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Aug 18 - SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, August 18


Aug 18 - Liberty Seafoods Names Greer Vest as Director of National Accounts


Aug 18 - Aquamar and LM Foods Create New Platform In Surimi Seafood Market


Aug 18 - Tally’s New Zealand Gets its Purse Seine Skipjack Certified by MSC


Aug 18 - VIDEO: Seafood Plant Fire; Joe’s Crab Shacks Closed; High Liner CEO; Maxfield Sues; Seafood Meal Kit


Aug 18 - Marine Biologist Hopes to Solve Mystery of Blue King Crab Population Flatline in Pribilof Islands


Aug 18 - Researchers Discover Reason for Deafness in Farmed Salmon


Aug 18 - ANALYSIS: Gulf Oyster Gallon Meat Prices Spike


Aug 18 - Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Washington Hosts Exhibit On Early Years of Salmon Derbies


Aug 18 - StarKist Samoa Cannery to Shut Down Due to Fish Shortages


Aug 18 - West Coast Scientists, Industry Collaborate on Sardine Survey


Aug 18 - Norwegian Seafood Exports to China Show Dramatic Rise


Aug 18 - Russian Crab Producers Say Production is Now at Highest Sustainable Levels, Consolodation is Next


Aug 17 - SEAFOOD: Shrimp Closing Commentary


Aug 17 - SEAFOOD: Crab Meat Closing Commentary


Aug 17 - SEAFOOD: Salmon Closing Commentary


Aug 17 - SEAFOOD: Catfish, Tilapia & Pangasius Closing Commentary


Aug 17 - SEAFOOD: Fresh Shellfish Closing Commentary


Aug 17 - SEAFOOD: Fresh Wholefish & Western Fresh Fish Closing Commentary


Aug 17 - SEAFOOD: Lobster Closing Commentary


Aug 17 - SEAFOOD: Mid-Atlantic Wholefish & Eastern Fresh Fish Fillet Closing Commentary


Aug 17 - SEAFOOD: Scallops Closing Commentary


Aug 17 - SEAFOOD: Midday Shrimp Commentary


Aug 17 - SEAFOOD: Midday Salmon Commentary


Aug 17 - SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, August 17


Aug 17 - GAA and Fishin’ Company Partner to Promote Positive Aspects Of Aquaculture Industry


Aug 17 - ANALYSIS: Imports of Mexican Shrimp


Aug 17 - Danish Fish Scandal Hints at illegal Quota Manipulations Going Back Years


Aug 17 - Annual Fishing Ban in South China Sea Lifted


Aug 17 - COLTO Responds Forcefully to Baseless Amazon Petition Asking to Ban Sale of Toothfish


Aug 17 - Striped Bass Being Caught in Labrador Which is Far Beyond their Normal Range


Aug 17 - ANALYSIS: Atlantic Salmon Frozen Fillets and Portions also under Downward Pricing Pressure


Aug 17 - Northern California Petitions for More Squid Permits


Aug 16 - SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, August 16


Aug 16 - Calysta Trial Reveals FeedKind Protein Could Replace Fishmeal in Shrimp Feed


Aug 16 - Cargill Survey Reveals U.S. Consumers are Willing To Spend Extra for Sustainable Seafood


Aug 16 - As right whales move into Gulf of St. Lawrence Protection Creates Dilemma for Canadian Gov’t


Aug 16 - Midwest Supermarket Chain Hy-Vee Offering 100% Responsibly Sourced Fresh and Frozen Seafood


Aug 16 - NOAA Endorses Eating Small Haddock — But What About Cod?


Aug 16 - High Liner Will be Looking for New CEO Says Henry Demone


Aug 16 - Southeast Alaska Dungeness Fall Season Reduced to One Month


Aug 16 - Canada Announces Largest Marine Protected Area in High Arctic


Aug 16 - Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission Looking to Fill Staff Position


Aug 16 - Sea Pact Announces 2017 Request for Grant Proposals


Aug 16 - Washington Governor Appointments Former PFMC Director to Fish and Wildlife Commission


Aug 16 - Prices Drop as Sick Shrimp in China Flood the Market Again -- Except in Guangxi


Aug 15 - SEAFOOD: Lobster Closing Commentary


Aug 15 - SEAFOOD: Shrimp Closing Commentary


Aug 15 - SEAFOOD: Salmon Closing Commentary


Aug 15 - SEAFOOD: Frozen Shellfish Closing Commentary


Aug 15 - SEAFOOD: Fresh Wholefish & Western Fresh Fish Closing Commentary


Aug 15 - SEAFOOD: Midday Salmon Commentary


Aug 15 - SEAFOOD: Midday Shrimp Commentary


Aug 15 - SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, August 15


Aug 15 - North Atlantic Traders President Seeking Attorney Fees After Being Cleared of NOAA Bluefin Charges


