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Apr 21 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday April 21, 2017


Apr 21 - NMFS Put Councils on Notice About Overfishing or Overfished Conditions on Bigeye, Four Other Stocks


Apr 20 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 20, 2017


Apr 20 - Greenpeace Tuna Ranking Charade a Market Opportunity for Some Retailers Not a Sustainability Advance


Apr 19 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 19, 2017


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


Apr 17 - Indonesian Canned Tuna Producer PT Bali Maya Permai Joins ISSF


Apr 17 - Thai Union CEO Thiraphong Chansiri to Run Virgin London Marathon in Support of WWF-UK


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


Apr 12 - Soy-based Tuna Feed Shows Promise for Sustainable Bluefin Farming


Apr 11 - Roughy on the Rise Chronicles Comeback of New Zealand's Orange Roughy Stocks


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


Apr 7 - Lidl Italy Joins Others in Refusing to Buy Transshipped Tuna


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


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 3 - Hilborn Study Redefines Forage Fish Predator Relationships; Suggests Fishing Pressure Lesser Factor


Mar 28 - Court Grants Increased 'Spill' to Aid Endangered Columbia/Snake River Salmon


Mar 24 - StarKist Goes Bold With New Tuna Pouch Flavors


Mar 23 - Worldwide Industry, NGOs Advocate for Policy Changes in Tuna Fisheries in 2017


Mar 22 - Western Pacific Council to Tackle Management in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument


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


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


Mar 20 - San Diego's Catalina Offshore Products Launches Domestically Caught Hook and Line Canned Tuna


Mar 17 - Oregon State Study Says Workplace Injuries Rising in Seafood Processing Sector


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


Mar 16 - Whole Foods' New Canned Tuna Policy: Only Pole-and-Line, Troll, or Handline Caught Tuna By 2018


Mar 14 - Thai Union Donates $50,000 to Support of East Indonesian Tuna FIPs


Mar 14 - Soy Aquaculture Program,. Soybean Export Council Launch Next Version of Feed Forumlation Database


Mar 13 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday March 13, 2017


Mar 13 - Bumble Bee Subsidiary Anova Foods Gets Labor Practices Certified at Vietnamese Tuna Processing Plant


Mar 9 - Major Retailer Commits to Source Tuna from One-by-One-Caught Fishery in Maldives


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


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


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


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


Feb 24 - MSC Streamlines Assessment in Pilot Program for Echebastar Indian Ocean Skipjack Tuna


Feb 23 - Walton Foundation to Continue $32 Million Investment Plan to Boost Indonesia's Seafood Exports


Feb 21 - Feds Quickly Exempting Fishery Regulations Stalled by Federal Freeze Order


Feb 20 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday February 20, 2017


Feb 20 - Russia's Quota Incentive Program Does Not Spur Crab Producers to Place Domestic Shipbuilding Orders


Feb 20 - Effective Management Can Navigate Climate Impacts on the Fisheries


Feb 17 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday February 17, 2017


Feb 17 - Feds to Analyze Environmental Impacts of Western Pacific Longline Fisheries for Bigeye and Tuna


Feb 17 - Bumble Bee Adds Flavors and Launches Snack Kit Packaging to Tuna Pouch Lineup


Feb 16 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday February 16, 2017


Feb 16 - IATTC Makes Progress on Decreasing Effort on Bigeye and Yellowfin Tunas


Feb 14 - World Bank Report Says Fisheries Reform with Catch Limits Shows Promising Results


Feb 10 - Hawaiian Seafood Council Refutes AP's Labor Abuse Claims in Commercial Longliner Fleet


Feb 7 - Strong Demand and Cultural Preferences for Seafood Driving Up Prices in China for New Year Sales


Jan 30 - Western Pacific Council Director Says MPAs Must Be Targeted and Scientifically Supported


Jan 27 - NPFMC Director Chris Oliver Receives Massive Industry-Wide Support to be NOAA's Next Fisheries Admin


