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Jun 23 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday June 23, 2017


Jun 23 - Tesco Hikes UK Salmon Retail Prices, Following Sainsbury


Jun 23 - FFAW wins Higher Summer Shrimp Price as Panel Sets $1.25 per Lb. as Benchmark


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


Jun 23 - ANALYSIS: Live Lobster Market Following Seasonal Trends


Jun 23 - China Shrimp Seed Stocking Drops 25% in First Half, Output to Be Stable on higher Quality seed


Jun 23 - Chinese Engineers Finish First Semi-Submersible Aquaculture Pen for SalMar ASA


Jun 23 - NFI, Importers Dealt Setback by Court in Ruling over Seafood Traceability Rule


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 - Zhanjiang Aquatic Products Exposition Draws Purchaser and Visitors from Around the World


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 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday June 21, 2017


Jun 21 - Mexican Film on Tilapia Workers Wins First Prize for World Seafood Congress Women in Seafood Videos


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


Jun 21 - BuyBack Program for Non-Whiting Trawl Fleet Continues to Generate Excessive Costs with no Relief


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 20 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday June 20, 2017


Jun 20 - VIDEO: Farmed Salmon Prices in Seasonal Decline


Jun 20 - Stavis Seafoods to Pack Fresh Fish in 100% Recyclable Material


Jun 20 - Americold Announces Appointment of Tim Hinckley as Executive VP & CCO


Jun 20 - Canadian Gov’t Says NL Plant Workers Will get Extra 5 Weeks of Employment Insurance Benefit


Jun 20 - Editorial Changes at Seafood News Announced With Susan Chambers Named Associate Editor


Jun 20 - Oregon Trawl Commission Strongly Disputes Our Criticism of MSC's Approach to West Coast Groundfish


Jun 20 - Peeled Shrimp Margins Squeezed by Two Year Decline


Jun 20 - Chris Oliver Named Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries


Jun 20 - Bocaccio, Darkblotch Rockfish Assessment Updates Show Stocks Rebuilt


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


Jun 19 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday June 19, 2017


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 - MSC Could be Kiss of Death for West Coast Groundfish


Jun 19 - Australia's Southern Rock Lobster Stocks Showing Resistance to Climate Change


Jun 19 - Flood of Sick and Weak Shrimp Depresses Market Prices in China during first part of June


Jun 19 - New Shrimp Prices to be Set in Newfoundland, With Uncertainty Whether Market Will Accept Increase


Jun 19 - Battle Over Snow Crab by Russian Oligarchs Leads to Record Bidding in Quota Auction


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 - Omega Protein Enters Atlantic and Gulf Mendaden Fisheries into MSC Assessment Process


Jun 16 - Hokkaido Squid Processors Ask Japan to Increase Import Quota After Poor Harvests


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


Jun 15 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday June 15, 2017


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


Jun 15 - Opponents of Extended Federal Red Snapper Season Want to Know How Feds Will Prevent Overfishing


Jun 15 - NMFS and Gulf States Agree to Extend Federal Red Snapper Fishing to September But Only on Weekends


Jun 15 - NOAA Fisheries Appoints Dr. Cisco Werner as the New Director of Scientific Programs


Jun 15 - Changes to Halibut Fishery in the Bering Sea Being Considered by North Pacific Council


Jun 14 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday June 14, 2017


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 14 - Slade Gorton Tilapia Recall Expands to Giant Eagle


Jun 14 - Trade Court Remands More Vietnamese Shrimp Duty Rates Over Forced Labor


Jun 14 - APICDA Promotes Grant Mirick to COO


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


Jun 13 - Ecommerce Companies Drive Prices of Lobster in China Down to Unbelievable Levels


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 13 - ICES Recommends 20% Cut to 2018 Barents Sea Cod Quotas Citing Weak Recruitment


Jun 13 - Walton Family Foundation Outlines Seafood Strategy at Seafood Summit, Commits $37 Million to NGO's


