Tue. Dec 12 2017

West Coast's Pacific Ocean Perch Stock Declared Rebuilt, Will Lead to Higher Groundfish Catches  


Nova Scotia Lobster Landings Similar to Last Year After First Two Weeks  


Walmart Offering Shelf-Stable Crab in New Delivery Meal Kit  


MSC Says Hands Tied on PNA Review, Says Our Story Mischaracterized Parliamentary Interest


China's Tilapia Industry Faces Struggles Along the Road to Acceptance  


FDA Expands Rule on ‘Refusal of Inspection’ Gives Foreign Plants 24 Hours to Answer Query


Cooke Aquaculture VP of Communications Nell Halse Retiring at the End of the Year


Hawaii Longliners Paying for Fishing Bigeye Rights in U.S. Territories  


Nova Scotia Car Dealership Hosts 2nd Annual Crazy Lobster Photo Contest  


Washington State Crabber Sentenced to 90 Days House Arrest, Fined $5K for Stealing Crab Pots


Gulf Fishermen Set Up Retail Stores in Mid-West, Rotate from Boat to Retail and Back


Trans-Ocean Gets its Surimi Verified with Non-GMO Label  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, December 12


Mon. Dec 11 2017

Gulf of Alaska P-Cod TACs Drop by 80% for 2018, Council Approves Increase in BSAI Pollock


Larry Cotter, CEO of APICDA Since its Founding, Announces Retirement at End of 2018


Another Lobster Zone Votes to Continue Maine's Lobster Marketing Program  


Changes in the Warm Kuroshio current in Japan to affect fishing operations


England's Largest Fishing Port to Get £3.4 Million Shellfish Processing Plant


Shell Shack Seafood Chain Restaurant Expanding Outside of Texas


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, December 11


Fri. Dec 8 2017

NE Council Sets Higher Limits for Cod, Pollock, But SNE Yellowtail Restrictions will Hurt


Live King Crab from Alaska Flying to Chinese Markets  


Russian Banks May Cut Funding for Domestic Industry If Crab Auction Overturns Historical Fish Rights  


Urner Barry Hosting Seafood Import Workshop in Los Angeles


Poland’s Fish Processors Expand as Exports Drive Sales  


VIDEO: Fork and Fin Foodtruck; Aldi Trademarks “Love Fish”; WC Crab Season Delayed; Misty Blue Sinks


Washington State Senator Maria Cantwell Introduces Fishing and Small Vessel Relief Act


Young’s Seafood Launches ‘Proudly Made in Britain’ Campaign


Researchers Find Dam Flow Patterns Could Boost Yields at Freshwater Fisheries


Maine Shrimp Fishery May Never Rebound


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, December 8


Thu. Dec 7 2017

AP Recommends Modest Increases in Pollock, POP, and Sablefish TACs in Bering Sea


MSC Called to Parliament to Answer Questions About its PNA Tuna Recertification


Dungeness Crab Continue to Fill Out in Oregon; Season Delayed Until Dec. 31  


Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Seeks to Introduce Commercial Fishing to 3 Marine Monuments


ASC Adds New Member To Commercial Team in Stockholm


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, December 7


Captain D’s Continues to Grow in Final Weeks of 2017


Coldwater Shrimp Market May be Tight in Early 2018  


Dan Herring Joins Suram Trading Corp as VP of National Accounts  


Bay of Bengal Typhoons Hit Seafood Exports from Kerala, Threaten Andra Pradesh, Shrimp Farm Cap


Wed. Dec 6 2017

Seafood Importers and Brokers Totally Unprepared for Jan 1st Implementation of Sfd Import Monitoring


Eggs Set Up 4 Percent; Chicks Placed Up Slightly


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, December 6


NFI Launches New Website to Get Food Service Community 'Hooked' on Seafood


University of New Haven Student Sheds Light on Sodexo’s Sustainable Seafood


China’s Antarctic Toothfish Market is Bustling But Smuggling Remains a Problem  


Seafood Sourcing Investing Over £600,000 into Whitefish Processing Facility  


Industry, Managers Prepare for Possible Partial Dungeness Crab Opening on the West Coast  


Atlantic Capes Puts Out Statement on Sinking of Their Clam Vessel F/V Misty Blue; 2 Crewmen Lost


New England Fishery Management Council Sends Atlantic Herring Amendment 8 to Public Hearing  


Tue. Dec 5 2017

SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, December 5


Sector IX Objects to Suspension in Letter to NOAA; Asks to Operate While Investigating Over Fishing


Red Lobster Launches New, Smaller Tasting Plates and Globally-Inspired Entrées  


Shrimp Imports Continue to Accelerate, Driven by Retail Demand  


Lund's Fisheries Announces New Management Team


Florida Fishermen's Group Sues Over 40% Cut in 2018 Golden Tilefish Allocation  


OECD Review of Fisheries 2017 Sees Rise in Aquaculture Sector


Chinese Basa Growth Slows by About 7%; Prices Expected to Remain High  


Hokkaido Scallop Season Ends with Landings Up 16% Over 2016; Another Increase seen for 2018  


SW Nova Scotia Lobster Season More Normal This Year, Quality Varies by Location


Broodstock Capital Invests in Norwegian Salmon Industry Track and Trace Software  


ISSF Releases Position Statement Calling for Better Management of Stocks  


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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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