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

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

May 12 - News Summary Friday May 12, 2017

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

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

Apr 24 - Vietnam Fails to Score Big in Egyptian Fish Market

Apr 17 - News Summary Monday April 17, 2017

Apr 17 - China’s Tilapia Industry Faces Moment of Truth at Volume Remains Flat and Prices Fall

Mar 30 - Regal Springs Meets Goal to Donate 5,000 Lbs of Tilapia to SeaShare

Mar 29 - AquaChile Joins NFI's Salmon Council

Mar 15 - Regal Springs' Corporate Social Responsibility Officer Magdalena Wallhoff Resigns

Mar 14 - Great American Seafoods Steps Up Supply Chain Traceability with New Tracking Software

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 3 - Santa Monica Seafood Wins Food Safety Award

Feb 27 - Skyrocketing Pangasius (Basa) Prices in Vietnam May Mean an Increase in Chinese Tilapia Prices

Feb 15 - News Summary Wednesday February 15, 2017

Feb 15 - Samherji-Owned Íslandsbleikja Gets Arctic Char Processing Plant in Iceland BAP Certified

Feb 15 - China's Xuzhou Jinjiangfoodstuffs Becomes First Crawfish Producer to Earn BAP Certification

Feb 15 - China Update: Tilapia Processors Restart with Stable Prices; Shrimp Production Above Expectations

Feb 14 - Rain Forest Aquaculture Gets Three-Star BAP Certification at Fresh Tilapia Facility in Costa Rica

Feb 6 - Red Lobster Brings Back Lobsterfest With Four New Combo Entrees

Jan 26 - Two Guangxi Chinese Shrimp Companies Approved for Export by FDA Under the New FSMA

Jan 19 - FDA Says 90% of Fish Species are "Best Choice" for Pregnant Women in Confusing Final Guidance

Jan 13 - Another Seafood Mislabeling Study Suggests Intentional Species Substitution Without Any Proof

Jan 4 - Tropical Aquaculture's Brazilian Partner GeneSeas Gets Two-Star BAP Certification

Dec 30 - News Summary Friday December 30, 2016

Dec 28 - Guangdong Processor Passes FDA Inspection

Dec 16 - Massive Smear Article in Businessweek Aims to Push Shrimp Imports Under USDA Inspection

Dec 14 - Over 1,500 Seafood Facilities Worldwide Now Certified Against BAP Standard

Dec 12 - News Summary Monday, December 12, 2016

Dec 12 - Weak Prices for Small Tilapias mean Farmers Reluctant to Feed Fish over Winter

Dec 9 - Kim Gorton Testifies on Absurdity of USDA Catfish Regulations at House Hearing

Dec 8 - News Summary Thursday December 8, 2016

Dec 8 - As Global Production Surges, China Loses Market Share, Pricing Power on Tilapia

Dec 5 - China's CAPMA Establishes Catfish Institute to Support Expansion, Including in Domestic Market

Dec 1 - News Summary Thursday December 1, 2016

Dec 1 - Processors in China Cutting Prices on Tilapia Purchases as Farmers Clear Ponds Before Cold Weather

Dec 1 - Tropical Aquaculture's Colombian Tilapia Producer Piscícola El Rosario Gets Two-Star BAP Approval

Nov 23 - Tropical Aquaculture's Ecuadorian Partner Industrial Pesquera Santa Priscila Gets BAP Certification

Nov 8 - AquaChile Wants to Expand Fresh Tilapia Production to Mexico

Oct 27 - US Shrimp Consumption Unchanged in 2015 But Easily Maintains Number One Spot in NFI's Top Ten List

Oct 26 - Restructured Pescanova to Build $4.5 Million State-of-the-Art Aquaculture Research Center

Oct 26 - McCormick & Schmick's to Honor US Veterans, Gold Star Families With Free Meal on Veteran's Day

Oct 24 - Critics: Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Program Has No Enforcement

Oct 18 - US Soybean Export Council Helps Colombian Fish Farmers Earn BAP Certification

Oct 17 - Hainan Qinfu Foods Nears Export Goal of 10,000 tons of Tilapia

Oct 12 - Global Whitefish Supply Predicted to Decline Slightly in 2017; Led by Atlantic Cod

Oct 10 - Guolian To Expand Tilapia Exports as Well as Shrimp with Major Expansion of Gourmet Aquatic Company

Oct 6 - News Summary Thursday October 6, 2016

Oct 6 - China Turns to Domestic Tilapia Market as Export Markets in US and Mexico Cool