Jan 25 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday January 25, 2017


Jan 25 - New ISSF Report Points Out Few MSC Certified Tuna Fisheries Meet Harvest Control Standard


Jan 23 - Unfortunate Decision on Bairdi Suggests Alaska Failing its Fisheries Obligations in Age of Austerity


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


Jan 16 - Indonesian company PT Karyacipta Buanasentosa Obtains Friend of the Sea Certification for Tuna


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


Jan 10 - Chicken of the Sea Int'l Launches 10-Week Challenge to Get More Americans to Eat Seafood


Jan 9 - NFI Sues NOAA Over New Seafood Fraud Import Rules Claiming Regulatory Overreach


Jan 6 - Starkist Enlists "Full House" Star Candace Cameron Bure as Newest Spokesperson


Jan 5 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday January 5, 2017


Jan 5 - FDA Mahi Rejections Highest Since 2012 as Filth Accounts for 65% of All Seafood Refusals in 2016


Jan 5 - PNA Expects to Double its MSC-Certified Tuna Harvest in 2017


Dec 29 - WESPAC Council Questions Impact of Marine Monuments


Dec 28 - Philippines' Century Pacific Buys Controlling Stake in Chinese Distributors from Thai Union


Dec 28 - NOAA releases Pacific Action Plan For Climate Science


Dec 22 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday December 22, 2016


Dec 22 - Second Bumble Bee Sales Executive Pleads Guilty to Canned Tuna Price Fixing Conspiracy


Dec 19 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday, December 19, 2016


Dec 19 - Zhangzidao and Sojitz Build Second Factory in Dalian to Expand Super Frozen Tuna, Salmon Business


Dec 16 - Western Pacific Council Hopes Obama Recognizes Monuments' Effects on Hawaii Swordfish, Tuna Fleets


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


Dec 15 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday December 15, 2016


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


Dec 9 - Obama Administration Publishes Final Rule on IUU and Seafood Fraud; Shrimp Implementation Delayed


Dec 9 - Thai Union, World Tuna Purse Seine Organization Sign Mou to Promote Fair Labor Practices


Dec 8 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday December 8, 2016


Dec 8 - Vice President of Sales at Bumble Bee Pleads Guilty to Canned Tuna Price Fixing Conspiracy


Dec 8 - ISSF and 20 NGO Partners, Including WWF and MSC, Appeal to Pacific Tuna Comm. to Adopt Harvest Rules


Dec 8 - House Democrats Hold Forum on Combating Slavery At Sea; Focused on Hawaii


Dec 7 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday December 7, 2016


Dec 7 - In Blistering Critique, WWF Says MSC Financial Goals Weakened Its Standards for Indian Ocean Tuna


Dec 7 - FDA Seafood Refusals Tick Down in November But Filth Keeps 2016 Rejections at Record Pace


Dec 6 - EU and the Cook Islands: New Fisheries Partnership Starts


Dec 5 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday December 5, 2016


Dec 1 - ISSF Calls for Continued Cuts to Bigeye Landings, Reduction in FADs in Pacific


Dec 1 - Poland’s Fish Production, Consumption on the Rise with More Herring, Smoked Salmon


Nov 30 - Subway Joins International Pole & Line Foundation in Support of Responsibly Harvested Tuna


Nov 29 - Seafood Suppliers, Retailers ask WCPFC to Set Interim Harvest Reference Points for Tuna and By-catch


Nov 28 - 2016 ICCAT Meeting Combats IUU Fishing, but Fails to Protect Young Bigeye or Yellowfin Tuna


Nov 23 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday November 23, 2016


Nov 23 - Oregon, Washington Take Caution, Delay Commercial Dungeness Season for More Domoic Acid Testing


Nov 22 - Pew Mostly Disappointed with ICCAT Commission Outcomes But Does Support Science-Backed Decisions


Nov 22 - ICCAT Commission Sets Catch Limits for Mediterranean Swordfish and Other Billfish for First Time


