Wed. Feb 21 2018

Price Gap Between Russian Red and Golden King Crab at Historic Levels  


AK Bering Sea Crabbers Launch Search for New Executive Director


Santa Monica Seafood Expanding Pre-Packed Chilled Seafood Operations


Alaska Fisheries Trust Bill Supported During First House Hearing


Russia Concerned About Chinese Poaching Activities in Territorial Waters  


Washington Fish Farmers Urge State Lawmakers to Oppose Ban on Salmon Farms


Walmart Canada Introducing Sustainable Delivery For Vancouver Online Grocery Shoppers


Vietnam's Hung Vuong Sells Fish Meal Factory to Increase Capital; Plans to Up Basa Sales  


White Castle Brings Back Seafood Crab Cake Slider, Shrimp Nibblers For Lent  


Time for PWS Sablefish Fishermen To Register For the 2018 Fishery


Sea Watch Celebrating National Clam Chowder Day by Providing Bowls to Shelters, Food Pantries  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, February 21


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  


Ecuador Shrimp Prices to China Fall to Lowest Level in Five Years  


Tassal 17th Company to Join Global Salmon Initiative  


Burned California Bears Treated With Tilapia Skin Now in Good Health  


ASC and MSC Team Up for Think Fish Week in France


GAA, IFFO Provide Update on South East Asia Fishmeal Project  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, February 20


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


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, February 15


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


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


New Bedford-Based Northern Wind Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary  


Company Introduces Individual Package Temp Indicators for Low Oxygen Packaging


Lent Kicks Off Biggest Time of the Year for Seafood Sales


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Massive Smear Article in Businessweek Aims to Push Shrimp Imports Under USDA Inspection 

John Sackton comments on an exposè published by Bloomberg that smears the imported shrimp industry and pushes for the USDA to take over inspection duties for shrimp similiar to the catfish program. The authors of the article take a series of health problems and weaponize them against shrimp whether they are factual, true, or even about shrimp in the first place. The article also calls into question most of Asian aquaculture production, as the claims it makes apply not just to shrimp, but to any pond, cage raised or estuary cultivated seafood. "Articles like this imply aquaculture seafood is far more dangerous and tainted than any other part of our food supply. They have created a headwind for consumer acceptance of farmed seafood that turns safety on its head; worsens environmental pressures of food production, and fundamentally harms public health," writes Sackton.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has approved the implmentation of a recreational quota entity (RQE) plan to manage recreational and commercial halibut quotas in Alaska. The plan involves allowing guided recreational halibut fishermen to buy up commercial quota. This differs from an existing program that allows sport guides to lease, but not buy, commercial quota. Alaska's commercial fishermen think the RQE will usher in the absolute death of Southeast Alaska coastal village fleets in a matter of five years

In other news, Nova Scotia's fishing industry hopes the federal government upholds a policy that enforces owner-operator and fleet separation policies that insulates Atlantic Canada’s inshore fishery from corporate interests.

Meanwhile, as of the end of the year, the International Fishmeal and Fish oil Organization’s (IFFO) RS Standard will have certified 45 percent of the world’s total fishmeal and fish oil output. IFFO now has plans in 2017 to carry out a full review of the standard. "The purpose of this review is to agree a strategy for the Standard going forward to 2025," IFFO said in a press release.

Finally, ASMI has released an updated edition of its Alaska Salmon Buyer's Guide. The 20 page, full-color publication is a resource is made up of contributtions from members of ASMI’s technical and salmon committees. It includes sections on harvest areas and times, species profiles, fishing techniques, and sustainability.

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