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Apr 21 - VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectations; European Whole Salmon Floods US


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Apr 10 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 10, 2017


Apr 7 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday April 7, 2017


Apr 7 - VIDEO: Newfoundland Crab and Shrimp Quotas Release; India's Shrimp Sales to Vietnam


Apr 7 - Major Indian Shrimp Supplier Devi Seafoods Gets Four Star BAP Certification, Opens Second Feed Plant


Apr 6 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 6, 2017


Apr 6 - Vietnam Emerged as Major Market for Indian Shrimp Exports in 2016


Apr 6 - Texas Restaurateur Accused of Selling 28,000 Pounds of Illegal Seafood Through His Restaurants


Apr 6 - Earth Pond Shrimp Farming More Successful in China This Winter, Farmers Planting 2nd Crop Early


Apr 5 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 5, 2017


Apr 5 - Seafood Refusals Down in Q1 But Shrimp, Mahi and Filth Still on FDA Radar


Apr 5 - Shrimp Mortality Seen in Tra Vinh Province for Both Black Tigers and White Shrimp


Apr 5 - Newfoundland Crab Producers Blast Price Panel Ruling; Say Increases Risk of Market Collapse


Apr 4 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 4, 2017


Apr 4 - Indian Shrimp Imports Up 40% in February, Offsetting Declines from Other US Suppliers


Apr 3 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 3, 2017


Apr 3 - Oregon Pink Shrimp Fishery Has Slow Start; Fishermen Want to Let Shrimp Grow


Mar 31 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday March 31, 2017


Mar 31 - VIDEO: First Snow Crab Prices in Newfoundland as Ice May Stall Season in New Brunswick


Mar 31 - Gulf Shrimp Industry Anxiously Waiting for New Season Production With Supplies Tight, Market Strong


Mar 31 - Newfoundland Shrimp Producers Say Cuts Devastating, But 'We have to Respect the Science'


Mar 31 - Chinese Ecommerce Companies Discount Seafood, Expect Daily Volume to Exceed New Year's Period


Mar 31 - DFO Slashes Inshore Northern Shrimp Quota by 62% in Area 6


Mar 31 - Executive Order by President Trump Strengthens U.S. Trade Enforcement and Job Creation


Mar 30 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday March 30, 2017


Mar 30 - Direct Source Seafood and Aqua Star Settle Chef’s Net Trademark Suit with No Damages to Either Party


Mar 30 - Domestic Producers Win Reconsideration of Shrimp Duties in Vietnam by Highlighting Labor Abuse


Mar 29 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday March 29, 2017


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


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


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


Mar 24 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday March 24, 2017


Mar 24 - VIDEO: Back from Boston; Alaska Salmon Season Forecast and Stolen Scallops Reach New England Market


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


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


Mar 23 - Oregon Pink Shrimp Price Negotiations Canceled This Week


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Mar 14 - Seafood Nutrition Partnership Teams Up With Burger Chain Krystal to Promote Seafood


Mar 14 - Camanchaca Enters Shrimp Market in Joint Venture with Krustagroup to Sell Argentine Shrimp Products


Mar 13 - PODCAST: Maine Lobster Reaches Record Values and Mahi Comes Off US Restaurant Menus


Mar 10 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday March 10, 2017


Mar 10 - VIDEO: Maine’s Lobster Fishery Reaches Record Values; High Priced Mahi Starts to Come off Menus


Mar 10 - High Global Demand for Argentine Red Shrimp Pinched Supplies, Raised Prices in 2016


Mar 8 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday March 8, 2017


Mar 8 - Clearwater Reports 2016 Results and Positive Outlook for 2017


Mar 7 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday March 7, 2017


Mar 7 - Shrimp Imports from India and Indonesia Continue Higher in January; Buoy 2.2% YTD Increase


Mar 7 - Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods Enters Scallop Business in Marketing Deal with Northern Wind


Mar 6 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday March 6, 2017


Mar 6 - FDA Updates February Refusals; Shows Dip in Rejections from 2016 But Filth Still Targeted


Mar 6 - Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Trains 15,000 Shrimp and Tilapia Farmers Asia, South Pacific


Mar 6 - Mariner Seafood to Debut GO WILD Brand of Vacum Packed Line of Wild Caught Seafood at Boston


Mar 6 - Red Lobster Adds Maine Lobster Items to Limited Time Lunch Menu for Lobsterfest


Mar 6 - Newfoundland's Alastair O'Rielly Appointed New Exec. Director for Northern Coalition


Mar 2 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday March 2, 2017


Mar 2 - Commerce Issues Mixed Bag of Preliminary Duty Rates for Indian and Thai Shrimp Exporters


