Mon. Aug 21 2017

High Prices on Crayfish in China’s Domestic Market Has Some Traders Concerned  


Louisiana White Shrimp Season Officially Open  


COLTO Successfully Gets Amazon Toothfish Ban Petition Removed  


Capital Seafood Rebuilding in Nova Scotia After 2016 Fire  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, August 21


Fri. Aug 18 2017

StarKist Samoa Cannery to Shut Down Due to Fish Shortages


Russian Crab Producers Say Production is Now at Highest Sustainable Levels, Consolodation is Next  


ANALYSIS: Gulf Oyster Gallon Meat Prices Spike  


Norwegian Seafood Exports to China Show Dramatic Rise  


Tally’s New Zealand Gets its Purse Seine Skipjack Certified by MSC


Researchers Discover Reason for Deafness in Farmed Salmon  


West Coast Scientists, Industry Collaborate on Sardine Survey  


Marine Biologist Hopes to Solve Mystery of Blue King Crab Population Flatline in Pribilof Islands  


Aquamar and LM Foods Create New Platform In Surimi Seafood Market


VIDEO: Seafood Plant Fire; Joe’s Crab Shacks Closed; High Liner CEO; Maxfield Sues; Seafood Meal Kit


Liberty Seafoods Names Greer Vest as Director of National Accounts


Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Washington Hosts Exhibit On Early Years of Salmon Derbies  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, August 18


Thu. Aug 17 2017

ANALYSIS: Atlantic Salmon Frozen Fillets and Portions also under Downward Pricing Pressure  


Northern California Petitions for More Squid Permits  


COLTO Responds Forcefully to Baseless Amazon Petition Asking to Ban Sale of Toothfish  


ANALYSIS: Imports of Mexican Shrimp  


Danish Fish Scandal Hints at illegal Quota Manipulations Going Back Years


GAA and Fishin’ Company Partner to Promote Positive Aspects Of Aquaculture Industry  


Striped Bass Being Caught in Labrador Which is Far Beyond their Normal Range  


Annual Fishing Ban in South China Sea Lifted


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, August 17


Wed. Aug 16 2017

High Liner Will be Looking for New CEO Says Henry Demone


Prices Drop as Sick Shrimp in China Flood the Market Again -- Except in Guangxi  


Southeast Alaska Dungeness Fall Season Reduced to One Month  


NOAA Endorses Eating Small Haddock — But What About Cod?  


Canada Announces Largest Marine Protected Area in High Arctic


Midwest Supermarket Chain Hy-Vee Offering 100% Responsibly Sourced Fresh and Frozen Seafood  


Sea Pact Announces 2017 Request for Grant Proposals


Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission Looking to Fill Staff Position  


Calysta Trial Reveals FeedKind Protein Could Replace Fishmeal in Shrimp Feed  


Washington Governor Appointments Former PFMC Director to Fish and Wildlife Commission  


As right whales move into Gulf of St. Lawrence Protection Creates Dilemma for Canadian Gov’t


Cargill Survey Reveals U.S. Consumers are Willing To Spend Extra for Sustainable Seafood  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, August 16


Tue. Aug 15 2017

Henry Demone Returns as CEO of High Liner Foods, Effective Immediately, As Company Stumbles in 1st Q


Urner Barry Wraps Up 2017 Intern Program


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, August 15


North Atlantic Traders President Seeking Attorney Fees After Being Cleared of NOAA Bluefin Charges  


"Inefficient" Methods of Fishing is Keeping a Cornish Oyster Fishery in Business  


NMFS Institutes More Swordfish Research Off Florida, Praised by EDF  


West Coast Groundfish Marketing Group Hires Jana Hennig as Director  


ANALYSIS: Shrimp Imports Continue to Soar  


Cooke Again Faces Local Opposition to Potential Salmon Hatchery in Nova Scotia  


Aquaculture Could Satisfy Global Seafood Demand Using Ocean Space the Size of Lake Michigan


Boston Seafood Hall of Fame Inducts GAA Executive Director Wally Stevens


Trū Shrimp Company, Schwan’s Company Enter into Partnership to Provide Safe, Natural Shrimp  


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NOAA Says Seafood Consumption Heading in Right Direction in US, as 2015 Per Capita Number Jumps

NOAA released its annual Fisheries of the US report, which reported a near one pound rise in per capita seafood consumption in 2015. The reported estimated U.S. per capita consumption of fish and shellfish at 15.5 pounds of edible meat last year. NOAA makes clear in their report that they use a disappearance model, in which they assume all seafood produced in a given year is consumed that same year. However, it is a very positive sign for the US seafood industry since it points to rising consumption and value of seafood in general.

Despite Alaska’s fiscal crisis, a disastrous pink salmon season, problems with pollock fillet prices, and a strong dollar that makes exports of Alaska’s seafood painful at best, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) remains positive reports Peggy Parker from ASMI's All Hands Meeting, which is underway this week in Anchorage. The group's Executive Director Alexa Tonkovich acknowledged challenges beyond ASMI’s influence: the Russian import ban, Brexit, climate change, and eNGO pressures, but said they were able to turn the upheaval into marketing opportunities. The meeting will continue through Thursday, when initiatives for the coming year, including an already pared down operations and programs budget, and new committee and board appointments will be announced.

In other news, daily landing rates for Japan's fall chum fishery in Hokkaido are now falling quickly, and fishing sources do not expect a rebound in the next couple of weeks. This means that the final landed volume this season will likely remain below 80,000 tons, and possibly be just over 70,000 tons. If this forecast is correct, it will mean the lowest harvest in the fall chum fishery in 24 years.

Meanwhile, the upcoming Dungeness crab season in California appears to be headed in a good direction but officials are still not sure if the season will start as scheduled on November 15. Domoic acid testing results are producing favorable results so far according to California Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Jordan Traverso.

Finally, Chinese e-commerce giant JD Fresh has signed an agreement with Ocean Family, and the government of Zhoushan city, to promote online sales of premium quality, traceable seafood to Chinese consumers. Ocean Family is the top seafood distributor in the prefecture-level city of Zhoushan, which is located in the northeastern Zhejiang province. This partnership represents the latest push by online retailers in China to sell more fresh seafood into the domestic market. Chinese consumers have recently reported spoiled seafood orders from online delivery services. JD Fresh said it plans to work closely with the Zhoushan government and Ocean Family to make sure the cold seafood supply chain is capable of delivering fresh seafood to customers.

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