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Mar 28 - PODCAST: Alaska’s Summer Salmon Forecast; Lots of Scallop News and Back from Boston Recap


Mar 28 - BluGlacier, Ventisqueros Bring ASC, BAP Certified Silverside Premium Farmed Coho Salmon to US Market


Mar 28 - Court Grants Increased 'Spill' to Aid Endangered Columbia/Snake River Salmon


Mar 28 - Oregon Salmon Industry Requests 2016 Fishery Disaster Declaration


Mar 27 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday March 27, 2017


Mar 27 - US Shrimp Consumption Poised to Take Off With Other Seafood Markets at Record High Prices


Mar 27 - Sealord Will Sell Caistor to Nissui


Mar 27 - Yurok Tribe Warns of ‘Most Catastrophic Fisheries Collapse in Klamath River History’


Mar 24 - VIDEO: Back from Boston; Alaska Salmon Season Forecast and Stolen Scallops Reach New England Market


Mar 24 - Hillborn to Speak on Sustaining Food From the Seas in Prestigious Lecture


Mar 24 - StarKist Goes Bold With New Tuna Pouch Flavors


Mar 23 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday March 23, 2017


Mar 22 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Mar 22 - GAA, MultiExport Foods and Mitsui Sign Initiative to reduce SRS Salmon Disease in Chile


Mar 21 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Mar 21 - Fishpeople Seafood and Open Blue Win Seafood Excellence Awards at Boston Show


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


Mar 20 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday, March 20, 2017


Mar 20 - Anomalous 2015 Ocean Conditions May Bode Poorly for West Coast Juvenile Chinook Salmon Survival


Mar 17 - Japanese Fish Sellers Adapt to Changing Market with More Prepared Items, Different Species of Fish


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


Mar 16 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday March 16, 2017


Mar 16 - Alaska's Salmon Hatchery Production Fell Far Short of Forecast in 2016 (Fish Radio)


Mar 16 - Fish 2.0 2017 Competition Opens West Coast Track with Investment Event in Seattle


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


Mar 15 - California, Oregon Salmon Season Options Range from Some to None


Mar 15 - Chinese Press Hints at More Crackdown on Lobster and Shrimp Smuggling Through Vietnam


Mar 15 - Alaska Salmon Fishery Recertified Under Responsible Fisheries Management Program


Mar 14 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday March 14, 2017


Mar 14 - Camanchaca Enters Shrimp Market in Joint Venture with Krustagroup to Sell Argentine Shrimp Products


Mar 13 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday March 13, 2017


Mar 13 - Fishermen Funded Bristol Bay Sockeye Promotion Boost Sales in Colorado Market (Fish Radio)


Mar 10 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday March 10, 2017


Mar 10 - FDA Now Using Whole Genome Sequencing During US Seafood Plant Inspections to Detect Listeria


Mar 10 - Norwegian Fish Oil and Byproducts Producer Biomega Acquired by New York's AMERRA Capital


Mar 10 - The Saucy Fish Co Lands Distribution Deals With US Grocers Mariano's and Hannaford


Mar 9 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday March 9, 2017


Mar 6 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday March 6, 2017


Mar 6 - Young's Seafood Weathers Tough First Quarter to Post £3m Profit


Mar 6 - Report: Restoration Efforts in Columbia Basin Helping Salmon


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


Mar 3 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday March 3, 2017


Mar 3 - Santa Monica Seafood Wins Food Safety Award


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


Mar 2 - West Coast Trawlers Receive Permits to Target Rebuilt Rockfish Stocks


Mar 1 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday March 1, 2017


Mar 1 - NFI Salmon Council's Heart Healthy Social Media Campaign Generates Strong Online Traffic


Mar 1 - Patagonia SeaFarms Now Offering Four Star Certified BAP Salmon


Mar 1 - Grim Forecast for West Coast Chinook Seasons; Fishermen Aware of Option of Closure


Feb 28 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday February 28, 2017


