Thu. Mar 22 2018

Conservation Groups Seek to Ban Mexican Shrimp, Other Seafood to Save Endangered Vaquita Porpoise  

The Fish Guys Expand into Beef, Pork and Chicken with Launch of Market House Meats

H & N Group Acquires NJ-Based Seafood Wholesaler Network Commodities

Chinese Domestic Tilapia Market is Promising; Prices Remain High  

Alaska’s Governor Taps John Jensen for North Pacific Council, Two Incumbents Also Supported

Update on Stand for Salmon Ballot Initiative  

SeaPak Brings New Frozen Seafood Soup to Walmart  

Ocean Hugger Foods Partners with Aramark to Expand Distribution of Vegan Tuna Alternative  

The Fishin’ Company Partners With Trace Register for Seafood Assurance Traceability

Laitram LLC Files Patent Application for Shrimp Deveiner  

New MAFAC Members Shift Majority From New England to the Pacific Northwest and Alaska

NOAA Establishes New Voluntary Right Whale Speed Restriction Zone Off Nantucket Summary Thursday, March 22

Wed. Mar 21 2018

DFO Releases Statement on MSC Certification Suspension of Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Fishery    

Annual Allocation of $1.1 Billion for Sportsmen & Conservation Announced

Long John Silver’s Shows Off New Contemporary Look At Kentucky Flagship Opening

MSC Appoints New Science and Standards Director

NOAA Appoints New Science and Research Director for Southeast Fisheries Science Center

IFFO RS Announces Launch of New Improver Programme Application Mechanism Summary Wednesday, March 21

Tue. Mar 20 2018

MSC Suspends Certificate of Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Fishery Due to Right Whale Deaths  

Senator John McCain, Jeanne Shaheen Write Letter to USTR Supporting Repeal of USDA Catfish Program  

Sitka Herring Fleet on Two-hour Notice

Halibut Catch Limits for Alaska Made Official Today

John West Debuts its Products on JD in its Entry to Chinese Market  

Marine Harvest Reports ‘Best Year Ever’ in 2017, But Faced Challenges Due to Sea Lice  

New Study Shows Fish Was An Important Part of Stone Age Diet Summary Tuesday, March 20

Mon. Mar 19 2018

Mitsui & Co. Enter Into Strategic Alliance With Mark Foods  

Kingfish Zeeland CEO Ohad Maiman Talks Bringing Dutch Yellowtail to U.S.  

Latest Seafood News Podcast Recaps Seafood Expo North America

WPRFMC Fishery Managers Postpone American Samoa Large Vessel Prohibited Area Decision  

Chinese White Shrimp Shortage Pushes Prices Higher, Even for Small Sizes this Winter  

Russia Plans to Make Kara Sea Center of Domestic Fish Production  

Maine DMR Hires New Scientists to Support Lobster Research, Inshore Trawl Survey Summary Monday, March 19

Fri. Mar 16 2018

EDF Calls on NOAA to Make Sure Rafael’s Permits Are Spread to Multiple Buyers    

VIDEO: US-India WTO Fight; Catfish Recall; Salmon Price Surge; SENA 2018  

Chicken of the Sea Celebrates ‘Best New Foodservice Product Award’ Win for Yellowfin Tuna Slices Summary Friday, March 16

UK Politicians Wants to Withdraw from EU’s Common Fisheries Policy

ISSF Celebrates Successful 2017 Skippers Workshop Program

Dr. Praeger’s Brand Introduces New MSC Certified Frozen Seafood Products  

WTO Misses Deadline to Rule on Mexico Appeal of Dolphin-Safe Label Dispute with the US

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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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