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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


Feb 2 - 4% Cut Recommended to Norton Sound's Winter Season King Crab Quota; Ice Conditions Reportedly Poor


Feb 2 - Russia Confirms Increases in Snow Crab, Bairdi TACs for 2017


Feb 2 - Oregon Detects One "Hot" Dungeness Crab Near Winchester Bay


Feb 1 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday February 1, 2017


Feb 1 - Texas based Sustainable Sea Products Buys Dickie Poh Seafood, Keeping Dickie's Deviled Crab Line


Feb 1 - Alaska Marine Conservation Council Wants to Reconnect Anchorage Residents to Locally Sourced Seafood


Jan 27 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday January 27, 2017


Jan 27 - NPFMC Director Chris Oliver Receives Massive Industry-Wide Support to be NOAA's Next Fisheries Admin


Jan 27 - Russian Crab Association Says Domestic Consumption of King Crab Has Doubled


Jan 26 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday January 26, 2017


Jan 26 - Tumultuous Dungeness Crab Season Leads to Abundant Supply


Jan 26 - Chinese Ecommerce Company Sends Michelin Chef to Lucky Customers Home with New Year Order


Jan 24 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday January 24, 2017


Jan 24 - Symphony of Seafood Showcases New Alaska Seafood Products


Jan 23 - Unfortunate Decision on Bairdi Suggests Alaska Failing its Fisheries Obligations in Age of Austerity


Jan 19 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday, January 19, 2017


Jan 19 - Commerce Sec. Pritzker Declares Fisheries Disasters for Nine West Coast Species


Jan 17 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Jan 17 - Russia's Future Barents Sea Snow Crab Harvest Could Reach 27,000 tons


Jan 16 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday January 16, 2017


Jan 16 - SE Alaska Tanner and Golden King Crab Season Opens Feb. 17, Harvest Forecast Down from Last Year


Jan 16 - Shipment of California Dungeness Crab to China Allowed by Chinese, but not by Canadians


Jan 13 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday January 13, 2017


Jan 13 - Dungeness Crab Susceptible to Ocean Acidification in Unexpected Ways


Jan 13 - Important Fish Habitat Formed by Slow-growing Corals may Recover More Slowly in Warming Climate


Jan 12 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday January 12, 2017


Jan 12 - Last Remaining California Area of Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery to Open


Jan 12 - Signs point to Surging Market for High-End Imported Seafood in China This New Year


Jan 11 - China Cuts Tariff Rates on Large Range of Imported Seafood


Jan 10 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday January 10, 2017


Jan 10 - West Bengal Eyes Fisheries Sector as Big Investment Target


Jan 9 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday January 9, 2017


Jan 9 - Dungeness Crabbers, Processors Reach Compromise Price of $2.875 lb, Ending Strike


Jan 9 - NFI Sues NOAA Over New Seafood Fraud Import Rules Claiming Regulatory Overreach


Jan 5 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday January 5, 2017


Jan 5 - Oregon Dungeness Crabbers, Processors Return to Price Negotiations


Jan 5 - Southeast Alaska Opens for Tanner Crab on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017


Jan 4 - Seafood.com News Summary January 4, 2017


Jan 4 - PODCAST: West Coast's Dungeness Fishermen Go on Strike


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Gulf Snow Crab May Not be Underway Until Week of April 23rd due to Ice

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  March 29, 2017

After a cold March, ice is thick in the harbor at Caraquet.  The first icebreaker to try and open the harbor to prepare for the start of the crab season encountered ice 4 feet thick, and was unable to do the job, reported some of the people at the crab and lobster meetings held in Shippagan, NB yesterday.

A larger icebreaker will have to be scheduled. Some participants thought...

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US Shrimp Consumption Poised to Take Off with Other Seafood Markets at Record High Prices

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh and Angel Rubio - March 27, 2017

Record high prices for many popular seafood items in the US market are likely to support more shrimp consumption in 2017 given the item's relatively stable price and a strong supply outlook.

