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Mar 29 - Gulf Snow Crab May Not be Underway Until Week of April 23rd due to Ice


Mar 28 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday March 28, 2017


Mar 28 - Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council Wants Newfoundland to Temper Expectations of Cod Rebound


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


Mar 28 - Two Pacific Andes Subsidiaries Seek Chapter 11 Protections as Liquidation Proceedings Begin


Mar 28 - Lakes Farm Raised Catfish Issues Recall Notice to USDA for Fish that Contain Antibiotics


Mar 28 - Vietnamese Pangasius Duty Rates Unchanged in Final 12th Review


Mar 28 - BluGlacier, Ventisqueros Bring ASC, BAP Certified Silverside Premium Farmed Coho Salmon to US Market


Mar 28 - Sitka Herring Sac Roe Fishery Wraps Up


Mar 28 - Pollock roe Auctions Return High Prices, in Boost to Alaska Companies


Mar 28 - Darden Restaurants Acquires Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen For $780 Million


Mar 28 - Russia Dangles More Pollock Allocations if Koreans Invest in Russian Processing


Mar 28 - Court Grants Increased 'Spill' to Aid Endangered Columbia/Snake River Salmon


Mar 28 - Oregon Salmon Industry Requests 2016 Fishery Disaster Declaration


Mar 27 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday March 27, 2017


Mar 27 - US Shrimp Consumption Poised to Take Off With Other Seafood Markets at Record High Prices


Mar 27 - Florida's Spiny Lobster Season to Close on April 1


Mar 27 - Maine Lobstermen Figured Out How to Make More Money Off Their Catches


Mar 27 - Sealord Will Sell Caistor to Nissui


Mar 27 - WWF-Canada Supports Parliament's Standing Committee Recommendations on Capelin Stock Assessments


Mar 27 - Yurok Tribe Warns of ‘Most Catastrophic Fisheries Collapse in Klamath River History’


Mar 27 - Some Newfoundland Snow Crab Plants Attempting to Settle with Japanese at $6.95 FOB St. John’s


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 24 - New Wave's Vegan, Algae-Based Shrimp Ahead of Distribution Schedule as Gets Quick Market Interest


Mar 24 - EU Funding Same DNA Technology That Identified Horsemeat to Properly Label Imported Snapper


Mar 24 - Hillborn to Speak on Sustaining Food From the Seas in Prestigious Lecture


Mar 24 - StarKist Goes Bold With New Tuna Pouch Flavors


Mar 24 - Cuba Inaugurates Ocean Acidification Observatory


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


Mar 23 - Thai Union Expands Work Against Human Trafficking in Supply Chain to Include Global Retailers


Mar 23 - Sitka Herring Roe Fleet Has Now Caught More than Half the Quota


Mar 23 - Worldwide Industry, NGOs Advocate for Policy Changes in Tuna Fisheries in 2017


Mar 23 - Proposed Rule Will Allow Alaska Fishermen to Test New, Voluntary Electronic Monitoring


Mar 23 - Oregon Pink Shrimp Price Negotiations Canceled This Week


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


Mar 22 - SFP Announces Merger of Two Major Squid FIP Monitoring Groups in South America and Asia


Mar 22 - Western Pacific Council to Tackle Management in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument


Mar 22 - Sakhalin Officials Arrested For Allowing IUU Russian Crab to Flow to China


Mar 22 - GAA, MultiExport Foods and Mitsui Sign Initiative to reduce SRS Salmon Disease in Chile


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


Mar 21 - SeaWeb Names 16 Finalists for 2017 Seafood Champion Awards


Mar 21 - Fishpeople Seafood and Open Blue Win Seafood Excellence Awards at Boston Show


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


Mar 21 - Boston Show Upbeat Again this Year as Footprint Expands


Mar 21 - Sitka Herring Roe Fleet Catches 25 Percent of GHL in Three Hours


Mar 20 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday, March 20, 2017


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


Mar 20 - Raw Seafoods Hires Former "Boston Chef of the Year" Walter Zuromski as Director of R&D


Mar 20 - SeaWatch Launches Foodservice Line of Frozen Soups; Expands to Retail in Partnership with Bar Harbor


Mar 20 - Preferred Freezers Will Open Facilities in Texas, Chicago this Year; to Build Ninth NJ/NY Warehouse


