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Apr 21 - VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectations; European Whole Salmon Floods US


Apr 21 - Newfoundland Fisherman Continues Hunger Strike Protest After Call From Minister


Apr 20 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 20, 2017


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


Apr 19 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 19, 2017


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


Apr 19 - Letters: Laitram Says Steam Cookers Catching on In NB Crab Industry with Quality Advantages


Apr 18 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 18, 2017


Apr 18 - Japanese Crab Negotiations with Newfoundland Full of Uncertainty


Apr 13 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday, April 13, 2017


Apr 13 - Fisheries Minister LeBlanc Uses Increase in Snow Crab Quota to Award 1100 Tons to Aboriginal Fishers


Apr 13 - VIDEO: Trident Sells to Pacific; Alaska’s Salmon Forecast and Vietnam Makes Lots of News


Apr 13 - Gulf Snow Crab Quota Even Higher Than Expected, Set at Nearly 44,000 tons


Apr 13 - PODCAST: Snow Crab Update, Indian Shrimp Analysis and Urner Barry’s Seafood Import Workshop


Apr 13 - Healthy Chesapeake Crab Hauls Expected, Concerns over Labor Persist


Apr 13 - Bering Sea Bairdi Crab Harvest Strategy to be Considered at May BOF Meeting


Apr 13 - Unique Database Details 5.8 trillion-ton Global Fishing Catch Since 1950


Apr 12 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 12, 2017


Apr 12 - Russia to Sell Crab Quotas Thru 2026 at Auction May 18th


Apr 12 - Wehai Airport Now Brings in Live King Crab from Alaska


Apr 12 - PFMC Approves Limited Salmon Seasons; Effects Ripple to Other Fisheries


Apr 10 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 10, 2017


Apr 10 - Seafood Harvesters of America Opposes Modern Fish Act


Apr 7 - VIDEO: Newfoundland Crab and Shrimp Quotas Release; India's Shrimp Sales to Vietnam


Apr 5 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 5, 2017


Apr 5 - Major Fishery and Processor Associations Ask Gov. Inslee's Council Recommendations be Withdrawn


Apr 5 - North Korea Becoming Biggest Hub for Sales of Illegal Russian Crab


Apr 5 - Handy Annouces Start to Soft Shell Crab Season in Maryland


Apr 5 - Newfoundland Crab Producers Blast Price Panel Ruling; Say Increases Risk of Market Collapse


Apr 5 - Crabbers, Managers, Scientists Collaborate on Ways to Reduce Whale Entanglements


Apr 4 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 4, 2017


Apr 3 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 3, 2017


Apr 3 - Newfoundland Snow Crab Quota Set at 35,419 Tons, 22% Less Than Last Year


Mar 31 - VIDEO: First Snow Crab Prices in Newfoundland as Ice May Stall Season in New Brunswick


Mar 31 - Newfoundland Shrimp Producers Say Cuts Devastating, But 'We have to Respect the Science'


Mar 31 - Chinese Ecommerce Companies Discount Seafood, Expect Daily Volume to Exceed New Year's Period


Mar 30 - 2016 Whale Entanglements Off U.S. West Coast Break Record for Third Year in a Row


Mar 30 - Golden King Crab in Icy Strait and Northern Areas Closes Due to Low Catch


Mar 29 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday March 29, 2017


Mar 29 - Gulf Snow Crab May Not be Underway Until Week of April 23rd Due to Ice


Mar 27 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday March 27, 2017


Mar 27 - US Shrimp Consumption Poised to Take Off With Other Seafood Markets at Record High Prices


Mar 27 - Some Newfoundland Snow Crab Plants Attempting to Settle with Japanese at $6.95 FOB St. John’s


Mar 24 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday March 24, 2017


Mar 23 - Oregon Pink Shrimp Price Negotiations Canceled This Week


Mar 22 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Mar 22 - SFP Announces Merger of Two Major Squid FIP Monitoring Groups in South America and Asia


Mar 22 - Sakhalin Officials Arrested For Allowing IUU Russian Crab to Flow to China