Feb 28 - Marine Harvest's Polish Salmon Processor Morpol Gets BAP Certification


Feb 24 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday February 24, 2017


Feb 24 - Marine Harvest Canada Gets Approval to Buy Gray Aqua's Salmon Farming Assets in New Brunswick


Feb 24 - High Salmon Prices Offset Sea Lice Losses as Scottish Salmon Company Posts Sales Increase in 2016


Feb 24 - Driftnet Ban Fails to Save Ireland's Atlantic Wild Salmon


Feb 23 - Platina Seafood Names Damien Claire President; Starts Crystal Seafood to Focus on Fresh Salmon


Feb 23 - Russia's Federal Fishing Agency, Director Implicated in Corruption Ring for Upcoming Quota Auctions


Feb 22 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday February 22, 2017


Feb 22 - Hello Fresh's Meal Kit Delivery Service Commits to Monterey Bay's Seafood Watch Program


Feb 21 - Leroy Seafoods: High Prices Generate Good Earnings


Feb 21 - Grieg Posts Record 4Q Earnings on Strong Salmon Prices, Higher Production


Feb 17 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday February 17, 2017


Feb 15 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday February 15, 2017


Feb 15 - Marine Harvest Doubles Earnings in 2016; Adding Processing, Farming Sites to Grow N. American Sales


Feb 15 - Second Alaska Buyback Program for Southeast Seine Permits Not Approved


Feb 15 - Samherji-Owned Íslandsbleikja Gets Arctic Char Processing Plant in Iceland BAP Certified


Feb 15 - China's Xuzhou Jinjiangfoodstuffs Becomes First Crawfish Producer to Earn BAP Certification


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


Feb 14 - Rain Forest Aquaculture Gets Three-Star BAP Certification at Fresh Tilapia Facility in Costa Rica


Feb 13 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday February 13, 2017


Feb 13 - Chile Enacts Federal Algae Monitoring Procedures for Gulf of Penas Waters


Feb 13 - "Amazing Engineering Feat" Saves Millions of Fish at Feather River Fish Hatchery


Feb 13 - California Salmon Groups Join in Project to Release Salmon at Bodega Bay


Feb 13 - Task Force Eyes $1 billion Alaska Maraculture Industry


Feb 13 - Fish Factor: Salmon Fellows Program Spawned in Alaska


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


Feb 10 - VIDEO: Shrimp Imports Set an Annual Record and FDA is Still Targeting Filth


Feb 10 - Judge Orders Increased Klamath River Flows to Benefit of Salmon, Tribes, Fisheries


Feb 8 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday February 8, 2017


Feb 8 - Toxic Algae Detected in 149,000 Dead Salmon Smolt in Chile


Feb 8 - Squid processors in Hokkaido struggling for survival


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


Feb 7 - Market Share for Norwegian Salmon Grows in US, Shrinks in EU as Buyers Plug Chilean Production Gap


Feb 6 - Red Lobster Brings Back Lobsterfest With Four New Combo Entrees


Feb 6 - FDA's Monthly Seafood Rejections Down 30% from Last January with Filth Still Leading Cause


Feb 3 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday February 3, 2017


Feb 3 - VIDEO: Seafood Industry United in Support for Chris Oliver as Next NMFS Admin


Feb 1 - Chris Reuttgers Resigns as CEO of Icicle; Cooke's Pal Angell-Hansen Takes Over as Interim Chairman


Jan 31 - Salmon landings in Hokkaido in 2016 are the lowest in three decades


Jan 30 - Trident Hires Nick Ohmer to Manage Wrangell Facility for Summer Salmon Run


Jan 30 - Chilean Seafood Companies are Planning for Single Largest Showing at Boston Show


Jan 30 - US Fisheries at Grave Risk if Government Stifles Science Data (Editorial)


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


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


Jan 26 - Strong Fresh Salmon Prices, Alaska's Historically Poor Pink Run Send Frozen Market to Record Level


