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Jun 23 - Atlantic Capes Promotes Two Executives to Operations and Financial Roles


Jun 21 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday June 21, 2017


Jun 21 - ANALYSIS: Scallop Market Prices Retreat from All-Time Highs


Jun 21 - New Bedford Mayor Says Rafael Represented 75% of their Groundfish Landings; Pleads to Keep Permits


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


Jun 9 - Canada's St. Anns Bank, New Marine Reserve, Open to Non-Trawl Fishing, Including Crab and Lobster


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


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


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


May 26 - Atlantic Scallop Prices Continue to Crash in May with Landings Up 23% from Last Year


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


May 18 - NE Fisheries Scientists Expect Drastic Changes as Gulf of Maine and Georges warm 7 to 9 degrees


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


May 17 - Congressional Seafood Names Matthew Berrie as Food Safety Director


May 16 - VIDEO: Atlantic Scallop Prices in a Tailspin


May 12 - PODCAST: High Liner Buys Rubicon; Lobster Prices Strong Heading into Mother’s Day


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


May 12 - Clearwater Hit with High Clam Inventories After Record 2016 Harvest, Sales, Profits Increase


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


May 10 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday May 10, 2017


May 10 - Surge in Atlantic Scallop Landings Sends Auction Prices and Wholesale Market into Tailspin


May 9 - Zhangzidao Returns to Strong Profitability with Good Scallop Production This Year


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


Apr 18 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 18, 2017


Apr 13 - Healthy Chesapeake Crab Hauls Expected, Concerns over Labor Persist


Apr 4 - Higher Volume of Small Scallops Predicted for 2017 Could Help Restaurants, Says Jeff Davis


Apr 4 - Bay Scallop Mortality Driven by High Water Temperatures Leading to Price Rises in China


Apr 3 - Canada will Ship Lobsters and Scallops to Europe Duty-Free as Early as May 1st


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


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


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


Mar 24 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday March 24, 2017


Mar 24 - Torrential Rain, Massive Flooding Deals Blow to Peruvian Scallop Production


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


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


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


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


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


Mar 20 - Vons Albertsons, Hannaford Retailers Will Carry Bristol Seafood's Fair Trade USA Certified Scallops


Mar 20 - Mike Tourkistas Steps Down from CEO Role as East Coast Seafoods Hires New CEO


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


Mar 15 - Bristol Seafood's Sea Scallops are First US Harvested Seafood Item to Get Fair Trade Certification


Mar 13 - PODCAST: Maine Lobster Reaches Record Values and Mahi Comes Off US Restaurant Menus


Mar 10 - VIDEO: Maine’s Lobster Fishery Reaches Record Values; High Priced Mahi Starts to Come off Menus


Mar 8 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday March 8, 2017


Mar 8 - Zhangzidao Greatly Improves its Performance over the Past Year


Mar 8 - Clearwater Reports 2016 Results and Positive Outlook for 2017


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


Mar 7 - Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods Enters Scallop Business in Marketing Deal with Northern Wind


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


Mar 1 - Executive Order on Regulations Will to Have Less Fisheries Impact than Feared


Feb 27 - Mariner Seafood Becomes Funding Partner for GSSI; Backs Global Benchmark Tool


Feb 22 - High Liner Posts Annual Sales Decline in 2016 Noting Weak US Demand for Breaded, Battered Seafood


Feb 13 - Santa Monica Names Bristol Seafood Vendor of the Year; Ted McDermott to Run West Coast Office


Feb 7 - Strong Demand and Cultural Preferences for Seafood Driving Up Prices in China for New Year Sales


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


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


Jan 16 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday January 16, 2017


Jan 12 - Signs point to Surging Market for High-End Imported Seafood in China This New Year


Jan 11 - National Scallop Research Alliance set up by Zhangzidao to Improve Scallop Genetics


Dec 30 - Bristol Seafood's President and CEO Peter Handy Joins NFI's Board of Directors


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


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


Dec 19 - Zhangzidao and Sojitz Build Second Factory in Dalian to Expand Super Frozen Tuna, Salmon Business


Dec 7 - Chinese Companies to invest $200 Million for Scallop Growing in Russia


Dec 2 - As Expected, Hokkaido Scallop Landings fall to 21 year low


Dec 1 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday December 1, 2016


Dec 1 - Labor Shortages, High Density and Small Size, Plague Shandong Scallop Harvest