During last week’s Seafood Expo North America in Boston many traders talked about record or near record high pricing for a variety of seafood items. A look at Urner Barry quotations high market prices for salmon, snow crab, king crab and mahi-mahi... 

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Torrential Rain, Massive Flooding Deals Blow to Peruvian Scallop Production

Weeks of torrential rains and flooding in Peru are impacting scallop production in the Northern part of the country. Expectations are for Peruvian scallops supplies to be limited at least short term.According to European seafood analysts at Seafood Intelligence Portal (SIP), the flooding is hurting Peruvian scallop production. Van Herwijnen said many scallops farms in Sechura Bay are closed indefinitely, particularly those that use bottom farming systems. He said operators that use hanging rope systems have relocated production farther out to sea. The expectation is for Peruvian supplies to be tight. Meanwhile, long term damage to Peru’s production and exports remains murky.

In Newfoundland, the return of cod may be signaling a shift in the food cycle that could hurt coldwater shrimp stocks. For the last decade the northern cod stock has been increasing at a rate of about 30 per cent per year. Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s 2016 stock assessment estimated its total biomass at around 300,000 metric tons. Biologists say a shift is occurring back to the traditional order of a capelin-cod dominated food chain.

In other news, booming squid catches and high prices have some squid fishermen in Point Judith concerned. At issue is how the port's economy has become heavily reliant on the squid fishery. Fishermen live in a constant worry about losing their fishing grounds; they worry over changing policy and the uncertainty of finances from one year to the next. A vessel used to be able to jump from one fishery to the next, from cod to fluke to squid to herring. That no longer occurs. This is a similar problem Maine is experiencing with fishermen almost solsolelypendant on lobster.

Meanwhile, Alaska's Board of Fisheries is meeting in Anchorage this week and commissioners are looking into the possibility of opening the fishery even in low abundance years.The Bering Sea Bairdi (or Tanner) crab fishery stayed closed this year, for the first time in four years. State biologists decided there were too few crab to safely harvest. But fishermen are questioning that decision. They say there were plentiful Bairdi when they were fishing for other species.

Finally, in this week's Seafood News Roundup show we recap some of the major stories that we reported from this week's Seafood Expo North America in Boston. It was a busy and upbeat show with lots of traffic at Urner Barry's booth and around the show floor. We appreciate those in the industry who took time out of their schedules to meet with us.

Have a great weekend and get some rest.

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News Summary March 22, 2017

Today's Main Story: Sakhalin Officials Arrested for Allowing IUU Russian Crab to Flow to China

Headlining the news today is a focus on how the Russian Sakhalin Island continues to be a battlefield between local officials and the Russian crab mafia, which is trying to restore its positions that have been significantly affected by the recently tightened fight with crab poaching in Russia. Alexander Khoroshavin, the former governor of the Sakhalin Island was arrested and the investigation of his case continues. Additionally, Alexander Taratenko, head of Rosrybolovstvo of Sakhalin, together with Mikhail Kuzmenko, the Minister of Agriculture of Sakhalin (and a person, who oversees the development of regional fish industry, and in particular its crab segment) were arrested on the suspicions of power abuse.

In other news, catches of Alaska halibut are starting to pick up after wild weather got the fishery off to a slow start after the March 11 opener. Less than half a million pounds have been landed through Tuesday by 82 deliveries, with Sitka leading all ports, followed by Seward and Kodiak. Just seven boats had delivered about 36-thousand pounds of halibut at Kodiak through Tuesday; 52-thousand pounds crossed the docks at Seward from eight landings, and nearly 65-thousand pounds at Sitka from 15 boats. Landings at other Alaska ports weren’t available because they were too few yet to record. The prized fish are getting big prices, up 30 cents a pound compared to the start of the season last year.

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Sakhalin Officials Arrested For Allowing IUU Russian Crab to Flow to China

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  March 22, 2017 

The Russian Sakhalin Island continues to be a battlefield between local officials and the Russian crab mafia, which is trying to restore its positions, significantly affected by the recently tightened fight with crab poaching in Russia.

