Fri. Apr 28 2017

Russian Pollock Fisheries Begin MSC Recertification Process, Join Industry Group Within MSC  


West Coast Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Pending NMFS' Approval  


VIDEO: Nissui Backs GSSI; Snow Crab Fishing Starts; India, Gulf, Newfoundland Shrimp Updates


Zhonggang Fisheries is Latest Pacific Andes Subsidiary to Seek Chapter 11 Protection


Cetacean Ban at Vancouver Aquarium Called Threat to Marine Mammals


West African Pelagic Fisheries Start Fishery Improvement Project  


Seafood.com News Summary April 28, 2017


Thu. Apr 27 2017

Russia May Increase Duties on Fish Exports to Slow Shipments Out of Its Market


NGOs Vow to Fight Trump Administration's Executive Order that WIll Review MPA Designations


Responsible Aquaculture Foundation Launches New Seafood Safety Courses  


Iceland's Samherji Boosts Stake in Major Norwegian Fish Producer Nergård  


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 27, 2017


Wed. Apr 26 2017

Cozy Harbor Wins Two Seafood Excellence Awards at European Seafood Expo for Retail Lobster Products  


WTO Says Mexico Can Levy $163 Million in Annual Sanctions Against US Over Dolphin Safe Tuna Dispute  


Weak Sockeye Forecast for Cook Inlet This Year  


PODCAST: Gulf Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectation; Whole Salmon Floods US Market; Brussels Show Starts  


Sales of MSC, ASC Labeled Seafood Trended Higher in Germany, UK, Asia, Australia and New Zealand


Vietnam Attempts to Restore Prawns in Australian Market


Developer Outbids Cook’s Lobster Owner to Buy Historic Maine Island Wharf


Blumar Completes First Step Towards Achieving ASC Certification at Chilean Salmon Farms  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 26, 2017


Tue. Apr 25 2017

Nippon Suisan and its Gortons and Unisea Subsidiaries Partner with GSSI, Along with More Retailers


Newfoundland Price Panel Sets Cold-Water Shrimp Minimum Price at $0.95  


New Brunswick Snow Crab Fishery Opening Today  


Gulf Shrimp Landings in Q1 About Even with Last Year; Market Waits for New Season Production  


Togiak Update: Aerial Surveys Are Underway, No Sign of Herring Yet


VIDEO: Seats Still Open for Urner Barry's Seafood Import Workshop on May 23 in Miami


MSC Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Goal to Certify or Engage 1/3 Global Marine Catch by 2030


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 25, 2017


Mon. Apr 24 2017

Cautious Optimism About Recovery of Canada's Northern Cod Stocks Noted During Meeting in Brussels  


Newfoundland's Fisheries Minister Supports $14 Million Federal Commitment to Study Cod Stocks  


About 500 Walmart Stores in Midwest Market to Carry The Salmon Man's Norwegian Salmon Portions  


Marine Harvest Canada Selects Poseidon Ocean Systems to Build 29 Salmon Pens Around Vancouver Island  


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


Vietnam Fails to Score Big in Egyptian Fish Market


Southeastern Grocers, Pole-and-Line Foundation Join in Retail Effort  


Panera to Hire 10,000 as it Expands Delivery Service


Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 24, 2017


Fri. Apr 21 2017

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


Icelandic Group Puts Major UK Seafood Distributor Seachill Up For Sale


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


Newfoundland Fisherman Continues Hunger Strike Protest After Call From Minister


Westward Seafoods Settles with EPA Over Clean Air Act Violations


Seafood.com News Summary Friday April 21, 2017


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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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