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May 26 - Ancient Genetic Markers in Sockeye Salmon Can Help Manage Healthier Fish Stocks


May 26 - Southeast Alaska Spring Troll Fishery for Chinook Closes Monday


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


May 26 - VIDEO: Ecuador’s Shrimp Production and Sales to Asia Reach Records; Alaska’s Salmon is Underway


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


May 26 - Study Says US Investments on Aquaculture Research Pay Dividends


May 26 - New Zealand Boosts Fisheries Budget by US$21.5 Million


May 26 - MSC Certifies the Greenland Halibut Fishery off West Greenland as Sustainable


May 26 - Oregon, California Governors Ask Feds to Declare Catastrophic Salmon Disaster


May 26 - California Salmon Hearing Includes Warnings of Impending Disasters, Some Solutions


May 25 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday May 25, 2017


May 25 - Miffed Land Grabber Attempts to Block Pacific’s Surimi Plant Deal in Threat to Whiting Fishery


May 25 - DFO Identifies 140,000 km of Ocean West of Vancouver Island for MPA Designation


May 25 - Sea to Table Expands Seafood Delivery Service Directly to Consumers


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


May 25 - Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Teams Up With Spain's Largest Seafood Canner Jealsa


May 25 - New Rockfish Longevity and Spawning Info Will Help Stock Assessments and Ensure Healthy Populations


May 25 - Rick Speed Joins ISA as VP Sales; Parent Company Shifts Marketing Approach


May 25 - Further Restrictions on Copper River Kings as Landings Higher than Expected in First Two Fishing Per


May 24 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday May 24, 2017


May 24 - DFO Opens Newfoundland's 3Ps Inshore Cod Fishery But Issues No Decision for Offshore Harvesters


May 24 - Chilean Customs Workers Go On Strike Indefinitely


May 24 - SCeMFiS Funds Seven Research Projects Affecting Fisheries Management


May 24 - Oregon Pink Shrimp Volume Steady; Small Sizes Remain a Concern


May 24 - Cape Greig Walrus are Back, ADF&G Plans Changed Fishery Boundary Again


May 24 - WWF Study: Shrimp Can Be Traced Back to Their Country of Origin Through Elemental Profiling


May 24 - ISSF Compliance Report Focuses on Tuna Best Practices, Collaboration


May 23 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday May 23, 2017


May 23 - VIDEO: Ecuador's Shrimp Output and Sales to Asia Reach Records


May 23 - James Beard Chef Says Maine Should Start Eating its Invasive Green Crab Problem


May 23 - Commerce Department Rescinds Duty Rate Review for Chinese Shrimp Exporters


May 23 - Long John's Featuring Buttermilk Breaded Alaskan Cod on Menu for the Summer


May 23 - Santa Monica Hires Dave Harrison as VP of Procurement


May 23 - Congressional Trade Committee Hears Testimony About US Seafood Trade Deficits from ASPA and NFI


May 23 - Canada's Redfish Fishery Earns MSC Certification


May 23 - Chinook Salmon Research in Yukon and Nushagak Rivers Designed to Help Manage Fisheries


May 23 - RFM Certification Underway for Five Alaska Crab Fisheries, ASMI Calls for Stakeholders Input


May 22 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday May 22, 2017


May 22 - Ecuadorian Shrimp Exports at Record Level in 2017 as Sales to Asia Dominate Market Share


May 22 - PODCAST: Canada’s Snow Crab Market Stabilizes and China’s Era of High Shrimp Output Fades


May 22 - First Copper River Opener Took Nearly Half the Chinook Forecasted Harvest and 36,000 Sockeye


May 22 - F/V America's Finest, Largest Catcher Processor Built in US in 30 Years, May Need Jones Act Waiver


May 19 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday May 19, 2017


May 19 - First 22,000 Lbs of Copper River Salmon Lands in Seattle; 77,000 More Lbs. Expected Today


May 19 - VIDEO: Canada’s Snow Crab Market Stabilizes as the Era of High Chinese Shrimp Output Fades


May 19 - New England Fisheries Council to Consider Deep Sea Coral-Protection Rules


May 18 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday September 18, 2017


