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Jun 26 - ANALYSIS: May and Year-to-Date Gulf Shrimp Landings Surge

Jun 26 - News Summary Monday June 26, 2017

Jun 26 - Global Aquaculture Alliance BAP is First Aquaculture Standard to Near GSSI Approval

Jun 23 - News Summary Friday June 23, 2017

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

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

Jun 21 - News Summary Wednesday June 21, 2017

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

Jun 20 - News Summary Tuesday June 20, 2017

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

Jun 20 - Peeled Shrimp Margins Squeezed by Two Year Decline

Jun 20 - Chris Oliver Named Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries

Jun 19 - News Summary Monday June 19, 2017

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

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

Jun 16 - News Summary Friday June 16, 2017

Jun 15 - News Summary Thursday June 15, 2017

Jun 14 - News Summary Wednesday June 14, 2017

Jun 14 - Southwind Foods Buys Galaxy Foods and Equator Seafood; Will Merge Businesses into Carson Operation

Jun 14 - Many Consumers Turn to the Expertise of Restaurants to Get Seafood into Their Diets

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

Jun 13 - News Summary Tuesday June 13, 2017

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

Jun 12 - News Summary Monday June 12, 2017

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

Jun 9 - VIDEO: Seafood Data Summary A Look at Shrimp Imports, FDA Refusals and Snow Crab Quotas

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

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

Jun 7 - News Summary Wednesday June 7, 2017

Jun 6 - News Summary Tuesday June 6, 2017

Jun 6 - Myanmar Shrimp Association Working to Increase Shrimp Farming Opportunity

Jun 6 - PODCAST: Seafood Podcast Featuring Latest Shrimp Imports and FDA Refusal Figures

Jun 6 - Monterey Bay Recognizes BAP Certified Shrimp, Tilapia, Pangasius and Mussels as Good Alternative

Jun 5 - News Summary Monday June 5, 2017

Jun 5 - Mississippi's Shrimp Season to Get Going June 7

Jun 5 - FDA Seafood Refusals Down Sharply in 2017 as Rejections for Filth Slide 50%

Jun 5 - Thai Union enters China consumer market with 'King Oscar' Brand Lobsters from North America

Jun 5 - Undercover Reporter Sees Live Seafood Switched For Dead Crabs, Shrimp at Fancy Changsha Restaurant

Jun 2 - News Summary Friday June 2, 2017

Jun 2 - Indian Shrimp Imports to US Continue Blistering Pace Ahead of Peak Production Period

Jun 2 - VIDEO: Louisiana Shrimping Starts; Scallop Prices Crash; Cold Spring Slows Snow Crab Fishing

May 31 - News Summary Wednesday May 31, 2017

May 31 - Red Lobster Promoting Wild Caught Red Shrimp on Summerfest Menu

May 31 - High Liner Completes $107 Million Purchase of Major Shrimp Importer Rubicon Resources

May 30 - News Summary Tuesday May 30, 2017

May 30 - PODCAST: Ecuadorian Shrimp Fuels Asia’s Market; Alaska’s Copper River Salmon Season in Full Swing

May 30 - So Far Louisiana's Shrimp Harvest is Made Up of Sizes Already in Good Supply

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

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

May 25 - News Summary Thursday May 25, 2017

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 24 - News Summary Wednesday May 24, 2017

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

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

May 23 - News Summary Tuesday May 23, 2017

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

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

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

May 22 - 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 19 - VIDEO: Canada’s Snow Crab Market Stabilizes as the Era of High Chinese Shrimp Output Fades

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

May 17 - News Summary Wednesday May 17, 2017

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

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

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

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 10 - VIDEO: Trade Commission Upholds Duties for Major Shrimp Importers

May 10 - News Summary Wednesday May 10, 2017

May 10 - Thai Union Credits Red Lobster Investment for 19% Hike in Profits with Q1 Sales Steady

