Tue. Oct 17 2017

DFO Cracks Down on Peaceful Crab Protest in Port Au Choix  


New Chicken of the Sea Ad Campaign Tackles the Question: Is It Chicken or Is It Fish?  


Captain D’s Franchisee Opens Second Restaurant In Less Than 60 Days  


Canadian Oyster Companies Recalling Some Products  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, October 17


Mon. Oct 16 2017

Newfoundland Snow Crab Survey Likely to Show Further Decline According to DFO Biologists


Royal Greenland Looking to Buy More Snow Crab and Coldwater Shrimp Access, CFO Tells Japanese


Alibaba's New Hema Fresh Supermarkets Generating Overwhelming Response in China  


Kodiak May See a Small Tanner Crab Fishery This Year


Thai Union Forms New Management Structure in Europe Headed by Paul Reenan of John West


ANALYSIS: Traders Outlook Positive Amid New Seasonal Mahi Production  


American Fisheries Society Strongly Objects to EPA’s Recent Effort to Reverse its Own Protection of  


Tilapia Prices Drop after National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival in China  


Blue Revolution Promoting Seaweed Mariculture in Alaska


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, October 16


Fri. Oct 13 2017

Bering Sea Pacific Cod Quota May Drop by a Third for 2018


Walton Foundation Flops As NOAA Demands an Outrageous Paper They Funded on IUU Fishing be Retracted


Maryland Could Potentially Increase Imports of Egg-Bearing Female Crabs  


VIDEO: Codfather Vessels; Imports Block; Maine Lobster Catch; Red Snapper Plot; Salmon Ballot  


Aramark Working to Ensure 100% Of their Seafood Purchases Meet Seafood Watch Recommendations


Cook Inlet Salmon Fisherman Wins Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Fishing Video Contest


Corporate Players Make Big Commitments At 2017 Our Ocean Conference


Barents Sea Cod Quota for 2018 Reduced For Russia and Norway  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, October 13


Thu. Oct 12 2017

Few Bright Spots in Bering Sea Crab Outlook  


WDFW Permits Cooke Aquaculture to Transport Atlantic Salmon Eggs from Iceland  


How an Underwater Nursery Is Helping to Replenish Marine Fish Stocks


Trader Joe’s Stops Buying Mexican Shrimp as Part of Effort To Save Vaquita Porpoise From Extinction  


Wenzhou City Seafood Import Volume Grows, Primarily Due to Oysters  


Are Plant Based Salmon Feeds Lacking in Nutrients?  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, October 12


Wed. Oct 11 2017

Rafael to Keep Majority of His Vessels, Permits Despite Cheating, Judge Destroys NOAA Enforcement


Groundfish Forum Projects Slight Declines in Wild-Caught Whitefish Species in 2018  


Plot by Dept. of Commerce and Congressional Leaders to Gut Magnuson Revealed in Red Snapper Memos  


Early October Monitoring off Oregon Hints at Return to Normal Conditions, Low Domoic Acid Threat  


WPFMC Pushes Back Against Congressional Allegations of Lobbying, Procedural Problems  


National Fish & Seafood Accountant Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud


PEI Oyster Fishermen Will Feel Impact of Smaller Oyster Seed  


Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker, Massport CEO Tom Glynn Honored For Support of Fishing Industry


Russian Fish Producers Prepare for Redistribution of Fish Quotas  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, October 11


Tue. Oct 10 2017

SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, October 10


Hema Fresh Brings Alaska Golden King Crab to China Market  


A Sixth-Generation Maine Fisherman Tries His Hand At Farming Oysters  


Port State Measures Agreement To Fight IUU Fishing Reaches 50 Members


Iceland’s MSC Certifications Grow With Cusk, Wolf Fish, Blue Ling and Plaice  


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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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