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Jul 24 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday July 24, 2017


Jul 24 - Shanghai Crayfish Season at its Peak; Prices Have Skyrocketed Over Last Decade


Jul 24 - Russian Fish Co. to Expand Sales of Single Frozen Pollock to Domestic Market, Citing Weakness in EU


Jul 21 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday, July 21, 2017


Jul 21 - ANALYSIS: Shrimp Market an Island of Stability in Shellfish Sector


Jul 21 - NOAA Locates Crabber F/V Destination Wreckage; Coast Guard Hearing Set for August


Jul 20 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 20, 2017


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


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


Jul 17 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday July 17, 2017


Jul 17 - Ron Jensen, Long Time Seafood Industry Leader, Has Died


Jul 13 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 13, 2017


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


Jul 11 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 11, 2017


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


Jul 11 - Aleutian Islands Golden King Crab Fishery Opens August 1 With Unchanged TAC of 5.5 Mlbs


Jul 10 - OSU, Weather Service Establish New Oceanographic Buoy at Coos Bay


Jul 6 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 06, 2017


Jul 6 - Fishing Communities Dying in South Louisiana due to Flooding and Rising Waters


Jul 5 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday July 05, 2017


Jul 5 - ANALYSIS: Canadian Snow Crab Market Full Steady to Firming


Jun 30 - ANALYSIS: Blue Swimming Crab Meat at Record Prices


Jun 29 - Lawsuit Launched to End Whale, Sea Turtle Entanglements in California Dungeness Crab Gear


Jun 29 - ANALYSIS: Soft Shell Crab Prices Rebound


Jun 29 - WA Government Shutdown Appears Averted as Budget Deal Reached, but Agencies Prepare Contingencies


Jun 27 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday June 27, 2017


Jun 27 - Oregon Fishing Industry Uncertain about Future Access to International Terminal in Newport


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 - 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


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News Summary July 24, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Stavis Seafoods to Greatly Expand West Coast Distribution with Partnership with R.W. Zant 

Today's lead item reports that Stavis Seafoods of Boston, and RW Zant, a major west coast broadline distributor, have announced a primary distribution partnership that will begin August 1, 2017. RW Zant is one of the largest redistribution companies in the US. The partnership will include the warehousing and delivery of Stavis Seafoods’ products to RW Zant customers. RW Zant specializes in all aspects of protein and dairy wholesale distribution to foodservice and retail distributors throughout the Western United States. This agreement will not only enhance Stavis Seafoods’ supply chain capabilities on the West Coast, it will also greatly expand RW Zant’s product offerings in the seafood category.

Also highlighted today is word that the Russian Fishery Company (RFC), one of Russia’s leading fish producers, is beginning massive production of fish products under the Nordeco brand. According to the company’s plans, RFC should become one of the largest suppliers of fish products that will be mostly manufactured from pollock on the domestic market. A spokesman for RFC said that the company wants to produce fish products that will be processed and frozen on board immediately after the catch. It is reported that future production will be positioned for middle-priced and premium segments of the market. According to RFC, the company currently sells all the products to wholesale buyers and processors.

In other news, Canadian Environment Minister, Eddie Joyce, says a Supreme Court decision ordering an environmental impact statement will be reviewed by the Department of Justice and Public Safety. The Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador on Thursday overturned the provincial government's decision to release a quarter-billion dollar salmon farming project in Placentia Bay from further environmental assessment. Justice Gillian Butler ruled on July 20 that Perry Trimper, then the environment and climate change minister, "lacked jurisdiction" to release the project from a full environmental assessment, and that an environmental impact statement had to be completed. Joyce says it's standard practice for the Department of Justice

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Shanghai Crayfish Season at its Peak; Prices Have Skyrocketed Over Last Decade

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Schuichan News] Translated by Amy Zhong - July 24, 2017

With the weather getting hotter, the peak season of crayfish has arrived. Crayfish output usually drops every July and August, so their prices are high correspondingly around this period. The price can reach 38 yuan/jin (~ US $2.82/kg) for those with individual weights exceeding 0.1 jin.

The output has plummeted by more than 70% recently. There are crayfish of two different sizes available at a Shanghai farmers market. The large ones are sold at 28 yuan/jin (~ US $2.06/kg), while the small ...