Aug 15 - "Inefficient" Methods of Fishing is Keeping a Cornish Oyster Fishery in Business


Aug 15 - NMFS Institutes More Swordfish Research Off Florida, Praised by EDF


Aug 15 - ANALYSIS: Shrimp Imports Continue to Soar


Aug 15 - Cooke Again Faces Local Opposition to Potential Salmon Hatchery in Nova Scotia


Aug 15 - Aquaculture Could Satisfy Global Seafood Demand Using Ocean Space the Size of Lake Michigan


Aug 15 - Henry Demone Returns as CEO of High Liner Foods, Effective Immediately, As Company Stumbles in 1st Q


Aug 15 - Boston Seafood Hall of Fame Inducts GAA Executive Director Wally Stevens


Aug 15 - Trū Shrimp Company, Schwan’s Company Enter into Partnership to Provide Safe, Natural Shrimp


Aug 15 - West Coast Groundfish Marketing Group Hires Jana Hennig as Director


Aug 14 - SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, August 14


Aug 14 - Stronger Canadian Dollar Creating Standoff Over Falling Shore Lobster Prices in New Brunswick


Aug 14 - Seattle's Fancy Canned Fish Restaurant Lands RealNetworks CEO as Investor


Aug 14 - Maxfield Seafood Sues Freight Co. Over Theft of $318,00 Load of Frozen Lobster from Boston


Aug 14 - Dubai Seafex Show Highlights Growth of Seafood Consumption in Middle East


Aug 14 - Norwegian Salmon Titan Gustav Witzoe Concerned Over Cost of Sea Lice Control


Aug 14 - Western Pacific Council Wrestling with Cultural, Commercial Fishing Definitions in Monuments


Aug 14 - Added-value Seafood Products Will be the Rising Star of Guolian


Aug 14 - Guolian Supports E-commerce Companies to Find Solutions to Online Seafood Sales Problems


Aug 14 - Diana Evans New Deputy Director at North Pacific Fisheries Council


Aug 11 - SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, August 11


Aug 11 - FAO Predicts Decline of North American Lobster Production in 2017, Rise of China Imports


Aug 11 - Cermaq Named the Most Transparent Salmon Farming Company By Seafood Intelligence


Aug 11 - VIDEO: Joe’s Crab Shack; GM Salmon; Russian Sockeye; Fisheries Improvement Act; Destination Hearing


Aug 11 - Railway Companies Improving Cold Chain Delivery on Vietnam/China Border


Aug 11 - Qingdao Clears Live Lobsters from Canada in 40 Minutes


Aug 11 - Russian Crab Companies Delay Fishing Due to New Processing Rules; Crab Prices Rise


Aug 10 - SEAFOOD: Shrimp Closing Commentary


Aug 10 - SEAFOOD: Frozen Groundfish Closing Commentary


Aug 10 - SEAFOOD: Salmon Closing Commentary


Aug 10 - SEAFOOD: Frozen Crab Closing Commentary


Aug 10 - SEAFOOD: Crab Meat Closing Commentary


Aug 10 - SEAFOOD: Frozen Shellfish Closing Commentary


Aug 10 - SEAFOOD: Midday Salmon Commentary


Aug 10 - SEAFOOD: Midday Shrimp Commentary


Aug 10 - SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, August 10


Aug 10 - Faroe Islands, Russia Free-Trade Agreement Could Impact US Salmon Imports


Aug 10 - Alaska Celebrates 2nd Annual Alaska Wild Salmon Day on August 10, 2017


Aug 10 - Alibaba Encouraging Canadian Seafood Companies to Sell to China Through Them


Aug 10 - Hong Kong’s Tri-way Industries Growing Two New Fish Species At Aquaculture Farm 2


Aug 10 - Electronic Monitoring Instead of Human Observers Now an Option for Some Alaska Fishermen


Aug 10 - OPINION: MSA Reauthorization Must Be Guided By National Standards


Aug 10 - Fish Feed Businesses Could Benefit from Bipartisan Carbon Capture Bill


Aug 9 - Electronic Monitoring Instead of Human Observers Now an Option for Some Alaska Fishermen


Aug 9 - SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, August 9


Aug 9 - Shrimp Imports Continue at Record Pace, Up 15.7% in June Driven by Peeled Shrimp


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News Summary August 18, 2017 

Today's Main Story: New Details on Peter Pan Seafoods Plant Fire in Port Moller; Company Appears Ready to Rebuild

Today's lead item reveals more details on the massive fire that destroyed the Peter Pan Seafoods processing plant in Port Moller, Alaska. Witnesses told KDLG that 40% of the structures located on the dock were affected by the fire, which started late Tuesday night. It’s unclear if the remaining structures on the dock were affected by the heat, but there are reports that the company plans to rebuild with new state-of-the-art ...