Mar 20 - GAA Signs Agreement for Major Chinese E-Commerce Retailer JD.com to Distribute BAP Certified Seafood


Mar 20 - San Diego's Catalina Offshore Products Launches Domestically Caught Hook and Line Canned Tuna


Mar 20 - Anomalous 2015 Ocean Conditions May Bode Poorly for West Coast Juvenile Chinook Salmon Survival


Mar 20 - OCI Announces Project to Move Canadian Redfish towards MSC Requirements


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


Mar 17 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday, March 17, 2017


Mar 17 - Whitecap Will Celebrate 50 Years of Luxury Brand Canadian Crab at Boston, Brussels and China Shows


Mar 17 - PODCAST: Pangasius Under Attack in the EU and the Road to the Boston Seafood Show


Mar 17 - Lerøy Seafood Group Objects to Norwegian Restructuring That Will Cost it 20% of Its Cod Quota


Mar 17 - Lobsters 2nd Largest Volume Import at Zhengzhou Airport as Expanded Air Cargo Capacity Continues


Mar 17 - NOAA Wants More At Sea Monitoring of Groundfish in New England


Mar 17 - Russian Crab Importer Direct Source Raises $45 Million Credit Line, Absorbs Sister Company


Mar 17 - Russian Fishing Industry Faces More Consolidation as Companies Prepare for 10 Year Quota Auctions


Mar 17 - Japanese Fish Sellers Adapt to Changing Market with More Prepared Items, Different Species of Fish


Mar 17 - Oregon State Study Says Workplace Injuries Rising in Seafood Processing Sector


Mar 17 - NGO’s Stumble at Start of Boston Seafood Show with Call for Mexican Shrimp Boycott


Mar 17 - Commentator Gives up In Confusion Over Sustainable Fish Guides; Just a Personal Choice, She Says


Mar 16 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday March 16, 2017


Mar 16 - Alaska's Salmon Hatchery Production Fell Far Short of Forecast in 2016 (Fish Radio)


Mar 16 - Crabmeat Importer Blue Star Implments Cloud-Based Supply Chain Tracking for Indonesian Blue Crab


Mar 16 - Stavis Seafoods Names Retail Veteran Chuck Marble President


Mar 16 - VIDEO: Alfa Gamma Seafood and Seattle Fish Company Oppose Proposed Border Tax


Mar 16 - Australia Quarantines Shellfish in Moreton Bay to Combat Spread of Whitespot Disease


Mar 16 - Seal Predation Seen Impacting Snow Crab Stocks in Newfoundland


Mar 16 - Whole Foods' New Canned Tuna Policy: Only Pole-and-Line, Troll, or Handline Caught Tuna By 2018


Mar 16 - Fish 2.0 2017 Competition Opens West Coast Track with Investment Event in Seattle


Mar 16 - Plea Hearing for Carlos Rafael Delayed to March 30, 2017


Mar 16 - NMFS Sets 16 Percent Observer Coverage Level for NE Groundfish Sector for 2017


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


Mar 15 - VIDEO: Vietnam's Pangasius Industry is Under Attack in Europe


Mar 15 - Regal Springs' Corporate Social Responsibility Officer Magdalena Wallhoff Resigns


Mar 15 - MSC Opens Up Consultation Period to Develop Six Areas in its Certification Scheme


Mar 15 - Clearwater to Debut Norway Lobster, Rock Crab and Additional Arctic Surf Clam Products at Boston


Mar 15 - California, Oregon Salmon Season Options Range from Some to None


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


Mar 15 - Chinese Press Hints at More Crackdown on Lobster and Shrimp Smuggling Through Vietnam


Mar 15 - GSSI Formally Recognizes MSC as meeting the Global Benchmarks


Mar 15 - Russia Plans to Seize Fishing Quotas from Producers Who Build Trawlers With Foreign Capital


Mar 15 - First In-Season Cod Closure Announced for Some Southeast AK Waters


Mar 15 - Alaska Salmon Fishery Recertified Under Responsible Fisheries Management Program


Mar 15 - Russia's Pollock Catch in Okhotsk Sea Loses Momentum in Early March


Mar 14 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday March 14, 2017


Mar 14 - VIDEO: Global Demand Pinches Argentine Red Shrimp Supplies


Mar 14 - Great American Seafoods Steps Up Supply Chain Traceability with New Tracking Software


