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Jun 26 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday June 26, 2017


Jun 26 - Russian Crab Quota Auction Challenged Over Corruption After Primorye Producers Secure Few Pounds


Jun 26 - Japan Becomes Signatory of Anti-IUU Treaty; Pledges to Eliminate Illegal Fishing Activities


Jun 23 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday June 23, 2017


Jun 23 - FFAW wins Higher Summer Shrimp Price as Panel Sets $1.25 per Lb. as Benchmark


Jun 23 - NFI, Importers Dealt Setback by Court in Ruling over Seafood Traceability Rule


Jun 22 - Norway Sees Rise in Export Values in May


Jun 21 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday June 21, 2017


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


Jun 19 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday June 19, 2017


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


Jun 14 - Southwind Foods Buys Galaxy Foods and Equator Seafood; Will Merge Businesses into Carson Operation


Jun 13 - Ecommerce Companies Drive Prices of Lobster in China Down to Unbelievable Levels


Jun 12 - What a State Budget-Triggered Shutdown Will Mean for Alaska's Fisheries


Jun 9 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday June 9, 2017


Jun 9 - VIDEO: Seafood Data Summary A Look at Shrimp Imports, FDA Refusals and Snow Crab Quotas


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


Jun 9 - Canada's St. Anns Bank, New Marine Reserve, Open to Non-Trawl Fishing, Including Crab and Lobster


Jun 7 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday June 7, 2017


Jun 7 - Ignite Files Chapter 11 and Announces Sale of Joe's Crab Shack to KRG Acquisitions


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


Jun 5 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday June 5, 2017


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


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


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


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


Jun 2 - After Season Closure, Board Revises Tanner Crab Strategy


Jun 1 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday June 1, 2017


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


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


May 31 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday May 31, 2017


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 - 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 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


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News Summary June 26, 2017

Today's Main Story: Iceland Raises Cod and Haddock Quotas, With Haddock Finally Seeing Some Improvements

Today’s news opens with a focus on how Iceland has significantly raised its cod and haddock quotas for the new fishing year which begins on September 1st. The decision, particularly on haddock, is certain to be welcomed by processors in the UK and Europe. Haddock remains a firm favorite in Britain. The Minister of Fisheries has decided that the catch quota for cod should be raised to 255,172 metric tons, up by around 11,000 tons on the current fishing year. Meanwhile, the haddock quota goes up by over 5,000 tons to 39,890 tons. This is the first significant haddock increase for some time and shows that the stock, which was causing some concern not so long ago, is now making a sustained recovery.

In other news, Dmitry Dremlyga, a well-known Russian fishing tycoon and a former owner of Dalmoreproduct, one of Russia’s largest fish producers, will challenge the results of the recent auctions for the sale of crab quotas in Russia due to numerous violations that were conducted during their organization. To date, the...

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Russian Crab Quota Auction Challenged Over Corruption After Primorye Producers Secure Few Pounds

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  June 26, 2017

Dmitry Dremlyga, a well-known Russian fishing tycoon and a former owner of Dalmoreproduct, one of Russia’s largest fish producers, will challenge the results of the recent auctions for the sale of crab quotas in Russia, due to numerous violations, that were conducted during their organization.

To date, the businessman has already sent a claim to the Moscow Arbitration Court against Rosrybolovstvo with a demand to cancel the results of the auction.

Details of the claim, that will be considered during the next several weeks, are currently not disclosed.

In the meantime, according to Alexander Duplyakov, head of the Association of Crab Producers of the Far East...

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News Summary June 23, 2017

Today's Main Story: NFI, Importers Dealt Setback by Court in Ruling over Seafood Traceability Rule

We open the news today with a look at how the NFI and the nine seafood importers who filed suit to halt the Obama administration rule on new seafood traceability requirements were dealt a blow in a Washington DC District Court yesterday, June 22nd. The Judge, Amit P. Mehta, ordered the Dept. of Commerce to submit a signed statement to ratify the Seafood Traceability Rule. Such a statement would then cure, after the fact, any failure of the DOC in making the rule in violation of Magnuson. The plaintiffs had argued that since the rule was signed by an ineligible officer, it was invalid under the DOC rulemaking powers.

