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May 25 - Sea to Table Expands Seafood Delivery Service Directly to Consumers


May 25 - Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Teams Up With Spain's Largest Seafood Canner Jealsa


May 25 - Rick Speed Joins ISA as VP Sales; Parent Company Shifts Marketing Approach


May 24 - ISSF Compliance Report Focuses on Tuna Best Practices, Collaboration


May 23 - James Beard Chef Says Maine Should Start Eating its Invasive Green Crab Problem


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


May 19 - VIDEO: Canada’s Snow Crab Market Stabilizes as the Era of High Chinese Shrimp Output Fades


May 18 - Brad Bodenman Announces Retirement as CFO of American Seafoods


May 18 - Oregon State Partners with NIOSH to Focus on Maritime Safety


May 16 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday May 16, 2017


May 16 - Tuna Price Fixing Civil Suit Picks Up as Wal-Mart, Other Retailers File Amended Complaints


May 16 - North Atlantic Inc: First U.S. Company Commits to Lofty U.N. Oceans Sustainability Goal


May 12 - VIDEO: High Liner Buys Rubicon; Scallop Market in a Tailspin; Lobster Prices Up


May 11 - ISSF Adopts First Vessel Registration, Transshipping Requirements for Tuna Longliners


May 10 - Thai Union Credits Red Lobster Investment for 19% Hike in Profits with Q1 Sales Steady


May 9 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday May 9, 2017


May 9 - Bumble Bee Pleads Guilty to Canned Tuna Price Fixing; Agrees to Pay $25 Million Fine


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


May 8 - Interior, Commerce Departments Seek Comments in Marine Monuments Review


May 5 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday May 5, 2017


May 5 - Social Responsibility Leader Luciano Pirovano to Chair ISSF Board


May 4 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday May 4, 2017


May 4 - FDA Seafood Refusals Down 33% in April and 24% YTD, But Shrimp Rejections About the Same


May 4 - FDA Warned Haiwaian Tuna Distrbutor Over Insanitary Practices One Year Before Hepatitis Recall


May 4 - Canada to Keep Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Off the Endangered List, Will Rely on DFO Measures Instead


May 3 - Chris Brown, Head of Seafood Harvesters: Lack of Transparency in Recreational Fisheries Poses Threat


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


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


Apr 26 - Sales of MSC, ASC Labeled Seafood Trended Higher in Germany, UK, Asia, Australia and New Zealand


Apr 26 - WTO Says Mexico Can Levy $163 Million in Annual Sanctions Against US Over Dolphin Safe Tuna Dispute


Apr 25 - MSC Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Goal to Certify or Engage 1/3 Global Marine Catch by 2030


Apr 24 - Southeastern Grocers, Pole-and-Line Foundation Join in Retail Effort


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


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Sea to Table Expands Seafood Delivery Service Directly to Consumers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 25, 2017

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

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

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Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Teams Up With Spain's Largest Seafood Canner Jealsa 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 25, 2017

The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership has formed a partnership with Spanish seafood canner the Jealsa Rianxeira S.A.U. Group.

Jealsa was founded in 1958 and is based in Boiro, Spain. The company is the top seafood canner in Spain and the second largest in Europe.

The company sells seafood under its own brands -- Rianxeira, Escurís, MareAperto, and Robinson Crusoe. Jealsa also supplies supplies canned fish and seafood for the distributor Mercadona under the brand Hacendado...

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ISSF Compliance Report Focuses on Tuna Best Practices, Collaboration

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

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation released its 2016 annual report, Best Practices, Better Solutions, this week, which outlines tuna sustainability achievements and argues for continuous improvement of global tuna fisheries through collaboration and advocacy. ISSF participating companies account for about 75 percent of the global canned tuna market.

“Through our many activities and partnerships over the years — made possible by progressive tuna companies and other funders — we have deepened our understanding about what it takes to ‘be’ sustainable, and to advance the cause,” ISSF President Susan Jackson ...