May 18 - USDA Adopts FDA Definition of Processing for Domestic Catfish Operators and Limits Inspections


May 18 - Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries Names Paul Anderson Executive Director


May 18 - The Fishin' Company is Ready to Support Aquaculture Expansion Across Southeast Asia


May 18 - Ecology Action Centre Says Suspension of Offshore MSC Certificate 3Ps Cod Confirms Objections


May 18 - Brad Bodenman Announces Retirement as CFO of American Seafoods


May 18 - Lidl to Sell MSC, ASC and BAP Certified Seafood as Discount Retailer Expands to US Market


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


May 18 - Facing Headwinds on European Standards, Russia's White Fish Producers Turn to Brazil


May 18 - No Relief Funds for 2016 Pink Fishery, Salmon Season Opens Today


May 18 - Alaska's Sablefish Population Bigger Than Thought Due to Better Understanding of Whale Take


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


May 17 - CDFW Director Extends Rock Crab Closure Due to Domoic Acid


May 17 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday May 17, 2017


May 17 - First Ever Bristol Bay Fish Expo to Be Held June 9-10


May 17 - WWF Says Vaquitas Could Go Extinct by 2018 But Ignores Efforts Underway to Try and Save Them


May 17 - Era of High Shrimp Output in China is 'Gone Forever'


May 17 - Spike in Mortalities Prompts Voluntary Suspension of MSC Certification for NL's 3Ps Cod Stock


May 17 - Salmon Season Threatened by Budget Impasse


May 17 - 2017 Copper River Season Starts Tomorrow: Expect Fresh Sockeye But Few Chinook


May 17 - 2017 Copper River Season Starts Tomorrow: Expect Fresh Sockeye But Few Chinook


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


May 17 - SeaShare Partners with Native Association to Donate Pollock to Communities in Bristol Bay


May 16 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday May 16, 2017


May 16 - VIDEO: Atlantic Scallop Prices in a Tailspin


May 16 - Tiny Island in the Middle of the Pacific Littered with Highest Density of Trash in World


May 16 - Tuna Price Fixing Civil Suit Picks Up as Wal-Mart, Other Retailers File Amended Complaints


May 16 - Investment Community Recognizes Thai Union Among Best Managed Companies in Asia


May 16 - Bob O’Bryant to Take Over as President of Cannon Fish Company


May 16 - North Atlantic Inc: First U.S. Company Commits to Lofty U.N. Oceans Sustainability Goal


May 15 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday May 15, 2017


May 15 - Russia Vows Crackdown on 10,000 tons of IUU Snow Crab Fished in Barents Sea


May 15 - Newport’s Surimi Plant to Open this Season After Pacific and Oregon Dept of Justice Reach Agreement


May 15 - Pacific Andes Wants Extension to Restructuring to December 31, 2017


May 15 - Trident Voluntarily Recalls Frozen Alaskan Cod Retail Products for Containing Plastic


May 15 - Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods Backs FIP for Blue Swimming Crab Fisheries in Sri Lanka


May 15 - Blumar Enters All Chilean Salmon Farming Sites into FIPs in Order to Attain ASC Certification


May 15 - Letter: John Pappalardo asks Rafael be Permanently Banned from Fishing, Redistribution of Quota


May 15 - ENGOs Renew Push for Shark Trade Elimination Act Passage; Industry, Scientists Push Back


May 12 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday May 12, 2017


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


May 12 - China's Tilapia Prices Rebound and Farmers Raise Their Stock Density


May 12 - Snow Crab Prices Begin to Stabilize After Tumultuous Start to Season


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


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


May 12 - Russian Salmon Fishermen Say Sockeye Drift-net Ban is Plot by US Fishemen, NGO's to Reduce Catch


May 12 - Canadian Food, Seafood Sales on JD Platform in China Increase 400%, CA Gov Pledges More Support


May 12 - Faulty Pump Kills Some Fall Chinook Rescued from Feather River Hatchery


May 11 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday May 11, 2017


May 11 - Japan Losing Out in Sockeye Market As Higher Prices Expected in Bristol Bay This Year


May 11 - Slow Lobster Landings in Gulf of St. Lawrence Push up Prices for Mothers Day; Threaten Disruption


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


May 11 - ISSF Adopts First Vessel Registration, Transshipping Requirements for Tuna Longliners


May 11 - Chris Oliver Was Offered and Accepted Top NMFS Position - Now Vetting Process Begins


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Ancient Genetic Markers in Sockeye Salmon Can Help Manage Healthier Fish Stocks

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Science Daily] - May 26, 2017

A recent study from UBC's Okanagan campus identifies new genetic markers in sockeye salmon that can help improve management of fish populations.