May 10 - High Liner Acquires Rubicon, a Major Shrimp Importer, for $107 million

May 9 - News Summary Tuesday May 9, 2017

May 9 - VIDEO: Indian Shrimp Imports Jump to 25% of US Supply in Q1 2017

May 9 - 9th China Shrimp Forum Looks at Asian and Ecuador Production, China to Be Largest Global Importer

May 8 - News Summary Monday May 8, 2017

May 8 - PODCAST: Commission Keeps Duties on Shrimp Imports; India Now 25% of US Shrimp Supply; FDA Refusals

May 8 - Louisiana Opens First Portion of Commercial Shrimp Season; Inventories Ready for New Production

May 5 - VIDEO: Indian Shrimp Dominates US Market in Q1; Trade Commission Upholds Shrimp Import Duties

May 5 - JBS-Backed Swift Retailers in Brazil to Sell MSC and ASC Certified Seafood

May 5 - American Shrimp Processors Back Trade Commission Vote Upholdng Duties on Imported Shrimp

May 4 - News Summary Thursday May 4, 2017

May 4 - FDA Seafood Refusals Down 33% in April and 24% YTD, But Shrimp Rejections About the Same

May 4 - Indian Shrimp Imports to US Up 20 Million Pounds from 2016; Accounts for 25% of Q1 Volume

May 4 - Ecuador Optimistic About Shrimp Sales to China in 2017, Should be Over 50% of Production

May 3 - News Summary May 3, 2017

May 3 - Sunset Review Fails to End US Shrimp Anti-Dumping Duties on China, India, Thailand and Vietnam

May 2 - Red Lobster Brings in New Crabcake Item as Part of Current Promotion

May 1 - News Summary May 1, 2017

May 1 - Massive Outbreak of Shrimp Disease Reported in Bangladesh Bagerhat Province

Apr 28 - News Summary April 28, 2017

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

Apr 26 - News Summary Wednesday April 26, 2017

Apr 26 - Vietnam Attempts to Restore Prawns in Australian Market

Apr 25 - News Summary Tuesday April 25, 2017

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

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ANALYSIS: May and Year-to-Date Gulf Shrimp Landings Surge

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Urner BArry] Jim Kenny - June 26, 2017 

The National Marine Fisheries Service is reporting May 2017 landings (all species, headless) of 14.59 million lbs. compared to 10.27 million in May 2016. The cumulative total now stands at 30.25 million lbs.; 6.7 million pounds or 28.43 percent above the Jan-May 2016 total of 23.56 million lbs. This is the largest five-month total in any of the years since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. However, anecdotally market participants suggest that the bulk of the ...


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News Summary June 26, 2017

Today's Main Story: Iceland Raises Cod and Haddock Quotas, With Haddock Finally Seeing Some Improvements

Today’s news opens with a focus on how Iceland has significantly raised its cod and haddock quotas for the new fishing year which begins on September 1st. The decision, particularly on haddock, is certain to be welcomed by processors in the UK and Europe. Haddock remains a firm favorite in Britain. The Minister of Fisheries has decided that the catch quota for cod should be raised to 255,172 metric tons, up by around 11,000 tons on the current fishing year. Meanwhile, the haddock quota goes up by over 5,000 tons to 39,890 tons. This is the first significant haddock increase for some time and shows that the stock, which was causing some concern not so long ago, is now making a sustained recovery.

In other news, Dmitry Dremlyga, a well-known Russian fishing tycoon and a former owner of Dalmoreproduct, one of Russia’s largest fish producers, will challenge the results of the recent auctions for the sale of crab quotas in Russia due to numerous violations that were conducted during their organization. To date, the...

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News Summary June 23, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Just Shrimp Adds Healthy Alternatives to Attract Younger Diners

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - June 21, 2017

Just Shrimp is a new concept with just three units in Illinois.  But they are making a splash.   Their original location in Tinley Park recently added a few more non-fried items to their menu: Grilled shrimp skewers and fresh grilled salmon. 

Recently, Just Shrimp started smoking salmon in-house, and added two sandwiches their customers seem to enjoy. The smoked salmon fillet sandwich is servedcold, on a buttered and toasted soft bun  ...