Recently  Alexander Khoroshavin, the former governor of the Sakhalin Island was arrested and the investigation of his case continues.   Several days ago Alexander Taratenko, head of Rosrybolovstvo of Sakhalin, together with Mikhail Kuzmenko, the Minister of Agriculture of Sakhalin (and a person, who ...

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News Summary March 17, 2017 

Today's Main Story: NGO’s Stumble at Start of Boston Seafood Show with Call for Mexican Shrimp Boycott

Today's news opens reporting that a group of 45 conservation organizations, led by the Natural Resources Defense Council, will target seafood distributors and retailers at the Boston Seafood Show to urge them to boycott Mexican shrimp. Trader Joe's will also be a focal point for this campaign. The hastily arranged campaign, to save the Vaquita Porpoise, ignores all the efforts that are ...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM - March 17, 2017 

Russian king crab importer Direct Source Seafood has increased its working capital credit facility to $45 million, in an agreement with Everbank, which has operations in Florida, Seattle, and the Northeast.

In an announcement prior to the Boston Seafood Show, Direct Source says it has absorbed the operations of its sister company Marine Treasures (MYI), beginning at the first of this year.   MTI was previously one of the largest importers, processors and wholesalers of king and snow crab. DSS, a major importer and wholesaler of shrimp and crab, saw an opportunity to expand its business...

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Crabmeat Importer Blue Star Implements Cloud-Based Supply Chain Tracking for Indonesian Blue Crab

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 16, 2017

Miami-based crabmeat producer and importer Blue Star Foods has launched a cloud based fisheries data collection platform for the blue swimming crab it sources from Indonesia.

The mobile based data collection system integrates three components to provide a completely traceable supply chain Blue Star said in a press release. The company announced the platform with its partner Wilderness Markets, a conservation finance & impact investment firm. 

The platform's geospatial boat tracking system provides “on the water” data for fishing duration, location and timing...

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Seal Predation Seen Impacting Snow Crab Stocks in Newfoundland

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  March 16, 2017

One of the issues flagged in the dismal assessment of Newfoundland snow crab stocks this year was increased predation on snow crabs.

One source of the increased predation is thought to be cod, which are eating more snow crab as capelin, their primary food, has not recovered sufficiently to support current cod populations.

Another source of predation is seals.  Recently Baie Verde native Danny Dicks harvested a bearded seal that had 181 female and 2 male snow crab in its stomach.  The seal weighed between 200 and 300 pounds...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 14, 2017

Miami-based crabmeat importer Blue Star Foods and its overseas supplier PT Blue Star Nusantara (BSN) teamed up with Wilderness Markets to form the first blue swimming crab harvester cooperative in Indonesia.

The formation of the co-op was announced at the at Fish Landing Base (PPI) complex, Labuhan Maringgai district approximately 3.5 hours away from the capital of Lampung province.

Blue Star Foods CEO John R. Keeler, and Neel Inamdar of Wilderness Markets, were both in attendance...

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Seattle Crab Distributor Keyport Celebrating 20 Years in Business After Record Sales Year in 2016

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 13, 2017

Major Seattle-based crab and seafood distributor Keyport LLC is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month just one year after the company posted record sales.

Keyport was founded in 1997 by Darryl K. Pedersen who started the company with a vision of producing a broad range of seafood products, at a fair value while also delivering the industry’s best customer service with year-round supply. 

Keyport is now a multi-national enterprise that serves customers in the wholesale, food service and retail channels...

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Mahi Coming Off Menus With 2016/17 Season a Bust, US Inventories Limited and Market at Record Highs

Mahi is starting to come off of restaurant menus in the US this year since the 2016/17 fishing season in Central and South America was a bust, which has limited inventories in the US market, pushed frozen wholesale markets to record levels and sent fresh prices to abnormally high prices for this time of the year. Fresh and frozen mahi supplies are down from a combination of water temperature-induced production problems from major Central and South American suppliers and a hike in FDA inspections and rejections of mahi in 2016. Frozen mahi prices are now at record highs, while fresh prices are trending well above averages for this time of the year.