The markers, called single nucleotide polymorphisms...

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Southeast Alaska Spring Troll Fishery for Chinook Closes Monday

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker - May 26, 2017

Sitka -- After three short troll fishing periods and a cumulative take of less than 2,000 Chinook, the   Alaska Department of Fish and Game is closing the commercial spring troll fishery on Monday, May 29.

ADF&G's announcement described the preseason forecasts for wild Chinook salmon production in Southeast Alaska "at an all-time low."

"Typically, in the Taku and Stikine rivers, nearly half the run

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VIDEO: Ecuador’s Shrimp Production and Sales to Asia Reach Records; Alaska’s Salmon is Underway 

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Study Says US Investments on Aquaculture Research Pay Dividends

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 26, 2017

A study from Johns Hopkins University concluded that federal investments on aquaculture research in the United States produce a return on investment.

The study is the first of its kind to examine US federal grants awarded in the field of aquaculture, which includes aquatic organisms raised for food, feed, fuel, and recreation. To conduct this analysis, the researchers compiled a database of nearly 3,000 aquaculture grants awarded from 1990 to 2015. The study found that federal agencies awarded nearly $1 billion dollars in grants for aquaculture research in the past quarter century, and these grants had an estimated 37-fold return on investment since 2000...

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MSC Certifies the Greenland Halibut Fishery off West Greenland as Sustainable

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker - May 26, 2017

For the first time, Greenland halibut has received sustainability certification from the Marine Stewardship Council.

Although Greenland halibut (Reinhardtius hippoglossoides) is commercially fished by several nations with Arctic coastlines, the most productive fishery is off the west coast of Greenland in the Baffin Bay. The fishery represents about half of the total allowable catch (TAC) of the stock, according to MSC...

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California Salmon Hearing Includes Warnings of Impending Disasters, Some Solutions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - May 26, 2017

Opening the California Legislature’s Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture hearing Wednesday, Chairman Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, said this year’s Klamath River Fall Chinook run is facing the lowest predicted numbers of returns ever. Furthermore, salmon on the West Coast are facing greater threats with the current White House administration in the forms of regulatory rollbacks that could affect California water use.

The simple fact is, McGuire said, that fish – especially salmon – need fresh, cold water. Instead, warm water, disease and parasites took their tolls on salmon in the Klamath River in recent years.

“We are now paying the price in full,” McGuire said. ...

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Miffed Land Grabber Attempts to Block Pacific’s Surimi Plant Deal in Threat to Whiting Fishery

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 25, 2017

A land developer backed by an outside investor filed a lawsuit against Pacific Seafood Group and Trident Seafoods just a week since the two operators got approval from the Oregon's Department of Justice to proceed with a deal for Trident to eventually sell its surimi plant in Newport to Pacific. Last week’s agreement allowed the plant to resume operations in time to start processing this season’s whiting catch...

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Sea to Table Expands Seafood Delivery Service Directly to Consumers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 25, 2017

Sea to Table is now delivering locally sourced seafood directly to consumers at home. This is an expansion of Sea to Table’s business model that has been delivering fresh, locally sourced fish to commercial kitchens across the US for eight years.   

“We care about the fish you eat, and want Americans to be able to trust the fish they buy,” said Sea to Table co-founder Sean Dimin. “That's why we are creating the national gold standard for the seafood supply chain. We go to great lengths to make sure we can trace where our fish comes from, and work with fishermen on every U.S. coast who we know and trust.”

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Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Teams Up With Spain's Largest Seafood Canner Jealsa 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 25, 2017

The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership has formed a partnership with Spanish seafood canner the Jealsa Rianxeira S.A.U. Group.