Mar 2 - FDA Seafood Refusals Down Sharply in Curious February Report


Mar 2 - SeaPak Rolls Out New Campaign for 2017


Feb 28 - Marine Harvest's Polish Salmon Processor Morpol Gets BAP Certification


Feb 27 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday February 27, 2017


Feb 27 - Stavis Seafoods to Open 40,000 Sq. Ft. Warehouse in Peabody, Mass to Store Frozen Inventories


Feb 27 - Chinese Shrimp Production Decline Expected in 2017


Feb 24 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday February 24, 2017


Feb 24 - VIDEO: Red Chamber Argentina Agrees to Shrimp Vessel Observers; Iceland’s Fishermen Get Back to Work


Feb 24 - Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Landings Remain Below 5-Year Average in January


Feb 24 - Lemon-Seasoned Crispy Fish and Butterfly Shrimp Headline Church’s Chicken Seasonal Menu


Feb 23 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday February 23, 2017


Feb 23 - Major Ecuadorian Shrimp Producer, Exporter SONGA Gets Four-Star BAP Certification


Feb 22 - White Castle Adds Crab Cake Sandwich to Menu for Lent


Feb 21 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday February 21, 2017


Feb 21 - Commerce Finalizes Shrimp Duty Rates for Vietnamese Exporters in 11th Review Period


Feb 21 - Arun Dhar Takes Over Shrimp Research Lab from Don Lightner at Univ. of Arizona


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




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American Shrimp Processors Assoc. Backs "Buy American" Executive Order

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - April 20, 2017

The American Shrimp Processors Association (ASPA) supported the Trump Administration’s “Buy America” executive order that was signed this week and begins a widespread review period of all US import policies for manufactured goods.

Among the directives in the order, section “F” directs the Commerce Secretary to “assess the impacts of all United States free trade agreements and the World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement on the operation of Buy American Laws, including their impacts on the implementation of domestic procurement preferences.”

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Japanese Crab Negotiations with Newfoundland Full of Uncertainty

Sources in Japan say that the negotiations with Newfoundland snow crab packers are in a high state of uncertainty. Although there were reports of a price of $6.95 between one or two packers and a Japanese buyer, others in Japan say there was a condition on this contract that limited the amount of product to only a portion of what the buyer purchases in the first week. Overall the Japanese see great uncertainty in the market and expect the situation to clarify more once production is in full swing in both Newfoundland and the Gulf.

Nearly half of all the natural World Heritage sites on the planet are being ravaged by poachers who are driving some endangered animals towards extinction, according to a report from the World Wildlife Fund. The illegal wildlife trade was estimated to be worth some $19 billion, making it the fourth largest international criminal trade after drugs, guns and human trafficking, according to the ‘Not For Sale’ report. The report warned that species listed on the landmark Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) are being killed. "The current international approach to preventing illegal harvesting of Cites-listed species in World Heritage sites is not working, and stakeholders must redouble their efforts and address all parts of the wildlife trafficking value chain," the report said.

In other news, fishermen are petitioning the New England Fishery Management Council to protect tuna and other fisheries from the herring fleet by agreeing to have measures asking for year-round closures of up to 50 miles east of the Cape. “There’s a strong feeling that fisheries that used to happen here have been displaced by 10 years of intense herring removal,” said John Pappalardo, executive director of the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance, and a member of the New England council and its herring committee.

Meanwhile, Bristol Seafood in Maine is looking to capitalize on the growing interest in the social responsibility of seafood as its New England scallops are the first domestic fishery in the country to earn certification from Fair Trade USA. To achieve the certification, companies need to submit to an audit and interviews to make sure the food is produced with fair working conditions and environmental stewardship along the supply chain. Fair Trade USA also certifies shrimp from Mexico, yellowfin tuna from Indonesia, and skipjack and yellowfin tuna from Maldives. "There's a certain sanctity to food when it comes to the story about it," said Peter Handy, president of Bristol "It tastes better the more you know."

Finally, Maruha Nichiro expects higher costs of purchasing seafood from overseas suppliers to cut into its profits by about 12 percent. Maruha's purchasing costs abroad are rising due to the yen's depreciation.

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 18, 2017

Kroger is promoting a month-long sustainability campaign in April that incorporates the retailer’s commitment towards achieving a zero waste designation by 2020.

The major grocer’s Sustainability Lives Here campaign coincides with Earth Month since Earth Day is recognized April 22 each year.

Kroger is also making a $50,000 donation to the World Wildlife Fund to support their global conservation efforts...

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

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Post and Courier] By Bo Petersen - April 13, 2017

Shrimpers can drop their nets in the outer state waters on April 20, a little later than last year but not too soon for customers waiting at the docks.