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

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Brad Bodenman Announces Retirement as CFO of American Seafoods

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 18, 2017

Effective this September, Brad Bodenman will retire as the Chief Financial Officer of American Seafoods Group the company announced this week.

“American Seafoods has been extremely fortunate to have someone of Brad’s caliber through a period of significant change within the company, including its successful recapitalization and refinancing in August of 2015,” said CEO Mikel Durham. “He will be missed both professionally and personally by everyone at American Seafoods.”

“Working with the dedicated professionals at American Seafoods over the past 15 years has been of the most rewarding experiences of my career,” said Bodenman. “I will forever value the friendships I have made both within and outside the company.”  

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

The announcement by the Dept. of Justice that Bumble Bee plead guilty to a criminal price-fixing charge has led to a flurry of amended complaints in the retail class action suit against the three big tuna companies who dominate the US market. The amended complaint by Wal-Mart and others, such as Winn Dixie, allege that the conspiracy traces back to 2004, following the Infofish Tuna meeting in Bangkok. Wal-Mart and the others say that the guilty plea in a criminal case does not foreclose the possibility of a larger conspiracy, and in the civil case which seeks to set damages, they have set out to prove a much more widespread conspiracy. Wal-Mart published a list of 56 people they identified as “conspiracy players”.

North Atlantic, Inc. and its subsidiary Bali Seafood International became the first U.S.-based company to commit to one of the United Nations' Sustainability Development Goals (SDG). The companies agreed to Goal 14, which aims to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.” In support of SDG 14 North Atlantic and Bali Seafood said they will collect data from every vessel in their supply chain, through either passive tracking units or e-log catch documentation.

In other news, Bob O’Bryant has been hired to lead all operational and marketing efforts at Cannon Fish Company (CFC) as the company’s next president. He most recently served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Bornstein Seafood. “It is an honor to assume the position of President of CFC and help APICDA fulfill its mission to sustain rural Alaska villages through the Community Development Quota (CDQ) program,” said O’Bryant.

Meanwhile, there was a big shift away from putting Bristol Bay red salmon into cans last season. Instead, the fish was processed into higher value fillets and headed/gutted fish whole fish. The canned pack dropped to 27 percent, while H&G fresh increased eight-fold to 14 million pounds. Sockeye salmon fillet production doubled to 50 million pounds.

Finally, high winds have delayed the opening of the lobster fishery off Cape Breton. The opening of the fishery in Area 27, which extends from Bay St. Lawrence to Gabarus, was scheduled for Monday but has been changed to Wednesday.

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North Atlantic Inc: First U.S. Company Commits to Lofty U.N. Oceans Sustainability Goal

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker - May 16, 2017

During 2015-2016, the United Nations Economic and Social Council worked on 17 global goals that would drive the body’s sustainability development initiatives in the coming 15 years.

The goals ranged from (Goal 1) “End poverty in all its forms everywhere” to (Goal 11) “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” and (Goal 14) “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development...

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ISSF Adopts First Vessel Registration, Transshipping Requirements for Tuna Longliners

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 11, 2017

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) adopted three new and two amended tuna conservation measures that will go into effect in 2018.

The measures require participating ISSF members to increase vessel registration and adopt more monitoring procedures. These are the first measure to affect longline vessels specifically. 

The first measure applies to ISSF participating companies that have controlled supply or tender vessels that operate with purse seine vessels fishing for skipjack, yellowfin and bigeye tuna...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ocean Choice International Buys Out Minority Partner Landvis

Ocean Choice International (OCI) announced the successful buyout of its minority partner, Landvis Canada Inc. Martin Sullivan (CEO) and Blaine Sullivan (COO), are now the sole owners of the operation they helped co-found. “This transaction is another important positive milestone for the future of OCI as a leading global seafood supplier, and will give us much more flexibility to successfully carry out our growth strategy. This is a very exciting step forward for OCI, and illustrates our long-term commitment to the company, our customers, our employees and the communities in which we operate,” said Martin Sullivan. The Sullivans spent years trying to negotiate a refinancing deal, which eventually turned into a major dispute with Landvis for control of the company.  