Mar 21 - Boston Show Upbeat Again this Year as Footprint Expands


Mar 17 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday, March 17, 2017


Mar 17 - Whitecap Will Celebrate 50 Years of Luxury Brand Canadian Crab at Boston, Brussels and China Shows


Mar 17 - Russian Crab Importer Direct Source Raises $45 Million Credit Line, Absorbs Sister Company


Mar 16 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday March 16, 2017


Mar 16 - Crabmeat Importer Blue Star Implments Cloud-Based Supply Chain Tracking for Indonesian Blue Crab


Mar 16 - Australia Quarantines Shellfish in Moreton Bay to Combat Spread of Whitespot Disease


Mar 16 - Seal Predation Seen Impacting Snow Crab Stocks in Newfoundland


Mar 15 - Clearwater to Debut Norway Lobster, Rock Crab and Additional Arctic Surf Clam Products at Boston


Mar 14 - Crabmeat Importer Blue Star Foods Forms First Blue Swimming Crab Crab Co-Op in Indonesia


Mar 13 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday March 13, 2017


Mar 13 - Seattle Crab Distributor Keyport Celebrates 20 Years in Business After Record Sales Year in 2016


Mar 13 - As Season Wraps, Bering Sea Crabbers Focus on New Rules, Harvest Policy


Mar 8 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday March 8, 2017


Mar 8 - Clearwater Reports 2016 Results and Positive Outlook for 2017


Mar 7 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday March 7, 2017


Mar 7 - Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods Enters Scallop Business in Marketing Deal with Northern Wind


Mar 7 - Russian Fishery Co. Buying Dalmore Pollock Business, Will Have Nearly 300,000 tons of Quota


Mar 6 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday March 6, 2017


Mar 6 - FDA Updates February Refusals; Shows Dip in Rejections from 2016 But Filth Still Targeted


Mar 6 - Bering Sea Crab Fishery Faces Identity Crisis


Mar 3 - VIDEO: More Bad News for Snow Crab and Urner Barry Brings Back the Import Workshop


Mar 3 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday March 3, 2017


Mar 3 - Maine Officials Seek Input from Lobstermen Potentially Affected by Proposed Coral Rules


Mar 2 - John Sevier Named New President of International Seafoods - Alaska


Feb 28 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday February 28, 2017


Feb 27 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday February 27, 2017


Feb 27 - Over Half of Alaska's Norton Sound Winter Red King Crab Quota Now Landed


Feb 24 - MSC Streamlines Assessment in Pilot Program for Echebastar Indian Ocean Skipjack Tuna


Feb 23 - Adak's Seafood Plant Not Processing Bering Sea Cod Because of Damage, Not Over Deliveries Lawsuit


Feb 23 - Walton Foundation to Continue $32 Million Investment Plan to Boost Indonesia's Seafood Exports


Feb 23 - Crabmeat Importer, Distributor Bonamar Secures $30 Million Credit Line from Santander


Feb 22 - White Castle Adds Crab Cake Sandwich to Menu for Lent


Feb 20 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday February 20, 2017


Feb 20 - PODCAST: India Carries US Shrimp Imports to Record; Snow Crab Prices Smash Records Before Boston


Feb 20 - Russia's Quota Incentive Program Does Not Spur Crab Producers to Place Domestic Shipbuilding Orders


Feb 15 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday February 15, 2017


Feb 15 - Hokkaido Crab Dealer Goes Bankrupt After Russia Tightens Crab Enforcement


Feb 15 - How Alaskans Forced Snow Crab Prices Above $8.00; This Price Likely to Carry Through to Boston


Feb 14 - Fishery Tensions Rise Between China and South Korea after Korean Landings Hit Record Lows


Feb 13 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday February 13, 2017


Feb 13 - California Salmon Groups Join in Project to Release Salmon at Bodega Bay


Feb 10 - Atlantic States Fishery Managers Adopt Coast-Wide Jonah Crab Claw Harvesting Rule; Set Bycatch Plan


Feb 9 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday February 9, 2017


Feb 9 - Oregon's Domoic Acid Scare Eases as Coos Bay Reopens Under Evisceration Order


Feb 7 - Strong Demand and Cultural Preferences for Seafood Driving Up Prices in China for New Year Sales