Mel Bell, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources fisheries director, confirmed the season opening for 8 a.m.

The outer waters, called provisional, are roughly beyond 2 miles from shore, between the nearshore state waters and federal waters even farther out.

The nearshore waters — the heart of the ...

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Quinlan Bros. Starts Snow Crab Processing at Rebuilt Plant in Bay de Verde

Quinlan Brothers Ltd. announced on Tuesday that a small quantity of snow crab will be run through the processing line to ensure the plant is ready as boats begin returning to shore with their first landings of the new season later this week. The plant will process only snow crab this season, but the company is preparing to expand into groundfish when stocks allow. Around a year ago the Quinlan Brothers' processing facility burned to the ground, which had widespread implications for Newfoundland's snow crab industry from the people the plant employed to buyers that had lined up snow crab deals for the season.

The Russian Federal Fishery Agency officially announced that it will hold an auction for the distribution of crab quotas in the Far Eastern fishing basin on May 18-19 of the current year. The auctions will allow companies to control crab quota through 2026. The quotas will include all of the major crab species in particular species of king crab, helmet crab, and opilio crab in major crab-producing areas.

A report on raw material prices for Vietnamese shrimp shows prices are up 24 percent since 2016 and are at a two-year high. Lack of domestic shrimp in the market has been attributed to the spike in prices this year. The Vietnamese have stepped up importing shrimp from foreign suppliers like India in order to meet the needs of processors.

We run an opinion from Tom Mazzetta who calls for increased cooperation between domestic and imported seafood operators in the United States. Mazzetta points to the success of the Maine lobster and Alaskan salmon industries as examples of how domestically sourced and imported seafood products can coexist in the US. "We need to come together as an industry to support increased seafood consumption as an overall goal, not only for the benefit of our collective bottom-lines, but for the health benefits of eating more seafood, the environmental benefits of seafood production versus other proteins, and to address regulations that artificially inflate prices for American shoppers and diners," said Mazzetta.

Finally, dire West Coast ocean salmon seasons haven't officially started but are already affecting non-salmon fisheries such as sablefish and Pacific whiting writes Susan Chambers. The Pacific Fishery Management Council approved no summer salmon seasons in parts of Oregon and California and limited seasons on the rest of the coast to protect struggling stocks such as coho in Washington and Klamath fall Chinook and Sacramento winter Chinook in Oregon and California. Sablefish harvesters will get increased trip limits to help avoid salmon conflicts, and the whiting fleet will get a special additional bycatch allocation since moving out of Klamath salmon areas will force them into a higher bycatch zone.

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan News] Translated by Amy Zhong April 12, 2017

The prices of shrimp broodstock will rise by up to 30% in China the second half of the year. Most think this will not impact seedling prices.

The seed demand is about 200 billion high-quality shrimp seed. And there is still great growth potential in seed sales of the eastern and northern China. The price increase of broodstock will push up seed prices eventually. But the peak season of seed sales is usually within the first half of every year. And broodstock prices will not rise until the second half of this year. So seed prices probably will not rise to great extent until 2018.

Out of 4 Broodstock companies operating in China, CP and Primo have stopped sales. The remaining companies are SyAqua, which entered the market in 2016, and Kona Bay.

SyAqua has released an announcement saying its broodstock price will jump from US$100 per pair to US$130 from this July 1st

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News Summary April 10, 2017

Today's Main Story: Western Rock Lobster Price Falls Due to a Drop in China Demand, Cheaper American Exports

Headlining the nws, the value of premium species of lobster sourced from Western Australia has plummeted, causing the lucrative industry to grind to a near halt. The western rock lobster 'beach price', which is the price professional fishers receive direct from processors, has slumped to about $50 a kilogram. Compared to six months ago, the price has shed about 30 per cent of its value. Almost all the western rock lobsters, caught on the continental shelf mainly from Perth to Geraldton, are exported live to China. A seasonal drop in demand from the Chinese market, along with the strengthening of the Chinese Yuan bearing down on Australia's return in the exchange rate, are major factors behind the price fall. Cheaper lobster from America is also suspected as cause for lower prices. The emergence of America as a key exporter of a more affordable lobster to China is also thought to be contributing to the problem.

