Fri. Mar 16 2018

EDF Calls on NOAA to Make Sure Rafael’s Permits Are Spread to Multiple Buyers    

VIDEO: US-India WTO Fight; Catfish Recall; Salmon Price Surge; SENA 2018  

Chicken of the Sea Celebrates ‘Best New Foodservice Product Award’ Win for Yellowfin Tuna Slices  

WTO Misses Deadline to Rule on Mexico Appeal of Dolphin-Safe Label Dispute with the US

UK Politicians Wants to Withdraw from EU’s Common Fisheries Policy

Dr. Praeger’s Brand Introduces New MSC Certified Frozen Seafood Products  

ISSF Celebrates Successful 2017 Skippers Workshop Program Summary Friday, March 16

Thu. Mar 15 2018

US Launches WTO Fight Over Indian Export Subsidies; Shrimp Trade Could Become an Issue  

Mixed Bag of West Coast Ocean Salmon Seasons Set for Public Review  

New Bedford Seafood Wholesaler George F. Estudante Sentenced For Tax Evasion

'Get Ugly' Campaign Aims to Get Alaska Crabbers More Money For Scarred or Darker Shells  

Russia Postpones Distribution of Pollock Investment Quotas; Move May Favor Largest Companies  

Kristen Koch Named NOAA’s New Science and Research Director for Southwest Fisheries Science Center

China, Norway Continue Free Trade Negotiations in May; Salmon is Key Norwegian Export Summary Thursday, March 15

Wed. Mar 14 2018

NGOs Challenge MSC’s Claim of Sustainability, Point to Flaws in Certification Standard

Ecuador Launches Sustainable Shrimp Partnership Modeled after the Global Salmon Initiative  

Grieg Holds Raucous Public Information Meeting on Salmon Project for Placentia Bay  

Passamaquoddy Tribe Seeks First Nation Status in Canada, Could Expand Fishing in Bay of Fundy

Guangzhou Customs Seize 14 People in another Vietnam Border Smuggling Gang Arrest  

Thai Union Announces Appointment of Dan Goldstone as Chicken of the Sea SVP of Human Resources

Timestrip: How a Developer of Smart Indicator Technology Entered the Seafood Industry

Middle East Discount Supermarket VIVA Partners With Vinh Hoan

Starkist Samoa Donates $50K for Cyclone Gita Relief Efforts in American Samoa Summary Wednesday, March 14

Tue. Mar 13 2018

High Liner’s Chris Mulder Breaks Down Sea Cuisine’s New Look at Seafood Expo North America  

Paturel Lobster Employees to get Financial Help from East Coast Seafoods  

Very Successful Boston Seafood Show Cut Short By Snow Storm

Mark Foods Names Former Icicle CEO Chris Ruettgers As New President

Norwegian Salmon Prices Shoot Up, Creating Major Headache for Retailers  

James Faro and CFO from Sea Star Seafood Plead Guilty to Bank Fraud over False Receivables

Russian Fish Industry Posts First Revenue Decline in 4 Years

Belfast Maine Residents Express Concerns Prior to Zoning Meeting on Indoor Salmon Project

SeaPak Wants Consumers to Find Their 'Moment of Zen' with Seafood Summary Tuesday, March 13

Mon. Mar 12 2018

Photos From Day 1 of Seafood Expo North America; Major Snow Storm May Scramble Plans

69,000 lbs of US Domestic Catfish Recalled for Contamination with Malachite Green by USDA    

West Coast Waters Returning to Normal; Some Fisheries Remain Disrupted  

MSC Launches New “Wild and Sustainable” Website on 20th Anniversary; ASMI Says 'Win-Win'

Stavis Seafoods Earns British Retail Consortium Certification

Seafood Excellence Awards Winners Announced at Seafood Expo North America 2018

Canadian Seafood Exports to China Up 25% As Overall Seafood Exports Grew by 5%

Old Dutch Harbor Nets Sent to Denmark for Recycling

Latest Seafood News Podcast Features January Shrimp Imports, February 2018 Refusals and More Summary Monday, March 12

Lund’s Fisheries Offering Fair Trade Certified Scallops  

Seafood Champion Awards Finalists Announced; Winners to be Revealed in June

China Increased its Seafood Imports in January; Seafood Exports Drop During Same Month

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New Agreement to Normalize Relations between Norway and China could Revolutionize Salmon Market 

Norway and China signed a joint statement in Beijing this week to normalize the relations between the two countries. Reports from Norway's salmon industry say the agreement can be a game changer since it should help reverse a years-long disruption in Norway's salmon exports to China. The disruption started in 2010 after Norway awarded a Nobel Prize to a Chinese dissident. China protested by sanctioning some of Norway's exports, including salmon. Marine Harvest's stock jumped on the news, with the valuation of the company now at a record high.

We run a response from John Williams, the Executive Director ofSouthernthern Shrimp Alliance, who takes issue with some of the comments John Sackton published last week in our response to Bloomberg's "Bad Shrimp" cover story in Business Week. The SSA was one of the sources for the article.

In other news, Congress has passed two key pieces of legislation that advance the possibility for Nome, Alaska to get an artic deep draft port. The two laws, the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (or WIIN) Act, and the National Defense Authorization Act, both contain provisions for the construction of the port.

Meanwhile, China will construct a massive fish processing center in the Jilin province that is expected to produce more fish with specs specifically for export to the Russian market. The new cluster will be located within the boundaries of the city of Hunchun and will comprise of over 10 plants.

Finally, Prince Edward Island's seafood processing industry supports proposed federal changes to the temporary foreign workers program. The government plans to scrap the limit of how long temporary foreign workers could stay in Canada. The feds also announced that seasonal industries, such as seafood processing, are exempt from a cap on temporary foreign workers for up to 180 days in 2017. "One of the challenges to staff a plant is to find quality employees that are familiar with the industry so when their time limit would run out for a temporary worker we would then have to go through the whole process to retain another one," said Dennis King, executive director of the P.E.I. Seafood Processors Association.

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, talk about how this year's spike in FDA refusals and a poor fishing season are setting up mahi to disappear from the market in 2017. Plus, Oregon finally gets Dungeness fishing underway; the lobster industry continues to puzzle participants; Iceland's fishermen go back on strike and Thailand issues its shrimp production forecast for 2017. 

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