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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Iceland Fishing Crews Vote Overwhelmingly to Strike Nov. 10th if no Agreement Reached 

Several contentious issues in the structure of the Icelandic fishing industry are coming to a head, with the fishermen's unions overwhelmingly voting for a nationwide strike on November 10th. There are two primary issues that are sparking the possible strike. First, the crews are dissatisfied by the gap between the auction prices and prices paid by the vertically integrated companies that do not go through the auction. A second, and possibly bigger issue, is a tax that vessel owners are charging crew members of new vessels. Should the strike take place November 10th, it would significantly disrupt fresh cod markets in the US and the UK. The longer term consequences would depend on how long the strike goes on.

According to buyers in Japan, red snow crab has been staying in a high price zone in continuation from last year. This means Japanese buyers looking towards other species outside of Alaska snow crab are not going to find price relief from that item. Japanese fishing sources said the main cause of the higher red snow crab prices because of the decline in Japan’s imports from Russia.

In other news, East Coast shellfish harvesters from Maine to Rhode Island are in the midst of an unprecedented wave of harvesting closures this fall because of high levels of toxins in the waters. The problem has been two-fold since the start of October. Issues started in Maine when officials confirmed the first ever outbreak of domoic acid in East Coast waters and shut down shellfish harvesting. The domoic acid outbreak spread to shellfish harvesting areas in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, prompting similar closures. Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, raw oyster consumption was linked to sickening 75 people with Norovirus. This prompted state health authorities to close oyster harvesting in Wellfleet and take raw oysters off the town's annual OysterFest menu last weekend.

Meanwhile, Alaska's crabbers are hoping to get high prices for their harvests this season in order to offset sharp cuts to the quota. Due to the lower quota, crabbers will have trouble making the fishery fiscally solvent. Even with a big spike in prices, the ex-vessel prices paid to crabbers won’t likely make up for the quota declines. Alaska's red king and snow crab seasons started on October 15 and early harvest reports say the crabs look good and heavy with pots full.

Finally, the Vietnam Australia Seafood Company, known as Viet-UC,is now the world's largest shrimp seedstock producer and has plans to increase Vietnam's overall aquaculture output. The Vietnamese and Australian company has successfully built a shrimp seedstock hatchery and feed producing operation and wants to expand its shrimp production venture and farm more seafood species like catfish.

We've posted a new episode of our Seafood News podcast show, which recaps some of our tops from late last week and earlier this week. We also recap some seafood import data and FDA refusal figures. Download or stream our podcast content to your iPhone or Andriod device using iTunesGoogle Play or SoundCloud

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