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VIDEO: Newfoundland Crab and Shrimp Quotas Release; India's Shrimp Sales to Vietnam

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Vietnam Emerged as Major Market for Indian Shrimp Exports in 2016

At the same time that India has become as major shrimp supplier to the US market, it has also stepped up exports to Vietnam with shipments in some months even surpassing those to the US. Last year Indian shrimp exports to Vietnamese and US markets increased 28 and 29 percent respectively and were the top two markets for Indian shippers. During India’s heavy harvest period last spring India’s shrimp exports to Vietnam were higher than exports to the US. Additionally, by December of last year, Indian shrimp exports to Vietnam and the US were about the same both in terms of volume and as a percentage of India’s overall exported market share. Vietnamese processors continue to report severe raw material shortages from domestic producers and higher dependence on imported materials. This is an indication that Vietnam will continue to buy foreign raw shrimp supplies so it can meet a goal to export $7.5 billion worth of seafood in 2017.

Vietnam loosened it soaking standards on pangasius fillets allowing for an 18 percent increase in moisture content. The new standard now requires only 14 percent of fish protein in treated pangasius fillets. This decision reverses an attempt by the Vietnamese government to cap soaking at 83 percent net weight. But this decree was staunchly opposed by some Vietnamese producers.

In other news, South Korea’s wild pollock population, considered near-extinct since the turn of the millennium, may be making a comeback. The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said Thursday that a wild pollock was caught in eastern waters near Uljin, North Gyeongsang Province. Experts blame global warming along with overfishing for the decline of the pollack population in South Korea, which according to data accounted for 14.9 percent of Korea’s entire seafood market in 1942. Currently, approximately 90 percent of pollock consumed in Korea is imported from either Russia or Japan.

Meanwhile, some Chinese shrimp farmers in Guangxi, are restarting production early this season. Currently more than half of the farmers have stocked their seed. Farmers are reporting high success rates in shrimp farming and satisfactory profit margins in the first round of seed stocking from last year. The first round of shrimp supplies are expected to hit the Chinese market this May.

Finally, Alaska's House Fisheries Committee will assess a resolution sponsored by several House Representatives “urging the United States government to continue to work with the government of Canada to investigate the long-term, region-wide downstream effects of proposed and existing industrial development and to develop measures to ensure that state resources are not harmed by upstream development in B.C.” Chris Zimmer, Rivers Without Borders Alaska campaign director, said Alaskans are troubled by B.C.’s lack of enforcement of mining regulations. The problem is that Canadian mining operations that go out of business are not required to clean up their sites. This has created leakage from abandoned mine works and sludge ponds, which have been polluting Alaskan waterways for decades.

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Texas Restaurateur Accused of Selling 28,000 Pounds of Illegal Seafood Through His Restaurants 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 6, 2017

A Houston restaurateur and two local restaurant companies have been accused of an illegal seafood network that funneled nearly 28,000 pounds of unlawfully-caught finfish through their establishments at a profit estimated at more than $400,000.

Texas game wardens allege that Bruce Molzan, 59, of Houston, purchased and then sold the illegal finfish off the menus at restaurant businesses he is associated with, Ruggles Black, and formerly associated with, Ruggles Green...

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Major Fishery and Processor Associations Ask Gov. Inslee's Council Recommendations be Withdrawn

Four major West coast and Alaska organizations have expressed outrage over Washington Governor Inslee’s nominations for new appointments to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. The groups have written to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, asking that the Washington State nominations be returned and that the Governor be asked to follow the state’s public appointment process. We provide the full letter sent to Secretary Ross in today's story.

The Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) says the Standing Fish Price Setting Panel decision on raw material snow crab prices compounds bad news on quota cuts and places the industry at substantial risk of a market collapse. “The market reports contracted by the province were both clear,” said Derek Butler, Executive Director of ASP. “Consumption is reducing, the price has gotten too high, and it is spot pricing in response to quota reductions in Alaska and here that is being used. That is wrong. It is not the reality of our snow crab industry.”

In other news, the North Korean port of Rajin continues to remain biggest transit hub for illegal sales of Russian crab in Asia-Pacific region. According to the Russian Association of Crab Producers, currently about 500 tons of illegal crab supplies from Russia are delivered to the North Korean seaport and to the Chinese town of Hunchun each month. These figures are growing since the situation is aggravated by extremely low prices for Russian crab the Producers say.

Meanwhile, FDA seafood refusals in March were just about the same compared to last March as mahi, shrimp and filth remain on inspectors' radars. However, federal seafood rejections are well below levels recorded through the first quarter in 2016 because of notable declines in snapper, lobster and tuna refusals.

Finally, Alaskan halibut production during the first month of the season is lower from last year because of inclement weather. Wholesale prices for Pacific halibut are now moving higher with inventories limited ahead of Good Friday. Alaska's halibut got off to a slow start in March because of poor weather, but production picked over the next few weeks. However, another round of bad weather has pinched production ahead of Easter. Traders say they will be closely monitoring Alaskan halibut production and supplies over the next week as demand could go higher in preparation for the last week of the Lenten season.