Sep 28 - The Saucy Fish Co. Debuts Frozen Seafood Line As Part of Launch Into Canadian Market

Sep 26 - Fresh Tilapia Farmer GeneSeas is Brazil's First Aquaculture Operator to Get BAP Certified

Sep 26 - GAA's GOAL Conference in Guangzhou was One of the Best in Years

Sep 20 - Robins McIntosh Says the Thai Shrimp Industry Has Learned to Live with EMS and Prosper

Sep 20 - 19th Global Aquaculture Alliance GOAL Conference Opens in Guangzhou

Sep 15 - Grobest Gets Three-Star BAP Certification for it Farmed Sea Bass Operations in China

Sep 13 - Tilapia Prices Showing Mixed Signals, as Packers Increase their Buying Price but Some Farm Prices De

Sep 9 - News Summary Friday September 9, 2016

Sep 9 - Facing High Costs in China, Tilapia Breeders Send First Broodstock Shipment to Myanmar

Sep 6 - Vietnam Rapidly Expanding its Tilapia Footprint; now 3rd Largest Supplier to the US

Sep 1 - Chicken of the Sea International Donates $80,000 Worth of Tuna Products to Louisiana's Flood Victims

Aug 23 - News Summary Tuesday August 23, 2016

Aug 23 - Indian Tilapia Farming Off to Good Start with High Survival Rates in Andhra Pradesh

Aug 18 - News Summary Thursday August 18, 2016

Aug 18 - Regal Springs Names Ex-Nomad Foods Director Achim Eichenlaub CEO to Replace Retiring Lamprecht

Aug 16 - News Summary Tuesday August 16, 2016

Aug 16 - Rabobank Says Brazil's Aquaculture Sector May Reach 500,000 tons of Tilapia in 4 Years

Aug 16 - GAA's iBAP Program Has Helped 50 Aquaculture Facilities Earn Full BAP Certification Since 2015

Aug 8 - Beaver Street and Marine Gold Sponsor Nine Thai Shrimp Farms to Enroll in GAA's iBAP Program

Aug 1 - Chinese Tilapia Processors Hike Prices Paid to Farmers in Hainan

Jul 25 - Chinese Tilapia Prices on the Rise in July as Wet Weather Slows Growth, Stalls Plantings

Jul 19 - India Expects to Improve Shrimp Broodstock Production Through Foreign Investments

Jul 13 - SIRF Funding Project That Will Try to Eliminate Antibiotics in Farmed Tilapia

Jul 12 - News Summary Tuesday July 12, 2016

Jul 12 - Tilapia Producers in Guandgong and Hainan Report Low Profitability from Poor Export Prices

Jul 11 - BAP Sets Monthly Record for Certifications in June; Nearly 1,300 Facilities Approved To Date

Jul 6 - How Guolian Went from Chinese Shrimp Producer to Multinational Seafood Exporter in 15 Years

Jun 23 - In China, Heat Leads to Tilapia Diseases, Prices Drop in Short Term

Jun 13 - Hainan Tilapia Stocking Down about 40% From Last Year, But Farmers Disease Management Improves

Jun 6 - News Summary Monday June 6, 2016

Jun 6 - Sunnyvale Seafood's Chinese Shrimp and Tilapia Supplier Goulian Aquatic Seeks Four-Star BAP Approval

Jun 3 - Netuno is First Brazilian Operator to Get ASC Certification; Just in Time for Rio Olympics

Jun 1 - Tropical Aquaculture's Mexican Tilapia Producer Acuicola Gemso Gets Two-Star BAP Approval

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 18, 2017

Major tilapia importer the Fishin’ Company said it is ready to support the expansion of aquaculture production across Southeast Asia.

This was confirmed during a tour of the region sponsored by the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC). The workshops were held across Southeast Asia in early May in an effort to increase the production of sustainable marine fish aquaculture species.

The workshop series was titled Development of a Sustainable, High--‐Volume, Export--‐focused Marine Fish Aquaculture Sector in Southeast Asia and was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Jakarta, Indonesia; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and Manila, Philippines...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [News 163] Translated by Amy Zhong May 12, 2017

China’s tilapia prices are mostly stable with a slight decline in some regions. And the prices are very likely to stay stable in the coming week with a small deposit.

Seed stocking has peaked after the Tomb-Sweeping Day at the beginning of April. Farmers have finished their stocking in some aquaculture regions. The stocking volume was close to that of the previous year.

As the statistics show, tilapia prices have rebounded..

