Wed. Feb 21 2018

Price Gap Between Russian Red and Golden King Crab at Historic Levels  


AK Bering Sea Crabbers Launch Search for New Executive Director


Santa Monica Seafood Expanding Pre-Packed Chilled Seafood Operations


Alaska Fisheries Trust Bill Supported During First House Hearing


Russia Concerned About Chinese Poaching Activities in Territorial Waters  


Washington Fish Farmers Urge State Lawmakers to Oppose Ban on Salmon Farms


Walmart Canada Introducing Sustainable Delivery For Vancouver Online Grocery Shoppers


Vietnam's Hung Vuong Sells Fish Meal Factory to Increase Capital; Plans to Up Basa Sales  


White Castle Brings Back Seafood Crab Cake Slider, Shrimp Nibblers For Lent  


Time for PWS Sablefish Fishermen To Register For the 2018 Fishery


Sea Watch Celebrating National Clam Chowder Day by Providing Bowls to Shelters, Food Pantries  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, February 21


Tue. Feb 20 2018

Thai Union Group Sales Up 1.6%, Profits up 14.6%, With Strong North American Business


Industry Responds to Erroneous Reports about Dungeness Fishery  


Ecuador Shrimp Prices to China Fall to Lowest Level in Five Years  


Tassal 17th Company to Join Global Salmon Initiative  


Burned California Bears Treated With Tilapia Skin Now in Good Health  


ASC and MSC Team Up for Think Fish Week in France


GAA, IFFO Provide Update on South East Asia Fishmeal Project  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, February 20


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


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, February 15


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


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


New Bedford-Based Northern Wind Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary  


Company Introduces Individual Package Temp Indicators for Low Oxygen Packaging


Lent Kicks Off Biggest Time of the Year for Seafood Sales


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White Spot Outbreak Forces Indian Shrimp Farmers in Tamil Nadu to Clear Ponds 

An outbreak of white spot disease at shrimp farms in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu forced farmers in the area to destroy the shrimp in the ponds. Farmers blamed low-quality broodstock for why the outbreak spread so rapidly in just a matter of days. Producers also said MPEDA failed to inspect the quality of the broodstock that was supplied to the farms. “It is a tough time for us. The entire area is affected with this white spot disease. We have no other options except to destroy the farms completely,” said D. Mathiyazhagan a shrimp farmer with operations in the area.

A federal court upheld NMFS's cost recovery program that charges catcher-processor co-ops a tonnage fee that is used for management, scientific research and public education. On Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit upheld a lower court's decision that approved the fees and accounting methodology, but did rule the calculations for the 2014 fees should be revisited. According to the majority opinion written by Judge Sandra Ikuta NMFS "could reasonably determine the co-op permit to be a limited access privilege." In 2014, Glacier Fish Company challenged the fees, claiming NMFS is only authorized to collect the fees from "limited access privilege holders."

Restaurant same-store sales declined 1.4 percent in July, and traffic fell 3.9 percent, which was the weakest performance for both metrics since December 2013 according to TDn2K’s Black Box Intelligence. Ongoing declines in US restaurant sales run counter to government data, which show overall growth in US economic performance, including from food and drinking establishments. However, restaurant performance is uneven depending on the sector.

In other news, squid inventories in Japan are at historically low levels. The volume of squid in cold storage at the end of May was below 40,000 tons, 7 percent less than the previous month. The low inventories are attributed to the poor catches in most squid producing areas. Japanese processors say they are limited in what they can do to make up for the poor supply situation.

Finally, NMFS says Sweden has issued a rebuttal to back up its proposal to ban imports of live North American lobsters from its market. Sweden's report is a response to a US-Canadian scientific analysis that explains why there is not enough evidence to support Sweden's claim that North American lobsters are invasive. NMFS said it will brief fishery officials in New England about Sweden's response and is working on an official statement. "We received Sweden's response to the U.S./Canadian scientific analysis on August 1," said Kate Brogan, a NOAA spokesperson. "NOAA is working closely with Canada and other U.S. agencies on an official response, which I can share with you when available."

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