Mon. Jul 24 2017

Stavis Seafoods to Greatly Expand West Coast Distribution with Partnership with R.W. Zant


Russian Fish Co. to Expand Sales of Single Frozen Pollock to Domestic Market, Citing Weakness in EU  


Increasing Shortage of Vietnam Basa Could Lead to Higher Prices Later This Year  


Shanghai Crayfish Season at its Peak; Prices Have Skyrocketed Over Last Decade  


UFA Turns to Text Messaging to Build Fisherman Support for Alaska Salmon Habitat Measures


Summa Equity Acquires 75 Percent of Salmon Smoker Milarex  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday July 24, 2017


Fri. Jul 21 2017

ANALYSIS: Shrimp Market an Island of Stability in Shellfish Sector  


ANALYSIS: Imported Mahi Mahi Prices Remain Near Record High Levels Amid Limited Production  


NOAA Locates Crabber F/V Destination Wreckage; Coast Guard Hearing Set for August


New President of B.C. Wildlife Federation Aims for Stability


Clean Seas Seafood Rebrands and Launches New Kingfish Campaign


Senators Collins, King Introduce Resolution to Designate September 25, 2017, as National Lobster Day


Australian Heard and McDonald Islands Toothfish Fishery is Recertified Under MSC  


Seafood.com News Summary Friday, July 21, 2017


Thu. Jul 20 2017

ANALYSIS: Chilean Market Continues to Weaken to Levels Now Below 2016  


West Coast Dungeness Crab Season: Rocky Start, Good Markets, High Value  


BlueOcean Expanding Market for Pure Polar Shrimp Oil  


VIDEO: Trident Seafoods Value; Bakkafrost Bacteria Outbreak; UK Seafood Fraud


Canadian Fisheries Puts $8.9 Million in Upgrade, Expansion of St. Andrews Biological Station in NB


High Quality Shrimp Breeding Farm Set Up in Mekong Delta


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 20, 2017


Wed. Jul 19 2017

Bakkafrost Shuts Down Salmon Harvesting Due to Listeria; Market to be Short Large Fish


UK Sushi Bars Accused of Mislabeling Some Seafood, but Not as Much as US   (0)


New Study Quantifies Impact of Different Types of Bottom Trawls on Seabed Ecosystem  


Global Salmon Initiative Strengthens Global Presence with Acceptance of Four New Members  


China Research Vessel Leaves Tomorrow for First Circumnavigation of Arctic Rim


Chicago Tastemakers Meet Maine's Most Iconic Seafood: Lobster  


Live Canadian Geoducks Arrive at New Airport Clearance Site in Qingdao For First Time  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday July 19, 2017


Tue. Jul 18 2017

Bristol Bay Run Exceeds 50M, Catch Over 33M, Season Not Over Yet  


Gulf Reef Fishermen Support Conservationists Lawsuit Against NOAA Fisheries on Red Snapper  


Russian Salmon Season off to Strong Start; up 30-40% Over 2015  


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 18, 2017


Fish Oil Group Launches Improved Standard in Marine Ingredient Industry  


Japan Claims China Exceeded International Management Measures for Mackerel  


Chinese Mainland Demand for Crayfish is High; Industry Employs 5 Million  


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Today's Main Story: Copper River Catch Approaches 200,000 Salmon, Prince William Sound Opened Yesterday  

The ADF&G reported Copper River landings at 186,600 sockeyes and 6,800 chinook. Those totals are ten percent and about 17 percent of the preseason forecast for sockeye and chinook. The average weights of the fish were 4.9 pounds for reds, 16.1 pounds for kings and 6.5 pounds for chums. Yesterday the Copper River district began a 36-hour opener at 7 a.m. Escapements for both sockeye and chinook are above pre-season forecasts.

Seattle’s Great Pacific Seafoods officially filed for bankruptcy this past Sunday after reports on Friday confirmed the operator had shuttered all of its operations in Alaska. Great Pacific’s secured and unsecured creditor claims are approximately equal to its total assets. Additionally, the company's sales and revenues declined between 2014 and 2015. This hurt the company's ability to get the working capital it needed to start processing for the season.   

Vietnam's top shrimp producer and exporter Minh Phu has a plan to reach $1 billion in sales to overseas markets in the next five years despite production issues plaguing the region's key producing regions. The company has a plan to reduce its use of antibiotics and implement low-density farming and crop rotation strategies to maximize its output. Vietnamese producers are currently battling extreme drought and salinity issues in the Mekong Delta. Meanwhile, exporters are reporting a crackdown on shipments to major markets because of illegal antibiotic residues.

We run a letter from Acy J. Cooper Jr. President of the Lousiana Shrimp Association. Cooper is critical of a letter we published last week by Tom Mazzetta that supported stiffer bycatch regulations on Louisiana's shrimp skimmers. Cooper said Mazzetta failed to point out the domestic industry's cooperation with NOAA to reduce bycatch and improve responsible fishery management practices.

Finally, a delegation of Congressional lawmakers sent a letter to the House Leadership asking that the chamber not take up a Senate-approved Resolution to kill the USDA's catfish inspection program. “We believe that the Senate’s action to nullify the catfish inspection program shortly after the program has been implemented is irresponsible and disregards overwhelming evidence proving that imported catfish represents a significant food safety threat to U.S. consumers,” the letter said.

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