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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


Aug 22 - Sea Port Initiates Voluntary Recall with FDA for Philippine Scallops Produced Nov. 23 and 24, 2015


Aug 18 - NFI Says Greenpeace to Issue Rank and Spank US Foodservice Listings as Early as Monday


Aug 16 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday August 16, 2016


Aug 16 - High Liner Reports Increased 2nd Qtr Earnings on Flat Sales


Aug 16 - Jeff Davis, Blue Harvest Come Full Circle with Purchase of High Liner Scallop Plant in New Bedford


Aug 10 - CEO Ian Smith Can Take a Bow as Clearwater is Riding Success on its 40th Anniversary


Aug 2 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday August 2, 2016


Aug 2 - Blue Harvest Completes Scallop Deal for Hygrade Ocean Products, Brings Scallop Fleet to 15 Vessels


Jul 27 - LeBlanc Says Newfoundland's Inshore Harvesters Will Be First to Get Northern Cod Allocations


Jul 21 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 21, 2016


Jul 21 - Plan Wants to Shift Mid-Atlantic Scallop Season Start Date to April 1 to Get Stock Data in Time


Jul 15 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday July 15, 2016


Jul 6 - Hokkaido's Scallop Exports Down 60% and Expected to Worsen in 2016 as Yen Strengthens


Jul 1 - Scallop Fishing to Close July 4 for Mid-Atlantic Limited Access General Category IFQ Vessels


Jun 28 - 2016 Council Appointments Announced by Secretary of Commerce


Jun 24 - Yesso Scallop Production up 4.9% in China's Changhai Province; Prices Hit Record Highs


Jun 24 - British Vote Sets Off Bomb in Global Economy; US and Canadian Seafood Industry to Suffer


Jun 22 - Fall River's Raw Seafoods Adds Three Industry Veterans to Senior Management Positions


Jun 21 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday June 21, 2016


May 27 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday May 27, 2016


May 26 - Bristol Seafood Hires Food Industry Veteran Jimmy Davolio as VP of Sales


May 25 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday May 25, 2016


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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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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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Torrential Rain, Massive Flooding Deals Blow to Peruvian Scallop Production

Weeks of torrential rains and flooding in Peru are impacting scallop production in the Northern part of the country. Expectations are for Peruvian scallops supplies to be limited at least short term.According to European seafood analysts at Seafood Intelligence Portal (SIP), the flooding is hurting Peruvian scallop production. Van Herwijnen said many scallops farms in Sechura Bay are closed indefinitely, particularly those that use bottom farming systems. He said operators that use hanging rope systems have relocated production farther out to sea. The expectation is for Peruvian supplies to be tight. Meanwhile, long term damage to Peru’s production and exports remains murky.

In Newfoundland, the return of cod may be signaling a shift in the food cycle that could hurt coldwater shrimp stocks. For the last decade the northern cod stock has been increasing at a rate of about 30 per cent per year. Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s 2016 stock assessment estimated its total biomass at around 300,000 metric tons. Biologists say a shift is occurring back to the traditional order of a capelin-cod dominated food chain.

In other news, booming squid catches and high prices have some squid fishermen in Point Judith concerned. At issue is how the port's economy has become heavily reliant on the squid fishery. Fishermen live in a constant worry about losing their fishing grounds; they worry over changing policy and the uncertainty of finances from one year to the next. A vessel used to be able to jump from one fishery to the next, from cod to fluke to squid to herring. That no longer occurs. This is a similar problem Maine is experiencing with fishermen almost solsolelypendant on lobster.

Meanwhile, Alaska's Board of Fisheries is meeting in Anchorage this week and commissioners are looking into the possibility of opening the fishery even in low abundance years.The Bering Sea Bairdi (or Tanner) crab fishery stayed closed this year, for the first time in four years. State biologists decided there were too few crab to safely harvest. But fishermen are questioning that decision. They say there were plentiful Bairdi when they were fishing for other species.

Finally, in this week's Seafood News Roundup show we recap some of the major stories that we reported from this week's Seafood Expo North America in Boston. It was a busy and upbeat show with lots of traffic at Urner Barry's booth and around the show floor. We appreciate those in the industry who took time out of their schedules to meet with us.

Have a great weekend and get some rest.