On April 27, Japan's bluefin tuna catch reached 4,008 tons, which topped the annual quota for the first time since a quota restriction was introduced. Observers are calling the violation of the catch limit a serious breach of conduct. It will likely result in growing calls from Europe, the United States and other countries for Japan to improve its resource management of Pacific bluefin tuna. “We take this matter seriously,” an official with Japan's Fishery Agency said during the Pacific Bluefin Tuna International Stakeholders Meeting in late April in Tokyo. “We’ll analyze the cause of the problem and take various preventive measures.”

In other news, the Togiak herring roe seine fleet has landed about 70 percent of its 16,060 mt quota in the first seven days of the season. The percentage of the quota caught by this time in the season is running slightly ahead of past years. Roe percentages this year have been reported at 11.1 percent overall, with average size of the fish at 417 grams.

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. Sustainability is a priority for JBS and we aim to engage with our customers with marketing materials to inform and promote this initiative,” said Paulo Christofani, the project Manager at JBS.

Finally, some restaurants in PEI are cutting back on featuring lobster on menus because of high prices. Lobster is selling at the wharf for a record $8/pound in Nova Scotia, and Island fishermen are anticipating a similar price on P.E.I. this season.

Have a great weekend.

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Indian Shrimp Imports to US Up 20 Million Pounds from 2016; Accounts for 25% of Q1 Volume

The volume of Indian shrimp imported into the US market in the first quarter of the year exceeded 2016 levels by about 20 million pounds. Indian shrimp now represents more than a quarter of all imported volumes in the US market this year. According to shrimp import date from the US Department of Commerce, March imports increased 2.3 percent increase for the month. Overall imports are now down only 0.8 percent. Meanwhile, Indonesian imports were up for the month and for the year. Thailand and Vietnam imports are down sharply for the month while other supplying countries are mixed. Argentine imports remain up. Ecuador’s March imports were for the month but remain generally lower because of higher shipments to Asian and European markets. Ecuador is optimistic that it will sell more than 50 percent of its white shrimp production to Asia.

A former Louisiana official, an Alaskan fishery manager, and a Sea Grant program director are reportedly in the running to head the National Marine Fisheries Service. Robert Barham, Chris Oliver, and LaDon Swann are the three candidates that US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is expected to select from. It's unclear when Ross — or the White House — will make that decision. Chris Olver has received overwhelming support from fishing associations in Alaska and across the country. Most recently a group of seven fishing groups from the Gulf of Mexico sent a letter to Ross in support of Oliver's nomination.

In other news, the number of seafood items refused entry to the US market by the FDA fell in April, which dragged overall rejections for the year. Similar to last month, shrimp and filth remain the top species and reasons for refusals. However, shrimp rejections are about the same through the first four months of 2017 compared to last year. Filth is still the top violation but accounts for 40 percent of this year’s refusals versus the 60 percent share of rejections filth was responsible for in 2016.

Meanwhile, the Canadian government's announcement yesterday to not list Atlantic bluefin tuna as endangered, despite data on low abundance, low recruitment, and high uncertainty on population health, rests primarily on the socio-economic objective of allowing a fishery for Canada's 600 licensed bluefin tuna fishermen write Peggy Parker. Canada's decision to not list Atlantic bluefin tuna under Endangered Species Act triggers a Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s (DFO) directive to institute specific management actions aimed at stock recovery. This will be the first time since the inception of DFO’s listing policy that a decision to not list has been made.

Finally, a legislative committee voted unanimously Wednesday to toughen penalties on lobstermen who fish too many traps or use “sunken trawls,” as part of an industry-supported effort to crack down on lawbreakers. The law would allow DMR’s commissioner to order longer license suspensions for lobstermen who violate the laws on the first offense and, in several cases, permanently revoke the licenses of repeat offenders.