Feb 7 - Clearwater Invests $5 Million to Boost Arctic Surf Clam Processing Capacity at Canadian Plants


Feb 7 - German Zverev, Friendly to China, Will Head Russian Fish Industry Group to Push Gov't on Exports


Feb 3 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday February 3, 2017


Feb 3 - ASFMC Wants to Reduce Number of Lobster Traps in Southern New England to Rebuild Stock


Feb 3 - Oregon Closes 65-mile Stretch of Coast to Commercial Dungeness Crabbing


Feb 2 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday February 2, 2017


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




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Newfoundland Fisherman Continues Hunger Strike Protest After Call From Minister

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Canadian Press] - April 21, 2017

St John's, N.L. — A Newfoundland fisherman is continuing his hunger strike over what he says is Ottawa's dire mismanagement of stocks, despite getting a phone call from federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc, his mother says.

Linda Gillett said Friday that her son Richard Gillett spoke with LeBlanc on Thursday, but isn't ready yet to give up his protest.

"He's not accepting that, he wants it in writing that he (LeBlanc) will meet with him," said Gillett.

She said her son is entering the ninth day...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 20, 2017 

The crab population in the Chesapeake Bay is resilient and steady as the biomass of spawning-age females is now at a 28-year high for the fishery according to the latest survey from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Accordign to the DNR’s 2017 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey the overall population of crabs was estimated at 455 million, the 11th highest level recorded by the survey. The spawning female stock increased 31 percent, from 194 million to 254 million, exceeding the healthy target level of 215 million for the first time since 2010...

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VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quotas Announced 

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Japanese Crab Negotiations with Newfoundland Full of Uncertainty

Sources in Japan say that the negotiations with Newfoundland snow crab packers are in a high state of uncertainty. Although there were reports of a price of $6.95 between one or two packers and a Japanese buyer, others in Japan say there was a condition on this contract that limited the amount of product to only a portion of what the buyer purchases in the first week. Overall the Japanese see great uncertainty in the market and expect the situation to clarify more once production is in full swing in both Newfoundland and the Gulf.

Nearly half of all the natural World Heritage sites on the planet are being ravaged by poachers who are driving some endangered animals towards extinction, according to a report from the World Wildlife Fund. The illegal wildlife trade was estimated to be worth some $19 billion, making it the fourth largest international criminal trade after drugs, guns and human trafficking, according to the ‘Not For Sale’ report. The report warned that species listed on the landmark Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) are being killed. "The current international approach to preventing illegal harvesting of Cites-listed species in World Heritage sites is not working, and stakeholders must redouble their efforts and address all parts of the wildlife trafficking value chain," the report said.

In other news, fishermen are petitioning the New England Fishery Management Council to protect tuna and other fisheries from the herring fleet by agreeing to have measures asking for year-round closures of up to 50 miles east of the Cape. “There’s a strong feeling that fisheries that used to happen here have been displaced by 10 years of intense herring removal,” said John Pappalardo, executive director of the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance, and a member of the New England council and its herring committee.

Meanwhile, Bristol Seafood in Maine is looking to capitalize on the growing interest in the social responsibility of seafood as its New England scallops are the first domestic fishery in the country to earn certification from Fair Trade USA. To achieve the certification, companies need to submit to an audit and interviews to make sure the food is produced with fair working conditions and environmental stewardship along the supply chain. Fair Trade USA also certifies shrimp from Mexico, yellowfin tuna from Indonesia, and skipjack and yellowfin tuna from Maldives. "There's a certain sanctity to food when it comes to the story about it," said Peter Handy, president of Bristol "It tastes better the more you know."

Finally, Maruha Nichiro expects higher costs of purchasing seafood from overseas suppliers to cut into its profits by about 12 percent. Maruha's purchasing costs abroad are rising due to the yen's depreciation.

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News Summary April 13, 2017

Today's Main Story: Gulf Snow Crab Quota Even Higher Than Expected, Set at Nearly 44,000 Tons

Today’s main story focuses on how the snow crab supply picture from Atlantic Canada is coming into better focus. The Canadian DFO announced that the quota in the Southern Gulf, which was 21,725 tons last year, will more than double to 43,822 tons this year. Combined with the Newfoundland quota of 35,419 tons, total Canadian harvests from the two primary producing areas will total 79,241 tons of crab or nearly 175 million pounds of live crab if the entire quota is caught.

