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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China Halts Live Dungeness Crab From California in Response to Domoic Acid Reports 

China has suspended all inspections and approvals for live Dungeness Crab from California to enter its market in response to a state report that identified toxic algae blooms off the Pacific Coast from Humboldt Bay to Point Reyes, and that "half of the Dungeness crabs there are found to contain toxins." Chinese authorities also revoked licenses already issued and industry reports now say at least two companies that have sent live Dungeness crabs to China were refused entry.

Katrina Nakamura, a research scientist who runs a company called Sustainability Incubator offering the Labor Safe Screen, and who is based in Hawaii, says the Associated Press has not reported the Hawaiian tuna fleet's efforts to to verify the status of foreign contract workers on their ships, nor have they reported the industry's work to uncover potentials for abuse and trafficking. Nakamura also says the AP has not clarified certain errors in its reporting about the labor abuse situation surrounding the Haiwaiin issue following federal investigations into the matter. "For those of us who have dedicated our efforts to crew rights, it is not easy to raise questions for fear of looking defensive or naive about slavery. My intent is not to refute the story but rather to understand the conclusions based on the weight of evidence and in line with global definitions and findings by the authorities," said Nakamura.

In other news Chilean Sea Bass (Toothfish) wholefish is selling at record levels this year and importers are growing concerned that the fish may price itself out of its primary markets. Some have recently begun recommending cuts in portion sizes to high-end chefs to no more than 6 oz. in order to keep it on the menu. Demand for toothfish is up in recent years for two reasons: the decline in the available supply of IUU sourced toothfish to international markets and an increase in demand for certified sustainable fish here in the US.

Meanwhile, Oregon crab fishermen and state fishery managers may opt to open part of the state to Dungeness crabbing today, as domoic acid levels have dropped in the southern part of the state. The Garibaldi port has tested clean for one test already, after having a couple crab in November with elevated levels of domoic. Vessels collected more crab from Garibaldi, Newport and Coos Bay on Thursday, Dec. 1, for more testing.

Finally, Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans says it's cracking down on so-called "controlling agreements" that result in fishermen holding a fishing licence in name only. DFO will not reveal the results of its targeted license review, saying that could identify those under review. However, the department said results varied, meaning one or more license holders were in violation.

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