Thu. Mar 22 2018

Conservation Groups Seek to Ban Mexican Shrimp, Other Seafood to Save Endangered Vaquita Porpoise  

The Fish Guys Expand into Beef, Pork and Chicken with Launch of Market House Meats

H & N Group Acquires NJ-Based Seafood Wholesaler Network Commodities

Chinese Domestic Tilapia Market is Promising; Prices Remain High  

Alaska’s Governor Taps John Jensen for North Pacific Council, Two Incumbents Also Supported

Update on Stand for Salmon Ballot Initiative  

SeaPak Brings New Frozen Seafood Soup to Walmart  

Ocean Hugger Foods Partners with Aramark to Expand Distribution of Vegan Tuna Alternative  

The Fishin’ Company Partners With Trace Register for Seafood Assurance Traceability

Laitram LLC Files Patent Application for Shrimp Deveiner  

New MAFAC Members Shift Majority From New England to the Pacific Northwest and Alaska

NOAA Establishes New Voluntary Right Whale Speed Restriction Zone Off Nantucket Summary Thursday, March 22

Wed. Mar 21 2018

DFO Releases Statement on MSC Certification Suspension of Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Fishery    

Annual Allocation of $1.1 Billion for Sportsmen & Conservation Announced

Long John Silver’s Shows Off New Contemporary Look At Kentucky Flagship Opening

MSC Appoints New Science and Standards Director

NOAA Appoints New Science and Research Director for Southeast Fisheries Science Center

IFFO RS Announces Launch of New Improver Programme Application Mechanism Summary Wednesday, March 21

Tue. Mar 20 2018

MSC Suspends Certificate of Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Fishery Due to Right Whale Deaths  

Senator John McCain, Jeanne Shaheen Write Letter to USTR Supporting Repeal of USDA Catfish Program  

Sitka Herring Fleet on Two-hour Notice

Halibut Catch Limits for Alaska Made Official Today

John West Debuts its Products on JD in its Entry to Chinese Market  

Marine Harvest Reports ‘Best Year Ever’ in 2017, But Faced Challenges Due to Sea Lice  

New Study Shows Fish Was An Important Part of Stone Age Diet Summary Tuesday, March 20

Mon. Mar 19 2018

Mitsui & Co. Enter Into Strategic Alliance With Mark Foods  

Kingfish Zeeland CEO Ohad Maiman Talks Bringing Dutch Yellowtail to U.S.  

Latest Seafood News Podcast Recaps Seafood Expo North America

WPRFMC Fishery Managers Postpone American Samoa Large Vessel Prohibited Area Decision  

Chinese White Shrimp Shortage Pushes Prices Higher, Even for Small Sizes this Winter  

Russia Plans to Make Kara Sea Center of Domestic Fish Production  

Maine DMR Hires New Scientists to Support Lobster Research, Inshore Trawl Survey Summary Monday, March 19

Fri. Mar 16 2018

EDF Calls on NOAA to Make Sure Rafael’s Permits Are Spread to Multiple Buyers    

VIDEO: US-India WTO Fight; Catfish Recall; Salmon Price Surge; SENA 2018  

Chicken of the Sea Celebrates ‘Best New Foodservice Product Award’ Win for Yellowfin Tuna Slices Summary Friday, March 16

UK Politicians Wants to Withdraw from EU’s Common Fisheries Policy

ISSF Celebrates Successful 2017 Skippers Workshop Program

Dr. Praeger’s Brand Introduces New MSC Certified Frozen Seafood Products  

WTO Misses Deadline to Rule on Mexico Appeal of Dolphin-Safe Label Dispute with the US

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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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