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May 26 - Ancient Genetic Markers in Sockeye Salmon Can Help Manage Healthier Fish Stocks


May 26 - Southeast Alaska Spring Troll Fishery for Chinook Closes Monday


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


May 26 - VIDEO: Ecuador’s Shrimp Production and Sales to Asia Reach Records; Alaska’s Salmon is Underway


May 26 - Study Says US Investments on Aquaculture Research Pay Dividends


May 26 - Oregon, California Governors Ask Feds to Declare Catastrophic Salmon Disaster


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


May 25 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday May 25, 2017


May 25 - Sea to Table Expands Seafood Delivery Service Directly to Consumers


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


May 25 - Rick Speed Joins ISA as VP Sales; Parent Company Shifts Marketing Approach


May 25 - Further Restrictions on Copper River Kings as Landings Higher than Expected in First Two Fishing Per


May 24 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday May 24, 2017


May 24 - Chilean Customs Workers Go On Strike Indefinitely


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


May 23 - Chinook Salmon Research in Yukon and Nushagak Rivers Designed to Help Manage Fisheries


May 22 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday May 22, 2017


May 22 - PODCAST: Canada’s Snow Crab Market Stabilizes and China’s Era of High Shrimp Output Fades


May 22 - First Copper River Opener Took Nearly Half the Chinook Forecasted Harvest and 36,000 Sockeye


May 19 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday May 19, 2017


May 19 - First 22,000 Lbs of Copper River Salmon Lands in Seattle; 77,000 More Lbs. Expected Today


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


May 18 - No Relief Funds for 2016 Pink Fishery, Salmon Season Opens Today


May 18 - Oregon State Partners with NIOSH to Focus on Maritime Safety


May 17 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday May 17, 2017


May 17 - First Ever Bristol Bay Fish Expo to Be Held June 9-10


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 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday May 16, 2017


May 16 - Bob O’Bryant to Take Over as President of Cannon Fish Company


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


May 15 - Blumar Enters All Chilean Salmon Farming Sites into FIPs in Order to Attain ASC Certification


May 12 - VIDEO: High Liner Buys Rubicon; Scallop Market in a Tailspin; Lobster Prices Up


May 12 - Russian Salmon Fishermen Say Sockeye Drift-net Ban is Plot by US Fishemen, NGO's to Reduce Catch


May 12 - Faulty Pump Kills Some Fall Chinook Rescued from Feather River Hatchery


May 11 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday May 11, 2017


May 11 - Japan Losing Out in Sockeye Market As Higher Prices Expected in Bristol Bay This Year


May 11 - Publix Voluntarily Recalls Ready-to-Cook Salmon, Scallop Products for Glass Fragments


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


May 9 - Live Salmon Causes a Stir at Beijing Trade Show


May 9 - Alaska Fishing Icon Jim Beaton Remembered Fondly


May 9 - B.C. Geoducks Prized on World Stage


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


May 8 - Camanchaca to Launch Blackened and Bourbon Flavored Salmon Items to US Stores this Summer


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


May 4 - FDA Seafood Refusals Down 33% in April and 24% YTD, But Shrimp Rejections About the Same


May 3 - Seafood.com News Summary May 3, 2017


May 3 - Yukon River Salmon Outlook Indicates More Chum and Coho in 2017 but No Improvement on Chinook


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


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


May 1 - Scottish Seafood firms Unite in Wave of Anger over 'unfair' Rise in Business Tax Rates


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


May 1 - Norwegian Companies Plan Explosive Growth in Salmon Sales to China This Year, Aim for 65% Mkt Share


Apr 27 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 27, 2017


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


Apr 26 - Blumar Completes First Step Towards Achieving ASC Certification at Chilean Salmon Farms


Apr 26 - Weak Sockeye Forecast for Cook Inlet This Year


Apr 24 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 24, 2017


Apr 24 - About 500 Walmart Stores in Midwest Market to Carry The Salmon Man's Norwegian Salmon Portions


Apr 24 - Vietnam Fails to Score Big in Egyptian Fish Market


Apr 24 - Marine Harvest Canada Selects Poseidon Ocean Systems to Build 29 Salmon Pens Around Vancouver Island


