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

Few Bright Spots in Bering Sea Crab Outlook  


WDFW Permits Cooke Aquaculture to Transport Atlantic Salmon Eggs from Iceland  


How an Underwater Nursery Is Helping to Replenish Marine Fish Stocks


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


Wenzhou City Seafood Import Volume Grows, Primarily Due to Oysters  


Are Plant Based Salmon Feeds Lacking in Nutrients?  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, October 12


Wed. Oct 11 2017

Rafael to Keep Majority of His Vessels, Permits Despite Cheating, Judge Destroys NOAA Enforcement


Groundfish Forum Projects Slight Declines in Wild-Caught Whitefish Species in 2018  


Plot by Dept. of Commerce and Congressional Leaders to Gut Magnuson Revealed in Red Snapper Memos  


Early October Monitoring off Oregon Hints at Return to Normal Conditions, Low Domoic Acid Threat  


WPFMC Pushes Back Against Congressional Allegations of Lobbying, Procedural Problems  


National Fish & Seafood Accountant Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud


PEI Oyster Fishermen Will Feel Impact of Smaller Oyster Seed  


Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker, Massport CEO Tom Glynn Honored For Support of Fishing Industry


Russian Fish Producers Prepare for Redistribution of Fish Quotas  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, October 11


Tue. Oct 10 2017

SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, October 10


Hema Fresh Brings Alaska Golden King Crab to China Market  


A Sixth-Generation Maine Fisherman Tries His Hand At Farming Oysters  


Port State Measures Agreement To Fight IUU Fishing Reaches 50 Members


Iceland’s MSC Certifications Grow With Cusk, Wolf Fish, Blue Ling and Plaice  


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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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