Nov 30 - Maine Diver Scallop Season Opens; Restaurants Take Note


Nov 29 - Seafood Sales Reported Excellent Through China's Online Sellers on Singles Day


Nov 22 - Van Cleve Seafood Co. Expands Into Mid-Atlantic Safeway Stores with Premium Seafood and Sauce Line


Nov 21 - PODCAST: 26-30 Ct. Price Spreads Between Asian, Latin American Shrimp; Dungeness Season Starts


Nov 21 - JD and Alibaba Battle Over Fresh Seafood on Singles Day in China; JD Inks Deal with Canada


Nov 18 - Cooke Aquaculture Expands South America Footprint with Purchase of Uruguay's Fripur S.A.


Nov 17 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday November 17, 2016


Nov 17 - US Scallop Catches Likely Stable for 2017 after NE Council Approves Plan


Nov 17 - Bob Simon Winds Down Nova Fisheries, Pioneer in Weathervane Scallops and Argentine King Crab


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


Nov 10 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday November 10, 2016


Nov 10 - Clearwater Notes Good Global Demand for Premium Priced Seafood With Sales Up 30% in 2016


Nov 9 - Urner Barry Launches New Seafood Price Current With Additional Quotations, Interactive Features


Nov 3 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday November 3, 2016


Nov 3 - Mid-Atlantic Scallop Season to Start One Month Later on April 1 Beginning in 2018


Oct 26 - Wellhead Disaster Averted by 12 Meters in Shell Offshore Drilling Incident on Scotian Shelf


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


Oct 24 - Critics: Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Program Has No Enforcement


Oct 21 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday October 21, 2016


Oct 21 - Nantucket Sound Shellfish Harvesting Closed Until at Least Nov. 1 Because of Domoic Acid


Oct 13 - Marine Stewardship Council Annual Report Shows Near Record Revenue; Jump in Revenue per SKU


Oct 10 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday, October 10, 2016


Oct 10 - Atlantic Capes Begins Joint Venture with Zhangzidao on Oysters Bringing Triploid Production to China


Sep 23 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday September 23, 2016


Sep 15 - Are the Big NGO's Winning the Marine Monument Battle, But Losing the War


Sep 14 - Sushi Outlets Linked to Hawaii’s Hepatitis A Outbreak Cleared to Reopen


Sep 12 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday, September 12, 2016


Sep 12 - Blue Harvest Fisheries Closes Deal to Buy High Liner Foods' Scallop Business


Sep 8 - Sysco Commits to Sourcing Farmed Seafood Certified by the ASC


Sep 1 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday September 1, 2016


Sep 1 - Japan's Scallop Exports Are Sluggish as Production Falls, and Buyers Wait for Lower Prices


Aug 22 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday August 22, 2016


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Atlantic Capes Promotes Two Executives to Operations and Financial Roles

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton June 23, 2017

Atlantic Capes Fisheries, a producer of scallops, clams and oysters, and also an importer, announced two promotions this week.

Danny Cohen, Atlantic Capes Owner, said Chris Brown will become operations manager and assume all responsibility for fresh and frozen seafood processing at ACF’s scallop facility and custom IQF plant.  Chris will also continue to head up Atlantic Capes fresh seafood sales.

“I’m very pleased to promote Chris to operations manager. His hard work and dedication to quality have played a huge role in the success of our business. Chris is extremely knowledgeable..

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News Summary June 21, 2017

Today's Main Story: US Eases Rules For Indian Seafood Export

Today's opening story reports that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a list of 140-odd Indian seafood exporting entities to be excluded from that country's restrictive 'Detention Without Physical Examination (DWPE)' ambit. US import in 2016-17 was 1,88,617 tonnes of Indian seafood, amounting to $5.8 billion or nearly Rs 38,000 crore, about 22.7 percent more in quantity over the previous year and 30 percent in dollars.

In other news, the market for US origin sea scallops has fallen considerably since the start of the New Year; the result of some demand destruction and expectations for increased landings. Scallops have been trading at-or-close to record levels for four years, climbing almost continuously since the start of 2013. This long-term price action has resulted in a diminished call for scallops.

