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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Oregon's Pink Shrimp Landings Outperform Industry Expectations But Prices Sink on Smaller Sizes

Oregon's shrimp season ended in October and landings as of September were 31.9 million pounds. The figure is down 61 percent from year-ago levels, but the decline was not surprising since the West Coast fishery is notorious for lower production in seasons that follow an El Nino year. In fact, the harvest was actually better than expected according to the Oregon Trawl Commission. However, the value of the fishery to date is about half of what it was a year ago. This is because the shrimp are smaller compared to 2015 and demand for 250-350 count product is not strong in the US market.

Major seafood distributor J.J McDonnell completed its move to a new 62,000 square foot facility in Elkridge, Maryland. The facility is more than twice the size of its previous location and features state-of-the-art cold storage technology. The facility supports a change in JJ's distribution offerings from mostly frozen fish to more fresh seafood.

In other news, Thai Union Group posted US$1 billion in third quarter sales, which was the second straight quarterly sales record for the operator. The figure represents a 7.7 percent sales increase compared to the same quarter in 2015. The increase was mostly driven by sales to the US market Thai Union said. However, Thai Union’s net income is actually down marginally in 2016 despite the record quarterly performances. This is because of declines in the company’s profit margins from higher salmon raw material costs and an unexpected increase in tuna prices.

Meanwhile, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute partnered with the McDowell Group to launch a project that will develop specialty seafood products that can be made from fish already commercially harvested, but which will carry market potential around the world. Staff at McDowell and ASMI will be reaching out to industry members this fall to align the list of products that will be further analyzed for market acceptance, target buyers, and provide data on price points. “ASMI and the McDowell group are working together on a trailblazing project to map out how specialty markets work, who the target consumers are, how to get products to them,” said Andy Wink, projects coordinator for McDowell.

Finally, Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) struck a deal with Ocean Gala Marine Resources that will increase the amount of Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)-certified seafood exports from China reach the US and other global markets. Ocean Gala, which operates as Chang International in China, is a leading seafood processing and supply company with facilities in Kirkland, Wash. and Qingdao. The company exports wild and farmed seafood products into the European, North American, Japanese and Chinese markets.

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