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

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

OTC Rebuttal to

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

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

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

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Chris Oliver Named Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - June 21, 2017

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

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


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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Shuichan News] Translated by Amy Zhong

China's shrimp prices are declining at the moment, as a flood of weak and sick shrimp hits the market. The general decline has been around 1 to 2 Yuan per Jinn (lb).

On June 7, China’s shrimp price index was reported to be 146.01 points, which decreased by 0.04%, about 0.06 points from May 31. The farm gate price was 30.21 yuan/jin (1 jin=0.5 kilo, 40 shrimps/jin) on average, which contracted by 0.01 yuan/jin...

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Farmed Salmon Prices Enter Summer Season Decline

Farmed salmon prices have been in decline since Memorial Day weekend with traders reporting quiet demand in the market with inventories well supplied. This is a typical time of the year to see farmed salmon prices come down. Salmon starts to compete with other, more grill friendly protein options at the retail level. Buyers also begin to source wild-caught salmon from Alaska as those supplies come become readily available. The seasonal decline is not as pronounced in 2017 as it’s been in past years and these prices are still at record levels.

Amazon announced a deal to buy Whole Foods Market for about $13.7 billion. The grocer will continue to operate stores under the Whole Foods Market brand, the companies said. John Mackey will continue as chief executive of Whole Foods, and the company's headquarters will remain in Austin, Texas. Amazon and Whole Foods expect to close the deal during the second half of 2017.

The first interpretive report issued from the Port Moeller Test fishery, released yesterday, suggests that the forecast 41 million sockeye run for the Bay is on track. It is too early at this stage to release stock composition or run size estimates, but early indications are that the current surge of fish is destined for Egegik, the river system with the highest volume forecast for this year. The report shows that the 2017 run timing is earlier than years when the run has been late, and is later than years when the run has been early. This suggests a run timing right around the long term average.

In other news the Alaska House passed a modified operating budget that tilts toward House priorities along with an expanded Permanent Fund dividend on Thursday evening. This budget now goes to the Senate for approval. If the Senate turns down the spending plan, lawmakers would have to open a second special session to pass an operating budget and avert a government shutdown July 1.

Finally, Indian seafood exports are expected to grow 20 percent this year from higher shrimp sales to the US market. "With exports to US setting new records and the markets' rising appetite, the industry is confident of a strong growth for the Indian shrimps. By our current estimates, it would be a surprise if Indian exports don't bring in growth in excess of 20 per cent y-o-y (year on year)," said Rahul Kulkarni, director, WestCoast Group, a leading seafood exporter from India.

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Trade Court Remands More Vietnamese Shrimp Duty Rates Over Forced Labor

The United States Court of International Trade issued a slip opinion that remanded shrimp duty rates calculated for Vietnamese exporters from its eighth period of review back to the United States Department of Commerce. The rates covered shipments made from February 1, 2012 through January 31, 2013. Domestic shrimpers raised the issue of forced labor in Bangladesh's supply chain as a reason why Commerce must provide more information about its calculations and if Bangladesh should have been used as a surrogate economy when the eight review rates were calculated. In March, the domestic shrimp industry successfully petitioned the Court to remand shrimp duty rates for Vietnamese exporters from its ninth review back to Commerce also because of the use of Bangladesh and its labor problems.

Ocean Choice International is overhauling its shrimp trawler the Katsheshuk II so it can start fishing for groundfish. OCI committed to the $8 million renovations since Newfoundland's coldwater shrimp quotas were cut sharply for the upcoming season. "Our purpose now is to focus on red fish and some other species, but yes, definitely, when we built this vessel we expected cod to increase in the future," said Blaine Sullivan, COO at OCI.

In other news, Southwind Foods has reached an agreement to acquire Galaxy Foods and Equator Seafood. The two companies will merge into Southwind’s operations, which are based in Carson, California. Southwind distributes seafood products under the Great American Seafood brand among others. "We think this merger will result in additional distribution channels for us as well as an opportunity to collaborate with the excellent management teams at Galaxy and Equator about exciting new ideas for our companies,” said Buddy Galletti, CEO of Southwind Foods, LLC.