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News Summary July 21, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Shrimp Market Prices Generally Stable 

Today’s lead story focuses on how although the shrimp market has remained relatively stable throughout the year, we have seen slight price declines in recent weeks for some HSLO sizes as well as value-added products. Urner Barry's Market Reporter, Angel Rubio, provides commentary and analysis on this commodity. 

In other news, on the Eastern Coast of the US some shoreline restaurants are dealing with a low supply of clams. Clam shacks reportedly said they haven't been able to get their normal supply of clams at the peak of the season. The demand is high and the prices are the same. To that end, Atlantic Capes Fisheries announced on Tuesday that the supply will increase this week thanks to the purchase of Mandy Lynn, which is a new two-truckload surf clam vessel which gives them seven ...

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NOAA Locates Crabber F/V Destination Wreckage; Coast Guard Hearing Set for August

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - July 21, 2017

The F/V Destination, an Alaskan crabber based out of Seattle, has been found near where it sank in Alaska.

Two NOAA ships, en route to scientific missions in Alaskan waters, helped locate the missing vessel at the request of the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation. The Destination and its six crew members were lost February 11, 2017, while fishing for opilio crab (snow crab) northwest of St. George, Alaska.

NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson, a fisheries survey vessel, conducted the first survey from April 30 through May 1, according to ...

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

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

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

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

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News Summary July 17, 2017

Today's Main Story: 20% of Texas Shrimp Fleet Stuck in Port Due to Congressional Bad Immigration Decisions

Texas shrimp will be harder to find and cost more because of an immigration decision designed to appease conservative voters misinformed about our economy's reliance on foreign labor. This will create a windfall for foreign shrimpers, who will gladly take market share from local boats and damage the Texas economy. The Gulf Coast brown shrimp season opened Saturday, but 20% of the Brownsville-Port Isabel fleet was not expected to leave port because of a crew shortage, and reports indicate that almost every boat along the coast was short-staffed because Congress did not renew the H-2B Returning Worker Program.

In other news, in a stunning decision to grant New Jersey’s recreational summer flounder fishery a waiver from new regulations to conserve the stock, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has shattered a 75-year practice of honoring the scientific process of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. The letter was written to Executive Director Robert Beal and signed by Chris Oliver, Assistant Administrator NOAA Fisheries on July 11, 2017. Oliver notes that the Atlantic Coastal Act's compliance process rests on two criteria + whether or not New Jersey has failed to carry out its responsibility under the management plan and if so, whether the measures the state failed to implement are needed for conservation purposes of summer flounder. Oliver further notes that if the Secretary determines that New Jersey has not been in compliance, the Act mandates that Ross declare a moratorium on that fishery.

Elsewhere, when Pacific Coast Seafood reopens its plant in Warrenton, Oregon, crab will be on the roster of seafood it processes. The Warrenton Planning Commission on Thursday night approved, with conditions, a request to modify a previously approved site design for the facility. Representatives of the ...

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News Summary July 13, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Bristol Bay Poised to Exceed Salmon Harvest Forecast this Week

A common headline these last few weeks has focused on the Salmon coming out of Bristol Bay. With a total run as of July 11 at 40.38 million sockeye and fishing still going strong today, it looks likely that the ADF&G forecast of 41.47 million will be exceeded by the end of this week. It's also likely the final numbers will exceed the predictions of the University of Washington salmon team, which forecasted a total run of 43.1 million. Maybe not by the end of the week, but the strength of the Nushagak and Egigik Districts, and an expected surge in the Kvichak, could make this a banner year.

In other news, Coast Seafoods Company’s Southwest Operations Manager Greg Dale said Tuesday that his shellfish company does not intend or plan to leave Humboldt Bay after the California Coastal Commission narrowly rejected its permit applications in June. Coast Seafoods Company’s permits for its nearly 300 acres of existing shellfish farming operations in northern Humboldt Bay are set to expire in August 2017, but Dale said commission staff and North Coast District Commissioner Ryan Sundberg — who is also Humboldt County’s 5th District supervisor — have committed to coming back in August with options to allow their existing farms to continue.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the American agency that responds to marine mammals in distress has halted its efforts to free large whales trapped in fishing gear following the recent death of a whale rescuer in New Brunswick. Chris Oliver, assistant administrator with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, extended condolences Wednesday to the family of Joe Howlett of Campobello Island after he was killed Monday from freeing a North Atlantic right whale that had been entangled in fishing gear. A close friend of Howlett’s said the 59-year-old veteran fisherman was hit by the whale just after it was cut free and started swimming away.

