Thu. Mar 23 2017

Oregon Pink Shrimp Price Negotiations Canceled This Week  


Sitka Herring Roe Fleet Has Now Caught More than Half the Quota  


Proposed Rule Will Allow Alaska Fishermen to Test New, Voluntary Electronic Monitoring


Thai Union Expands Work Against Human Trafficking in Supply Chain to Include Global Retailers


Worldwide Industry, NGOs Advocate for Policy Changes in Tuna Fisheries in 2017


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday March 23, 2017


Wed. Mar 22 2017

Sakhalin Officials Arrested For Allowing IUU Russian Crab to Flow to China  


GAA, MultiExport Foods and Mitsui Sign Initiative to reduce SRS Salmon Disease in Chile  


SFP Announces Merger of Two Major Squid FIP Monitoring Groups in South America and Asia  


Western Pacific Council to Tackle Management in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Tue. Mar 21 2017

Boston Show Upbeat Again this Year as Footprint Expands


Sitka Herring Roe Fleet Catches 25 Percent of GHL in Three Hours


Fishpeople Seafood and Open Blue Win Seafood Excellence Awards at Boston Show


Mariner Seafood Prepared for Retail Distribution of GO WILD Brand That Extends Fresh Shelf Life


SeaWeb Names 16 Finalists for 2017 Seafood Champion Awards


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Mon. Mar 20 2017

SeaWatch Launches Foodservice Line of Frozen Soups; Expands to Retail in Partnership with Bar Harbor  


GAA Signs Agreement for Major Chinese E-Commerce Retailer JD.com to Distribute BAP Certified Seafood


Mike Tourkistas Steps Down from CEO Role as East Coast Seafoods Hires New CEO  


Preferred Freezers Will Open Facilities in Texas, Chicago this Year; to Build Ninth NJ/NY Warehouse


OCI Announces Project to Move Canadian Redfish towards MSC Requirements  


Vons Albertsons, Hannaford Retailers Will Carry Bristol Seafood's Fair Trade USA Certified Scallops  


Raw Seafoods Hires Former "Boston Chef of the Year" Walter Zuromski as Director of R&D


San Diego's Catalina Offshore Products Launches Domestically Caught Hook and Line Canned Tuna


Anomalous 2015 Ocean Conditions May Bode Poorly for West Coast Juvenile Chinook Salmon Survival  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday, March 20, 2017


Fri. Mar 17 2017

NGO’s Stumble at Start of Boston Seafood Show with Call for Mexican Shrimp Boycott   (0) 


Russian Crab Importer Direct Source Raises $45 Million Credit Line, Absorbs Sister Company  


Lobsters 2nd Largest Volume Import at Zhengzhou Airport as Expanded Air Cargo Capacity Continues  


Lerøy Seafood Group Objects to Norwegian Restructuring That Will Cost it 20% of Its Cod Quota  


Whitecap Will Celebrate 50 Years of Luxury Brand Canadian Crab at Boston, Brussels and China Shows


Russian Fishing Industry Faces More Consolidation as Companies Prepare for 10 Year Quota Auctions  


PODCAST: Pangasius Under Attack in the EU and the Road to the Boston Seafood Show


Commentator Gives up In Confusion Over Sustainable Fish Guides; Just a Personal Choice, She Says


NOAA Wants More At Sea Monitoring of Groundfish in New England


Japanese Fish Sellers Adapt to Changing Market with More Prepared Items, Different Species of Fish


Oregon State Study Says Workplace Injuries Rising in Seafood Processing Sector


Seafood.com News Summary Friday, March 17, 2017


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Shrimp Imports from India Highest Ever for Oct, Up 17%; Total US Shipments on Record Pace in 2016 

Sharp increases in shrimp imports from India and Ecuador to the US market drove shipments in October up 4 percent for the month. Shipments for the year remain at an all-time record pace with year-to-date figures up over 3 percent from 2015. Shipments from India were up 17.6 percent for the month; it is the highest shrimp import volume ever recorded to the US market from India in the month of October. To date, imports from India, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam are all higher in 2016. Ecuador is the only US supplier among the top five to post a decline in imports year-to-date through October.

A US Federal Court in Washington state overturned a 2011 decision relating to halibut quota shares harvested by hired skippers. Due to the court’s ruling, NOAA will have to open that group back up after limiting it in 2011. Prior to this ruling quota holders couldn’t use a hired master for fishing any quota they acquired after February 2010. This is the second time in the last three months that a federal court has overturned a management decision made by the North Pacific Council.

In other news, August flooding in south Louisiana is expected to have less of a negative impact on crawfish pond production than originally believed. Within the past six weeks, small crawfish have started hatching, "and it's looking pretty much like a normal crawfish year, at this point, early in the season," said Mark Shirley, an aquaculture specialist with the LSU AgCenter.

Meanwhile, oyster operators in Wellfleet are worried that a lengthy harvesting closure because of Norovirus will hurt sales moving forward even though the ban was lifted weeks ago. State and local officials say this past fall's atypical harvesting closure cost Wellfleet millions of dollars in business. Operators say marketing efforts are needed to tell consumers and potential buyers that Wellfleet oysters are once again safe to eat.

Finally, the Parties to the Nauru Agreement or PNA says it will object to any new membership to the Western Pacific Central Fisheries Commission. The chief executive of the PNA Ludwig Kumoru said having countries without direct fishing interests admitted to the commission would weaken island countries influence on the management of the fishery.

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