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Jun 16 - Omega Protein Enters Atlantic and Gulf Mendaden Fisheries into MSC Assessment Process


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


Jun 5 - Bidding Prices of Pollock Roe Stay High for Japanese Traders Despite Higher Supplies from US, Russia


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


May 30 - Pacific Halibut Catch On Track at Nearly 8 Million Pounds To Date


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


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


May 18 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday September 18, 2017


May 18 - Facing Headwinds on European Standards, Russia's White Fish Producers Turn to Brazil


May 17 - SeaShare Partners with Native Association to Donate Pollock to Communities in Bristol Bay


May 15 - Newport’s Surimi Plant to Open this Season After Pacific and Oregon Dept of Justice Reach Agreement


May 10 - Japanese producers set to boost consumption of kazunoko outside New Year season


May 5 - JBS-Backed Swift Retailers in Brazil to Sell MSC and ASC Certified Seafood


May 4 - Federal Fishery Report Notes Wave of Chinese, South Korean Investment in Russia's Fishing Industry


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


May 1 - Russian A Season ends at 874,000 tons of pollock, up 6%; Industry wants TAC decrease in 2018


Apr 28 - Seafood.com News Summary April 28, 2017


Apr 28 - Russian Pollock Fisheries Begin MSC Recertification Process, Join Industry Group Within MSC


Apr 27 - Russia May Increase Duties on Fish Exports to Slow Shipments Out of Its Market


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


Apr 21 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday April 21, 2017


Apr 21 - Russian Pollock Producers Plan to Grow Exports to EU Market 40% by 2019


Apr 20 - Feds Close Flatfish, Rockfish, Sablefish Trawling in Gulf of Alaska 2 Weeks Earlier Than Last Year


Apr 6 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 6, 2017


Apr 5 - Surimi Producers Trying Hard to Change Consumer Ideas of Kamaboko Beyond Traditional Products


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


Mar 28 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday March 28, 2017


Mar 28 - Pollock Roe Auctions Return High Prices, in Boost to Alaska Companies


Mar 28 - Russia Dangles More Pollock Allocations if Koreans Invest in Russian Processing


Mar 21 - Mariner Seafood Prepared for Retail Distribution of GO WILD Brand That Extends Fresh Shelf Life


Mar 17 - Russian Fishing Industry Faces More Consolidation as Companies Prepare for 10 Year Quota Auctions


Mar 17 - Commentator Gives up In Confusion Over Sustainable Fish Guides; Just a Personal Choice, She Says


Mar 16 - Plea Hearing for Carlos Rafael Delayed to March 30, 2017


Mar 15 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday March 15, 2017


Mar 15 - Russia Plans to Seize Fishing Quotas from Producers Who Build Trawlers With Foreign Capital


Mar 15 - Russia's Pollock Catch in Okhotsk Sea Loses Momentum in Early March


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


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


Mar 6 - Mariner Seafood to Debut GO WILD Brand of Vacum Packed Line of Wild Caught Seafood at Boston


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


Feb 23 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday February 23, 2017


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


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


Feb 22 - State-Waters Cod Season Opens to Pot Gear as Federal Pot Gear Season Closes in Gulf of Alaska


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


Feb 17 - Bojangles' Features Alaska Pollock Fish Sandwich for Lent


Feb 16 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday February 16, 2017


Feb 14 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday February 14, 2017


Feb 14 - Russian Fishery Co. Plans Major Pollock Expansion with Chinese Backing


Feb 10 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday February 10, 2017


Feb 10 - Pollock Roe Season May be Positive, but Traders Face a Lot of Uncertainty


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


Feb 7 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday February 7, 2017


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


Jan 31 - Alaska MCC says 'New England Style Fishery Collapse' not Useful Comparison for Gulf of Alaska


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


Jan 26 - SMAST Researchers, Gulf of Maine Fishermen Hope Video Survey System Will Produce Better Cod Surveys


Jan 25 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday January 25, 2017


Jan 20 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday, January 20, 2017


Jan 20 - Pollock Surimi Prices Drop for First Time in 4 Years on Increased Quota, Slow Fillet Demand


