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May 26 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday May 26, 2017


May 26 - California Salmon Hearing Includes Warnings of Impending Disasters, Some Solutions


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


May 23 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday May 23, 2017


May 23 - James Beard Chef Says Maine Should Start Eating its Invasive Green Crab Problem


May 23 - Congressional Trade Committee Hears Testimony About US Seafood Trade Deficits from ASPA and NFI


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 - 2017 Copper River Season Starts Tomorrow: Expect Fresh Sockeye But Few Chinook


May 17 - 2017 Copper River Season Starts Tomorrow: Expect Fresh Sockeye But Few Chinook


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


May 16 - Tiny Island in the Middle of the Pacific Littered with Highest Density of Trash in World


May 16 - Tuna Price Fixing Civil Suit Picks Up as Wal-Mart, Other Retailers File Amended Complaints


May 15 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday May 15, 2017


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 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday May 12, 2017


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


May 10 - Terry Cosgrove Gets Five Years in Prison for His Financial Fraud, Despite Poor Health


May 9 - Alaska Fishing Icon Jim Beaton Remembered Fondly


May 8 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday May 8, 2017


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 - Seafood.com News Summary May 3, 2017


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 3 - Chris Brown, Head of Seafood Harvesters: Lack of Transparency in Recreational Fisheries Poses Threat


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


May 2 - Red Lobster Brings in New Crabcake Item as Part of Current Promotion


May 1 - Seafood.com News Summary May 1, 2017


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


Apr 28 - VIDEO: Nissui Backs GSSI; Snow Crab Fishing Starts; India, Gulf, Newfoundland Shrimp Updates


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


Apr 25 - Nippon Suisan and its Gortons and Unisea Subsidiaries Partner with GSSI, Along with More Retailers


Apr 25 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 25, 2017


Apr 25 - MSC Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Goal to Certify or Engage 1/3 Global Marine Catch by 2030


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 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


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Atlantic Scallop Prices Continue to Crash in May with Landings Up 23% from Last Year

Wholesale scallop prices are still crashing in May as new season production continues to flood the market. Prices are down about 18 percent since the start of the month and 13 percent from the five-year-average according to Urner Barry data. New season production has eroded market prices. Traders say a strong biomass in the open areas is supporting high landings per day. Reports say fishermen are landings are north of 3,000 pounds per trip in May.

The Miscou Fish Product plant burned down yesterday in New Brunswick. The plant processes herring, snow crab and lobster. The plant was processing snow crab and lost about 23,000 pounds of live crab because the crab they were exposed to toxic smoke from the fire. The plant employed about 100 workers. Nobody was injured from the blaze.

In other news, Vietnam's pangasius sales to the market continue to struggle in 2017. Exports are down 21.5 percent in the first quarter of the year. Consumer demand for pangasius in the EU was shattered from a smear campaign that started in Spain and gained traction as a number of NGOs latched on and expounded on the false claims.

Meanwhile, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and California Gov. Jerry Brown released their joint letter to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Thursday, in which they requested he declare the salmon fisheries in 2016 and 2017 federal fishery disasters. "We are glad that Oregon's Governor has moved forward in asking for a salmon season disaster declaration," Oregon Salmon Commission Director Nancy Fitzpatrick said. "Our Oregon fishermen, especially on the South Coast, are hurting. It is hard to make ends meet for your family when you have no income due to a complete closure."

Finally, the financial toll of a proposed lobster fishing ban near deep-sea coral gardens in the Gulf of Maine could top $8 million a year, almost double what was originally projected by the regional regulatory group that is considering the ban, a Maine fishing representative said Thursday. This figure was announced during a public meeting to discuss the proposal. Lobstermen in attendance all supported an exemption to the fishing ban.

Urner Barry and Seafood News will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observation of the Memorial Day holiday in the US. We will return to our normal publishing schedule on Tuesday, May 30. Until then, we wish all of our readers and their families a safe and happy holiday weekend.

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California Salmon Hearing Includes Warnings of Impending Disasters, Some Solutions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - May 26, 2017

Opening the California Legislature’s Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture hearing Wednesday, Chairman Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, said this year’s Klamath River Fall Chinook run is facing the lowest predicted numbers of returns ever. Furthermore, salmon on the West Coast are facing greater threats with the current White House administration in the forms of regulatory rollbacks that could affect California water use.

