Thu. Oct 19 2017

China Jumps on Argentine Red Shrimp, Which Had a Near Record Harvest This Year


MSC Responds to Criticisms of PNA MSC Tuna Using Vessels That Target both FAD and Free Swimming Fish


Fisheries Council of Canada Says Government Secrecy on New Fisheries Law Threatens Jobs, Investment


Wed. Oct 18 2017

Lawsuit Documents Show Pattern of Collusion Between Commerce and Rec Fishery  


Fortune Fish Hopes to Haul in E-commerce Sales With Lobster Gram  


Maine Weighs Lottery to Issue First New Scallop Licenses Since 2009  


StarKist Expands BOLD Line of Tuna Pouches with New Sriracha Flavor  


White Shrimp Prices Drop in Some China Regions Due to Market, Environmental Factors  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, October 18


Tue. Oct 17 2017

DFO Cracks Down on Peaceful Crab Protest in Port Au Choix  


New Chicken of the Sea Ad Campaign Tackles the Question: Is It Chicken or Is It Fish?  


Captain D’s Franchisee Opens Second Restaurant In Less Than 60 Days  


Canadian Oyster Companies Recalling Some Products  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, October 17


Mon. Oct 16 2017

Newfoundland Snow Crab Survey Likely to Show Further Decline According to DFO Biologists


Royal Greenland Looking to Buy More Snow Crab and Coldwater Shrimp Access, CFO Tells Japanese


Alibaba's New Hema Fresh Supermarkets Generating Overwhelming Response in China  


Kodiak May See a Small Tanner Crab Fishery This Year


Thai Union Forms New Management Structure in Europe Headed by Paul Reenan of John West


ANALYSIS: Traders Outlook Positive Amid New Seasonal Mahi Production  


American Fisheries Society Strongly Objects to EPA’s Recent Effort to Reverse its Own Protection of  


Tilapia Prices Drop after National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival in China  


Blue Revolution Promoting Seaweed Mariculture in Alaska


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, October 16


Fri. Oct 13 2017

Bering Sea Pacific Cod Quota May Drop by a Third for 2018


Walton Foundation Flops As NOAA Demands an Outrageous Paper They Funded on IUU Fishing be Retracted


Maryland Could Potentially Increase Imports of Egg-Bearing Female Crabs  


VIDEO: Codfather Vessels; Imports Block; Maine Lobster Catch; Red Snapper Plot; Salmon Ballot  


Aramark Working to Ensure 100% Of their Seafood Purchases Meet Seafood Watch Recommendations


Cook Inlet Salmon Fisherman Wins Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Fishing Video Contest


Corporate Players Make Big Commitments At 2017 Our Ocean Conference


Barents Sea Cod Quota for 2018 Reduced For Russia and Norway  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, October 13


Thu. Oct 12 2017

SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, October 12


How an Underwater Nursery Is Helping to Replenish Marine Fish Stocks


Few Bright Spots in Bering Sea Crab Outlook  


Trader Joe’s Stops Buying Mexican Shrimp as Part of Effort To Save Vaquita Porpoise From Extinction  


WDFW Permits Cooke Aquaculture to Transport Atlantic Salmon Eggs from Iceland  


Are Plant Based Salmon Feeds Lacking in Nutrients?  


Wenzhou City Seafood Import Volume Grows, Primarily Due to Oysters  


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Spike in Indian Shrimp Refusals No Cause for Alarm 

The Southern Shrimp Alliance and the NGO's that want to restrict imported shrimp have jumped on FDA import refusal data that appear to show a big jump in refusals of shrimp from India due to unapproved antibiotics or animal drugs. This caused some concern that there was an overall problem with increased use of banned antibiotics in shrimp imports. But FDA data shows refusals of shrimp for banned antibiotics have fallen so far in 2016 and are likely to end the year lower than in 2015. This suggests that the targeted FDA program is working, in that it is causing bad actors to either clean up their processes or stop exporting to the US writes John Sackton.

Analysts reported a positive sales forecast for Charoen Pokphand Foods based in part on the recovery of Thailand's shrimp output. The company reported a 35 percent increase in its second-quarter profits. "CPF's Thai shrimp unit is expected to reverse to growth again in [the third quarter of 2016], largely due to the high season and greater segment-wide shrimp output," said Bualuang Securities.

In other news, Trident Seafoods Japan is again participating in the Tokyo Seafood Show as a single company, instead of through its local distributors. Trident said it will try and expand its sales directly to Japanese consumers with a focus on single frozen pollock and ocean perch fillet sales. "Our company is probably the first to propose pollock slice products," said Koichi Suzuki.

Meanwhile, for the first time since 1998 anchovies are no longer the world’s top ranked species in terms of catch. That distinction now goes to Alaska pollock from the Bering Sea according to the FAO's biennial State of the World Fisheries Report. The FAO report also said that Alaskan fishermen produce 18 percent of the total world cod harvest and that the Northwest Pacific remained the most productive area for capture fisheries, and is credited with providing 27 percent of the global catch.

Finally, Canada's federal Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation lost its exclusive purchasing monopoly over fish from the Manitoba province. The Corporation had controlled the sale of fish in Manitoba since 1969. "Our government will be pursuing consultation with all affected partners including the federal government, the commercial fishing industry as well Indigenous and Métis fishers from all regions of the province," said Manitoba's Sustainable Development Minister Cathy Cox. "This collaborative approach will ensure that Manitoba fishers have a seat at the table as we make progress on delivering marketing choice."

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