Mar 14 - Stavis Seafoods Hires Former Icicle QA manager Brandii Holmdahl as Director of Quality


Mar 14 - Thai Union Donates $50,000 to Support of East Indonesian Tuna FIPs


Mar 14 - Crabmeat Importer Blue Star Foods Forms First Blue Swimming Crab Crab Co-Op in Indonesia


Mar 14 - Soy Aquaculture Program,. Soybean Export Council Launch Next Version of Feed Forumlation Database


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Gulf Snow Crab May Not be Underway Until Week of April 23rd due to Ice

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  March 29, 2017

After a cold March, ice is thick in the harbor at Caraquet.  The first icebreaker to try and open the harbor to prepare for the start of the crab season encountered ice 4 feet thick, and was unable to do the job, reported some of the people at the crab and lobster meetings held in Shippagan, NB yesterday.

A larger icebreaker will have to be scheduled. Some participants thought...

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Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council Wants Newfoundland to Temper Expectations of Cod Rebound

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 28, 2017

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans released its technical briefing on the status of Canada’s iconic Northern Cod Stock.  Within the last decade, this stock complex has begun to recover from the brink of commercial extinction.  Although it continues to rebuild, there are clear signs that the recovery is not as robust as was projected only a year ago the Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council (GEAC) said in a press release this week...

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Two Pacific Andes Subsidiaries Seek Chapter 11 Protections as Liquidation Proceedings Begin

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - March 28, 2017

Two subsidiaries of Pacific Andes have filed for their own Chapter 11 bankruptcy protections in a New York court this week. The filings follow a court decision in the British Virgin Islands this past February that allowed creditor banks to liquidate one of Pacific's subsidiaries. 

Nouvelle Foods International Limited and Golden Target Pacific Limited filed for Chapter 11. 

Pacific Andes said Golden Target’s directors “believe that it is in the best interests of its shareholders to file for protection under Chapter 11 to ensure the continuation of a transparent and comprehensive restructuring process.”

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Vietnamese Pangasius Duty Rates Unchanged in Final 12th Review 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - March 28, 2017

The US Department of Commerce finalized anti-dumping duty rates for Vietnamese pangasius exporters in its 12th administration review that covered shipments made between August 1, 2014, through July 31, 2015.

According to the Federal Register announcement, Commerce upheld the rates it published in its preliminary findings last September.

The final rates for the corresponding companies are as follows. These rates are unchanged from Commerce’s 11th review period...

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Sitka Herring Sac Roe Fishery Wraps Up

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 29, 2017

Last Tuesday’s opener for the full fleet of seiners in the Sitka Sound herring sac roe fishery netted 5,200 mt, bringing the cumulative harvest to 13,543 mt. The opener lasted less than three and a half hours.

That leaves 995 mt left to harvest from the Guideline Harvest Level (GHL), too small of an amount to open to the entire fleet. Permit holders are working on a plan to harvest the remaining GHL in a controlled fishery...

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Darden Restaurants Acquires Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen For $780 Million

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - March 28, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Darden Restaurants Inc. is expanding its portfolio of differentiated brands.

The company on Monday announced it agreed to acquire Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen for $780 million in an all-cash transaction from its stockholders including private equity firms L Catterton and Oak Investment Partners. Cheddar's will add to Darden's portfolio, which currently includes Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Yard House, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and Eddie V's.

Cheddar's was founded in 1979 in Arlington, Texas, and features high-quality, made-from-scratch food at compelling prices in a polished yet warm atmosphere, according to a press release. Today, Cheddar's has 165 locations ...

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Court Grants Increased 'Spill' to Aid Endangered Columbia/Snake River Salmon

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - March 28, 2017

PORTLAND, OR — More water for more salmon in 2018.

Portland U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon ruled Monday that federal dam operators on the Columbia and Snake rivers must increase water releases over spillways to improve survival rates for juvenile salmon migrating to the ocean starting in 2018.

Simon found that current operation of eight federal dams is causing continued irreparable harm to imperiled salmon and steelhead and that increased “spill” provides safer passage for juvenile salmon navigating ...