Jealsa was founded in 1958 and is based in Boiro, Spain. The company is the top seafood canner in Spain and the second largest in Europe.

The company sells seafood under its own brands -- Rianxeira, Escurís, MareAperto, and Robinson Crusoe. Jealsa also supplies supplies canned fish and seafood for the distributor Mercadona under the brand Hacendado...

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Rick Speed Joins ISA as VP Sales; Parent Company Shifts Marketing Approach

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker - May 25, 2017

International Seafoods of Alaska, based in Kodiak with offices in Seattle, hired Rick Speed as Vice President of Sales late last month just before Seafood Expo Global opened.

"We officially hired him in late April and he got on a plane to Brussels," John Sevier, president of ISA-Alaska said. "I wanted him to meet our customers ..."

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Oregon Pink Shrimp Volume Steady; Small Sizes Remain a Concern

Coldwater pink shrimp is finally being landed on the West Coast. As of the end of last week, more than a month after the 2017 season could have opened by regulation, most Oregon fishermen settled for prices lower than they had hoped + prices more in line with 2004 and 2006 prices. Much of the West Coast pink shrimp is in the 250-350 size or smaller. Processors said the global inventories of 350-500 and smaller are high already so those small sizes are difficult to sell. Some processors have instituted limits on how much small shrimp they will buy; others have not.

Canada opened Newfoundland’s 3Ps Cod fishery only to the inshore/seasonal harvesters. So far federal authorities have not announced if the year-round offshore portion of the fishery will be open. This announcement has left many of the region's offshore harvesters and plant workers on edge. The offshore sectors contents their 14 percent share of the 3Ps quota is a key economic driver for the province. "Not opening 3Ps cod for our vessels would jeopardize many of these jobs for people who have relied on this fishery for generations,” said Martin Sullivan, CEO of Ocean Choice International (OCI) one of Newfoundland's major offshore cod harvesters. “We want to contribute to the struggling economy of rural Newfoundland and Labrador by working cooperatively to develop a more viable fishery and strengthen the middle-class in this province." 

In other news, Chilean Customs workers unexpectedly walked off the job Tuesday morning after a meeting between the Association of Customs Officials (Anfach) and Chile’s Finance Ministry broke down in disagreement over the labor contract. Anfach said the government has not fulfilled the terms of the deal and ordered an indefinite strike. So far no immediate impacts to Chilean salmon shipments have been reported.

Meanwhile, a World Wildlife Fund report finds that farmed shrimp from Thailand, Vietnam and India could be traced back to their countries of origin through a process known as elemental profiling. With greater refinement, elemental profiling may help importers, customs officials, retailers and others trace globally traded seafood back to its source, which can shed light on production practices with critical environmental and social implications.

Finally, a federal investigation accused the owners of Arizona-based company Blessing Seafood of smuggling illegally harvested sea cucumbers from Mexico into San Diego for export to Asian markets. Between 2010 and 2012, the feds accuse the family-owned business of knowingly purchasing illicitly harvested sea cucumbers from poachers operating off the Yucatan Peninsula. They then allegedly imported the product to San Diego and sold it to Asian markets for about $17.5 million.

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Chilean Customs Workers Go On Strike Indefinitely 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 24, 2017

Chilean Customs walked off the job Tuesday morning after a meeting between the Association of Customs Officials (Anfach) and members of Chile’s finance ministry broke down in disagreement over the labor contract.

According to Anfach, the two-part labor agreement the union signed with federal officials in May 2015 last November is supposed to provide Customs workers with more personnel at border entry points and airports; reduced hours; and better retirement benefits.

Anfach said the government has not fulfilled the terms of the deal and ordered an indefinite strike...

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Oregon Pink Shrimp Volume Steady; Small Sizes Remain a Concern

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - May 24, 2017

Coldwater pink shrimp is finally being landed on the West Coast -- but not without controversy.

Oregon processors budged little on their initial price offerings to their vessels, fishermen said, but competition from some Washington boats eventually led to Oregon shrimpers accepting ex-vessel prices lower than they had hoped -- prices more in line with 2004 and 2006 prices, they said.

