrying Newport’s Jack’s Catch brand. Of fresh pasteurized crab meat.

“While Crocker & Winsor has carried our frozen crab meat line for several years, the company’s expansion into fresh pasteurized crab meat is a natural next step following our recent acquisition of the company,” Newport Organization president Anjan Tharakan said in a statement. “For Newport, we are now afforded instant access to over ...

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West Coast Dungeness Crab Management Bill Becomes Law

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - August 24, 2017

President Trump signed Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s (R-WA) bill Friday to permanently extend the decades-old tri-state management agreement that has been vital to the West Coast Dungeness crab fishery. The bipartisan bill now becomes law.

Earlier this month, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) partnered with Herrera Beutler to get the bill passed in the Senate. Jaime successfully secured unanimous support and led it through the House in January.

The states of Washington, ...

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Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission Looking to Fill Staff Position

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - August 16, 2017

The Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission has big plans -- and to help make them happen, it's adding a position to its staff.

Executive Director Hugh Link said the assistant administrator position has been empty since former director Nick Furman retired three years ago and Link took over leading the commission. The office also has an office manager.

"We're looking forward to getting the team back," Link said.

The assistant position will also be the communications manager, "to better communicate with the users, industry, the public," he said.

Several issues, such as ...

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Weaker US Dollar Roiling Seafood Imports, Putting Pressure on Lobster, Crab and Shrimp Producers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  August 8, 2017

Suddenly currency swings are back in the news again.  After a period of dollar strength, that contributed to record seafood imports of commodities like shrimp and salmon in 2016, the dollar has reversed course, and has fallen about 7% since January of this year against a composite of foreign currencies.

This kind of change in currency values can have a big impact on profitability for overseas exporters to the US.

Take Lobster and Canadian snow crab for example.  From May 1st until July 31st, the Canadian dollar has strengthened from $1.35 to $1.25, a change of nearly...

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West Coast Dungeness Crab Bill Heads to President for Signature

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - Aug. 4, 2017

Management of the West Coast Dungeness crab fishery will experience smooth sailing over the next few decades, thanks to Senate passage of a bill on Aug. 3.

By unanimous consent, the Senate passed the West Coast Dungeness Crab Management Act, a house bill that was identical to a Senate version sponsored by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and introduced on Jan. 9. The companion bill in the House, H.R 374 and sponsored by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., passed the House unanimously and was transferred to the Senate ...

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Crescent City Harbor District Exploring Options in Wake of Tsunami Debt Load

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - July 28, 2017

A huge debt load, primarily due to devastating tsunamis and aging infrastructure, has the Crescent City (Calif.) Harbor District looking for financing options.

The Del Norte Triplicate reported this week that Harbor District commissioners began looking at options for the city to annex the port.

The district has a current $5.3 million loan it is repaying to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for inner boat basin rehabilitation after tsunamis in 2006 and 2011. The new inner basin was designed to resist a 50-year tsunami event, ...

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West Coast Dungeness Crab Season: Rocky Start, Good Markets, High Value

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

It's been a banner season for Dungeness crab fishermen on the West Coast, despite a rocky start due to the presence of domoic acid and live market problems with China.

The total for all three states is close to 58 million pounds so far, for a total value of $180 million for this season. By comparison, the total for the 2015-16 season was 42 million pounds and $149 million. West Coast crabbers and processors have been able to seize a huge market opportunity and overcome obstacles ...

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Crab Poachers Design New Schemes for Illegal Activities in Russia

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by Eugene Gerden - July 13, 2017

Crab poachers in the Russian Far East are designing new schemes for illegal exports of domestic crab to foreign markets, according to recent statements of analysts of Russian Rosrybolovstvo and the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs.

According to a spokesman for Ilya Shestakov, head of Rosrybolovstvo, the majority of crab poachers have started to use transport ships for illegal deliveries of their catch in recent months.

According to Shestakov’s spokesman, this scheme successfully works, as Japanese and South Korean Coast Guard..

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Norway Sees Rise in Export Values in May

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

Overall Norweigian exports of seafood rose in value in May -- and exports of many species also rose in volume.

Norway exported 163,000 metric tons of seafood with a value of $1 billion (NOK 7.6 billion) in May - the volume was at the same level as May 2016. However, the export value increased by $105 million (NOK 888 million) or 13 percent.

So far this year, Norway has exported 1.1 million tons of seafood worth $4.6 billion (NOK 39 billion). Export volumes have increased by ...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  June 19, 2017

Russia’s Rosrybolovstvo has raised a record sum as result of crab auctions in Primorye, where three oligarchs were competing.

More than RUB 23 billion (US$319 million) were raised by Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo) as a result of a recent auction for the sale of quotas for the crab catch in the subarea of Primorye.

The starting prices for the 24 lots in the Far Eastern basin (15 from Primorsky Krai) was 1.5 billion rubles...

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