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Some Newfoundland Snow Crab Plants Attempting to Settle with Japanese at $6.95 FOB St. John’s

Major Newfoundland snow crab packer Quinlan Bros. announced their first contract with Japanese buyers. The company has agreed with Maruha Nichiro on a first order for 1000 tons, packed to Japanese specifications, at a price of $6.95 FOB St. John’s. The Quinlan Bros. now have a state-of-the-art plant since rebuilding the Newfoundland facility after a fire razed the plant just before the start to the snow crab season last year. The destruction of the plant created a chaotic situation in the snow crab market last year as Japanese buyers had to scramble to fill orders that they thought were solid. There are several other major plants in Newfoundland that have agreed to sell at this same price, but as of press time, no additional contracts have been publicly announced. There certainly is a strong desire for more orderly Japanese purchasing this year, on the part of both crab producers and their major Japanese partners writes John Sackton.

Record high prices for many popular seafood items in the US market are likely to support more shrimp consumption in 2017 given the item's relatively stable price and a strong supply outlook.A look at Urner Barry quotations show high market prices for salmon, snow crab, king crab and mahi-mahi. Compared to these other seafood species, the shrimp market represents a value and could be used as a replacement item on restaurant menus and among retailers.

In other news, the normalization of trade relations between China and Norway has salmon producers in Norway looking to expand sales to the Chinese market. The industry is looking for new markets and new ways to boost margins. One such example is Marine Harvest cooperation with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., China’s biggest e-commerce company, to sell salmon online. “China is too big to ignore,” Hogne I. Tyssoy, portfolio manager of the Holberg Triton fund, said “Now when it’s opening again, Norwegian seafood has an exciting future in China.”

Meanwhile, Indian shrimp exports are likely to benefit from lower duty rates the US Department of Commerce preliminarily announced in March. The 1.07 percent country-wide rate would result in some refunds for several exporters if finalized. "Because of the duty being lowered, a lot of major exporters will stand to get duty refunds which will be a big boost for the exports," said Rajen Padhy, director general of Utkal Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a seafood consultant.

Finally, Red Lobster continues to expand to international markets. It has built 21 restaurants internationally since its spun off from Darden Restaurants in 2014. The company has expanded to Mexico, Ecuador and Saudi Arabia among other markets. Red Lobster hasn't built a new restaurant in the US over two years and doesn't have any immediate plans for new American locations.

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Florida's Spiny Lobster Season to Close on April 1

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - March 27, 2017

Florida’s spiny lobster season will close this weekend on Saturday April 1 and reports say the season started strong in September but production was hurt from a hurricane in October and a mild winter.

As of April 1 there will no spiny lobster harvesting until the summer. There will be a two-day recreational sport season in July. Then, the spiny lobster season will officially reopen August 6th.

In October, Hurricane Matthew battered the Florida coast. The storm stirred up the waters in the Florida Keys and moved traps. A report in early March said it took the industry a full month to rebound from the story... 

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Sealord Will Sell Caistor to Nissui

SEAFOODNEWS.COM[SeafoodNews] - March 27, 2017

In a strategic decision that refocuses their priorities, the Sealord Group will be selling its British-based Sealord Caistor processing business to a wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd (Nissui), which owns half of Sealord.

The move will be effective from the 1st of April 2017. The business will be renamed Caistor Seafoods Ltd...

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Yurok Tribe Warns of ‘Most Catastrophic Fisheries Collapse in Klamath River History’

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 27, 2017

California's largest tribe, the Yuroks of the northwestern corner of the state, who have relied on salmon returns to the Klamath River since before the Spaniards arrived in California, are facing a catastrophic fisheries collapse. 

The number of fall Chinook salmon predicted to return to the Klamath in 2017 — approximately 11,000 fish — is the lowest on record. The Tribe’s 2017 allocation, set by the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, will likely be about 650 fish or one fish for every 10 Tribal members...

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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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EU Funding Same DNA Technology That Identified Horsemeat to Properly Label Imported Snapper

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 24, 2017

The EU is funding a project that is using DNA samples to identify snapper species that are imported to the market in an effort to reduce mislabeling. This is the same technology used a few years ago that identified horse meat in the EU supply chain. 

The SNAPTRACE project is being created at the University of Salford in the UK and is lead by Dr Donna Cawthorn.

The project is collecting DNA samples of snappers from around the world and analyzing them against EU customs data... 