Oregon shrimper Nick Edwards said fishermen started the 2016 season...

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WWF Study: Shrimp Can Be Traced Back to Their Country of Origin Through Elemental Profiling

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - May 24, 2017

A new World Wildlife Fund report finds that farmed shrimp from Thailand, Vietnam and India could be traced back to their countries of origin through a process known as elemental profiling. With greater refinement, elemental profiling may help importers, customs officials, retailers and others trace globally traded seafood back to its source, which can shed light on production practices with critical environmental and social implications.

The report, conducted by WWF researchers and supported by Auburn University and Ocean University of China, looked at farmed Pacific ...

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Lobster Dealer Charged With Defrauding Four Nova Scotia Seafood Companies Out of $2.5 Million

Federal authorities in Canada charged a lobster dealer from Nova Scotia Terry Banks with four counts of fraud over $5,000 and three counts of theft over $5,000 involving allegations that he was part of a scheme that stole about $2.5 million from four different seafood companies. Banks older brother also faces six fraud and theft charges. A third man is charged with one count of theft and one count of fraud. All three men return to court Aug. 24. "These individuals were running a complex and sophisticated operation that required extensive police resources and expertise to investigate," RCMP Supt. Martin Marin said in a statement. "The outcome of this investigation is significant, as those charged had substantial reach and influence on the local, national and international seafood market."

The commercial halibut season in Bristol Bay is underway. The quota for longliners is 58,800 pounds, a small increase from last season. If that quota is met, the fishermen could get an additional 20,000 pounds to go after, said BBEDC regional fisheries director Gary Cline. “If we come to the point as we did last year, where our local fleet caught our 4-E quota, we have the ability to roll over the quota we have in area 4-D, which is further off-shore in the Bering Sea—which is what we did last year, and we ended up catching roughly 77 thousand pounds,” said Cline.

Earlier this month representatives of the American Shrimp Processors Association (ASPA) and the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) testified before a Congressional Trade Committee regarding the formation of the “Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficits.” We publish some of the testimony that was offered to the Committee. The ASPA focused on the large trade deficits the U.S. carries with its seafood trading partners. Meanwhile, the NFI explained the immense economic benefits the commercial imported and domestic seafood industry produces for the U.S.

Norway moved closer to resuming its exports of farmed salmon to China on Tuesday after the two countries signed an agreement on the topic, Norway's Fisheries Ministry said on Tuesday. "I have hopes that this agreement will allow the resumption of salmon exports to China," Norwegian Fisheries Minister Per Sandberg said.

Finally, the Bering Sea king and snow crab fisheries are up for reassessment against the FAO-based standards under the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Program. Stakeholders who want to review the draft re-assessment reports should register their interest with name, organization and e-mail contact details to Global Trust Certification. he assessments will be using the latest version of the standard. The new version was adopted by the ASMI board of directors in November 2015 for use in all new fisheries that wish to be certified and for fisheries seeking re-certification to the Alaska RFM program from January 1, 2016.

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James Beard Chef Says Maine Should Start Eating its Invasive Green Crab Problem

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bangor Daily News] by Bill Trotter - May 23, 2017

European green crabs have scurried around coastal waters off Maine since they first hitchhiked here on ships in the 1800s, but only in the past few years have the invasive crustaceans begun to devour the softshell clam industry and decimate delicate eelgrass habitat.

And as harvesters and scientists have scurried to find a solution to the invasion, a number of uses for the crabs have been floated — extracting the meat in China, composting, and even processing the creatures into cat food...

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

Wholesale scallop prices are still crashing in May as new season production continues to flood the market. Prices are down about 18 percent since the start of the month and 13 percent from the five-year-average according to Urner Barry data. New season production has eroded market prices. Traders say a strong biomass in the open areas is supporting high landings per day. Reports say fishermen are landings are north of 3,000 pounds per trip in May.

The Miscou Fish Product plant burned down yesterday in New Brunswick. The plant processes herring, snow crab and lobster. The plant was processing snow crab and lost about 23,000 pounds of live crab because the crab they were exposed to toxic smoke from the fire. The plant employed about 100 workers. Nobody was injured from the blaze.

