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Jun 22 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday June 22, 2017


Jun 22 - ANALYSIS: Atlantic Salmon Frozen Fillet Imports Beginning to Rise


Jun 22 - Brits All At Sea on Old Fish Names


Jun 22 - Japan Frozen Salmon Market Weakens Ahead of New Season Production in Russia and Alaska


Jun 22 - Norway Sees Rise in Export Values in May


Jun 21 - Just Shrimp Adds Healthy Alternatives to Attract Younger Diners


Jun 20 - VIDEO: Farmed Salmon Prices in Seasonal Decline


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


Jun 19 - Antibiotic Usage Among Chilean Fish Farms Down 30% in 2016


Jun 19 - Acme Smoked Fish Adds Sashimi Style Smoked Salmon to Blue Hill Bay Brand


Jun 19 - Port Moller Test Boat Out for Today, Bristol Bay Pre-Season Measurement Program in 50th Year


Jun 16 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday June 16, 2017


Jun 16 - Farmed Salmon Prices Enter Summer Season Decline


Jun 16 - First Port Moeller Report Suggests Bristol Bay Sockeye Run Timing Normal, Close to Forecasts


Jun 15 - Evonik and Royal DSM to Build $200 Million Algae-Based Omega-3 Production Facility in Nebraska


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


Jun 14 - Many Consumers Turn to the Expertise of Restaurants to Get Seafood into Their Diets


Jun 14 - Thai Union Makes Pledge to Achieve United Nations' Sustainable Developments Goals


Jun 13 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday June 13, 2017


Jun 13 - AquaBounty to Produce GM Salmon in Indiana with $14 Million Purchase of Bell Fish Company's Assets


Jun 13 - Two Norwegian Salmon Companies Plan to Sell through Zhangzidao in China


Jun 12 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday June 12, 2017


Jun 12 - Oregon, California Senators Urge Salmon Disaster Declaration


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


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


Jun 9 - Study Identifies Huge Sales Potential for Alaska Salmon in China, Particularly for Fish Heads, Bones


Jun 9 - Bumble Bee Seafoods Supports Tuna 2020 Traceability Initiative


Jun 8 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday June 8, 2017


Jun 8 - Copper River King Salmon Return Higher than Expected; Sockeye Far Less


Jun 8 - New Hi-Def Sonar Being Tested on Copper River May be Game Changer for Chinook Management


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


Jun 6 - Monterey Bay Recognizes BAP Certified Shrimp, Tilapia, Pangasius and Mussels as Good Alternative


Jun 5 - Seafood Watch Recognizes ASC Certified Salmon Standard as at Least a "Good Alternative"


Jun 5 - FDA Seafood Refusals Down Sharply in 2017 as Rejections for Filth Slide 50%


Jun 5 - Thai Union enters China consumer market with 'King Oscar' Brand Lobsters from North America


Jun 2 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday June 2, 2017


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


Jun 2 - Marine Harvest Gets Approval to Develop "Egg" Farming System to Combat Sea Lice


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


Jun 1 - Some Chilean Salmon Shipments Delayed as Customs Strike Enters Ninth Day


Jun 1 - 5th Copper River Opening Set for Today; King Salmon Abundance Continues Above Forecast


Jun 1 - GAA calls for Better Oceanographic Modeling to Supplement Sampling in Report on Chile's Algal Blooms


May 30 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday May 30, 2017


May 30 - PODCAST: Ecuadorian Shrimp Fuels Asia’s Market; Alaska’s Copper River Salmon Season in Full Swing


May 30 - Copper River Sockeye Landings Below Expectations, Chinook Above


May 30 - Washington Attorney General: Sushi Tokyo, Oto Shushi Must Stop Mislabeling Sushi


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


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 - Southeast Alaska Spring Troll Fishery for Chinook Closes Monday


May 25 - Southeast Alaska Spring Troll Fishery for Chinook Closes Monday


May 25 - Southeast Alaska Spring Troll Fishery for Chinook Closes Monday


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 - 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 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 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