Apr 24 - VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectations; European Whole Salmon Floods US


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


Apr 20 - PWS Pink and Chum Salmon Get Determination of MSC Sustainability Prior to Public Objection Period


Apr 20 - Marine Harvest's Q1 Production Falls 13% in 2017 But Earnings Double from a Year Ago


Apr 19 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 19, 2017


Apr 19 - West Coast EFP Successfully Targets Pelagic Rockfish with Minimal Bycatch


Apr 19 - European Whole Salmon Floods US and Cuts into Canada's Market Share


Apr 19 - Russia Squeezed by High Salmon Prices as Chilean Companies Cut Back Shipments


Apr 17 - The Smokehouse of NY Recalls Smoked Salmon and Fish Products Over Listeria Concerns


Apr 13 - VIDEO: Trident Sells to Pacific; Alaska’s Salmon Forecast and Vietnam Makes Lots of News


Apr 13 - Northern Dynasty Stock Jumps After They Get Alaska Land Use Permit, But Hurdles Remain for Pebble


Apr 13 - Bristol Bay Harvest Forecast 27.5 Million Sockeye, Down From 2016


Apr 12 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 12, 2017


Apr 12 - Tom Mazzetta Calls on Domestic and Imported Seafood Industries to Come Together to Promote US Sales


Apr 12 - PFMC Approves Limited Salmon Seasons; Effects Ripple to Other Fisheries


Apr 11 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 11, 2017


Apr 11 - Icelandic Group Sheds Another Asset With Sale of Belgian Subsidiary Gadus to Steinasalir


Apr 11 - ADF&G Forecasts Massive Pink Run in PWS, Modest Sockeye Return for Copper River


Apr 10 - Chuitna Coal Suspension Fails to Resolve State Debate Over Mining and Salmon Habitat


Apr 7 - Cesar Lago Promoted to President of Camanchaca's US Operations


Apr 7 - Scotland Seeing Rise in Food Sales to US Including Salmon and Seaweed


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


Apr 5 - Oregon Senators Urge Administration to Maintain Funding for National Sea Grant Program


Apr 4 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 4, 2017


Mar 31 - Chinese Ecommerce Companies Discount Seafood, Expect Daily Volume to Exceed New Year's Period


Mar 30 - Cermaq Names David Kiemele Managing Director for Canada


Mar 29 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday March 29, 2017


Mar 29 - AquaChile Joins NFI's Salmon Council


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


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Ancient Genetic Markers in Sockeye Salmon Can Help Manage Healthier Fish Stocks

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Science Daily] - May 26, 2017

A recent study from UBC's Okanagan campus identifies new genetic markers in sockeye salmon that can help improve management of fish populations.

The markers, called single nucleotide polymorphisms...

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Southeast Alaska Spring Troll Fishery for Chinook Closes Monday

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker - May 26, 2017

Sitka -- After three short troll fishing periods and a cumulative take of less than 2,000 Chinook, the   Alaska Department of Fish and Game is closing the commercial spring troll fishery on Monday, May 29.

ADF&G's announcement described the preseason forecasts for wild Chinook salmon production in Southeast Alaska "at an all-time low."

"Typically, in the Taku and Stikine rivers, nearly half the run

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VIDEO: Ecuador’s Shrimp Production and Sales to Asia Reach Records; Alaska’s Salmon is Underway 

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Oregon, California Governors Ask Feds to Declare Catastrophic Salmon Disaster

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

“People are going to be losing their boats,” California fisherman Dave Bitts testified before the California Legislature’s Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture Wednesday, noting the industry was hoping for state and federal disaster declarations.

He wasn’t alone.

Tribal and recreational fishermen also testified to the strains the low Klamath River runs and subsequent grim seasons will have on their communities.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and California Gov. Jerry Brown released their joint letter to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Thursday, in which they requested...

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Further Restrictions on Copper River Kings as Landings Higher than Expected  

The ADF&G elected to go with a nine hour opener for today's salmon fishing period since Copper River king landings have exceeded expectations. The ADF&G will also begin the fishing period hours after an extreme low tide and it will end before the second, less extreme, low tide starts to flood in, which usually bring fish with it. “To reduce king salmon harvest during the next fishing period, start time will be delayed to avoid opening on an extreme low tide when fish are more vulnerable to harvest. In addition, the duration of this fishing period is shortened to avoid fishing after the evening low tide,” said Jeremy Botz, Alaska Department of Fish and Game management biologist in Cordova.

