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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Sweden's Proposed Ban on N. American Lobsters Moves Forward as EU Accepts Swedish Approach to Risk 

The EU's Scientific Forum on Invasive Alien Species confirmed the validity of Sweden’s scientific risk assessment that backs up its claim to ban North American live lobsters from its market. The decision sets in motion a broader review that could lead to the ban of imported live lobster to the EU market. The decision will now be reviewed and possibly considered for a vote by the Alien Species Committee. If approved, the motion would go to the full European Union Commission for a final vote sometime next spring. “This does not prejudge in any way the decision on whether the commission will propose the lobster for listing,” said Iris Petsa, a spokesperson for the EU. “This is a preliminary opinion on a purely scientific risk assessment and not a decision as to whether to ban the species.”

Sea Watch International announced the acquisition of Bar Harbor Foods in an undisclosed deal. Antarctica Advisors served as the independent advisory firm to finalize the transaction. "The acquisition of Bar Harbor will strengthen Sea Watch's position and growth in the U.S. retail segment,” said Bob Brennan, the CEO of Sea Watch International.

In other news, NMFS took most humpback whales off the endangered species list Tuesday, saying their numbers have recovered through international efforts to protect them. Nine of the fourteen distinct population populations of the whales have recovered to the point where they no longer need Endangered Species Act Protections NMFS said. These include whales that winter in Hawaii, the West Indies and Australia. "Today's news is a true ecological success story," said Eileen Sobeck, assistant administrator for NMFS.

Meanwhile, John Sackton writes of Oceana's latest "study" that claims 20 percent of the global seafood trade is mislabeled. The study was not a scientific sampling, but instead an analysis of Oceana’s sampling of high-risk species in various countries such as escolar, pangasius, and hake. They also had a high proportion of snapper and grouper samples, species where literally dozens of genetically distinct species are legally sold under one name. "The fact is that importers still have little control over how restaurants menu their items," Sackton says. The NFI added that Oceana would be far more effective lobbying for stronger enforcement of existing seafood mislabeling laws.

Finally, a US Bankruptcy Court agreed to bring South Korean shipper Hanjin under the umbrella of U.S. bankruptcy law, which temporarily prevents creditors in the U.S. from seizing assets. But the order doesn't guarantee that the ships' cargo will make it to shore. Since the carrier filed for bankruptcy in Seoul last week, ports, cargo handlers, truckers and railways have refused to touch Hanjin's containers, fearing they won't get paid. Nearly 80 Hanjin ships and at least half a million containers are still stranded at sea. There is hope that agreements can be met this week to get cargo moving. "All we can do is assure that the company is working around the clock to raise the financing to pay people and to start moving the cargo and to do what's necessary for our customers," said Hanjin's bankruptcy lawyer Ilana Volkov.

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