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News Summary June 22, 2017

Today's Main Story: Copper River Seafoods Posts $1.35/lb as Bristol Bay's Catch Goes to 300,000

We open today’s news with a focus on Bristol Bay’s total sockeye catch this season is now over 300,000 through Tuesday. The Egegik fleet landed 95,000 sockeye, bringing the season total there to 278,000. The Naknek-Kvichak catch is 12,000 on the season, Ugashik is 7000, the catch at Igushik is still confidential, and Togiak has put about 1000 sockeye on the books. An email to KDLG Tuesday confirmed that Copper River Seafoods has posted a price of $1.35 per pound for best quality sockeye. Copper River COO Mark Hansen says they will continue to post a price each week for their fleet, the same as they did last year.

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ANALYSIS: Atlantic Salmon Frozen Fillet Imports Beginning to Rise

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Urner Barry] Janice Schreiber - June 22, 2017

We are beginning to see some changes in the Atlantic frozen fillet and portion markets. Imports look to be beginning to increase compared to the trend we have seen over the past almost year. The reduction in frozen imports is due to the strength of the Atlantic fresh fillet market; high prices have discouraged the need for suppliers to freeze fish. The incentive to sell fresh fillets at record highs has outweighed the need to produce frozen.

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Japan Frozen Salmon Market Weakens Ahead of New Season Production in Russia and Alaska

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews/John Sackton]  June 22, 2017

The price in domestic trading in frozen salmon in Japan, which peaked out late in March, has been declining steadily over the past two months.  This is causing Russian sockeye sellers to hold back on price quotes, and also suggests difficulties for Japanese buyers of Alaskan sockeye.

Frozen coho from Chile is still trading around 900 yen per kg. for the 4-6 lb fish, but larger sizes have weakened and are now below 800 Yen per Kg, with some sales reported at 770 Yen or lower.

The sales of fillet products have cooled as well, after a period of record high prices.

The weakening market is ascribed to the fact that...

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Just Shrimp Adds Healthy Alternatives to Attract Younger Diners

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - June 21, 2017

Just Shrimp is a new concept with just three units in Illinois.  But they are making a splash.   Their original location in Tinley Park recently added a few more non-fried items to their menu: Grilled shrimp skewers and fresh grilled salmon. 

Recently, Just Shrimp started smoking salmon in-house, and added two sandwiches their customers seem to enjoy. The smoked salmon fillet sandwich is servedcold, on a buttered and toasted soft bun  ...

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California Budget Bill Lowers Landing Fees From State Proposal

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

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

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

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Acme Smoked Fish Adds Sashimi Style Smoked Salmon to Blue Hill Bay Brand

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] June 19, 2017

Acme Smoked Fish Corporation has launched Sashimi Style Smoked Salmon to its existing line of Blue Hill Bay brand of seafood items.

The salmon is made without artificial preservatives and sold ready to eat in single-serving packages.

The salmon is lightly cured with salt and natural hardwood smoke and each package includes sliced salmon medallions from premium loins along with a packet of tamari sauce...

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Farmed Salmon Prices Enter Summer Season Decline

Farmed salmon prices have been in decline since Memorial Day weekend with traders reporting quiet demand in the market with inventories well supplied. This is a typical time of the year to see farmed salmon prices come down. Salmon starts to compete with other, more grill friendly protein options at the retail level. Buyers also begin to source wild-caught salmon from Alaska as those supplies come become readily available. The seasonal decline is not as pronounced in 2017 as it’s been in past years and these prices are still at record levels.

Amazon announced a deal to buy Whole Foods Market for about $13.7 billion. The grocer will continue to operate stores under the Whole Foods Market brand, the companies said. John Mackey will continue as chief executive of Whole Foods, and the company's headquarters will remain in Austin, Texas. Amazon and Whole Foods expect to close the deal during the second half of 2017.