Meanwhile, the Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association (APICDA) announced that Grant Mirick has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Luke Fanning has accepted the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO). "We are very happy to have such a strong and solid leadership team in place. Grant has played a vital role in strengthening our processing operations in Alaska and Kent, Washington. Luke brings a solid background in banking and finance," said Larry Cotter, APICDA CEO.

Finally, a developer aligned with the New Boston Food Market cooperative has won the bidding for a 3.4-acre site at the the city's marine industrial park, now known as the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park, in South Boston. “This was a unique opportunity ... we had to pursue in order to control our own destiny," said Michael Vaughan, a representative for the wholesalers. “This is an important first step. We're grateful the city chose us. By providing new facilities, these businesses will be able to grow."

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Many Consumers Turn to the Expertise of Restaurants to Get Seafood into Their Diets

Majority of U.S. Consumers Don’t Eat The Recommended Amount of Fish or Seafood


The health benefits of eating seafood are well-documented but many consumers lack the confidence to select the right seafood and prepare it at home, which is why many consumers turn to restaurants. Shellfish, which tends to be more costly and therefore to some consumers riskier to prepare at home, appear to be the seafood of choice when dining out, reports The NPD Group, a leading global information company.

Case shipments of shrimp, lobster, and other crustaceans shipped by broadline distributors to independent and small chain...

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AquaBounty to Produce GM Salmon in Indiana with $14 Million Purchase of Bell Fish Company's Assets

AquaBounty Technologies will soon be able to produce its genetically modified AquAdvantage salmon in the United States as the firm has struck a $14 million deal to buy some of the assets of Bell Fish Company in Albany Indiana. AquaBounty said the facility's first harvest could come as soon as the third quarter of 2019. Once fully operational, the facility will have an expected annual capacity of 1,200 metric tons. "This acquisition marks an important milestone and provides the Company with its first commercial-scale facility in the United States for growing eco-friendly AquAdvantage Salmon. This site will enable production of healthy Atlantic salmon, which will not require vaccines or antibiotics, in a sustainable and responsible manner close to domestic consumers,” said Ronald Stotish, Chief Executive Officer of AquaBounty.

The International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) has recommended that the Joint Russian-Norwegian Fisheries Commission cut the 2018 Barents Sea cod quota 20 percent from last year citing poor recruitment in the fishery. The Council’s recommendation would set the total cod quota at 712,000 metric tons. This represents a 183,000 metric ton reduction from last year’s quota. The Commission will take up ICES advice when it makes its quota determination this fall.

In other news, a price war is breaking out over ecommerce lobster sales in the Chinese Province of Ningbo. Online retailers are offering live North American lobsters at deeply discounted prices in order to compete for sales and market share in both the online retail space and from traditional grocers.

Meanwhile, citing 20 years of success with groups such as Conservation International, the MSC, and others, the Walton Family Foundation (WFF) outlined its $37 million, five-year strategy for building sustainable seafood markets. The initiative is part of the foundation’s ocean strategy that takes a systems approach—working on both the supply and demand side—to promote sustainability in five core countries: Indonesia, Peru, Chile, Mexico and the United States. "The Walton Family Foundation has probably had more impact on the seafood sustainability movement than some of the more well-known consumer facing advocates," writes John Sackton in an analysis of the plan. "They have leveraged a market-based strategy in which they paid NGO's to lobby and convince the retail supply chain to adopt seafood sustainability standards."

Finally, the value of Vietnam's seafood exports to global markets is up this year but the increase is not because of more sales to the US market. So far Vietnam's seafood exports are up 7.5 percent worldwide but sales to the US market are down nearly 13 percent. The US is traditionally the top market for Vietnam's seafood exports like pangasius and shrimp. However, higher duty rates and the implementation of the catfish inspection program under the USDA have forced Vietnam's exporters to seek other markets like China.

