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Russian Pollock Fisheries Begin MSC Recertification Process, Join Industry Group Within MSC  


West Coast Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Pending NMFS' Approval  


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


Zhonggang Fisheries is Latest Pacific Andes Subsidiary to Seek Chapter 11 Protection


Cetacean Ban at Vancouver Aquarium Called Threat to Marine Mammals


West African Pelagic Fisheries Start Fishery Improvement Project  


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Thu. Apr 27 2017

Russia May Increase Duties on Fish Exports to Slow Shipments Out of Its Market


NGOs Vow to Fight Trump Administration's Executive Order that WIll Review MPA Designations


Responsible Aquaculture Foundation Launches New Seafood Safety Courses  


Iceland's Samherji Boosts Stake in Major Norwegian Fish Producer Nergård  


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Wed. Apr 26 2017

Cozy Harbor Wins Two Seafood Excellence Awards at European Seafood Expo for Retail Lobster Products  


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


Weak Sockeye Forecast for Cook Inlet This Year  


PODCAST: Gulf Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectation; Whole Salmon Floods US Market; Brussels Show Starts  


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


Vietnam Attempts to Restore Prawns in Australian Market


Developer Outbids Cook’s Lobster Owner to Buy Historic Maine Island Wharf


Blumar Completes First Step Towards Achieving ASC Certification at Chilean Salmon Farms  


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Tue. Apr 25 2017

Nippon Suisan and its Gortons and Unisea Subsidiaries Partner with GSSI, Along with More Retailers


Newfoundland Price Panel Sets Cold-Water Shrimp Minimum Price at $0.95  


New Brunswick Snow Crab Fishery Opening Today  


Gulf Shrimp Landings in Q1 About Even with Last Year; Market Waits for New Season Production  


Togiak Update: Aerial Surveys Are Underway, No Sign of Herring Yet


VIDEO: Seats Still Open for Urner Barry's Seafood Import Workshop on May 23 in Miami


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


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 25, 2017


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Cautious Optimism About Recovery of Canada's Northern Cod Stocks Noted During Meeting in Brussels  


Newfoundland's Fisheries Minister Supports $14 Million Federal Commitment to Study Cod Stocks  


About 500 Walmart Stores in Midwest Market to Carry The Salmon Man's Norwegian Salmon Portions  


Marine Harvest Canada Selects Poseidon Ocean Systems to Build 29 Salmon Pens Around Vancouver Island  


VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectations; European Whole Salmon Floods US  


Vietnam Fails to Score Big in Egyptian Fish Market


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


Panera to Hire 10,000 as it Expands Delivery Service


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Today's Main Story: Atlantic Scallop Surveys Delayed After NOAA Loses $450,000 Underwater HabCam  

Atlantic scallop survey data could be limited after NOAA lost its underwater habitat camera during a survey expedition in Delaware Bay. Scientists aboard the research vessel Sharp lost the $450,000 camera after its tow cable was ensnared on a sunken ship in the Bay. It's expected to take about a week for NOAA to retrieve the camera. In the meantime, researchers said they will complete the scallop assessment using dredge surveys. Industry stakeholders said the accident was preventable. “It’s an accident that shouldn’t have happened — the wreck is well-known and its location is well known, so the captain shouldn’t have been towing in that area,” said Drew Minkiewicz an attorney for the Fisheries Survival Fund. “It’s going to take them over a week, of the very limited time on the research vessel Sharp, to get back on the survey. …We’re going to lose data.”

Provincial Fisheries Minister Steve Crocker said proposed quota cuts to Newfoundland's shrimp industry will hurt the inshore industry more than the offshore sector because of how the Last-In, First-Out (LIFO) policy is structured. "If LIFO is applied this year, the inshore harvesters are going to have approximately 10,000 tonnes to harvest. Last year they harvested I think it was 32 or 34,000 tonnes," said Crocker in a presentation to federal officials. Crocker also argued that the policy could cause the number of shrimp processing plants to drop from ten to two.  

In other news, McDonald’s, Tesco, Birds Eye, Young’s Seafood, and Fiskebat, which represent the Norwegian oceangoing fishing fleet, will not source cod from Arctic waters. The industry agreed to work with the Norwegian government to define and protect areas that may be vulnerable to trawling. “From the 2016 season the catching sector will not expand their cod fishing activities with trawl gear into those areas where regular fishing has not taken place before," the agreement states. 

Meanwhile, domestic seafood processors in Maryland and Virginia say they are short on labor because of five and six-week delays in getting workers from the Department of Labor's H-2B visa program. The Department is backed up from a flood of applicants and because of technical glitches with the agency's e-filing system. 

Finally, the hike to Alaska's state fish taxes is part of Gov. Bill Walkers's proposed omnibus tax bill that will once again go up for consideration during fourth special session of the state Legislature. Most fisheries landing taxes would be raised 1 percent, as in the regular session legislation; the major exception being a tax decrease from 4 percent to 1 percent on developing commercial fisheries. Alaska's state government could shut down in six weeks if the bill is not passed. 

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