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Vietnam Fails to Score Big in Egyptian Fish Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Viet Nam News] - April 24, 2017

Consumption of fish is a traditional and vital component of the Egyptian diet, and a primary source of inexpensive animal protein for the growing population, said Vietnam Trade Counsellor Pham The Cuong recently.

Fish and fisheries in Egypt are expected to produce 1.4 million metric tons of product in 2017, principally seabass, tilapia and catfish, said Mr Cuong, adding that 40% of it is allocated for domestic consumption and 60% for export to EU countries and Gulf states.

Mr Cuong noted fish and fishery imports of Egypt for the year...

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China’s Tilapia Industry Faces Moment of Truth at Volume Remains Flat and Prices Fall

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS  [] Translated by Amy Zhong  April 16, 2017

China’s tilapia industry needs to increase competitiveness to develop foreign markets further.

Tilapia are one of the farmed aquatic products popular worldwide. There are 80-odd aquaculture countries and regions whose output reached about 5.6 million tons last year. China’s tilapia export has risen substantially during the past few years with increasing tilapia output and demand. Last year alone it has cultivated around 1.7 million tons of tilapias, about 30% of the global production...

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AquaChile Joins NFI's Salmon Council

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 29, 2017

AquaChile has joined the NFI Salmon Council as its newest member making it the 13th full-time member of the group.

Aquachile is among Chile's top farmed producers and exporters. The operator produces Atlantic and Pacific salmon, Sea Trout and Tilapia, and distributors its products to more than 30 countries across 5 continents. AquaChile has operations in Chile, Costa Rica and the United States.

Their facilities hold a raft of certifications including BAP, IFS, HACCP and Global G.A.P, employing 5,000 workers company-wide...

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Great American Seafoods Steps Supply Chain Traceability with New Tracking Software

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 14, 2017

Great American Seafood Imports Company has adopted supply chain tracking software from Frequentz to improve the traceability of its seafood distribution network.

Great American said Frequentz’s supply chain software will improve its technical abilities to combat the effects of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, and associate third party certification as well as fair labor recording.

Great American Seafood and Frequentz have begun deploying a three-stage traceability rollout in Southeast Asia to include suppliers in Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, India and China...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 6, 2017

The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership wrapped up a major aquaculture training program in in Indonesia, Thailand, and China that instructed thousands of shrimp and tilapia farmers with modern training designed to improve the industry in these regions.

Organizers initially expected the project to attract 12,500 farmers. But by the December 31, 2016 finishing date, more than 15,000 farmers in all three countries had participated in the training.

“This project has exceeded expectations because of the hard work of many committed partners to deliver improvements based on a detailed, local understanding of what farmers want,” said Anton Immink, SFP’s Aquaculture Director...

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Skyrocketing Pangasius (Basa) Prices in Vietnam May Mean an Increase in Chinese Tilapia Prices

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Amy Zhong - February 27, 2017

The EU reduced catfish imports from Vietnam in 2016 and the U.S. issued policies to also restrict their imports. As a result, China has become Vietnam’s most important buyer. Many insiders assumed that the basa (catfish) prices would decline after the Chinese New Year, but prices skyrocketed by around 20%.

The farm gate price of Vietnam’s basa catfish has increased by US$0.2 per kilo, said Leon, general manager for Shanghai Sintun Industrial. Sourcing basa has become difficult. The fish produces processed fillets that can reach 300-400g each.

Costs increase by about 15 yuan for a carton of basa fillets after Chinese customs clearance in Shanghai. The CIF Shanghai was US$1.9 for basa fillets with 10% ice this January which rose to around US$2.15 to US$2.2 earlier this month, after the holiday...

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Samherji-Owned Íslandsbleikja Gets Arctic Char Processing Plant in Iceland BAP Certified

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 15, 2017

Íslandsbleikja is Iceland’s first processing plant and the world’s first Arctic char facility to attain Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification.

The processing plant — located in Grindavík, on the southwest coast of Iceland — processes 2,000 metric tons of Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus) annually, supplied by two land-based farms and three hatcheries throughout Iceland. Íslandsbleikja markets its fresh and frozen Arctic charr to retail and foodservice companies across Europe and North America.

Íslandsbleikja is owned by Samherji hf., a leading Iceland-based seafood company, with operations throughout Europe, Africa and North America...

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China Update:  Tilapia Processors Restart with Stable Prices; Shrimp Production Above Expectations

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Amy Zhong and John Sackton - February 15, 2017

Tilapia processing plants have started back to work after the Chinese New Year. But output is still low.  The market situation in 2016 has taken a toll on farmers feeding and stocking of tilapia, which has meant stable prices amid small supplies.

