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Apr 28 - Seafood.com News Summary April 28, 2017


Apr 28 - VIDEO: Nissui Backs GSSI; Snow Crab Fishing Starts; India, Gulf, Newfoundland Shrimp Updates


Apr 28 - West African Pelagic Fisheries Start Fishery Improvement Project


Apr 28 - Zhonggang Fisheries is Latest Pacific Andes Subsidiary to Seek Chapter 11 Protection


Apr 28 - Cetacean Ban at Vancouver Aquarium Called Threat to Marine Mammals


Apr 28 - Russian Pollock Fisheries Begin MSC Recertification Process, Join Industry Group Within MSC


Apr 28 - West Coast Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Pending NMFS' Approval


Apr 27 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 27, 2017


Apr 27 - Russia May Increase Duties on Fish Exports to Slow Shipments Out of Its Market


Apr 27 - Iceland's Samherji Boosts Stake in Major Norwegian Fish Producer Nergård


Apr 27 - NGOs Vow to Fight Trump Administration's Executive Order that WIll Review MPA Designations


Apr 27 - Responsible Aquaculture Foundation Launches New Seafood Safety Courses


Apr 26 - Cozy Harbor Wins Two Seafood Excellence Awards at European Seafood Expo for Retail Lobster Products


Apr 26 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 26, 2017


Apr 26 - PODCAST: Gulf Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectation; Whole Salmon Floods US Market; Brussels Show Starts


Apr 26 - Sales of MSC, ASC Labeled Seafood Trended Higher in Germany, UK, Asia, Australia and New Zealand


Apr 26 - Blumar Completes First Step Towards Achieving ASC Certification at Chilean Salmon Farms


Apr 26 - WTO Says Mexico Can Levy $163 Million in Annual Sanctions Against US Over Dolphin Safe Tuna Dispute


Apr 26 - Vietnam Attempts to Restore Prawns in Australian Market


Apr 26 - Developer Outbids Cook’s Lobster Owner to Buy Historic Maine Island Wharf


Apr 26 - Weak Sockeye Forecast for Cook Inlet This Year


Apr 25 - Nippon Suisan and its Gortons and Unisea Subsidiaries Partner with GSSI, Along with More Retailers


Apr 25 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 25, 2017


Apr 25 - VIDEO: Seats Still Open for Urner Barry's Seafood Import Workshop on May 23 in Miami


Apr 25 - MSC Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Goal to Certify or Engage 1/3 Global Marine Catch by 2030


Apr 25 - Newfoundland Price Panel Sets Cold-Water Shrimp Minimum Price at $0.95


Apr 25 - Gulf Shrimp Landings in Q1 About Even with Last Year; Market Waits for New Season Production


Apr 25 - New Brunswick Snow Crab Fishery Opening Today


Apr 25 - Togiak Update: Aerial Surveys Are Underway, No Sign of Herring Yet


Apr 24 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 24, 2017


Apr 24 - About 500 Walmart Stores in Midwest Market to Carry The Salmon Man's Norwegian Salmon Portions


Apr 24 - Newfoundland's Fisheries Minister Supports $14 Million Federal Commitment to Study Cod Stocks


Apr 24 - Panera to Hire 10,000 as it Expands Delivery Service


Apr 24 - Vietnam Fails to Score Big in Egyptian Fish Market


Apr 24 - Cautious Optimism About Recovery of Canada's Northern Cod Stocks Noted During Meeting in Brussels


Apr 24 - Marine Harvest Canada Selects Poseidon Ocean Systems to Build 29 Salmon Pens Around Vancouver Island


Apr 24 - Southeastern Grocers, Pole-and-Line Foundation Join in Retail Effort


Apr 24 - VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectations; European Whole Salmon Floods US


Apr 21 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday April 21, 2017


Apr 21 - Newfoundland Fisherman Continues Hunger Strike Protest After Call From Minister