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What a State Budget-Triggered Shutdown Will Mean for Alaska's Fisheries

If Alaskan lawmakers cannot agree on a budget by June 30 the state will be forced to layoff state workers on July 1, which will have widespread ramifications on state fishery management. The biggest punch would be felt by salmon fisheries — and the harm could extend well beyond this year. Field staff at remote weirs, towers and salmon sonar counting projects from Southeast to Kotzebue will be pulled, said Scott Kelley, a division director with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotten said that the department is working with the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Law to analyze the impacts of a shutdown on the commercial, subsistence, personal use and sport fisheries, as well as hunting seasons.

The range of full-cycle fish aquaculture that does not depend on harvests of wild fisheries is expanding in Japan and is being led by major fisheries companies Nippon Suisan (Nissui) and Maruha Nichiro. Nissui is working on bringing a fully-farm raised octopus product to the market by 2020. Maruha, meanwhile is close to perfecting farmed raised kampachi.

In other news, a revision to the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, finalized last week, will give the US Customs Department more authority to ban imported seafood that is produced with forced labor. The change to the Enforcement removes the "consumptive demand" clause from the regulation. Under this clause, US importers were able to import merchandise into the US that was produced with forced labor if domestic production could not satisfy demand for the product.

Meanwhile, Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and California Sens. Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein called for a federal salmon fishery disaster declaration for both states to support economic recovery for coastal communities, in a letter Friday to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. “Salmon are a vital part of our region’s history, economy and culture,” the senators wrote in the letter. “This disaster declaration will provide a much needed safety net to keep fishermen in business, communities afloat, and the industry open for business until salmon stocks are restored.”

Finally, fishermen in Mississippi say shrimp harvests are plentiful and bigger compared to last year's initial landings. The season opened on June 7. “Last year, we were looking at 80-100's. Right now, we're looking at 40-50's. Big difference,” said dock manager, Chris Lyons. Gulf inventories heading into the season were tight on many mid-sized shrimp counts.

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

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QDOBA Adds Fire-Roasted Shrimp Items for the Summer

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] June 9, 2017

QDOBA Mexican Eats has added shrimp to its menu for the first time ever with the launch of three new items that the chain will promote for the summer season.

The fast-casual chain will promote fire-roasted shrimp on its menu in three summer-style items.

The items are a Surf and Turf Burrito Bowl; Tropical Shrimp Taco and Fire-Roasted Shrimp Salad...

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Fisheries Scientists Launch Independent Effort to Expand Sustainable Practices to Africa, Asia

In the weekend leading up to the SeaWeb Seafood Summit, some of the most renowned global fisheries scientists came together to form an independent advisory organization called I-FIN. I-FIN is the acronym for the International Fisheries Information Network. The organization is the result of year-long working group of a team of scientists led by well known fisheries expert Professor Ray Hilborn. I-FIN hopes to be a global resource on where fisheries are being managed successfully, why they’re successful, and how those successes can be adopted elsewhere. "We’ve got a team of people who can provide the most authoritative, scientific advice on what’s happening in global fisheries, and what has been shown to work to improve the performance of fisheries,” said Dr. Hilborn, who is a professor of marine science at the University of Washington.

The 2017 Seafood Champion Awards were also announced this week in Seattle during the Seafood Summit. The annual awards recognize individuals and organizations for excellence in promoting ocean health and responsible practices with honors in four categories: leadership, innovation, vision and advocacy. The Seafood Champion Award for leadership went to Susi Pudjiastuti, Indonesia’s Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. FISH-i Africa won the award for innovation. Monterey Bay Aquarium Executive Chef Matthew Beaudin won the award for vision and the advocacy award was given to International Pole & Line Foundation and Ned Bell, the Ocean Wise executive chef at the Vancouver Aquarium and founder of Chefs for Oceans.

