Wed. Nov 22 2017

Seafood News Closed For Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday


John Garner Retiring as North Pacific Seafoods President and COO, Dave Hambleton to Replace


AFDF Announces Winners of 2017 Alaska Symphony of Seafood Contest  


Lobster Council of Canada Optimistic Heading Into 2017 Lobster Season  


ASMI Consolidates Offices in Juneau, Hires New Staff


Southeast Pink Salmon Catch Could Disappoint Again in 2018


Pew Charitable Trusts Blasts ICCAT's Bluefin Tuna Decisions  


Pacific Council Gives Preliminary Nod to Two Coastal Sardine and Other Pelagic Species Projects  


ASC and MSC Join Forces For New Seaweed Standard  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, November 22


Tue. Nov 21 2017

Russian Government to Consider a Return to Crab Industry Auctions


Norway’s Salmon Biomass up 10% This Year, and Rising  


Royal Greenland Strengthens Export Success in Chinese Market  


Red Lobster Adds Nephrops to Their Menu For ‘Ultimate Surf & Turf’ Event  


UK Portrait Calendar Raises Money For Fishermen's Mission Charity


New Zealand King Salmon Appoints David Whyte as New COO  


International "Tools of the Trade" Tech Conference Slated for February in Alaska


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, November 21


Mon. Nov 20 2017

NMFS Shuts Down Carlos Rafael’s Sector IX, Orders Vessels at Sea to Return to Port Immediately


Massive Recruitment Event Shows Up in Alaska Sablefish Stocks  


Mark Leslie, VP at High Liner,  Passed Away on Saturday at Age 59


ANALYSIS: Norwegian Wholefish Market Drops Leading Into Thanksgiving Week


Direct Flights Between Canada and China Expected to Boost Exports of Live Lobster  


Most of West Coast Dungeness Season Delayed Until Dec 16th to Allow for Better Meat Fill  


Maryland's Blue Pointe Seafood Opens Direct to Consumer Overnight Delivery Service  


Japan's YO! Sushi Acquires North America Brand Bento Sushi


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, November 20


Fri. Nov 17 2017

Trident Invests in APICDA’s Bering Pacific and Cannon Fish Subsidiaries


Giant Canadian Pension Firm Enters Seafood Industry with Purchase of Largest PEI Mussel Grower  


Russian 2017 Salmon Season Had Major Failures; New Fishing Restrictions Planned


ANALYSIS: Argentinian Pink Shrimp Will Stay in the US Market For the Long Term    


Oregon Delays Dungeness Crab Season Due to Low Meat Recovery  


Global Aquaculture Alliance CFO Jeff Fort Takes On COO Position


JD Fresh Moves 20,000 Tons of Fresh Food, Garnering Huge Success on Singles' Day  


VIDEO: EU Importers & Indian Shrimp; Maine Lobstermen; Alternative Tuna; Canadian Trade Benefits


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, November 17


Thu. Nov 16 2017

How Ocean Hugger Foods Is Breaking Into the Seafood Industry  


Bering Sea Pollock and Cod in Good Shape But Could Be Moving North


Chile Prolongs King Crab Season as Prices in China Rise More than 20 Percent  


California Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Opens With Dock Prices Around $3 A Pound  


China’s Fresh Food Ecommerce Changing the Equation for Air Cargo


France First Country to Put Legal Teeth Behind Claims of Supply Chain Dilligence


Moody’s Affirms Red Lobster Debt Rating, but Downgrades Outlook to Negative


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, November 16


Study Finds ‘Tipping Point’ That Could Change Oyster Restoration Efforts  


Young’s Seafood Launches New Shellfish Line in the UK  


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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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