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


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


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


May 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 - Seafood.com 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 - Seafood.com 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 - Seafood.com 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 - Seafood.com 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 - Seafood.com 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 - Seafood.com 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 - Seafood.com News Summary May 1, 2017


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


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


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


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


Apr 26 - Vietnam Attempts to Restore Prawns in Australian Market


Apr 25 - Seafood.com 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


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 - 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


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

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Study Says US Investments on Aquaculture Research Pay Dividends

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 26, 2017

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

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

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Sea to Table Expands Seafood Delivery Service Directly to Consumers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 25, 2017

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

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

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Oregon Pink Shrimp Volume Steady; Small Sizes Remain a Concern

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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Congressional Trade Committee Hears Testimony About Seafood Trade Deficits from ASPA and NFI

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 23, 2017

Earlier this month representatives of the American Shrimp Processors Association (ASPA) and the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) testified before a Congressional Trade Committee regarding the formation of the “Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficits.” 

The Omnibus Report is a response to an Executive Order from the Trump Administration that told the Department of Commerce and other federal agencies to identify the trading partners with which the U.S. had significant trade deficits with last year...

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Ecuadorian Shrimp Exports at Record Levels in 2017 as Sales to Asia Dominate Market Share

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 22, 2017

Ecuadorian farmed shrimp production in 2017 is at record high levels and the country’s sales to the Asian market account for more than half of its output. This continues to cut into the US and EU market share for Ecuadorian shrimp.

According to an Urner Barry analysis of Ecuadorian shrimp exports, the country exported 282.6 million pounds to all major markets through April 2017. This is a record high figure, up 15 percent from the year prior, an increase of about 37 million pounds. It’s about a 140 million pound increase from just four years ago...

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

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Era of High Shrimp Output in China is 'Gone Forever'

The era of high shrimp output in China may be gone forever. This corresponds with predictions that China will become the largest global shrimp importer this year. In today's story we breakdown shrimp production forecasts for the all of the major aquaculture regions across China. Overall, poor weather and high incidence of disease in many areas appear to show that farmed shrimp production will be lower in the first half of this year than last year.

Even though the EU has raised its inspection rates on Indian seafood imports, rejections have been in steady decline the last five years. The EU is now inspecting half of all seafood imported from India. Previously that figure was just 10 percent. "However, Indian seafood industry proved its mettle and managed to withstand the new restrictions, by maintaining a low rejection rate," said A Jayathilak, chairman of MPEDA.

In other news, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for the 3Ps cod fishery in Newfoundland has been voluntarily suspended by the certificate holders. A recent spike in mortalities prompted the suspension and efforts are underway to identify the cause so the fishery can get the certification reinstated. “While recent recruitment of young fish has been above average, the reality is, the science now shows a concerning trend in the 3Ps cod stock. In fact, modeled estimates of total mortality have increased by over 65 percent since the initial assessment for certification,” said Dr. Kris Vascotto, Executive Director of the Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council.

Meanwhile, the Copper River salmon season starts tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. Alaska time, signaling the first large run of fresh sockeye in the world. The 2017 commercial harvest projections for sockeye salmon are 889,000 fish. This is usually the best time to target chinook or king salmon, as their run peaks at the early part of the sockeye run. But this year, biologists are forecasting a total run of only 29,000 chinook, the smallest on record since 1985.

Finally, the first ever Bristol Bay Fish Expo will be held this year on June 9th and 10th, just prior to the opening of the salmon season. The event is modeled on Comfish in Kodiak, and on the Seattle Fish Expo. The event is a chance for some of the processors in the Bay to become more acquainted with community needs.

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton May 16, 2017

The announcement by the Dept. of Justice that Bumble Bee plead guilty to a criminal price-fixing charge has led to a flurry of amended complaints in the retail class action suit against the three big tuna companies who dominate the US market.

In the plea agreement, Bumble Bee was the first corporate defendant to plead guilty to a criminal charge.  Last December two Bumble Bee Executives had also pled guilty to a price-fixing charge.

