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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Major New Brunswick Lobster Processors Warn of Possible Shortage of Tails this Winter 

Canadian lobster processors say that by January, February and March, the pipeline for tails will not be normal at all. The expectation is for significant shortages in the market compared to prior years, which means prices could be volatile. John Sackton writes of the various scenarios that packers say will lead to lobster tail shortages this winter season. First is the expectation that the industry will not get a repeat of the nearly perfect fishing weather the industry operated under in 2015. Second is a shortage of available labor that will cut processing capacity at plants that produce meat and tails. Third is the timing of when this season will open versus last year. According to John Sackton these scenarios put the lobster tail market in position to see higher prices this winter season.

A very quick red king crab fishery has wrapped up last week in Alaska, with 98 percent of the rationalized quota of 7.6 million pounds landed, a 14.6 percent decline to the catch last year. Expectations were for red king crab prices to go higher this year based on the shortages and so far this appears to be the case. Urner Barry began quoting new season Alaska red king crab this week, as there are enough sales in the market to establish a quote. Alaskan 14-17 king crab legs quotations are up 19 percent from last November. Meanwhile, Russian red king crab (which can include blue king crab as well) moved up to $16.50 from $16.10 on a comparable size at the beginning of September.

In other news, Clearwater Seafoods posted a sharp increase in its sales year-to-date primarily because of strong demand for high-priced seafood items. Clearwater's sales are up 30 percent in 2016 according to its third quarter performance report. The company credited the increase to strong demand for higher priced Canadian sea and Argentine scallops, lobster and snow crab. Volume growth was also reported for Argentine scallops, UK King scallops, langoustine and whelk.

Meanwhile, executive chef and restaurateur Andrew Gruel has a plan to make fast casual seafood a scalable, chef-driven reality with his Slapfish concept. So far Slapfish has six locations in California. But Gruel said he has a deal in the works to expand to six states and another major plan to expand the restaurant to two international markets by 2017. “If I could reinvent something that was fun and sexy in a fast casual environment I could create a model that could scale and replicate and get more people to eat more seafood,” Gruel said. Ultimately, Gruel’s franchise plan is to launch 100 locations in the next seven years.

Finally, food industry associations and retailers Wednesday voiced nonpartisan reactions to President-elect Donald Trump's defeat of Hillary Clinton and congressional races resulting in Republicans maintaining control of the House and Senate. Today's story runs comments from the Food Marketing Institute, Wal-Mart and the National Grocers Association among others.

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