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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Alaska Concludes Best Halibut Season in Decades With Stocks Stable, Catches Up and Prices Higher 

For the first time in decades, the total Pacific halibut catch for Alaskan and Canadian fishermen is expected to increase 2.3 percent to nearly 30 million pounds this season. Alaska's halibut fishery ended on November 7 for about 2,000 longliners with IFQs. The fishery is expected to produce about 20 million pounds if the entire quota is landed. Assessment data shows Alaska's halibut stock is stabilizing and recovering after a long period of decline. “Fishermen say they’re seeing some of the best fishing they’ve ever seen in their lives there, bigger fish, better production and you see that reflected in IFQ prices,” said Doug Bowen of Alaska Boats and Permits in Homer.

According to the Canadian Independent Fish Harvesters’ Federation foreign buyers are seeking to illegally buy Canadian lobster licenses in Southwest Nova Scotia. Canadian law restricts harvest licenses to fishermen who own or operate their vessels and live in a fishing community. But over time, back door financing has left some of these licenses as little more than fronts for the true owners. “This is against Atlantic Canadian policy in the Fisheries; the only person who can own an inshore lobster fishing license is a Canadian inshore fisherman; someone who lives in a fishing community and goes to work on a fishing boat which he or she owns and operates," said the Harvesters' President Christian Brun.

Meanwhile, about half of Iceland’s fishermen will get back to work after just a three-day-long strike that started last Thursday night. According to a release from government fishery officials with Fisheries Iceland, the Fishermen’s Union of Iceland known as SSI signed a two-year labor deal over the weekend to end the work stoppage. However, two factions of Iceland’s fishing unions, which represent almost 50 percent of the industry, did not sign the deal. Further negotiations with those groups are expected to continue this week.

In other news, Ecuador has signed a free trade agreement with the European Union (EU), Colombia and Peru that is expected to ease tariffs on Ecuadorian shrimp and seafood shipments to the EU market. As of September, the EU accounted for about 30 percent of Ecuador’s shrimp exports, second to Asia. Ecuador’s shrimp export volume to the EU in 2016 is up 14 percent compared to 2012. "The accession of Ecuador to the agreement will provide the parties with new market access opportunities for some of their main exports. These include automobiles, alcoholic beverages and dairy products on the EU side, and fisheries, banana, cut flowers and cacao on the Ecuadorian side," the EU Council said.

Finally, the two major Japanese companies Maruha Nichiro and Nippon Suisan had differing half-year reports, showing them exposed to different economic and market factors. Both companies reported declining sales, problems with pollock roe and surimi markets, and favorable trends in salmon. But Maruha Nichiro achieved record mid-term profit on the strength of decreasing procurement costs due to the yen’s upswing while Nippon Suisan reported a difficult first half of the year, with net profits falling 31 percent.

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