Scientists at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center have captured new maturity data points for Alaskan rockfish that will provide managers with the information they need to ensure that deepwater Alaska rockfish populations stay healthy. Until now, little was known about the reproductive biology of rougheye, blackspotted, and shortraker rockfish. One important finding was a marked difference in the age that rougheye and blackspotted rockfish reach reproductive maturity.

In other news, Louisiana shrimp company Crystal Seafood Company Inc. was denied in its appeal of a court order for the company to repay the $1 million it was awarded in BP oil spill money. Court documents proved that Crystal Seafood was a failed business at the time of the spill in 2010. According to court documents, Crystal Seafood processed the last of its shrimp approximately one year before the oil spill. The same decision also said Crystal Seafood sold the last of its frozen inventory of shrimp approximately three months before the oil spill occurred in August 2010.

Meanwhile, Norway has come up with a plan to dramatically increase its seafood exports to China, and expects the trade to be worth $1.45 billion by 2025. "The plan is based on Chinese consumers' preference for Norwegian seafood, coupled with projected growth in second- and third-tier cities in China," said the Norwegian Seafood Council's director for the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong, Sigmund Bjorgo.

Finally, the sentencing hearing for Carlos Rafael has been moved off another month to July 28 in U.S. District Court in Boston. Rafael, who pleaded guilty in late March to falsifying fish quotas, conspiracy and tax evasion, requested the extension. He said he needs more time gather and provide the relevant — and voluminous — financial records that are the center of the federal government's case against him.

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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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Further Restrictions on Copper River Kings as Landings Higher than Expected in First Two Fishing Periods

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker - May 25, 2017

In response to a cumulative catch of over 3,600 kings out of a total quota of 4,000 this year, Cordova ADF&G managers are proceeding cautiously for tomorrow’s next fishing period. 

Thursday’s opener will be only 9 hours long, rather than twelve. It will also begin hours after an extreme low tide and it will end before the second, less extreme, low tide starts to flood in, usually bringing fish...

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Chilean Customs Workers Go On Strike Indefinitely 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 24, 2017

Chilean Customs walked off the job Tuesday morning after a meeting between the Association of Customs Officials (Anfach) and members of Chile’s finance ministry broke down in disagreement over the labor contract.

According to Anfach, the two-part labor agreement the union signed with federal officials in May 2015 last November is supposed to provide Customs workers with more personnel at border entry points and airports; reduced hours; and better retirement benefits.

Anfach said the government has not fulfilled the terms of the deal and ordered an indefinite strike...

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Chinook Salmon Research in Yukon and Nushagak Rivers Designed to Help Manage Fisheries

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - May 23, 2017

Two examples of chinook salmon research being conducted this year will help state salmon biologists manage king salmon rivers in Western Alaska. One project relies on samples taken from the Nushagak River in Bristol Bay, the other on samples from the Yukon. One is done by University of Washington scientists, the other by a unique partnership between the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and Yukon River subsistence fishermen.

Research studying otoliths (ear bones) of Chinook salmon from the Nushagak...

 

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

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First 22,000 Lbs of Copper River Salmon Lands in Seattle; 77,000 More Lbs. Expected Today

The first 22,000 pounds of Copper River salmon was delivered to the Seattle-Tacoma airport on Friday morning as part of the industry’s annual start to the summer fishing season. The fish was delivered by Alaska Airlines on a Boeing 737 dubbed the “Salmon 30 Salmon.” It was just the first delivery with four more flights scheduled today that will bring an additional 77,000 pounds of Copper River salmon from Anchorage to Sea-Tac. The 2017 Copper River commercial harvest projections for sockeye and coho salmon are 889,000 fish and 207,000 fish respectively. The chinook run is forecast to be 29,000 fish, which would be the smallest run since 1985.