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


Jun 12 - West Coast Senators Cosponsor Young Fishermen’s Development Act


Jun 12 - Hilton Hotels Says its On Track to Source 25% of Seafood from MSC or ASC Certified Fisheries


Jun 12 - Revision to Trade Enforcement Act Gives CBP More Authority to Ban Imported Seafood for Forced Labor


Jun 12 - ALDI Announces $3.4 Billion Investment Strategy to Become 3rd Largest Grocer, By Store, in US Market


Jun 12 - Full Cycle Aquaculture Grows Rapidly in Japan as Giants Nissui and Maruha Nichiro Target New Species


Jun 12 - Slade Gorton Voluntarily Recalls Tilapia Products for Undeclared Milk


Jun 12 - Rebound of Mackerel, Sardines in Pacific, Plus New Deals in Africa, Will Boost Russian Catches 20%


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 - VIDEO: Seafood Data Summary A Look at Shrimp Imports, FDA Refusals and Snow Crab Quotas


Jun 9 - Moving Tribute Marks Oliver's Last Council Meeting


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


Jun 9 - Kodiak Alaska Rep Louise Stutes Explains Issues in Alaska Budget Crisis


Jun 9 - NFI Launches “Seafood Supper Club” Cook-Along Series


Jun 9 - DFO Extends Crab Season in NL 3K Area due to Heavy Ice


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


Jun 9 - Bumble Bee Seafoods Supports Tuna 2020 Traceability Initiative


Jun 9 - QDOBA Adds Fire-Roasted Shrimp Items for the Summer


Jun 9 - Australia Launches New National Seafood Industry Group


Jun 9 - Lobster Promos Continue Hot and Heavy in New England This Summer Despite McDonald's Canada Pullback


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


Jun 8 - NOAA May Extend Federal Red Snapper Season if States Give Up Some Days


Jun 8 - Peru Commits to Make National Vessel Tracking Data Publicly Available


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 7 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday June 7, 2017


Jun 7 - Chilean Mussel Exports Up 25% in 2017 with Market in US Growing


Jun 7 - Thai Union Enters Pilot Program to Outfit Electronic Monitors Aboard Fishing Vessels


Jun 7 - NOAA Announces Winners for $10 Million in 2017 Saltonstall-Kennedy Grants


Jun 7 - SFP Announces Goal to Get 75% of the World's Seafood in FIPs by 2020


Jun 7 - Orca Bay Seafoods to Switch Over to New Distribution Facility in Burien, WA on June 14


Jun 7 - Ignite Files Chapter 11 and Announces Sale of Joe's Crab Shack to KRG Acquisitions


Jun 7 - Battle Against Ghost Gear Strongly Supported by Young’s Seafood


Jun 6 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday June 6, 2017


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News Summary June 23, 2017

Today's Main Story: NFI, Importers Dealt Setback by Court in Ruling over Seafood Traceability Rule

We open the news today with a look at how the NFI and the nine seafood importers who filed suit to halt the Obama administration rule on new seafood traceability requirements were dealt a blow in a Washington DC District Court yesterday, June 22nd. The Judge, Amit P. Mehta, ordered the Dept. of Commerce to submit a signed statement to ratify the Seafood Traceability Rule. Such a statement would then cure, after the fact, any failure of the DOC in making the rule in violation of Magnuson. The plaintiffs had argued that since the rule was signed by an ineligible officer, it was invalid under the DOC rulemaking powers.

In other news, Notre Dame Seafoods reportedly shut its NL Twillingate Plant in response to low shrimp quotas. A union leader at the shuttered shrimp processing plant in Twillingate is "shocked" that the facility isn't opening this season, but is defiant at the suggestion the doors won't ever open again. Quota cuts, and not lingering sea ice, are blamed for the plant not opening this season. In a news release Wednesday, the Fish, Food and Allied Workers referred to the closure repeatedly as "permanent." Calls to Notre Dame Seafood were not returned Thursday.