John Bullard, NOAA Fisheries' Greater Atlantic regional administrator for the past five years, announced Wednesday that he will retire effective Jan. 5, 2018. Bullard took the top job in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Gloucester-based office in 2012. As regional administrator, he has been responsible for leading the agency’s approach to fisheries, habitat, sea turtle, and marine mammal issues from Maine to North Carolina...

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News Summary July 11, 2017

Today's Main Story: Thai Union and Greenpeace Sign Agreement on Tuna Harvesting and Labor Issues

Leading the headlines today is a focus on Thai Union, owner of international brands Chicken of the Sea, John West, Petit Navire, Parmentier, Mareblu, King Oscar, and Rügen Fisch, and Greenpeace which announced an agreement that will tackle illegal fishing, overfishing, and labor abuse issues in the tuna industry. The agreement marks a major milestone in Greenpeace’s campaign to reform tuna industry practices, and marks a move from confrontation to cooperation. Greenpeace has been highly critical of the big three US tuna brands: Starkist, Chicken of the Sea, and Bumble Bee. They have led numerous demonstrations and protests, and they have strongly pressured retailers to reduce their reliance on these major brands.

In other news, July 15th marks the opening of the Texas offshore brown shrimp season. But this year, according the Texas Shrimp Association, the industry faces “one of [its] biggest crises in years.” At issue is Congress stripping the returning worker provision from the H2B visa laws, meaning that experienced shrimp crew from Mexico that have worked on boats for years will not be allowed to do so this year. This problem has impacted the seafood industry from Maryland

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Aleutian Islands Golden King Crab Fishery Opens August 1 With Unchanged TAC of 5.5 Mlbs

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 11, 2017

Alaska's Department of Fish and Game announced today that the 2017/18 season for Aleutian Islands golden king crab will open on August 1, 2017 at 12:00 noon and close on April 30, 2018.

Aleutian Islands golden king crab are managed east and west of 174° W longitude with a separate total allowable catch (TAC) for each area, allocated as follows. 

East of 174° W longitude, a total quota of 3,310,000 pounds harvest is allowed, with 90 percent, or 2.979 million lbs. going to ...

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News Summary July 6, 2017

Today's Main Story: West Coast Pacific Ocean Perch Stock Assessment Results Shows Dramatic Improvement 

Today's main story focuses on how nobody saw it coming: Pacific ocean perch rockfish (POP), a West Coast species of rockfish listed as overfished and one that has constrained fisheries for decades, is likely rebuilt. Susan Chambers writes that it was probably never overfished to begin with, according to a new stock assessment. The estimated depletion (relative spawning output) is 75 percent, which is above the target of 40 percent. At a 95 percent confidence interval, the estimated depletion has been above 40 percent since at least 2008 and possibly before.

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News Summary July 5, 2017

Today's Main Story: Bristol Bay Leads State with Strong Sockeye Landings 

Leading the news is a recap of Sockeye landings in Bristol Bay. Another five million fish were landed since the July 4th holiday for a cumulative harvest of 9.83 million sockeye as of July 3. The pre-season forecast of an estimated 27.5 million sockeye remains solid with strong numbers at the Port Moller test fishery as of July 1. At nearly all testing stations, the numbers have increased in the days prior to July 1, especially in larger mesh gear. More recent totals will be available towards the end of the week. With a 5-6 day travel time from Port Moller to the Bristol Bay fleet, test data from July 2 on will help gauge how close the pre-season run forecast is in both timing and size. Cumulative escapement for all five river districts in the Bay is 3.7 million as of July 3, with an in-river estimate of about half a million, just over a third of the estimated goal of 12.46 million.

Meanwhile, at least four commercial fishing vessels partially sank in Bristol Bay after boats heavy with salmon had difficulty navigating poor weather in the region. U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Bill Colclough said the four vessels were all partially submerged Monday in different parts of Nushagak Bay after they were swamped by waves and began taking on water. He said all of the vessels were commercial salmon fishing. Colclough said Good Samaritan vessels assisted in recovering everyone on board and no one was injured. He did not know Monday how many people were rescued. He said an investigation into the incidents was ongoing Monday and that a definitive caus

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ANALYSIS: Blue Swimming Crab Meat at Record Prices

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [URNER BARRY] Angel Rubio - June 30, 2017

The blue swimming crab meat market--yes, the one that supplies the raw material for your crab cakes—is currently...
 