In Hainan processing plants restarted their operation earlier than those in Guangdong and Guangxi. According to insiders, more processing plants will go back to work after the Lantern ...

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Red Lobster Brings Back Lobsterfest With Four New Combo Entrees

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 6, 2017

Red Lobster announced the return of its annual Lobsterfest promotion with several new menu options that pair lobster with other seafood items.

This year’s promotion is featuring a Lobster Mix and Match selection that lets customers choose any two lobster tails from four choices to create their own entrée – Creamy Shrimp-Topped Lobster Tail, Seafood-Stuffed Lobster Tail, Steamed Maine Lobster Tail, or Grilled Maine Lobster Tail.

The Mix and Match offer is just one of four entrées Red Lobster has rolled out for its annual Losterfest promotion. This year the national chain is pairing its lobster with other seafood and protein options. The entrée include: Wood-Grilled Lobster and Red Shrimp; Stuffed Tilapia with Langostino Lobster and its Lobsterfest® Surf & Turf...

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FDA Says 90% of Fish Species are "Best Choice" for Pregnant Women in Confusing Final Guidance

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - January 19, 2017

The FDA issued final guidance for fish consumption for pregnant women, which said 90 percent of the seafood items consumed in the US are safe to eat for expecting mothers.

According to a reference chart published alongside the final guidance, 62 types of fish are sorted into three categories: “Best choices” (eat two to three servings a week); “Good choices” (eat one serving a week) and “Fish to avoid.”

Fish in the “best choices” category make up nearly 90 percent of fish eaten in the US market the FDA said...

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Tropical Aquaculture's Brazilian Partner GeneSeas Gets Two-Star BAP Certification

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 4, 2017

Tropical Aquaculture’s Brazilian partner GeneSeas Aquacultura has earned two-star certification against the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices program.

GeneSeas was the first tilapia farming operation in Brazil to earn certification against the BAP program back in September.

As of December 23, GeneSeas is now a two start certified operation after its plant in Aparecida do Taboado passed an audit against the BAP standard...

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Guangdong Processor Passes FDA Inspection

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] Translated by Amy Zhong - December 28, 2016

Guangdong Yujia Seafood has passed FDA’s field inspection with excellent performance in all testing levels. The processor now has a solid foundation for further export development into the American market.

Yujia Seafood, a subsidiary of Baiyang Group, specializes in processing and export of aquatic products. Most of its products are sold to America. In 2015 alone, it exported 1,700-ton aquatic products worth US$6.2 million to America. Baiyang Group was established in 2000 and it is located in Guangxi. It ranks first in China for tilapia processing and export volumes.

The FDA conducts field inspections of Chinese exporters every year in accordance with...

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Over 1,500 Seafood Facilities Worldwide Now Certified Against BAP Standard 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] December 14, 2016

The number of Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)-certified facilities has surpassed the 1,500 mark, with the addition of 67 new facilities to the third-party aquaculture certification program last month.

At the end of November, there were a total of 1,527 BAP-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills worldwide, the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) said in a press release. 

The BAP program has more than doubled in size in the past two years. The number of certified facilities is up from 701 the end of 2014 to over 1,500 facilities as of today the GAA said...

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News Summary May 12, 2017

Today's Main Story: Pacific Seafood Hears from Oregon's Dept. of Justice With Conditions for Operating Trident Plant

Today's news opens reporting that Pacific Seafood Group, the industry's billion-dollar behemoth, has thoroughly shaken up this bustling commercial fishing town with an expansion blitz that will increase its already dominant market position. But before going ahead with a deal to buy the hulking Trident Seafoods processing plant in the heart of Newport's Bayfront, the biggest ...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 5, 2017

The Marine Stewardship Council and Aquaculture Stewardship Council signed an agreement with major Brazilian meat processing company JBS to sell MSC and ASC certified seafood products at the company’s Swift retail stores in the San Paulo region.

This makes Swift the first retailer in Latin America to carry ASC and MSC-certified seafood products.

“We are extremely proud to be the first retailer in Latin America to launch an ASC/MSC product line...

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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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Regal Springs Meets Goal to Donate 5,000 Lbs of Tilapia to SeaShare

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 30, 2017

Regal Springs Tilapia has reached its goal to donate 5,000 pounds of tilapia to SeaShare.  