Major Chinese scallop producer and exporter Zhangzidao posted improved revenues in 2016. The company took several steps to turn around its business last year including improving its scallop production and sales to domestic markets. The company also to streamlined the management of its operations and slimmed down its business goals to focus more on production rather than distribution logistics.

Meanwhile, Clearwater Seafoods' sales grew 21 percent in 2016 compared to the previous year. Clearwater said its sales and earnings were positively impacted by strong prices for scallops and higher sales volumes for clams, lobster, langoustine, whelks and crab. However, Clearwater said this growth was mostly from its acquisition of Macduff Shellfish's operations in late 2015. Otherwise, the company's sales fell short of its target. "Excluding Macduff, Clearwater's core business financial performance was below expectations as the company felt the combined effects of shortages of supply in northern shrimp and sea scallops," said Ian Smith, Chief Executive Officer.

In other news, Japan's inventory of salted kazunoko (herring roe) carried over from 2016 is up 10 percent from a year before according to the Fisheries Agency's cold-store seafood distribution statistics. The agency said this was the highest increase rate on record.

Finally, the New England Fishery Management Council’s scallop committee will meet to discuss how catch reports might be compiled more quickly and how to collect better scientific data to estimate the number of scallops in the northern gulf. The committee first will work to identify issues that need to be addressed before the council considers making changes to fishing restrictions for each class of vessel. Some of Maine's small boat scallopers say current regulations favor unlimited quotas for the big boat sector and that they are getting squeezed out of the fishery.

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Chicken of the Frozen Foods Enters Scallop Business in Marketing Deal with Northern Wind

Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods (COSFF) will enter the scallop business after the major distributor announced a marketing agreement with Massachusetts-based Northern Wind. According to the agreement the companies will work together to provide customers with high quality, responsibly sourced frozen scallops. “We are excited about the opportunity to combine Northern Wind’s expertise and sustainability footprint with our distribution network. The two companies are well positioned to further develop this important category,” said Bryan Rosenberg, CEO of Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods.

The first round of monthly shrimp imports figures of 2017 showed continued strength in shipments from India and Indonesia. As of January, total US shrimp imports were up 2.2 percent compared to last January. Indian shrimp imports continue to fuel the US market and were higher from historical monthly averages. Indonesian production, meanwhile, is generally stronger this time of the year compared to other major US suppliers and shipments were up 12 percent. Imports from many key US suppliers were down in January.

Meanwhile, Alaskan red king crab from Bristol Bay has fetched the highest price ever for fishermen according to reports. Meanwhile, Bering Sea snow crab prices are also at unprecedented levels.

In other news, the Russian Fishery Company, one of Russia’s largest fish producers, is considering acquiring the assets to major Russian pollock producer Dalmore in a deal valued at $150 million. Negotiations between the sides are currently underway. If finalized, the deal will allow Russian Fishery Company to increase its pollock catch by more than 20 percent.

Finally, India's shrimp feed and shrimp producer Avanti has entered into a joint venture with Thai Union. Avanti's Chairman and Managing Director, Alluri Indra Kumar has plans to increase the company's revenue share of shrimp exports to about 40 percent of the business by 2020. Currently, the revenue breakdown between Avanti's shrimp export and shrimp feed is 15 percent and 85 percent respectively.

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden - March 7, 2017

Russian Fishery Company (a former Russkoe More Dobycha), one of Russia’s largest fish producers, owned by Maxim Vorobyov and Gleb Frank, is considering acquiring the pollock business of Dalmoreproduct, a Russian pollock producer in the Far East.

Negotiations between the sides are currently underway.  The amount of the deal may reach US$150 million. It is planned that the deal will allow Russian Fishery Company to increase its pollock catch by more than 20%.