Nov 21 - PSPA Hires Dr. Kris Lynch to Replace Retiring Dennis Phalen


Nov 17 - Clean Seas Gets $10,000 Grant to Improve Feed Ratios for its Farmed Yellowtail Kingfish


Nov 16 - Peru and Ecuador's Mahi Industries Update FIP Progress During WWF Workshop


Nov 16 - Nature Conservancy Challenges Data Scientists to Improve Electronic Monitoring Aboard Tuna Vessels


Nov 16 - Pope Francis Weighs in On Fisheries Issues, Including Trafficking, for World Fisheries Day Nov. 21


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News Summary April 21, 2017

Today's Main Story: NMFS Put Councils on Notice about Overfishing or Overfished Conditions on Bigeye, Four Other Stocks

Leading the headlines today is word that the National Marine Fisheries Service has notified regional councils that five species are subject to overfishing and/or are overfishing or overfished, requiring measures be put in place to remedy the situations. Bigeye tuna in the Western and Central Pacific and South Atlantic golden tilefish are subject to overfishing, according to NMFS. South Atlantic blueline tilefish remains subject to overfishing. Pacific Bluefin tuna in the North Pacific Ocean and South Atlantic red snapper are both overfished and also subject to overfishing.

In other news, Russian pollock producers plan to significantly increase the volume of their supplies to the EU market during the next several years, according to an official spokesman of the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo). That will be

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NMFS Put Councils on Notice About Overfishing or Overfished Conditions on Bigeye, Four Other Stocks

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - April 21, 2017

The National Marine Fisheries Service has notified regional councils that five species are subject to overfishing and/or are overfishing or overfished, requiring measures be put in place to remedy the situations.

Bigeye tuna in the Western and Central Pacific and South Atlantic golden tilefish are subject to overfishing, according to NMFS. South Atlantic blueline tilefish remains subject to overfishing. Pacific Bluefin tuna in the North Pacific Ocean and South Atlantic red snapper ...

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Greenpeace Tuna Ranking Charade a Market Opportunity for Some Retailers Not a Sustainability Advance

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  [News Analysis]  April 20, 2017 

As can be expected with a major initiative of a multi-million dollar NGO like Greenpeace, they have received wide press coverage with their 2017 tuna rankings.

Unfortunately, the rankings have almost nothing to do with tuna sustainability.

Instead, like other supermarket rankings undertaken by Greenpeace, the ranking system is used to reward banners that conform to Greenpeace’s ideology and punish banners that don’t.

For example, 5 of the 9 lower ranked banners on Tuna simply refused to answer Greenpeace’s questionnaire....

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Japanese Crab Negotiations with Newfoundland Full of Uncertainty

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

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

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

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

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

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Thai Union CEO Thiraphong Chansiri to Run Virgin London Marathon in Support of WWF-UK

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 17, 2017

Thiraphong Chansiri, CEO of Thai Union Group will run in the Virgin London Marathon on 23 April 2017 to raise funding for WWF-UK.

Chansiri who is an accomplished marathon runner wants to raise at least of $2600 in sponsorship funds to support the WWF-UK. The 26-mile route of the London Marathon starts in Greenwich Park and takes in some of London’s most iconic landmarks before finishing on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace...

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Soy-based Tuna Feed Shows Promise for Sustainable Bluefin Farming

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - April 12, 2017

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Tuna is one of the most sought after seafood consumed worldwide, so much so that various wild tuna species are fully- or over-exploited, with the Southern Atlantic Bluefin considered Critically Endangered.

A major impediment to sustainable tuna aquaculture is the large quantity of wild-caught baitfish required to feed tuna during the grow-out period.

A recent breakthrough in feed formulation research...

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great weekend.

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 6, 2017

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

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

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - April 5, 2017

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

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

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Court Grants Increased 'Spill' to Aid Endangered Columbia/Snake River Salmon

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - March 28, 2017

PORTLAND, OR — More water for more salmon in 2018.

