Mon. Aug 21 2017

High Prices on Crayfish in China’s Domestic Market Has Some Traders Concerned  


Louisiana White Shrimp Season Officially Open  


COLTO Successfully Gets Amazon Toothfish Ban Petition Removed  


Capital Seafood Rebuilding in Nova Scotia After 2016 Fire  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, August 21


Fri. Aug 18 2017

StarKist Samoa Cannery to Shut Down Due to Fish Shortages


Russian Crab Producers Say Production is Now at Highest Sustainable Levels, Consolodation is Next  


ANALYSIS: Gulf Oyster Gallon Meat Prices Spike  


Norwegian Seafood Exports to China Show Dramatic Rise  


Tally’s New Zealand Gets its Purse Seine Skipjack Certified by MSC


Researchers Discover Reason for Deafness in Farmed Salmon  


West Coast Scientists, Industry Collaborate on Sardine Survey  


Marine Biologist Hopes to Solve Mystery of Blue King Crab Population Flatline in Pribilof Islands  


Aquamar and LM Foods Create New Platform In Surimi Seafood Market


VIDEO: Seafood Plant Fire; Joe’s Crab Shacks Closed; High Liner CEO; Maxfield Sues; Seafood Meal Kit


Liberty Seafoods Names Greer Vest as Director of National Accounts


Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Washington Hosts Exhibit On Early Years of Salmon Derbies  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, August 18


Thu. Aug 17 2017

ANALYSIS: Atlantic Salmon Frozen Fillets and Portions also under Downward Pricing Pressure  


Northern California Petitions for More Squid Permits  


COLTO Responds Forcefully to Baseless Amazon Petition Asking to Ban Sale of Toothfish  


ANALYSIS: Imports of Mexican Shrimp  


Danish Fish Scandal Hints at illegal Quota Manipulations Going Back Years


GAA and Fishin’ Company Partner to Promote Positive Aspects Of Aquaculture Industry  


Striped Bass Being Caught in Labrador Which is Far Beyond their Normal Range  


Annual Fishing Ban in South China Sea Lifted


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, August 17


Wed. Aug 16 2017

High Liner Will be Looking for New CEO Says Henry Demone


Prices Drop as Sick Shrimp in China Flood the Market Again -- Except in Guangxi  


Southeast Alaska Dungeness Fall Season Reduced to One Month  


NOAA Endorses Eating Small Haddock — But What About Cod?  


Canada Announces Largest Marine Protected Area in High Arctic


Midwest Supermarket Chain Hy-Vee Offering 100% Responsibly Sourced Fresh and Frozen Seafood  


Sea Pact Announces 2017 Request for Grant Proposals


Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission Looking to Fill Staff Position  


Calysta Trial Reveals FeedKind Protein Could Replace Fishmeal in Shrimp Feed  


Washington Governor Appointments Former PFMC Director to Fish and Wildlife Commission  


As right whales move into Gulf of St. Lawrence Protection Creates Dilemma for Canadian Gov’t


Cargill Survey Reveals U.S. Consumers are Willing To Spend Extra for Sustainable Seafood  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, August 16


Tue. Aug 15 2017

Henry Demone Returns as CEO of High Liner Foods, Effective Immediately, As Company Stumbles in 1st Q


Urner Barry Wraps Up 2017 Intern Program


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, August 15


North Atlantic Traders President Seeking Attorney Fees After Being Cleared of NOAA Bluefin Charges  


"Inefficient" Methods of Fishing is Keeping a Cornish Oyster Fishery in Business  


NMFS Institutes More Swordfish Research Off Florida, Praised by EDF  


West Coast Groundfish Marketing Group Hires Jana Hennig as Director  


ANALYSIS: Shrimp Imports Continue to Soar  


Cooke Again Faces Local Opposition to Potential Salmon Hatchery in Nova Scotia  


Aquaculture Could Satisfy Global Seafood Demand Using Ocean Space the Size of Lake Michigan


Boston Seafood Hall of Fame Inducts GAA Executive Director Wally Stevens


Trū Shrimp Company, Schwan’s Company Enter into Partnership to Provide Safe, Natural Shrimp  


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Today's Main Story: Great Pacific Seafoods' Alaska Plants Closed  

Major Alaskan salmon processor Great Pacific Seafoods will not operate this summer and has shut down all of its operations in Alaska. The Seattle-based seafood processor operated plants in Anchorage, Kenai and Whittier and had previously run buying operations in Kotzebue and Homer. It appears Great Pacific Seafoods could not obtain the capital necessary to start up this season because of last year's low salmon prices. 

Provincial officials in P.E.I oppose a federal decision to progressively increase the lobster carapace size in LFA 25. Some say the change in the carapace size will have a direct impact on PEI fishermen who supply canner-sized lobsters and the processing plants that have invested money to develop and service that market.  

In other news, NOAA will investigate how its researchers lost a $450,000 underwater camera during a survey expedition of the Atlantic scallop stock. The camera was lost this week when its tow cable got snagged on some known wreckage near Delaware Bay. Officials want to determine why the research vessel was conducting surveys so close to the area. The lost camera will delay the scallop stock survey, which provides critical information to set commercial quotas.

Meanwhile, the South Pacific Tuna Corporation and its US partner the Global Companies question the ISSF's decision to freeze construction of new tuna vessels. Hines said the decision, which was announced this week during the Tuna 2016 conference in Bangkok, is a complete reversal of the ISSF's position in 2012 that at the time called to increase the industry's capacity. 

Finally, in some other tuna news, the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) adopted new harvest control methods to manage the Indian Ocean's skipjack tuna fishery.  The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and IOTC member states commended the Commission for setting the guidelines.  "We congratulate the IOTC and all involved in delivering this agreement, a critical breakthrough for sustainable management of Indian Ocean tuna fisheries,” said Rupert Howes, CEO of the MCS. 

We will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observation of the Memorial Day holiday in the U.S. We will return to our normal publishing schedule on Tuesday, May 31. On behalf of John, Peggy, Linda, Susan and the rest of our staff, we wish all of our readers and their families a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend.

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