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Tesco Hikes UK Salmon Retail Prices, Following Sainsbury

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews] June 23, 2017

Tesco has raised prices on most of its salmon SKU’s, following other similar moves by British retailers.

Sainsbury’s did this several weeks ago raising prices by 14%

According to the Norwegian Seafood Export Council Director Jack Moller, retailers had to raise prices because salmon was such an important commodity for them.

Tesco’s private label smoked salmon was up 15% to £3.10 per 100 gm, while their Alaskan salmon fillet price rose 25% to £5...

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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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China Shrimp Seed Stocking Drops 25% in First Half, Output to Be Stable on higher Quality seed

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan News] translated by Amy Zhong - June 22, 2017

A review of China’s white shrimp aquaculture within the first half of this year and a prediction about the second half.

The National Fishery Technical Extension Center (NFTEC) has set up 12 research centers of freshwater and seawater aquaculture in China to learn more about white shrimp farming and market during the first half of this year. Among them, five centers are located in the provinces of Hebei, Zhejiang, Fujian, Shandong and Guangdong. They mainly study freshwater aquaculture. The remaining ones...

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NFI, Importers Dealt Setback by Court in Ruling over Seafood Traceability Rule

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  June 23, 2017

NFI and the nine seafood importers who filed suit to halt the Obama administration rule on new seafood traceability requirements were dealt a blow in a Washington DC District Court yesterday, June 22nd.

The Judge, Amit P. Mehta, ordered the Dept. of Commerce to submit a signed statement to ratify the Seafood Traceability Rule.  Such a statement would then cure, after the fact, any failure of the DOC in making the rule in violation of Magnuson.

The plaintiffs had argued that since the rule was signed by an ineligible officer,...

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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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Zhanjiang Aquatic Products Exposition Draws Purchaser and Visitors from Around the World

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

ZHANJIANG, China -- The 2017 China International Aquatic Products Exposition (CIAPE 2017) & China Seafood Procurement Fair opened on June 18 at Zhanjiang International Convention and Exhibition Center.

With the mission to "connect the Chinese aquaculture industry with the world and let the whole world benefit from its boom," the CIAPE 2017 placed particular emphasis on the quality and safety of China's aquatic products and seized the strategic opportunity generated by the promotion of the Belt and Road Initiative to build an industry-wide, one-stop exchange platform for aquatic products and seafood merchants as well as fishing equipment manufacturers at ...

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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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Mexican Film on Tilapia Workers Wins First Prize for World Seafood Congress Women in Seafood Videos

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  June 21, 2017

Iceland's Matís, in collaboration with WSI, the International Association for Women in the Seafood Industry, has launched the first worldwide video contest portraying women working in the seafood industry. The videos will be featured at the World Seafood Congress in September.

The winner was a film maker from Mexico.

The results was astounding, with 14 high quality short films received from 12 countries in four continents. A large array of situations have been depicted, showing successes and difficulties, at producing, processing..

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BuyBack Program for Non-Whiting Trawl Fleet Continues to Generate Excessive Costs with no Relief

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - June 22, 2017

The West Coast non-whiting groundfish trawl fleet has paid back $29.8 million on the $28.4 million buy-back loan issued in 2003, but still owes $24.2 million and is looking at an additional $10 million fee to refinance.

SeafoodNews reported on the disastrously implemented buyback loan last year. Since then, "there has been...

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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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VIDEO: Farmed Salmon Prices in Seasonal Decline


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Americold Announces Appointment of Tim Hinckley as Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Americold] June 20, 2017

ATLANTA, Georgi) – Americold (www.americold.com), the global leader in temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics to the food industry, announced today that Tim Hinckley has joined the company as an Executive Vice President and its Chief Commercial Officer.

In his new position, Mr. Hinckley will take responsibility for Americold’s business development—guiding Key Account and Regional Account relationship activities; Voice of the Industry and Voice of the Customer channels; Branding, Marketing and Communications; and overall customer...