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Shrimp Mortality Seen in Vietnam's Tra Vinh Province for Both Black Tigers and White Shrimp

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fishery.org] Translated by Amy Zhong  April 5, 2017

Large quantities of farmed shrimps have died in Tra Vinh province of Vietnam.

Over 7,000 farmers have cultivated around 0.6 billion black tiger prawns, while 2,240 farmers have raised about 0.524 billion white shrimps in Tra Vinh province until this March.

But unstable weather has lead to various diseases, mainly including pancreatic diseases of black tiger prawns and white spot syndrome of white shrimps. So far more than 987 farmers

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Alaska Native Corporation Sealaska Buys Majority Stake in Seattle’s Odyssey Enterprises

Sealaska, an Alaska native corporation, has acquired a majority interest in Odyssey Enterprises, a Seattle-based seafood processing company that employs some 250 people. The purchase, which closed Monday, is part of Sealaska’s corporate strategy to expand its presence in the seafood industry. Terry Downes, the chief operating officer for Sealaska said they are interested in even more investments in the seafood industry.

Indian shrimp imports are offsetting notable declines in shipments from other major US suppliers early on in 2017. According to monthly shrimp import volumes US shipments in February dropped over 7 percent, which pushed imports for the year down about 2 percent. Most major shrimp suppliers posted declines in shipments to the US market. However, imports from India and Indonesia are at least partially offsetting import declines. India is the major factor for US supplies right now since its import volumes through the first two months of the year are far higher from historical averages.

In other news, PacRim Coal is suspending all permitting efforts for its proposed Chuitna Coal Project planned for development on the west side of Cook Inlet in Alaska. The Alaska Department of Natural Resources was told about the company's decision late last week. "Following several months of internal review and discussions, the partners in PacRim Coal, LP have decided to suspend pursuit of permitting efforts on the Chuitna Coal Project," PacRim Coal said in a statement.

Meanwhile, politicians in Newfoundland said they will try to work with seafood industry participants that are expected to take an economic blow because of major cuts to the region's shrimp and snow crab quotas for the upcoming seasons. “This is devastating news for the industry — both the harvesting and processing sectors,” NDP Leader Earle Mccurdy said. “The issue of that magnitude should be above partisan squabbling and we should be trying to work together to make the best of a real tough situation.”

Finally, native tribes along the Columbia River are benefitting from high salmon demand market prices from around the world. Over the past 10 years, prices for Columbia River salmon have roughly quadrupled, and the fish has found more market penetration to white tablecloth restaurants across the country. The higher prices paid for the Native catch have rippling economic benefits for indigenous communities.

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Newfoundland Snow Crab Quota Set at 35,419 Tons, 22% Less Than Last Year

The Canadian Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans has announced snow crab quotas for the fishing areas around Newfoundland. The overall quota will decrease around 22 percent from last year's quota. The major reduction by volume is in area 3L. The 3K area quota did not get cut significantly while the 3PS the quota was slashed 50 percent. Prior to the release of the quota, industry estimates were that about 33,000 tons would be allowed in Newfoundland. So the DFO numbers are slightly more favorable than expected. The fishery will start on April 6th in most parts of 3L and 3Ps, and April 14th in 3K.

A team of seven respected fisheries scientists, led by Prof. Ray Hilborn, Ph. D., of the University of Washington, found that predator populations are less dependent on specific forage fish species than assumed in previous studies. These findings counter a previous study that argued forage fish are twice as valuable when left in the water to be eaten by predators, and recommended slashing forage fish catch rates by 50 to 80 percent. “Forage fish provide some of the lowest environmental cost food in the world – low carbon footprint, no water use, ” Dr. Hilborn said. “[There are] lots of reasons that forage fish are a really environmentally friendly form of food.”

In other news, by as early as May 1st the free trade deal between the EU and Canada, known as the CETA deal, will come into effect. This means the duty rates for some Canadian seafood exports to the EU market, including live lobster, will drop to zero essentially overnight. Both the US and Canada currently have the same duty rates for live lobster exported to the EU, but this will all change under CETA. This means Canadian producers will get a significant export advantage over Maine's lobster industry. This could put the US in a position where they may have to reduce their lobsters prices to compete with Canadian shippers.

Meanwhile, the pink shrimp season in Washington, Oregon and California officially stated over the weekend on April 1. But this year, many boats are still in port and many haven't even put shrimp nets on their vessels. The few who did test the waters found female shrimp that haven't dropped their eggs yet. Some of the shrimp on the grounds are in the 350-500 size or smaller. Fishermen said they would prefer to have the 250-350 size or larger, as it fetches a better price. They said much of the current global inventory of coldwater shrimp is in the 350-500 size.