Experts argue that Oslo is standing its ground over shellfish in fear o

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New Bedford Mayor Says Rafael Represented 75% of their Groundfish Landings; Pleads to Keep Permits

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews]  June 21, 2017

The Mayor of New Bedford, Jon Mitchel, has appealed to Commerce Secretary Ross to prevent Carlos Rafael’s groundfish permits from leaving New Bedford.

In a letter, (linked here), Mitchel says that "Rafael's business directly employed hundreds of individuals, including 285 fishermen, many of whom would lose their jobs if his groundfish permits were revoked or auctioned off to others outside New Bedford. His business also supports a sprawling supply chain in the port that includes gear menders and manufacturers, fuel companies, vessel outfitters, settlement houses, welders, lumpers, ice houses, truckers, and many others. Some of these businesses rely heavily on Rafael's boats."

"For example, approximately seventy percent of the fuel supplied to fishing vessel

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Canada's St. Anns Bank, New Marine Reserve, Open to Non-Trawl Fishing, Including Crab and Lobster

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton June 9, 2017

On World Oceans Day yesterday, Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc announced  that St. Anns Bank, east of Cape Breton, is officially Canada's latest marine protected area.

St. Anns Bank Marine Protected Area is 4,364 square kilometres in size and is located off the eastern coast of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. The area is important for conservation, containing leatherback sea turtles, deep-sea corals, sponges and sea pens, and recovering populations of Atlantic cod and Atlantic wolffish. Over 100 species have been identified in this area and it comprises an important migratory corridor for wildlife travelling to and from the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Through regulations published in Canada Gazette, the entire area will be off-limits to oil and gas exploration activities and bottom trawling. Three fishing zones, covering approximately one quarter of the marine protected area have been established for lower impact fisheries, predominately for snow crab, lobster, halibut, and whelk.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada first announced St. Anns Bank as an “Area of Interest” for a marine protected area in 2011...

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



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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 26, 2017

Wholesale scallop prices are still crashing in May as new season production continues to flood the market.

About two weeks ago we reported a $1.50 per pound drop in 10-20 IQF scallop price in just the first week of May.

At the time, prices at auction were falling hard and fast because of an unusual spike in landings from March. The wholesale market reacted with similar sharp declines...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton May 18, 2017

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.

Sea temperatures in the Gulf of Maine have warmed faster than 99% of the worlds oceans over the past decade.

The scientists applied a new more sophisticated global warming model to project habitat availability for 53 species using a 10 KM grid.  This is far more accurate than previous studies that have estimated changes using 100 kilometer grids...

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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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PODCAST: High Liner Buys Rubicon; Lobster Prices Strong Heading into Mother’s Day

In this week’s episode of the Seafood News Podcast show, Urner Barry and Seafoodnews.com Editor Michael Ramsingh talks about High Liner’s deal to buy all of the assets to major shrimp importer Rubicon Resources. Meanwhile, the lobster market is strong as the industry heads into the busy Mother’s Day weekend. Plus, Chris Oliver accepted the top position as the Assistant Administrator of National Marine Fisheries Service. Meanwhile, Atlantic scallop prices were in free fall the first week of May because of a surge in landings. Happy Mother’s Day!

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Clearwater Hit with High Clam Inventories After Record 2016 Harvest, Sales, Profits Increase

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Canada NewsWire] - May 12, 2017

Halifax - Today Clearwater Seafoods Incorporated reported its first quarter results for the period ended April 1, 2017:

*Sales and adjusted EBITDA of $128.4 million and $19.8 million respectively for 2017 versus 2016 comparative results of $116.2 million and $18.9 million. This represents growth rates of 10.4% for sales and 4.8% for adjusted EBITDA.

*Overall sales volumes were higher than the prior year as strong Clam and scallop harvest volumes were partially offset by 25% lower Frozen-at-sea ("FAS") shrimp sales volumes due to difficult harvesting conditions.

*Inventory increased $3.5 million compared to the end of 2016 as lower clam inventory volumes were offset by higher seasonal harvesting costs and timing of scallop landings...