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ANALYSIS: Soft Shell Crab Prices Rebound

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Urner Barry] by Nicole West - June 29, 2017

Prices of soft shell crab are rebounding after the beginning of the season was reported to be one of the largest sheds in recent years. This year we saw a large influx of supply enter the Mid-Atlantic markets in early May which severely depressed prices. The majority of soft shell crab production occurs in the summer months, however, in most recent years we have continued to...

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News Summary June 27, 2017

Today's Main Story: Bristol Bay Run Nears 5 Million Fish, Nushagak Surging, Naknek Still Waiting 

The Bristol Bay sockeye run is off to a good start, as numbers from Port Moeller appear to be tracking the large 2015 run to some extent; and fishing is reported excellent in the Nushagak river system. Through yesterday, the total run was reported at 4.7 million fish, with both the Nushagak and Wood Rivers having met their escapement goals. Total catch on Monday was 737,000 fish; and the cumulative harvest was 2.8 million.

In other news, the Trump administration is poised to declare China among the world's worst offenders on human trafficking, U.S. officials said Monday, putting the world's most populous country in the same category as North Korea, Zimbabwe and Syria. China will be listed under "Tier 3," the ranking system's lowest category, which applies to countries failing to meet minimum standards to prevent human trafficking or making significant improvement efforts.

In Oregon, fishermen continue to grow increasingly concerned about their future access to Newport’s International Terminal as Port of Newport leaders appear to be giving priority access to shipping operations without consideration of the needs of the commercial fishing industry–the primary users of the facility for the last 30 years. The Port of Newport has been negotiating with log shippers to use the terminal. The Port recently reported access to some state and federal funds and other opportunities are expiring and should be used to improve the terminal.

Norway is the second largest seafood exporter worldwide and it has always aimed to further developed Chinese market. Its Minister of Fisheries has visited China together with the unprecedentedly large group of representatives recently in hope of raising its future seafood export volumes to China. On June 21, the JD.com fresh food unit has officially inked a strategic agreement with Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC). This makes JD the first Chinese company t

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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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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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Russian Fish Co. to Expand Sales of Single Frozen Pollock to Domestic Market, Citing Weakness in EU

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  July 24, 2017

Russian Fishery Company to become largest producer of pollock fillets in Russia

Russian Fishery Company - RFC (former Russkoe More), one of Russia’s leading fish producers is beginning massive production of fish products under the Nordeco brand.

According to the company’s plans, RFC should become one of the largest suppliers of fish products that will be mostly manufactured from pollock on the domestic...

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ANALYSIS: Shrimp Market an Island of Stability in Shellfish Sector

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Urner Barry] by Angel Rubio - July 21, 2017

Although the shrimp market has remained relatively stable throughout the year, we have seen slight price declines in recent weeks for some HSLO sizes as well as value-added products.

Record imports for peeled shrimp have placed downward pressure on prices for P&D product on some specific count sizes. 16-20 count Asian shrimp has adjusted down 10 cents down since the end of June. Sizes 21-25ct and 26-30ct have...

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News Summary July 20, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Booming Demand for Lobster Means Record Catches and High Prices 

Today's lead item reports that the lobster business is booming in Maine. Lobstermen are hauling in record catches, while prices are near all-time highs. That's because the industry is also seeing record demand. U.S. lobstermen have seen their yearly haul quintuple over the last 30 years. They brought in 131 million pounds of the crustacean in 2016, more than 80 percent of that was caught in Maine. The industry made a huge push to increase demand, both domestically and around the globe. And they've had great success, especially in China, where distributors are marketing Maine lobster as a clean source of quality protein. It also helps that the Chinese word for lobster is similar to the word for dragon, it resembles the mythical creature and when cooked, it turns the lucky color red.

In other news, the Bristol Bay Sockeye run is not over yet, with word Monday that the Kvichak River seemed to finally “pop”, but this year’s fishery is shaping up to be one of the largest ever and certainly one of the most valuable in a long time. The total run was predicted to be 41.5 million, allowing for a harvest of 27.5 million sockeye, but through Monday the fleet had hauled in over 34 million and the total run was already past 51 million.

Meanwhile, it will be another week or so before ...

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

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

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

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

Qingdao airport has cooperated with relevant agencies ...