In other news, we post an opinion piece regarding The Coastal Conservation Association of N.C. which (it is written) appears to find much joy in destroying families and livelihoods of North Carolina commercial fishing communities, in which gill nets play a major

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VIDEO: Trident Sells to Pacific; Alaska’s Salmon Forecast and Vietnam Makes Lots of News

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PODCAST: Snow Crab Update, Indian Shrimp Analysis and Urner Barry’s Seafood Import Workshop

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 13, 2017 

In the latest episode of the Seafood News Podcast, we provide an update on Newfoundland’s snow crab quotas. In other news, we take a deep dive into some Indian shrimp supply data and what it means for US consumption and overseas buying patterns. Plus, we talk about Urner Barry’s Seafood Import Workshop ...

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Bering Sea Bairdi Crab Harvest Strategy to be Considered at May BOF Meeting

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - April 13, 2017

Alaska's Board of Fish announced this week that a board generated proposal to review and amend the Bering Sea District C. bairdi Tanner crab harvest strategy will be on the docket for their May 17-18 meeting in Anchorage.

The newly assigned Proposal 281, if passed, would "potentially allow the Bering Sea District commercial Tanner crab fishery west of 166 degrees W. longitude to be opened at low levels of Tanner crab abundance." 

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Quinlan Bros. Starts Snow Crab Processing at Rebuilt Plant in Bay de Verde

Quinlan Brothers Ltd. announced on Tuesday that a small quantity of snow crab will be run through the processing line to ensure the plant is ready as boats begin returning to shore with their first landings of the new season later this week. The plant will process only snow crab this season, but the company is preparing to expand into groundfish when stocks allow. Around a year ago the Quinlan Brothers' processing facility burned to the ground, which had widespread implications for Newfoundland's snow crab industry from the people the plant employed to buyers that had lined up snow crab deals for the season.

The Russian Federal Fishery Agency officially announced that it will hold an auction for the distribution of crab quotas in the Far Eastern fishing basin on May 18-19 of the current year. The auctions will allow companies to control crab quota through 2026. The quotas will include all of the major crab species in particular species of king crab, helmet crab, and opilio crab in major crab-producing areas.

A report on raw material prices for Vietnamese shrimp shows prices are up 24 percent since 2016 and are at a two-year high. Lack of domestic shrimp in the market has been attributed to the spike in prices this year. The Vietnamese have stepped up importing shrimp from foreign suppliers like India in order to meet the needs of processors.

We run an opinion from Tom Mazzetta who calls for increased cooperation between domestic and imported seafood operators in the United States. Mazzetta points to the success of the Maine lobster and Alaskan salmon industries as examples of how domestically sourced and imported seafood products can coexist in the US. "We need to come together as an industry to support increased seafood consumption as an overall goal, not only for the benefit of our collective bottom-lines, but for the health benefits of eating more seafood, the environmental benefits of seafood production versus other proteins, and to address regulations that artificially inflate prices for American shoppers and diners," said Mazzetta.

Finally, dire West Coast ocean salmon seasons haven't officially started but are already affecting non-salmon fisheries such as sablefish and Pacific whiting writes Susan Chambers. The Pacific Fishery Management Council approved no summer salmon seasons in parts of Oregon and California and limited seasons on the rest of the coast to protect struggling stocks such as coho in Washington and Klamath fall Chinook and Sacramento winter Chinook in Oregon and California. Sablefish harvesters will get increased trip limits to help avoid salmon conflicts, and the whiting fleet will get a special additional bycatch allocation since moving out of Klamath salmon areas will force them into a higher bycatch zone.

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Wehai Airport Now Brings in Live King Crab from Alaska

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [f.sfdnews] translated by Amy Zhong  April 12, 2017 

Weihai Airport is now importing edible aquatic products for the first time.

A batch of wild king crabs arrived at Weihai Airport on the afternoon of April 5.

