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  

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

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

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

ISSF Celebrates Successful 2017 Skippers Workshop Program Summary Friday, March 16

Thu. Mar 15 2018

US Launches WTO Fight Over Indian Export Subsidies; Shrimp Trade Could Become an Issue  

Mixed Bag of West Coast Ocean Salmon Seasons Set for Public Review  

New Bedford Seafood Wholesaler George F. Estudante Sentenced For Tax Evasion

'Get Ugly' Campaign Aims to Get Alaska Crabbers More Money For Scarred or Darker Shells  

Russia Postpones Distribution of Pollock Investment Quotas; Move May Favor Largest Companies  

Kristen Koch Named NOAA’s New Science and Research Director for Southwest Fisheries Science Center

China, Norway Continue Free Trade Negotiations in May; Salmon is Key Norwegian Export Summary Thursday, March 15

Wed. Mar 14 2018

NGOs Challenge MSC’s Claim of Sustainability, Point to Flaws in Certification Standard

Ecuador Launches Sustainable Shrimp Partnership Modeled after the Global Salmon Initiative  

Grieg Holds Raucous Public Information Meeting on Salmon Project for Placentia Bay  

Passamaquoddy Tribe Seeks First Nation Status in Canada, Could Expand Fishing in Bay of Fundy

Guangzhou Customs Seize 14 People in another Vietnam Border Smuggling Gang Arrest  

Thai Union Announces Appointment of Dan Goldstone as Chicken of the Sea SVP of Human Resources

Timestrip: How a Developer of Smart Indicator Technology Entered the Seafood Industry

Middle East Discount Supermarket VIVA Partners With Vinh Hoan

Starkist Samoa Donates $50K for Cyclone Gita Relief Efforts in American Samoa Summary Wednesday, March 14

Tue. Mar 13 2018

High Liner’s Chris Mulder Breaks Down Sea Cuisine’s New Look at Seafood Expo North America  

Paturel Lobster Employees to get Financial Help from East Coast Seafoods  

Very Successful Boston Seafood Show Cut Short By Snow Storm

Mark Foods Names Former Icicle CEO Chris Ruettgers As New President

Norwegian Salmon Prices Shoot Up, Creating Major Headache for Retailers  

James Faro and CFO from Sea Star Seafood Plead Guilty to Bank Fraud over False Receivables

Russian Fish Industry Posts First Revenue Decline in 4 Years

Belfast Maine Residents Express Concerns Prior to Zoning Meeting on Indoor Salmon Project

SeaPak Wants Consumers to Find Their 'Moment of Zen' with Seafood Summary Tuesday, March 13

Mon. Mar 12 2018

Photos From Day 1 of Seafood Expo North America; Major Snow Storm May Scramble Plans

69,000 lbs of US Domestic Catfish Recalled for Contamination with Malachite Green by USDA    

West Coast Waters Returning to Normal; Some Fisheries Remain Disrupted  

MSC Launches New “Wild and Sustainable” Website on 20th Anniversary; ASMI Says 'Win-Win'

Stavis Seafoods Earns British Retail Consortium Certification

Seafood Excellence Awards Winners Announced at Seafood Expo North America 2018

Canadian Seafood Exports to China Up 25% As Overall Seafood Exports Grew by 5%

Old Dutch Harbor Nets Sent to Denmark for Recycling

Latest Seafood News Podcast Features January Shrimp Imports, February 2018 Refusals and More Summary Monday, March 12

Lund’s Fisheries Offering Fair Trade Certified Scallops  

Seafood Champion Awards Finalists Announced; Winners to be Revealed in June

China Increased its Seafood Imports in January; Seafood Exports Drop During Same Month

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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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