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High Liner Acquires Rubicon, a Major Shrimp Importer, for $107 million

High Liner Foods has acquired all of the assets to vertically integrated shrimp importer Rubicon Resources for $107 million. Rubicon has corporate headquarters in Culver City, CA and also operates over 11 shrimp and seafood processing facilities in South East Asia. Rubicon produces products for private label brands in the US retail market. "Rubicon is an ideal acquisition for High Liner that will provide sales and earnings growth, and expedite diversification of our product portfolio to aquaculture species, like shrimp, that are experiencing stronger growth rates in North America," said High Liner’s President and CEO Keith Decker.

Chris Oliver, the executive director of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, appears to have the inside track to become the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, the head of the National Marine Fisheries Service. The latest talk within the industry is that Oliver is indeed the pick that the Commerce Dept. has submitted to the White House. The recommendation still has to get White House approval, and also a Congressional approval of the nomination is needed. If this is confirmed, it would be excellent news for the entire US seafood industry, as it would give NMFS stability and deep experience at a time of significant budget and regulatory review.

The commercial and recreation seafood industry in the US supported 1.6 million full and part-time jobs in 2015 according to NOAA’s annual Fisheries Economics of the United States report, which was released this week. The commercial sector was responsible for 1.2 million jobs and generated $144.2 billion in sales, $39.7 billion in income, and $60.6 billion in value-added impacts nationwide These figures were above the five-year-average for the industry NOAA said in its report. “NOAA’s reports demonstrate the importance of seafood, both domestic and imported, to the economy and serves to highlight the more than 1.6 million jobs supported by all seafood," said John Connelly, President of the National Fisheries Institute.

In other news, the Pacific Whiting season is set to open May 15th, but the status of the Newport Surimi plant that had been operated by Trident is still unclear. Pacific Seafood is planning to purchase the plant from Trident and continue to operate it as one of the shore-based surimi plants in Oregon and Washington. However, Pacific Seafood has been subject to a number of anti-trust lawsuits and has asked for a specific ruling from the Attorney General that operating the former Trident plant would not constitute anti-competitive behavior, or be seen as contributing to an anti-trust problem. The problem is that without a clear signal from the State, the plant is likely to close as no other buyer is available. Without the volume represented by the Newport whiting surimi plant, all Oregon whiting fishermen would suffer.

Finally, a surge in Atlantic scallop landings in March has prices at auction falling faster and harder than expected. These factors have combined to drag down prices in the wholesale market in the first week of May. Landings were more than double the monthly figure from last March and were 51 percent higher from the five year monthly average for the fishery.

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Zhangzidao Returns to Strong Profitability with Good Scallop Production This Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [istock] Translated by Amy Zhong  May 9, 2017

Zhangzidao’s net profit is 4 million yuan in the first quarter of 2017, which skyrockets by 143.33% from the same period last year.

 As Zhangzidao’s quarterly report shows, it has earned a revenue of 0.672 billion yuan during this first quarter, which rises by 6.09% from the same period last year. And the net profit attributable to parent is 3.69 million yuan, which skyrockets by 136.92%. The number is expected to range between 25 million to 35 million yuan during the first half of this year, which balloons by about 274% to 423%. 

It's scallop ranching business

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Japanese Crab Negotiations with Newfoundland Full of Uncertainty

Sources in Japan say that the negotiations with Newfoundland snow crab packers are in a high state of uncertainty. Although there were reports of a price of $6.95 between one or two packers and a Japanese buyer, others in Japan say there was a condition on this contract that limited the amount of product to only a portion of what the buyer purchases in the first week. Overall the Japanese see great uncertainty in the market and expect the situation to clarify more once production is in full swing in both Newfoundland and the Gulf.

Nearly half of all the natural World Heritage sites on the planet are being ravaged by poachers who are driving some endangered animals towards extinction, according to a report from the World Wildlife Fund. The illegal wildlife trade was estimated to be worth some $19 billion, making it the fourth largest international criminal trade after drugs, guns and human trafficking, according to the ‘Not For Sale’ report. The report warned that species listed on the landmark Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) are being killed. "The current international approach to preventing illegal harvesting of Cites-listed species in World Heritage sites is not working, and stakeholders must redouble their efforts and address all parts of the wildlife trafficking value chain," the report said.