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FDA Warned Hawaiian Tuna Distributor Over Insanitary Practices One Year Before Hepatitis Recall

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - May 4, 2017

A Hawaiian seafood distributor that issued a voluntary recall of imported ahi that tested positive for hepatitis A this week had also been warned by the Food and Drug Administration last year for problems with its HACCP plan.

The Hawaii State Department of Health was notified on May 2 of imported frozen raw tuna or ahi cubes distributed by Tropic Fish Hawaii, LLC on Oahu on that tested positive for hepatitis A. The imported product from Indonesia was used to prepare poke sold between April 27 – May 1 by food establishments on ...

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Chris Brown, Head of Seafood Harvesters: Lack of Transparency in Recreational Fisheries Poses Threat

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Congressional Quarterly, Inc.] - May 3, 2017

Committee on House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Interior, Energy, and Environment

Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today regarding the management of Red Snapper in the Gulf of Mexico. As President of the Seafood Harvesters of America, I represent an array of commercial fishing organizations and fishermen across the nation, including those who use pots to crab in the Bering Sea, others who use hook and line to catch Red Snapper in the Gulf of Mexico...

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Indian Shrimp Exporters Say 5% Strengthening of Rupee Hurting Profitability of US Shrimp Sales

Indian shrimp exporters say a stronger rupee against the US dollar is hurting profits on shrimp sales to the US market. At the present exchange rate, Indian exporters are reportedly incurring losses on each consignment they ship. Since the beginning of 2017, the Indian rupee has appreciated more than five percent against the US dollar. “The net realization for each sale has come down. It will proportionately impact the raw material prices. We are incurring losses,” said Tara Patnaik, chairman of Falcon Marine Exports Ltd, a major Indian shrimp and seafood exporter.

President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order that will instruct Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to engage in a sweeping review of many national monuments created by presidential proclamation since 1996. The review will evaluate more than 100,000 acres to see whether local communities should be given additional input into their scope and restrictions. An estimated 24-40 monuments are likely to come under review. “When you designate a monument, the local community should have a voice,” Zinke said, adding that the economic impact on miners, loggers and fishermen should be taken into account.

In other news, the Gulf of Maine Research Insitute has discontinued its annual forecast of lobster landings. The GMRI said it is dropping the forecast because of criticism from Maine’s lobster industry about the report’s timing and accuracy, and its effect on lobster prices.

Meanwhile, Cozy Harbor Seafood of Portland, Maine, which has spent years developing an export program to Europe, saw some of its efforts pay off this year wth two Seafood Excellence awards reports John Sackton from Brussels. Cozy Harbor entered three lobster products, a split tail, a whole tail, and lobster meat, which are flash frozen with nitrogen and packed in colorful sleeves. The lobster meat pack, which is a tamper-proof cup with a full-color sleeve, won the best retail product. The company also won a special prize for best seafood product line, which included its lobster meat cup, and the two packs of lobster tails.

Finally, an arbitrater for the World Trade Organization ruled in favor of Mexico over its dispute of the US’s dolphin-safe tuna labeling laws. The decision allows Mexico to impose $163 million in annual sanctions against the US. This decision ends a seven-year battle between Mexico and the US over dolphin-safe tuna labeling laws. Mexico said the US law created an unfair trade barrier on Mexican-caught canned tuna shipments sent to the US market.

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WTO Says Mexico Can Levy $163 Million in Annual Sanctions Against US Over Dolphin Safe Tuna Dispute

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 26, 2017

An arbiter for the World Trade Organization ruled in favor of Mexico over its dispute of the US’s dolphin-safe tuna labeling laws. The decision allows Mexico to impose $163 million in annual sanctions against the US.

This decision ends a seven-year battle between Mexico and the US over dolphin-safe tuna labeling laws.  Mexico said the US law created an unfair trade barrier on Mexican-caught canned tuna shipments sent to the US market...

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Rick Speed Joins ISA as VP Sales; Parent Company Shifts Marketing Approach

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker - May 25, 2017

International Seafoods of Alaska, based in Kodiak with offices in Seattle, hired Rick Speed as Vice President of Sales late last month just before Seafood Expo Global opened.