In other news, Notre Dame Seafoods reportedly shut its NL Twillingate Plant in response to low shrimp quotas. A union leader at the shuttered shrimp processing plant in Twillingate is "shocked" that the facility isn't opening this season, but is defiant at the suggestion the doors won't ever open again. Quota cuts, and not lingering sea ice, are blamed for the plant not opening this season. In a news release Wednesday, the Fish, Food and Allied Workers referred to the closure repeatedly as "permanent." Calls to Notre Dame Seafood were not returned Thursday.

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  June 23, 2017

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

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

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

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News Summary June 21, 2017

Today's Main Story: US Eases Rules For Indian Seafood Export

Today's opening story reports that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a list of 140-odd Indian seafood exporting entities to be excluded from that country's restrictive 'Detention Without Physical Examination (DWPE)' ambit. US import in 2016-17 was 1,88,617 tonnes of Indian seafood, amounting to $5.8 billion or nearly Rs 38,000 crore, about 22.7 percent more in quantity over the previous year and 30 percent in dollars.

In other news, the market for US origin sea scallops has fallen considerably since the start of the New Year; the result of some demand destruction and expectations for increased landings. Scallops have been trading at-or-close to record levels for four years, climbing almost continuously since the start of 2013. This long-term price action has resulted in a diminished call for scallops.

Experts argue that Oslo is standing its ground over shellfish in fear o

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MSC Could be Kiss of Death for West Coast Groundfish

A news analysis by John Sackton and Susan Chambers explains how the Marine Stewardship Council is rushing to praise the recovery of the West Coast Groundfish fishery even though fishermen are unable to land more than 19 percent of its allowable harvest. The key issue is not the sustainability of West Coast stocks since a strong recovery program is in place. Rather, it's that West Coast harvesters are hampered by a management system that fails to allow for a sustainable harvest. "That is why we feel the MSC’s embrace of the West Coast fishery is potentially a kiss of death, as they become an impediment to the desperate reforms needed to keep a healthy and sustainable fishery economically viable," writes John Sackton.

China's shrimp prices are in decline because of as a flood of weak and sick shrimp to hit local markets in recent weeks. Weaker market behavior was also attributed to a decline in demand in major cities likes Beijing and Shanghai because of good supplies of local shrimp.

In other news, Russia's federal fisheries agency Rosrybolovstvo made a record $319 million from the sale of crab quotas during a recent auction. The biggest fight was for opilio snow crab quotas. Leading Russian fish producers and well-known oligarchs were locked in the most serious bidding wars for the quotas. This included companies like TURNIF, which is part of the Russian fishing company.

Meanwhile, the research vessel Pandalus, assigned to the Port Moller test fishery in June and July, encountered a mechanical problem last night and is undergoing repairs in Port Moller today. No test fishing will be done today, but program managers expect the vessel to be back tomorrow. Missing one day of data is not as critical now as it would be, say, a week from now.

Finally, Alaska's Governor Bill Walker brought the state's legislators back for a second special session so the lawmakers can hash out a state budget and prevent a government shutdown on July 1. The Republican-led state Senate gaveled out Friday morning, rejecting a last-ditch operating budget offer from the largely Democratic House majority, which had adjourned Thursday evening. Four minutes after the Senate's adjournment, Walker signed his proclamation convening the next special session.

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Southwind Foods Buys Galaxy Foods and Equator Seafood; Will Merge Businesses into Carson Operation

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] June 14, 2017

Southwind Foods has reached an agreement to acquire Galaxy Foods and Equator Seafood. The two companies will merge into Southwind’s operations, which are based in Carson, California.

Southwind distributes seafood products under the Great American Seafood brand among others.