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


Jan 24 - IFFO Explains the Forage Fish Dependency Ratio and its Impact on Responsible Aquaculture


Jan 24 - Symphony of Seafood Showcases New Alaska Seafood Products


Jan 23 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday January 23, 2017


Jan 23 - Cooke Aquaculture's Maine Raised True North Salmon Featured on Presidential Inauguration Menus


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PODCAST: Alaska’s Summer Salmon Forecast; Lots of Scallop News and Back from Boston Recap

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Court Grants Increased 'Spill' to Aid Endangered Columbia/Snake River Salmon

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - March 28, 2017

PORTLAND, OR — More water for more salmon in 2018.

Portland U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon ruled Monday that federal dam operators on the Columbia and Snake rivers must increase water releases over spillways to improve survival rates for juvenile salmon migrating to the ocean starting in 2018.

Simon found that current operation of eight federal dams is causing continued irreparable harm to imperiled salmon and steelhead and that increased “spill” provides safer passage for juvenile salmon navigating ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sealord Will Sell Caistor to Nissui

SEAFOODNEWS.COM[SeafoodNews] - March 27, 2017

In a strategic decision that refocuses their priorities, the Sealord Group will be selling its British-based Sealord Caistor processing business to a wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd (Nissui), which owns half of Sealord.

The move will be effective from the 1st of April 2017. The business will be renamed Caistor Seafoods Ltd...

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VIDEO: Back from Boston; Alaska Salmon Season Forecast and Stolen Scallops Reach New England Market 




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StarKist Goes Bold With New Tuna Pouch Flavors

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - March 24, 2017

PITTSBURGH -- StarKist Co., recently announced the launch of three new BOLD product innovations that add to the company's growing StarKist Tuna & Salmon Creations line of single-serve pouch products. Each BOLD pouch features a convenient, tear-open and no-drain design, making it easy to enjoy tuna or salmon straight from the pouch or in a simple meal. The gluten-free varieties of BOLD flavor pouches are available now: Tuna Creations BOLD Thai Chili Style; Tuna Creations BOLD Jalapeño; and Tuna Creations BOLD Hot Buffalo Style.

"More than ever, consumers are craving bolder flavors and everyday convenience," Andy Mecs, Director of Marketing & Innovation

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News Summary March 22, 2017

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

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

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

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News Summary March 21, 2017

Today's Main Story: ADF&G Forecasts Alaska's Salmon Catch to Top 200 Million Fish this Summer

Alaska salmon fishermen could haul in a harvest nearly double last year's catch due to a projected uptick in the number of pinks. An Alaska Department of Fish and Game report on 2017 salmon run forecasts and harvest projections pegs the catch at 204 million fish. That compares to just over 112 million salmon taken by fishermen in 2016. The catch last season included 53 million sockeye salmon — the fifth-largest harvest since 1970 — but only 39 million pinks, the smallest since 1977. This year's forecast calls for an average catch of sockeye salmon at 41 million, 12 million fewer than last year. For those hard-to-predict pinks, the harvest projection of nearly 142 million is nearly 103 million more than last summer.

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

In other news, food safety authorities have seized shrimps injected with gelatin from a wet market in southern China. Gelatin was found in three batches of frozen shrimps in a wet market in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, in recent days, according to Guangdong Satellite TV. The shrimps’ bodies and head were glued together by edible gelatin, which is often used to make jellies and other desserts. Experts were quoted in the report as saying the suppliers injected the gelatin to make the shrimps appear healthier or to cover up rotten meat.

The Sitka Sound herring sac roe fishery opened March 19 for a three-hour-and-twenty-minute first opener, after being on a two-hour notice since March 17. Preliminary hails from processors put the total harvest at 3,500 mt of a total GHL of 14,649 mt. The opening was based on three samples taken from the area with the following results: Mountain Point, 11.3% mature roe, 1.1% immature roe, 128 gram a

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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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Anomalous 2015 Ocean Conditions May Bode Poorly for West Coast Juvenile Chinook Salmon Survival

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - March 20, 2017

NEWPORT, Ore. – Fisheries managers have been predicting a slightly below-average run of spring Chinook salmon on the Columbia River this year but a newly published suggests it may be worse.

