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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Vietnam Lifts Costly Quarantine Procedures on Imported Seafood Bound for Processing and Re-Export 

The Vietnamese government has reversed a policy that required immediate quarantine and inspection of imported seafood items before they could be cleared to the market. Vietnam's seafood exporters lobbied hard against the policy that was set up over the summer since it created a costly and time consuming process for importers to get their shipments into the country. The policy mostly hurt Vietnam's shrimp and seafood processors that were dependent on imported raw materials to process for reexport orders.

Yesterday the ADF&G released their harvest forecast of 43 million pink salmon for Southeast Alaska in 2017. This year, results ranked 6th out of the 20 years of data, indicating a higher abundance of juvenile pink salmon. That result helps to correct what ADF&G called a “forecast error”, and in this case, added 5 million fish to the forecast writes Peggy Parker. “Perhaps the largest potential source of uncertainty regarding the 2017 pink salmon return is the anomalously warm sea surface temperatures that have persisted throughout the Gulf of Alaska since fall 2013,” said Andy Piston and Steve Heinl, co-authors of the forecast and management biologists from ADF&G’s Ketchikan office.

In other news, the $20 million investment from China's e-commerce giant Alibaba into Gfresh's online seafood sales platform is expected to bode well for British Columbia's fresh Dungeness crab, oyster and other seafood exports. Gfresh claims it already owns 70 percent of the market for BC's Dungeness crabs in Shanghai. The portal said it has sold $268 million in seafood — from markets such as Canada and Australia — in the last two years. Gfresh now expects to double its market access in China with its investment funds.

Meanwhile, Russia expects more pollock production and the return of pacific sardine processing to drive growth in its fishing industry over the next several years. Fishery officials expect the pollock industry to double its earnings under the production expansion. As for sardine, this will be the first time in 25 years that Russia will produce the fish since the stocks were depleted during the Soviet era. Russian estimates peg the current sardine stock at around 600,000 metric tons.

Finally, a record two million chum salmon returned to the Fraser River. At the same time, the Johnstone Strait haul reached 1.3 million fish. This is some atypically good news for the Fraser River salmon industry that has been plagued by a record low abundance of sockeye salmon.

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