The deal has already been approved by the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) and is expected to be closed in the coming weeks.

Currently Dalmoreproduct operates quotas for pollock catch with an annual volume of 60,000 tons.

 

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - March 6, 2017

The FDA issued more seafood refusal data for the month of February over the weekend, which showed by line item refusals more in line with historical averages but on the decline compared to 2016.  

Last week we reported that the FDA refused just 22 by line items of seafood in the month of February. That figure was far lower from historical averages for the month.

But the FDA does not have a concrete deadline for its monthly refusal data submissions...

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

Major Newfoundland snow crab packer Quinlan Bros. announced their first contract with Japanese buyers. The company has agreed with Maruha Nichiro on a first order for 1000 tons, packed to Japanese specifications, at a price of $6.95 FOB St. John’s. The Quinlan Bros. now have a state-of-the-art plant since rebuilding the Newfoundland facility after a fire razed the plant just before the start to the snow crab season last year. The destruction of the plant created a chaotic situation in the snow crab market last year as Japanese buyers had to scramble to fill orders that they thought were solid. There are several other major plants in Newfoundland that have agreed to sell at this same price, but as of press time, no additional contracts have been publicly announced. There certainly is a strong desire for more orderly Japanese purchasing this year, on the part of both crab producers and their major Japanese partners writes John Sackton.

Record high prices for many popular seafood items in the US market are likely to support more shrimp consumption in 2017 given the item's relatively stable price and a strong supply outlook.A look at Urner Barry quotations show high market prices for salmon, snow crab, king crab and mahi-mahi. Compared to these other seafood species, the shrimp market represents a value and could be used as a replacement item on restaurant menus and among retailers.

In other news, the normalization of trade relations between China and Norway has salmon producers in Norway looking to expand sales to the Chinese market. The industry is looking for new markets and new ways to boost margins. One such example is Marine Harvest cooperation with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., China’s biggest e-commerce company, to sell salmon online. “China is too big to ignore,” Hogne I. Tyssoy, portfolio manager of the Holberg Triton fund, said “Now when it’s opening again, Norwegian seafood has an exciting future in China.”

Meanwhile, Indian shrimp exports are likely to benefit from lower duty rates the US Department of Commerce preliminarily announced in March. The 1.07 percent country-wide rate would result in some refunds for several exporters if finalized. "Because of the duty being lowered, a lot of major exporters will stand to get duty refunds which will be a big boost for the exports," said Rajen Padhy, director general of Utkal Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a seafood consultant.

Finally, Red Lobster continues to expand to international markets. It has built 21 restaurants internationally since its spun off from Darden Restaurants in 2014. The company has expanded to Mexico, Ecuador and Saudi Arabia among other markets. Red Lobster hasn't built a new restaurant in the US over two years and doesn't have any immediate plans for new American locations.

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  March 27, 2017

There was a lot of discussion of snow crab at the Boston Seafood Show.  The upcoming Canadian season is starting when there is no inventory, but when some customers have also sold back unused Canadian crab to their suppliers.

Crab prices rose substantially last year, well above the price levels discussed at the 2016 Seafood Show.

One reason was the fire that totally destroyed the Quinlan crab plant in Bay de Verde...  

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Oregon Pink Shrimp Price Negotiations Canceled This Week
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - March 23, 2017

State-supervised price negotiations between shrimp fishermen and processors have been canceled this week and likely postponed due to a lack of fishermen available. It would have been the first time in seven years that shrimpers and processors would have met to negotiate and settle on an ex-vessel price.

The coldwater pink shrimp price negotiations operate similarly to Dungeness crab price negotiations in Oregon, where the state Department of Agriculture oversees the talks. Those discussions were scheduled for today, but Oregon Trawl Commission Director Brad Pettinger said fishermen's associations didn't have enough members to participate.

The state of Oregon's interpretation of the rules is partly to blame. Fishermen ...

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


SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 22, 2017

The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) combined two squid supply chain roundtables into one global unit and received continued support from the Indonesian government during the Seafood Expo North America, which was held this week in Boston.

