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


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  


West Coast Groundfish Marketing Group Hires Jana Hennig as Director  


ANALYSIS: Shrimp Imports Continue to Soar  


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


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


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


NMFS Institutes More Swordfish Research Off Florida, Praised by EDF  


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


Urner Barry Wraps Up 2017 Intern Program


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, August 15


Mon. Aug 14 2017

Stronger Canadian Dollar Creating Standoff Over Falling Shore Lobster Prices in New Brunswick   (0) 


Maxfield Seafood Sues Freight Co. Over Theft of $318,00 Load of Frozen Lobster from Boston  


Diana Evans New Deputy Director at North Pacific Fisheries Council


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, August 14


Seattle's Fancy Canned Fish Restaurant Lands RealNetworks CEO as Investor  


Western Pacific Council Wrestling with Cultural, Commercial Fishing Definitions in Monuments  


Dubai Seafex Show Highlights Growth of Seafood Consumption in Middle East


Norwegian Salmon Titan Gustav Witzoe Concerned Over Cost of Sea Lice Control  


Added-value Seafood Products Will be the Rising Star of Guolian  


Guolian Supports E-commerce Companies to Find Solutions to Online Seafood Sales Problems  


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Vice President of Sales at Bumble Bee Pleads Guilty to Canned Tuna Price Fixing Conspiracy 

Bumble Bee’s Walter Scott Cameron, a senior vice president of sales for the company, pleaded guilty in federal court this week for participating in a conspiracy to fix canned tuna prices in the US market. Cameron said he and unnamed co-conspirators agreed to fix the prices of packaged seafood from as early as 2011 until about 2013. The defendant and his co-conspirators negotiated prices and issued price announcements for packaged seafood in accordance with the agreements they reached. This is the first charge to result from an ongoing federal antitrust investigation into the “big three” canned tuna brands in the US, which includes Chicken of the Sea and Starkist along with Bumble Bee. “Bumble Bee continues to fully cooperate with the Department of Justice in regards to its ongoing investigation into the packaged seafood industry. Scott has also cooperated with the Company and with the Department of Justice in the investigation. The Company is hopeful that it can reach a resolution with DOJ on this matter, as it relates to the Company, in early 2017," said Jill Irvin, Senior Vice President, General Counsel for Bumble Bee.

Fresh mahi prices in the US market are trending at an all-time record high level for the fourth quarter. Supplies are more limited than normal since landings from major Latin American suppliers have not picked up since the season started in October. Both of these factors could also push frozen mahi prices to record levels into 2017.

China's tilapia production will be flat in 2016, while global output will rise to 5.5 million tons. China's tilapia industry has become too dependent on exports, especially to the US and Mexico, and would like to stimulate the internal market. But strong competition from pangasius and other species is making domestic sales difficult. We run a review of China's tilapia industry, where the authors point to more high quality, certifications, and breeding programs as necessary to move forward.

In other news, the ISSF has identified science-based harvest limits and control rules as the single most important measure to ensure the health of tuna stocks. WWF has fully endorsed this, as has the MSC in its standards. Now the ISSF and 20 other organizations and companies have sent a letter to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission asking them to take these necessary steps at their upcoming meeting.

Finally, Congress' decision to take catfish inspection away from the FDA and give it to USDA was sharply criticized as a waste of money and resources at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing this week. “Explicitly creating a program exclusively for catfish is unnecessary and directs resources away from high-risk foods to focus on a food that is one of the safest," said Pennsylvania Republican Joseph Pitts, chairman of the Health Subcommittee, in his opening remarks at the hearing titled Waste and Duplication in the USDA Catfish Inspection Program.

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