The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Implementation Act, or CETA, cleared its final hurdle in the Parliament of Canada on Tuesday. When approved, tariff rates on Canadian live lobster shipments to the EU market will drop from 8 percent to zero overnight. Maine's lobster industry is concerned that they will not be able to compete with Canadian shippers in the EU market since their live shipments will continue to carry an 8 percent tariff.

The Vietnamese government passed a decree that requires pangasius producers and exporters to meet four key provisions to legally ship fish to overseas markets. According to the decree, producers must have proper documentation to trace their pangasius back to the farming sites and processing facilities. Additionally, the fish must be produced to specific food safety standards and have state-approved certificates as evidence. The rules go into effect this July.

In other news, Alaska Governor Bill Walker ordered a special session of the Alaska state legislature after lawmakers were unable to reach a budget deal this week. Walker, in a brief interview in his office after signing his special session proclamation, said he was "actually encouraged" by the passage in the House and Senate of deficit-reduction bills, even if the two chambers hadn't yet agreed on a single version. "So far as I can tell, everybody is still talking," he said.

Finally, the Aquaculture Stewardship Council has told salmon producer Tassal to clean up its farmings sites in Macquarie Harbour, on Tasmania's west coast or it will not be recertified. A report by auditors for the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has found Tassal has failed to comply with 19 requirements for certification at two sites. The major findings relate to a lack of compliance with Marine Farming Licence conditions, listing ecosystem function, community engagement and legal compliance as areas of failure.

Have a great weekend.

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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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Oregon State Partners with NIOSH to Focus on Maritime Safety

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

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

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

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

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First Ever Bristol Bay Fish Expo to Be Held June 9-10

SEAFOODNEWS.COM   by John Sackton  May 17, 2017

The first ever Bristol Bay Fish Expo will be held this year on June 9th and 10th, just prior to the opening of the salmon season.

The event is modeled on Comfish in Kodiak, and on the Seattle Fish Expo. 

It is an opportunity for local businesses, fishermen, associations and government agencies to come together with those from outside coming to fish in the Bay.  The theme of the expo is “Bridging the Bay:  Connecting the Community and Industry.”

Although the population of Naknek goes from around 400 to 12,000 during the salmon season, there is often little contact between local fishermen and residents and those who come to work in the Bay...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker - May 17, 2017

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

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

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

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Congressional Seafood Names Matthew Berrie as Food Safety Director

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Study Says US Investments on Aquaculture Research Pay Dividends

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 26, 2017

A study from Johns Hopkins University concluded that federal investments on aquaculture research in the United States produce a return on investment.

The study is the first of its kind to examine US federal grants awarded in the field of aquaculture, which includes aquatic organisms raised for food, feed, fuel, and recreation. To conduct this analysis, the researchers compiled a database of nearly 3,000 aquaculture grants awarded from 1990 to 2015. The study found that federal agencies awarded nearly $1 billion dollars in grants for aquaculture research in the past quarter century, and these grants had an estimated 37-fold return on investment since 2000...

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California Salmon Hearing Includes Warnings of Impending Disasters, Some Solutions

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

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

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

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

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Sea to Table Expands Seafood Delivery Service Directly to Consumers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 25, 2017

Sea to Table is now delivering locally sourced seafood directly to consumers at home. This is an expansion of Sea to Table’s business model that has been delivering fresh, locally sourced fish to commercial kitchens across the US for eight years.   

“We care about the fish you eat, and want Americans to be able to trust the fish they buy,” said Sea to Table co-founder Sean Dimin. “That's why we are creating the national gold standard for the seafood supply chain. We go to great lengths to make sure we can trace where our fish comes from, and work with fishermen on every U.S. coast who we know and trust.”

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Rick Speed Joins ISA as VP Sales; Parent Company Shifts Marketing Approach

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker - May 25, 2017

International Seafoods of Alaska, based in Kodiak with offices in Seattle, hired Rick Speed as Vice President of Sales late last month just before Seafood Expo Global opened.

"We officially hired him in late April and he got on a plane to Brussels," John Sevier, president of ISA-Alaska said. "I wanted him to meet our customers ..."

