Mon. Sep 25 2017

Clearwater's Chinese Sales up 500%, Largely Driven by Ecommerce  


Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative and Chef Barton Seaver Celebrate National Lobster Day  


ANALYSIS: Fresh Whole Swordfish Prices Depress as Seasonal Imports Pick Up


Hokkaido Scallop Grounds Hit Hard by Typhoon, Lowering Production Expectations  


Shrimp Disease Outbreak in Fujian and Guangdong has Flooded Market, Lowering Prices  


NAFO Wraps Up 2017 Meeting With TAC, Quota Decisions and More


Japanese Companies Explore Full-Cycle Aquaculture of Species such as Octopus, Yellowtail, Bluefin  


Turbot Catch Increased At NAFO Meeting in Montreal  


Guolian Plans to Raise Private Funding to Boost White Shrimp Production in China  


City of Monterey Looking to Buy Quota Rights from Local Fisherman


Cape Town Fishermen Protesting Over Potential New Fishing Quotas  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, September 25


Fri. Sep 22 2017

ANALYSIS: Retail Shrimp Promotions Very Stable  


Changes Coming for Icelandic Brand in US, as High Liner Agrees to Renegotiate Licensing Terms  


Anti-MSC Coalition Wins a Battle in Fight to Prevent MSC Recertification of PNA Tuna by FAD vessels  


Russian Fishing Profits Fall in 2017; Industry on Verge of Financial Crisis  


Walmart Testing Straight-To-Fridge Delivery Service


Salmones Camanchaca to Become Public Company, Langostino Lobster Gets MSC Certification  


Scientists Pan Proposal to Open Pristine Pacific Islands to Fishing


Ralphs Grocery Store Launches Prepared Meal Kits with Fish Tacos, Peruvian Salmon  


Four Arrested in California for Selling Abalone on the Black Market  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, September 22


Thu. Sep 21 2017

U.S. Coast Guard Refuses to Document “America’s Finest”; Congressional Action Still Possible


Boston's North Coast Seafood Put up For Sale According to Norway Sources


Editor's View: Carlos Rafael Must Go to Prison; Forfeit Vessels   


Whole Foods Offering Vegan Raw Tuna Alternative for Sushi  


New Brunswick Seafood Exports to China Have Skyrocketed by 238 Percent  


Oceana Canada Executive Director Writes Open Letter To Raise Seafood Fraud Awareness


Sea Turtle Populations on the Rise, But Conservation Still a Concern


New Sea Grant Bulletin a Boost for Alaskans Wanting to Farm Kelp


Tasmania Passes New Salmon Farming Laws  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, September 21


Wed. Sep 20 2017

Yukon and Norton Sound See Record Chum Salmon Harvest  


Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill Releases Statement on Hurricane Irma Damage


Cape Cod Oyster Company Purchases 23-Acre Aquaculture Grant in Massachusetts  


Maine Department of Marine Resources Recovers 98% of Recalled Mussels  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, September 20


Researchers Discover Caribbean Queen Conch Populations Are Fragmented  


Univ of Washington Urges Fishermen to Diversify Permits Across Multiple Species to Preserve Income


Tue. Sep 19 2017

Snow Crab Fishery Likely in Alaska This Year With Positive News from Survey; King Crab Will Be Down  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, September 19


Rafael Seeks to Sell Vessels, Pay Small Fine; Opposes Gov't Forfeiture Demand


SeaPak Expands Their Pub Style Beer Battered Frozen Seafood Line


Chinese helping Establish Tilapia Production in Laos  


IUU Lobster Fishing and Dumping Must be Stopped Immediately in Canada (Editorial)


B.C. Atlantic Farm Raised Salmon Named "Good Alternative" By Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch  


Sysco Now Offering Sustainable and Artificial Additive-Free Wild Caught Shrimp  


Alaska Legislature Keeps Salmon Habitat Protections Alive  


US Lowers Indian Shrimp Duty Rates by 62%  


Mon. Sep 18 2017

SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, September 18


Hurricane Harvey dropped Restaurant Sales in Texas 15%, and 1% Nationally for Last Week of August


US Lobster Industry Braces for Christmas Disruption as Canada’s Zero Tariff for EU Goes Into Effect  


China-Based Grocery E-Commerce Site Signs MoU with GAA


Study Reveals Adults Not Getting Enough Omega-3 Fatty Acids


Zinke Memo Recommends Restoring Commercial Fishing to Northeast Canyon and Other Marine Monuments


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Barents Sea Cod Quota Virtually Unchanged 

The Norwegian-Russian Fisheries Commission announced that the cod quota will be 890,000 tons, reduced just 4,000 tons from 2016. This contradicts the official recommendation of ICES which called for a 10% cut in the quota. This marks the second year in a row that the joint Barents sea commission has ignored ICES advice. The implication of the meeting is that cod stocks are still at a high level. 

US Foods finalized a deal to acquire Florida-based seafood processor and distributor Save on Seafood. The company is based in St. Petersburg and provides fresh and frozen seafood to restaurants and grocery stores across the Southeast market. Save on Seafood reported $80 million in annual sales. US Foods will retain all of Save on Seafood’s 170 employees. Save On’s Owner Gib Migliano will stay on board as president of the company. Save On will continue to operate out of its current headquarters as a subsidiary of US Foods under its Stock Yards organization. “Seafood sales continue to rise throughout the Southeast, and with Save On Seafood we are able to expand our fresh and frozen seafood offerings to our customers in these markets,” said David Norton, president, Stock Yards, US Foods.

In other news, Chinese shrimp distributor Guolian Aquatic said it has increased its profits 20-fold through the first three-quarters of 2016 compared to year ago levels. Guolian said its sharply higher profits is the result of diverse sales to chain restaurant and because of improved sales to the US market through its Sunnyvale Seafoods subsidiary. Guolian's board also said that the stronger dollar has helped its profitability and that the ending of the FDA automatic detention for some of its shrimp products has also cut costs.

Meanwhile, Tri-Marine's Cheif Operation Officer Joe Hamby told the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council that American Samoa's tuna processing industry is struggling to compete with US suppliers because of ongoing fish shortages. Hamby said American Samoan canneries are no longer able to take advantage of selling tuna to the US market duty-free since they have limited fish supplies to process. “American Samoa’s only advantage besides duty-free access to the US market is fish supply. That advantage has been reduced and may be considered lost due to closure or reduced access to of some of American Samoa’s traditional fishing grounds,” Hamby said.

Finally, Patrice McCarron, the Executive Director of the Maine Lobstermen's Association said the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission should reverse its decision on Atlantic menhaden quotas since there is overwhelming scientific evidence that shows the stocks can support higher catch limits. "When the issue of raising the menhaden quota is again brought to a vote, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has the opportunity to reverse its flawed decision to cut the menhaden harvest," said McCarron.

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