Apr 21 - Icelandic Group Puts Major UK Seafood Distributor Seachill Up For Sale


Apr 21 - Westward Seafoods Settles with EPA Over Clean Air Act Violations


Apr 21 - Russian Pollock Producers Plan to Grow Exports to EU Market 40% by 2019


Apr 21 - NMFS Put Councils on Notice About Overfishing or Overfished Conditions on Bigeye, Four Other Stocks


Apr 20 - PWS Pink and Chum Salmon Get Determination of MSC Sustainability Prior to Public Objection Period


Apr 20 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 20, 2017


Apr 20 - Marine Harvest's Q1 Production Falls 13% in 2017 But Earnings Double from a Year Ago


Apr 20 - American Shrimp Processors Assoc. Backs "Buy American" Executive Order


Apr 20 - Peru Hikes Anchovy Quota 1 Million Metric Tons With Season Set to Start on April 22


Apr 20 - Greenpeace Tuna Ranking Charade a Market Opportunity for Some Retailers Not a Sustainability Advance


Apr 20 - Portion of Kodiak Sac Roe Herring Fishery Temporarily Shut Down for Lack of Fish


Apr 20 - Feds Close Flatfish, Rockfish, Sablefish Trawling in Gulf of Alaska 2 Weeks Earlier Than Last Year


Apr 20 - Chesapeake Bay's Spawning Female Blue Crab Stocks at Highest Level in 28 Years


Apr 20 - Scientists Spawn Pacific Sardines In Captivity; Results Could Inform Potential for Good Fishing


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


Apr 19 - VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quotas Announced


Apr 19 - West Coast EFP Successfully Targets Pelagic Rockfish with Minimal Bycatch


Apr 19 - European Whole Salmon Floods US and Cuts into Canada's Market Share


Apr 19 - Letters: Laitram Says Steam Cookers Catching on In NB Crab Industry with Quality Advantages


Apr 19 - Russia Squeezed by High Salmon Prices as Chilean Companies Cut Back Shipments


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


Apr 18 - NFI's Shrimp Council Partners with Popular Food Blogger Chungah Rhee to Promote Shrimp Consumption


Apr 18 - Kroger Backs WWF with $50,000 Donation as Part of Earth Month Sustainability Campaign


Apr 18 - Japanese Crab Negotiations with Newfoundland Full of Uncertainty


Apr 17 - New Zealand's Most Controversial Fishery Deemed Sustainable by Global Body


Apr 17 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 17, 2017


Apr 17 - The Smokehouse of NY Recalls Smoked Salmon and Fish Products Over Listeria Concerns


Apr 17 - High Liner Recalls Captain's Crew Fish Strips for Undeclared Allergen


Apr 17 - Indonesian Canned Tuna Producer PT Bali Maya Permai Joins ISSF


Apr 17 - Thai Union CEO Thiraphong Chansiri to Run Virgin London Marathon in Support of WWF-UK


Apr 17 - Fortune Fish Expands into E-Commerce Seafood Sales With Deal to Buy Lobster Gram


Apr 17 - China’s Tilapia Industry Faces Moment of Truth at Volume Remains Flat and Prices Fall


Apr 14 - Holiday Notice: SeafoodNews is Closed today, Friday April 14th


Apr 13 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday, April 13, 2017


Apr 13 - Fisheries Minister LeBlanc Uses Increase in Snow Crab Quota to Award 1100 Tons to Aboriginal Fishers


Apr 13 - VIDEO: Trident Sells to Pacific; Alaska’s Salmon Forecast and Vietnam Makes Lots of News


Apr 13 - Northern Dynasty Stock Jumps After They Get Alaska Land Use Permit, But Hurdles Remain for Pebble


Apr 13 - Westward Using New Alfa Laval Separator to Meet EPA Standards and Produce Fish Oil


Apr 13 - Gulf Snow Crab Quota Even Higher Than Expected, Set at Nearly 44,000 tons


Apr 13 - PODCAST: Snow Crab Update, Indian Shrimp Analysis and Urner Barry’s Seafood Import Workshop


Apr 13 - Fresh Shrimp Headed to South Carolina Docks Next Week When Season Set to Open


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


Apr 13 - Bering Sea Bairdi Crab Harvest Strategy to be Considered at May BOF Meeting


