Tue. Dec 12 2017

West Coast's Pacific Ocean Perch Stock Declared Rebuilt, Will Lead to Higher Groundfish Catches  


Nova Scotia Lobster Landings Similar to Last Year After First Two Weeks  


Walmart Offering Shelf-Stable Crab in New Delivery Meal Kit  


MSC Says Hands Tied on PNA Review, Says Our Story Mischaracterized Parliamentary Interest


China's Tilapia Industry Faces Struggles Along the Road to Acceptance  


FDA Expands Rule on ‘Refusal of Inspection’ Gives Foreign Plants 24 Hours to Answer Query


Cooke Aquaculture VP of Communications Nell Halse Retiring at the End of the Year


Hawaii Longliners Paying for Fishing Bigeye Rights in U.S. Territories  


Nova Scotia Car Dealership Hosts 2nd Annual Crazy Lobster Photo Contest  


Washington State Crabber Sentenced to 90 Days House Arrest, Fined $5K for Stealing Crab Pots


Gulf Fishermen Set Up Retail Stores in Mid-West, Rotate from Boat to Retail and Back


Trans-Ocean Gets its Surimi Verified with Non-GMO Label  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, December 12


Mon. Dec 11 2017

Gulf of Alaska P-Cod TACs Drop by 80% for 2018, Council Approves Increase in BSAI Pollock


Larry Cotter, CEO of APICDA Since its Founding, Announces Retirement at End of 2018


Another Lobster Zone Votes to Continue Maine's Lobster Marketing Program  


Changes in the Warm Kuroshio current in Japan to affect fishing operations


England's Largest Fishing Port to Get £3.4 Million Shellfish Processing Plant


Shell Shack Seafood Chain Restaurant Expanding Outside of Texas


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, December 11


Fri. Dec 8 2017

NE Council Sets Higher Limits for Cod, Pollock, But SNE Yellowtail Restrictions will Hurt


Live King Crab from Alaska Flying to Chinese Markets  


Russian Banks May Cut Funding for Domestic Industry If Crab Auction Overturns Historical Fish Rights  


Urner Barry Hosting Seafood Import Workshop in Los Angeles


Poland’s Fish Processors Expand as Exports Drive Sales  


VIDEO: Fork and Fin Foodtruck; Aldi Trademarks “Love Fish”; WC Crab Season Delayed; Misty Blue Sinks


Washington State Senator Maria Cantwell Introduces Fishing and Small Vessel Relief Act


Young’s Seafood Launches ‘Proudly Made in Britain’ Campaign


Researchers Find Dam Flow Patterns Could Boost Yields at Freshwater Fisheries


Maine Shrimp Fishery May Never Rebound


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, December 8


Thu. Dec 7 2017

AP Recommends Modest Increases in Pollock, POP, and Sablefish TACs in Bering Sea


MSC Called to Parliament to Answer Questions About its PNA Tuna Recertification


Dungeness Crab Continue to Fill Out in Oregon; Season Delayed Until Dec. 31  


Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Seeks to Introduce Commercial Fishing to 3 Marine Monuments


ASC Adds New Member To Commercial Team in Stockholm


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, December 7


Captain D’s Continues to Grow in Final Weeks of 2017


Coldwater Shrimp Market May be Tight in Early 2018  


Dan Herring Joins Suram Trading Corp as VP of National Accounts  


Bay of Bengal Typhoons Hit Seafood Exports from Kerala, Threaten Andra Pradesh, Shrimp Farm Cap


Wed. Dec 6 2017

Seafood Importers and Brokers Totally Unprepared for Jan 1st Implementation of Sfd Import Monitoring


Eggs Set Up 4 Percent; Chicks Placed Up Slightly


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, December 6


NFI Launches New Website to Get Food Service Community 'Hooked' on Seafood


University of New Haven Student Sheds Light on Sodexo’s Sustainable Seafood


China’s Antarctic Toothfish Market is Bustling But Smuggling Remains a Problem  


Seafood Sourcing Investing Over £600,000 into Whitefish Processing Facility  


Industry, Managers Prepare for Possible Partial Dungeness Crab Opening on the West Coast  


Atlantic Capes Puts Out Statement on Sinking of Their Clam Vessel F/V Misty Blue; 2 Crewmen Lost


New England Fishery Management Council Sends Atlantic Herring Amendment 8 to Public Hearing  


Tue. Dec 5 2017

SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, December 5


Sector IX Objects to Suspension in Letter to NOAA; Asks to Operate While Investigating Over Fishing


Red Lobster Launches New, Smaller Tasting Plates and Globally-Inspired Entrées  


Shrimp Imports Continue to Accelerate, Driven by Retail Demand  


Lund's Fisheries Announces New Management Team


Florida Fishermen's Group Sues Over 40% Cut in 2018 Golden Tilefish Allocation  


OECD Review of Fisheries 2017 Sees Rise in Aquaculture Sector


Chinese Basa Growth Slows by About 7%; Prices Expected to Remain High  


Hokkaido Scallop Season Ends with Landings Up 16% Over 2016; Another Increase seen for 2018  


SW Nova Scotia Lobster Season More Normal This Year, Quality Varies by Location


Broodstock Capital Invests in Norwegian Salmon Industry Track and Trace Software  


ISSF Releases Position Statement Calling for Better Management of Stocks  


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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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