Portland U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon ruled Monday that federal dam operators on the Columbia and Snake rivers must increase water releases over spillways to improve survival rates for juvenile salmon migrating to the ocean starting in 2018.

Simon found that current operation of eight federal dams is causing continued irreparable harm to imperiled salmon and steelhead and that increased “spill” provides safer passage for juvenile salmon navigating ...

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Worldwide Industry, NGOs Advocate for Policy Changes in Tuna Fisheries in 2017

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 23, 2017

Washington, DC – A diverse, global group of commercial and non-profit organizations has joined the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation’s (ISSF) call for immediate improvements on tuna management, including developing harvest strategies, strengthening monitoring, control and surveillance tools, and improving the management of fish aggregating devices (FADs).

A March 21 outreach letter to four tuna Regional Fishing Management Organizations (RFMO) was co-signed by 83 nongovernment organizations, tuna processing companies...

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SeaWeb Names 16 Finalists for 2017 Seafood Champion Awards

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 21, 2017

SeaWeb announced 16 finalists for the 2017 Seafood Champion Awards who have demonstrated brilliance and tenacity in working across borders, language barriers and industries to change our relationship with the sea. From fish cops in East Africa to the creator of easily replicated 3-D ocean farms, and from a chef who cycled across Canada promoting sustainable seafood to a company whose solar-powered data collector puts small-scale fishing boats on the map, these Champions show an inspiring level of ingenuity and commitment

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San Diego's Catalina Offshore Products Launches Domestically Caught Hook and Line Canned Tuna

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 20, 2017

Catalina Offshore Products has launched its own brand of sustainable, locally harvested, premium canned tuna that features domestically harvested hook-and-line Eastern Pacific bigeye and yellowfin.

Catalina’s Choice Solid Pack Tuna in Olive Oil and Catalina’s Choice Smoked Solid Pack Tuna in Olive Oil will be distributed to wholesalers, restaurants, retail customers and institutions including schools and hospitals.

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Editorial] by John Sackton  March 17, 2017

A group of 45 conservation organizations led by the Natural Resources Defense Council, will target seafood distributors and retailers at the Boston Seafood Show to urge them to boycott Mexican shrimp.  Trader Joe's will also be a focal point for this campaign.

The hastily arranged campaign, to save the Vaquita Porpoise, ignores all the efforts that are being made in favor of the one tool in the NGO toolkit: boycotts.

A well-known saying is that when your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.  The NGO's have targeted 32 seafood companies, including many of the main distributors ...

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Thai Union Donates $50,000 to Support of East Indonesian Tuna FIPs 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 14, 2017

Thai Union Group will donate $50,000 to fishery improvement projects (FIPs) in East Indonesia.

The donation is in line with Thai Union’s sustainability strategy, SeaChange, and its ambitious aim to ensure 100 percent of its branded tuna is sustainably sourced with a commitment of achieving a minimum of 75 percent by 2020. As part of the new tuna strategy, Thai Union is investing $90 million in initiatives that will increase the supply of sustainable tuna. This includes establishing 11 new FIPs around the world...

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As Season Wraps, Bering Sea Crabbers Focus on New Rules, Harvest Policy

As the Bering Sea crab fleet pulls the last of their snow crab pots, attention is quickly pivoting to the Board of Fish meeting being held next week. The season will likely wrap up with landings very close to the season's allocated quota. The supplemental March 20-24 Board of Fish meeting is drawing the interest of all crabbers, as the seven-member board will deal with king and tanner crab issues from Prince William Sound west to Kodiak, the Aleutians, and the Bering Sea. Submitting seven proposals for Bering Sea bairdi, the Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers (ABSC) is focused on crab bycatch, gear efficiencies, and fishing dates. “But even more important, and what’s not on the agenda,” says Tyson Fick, executive director of ABSC, “are the ongoing conversations with Fish and Game about the stock harvest strategy for bairdi.”

