Mon. Feb 19 2018

California Crabbers Slow Landings, Say Won't Deliver at $2.50 per lb.  


Processors Must Eviscerate Dungeness Crab from Southern Oregon Due to Domoic Acid Levels  


China's Tariff Reduction Coincides with Imported Seafood Price Drops Around Chinese New Year  


Cooke Expresses Strong Disappointment with Washington House and Senate Votes to Ban Netpens


Trump Administration Wants to Cut Budget for NOAA, But Congress Unlikely to Accept   


New Seafood News Podcast Episode: Kingfish Zeeland Dutch Yellowtail, Coast Guard Rescue & More  


Vietnam’s Seafood Export Value Rises to U.S. $560 Million in January; Exports to China Grew in 2017  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, February 19


Fri. Feb 16 2018

Russian Security Service Challenging Crab Quota Holders as Illegal Foreign Controlled Business  


NFI's Crab Council Grows to 33 Members  


Oregon Readies New Waste Water Requirements for Seafood Processors


Fisheries Council of Canada Welcomes Designation of Ocean Supercluster by Ottawa


VIDEO: F/V Sinks; Record Shrimp Consumption; Nemesis Pulled From Water; New Whole Foods Policies


Alaska Deckhand Apprentice Program Calls for Applicants


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, February 16


Thu. Feb 15 2018

Pacific Whiting Stock Looks Strong for 2018, Coming off Record 440,944 tons in 2017


4 Rescued from Atlantic Cape’s Vessel Sea Star, After Sinking off Martha’s Vineyard


Cermaq Reports Excellent Salmon Survival Rates in 2017


After Years of Delays Tsukiji Move is Now on Track


Grieg Seafood Temporarily Banned from Exporting Norwegian Salmon to China after Document Mistake  


SeaShare Distributed Over 6.9 Million Servings of Seafood to Struggling Americans in 2017


California Bill Would Crack Down on Fishing Operations That Poach in Marine Protected Areas


GAA Executive Director Wally Stevens Transitioning Out of Role for Andrew Mallison


Pacific Fisheries Technology Conference Hears Shortage of Workers will Plague Alaska Industry


Lent Kicks Off Biggest Time of the Year for Seafood Sales


New Bedford-Based Northern Wind Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary  


Company Introduces Individual Package Temp Indicators for Low Oxygen Packaging


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, February 15


Wed. Feb 14 2018

Adak 5000 ton Cod Allocation Gets Discussed at Council, as Unforeseen Scenario Put it at Risk


China Shrimp Importers Anxious About Fall in Prices After New Year, Leaving High Cost Inventory  


Virginia Legislature Opposes 2018 ASMFC Reductions in Menhaden Quota, Supported by Omega Protein  


Invermar and AquaChile Confirm Salmon Losses from Algae Blooms  


The Most Popular Seafood Options for Valentine's Day  


Myanmar Looks to Boost Farmed Shrimp Production  


Oregon, Washington Pink Shrimp Fishery Re-Certified as MSC as Certifiers Laud Management, Ecosystem  


Fresco Fisheries Joins NFI Crab Council as 32nd Member  


SeaPak Introduces New 'Selections' Line for Healthier, More Convenient Meals


New Zealand King Salmon Supports Recommendation to Relocate Marlborough Sound Salmon Farms  


Arby's Adds Nashville Hot Fish Pollock Fillet to Menu as Lent Begins  


New Zealand Slows, May Stop, Roll Out of Camera on Board Monitoring


What You Need to Know About Fast-Food Fryer Oil During Lent


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, February 14


Tue. Feb 13 2018

NOAA Issues SIMP Update; All Data Must Be Complete Before Entry Beginning April 7


Thai Union of Canada Announces Daley Sfds Will Manage New Brunswick Lobster Plant in Tracadie-Sheila  


Baader Brings New Generation of Filleting Machines to Newfoundland, Icewater to Invest $3 million  


Chinese Market Helps Argentine Seafood Exports Exceed U.S. $2 billion in 2017  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, February 13


Protix Develops ‘Friendly Salmon,’ First-Ever Insect-Fed Salmon  


New Study Reveals Benefits and Concerns of Phytoplankton In Coastal Areas


Seafood Nutrition Partnership Adds GAA VP Dr. Steve Hart to Board of Directors


Innovative Feed Produces Salmon With Double the Omega-3 Content  


Hema Fresh Opens Second Store in Shenzhen; Imported Seafood Can Arrive in Two Days  


Captain D’s Rolls Out Flounder Feast For Lent  


Totoaba Farming May Help Vaquita Porpoise


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Support For Repealing USDA Catfish Inspection Program Gaining Strength in House 

A letter signed by 180 Representatives was sent to the House leadership that favors taking up a measure to repeal the USDA's Catfish Inspection Program. A majority of the signees are Republican representatives that control the House. “There’s little doubt that, by and large, the House wants to take this up,” said Gavin Gibbons, Vice President of Communications for the National Fisheries Institue. In May, it was Senate Republicans, led by Arizona Senator John McCain, that fast tracked Joint Resolution 28 in an effort to remove the program from the Farm Bill. The Resolution only needs House approval and a White House signature to disapprove the program from law.

John Sackton comments on the widespread repercussions that last night's vote in favor of removing Britain from the European Union will have on US and Canadian seafood sales. The unexpected vote caused some of the largest currency movements in decades, which left many buyers of US and Canadian seafood products poorer. Additionally, the "Brexit" vote is likely to freeze available liquidity among major financial institutions, which will limit investment in the seafood industry. Lastly, the vote is another sign of weak leadership among the world's political figures that have been largely unable to solve an assortment of state and federal financial issues.

In other news, NOAA said it will refund as much as 85 percent of the costs needed to fund fishery observers for the Northeast's groundfishing fleet. NOAA said any groundfish sector trip beginning on or after July 1 may be eligible for the reimbursement of at-sea monitoring costs through a program the federal fisheries regulator is developing with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Details of that plan remain a work in progress, but it appears fishermen will still have to pay for the monitoring services for which they or their sector have privately contracted and then submit those expenses for reimbursement.

Meanwhile, chum salmon landings out of the Yukon River's commercial dip-net fishery are more than double last year at this time. To date, the Lower Yukon River total catch (both district 1 and 2) is 145,892 chum salmon and 0 chinook salmon. Dip-nets are being used in order to protect the Yukon king salmon run, which has been severely low over the last several years. “Our best opener so far was on June 14th, when 107 dip net boats hauled in over 15,000 fish, which is rather remarkable when taking into consideration the inefficiency of dip nets and fishing a river that is 7 miles wide at the mouth,” said Jack Schultheis, owner of Emmonak-based Kwik-Pak Fisheries.

Finally, a group of East and West Coast Senators introduced a bill to prohibit the sale of shark fins in the U.S. The Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act of 2016 seeks to: Remove the U.S. contribution of shark fins to the global market; allow for stronger enforcement of the “no finning” ban in the United States;and put the U.S. in a stronger position to advocate internationally for abolishing the fin trade in other countries. The proposal was met with opposition from commercial fishing groups that say the law is unfair to legal, responsibly managed commercial shark fisheries in the US.

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