Mon. Aug 21 2017

High Prices on Crayfish in China’s Domestic Market Has Some Traders Concerned  


Louisiana White Shrimp Season Officially Open  


COLTO Successfully Gets Amazon Toothfish Ban Petition Removed  


Capital Seafood Rebuilding in Nova Scotia After 2016 Fire  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, August 21


Fri. Aug 18 2017

StarKist Samoa Cannery to Shut Down Due to Fish Shortages


Russian Crab Producers Say Production is Now at Highest Sustainable Levels, Consolodation is Next  


ANALYSIS: Gulf Oyster Gallon Meat Prices Spike  


Norwegian Seafood Exports to China Show Dramatic Rise  


Tally’s New Zealand Gets its Purse Seine Skipjack Certified by MSC


Researchers Discover Reason for Deafness in Farmed Salmon  


West Coast Scientists, Industry Collaborate on Sardine Survey  


Marine Biologist Hopes to Solve Mystery of Blue King Crab Population Flatline in Pribilof Islands  


Aquamar and LM Foods Create New Platform In Surimi Seafood Market


VIDEO: Seafood Plant Fire; Joe’s Crab Shacks Closed; High Liner CEO; Maxfield Sues; Seafood Meal Kit


Liberty Seafoods Names Greer Vest as Director of National Accounts


Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Washington Hosts Exhibit On Early Years of Salmon Derbies  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, August 18


Thu. Aug 17 2017

ANALYSIS: Atlantic Salmon Frozen Fillets and Portions also under Downward Pricing Pressure  


Northern California Petitions for More Squid Permits  


COLTO Responds Forcefully to Baseless Amazon Petition Asking to Ban Sale of Toothfish  


ANALYSIS: Imports of Mexican Shrimp  


Danish Fish Scandal Hints at illegal Quota Manipulations Going Back Years


GAA and Fishin’ Company Partner to Promote Positive Aspects Of Aquaculture Industry  


Striped Bass Being Caught in Labrador Which is Far Beyond their Normal Range  


Annual Fishing Ban in South China Sea Lifted


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, August 17


Wed. Aug 16 2017

High Liner Will be Looking for New CEO Says Henry Demone


Prices Drop as Sick Shrimp in China Flood the Market Again -- Except in Guangxi  


Southeast Alaska Dungeness Fall Season Reduced to One Month  


NOAA Endorses Eating Small Haddock — But What About Cod?  


Canada Announces Largest Marine Protected Area in High Arctic


Midwest Supermarket Chain Hy-Vee Offering 100% Responsibly Sourced Fresh and Frozen Seafood  


Sea Pact Announces 2017 Request for Grant Proposals


Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission Looking to Fill Staff Position  


Calysta Trial Reveals FeedKind Protein Could Replace Fishmeal in Shrimp Feed  


Washington Governor Appointments Former PFMC Director to Fish and Wildlife Commission  


As right whales move into Gulf of St. Lawrence Protection Creates Dilemma for Canadian Gov’t


Cargill Survey Reveals U.S. Consumers are Willing To Spend Extra for Sustainable Seafood  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, August 16


Tue. Aug 15 2017

Henry Demone Returns as CEO of High Liner Foods, Effective Immediately, As Company Stumbles in 1st Q


Urner Barry Wraps Up 2017 Intern Program


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, August 15


North Atlantic Traders President Seeking Attorney Fees After Being Cleared of NOAA Bluefin Charges  


"Inefficient" Methods of Fishing is Keeping a Cornish Oyster Fishery in Business  


NMFS Institutes More Swordfish Research Off Florida, Praised by EDF  


West Coast Groundfish Marketing Group Hires Jana Hennig as Director  


ANALYSIS: Shrimp Imports Continue to Soar  


Cooke Again Faces Local Opposition to Potential Salmon Hatchery in Nova Scotia  


Aquaculture Could Satisfy Global Seafood Demand Using Ocean Space the Size of Lake Michigan


Boston Seafood Hall of Fame Inducts GAA Executive Director Wally Stevens


Trū Shrimp Company, Schwan’s Company Enter into Partnership to Provide Safe, Natural Shrimp  


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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.

Make sure to check out our latest podcast, which can be downloaded or streamed to iPhone and Andriod mobile devices through iTunesGoogle Play or SoundCloud. In our latest show, we talk about the reported pollock biomass in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska and recap some of the developments surrounding the delay to Dungeness crab fishing in Oregon and Washington. 

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