Galaxy Foods and Equator Seafood distribute seafood to retail grocery chains. Galaxy sells both wild and farmed seafood items including salmon, shrimp, scallops and crab. Galaxy also sells tuna under the Itsumo brand...

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What a State Budget-Triggered Shutdown Will Mean for Alaska's Fisheries

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Factor] by Laine Welch - June 12, 2017

Want a fishing license to crew on a salmon boat this summer? Got friends or family visiting who want to wet a line for a prized Alaska catch? Don't count on it.

If the Alaska Legislature continues to defy its constitutional obligation to pass a budget, those opportunities will be lost because there won't be any state workers to issue fishing licenses. Layoff notices went out June 1 to thousands of state employees who will be off the job at the July 1 start of the fiscal year...


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VIDEO: Seafood Data Summary A Look at Shrimp Imports, FDA Refusals and Snow Crab Quotas 

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Canada's St. Anns Bank, New Marine Reserve, Open to Non-Trawl Fishing, Including Crab and Lobster

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton June 9, 2017

On World Oceans Day yesterday, Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc announced  that St. Anns Bank, east of Cape Breton, is officially Canada's latest marine protected area.

St. Anns Bank Marine Protected Area is 4,364 square kilometres in size and is located off the eastern coast of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. The area is important for conservation, containing leatherback sea turtles, deep-sea corals, sponges and sea pens, and recovering populations of Atlantic cod and Atlantic wolffish. Over 100 species have been identified in this area and it comprises an important migratory corridor for wildlife travelling to and from the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Through regulations published in Canada Gazette, the entire area will be off-limits to oil and gas exploration activities and bottom trawling. Three fishing zones, covering approximately one quarter of the marine protected area have been established for lower impact fisheries, predominately for snow crab, lobster, halibut, and whelk.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada first announced St. Anns Bank as an “Area of Interest” for a marine protected area in 2011...

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Ignite Files Chapter 11 and Announces Sale of Joe's Crab Shack to KRG Acquisitions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - June 7, 2017

Ignite Restaurant Group has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a Texas court and said it will sell off its Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern + Tap restaurant brands to KRG Acquisitions.

”Today's sale agreement represents the culmination of a long and thorough process, and is an important step in positioning Joe's and Brick House for future growth and success," said Ignite Chief Executive Jonathan Tibus. The stock plummeted 41% to 2 cents in afternoon trade. It has lost 97% of its value so far this year, while the S&P 500  has gained 8.8%."

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Thai Union enters China consumer market with 'King Oscar' Brand Lobsters from North America

Thai Union and Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods are now selling lobsters directly to the Chinese market under the King Oscar brand. The distribution channel uses both brick and mortar stores and online retail. The lobsters are available at G-Super supermarket chain and directly through an online store operated by Thai Union. Thai Union plans to grow distribution to more supermarkets and e-commerce platforms.

The Department of Justice has charged Stephen Hodge+a former executive with Chicken of the Sea+ with conspiring to fix the price of canned seafood from 2011 to 2013. Hodge was charged on May 30 through a "criminal information," a type of charging document prosecutors tend to use in connection with people who are negotiating plea deals.StarKist said in a statement that Hodge had worked for the company but left in December 2013. "StarKist has cooperated and is continuing to fully cooperate with the investigation," StarKist said.

In other news, the most current DFO quota reports, covering to near the end of May, show that Gulf snow crab landings in New Brunswick and Quebec are outpacing Newfoundland. In the Gulf, out of a 39,000 ton quota, about 65 percent has been landed, and it looks likely the quota will be caught by the end of the season at the end of June writes John Sackton. In Newfoundland, for all NAFO divisions which include also the fishing areas outside of 200 miles, the total quota is 35,000 tons of which 38% has been taken as of May 31st.

Meanwhile, Indian seafood imports now account for over 25% of Vietnam's imported market according to a Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development report. This makes India far and away Vietnam's top seafood supplier. In the last two years, India has become a key shrimp supplier to the Vietnamese market.