Under the merger, two squid Supply Chain Roundtables (SRs) in Southeast Asia and South America will combine. In total, 20 squid fisheries will now cooperate. The move will unite sectors; simplify efforts by industry stakeholders to monitor and operate various squid fishery improve projects around the world...

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Boston Show Upbeat Again this Year as Footprint Expands

SEAFOODNEWS.COM     by John Sackton March 21, 2017

The Boston Seafood Show, now called Seafood Expo North America, has an upbeat feel this year.  The Show owner Diversified says it is the biggest show ever in terms of booth space.  In the past the organizers had co-located the show with a regional New England Foodservice Show.  This year that is not happening and the entire hall is seafood only.

Despite high prices on a number of items, the overall feeling here is one of optimism.  Few people have any significant inventories on high priced product, and it is only a couple of items.. such as small coldwater shrimp and some smaller sizes of lobster tails that seem in ample supply.

On the other hand, many buyers are expecting lower...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews]  March 17, 2017

Whitecap, the Canadian crab lobster and shrimp producer and marketer that is a part of Sirena Group is celebrating 50 years of their Luxury crab brand.

"During each of the Boston, Brussels, and China seafood shows in 2017 we are celebrating 50 years of the Luxury brand.  The brand was created in 1967 by Atlantic Queen Seafoods (a group of crab processors) to market their snow crab collectively.  The founders of Atlantic Queen saw at an early stage the benefits of consolidated selling.  The Luxury brand has expanded into a global premium shellfish brand selling cold water shrimp, lobster, Rock ...

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NMFS's Budget Spared in Trump Administration's Proposal to Slash Commerce Department Funding 16%

The Trump Administration's proposal to cut the Department of Commerce's budget by 16 percent does not specify the extent of cuts to NOAA's satellite programs but it appears to include only minor reductions to NMFS. It has been reported that the budget proposal would eliminate $250 million in coastal research programs including $73 million for Sea Grant programs.

One of the issues flagged in the dismal assessment of Newfoundland snow crab stocks this year was increased predation on snow crabs. One source of the increased predation is thought to be cod, which are eating more snow crab as capelin, their primary food, has not recovered sufficiently to support current cod populations. Another source of predation is seals. Recently Baie Verde native Danny Dicks harvested a bearded seal that had 181 female and 2 male snow crab in its stomach. The seal weighed between 200 and 300 pounds.

In other news, a Minnesota state lawmaker proposed a bill to provide short-term tax incentives for entrepreneurs who want to jump into the shrimp farming business in the state. The bill proposed by Rep. Chris Swedzinski was positively received by the state's House Agriculture Policy Committee. “We’re looking to build a whole new industry of agriculture in Minnesota, one that uses local commodities and creates very good jobs,” Rep. Swedzinski said.

Meanwhile, about 27 million adult salmon returned to Alaska’s 28 hatcheries last summer dotted throughout Prince William Sound, Southeast and Kodiak. That was less than half of the forecast and the lowest return since 1992. From that, the hatchery catch plummeted to 24 million salmon, or just 22 percent of the statewide harvest, again the lowest since 1992. The dockside value of the hatchery fish at $85 million was the lowest since 2005.

Finally, we publish a video by the National Fisheries Institute that features an interview with attorney Katherine Alveraz, who is the general counsel for Alfa Gamma Seafood Group in Miami and Derek Figueroa, COO of Seattle Fish Company in Denver who discuss the potential impact of the Trump Administration's proposed border tax on the seafood market in the US. The border adjustment tax would tax imports and exempt exports as part of a plan to encourage companies to locate or keep jobs and production in the U.S. Alvarez and Figueroa emphasize that a majority of the wild caught and farmed seafood Americans eat—at least 85 percent—is imported. This means the tax could increase the cost of seafood for consumers in the US market. This could result in a decline in seafood sales and actually in job losses, not job creation, across the country.