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Oregon Pink Shrimp Volume Steady; Small Sizes Remain a Concern

Coldwater pink shrimp is finally being landed on the West Coast. As of the end of last week, more than a month after the 2017 season could have opened by regulation, most Oregon fishermen settled for prices lower than they had hoped + prices more in line with 2004 and 2006 prices. Much of the West Coast pink shrimp is in the 250-350 size or smaller. Processors said the global inventories of 350-500 and smaller are high already so those small sizes are difficult to sell. Some processors have instituted limits on how much small shrimp they will buy; others have not.

Canada opened Newfoundland’s 3Ps Cod fishery only to the inshore/seasonal harvesters. So far federal authorities have not announced if the year-round offshore portion of the fishery will be open. This announcement has left many of the region's offshore harvesters and plant workers on edge. The offshore sectors contents their 14 percent share of the 3Ps quota is a key economic driver for the province. "Not opening 3Ps cod for our vessels would jeopardize many of these jobs for people who have relied on this fishery for generations,” said Martin Sullivan, CEO of Ocean Choice International (OCI) one of Newfoundland's major offshore cod harvesters. “We want to contribute to the struggling economy of rural Newfoundland and Labrador by working cooperatively to develop a more viable fishery and strengthen the middle-class in this province." 

In other news, Chilean Customs workers unexpectedly walked off the job Tuesday morning after a meeting between the Association of Customs Officials (Anfach) and Chile’s Finance Ministry broke down in disagreement over the labor contract. Anfach said the government has not fulfilled the terms of the deal and ordered an indefinite strike. So far no immediate impacts to Chilean salmon shipments have been reported.

Meanwhile, a World Wildlife Fund report finds that farmed shrimp from Thailand, Vietnam and India could be traced back to their countries of origin through a process known as elemental profiling. With greater refinement, elemental profiling may help importers, customs officials, retailers and others trace globally traded seafood back to its source, which can shed light on production practices with critical environmental and social implications.

Finally, a federal investigation accused the owners of Arizona-based company Blessing Seafood of smuggling illegally harvested sea cucumbers from Mexico into San Diego for export to Asian markets. Between 2010 and 2012, the feds accuse the family-owned business of knowingly purchasing illicitly harvested sea cucumbers from poachers operating off the Yucatan Peninsula. They then allegedly imported the product to San Diego and sold it to Asian markets for about $17.5 million.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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F/V America's Finest, Largest Catcher Processor Built in US in 30 Years, May Need Jones Act Waiver

Fishermen's Finest Inc. and the Dakota Creek Shipyard in Anacortes, WA, have run into a Jones Act issue with the construction of F/V America's Finest, which is the largest catcher processor to be constructed in the US in nearly 30 years. The issue involves some very complex rules under the Jones Act for what constitutes American built vessels. At issue here is the amount of foreign steel that was used to fabricate the vessel. If the vessel cannot get a Congressional waiver from the Jones Act requirement, it cannot be used in a US fishery. For Fishermen's Finest, they would have to sell the vessel to a foreign buyer at a deep discount which would bankrupt the company and deal a serious economic blow to Washinton state's economy and the US fishing industry. "It seems to us that granting a waiver is the correct and only suitable choice, and we expect that view will also be widely shared in the West Coast fishing industry and the Amendment 80 fleet, once the full details are known," writes John Sackton.

Ecuadorian farmed shrimp production in 2017 is at record high levels and the country’s sales to the Asian market account for more than half of its output. Ecuador prefers to produce a Head-on shrimp that the Asian market--specifically China--prefers. At the same time, Chinese shrimp production in recent years has not been able to keep up with spikes in demand. This year, China is forecast to be a net shrimp importer in 2017. The US and EU market share for Ecuadorian shrimp continues to decline as Ecuador's sales to these markets have been flat.

In other news, with nearly half the total chinook pre-season harvest taken in the Copper River's first 12-hour opener, the pressure is building for in-season management to ensure the harvest won't exceed 4,000 Chinook, as prescribed in the management plan writes Peggy Parker. This year's Chinook return to the Copper River is the lowest since 1985. The problem for the in-season ADF&G managers is that even when fishermen are not targeting chinooks with large-mesh nets, they will catch a few with sockeye gear during the first four weeks of the season.