Finally, filth is still the top reason for the FDA’s seafood refusals in 2017 but the administration is refusing far less seafood this year compared to 2016 levels. In May, the FDA’s seafood refusals were down 40 percent compared to the same time last year. It appears the FDA is detecting less filth in these species compared to a year ago with refusals for filth down 52 percent from a year ago.

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [xianzhaiwang.cn] Translated by Amy Zhong June 5 2017

A well-known seafood restaurant in Changsha replaced live seafood with the dead crabs, shrimp and lobster. And it earned about one thousand yuan in selling one king crab.

According to some insiders, two suspicious persons have been spotted in the kitchen of a renowned and nine-year-old seafood restaurant in Changsha city recently. They were there neither to cook food nor to prepare materials. Their job was to replace live seafood which customers had chosen with the dead ones.

All the staff in the kitchen followed the orders of these two people. Because they could create great profits for the restaurant, which used to be known for the freshness of its food and reasonable prices.

The reporters have gone undercover to learn more about this special job. One reporter applied for a job in the kitchen...

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SE Alaska's Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery to Start

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - June 2, 2017

The Southeastern Alaska 2017-18 Dungeness crab fishery will open at 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 15.

It follows a successful 2014-15 season, the most recent season for which data is available, that saw an average ex-vessel price of $2.95 a pound, for total value of $14.9 million. The total landings for the 2014-15 season were 5,063,854 pounds.

The Alaska Board of Fisheries met in January 2015 to discuss proposals for Southeast and Yakutat shellfish fisheries. Changes to the Dungeness commercial fishery ...

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“Cautious Optimism” Ahead of Bristol Bay’s Projected 41.5 million Sockeye Run in 2017

The ADF&G is predicting a closer-to-normal return for the Bristol Bay sockeye salmon fishery. ADF&G’s 2017 commercial salmon fishery outlook estimates a total of more than 41 million sockeye in the bay. Managers are hoping to see about 12.5 million escape up area rivers to spawn, leaving just over 29 million for the commercial harvest if the forecast is accurate.The Bristol Bay run will likely continue to supply the lion’s share of wild caught Alaskan sockeye salmon to the market, as the forecast is down statewide.

Ice and bad weather has severely hampered snow crab fishing in Newfoundland this season. Just 43 percent of the region's crab quota has been landed and there is now some fear that unless the situation breaks and catches improve, the reduced Newfoundland quota for 2017 may not be caught. The cold weather and slow landings have stabilized prices.

In other news, Pacific Seafood’s surimi plant in Newport opened its doors today. Tony Del Ponte, speaking for Pacific, said they took their first delivery of whiting this morning from the F/V Northern Ram. The plant's operation is crucial to the inshore whiting fishery, which otherwise would not have had sufficient buyers. 

Meanwhile, the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance said the three-day recreational red snapper season in federal waters off Mississippi and Louisiana is the result of ineffective management at the state level. The federal season for private recreational anglers, in both Mississippi and Louisiana, got underway today and will run until June 4. "The federal season has been shortened to just three days to offset state mismanagement. This is an unacceptable outcome that has understandably upset recreational fishermen and is a serious concern for all whose livelihoods depend on a strong, sustainable red snapper fishery in the Gulf," the Shareholders said. 

Finally, Chilean Customs workers reported some progress in meetings with federal officials today to end a country-wide strike now in its ninth day. But salmon traders say the extended strike is delaying some shipments out of Santiago by about a day. Customs workers walked off the job last week claiming the government has not fulfilled terms of a labor deal that was negotiated last November. 

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Coldest May in Years Slows Crab, Lobster Fisheries, Stabilizes Prices

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  June 1, 2017

June 1st is a good time to take stock of the Canadian snow crab fisheries, as a significant portion of the quota is now landed, and the end of the season at the end of June or first part of July is in sight.