Canada announced a $325 million budget for the Atlantic Fisheries Fund. The fund was announced last summer but federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc only made the budget public Friday. Representatives from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I., were on hand at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport to offer their support to the initiative, despite the fact no province has yet formally signed onto the agreement to make the money available to their province. "I am confident that this new $325-million federal investment will solidify the importance of seafood and fish to the economy of Atlantic Canada," LeBlanc said.

In other news, major Seattle-based crab and seafood distributor Keyport LLC is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month just one year after the company posted record sales. The company was founded by industry veteran Darryl K. Pedersen, with day-to-day operations handled by his sons Mark and Kurt. Last year, the company posted record sales. Keyport said it will release several new products this year to continue its growth. "“Kurt and I are excited to see the growth we are experiencing due to our continued development of fisheries, innovative products, unique partnerships and we’re particularly optimistic with our new product line up in 2017," said Mark Pedersen, President & CEO at Keyport.

Meanwhile, a three-month project that promoted Bristol Bay sockeye salmon in Boulder, Colorado boosted sales and is already expanding. The $700,000 Wild Taste, Amazing Place campaign was spawned by the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association, and funded by 1,800 driftnet fishermen who pay a one percent tax on the value of their catches. "We worked with retail staff help and educated them about Bristol Bay and the run, about the unique habitat and the sheer size and that each one of our fishermen is a small independent business," said Becky Martello director of the Bristol Bay Association.

Finally, Anova Food, which is a subsidiary of Bumble Bee Foods, has earned SA8000 social certification for its tuna processing and distribution facility in Vietnam, which confirms that the company's labor practices meet acceptable human rights standards. The scheme is based on the principles of international human rights norms Anova said.

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FFAW Says Hundreds of Crab Vessels Iced in Will Need Compensation Due to Late Start, As in Past

The Fish, Food and Allied Workers union said that hundreds of snow crab fishing boats are being kept ashore by the ice that has built up around Newfoundland and Labrador. President Keith Sullivan called on the federal government to pay compensation to fish harvesters who are kept away from the fishery. "For many, E.I. benefits run out next week, which will leave families without any income for the foreseeable future, since ice is expected to be a problem until at least mid-May," the FFAW wrote in a statement.

New England regulators will allow lobster fishing in proposed deep-sea coral protection zones on the Mount Desert Rock and Outer Schoodic Ridges. The New England Fishery Management Council voted 14-1 Tuesday to ban most fishing in the canyons and plateaus where slow-growing, cold-water coral gardens flourish in the dark waters of the Gulf of Maine. But pleas from Maine lobster fishermen who say a trap ban in fertile gulf fishing grounds would cost them millions of dollars helped sway an initially resistant council to grant a lobstering exemption. The Council will vote on the exemption at its meeting in June.

In other news, Greenpeace released its annual sustainability rankings of canned tuna products sold in the US market. John Sackton writes how these rankings have almost nothing to do with tuna sustainability. "Instead, like other supermarket rankings undertaken by Greenpeace, the ranking system is used to reward banners that conform to Greenpeace’s ideology and punish banners that don’t," Sackton writes.

Meanwhile, the Gulf Seafood Institute and six other Gulf of Mexico seafood industry organizations endorsed North Pacific Fishery Management Council Executive Director Chris Oliver for the open position of Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries. “It is imperative that NOAA Fisheries be guided by an experienced Administrator with a solid track record of uniting these varying interests with a spirit of positivity and mutual respect,” the groups said in a letter sent to Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Jr.

Finally, biologists at NOAA Fisheries’ Southwest Fisheries Science Center cracked the code on how to spawn Pacific sardines in the laboratory, opening a new window on the life cycle of the commercially important species. Some in the industry hope it will better inform industry and managers as to what environmental factors would augment wild reproduction and recruitment.