In other news, Vietnam's pangasius sales to the market continue to struggle in 2017. Exports are down 21.5 percent in the first quarter of the year. Consumer demand for pangasius in the EU was shattered from a smear campaign that started in Spain and gained traction as a number of NGOs latched on and expounded on the false claims.

Meanwhile, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and California Gov. Jerry Brown released their joint letter to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Thursday, in which they requested he declare the salmon fisheries in 2016 and 2017 federal fishery disasters. "We are glad that Oregon's Governor has moved forward in asking for a salmon season disaster declaration," Oregon Salmon Commission Director Nancy Fitzpatrick said. "Our Oregon fishermen, especially on the South Coast, are hurting. It is hard to make ends meet for your family when you have no income due to a complete closure."

Finally, the financial toll of a proposed lobster fishing ban near deep-sea coral gardens in the Gulf of Maine could top $8 million a year, almost double what was originally projected by the regional regulatory group that is considering the ban, a Maine fishing representative said Thursday. This figure was announced during a public meeting to discuss the proposal. Lobstermen in attendance all supported an exemption to the fishing ban.

Urner Barry and Seafood News will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observation of the Memorial Day holiday in the US. We will return to our normal publishing schedule on Tuesday, May 30. Until then, we wish all of our readers and their families a safe and happy holiday weekend.

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 26, 2017

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

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

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

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Oregon, California Governors Ask Feds to Declare Catastrophic Salmon Disaster

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - May 26, 2017

“People are going to be losing their boats,” California fisherman Dave Bitts testified before the California Legislature’s Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture Wednesday, noting the industry was hoping for state and federal disaster declarations.

He wasn’t alone.

Tribal and recreational fishermen also testified to the strains the low Klamath River runs and subsequent grim seasons will have on their communities.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and California Gov. Jerry Brown released their joint letter to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Thursday, in which they requested...

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Further Restrictions on Copper River Kings as Landings Higher than Expected  

The ADF&G elected to go with a nine hour opener for today's salmon fishing period since Copper River king landings have exceeded expectations. The ADF&G will also begin the fishing period hours after an extreme low tide and it will end before the second, less extreme, low tide starts to flood in, which usually bring fish with it. “To reduce king salmon harvest during the next fishing period, start time will be delayed to avoid opening on an extreme low tide when fish are more vulnerable to harvest. In addition, the duration of this fishing period is shortened to avoid fishing after the evening low tide,” said Jeremy Botz, Alaska Department of Fish and Game management biologist in Cordova.

Scientists at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center have captured new maturity data points for Alaskan rockfish that will provide managers with the information they need to ensure that deepwater Alaska rockfish populations stay healthy. Until now, little was known about the reproductive biology of rougheye, blackspotted, and shortraker rockfish. One important finding was a marked difference in the age that rougheye and blackspotted rockfish reach reproductive maturity.

In other news, Louisiana shrimp company Crystal Seafood Company Inc. was denied in its appeal of a court order for the company to repay the $1 million it was awarded in BP oil spill money. Court documents proved that Crystal Seafood was a failed business at the time of the spill in 2010. According to court documents, Crystal Seafood processed the last of its shrimp approximately one year before the oil spill. The same decision also said Crystal Seafood sold the last of its frozen inventory of shrimp approximately three months before the oil spill occurred in August 2010.

Meanwhile, Norway has come up with a plan to dramatically increase its seafood exports to China, and expects the trade to be worth $1.45 billion by 2025. "The plan is based on Chinese consumers' preference for Norwegian seafood, coupled with projected growth in second- and third-tier cities in China," said the Norwegian Seafood Council's director for the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong, Sigmund Bjorgo.

Finally, the sentencing hearing for Carlos Rafael has been moved off another month to July 28 in U.S. District Court in Boston. Rafael, who pleaded guilty in late March to falsifying fish quotas, conspiracy and tax evasion, requested the extension. He said he needs more time gather and provide the relevant — and voluminous — financial records that are the center of the federal government's case against him.

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DFO Identifies 140,000 km of Ocean West of Vancouver Island for MPA Designation

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 25, 2017

Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans identified 140,000 km of ocean space west of Vancouver Island that would become one of the country’s largest Marine Protected Areas by 2020.

