Wed. Jul 26 2017

Walmart Selects BAP as First Seafood-Related 3rd Party Auditor for Social Compliance


United Fishermen of Alaska's Fish Facts Shows Proportion of in-State vs. Out of State Fish Income


Zhejiang Province Imports White Shrimp Seed from Thailand for the First Time  


Hawaii Longline Leader Testifies on Ways to Strengthen the MSA  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday July 26, 2017


Tue. Jul 25 2017

Former Pacific Seafood Executive Sentenced for Embezzlement


Louisiana Shrimp Landings Lowest in 10 Years Due to Dead Zone Becoming More of a Problem


MSA Reauthorization Fault Lines on Recreation and Stock Target Flexibility Exposed in House Hearing


Court Battle over Placentia Bay Salmon Farm Could Scare Off Future Investors, Says Marystown Mayor


Guolian’s Net Profit Expected to Balloon by 700% or More in First Half of 2017  


Pacifico First Company to Raise Salt Water Striped Bass, Gets 4 Star BAP Rating  


Alibaba Joins Argentina's Ocean Family to Bring Fresh Red Shrimp to Chinese E-commerce Consumers  


Domestic Red Crayfish is a Big Success for Chinese E-commerce Platforms  


ISSF Seeks to Strengthen Tuna Conservation Efforts at IAATC


National Fisheries Institute Introduces Unique and Easy Summer Shrimp Recipes


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 25, 2017


Mon. Jul 24 2017

Stavis Seafoods to Greatly Expand West Coast Distribution with Partnership with R.W. Zant


Russian Fish Co. to Expand Sales of Single Frozen Pollock to Domestic Market, Citing Weakness in EU  


Increasing Shortage of Vietnam Basa Could Lead to Higher Prices Later This Year  


Shanghai Crayfish Season at its Peak; Prices Have Skyrocketed Over Last Decade  


UFA Turns to Text Messaging to Build Fisherman Support for Alaska Salmon Habitat Measures


Summa Equity Acquires 75 Percent of Salmon Smoker Milarex  


Summa Equity Acquires 75 Percent of Salmon Smoker Milarex  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday July 24, 2017


Fri. Jul 21 2017

ANALYSIS: Shrimp Market an Island of Stability in Shellfish Sector  


ANALYSIS: Imported Mahi Mahi Prices Remain Near Record High Levels Amid Limited Production  


NOAA Locates Crabber F/V Destination Wreckage; Coast Guard Hearing Set for August


New President of B.C. Wildlife Federation Aims for Stability


Clean Seas Seafood Rebrands and Launches New Kingfish Campaign


Senators Collins, King Introduce Resolution to Designate September 25, 2017, as National Lobster Day


Australian Heard and McDonald Islands Toothfish Fishery is Recertified Under MSC  


Seafood.com News Summary Friday, July 21, 2017


Thu. Jul 20 2017

ANALYSIS: Chilean Market Continues to Weaken to Levels Now Below 2016  


West Coast Dungeness Crab Season: Rocky Start, Good Markets, High Value  


BlueOcean Expanding Market for Pure Polar Shrimp Oil  


VIDEO: Trident Seafoods Value; Bakkafrost Bacteria Outbreak; UK Seafood Fraud


Canadian Fisheries Puts $8.9 Million in Upgrade, Expansion of St. Andrews Biological Station in NB


High Quality Shrimp Breeding Farm Set Up in Mekong Delta


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 20, 2017


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Second Bumble Bee Sales Executive Pleads Guilty to Canned Tuna Price Fixing Conspiracy 

Kenneth Worsham is the second Bumble Bee sales executive to plead guilty for participating in a scheme to fix prices of canned tuna in the US market. According to the charge, Worsham and unnamed co-conspirators discussed the prices of packaged seafood sold in the United States and agreed to fix the prices of those products. Worhsam is the second Bumble Bee sales executive to plead guilty to a price fixing conspiracy. Earlier this month, Walter Scott Cameron plead to the same conspiracy charge. Both of the executives agreed to pay a criminal fine and cooperate with the division’s ongoing investigation. So far, Worsham and Cameron are the only named co-conspirators in the case.

A deal that could shake up the Russian pollock industry was announced today. Gidrostroy, one of Russia’s largest fish producers, owned by a senator of the Sakhalin area Alexander Verkhovsky, is considering acquiring Preobrazhensky Base of Trawling Fleet (PBTF). The amount of the deal may reach US$430 million. The deal could make Gidrostroy the biggest pollock producer in Russia, surpassing the volumes produced by The Russian Fish Company. It is expected that the deal will be finally closed in January 2017.

In other news, fishery managers in Oregon and Washington will open more waters to commercial Dungeness fishing on January 1. This ends a one-month delay to the start of the season. Officials delayed fishing to conduct more domoic acid testing out of precaution, not because the acid levels were over the legal limit.

Meanwhile, shrimpers in Mississippi are concerned that new federal rules to expand the use of turtle excluder devices (TED) will increase their costs and limit their catches. The proposed rules requires skimmer nets to use TEDs over tow-time restrictions. The industry says about half of the state's shrimp fleet would be impacted.

Finally, we run a story on how the use of Sustainable Development Goals in global fisheries can help the seafood industry address issues including IUU practices, antibiotic usage and sustainable fishery management. The report says that the seafood industry is in a unique position since the private sector has the influence and resources to make such improvements.

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