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




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News Summary March 22, 2017

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

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

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

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 21, 2017

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

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

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  March 20, 2017

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

For several years Michael has been working on this ...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 15, 2017

Maine-based seafood producer and distributor Bristol Seafood has earned Fair Trade Certification for its line of North Atlantic Sea Scallops. This is the first domestically harvested seafood item in the US market to earn recognition from the Fair Trade program.

According to Bristol the Fair Trade certified scallops will debut on retail shelves in East and West coast stores beginning in April.

The company worked with Fair Trade USA to bring its seafood program to the US market...

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

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Zhangzidao Greatly Improves its Performance over the Past Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Finance.sina]  Translated by Amy Zhong  March 8, 2017

Zhangzidao has recently released some new financial information, which although audited internally, has not been audited by outside firms yet.  The company is recovering from a problem of misstating its finances several years ago.

As the statistics show, Zhangzidao’s revenue is 3.052 billion yuan during 2016. It rises by 11.92% from that of the previous year. And the net profit attributable to shareholders balloons by 132.76% to reach 79.5934 million yuan. It has reversed the situation and begun to earn money again. And its equity attributable to shareholders raises by 21.14% to reach 1.073 billion yuan on December 31, 2016...

 

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Chicken of the Frozen Foods Enters Scallop Business in Marketing Deal with Northern Wind

Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods (COSFF) will enter the scallop business after the major distributor announced a marketing agreement with Massachusetts-based Northern Wind. According to the agreement the companies will work together to provide customers with high quality, responsibly sourced frozen scallops. “We are excited about the opportunity to combine Northern Wind’s expertise and sustainability footprint with our distribution network. The two companies are well positioned to further develop this important category,” said Bryan Rosenberg, CEO of Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods.

The first round of monthly shrimp imports figures of 2017 showed continued strength in shipments from India and Indonesia. As of January, total US shrimp imports were up 2.2 percent compared to last January. Indian shrimp imports continue to fuel the US market and were higher from historical monthly averages. Indonesian production, meanwhile, is generally stronger this time of the year compared to other major US suppliers and shipments were up 12 percent. Imports from many key US suppliers were down in January.

Meanwhile, Alaskan red king crab from Bristol Bay has fetched the highest price ever for fishermen according to reports. Meanwhile, Bering Sea snow crab prices are also at unprecedented levels.

In other news, the Russian Fishery Company, one of Russia’s largest fish producers, is considering acquiring the assets to major Russian pollock producer Dalmore in a deal valued at $150 million. Negotiations between the sides are currently underway. If finalized, the deal will allow Russian Fishery Company to increase its pollock catch by more than 20 percent.

Finally, India's shrimp feed and shrimp producer Avanti has entered into a joint venture with Thai Union. Avanti's Chairman and Managing Director, Alluri Indra Kumar has plans to increase the company's revenue share of shrimp exports to about 40 percent of the business by 2020. Currently, the revenue breakdown between Avanti's shrimp export and shrimp feed is 15 percent and 85 percent respectively.

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 6, 2017

Massachusetts-based seafood distributor Mariner Seafood will debut its GO WILD™ brand of super chilled, grab-and-go seafood at the upcoming Seafood Expo North America.

The ready-to-prepare line of wild-caught seafood utilizes vacuum skin packaging (VSP) technology adapted to meet seafood’s special requirements.

"We believe our GO WILD™ brand of wild-caught fish, shrimp and scallops will transform the way super chilled or frozen wild-caught seafood is brought to market," said Jack Flynn, President of Mariner Seafood...

 

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 27, 2017

Massachusetts-based seafood processor and distributor Mariner Seafood has joined the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) as a Funding Partner.

According to an announcement from Mariner’s founder and CEO Jack Flynn, the company will collaborate with approximately 40 GSSI partners across the seafood industry to shape the direction of leading topics that impact the seafood sector worldwide.

"Becoming a GSSI Funding Partner was a natural choice for Mariner Seafood," says Flynn. "We are excited to join with other leaders from across the seafood industry to work on critical knowledge-exchange initiatives and collaborate on topics that are vital to shaping our future."

 

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

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Torrential Rain, Massive Flooding Deals Blow to Peruvian Scallop Production

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - March 24, 2017

Weeks of torrential rains and flooding in Peru are impacting scallop production in the Northern part of the country. Expectations are for Peruvian scallops supplies to be limited at least short term.

Flooding has killed at least 78 people in Peru since record levels of rainfall have caused rivers to overflow, which have caused landslides across the country. A report from Euro News says many small towns in Peru’s northern coast are completely cut off from damage to infrastructure...

