Wed. Nov 22 2017

John Garner Retiring as North Pacific Seafoods President and COO, Dave Hambleton to Replace


AFDF Announces Winners of 2017 Alaska Symphony of Seafood Contest  


Lobster Council of Canada Optimistic Heading Into 2017 Lobster Season  


ASMI Consolidates Offices in Juneau, Hires New Staff


Southeast Pink Salmon Catch Could Disappoint Again in 2018


Pew Charitable Trusts Blasts ICCAT's Bluefin Tuna Decisions  


Pacific Council Gives Preliminary Nod to Two Coastal Sardine and Other Pelagic Species Projects  


ASC and MSC Join Forces For New Seaweed Standard  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, November 22


Seafood News Closed For Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday


Tue. Nov 21 2017

Russian Government to Consider a Return to Crab Industry Auctions


Norway’s Salmon Biomass up 10% This Year, and Rising  


Royal Greenland Strengthens Export Success in Chinese Market  


Red Lobster Adds Nephrops to Their Menu For ‘Ultimate Surf & Turf’ Event  


UK Portrait Calendar Raises Money For Fishermen's Mission Charity


New Zealand King Salmon Appoints David Whyte as New COO  


International "Tools of the Trade" Tech Conference Slated for February in Alaska


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, November 21


Mon. Nov 20 2017

NMFS Shuts Down Carlos Rafael’s Sector IX, Orders Vessels at Sea to Return to Port Immediately


Massive Recruitment Event Shows Up in Alaska Sablefish Stocks  


Mark Leslie, VP at High Liner,  Passed Away on Saturday at Age 59


ANALYSIS: Norwegian Wholefish Market Drops Leading Into Thanksgiving Week


Direct Flights Between Canada and China Expected to Boost Exports of Live Lobster  


Most of West Coast Dungeness Season Delayed Until Dec 16th to Allow for Better Meat Fill  


Maryland's Blue Pointe Seafood Opens Direct to Consumer Overnight Delivery Service  


Japan's YO! Sushi Acquires North America Brand Bento Sushi


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, November 20


Fri. Nov 17 2017

Trident Invests in APICDA’s Bering Pacific and Cannon Fish Subsidiaries


Giant Canadian Pension Firm Enters Seafood Industry with Purchase of Largest PEI Mussel Grower  


Russian 2017 Salmon Season Had Major Failures; New Fishing Restrictions Planned


ANALYSIS: Argentinian Pink Shrimp Will Stay in the US Market For the Long Term    


Oregon Delays Dungeness Crab Season Due to Low Meat Recovery  


Global Aquaculture Alliance CFO Jeff Fort Takes On COO Position


JD Fresh Moves 20,000 Tons of Fresh Food, Garnering Huge Success on Singles' Day  


VIDEO: EU Importers & Indian Shrimp; Maine Lobstermen; Alternative Tuna; Canadian Trade Benefits


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, November 17


Thu. Nov 16 2017

How Ocean Hugger Foods Is Breaking Into the Seafood Industry  


Bering Sea Pollock and Cod in Good Shape But Could Be Moving North


Chile Prolongs King Crab Season as Prices in China Rise More than 20 Percent  


California Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Opens With Dock Prices Around $3 A Pound  


China’s Fresh Food Ecommerce Changing the Equation for Air Cargo


France First Country to Put Legal Teeth Behind Claims of Supply Chain Dilligence


Moody’s Affirms Red Lobster Debt Rating, but Downgrades Outlook to Negative


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, November 16


Study Finds ‘Tipping Point’ That Could Change Oyster Restoration Efforts  


Young’s Seafood Launches New Shellfish Line in the UK  


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Jeff Davis, Blue Harvest Come Full Circle with Purchase of High Liner Scallop Plant in New Bedford 

High Liner will sell its New Bedford scallop business and fish processing plant to Blue Harvest Fisheries for $8 million, plus some additional amounts for scallop inventory. This is a full circle return to New Bedford for Blue Harvest's owner Jeff Davis. The plant and dock owned by High Liner once belonged to Frionor USA. Davis, who at that time was a key executive with American Seafoods, along with Bernt Bodal, CEO, bought the plant from Frionor, and established American Seafoods in New Bedford. Blue Harvest, which has acquired 15 Scallop Vessels and other property in New Bedford and Virginia, is near their maximum vessel ownership of 18 licenses, and with this plant is well positioned to increase their market share with purchases of scallops as well. High Liner will continue to offer scallops to its customers through an ongoing supply agreement with Blue Harvest.

A Rabobank report on Brazil's aquaculture sector says the country is in position to increase its tilapia production 10 percent per year and reach 490,000 tons in annual output by 2020. Rabobank said the growth of domestic aquaculture is partly due to Brazilian grain production, since abundant supply and poor logistics for export are keeping prices low. Meanwhile, a local freshwater fish called tambaqui is also becoming more cultivated, and total tonnage should reach 330,000 tons by 2020 said Rabobank.

In other news, North American demand for premium quality lobster meat has stoked interest for high pressurized processing (HPP) equipment among operators. The technology uses extremely high pressured water to separate lobster meat from the shell and boasts a higher meat yield percentage compared to traditional processing systems. Lobster meat demand is at historic levels with wholesale market prices for dry Canadian claw and knuckle meat approaching $30 per pound according to Urner Barry.

Meanwhile, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials said seven dealers and 14 vessels delivered 2.7 million pounds of squid between mid-April and June 5, one of the highest season landings in the state’s history. This year was similar to another post-El Nino year, 1984, when Oregon landings approached 1.8 million pounds. Squid prices to fishermen averaged 40 cents per pound this year and were as high as 50 cents per pound.

Finally, Maine reopened the of Gulf of Maine to menhaden fishing after an unusual spike in fishing activity for the bait fish prompted officials to close the fishery earlier this month. Initial landings reports suggested the state's quota was reached. The sudden interest in menhaden, or pogy, is because of a herring shortage, which is used as bait among Maine's lobster industry. However, officials reopened the fishery and instructed fishermen that they must limit fishing to Tuesday-Thursday, and net less than 120,000 pounds a week.

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