Jan 19 - FDA Says 90% of Fish Species are "Best Choice" for Pregnant Women in Confusing Final Guidance


Jan 17 - AFDF Announces List of New Product Entries for Alaska Symphony of Seafood


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


Jan 11 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday January 11, 2016


Jan 11 - NMFS Seeks Comments on Inseason Adjustments to BS/AI Pollock, Cod, Atka Mackerel


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


Dec 30 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday December 30, 2016


Dec 30 - AFDF Calls for New Products in Alaska Symphony of Seafood Competition, Deadline January 6


Dec 28 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday December 28, 2016


Dec 27 - N. Pacific Council Threatens New England Style Fisheries Management Collapse in Gulf of Alaska


Dec 23 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday December 23, 2016


Dec 22 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday December 22, 2016


Dec 22 - Gidrostroy Could become Largest Russian Pollock Producer if PBTF Purchase Closes


Dec 20 - Massive Chinese Fish Processing Center in Border Region Threatens Russian Domestic Fish Processing


Dec 13 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday December 13, 2016


Dec 13 - EU Fish Processors Say Pollock Imports Continue to Decline but Russia Market Share Improves


Dec 12 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday, December 12, 2016


Dec 12 - Pollock TAC Basically Unchanged in Bering Sea for 2017, Despite Huge increase in Biomass


Dec 7 - Smaller Fisheries Like Geoducks, Sea Cucumbers and Winter Kings Continue in Ak (Fish Radio)


Dec 6 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday December 6, 2016


Dec 5 - PODCAST: Oregon and Washington's Dungeness Season Delayed and Alaska's Pollock Biomass Reported


Nov 30 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday November 30, 2016


Nov 30 - Ecosystem Reports at Council Point to Possible Future Declines in Pollock, Cod after some Good Years


Nov 29 - Biggest Russian Quota Holder Karat Plans $250 Mln investment in Barents Sea and Distant Water Fleets


Nov 28 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday November 28, 2016


Nov 28 - Jump in Alaska Pollock Biomass Should Have Little Impact Say Sellers, Because of 2 Mln ton Cap


Nov 22 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday November 22, 2016


Nov 21 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday November 21, 2016


Nov 21 - South Korea Facing Pollock Shortage, Aims to Rebuild Imports and Trade Ties to Russia


Nov 14 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday November 14, 2016


Nov 14 - Major Japanese Companies Maruha and Nissui See Differing Results, with Nissui Dragged Down by Chile


Nov 14 - Russian Fishing Company May be Sold in Further Shakeup For Russian Pollock Industry


Nov 8 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday November 8, 2016


Nov 8 - Russia Plans to Increase Pollock Production and Restart Sardine Processing


Nov 7 - ASMI's Trailblazing New Products Project Seeks to Expand Sales to Additional Markets


Oct 27 - US Shrimp Consumption Unchanged in 2015 But Easily Maintains Number One Spot in NFI's Top Ten List


Oct 26 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday October 26, 2016


Oct 26 - NOAA Says Seafood Consumption Heading in Right Direction in US, as 2015 Per Capita Number Jumps


Oct 26 - ASMI Annual Meeting Reviews Difficult 2016 and Looks at Challenges and Opportunities in 2017


Oct 21 - Bundrant says New Products and More Value Added Products Only Way to Boost Pollock Prices


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Omega Protein Enters Atlantic and Gulf Menhaden Fisheries into MSC Assessment Process 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] June 16, 2017

The U.S. Atlantic menhaden and U.S. Gulf of Mexico menhaden fisheries have entered the assessment process to earn Marine Stewardship Council certification.

The assessments are being conducted by third-party independent auditors SAI Global at the request of Omega Protein. Between the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, the U.S. menhaden fishery is the second largest in the country by weight, trailing only Alaska pollock... 


