Fri. Sep 22 2017

ANALYSIS: Retail Shrimp Promotions Very Stable  


Changes Coming for Icelandic Brand in US, as High Liner Agrees to Renegotiate Licensing Terms  


Anti-MSC Coalition Wins a Battle in Fight to Prevent MSC Recertification of PNA Tuna by FAD vessels  


Russian Fishing Profits Fall in 2017; Industry on Verge of Financial Crisis  


Walmart Testing Straight-To-Fridge Delivery Service


Salmones Camanchaca to Become Public Company, Langostino Lobster Gets MSC Certification  


Scientists Pan Proposal to Open Pristine Pacific Islands to Fishing


Ralphs Grocery Store Launches Prepared Meal Kits with Fish Tacos, Peruvian Salmon  


Four Arrested in California for Selling Abalone on the Black Market  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, September 22


Thu. Sep 21 2017

U.S. Coast Guard Refuses to Document “America’s Finest”; Congressional Action Still Possible


Boston's North Coast Seafood Put up For Sale According to Norway Sources


Editor's View: Carlos Rafael Must Go to Prison; Forfeit Vessels   


Whole Foods Offering Vegan Raw Tuna Alternative for Sushi  


New Brunswick Seafood Exports to China Have Skyrocketed by 238 Percent  


Oceana Canada Executive Director Writes Open Letter To Raise Seafood Fraud Awareness


Sea Turtle Populations on the Rise, But Conservation Still a Concern


New Sea Grant Bulletin a Boost for Alaskans Wanting to Farm Kelp


Tasmania Passes New Salmon Farming Laws  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, September 21


Wed. Sep 20 2017

Yukon and Norton Sound See Record Chum Salmon Harvest  


Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill Releases Statement on Hurricane Irma Damage


Cape Cod Oyster Company Purchases 23-Acre Aquaculture Grant in Massachusetts  


Maine Department of Marine Resources Recovers 98% of Recalled Mussels  


Univ of Washington Urges Fishermen to Diversify Permits Across Multiple Species to Preserve Income


Researchers Discover Caribbean Queen Conch Populations Are Fragmented  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, September 20


Tue. Sep 19 2017

Snow Crab Fishery Likely in Alaska This Year With Positive News from Survey; King Crab Will Be Down  


Rafael Seeks to Sell Vessels, Pay Small Fine; Opposes Gov't Forfeiture Demand


IUU Lobster Fishing and Dumping Must be Stopped Immediately in Canada (Editorial)


B.C. Atlantic Farm Raised Salmon Named "Good Alternative" By Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch  


US Lowers Indian Shrimp Duty Rates by 62%  


Sysco Now Offering Sustainable and Artificial Additive-Free Wild Caught Shrimp  


Alaska Legislature Keeps Salmon Habitat Protections Alive  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, September 19


SeaPak Expands Their Pub Style Beer Battered Frozen Seafood Line


Chinese helping Establish Tilapia Production in Laos  


Mon. Sep 18 2017

SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, September 18


Hurricane Harvey dropped Restaurant Sales in Texas 15%, and 1% Nationally for Last Week of August


US Lobster Industry Braces for Christmas Disruption as Canada’s Zero Tariff for EU Goes Into Effect  


China-Based Grocery E-Commerce Site Signs MoU with GAA


Study Reveals Adults Not Getting Enough Omega-3 Fatty Acids


Zinke Memo Recommends Restoring Commercial Fishing to Northeast Canyon and Other Marine Monuments


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Trident Diverts Fishing Tenders from Wrangell Plant, Limits Processing Because of Water Shortage 

Trident Seafoods was forced to direct two of its fishing tenders away from its processing plant in Wrangell, Alaska and limit its production activities on Tuesday to just three hours because of a shortage of treated water in the town. Trident took the measures after Wrangell's Borough Assembly officially declared the city to be in a state of disaster because its supply of treated water is dangerously low. Trident and Sea Level Seafoods are the two major processing plants that operate in Wrangell, which use about half of the town's treated water. Both plants have been working with the city to reduce their overall water usage, finding efficiencies with salt water where possible. Trident Southeast manager John Webby estimated the Wrangell plant had cut its treated water usage in half since last year. Managers at both Trident and Sea Level are now concerned about Wrangell's water treatment production capabilities and questioned if the utility could be relied on to deliver when fish production escalates next month. The water situation has been added to the Wrangell Assembly agenda for its next scheduled meeting on July 26.

Northern Canada's largest shrimp harvester Baffin Fisheries is worried that federal officials will reallocate a portion of their shrimp quota to other operators. Baffin is among the four First Nation fishing companies that operate in Canada's Nunavut territory. Baffin wants to ensure that decisions made by the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board on shrimp allocation are respected and not superseded by any new policies dictated by the federal government, which now includes the recent decision to scrap the LIFO management plan

In other news, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission extended some of Maine's emergency Atlantic herring restrictions to Massachusetts to try to close a loophole that threatened to derail the summer supply of lobster bait. The Council voted to cut the number of days that herring boats can land fish each week within its jurisdiction from five to two, with Maine and New Hampshire representatives voting in favor of the landing day reduction and Massachusetts voting against it. "Without constraints on the landing (in Massachusetts) we would not make it into August, much less September," said Terry Stockwell of Maine Department of Marine Resources.

Meanwhile, the MSC announced its intention to develop a certification scheme that will address labor issues in the seafood supply chain. John Sackton writes that the MSC's dive into labor issues does not relate to the basic mission that their scheme was founded on. "The original success of the MSC came about due to the confluence of environmental and economic concerns. Labor issues - no matter how severe and complex they are, are economic and social issues, not environmental ones," Sackton writes.

Finally, the New England Fishery Management Council submitted a proposal to NMFS that asks to shift the start to commercial scallop fishing in the Mid-Atlantic fishery one month to April 1. The proposal is an effort to give federal and third party researchers more time to submit stock assessment findings so a comprehensive fishery management plan can be finalized before each fishing season. This would reduce the need for mid-season adjustments to the management plan. The shift is not likely to have a large impact tio Mid-Atlantic scallop fishing since most major industry stakeholders have been aware of the plan. Additionally, historical data shows that March and April are generally low producing months for a majority of the region's scallopers.

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