According to researchers from Oregon State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, ocean conditions were historically bad in the spring of 2015, when migrating yearling fish that will comprise the bulk of this spring’s adult Chinook salmon run first went out to sea. In fact, Pacific Decadal Oscillation values, which reflect warm and cold sea surface temperatures, suggest it was one of the warmest ...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [NPR] by Natalie Jacewicz - March 16, 2017

 This month, I ventured to ask the man behind the counter at a Whole Foods Market what kind of shrimp he was selling. "I don't know," he replied. "I think they're just normal shrimp." I glanced at the sustainable seafood guide on my phone. There were 80 entries for shrimp, none of them listed "normal."

What about the cod?Was it Atlantic or Pacific? Atlantic. How was it caught?...

 

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Alaska's Salmon Hatchery Production Fell Far Short of Forecast in 2016 (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] March 16, 2017

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Alaska’s hatcheries also had a salmon slump. More after this –

Last year’s Alaska salmon catches fell short for all but sockeyes and the slump hit state hatcheries hard.

Typically, more than one-third of Alaska’s total salmon harvest and value include fish that start out as eggs from wild stocks reared in hatcheries - mostly pinks and chums -and released as fingerlings to the sea.

About 27 million adult salmon returned to Alaska’s 28 hatcheries last summer dotted throughout Prince William Sound...

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

Russia's federal fisheries agency plans to start more active seizures of fishing quotas from harvesters who rely on foreign capital to build vessels. The seizures are part of a plan is to encourage fishermen to build fishing trawlers at local shipyards, according to a spokesman at Rosrybolovstvo. Initially, the goal will be to distribute about 20% of the total volume of fishing quotas to local producers that use domestic shipyards. Ultimately, Russia wants as much as 35 percent of quotas distributed to producers that use domestic shipbuilders. In more Russian fishery news, Japan's Hokkaido Federation of Fishermen say Russia's catch of pollock with roe from the Sea of Okhotsk is down about 7 percent during the A season. The federation says that the pace of production slowed from last year around late February, and showed no signs of recovery in the first week of March.

Reports in China suggest customs officials are cracking down on illegal shrimp and lobster shipments imported through Vietnam. Reports suggest buyers in China are pushing for illegal seafood smuggling to avoid high tariffs. It is beleived that the illegal trade will continue for a couple more years until a free trade agreement between China and Australia goes into effect in 2019. That agreement will eliminate rates on Australian seafood shipped to the Chinese market over the course of four years.

In other news, Maine seafood distributor Bristol Seafood has earned Fair Trade Certification for its line of North Atlantic Sea Scallops. This is the first domestically harvested seafood item in the US market to earn recognition from the Fair Trade program. “We are very proud to be the first to introduce Fair Trade Certified seafood harvested in the United States,” said Peter Handy, Presi­dent and CEO of Bristol Seafood. “All of our products are based on integrity and sustainable practices, and Fair Trade certification gives our customers third-party valida­tion that we operate in a socially responsible manner as well.”

Meanwhile, commercial salmon fishermen in Oregon and California are once again looking at no significant summer season this year -- a repeat of similar conditions in the late 2000s. The Pacific Fishery Management Council this week announced sport and commercial salmon fishing seasons that would go out for public review between now and its April 6-11 meeting. The Council will choose the final fishing seasons in April for submittal to the National Marine Fisheries Service's approval and implementation by May 1.

Finally, a new bill is being proposed by Alaska lawmakers that would require captains collect an as yet undefined amount of each crew’s wages and remit it to the state Department of Revenue. The United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA) opposes the proposal. “We don’t want to be tax collectors, we just want to be able to send a 1099 to the state and then they collect from the crews. We have no idea what their taxes are and I think they are going to make more work for themselves," said UFA's president Jerry McCune.

