Wed. Nov 22 2017

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


Seafood News Closed For Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday


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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Sluggish Demand Weighs on Ecuador's US Shrimp Sales 

Sluggish demand from buyers continues to weigh on Ecuador headless shell-on shrimp offerings to the US market. Prices for 26-30 count continued lower this week, reflecting a trend that is now established in both the Latin American and Asian white shrimp markets. John Sackton writes of the disconnect between the current spot offerings in the US that are definitely showing some weakness and the replacement costs from both in Ecuador and the Asian countries.

An ecosystem monitoring report conducted by NOAA on the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska shows how those waters continue to get warmer. This warming has been accompanied with expectations for declines in pollock and cod productivity out of those waters. Nevertheless, actual fish health was good on both pollock and cod with average weight at length above the long-term mean writes John Sackton.

In other news, India's decision to demonetize its currency is presenting shrimp producers in Andhra Pradesh and Godavari from buying feed and paying their workers. The Indian government decided earlier this month to pull over 80 percent of its bank notes from circulation in an attempt to stamp out fraud. 

Meanwhile, China's Yuehai Feed Group announced a plan to invest $10 million in order to expand its shrimp and seafood feed production operations to India and Vietnam. Preliminary work is under way for a plant in Vietnam designed to produce 50,000 to 80,000 tons of shrimp and fish feed annually, said Han Shulin, vice-president of the group. For the plant in India, the group intends to work with a local partner. The first phase is expected to support an annual capacity of up to 60,000 tons of shrimp feed, Han said.

Finally, pangasius processors in Vietnam's Mekong Delta are reporting raw material shortages because local producers selling more of their fish directly to Chinese traders. VASEP says farmers are getting better prices for their harvest from Chinese buyers compared to Vietnam's processors.

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