Apr 13 - Unique Database Details 5.8 trillion-ton Global Fishing Catch Since 1950


Apr 13 - Bristol Bay Harvest Forecast 27.5 Million Sockeye, Down From 2016


Apr 12 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 12, 2017


Apr 12 - Tom Mazzetta Calls on Domestic and Imported Seafood Industries to Come Together to Promote US Sales


Apr 12 - Russia to Sell Crab Quotas Thru 2026 at Auction May 18th


Apr 12 - Shrimp Broodstock Prices Rise in China as Two Companies Exit Market, SyAqua and Kona Bay Raise Price


Apr 12 - UN Announces First-ever World Ocean Festival


Apr 12 - Clearwater Seafoods Expands European Arctic Surfclam Product Offerings With Sushi-Ready Slices


Apr 12 - Wehai Airport Now Brings in Live King Crab from Alaska


Apr 12 - Soy-based Tuna Feed Shows Promise for Sustainable Bluefin Farming


Apr 12 - PFMC Approves Limited Salmon Seasons; Effects Ripple to Other Fisheries


Apr 11 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 11, 2017


Apr 11 - West Coast Sardine Fishery Closed for Third Straight Season for Low Abundance


Apr 11 - Roughy on the Rise Chronicles Comeback of New Zealand's Orange Roughy Stocks


Apr 11 - Icelandic Group Sheds Another Asset With Sale of Belgian Subsidiary Gadus to Steinasalir


Apr 11 - Trident to Sell Newport Surimi Plant to Pacific Seafoods, If Pacific Gains Community Support


Apr 11 - ADF&G Forecasts Massive Pink Run in PWS, Modest Sockeye Return for Copper River


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PEI's Spring Lobster Season a Go for Saturday

Saturday is setting day for the spring lobster season in PEI. The PEI Fishermen's Association said some fishermen will probably set and pull their traps that day, especially in harbors that aren't far from shore. Close to 1,000 boats will be in the water for setting day. The lobster season in fishing area 24 and 26A runs until June 29. Traditionally, Island lobster fishermen don't fish on Sunday, so Monday could see big landings from the two-day haul.

Shrimp harvesting is now underway in the Mekong Delta but the industry is already expecting production to fall short of processor needs. The expectation is that the harvest will only meet 40-50 percent of the demand from the processing sector. This is likely going to keep raw material prices high in the domestic market and require Vietnamese processors to import raw material.

In other news, the Russian pollock Association signed a five-year review for recertification of the pollock fishery under the MSC at the recent Seafood Expo in Brussels. The signing was attended by the head of the Russian Fisheries Agency Ilya Shestakov and MSC head Rupert Howes. Earlier, the Pollock association joined in the Association of Sustainable Fisheries, which is the industry stakeholder group within the MSC. The meeting of the ASF this year focused on the problems of updating the MSC standards, and the danger than large numbers of fisheries would fail to meet the new requirements.

Meanwhile, the Alaska House and Senate convened together Thursday to take confirmation votes on Gov. Bill Walker's appointees to lead state departments, boards and commissions — including Walker's recent appointments to the Board of Fish — then left without voting. By postponing the votes, lawmakers leave themselves a point of potential leverage over Walker's administration as they try to negotiate budget and deficit-reduction deals. Similar postponements have taken place before.

Finally, halibut quota share values continue to soar in Alaska’s major fishing areas. The halibut IFQ prices have gone up about $5 a year for the past several years as the fish stocks have appeared to stabilize and increased slightly. Dock prices for halibut also have remained high, in the $6 to $7 per pound range at major ports.

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VIDEO: Nissui Backs GSSI; Snow Crab Fishing Starts; India, Gulf, Newfoundland Shrimp Updates

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Zhonggang Fisheries is Latest Pacific Andes Subsidiary to Seek Chapter 11 Protection

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - April 28, 2017

A fourth subsidiary of Pacific Andes has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in New York court.

The directors of Zhonggang Fisheries Limited filed the petition on April 17.