In other news, fifty major seafood companies, five governments and nineteen NGOs committed to the Tuna 2020 Traceability Declaration in New York this week. The agreement assures that the participating companies will create fully traceable supply chains all the way back to the vessels. The pledge also guarantees that slavery and labor violations will be eliminated from the tuna industry and that the fisheries will be managed using science-based plans. Finally, the companies agree to a government partnership in order to achieve the goals.

Meanwhile, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program now recognizes BAP-certified shrimp, tilapia, pangasius and mussels as a Good Alternative for consumers according to the Monterey Bay’s latest benchmark report. Two-, three- and four-star BAP tilapia, two-, three- and four-star BAP pangasius; three- and four-star BAP shrimp; and mussels from a BAP-certified farm are included on the list of products from third-party certification programs that it recommends to consumers, each equivalent to a yellow Good Alternative rating.

Finally, a budget compromise proposed by Alaska Governor Bill Walker was rejected by the coalition majority that runs the state House. Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon said the governor is on the wrong track with a proposal that would slash the state deficit from about $2.7 billion per year to about $300 million per year. He said the House Majority will continue to support a strategy that eliminates the entire deficit within three years. The state has until June 30 to come up with a budget or face a shutdown starting on July 3.

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Global Aquaculture Alliance BAP is First Aquaculture Standard to Near GSSI Approval

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  June 26, 2017

The GSSI has published its benchmark report on shrimp, finfish, and crustacean farming standards certifications of GAA’s Best Aquaculture Practices for public consultation.

This is the fifth step in the GSSI approval process.  Once comments are received, GSSI will review the comments and make a recommendation to the Board.  In all prior cases, reviews which have reached this stage have been successfully completed.

For the GAA, the process began in December 2015 when BAP applied for GSSI recognition, step one of a seven-step process to determine whether the BAP Finfish and Crustacean Far

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  June 23, 2017

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

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

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

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News Summary June 21, 2017

Today's Main Story: US Eases Rules For Indian Seafood Export

Today's opening story reports that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a list of 140-odd Indian seafood exporting entities to be excluded from that country's restrictive 'Detention Without Physical Examination (DWPE)' ambit. US import in 2016-17 was 1,88,617 tonnes of Indian seafood, amounting to $5.8 billion or nearly Rs 38,000 crore, about 22.7 percent more in quantity over the previous year and 30 percent in dollars.

In other news, the market for US origin sea scallops has fallen considerably since the start of the New Year; the result of some demand destruction and expectations for increased landings. Scallops have been trading at-or-close to record levels for four years, climbing almost continuously since the start of 2013. This long-term price action has resulted in a diminished call for scallops.

Experts argue that Oslo is standing its ground over shellfish in fear o

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Peeled Shrimp Margins Squeezed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Peeled Shrimp Margins Squeezed by a Two Year Decline

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by Paul Brown  June 20, 2017

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

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

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

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MSC Could be Kiss of Death for West Coast Groundfish

A news analysis by John Sackton and Susan Chambers explains how the Marine Stewardship Council is rushing to praise the recovery of the West Coast Groundfish fishery even though fishermen are unable to land more than 19 percent of its allowable harvest. The key issue is not the sustainability of West Coast stocks since a strong recovery program is in place. Rather, it's that West Coast harvesters are hampered by a management system that fails to allow for a sustainable harvest. "That is why we feel the MSC’s embrace of the West Coast fishery is potentially a kiss of death, as they become an impediment to the desperate reforms needed to keep a healthy and sustainable fishery economically viable," writes John Sackton.

China's shrimp prices are in decline because of as a flood of weak and sick shrimp to hit local markets in recent weeks. Weaker market behavior was also attributed to a decline in demand in major cities likes Beijing and Shanghai because of good supplies of local shrimp.

In other news, Russia's federal fisheries agency Rosrybolovstvo made a record $319 million from the sale of crab quotas during a recent auction. The biggest fight was for opilio snow crab quotas. Leading Russian fish producers and well-known oligarchs were locked in the most serious bidding wars for the quotas. This included companies like TURNIF, which is part of the Russian fishing company.