The first interpretive report issued from the Port Moeller Test fishery, released yesterday, suggests that the forecast 41 million sockeye run for the Bay is on track. It is too early at this stage to release stock composition or run size estimates, but early indications are that the current surge of fish is destined for Egegik, the river system with the highest volume forecast for this year. The report shows that the 2017 run timing is earlier than years when the run has been late, and is later than years when the run has been early. This suggests a run timing right around the long term average.

In other news the Alaska House passed a modified operating budget that tilts toward House priorities along with an expanded Permanent Fund dividend on Thursday evening. This budget now goes to the Senate for approval. If the Senate turns down the spending plan, lawmakers would have to open a second special session to pass an operating budget and avert a government shutdown July 1.

Finally, Indian seafood exports are expected to grow 20 percent this year from higher shrimp sales to the US market. "With exports to US setting new records and the markets' rising appetite, the industry is confident of a strong growth for the Indian shrimps. By our current estimates, it would be a surprise if Indian exports don't bring in growth in excess of 20 per cent y-o-y (year on year)," said Rahul Kulkarni, director, WestCoast Group, a leading seafood exporter from India.

Have a great weekend. 

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First Port Moeller Report Suggests Bristol Bay Sockeye Run Timing Normal, Close to Forecasts

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  June 16, 2017

The first interpretive report issued from the Port Moeller Test fishery, released yesterday,  suggests that the forecast 41 million sockeye run for the Bay is on track.  The report said “the 2017 run has not strayed too far from recent historical trends and appears to be on track.”

It is too early at this stage to release stock composition or run size estimates, but early indications are that the current surge of fish is destined for Egegik, the river system with the highest volume forecast for this year...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] June 14, 2017

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

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

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

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Thai Union Makes Pledge to Achieve United Nations' Sustainable Developments Goals

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] June 14, 2017

Thai Union Group signed a commitment to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The pact was made as part of Thai Union's membership to the Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS).

Thai Union said it is committed to improve its operations as well as challenge the rest of the seafood industry to follow suit

“The companies which make up SeaBOS operate on every continent and in all segments of seafood production, from wild capture fisheries to aquaculture businesses.

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AquaBounty to Produce GM Salmon in Indiana with $14 Million Purchase of Bell Fish Company's Assets

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] June 13, 2017

AquaBounty Technologies will soon be able to produce its genetically modified AquAdvantage salmon in the United States as the firm has struck a $14 million deal to by some of the assets of Bell Fish Company in Albany, Indiana.

The purchase, which is expected to close within the next 30 days, will provide AquaBounty with a land-based, contained aquaculture system to grow its AquAdvantage salmon near major demand centers in the $2 billion US Atlantic salmon market...

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

If Alaskan lawmakers cannot agree on a budget by June 30 the state will be forced to layoff state workers on July 1, which will have widespread ramifications on state fishery management. The biggest punch would be felt by salmon fisheries — and the harm could extend well beyond this year. Field staff at remote weirs, towers and salmon sonar counting projects from Southeast to Kotzebue will be pulled, said Scott Kelley, a division director with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotten said that the department is working with the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Law to analyze the impacts of a shutdown on the commercial, subsistence, personal use and sport fisheries, as well as hunting seasons.

The range of full-cycle fish aquaculture that does not depend on harvests of wild fisheries is expanding in Japan and is being led by major fisheries companies Nippon Suisan (Nissui) and Maruha Nichiro. Nissui is working on bringing a fully-farm raised octopus product to the market by 2020. Maruha, meanwhile is close to perfecting farmed raised kampachi.

In other news, a revision to the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, finalized last week, will give the US Customs Department more authority to ban imported seafood that is produced with forced labor. The change to the Enforcement removes the "consumptive demand" clause from the regulation. Under this clause, US importers were able to import merchandise into the US that was produced with forced labor if domestic production could not satisfy demand for the product.

Meanwhile, Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and California Sens. Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein called for a federal salmon fishery disaster declaration for both states to support economic recovery for coastal communities, in a letter Friday to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. “Salmon are a vital part of our region’s history, economy and culture,” the senators wrote in the letter. “This disaster declaration will provide a much needed safety net to keep fishermen in business, communities afloat, and the industry open for business until salmon stocks are restored.”