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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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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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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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NE Fisheries Scientists Expect Drastic Changes as Gulf of Maine and Georges warm 7 to 9 degrees

A new paper by a number of scientists formerly with NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center suggests that there will be drastic changes in fisheries and the ports that depend on them during the next 60 to 80 years. Among the predictions for specific species, lobster and dogfish are likely to thrive. Also mid-Atlantic Fish like croaker and striped bass will find more suitable habitat in New England. The “changes will result in ecological, economic, social, and natural resource management challenges throughout the region,” said Kristin Kleisner, the lead author of the study. “It is important to understand large-scale patterns in these changes so that we can plan for and mitigate adverse effects as much as possible.”

The USDA said domestic catfish processors operate similarly to meat and poultry processing-only operations and can be subject to inspections just once per production shift. When the USDA adopted catfish inspections last March, inspectors practiced continuous inspection procedures so the agency could understand the fish slaughtering and production process. But the USDA said it is adopting the FDA’s definition of fish processing, which combines the slaughter and processing steps. This will exempt domestic catfish operators from continuous inspections once the program takes full effect this September.

In other news, Russia plans to significantly increase exports of cod and pollock to the Latin American market in coming years. Russia's Federal Fishery Agency said demand for white fish in the domestic market is relatively low. Meanwhile, demand for white fish is up significantly in such countries as Brazil, Argentina and other Latin America states. To date, there are already several agreements to supply Russian cod and pollock to Brazil.

The season’s first catch of Copper River salmon will arrive in Seattle straight from Alaska this Friday. As per tradition, the Alaska Airlines Boeing "salmon 30 salmon" will deliver the fish to the Sea-Tac Airport. The seasoned opened this morning. 

Finally, The Ecology Action Centre (EAC) said the suspension of the offshore Marine Stewardship Council certificate for the Newfoundland cod fishery in the 3Ps region confirmed its initial concern and objection to the designation. The EAC was among a group that objected to the 3Ps certification last year. "While we fully support efforts to both achieve and celebrate improvements in sustainable fisheries, we had deep concerns about this cod stock throughout the certification process. Suffice it to say we are not at all surprised that the issues we raised last year, including low bar for recovery, evidence of poor stock health and a high rate of mortality," said Susanna Fuller, Senior Marine Conservation Coordinator at the Ecology Action Centre.

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SeaShare Partners with Native Association to Donate Pollock to Communities in Bristol Bay

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

Seattle, Wash. -- Seashare, a non-profit dedicated to bringing seafood to food banks, announced it has partnered with the Bristol Bay Native Association to deliver more than 7,000 pounds of pollock to Bristol Bay for hunger relief in Dillingham, Alaska, and surrounding communities.

The pollock will be stored in a freezer container that SeaShare installed in partnership with the Port of Dillingham in 2016. This is the third time the container has been filled, with more than 20,000 pounds of seafood donated by SeaShare in Bristol Bay over the past year.

“Seafood has dietary and ...

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Japanese producers set to boost consumption of kazunoko outside New Year season

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Japan Reports]  May 10, 2017

Kazunoko processors in Japan are now set to make kazunoko (herring roe) an all-year-round product such as ikura and pollock roe.

Consumption of kazunoko, a typically seasonal food product in Japan, dwindles rapidly after the high demand season around New Year.

The nation's kazunoko processors' organizations last year designated May 5--a national holiday dedicated to children--as the "Day of Kazunoko" by highlighting the traditional belief in kazunoko as a symbol of prospering posterity...

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Federal Fishery Report Notes Wave of Chinese, South Korean Investment in Russia's Fishing Industry

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden - May 4, 2017

Russia's Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo) said Chinese and South Korean business are still attempting to expand into the Russian fish and aquiculture business. A report from the Agency said efforts by the Chinese and South Koreans include gaining control over Russia’s largest fish producers and processors and through efforts of changing local legislation in the fish business.

The decision of Rosrybolovstvo to create conditions for the development of fish processing in the Russian Far East is contrary to the plans of the Chinese business to strengthen its presence in the Russian fish market since it could reduce China's access to cheap fish resources.

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Russian A Season ends at 874,000 tons of pollock, up 6%; Industry wants TAC decrease in 2018

SEAFODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - May 1, 2017

The Russian A season ended earlier in April with a total catch of 874,000 tons or 82% of the total TAC. This catch level is up 6% from the prior year. However, the Russian industry is concerned about the pollock market and wants to see a decrease in the TAC in 2018.