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

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Russian Pollock Fisheries Begin MSC Recertification Process, Join Industry Group Within MSC

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  April 28, 2017

The Russian pollock Association signed a five-year review for recertification of the pollock fishery under the MSC at the recent Seafood Expo in Brussels. The signing was attended by the head of the Russian Fisheries Agency Ilya Shestakov and MSC head Rupert Howes. 

Shestakov said that in addition to the MSC certification, which he felt confirmed the soundness of Russian Fisheries management, he noted the importance of creating and implementing national environmental certification, which could guarantee the safety of products, maintaining the balance of aquatic ecosystems, as well as provide an alternative tool independently, confirming the quality of products in domestic and foreign markets. 

Earlier, the Pollock association joined...

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Alaska's Salmon Permit Values on the Decline Ahead of Summer Season

The value of Alaska's salmon fishing permits is on the decline this year. Some say Alaska's poor season last year is pushing down the cost of the permits even though preseason forecasts for the upcoming 2017 harvest period are quite positive. "If you were involved in salmon last year you probably didn’t have a great year, unless you were in the bay. So there wasn’t a lot of extra money to pick up an extra permit or move into a different fishery and I think we’re seeing that," said Doug Bowen runs Alaska Boats and Permits in Homer. Bowen says what’s needed to perk up salmon permit values is a good fishing season.

The Russian government is considering increasing duties on exports of fish and seafood in an attempt to prevent massive exports of fish out of the country. Currently, duty rates on Rusian fish exports are set at 3 percent, however, the state could increase these rates up to 10 percent. Analysts at the Russian Ministry of Agriculture said this could prevent a surge in Russian fish exports to China where the fish is sold at a very cheap price. But Russian fisherman said the duty increase can make further fish production unprofitable and could result in fisherman leaving the business.

In other news, the Washington State Department of Health closed commercial shellfish harvesting in six areas. State tests of the water quality in the Hood Canal, Annas Bay, North Bay, Rocky Bay, Swinomish and Port Susan showed high bacteria levels. State health officials are working with local public health and county partners as well as shellfish growers to implement plans to find and fix pollution problems in these areas.

Alaska's Department of Fish and Game is poised to open the state’s largest herring fishery in Togiak after a few thousand tons of the fish were spotted from an aerial survey off the tip of Hagemeister Island. The state estimates 130,852 tons of herring this year, and the fishery can be opened when 35,000 tons have been documented on the grounds. “I’m thinking it’s the vanguard of fish starting to move in,” said ADF&G area management biologist Tim Sands. “My expectation at this point is over the next couple of days the biomass will build up. I’m hoping we can go Thursday and document threshold biomass and open up the fishery.”

Finally, Japan surpassed the U.S. to become the biggest buyer of Vietnamese seafood in the first quarter of this year, according to the monthly report of Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

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Iceland's Samherji Boosts Stake in Major Norwegian Fish Producer Nergård

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 27, 2017

Major Icelandic seafood producer and distributor Samherji and Norwegian operator Norsk Sjømat each increased their controlling interest in Northern Norwegian fish producer Nergård.

According to the deal, Samherji now owns roughly 40 percent of Nergård, which is Northern Norway’s second-largest fishing group. Norsk also increased its stake in Nergård’s operations and now owns a controlling interest of about 60 percent.

The two companies want to increase Nergård’s ability to produced more value-added fish products...

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Responsible Aquaculture Foundation Launches New Seafood Safety Courses

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 27, 2017

Three new online courses from the Responsible Aquaculture Foundation provide education and training in seafood safety - a topic of fundamental importance to the aquaculture supply chain.

The first course, "Seafood Safety for Aquaculture Products," introduces the topic by identifying potential food safety problems at aquaculture farms and processing facilities, and the layers of management required to control them.

The second course, "Good Manufacturing Practices at Aquaculture Processing Plants," describes ...