The company served 1,000 Tilapia Power Bowls during the Seafood Expo North America last week in Boston, which helped the company meet the 5,000 pound goal. For every Tilapia Power Bowl sampled, Regal Springs pledged to donate five pounds of its responsibly raised tilapia to SeaShare,   

The Tilapia Power Bowls featured fresh pan-seared Regal Springs Tilapia Loins, quinoa, corn salsa and Queso Blanco cheese...

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Regal Springs' Corporate Social Responsibility Officer Magdalena Wallhoff Resigns 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 15, 2017

Regal Springs Group confirmed that the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility Officer Magdalena Wallhoff has tendered her resignation and will leave the company.

Wallhoof was a longtime employee of Regal Springs, which farms, processes and exports fresh lake-grown tilapia globally, with a focus on the North American market. The company has state of the art facilities in Indonesia, Honduras and Mexico. Regal produces a total of 110,000 metric tons of fish per year...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - March 6, 2017

The FDA issued more seafood refusal data for the month of February over the weekend, which showed by line item refusals more in line with historical averages but on the decline compared to 2016.  

Last week we reported that the FDA refused just 22 by line items of seafood in the month of February. That figure was far lower from historical averages for the month.

But the FDA does not have a concrete deadline for its monthly refusal data submissions...

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Santa Monica Seafood Wins Food Safety Award

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - March 3, 2017

Santa Monica Seafood came home a real winner from Las Vegas last week. 
The Rancho Dominguez, Calif.-headquartered seafood company announced it was awarded the Food Safety Achiever of the Year award at the annual SafeFood 360° Food Safety Conference that was held in Nevada.
SafeFood 360° is an all-encompassing software program that organizes all aspects of a company’s’ food safety policies, procedures, testing reports, results and data to ensure that they meet Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, international and customer food safety standards. SafeFood 360° has several hundred food manufacturer and retailer customers throughout the U.S. and ...

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How Alaskans Forced Snow Crab Prices Above $8.00; This Price Likely to Carry Through to Boston

Reports from Japan say “Bering Sea Opilio Prices are escalating wildly above $8.00” due to the production cutback in Alaska. As a result, wholesale snow crab prices in Japan have smashed all records, and are up about 50 percent over last year. Traders think the $8.00 per pound prices will also be on offer at the Boston Seafood Show. However, they hold out hope for an early opening of the Canadian Gulf season, especially if ice conditions are not severe this year. As far as snow crab buyers go, all eyes are on the opening of the Gulf and Newfoundland seasons writes John Sackton.

Marine Harvest doubled its earnings in 2016 as the operator benefitted from strong global demand for limited inventories of high-priced salmon. “2016 was a great year for Marine Harvest, with both record earnings and cash flow generation. I am very proud of the work all our colleagues have put in to achieve these results,” said Marine Harvest CEO Alf-Helge Aarskog.  The world’s top salmon producer also announced plans to expand its market share in North America with a new processing facility and farming sites in Canada. 

In other news, tilapia processing plants have started back to work after the Chinese New Year. But output is still low. The market situation in 2016 has taken a toll on farmers feeding and stocking of tilapia, which has meant stable prices amid small supplies. Meanwhile, white shrimp production in sheds, or roof covered ponds, exceeded expectations in South China, with the result that for the first time in several years there was no major price increase on shrimp during the New Year festival.

Iceland’s Ministry of Fisheries raised its commercial capelin quota to 299,000 metric tons, which is a sharply higher quota compared to last year. Major Iceland fishing company HB Grandi is among the key capelin harvesting companies in the country and said the higher quota should benefit Japan's roe market. "There is strong demand for roe-bearing capelin on the Japanese market and as stocks are low, roe prices are high," said Garðar Svavarsson, head of HB Grandi's pelagics division.

Finally, the votes fell short for a second round of Southeast Alaska salmon seine permits to be retired, or bought back, by a federal loan. The referendum failed by 26 votes among 315 eligible to participate

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China’s Xuzhou Jinjiangfoodstuffs Becomes First Crawfish Producer to Earn BAP Certification 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - February 15, 2017

The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices has certified the world’s first crawfish facility against its Best Aquaculture Practices program the organization announced in mid-February.

China’s Xuzhou Jinjiangfoodstuffs Co. Ltd. processing plant attained BAP at its facility located in Pizhou City, Jiangsu, China. The facility has been in operation since 2004 and processes cooked crawfish tail meat and freezes it for export mainly to the United States. The crawfish is imported to the United States by Bernard’s Seafood Co. Ltd. of Mansura, Louisiana.

