Thu. Jun 22 2017

Japan Frozen Salmon Market Weakens Ahead of New Season Production in Russia and Alaska  


ANALYSIS: Atlantic Salmon Frozen Fillet Imports Beginning to Rise  


Brits All At Sea on Old Fish Names


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday June 22, 2017


Zhanjiang Aquatic Products Exposition Draws Purchaser and Visitors from Around the World  


Norway Sees Rise in Export Values in May  


Wed. Jun 21 2017

BuyBack Program for Non-Whiting Trawl Fleet Continues to Generate Excessive Costs with no Relief   (0)


ANALYSIS: Scallop Market Prices Retreat from All-Time Highs  


New Bedford Mayor Says Rafael Represented 75% of their Groundfish Landings; Pleads to Keep Permits


Mexican Film on Tilapia Workers Wins First Prize for World Seafood Congress Women in Seafood Videos


Just Shrimp Adds Healthy Alternatives to Attract Younger Diners  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday June 21, 2017


Tue. Jun 20 2017

Peeled Shrimp Margins Squeezed by Two Year Decline  


Bocaccio, Darkblotch Rockfish Assessment Updates Show Stocks Rebuilt  


Oregon Trawl Commission Strongly Disputes Our Criticism of MSC's Approach to West Coast Groundfish   (0)


Chris Oliver Named Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries


Stavis Seafoods to Pack Fresh Fish in 100% Recyclable Material


Americold Announces Appointment of Tim Hinckley as Executive VP & CCO


Editorial Changes at Seafood News Announced With Susan Chambers Named Associate Editor


VIDEO: Farmed Salmon Prices in Seasonal Decline  


Canadian Gov’t Says NL Plant Workers Will get Extra 5 Weeks of Employment Insurance Benefit


California Budget Bill Lowers Landing Fees From State Proposal  


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday June 20, 2017


Mon. Jun 19 2017

MSC Could be Kiss of Death for West Coast Groundfish   (0)


Flood of Sick and Weak Shrimp Depresses Market Prices in China during first part of June  


Battle Over Snow Crab by Russian Oligarchs Leads to Record Bidding in Quota Auction  


Port Moller Test Boat Out for Today, Bristol Bay Pre-Season Measurement Program in 50th Year  


New Shrimp Prices to be Set in Newfoundland, With Uncertainty Whether Market Will Accept Increase  


Antibiotic Usage Among Chilean Fish Farms Down 30% in 2016  


Acme Smoked Fish Adds Sashimi Style Smoked Salmon to Blue Hill Bay Brand  


Australia's Southern Rock Lobster Stocks Showing Resistance to Climate Change  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday June 19, 2017


Fri. Jun 16 2017

Farmed Salmon Prices Enter Summer Season Decline  


First Port Moeller Report Suggests Bristol Bay Sockeye Run Timing Normal, Close to Forecasts  


Hokkaido Squid Processors Ask Japan to Increase Import Quota After Poor Harvests  


Omega Protein Enters Atlantic and Gulf Mendaden Fisheries into MSC Assessment Process  


Seafood.com News Summary Friday June 16, 2017


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Thailand and Mexico Making Up for Ecuador Shortfall in US Shrimp 

A deeper look at shrimp imports to the US market through the first half of the year shows shipments from Mexico and Thailand are offsetting steep declines in imports from Ecuador. Through June, Thailand has shipped 41 million lbs, up 58 percent from their level in 2014. Mexico has shipped 24 million lbs., up 140 percent from 2014. Meanwhile, shipments from Ecuador are down sharply as its sales to Asia continue to outpace those to the US mostly because of Ecuador's preference to sell head on shrimp to China. India and Indonesia continue to be the top suppliers to the US market with their shipments down just marginally from year ago levels.

It appears commercial and tribal sockeye fishing in the Fraser River will be a no-go this year after a recent assessment showed the run was trending below expectations while the river remains warmer than normal. The preseason prediction estimated about 840,000 sockeye salmon would arrive at the Fraser River by Saturday, Aug. 6., but by Friday, Aug. 5, the Pacific Salmon Commission could only account for around 450,000 fish.

Beaver Street Fisheries and Marine Gold Products have sponsored nine shrimp farms in southern Thailand’s Surat Thani province to enroll in the Best Aquaculture Practices’ (BAP) iBAP program. The iBAP program is designed to provide assistance and encouragement to aquaculture facilities interested in pursuing BAP certification. “Beaver Street and Marine Gold are quietly, but very effectively, demonstrating their commitment to responsible aquaculture in Thailand. Their knowledge and understanding of the farmers’ hard work and challenges allow them to value better their product,” said BAP Global Business Development Manager Marcos Moya. “We are sure this is the beginning of a long route of successful improvement of the farmers in Surat Thani.”

In other news, the USDA announced changes to its Catfish Inspection Program that will allow for new overseas catfish exporters to apply for a permit to ship product to the US market. Prior to this change, overseas exporters that never shipped fish to the US market were banned from exporting until their country’s entire fishery food safety system was approved by the FSIS as having an equivalent process to the US. “This policy will allow FSIS to systematically review a country’s food safety system prior to allowing exports from newly exporting foreign establishments. It also encourages foreign countries to establish equivalent food safety systems for fish as soon as possible,” the USDA said.

Finally, the FDA's Seafood Compliance and Labeling Enforcement system (SCALE) is showing positive developments in detecting mislabeled seafood among retailers and restaurants through the use of DNA testing. However, many food writers continue to skirt around the success of these scientifically-based approaches to improve the transparency of the seafood supply chain in favor of focusing on fish fraud as a rampant problem in the US market.

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