Wed. Sep 20 2017

Yukon and Norton Sound See Record Chum Salmon Harvest  


Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill Releases Statement on Hurricane Irma Damage


Cape Cod Oyster Company Purchases 23-Acre Aquaculture Grant in Massachusetts  


Maine Department of Marine Resources Recovers 98% of Recalled Mussels  


Univ of Washington Urges Fishermen to Diversify Permits Across Multiple Species to Preserve Income


Researchers Discover Caribbean Queen Conch Populations Are Fragmented  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, September 20


Tue. Sep 19 2017

Snow Crab Fishery Likely in Alaska This Year With Positive News from Survey; King Crab Will Be Down  


Rafael Seeks to Sell Vessels, Pay Small Fine; Opposes Gov't Forfeiture Demand


IUU Lobster Fishing and Dumping Must be Stopped Immediately in Canada (Editorial)


B.C. Atlantic Farm Raised Salmon Named "Good Alternative" By Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch  


US Lowers Indian Shrimp Duty Rates by 62%  


Sysco Now Offering Sustainable and Artificial Additive-Free Wild Caught Shrimp  


Alaska Legislature Keeps Salmon Habitat Protections Alive  


SeaPak Expands Their Pub Style Beer Battered Frozen Seafood Line


Chinese helping Establish Tilapia Production in Laos  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, September 19


Mon. Sep 18 2017

US Lobster Industry Braces for Christmas Disruption as Canada’s Zero Tariff for EU Goes Into Effect  


Zinke Memo Recommends Restoring Commercial Fishing to Northeast Canyon and Other Marine Monuments


Hurricane Harvey dropped Restaurant Sales in Texas 15%, and 1% Nationally for Last Week of August


Study Reveals Adults Not Getting Enough Omega-3 Fatty Acids


China-Based Grocery E-Commerce Site Signs MoU with GAA


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, September 18


Fri. Sep 15 2017

Canadian Shrimp Dispute Erupts As DFO Indicates Low Level Shrimp Quotas Will Continue Next Year  


ADFG: 2017 Bristol Bay Salmon Season 2nd Best in Twenty Years  


Fish Around the Globe Will Face "Mounting Challenges" Due to Climate Change


Maine Wholesaler Corea Lobster Co-op Building New Refrigeration Facility  


Samherji Awarded Outstanding Fish Processing and Outstanding Captain at Icelandic Fisheries Awards


Total Ecuadorean Exports of Shrimp Declined in August after Reaching Record in July


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, September 15


Thu. Sep 14 2017

Three Weeks Later, More Than 100,000 Atlantic Salmon May Still Be in Pacific NW Waters


Phones Help California Crabbers Retrieve Gear Before it Kills Whales  


Seafoodnews.com Summary Thursday, September 14


Alaska Working to Build Blue Economy


Biologists Say Sea Lions are Eating Too Many Salmon  


Alaska Lt. Gov. Mallott Rejects Salmon Habitat Ballot Initiative  


Wed. Sep 13 2017

Seafoodnews.com Summary Wednesday, September 13


Climate Change Will Impact SE Alaska Rivers, and Salmon  


Australia's National Seafood Body, Seafood Industry Australia, Has its First CEO


Alaska Sea Grant Gears Up for Smoked Fish Training, and Processing Workshop


Chilean BioTech Company TerraVia Will Get GAA's Innovation Award for Algae Based Omega-3 Salmon Feed


JD.com Offers 'Fresh Crab Insurance' as Part of its 'Super Hairy Crab Day' Promotion  


With Largest EEZ in World US Won't Grow a Single Lb. of Fish in Federal Waters Say Ocean Stewards


East and West Coast Fisheries Associations Testify Today Before Senate Subcommittee on Magnuson


Embargoed N. Korean Seafood Still Sold in China


Red Lobster Has a "Secret Menu" During Their Endless Shrimp Promotion  


California Acting Governor Gavin Newsom Requests Disaster Relief for Sardine, Urchin Fisheries  


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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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