In other news, fishermen are petitioning the New England Fishery Management Council to protect tuna and other fisheries from the herring fleet by agreeing to have measures asking for year-round closures of up to 50 miles east of the Cape. “There’s a strong feeling that fisheries that used to happen here have been displaced by 10 years of intense herring removal,” said John Pappalardo, executive director of the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance, and a member of the New England council and its herring committee.

Meanwhile, Bristol Seafood in Maine is looking to capitalize on the growing interest in the social responsibility of seafood as its New England scallops are the first domestic fishery in the country to earn certification from Fair Trade USA. To achieve the certification, companies need to submit to an audit and interviews to make sure the food is produced with fair working conditions and environmental stewardship along the supply chain. Fair Trade USA also certifies shrimp from Mexico, yellowfin tuna from Indonesia, and skipjack and yellowfin tuna from Maldives. "There's a certain sanctity to food when it comes to the story about it," said Peter Handy, president of Bristol "It tastes better the more you know."

Finally, Maruha Nichiro expects higher costs of purchasing seafood from overseas suppliers to cut into its profits by about 12 percent. Maruha's purchasing costs abroad are rising due to the yen's depreciation.

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Higher Volume of Small Scallops Predicted for 2017 Could Help Restaurants, Says Jeff Davis

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Undercurrent News] by Tom Seaman April 4, 2017 

The higher volume of small-sized scallops forecasted to be caught in 2017/2018 in the East Coast US fishery will likely mean lower prices, but an opening for processors, said Jeff Davis, CEO of Blue Harvest Fisheries.

Blue Harvest owns 15 vessels and currently operates from two processing plants in the scallop hub of New Bedford, Massachusetts. The company is seeing catches from its fleet range from the high 10-20 to low 20-30 count, Davis told us during the Boston Seafood Show. “Fifteen to 25-count is where the bulk seems to be, right now, but that could change next week.”

The traditional, US North Atlantic scallop fishery has been ...

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Canada will Ship Lobsters and Scallops to Europe Duty-Free as Early as May 1st

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  April 3, 2017

The Canadian Free trade agreement with the EU, called CETA, has been in the works for years, but its first real fisheries effects are about to be felt on both sides of the border.

As early as May 1st the treaty will come into force.  The final step is the final ratification by the Canadian parliment which is likely to occur this month or next month at the latest.

Most observers think May 1st is the most likely date.

As is usual in most trade agreements, many of the tariff reductions are implemented over time.  For example, there is a 6% European tariff on frozen lobster from Canada.  During the first year of CEYA, this will decline to 4.5%.

But some items will have duty removed immediately.  Among them are live lobster, monkfish, and frozen scallops....

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [EPAPER] Translated by Amy Zhong  March 31, 2017

China’s seafood sales have been on the rise since the late March. And e-commerce companies also start to promote their frozen, chilled and live seafood through discounts and other activities. This is great news for consumers who can buy good products at satisfactory discounts.

Some renowned e-commerce platforms in China are promoting products like salmon, white shrimps, red shrimps, scallops and sea crabs. The popular chilled salmon is priced at 60-odd yuan per 500g, while the frozen sea crabs are lower than 50 yuan per 500g. The seafood demand is expected to balloon with the coming of spring.

For example, the current daily sales of such seafood...

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ANALYSIS: Scallop Market Prices Retreat from All-Time Highs

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Urner Barry] by Jim Kenny - June 21, 2017

The market for U.S. origin sea scallops has fallen considerably since the start of the new year; the result of some demand destruction and expectations for increased landings. Scallops have been trading at-or-close to record levels for four years, climbing almost continuously since the start of 2013. This long-term price action has resulted in a diminished call for scallops. Management measures during that timeframe resulted in annual landings between 30 and 40 million pounds, compared to 54 to 57 million pounds in the....

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

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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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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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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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VIDEO: Atlantic Scallop Prices in a Tailspin

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VIDEO: High Liner Buys Rubicon; Scallop Market in a Tailspin; Lobster Prices Up Ahead of Mother’s Day




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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 11, 2017

Publix Super Markets added two seafood items to a voluntary recall for products that may contain small glass fragments.

The grocer is recalling ready-to-cook Salmon Florentine Gratin and Scallops Florentine Gratin seafood products that were sold at Publix stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.

