Fri. May 26 2017

Atlantic Scallop Prices Continue to Crash in May with Landings Up 23% from Last Year  


Oregon, California Governors Ask Feds to Declare Catastrophic Salmon Disaster  


California Salmon Hearing Includes Warnings of Impending Disasters, Some Solutions  


Southeast Alaska Spring Troll Fishery for Chinook Closes Monday  


VIDEO: Ecuador’s Shrimp Production and Sales to Asia Reach Records; Alaska’s Salmon is Underway  


Ancient Genetic Markers in Sockeye Salmon Can Help Manage Healthier Fish Stocks  


Study Says US Investments on Aquaculture Research Pay Dividends


New Zealand Boosts Fisheries Budget by US$21.5 Million


MSC Certifies the Greenland Halibut Fishery off West Greenland as Sustainable  


Seafood.com News Summary Friday May 26, 2017


New Zealand Boosts Fisheries Budget by US$21.5 Million


Thu. May 25 2017

Further Restrictions on Copper River Kings as Landings Higher than Expected in First Two Fishing Per  


New Rockfish Longevity and Spawning Info Will Help Stock Assessments and Ensure Healthy Populations   (0) 


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


Miffed Land Grabber Attempts to Block Pacific’s Surimi Plant Deal in Threat to Whiting Fishery  


DHL Now Shipping Live Crabs and Seafood from Northern Norway to South Korea and US Markets  


Sea to Table Expands Seafood Delivery Service Directly to Consumers


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


DFO Identifies 140,000 km of Ocean West of Vancouver Island for MPA Designation


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday May 25, 2017


Wed. May 24 2017

Oregon Pink Shrimp Volume Steady; Small Sizes Remain a Concern  


DFO Opens Newfoundland's 3Ps Inshore Cod Fishery But Issues No Decision for Offshore Harvesters  


Chilean Customs Workers Go On Strike Indefinitely  


WWF Study: Shrimp Can Be Traced Back to Their Country of Origin Through Elemental Profiling  


ISSF Compliance Report Focuses on Tuna Best Practices, Collaboration  


SCeMFiS Funds Seven Research Projects Affecting Fisheries Management  


Cape Greig Walrus are Back, ADF&G Plans Changed Fishery Boundary Again


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday May 24, 2017


Tue. May 23 2017

Congressional Trade Committee Hears Testimony About US Seafood Trade Deficits from ASPA and NFI  


RFM Certification Underway for Five Alaska Crab Fisheries, ASMI Calls for Stakeholders Input  


Chinook Salmon Research in Yukon and Nushagak Rivers Designed to Help Manage Fisheries  


Commerce Department Rescinds Duty Rate Review for Chinese Shrimp Exporters  


Santa Monica Hires Dave Harrison as VP of Procurement


Long John's Featuring Buttermilk Breaded Alaskan Cod on Menu for the Summer  


Canada's Redfish Fishery Earns MSC Certification  


VIDEO: Ecuador's Shrimp Output and Sales to Asia Reach Records  


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


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday May 23, 2017


Mon. May 22 2017

Ecuadorian Shrimp Exports at Record Level in 2017 as Sales to Asia Dominate Market Share  


F/V America's Finest, Largest Catcher Processor Built in US in 30 Years, May Need Jones Act Waiver


First Copper River Opener Took Nearly Half the Chinook Forecasted Harvest and 36,000 Sockeye  


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


Seafood.com News Summary Monday May 22, 2017


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Today's Main Story: Snow Crab Well Over $6.00 in US as Japan Buying in Tatters  

Any attempt to have orderly snow crab sales to Japan from Newfoundland this year has collapsed, in the face of soaring US prices writes John Sackton. This week, Urner Barry is reporting Newfoundland 5-8 sections at $6.10 which is the highest price ever recorded for snow crab in June. Part of the problem is weaker Japanese demand for raw frozen sections. But also, some Japanese traders simply can't afford these prices, and there is wide variation from company to company as to their needs and abilities. The turmoil has also extended to the US market, where many contracts are either being cancelled or simply not filled, unless buyers keep up with the price increases. 

Canada's Federal Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo has resigned from the cabinet and is leaving the Liberal caucus to seek help for addiction problems, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday. Tootoo served just over six months in office and is the first minister to resign from Trudeau's cabinet. He was the first northerner to be named fisheries minister.   

In other news, pangasius prices in the U.S. could go higher this summer as two of the market’s three major suppliers were hit with an unexpected duty rate revision and import refusal notification from the USDA's catfish inspection program in May. Urner Barry pangasius prices are unchanged since February, averaging $1.75 per pound. The last increase was a market reaction to the March 1st implementation of the USDA’s catfish inspection program.

Meanwhile, Diversified Communications confirmed some of our earlier estimates that attendance was down during this year's Seafood Expo Global in Brussels.  Total visitors and exhibitors for the 2016 show dropped to 22,160  17 percent compared to last year's figure attendees. However, exhibitors did say the quality of the buyers was higher, as more casual visitors were less likely to attend.

Finally, the 2016 Bristol Bay salmon season officially opens today with a run forecast to reach 30 million sockeye with another 2 million returning to the Peninsula rivers. Peggy Parker recaps the forecasted runs and harvests from each of the fishery's five districts. The peak of the Bristol Bay season usually doesn't hit until early July. 

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