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Indian Shrimp Exporters Say 5% Strengthening of Rupee Hurting Profitability of US Shrimp Sales

Indian shrimp exporters say a stronger rupee against the US dollar is hurting profits on shrimp sales to the US market. At the present exchange rate, Indian exporters are reportedly incurring losses on each consignment they ship. Since the beginning of 2017, the Indian rupee has appreciated more than five percent against the US dollar. “The net realization for each sale has come down. It will proportionately impact the raw material prices. We are incurring losses,” said Tara Patnaik, chairman of Falcon Marine Exports Ltd, a major Indian shrimp and seafood exporter.

President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order that will instruct Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to engage in a sweeping review of many national monuments created by presidential proclamation since 1996. The review will evaluate more than 100,000 acres to see whether local communities should be given additional input into their scope and restrictions. An estimated 24-40 monuments are likely to come under review. “When you designate a monument, the local community should have a voice,” Zinke said, adding that the economic impact on miners, loggers and fishermen should be taken into account.

In other news, the Gulf of Maine Research Insitute has discontinued its annual forecast of lobster landings. The GMRI said it is dropping the forecast because of criticism from Maine’s lobster industry about the report’s timing and accuracy, and its effect on lobster prices.

Meanwhile, Cozy Harbor Seafood of Portland, Maine, which has spent years developing an export program to Europe, saw some of its efforts pay off this year wth two Seafood Excellence awards reports John Sackton from Brussels. Cozy Harbor entered three lobster products, a split tail, a whole tail, and lobster meat, which are flash frozen with nitrogen and packed in colorful sleeves. The lobster meat pack, which is a tamper-proof cup with a full-color sleeve, won the best retail product. The company also won a special prize for best seafood product line, which included its lobster meat cup, and the two packs of lobster tails.

Finally, an arbitrater for the World Trade Organization ruled in favor of Mexico over its dispute of the US’s dolphin-safe tuna labeling laws. The decision allows Mexico to impose $163 million in annual sanctions against the US. This decision ends a seven-year battle between Mexico and the US over dolphin-safe tuna labeling laws. Mexico said the US law created an unfair trade barrier on Mexican-caught canned tuna shipments sent to the US market.

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Sales of MSC, ASC Labeled Seafood Trended Higher in Germany, UK, Asia, Australia and New Zealand

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 26, 2017

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) reported another year of growth for their sustainable seafood schemes in the European, Asian, New Zealand and Australian markets at their annual forum that was held during the Seafood Expo Global in Brussels this week.

More than 350 delegates from across the industry attended this year’s Seafood Futures Forum, hosted annually to provide an update on developments in the MSC and ASC and invite discussion in addressing the challenges of responsible and sustainable seafood production...

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WTO Says Mexico Can Levy $163 Million in Annual Sanctions Against US Over Dolphin Safe Tuna Dispute

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 26, 2017

An arbiter for the World Trade Organization ruled in favor of Mexico over its dispute of the US’s dolphin-safe tuna labeling laws. The decision allows Mexico to impose $163 million in annual sanctions against the US.

This decision ends a seven-year battle between Mexico and the US over dolphin-safe tuna labeling laws.  Mexico said the US law created an unfair trade barrier on Mexican-caught canned tuna shipments sent to the US market...

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Developer Outbids Cook’s Lobster Owner to Buy Historic Maine Island Wharf

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bangor Daily News] by Beth Brogan - April 26, 2017

Harpswell, Maine — A Portland real estate developer outbid the owners of Cook’s Lobster & Ale House on Tuesday to purchase the Bailey Island wharf adjacent to the restaurant for $510,000.

Arthur Girard, who in 2015 donated Ram Island in Saco Bay to the University of New England, said he’s not sure what he’ll do with the property, which for decades has operated as a commercial fishing wharf for local lobstermen.

“I have no plans for it,” he said. “That’s how I get...

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Nippon Suisan and its Gortons and Unisea Subsidiaries Partner with GSSI, Along with More Retailers  

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 25, 2017

During the Seafood Global Expo show in Brussels this week, the Global Seafood Sustainability Initiative announced the addition of a couple more partners and received support from a major US retailer.

Japanese conglomerate Nissui and its subsidiary, Alaskan seafood processor Unisea, joined the GSSI as partners. Nissui is the first Japanese seafood company to become a GSSI partner.

