Fri. Sep 22 2017

ANALYSIS: Retail Shrimp Promotions Very Stable  


Changes Coming for Icelandic Brand in US, as High Liner Agrees to Renegotiate Licensing Terms  


Anti-MSC Coalition Wins a Battle in Fight to Prevent MSC Recertification of PNA Tuna by FAD vessels  


Russian Fishing Profits Fall in 2017; Industry on Verge of Financial Crisis  


Walmart Testing Straight-To-Fridge Delivery Service


Salmones Camanchaca to Become Public Company, Langostino Lobster Gets MSC Certification  


Scientists Pan Proposal to Open Pristine Pacific Islands to Fishing


Ralphs Grocery Store Launches Prepared Meal Kits with Fish Tacos, Peruvian Salmon  


Four Arrested in California for Selling Abalone on the Black Market  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, September 22


Thu. Sep 21 2017

U.S. Coast Guard Refuses to Document “America’s Finest”; Congressional Action Still Possible


Boston's North Coast Seafood Put up For Sale According to Norway Sources


Editor's View: Carlos Rafael Must Go to Prison; Forfeit Vessels   


Whole Foods Offering Vegan Raw Tuna Alternative for Sushi  


New Brunswick Seafood Exports to China Have Skyrocketed by 238 Percent  


Oceana Canada Executive Director Writes Open Letter To Raise Seafood Fraud Awareness


Sea Turtle Populations on the Rise, But Conservation Still a Concern


New Sea Grant Bulletin a Boost for Alaskans Wanting to Farm Kelp


Tasmania Passes New Salmon Farming Laws  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, September 21


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  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, September 19


SeaPak Expands Their Pub Style Beer Battered Frozen Seafood Line


Chinese helping Establish Tilapia Production in Laos  


Mon. Sep 18 2017

SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, September 18


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


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


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


Study Reveals Adults Not Getting Enough Omega-3 Fatty Acids


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


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California Crabbers and Processors Settle for $3 Per Pound; Season Opens to Rough Weather 

Unable to achieve consensus on the issue of price, the California crab fleet will start fishing with an ex-vessel price of $3 per pound. The first local crab of the season will be delivered to northern California ports on Thursday, Dec. 1. The Humboldt Fishermen's Marketing Association reported rough ocean conditions and a very large northwesterly swell that was expected to produce unsafe conditions on the ocean and in Humboldt Bay Bar. The weather did prevent some fishermen from setting out.

Seafood wholesalers at Tsukiji may sustain losses of 4 billion yen per year in the wake of Tokyo's decision to postpone opening the new market in Toyosu by at least one year. The Tokyo Seafood Wholesalers Association estimates that the dealers who initially planned to start operation at Toyosu in November have already sustained losses of about 435 million yen since November 7, the date initially set for the opening of the new market. The association estimates that its members will incur costs of about 300 million yen per month because of the botched move. New Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said the government will determine by next summer whether or not the Tsukiji Fish Market should be moved to the new market site in Koto Ward.

Meanwhile, the largest Canadian lobster season, in Southwest Nova Scotia LFA 33 and 34, is underway. Crews left to dump pots early this morning. The first haul backs are allowed at midnight tonight. However a storm system forecast for Wednesday could prove disruptive, and it is doubtful that full-scale landings will be crossing the dock until later in the week.

Russia’s leading fish producer Karat plans to invest between US$250 and US$300 million so it can expand its seafood producing and processing business over the next several years. A significant part of the investment will go towards expanding fishing activity within Russia's territorial waters, particularly in the northwest part of Russia as well as the Far East. Additionally, Karat wants to expand fishing to overseas waters, including the North Atlantic, the west coast of Africa and the Pacific Ocean.

Finally, sales data from some of China's largest e-commerce retailers shows shrimp and seafood were among some of the top selling items during Single's Day. Alibaba, Zhangzidao, Gfresh and other online retailers reported seafood sales as high as ten times normal figures, with shrimp among the most popular items. Single's Day is one of the largest one-day sales periods for retailers in China.

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