Fri. Jan 19 2018

Fortune International Announces Senior Level Promotions


DDP Entries Not Affected by New SIMP Requirements, Despite Some Importer Confusion


VIDEO: Shrimp Seized in FL; Fishing Captain Arrested; Japan Sounds Alarm Over Fugu; Sector IX Update


$300K Tuna Sold at Final Tsukiji Fish Market Heads to NYC Sushi Chain  


Sea Otters Ravaging Shellfish in Southeast Alaska  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, January 19


Thu. Jan 18 2018

UK Retailers Express Concerns Over Sustainable Tuna  


Claims of 300 Job Losses Due to Sector IX shutdown Are Overblown  


Coast Guard, NOAA Seize 6,000 Pounds of Illegal Shrimp from Florida Fishing Vessel  


Russian Pollock Producers Again Vow to Focus more on Domestic Market  


Shanghai Sets New Live Seafood Import Record in 2017  


ASMI Educating Chefs About Quality of Frozen Fresh Alaska Seafood


Scallop Group Praises NMFS Decisions on Openings, But Still Wants Georges Bank Area as Well  


Open Seat On Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission Draws Applicants


Tampa Maid Foods Adds Former Cargill VP of Sales As COO, Executive VP


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, January 18


Wed. Jan 17 2018

Richard Stavis Steps Down as CEO, as Stavis Brings in International Investor with Ties to Argentina


High Liner Foods Restructuring Canadian Operations After COO Jeff O’Neill Exits


North Carolina Congressman Calls for Shrimp to be Included in SIMP  


Florida Keys Commercial Fishing Captain Arrested After Illegally Dumping Lobster Traps  


ADF&G Wants to List Southeast Chinook as a Stock of Concern; Board of Fish Hears Dire Outlook  


CDFW Opens More Areas to Commercial Rock Crab Fishery as Domoic Acid Levels Drop  


NOAA Appoints Kevin Wheeler as New Deputy Chief of Staff


Survey Shows Lobster Recruitment Up Around P.E.I.  


How a Food Additive Could Change Food Safety in Fish


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, January 17


Tue. Jan 16 2018

Jeff Davis Retires From Blue Harvest Fisheries; Keith Decker Named New CEO


European Importers Move to Strengthen India Shrimp Trade with High Level Meetings in Goa  


ANALYSIS: Fresh Chilean Fillet Imports Up YTD, But Overall Fresh Fillet Imports Down  


How Pacific Seafood Became the First Company to Offer BAP 4 Star Oysters  


Kodiak's Tanner Crab Fishery Opens For First Time in 4 Years  


Carrefour's Innovation Brings Lobster, Oyster Delivery to Chinese Online Consumers in One Hour  


Global Fishing Watch Partners With NOAA to End Illegal Fishing in Indonesia


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, January 16


Alaska Salmon Protections Get Enough Signatures for Ballot  


Mon. Jan 15 2018

SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, January 15


Latest Seafood News Podcast Breaks Down Swiss Lobster Rule, New Netflix Series & More


South Atlantic Council Wants Public Input on Management Changes for Atlantic Cobia


Concern for Whales as Northern California Crab Season Opens  


South Korea Plans US $500 Million Investment in Pollock Processing Factories in Russia    


Sysco Acquires UK-Based Foodservice Distributor Kent Frozen Foods


Beijing Customs Uncovers Frozen Seafood Smuggling Case Worth Millions  


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EU Commission Delays Recommendation on Sweden's Proposed Live Lobster Ban Till Next Week 

The EU’s Scientific Forum on Invasive Alien Species postponed issuing an opinion about Sweden's proposal to ban North American live lobsters from its market to the end of next week. According to Enrico Brivio, a spokesman for the EU Commission, committee members are still gathering information and need more time before weighing in on the proposed ban. An opinion was expected on August 31.

Mike Andres, president of McDonald’s Corp.’s U.S. division since 2014 will retire at the end of the year. “Mike has been relentless in his commitment to building a better brand,” McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook said in a statement. “From significant strides in food quality to meaningful customer initiatives like all-day breakfast and forging an even stronger partnership between U.S. operators and the company, his commitment to our customers is unmistakable.” Chris Kempczinski, currently the executive vice president of strategy, business development and innovation, has been picked to succeed Andres. The change will be effective Jan. 1. 

In other news, reports from Japan suggest that even though scallop production is down, export sales are slow at this time as buyers are not convinced they have seen a market bottom. The Hokkaido Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations said there is an effort to bring down scallop prices in order to increase sales domestically and to overseas markets, specifically to the US.

Meanwhile, Mexico announced the start dates to commercial inshore and offshore wild shrimp fishing. The inshore fleet will get its season going on September 12 while offshore trawlers will start on September 20.

Finally, Chicken of the Sea announced a donation of more than $80,000 in canned and pouched seafood to those impacted by the recent flooding in Louisiana. “We hope this shelf-stable product brings some small relief and nourishment to the Louisiana community affected by the severe flooding,” said Maureen McDonnell, Chicken of the Sea director of brand marketing. “Our hearts and thoughts are with all of those in the flood region.”

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