In the Bumble Bee plea, the company admitted to price fixing from the first quarter of 2011 through the 4th quarter of 2013.

However, the amended complaint by Wal-Mart and others, such as Winn Dixie, allege that the conspiracy traces back to 2004,

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VIDEO: Trade Commission Upholds Duties for Major Shrimp Importers

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 10, 2017

Thai Union Group said sales contributions from Red Lobster helped offset higher raw material prices for tuna and shrimp as the company posted a rise in net profits for the first quarter.

Thai Union reported a 19.3 percent increase in first-quarter profits. The company’s sales were up marginally, less than one percent.

Sales contributions from Thai Union’s frozen and chilled seafood business were up 5.6 percent over the same period last year, despite continued sluggish demand in Europe. In addition, PetCare and value-added product sales grew 17.4 percent year-over-year due to new product launches and continued market penetration improvement...

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Bumble Bee Pleads Guilty to Canned Tuna Price Fixing; Agrees to Pay $25 Million Fine

Bumble Bee Foods has agreed to plead guilty for its role in a conspiracy to fix the prices of shelf-stable tuna fish, such as canned and pouched tuna. As part of the deal, Bumble Bee agreed to pay a $25 million criminal fine. Bumble Bee told a federal court in California that it and some co-conspirators agreed to fix the prices of shelf-stable tuna fish from as early as the first quarter of 2011 through at least as late as the fourth quarter of 2013. The company’s guilty plea is actually just the latest deal the Department of Justice has cut with the company. Two of Bumble Bee's sales executives plead guilty to their involvement in the scheme last December. Neither the executives nor Bumble Bee specifically named any other co-conspirators involved in the scheme.

Fishermen blame cold waters in major lobster fishing areas 33 and 34 in Nova Scotia for sharply lower lobster landings this spring. Ashton Spinney, co-chair of the Lobster Advisory Committee for Lobster Fishing Area 34, says only half as many lobsters, as usual, are being brought ashore this spring. Reports were similar out of LFA 33. Fishermen are noting that landings this spring are down from record harvest figures last season, but that global demand for lobsters remains quite high.

We are sad to report that James “Jim” Beaton an icon in the Alaska fishing industry, passed away on April 22 at the age of 80. Beaton leaves a legacy that is hard to underestimate. He was a founder of the United Fishermen of Alaska, served on the Board of Fish for a decade, shepherded limited entry legislation during a "civil war" that divided the industry, helped pass the state's private, non-profit hatchery legislation, and developed many fisheries. His guiding principles were to protect the resource first and the fishermen second.

In other news, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council approved a proposal that would establish a pilot program allowing Louisiana to manage red-snapper stocks in both state and federal waters off its coast for three years starting in 2019. This vote gives Louisiana the go-ahead to flesh out the plan into an actual amendment that would ultimately need to be approved by the advisory panel.

Finally, we run a report from the 9th China International Shrimp Industry Development Forum in Zhanjiang. Several notable industry representatives from the world's major shrimp producers spoke at the conference about future production trends. Some of the key takeaways were ongoing production increases from Ecuador and India. At the same time, China is expected to emerge as the world's largest shrimp importer by the end of this year.

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CAPMA] translated by Amy Zhong  May 9, 2017

Representatives from eight main shrimp aquaculture producers gathered in Zhanjiang to exchange ideas about their aquaculture and market situation last month.  This was the 9th China International Shrimp Industry Development Forum in Zhanjiang.

White shrimps are popular aquaculture species worldwide. They not only create great wealth but also large quantities of jobs. And the industry has developed quite well. However, drastic changes have occurred within the past few years thanks to shifts in consumption markets, farming environment, and various diseases.

On April 19, representatives from eight main production countries..

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Further Restrictions on Copper River Kings as Landings Higher than Expected  

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

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

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

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

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

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 25, 2017

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

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

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

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Oregon Pink Shrimp Volume Steady; Small Sizes Remain a Concern

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Commerce Department Rescinds Duty Rate Review for Chinese Shrimp Exporters

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 23, 2017

The Department of Commerce rescinded an administrative review on antidumping duty orders for Chinese shrimp after domestic processors withdrew their requests for review of the rates.

