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Jun 22 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday June 22, 2017


Jun 21 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday June 21, 2017


Jun 21 - Mexican Film on Tilapia Workers Wins First Prize for World Seafood Congress Women in Seafood Videos


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


Jun 14 - Slade Gorton Tilapia Recall Expands to Giant Eagle


Jun 12 - Slade Gorton Voluntarily Recalls Tilapia Products for Undeclared Milk


Jun 6 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday June 6, 2017


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


May 30 - Washington Attorney General: Sushi Tokyo, Oto Shushi Must Stop Mislabeling Sushi


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 - Seafood.com 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 - Seafood.com 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 - Seafood.com 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 - Seafood.com 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 - Seafood.com 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 - Seafood.com 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 - Seafood.com 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 - Seafood.com 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 - Seafood.com 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 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday August 23, 2016


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


Aug 18 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday August 18, 2016


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


Aug 16 - Seafood.com 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 - Seafood.com 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


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News Summary June 22, 2017

Today's Main Story: Copper River Seafoods Posts $1.35/lb as Bristol Bay's Catch Goes to 300,000

We open today’s news with a focus on Bristol Bay’s total sockeye catch this season is now over 300,000 through Tuesday. The Egegik fleet landed 95,000 sockeye, bringing the season total there to 278,000. The Naknek-Kvichak catch is 12,000 on the season, Ugashik is 7000, the catch at Igushik is still confidential, and Togiak has put about 1000 sockeye on the books. An email to KDLG Tuesday confirmed that Copper River Seafoods has posted a price of $1.35 per pound for best quality sockeye. Copper River COO Mark Hansen says they will continue to post a price each week for their fleet, the same as they did last year.

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News Summary June 21, 2017

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

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

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

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

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Just Shrimp Adds Healthy Alternatives to Attract Younger Diners

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

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

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

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Slade Gorton Voluntarily Recalls Tilapia Products for Undeclared Milk

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] June 12, 2017

Slade Gorton issued a voluntary recall for tilapia products because they may contain undeclared milk. 

The product was produced between January 31, 2017 and June 6, 2017. It was distributed to Supervalu, Harris Teeter, Cantanese Classic Seafoods, The Fish Guys, Euro USA, Bfresh, Porky Products, and Superior Fish Company in seven states including Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Ohio, Michigan, Massachusetts, New York, Minnesota. These products are typically sold fresh can be found in the full service or self-service seafood case...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] June 6, 2017

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program now recognizes BAP-certified shrimp, tilapia, pangasius and mussels as a Good Alternative for consumers.   

This is according to the Monterey Bay’s latest benchmark report, which is released on May 31.

“We’re elated that Seafood Watch is now recommending to businesses and consumers that two-, three- and four-star BAP tilapia is a Good Alternative,” said Chris Trosin, VP of BAP business development...

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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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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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Mexican Film on Tilapia Workers Wins First Prize for World Seafood Congress Women in Seafood Videos

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  June 21, 2017

Iceland's Matís, in collaboration with WSI, the International Association for Women in the Seafood Industry, has launched the first worldwide video contest portraying women working in the seafood industry. The videos will be featured at the World Seafood Congress in September.

The winner was a film maker from Mexico.

The results was astounding, with 14 high quality short films received from 12 countries in four continents. A large array of situations have been depicted, showing successes and difficulties, at producing, processing..

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Slade Gorton Tilapia Recall Expands to Giant Eagle

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] June 14, 2017

A recall for breaded tilapia products issued by Slade Gorton because of undeclared milk in the product has expanded to include tilapia products distributed to Giant Eagle supermarkets.

The grocer announced a voluntary recall of its Market District Toasted Crumb Tilapia and Giant Eagle Toasted Crumb Tilapia. The products are sold fresh from the seafood department of its supermarkets.

These items are part of national, voluntary recall issued by Slade Gorton. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Washington Attorney General: Sushi Tokyo, Oto Shushi Must Stop Mislabeling Sushi

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - May 30, 2017

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson last week announced agreements with two Washington restaurants, ordering them to cease mislabeling fish in sushi.

An investigation by the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division uncovered evidence that the Washington restaurants incorrectly labeled fish used in their sushi between March and August 2016. Assurances of Discontinuance filed in King County Superior Court require both businesses to accurately disclose ...

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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  [cqn.com] 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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