The simple fact is, McGuire said, that fish – especially salmon – need fresh, cold water. Instead, warm water, disease and parasites took their tolls on salmon in the Klamath River in recent years.

“We are now paying the price in full,” McGuire said. ...

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Lobster Dealer Charged With Defrauding Four Nova Scotia Seafood Companies Out of $2.5 Million

Federal authorities in Canada charged a lobster dealer from Nova Scotia Terry Banks with four counts of fraud over $5,000 and three counts of theft over $5,000 involving allegations that he was part of a scheme that stole about $2.5 million from four different seafood companies. Banks older brother also faces six fraud and theft charges. A third man is charged with one count of theft and one count of fraud. All three men return to court Aug. 24. "These individuals were running a complex and sophisticated operation that required extensive police resources and expertise to investigate," RCMP Supt. Martin Marin said in a statement. "The outcome of this investigation is significant, as those charged had substantial reach and influence on the local, national and international seafood market."

The commercial halibut season in Bristol Bay is underway. The quota for longliners is 58,800 pounds, a small increase from last season. If that quota is met, the fishermen could get an additional 20,000 pounds to go after, said BBEDC regional fisheries director Gary Cline. “If we come to the point as we did last year, where our local fleet caught our 4-E quota, we have the ability to roll over the quota we have in area 4-D, which is further off-shore in the Bering Sea—which is what we did last year, and we ended up catching roughly 77 thousand pounds,” said Cline.

Earlier this month representatives of the American Shrimp Processors Association (ASPA) and the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) testified before a Congressional Trade Committee regarding the formation of the “Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficits.” We publish some of the testimony that was offered to the Committee. The ASPA focused on the large trade deficits the U.S. carries with its seafood trading partners. Meanwhile, the NFI explained the immense economic benefits the commercial imported and domestic seafood industry produces for the U.S.

Norway moved closer to resuming its exports of farmed salmon to China on Tuesday after the two countries signed an agreement on the topic, Norway's Fisheries Ministry said on Tuesday. "I have hopes that this agreement will allow the resumption of salmon exports to China," Norwegian Fisheries Minister Per Sandberg said.

Finally, the Bering Sea king and snow crab fisheries are up for reassessment against the FAO-based standards under the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Program. Stakeholders who want to review the draft re-assessment reports should register their interest with name, organization and e-mail contact details to Global Trust Certification. he assessments will be using the latest version of the standard. The new version was adopted by the ASMI board of directors in November 2015 for use in all new fisheries that wish to be certified and for fisheries seeking re-certification to the Alaska RFM program from January 1, 2016.

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Congressional Trade Committee Hears Testimony About Seafood Trade Deficits from ASPA and NFI

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 23, 2017

Earlier this month representatives of the American Shrimp Processors Association (ASPA) and the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) testified before a Congressional Trade Committee regarding the formation of the “Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficits.” 

The Omnibus Report is a response to an Executive Order from the Trump Administration that told the Department of Commerce and other federal agencies to identify the trading partners with which the U.S. had significant trade deficits with last year...

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

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Oregon State Partners with NIOSH to Focus on Maritime Safety

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - May 18, 2017

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Safety improvements are coming to commercial fishing and seafood processing industries.

Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies are teaming up to improve safety and health conditions in the maritime industry in the U.S.

College researchers will work with NIOSH to study and address occupational and safety issues in the maritime industry; ...

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Salmon Season Threatened by Budget Impasse

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio] by Laine Welch - May 17, 2017

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – No budget from Alaska lawmakers could cut into salmon season. More after this –

Today is the deadline for Alaska lawmakers to agree on a budget or go into a second, possibly month long, extension. That means in two weeks pink slips could go out to all state workers in advance of job layoffs...

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2017 Copper River Season Starts Tomorrow: Expect Fresh Sockeye But Few Chinook

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker - May 17, 2017

The Copper River salmon season starts tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. Alaska time, signaling the first large run of fresh sockeye in the world. The 2017 commercial harvest projections for sockeye salmon are 889,000 fish, low compared to

This is usually the best time to target chinook or king salmon, as their run peaks at the early part of the sockeye run.

But this year, biologists are forecasting a total run of only 29,000 chinook...

