Thu. Oct 19 2017

China Jumps on Argentine Red Shrimp, Which Had a Near Record Harvest This Year


MSC Responds to Criticisms of PNA MSC Tuna Using Vessels That Target both FAD and Free Swimming Fish


Fisheries Council of Canada Says Government Secrecy on New Fisheries Law Threatens Jobs, Investment


Wed. Oct 18 2017

Lawsuit Documents Show Pattern of Collusion Between Commerce and Rec Fishery  


Fortune Fish Hopes to Haul in E-commerce Sales With Lobster Gram  


Maine Weighs Lottery to Issue First New Scallop Licenses Since 2009  


StarKist Expands BOLD Line of Tuna Pouches with New Sriracha Flavor  


White Shrimp Prices Drop in Some China Regions Due to Market, Environmental Factors  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, October 18


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

SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, October 12


How an Underwater Nursery Is Helping to Replenish Marine Fish Stocks


Few Bright Spots in Bering Sea Crab Outlook  


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


WDFW Permits Cooke Aquaculture to Transport Atlantic Salmon Eggs from Iceland  


Are Plant Based Salmon Feeds Lacking in Nutrients?  


Wenzhou City Seafood Import Volume Grows, Primarily Due to Oysters  


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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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