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European Whole Salmon Floods US and Cuts into Canada's Market Share

European salmon producers, beset with sea lice problems, appear to be harvesting fish early and flooding the US market with unusual amounts of smaller whole fish. This has had an impact on Canadian producers, who normally dominate the whole fish market in the US. while demand for salmon in the US and other global markets has been exceptionally high, this particular rise in European shipments to the US market has not been totally demand driven. Rather, it appears US buyers have opted to import more whole salmon from Europe in 2017 because the surge in available supplies lowered prices to competitive levels compared to Canadian product.

More than 750,000 pounds of West Coast rockfish have been landed in roughly a month under an exempted fishing permit, creating a small boon for fishermen and markets. The harvest included only four Chinook salmon and no catches of green sturgeon or eulachon smelt, both ESA-listed species. Five vessels made 17 trips since the beginning of March. Oregon Trawl Commission Director Brad Pettinger said the success of a midwater rockfish fishery + something common when he was fishing more than 20 years ago + is a validation of sacrifices made since 2000. "We're on the verge of placing the last piece of the puzzle to rebuilding this fishery," Pettinger said. "It's been a lot of work over the last decade-plus."

In other news, we run a Letter to the Editor from Garrett Fine, the cooking business unit manager for Laitram Machinery who disagrees with claims from our April 18 article that said some in Japan think steam cooking snow crabs hurts the quality of the product. "Myself and my colleagues have literally been in the plant with one of the “Big 3” Japanese buyers, have feedback from our customers’ other Japanese buyers, as well as the plants’ QC department and owners, Canadian, and US buyers. The overwhelming feedback is that the product quality is better; in fact, they say the product texture, color, taste, and extractability are all much better," Fine writes.

Meanwhile, Russia may face a shortage of salmon this year, due to the lack of supplies from Norway and the inability of producers from the Faroe Islands, Chile and Iceland to fill the vacant niche according to federal fishery officials at Rosrybolovstvo. Among the issues causing the shortages is the inability of the domestic industry and producers in South America to replace imports from more than 500 Norway salmon producers and importers, which were banned from exporting fish to the Russia at the beginning of 2015 due to sanctions.

Finally, the New England Fishery Management Council has initiate changes that will attempt to reduce the conflict between large and small boat scallopers in the Northern Gulf of Maine. The management council says there is a "critical need to initiate surveys and develop additional tools to better manage the area." It also says the new rules could include limiting some boats from fishing in the area until the total scallop population can be more accurately determined.

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Indonesian Canned Tuna Producer PT Bali Maya Permai  Joins ISSF

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 17, 2017

Indonesian tuna company PT Bali Maya Permai has become the latest member of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF).

PT Bali was founded in 1978 and is now one of Indonesia’s top canned fish producers The company joins the ISSF as an Associate-level participating company.  

ISSF participating companies work with the Foundation to advocate for improved tuna fishery management, fund scientific advancements through research and expert analysis, and take direct action to encourage the adoption of responsible fishing practices...

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

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

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

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

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

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Roughy on the Rise Chronicles Comeback of New Zealand's Orange Roughy Stocks

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood New Zealand] - April 12, 2017

The remarkable turnaround of New Zealand's orange roughy fishery, long-hailed as an example of over-fishing, has been detailed in a book to be launched tonight in Wellington.

The book Roughy on the Rise was written by Tim Pankhurst, former editor of the Dominion Post and now Chief Executive of the fishing industry's peak body, Seafood New Zealand.

It tells the story of the decline of the stocks by over fishing in the 1980s to the fisheries management that, last year, saw the fishery...

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Lidl Italy Joins Others in Refusing to Buy Transshipped Tuna

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  April 7, 2017

LIDL Italy has joined with LIDL Denmark and LIDL Germany to announce it will work to end transshipment at sea in all its seafood supply chains.

This has been a demand of tuna campaigners led by Greenpeace in Europe.  Transshipping tuna at sea makes it more difficult to apply traceability, as catches from different vessels are co-mingled.  Transshipment at sea has also been the primary way IUU fish enters the global supply chain.

LIDL also has introduced some tuna products that are advertised as ‘FAD Free’, another demand of the campaigners.