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Liberty Seafoods Names Greer Vest as Director of National Accounts

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle August 18, 2017

Liberty Seafood, an importer specializing in natural farm raised and wild caught frozen seafood, has announced that Greer Vest has been retained as Director of National Accounts. Vest, who will be based in the Dallas, Texas, area, has a long history working with national chains.

Liberty Seafood is based Horsham, Pennsylvania. The importer was founded by seafood veterans and aims to deliver seafood products with integrity, transparency, sustainability and ...

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Tally’s New Zealand Gets its Purse Seine Skipjack Certified by MSC

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton August 18, 2017

Another small purse seine skipjack tuna fishery is now MSC certified.  Tally is one of New Zealand’s major fishing companies with both inshore and offshore fisheries, selling New Zealand seafood products.  In addition to Tally’s, they sell their offshore frozen at Sea production under the Amaltal Brand.

The New Zealand fishery averages a bit over 11,000 tons annually, and represents about 0.5% of the Western Central Pacific tuna catch.

As retailers have begun to demand MSC certified tuna, there has been considerable pressure to certify high volume tuna fisheries.  Currently 4 purse seine fisheries are in assessment, and two have been certified.  However, volumes of certified skipjack remain very small..

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Marine Biologist Hopes to Solve Mystery of Blue King Crab Population Flatline in Pribilof Islands

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Unalaska Community Broadcasting] by Laura Kraegel August 18, 2017

In the Pribilof Islands, no one’s gotten an accurate count of blue king crab since the population crashed hard in the 1980s.

This summer, a marine biologist is trying to change that, with the species’ first in-depth study in more than 30 years.

His ultimate goal: Determine if blue crab can make a comeback — or if it’s gone for good.

It’s a foggy day on St. Paul Island ...

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ANALYSIS: Gulf Oyster Gallon Meat Prices Spike

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by Nicole West  August 17, 2017

 

Gulf oyster gallon meat prices advanced this week amid limited seasonal production.

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StarKist Samoa Cannery to Shut Down Due to Fish Shortages

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Radio New Zealand] August 18, 2017

American Samoa's largest private employer, the StarKist Samoa cannery, will shut down operations next week because of fish shortages.

Our correspondent in Pago Pago said it remained unclear when the next vessel would call into the port with more supplies.

In October last year the cannery shut down for just over a week, also because of a shortage of fish.

The US-based StarKist Company said it realised the shutdown was a disruption for workers and ...

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Norwegian Seafood Exports to China Show Dramatic Rise

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Cappma] translated by Amy Zhong - August 18, 2017

Norway’s seafood export to China has reached 91,842 tons during the first seven months this year. It has jumped by 44% from 63,834 tons in the same period last year, according to the Norwegian Seafood Council. The dramatic increase undoubtedly shows great potential of Norwegian seafood in Chinese market, said Sigmund Bjorgo, the NSC director for the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong.

Among all seafood, the pelagic ones like mackerels have enjoyed obvious increase in export volumes. Their export volume is 35,536 tons in ...

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GAA and Fishin’ Company Partner to Promote Positive Aspects Of Aquaculture Industry

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle August 17, 2017

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) and The Fishin’ Company have teamed up to promote the positive aspects of the aquaculture industry.

The Fishin’ Company is an importer of tilapia and other frozen fish, and supplies large retailers and food service companies all over the world. The company is already doing their part to promote responsible aquaculture by sourcing their tilapia from farmers in China who are part of the BAP third-party certification program. But according to CEO Manish Kumar, they could be ...

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Danish Fish Scandal Hints at illegal Quota Manipulations Going Back Years


SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  August 17,2017

A fish scandal brewing in Denmark suggests that the administration of fish quotas and licenses by the relevant ministry has been the site of illegal activity, and some referrals to the Danish police have been made.

An external review of fishing quotas by the National Audit Office produced a damaging criticism of the Ministry of Environment and Food, but also specified wrong doing in assigning quotas that went back as far as 2002, under 8 different ministers.

The Danish parliament has for years instructed the ministry not to allow extreme concentration in quota holders.  However, that mandate has been violated, says the report.

The report, according to Danish News reports, says:

-the ministry has failed to investigate compliance with rules

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COLTO Responds Forcefully to Baseless Amazon Petition Asking to Ban Sale of Toothfish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle August 17, 2017

Richard Ball, chair of the Coalition of Legal Toothfish Operators (COLTO), has released a statement in response to a petition that is circulating online requesting that Amazon “ban the sale” of Patagonian toothfish.

