Thu. Mar 23 2017

Oregon Pink Shrimp Price Negotiations Canceled This Week  


Sitka Herring Roe Fleet Has Now Caught More than Half the Quota  


Proposed Rule Will Allow Alaska Fishermen to Test New, Voluntary Electronic Monitoring


Thai Union Expands Work Against Human Trafficking in Supply Chain to Include Global Retailers


Worldwide Industry, NGOs Advocate for Policy Changes in Tuna Fisheries in 2017


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday March 23, 2017


Wed. Mar 22 2017

Sakhalin Officials Arrested For Allowing IUU Russian Crab to Flow to China  


GAA, MultiExport Foods and Mitsui Sign Initiative to reduce SRS Salmon Disease in Chile  


SFP Announces Merger of Two Major Squid FIP Monitoring Groups in South America and Asia  


Western Pacific Council to Tackle Management in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Tue. Mar 21 2017

Boston Show Upbeat Again this Year as Footprint Expands


Sitka Herring Roe Fleet Catches 25 Percent of GHL in Three Hours


Fishpeople Seafood and Open Blue Win Seafood Excellence Awards at Boston Show


Mariner Seafood Prepared for Retail Distribution of GO WILD Brand That Extends Fresh Shelf Life


SeaWeb Names 16 Finalists for 2017 Seafood Champion Awards


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Mon. Mar 20 2017

SeaWatch Launches Foodservice Line of Frozen Soups; Expands to Retail in Partnership with Bar Harbor  


GAA Signs Agreement for Major Chinese E-Commerce Retailer JD.com to Distribute BAP Certified Seafood


Mike Tourkistas Steps Down from CEO Role as East Coast Seafoods Hires New CEO  


Preferred Freezers Will Open Facilities in Texas, Chicago this Year; to Build Ninth NJ/NY Warehouse


OCI Announces Project to Move Canadian Redfish towards MSC Requirements  


Vons Albertsons, Hannaford Retailers Will Carry Bristol Seafood's Fair Trade USA Certified Scallops  


Raw Seafoods Hires Former "Boston Chef of the Year" Walter Zuromski as Director of R&D


San Diego's Catalina Offshore Products Launches Domestically Caught Hook and Line Canned Tuna


Anomalous 2015 Ocean Conditions May Bode Poorly for West Coast Juvenile Chinook Salmon Survival  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday, March 20, 2017


Fri. Mar 17 2017

NGO’s Stumble at Start of Boston Seafood Show with Call for Mexican Shrimp Boycott   (0) 


Russian Crab Importer Direct Source Raises $45 Million Credit Line, Absorbs Sister Company  


Lobsters 2nd Largest Volume Import at Zhengzhou Airport as Expanded Air Cargo Capacity Continues  


Lerøy Seafood Group Objects to Norwegian Restructuring That Will Cost it 20% of Its Cod Quota  


Whitecap Will Celebrate 50 Years of Luxury Brand Canadian Crab at Boston, Brussels and China Shows


Russian Fishing Industry Faces More Consolidation as Companies Prepare for 10 Year Quota Auctions  


PODCAST: Pangasius Under Attack in the EU and the Road to the Boston Seafood Show


Commentator Gives up In Confusion Over Sustainable Fish Guides; Just a Personal Choice, She Says


NOAA Wants More At Sea Monitoring of Groundfish in New England


Japanese Fish Sellers Adapt to Changing Market with More Prepared Items, Different Species of Fish


Oregon State Study Says Workplace Injuries Rising in Seafood Processing Sector


Seafood.com News Summary Friday, March 17, 2017


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Bristol Bay King Crab Prices at Record Levels, Similar to 2011 

Bristol Bay king crab prices are at record levels again, equaling the prices of $20 per lb. last reached in 2011 reports John Sackton. Packers issued preliminary prices for Ocean run king crab in Seattle at $20.10, with higher prices for over 900 gram and slightly lower for under 900 gram sections. For Japan the price offer is $19.75 C&F, but we have not confirmed contracts at those prices. According to Sackton, while Alaska's more limited crab quotas this season are certainly contributing to the hike in prices, there is also just a lot of demand for Alaskan king crab that has been pushing up the market all year.

The 21st edition of the China Fisheries & Seafood Expo will open in Qingdao on November 2nd. The show has steadily grown and will set a new record for exhibit space this year, with around 35,000 square meters sold. This is a 16 percent increase over last year. An estimated 25,000 visitors from 100 countries will attend. The show is on track to surpass Seafood Expo Europe in Brussels as the single largest seafood trade show in the world by 2017. The increase is being driven by overseas exhibitors who are increasingly seeing China as a major market. "Asia is the world’s largest consumer of seafood, so it’s logical that over time China Fisheries & Seafood Expo becomes the world’s largest seafood show,” said Yang Hong, general manager of Sea Fare China.

In other news, Alaska's Board of Fish concluded its meeting in Soldotna and said it will take up a proposal to eliminate the mature female Bairdi crab biomass threshold to open the fishery at its next meeting scheduled for this January in Kodiak. The proposal to adjust the Bairdi management regulation was a response from Alaskan crab industry representatives after the ADF&G closed this year's fishing season outright because of insufficient crab biomass in the Bering Sea. The industry wants the fishery to reopen out of a belief that there are more crabs in the water than what the summer surveys are indicating.

Meanwhile, the EU is scrambling to save the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) free trade deal with Canada. The agreement is supposed to be signed next week in Canada at a formal ceremony. It has support from all 28 EU member states. However, Belgium cannot sign the deal since one of its regional parliaments continues to oppose the treaty. CETA is supposed to give Canada's seafood exporters a second major trading partner outside of the US market since it would cut tariffs on its seafood shipments, some that are as high as 20 percent. There are also some lingering issues with the deal in Canada. In Newfoundland, provincial officials were promised a $400 million fisheries transition fund if they would agree to CETA. However, federal officials are unsure how they will honor that financial commitment.

Finally, fishery officials in Massachusetts will keep shellfish harvesting in Nantucket Sound closed until at least November 1st because of domoic acid in the waters. A closure extended past November would delay the start to scallop harvesting in the Sound, which is slated to start on November 1st.  A delay to the scallop season would not necessarily impact supplies to the wholesale market in any meaningful way. Still, it would be an atypical closure for shellfish harvesters in Massachusetts given the time of the year. Usually by this time waters are cold enough to prevent waterborne outbreaks in shellfish. As we reported earlier this week, this is the first ever outbreak of domoic acid to impact the East Coast shellfish industry. 

We've also published our latest Weekly Seafood News Video Recap, which can be viewed by clicking on the thumbnail in today's newsletter. Alternatively, the video can be viewed directly on our homepage through the embedded playlist. You can also listen to Seafood News content through our podcast channels available to iPhone and Andriod users through iTunesGoogle Play or SoundCloud.

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