“The GAA is thrilled to partner with Bernard’s Seafood to help bring BAP certification to crawfish and to help the company source farmed seafood responsibly,” said Chris Keller, BAP director of market development in the Americas.

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Rain Forest Aquaculture Gets Three-Star BAP Certification at Fresh Tilapia Facility in Costa Rica

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 14, 2017

Rain Forest Aquaculture received three-star certification from the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices program for its fresh tilapia operation in Costa Rica.

Rain Forest is owned by major farmed salmon producer and exporter AquaChile and supplies 90 percent of the US market fresh tilapia fillets. Rain Forest represents about 25 percent of the entire North American for fresh tilapia.

Three-star certification is the second highest level of certification offered by the BAP program. Rain Forest says it is close to full four-star approval...

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Two Guangxi Chinese Shrimp Companies Approved for Export by FDA Under the New FSMA

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Shuichan News] Translated by Amy Zhong January 26, 2017

Two aquatic companies in Beihai of Guangxi have passed the examination of the FDA.

Beihai Wanjing Marine Products and Beihai Evergreen Aquatic Product Science and Technology have passed the official examination of Food and Drug Administration on Jan 9 and Jan 13 respectively. They are the first food companies in Beihai of Guangxi which have been approved by the FDA after the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) went into effect.
These two are leading private enterprises in Beihai....

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Another Seafood Mislabeling Study Suggests Intentional Species Substitution Without Any Proof

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - January 13, 2017

Another study was published this week that once again suggests intentional fish fraud in the US's seafood supply chain but without any clear evidence to back up the claim.

Researchers at UCLA and Loyola Marymount University are behind the latest study that was published this week in the scientific journal Conservation Biology.

This study used DNA sampling to test the fish at 26 sushi restaurants in Los Angeles between 2012 and 2015. Sure enough, the results showed that of the samples tested, 47 percent of the fish were mislabeled...

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The Fishin' Company is Leading Effort to Clean Up China's Farmed Tilapia and Seafood Sector 

Major tilapia distributor The Fishin' Company is leading efforts in China to make sure all of the tilapia imported to the US market is raised by farmers practicing responsible methods in their seafood supply chains. The company is in year two of a project that is helping more farmers get international sustainable farming certification by third parties, like the Global Aquaculture Alliance's Best Aquaculture Practices certification. The Fishin' Company is sponsoring training and offering financial incentives to a few model farms that invest in improvements. The Fishin' Company said it hopes that other farmed tilapia and seafood producers in China will follow suit once they see the financial benefit of responsible farming and supply seafood chain practices. "I challenge the rest of the industry to do it. And then the people who don't do it will be the ones on the hot seat," said Manish Kumar, founder and president of The Fishin' Company.

Bristol Seafood’s President and CEO Peter Handy will join the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) Board of Directors in 2017. "We are pleased Peter can invest the time in moving the seafood industry forward," said John Connelly, President of NFI. "He brings a fresh perspective to our Board discussions, one that will help improve the performance and perception of our efforts to help Americans enjoy a healthy seafood meal."

In other news, the 24th annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood is now asking for entries to compete for the most innovative seafood products of 2016. This year the category “Beyond the Egg” will again highlight any product made with different species of roe such as salmon, pollock, cod, herring, or urchin. Deadline to enter new products is January 6th, 2017.

Meanwhile, Marine Harvest Chile has invested in technologies that will mitigate the risk of algae blooms at its farmed salmon operations. The company also forecast its total salmon production to rise 6 percent in 2017.

Finally, we’ve put together a list of some of the most impactful stories reported out of the seafood industry in 2016. This year’s list is made up of the top two most read stories from each month in 2016. We understand that some of these stories are superseded by later events.

Seafood News and Urner Barry will be closed on January 2 in observance of the New Year. We look forward to another year of reporting all of the most pertinent news to come out of our industry in 2017.

We wish all you and your families a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

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Massive Smear Article in Businessweek Aims to Push Shrimp Imports Under USDA Inspection

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [News Analysis] by John Sackton  December 16, 2016

If you read the Bloomberg Businessweek Article ‘Bad Shrimp’ (Link), you might never eat shrimp again.  The authors take a series of health problems and weaponize them against shrimp whether they are factual, true, or even about shrimp in the first place.

The goal of the reporter and the backers of this article is to create political pressure to put shrimp inspections under the auspices of the USDA

The article also calls into question most of Asian aquaculture production, as the claims it makes apply not just to shrimp, but to any pond, cage raised or estuary cultivated seafood...

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