Finally, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey were asked to support a state-sponsored bill that would allow for the sale, processing and transport of lobster parts in the state of Massachusetts. The bill was co-sponsored by 13th Bristol District Rep. Antonio Cabral and is supported by Seatrade International, New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell and Ed Anthes-Washburn, the executive director of the Harbor Development Committee. Proponents of the law say it will create more jobs in the state. The practice is already legal in Maine and New Hampshire.

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Letters]  April 19, 2017

Hello John

I wanted to write you to express our disagreement with the below excerpt from the April 18th article in Seafood News (Japanese Crab Negotiations with Newfoundland Full of Uncertainty):

They don’t think the plant capacity is there. Some of the Gulf packers are reported to be looking at introducing steam cookers, that can boost throughput by 30-40%, but the Japanese think this might lead to lower quality products.

Our company, Laitram Machinery, has spent over 60 years applying science to cooking seafood. We have installed more than 150 of our patented CoolSteam Systems all over the world; it is the preferred solution for cold water shrimp, aquaculture shrimp, crab, and lobster.

We are indeed commissioning 4 new Laitram systems in Quebec and New Brunswick...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 18, 2017

The National Fisheries Institute’s Shrimp Council has partnered with online influencer and cookbook author Chungah Rhee, creator of the popular food blog Damn Delicious to promote more shrimp consumption in the US market.

Under the agreement, which was formed in March, Rhee will create and publish a series of shrimp-focused blog posts and recipe videos that encourages consumers to eat more shrimp at home and in restaurants.

Rhee’s Damn Delicious blog attracts millions of viewers each month and is a wildly successful website featuring recipes and cooking techniques. In addition to the blog, Rhee authored her first cookbook, “Damn Delicious: 100 Super Easy, Super Fast Recipes.”

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EU Inspecting Mekong Shrimp Exporters for Possible Transshipment of Indian Shrimp Through Vietnam

Vietnam's Ministry of Trade confirmed that EU inspectors examined several shrimp exporters in the Mekong Delta under the suspicion that Indian shrimp is being transshipped to the EU market through Vietnam. Currently, EU import tariffs for Vietnam's shrimp are much lower than those for India. Particularly, the tariff for unprocessed shrimp imports from Vietnam is 4.2 percent, compared to 12 percent for India. For semi-processed shrimp, Vietnam's tariff is about 7 percent while India's is 20 percent. Officials with the EU said they will raise Vietnam's tariff rates for its shrimp shipments if transshipping is detected.

Fortune International has acquired the assets to online seafood distributor Lobster Gram in a deal that expands Fortune's market reach to consumers across the country. “I have always admired Lobster Gram and how [Lobster Gram founder Dan Zawacki] successfully started a live Maine lobster home delivery company from his parents’ garage, now that is entrepreneurship,” said Sean J. O’Scannlain, Fortune International’s President and CEO. “We have always considered entering the e-commerce business given the growth potential and what better way than with an icon like Lobster Gram that shares our commitment to quality service and products.” This is Fortune’s first acquisition of 2017 but just the latest deal that the Bensenville, Illinois-based seafood distributor has made since 2012. Fortune purchased JDY Gourmet in 2012, Chef Martin Old World Butcher Shop Sausage in 2014 and Coastal Seafoods of MN in July of 2016.

The retail market for Bristol Bay sockeye is looking good again this year because of a large push to chill majority of the fish and sell it as a premium product. Last year harvesters set a record volume for the amount of raw material they chilled. "This is huge for the retail potential of Bristol Bay," said Rebecca Martello, the association's executive director. "The fleet is making great strides to ensure Bristol Bay is a quality product and this definitely ties into all aspects of marketing and making Bristol Bay the premium brand we know it to be."

In other news, Chinese tilapia production was flat and the value of its exports fell last year. The industry says its needs to do a better job of developing more international markets to boost sales. In order to do this, producers and processors are being encouraged to increase overseas marketing efforts, develop more competitive brands and increase the quality of the fish.

Finally, the eight percent tariff on Canadian live lobster shipped to Europe will immediately disappear when the free trade deal known as CETA is signed, which could happen as soon as May 1. This coincides with the spring lobster season opener in P.E.I. "For the lobster sector it will mean tariff free access to 27 countries in Europe over the next number of years," said Geoff Irvine, executive director of the Lobster Council of Canada. "[That] will give us, hopefully, an advantage in that market as we compete against other seafood products and other proteins in a market that has 500 million people."

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 13, 2017 

In the latest episode of the Seafood News Podcast, we provide an update on Newfoundland’s snow crab quotas. In other news, we take a deep dive into some Indian shrimp supply data and what it means for US consumption and overseas buying patterns. Plus, we talk about Urner Barry’s Seafood Import Workshop ...

