Fri. Apr 21 2017

NMFS Put Councils on Notice About Overfishing or Overfished Conditions on Bigeye, Four Other Stocks


Russian Pollock Producers Plan to Grow Exports to EU Market 40% by 2019  


Icelandic Group Puts Major UK Seafood Distributor Seachill Up For Sale


Westward Seafoods Settles with EPA Over Clean Air Act Violations


VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectations; European Whole Salmon Floods US  


Newfoundland Fisherman Continues Hunger Strike Protest After Call From Minister


Seafood.com News Summary Friday April 21, 2017


Thu. Apr 20 2017

PWS Pink and Chum Salmon Get Determination of MSC Sustainability Prior to Public Objection Period  


Greenpeace Tuna Ranking Charade a Market Opportunity for Some Retailers Not a Sustainability Advance  


Scientists Spawn Pacific Sardines In Captivity; Results Could Inform Potential for Good Fishing  


Peru Hikes Anchovy Quota 1 Million Metric Tons With Season Set to Start on April 22  


Chesapeake Bay's Spawning Female Blue Crab Stocks at Highest Level in 28 Years   (0) 


Marine Harvest's Q1 Production Falls 13% in 2017 But Earnings Double from a Year Ago  


Feds Close Flatfish, Rockfish, Sablefish Trawling in Gulf of Alaska 2 Weeks Earlier Than Last Year


American Shrimp Processors Assoc. Backs "Buy American" Executive Order  


Portion of Kodiak Sac Roe Herring Fishery Temporarily Shut Down for Lack of Fish  


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 20, 2017


Wed. Apr 19 2017

European Whole Salmon Floods US and Cuts into Canada's Market Share  


West Coast EFP Successfully Targets Pelagic Rockfish with Minimal Bycatch


Russia Squeezed by High Salmon Prices as Chilean Companies Cut Back Shipments  


Letters: Laitram Says Steam Cookers Catching on In NB Crab Industry with Quality Advantages  


VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quotas Announced  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 19, 2017


Tue. Apr 18 2017

Japanese Crab Negotiations with Newfoundland Full of Uncertainty  


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 18, 2017


NFI's Shrimp Council Partners with Popular Food Blogger Chungah Rhee to Promote Shrimp Consumption  


Kroger Backs WWF with $50,000 Donation as Part of Earth Month Sustainability Campaign


Mon. Apr 17 2017

The Smokehouse of NY Recalls Smoked Salmon and Fish Products Over Listeria Concerns  


High Liner Recalls Captain's Crew Fish Strips for Undeclared Allergen


Thai Union CEO Thiraphong Chansiri to Run Virgin London Marathon in Support of WWF-UK


Fortune Fish Expands into E-Commerce Seafood Sales With Deal to Buy Lobster Gram  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 17, 2017


Indonesian Canned Tuna Producer PT Bali Maya Permai Joins ISSF  


China’s Tilapia Industry Faces Moment of Truth at Volume Remains Flat and Prices Fall  


New Zealand's Most Controversial Fishery Deemed Sustainable by Global Body  


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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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