As we report elsewhere today, ice conditions in Newfoundland are the worst in years, and pack ice is socked in along the northeast coast.  This has slowed crab fishing in some areas, and forced boats to deliver to plants that are ice-free.

At the same time, May has seen a series of storms, including a significant snow storm in the Province on May 24th, and this has kept fishing down.

The result is that at this point about 43% of the Newfoundland quota has been landed.  There is some fear that unless the situation breaks and catches improve, the reduced Newfoundland quota for 2017 may not be caught...

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Japan Becomes Signatory of Anti-IUU Treaty; Pledges to Eliminate Illegal Fishing Activities

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Japan Reports] - June 26, 2017

The Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA)—an international treaty aimed at eliminating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing—took effect for Japan on June 18, 2017, after the government inked formal signature. The agreement itself went into force in June 2016.

It is an issue of paramount importance for Japan, a major fishing country and a massive consumer of fish, to work toward eradication of IUU fishing, which diminishes the effectiveness of conservation of fishery resources, and to ensure sustainable use of marine stocks. ...

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FFAW wins Higher Summer Shrimp Price as Panel Sets $1.25 per Lb. as Benchmark

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  June 23, 2017

The FFAW said they won the price panel decision on summer inshore shrimp prices.  On Wednesday, the Standing Fish Price Panel released its decision on shrimp prices and it chose the FFAW price of $1.25 per pound.

In the April, the price panel chose the Processor offer of $.95 per lb., however due to ice and the harvester preference for crab fishing, very little inshore shrimp has been harvested at that price.

The Panel had the choice between the FFAW position and ASP’s position of $1.04.

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Norway Sees Rise in Export Values in May

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

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

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

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

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California Budget Bill Lowers Landing Fees From State Proposal

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

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

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

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  June 19, 2017

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

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

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

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Ecommerce Companies Drive Prices of Lobster in China Down to Unbelievable Levels

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Eastay.com] Translated by Amy Zhong  June 13, 2017

A price war is breaking out over ecommerce lobster sales in the Province of Ningbo, directly south of Shanghai.  As new entrants come on board, they are offering lobsters at lower prices than in the US, and with free delivery to the customer's home.  This cost appears to be unsustainable, but a new importer, iseafoods.cn, is making this offer. Their prices are about 66% of Chinese supermarket lobster prices...

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Lobster Promos Continue Hot and Heavy in New England This Summer Despite McDondald's Canada Pullback

Yesterday we reported that McDonald's Canada has suspended its summer McLobster promotion, citing the high price of meat. But that does not seem to have deterred foodservice in New England. McDonald's is rolling out its McLobster in New England again this year, with a price of 7.99 for the basic roll, and $10.99 for the combo. Panera bread also is featuring its summer lobster roll, priced a bit high at $17.99, but still on the menu. Meanwhile, Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut has begun a Lobster Madness promotion with the slogan "Get Your Tails in Here", which will run through September 4th. With foodservice continuing lobster promotions and usage, suppliers will be more confident about building inventory for programs this fall.

The DFO announced that the snow crab season in area 3K, off the northeast coast of Newfoundland, will be extended to July 15th, due to heavy pack ice which has been impacting vessels attempting to leave port. The two-week extension increases the likelihood that the quota in 3K will be caught. However, the Coast Guard warns that pack ice could stall in some areas, including traditional near-shore fishing grounds.

In other news, Peggy Parker writes of a moving tribute that was held for Chris Oliver, the outgoing executive director of the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council who is soon to be the head of the National Marine Fisheries Service. Members of the Council's Advisory Panel, the Scientific and Statistical Committee, other agencies involved in Alaska's fishing industry, and stakeholders all quietly gathered in the main meeting room to wish him well. Among the remarks was a commendation presented to Oliver by the Coast Guard. "Mr. Oliver's vigilance, leadership, and professionalism have been fundamental to the stewardship of Alaska's fishery resources. His many contributions and dedication to public service are most heartily commended and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard," said Coast Guard Captain Stephen While in presenting Oliver with the Meritorious Public Service Award.