Finally, fishermen in Mississippi say shrimp harvests are plentiful and bigger compared to last year's initial landings. The season opened on June 7. “Last year, we were looking at 80-100's. Right now, we're looking at 40-50's. Big difference,” said dock manager, Chris Lyons. Gulf inventories heading into the season were tight on many mid-sized shrimp counts.

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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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Study Identifies Huge Sales Potential for Alaska Salmon in China, Particularly for Fish Heads, Bones

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] June 9, 2017

A study from the University of Alaska and Purdue University said there is strong potential to boost sales of Alaskan salmon in the Chinese market, particularly for underutilized parts of the fish. 

According to a majority of Chinese consumers said they would buy Alaska salmon if it was available. The study said 68 percent of consumers would buy Alaska salmon after learning it came from a pure and clean environment and is ecologically sustainable... 


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Alaska Peninsula Fisheries Could Harvest More than 20 million Salmon if Averages Hold

The commercial salmon catch from the fisheries along the Alaskan Peninsula could exceed 20 million fish this season. ADF&G is projecting the sockeye harvest from the Southern Alaska Peninsula to total 2.26 million fish, which is based on the recent five-year average. The pink run from the region is projected to be 15.6 million fish. Statewide, the salmon harvest this year is expected to top 204 million. That includes 80,000 Chinook and 40.8 million sockeye, majorities of which will come from Bristol Bay.

Unusually heavy Arctic pack ice has trapped multiple vessels, stymied the fishing season and triggered a high-stakes rescue operation from a sinking ship off Newfoundland. Five fishermen were rescued Wednesday from the Avalon Princess fishing boat, which started to take on water after getting stuck in thick sea ice near La Scie. The ice pack is especially odd this year because of a cold spring and from winds that pushed ice inland rather than out to sea.

In other news Copper River king salmon return is coming in better than forecast. Predicted to be the weakest on record, at about 29,000 kings, ADF&G Upper Copper River management biologist Mark Somerville says the forecast is being questioned –given recent week’s king harvest by commercial fishers on the river’s delta. “Even under a restricted area and time the commercial fishery has caught over eight thousand king salmon, which is unexpected and indicates that the return may be higher than we anticipated,” Somerville said.

Meanwhile, in a related story, Peggy Parker writes how Copper River salmon management could benefit from the use of sonar technology to identify escapement. Alaska state biologists are testing adaptive resolution imaging sonar technology, known as ARIS. Biologists are optimistic that the tool will help identify Chinook escapement at that part of the river with more certainty. "This year at Miles Lake, we're conducting a pilot project using a new hi-def sonar that can distinguish large king salmon, at least 650 mm, from sockeye," said Stormy Haught, area research biologist for the Copper River. 

Finally, the Gulf States are trying to negotiate more fishing days for red snapper in federal waters with federal fishery regulators at NOAA but may have to agree to a shorter season in state waters. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is holding a special meeting this week to discuss the compromise of extending red snapper fishing in federal waters. The other Gulf States are having similar discussions. NOAA set the federal red snapper fishing season to three days from June 1 – June 4.

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New Hi-Def Sonar Being Tested on Copper River May be Game Changer for Chinook Management

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - June 8, 2017

The unexpected trend of a much stronger Chinook return is expected to continue for today's seventh opening on the Copper River. Cumulative harvest after last Monday's fishing period is 10,391 chinook. Three weeks ago, the pre-season harvest was 4,000 chinook.

Area management biologists have relatively little data to work with when assessing populations of returning Chinook, especially considering that there are six major Chinook spawning stocks in the Copper River...

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Brits All At Sea on Old Fish Names

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Marine Stewardship Council] June 22, 2017

A study of over 2,000 Brits found many are baffled by traditional fish dishes with over half (54%) not knowing, or incorrectly guessing what a kipper is.

