Thu. Apr 27 2017

Responsible Aquaculture Foundation Launches New Seafood Safety Courses  


Vietnam Becomes China’s Largest ASEAN Trade Partner


Iceland's Samherji Boosts Stake in Major Norwegian Fish Producer Nergård  


NGOs Vow to Fight Trump Administration's Executive Order that WIll Review MPA Designations


Wed. Apr 26 2017

Cozy Harbor Wins Two Seafood Excellence Awards at European Seafood Expo for Retail Lobster Products  


WTO Says Mexico Can Levy $163 Million in Annual Sanctions Against US Over Dolphin Safe Tuna Dispute  


Weak Sockeye Forecast for Cook Inlet This Year  


PODCAST: Gulf Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectation; Whole Salmon Floods US Market; Brussels Show Starts  


Sales of MSC, ASC Labeled Seafood Trended Higher in Germany, UK, Asia, Australia and New Zealand


Vietnam Attempts to Restore Prawns in Australian Market


Developer Outbids Cook’s Lobster Owner to Buy Historic Maine Island Wharf


Blumar Completes First Step Towards Achieving ASC Certification at Chilean Salmon Farms  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 26, 2017


Tue. Apr 25 2017

Nippon Suisan and its Gortons and Unisea Subsidiaries Partner with GSSI, Along with More Retailers


Newfoundland Price Panel Sets Cold-Water Shrimp Minimum Price at $0.95  


New Brunswick Snow Crab Fishery Opening Today  


Gulf Shrimp Landings in Q1 About Even with Last Year; Market Waits for New Season Production  


Togiak Update: Aerial Surveys Are Underway, No Sign of Herring Yet


VIDEO: Seats Still Open for Urner Barry's Seafood Import Workshop on May 23 in Miami


MSC Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Goal to Certify or Engage 1/3 Global Marine Catch by 2030


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 25, 2017


Mon. Apr 24 2017

Cautious Optimism About Recovery of Canada's Northern Cod Stocks Noted During Meeting in Brussels  


Newfoundland's Fisheries Minister Supports $14 Million Federal Commitment to Study Cod Stocks  


About 500 Walmart Stores in Midwest Market to Carry The Salmon Man's Norwegian Salmon Portions  


Marine Harvest Canada Selects Poseidon Ocean Systems to Build 29 Salmon Pens Around Vancouver Island  


VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectations; European Whole Salmon Floods US  


Vietnam Fails to Score Big in Egyptian Fish Market


Southeastern Grocers, Pole-and-Line Foundation Join in Retail Effort  


Panera to Hire 10,000 as it Expands Delivery Service


Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 24, 2017


Fri. Apr 21 2017

NMFS Put Councils on Notice About Overfishing or Overfished Conditions on Bigeye, Four Other Stocks


Icelandic Group Puts Major UK Seafood Distributor Seachill Up For Sale


Russian Pollock Producers Plan to Grow Exports to EU Market 40% by 2019  


Newfoundland Fisherman Continues Hunger Strike Protest After Call From Minister


Westward Seafoods Settles with EPA Over Clean Air Act Violations


Seafood.com News Summary Friday April 21, 2017


Thu. Apr 20 2017

PWS Pink and Chum Salmon Get Determination of MSC Sustainability Prior to Public Objection Period  


Greenpeace Tuna Ranking Charade a Market Opportunity for Some Retailers Not a Sustainability Advance  


Scientists Spawn Pacific Sardines In Captivity; Results Could Inform Potential for Good Fishing  


Peru Hikes Anchovy Quota 1 Million Metric Tons With Season Set to Start on April 22  


Chesapeake Bay's Spawning Female Blue Crab Stocks at Highest Level in 28 Years   (0) 


Marine Harvest's Q1 Production Falls 13% in 2017 But Earnings Double from a Year Ago  


Feds Close Flatfish, Rockfish, Sablefish Trawling in Gulf of Alaska 2 Weeks Earlier Than Last Year


American Shrimp Processors Assoc. Backs "Buy American" Executive Order  


Portion of Kodiak Sac Roe Herring Fishery Temporarily Shut Down for Lack of Fish  


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 20, 2017


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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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