This designation is part of Canada’s plan to protect 5 percent of iots marine and coastal area by 2017 and 10 percent by 2020.

"Our government is pleased to continue our work on protecting our oceans with the identification of a new large Area of Interest in the Pacific Ocean that recognizes the unique marine ecosystems that need to be protected in order to ensure the health of our environment, our communities and Canada's fishing industry...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 25, 2017

DHL Global Forwarding will start shipping live crabs and seafood the Lakselv Airport Banak in North-Norway to markets in Asia and Northern America.  

The carrier will start dedicated weekly flights to ship fresh seafood to the DHL terminal in Oslo to South Korea and other destinations including Japan and the United States.

DHAL said all of the logistics are exactly timed, ensuring the shipments are delivered in perfect condition. Today’s first flight will be officially welcomed by the State Secretary Ronny Berg of the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries...

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New Rockfish Longevity and Spawning Information Will Help Stock Assessments and Ensure Healthy Populations

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Christine Baier/ASFC

Some things just get better with age. Like rockfish mothers.

A rockfish might not start spawning until she is 25 years old. As she gets older she produces more, and more robust, young. She continues to produce them over many years, into advanced age – which for some rockfish means 100 or 200 years.

That is the sluggish end of the spectrum, but rockfish in general are slow-growing, late-maturing, long-lived species...

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Further Restrictions on Copper River Kings as Landings Higher than Expected in First Two Fishing Periods

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker - May 25, 2017

In response to a cumulative catch of over 3,600 kings out of a total quota of 4,000 this year, Cordova ADF&G managers are proceeding cautiously for tomorrow’s next fishing period. 

Thursday’s opener will be only 9 hours long, rather than twelve. It will also begin hours after an extreme low tide and it will end before the second, less extreme, low tide starts to flood in, usually bringing fish...

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DFO Opens Newfoundland's 3Ps Inshore Cod Fishery But Issues No Decision for Offshore Harvesters

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 24, 2017

The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard opened Newfoundland’s 3Ps Cod fishery only to the inshore/seasonal harvesters. So far federal authorities have not announced if the year-round offshore portion of the fishery will be open.

This announcement has left many harvesters, plant workers and their families in a cloud of uncertainty. 

“At risk, is year-round employment and job stability for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians,” said  Kris Vascotto, Executive Director of the Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council (GEAC)...

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SCeMFiS Funds Seven Research Projects Affecting Fisheries Management

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

Ocean Springs, Miss. - The Industry Advisory Board of the Science Center for Marine Fisheries has allocated $203,271 in funding for seven fish and shellfish research projects and a continuing involvement with the marine mammal assessment process.

“As participants in the Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog fisheries, many of its stakeholders have been involved in cooperative research with the goal of reducing uncertainty in the fisheries management plan for many years," SCeMFiS Industry Advisory Board Chairman Guy Simmons said in a statement. "Since the formation of SCeMFiS, these efforts have ...

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Cape Greig Walrus are Back, ADF&G Plans Changed Fishery Boundary Again

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [KDLG] by Dave Bendinger - May 24, 2017
 
Ugashik fleet will fish inside a line a little further south than usual to keep a buffer around newest Pacific walrus haulout in Bristol Bay.

Last year thousands of Pacific walrus unexpectedly showed up at Cape Greig north of Ugashik Bay, delighting sightseers but complicating fishing and shipping in the busy fishing district. When they left in the fall, biologists were not sure if they would be back the following summer or...

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ISSF Compliance Report Focuses on Tuna Best Practices, Collaboration

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

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation released its 2016 annual report, Best Practices, Better Solutions, this week, which outlines tuna sustainability achievements and argues for continuous improvement of global tuna fisheries through collaboration and advocacy. ISSF participating companies account for about 75 percent of the global canned tuna market.

“Through our many activities and partnerships over the years — made possible by progressive tuna companies and other funders — we have deepened our understanding about what it takes to ‘be’ sustainable, and to advance the cause,” ISSF President Susan Jackson ...

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VIDEO: Ecuador's Shrimp Output and Sales to Asia Reach Records 




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