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Ron Jensen, Long Time Seafood Industry Leader, Has Died

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - July 14, 2017

Ronald R. Jensen, a giant in the seafood industry who shaped fisheries, international trade, and marketing during a 30-year career in seafood, died June 25, surrounded by his family.

The former CEO of Arctic Alaska was known for his casual air and strict professional standards. He brought an elegance to the rough-and-tumble world of Alaskan fishermen, and a razor-sharp mind that could calculate break-even points before others had their first cup of coffee.

Jensen was born in Seattle in 1937. He was an alumnus of the University of Washignton and graduate of the Harvard Business School, where he completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP).

From the age of 14, Jensen fished in Alaska...

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Crab Poachers Design New Schemes for Illegal Activities in Russia

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by Eugene Gerden - July 13, 2017

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

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

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

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

 SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafod News] July 11, 2017

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

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

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OSU, Weather Service Establish New Oceanographic Buoy at Coos Bay

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - July 10, 2017

A new buoy off of Coos Bay, Ore. -- something fishermen have been requesting for a few years -- is now in place.

The National Weather Service had been working with the local commercial and recreational fleets to update the agency's marine weather service products and provide the information in a way that best benefits marine users.

"I can not begin to count how many commercial and recreational fishermen have expressed a desire to have a wind observation outside of the Coos Bar, whether by buoy or ...

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Fishing Communities Dying in South Louisiana due to Flooding and Rising Waters

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Thomson Reuters Foundation] by Ellen Wulfhorst - July 6, 2017

Louise St. Pierre paints pictures of shacks and swamps on the insides of oyster shells - tiny scenes of Cajun culture she sees washing away amid the rising saltwater and periodic floods inundating southern Louisiana.

"Our culture is dying," said St. Pierre, who lives in Lafourche Parish, where cypress trees are hung with lacy strands of Spanish moss and alligators lurk in bayous, the region's slow-moving swamp waterways. "It's not like it was."

People are moving away from the parish, or county, some 60 miles (97 km) southwest of New Orleans, faced with...

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ANALYSIS: Canadian Snow Crab Market Full Steady to Firming

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Urner Barry] Janice Schreiber- July 5, 2017

The 2017 Canadian snow crab season is once again seeing a season where the market has shifted in ways that were not anticipated

 at the start of the season. Pricing is trending higher than the 2016 season by a $1.00 per pound and the market is still firming.

Overall snow crab imports, YTD are down 23.4 percent. Canada is down 37.2 percent YTD. The month to month numbers overall are up drastically, however, the rise is consistent with the seasonal trend. When comparing April 2017 to April 2016, imports ...

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Lawsuit Launched to End Whale, Sea Turtle Entanglements in California Dungeness Crab Gear

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] June 29, 2017

OAKLAND, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a formal notice of intent to sue California’s state wildlife agency for failing to prevent commercial Dungeness crab gear from entangling, injuring and killing threatened and endangered humpback whales, blue whales and sea turtles.

The Center continues to push the issue, going beyond what other environmental groups have suggested and directly opposing the state and industry instead of working collaboratively toward solutions.

California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife authorizes and manages operation of the fishery, which last year entangled ...

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WA Government Shutdown Appears Averted as Budget Deal Reached, but Agencies Prepare Contingencies

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - June 29, 2017

OLYMPIA – Latest reports are that a budget deal has been reached in Olympia, and Washington will have a budget that averts a shut down.  However, no details have been released by the legislative parties, and agencies are still being advised to prepare for a possible shutdown.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will be required to close or delay the opening of some sport and commercial fishing seasons throughout the state if lawmakers are unable to enact a state budget before July 1.

Yesterday the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said they will be required to close or delay the opening of some sport and commercial fishing seasons throughout the state if lawmakers are unable to enact a state budget before July 1.

"We are optimistic that lawmakers will resolve their differences..

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Oregon Fishing Industry Uncertain about Future Access to International Terminal in Newport

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - June 27, 2017

Fishermen continue to grow increasingly concerned about their future access to Newport’s International Terminal as Port of Newport leaders appear to be giving priority access to shipping operations without consideration of the needs of the commercial fishing industry–the primary users of the facility for the last 30 years.

“The Port is preparing to sign leases and agreements to develop log shipping operations from the terminal that will potentially tie the port’s hands for the next 20 years,” Midwater Trawlers Cooperative Executive Director Heather Mann said in a press release. ...

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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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