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Oregon Pink Shrimp Price Negotiations Canceled This Week

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

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

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

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

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

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News Summary March 21, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 20, 2017

Major West Coast and East Coast retailers Vons/Albertons and Hannaford confirmed they will carry Bristol Seafood’s Fair Trade USA certified scallops starting this April.

On the west Coast, Santa Monica Seafood will work with Bristol to distribute the Fair Trade scallops to its Vons/Albertsons stories. Santa Monica named Bristol its Vendor of the Year in 2016.

“We are proud to be the first seafood distributor to offer a Fair Trade Certified™ scallop to our retail customers in the western U.S...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mahi Coming Off Menus With 2016/17 Season a Bust, US Inventories Limited and Market at Record Highs

Mahi is starting to come off of restaurant menus in the US this year since the 2016/17 fishing season in Central and South America was a bust, which has limited inventories in the US market, pushed frozen wholesale markets to record levels and sent fresh prices to abnormally high prices for this time of the year. Fresh and frozen mahi supplies are down from a combination of water temperature-induced production problems from major Central and South American suppliers and a hike in FDA inspections and rejections of mahi in 2016. Frozen mahi prices are now at record highs, while fresh prices are trending well above averages for this time of the year.

Major Chinese scallop producer and exporter Zhangzidao posted improved revenues in 2016. The company took several steps to turn around its business last year including improving its scallop production and sales to domestic markets. The company also to streamlined the management of its operations and slimmed down its business goals to focus more on production rather than distribution logistics.

Meanwhile, Clearwater Seafoods' sales grew 21 percent in 2016 compared to the previous year. Clearwater said its sales and earnings were positively impacted by strong prices for scallops and higher sales volumes for clams, lobster, langoustine, whelks and crab. However, Clearwater said this growth was mostly from its acquisition of Macduff Shellfish's operations in late 2015. Otherwise, the company's sales fell short of its target. "Excluding Macduff, Clearwater's core business financial performance was below expectations as the company felt the combined effects of shortages of supply in northern shrimp and sea scallops," said Ian Smith, Chief Executive Officer.

In other news, Japan's inventory of salted kazunoko (herring roe) carried over from 2016 is up 10 percent from a year before according to the Fisheries Agency's cold-store seafood distribution statistics. The agency said this was the highest increase rate on record.

Finally, the New England Fishery Management Council’s scallop committee will meet to discuss how catch reports might be compiled more quickly and how to collect better scientific data to estimate the number of scallops in the northern gulf. The committee first will work to identify issues that need to be addressed before the council considers making changes to fishing restrictions for each class of vessel. Some of Maine's small boat scallopers say current regulations favor unlimited quotas for the big boat sector and that they are getting squeezed out of the fishery.

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Clearwater Reports 2016 Results and Positive Outlook for 2017

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 8, 2017 

HALIFAX -- Today Clearwater Seafoods reported its full year results for 2016, including sales growth of 21 percent over 2015. Sales for the full year were listed at $611.6 million, compared to 504.9 million from 2015.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) was $120.9 million for 2016, compared to $109.7 million for 2015. This marks Clearwater's seventh consecutive year of top and bottom line growth. 

Sales and adjusted EBITDA were positively impacted by strong sales prices for scallops...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - March 7, 2017

Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods (COSFF) will enter the scallop business after the major distributor announced a marketing agreement with Massachusetts-based Northern Wind.

According to the agreement the companies will work together to provide customers with high quality, responsibly sourced frozen scallops.

Northern Wind is one of the largest Atlantic scallop producers in the US with contracted vessels harvesting an estimated 20 percent of the allowable catch along the eastern seaboard...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - March 1, 2017

When President Trump first announced an executive order calling for two regulations to be repealed for everyone enacted, many in the commercial seafood industry feared chaos, since every regulated fishery in the US and all US IFQ quota licenses are managed with new regulations each year.
 
The issue was further confused by the sixty-day regulatory freeze, which meant the publications of some final rules in the Federal Register, for example starting the Alaskan halibut season, could be delayed.
 
In a letter to the White House in early February, the ranking democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, Raul Grijalva, said the 2 for 1 rule could jeopardize NOAA's ability to adjust fishing seasons, to change quotas and issue IFQs, or to adopt new management plans...

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