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Chinese Press Hints at More Crackdown on Lobster and Shrimp Smuggling Through Vietnam

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [163.com]  Translated by Amy Zhong  March 15, 2017

On March 7, Shenzhen customs seized another load of illegal seafood in a smuggling case. In total, there were around 34 cartons of lobsters weighing 1.07 tons. The smugglers planned to illegally bring in these lobsters through Wenjindu port of Shenzhen respectively at 14:05 and 14:10 that day. And they used two trucks which were documented as empty.

Similar seafood smuggling has been uncovered in China from time to time, despite relevant departments’ criminal take-down operations and documents released to cut tariff rates.

For example, one year after the implementation of the FTA between China and Australia, the tariff rates have declined or even been eliminated for Australian seafood. However, over half of Australian seafood still illegally entered China through Vietnam or Hong Kong in 2016...

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Camanchaca Enters Shrimp Market in Joint Venture with Krustagroup to Sell Argentine Shrimp Products

The aquaculture and fishing company Camanchaca has signed a joint venture with the Spanish company Krustagroup, which is the processing and marketing arm of the Amasua Group. The group owns a fleet of fishing vessels in Argentina that are mainly engaged in catching Argentine red shrimp. The deal will have Camanchaca debut three products next week during Seafood Expo North America in Boston under its Pier 33 brand. Among the products will be an Argentine red shrimp product. Demand for Argentina's wild caught red shrimp in the US market has been especially high in the last year both in the retail and foodservice sectors.

Vietnam's pangasius industry is under attack in the EU since Carrefour’s ban on sales in Belgium in late January has since gained quick NGO support. A wave of negative media attention directed at the farmed pangasius industry following the ban has hurt sales across the EU market, despite the fact that pangasius is farmed both to ASC and BAP standards. This media frenzy has caused immediate changes in consumer habits which have already been felt by exporters. However, traders, industry groups, members of the scientific community and even retailers have come to the defense of Vietnamese pangasius.

In other news, Peggy Parker writes of Urchinomics, a company founded by Brian Tsuyoshi Takeda. Takeda's company uses a revolutionary process to farm sea urchins from the barrens, which feeds them a kelp-based food product that triggers production of uni (roe) in weeks rather than months. The company was founded since sea urchin populations have rebounded by clearcutting kelp forests, which means they stop producing roe that sells for $200 per pound. The process is in trial stages in Quebec and the Canadian Maritimes, British Columbia, Australia, and Japan.

Meanwhile, the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) said the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) seafood certification standards align with all of the Essential Components of the GSSI’s Global Benchmark Tool. This makes the MSC the third seafood certification standard to be successfully benchmarked by the GSSI. This process reaffirms our commitment to maintain world-leading science-based standards which are widely applicable and help to drive real change on the water. Anyone committing to purchase MSC certified seafood can be confident that it reflects global best practice in fisheries management,” said Dr David Agnew, Director of Science and Standards at the MSC.

Finally, Marine Harvest is experimenting with farming salmon using an advanced marine egg co

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BluGlacier, Ventisqueros Bring ASC, BAP Certified Silverside Premium Farmed Coho Salmon to US Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - March 28, 2017

Chilean salmon producer Ventisqueros is set to bring a certified sustainable, farmed coho salmon with the lowest feed to fish ratio in the industry to the US market this fall.

The Silverside Premium brand of farmed coho salmon will be available in the US market this October for the retail and foodservice sector. The salmon will be sold by BluGlacier, which is the Miami-based sales office for Ventisqueros in the US market....

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Oregon Salmon Industry Requests 2016 Fishery Disaster Declaration

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - March 28, 2017

The 2017 ocean salmon seasons in Oregon and California seem grim due to low Klamath River Chinook forecasts, but the Oregon Salmon Commission already is hoping for disaster assistance for the 2016 season.

In a letter to Gov. Kate Brown earlier in March, the Commission requested she declare the 2016 season a disaster -- the first step in a formal request to the U.S. Department of Commerce for a federal declaration and thus, opening the way to federal funding if Congress approves.