It took them several days to fly from Alaska to Weihai. This is the first time that the airport imported edible live seafood. In total there are 40 cartons of king crabs weighing 500kg. And these crabs are not cheap, about 200 yuan/jin (1 jin=0.5 kilo). That means around 1,000  yuan($145) per crab. The officials have examined these king crabs carefully and then cleared them quickly...

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News Summary April 10, 2017

Today's Main Story: Western Rock Lobster Price Falls Due to a Drop in China Demand, Cheaper American Exports

Headlining the nws, the value of premium species of lobster sourced from Western Australia has plummeted, causing the lucrative industry to grind to a near halt. The western rock lobster 'beach price', which is the price professional fishers receive direct from processors, has slumped to about $50 a kilogram. Compared to six months ago, the price has shed about 30 per cent of its value. Almost all the western rock lobsters, caught on the continental shelf mainly from Perth to Geraldton, are exported live to China. A seasonal drop in demand from the Chinese market, along with the strengthening of the Chinese Yuan bearing down on Australia's return in the exchange rate, are major factors behind the price fall. Cheaper lobster from America is also suspected as cause for lower prices. The emergence of America as a key exporter of a more affordable lobster to China is also thought to be contributing to the problem.

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VIDEO: Newfoundland Crab and Shrimp Quotas Release; India's Shrimp Sales to Vietnam

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Major Fishery and Processor Associations Ask Gov. Inslee's Council Recommendations be Withdrawn

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  April 5, 2017

Four major West coast and Alaska organizations have expressed outrage over Washington Governor Inslee’s nominations for new appointments to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

The groups have written to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, asking that the Washington State nominations be returned and that the Governor be asked to follow the state’s public appointment process.

The four groups, the Pacific Seafood Processors Association, the At-Sea Processors Association, the United Catcher Boats and the Groundfish Forum represent the groundfish fishery in Alaska, which accounts for the largest share of both volume and value of the fisheries managed by the North Pacific Council.

Originally, three people were informed by the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife that they were on the governor’s nomination list...

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Handy Annouces Start to Soft Shell Crab Season in Maryland

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - by April 5, 2017

In 1917, Handy Seafood started processing soft shell crabs from the Chesapeake Bay in Crisfield, Maryland. Now a century later, Handy has announced the arrival of their 100th domestic soft shell crab season.

“The season is expected to be in full swing in the next two weeks as the waters warm,” Chris Owens, Handy’s manager of fresh sales, said in a press release.

Soft shell crabs are one of America's favorite seafood delicacies and fresh ones are available through September. ...

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Crabbers, Managers, Scientists Collaborate on Ways to Reduce Whale Entanglements

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - April 5, 2016

The good news: Populations of humpback and gray whales along the U.S. West Coast have been increasing and are relatively high.

The bad news: A record number of entanglements have taken place, primarily in relation to Dungeness crab gear and mostly off of California.

Various groups have been working with federal managers to brainstorm ideas on ways to avoid damages to both whales and fishing gear. But the ideas have been limited in testing and application. Last week, the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission hosted a workshop in Portland, Ore., with fishermen, ...

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FFAW Says Hundreds of Crab Vessels Iced in Will Need Compensation Due to Late Start, As in Past

The Fish, Food and Allied Workers union said that hundreds of snow crab fishing boats are being kept ashore by the ice that has built up around Newfoundland and Labrador. President Keith Sullivan called on the federal government to pay compensation to fish harvesters who are kept away from the fishery. "For many, E.I. benefits run out next week, which will leave families without any income for the foreseeable future, since ice is expected to be a problem until at least mid-May," the FFAW wrote in a statement.

New England regulators will allow lobster fishing in proposed deep-sea coral protection zones on the Mount Desert Rock and Outer Schoodic Ridges. The New England Fishery Management Council voted 14-1 Tuesday to ban most fishing in the canyons and plateaus where slow-growing, cold-water coral gardens flourish in the dark waters of the Gulf of Maine. But pleas from Maine lobster fishermen who say a trap ban in fertile gulf fishing grounds would cost them millions of dollars helped sway an initially resistant council to grant a lobstering exemption. The Council will vote on the exemption at its meeting in June.