The research conducted for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) aims to highlight the vast array of MSC sustainable seafood available in the UK. It shows that despite being avid fish consumers, many are baffled by traditional dishes such as bloaters, Cullen skink, rock salmon and kippers. Coupled with the mistaken belief (41%) that fish labelled as sustainable is more expensive, these findings could mean many are reluctant to sample new species. There are now over 1,000 MSC labelled sustainable seafood choices including kippers, Coquilles St Jaques and redfish in supermarkets such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Lidl, Aldi and ...

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Norway Sees Rise in Export Values in May

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

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

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

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

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VIDEO: Farmed Salmon Prices in Seasonal Decline


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Antibiotic Usage Among Chilean Fish Farms Down 30% in 2016

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Techno Press] June 19, 2017

Chile’s aquaculture industry cut the number of antibiotics used on fish farms by 30 percent in 2016.

According to a report from federal fishery officials in Chile, aquaculture farms used 382.5 ton of antibiotics in 2016. This figure was down 30 percent from the 557.2 tons of drugs that were used in 2015.

This is the most significant decrease in the use of these antibiotics among Chile’s fish farmers since 2009, when the figure fell 43.3 percent...

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Port Moller Test Boat Out for Today, Bristol Bay Pre-Season Measurement Program in 50th Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker - June 19, 2017

The research vessel Pandalus, assigned to the Port Moller test fishery in June and July, encountered a mechanical problem last night and is undergoing repairs in Port Moller today. No test fishing will be done today, but program managers expect the vessel to be back tomorrow.

Missing one day of data is not as critical now as it would be, say...

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Farmed Salmon Prices Enter Summer Season Decline

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - June 16, 2017

Farmed salmon prices have been in decline since Memorial Day weekend with traders reporting quiet demand in the market with inventories well supplied.

This is a typical time of the year to see farmed salmon prices come down. Salmon starts to compete with other, more grill friendly protein options at the retail level. Buyers also begin to source wild-caught salmon from Alaska as those supplies come become readily available...

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Evonik and Royal DSM to Build $200 Million Omega-3 Production Facility in Nebraska 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] June 15, 2017

Evonik and Royal DSM will locate the commercial-scale production facility for their omega-3 fatty acids from natural marine algae for animal nutrition in Blair, Nebraska.

DSM Nutritional Products and Evonik Nutrition & Care plan to invest around US$200 million in the facility (US$ 100 million by each party over circa 2 years). The initial annual production capacity will meet roughly 15 percent of the current total annual demand for EPA and DHA by the salmon aquaculture industry. The facility is expected to come on stream in 2019...

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Many Consumers Turn to the Expertise of Restaurants to Get Seafood into Their Diets

Majority of U.S. Consumers Don’t Eat The Recommended Amount of Fish or Seafood

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [NPD GROUP] June 14, 2017

The health benefits of eating seafood are well-documented but many consumers lack the confidence to select the right seafood and prepare it at home, which is why many consumers turn to restaurants. Shellfish, which tends to be more costly and therefore to some consumers riskier to prepare at home, appear to be the seafood of choice when dining out, reports The NPD Group, a leading global information company.

Case shipments of shrimp, lobster, and other crustaceans shipped by broadline distributors to independent and small chain...

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AquaBounty to Produce GM Salmon in Indiana with $14 Million Purchase of Bell Fish Company's Assets

AquaBounty Technologies will soon be able to produce its genetically modified AquAdvantage salmon in the United States as the firm has struck a $14 million deal to buy some of the assets of Bell Fish Company in Albany Indiana. AquaBounty said the facility's first harvest could come as soon as the third quarter of 2019. Once fully operational, the facility will have an expected annual capacity of 1,200 metric tons. "This acquisition marks an important milestone and provides the Company with its first commercial-scale facility in the United States for growing eco-friendly AquAdvantage Salmon. This site will enable production of healthy Atlantic salmon, which will not require vaccines or antibiotics, in a sustainable and responsible manner close to domestic consumers,” said Ronald Stotish, Chief Executive Officer of AquaBounty.

