Fri. Sep 22 2017

ANALYSIS: Retail Shrimp Promotions Very Stable  


Changes Coming for Icelandic Brand in US, as High Liner Agrees to Renegotiate Licensing Terms  


Anti-MSC Coalition Wins a Battle in Fight to Prevent MSC Recertification of PNA Tuna by FAD vessels  


Russian Fishing Profits Fall in 2017; Industry on Verge of Financial Crisis  


Walmart Testing Straight-To-Fridge Delivery Service


Salmones Camanchaca to Become Public Company, Langostino Lobster Gets MSC Certification  


Scientists Pan Proposal to Open Pristine Pacific Islands to Fishing


Ralphs Grocery Store Launches Prepared Meal Kits with Fish Tacos, Peruvian Salmon  


Four Arrested in California for Selling Abalone on the Black Market  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, September 22


Thu. Sep 21 2017

U.S. Coast Guard Refuses to Document “America’s Finest”; Congressional Action Still Possible


Boston's North Coast Seafood Put up For Sale According to Norway Sources


Editor's View: Carlos Rafael Must Go to Prison; Forfeit Vessels   


Whole Foods Offering Vegan Raw Tuna Alternative for Sushi  


New Brunswick Seafood Exports to China Have Skyrocketed by 238 Percent  


Oceana Canada Executive Director Writes Open Letter To Raise Seafood Fraud Awareness


Sea Turtle Populations on the Rise, But Conservation Still a Concern


New Sea Grant Bulletin a Boost for Alaskans Wanting to Farm Kelp


Tasmania Passes New Salmon Farming Laws  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, September 21


Wed. Sep 20 2017

Yukon and Norton Sound See Record Chum Salmon Harvest  


Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill Releases Statement on Hurricane Irma Damage


Cape Cod Oyster Company Purchases 23-Acre Aquaculture Grant in Massachusetts  


Maine Department of Marine Resources Recovers 98% of Recalled Mussels  


Univ of Washington Urges Fishermen to Diversify Permits Across Multiple Species to Preserve Income


Researchers Discover Caribbean Queen Conch Populations Are Fragmented  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, September 20


Tue. Sep 19 2017

Snow Crab Fishery Likely in Alaska This Year With Positive News from Survey; King Crab Will Be Down  


Rafael Seeks to Sell Vessels, Pay Small Fine; Opposes Gov't Forfeiture Demand


IUU Lobster Fishing and Dumping Must be Stopped Immediately in Canada (Editorial)


B.C. Atlantic Farm Raised Salmon Named "Good Alternative" By Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch  


US Lowers Indian Shrimp Duty Rates by 62%  


Sysco Now Offering Sustainable and Artificial Additive-Free Wild Caught Shrimp  


Alaska Legislature Keeps Salmon Habitat Protections Alive  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, September 19


SeaPak Expands Their Pub Style Beer Battered Frozen Seafood Line


Chinese helping Establish Tilapia Production in Laos  


Mon. Sep 18 2017

SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, September 18


Hurricane Harvey dropped Restaurant Sales in Texas 15%, and 1% Nationally for Last Week of August


US Lobster Industry Braces for Christmas Disruption as Canada’s Zero Tariff for EU Goes Into Effect  


China-Based Grocery E-Commerce Site Signs MoU with GAA


Study Reveals Adults Not Getting Enough Omega-3 Fatty Acids


Zinke Memo Recommends Restoring Commercial Fishing to Northeast Canyon and Other Marine Monuments


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Russia to Boost Pollock Exports to EU, Domestic Demand low due to Poor Quality in Soviet Times 

Russian fisherman plan to significantly increase the volume of pollock exports to the EU market over the next several years. The Russian Pollock Association said negotiations are underway with EU partners where demand for Russian pollock in Western Europe is especially high because of its use as a dietary product. The Association wants to supply 300,000-400,000 metric tons of pollock to the EU market. Russia's push to export more pollock to the EU is partially because of a lack of demand for the fish in its domestic market. This dates back to Soviet times when pollock was branded as a cheap fish with poor tasting qualities.

Jeff Sedacca and his shrimp team, based in Florida, will be moving from National Fish to Guolian's US Subsidiary, Sunnyvale Seafoods reports John Sackton from the GOAL Conference in China. Both Sedacca and Pacific Andes, Parent Company of National Fish, have acknowledged the move, but neither has specified a firm timetable. "I will be moving to Sunnyvale with other members of my team, but there are still details to be worked out," said Sedacca. He also said that they would continue to support and work closely with National Fish.

In other news, SeaA Inc. has revived Astoria Holdings' shuttered sardine processing business by converting its operations to process anchovies. Astoria Holdings closed its sardine-only business in 2014 after unexpectedly low catch limits were set for West Coast sardine season. The fishery was then closed in 2015 and 2016. SeaA Inc. owner Tony Kim took over Astoria Holdings' facilities and converted them into an anchovy-based operation. Kim's plan is to eventually turn the Astoria site into a year-round enterprise by branching out into other species like hake, shrimp and squid.

Meanwhile, the fresh domestic, farmed catfish market is trending at record or near-record highs because of tight supplies driven by an extended period of poor production in 2016. Production slowed because a delayed spring season brought colder than normal water temperatures and wetter weather to domestic ponds. Poor output persisted into the summer months, which has kept supplies tight and pushed prices higher in the third quarter.

Finally, research has confirmed that escaped farmed salmon are breeding with wild salmon and producing offspring in many rivers in Newfoundland. "We did find evidence of successful breeding between farmed and wild salmon. Approximately a third of the individuals we sampled showed evidence of hybrid ancestry," said Department of Fisheries and Oceans scientist Ian Bradbury. However, scientists studying the breeding patterns were not surprised to see interbreeding between the farmed and wild species.

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