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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ASMI's RFM Program First to Achieve GSSI Recognition in Milestone for Seafood Sustainability 

The Board of GSSI announced yesterday that ASMI’s RFM certification program was the first to be recognized as being in full compliance with the GSSI Global Benchmark Tool. This is a milestone for seafood sustainability certifications writes John Sackton and Peggy Parker. This is because ASMI’s RFM scheme is the first program that is partially supported by public funds to meet GSSI standards. "It is the first certification standard to marry government financing, which pays for part of ASMI’s budget and for fishery management costs in Alaska, with seafood certification schemes," write Sackton and Parker. "ASMI and RFM deserve congratulations on doing the very hard work needed to bring their program up to the GSSI standard in all essential areas, including governance."

We run a story about California's confidential fishing permit rights and how the state regulations have fostered the creation of a squid cartel. According to California state law the names of the people and companies who own rights to harvest squid are not publicly available. This has allowed large seafood processing companies to buy out independent fishermen to secure their supply over competing buyers. This has reduced competition in the industry and cut potential earnings by fishermen and fishing families according to the report. 

In other news, domestic demand for Mississippi catfish is high this year as estimates peg the state's production to match 2015 levels. Producers are receiving an average of $1.12 to $1.21 per pound of catfish and paying less than $380 for a ton of feed according to Jimmy Avery, Extension aquaculture professor at the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center.

Meanwhile, there is limited data available that pinpoints exactly where Maine's lobster fishermen actually fish. Most of them operate within 3 miles off the coast and do not fill out federal catch reports or have onboard satellite tracking systems. State, federal and non-profit agencies have increasingly noticed the lack of data, particularly by those responsible for permitting non-fishing activities in the Gulf of Maine, such as wind farms or mining operations.

Finally, Kroger plans to source all its wild-caught seafood from fisheries that are either MSC certified, in MSC full assessment, in comprehensive Fishery Improvement Projects, or certified by other Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative‐recognized programs by 2020. This goal expands on the retailer's original seafood procurement plan.

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