Nissui is a major Japanese corporation that owns seafood operations across the world. In addition to Unisea, Nissui's also owns North American operators Nippon Suisan USA, Unisea, Gorton’s, BlueWater Seafoods, F.W Bryce, King & Prince Seafood and Glacier Fish Company...

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Newfoundland Price Panel Sets Cold-Water Shrimp Minimum Price at $0.95

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - April 25, 2017

The Province of Newfoundland Price Setting Panel announced that the minimum cold-water shrimp price for spring 2017 will be $0.95 CA.

This is a significant change from the $CA 1.40 per lb awarded by the price panel last year. 

The panel is required to pick only one of two offers put forward by the FFAW and the Association of Seafood Producers...

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New Brunswick Snow Crab Fishery Opening Today

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  April 25, 2017

The New Brunswick snow crab fishery is opening today at 02:00 hours, according to a notice from the Canadian Dept. of Marine Resources.

The ice that has been clogging harbors in Shippagan and Caraquet is now broken up and has been moved out enough to allow for the fishery to begin. This is a couple of days earlier than expected last week. 

Carter Hutt, president of the P.E.I. Snow Crab...

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Alaska Orders Pebble Developers to Cleanup Mine Site and Commit $2 Million to Restore Land

Alaska will require developers of the stalled Pebble mine to do extensive cleanup and monitoring this summer — and to commit $2 million to ensure disturbed land is eventually restored. The conditions were announced by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources and immediately drew a favorable reaction from Bristol Bay tribes, environmental groups and fishing interests. "We are thankful that the Department of Natural Resources took a hard look at what was happening at the Pebble site, rather than simply rubber stamping these permits as was done in the past," said Robert Heyano, president of The United Tribes of Bristol Bay. Pebble said its work this summer will be as DNR has directed, and will protect the public interest.

Richard J. Pandolfo, a senior executive at Gloucester-based National Fish & Seafood pleaded guilty to one count of tax fraud Thursday in U.S. District Court in Boston and is set to be sentenced in July, the Justice Department announced. Prosecutors allege Pandolfo failed to pay federal tax on about $90,000 of the $95,000 in “substantial supplemental income” he received from former National Fish & Seafood executive and part-owner Jack Ventola from 2008 to 2012.

In other news, cautious optimism about the status of Canada’s Northern Cod fishery was noted during the second annual consultation meeting among the Association of Seafood Producers, the Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council and the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, which was held in Brussels this week. Meanwhile, Canada's federal government said it would commit $14 million over the next five years to conduct full northern cod stock assessments starting in 2017-18. “We are cautiously optimistic, but must practice restraint with respect to catch increases until a stainable recovery trajectory is confirmed," said Jim Cannon, President of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership.

Nearly 500 Walmart stores in the Midwest market will sell frozen, pre-portioned and seasoned Norwegian Salmon fillets distributed by The Salmon Man. The salmon is supplied by Platina Seafood, which has a sales office in Miami, Florida. The Norwegian Seafood Council said there is an especially high demand for European salmon in the midwest because of a large Scandinavian population in the region.

Finally, a competition dubbed the "Lionfish Throwdown" was held in Bermuda last week that challenged chefs to come up with restaurant quality dishes that feature invasive lionfish. This is part of a growing movement to create a consumer market for lionfish that have pushed into Atlantic waters around the Gulf of Mexico. Some local retailers in the Southeast are featuring lionfish in seafood cases.

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West African Pelagic Fisheries Start Fishery Improvement Project

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 28, 2017

The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) announced the beginning of a fishery improvement project (FIP) for small pelagic fisheries in the West African nation of Mauritania.

International fishing sector stakeholders, fishmeal and fish oil buyers, exporters, and processors, together with the Mauritanian fishery authority, signed a memorandum of understanding at the Seafood Expo in Brussels, marking the FIP’s official beginning. The organizations share a common commitment to sustainable fisheries and collaborating to publicly evaluate and improve the fishery the SFP said...