"We officially hired him in late April and he got on a plane to Brussels," John Sevier, president of ISA-Alaska said. "I wanted him to meet our customers ..."

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James Beard Chef Says Maine Should Start Eating its Invasive Green Crab Problem

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bangor Daily News] by Bill Trotter - May 23, 2017

European green crabs have scurried around coastal waters off Maine since they first hitchhiked here on ships in the 1800s, but only in the past few years have the invasive crustaceans begun to devour the softshell clam industry and decimate delicate eelgrass habitat.

And as harvesters and scientists have scurried to find a solution to the invasion, a number of uses for the crabs have been floated — extracting the meat in China, composting, and even processing the creatures into cat food...

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

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Oregon State Partners with NIOSH to Focus on Maritime Safety

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

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

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

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

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton May 16, 2017

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

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

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

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

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VIDEO: High Liner Buys Rubicon; Scallop Market in a Tailspin; Lobster Prices Up Ahead of Mother’s Day




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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 10, 2017

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

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

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

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 9, 2017 

Bumble Bee Foods has agreed to plead guilty for its role in a conspiracy to fix the prices of shelf-stable tuna fish, such as canned and pouched tuna. As part of the deal, Bumble Bee agreed to pay a $25 million criminal fine.

According to a one-count felony charge filed this week in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, Bumble Bee and its co-conspirators agreed to fix the prices of shelf-stable tuna fish from as early as the first quarter of 2011 through at least as late as the fourth quarter of 2013...

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Interior, Commerce Departments Seek Comments in Marine Monuments Review

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - May 8, 2017

The Department of the Interior announced Friday the public would be allowed to weigh in on several monument designations made under the Antiquities Act -- including several marine monuments.

The Department of Commerce, in consultation with the Department of Interior, will review public comments related to marine monuments, all but one of which are in the Pacific Ocean. This action is related to President Trump's executive order 13795, relating to offshore energy and monuments review.

The marine monuments slated for review include:

  • Marianas Trench, listed in 2009, at 61 million acres, ...

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Social Responsibility Leader Luciano Pirovano to Chair ISSF Board

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafoodews] - May 5, 2017

Washington, D.C. -- The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) announced the appointment of Luciano Pirovano as Chair of its Board of Directors, earlier this week.

Pirovano is the International Marketing & Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Director at Milan-based Bolton Alimentari. He succeeds Juan Corrales, CEO, Grupo Conservas Garavilla, in the role.  

Both firms are leaders in canned tuna marketing...

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FDA Seafood Refusals Down 33% in April and 24% YTD, But Shrimp Rejections About the Same

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 4, 2017

The number of seafood items refused entry to the US market by the FDA fell in April, which dragged overall rejections for the year. Similar to last month, shrimp and filth remain the top species and reasons for refusals.

The FDA rejected 114 lie of items of seafood in April. The figure was down 33 percent from a year ago.

For the year FDA seafood refusals are down 24 percent. A decline of over 200 line items compared to this time last year...

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Canada to Keep Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Off the Endangered List, Will Rely on DFO Measures Instead

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - May 4, 2017 

The Canadian government's announcement yesterday to not list Atlantic bluefin tuna as endangered, despite data on low abundance, low recruitment, and high uncertainty on population health, rests primarily on the socio-economic objective of allowing a fishery for Canada's 600 licensed bluefin tuna fishermen. 

The government also cited the possibility that if they did list Atlantic bluefin tuna (ABT)...

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

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Sales of MSC, ASC Labeled Seafood Trended Higher in Germany, UK, Asia, Australia and New Zealand

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 26, 2017

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) reported another year of growth for their sustainable seafood schemes in the European, Asian, New Zealand and Australian markets at their annual forum that was held during the Seafood Expo Global in Brussels this week.

More than 350 delegates from across the industry attended this year’s Seafood Futures Forum, hosted annually to provide an update on developments in the MSC and ASC and invite discussion in addressing the challenges of responsible and sustainable seafood production...

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