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM   [SeafoodNews] March 16, 2017

The Queensland government has put a movement control order in place for Moreton Bay, including wild shellfish harvests of shrimp, crab and lobsters, including Moreton Bay bugs.

“Fishing, crabbing and catching prawns can continue in Moreton Bay and catchments covered by the order, including the Logan and Albert Rivers, but people will not be able to move uncooked crustaceans such as crabs, prawns, yabbies, Moreton Bay bugs or marine worms, which can carry the disease, out of the area.

The actions come after new detection of the whitespot virus in wild stocks.

Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Bill Byrne...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 15, 2017

Clearwater Seafoods launched several new seafood products featuring arctic surf clams, crab and Norway lobster in time for the Seafood Expo North America that will kick off this Sunday in Boston.

The company will feature 100 percent natural and wild-caught Arctic Surf Clams in two new formats:  Frozen Arctic Surf Clam Sushi-Ready Slices and Chopped Wild Arctic Surf Canned Clams.

The Sushi Ready Slices feature Clearwater’s MSC-certified Arctic Surf Clams in pre-cut and portioned sushi-ready slices. The company said the item is ideal for Japanese foodservice operators and Asian retailers...

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

As the Bering Sea crab fleet pulls the last of their snow crab pots, attention is quickly pivoting to the Board of Fish meeting being held next week. The season will likely wrap up with landings very close to the season's allocated quota. The supplemental March 20-24 Board of Fish meeting is drawing the interest of all crabbers, as the seven-member board will deal with king and tanner crab issues from Prince William Sound west to Kodiak, the Aleutians, and the Bering Sea. Submitting seven proposals for Bering Sea bairdi, the Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers (ABSC) is focused on crab bycatch, gear efficiencies, and fishing dates. “But even more important, and what’s not on the agenda,” says Tyson Fick, executive director of ABSC, “are the ongoing conversations with Fish and Game about the stock harvest strategy for bairdi.”

Canada announced a $325 million budget for the Atlantic Fisheries Fund. The fund was announced last summer but federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc only made the budget public Friday. Representatives from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I., were on hand at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport to offer their support to the initiative, despite the fact no province has yet formally signed onto the agreement to make the money available to their province. "I am confident that this new $325-million federal investment will solidify the importance of seafood and fish to the economy of Atlantic Canada," LeBlanc said.

In other news, major Seattle-based crab and seafood distributor Keyport LLC is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month just one year after the company posted record sales. The company was founded by industry veteran Darryl K. Pedersen, with day-to-day operations handled by his sons Mark and Kurt. Last year, the company posted record sales. Keyport said it will release several new products this year to continue its growth. "“Kurt and I are excited to see the growth we are experiencing due to our continued development of fisheries, innovative products, unique partnerships and we’re particularly optimistic with our new product line up in 2017," said Mark Pedersen, President & CEO at Keyport.

Meanwhile, a three-month project that promoted Bristol Bay sockeye salmon in Boulder, Colorado boosted sales and is already expanding. The $700,000 Wild Taste, Amazing Place campaign was spawned by the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association, and funded by 1,800 driftnet fishermen who pay a one percent tax on the value of their catches. "We worked with retail staff help and educated them about Bristol Bay and the run, about the unique habitat and the sheer size and that each one of our fishermen is a small independent business," said Becky Martello director of the Bristol Bay Association.

Finally, Anova Food, which is a subsidiary of Bumble Bee Foods, has earned SA8000 social certification for its tuna processing and distribution facility in Vietnam, which confirms that the company's labor practices meet acceptable human rights standards. The scheme is based on the principles of international human rights norms Anova said.

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker - March 13, 2017

As the Bering Sea crab fleet pulls the last of their snow crab pots, attention is quickly pivoting to the Board of Fish meeting being held next week. The season will likely wrap up with landings very close to the 19.4 million pound allocation. Today, landing of 18.04 million pounds have been posted.

