Wed. Feb 21 2018

Price Gap Between Russian Red and Golden King Crab at Historic Levels  


AK Bering Sea Crabbers Launch Search for New Executive Director


Santa Monica Seafood Expanding Pre-Packed Chilled Seafood Operations


Alaska Fisheries Trust Bill Supported During First House Hearing


Russia Concerned About Chinese Poaching Activities in Territorial Waters  


Washington Fish Farmers Urge State Lawmakers to Oppose Ban on Salmon Farms


Walmart Canada Introducing Sustainable Delivery For Vancouver Online Grocery Shoppers


Vietnam's Hung Vuong Sells Fish Meal Factory to Increase Capital; Plans to Up Basa Sales  


White Castle Brings Back Seafood Crab Cake Slider, Shrimp Nibblers For Lent  


Time for PWS Sablefish Fishermen To Register For the 2018 Fishery


Sea Watch Celebrating National Clam Chowder Day by Providing Bowls to Shelters, Food Pantries  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, February 21


Tue. Feb 20 2018

Thai Union Group Sales Up 1.6%, Profits up 14.6%, With Strong North American Business


Industry Responds to Erroneous Reports about Dungeness Fishery  


Ecuador Shrimp Prices to China Fall to Lowest Level in Five Years  


Tassal 17th Company to Join Global Salmon Initiative  


Burned California Bears Treated With Tilapia Skin Now in Good Health  


ASC and MSC Team Up for Think Fish Week in France


GAA, IFFO Provide Update on South East Asia Fishmeal Project  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, February 20


Mon. Feb 19 2018

California Crabbers Slow Landings, Say Won't Deliver at $2.50 per lb.  


Processors Must Eviscerate Dungeness Crab from Southern Oregon Due to Domoic Acid Levels  


China's Tariff Reduction Coincides with Imported Seafood Price Drops Around Chinese New Year  


Cooke Expresses Strong Disappointment with Washington House and Senate Votes to Ban Netpens


Trump Administration Wants to Cut Budget for NOAA, But Congress Unlikely to Accept   


New Seafood News Podcast Episode: Kingfish Zeeland Dutch Yellowtail, Coast Guard Rescue & More  


Vietnam’s Seafood Export Value Rises to U.S. $560 Million in January; Exports to China Grew in 2017  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, February 19


Fri. Feb 16 2018

Russian Security Service Challenging Crab Quota Holders as Illegal Foreign Controlled Business  


NFI's Crab Council Grows to 33 Members  


Oregon Readies New Waste Water Requirements for Seafood Processors


Fisheries Council of Canada Welcomes Designation of Ocean Supercluster by Ottawa


VIDEO: F/V Sinks; Record Shrimp Consumption; Nemesis Pulled From Water; New Whole Foods Policies


Alaska Deckhand Apprentice Program Calls for Applicants


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, February 16


Thu. Feb 15 2018

Pacific Whiting Stock Looks Strong for 2018, Coming off Record 440,944 tons in 2017


4 Rescued from Atlantic Cape’s Vessel Sea Star, After Sinking off Martha’s Vineyard


Cermaq Reports Excellent Salmon Survival Rates in 2017


After Years of Delays Tsukiji Move is Now on Track


Grieg Seafood Temporarily Banned from Exporting Norwegian Salmon to China after Document Mistake  


SeaShare Distributed Over 6.9 Million Servings of Seafood to Struggling Americans in 2017


California Bill Would Crack Down on Fishing Operations That Poach in Marine Protected Areas


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, February 15


GAA Executive Director Wally Stevens Transitioning Out of Role for Andrew Mallison


Pacific Fisheries Technology Conference Hears Shortage of Workers will Plague Alaska Industry


New Bedford-Based Northern Wind Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary  


Company Introduces Individual Package Temp Indicators for Low Oxygen Packaging


Lent Kicks Off Biggest Time of the Year for Seafood Sales


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Obama Creates 5000 sq Mile Marine Monument in three Submarine Canyons on Georges Bank

President Obama announced the creation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, a 5,000 square mile area of protected waters southeast of Cape Cod on the Georges Bank. This is the first Marine Protected Area in the Atlantic.  The monument will include three submarine canyons, Oceanographer, Gilbert, and Lydonia.  These canyons are used by the offshore lobster fishery, and the deep-sea red crab fishery, which will now no longer be open to fishing. White House officials emphasized the reduced size of the area of the national monument as a balance between conservation and creating a “sustainable environment for the fishing industry going forward.” Still, the designation was conducted without scientific review as is permitted under the Antiquities Act. 

John Sackton comments on the George Bank MPA announcement suggesting that while such designations might be victories for NGOs in the short-term, they could ultimately backfire in years to come. "NGOs are winning the battle on creating no-take marine monuments.  But to do this, they have to deny the validity of the scientific and public review that has led to the dramatic changes in global fisheries sustainability over the past twenty years," writes Sackton. "The NGO's, by failing to recognize the strong advancement of protections already in place, may end up weakening these protections in a future of warmer waters and fisheries crisis.  That will be precisely when we may need them the most."

In other news, a letter co-authored by over 200 members of the House of Representatives showed strong support to repeal the USDA’s catfish inspection program if a vote can be brought to the floor.  “This program has no place in our government and only serves to add to our national debt.  It fragments our food safety system by making catfish the only type of fish under USDA inspection; the FDA should be inspecting catfish, just as it inspects all other fish," said California Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard.  "I hope that House leaders will schedule S.J. Res 28 for rapid consideration, as more than 200 members of Congress are now demanding.”

Meanwhile, Joseph Robertson of Aberdeen will be the UK’s first seafood supplier to participate in Sustainable Fishery Partnership's (SFP) Ocean Disclosure Project. Ocean Disclosure is SFP's attempt to have companies link their purchasing species/areas to SFP's own scoring system, that gives even MSC certified fisheries various rankings from A to C. 

Finally, Vietnam's seafood exporters are planning to sue the US Department of Commerce for raising shrimp duty rates sharply higher in its tenth final review assessment. Exporters country-wide were assessed higher shrimp rates after Vietnam's top shrimp exporter Minh Phu was removed as a respondent in the review as part of a WTO agreement between the US and Vietnam.  

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