Thu. Jun 22 2017

Japan Frozen Salmon Market Weakens Ahead of New Season Production in Russia and Alaska  


ANALYSIS: Atlantic Salmon Frozen Fillet Imports Beginning to Rise  


Brits All At Sea on Old Fish Names


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday June 22, 2017


Zhanjiang Aquatic Products Exposition Draws Purchaser and Visitors from Around the World  


Norway Sees Rise in Export Values in May  


Wed. Jun 21 2017

BuyBack Program for Non-Whiting Trawl Fleet Continues to Generate Excessive Costs with no Relief   (0)


ANALYSIS: Scallop Market Prices Retreat from All-Time Highs  


New Bedford Mayor Says Rafael Represented 75% of their Groundfish Landings; Pleads to Keep Permits


Mexican Film on Tilapia Workers Wins First Prize for World Seafood Congress Women in Seafood Videos


Just Shrimp Adds Healthy Alternatives to Attract Younger Diners  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday June 21, 2017


Tue. Jun 20 2017

Peeled Shrimp Margins Squeezed by Two Year Decline  


Bocaccio, Darkblotch Rockfish Assessment Updates Show Stocks Rebuilt  


Oregon Trawl Commission Strongly Disputes Our Criticism of MSC's Approach to West Coast Groundfish   (0)


Chris Oliver Named Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries


Stavis Seafoods to Pack Fresh Fish in 100% Recyclable Material


Americold Announces Appointment of Tim Hinckley as Executive VP & CCO


Editorial Changes at Seafood News Announced With Susan Chambers Named Associate Editor


VIDEO: Farmed Salmon Prices in Seasonal Decline  


Canadian Gov’t Says NL Plant Workers Will get Extra 5 Weeks of Employment Insurance Benefit


California Budget Bill Lowers Landing Fees From State Proposal  


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday June 20, 2017


Mon. Jun 19 2017

MSC Could be Kiss of Death for West Coast Groundfish   (0)


Flood of Sick and Weak Shrimp Depresses Market Prices in China during first part of June  


Battle Over Snow Crab by Russian Oligarchs Leads to Record Bidding in Quota Auction  


Port Moller Test Boat Out for Today, Bristol Bay Pre-Season Measurement Program in 50th Year  


New Shrimp Prices to be Set in Newfoundland, With Uncertainty Whether Market Will Accept Increase  


Antibiotic Usage Among Chilean Fish Farms Down 30% in 2016  


Acme Smoked Fish Adds Sashimi Style Smoked Salmon to Blue Hill Bay Brand  


Australia's Southern Rock Lobster Stocks Showing Resistance to Climate Change  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday June 19, 2017


Fri. Jun 16 2017

Farmed Salmon Prices Enter Summer Season Decline  


First Port Moeller Report Suggests Bristol Bay Sockeye Run Timing Normal, Close to Forecasts  


Hokkaido Squid Processors Ask Japan to Increase Import Quota After Poor Harvests  


Omega Protein Enters Atlantic and Gulf Mendaden Fisheries into MSC Assessment Process  


Seafood.com News Summary Friday June 16, 2017


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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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