The International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) has recommended that the Joint Russian-Norwegian Fisheries Commission cut the 2018 Barents Sea cod quota 20 percent from last year citing poor recruitment in the fishery. The Council’s recommendation would set the total cod quota at 712,000 metric tons. This represents a 183,000 metric ton reduction from last year’s quota. The Commission will take up ICES advice when it makes its quota determination this fall.

In other news, a price war is breaking out over ecommerce lobster sales in the Chinese Province of Ningbo. Online retailers are offering live North American lobsters at deeply discounted prices in order to compete for sales and market share in both the online retail space and from traditional grocers.

Meanwhile, citing 20 years of success with groups such as Conservation International, the MSC, and others, the Walton Family Foundation (WFF) outlined its $37 million, five-year strategy for building sustainable seafood markets. The initiative is part of the foundation’s ocean strategy that takes a systems approach—working on both the supply and demand side—to promote sustainability in five core countries: Indonesia, Peru, Chile, Mexico and the United States. "The Walton Family Foundation has probably had more impact on the seafood sustainability movement than some of the more well-known consumer facing advocates," writes John Sackton in an analysis of the plan. "They have leveraged a market-based strategy in which they paid NGO's to lobby and convince the retail supply chain to adopt seafood sustainability standards."

Finally, the value of Vietnam's seafood exports to global markets is up this year but the increase is not because of more sales to the US market. So far Vietnam's seafood exports are up 7.5 percent worldwide but sales to the US market are down nearly 13 percent. The US is traditionally the top market for Vietnam's seafood exports like pangasius and shrimp. However, higher duty rates and the implementation of the catfish inspection program under the USDA have forced Vietnam's exporters to seek other markets like China.

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Two Norwegian Salmon Companies Plan to Sell through Zhangzidao in China

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Youth.cn] Translated by Amy Zhong June 13,
2017

Recently Per Sandberg, the Norwegian Minister of Fisheries, has paid a visit to China. Innovation Norway and the Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries have worked together to host some events in Beijing to promote the Norwegian seafood and the communication of aquaculture industries in both countries. Wu Hougang, the chairman for Zhangzidao, has been invited and he has talked with representatives of different aquatic companies about future cooperation.

After the events, Alsaker Fjordbruk and Ocean Supreme have driven to Dalian to visit Zhangzidao and continued their talk about cooperation. They have reached agreement with Zhangzidao about developing Chinese market together, establishing strategic cooperation and building brands.

The two companies have visited Zhangzidao’s..

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Oregon, California Senators Urge Salmon Disaster Declaration

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - June 12, 2017

Salmon fishery disaster requests by Oregon and California have the support of their senators as well.

Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and California Sens. Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein, all Democrats, called for a federal salmon fishery disaster declaration for both states to support economic recovery for coastal communities, in a letter Friday to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and California Gov. Jerry Brown requested the federal government to issue a fisheries disaster declaration to provide economic relief for the loss of coastal jobs ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bumble Bee Seafoods Supports Tuna 2020 Traceability Initiative 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] June 9, 2017

Bumble Bee Seafoods applauded the efforts of the seafood industry as it announces the Tuna 2020 Traceability Declaration at the United Nations Ocean Conference, taking place this week in New York.

"Sustainability has always been at the very core of our business at Bumble Bee and we're pleased to see so many leaders in the industry focused on improving their traceability efforts as a result of the Tuna Traceability Declaration," said Chris Lischewski, Bumble Bee president and CEO...

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Copper River King Salmon Return Higher than Expected; Sockeye Far Less

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [KUAC]By Dan Bross with material from John Sackton June 8, 2017

The Copper River king salmon return is coming in better than forecast.

Predicted to be the weakest on record, at about 29,000 kings, Alaska Department of Fish and Game Upper Copper River management biologist Mark Somerville says the forecast is being questioned –given recent week’s king harvest by commercial fishers on the river’s delta.

“Even under a restricted area and time the commercial fishery has caught over eight thousand king salmon, which is unexpected and indicates that the return may be higher than we anticipated,” Somerville said.

According to Somerville, the better than expected commercial king harvest is supported by data from a mark...

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