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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Vietnam's Shrimp Producers Forced to Increase Raw Material Imports Because of Domestic Shortages
 

Vietnam's Shrimp Producers Forced to Increase Raw Material Imports Because of Domestic Shortages

Shrimp producers and exporters in Vietnam fear they could start losing market share in the US because of raw material shortages. Extended periods of drought in the region has forced producers to increase their import of raw materials from foreign suppliers. This has increased Vietnamese shrimp production costs and the overall price of shrimp intended for the export market. Vietnamese shrimp prices are higher than Indian and Thai prices. Compounding the problem is a recent duty rate decision by the US Department of Commerce that hiked antidumping rates for Vietnamese exporters except for Minh Phu.

Kim Gorton, President and CEO of Slade Gorton blasted House leadership in an editorial published in Forbes this week over their inability to get a floor vote on a bill that would repeal the USDA's Catfish Inspection Program.  Over 200 House Representatives said they would vote in favor of repealing the program if a bill initially passed by the Senate could get to the floor for a vote. However, a small faction of House Reps from Southern catfish states have been able to keep the bill from the House floor. "In the face of clear political will, [Paul] Ryan and [Kevin] McCarthy’s inaction repeats a message that I and American business owners have heard far too often from Congress: Sorry, lady, we’re busy," writes Gorton. 

In other news, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council will meet in Anchorage from Oct. 5-11 to overview crab season projections, hear further discussions of halibut management, and decide what to do about a recent federal appeals court decision that will require more attention to salmon management. This just one of several upcoming meetings among different governing bodies that will address Alaskan fishery issues over the next several months. 

Meanwhile, Icicle Seafoods and the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation are among several Alaskan businesses that are participating in a program to recruit and train workers to fill industrial positions that require a unique set of skills, including seafood processing. The “Maritime Works” partnership was presented at the annual Southeast Conference meeting in Petersburg last week. “As employers we noticed that we had a lot of skilled jobs but not a lot of skilled Alaskans to fill those jobs. So we knew we had a problem because it was absolutely crucial to our operations that these skilled positions are filled," said Kris Norosz who does government relations for Icicle Seafoods in Petersburg.

Finally, a $520 million payment due in October is expected to be BP's last payout in seafood claims related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The disbursements will essentially close out the $2.3 billion seafood compensation program arising from the disaster according to Patrick Juneau, the administrator of the claims.

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