The supplemental March 20-24 Board of Fish meeting is drawing the interest of all crabbers, as the seven-member board will deal with king and tanner crab issues from Prince William Sound west to Kodiak, the Aleutians, and the Bering Sea. 

Submitting seven proposals...

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Clearwater Reports 2016 Results and Positive Outlook for 2017

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 8, 2017 

HALIFAX -- Today Clearwater Seafoods reported its full year results for 2016, including sales growth of 21 percent over 2015. Sales for the full year were listed at $611.6 million, compared to 504.9 million from 2015.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) was $120.9 million for 2016, compared to $109.7 million for 2015. This marks Clearwater's seventh consecutive year of top and bottom line growth. 

Sales and adjusted EBITDA were positively impacted by strong sales prices for scallops...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - March 7, 2017

Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods (COSFF) will enter the scallop business after the major distributor announced a marketing agreement with Massachusetts-based Northern Wind.

According to the agreement the companies will work together to provide customers with high quality, responsibly sourced frozen scallops.

Northern Wind is one of the largest Atlantic scallop producers in the US with contracted vessels harvesting an estimated 20 percent of the allowable catch along the eastern seaboard...

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Bering Sea Snow Crab Season Going Slow 

Fishermen are having the toughest time in the past five years finding snow crab, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, in Unalaska. The fleet of 60 crab boats has caught 74 percent of the quota in the Bering Sea according to ADF&G biologist Ethan Nichols. But based on the number of crab in an average pot, the catch has plummeted. Meanwhile, Alaskan crabbers and their allies in the Pribilof Islands say a hybrid should be considered part of the catch of whatever the fishermen are targeting, whether Tanner bairdi or Tanner opilio. "The mixed physical characteristics make it extremely difficult to identify hybrid Tanner crab in a quick and efficient manner, especially during active fishing operations," the crab group said.

A Washington state fish buyer, Pacific Harvest Seafood, intends to bring a processing vessel to Bethel and park it at the seawall during the late summer silver salmon run in the Kuskokwim River and in the Kuskokwim Bay according to Pacific Harvest Seafood's President Jim Gonzalez. The Renton-based company also will run a tender to go back and forth between the fishing village of Quinhagak on Kuskokwim Bay to the self-sustained floating processor

In other news, the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) is calling for an independent, external review of the management and science capabilities of Canada's federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) in relation to the reported dramatic decline of key stocks off Newfoundland and Labrador. The request for review follows recent federal stock assessments for Newfoundland's coldwater shrimp and snow crab fisheries, which each showed poor biomass results.

Meanwhile, Red Lobster is expanding its Lobsterfest promotion to its lunch menu with the addition of a Maine lobster roll among other lunchtime offerings that feature Maine lobster. Last week, we reported how the value of Maine lobster landings reached a record high in 2016 from unprecedented demand in US and Chinese markets. In the United States, the restaurant sector has featured more lobster meat items on menus in recent years and Red Lobster's lunch special is one such example. The lunchtime offerings will retail for $9.99 at participating locations.

Finally, the FDA issued more seafood refusal data for the month of February over the weekend, which showed by line item refusals more in line with historical averages but on the decline compared to 2016. According to the data, refusals from China were the highest among all suppliers to the US market in February. Filth remains on the FDA’s radar accounting for 40 percent of the month’s seafood rejections. However, FDA seafood refusals in 2017 are trending below last year’s levels so far.

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Bering Sea Crab Fishery Faces Identity Crisis

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Bristol Bay Times-Dutch Harbor Fisherman] by Jim Paulin - March 6, 2017


Is it a bairdi Tanner or is it an opilio Tanner snow crab? Or is it something in between, a hybrid? 

The Bering Sea commercial crab fishery is facing an issue fundamental to identity, and in what fishery which crustaceans can legally appear. In this issue, it's up to the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

Crabbers and their allies in the Pribilof Islands say a hybrid should be considered part of the catch of whatever the fishermen are targeting, whether Tanner bairdi or Tanner opilio...

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