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Cetacean Ban at Vancouver Aquarium Called Threat to Marine Mammals

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Victoria Times Colonist] by Nick Eagland and Gordon McIntyre - April 28, 2017

The Vancouver Aquarium is trying to rally public support with an argument that a proposed Vancouver park-board ban on captive cetaceans puts marine mammals in peril.

The park board on May 15 will consider a bylaw that would ban the import and display of live cetaceans — whales, dolphins and porpoises — in city parks, including Stanley Park, where the aquarium logged a record 1.2 million visitors last year.

At a news conference Thursday, Randy Pratt, incoming chairman of the board at the...

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West Coast Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Pending NMFS' Approval

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

The Pacific Fishery Management Council has recommended regulations governing the use of electronic equipment to monitor at-sea discards of target, non-target and prohibited fish for certain West Coast groundfish fisheries. If approved by National Marine Fisheries Service, this will mark the culmination of a four-year process to develop and implement regulations for electronic monitoring system use in West Coast groundfish fisheries.

“For many fishing operations, electronic monitoring will provide a more cost-effective way to meet 100 percent monitoring requirements," Council Member Dorothy Lowman said ...

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Russia May Increase Duties on Fish Exports to Slow Shipments Out of Its Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden - April 27, 2017

The Russian government is considering increasing duties on the exports of fish and seafood out of the country, due to ongoing growth of prices for fish and seafood in the domestic market.

According to recent statements of an official spokesman of the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo), despite the recent strengthening of the domestic currency – ruble, prices for fish in Russia continue to grow, while a the majority of Russian fish catch is imported to abroad, mostly to the Asia-Pacific region...

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NGOs Vow to Fight Trump Administration's Executive Order that WIll Review MPA Designations 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Boston Globe] by David Abel - April 27, 2017

President Trump on Wednesday will issue a sweeping executive order to review as many as 40 national monument designations made by his three predecessors, an unprecedented move that could curtail or rescind their protected status.

It was unclear which areas would come under review, but the list could include monuments designated last year by President Barack Obama, including thousands of acres of pristine woods in northern Maine and sensitive marine habitats in the submerged canyons and mountains off Cape...

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Cozy Harbor Wins Two Seafood Excellence Awards at European Seafood Expo for Retail Lobster Products

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - April 26, 2017

Cozy Harbor Seafood of Portland, Maine, which has spent years developing an export program to Europe, saw some of its efforts pay off this year wth two Seafood Excellence awards.

Cozy Harbor won the top prize for Best Retail Product.

Cozy Harbor entered three lobster products, a split tail, a whole tail, and lobster meat, which are flash frozen with nitrogen..

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PODCAST: Gulf Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectation; Whole Salmon Floods US Market; Brussels Show Starts

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Blumar Completes First Step Towards Achieving ASC Certification at Chilean Salmon Farms

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 26, 2017

WWF Chile and major Chilean salmon producer Salmones Blumar S.A completed the evaluation and work plan needed to enter all of their production sites into aquaculture improvement projects so that the company can ultimately earn certification against the Aquaculture Stewardship Council scheme.  

“This important work reinforces our company’s commitment to achieving the ASC standard at all of our sites as well as engaging other industry members, government and stakeholders like WWF to work together and make progress on some of the key sustainability challenges for salmon farming in Chile,” Said Gerardo Balbontín, CEO of Blumar...

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Vietnam Attempts to Restore Prawns in Australian Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Vietnam Economic News] by Lan Phuong - April 26, 2017

(VEN) - The Vietnam Trade Office in Australia and other Vietnamese agencies are pushing efforts to have Australia’s ban on raw prawn imports from Vietnam lifted. The six-month import suspension went into effect on January 6, after white spot disease was detected last December in five aquaculture sites, as well as in live shrimp in the river.  

Shrimp farm owners suspected viruses entering Australia from imported products from infected areas abroad, but the cause of the outbreak has not been verified. Vietnam is Australia’s largest source...

