Wed. Nov 22 2017

Seafood News Closed For Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday


John Garner Retiring as North Pacific Seafoods President and COO, Dave Hambleton to Replace


AFDF Announces Winners of 2017 Alaska Symphony of Seafood Contest  


Lobster Council of Canada Optimistic Heading Into 2017 Lobster Season  


ASMI Consolidates Offices in Juneau, Hires New Staff


Southeast Pink Salmon Catch Could Disappoint Again in 2018


Pew Charitable Trusts Blasts ICCAT's Bluefin Tuna Decisions  


Pacific Council Gives Preliminary Nod to Two Coastal Sardine and Other Pelagic Species Projects  


ASC and MSC Join Forces For New Seaweed Standard  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, November 22


Tue. Nov 21 2017

Russian Government to Consider a Return to Crab Industry Auctions


Norway’s Salmon Biomass up 10% This Year, and Rising  


Royal Greenland Strengthens Export Success in Chinese Market  


Red Lobster Adds Nephrops to Their Menu For ‘Ultimate Surf & Turf’ Event  


UK Portrait Calendar Raises Money For Fishermen's Mission Charity


New Zealand King Salmon Appoints David Whyte as New COO  


International "Tools of the Trade" Tech Conference Slated for February in Alaska


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, November 21


Mon. Nov 20 2017

NMFS Shuts Down Carlos Rafael’s Sector IX, Orders Vessels at Sea to Return to Port Immediately


Massive Recruitment Event Shows Up in Alaska Sablefish Stocks  


Mark Leslie, VP at High Liner,  Passed Away on Saturday at Age 59


ANALYSIS: Norwegian Wholefish Market Drops Leading Into Thanksgiving Week


Direct Flights Between Canada and China Expected to Boost Exports of Live Lobster  


Most of West Coast Dungeness Season Delayed Until Dec 16th to Allow for Better Meat Fill  


Maryland's Blue Pointe Seafood Opens Direct to Consumer Overnight Delivery Service  


Japan's YO! Sushi Acquires North America Brand Bento Sushi


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, November 20


Fri. Nov 17 2017

Trident Invests in APICDA’s Bering Pacific and Cannon Fish Subsidiaries


Giant Canadian Pension Firm Enters Seafood Industry with Purchase of Largest PEI Mussel Grower  


Russian 2017 Salmon Season Had Major Failures; New Fishing Restrictions Planned


ANALYSIS: Argentinian Pink Shrimp Will Stay in the US Market For the Long Term    


Oregon Delays Dungeness Crab Season Due to Low Meat Recovery  


Global Aquaculture Alliance CFO Jeff Fort Takes On COO Position


JD Fresh Moves 20,000 Tons of Fresh Food, Garnering Huge Success on Singles' Day  


VIDEO: EU Importers & Indian Shrimp; Maine Lobstermen; Alternative Tuna; Canadian Trade Benefits


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, November 17


Thu. Nov 16 2017

How Ocean Hugger Foods Is Breaking Into the Seafood Industry  


Bering Sea Pollock and Cod in Good Shape But Could Be Moving North


Chile Prolongs King Crab Season as Prices in China Rise More than 20 Percent  


California Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Opens With Dock Prices Around $3 A Pound  


China’s Fresh Food Ecommerce Changing the Equation for Air Cargo


France First Country to Put Legal Teeth Behind Claims of Supply Chain Dilligence


Moody’s Affirms Red Lobster Debt Rating, but Downgrades Outlook to Negative


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, November 16


Study Finds ‘Tipping Point’ That Could Change Oyster Restoration Efforts  


Young’s Seafood Launches New Shellfish Line in the UK  


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Oregon, Washington Take Caution, Delay Commercial Dungeness Season for More Domoic Acid Testing 

Oregon and Washington fishery officials delayed the start to commercial Dungeness crab fishing in most waters. The season was supposed to start on December 1, but fishery officials opted for caution and elected to the delay the season so they can conduct additional testing on the crabs for domoic acid. The most recent round of testing results showed domoic acid warranted an alert level in only one area in Oregon, but other places were trending upward. Levels off Washington's coast showed the crabs were safe to eat but again, officials wanted to conduct additional testing before opening the fishery. "We're taking extra precautions due to the high volume of crab typically caught within the first weeks of the commercial opening," said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the Washington Department of Health. "We want people to feel confident the crab they buy is safe to eat."

Alaska's commercial, sport and personal-use fishermen are likely to fight for shares of more limited sockeye resources when the state's Fish Board hosts its next meeting. The Board will be in charge of divvying up fish between each sector. This is set up to be an especially arduous process for the 2017 season given low sockeye harvest projections in the Upper Cook Inlet and elsewhere. In addition to low return projections, there is also growing political clout of personal-use fishermen and a fair amount of uncertainty following the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision on state salmon management.

In other news, Nova Scotia's winter lobster fishing season in LFAs 33 and 34 will commence on November 28, weather permitting. With prices and markets holding strong, there is optimism in the industry that this year’s fishery will be a repeat of last season. “All in all I think we’re going to see the same kind of season that we seen last year,” said Lockeport based buyer Mike Cotter, Cotter’s Oceans Products.

Meanwhile, retailer Lidl is the first grocer in the UK market to announce a holiday season promotion for its whole, cooked frozen lobsters. The store will feature the item at a discounted price of €2.99, which is down from last year's sale price of €5.99. “Christmas is a very expensive time of year for shoppers up and down the country and our ambition is to put the control back into the hands of consumers, and save them even more in the run up to Christmas," said Lidl spokesperson Georgina Hall.

Finally, Thai Union said its loss-making salmon business will continue in the red in the fourth quarter due to higher raw material costs. The company also said prices will take longer to recover than originally expected. Higher salmon prices and an unexpected rise in tuna prices dragged down the company's third-quarter gross margin to 14.1 percent, the lowest in six quarters, an earnings presentation showed on Wednesday. "We had earlier expected the salmon business to recover in the second half of this year, but now it should take longer than expected to recover (in Q1, 2017)," said TU's Chief Financial Officer Joerg Ayrle.

Urner Barry and Seafood News will be closed on November 24 and November 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday in the US. We will return to our normal publication schedule on Monday, November 28. On behalf of John, Peggy, Susan, Linda and the rest of our team, we wish all of our readers and their families a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

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