Tue. Jan 16 2018

ANALYSIS: Fresh Chilean Fillet Imports Up YTD, But Overall Fresh Fillet Imports Down  


Alaska Salmon Protections Get Enough Signatures for Ballot  


Kodiak's Tanner Crab Fishery Opens For First Time in 4 Years  


Board of Fisheries Weighs Proposals Protecting Chinook Stocks in Southeast  


Mon. Jan 15 2018

South Korea Plans US $500 Million Investment in Pollock Processing Factories in Russia  


South Atlantic Council Wants Public Input on Management Changes for Atlantic Cobia


Beijing Customs Uncovers Frozen Seafood Smuggling Case Worth Millions  


Latest Seafood News Podcast Breaks Down Swiss Lobster Rule, New Netflix Series & More


Concern for Whales as Northern California Crab Season Opens  


Sysco Acquires UK-Based Foodservice Distributor Kent Frozen Foods


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, January 15


Fri. Jan 12 2018

New Charges Against Carlos Rafael Include Count Against Sector IX, 12 Counts Misreporting Scallops  


Ocean Choice Hires Carey Bonnell as VP of Sustainabiity and Engagement; Loyola Sullivan Retires


Pricing a Concern as Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Prepares To Open on January 15  


NOAA Names Michael Pentony As Regional Administrator John Bullard’s Successor


China to Drive Seafood Consumption Growth Over Next Decade Says Rabobank in New Report


VIDEO: Rafael’s Permits Revoked; Swiss Lobster Rule; Shrimp Disaster Fears; Alaska Year-Round Jobs


Birds Eye Focusing on Simplicity, Authenticity With New Campaign


Scottish Salmon Company Commissions New State-of-the-Art Feed Barge  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, January 12


Thu. Jan 11 2018

NOAA Moves to Revoke All Carlos Rafael’s Permits, New Charges Include Cheating on Scallop Landings  


Alaska Opilio Fishing Off to Slow Start; Most Expect Prices to Settle Lower than Last Year  


Matthew Tourkistas Joins Whitecap as Director of Sales  


Northern California Announces Dungeness Opening, Part of Oregon Holds Off  


NOAA Continuing Pilot Project on Longline Gear that is More Protective of Swordfish and Tuna  


Many Tuna Stocks Not Meeting Standards, Says ISSF  


Maine Elver License Lottery Closing Monday, January 15  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, January 11


Wed. Jan 10 2018

No Price Agreement in Oregon-Supervised Crab Negotiations


NMFS Approves New England Council Habitat Amendments; Will Provide Boost to Scallops up to 60 Millio  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, January 10


North Carolina Restaurant Adds Green Gill Oysters to Their Menu  


Bankruptcy Closes Homer’s Auction Block, City Objects to Pending Sale


More China Crack Downs on High-Value Seafood Smuggling From Vietnam  


National Weather Service Seeks Industry Input on Marine Weather Statements


U.S. Fastest Growing Market for Norwegian Seafood  


Captain D’s Opening First Location in Wisconsin


Slapfish Announces Expansion Plans For 2018


Poland Takes Lead in Norwegian Salmon Imports for its Growing Processing Industry


Tue. Jan 9 2018

SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, January 9


Importers Fearful of Shrimp Disaster  


P.E.I. Lobstermen Landed 36.4 Million Pounds in 2017, up 20% over Last Year  


Guolian Supplies Crayfish to KFC in China  


Chinese Seasonal Shrimp Price Rise Stronger This Year Due to Shortages  


Americold Cold Storage Company Announces IPO


Chinese-Flagged Illegal Fishing Vessel Arrested by Liberian Coast Guard and Sea Shepherd


Rubicon Cleared by California Judge in Trafficking Case Involving Thai Shrimp Companies  


GAA's 2018 GOAL Conference to be Held for First Time in Ecuador  


Pacifico Aquaculture Acquired by Top Los Angeles Private Investment Firm  


Total Lobster Imports are Lower for 5 Straight Months; Led by Declines of Tails and Meat from Canada  


November Salmon Imports Show Europe Remains Higher, Continues to Dig into Canada's Market Share  


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Weakness in Ecuador 26-30 Count Shrimp in US Suggests Premium for Latin America Shrimp May Ease 

Over the past year the price spread between 26-30 headless shell-on Latin American and Asian shrimp has grown to the highest on record, with the price differential now around $1.00. This has largely been driven by the lack of supply for Ecuador shrimp in the US market. However, buyers may now be reacting to this high premium, and there are signs it may decrease.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game predicts next year’s Bristol Bay red salmon harvest will be 27.5 million fish, about ten million less than this year’s 37.3 million sockeye. The total run projected for 2017 in the Bay is 39.93 million sockeye in the nine river systems. That compares to the 2016 season of a 51.4 million fish return. The announcement describes the run as “virtually identical to the most recent 10-year average of Bristol Bay total runs and 27 percent greater than the long-term mean."

In other news, the Nova Scotia broker that took out an advertisement for foreign investors to buy lobster licenses in LFAs 33, 34 and 35 is denying involvement. The advertiser behind the classified was identified as Novi Marine Brokers in Yarmouth. But Tammy Ward, the director of operations at that company denied any knowledge of the advertisement. The Canadian fishers’ federation fears that foreign buyers will scoop up inshore lobster fishery licenses to ensure a steady supply of lobsters for their processing plants.

Meanwhile, Icewater President Alberto Wareham explains how quality is the only way Newfoundland can get value from cod as it comes back. Icewater is the only large producer of cod loins in Newfoundland. Wareham said it's better to get best practices in place now to create a global demand for Newfoundland and Labrador's fish. "You've got to have the top quality and the supply to compete in those markets but we are not there today," Wareham said.

Finally, Pope Francis spoke out in support of stiffer anti-IUU regulations across the global fishery sector. Pope Francis spoke on the topic as part of his message to the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, in honor of World Fisheries Day, which is next week. Pope Francis applauded the expansion of the Port State Measures Agreement and of other efforts to combat IUU fishing practices, particularly measures to fight labor abuse. ”Human trafficking is a crime against humanity," said Pope Francis. "We must unite our efforts to free the victims and stop this increasingly aggressive crime which threatens not only individuals but the basic values of society and of international security and justice, to say nothing of the economy, and the fabric of the family and our coexistence."

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