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StarKist Goes Bold With New Tuna Pouch Flavors

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - March 24, 2017

PITTSBURGH -- StarKist Co., recently announced the launch of three new BOLD product innovations that add to the company's growing StarKist Tuna & Salmon Creations line of single-serve pouch products. Each BOLD pouch features a convenient, tear-open and no-drain design, making it easy to enjoy tuna or salmon straight from the pouch or in a simple meal. The gluten-free varieties of BOLD flavor pouches are available now: Tuna Creations BOLD Thai Chili Style; Tuna Creations BOLD Jalapeño; and Tuna Creations BOLD Hot Buffalo Style.

"More than ever, consumers are craving bolder flavors and everyday convenience," Andy Mecs, Director of Marketing & Innovation

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Pollock roe Auctions Return High Prices, in Boost to Alaska Companies

The American pollock industry got a welcome whiff of stronger markets as the annual first A season pollock roe auction concluded in Seattle writes John Sackton. Trading and demand was strong, and prices were generally higher than last year. Given the additional volume, the auction has been a welcome boost at a time when pollock prices for blocks are very low.

Canada's Northern cod stocks continue to rebound in Newfoundland, but the industry is still deep in the critical zone, according to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). But despite DFO’s warning that fishing should be kept to “the lowest possible levels,” a representative of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (FFAW) says it’s time for a significant increase in quota. The Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council (GEAC) says that Newfoundland needs to wait before getting commercial cod activity underway. “While the industry is naturally excited about the prospects of an increased harvest, we need to resist the temptation to increase catch prematurely – a view shared by the Standing Committee of Fisheries. We must act responsibly; the world fisheries community is watching, and we must get it right this time," said Dr. Kris Vascotto the Executive Director of the GEAC.

In other news, dozens of angry fishermen in Mexico burned a boat as part of a threat to force out a ship operated by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in Mexico's Gulf of California. The fishermen are upset with a misguided campaign by a group of conservationists that called for US consumers to boycott Mexican shrimp in order to save the endangered vaquita porpoise. "Just as they are judging us fishermen, we will judge all the environmentalists," said Sunshine Rodriguez, a leader of the local fishing cooperative in San Felipe, Baja California. "We aren't going to just sit around."

Two subsidiaries of Pacific Andes have filed for their own Chapter 11 bankruptcy protections in a New York court this week. These filings follow a court decision in the British Virgin Islands this past February that allowed creditor banks to liquidate one of Pacific's other subsidiaries. Nouvelle Foods International Limited and Golden Target Pacific Limited said they “believe that it is in the best interests of its shareholders to file for protection under Chapter 11 to ensure the continuation of a transparent and comprehensive restructuring process.”

Finally, India's major port city Visakhapatnam in the state of Andhra Pradesh will get a a state of the art seafood processing and cold storage facility. The units will be modeled after operations in Japan and China. They will be outfitted to produce and store seafood exports for major markets including Europe, South America and Central America.

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

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Lakes Farm Raised Catfish Issues Recall Notice to USDA for Fish that Contain Antibiotics

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 28, 2017

Lakes Farm Raised Catfish Inc., a Dundee, Miss. establishment, issued a recall for approximately 1,695 pounds of domestic catfish products that may be adulterated with residues, specifically Malachite Green and Leucomalachite Green, according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). 

The products were produced on March 14 through 17, 2017. The following products are subject to recall...

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BluGlacier, Ventisqueros Bring ASC, BAP Certified Silverside Premium Farmed Coho Salmon to US Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - March 28, 2017

Chilean salmon producer Ventisqueros is set to bring a certified sustainable, farmed coho salmon with the lowest feed to fish ratio in the industry to the US market this fall.

The Silverside Premium brand of farmed coho salmon will be available in the US market this October for the retail and foodservice sector. The salmon will be sold by BluGlacier, which is the Miami-based sales office for Ventisqueros in the US market....

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Pollock roe Auctions Return High Prices, in Boost to Alaska Companies

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton March 28, 2017

The American pollock industry got a welcome whiff of stronger markets as the annual first A season pollock roe auction concluded in Seattle.

Trading and demand was strong, and prices were generally higher than last year. Also volumes improved to about 9000 tons. 7744 tons were bid at the auction, and 1254 tons were sold on private contracts.

Overall value rose to $42 million, vs $24 million last year. But this number is still below what was achieved in 2015...