Pollock stocks in the Far East are Healthy, and the Russian industry has asked not to be saddled with maximum TACs due to the current market oversupply of pollock, and the fact that companies pay taxes on quotas as well as actual landings.

The 2018 TAC recommendation is for a decrease of 5% to 1.786 million tons. Sources indicate that higher level TACS could be maintained biologically, but the industry preferred to scale back somewhat.

By area, TACs for the main

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Russian Pollock Fisheries Begin MSC Recertification Process, Join Industry Group Within MSC

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  April 28, 2017

The Russian pollock Association signed a five-year review for recertification of the pollock fishery under the MSC at the recent Seafood Expo in Brussels. The signing was attended by the head of the Russian Fisheries Agency Ilya Shestakov and MSC head Rupert Howes. 

Shestakov said that in addition to the MSC certification, which he felt confirmed the soundness of Russian Fisheries management, he noted the importance of creating and implementing national environmental certification, which could guarantee the safety of products, maintaining the balance of aquatic ecosystems, as well as provide an alternative tool independently, confirming the quality of products in domestic and foreign markets. 

Earlier, the Pollock association joined...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 25, 2017

During the Seafood Global Expo show in Brussels this week, the Global Seafood Sustainability Initiative announced the addition of a couple more partners and received support from a major US retailer.

Japanese conglomerate Nissui and its subsidiary, Alaskan seafood processor Unisea, joined the GSSI as partners. Nissui is the first Japanese seafood company to become a GSSI partner.

Nissui is a major Japanese corporation that owns seafood operations across the world. In addition to Unisea, Nissui's also owns North American operators Nippon Suisan USA, Unisea, Gorton’s, BlueWater Seafoods, F.W Bryce, King & Prince Seafood and Glacier Fish Company...

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Russian Pollock Producers Plan to Grow Exports to EU Market 40% by 2019

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden - April 21, 2017

Russian pollock producers plans to significantly increase the volume of their supplies to the EU market during the next several years, according to an official spokesman of the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo).

That will be achieved through the increase of the volume of domestic fish processing and the reduction of fish exports to abroad, more than 87% of which account for frozen, whole fish...

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Vietnam Emerged as Major Market for Indian Shrimp Exports in 2016

At the same time that India has become as major shrimp supplier to the US market, it has also stepped up exports to Vietnam with shipments in some months even surpassing those to the US. Last year Indian shrimp exports to Vietnamese and US markets increased 28 and 29 percent respectively and were the top two markets for Indian shippers. During India’s heavy harvest period last spring India’s shrimp exports to Vietnam were higher than exports to the US. Additionally, by December of last year, Indian shrimp exports to Vietnam and the US were about the same both in terms of volume and as a percentage of India’s overall exported market share. Vietnamese processors continue to report severe raw material shortages from domestic producers and higher dependence on imported materials. This is an indication that Vietnam will continue to buy foreign raw shrimp supplies so it can meet a goal to export $7.5 billion worth of seafood in 2017.

Vietnam loosened it soaking standards on pangasius fillets allowing for an 18 percent increase in moisture content. The new standard now requires only 14 percent of fish protein in treated pangasius fillets. This decision reverses an attempt by the Vietnamese government to cap soaking at 83 percent net weight. But this decree was staunchly opposed by some Vietnamese producers.

In other news, South Korea’s wild pollock population, considered near-extinct since the turn of the millennium, may be making a comeback. The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said Thursday that a wild pollock was caught in eastern waters near Uljin, North Gyeongsang Province. Experts blame global warming along with overfishing for the decline of the pollack population in South Korea, which according to data accounted for 14.9 percent of Korea’s entire seafood market in 1942. Currently, approximately 90 percent of pollock consumed in Korea is imported from either Russia or Japan.

Meanwhile, some Chinese shrimp farmers in Guangxi, are restarting production early this season. Currently more than half of the farmers have stocked their seed. Farmers are reporting high success rates in shrimp farming and satisfactory profit margins in the first round of seed stocking from last year. The first round of shrimp supplies are expected to hit the Chinese market this May.

