Thu. Oct 19 2017

China Jumps on Argentine Red Shrimp, Which Had a Near Record Harvest This Year


MSC Responds to Criticisms of PNA MSC Tuna Using Vessels That Target both FAD and Free Swimming Fish


Fisheries Council of Canada Says Government Secrecy on New Fisheries Law Threatens Jobs, Investment


Wed. Oct 18 2017

Lawsuit Documents Show Pattern of Collusion Between Commerce and Rec Fishery  


Fortune Fish Hopes to Haul in E-commerce Sales With Lobster Gram  


Maine Weighs Lottery to Issue First New Scallop Licenses Since 2009  


StarKist Expands BOLD Line of Tuna Pouches with New Sriracha Flavor  


White Shrimp Prices Drop in Some China Regions Due to Market, Environmental Factors  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, October 18


Tue. Oct 17 2017

DFO Cracks Down on Peaceful Crab Protest in Port Au Choix  


New Chicken of the Sea Ad Campaign Tackles the Question: Is It Chicken or Is It Fish?  


Captain D’s Franchisee Opens Second Restaurant In Less Than 60 Days  


Canadian Oyster Companies Recalling Some Products  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, October 17


Mon. Oct 16 2017

Newfoundland Snow Crab Survey Likely to Show Further Decline According to DFO Biologists


Royal Greenland Looking to Buy More Snow Crab and Coldwater Shrimp Access, CFO Tells Japanese


Alibaba's New Hema Fresh Supermarkets Generating Overwhelming Response in China  


Kodiak May See a Small Tanner Crab Fishery This Year


Thai Union Forms New Management Structure in Europe Headed by Paul Reenan of John West


ANALYSIS: Traders Outlook Positive Amid New Seasonal Mahi Production  


American Fisheries Society Strongly Objects to EPA’s Recent Effort to Reverse its Own Protection of  


Tilapia Prices Drop after National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival in China  


Blue Revolution Promoting Seaweed Mariculture in Alaska


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, October 16


Fri. Oct 13 2017

Bering Sea Pacific Cod Quota May Drop by a Third for 2018


Walton Foundation Flops As NOAA Demands an Outrageous Paper They Funded on IUU Fishing be Retracted


Maryland Could Potentially Increase Imports of Egg-Bearing Female Crabs  


VIDEO: Codfather Vessels; Imports Block; Maine Lobster Catch; Red Snapper Plot; Salmon Ballot  


Aramark Working to Ensure 100% Of their Seafood Purchases Meet Seafood Watch Recommendations


Cook Inlet Salmon Fisherman Wins Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Fishing Video Contest


Corporate Players Make Big Commitments At 2017 Our Ocean Conference


Barents Sea Cod Quota for 2018 Reduced For Russia and Norway  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, October 13


Thu. Oct 12 2017

SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, October 12


How an Underwater Nursery Is Helping to Replenish Marine Fish Stocks


Few Bright Spots in Bering Sea Crab Outlook  


Trader Joe’s Stops Buying Mexican Shrimp as Part of Effort To Save Vaquita Porpoise From Extinction  


WDFW Permits Cooke Aquaculture to Transport Atlantic Salmon Eggs from Iceland  


Are Plant Based Salmon Feeds Lacking in Nutrients?  


Wenzhou City Seafood Import Volume Grows, Primarily Due to Oysters  


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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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