Meanwhile, the research vessel Pandalus, assigned to the Port Moller test fishery in June and July, encountered a mechanical problem last night and is undergoing repairs in Port Moller today. No test fishing will be done today, but program managers expect the vessel to be back tomorrow. Missing one day of data is not as critical now as it would be, say, a week from now.

Finally, Alaska's Governor Bill Walker brought the state's legislators back for a second special session so the lawmakers can hash out a state budget and prevent a government shutdown on July 1. The Republican-led state Senate gaveled out Friday morning, rejecting a last-ditch operating budget offer from the largely Democratic House majority, which had adjourned Thursday evening. Four minutes after the Senate's adjournment, Walker signed his proclamation convening the next special session.

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Undercurrent News] by Jeanine Stewart  June 19, 2017

Summer negotiations for shrimp prices in Newfoundland should conclude this week, with a decision by the price panel.

The panel, authorized by the province to set minimum coldwater shrimp prices, will choose one of the two proposals -- it cannot select a middle-ground price -- during a hearing at 10am Thursday. Fishermen are proposing a $1.25/lb proposal, while processors are firm at $1.04/lb, according to sources privy to the conclusion of negotiations between the Fish Food and Allied Workers union and the Association of Seafood Processors.

Meanwhile, it remains uncertain whether processors will be able to pass any price increase on to the main market in Europe, and some are adamant they won't.

Although coldwater shrimp prices have recently spiked in Europe, customers have yet to return to buying at the levels they used to, George Nolan -- president of Rhode Island, US-based distributor Great Northern Products -- said, questioning whether fishermen will get their wishes....

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

The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council moved forward on a regulatory amendment to allow Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) groups to lease halibut IFQ during times of low abundance. The issue has been before the council since December 2015; last week the 11-member panel selected a preferred alternative for further analysis. The action taken by the Council to allow CDQ groups to lease IFQ is seen as a stop-gap measure only in times of severely low abundance and until the Council completes their work on shifting the management of halibut bycatch from a set Prohibited Species Catch (PSC) to an Abundance Based Management (ABM) scheme.

The trū Shrimp Company will build a $50-million shrimp production facility near Luverne Bay Harbor, in Minnesota. trū Shrimp Company raises shrimp in above ground closed containment facilities and is an affiliate of Ralco, a family owned multinational feed company. “What is happening in Minnesota has not been done anywhere in the world. We are creating an industry that will supply the world with safe, clean and abundant shrimp. There are 1.6 billion pounds of shrimp consumed annually in the U.S. and 80 percent of it is imported largely from Southeast Asia,” said Michael Ziebell, President, and CEO of the trū Shrimp Company.

In other news, Gulf red snapper fishing in federal waters will be extended to September according to a deal that was struck between federal fishing authorities and state officials. The Department of Commerce will re-open the 2017 recreational season for 39 weekend days and holidays in federal waters for the remainder of the summer. The Gulf States agreed to alter their fishing season to just the weekends in state waters. This is the first time in a decade that the feds and the states have agreed to align the private angler red snapper fishing seasons.

In some related news, we run a few reaction pieces from the red snapper decision. A notice from the Department of Commerce acknowledges the extension to the season in federal waters will slow the recovery of the Gulf red snapper stock. Meanwhile, a couple of industry groups that oppose the deal want to know how the feds will attempt to curb overfishing by the recreational sector given the longer fishing season.

Finally, Blue North Fisheries' $40 million, 191-foot fishing vessel Blue North features technology that aims to reduce the stress placed on Pacific cod caught in Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea. The ship is designed to catch Pacific cod using bottom longlines. The catch method has earned a green "best choice" rating from Seafood Watch. It also utilizes a stunning table to render fish unconscious before processing. The shipbuilders were inspired by well-known livestock animal scientist Temple Grandin in constructing the Blue North to catch cod using humane methods.

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Southwind Foods Buys Galaxy Foods and Equator Seafood; Will Merge Businesses into Carson Operation

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] June 14, 2017

Southwind Foods has reached an agreement to acquire Galaxy Foods and Equator Seafood. The two companies will merge into Southwind’s operations, which are based in Carson, California.

