Fri. Apr 28 2017

Russian Pollock Fisheries Begin MSC Recertification Process, Join Industry Group Within MSC  


West Coast Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Pending NMFS' Approval  


VIDEO: Nissui Backs GSSI; Snow Crab Fishing Starts; India, Gulf, Newfoundland Shrimp Updates


Zhonggang Fisheries is Latest Pacific Andes Subsidiary to Seek Chapter 11 Protection


Cetacean Ban at Vancouver Aquarium Called Threat to Marine Mammals


West African Pelagic Fisheries Start Fishery Improvement Project  


Seafood.com News Summary April 28, 2017


Thu. Apr 27 2017

Russia May Increase Duties on Fish Exports to Slow Shipments Out of Its Market


NGOs Vow to Fight Trump Administration's Executive Order that WIll Review MPA Designations


Responsible Aquaculture Foundation Launches New Seafood Safety Courses  


Iceland's Samherji Boosts Stake in Major Norwegian Fish Producer Nergård  


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 27, 2017


Wed. Apr 26 2017

Cozy Harbor Wins Two Seafood Excellence Awards at European Seafood Expo for Retail Lobster Products  


WTO Says Mexico Can Levy $163 Million in Annual Sanctions Against US Over Dolphin Safe Tuna Dispute  


Weak Sockeye Forecast for Cook Inlet This Year  


PODCAST: Gulf Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectation; Whole Salmon Floods US Market; Brussels Show Starts  


Sales of MSC, ASC Labeled Seafood Trended Higher in Germany, UK, Asia, Australia and New Zealand


Vietnam Attempts to Restore Prawns in Australian Market


Developer Outbids Cook’s Lobster Owner to Buy Historic Maine Island Wharf


Blumar Completes First Step Towards Achieving ASC Certification at Chilean Salmon Farms  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 26, 2017


Tue. Apr 25 2017

Nippon Suisan and its Gortons and Unisea Subsidiaries Partner with GSSI, Along with More Retailers


Newfoundland Price Panel Sets Cold-Water Shrimp Minimum Price at $0.95  


New Brunswick Snow Crab Fishery Opening Today  


Gulf Shrimp Landings in Q1 About Even with Last Year; Market Waits for New Season Production  


Togiak Update: Aerial Surveys Are Underway, No Sign of Herring Yet


VIDEO: Seats Still Open for Urner Barry's Seafood Import Workshop on May 23 in Miami


MSC Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Goal to Certify or Engage 1/3 Global Marine Catch by 2030


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 25, 2017


Mon. Apr 24 2017

Cautious Optimism About Recovery of Canada's Northern Cod Stocks Noted During Meeting in Brussels  


Newfoundland's Fisheries Minister Supports $14 Million Federal Commitment to Study Cod Stocks  


About 500 Walmart Stores in Midwest Market to Carry The Salmon Man's Norwegian Salmon Portions  


Marine Harvest Canada Selects Poseidon Ocean Systems to Build 29 Salmon Pens Around Vancouver Island  


VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectations; European Whole Salmon Floods US  


Vietnam Fails to Score Big in Egyptian Fish Market


Southeastern Grocers, Pole-and-Line Foundation Join in Retail Effort  


Panera to Hire 10,000 as it Expands Delivery Service


Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 24, 2017


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No Agreement on Oregon Crab Price; Domoic Acid Test Results Imminent 

Oregon fishermen and processors met Nov. 16 and 17 during state-monitored price negotiations but came away with no resolution writes Susan Chambers. There was some concern about the meat quality test results from the Astoria area that showed crab weren't quite mature. It was unclear whether crab from that area would mature in time for a Dec. 1 opening. Another meeting is planned for this week. Meanwhile, California fishermen report the central California fishery around Sn Francisco is going well, with an ex-vessel price of around $3 a pound since the season opened on Nov. 15. Some reported a significant drop in productivity after the first pull, but some of the larger vessels made only one delivery as of Sunday, Nov. 20.

South Korea plans to significantly increase the volume of pollock imports from Russia in the coming years, according to recent statements of the Russian Pollock Association. South Korea has faced with a shortage of pollock, caused by a significant decline of its stocks in the Sea of Japan and the reduction of supplies from Japan. Soth Korea's pollock supplies also took a hit because of reduced fishing quotas for South Korean fisherman that were operating in Russian waters.

In other news, Chinese e-commerce retailers battled over market share for seafood sales during China's annual "Singles Day" sales event. The day is known for generating some of the highest sales figures for online retailers in China each year. This includes more seafood sales for JD Fresh and Alibaba, two operators that are now competing to sell and deliver more fresh seafood directly to consumers. Alibaba recently invested several million dollars in Gfresh's online platform while JD Fresh announced a deal to distribute Canadian seafood products directly to Chinese consumers.

Meanwhile, the Pacific Seafood Processors Association has hired Kristine D. Lynch, PhD to replace Dennis Phelan who is retiring after 32 years as Vice President for government relations in Washington, DC. “I’m incredibly honored to be able to work in the Alaskan seafood industry,” Lynch said. “PSPA has a long, proud tradition of bringing value to its members, and I’m fully committed to advancing that goal through effective engagements and collaboration in Washington, DC."

Finally, Ocean Choice International has secured a refinancing loan through a deal orchestrated by Antarctica Advisors. The deal ends a multi-year attempt by the Newfoundland-based seafood processor to refinance its debt. "This transaction is an important milestone for the future of OCI as a leading global seafood supplier. The company has now secured a flexible capital structure that will allow OCI to continue to grow and develop our operations for the benefit of all stakeholders, including our customers, our employees and the communities in which we operate," said Martin Sullivan, the CEO of OCI.

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