Finally, Alaska's House Fisheries Committee will assess a resolution sponsored by several House Representatives “urging the United States government to continue to work with the government of Canada to investigate the long-term, region-wide downstream effects of proposed and existing industrial development and to develop measures to ensure that state resources are not harmed by upstream development in B.C.” Chris Zimmer, Rivers Without Borders Alaska campaign director, said Alaskans are troubled by B.C.’s lack of enforcement of mining regulations. The problem is that Canadian mining operations that go out of business are not required to clean up their sites. This has created leakage from abandoned mine works and sludge ponds, which have been polluting Alaskan waterways for decades.

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

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Pollock Roe Auctions Return High Prices, in Boost to Alaska Companies

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton March 28, 2017

The American pollock industry got a welcome whiff of stronger markets as the annual first A season pollock roe auction concluded in Seattle.

Trading and demand was strong, and prices were generally higher than last year. Also volumes improved to about 9000 tons. 7744 tons were bid at the auction, and 1254 tons were sold on private contracts.

Overall value rose to $42 million, vs $24 million last year. But this number is still below what was achieved in 2015...

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Mariner Seafood Prepared for Retail Distribution of GO WILD Brand That Extends Fresh Shelf Life

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 21, 2017

Mariner Seafood launched a line of wild caught seafood items at the Seafood Expo North America in Boston that uses a patented technology that gives retailers an option to feature the items in fresh seafood cases.

The GO WILD seafood brand uses patented, breathable film that allows oxygen to flow through the products. This super chill pack technology extends the shelf life of the portioned out seafood products...

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Bidding Prices of Pollock Roe Stay High for Japanese Traders Despite Higher Supplies from US, Russia

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Japan Reports]  June 5, 2017

Last months pollock roe prices again remained high for the Japanese as supplies of lower priced roe remain tight.  The bidding prices of pollock roe--raw materials for "tarako" and mentai spiced roe products--have been pegged at a high level this year.

Supply of pollock roe to the market from main producing places in the U.S. and Russia has been increasing, but the prices have been kept high due to the impact of poor pollock catch last year and diminishing stockpiles in Japan.

In the auctions held in the U.S. this spring, pollock roe from factoryships maintained prices at around 1,100 yen per kilo, with that from Russia standing at 900 yen, a level more or less the same as last year....

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Pacific Halibut Catch On Track at Nearly 8 Million Pounds To Date

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker - May 30, 2017

The 2017 Pacific halibut fisheries opened on March 11 with a combined commercial and sport catch limit of 31.4 million pounds. Three months into the 8-month season, commercial landings in Alaska have reached just over 19 million pounds, or 31 percent of the allowable catch. 

For comparison, 6.2 million pounds, or 35% of the 2016 catch limit...

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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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Facing Headwinds on European Standards, Russia's White Fish Producers Turn to Brazil

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden - May 18, 2017

Russia plans to significantly exports of white fish (cod and pollock) to far-abroad countries in the coming years, according to recent statements of Ilya Shestakov, head of the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries.    

Shestakov said that currently the demand for white fish in the domestic market remains still relatively low, however it has significantly increased in such countries as Brazil, Argentina and other Latin America states, which may provide significant export opportunities to Russian producers.

Such a decision will be mainly due to the current inability of Russian fisherman to successfully export...

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Newport’s Surimi Plant to Open this Season After Pacific and Oregon Dept of Justice Reach Agreement

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  May 15, 2017

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...

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JBS-Backed Swift Retailers in Brazil to Sell MSC and ASC Certified Seafood 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 5, 2017

The Marine Stewardship Council and Aquaculture Stewardship Council signed an agreement with major Brazilian meat processing company JBS to sell MSC and ASC certified seafood products at the company’s Swift retail stores in the San Paulo region.

This makes Swift the first retailer in Latin America to carry ASC and MSC-certified seafood products.

“We are extremely proud to be the first retailer in Latin America to launch an ASC/MSC product line...