The review would have looked at Chinese shrimp exported to the US market between February 1, 2016 and January 31, 2017.

But Commerce posted in the Federal Register this week that it will rescind the review since the petitioner, the Ad Hoc Shrimp Trade Action Committee and the American Shrimp Processors Assotion notified the department that they were withdrawing the request... 

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

Fishermen's Finest Inc. and the Dakota Creek Shipyard in Anacortes, WA, have run into a Jones Act issue with the construction of F/V America's Finest, which is the largest catcher processor to be constructed in the US in nearly 30 years. The issue involves some very complex rules under the Jones Act for what constitutes American built vessels. At issue here is the amount of foreign steel that was used to fabricate the vessel. If the vessel cannot get a Congressional waiver from the Jones Act requirement, it cannot be used in a US fishery. For Fishermen's Finest, they would have to sell the vessel to a foreign buyer at a deep discount which would bankrupt the company and deal a serious economic blow to Washinton state's economy and the US fishing industry. "It seems to us that granting a waiver is the correct and only suitable choice, and we expect that view will also be widely shared in the West Coast fishing industry and the Amendment 80 fleet, once the full details are known," writes John Sackton.

Ecuadorian farmed shrimp production in 2017 is at record high levels and the country’s sales to the Asian market account for more than half of its output. Ecuador prefers to produce a Head-on shrimp that the Asian market--specifically China--prefers. At the same time, Chinese shrimp production in recent years has not been able to keep up with spikes in demand. This year, China is forecast to be a net shrimp importer in 2017. The US and EU market share for Ecuadorian shrimp continues to decline as Ecuador's sales to these markets have been flat.

In other news, with nearly half the total chinook pre-season harvest taken in the Copper River's first 12-hour opener, the pressure is building for in-season management to ensure the harvest won't exceed 4,000 Chinook, as prescribed in the management plan writes Peggy Parker. This year's Chinook return to the Copper River is the lowest since 1985. The problem for the in-season ADF&G managers is that even when fishermen are not targeting chinooks with large-mesh nets, they will catch a few with sockeye gear during the first four weeks of the season.

Meanwhile, we run an opinion piece from the Environmental Defense Council that calls for the creation of a Groundfish Monitoring Fund in response to the Carlos Rafael case. " One of the major causes of the New England cod crisis, and a key enabler of Rafael’s crimes, is inadequate monitoring of the groundfish fleet," said Matt Tinning and Johanna Thomas of the EDF. "In other places, like the U.S. Pacific and British Columbia, successful groundfish monitoring programs have helped resuscitate stocks and put fishermen on a level playing field."

Finally, Alaska salmon managers are hoping for the best and planning for the worst as state lawmakers extend into a third special session to try to agree on a state budget. Layoff notices will start going out June 1 if legislators cannot agree on a budget during the third special session. "It's similar to what happened last year. Pink slips go out on June 1 and then we have to start getting people out because they cannot be on salary effective July 1," said Scott Kelley, director of the commercial fisheries division at Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Juneau.

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

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Oregon State Partners with NIOSH to Focus on Maritime Safety

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

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Safety improvements are coming to commercial fishing and seafood processing industries.

Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies are teaming up to improve safety and health conditions in the maritime industry in the U.S.

College researchers will work with NIOSH to study and address occupational and safety issues in the maritime industry; ...

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Era of High Shrimp Output in China is 'Gone Forever'

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan News] Translated by Amy Zhong May 17, 2017

The era of high shrimp output in China may be gone forever.  This fact corresponds with predictions that China will become the largest global shrimp importer this year.  The following is a roundup of the current situation in most Chinese Shrimp Farming Provinces.

April is usually a very busy month for white shrimp aquaculture. Farmers are occupied with...