“The petition is inaccurate, misleading and untruthful — and we are doing what we can to work with Amazon to ensure it is removed as fast as possible from all websites and public distribution,” Ball wrote ...

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Aquamar and LM Foods Create New Platform In Surimi Seafood Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle August 18, 2017

Surimi seafood company Aquamar and surimi manufacturer LM Foods are working together to create a new platform in the surimi market. According to a press release, the two companies will be “producing and selling crab flavored seafood to food service, food manufacturing and retail channels primarily in North America. 
Aquamar is already a leading manufacturer of shred style surimi, a type of fish paste, in North America. LM Foods, on the other hand, focuses on frozen ...

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VIDEO: Seafood Plant Fire; Joe’s Crab Shacks Closed; High Liner CEO; Maxfield Sues; Seafood Meal Kit

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] August 18, 2017

Peter Pan Seafoods Plant Devastated by Fire; Multiple Joe’s Crab Shacks Have Closed Down; Henry Demone Named High Liner CEO; Maxfield Seafood Sues over Stolen Lobster; Alaska Seafood Companies Taking a Bite Out of Home Meal Kits 

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Researchers Discover Reason for Deafness in Farmed Salmon

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle August 18, 2018

Past research has revealed that farmed salmon can suffer from partial deafness and now we know why. Researchers at the University of Melbourne have discovered that half of the world’s farmed salmon are part deaf due to accelerated growth rates in aquaculture.

Inner ear deformity in salmon has been studied since the 1960s, according to Phys.org. However, scientists have been unable to figure out the reason for the deformity. A study published in Scientific Reports in April 2016 found that farmed fish have ...

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Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Washington Hosts Exhibit On Early Years of Salmon Derbies

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Daily News] August 18, 2017

Derby Days: Chasing the Prize is the title of an exhibit opening at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, 115 S.E. Lake St., Ilwaco.

The exhibition explores the history of “Derbyville” and the early years of salmon derbies, recreational fishing and the emergence of the charter boat fishing industry on the Long Beach Peninsula.

The rise of recreational fishing as a popular pursuit took on a new dimension in the years after ...

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West Coast Scientists, Industry Collaborate on Sardine Survey

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - August 18,2017

Each spring and early summer, scientists set out along the West Coast aboard NOAA vessel Reuben Lasker to survey coastal pelagic species, which includes small schooling fish such as northern anchovy, Pacific sardine, and jack and Pacific mackerels.

But this year was different. After discussions with industry, the scientists tested a new approach to extend their reach into nearshore waters to improve the accuracy of the survey results. The collaboration involved the F/V Lisa Marie, of Gig Harbor, Washington, and brought two commercial fishermen ...

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Russian Crab Producers Say Production is Now at Highest Sustainable Levels, Consolodation is Next

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - August 18, 2017

Russia has no plans to significantly increase the volume of crab catch in the coming years, as the current volumes are already at historical maximums. Additionally, further increase is substantially limited by the biological component, according to recent statements of Alexander Duplyakov, president of the Association of Crab Producers of the Far East.

According to Duplyakov, further increase of catch could damage the entire population of crab in Russia. Duplyakov also added that crab quotas are at almost 100 percent capacity ...

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News Summary August 17, 2017

Today's Main Story: Peter Pan Seafoods Plant in Port Moller Burns, Ending Season with Fish Still in the Water

Today's lead item reports that the 100-year-old Peter Pan Seafoods processing plant in Port Moller has been “devastated” by a massive fire. Approximately a third of the fleet that fishes in the area is still in the water, but it’s not clear if they’ll be able to find another market.

In other news, multiple members of the Prince Edward Island Shellfish Association have resigned following disagreements with the provincial government over funding. Former director Stan Casey is speaking out, saying that the members are volunteers and that the association hasn’t been able to properly run the program without the appropriate government funding and resources ...

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ANALYSIS: Imports of Mexican Shrimp

Let's take a step back to analyze the volumes imported from Mexico in recent years. Total imports in 2016 amounted to 55 million pounds, about six less than in 2015, but slightly...

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Annual Fishing Ban in South China Sea Lifted

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] August 17, 2017

The annual fishing ban in the South China Sea, which went into effect on May 1, has been lifted.

According to a report posted on the Business Standard, a record high of 18,000 fishing boats returned to Chinese ports when the ban started. Over the course of the three and a half month ban, there were 92 cases of illegal fishing reported. The ban ended Wednesday with approximately 100 fishing vessels departing from China’s Hainan province. 

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