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Unique Database Details 5.8 trillion-ton Global Fishing Catch since 1950

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 13, 2017

A fisheries database created by an Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies (IMAS) researcher at the University of Tasmania, Australia, provides unprecedented insights into global fishing catches between 1950 and 2014.

During the 65 years covered by the records, fishers from 193 countries caught more than 5.8 trillion tons of fish from 1,443 species, including 892 million tons taken illegally and 629 million tons discarded at sea.

Featured in the latest edition of the Nature journal Scientific Data, the information was collated by Professor Reg Watson, who said it illustrated the finite nature of the global marine fishery. ...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] Opinion by Tom Mazzetta - April 12, 2017

Tom Mazzetta is the founder and CEO of Mazzetta Company, LLC

We need to come together as an industry to support increased seafood consumption as an overall goal, not only for the benefit of our collective bottom-lines, but for the health benefits of eating more seafood, the environmental benefits of seafood production versus other proteins, and to address regulations that artificially inflate prices for American shoppers and diners. We are not talking about steel, auto parts, or sugar. We are talking about healthy food...

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

Trident Seafoods intends to sell their Newport, Oregon surimi plant to Pacific Seafoods. Trident said it believes Pacific has the best chance of successfully operating the plant because of its existing infrastructure in Newport and experience marketing products produced from Pacific whiting. However, there is an issue that could prevent the deal from happening, and that is the anti-trust lawsuit that has been filed against Pacific by some harvester groups. Pacific Seafood and Trident plan to meet with fishermen, community stakeholders, and government regulators to gauge support for the proposed sale, with hopes of saving the 2017 whiting season. "We wanted to do everything possible to make sure that the people who work at the plant have stable employment and our fishermen continue to have good markets for their catches," said Trident's CEO Joe Bundrant.

The forecasted harvest for Prince William Sound pink salmon this year is the largest on record while the Copper River sockeye harvest was reported at a more modest level according to the latest ADF&FG forecast. If the 2017 natural stock pink salmon forecast is realized it would be the second largest natural run on record, and well above the 1997–2015 odd-year average return. The Alaska salmon seasons have expected start dates between mid-May and mid-June depending on the region and the species.

In other news the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Commission said they want more data before setting the dates for the season. LDWF biologist Jeff Marx said data he’s collected show better conditions than in previous years. But nearly all of the shrimpers at the meeting said they would rather wait for the season to open at the normal time so the shrimp can grow to be larger. The spring shrimp season usually opens in mid to late May.

Meanwhile, Hogne I. Tyssoy, a portfolio manager for major Norwegian seafood investment fund Holberg Triton will accompany Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg's delegation to China this month as the two countries continue to rebuild their trade relations. Tyssoy said he is interested in seeing first hand what growth opportunities are in store for Norwegian fish farmers in China.

Finally, some members of Atlantic Canada's fishing industry are concerned how the United State's implementation of new seafood import rules will impact shipments to the market. As of this week the US is requiring proof that its seafood imports are harvested in a way that minimizes harm to marine mammals. Countries now have to submit a list of fisheries measures in place to limit by-catch and gear entanglements with whales, turtles, porpoises and seals. "I think for everybody this is really concerning," she said. "We have not been privy to the actual ongoing discussions between the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the U.S. government. What for us is uncomfortable is how these things are being viewed from office buildings," said Melanie Sonneberg of the Grand Manan Fishermen's Association in New Brunswick.

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Vietnam's Pangasius Exports to EU Down Sharply in 2017 as Consumer Demand Continues to Erode

A report by the Vietnam Pangasius Association (VPA) showed that drastic declines in pangasius fish exports to the EU market are still occurring in 2017 with the total value down over 17.5 percent so far this year. Consumer demand for Vietnamese pangasius in the EU is eroding because of attacks on the industry's production methods. A decision by Carrefour Belgium to ban the sale of pangasius at its stores earlier this year sparked a series of very negative news stories that incorrectly said Vietnam's production methods were damaging the environment. NGOs were quick to jump on these stories to further destroy the perception of Vietnamese pangasius among EU consumers. 

Major Indian shrimp exporter Devi Seafoods has attained four-star certification from the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) program. Devi achieved the four-star designation after its shrimp feed mill received BAP certification in its first year of operation. Devi has also opened a second shrimp feed production plant that will boost its annual output to 100,000 tons.“Devi Seafoods has grown steadily over the years by investing in integration and consolidating its position in the industry,” the company said in a press release. “With a fully integrated supply chain, Devi Seafoods has better control over the quality of its produce and is actively working towards sustainability by participating in the ASC and BAP programs.”