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Tiny Island in the Middle of the Pacific Littered with Highest Density of Trash in World

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Associated Press] by Nick Perry - May 16, 2017

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - When researchers travelled to a tiny, uninhabited island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, they were astonished to find an estimated 38 million pieces of trash washed up on the beaches.

Almost all of the garbage they found on Henderson Island was made from plastic. There were toy soldiers, dominos, toothbrushes and hundreds of hardhats of every shape, size and colour.

The researchers say the density of trash was the highest recorded anywhere...

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

The Russian government plans to tighten a fight over illegal crab catch in the Barents Sea. The Russsian government is talking with Norwegian officials to fight crab poaching since the opilio fishery in the Norway / Russian area could increase to 50,000 tons. The Russian government estimates the value of the entire IUU crab haul around $30 million annually. As much as 10,000 metric tons of snow crab is illegally fished each year according to Russian estimates.  

The former Trident Surimi plant on the Newport Waterfront will open at the end of this week or early next week, after Pacific Seafood and the Oregon dept. of Justice agreed on conditions for the acquisition. It is highly unusual for the Oregon Dept. of Justice to give an opinion about a merger or acquisition, but because the Dept. had intervened with a friend of the court brief in a lawsuit claiming Pacific Seafood was too concentrated on the Oregon coast, the company was reluctant to operate another plant without a sign off from the DOJ. “We very much appreciate the Governor and Attorney General’s leadership in addressing this extraordinary situation. They moved quickly to reach a solution that saves 147 traded-sector jobs, retains the market for Newport’s commercial fishing fleet, and preserves Oregon’s access to a major export market," said Dan Occhipinti a spokesperson at Pacific.

In other news, the $1 trillion federal spending bill did not include disaster funding for West Coast pink salmon and Dungeness crab fishermen. Congress could choose to appropriate the money separately, but chances of that happening are slim.

Meanwhile, we run a letter by John Pappalardo, the CEO of the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance, who says Carlos Rafael should be permanently banned from fishing and that his quotas should be redistributed. "Honest fishermen have not been playing on a level field with the likes of Carlos. We need to make sure they aren't put in that position again," Pappalardo writes. In a related editorial from The Portland Press Herald, what federal regulators decide to do with Rafael's fleet and quotas will set a major precedent for future violators that attempt to cheat the system.

Finally, Florida's stone crab season is officially over with a harvest of about 3 million pounds of claws valued at $30 million. These figures are down just marginally from last season.

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 15, 2017

An agreement will establish a fishery improvement project for blue swimming crab fisheries off the north and northwest coast of Sri Lanka.

Recommendations for the project were researched and developed by the SLBSC FIP, which received financial assistance from Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods (COSFF), the only US importer of pasteurized blue swimming crab products from Sri Lanka.

Fishing communities, Taprobane Seafood Group (TSG), Sri Lanka’s only pasteurized blue crab manufacturer, and the Sri Lankan Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources signed the agreement...

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Snow Crab Prices Begin to Stabilize After Tumultuous Start to Season

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton May 12, 2017

Snow Crab prices have begun to stabilize this week, after a tumultuous start to the Canadian Season.

In Newfoundland, multiple loads have been sold at prices of around $6.90 to $6.95 FOB Boston, and also Japanese interest is strong at this price level.

Urner Barry has begun quoting LTL sales of 5-8 snow crab at $7.10, and $7.20 for Gulf crab.

This past week, poor weather slowed fishing...

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Alaska Fishing Icon Jim Beaton Remembered Fondly

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker - May 9, 2017

James “Jim” Beaton, 80, an icon in the Alaska fishing industry, passed away on April 22, leaving a legacy that is hard to underestimate. 

He was a founder of the United Fishermen of Alaska, served on the Board of Fish for a decade, shepherded limited entry legislation during a "civil war" that divided the industry, helped pass the state's private, non-profit hatchery legislation, and developed many fisheries.  His guiding principles were...

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

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Seafood.com News Summary May 3, 2017

News Summary May 3, 2017

Today's Main Story: 5 Yr Sunset Review Fails to End Shrimp Duties

As expected, the International Trade Commission voted to retain anti-dumping shrimp duties on imports from China, India, Vietnam and Thailand. The unanimous vote came at the end of the five-year sunset review.  Few expected a different outcome, as the ITC continues duties about 70% to 80% of the time in similar reviews.  Brazil, which has abandoned the US shrimp market, was dropped from the list of countries subject to the anti-dumping order. 