Meanwhile, salmon-supporting groups have been holding meetings about a double-barreled proposal to significantly strengthen legal protections for Alaskan rivers that contain salmon. One of the key provisions of both a House Bill and a proposed ballot initiative is a clause that calls for all rivers and streams to be considered salmon-bearing unless proven otherwise. The proposal has major implications for the state’s construction and mining industries.

Finally, some of Alaska's seafood processors say they are depending on more US workers from the Lower 48 to fill jobs because of a lack of available foreign workers this season. The shortage of foreign seasonal workers is due to a change in a returning worker exemption. Processors also said the 66,000 employee cap on allowable foreign workers was reached much earlier this year compared to 2016. 

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  June 9, 2017

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

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

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Ignite Files Chapter 11 and Announces Sale of Joe's Crab Shack to KRG Acquisitions

Ignite Restaurant Group has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a Texas court and said it will sell off its Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern + Tab restaurant brands to KRG Acquisitions. Ignite Restaurant Group has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a Texas court and said it will sell off its Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern + Tab restaurant brands to KRG Acquisitions. ”Today's sale agreement represents the culmination of a long and thorough process, and is an important step in positioning Joe's and Brick House for future growth and success," said Ignite Chief Executive Jonathan Tibus

McDonald's stores in Atlantic Canada will not carry the McLobster sandwich this summer because of high priced lobster meat. Some stores that tried to menu the item this year were selling it for $11.99, which was two dollars more than last year. "The increased price of lobster per pound means that we are currently unable to offer this menu item at a reasonable price for our guests," said Adam Grachnik of McDonald's.

In other news Russia's Vyborg Shipyard and a group of companies members, along with Arkhangelsk Trawl Fleet, of the Non-profit Partnership North-West Fishery Consortium, signed contracts for construction of six crab-fishing vessels. The vessels are intended for catching king, snow crab and other crab species and will have Ice3 class.

Meanwhile, Indian seafood shipments reached a record high value of $5.78 billion, more $1.0 billion more than last year. India's seafood export volume was up 2 million metric ton compared to last year. The increase was primarily driven by shrimp exports to the US and other global markets. India is by far the largest shrimp supplier to the US in 2017. Monthly US shrimp imports were 80 percent in April and are up 40 percent for the year in 2017.

Finally, Orca Bay Seafoods sent out a brief notice reminding the industry that it is in the process of relocating its distribution center from Bellevue to Burien in Washington. “All orders scheduled to ship 6/12/17 & 6/13/17 will be shipped out of our current distribution center in Bellevue, WA. Beginning 6/14/17, we will be shipping out of Burien, WA,” Orca Bay said.

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  June 5, 2017

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

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

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

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



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After Season Closure, Board Revises Tanner Crab Strategy

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Alaska Journal of Commerce] by Elizabeth Earl - June 2, 2017

Bering Sea Tanner crab fishermen have a new harvest strategy in place, though it likely won’t be the last time the plan gets revised.

The Board of Fisheries held a special meeting in Anchorage May 17 and 18 to deal with just the harvest strategy.

Crab fishermen raised concerns about the value of the harvest strategy...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  June 1, 2017

Russian Fishing Company (RFC), a former Russkoe More – Dobycha, one of Russia’s largest fish producers and processors,  became one of the largest holders of quotas on the catch of crab in Russia, as a result of the recent auction, conducted by the Russian Rosrybolovstvo.

In accordance with the results of an auction, which was conducted on May 18-19 six lots out of 24 for the catch of crab in the Russian Far East were granted to RFC’subsidiary OJSC "Tournif, a Russian fishing producer, which is based in Vladivostok.

The main beneficiaries of the RFC are Gleb Frank, the son-in-law of the billionaire Gennady Timchenko, and Maxim Vorobiev, the brother of the governor of the Moscow region.

It is one of the largest fishing companies in Russia

 

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