Fri. Sep 22 2017

ANALYSIS: Retail Shrimp Promotions Very Stable  


Changes Coming for Icelandic Brand in US, as High Liner Agrees to Renegotiate Licensing Terms  


Anti-MSC Coalition Wins a Battle in Fight to Prevent MSC Recertification of PNA Tuna by FAD vessels  


Russian Fishing Profits Fall in 2017; Industry on Verge of Financial Crisis  


Walmart Testing Straight-To-Fridge Delivery Service


Salmones Camanchaca to Become Public Company, Langostino Lobster Gets MSC Certification  


Scientists Pan Proposal to Open Pristine Pacific Islands to Fishing


Ralphs Grocery Store Launches Prepared Meal Kits with Fish Tacos, Peruvian Salmon  


Four Arrested in California for Selling Abalone on the Black Market  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, September 22


Thu. Sep 21 2017

U.S. Coast Guard Refuses to Document “America’s Finest”; Congressional Action Still Possible


Boston's North Coast Seafood Put up For Sale According to Norway Sources


Editor's View: Carlos Rafael Must Go to Prison; Forfeit Vessels   


Whole Foods Offering Vegan Raw Tuna Alternative for Sushi  


New Brunswick Seafood Exports to China Have Skyrocketed by 238 Percent  


Oceana Canada Executive Director Writes Open Letter To Raise Seafood Fraud Awareness


Sea Turtle Populations on the Rise, But Conservation Still a Concern


New Sea Grant Bulletin a Boost for Alaskans Wanting to Farm Kelp


Tasmania Passes New Salmon Farming Laws  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, September 21


Wed. Sep 20 2017

Yukon and Norton Sound See Record Chum Salmon Harvest  


Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill Releases Statement on Hurricane Irma Damage


Cape Cod Oyster Company Purchases 23-Acre Aquaculture Grant in Massachusetts  


Maine Department of Marine Resources Recovers 98% of Recalled Mussels  


Univ of Washington Urges Fishermen to Diversify Permits Across Multiple Species to Preserve Income


Researchers Discover Caribbean Queen Conch Populations Are Fragmented  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, September 20


Tue. Sep 19 2017

Snow Crab Fishery Likely in Alaska This Year With Positive News from Survey; King Crab Will Be Down  


Rafael Seeks to Sell Vessels, Pay Small Fine; Opposes Gov't Forfeiture Demand


IUU Lobster Fishing and Dumping Must be Stopped Immediately in Canada (Editorial)


B.C. Atlantic Farm Raised Salmon Named "Good Alternative" By Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch  


US Lowers Indian Shrimp Duty Rates by 62%  


Sysco Now Offering Sustainable and Artificial Additive-Free Wild Caught Shrimp  


Alaska Legislature Keeps Salmon Habitat Protections Alive  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, September 19


SeaPak Expands Their Pub Style Beer Battered Frozen Seafood Line


Chinese helping Establish Tilapia Production in Laos  


Mon. Sep 18 2017

SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, September 18


Hurricane Harvey dropped Restaurant Sales in Texas 15%, and 1% Nationally for Last Week of August


US Lobster Industry Braces for Christmas Disruption as Canada’s Zero Tariff for EU Goes Into Effect  


China-Based Grocery E-Commerce Site Signs MoU with GAA


Study Reveals Adults Not Getting Enough Omega-3 Fatty Acids


Zinke Memo Recommends Restoring Commercial Fishing to Northeast Canyon and Other Marine Monuments


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China's Online Seafood Dealer Gfresh Lands Investment Deal with E-Commerce Titan Alibaba

Chinese seafood e-commerce retailer G-fresh has secured US$20 million in funding from China’s premier online purveyor Alibaba and from investment firm Legend Capital that will support an expansion of Gfresh’s fresh seafood sales directly to Chinese consumers. The investment deal was announced this week at the China Fisheries and Seafood Expo in Qingdao. In addition to funding Gfresh’s online seafood marketplace, Alibaba and Legend Capital will also become board members for the company. This partnership represents continued expansion and evolution of China’s online seafood delivery industry. The investment shows a concerted effort by Gfresh to improve the cold-chain infrastructure of China’s online seafood retailers. “With this new investment, Gfresh plans to pursue product initiatives for its online seafood marketplace; expand to new markets; and upgrade its logistics supply chain service. All while leading the Chinese seafood industry into a new stage of development,” the company said in a press release.

Beginning in 2018 the Mid-Atlantic sea scallop season will start one month later in April now that NMFS has passed a final rule that delays the start to the fishery. Federal officials said they wanted to push back the start the date to give government scientists and third-party researchers more time to collect stock data. The change is not likely to have a large impact on the Mid-Atlantic scallop fishery since most major industry stakeholders have been aware of that the delay could happen and because historical data shows that March and April are generally low producing months for a majority of Mid-Atlantic scallopers.

The ban on shellfish harvesting in Wellfleet Harbor issued on Oct. 13 because of a norovirus outbreak will continue through at least Nov. 17, according to the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. The initial closure notice, which also ordered the recall of shellfish harvested from Sept. 26 onward, said the ban would last at least 21 days. That period has now been lengthened to at least five weeks.

In other news, the CMA CGM Group, COSCO Container Lines, Evergreen Line and Orient Overseas Container Line propsoed the formation of the Ocean Alliance, which woul dbe the largest shipping alliance in the world. The four partners will share their capacity on several routes to offer more services for their customers. Together, they will operate 40 services on the East-West trades with around 100 ports of call and almost 500 port pairs. "By offering more ports and more direct calls as well as better transit times, we will provide our customers with unmatched quality services. This new offering is a cornerstone of our strategy as it reinforces our competitiveness and strengthens our position as a key player in the shipping industry," said Rodolphe Saadé, Vice Chairman of the CMA CGM Group.

Finally, state fishery managers in New England are seeking public input on an addendum to the fishery management plan for Southern New England lobster stocks, which lays out options for addressing stock decline in the region. The goal is to increase egg production and reduce fishing mortality, through a

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