In other news, Greenpeace released its annual sustainability rankings of canned tuna products sold in the US market. John Sackton writes how these rankings have almost nothing to do with tuna sustainability. "Instead, like other supermarket rankings undertaken by Greenpeace, the ranking system is used to reward banners that conform to Greenpeace’s ideology and punish banners that don’t," Sackton writes.

Meanwhile, the Gulf Seafood Institute and six other Gulf of Mexico seafood industry organizations endorsed North Pacific Fishery Management Council Executive Director Chris Oliver for the open position of Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries. “It is imperative that NOAA Fisheries be guided by an experienced Administrator with a solid track record of uniting these varying interests with a spirit of positivity and mutual respect,” the groups said in a letter sent to Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Jr.

Finally, biologists at NOAA Fisheries’ Southwest Fisheries Science Center cracked the code on how to spawn Pacific sardines in the laboratory, opening a new window on the life cycle of the commercially important species. Some in the industry hope it will better inform industry and managers as to what environmental factors would augment wild reproduction and recruitment.

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European Whole Salmon Floods US and Cuts into Canada's Market Share

European salmon producers, beset with sea lice problems, appear to be harvesting fish early and flooding the US market with unusual amounts of smaller whole fish. This has had an impact on Canadian producers, who normally dominate the whole fish market in the US. while demand for salmon in the US and other global markets has been exceptionally high, this particular rise in European shipments to the US market has not been totally demand driven. Rather, it appears US buyers have opted to import more whole salmon from Europe in 2017 because the surge in available supplies lowered prices to competitive levels compared to Canadian product.

More than 750,000 pounds of West Coast rockfish have been landed in roughly a month under an exempted fishing permit, creating a small boon for fishermen and markets. The harvest included only four Chinook salmon and no catches of green sturgeon or eulachon smelt, both ESA-listed species. Five vessels made 17 trips since the beginning of March. Oregon Trawl Commission Director Brad Pettinger said the success of a midwater rockfish fishery + something common when he was fishing more than 20 years ago + is a validation of sacrifices made since 2000. "We're on the verge of placing the last piece of the puzzle to rebuilding this fishery," Pettinger said. "It's been a lot of work over the last decade-plus."

In other news, we run a Letter to the Editor from Garrett Fine, the cooking business unit manager for Laitram Machinery who disagrees with claims from our April 18 article that said some in Japan think steam cooking snow crabs hurts the quality of the product. "Myself and my colleagues have literally been in the plant with one of the “Big 3” Japanese buyers, have feedback from our customers’ other Japanese buyers, as well as the plants’ QC department and owners, Canadian, and US buyers. The overwhelming feedback is that the product quality is better; in fact, they say the product texture, color, taste, and extractability are all much better," Fine writes.

Meanwhile, Russia may face a shortage of salmon this year, due to the lack of supplies from Norway and the inability of producers from the Faroe Islands, Chile and Iceland to fill the vacant niche according to federal fishery officials at Rosrybolovstvo. Among the issues causing the shortages is the inability of the domestic industry and producers in South America to replace imports from more than 500 Norway salmon producers and importers, which were banned from exporting fish to the Russia at the beginning of 2015 due to sanctions.

Finally, the New England Fishery Management Council has initiate changes that will attempt to reduce the conflict between large and small boat scallopers in the Northern Gulf of Maine. The management council says there is a "critical need to initiate surveys and develop additional tools to better manage the area." It also says the new rules could include limiting some boats from fishing in the area until the total scallop population can be more accurately determined.

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Letters:  Laitram Says Steam Cookers Catching on In NB Crab Industry with Quality Advantages

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Letters]  April 19, 2017

Hello John

I wanted to write you to express our disagreement with the below excerpt from the April 18th article in Seafood News (Japanese Crab Negotiations with Newfoundland Full of Uncertainty):

They don’t think the plant capacity is there. Some of the Gulf packers are reported to be looking at introducing steam cookers, that can boost throughput by 30-40%, but the Japanese think this might lead to lower quality products.

Our company, Laitram Machinery, has spent over 60 years applying science to cooking seafood. We have installed more than 150 of our patented CoolSteam Systems all over the world; it is the preferred solution for cold water shrimp, aquaculture shrimp, crab, and lobster.