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Today's Main Story: Norwegian Companies Plan Explosive Growth in Salmon Sales to China

Norway is planning a massive expansion in salmon sales to China, following a series of agreements that will normalize seafood trade. The Norwegians have watched the explosive growth of online seafood sales, and feel Norwegian salmon, which already has an excellent consumer reputation, could take advantage. Some expect to carve out a 65% market share, more than 10 times what they sell currently. If this strategy is successful, it will have global implications for salmon pricing.

In Russia, far east pollock stocks are quite healthy, but the industry is seeking TAC reductions in 2018 due to the market oversupply. The A season Russian production was up 6% over last year. But companies are also taxed on quota they do not catch. With these two factors, the industry is pushing TINRO for more conservative quotas.

The pot cod fishery in Dutch Harbor has closed with over 33 million pounds landed. Extra wide 58' pot cod boats are able to land large volumes, rivaling th 120' crabbers.

A province in Bangladesh is reporting a major outbreak of shrimp disease among black tiger farmers. It is unclear if the massive die offs of juvenile shrimp are the result of high water temperatures and overstocking, or a new disease. Approximately 15,000 tons of shrimp are potentially affected.

Finally the issue of irresponsible BC mine management threatening southeast Alaska salmon rivers has not gone away. We print an opinion piece from someone involved in this issue for many years.

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PEI's Spring Lobster Season a Go for Saturday

Saturday is setting day for the spring lobster season in PEI. The PEI Fishermen's Association said some fishermen will probably set and pull their traps that day, especially in harbors that aren't far from shore. Close to 1,000 boats will be in the water for setting day. The lobster season in fishing area 24 and 26A runs until June 29. Traditionally, Island lobster fishermen don't fish on Sunday, so Monday could see big landings from the two-day haul.

Shrimp harvesting is now underway in the Mekong Delta but the industry is already expecting production to fall short of processor needs. The expectation is that the harvest will only meet 40-50 percent of the demand from the processing sector. This is likely going to keep raw material prices high in the domestic market and require Vietnamese processors to import raw material.

In other news, the Russian pollock Association signed a five-year review for recertification of the pollock fishery under the MSC at the recent Seafood Expo in Brussels. The signing was attended by the head of the Russian Fisheries Agency Ilya Shestakov and MSC head Rupert Howes. Earlier, the Pollock association joined in the Association of Sustainable Fisheries, which is the industry stakeholder group within the MSC. The meeting of the ASF this year focused on the problems of updating the MSC standards, and the danger than large numbers of fisheries would fail to meet the new requirements.

Meanwhile, the Alaska House and Senate convened together Thursday to take confirmation votes on Gov. Bill Walker's appointees to lead state departments, boards and commissions — including Walker's recent appointments to the Board of Fish — then left without voting. By postponing the votes, lawmakers leave themselves a point of potential leverage over Walker's administration as they try to negotiate budget and deficit-reduction deals. Similar postponements have taken place before.

Finally, halibut quota share values continue to soar in Alaska’s major fishing areas. The halibut IFQ prices have gone up about $5 a year for the past several years as the fish stocks have appeared to stabilize and increased slightly. Dock prices for halibut also have remained high, in the $6 to $7 per pound range at major ports.

Have a great weekend.

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Russia May Increase Duties on Fish Exports to Slow Shipments Out of Its Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden - April 27, 2017

The Russian government is considering increasing duties on the exports of fish and seafood out of the country, due to ongoing growth of prices for fish and seafood in the domestic market.

According to recent statements of an official spokesman of the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo), despite the recent strengthening of the domestic currency – ruble, prices for fish in Russia continue to grow, while a the majority of Russian fish catch is imported to abroad, mostly to the Asia-Pacific region...

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News Summary April 21, 2017

Today's Main Story: NMFS Put Councils on Notice about Overfishing or Overfished Conditions on Bigeye, Four Other Stocks

Leading the headlines today is word that the National Marine Fisheries Service has notified regional councils that five species are subject to overfishing and/or are overfishing or overfished, requiring measures be put in place to remedy the situations. Bigeye tuna in the Western and Central Pacific and South Atlantic golden tilefish are subject to overfishing, according to NMFS. South Atlantic blueline tilefish remains subject to overfishing. Pacific Bluefin tuna in the North Pacific Ocean and South Atlantic red snapper are both overfished and also subject to overfishing.

