Tue. Feb 20 2018

Thai Union Group Sales Up 1.6%, Profits up 14.6%, With Strong North American Business


Industry Responds to Erroneous Reports about Dungeness Fishery  


Burned California Bears Treated With Tilapia Skin Now in Good Health  


Mon. Feb 19 2018

California Crabbers Slow Landings, Say Won't Deliver at $2.50 per lb.  


Processors Must Eviscerate Dungeness Crab from Southern Oregon Due to Domoic Acid Levels  


China's Tariff Reduction Coincides with Imported Seafood Price Drops Around Chinese New Year  


Cooke Expresses Strong Disappointment with Washington House and Senate Votes to Ban Netpens


Trump Administration Wants to Cut Budget for NOAA, But Congress Unlikely to Accept   


New Seafood News Podcast Episode: Kingfish Zeeland Dutch Yellowtail, Coast Guard Rescue & More  


Vietnam’s Seafood Export Value Rises to U.S. $560 Million in January; Exports to China Grew in 2017  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, February 19


Fri. Feb 16 2018

Russian Security Service Challenging Crab Quota Holders as Illegal Foreign Controlled Business  


NFI's Crab Council Grows to 33 Members  


Oregon Readies New Waste Water Requirements for Seafood Processors


Fisheries Council of Canada Welcomes Designation of Ocean Supercluster by Ottawa


VIDEO: F/V Sinks; Record Shrimp Consumption; Nemesis Pulled From Water; New Whole Foods Policies


Alaska Deckhand Apprentice Program Calls for Applicants


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, February 16


Thu. Feb 15 2018

Pacific Whiting Stock Looks Strong for 2018, Coming off Record 440,944 tons in 2017


4 Rescued from Atlantic Cape’s Vessel Sea Star, After Sinking off Martha’s Vineyard


Cermaq Reports Excellent Salmon Survival Rates in 2017


After Years of Delays Tsukiji Move is Now on Track


Grieg Seafood Temporarily Banned from Exporting Norwegian Salmon to China after Document Mistake  


SeaShare Distributed Over 6.9 Million Servings of Seafood to Struggling Americans in 2017


California Bill Would Crack Down on Fishing Operations That Poach in Marine Protected Areas


GAA Executive Director Wally Stevens Transitioning Out of Role for Andrew Mallison


Pacific Fisheries Technology Conference Hears Shortage of Workers will Plague Alaska Industry


Lent Kicks Off Biggest Time of the Year for Seafood Sales


New Bedford-Based Northern Wind Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary  


Company Introduces Individual Package Temp Indicators for Low Oxygen Packaging


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, February 15


Wed. Feb 14 2018

Adak 5000 ton Cod Allocation Gets Discussed at Council, as Unforeseen Scenario Put it at Risk


China Shrimp Importers Anxious About Fall in Prices After New Year, Leaving High Cost Inventory  


Virginia Legislature Opposes 2018 ASMFC Reductions in Menhaden Quota, Supported by Omega Protein  


Invermar and AquaChile Confirm Salmon Losses from Algae Blooms  


The Most Popular Seafood Options for Valentine's Day  


Myanmar Looks to Boost Farmed Shrimp Production  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, February 14


New Zealand King Salmon Supports Recommendation to Relocate Marlborough Sound Salmon Farms  


What You Need to Know About Fast-Food Fryer Oil During Lent


Oregon, Washington Pink Shrimp Fishery Re-Certified as MSC as Certifiers Laud Management, Ecosystem  


Arby's Adds Nashville Hot Fish Pollock Fillet to Menu as Lent Begins  


Fresco Fisheries Joins NFI Crab Council as 32nd Member  


SeaPak Introduces New 'Selections' Line for Healthier, More Convenient Meals


New Zealand Slows, May Stop, Roll Out of Camera on Board Monitoring


Tue. Feb 13 2018

NOAA Issues SIMP Update; All Data Must Be Complete Before Entry Beginning April 7


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, February 13


Protix Develops ‘Friendly Salmon,’ First-Ever Insect-Fed Salmon  


New Study Reveals Benefits and Concerns of Phytoplankton In Coastal Areas


Seafood Nutrition Partnership Adds GAA VP Dr. Steve Hart to Board of Directors


Innovative Feed Produces Salmon With Double the Omega-3 Content  


Thai Union of Canada Announces Daley Sfds Will Manage New Brunswick Lobster Plant in Tracadie-Sheila  


Chinese Market Helps Argentine Seafood Exports Exceed U.S. $2 billion in 2017  


Hema Fresh Opens Second Store in Shenzhen; Imported Seafood Can Arrive in Two Days  


Baader Brings New Generation of Filleting Machines to Newfoundland, Icewater to Invest $3 million  


Captain D’s Rolls Out Flounder Feast For Lent  


Totoaba Farming May Help Vaquita Porpoise


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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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