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

In this week’s episode of the Seafood News Podcast show, Urner Barry and Seafoodnews.com Editor Michael Ramsingh talks about High Liner’s deal to buy all of the assets to major shrimp importer Rubicon Resources. Meanwhile, the lobster market is strong as the industry heads into the busy Mother’s Day weekend. Plus, Chris Oliver accepted the top position as the Assistant Administrator of National Marine Fisheries Service. Meanwhile, Atlantic scallop prices were in free fall the first week of May because of a surge in landings. Happy Mother’s Day!

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Canada NewsWire] - May 12, 2017

Halifax - Today Clearwater Seafoods Incorporated reported its first quarter results for the period ended April 1, 2017:

*Sales and adjusted EBITDA of $128.4 million and $19.8 million respectively for 2017 versus 2016 comparative results of $116.2 million and $18.9 million. This represents growth rates of 10.4% for sales and 4.8% for adjusted EBITDA.

*Overall sales volumes were higher than the prior year as strong Clam and scallop harvest volumes were partially offset by 25% lower Frozen-at-sea ("FAS") shrimp sales volumes due to difficult harvesting conditions.

*Inventory increased $3.5 million compared to the end of 2016 as lower clam inventory volumes were offset by higher seasonal harvesting costs and timing of scallop landings...

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

High Liner Foods has acquired all of the assets to vertically integrated shrimp importer Rubicon Resources for $107 million. Rubicon has corporate headquarters in Culver City, CA and also operates over 11 shrimp and seafood processing facilities in South East Asia. Rubicon produces products for private label brands in the US retail market. "Rubicon is an ideal acquisition for High Liner that will provide sales and earnings growth, and expedite diversification of our product portfolio to aquaculture species, like shrimp, that are experiencing stronger growth rates in North America," said High Liner’s President and CEO Keith Decker.

Chris Oliver, the executive director of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, appears to have the inside track to become the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, the head of the National Marine Fisheries Service. The latest talk within the industry is that Oliver is indeed the pick that the Commerce Dept. has submitted to the White House. The recommendation still has to get White House approval, and also a Congressional approval of the nomination is needed. If this is confirmed, it would be excellent news for the entire US seafood industry, as it would give NMFS stability and deep experience at a time of significant budget and regulatory review.

The commercial and recreation seafood industry in the US supported 1.6 million full and part-time jobs in 2015 according to NOAA’s annual Fisheries Economics of the United States report, which was released this week. The commercial sector was responsible for 1.2 million jobs and generated $144.2 billion in sales, $39.7 billion in income, and $60.6 billion in value-added impacts nationwide These figures were above the five-year-average for the industry NOAA said in its report. “NOAA’s reports demonstrate the importance of seafood, both domestic and imported, to the economy and serves to highlight the more than 1.6 million jobs supported by all seafood," said John Connelly, President of the National Fisheries Institute.

In other news, the Pacific Whiting season is set to open May 15th, but the status of the Newport Surimi plant that had been operated by Trident is still unclear. Pacific Seafood is planning to purchase the plant from Trident and continue to operate it as one of the shore-based surimi plants in Oregon and Washington. However, Pacific Seafood has been subject to a number of anti-trust lawsuits and has asked for a specific ruling from the Attorney General that operating the former Trident plant would not constitute anti-competitive behavior, or be seen as contributing to an anti-trust problem. The problem is that without a clear signal from the State, the plant is likely to close as no other buyer is available. Without the volume represented by the Newport whiting surimi plant, all Oregon whiting fishermen would suffer.

Finally, a surge in Atlantic scallop landings in March has prices at auction falling faster and harder than expected. These factors have combined to drag down prices in the wholesale market in the first week of May. Landings were more than double the monthly figure from last March and were 51 percent higher from the five year monthly average for the fishery.

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 10, 2017

High Liner Foods has acquired all of the assets to vertically integrated shrimp importer Rubicon Resources.

Rubicon has corporate headquarters in Culver City, CA and also operates over 11 shrimp and seafood processing facilities in South East Asia. In addition to shrimp, the company produces an assortment of fish, seafood and shelf stable products. Rubicon produces products for private label brands in the US retail market...

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

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