The process may take quite awhile. ...

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

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

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

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

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Yurok Tribe Warns of ‘Most Catastrophic Fisheries Collapse in Klamath River History’

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 27, 2017

California's largest tribe, the Yuroks of the northwestern corner of the state, who have relied on salmon returns to the Klamath River since before the Spaniards arrived in California, are facing a catastrophic fisheries collapse. 

The number of fall Chinook salmon predicted to return to the Klamath in 2017 — approximately 11,000 fish — is the lowest on record. The Tribe’s 2017 allocation, set by the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, will likely be about 650 fish or one fish for every 10 Tribal members...

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Hillborn to Speak on Sustaining Food From the Seas in Prestigious Lecture

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 25, 2017

The lecture acknowledges that the world’s oceans provide an important source of nutrition for more than one billion people...

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Oregon Pink Shrimp Price Negotiations Canceled This Week

State-supervised price negotiations between shrimp fishermen and processors have been canceled this week and are likely postponed due to a lack of fishermen available. It would have been the first time in seven years that shrimpers and processors would have met to negotiate and settle on an ex-vessel price. Oregon Trawl Commission Director Brad Pettinger said fishermen's associations didn't have enough members to participate. Pettinger said that a little more advance notice of the negotiations cancellation could have helped fishermen's associations to recruit more members to participate in the price talks. Industry participants on both sides indicated they want to start the season on April 1.

The Northern Gulf of Maine area is now closed to scallop fishing, two months ahead of last season. Jennifer Goebel, a spokeswoman for NOAA’s Great Atlantic Region Fisheries Office in Gloucester, said Wednesday that the area is being closed down because vessels permitted specifically to drag for scallops in that area have reached their cumulative annual limit. The season in the northern Gulf of Maine opens each year on March 1.

In other news, a widespread outbreak of norovirus in British Columbia has forced the closure of seven coastal oyster farms in the province. The outbreak has sickened hundreds of consumers in B.C., Alberta, and Ontario. The cause of the norovirus has yet to be determined and government officials and scientists are examining a range of possibilities, including a sewage leak or perhaps an unusually cold winter that also meant less sunlight, which affected the oysters' ability to filter toxins.

Meanwhile, rising sea temperatures in the Bay of Fundy are blamed for an increasing number of sea lice outbreaks according to the Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association. In late July 2016, sea lice killed 252,000 Atlantic salmon at two Gray's Aqua group farms in Passamaquoddy Bay. Another 284,000 fish were pre-emptively killed to contain the sea lice outbreak.

Finally, Alaska's herring sac roe seine fleet in Sitka has landed about half the fishery's quota during second opener of the season this past Tuesday. ""Fishery participants should expect another fishery on Friday, March 24, depending on results of roe sampling, vessel and aerial surveys," and ADF&G herring biologists said.

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GAA, MultiExport Foods and Mitsui Sign Initiative to Reduce SRS Salmon Disease in Chile

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 22, 2017

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), along with Multiexport Foods SA ("Multiexport"), Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ("Mitsui Tokyo") and the Monterey Aquarium Seafood Watch program Bay, is spearheading an initiative in Chile aimed at contributing to a reduction in the incidence of Salmonid Rickettsial Septicemia (SRS) in salmon and trout that are grown in the South American country.

The Piscirickettsia salmonis , or SRS, intercellular bacterium endemic allegedly cost the salmon farming industry more than US $ 300 million a year. It is that SRS can spread rapidly, causing high mortalities if not treated promptly.

Announced during the third and final day  of the Seafood Expo..

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Fishpeople Seafood and Open Blue Win Seafood Excellence Awards at Boston Show 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 21, 2017

The 2017 Seafood Excellence Awards winners were announced at Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America in Boston this week and Fishpeople Seafood won the “Best New Retail” award while Open Blue won the “Best New Foodservice” award

Fishpeople Seafood won for its Meyer Lemon & Herb Panko Wild Alaska Salmon Kit and Open Blue Won for its Frozen Open Blue Cobia Fillet...

