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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USDA Temporarily Suspends New Vietnamese Pangasius Exporters from Applying for Market Approval 

Vietnamese pangasius exporters that have never sent product to the US market have been asked to stop applying for permission to ship product through the USDA's Catfish Inspection program. The USDA initiated the suspension so the Food Safety and Inspection Service can complete an evaluation of Vietnam's food safety system. About 60 pangasius exporters are currently permitted to ship product to the US market, which includes the US's top suppliers.

First Catch Fisheries, which is a subsidiary of China's Dalian Fishing Forever Company is planning to build a lobster processing plant in Nova Scotia. First Catch purchased property in Shelburne Marine Industry Park to build a processing plant that will cook, freeze and ship lobsters to China. Construction of the plant is expected to start this autumn with completion next year.

In other news, for the sixth year in a row, there will be no red king crab harvest off Southeast Alaska for the 2016/2017 season. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced yesterday that survey results show some increase in biomass from last year, but it “is still at historically low levels.” Five of the seven areas surveyed reported had increases in legal biomass and five had increases in mature biomass. Others decreased or remained constant since last season.

Meanwhile, President's Obama creation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument in the Georges Bank likely spells the end to New England's small commercial red crab fishery. The Marine Protected Area spans three major submarine canyons, the Oceanographer, Gilbert, and Lydonia, which are used by the lobster fishery, and the deep-sea red crab fishery. The MPA designation bans commercial fishing activity in these waters. “The red crab industry is primarily fished in these canyons,” said Beth Casoni, executive director of the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association. “I don’t see them going anywhere else. That’s where it is.”

Finally, Gorton's Seafood won a sustainability award from The Associated Industries of Massachusetts for changing the temperature of their truckloads. Gorton's determined they could set their truckloads at minus one degree Fahrenheit instead of the traditional minus ten degrees Fahrenheit without reducing the quality or integrity of their product. Gorton's said it has seen an immediate impact: The nine degree change is saving approximately 15,000 gallons of diesel fuel a year. This is equivalent to removing 85 cars from the road or planting 696 trees per year. "We are constantly analyzing ways in which we can raise our standards and do better for the oceans and environment while maintaining the highest quality of seafood delivered to our customers. Making the change to our truckloads' temperatures will, over time, make a huge positive impact," said Lisa Webb, Vice President of Supply Chain at Gorton's.

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