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Editorial Changes at Seafood News Announced

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  June 20, 2017

SeafoodNews and Urner Barry announced new editorial changes at SeafoodNews, effective this week.

Susan Chambers, who has been our West Coast Correspondent, is being promoted to Associate Editor.  We rely very much on Susan’s insights into the West Coast fishery, based on her long experience as staff of the West Coast Seafood Processors Association.

In addition, we have asked Maggie Raymond, based in South Berwick, Maine, to increase her contributions and editorial input to SeafoodNews.  Maggie also has lifelong experience in the seafood industry, and currently owns two trawlers...

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Peeled Shrimp Margins Squeezed by a Two Year Decline

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by Paul Brown  June 20, 2017

After the high prices due to EMS in 2014; peeled shrimp have generally traded in a very narrow range over the last 3 years

After the high prices due to EMS in 2014, peeled shrimp have generally traded in a very narrow range over the last 3 years.

However, since about the middle of 2015, despite a few peaks, margins on peeled shrimp have been on a steady decline. They bottomed out in the 4th quarter of 2016 ...

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Bocaccio, Darkblotch Rockfish Assessment Updates Show Stocks Rebuilt

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

Two important West Coast groundfish stocks that were formerly listed as overfished have now been rebuilt.

Bocaccio and darkblotched rockfish, which are managed by the Pacific Fishery Management Council, were under strict rebuilding plans that have constrained West Coast fisheries for more than a decade. Bocaccio was declared overfished in 1999, and darkblotched rockfish in 2000; both were rebuilt well before their original target dates.

The Scientific and Statistical Committee report at the June Council meeting said bocaccio's increase above the overfishing level is due in large part to strong recruitment ...

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FFAW wins Higher Summer Shrimp Price as Panel Sets $1.25 per Lb. as Benchmark

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  June 23, 2017

The FFAW said they won the price panel decision on summer inshore shrimp prices.  On Wednesday, the Standing Fish Price Panel released its decision on shrimp prices and it chose the FFAW price of $1.25 per pound.

In the April, the price panel chose the Processor offer of $.95 per lb., however due to ice and the harvester preference for crab fishing, very little inshore shrimp has been harvested at that price.

The Panel had the choice between the FFAW position and ASP’s position of $1.04.

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ANALYSIS: Live Lobster Market Following Seasonal Trends

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Urner Barry] by Nicole West - June 23,2017

The 4th of July is right around the corner – a time of year typically met with peak demand for live lobsters. Traders in the US are reporting higher replacement costs for product and it appears lobster market prices are following their traditional seasonal trend. By the end of next week, the major producing Lobster Fishing Areas in Canada will be closed and supplies of hard shell live lobsters will be limited. So far reports indicate that Maine is not producing  ...

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Chinese Engineers Finish First Semi-Submersible Aquaculture Pen for SalMar ASA

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Sohu.com] translated by Amy Zhong - June 23, 2017

With equipment made in China, seven people can raise 1.5 million salmon within one year.

Recently Chinese engineers from Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group have finished the engineering designing and constructing of the first and also the largest semisubmersible aquaculture facility for its Norwegian customer, SalMar ASA. This equipment was initially designed by the Norwegians. It is a combination of advanced aquaculture technologies, environmental concept and strong manufacturing capability.

The facility is a dodecagon with a ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Peeled Shrimp Margins Squeezed

Since about the middle of 2015, despite a few peaks, margins on peeled shrimp have been on a steady decline according to an analysis from Urner Barry. Margins bottomed out in the 4th quarter of 2016 and have rebounded since that time. But they remain at the bottom of the range since 2008. After the high prices due to EMS in 2014, peeled shrimp have generally traded in a very narrow range over the last 3 years.