We are indeed commissioning 4 new Laitram systems in Quebec and New Brunswick...

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Japanese Crab Negotiations with Newfoundland Full of Uncertainty

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton –April 18, 2017

Sources in Japan say that the negotiations with Newfoundland snow crab packers are in a high state of uncertainty.

Although there were reports of a price of $6.95 between one or two packers and a Japanese buyer, other Japanese say there was a condition on this contract that limited the amount of product to only a portion of what the buyer purchases in the first week.

They called it more of a “reference price”...

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Fisheries Minister LeBlanc Uses Increase in Snow Crab Quota to Award 1100 Tons to Aboriginal Fishers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Seafoodnews] April 13, 2017

 Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc said he was using the historic increase in snow crab biomass in the Gulf to provide a one year set aside of 1100 tons of crab for indigenous groups to increase their access to the fishery.

 Although this is billed as a one-time action, in other situations the DFO has continued temporary allocations, in some cases for years.

 "Our government is committed to reconciliation and to strengthening the nation-to-nation relationship with Canada's Indigenous peoples. The abundance of snow crab in the Southern Gulf of the St. Lawrence this year presents a unique opportunity..

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Gulf Snow Crab Quota Even Higher Than Expected, Set at Nearly 44,000 tons

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton April 13, 2017

The snow crab supply picture from Atlantic Canada is coming into better focus. The Canadian DFO announced today that the quota in the Southern Gulf, which was 21,725 tons last year, will more than double to 43,822 tons this year.

Combined with the Newfoundland quota of 35,419 tons, total Canadian harvests from the two primary producing areas will total 79,241 tons of crab, or nearly 175 million pounds of live crab if the...

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Healthy Chesapeake Crab Hauls Expected, Concerns over Labor Persist

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Daily Press] By Josh Reyes - April 13, 2017

For Graham & Rollins Inc., one of the few remaining crab houses in Virginia, the volume of the catch is not the concern this year. The main concern is finding the people to pick what's expected to be a bountiful harvest.

Early crab population indicators hint that the 2017 harvest will be strong, continuing an upward trend over the last two years. Virginia Marine Resources Commissioner John Bull said Wednesday. He said anecdotal reports from watermen and a winter population survey look positive leading up to the release of the official crab populations next week. The 2017 crabbing season started March 1 and is now shifting into full gear as the weather...

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Unique Database Details 5.8 trillion-ton Global Fishing Catch since 1950

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

A fisheries database created by an Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies (IMAS) researcher at the University of Tasmania, Australia, provides unprecedented insights into global fishing catches between 1950 and 2014.

During the 65 years covered by the records, fishers from 193 countries caught more than 5.8 trillion tons of fish from 1,443 species, including 892 million tons taken illegally and 629 million tons discarded at sea.

Featured in the latest edition of the Nature journal Scientific Data, the information was collated by Professor Reg Watson, who said it illustrated the finite nature of the global marine fishery. ...

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Russia to Sell Crab Quotas Thru 2026 at Auction May 18th

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden April 12, 2017

The Russian Federal Fishery Agency (Rosrybolovstvo) has officially announced that it will hold an auction for the distribution of crab quotas in the Far Eastern fishing basin on May 18-19 of the current year.  The auctions will allow companies to control crab quota through 2026.

The quotas will include all of the major crab species in particular species of king crab, helmet crab, and opilio crab in major crab-producing areas, such as the Primorye subarea, the South Kurile zone, Petropavlovsk-Komandorskaya subzone, and the Kamchatka-Kuril subzone.

Under the terms of the auction, crab catch in a particular region and subzone will be allowed to only those companies, which are registered within their boundaries...

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PFMC Approves Limited Salmon Seasons; Effects Ripple to Other Fisheries

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - April 12, 2017

Sacramento, Calif. -- Dire West Coast ocean salmon seasons haven't officially started but already are affecting non-salmon fisheries such as sablefish and Pacific whiting.

Sablefish harvesters will get increased trip limits to help avoid salmon conflicts, and the whiting fleet will get a special additional bycatch allocation since moving out of Klamath salmon areas will force them into a higher bycatch zone.