The products in question are found in the ready-to-cook section of the refrigerated cases in the meat department. This is an extension of a recall the store originally issued for Publix Deli Artichoke and Spinach Dip that could have contained glass fragments...

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Surge in Atlantic Scallop Landings Sends Auction Prices and Wholesale Market into Tailspin

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 10, 2017

A surge in scallop landings in March has prices at auction falling faster and harder than expected. These factors have combined to drag down prices in the wholesale market in the first week of May.

In March, Atlantic scallop landings were reported at 3.75 million pounds. This is more than double the monthly figure from last March and is 51 percent higher from the five-year monthly average for the fishery. 

Higher landings have caused prices at auction to fall faster and more sharply than usual...

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

European salmon producers, beset with sea lice problems, appear to be harvesting fish early and flooding the US market with unusual amounts of smaller whole fish. This has had an impact on Canadian producers, who normally dominate the whole fish market in the US. while demand for salmon in the US and other global markets has been exceptionally high, this particular rise in European shipments to the US market has not been totally demand driven. Rather, it appears US buyers have opted to import more whole salmon from Europe in 2017 because the surge in available supplies lowered prices to competitive levels compared to Canadian product.

More than 750,000 pounds of West Coast rockfish have been landed in roughly a month under an exempted fishing permit, creating a small boon for fishermen and markets. The harvest included only four Chinook salmon and no catches of green sturgeon or eulachon smelt, both ESA-listed species. Five vessels made 17 trips since the beginning of March. Oregon Trawl Commission Director Brad Pettinger said the success of a midwater rockfish fishery + something common when he was fishing more than 20 years ago + is a validation of sacrifices made since 2000. "We're on the verge of placing the last piece of the puzzle to rebuilding this fishery," Pettinger said. "It's been a lot of work over the last decade-plus."

In other news, we run a Letter to the Editor from Garrett Fine, the cooking business unit manager for Laitram Machinery who disagrees with claims from our April 18 article that said some in Japan think steam cooking snow crabs hurts the quality of the product. "Myself and my colleagues have literally been in the plant with one of the “Big 3” Japanese buyers, have feedback from our customers’ other Japanese buyers, as well as the plants’ QC department and owners, Canadian, and US buyers. The overwhelming feedback is that the product quality is better; in fact, they say the product texture, color, taste, and extractability are all much better," Fine writes.

Meanwhile, Russia may face a shortage of salmon this year, due to the lack of supplies from Norway and the inability of producers from the Faroe Islands, Chile and Iceland to fill the vacant niche according to federal fishery officials at Rosrybolovstvo. Among the issues causing the shortages is the inability of the domestic industry and producers in South America to replace imports from more than 500 Norway salmon producers and importers, which were banned from exporting fish to the Russia at the beginning of 2015 due to sanctions.

Finally, the New England Fishery Management Council has initiate changes that will attempt to reduce the conflict between large and small boat scallopers in the Northern Gulf of Maine. The management council says there is a "critical need to initiate surveys and develop additional tools to better manage the area." It also says the new rules could include limiting some boats from fishing in the area until the total scallop population can be more accurately determined.

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Healthy Chesapeake Crab Hauls Expected, Concerns over Labor Persist

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Daily Press] By Josh Reyes - April 13, 2017

For Graham & Rollins Inc., one of the few remaining crab houses in Virginia, the volume of the catch is not the concern this year. The main concern is finding the people to pick what's expected to be a bountiful harvest.

Early crab population indicators hint that the 2017 harvest will be strong, continuing an upward trend over the last two years. Virginia Marine Resources Commissioner John Bull said Wednesday. He said anecdotal reports from watermen and a winter population survey look positive leading up to the release of the official crab populations next week. The 2017 crabbing season started March 1 and is now shifting into full gear as the weather...

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Bay Scallop Mortality Driven by High Water Temperatures Leading to Price Rises in China

 SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish First] Translated by Amy Zhong  April 4, 2017

Scallops are very popular in China, and are now entering the markets in Weihai in large quantities.  

However, prices have risen 23.% over last year, due to a high incidence of mortality for bay scallops.  Last summer water temperatures got high enough to cause large bay scallop mortality.

The lower volumes compared to last year have led to a price of about 8 yuan per kg, for scallops in the shell, which has caught the attention of consumers in Weihai...

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

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