Greenpeace Italy Oceans..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hilborn Study Redefines Forage Fish and Predator Relationships; Suggests Fishing Pressure Lesser Factor

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  April 3, 2017

New research published today in the journal Fisheries Research finds that fishing of forage species likely has a lower impact on predators than previously thought, challenging previous studies that argued forage fish are more valuable left in the ocean.

In 2012 a Lenfest study got wide play claiming that models showed fishing pressure on prey species had big impacts on the abundance of predator species, such as cod and tuna.  However, some of the authors of the original model have now joined with other researchers to say it is out of date.

A team of seven respected fisheries scientists, led by Prof. Ray Hilborn, Ph. D., of the University of Washington, found that predator populations are less dependent on specific forage fish species than assumed...

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StarKist Goes Bold With New Tuna Pouch Flavors

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - March 24, 2017

PITTSBURGH -- StarKist Co., recently announced the launch of three new BOLD product innovations that add to the company's growing StarKist Tuna & Salmon Creations line of single-serve pouch products. Each BOLD pouch features a convenient, tear-open and no-drain design, making it easy to enjoy tuna or salmon straight from the pouch or in a simple meal. The gluten-free varieties of BOLD flavor pouches are available now: Tuna Creations BOLD Thai Chili Style; Tuna Creations BOLD Jalapeño; and Tuna Creations BOLD Hot Buffalo Style.

"More than ever, consumers are craving bolder flavors and everyday convenience," Andy Mecs, Director of Marketing & Innovation

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Western Pacific Council to Tackle Management in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 22, 2017

At this week's Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council in Honolulu, members are developing new fishing rules for the marine national monument that was expanded last year and decided which species will be under federal management as components of the area's ecosystem.

The Presidential proclamation under the Antiquities Act that expanded the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument calls for closing offshore commercial fisheries...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 21, 2017

Mariner Seafood launched a line of wild caught seafood items at the Seafood Expo North America in Boston that uses a patented technology that gives retailers an option to feature the items in fresh seafood cases.

The GO WILD seafood brand uses patented, breathable film that allows oxygen to flow through the products. This super chill pack technology extends the shelf life of the portioned out seafood products...

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Oregon State Study Says Workplace Injuries Rising in Seafood Processing Sector

EAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - March 17, 2017

CORVALLIS, Ore. - A review of workers' compensation claims indicates that workers in Oregon's seafood processing industry are suffering serious injuries at higher rates than the statewide average, and the rate of injuries appears to be on the rise, researchers at Oregon State University have found.

Researchers examined 188 "disabling" claims, or claims from employees who missed work, were hospitalized overnight or whose injuries left them permanently impaired. They found that the average annual rate of claims was 24 per 1,000 workers, Laura Syron, a doctoral student in OSU's College of Public Health ...

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Whole Foods' New Canned Tuna Policy: Only Pole-and-Line, Troll, or Handline Caught Tuna By 2018

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 16, 2017 

AUSTIN, Texas – By January 2018, all canned tuna sold at Whole Foods Market must come from fisheries using only pole-and-line, troll, or handline catch methods, all of which take fish one by one, preventing bycatch and creating more jobs in coastal communities.

Whole Foods Market is the first national retailer to create such stringent standards for canned tuna, which is among the three most consumed seafood items in the United States.

The policy's aim is to reduce overfishing and bycatch, and support fishing communities...

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Soy Aquaculture Program, Soybean Export Council Launch Next Version of Feed Formulation Database

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 17, 2017

The International Soy in Aquaculture Program of the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) has announced the rollout of the Stage 2 version of the International Aquaculture Feed Formulation Database (IAFFD), a standardized tool for feed formulators around the world

The first version of the IAFFD (originally known as the Asian Aquaculture Feed Formulation Database or AAFFD), developed in 2014-2015, attempted to take a page out of the training approach with terrestrial animal feed formulators by creating a standardized database of nutritional information for aquaculture species and key feed ingredients...

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