In other news, Russian pollock producers plan to significantly increase the volume of their supplies to the EU market during the next several years, according to an official spokesman of the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo). That will be

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Feds Close Flatfish, Rockfish, Sablefish Trawling in Gulf of Alaska 2 Weeks Earlier Than Last Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  April 20, 2017

NMFS has closed the deepwater trawl fisheries in the Gulf directed at rockfish, sablefish, flatfish and arrowtooth flounder effective April 13th.

The fishery has come up against its halibut bycatch limit of 256 metric tons. 

This is a temporary closure, and the fishery will reopen May 15th, with their third-period allocation.

The fishery will close at the latest on July 1st, under the management plan.

The closure this year is two weeks earlier than last year's closure..

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Surimi Producers Trying Hard to Change Consumer Ideas of Kamaboko Beyond Traditional Products

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Japan Reports]  April 5, 2017  

Japanese surimi product makers are trying hard to go beyond the conventional use of kamaboko and create new demand, especially in the months where consumption typically falls off.

In Japan, fish surimi products carry with them a strong image associated with seasonal demand, centering on kamaboko (white fish meat, classically pollock, made into a seasoned paste) and “date-roll” (a kind of fish omelets) – both representative food items for the New Year period as well as “oden” (typical wintertime pot dish consisting of chikuwa and other minced fish.

In face of the coming of relatively low-demand seasons of spring and summer..  

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Pollock roe Auctions Return High Prices, in Boost to Alaska Companies

The American pollock industry got a welcome whiff of stronger markets as the annual first A season pollock roe auction concluded in Seattle writes John Sackton. Trading and demand was strong, and prices were generally higher than last year. Given the additional volume, the auction has been a welcome boost at a time when pollock prices for blocks are very low.

Canada's Northern cod stocks continue to rebound in Newfoundland, but the industry is still deep in the critical zone, according to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). But despite DFO’s warning that fishing should be kept to “the lowest possible levels,” a representative of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (FFAW) says it’s time for a significant increase in quota. The Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council (GEAC) says that Newfoundland needs to wait before getting commercial cod activity underway. “While the industry is naturally excited about the prospects of an increased harvest, we need to resist the temptation to increase catch prematurely – a view shared by the Standing Committee of Fisheries. We must act responsibly; the world fisheries community is watching, and we must get it right this time," said Dr. Kris Vascotto the Executive Director of the GEAC.

In other news, dozens of angry fishermen in Mexico burned a boat as part of a threat to force out a ship operated by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in Mexico's Gulf of California. The fishermen are upset with a misguided campaign by a group of conservationists that called for US consumers to boycott Mexican shrimp in order to save the endangered vaquita porpoise. "Just as they are judging us fishermen, we will judge all the environmentalists," said Sunshine Rodriguez, a leader of the local fishing cooperative in San Felipe, Baja California. "We aren't going to just sit around."

Two subsidiaries of Pacific Andes have filed for their own Chapter 11 bankruptcy protections in a New York court this week. These filings follow a court decision in the British Virgin Islands this past February that allowed creditor banks to liquidate one of Pacific's other subsidiaries. Nouvelle Foods International Limited and Golden Target Pacific Limited said they “believe that it is in the best interests of its shareholders to file for protection under Chapter 11 to ensure the continuation of a transparent and comprehensive restructuring process.”

Finally, India's major port city Visakhapatnam in the state of Andhra Pradesh will get a a state of the art seafood processing and cold storage facility. The units will be modeled after operations in Japan and China. They will be outfitted to produce and store seafood exports for major markets including Europe, South America and Central America.

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Russia Dangles More Pollock Allocations if Koreans Invest in Russian Processing

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  March 28, 2017

The Russian government will consider increasing pollock quotas for South Korea and Japan for the fishing in the Russian territorial waters this year, according to recent statements of Ilya Shestakov, head of Rosrybolovstvo.

Implementation of these plans, however, will depend on certain conditions. 

According to Rosrybolovstvo, the quota of South Korea for catching fish in Russian waters has been reduced twice in recent years, however there is a possibility that it could be increased already this year..

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