Bocaccio and darkblotched rockfish, which are managed by the Pacific Fishery Management Council, have now been rebuilt before original target dates. The Scientific and Statistical Committee report at the June Council meeting said bocaccio's increase above the overfishing level is due in large part to strong recruitment events in 1999, 2010 and 2013. Its estimated lifespan is 50 years.“The rebuilding strategies used to achieve this conservation success, coupled with favorable environmental conditions for groundfish productivity, have paid huge dividends in rebuilding our overfished groundfish stocks and resurrecting West Coast groundfish fisheries,” Council Chairman Herb Pollard

In other news, Thai producers plan to increase their shrimp output in the second half of this year, after output from farms dropped in the first two quarters of 2017 compared to last year. The expectation is for shrimp production to grow 5 percent overall this year. Thai shrimp prices, which are on the rise again, are expected to either remain stable or grow 5 percent in 2017 compared to last year said Preerasak Boonmechote, Thai Union Group’s shrimp unit managing director.

Meanwhile, lobster industry representatives in Massachusetts are urging legislators to support a proposal to expand in-state processing of lobsters and lobster parts. The proposal, contained in an amendment in the state Senate’s recently passed budget, would allow licensed Bay State wholesalers to process unfrozen raw lobsters, as well as allowing the sale of previously frozen raw in-shell tails and the importation of unfrozen shell-on lobster parts and tails. "Right now, we depend on Canada for so much of our processing facilities,” said Beth Casoni, executive director of the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association, which supports the proposal. “This would allow us to do that processing here in Massachusetts, helping us to create jobs here and create markets for our lobster products.”

With what looks like a "sustained push" of reds up the Nushagak and Wood Rivers, coupled with stronger winds in the forecast, the ADF&G is likely to make an announcement to ready the fleet for possible fishing time. "There was a big uptick in passage yesterday: 59,000 raw count and still pushing this morning," said west side area manager Tim Sands early Monday.

Finally, today is my last day as production editor for Urner Barry and Seafoodnews.com. My career in the seafood industry will continue as I have taken a position in Boston. It’s been a privilege learning and writing about this industry and I’m extremely grateful to Urner Barry and Seafood News for the opportunity they have offered me over the last six years to serve you, our readers.

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Stavis Seafoods to Pack Fresh Fish in 100% Recyclable Material

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] June 20, 2017

Stavis Seafoods announced that it will utilize packaging made of 100% recyclable material for fresh fish orders.

The new packaging is part of an ongoing and proactive effort by Stavis to offer more environmentally friendly and responsible options to its customers.

“We are always looking for ways to meet the needs of our growing customer base,” said Richard Stavis, CEO of Stavis Seafoods... 

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Canadian Gov’t Says NL Plant Workers Will get Extra 5 Weeks of Employment Insurance Benefit

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Oregon Trawl Commission Strongly Disputes Our Criticism of MSC's Approach to West Coast Groundfish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by Brad Pettinger, Executive Director of the Oregon Trawl Commission  June 20, 2017

OTC Rebuttal to Seafoodnews.com

As the director of the Oregon Trawl Commission (OTC), the client for the MSC certification of the US West Coast Groundfish Trawl Fishery, I feel that I need to respond to Monday’s article about the MSC and the West Coast groundfish trawl fishery.  First off all, I think that the title is so far removed from reality, that it’s almost laughable.  With that, I’ll address my rebuttal point by point, ending with my thoughts on the article’s title.

The rot at the heart of the MSC system is that they have no concern for maximum sustainable yield, the key driver of fisheries sustainability and economic viability.

  • I don’t know where this rationale comes from. A fishery is scored against the MSC standard, taking into consideration the management system that a fishery operates in.  In their infinite wisdom, the Pacific Council opted for an overfished threshold of 25% B◦, whereas the rest of the US fishery councils have a 20% B◦ ...

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Chris Oliver Named Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - June 21, 2017

Well, it's official. After a months long search that included individuals from other sectors of the fishing industry and a preliminary decision that pivoted on confirmation, the choice of Chris Oliver as the next head of NOAA Fisheries has finally been made official.

Oliver, a fisheries biologist from Texas who went on to shepherd the largest regional management council in the nation through years of profound evolutions...

 

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