Fri. May 26 2017

Atlantic Scallop Prices Continue to Crash in May with Landings Up 23% from Last Year  


Oregon, California Governors Ask Feds to Declare Catastrophic Salmon Disaster  


California Salmon Hearing Includes Warnings of Impending Disasters, Some Solutions  


Southeast Alaska Spring Troll Fishery for Chinook Closes Monday  


VIDEO: Ecuador’s Shrimp Production and Sales to Asia Reach Records; Alaska’s Salmon is Underway  


Ancient Genetic Markers in Sockeye Salmon Can Help Manage Healthier Fish Stocks  


Study Says US Investments on Aquaculture Research Pay Dividends


New Zealand Boosts Fisheries Budget by US$21.5 Million


MSC Certifies the Greenland Halibut Fishery off West Greenland as Sustainable  


Seafood.com News Summary Friday May 26, 2017


New Zealand Boosts Fisheries Budget by US$21.5 Million


Thu. May 25 2017

Further Restrictions on Copper River Kings as Landings Higher than Expected in First Two Fishing Per  


New Rockfish Longevity and Spawning Info Will Help Stock Assessments and Ensure Healthy Populations   (0) 


Rick Speed Joins ISA as VP Sales; Parent Company Shifts Marketing Approach  


Miffed Land Grabber Attempts to Block Pacific’s Surimi Plant Deal in Threat to Whiting Fishery  


DHL Now Shipping Live Crabs and Seafood from Northern Norway to South Korea and US Markets  


Sea to Table Expands Seafood Delivery Service Directly to Consumers


Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Teams Up With Spain's Largest Seafood Canner Jealsa  


DFO Identifies 140,000 km of Ocean West of Vancouver Island for MPA Designation


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday May 25, 2017


Wed. May 24 2017

Oregon Pink Shrimp Volume Steady; Small Sizes Remain a Concern  


DFO Opens Newfoundland's 3Ps Inshore Cod Fishery But Issues No Decision for Offshore Harvesters  


Chilean Customs Workers Go On Strike Indefinitely  


WWF Study: Shrimp Can Be Traced Back to Their Country of Origin Through Elemental Profiling  


ISSF Compliance Report Focuses on Tuna Best Practices, Collaboration  


SCeMFiS Funds Seven Research Projects Affecting Fisheries Management  


Cape Greig Walrus are Back, ADF&G Plans Changed Fishery Boundary Again


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday May 24, 2017


Tue. May 23 2017

Congressional Trade Committee Hears Testimony About US Seafood Trade Deficits from ASPA and NFI  


RFM Certification Underway for Five Alaska Crab Fisheries, ASMI Calls for Stakeholders Input  


Chinook Salmon Research in Yukon and Nushagak Rivers Designed to Help Manage Fisheries  


Commerce Department Rescinds Duty Rate Review for Chinese Shrimp Exporters  


Santa Monica Hires Dave Harrison as VP of Procurement


Long John's Featuring Buttermilk Breaded Alaskan Cod on Menu for the Summer  


Canada's Redfish Fishery Earns MSC Certification  


VIDEO: Ecuador's Shrimp Output and Sales to Asia Reach Records  


James Beard Chef Says Maine Should Start Eating its Invasive Green Crab Problem


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday May 23, 2017


Mon. May 22 2017

Ecuadorian Shrimp Exports at Record Level in 2017 as Sales to Asia Dominate Market Share  


F/V America's Finest, Largest Catcher Processor Built in US in 30 Years, May Need Jones Act Waiver


First Copper River Opener Took Nearly Half the Chinook Forecasted Harvest and 36,000 Sockeye  


PODCAST: Canada’s Snow Crab Market Stabilizes and China’s Era of High Shrimp Output Fades  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday May 22, 2017


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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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