The Pacific Fishery Management Council approved Tuesday no summer salmon seasons in parts of Oregon and California and limited seasons on the rest of the coast to protect struggling stocks such as coho in Washington and Klamath fall Chinook and Sacramento winter Chinook in Oregon and California. ...

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Seafood Harvesters of America Opposes Modern Fish Act

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - April 10, 2017

Washington, D.C. – A new bill focused on recreational fishing has drawn strong opposition from the nation's largest organization of commercial seafood harvesters.

SHA clams that The Modern Fish Act would hamstring federal regional fishery councils’ ability to manage the fishery sector and most species, while also limiting the ability to innovate new solutions to overfishing...

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Major Fishery and Processor Associations Ask Gov. Inslee's Council Recommendations be Withdrawn

Four major West coast and Alaska organizations have expressed outrage over Washington Governor Inslee’s nominations for new appointments to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. The groups have written to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, asking that the Washington State nominations be returned and that the Governor be asked to follow the state’s public appointment process. We provide the full letter sent to Secretary Ross in today's story.

The Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) says the Standing Fish Price Setting Panel decision on raw material snow crab prices compounds bad news on quota cuts and places the industry at substantial risk of a market collapse. “The market reports contracted by the province were both clear,” said Derek Butler, Executive Director of ASP. “Consumption is reducing, the price has gotten too high, and it is spot pricing in response to quota reductions in Alaska and here that is being used. That is wrong. It is not the reality of our snow crab industry.”

In other news, the North Korean port of Rajin continues to remain biggest transit hub for illegal sales of Russian crab in Asia-Pacific region. According to the Russian Association of Crab Producers, currently about 500 tons of illegal crab supplies from Russia are delivered to the North Korean seaport and to the Chinese town of Hunchun each month. These figures are growing since the situation is aggravated by extremely low prices for Russian crab the Producers say.

Meanwhile, FDA seafood refusals in March were just about the same compared to last March as mahi, shrimp and filth remain on inspectors' radars. However, federal seafood rejections are well below levels recorded through the first quarter in 2016 because of notable declines in snapper, lobster and tuna refusals.

Finally, Alaskan halibut production during the first month of the season is lower from last year because of inclement weather. Wholesale prices for Pacific halibut are now moving higher with inventories limited ahead of Good Friday. Alaska's halibut got off to a slow start in March because of poor weather, but production picked over the next few weeks. However, another round of bad weather has pinched production ahead of Easter. Traders say they will be closely monitoring Alaskan halibut production and supplies over the next week as demand could go higher in preparation for the last week of the Lenten season.

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North Korea Becoming Biggest Hub for Sales of Illegal Russian Crab

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by Eugene Gerden  April 5, 2017

The North Korean port of Rajin continues to remain biggest transit hub for illegal sales of Russian crab in Asia-Pacific region.

Russian crab producers are unhappy with the current activities of the National Border Guard Service, regarding with its fight with crab poachers, according to recent statements of Alexander Duplyakov, head of the Russian Association of Crab Producers (RACP).  They are failing to stop regular deliveries of illegal crab to North Korea.

According to Duplyakov, currently about 500 tons of illegal crab supplies from Russia are delivered to the North Korean seaport of Rajin and the Chinese...

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Newfoundland Crab Producers Blast Price Panel Ruling; Say Increases Risk of Market Collapse

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  April 5, 2017

The Association of Seafood Producers in Newfoundland put out the following
statement, after the Newfounland Price Setting Panel ruled in favor of the union's proposed minimum crab price of $CA 4.39.

(St. John’s, NL) The Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) says today’s Standing Fish Price Setting Panel decision on raw material crab prices compounds the already bad news on quota cuts, and places the industry at substantial risk of a market collapse.

“The Panel has set crab raw material prices at a historic high, well above any previous level. ASP’s offer to harvesters of $4.10 was rejected and the Panel has gone with the FFAW price of $4.39,” said Derek Butler, Executive Director of ASP.

“The market reports contracted by the province were both clear,” said Butler. “Consumption is reducing, the price has gotten too high, and it is spot pricing in response

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