Fri. Mar 24 2017

Torrential Rain, Massive Flooding Deals Blow to Peruvian Scallop Production  


VIDEO: Back from Boston; Alaska Salmon Season Forecast and Stolen Scallops Reach New England Market  


New Wave's Vegan, Algae-Based Shrimp Ahead of Distribution Schedule as Gets Quick Market Interest  


EU Funding Same DNA Technology That Identified Horsemeat to Properly Label Imported Snapper


Hillborn to Speak on Sustaining Food From the Seas in Prestigious Lecture


Cuba Inaugurates Ocean Acidification Observatory


StarKist Goes Bold With New Tuna Pouch Flavors  


Seafood.com News Summary Friday March 24, 2017


Thu. Mar 23 2017

Oregon Pink Shrimp Price Negotiations Canceled This Week  


Sitka Herring Roe Fleet Has Now Caught More than Half the Quota  


Proposed Rule Will Allow Alaska Fishermen to Test New, Voluntary Electronic Monitoring


Thai Union Expands Work Against Human Trafficking in Supply Chain to Include Global Retailers


Worldwide Industry, NGOs Advocate for Policy Changes in Tuna Fisheries in 2017


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday March 23, 2017


Wed. Mar 22 2017

Sakhalin Officials Arrested For Allowing IUU Russian Crab to Flow to China  


GAA, MultiExport Foods and Mitsui Sign Initiative to reduce SRS Salmon Disease in Chile  


SFP Announces Merger of Two Major Squid FIP Monitoring Groups in South America and Asia  


Western Pacific Council to Tackle Management in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Tue. Mar 21 2017

Boston Show Upbeat Again this Year as Footprint Expands


Sitka Herring Roe Fleet Catches 25 Percent of GHL in Three Hours


Fishpeople Seafood and Open Blue Win Seafood Excellence Awards at Boston Show


Mariner Seafood Prepared for Retail Distribution of GO WILD Brand That Extends Fresh Shelf Life


SeaWeb Names 16 Finalists for 2017 Seafood Champion Awards


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Mon. Mar 20 2017

SeaWatch Launches Foodservice Line of Frozen Soups; Expands to Retail in Partnership with Bar Harbor  


GAA Signs Agreement for Major Chinese E-Commerce Retailer JD.com to Distribute BAP Certified Seafood


Mike Tourkistas Steps Down from CEO Role as East Coast Seafoods Hires New CEO  


Preferred Freezers Will Open Facilities in Texas, Chicago this Year; to Build Ninth NJ/NY Warehouse


OCI Announces Project to Move Canadian Redfish towards MSC Requirements  


Vons Albertsons, Hannaford Retailers Will Carry Bristol Seafood's Fair Trade USA Certified Scallops  


Raw Seafoods Hires Former "Boston Chef of the Year" Walter Zuromski as Director of R&D


San Diego's Catalina Offshore Products Launches Domestically Caught Hook and Line Canned Tuna


Anomalous 2015 Ocean Conditions May Bode Poorly for West Coast Juvenile Chinook Salmon Survival  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday, March 20, 2017


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Icicle Seafoods Proceeding With Plan to Relocate Farmed Salmon Pens East of Port Angeles

Icicle Seafoods, which was recently acquired by Canada’s Cooke Seafood still plans to relocate some of its Atlantic salmon pens to a 9.7 acre stretch of water in the Puget Sound, just east of Port Angeles, Washington. The company’s plan for putting pens out in the Juan de Fuca Strait has been driven by U.S. Navy plans to expand its base on Ediz Hook. Under Icicle’s planned development, 14 circular pens, each 126 feet in diameter, would be kept in place by a network of two-to- four-ton steel anchors. The new pens would produce 20 percent more salmon than the old. They would be the first anchored this far offshore in Washington waters.

The Lobster Council of Canada is urging Canada's lobster exporters to speak with their overseas customers about opposing Sweden's proposal to ban live North American lobsters from its market. “We’re asking our exporters to ask their importers to lobby their own governments,” said Geoff Irvine, executive director of the Council. The European Union’s Scientific Forum on Invasive Alien Species is expected to express an opinion about the proposed ban on Aug. 31.

In other news, Copper River's coho season opened on Monday, August 15 with an estimated landing of 19,000 silvers, which puts the run on track with the preseason estimate of 201,000 fish. “If the run comes in as forecast, harvest could be over 45% higher than last year when 137,000 Copper River coho were caught,” said ADF&G biologist Steve Moffitt. The Bering River District, an important coho river system, will open this Monday morning on August 22 for a 24-hour commercial fishing period.

Meanwhile, the Alaskan Jack Corp., the US-based company related to Yihe in China, announced a line extension to its Alaskan Jack's salmon products with three salmon dumplings. The new dumpling products are all Alaskan wild-caught pink salmon, made in the USA and have all-natural and GMO-free ingredients. Yihi said that some customers demanded a made in America product, and opened Alaskan Jack's Corporation in the US, with Steven Chen, president of Yihe, also president of Alaskan Jack's.

Finally, a push to create a commercial market for Florida's invasive lionfish appears to be working. Retailers including Whole Foods and Wegmans are featuring the fish in their seafood cases and now restaurants up and the down the East Coast are reporting good sales of the fish. "Almost every customer that's approaching our seafood teams [is] chatting about it," said David Ventura, Whole Foods' seafood coordinator in Florida. "Demand is very strong, and given the dedication of the divers, I'm confident the supply will be there."

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