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Russia Dangles More Pollock Allocations if Koreans Invest in Russian Processing

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  March 28, 2017

The Russian government will consider increasing pollock quotas for South Korea and Japan for the fishing in the Russian territorial waters this year, according to recent statements of Ilya Shestakov, head of Rosrybolovstvo.

Implementation of these plans, however, will depend on certain conditions. 

According to Rosrybolovstvo, the quota of South Korea for catching fish in Russian waters has been reduced twice in recent years, however there is a possibility that it could be increased already this year..

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Oregon Salmon Industry Requests 2016 Fishery Disaster Declaration

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - March 28, 2017

The 2017 ocean salmon seasons in Oregon and California seem grim due to low Klamath River Chinook forecasts, but the Oregon Salmon Commission already is hoping for disaster assistance for the 2016 season.

In a letter to Gov. Kate Brown earlier in March, the Commission requested she declare the 2016 season a disaster -- the first step in a formal request to the U.S. Department of Commerce for a federal declaration and thus, opening the way to federal funding if Congress approves.

The process may take quite awhile. ...

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US Shrimp Consumption Poised to Take Off with Other Seafood Markets at Record High Prices

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh and Angel Rubio - March 27, 2017

Record high prices for many popular seafood items in the US market are likely to support more shrimp consumption in 2017 given the item's relatively stable price and a strong supply outlook.

During last week’s Seafood Expo North America in Boston many traders talked about record or near record high pricing for a variety of seafood items. A look at Urner Barry quotations high market prices for salmon, snow crab, king crab and mahi-mahi... 

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Maine Lobstermen Figured Out How to Make More Money Off Their Catches

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bangor Daily News] By Bill Trotter- March 27, 2017

Maine lobstermen figured out how to make more money off their catches
LAMOINE, Maine — A lobstermen-only fishing organization has purchased a local lobster wholesale business, extending the reach of its members further down the distribution chain and giving them a greater share of the profit off their catch.

The Maine Lobstering Union, formed in 2013 in the wake of a sharp drop in prices paid to lobstermen by dealers, is buying Seal Point Lobster Co., a wholesale lobster distribution firm owned by the Pettegrow family. The Pettegrows also own the Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound restaurant, which is not part of ...

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WWF-Canada Supports Parliament's Standing Committee Recommendations on Capelin Stock Assessments

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 27, 2017

The Canadian Parliament's Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans released a report on rebuilding the country's cod stocks recently, noting the importance of capelin as the major foodsource for cod. 

Their series of recommendations included (Recommendations 4 and 5) an immediate stock assessment for capelin, including a full stock assessment in NAFO divisions 2J3KL...

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Some Newfoundland Snow Crab Plants Attempting to Settle with Japanese at $6.95 FOB St. John’s

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  March 27, 2017

There was a lot of discussion of snow crab at the Boston Seafood Show.  The upcoming Canadian season is starting when there is no inventory, but when some customers have also sold back unused Canadian crab to their suppliers.

Crab prices rose substantially last year, well above the price levels discussed at the 2016 Seafood Show.

One reason was the fire that totally destroyed the Quinlan crab plant in Bay de Verde...  

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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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New Wave's Vegan, Algae-Based Shrimp Ahead of Distribution Schedule as Gets Quick Market Interest

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 24, 2017

A vegan friendly popcorn shrimp item that debuted last summer on Google’s cafeteria menu will now get wider distribution starting this spring.  

San Francisco-based biotechnology startup, New Wave Foods, makes it vegan shrimp from algae and plant-based materials. The company was founded in 2015 by Dominique Barnes and Michelle Wolf.

This week New Wave Foods’ PopShrimpTM was a finalist in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas competition. The competition received more than 1,200 entries with PopShrimp the sole seafood finalist...

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Hillborn to Speak on Sustaining Food From the Seas in Prestigious Lecture

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 25, 2017

The lecture acknowledges that the world’s oceans provide an important source of nutrition for more than one billion people...

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Cuba Inaugurates Ocean Acidification Observatory

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 25, 2017

An observatory for the study of ocean acidification was inaugurated yesterday in Cienfuegos, Cuba, as part of the Centre for Environmental Studies of Cienfuegos (CEAC), located in the Faro Luna Diving Centre.

Attending the celebration was Dazhu Yang, deputy director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Department of Technical Cooperation.

The IAEA has a history of working with Cuba and supporting projects related to...

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