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Weak Sockeye Forecast for Cook Inlet This Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Peninsula Clarion] by Elizabeth Earl - April 26, 2017

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s 2017 commercial salmon fishery outlook predicts a total run of about 4 million salmon in Upper Cook Inlet, which includes the Kenai, Kasilof and Susitna rivers as well as a number of smaller streams. Commercial fishermen are projected to harvest about 1.7 million of that, the lowest projected harvest in the last 15 years.

It’s largely the Kenai River not living up the recent 10-year average. The river is projected to see a return of 2.2 million sockeye, about 39 percent below the recent 10-year average...

 

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Newfoundland Price Panel Sets Cold-Water Shrimp Minimum Price at $0.95

The Province of Newfoundland Price Setting Panel announced that the minimum cold-water shrimp price for spring 2017 will be $0.95 CA. This is a significant change from the $CA 1.40 per lb awarded by the price panel last year. This year, the panel has apparently determined that the price put forward by the processors was closer to the market indications that the panel considered. Shrimp production will be cut back significantly again in Newfoundland this year due to declining stocks, but even with the decline in supply, the panel was not convinced it would lead to an increase in the market price.

Japanese conglomerate Nissui and its subsidiary, Alaskan seafood processor Unisea, joined the GSSI as partners. Nissui is the first Japanese seafood company to become a GSSI partner. “UniSea, Inc. is proud to join the leaders of the seafood industry in partnering with GSSI. GSSI has made tremendous progress in its mission to solve the problem of the proliferation of eco-certification schemes. We support GSSI’s efforts to provide a choice in certified seafood, and encourage others to join in partnership of supporting this important initiative,” said Tom Enlow, President & CEO of UniSea. Additionally, major retailer Giant Eagle added GSSI's scheme to its seafood procurement policy.

In other news, the New Brunswick snow crab fishery is opening today according to a notice from the Canadian Dept. of Marine Resources. The ice that has been clogging harbors in Shippagan and Caraquet is now broken up and has been moved out enough to allow for the fishery to begin. This is a couple of days earlier than expected last week. In some related snow crab news, Canada will allocate a portion of the Gulf of St. Lawrence snow crab quota to First Nations tribes for the first time in 14 years. Th expectation is that most of the new snow crab allocation will be given to First Nations bands already in the commercial snow crab fishery.

Meanwhile, Vietnam's shrimp exports through two months are down. Reports suggest trade barriers put up by Vietnam's major buyers and raw material shortages are starting to cut into its shipments.

Finally, shrimp landings from the Gulf of Mexico through the first quarter of the year were about the same compared to the first three months of 2016. Wholesale prices continue to hold at higher levels as the industry waits for new season production to reach the market. Meaningful Gulf shrimp production does not start until May. The season traditionally opens in the middle of the month but is dependent on the size of the shrimp in the waters.

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MSC Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Goal to Certify or Engage 1/3 Global Marine Catch by 2030

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 25, 2017

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) announced a series of goals its plans to meet by the year 2030 in celebration of the 20th year since the organization was founded.

According to the MSC’s strategic framework, the group wants to certify or engage a third of global marine catch in its program by 2030. The MSC’s will target the Global South, Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs), priority markets and species, and will work with consumers while continuing to deliver value to currently fisheries that are MSC certified...

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Gulf Shrimp Landings in Q1 About Even with Last Year; Market Waits for New Season Production

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - April 25, 2017

Shrimp landings from the Gulf of Mexico through the first quarter of the year were about the same compared to the first three months of 2016. Wholesale prices continue to hold at higher levels as the industry waits for new season production to reach the market.

The domestic harvest totaled 3.4 million pounds in March, which was up slightly from February and down marginally from the catch last March...

Landings for the quarter were 10.1 million pounds, slightly below last year’s total through three months...

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Togiak Update: Aerial Surveys Are Underway, No Sign of Herring Yet

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - April 25, 2017

Late last Friday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the appearance of several positive indicators that could have heralded herring moving into Togiak this week. 

A spotter pilot who flew the Togiak herring district last Thursday and again on Friday, "reported no herring in the area but ice was breaking up and dispersing on the tide," the agency reported.

"Sea bird activity is also increasing," the agency noted. "Additional reports indicate schools...

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