In other news, part of the budget bill was a victory for Alaskan crabbers and marketers.  Congress directed the FDA to change the acceptable market name of Brown Crab to Golden King Crab.

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Crab quota share prices increase, crews face quota loss

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio] with Laine Welch   May 3, 2017

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Prices for crab quota increase and new rules will cut into crew shares. More after this --

As with halibut and black cod, Bering Sea crab fisheries also operate under a system that allots shares of the catch to fishermen. For crab, the pool of shares is split each year among roughly 400 "owning entities."

 “Prices have gone up on a per pound basis ...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 25, 2017

DHL Global Forwarding will start shipping live crabs and seafood the Lakselv Airport Banak in North-Norway to markets in Asia and Northern America.  

The carrier will start dedicated weekly flights to ship fresh seafood to the DHL terminal in Oslo to South Korea and other destinations including Japan and the United States.

DHAL said all of the logistics are exactly timed, ensuring the shipments are delivered in perfect condition. Today’s first flight will be officially welcomed by the State Secretary Ronny Berg of the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries...

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James Beard Chef Says Maine Should Start Eating its Invasive Green Crab Problem

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bangor Daily News] by Bill Trotter - May 23, 2017

European green crabs have scurried around coastal waters off Maine since they first hitchhiked here on ships in the 1800s, but only in the past few years have the invasive crustaceans begun to devour the softshell clam industry and decimate delicate eelgrass habitat.

And as harvesters and scientists have scurried to find a solution to the invasion, a number of uses for the crabs have been floated — extracting the meat in China, composting, and even processing the creatures into cat food...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 23, 2017

It's been five years since the Bering Sea king and snow crab fisheries were certified as responsibly managed against the FAO-based standards under the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Program.  

Today, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute announced that stakeholders who want to review the draft re-assessment reports for Bristol Bay Red King crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus), St. Matthew Island Blue King crab...

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

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CDFW Director Extends Rock Crab Closure Due to Domoic Acid

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - May 17, 2017

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Charlton H. Bonham, under new authority granted this year, has extended the emergency commercial rock crab fishery closure that was due to expire on May 16.

State health agencies determined last fall that rock crab north of Pigeon Point, 37° 11’ N. lat., to the Oregon border had unhealthy levels of domoic acid and recommended a commercial fishery closure. Subsequently, Director Bonham submitted an emergency rulemaking to close the commercial rock crab fishery north of Pigeon Point...

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2017 Copper River Season Starts Tomorrow: Expect Fresh Sockeye But Few Chinook

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker - May 17, 2017

The Copper River salmon season starts tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. Alaska time, signaling the first large run of fresh sockeye in the world. The 2017 commercial harvest projections for sockeye salmon are 889,000 fish, low compared to

This is usually the best time to target chinook or king salmon, as their run peaks at the early part of the sockeye run.

But this year, biologists are forecasting a total run of only 29,000 chinook...

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Congressional Seafood Names Matthew Berrie as Food Safety Director

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - May 17, 2017

Alexandria, Va. — Congressional Seafood Company has named Matthew Berrie as director of food safety at the company’s new state-of-the-art plant in Jessup, Md.

In his new role, Berrie will be responsible for ensuring strict compliance with Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP), Safe Quality Food (SQF) guidelines, and other safety and quality standards. Berrie oversees all of the company’s safety and quality control efforts, which include monthly audits of its warehouse and processing facility, including its ...

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Tuna Price Fixing Civil Suit Picks Up as Wal-Mart, Other Retailers File Amended Complaints 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton May 16, 2017

The announcement by the Dept. of Justice that Bumble Bee plead guilty to a criminal price-fixing charge has led to a flurry of amended complaints in the retail class action suit against the three big tuna companies who dominate the US market.

In the plea agreement, Bumble Bee was the first corporate defendant to plead guilty to a criminal charge.  Last December two Bumble Bee Executives had also pled guilty to a price-fixing charge.

In the Bumble Bee plea, the company admitted to price fixing from the first quarter of 2011 through the 4th quarter of 2013.