In other news, Indian seafood exporters say the EU does not have a good reason for stepping up its inspections of imported shrimp. EU Customs officials are now inspecting 50 percent of all imported shrimp that enters the market from India, which exporters say is a non-tariff barrier. “There is no justifiable reason for increasing the EU import-surveillance norms. Normally, such measures are taken when frequency of rejections is on the rise. However, there are no such reports,” said Norbert Karikkassery, President, Seafood Exporters Association of India (SEAI)

Meanwhile, a massive years-long, undercover operation by the US Department of Justice has led to arrests and guilty pleas of elver poachers and traffickers up and down the East Coast. The guilty pleas over the past six months account for $2.75 million worth of Maine elvers.

Finally, grocer LIDL Italy has joined with LIDL Denmark and LIDL Germany to announce it will work to end transshipment at sea in all its seafood supply chains. This has been a demand of tuna campaigners led by Greenpeace in Europe.“LIDL Italy’s actions on sustainable seafood procurement and transshipment at sea are significant steps in the right direction. We continue to see consumers around the globe demanding more responsibly-caught seafood products, and retailers are answering the call by adding those products to store shelves," said Greenpeace Italy Oceans Campaigner Giorgia Mont.

Have a great weekend.

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Major Indian Shrimp Supplier Devi Seafoods Gets Four Star BAP Certification, Opens Second Feed Plant

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 7, 2017

Major Indian shrimp exporter Devi Seafoods has attained four-star certification from the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) program.

Devi achieved the four-star designation after its shrimp feed mill received BAP certification in its first year of operation.

Four-star approval is the highest level of certification available from the GAA’s program. It designates that a seafood operation’s entire supply chain is in full compliance with third-party sustainability standards...

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Vietnam Emerged as Major Market for Indian Shrimp Exports in 2016

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - April 6, 2017

At the same time that India has become a major shrimp supplier to the US market, it has also stepped up exports to Vietnam with shipments in some months even surpassing those to the US market.

Last year Indian shrimp exports to Vietnamese and US markets increased 28 and 29 percent respectively and were the top two markets for Indian shippers.

India emerged as the US’s major shrimp supplier a few years ago...

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Earth Pond Shrimp Farming More Successful in China This Winter, Farmers Planting 2nd Crop Early

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Shuichan news] Translated by Amy Zhong April 6, 2017

White shrimp prices remain high in the southern and eastern China this late March mainly thanks to limited supply. And the prices raise around weekends but decline to some extents during working days. The prices have fluctuated to a comparatively great extent. They are likely to stay at high levels this April because the supply is still limited in the first half of this month.

But more shrimps from Nantong and Rudong of Jiangsu will enter the market later and the prices may decline slightly. However, the coming of the Labor Day will push up shrimp prices. And they probably contract after the festival...

 

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Seafood Refusals Down in Q1 But Shrimp, Mahi and Filth Still on FDA Radar

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - April 5, 2017

FDA seafood refusals in March were just about the same compared to last March as mahi, shrimp and filth remain on inspectors' radars. However, federal seafood rejections are well below levels recorded through the first quarter in 2016 because of notable declines in snapper, lobster and tuna refusals.

The FDA refused 209 line items of seafood in March, which was just one line item higher from last March. Like last year filth was the top reason for rejections and accounted for 35 percent of the month’s refusals...

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Newfoundland Crab Producers Blast Price Panel Ruling; Say Increases Risk of Market Collapse

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  April 5, 2017

The Association of Seafood Producers in Newfoundland put out the following
statement, after the Newfounland Price Setting Panel ruled in favor of the union's proposed minimum crab price of $CA 4.39.

(St. John’s, NL) The Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) says today’s Standing Fish Price Setting Panel decision on raw material crab prices compounds the already bad news on quota cuts, and places the industry at substantial risk of a market collapse.

“The Panel has set crab raw material prices at a historic high, well above any previous level. ASP’s offer to harvesters of $4.10 was rejected and the Panel has gone with the FFAW price of $4.39,” said Derek Butler, Executive Director of ASP.

“The market reports contracted by the province were both clear,” said Butler. “Consumption is reducing, the price has gotten too high, and it is spot pricing in response

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Indian Shrimp Imports Up 40% in February, Offsetting Declines from Other US Suppliers 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - April 4, 2017

Indian shrimp imports are offsetting notable declines in shipments from other major US suppliers early on in 2017.

According to monthly shrimp import volumes US shipments in February dropped over 7 percent to 91.4 million pounds, which pushed imports for the year down about 2 percent to 204 million pounds.

Most major shrimp suppliers posted declines in shipments to the US market. Imports from Ecuador, Thailand, Vietnam and China were all down significantly for the month...

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