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News Summary March 20, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Mike Tourkistas Steps Down from CEO Role as East Coast Seafoods Hires New CEO

Leading the headlines today is word that Michael Tourkistas, who together with his wife Heidi built East Coast Seafoods from a two person operation into the largest distributor of live and frozen North American Lobster, is realizing a transition plan that allows him to step back somewhat from the company, but propels the $400 million operation on a robust growth path.

In other news, a new trade deal looming between Canada and the European Union is setting off alarm bells in the Maine lobster industry. The deal between Canada and the EU – the largest seafood consumer market in the world – would eliminate tariffs on Canadian lobster exports into Europe and give the Maritimes a competitive advantage over their American counterparts, who would be stuck selling lobsters with tariffs ranging from 8 percent for a live lobster to 20 percent on processed or cooked lobster.

Meanwhile, the expanding market for lobsters in China is continuing to grow, with the country setting a new record for the value of its imports of the crustaceans from the United States. Last year, China imported more than $108 million in lobsters from America, surpassing the previous high of about $90.2 million in 2014. Chinese importers took in more than 14 million pounds of U.S. lobsters last year, which was also a record. The 

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Japanese Fish Sellers Adapt to Changing Market with More Prepared Items, Different Species of Fish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Japan Reports]  March 17, 2017

Japanese fish retailers are trying to change to respond to changing consumer trends and they are trying to decrease in long term decline in fish consumption. They are no longer dependent solely on the conventional tactics of selling fresh fish.

Retailers are trying boost sales through new approaches. Instead of only displaying fish slices (fillets) or sashimi on the shelves, they are marketing slice products seasoned with various flavors...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fish 2.0 2017 Competition Opens West Coast Track with Investment Event in Seattle

EAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - March 16, 2017

CARMEL, Calif. -- An April 4 workshop and reception for Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington seafood businesses focuses on building networks and sparking interest from investors and buyers.

The intensive workshop for the new Fish 2.0 West Coast track is open to seafood entrepreneurs from the West Coast and Alaska. It provides coaching on how to communicate persuasively with investors and seafood buyers and gives participants opportunities to meaningfully connect with other innovative seafood businesses, according to a Fish 2.0 press release. To attend, ...

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California, Oregon Salmon Season Options Range from Some to None

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Susan Chambers - March 15, 2017

Commercial salmon fishermen in Oregon and California are once again looking at no significant summer season this year -- a repeat of similar conditions in the late 2000s.

The Klamath River returns of spawning fall Chinook are projected to be the lowest on record due to poor ocean conditions, drought, disease and other issues. The Sacramento River Endangered Species Act-listed winter Chinook also continue to fare poorly. Since both of these fish are caught incidentally with other stocks, fisheries targeting more abundant stocks must be constrained...

 

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Alaska Salmon Fishery Recertified Under Responsible Fisheries Management Program

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 15, 2017

The Alaska salmon fishery has received continued certification to the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Program, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute announced yesterday. 

ASMI is the standard bearer for the Alaska RFM Standard, a certification program that is based on the FAO standards. Alaska's RFM program was the first to be accepted under FAO's benchmarking program Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI).

The fishery was the first to be certified to the Alaska RFM Certification Program in March 2011...

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Camanchaca Enters Shrimp Market in Joint Venture with Krustagroup to Sell Argentine Shrimp Products

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Technopress] March 14, 2017

The aquaculture and fishing company Camanchaca has signed a joint venture with the Spanish company Krustagroup, which is the processing and marketing arm of the Amasua Group. The group owns a fleet of fishing vessels in Argentina that are mainly engaged in catching Argentine red shrimp.

The Chilean company will take advantage of the Seafood Expo North America fair, to be held between Sunday 19 and Tuesday 21 of this month in Boston, Massachusetts to launch three new products under its brand "Pier 33 Gourmet ".

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