However, the amended complaint by Wal-Mart and others, such as Winn Dixie, allege that the conspiracy traces back to 2004,

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  May 15, 2017

The Russian government plans to tighten a fight over illegal crab catch in the Barents sea, according to recent staments of Natalya Timakova, head of press-service of Russia’s Prime-Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Timakova said that currently illegal crab catch in the Russian Barents sea is estimated at 2 billion rubles (US$30 million) annually. However, according to some unofficial figures, it could be significantly higher.

This has been confirmed by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), according to which the number of ships, catching crab in Barents sea under the flags of Lithuania, Latvia, Spain, Norway and other countries has significantly increased in recent years..

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News Summary May 12, 2017

Today's Main Story: Pacific Seafood Hears from Oregon's Dept. of Justice With Conditions for Operating Trident Plant

Today's news opens reporting that Pacific Seafood Group, the industry's billion-dollar behemoth, has thoroughly shaken up this bustling commercial fishing town with an expansion blitz that will increase its already dominant market position. But before going ahead with a deal to buy the hulking Trident Seafoods processing plant in the heart of Newport's Bayfront, the biggest ...

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Terry Cosgrove Gets Five Years in Prison for His Financial Fraud, Despite Poor Health

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton May 10, 2017

Despite pleas for leniency on account of his age and health by his attorneys, US District Court Judge John Coughenour imposed a five-year prison sentence on Terry Cosgrove for cheating his fishing business partners and their families.

Cosgrove, who is 67, recently had a liver transplant and also suffers from heart disease.  Prosecutors in their sentencing memorandum said the medical care would be adequate for Cosgrove in prison. The judge gave him three months to get his affairs in order and turn himself in.

In the courtroom was Russel Moore, for thirty years a captain in the company he co-owned

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Other New England Groundfish Sectors Demand Equitable Distribution of Rafael Permits

The Sustainable Harvest Sector, one of the fishery cooperatives authorized by the New England Fishery Management Council, has called again for NMFS to redistribute Carlos Rafael's fishing permits to the entire industry, by returning the catch history to the entire region. They also rightly state that any geographic preference, such as permanently awarding a portion of quota to New Bedford, requires an extensive public consultation and rulemaking, as such geographic allocations are outlawed under Magnuson except in very special and specific cases. We run the full statement from the Board of this Sector, making the case as to why NMFS should act in this manner.

The first big fishery for Alaskan sockeye and king salmon is set for May 18 at Copper River. Fishery managers expect a Copper River salmon catch this season of just 889,000 sockeyes, 4,000 kings and 207,000 coho salmon. Alaska's total commercial salmon catch for 2017 is projected to be 204 million fish, nearly 1 million more than last year.

In other news, Terry Cosgrove, a well known figure in Seattle's crab industry, will be sentenced in federal court this week after pleading guilty to mail and wire fraud. Cosgrove embezzled funds from his fishing partners and stole money from the trust of his friends. The government is seeking a seven-year prison term and nearly $3 million in restitution. Cosgrove is very ill and is asking U.S. District Judge John Coughenour to forgo prison and impose probation and community service.

Meanwhile, seasonally thin domestic shrimp inventories should get a boost over the next couple of weeks now that a portion of Louisiana’s commercial shrimp fishing season started today. Another opening is scheduled for next week on May 15. The 2016 Gulf shrimp was season was considered a bust. This created a shortage of raw materials, which started a bidding war among processors for product. This raised the cost of the shrimp at the docks and increased wholesale prices to current levels. Traders tell Urner Barry domestic shrimp inventories are in position to accept new season production.

Finally, the Pacific Halibut Management Association of BC (PHMA) blasted a report from Oceana. The PHMA said Oceana "relied on a data set that is a decade old and incomplete. As a result, the data could not be fully analyzed and is misinterpreted." Lyle Pierce, master and owner of the commercial halibut vessel Bold Pursuit and PHMA President said "We think Oceana Canada can bring a lot to the fisheries discussion and debate in Canada, however, we wish they would have taken a more collaborative approach and reached out to us to ensure they fully understood our fishery, how it is managed and monitored and how to interpret the data."

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton May 3, 2017

With Budget bills practically the only thing being passed in Congress these days, it was an opportune time to fix the problem with Golden King Crab.

This crab, called Brown crab in the past, has been marketed as Golden King crab for many years by ASMI and the Alaskan crab producers.

It is an extremely stable fishery with a harvest of around 6 million pounds a year. The Latin name is Lithodes aequispinus, and it is very similar to red king crab except it has more spines and has slightly less..

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