Southwind distributes seafood products under the Great American Seafood brand among others.

Galaxy Foods and Equator Seafood distribute seafood to retail grocery chains. Galaxy sells both wild and farmed seafood items including salmon, shrimp, scallops and crab. Galaxy also sells tuna under the Itsumo brand...

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Trade Court Remands More Vietnamese Shrimp Duty Rates Over Forced Labor

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - June 14, 2017

The United States Court of International Trade issued a slip opinion that remanded shrimp duty rates calculated for Vietnamese exporters from its eighth period of review back to the United States Department of Commerce. The rates covered shipments made from February 1, 2012 through January 31, 2013.

These rates were challenged by the US domestic shrimp industry on the ground that they were calculated using surrogate wage rates from Bangladesh...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [] Translated by Amy Zhong  June 13, 2017

A price war is breaking out over ecommerce lobster sales in the Province of Ningbo, directly south of Shanghai.  As new entrants come on board, they are offering lobsters at lower prices than in the US, and with free delivery to the customer's home.  This cost appears to be unsustainable, but a new importer,, is making this offer. Their prices are about 66% of Chinese supermarket lobster prices...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] June 12, 2017

Hilton Worldwide said a quarter of the seafood it buys for its owned, managed and leased properties will be sourced from fisheries that are certified by the Marine Stewardship Council or Aquaculture Stewardship by 2022. The rest of its seafood supply chain will be sourced from fisheries in pursuit of MSC, ASC or equivalent standards the hotel chain said last week.

This update was issued during a multi-year sustainable seafood goal as part of World Oceans Day last week...

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NFI Launches “Seafood Supper Club” Cook-Along Series 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] June 9, 2017

The National Fisheries Institute has launched the “Seafood Supper Club” a new series of blog posts intended to help consumers build their seafood cooking skills.

The cook-along series is appearing periodically on the NFI’s Dish on Fish blog and is a product of the blog’s education initiative. The first Seafood Supper Club post went live June 7 and features a recipe and visual step-by-step guide for preparing Honey Garlic Shrimp Skewers...

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

Ignite Restaurant Group has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a Texas court and said it will sell off its Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern + Tab restaurant brands to KRG Acquisitions. Ignite Restaurant Group has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a Texas court and said it will sell off its Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern + Tab restaurant brands to KRG Acquisitions. ”Today's sale agreement represents the culmination of a long and thorough process, and is an important step in positioning Joe's and Brick House for future growth and success," said Ignite Chief Executive Jonathan Tibus

McDonald's stores in Atlantic Canada will not carry the McLobster sandwich this summer because of high priced lobster meat. Some stores that tried to menu the item this year were selling it for $11.99, which was two dollars more than last year. "The increased price of lobster per pound means that we are currently unable to offer this menu item at a reasonable price for our guests," said Adam Grachnik of McDonald's.

In other news Russia's Vyborg Shipyard and a group of companies members, along with Arkhangelsk Trawl Fleet, of the Non-profit Partnership North-West Fishery Consortium, signed contracts for construction of six crab-fishing vessels. The vessels are intended for catching king, snow crab and other crab species and will have Ice3 class.

Meanwhile, Indian seafood shipments reached a record high value of $5.78 billion, more $1.0 billion more than last year. India's seafood export volume was up 2 million metric ton compared to last year. The increase was primarily driven by shrimp exports to the US and other global markets. India is by far the largest shrimp supplier to the US in 2017. Monthly US shrimp imports were 80 percent in April and are up 40 percent for the year in 2017.

Finally, Orca Bay Seafoods sent out a brief notice reminding the industry that it is in the process of relocating its distribution center from Bellevue to Burien in Washington. “All orders scheduled to ship 6/12/17 & 6/13/17 will be shipped out of our current distribution center in Bellevue, WA. Beginning 6/14/17, we will be shipping out of Burien, WA,” Orca Bay said.

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