Meanwhile, we run an opinion piece from the Environmental Defense Council that calls for the creation of a Groundfish Monitoring Fund in response to the Carlos Rafael case. " One of the major causes of the New England cod crisis, and a key enabler of Rafael’s crimes, is inadequate monitoring of the groundfish fleet," said Matt Tinning and Johanna Thomas of the EDF. "In other places, like the U.S. Pacific and British Columbia, successful groundfish monitoring programs have helped resuscitate stocks and put fishermen on a level playing field."

Finally, Alaska salmon managers are hoping for the best and planning for the worst as state lawmakers extend into a third special session to try to agree on a state budget. Layoff notices will start going out June 1 if legislators cannot agree on a budget during the third special session. "It's similar to what happened last year. Pink slips go out on June 1 and then we have to start getting people out because they cannot be on salary effective July 1," said Scott Kelley, director of the commercial fisheries division at Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Juneau.

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First Copper River Opener Took Nearly Half the Chinook Forecasted Harvest and 36,000 Sockeye

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker - May 22, 2017

With nearly half the total chinook pre-season harvest taken in the Copper River's first 12-hour opener, the pressure is building for in-season management to ensure the harvest won't exceed 4,000 Chinook, as prescribed in the management plan.

This year's Chinook return to the Copper River is the lowest since 1985. The total run is estimated at 29,000 Chinook and minimum escapement is set at 24,000 chinook salmon.

The problem for the in-season Alaska managers...

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First 22,000 Lbs of Copper River Salmon Lands in Seattle; 77,000 More Lbs. Expected Today

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 19, 2017

The first 22,000 pounds of Copper River salmon was delivered to the Seattle-Tacoma airport on Friday morning as part of the industry’s annual start to the summer fishing season.

The fish was delivered by Alaska Airlines on a Boeing 737 dubbed the “Salmon 30 Salmon.” It was just the first delivery with more four flights scheduled today that will bring an estimated 77,000 pounds of Copper River salmon from Anchorage to Sea-Tac.

Every year Alaska Air Cargo partners with the state of Alaska's three largest seafood processors, Ocean Beauty Seafoods, Trident Seafoods and Copper River Seafoods..

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No Relief Funds for 2016 Pink Fishery, Salmon Season Opens Today

 

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Era of High Shrimp Output in China is 'Gone Forever'

The era of high shrimp output in China may be gone forever. This corresponds with predictions that China will become the largest global shrimp importer this year. In today's story we breakdown shrimp production forecasts for the all of the major aquaculture regions across China. Overall, poor weather and high incidence of disease in many areas appear to show that farmed shrimp production will be lower in the first half of this year than last year.

Even though the EU has raised its inspection rates on Indian seafood imports, rejections have been in steady decline the last five years. The EU is now inspecting half of all seafood imported from India. Previously that figure was just 10 percent. "However, Indian seafood industry proved its mettle and managed to withstand the new restrictions, by maintaining a low rejection rate," said A Jayathilak, chairman of MPEDA.

In other news, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for the 3Ps cod fishery in Newfoundland has been voluntarily suspended by the certificate holders. A recent spike in mortalities prompted the suspension and efforts are underway to identify the cause so the fishery can get the certification reinstated. “While recent recruitment of young fish has been above average, the reality is, the science now shows a concerning trend in the 3Ps cod stock. In fact, modeled estimates of total mortality have increased by over 65 percent since the initial assessment for certification,” said Dr. Kris Vascotto, Executive Director of the Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council.

Meanwhile, the Copper River salmon season starts tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. Alaska time, signaling the first large run of fresh sockeye in the world. The 2017 commercial harvest projections for sockeye salmon are 889,000 fish. This is usually the best time to target chinook or king salmon, as their run peaks at the early part of the sockeye run. But this year, biologists are forecasting a total run of only 29,000 chinook, the smallest on record since 1985.

Finally, the first ever Bristol Bay Fish Expo will be held this year on June 9th and 10th, just prior to the opening of the salmon season. The event is modeled on Comfish in Kodiak, and on the Seattle Fish Expo. The event is a chance for some of the processors in the Bay to become more acquainted with community needs.

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Salmon Season Threatened by Budget Impasse

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

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

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

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker - May 17, 2017

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

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

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

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