Fri. May 26 2017

Atlantic Scallop Prices Continue to Crash in May with Landings Up 23% from Last Year  


Oregon, California Governors Ask Feds to Declare Catastrophic Salmon Disaster  


California Salmon Hearing Includes Warnings of Impending Disasters, Some Solutions  


Southeast Alaska Spring Troll Fishery for Chinook Closes Monday  


VIDEO: Ecuador’s Shrimp Production and Sales to Asia Reach Records; Alaska’s Salmon is Underway  


Ancient Genetic Markers in Sockeye Salmon Can Help Manage Healthier Fish Stocks  


Study Says US Investments on Aquaculture Research Pay Dividends


New Zealand Boosts Fisheries Budget by US$21.5 Million


MSC Certifies the Greenland Halibut Fishery off West Greenland as Sustainable  


Seafood.com News Summary Friday May 26, 2017


New Zealand Boosts Fisheries Budget by US$21.5 Million


Thu. May 25 2017

Further Restrictions on Copper River Kings as Landings Higher than Expected in First Two Fishing Per  


New Rockfish Longevity and Spawning Info Will Help Stock Assessments and Ensure Healthy Populations   (0) 


Rick Speed Joins ISA as VP Sales; Parent Company Shifts Marketing Approach  


Miffed Land Grabber Attempts to Block Pacific’s Surimi Plant Deal in Threat to Whiting Fishery  


DHL Now Shipping Live Crabs and Seafood from Northern Norway to South Korea and US Markets  


Sea to Table Expands Seafood Delivery Service Directly to Consumers


Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Teams Up With Spain's Largest Seafood Canner Jealsa  


DFO Identifies 140,000 km of Ocean West of Vancouver Island for MPA Designation


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday May 25, 2017


Wed. May 24 2017

Oregon Pink Shrimp Volume Steady; Small Sizes Remain a Concern  


DFO Opens Newfoundland's 3Ps Inshore Cod Fishery But Issues No Decision for Offshore Harvesters  


Chilean Customs Workers Go On Strike Indefinitely  


WWF Study: Shrimp Can Be Traced Back to Their Country of Origin Through Elemental Profiling  


ISSF Compliance Report Focuses on Tuna Best Practices, Collaboration  


SCeMFiS Funds Seven Research Projects Affecting Fisheries Management  


Cape Greig Walrus are Back, ADF&G Plans Changed Fishery Boundary Again


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday May 24, 2017


Tue. May 23 2017

Congressional Trade Committee Hears Testimony About US Seafood Trade Deficits from ASPA and NFI  


RFM Certification Underway for Five Alaska Crab Fisheries, ASMI Calls for Stakeholders Input  


Chinook Salmon Research in Yukon and Nushagak Rivers Designed to Help Manage Fisheries  


Commerce Department Rescinds Duty Rate Review for Chinese Shrimp Exporters  


Santa Monica Hires Dave Harrison as VP of Procurement


Long John's Featuring Buttermilk Breaded Alaskan Cod on Menu for the Summer  


Canada's Redfish Fishery Earns MSC Certification  


VIDEO: Ecuador's Shrimp Output and Sales to Asia Reach Records  


James Beard Chef Says Maine Should Start Eating its Invasive Green Crab Problem


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday May 23, 2017


Mon. May 22 2017

Ecuadorian Shrimp Exports at Record Level in 2017 as Sales to Asia Dominate Market Share  


F/V America's Finest, Largest Catcher Processor Built in US in 30 Years, May Need Jones Act Waiver


First Copper River Opener Took Nearly Half the Chinook Forecasted Harvest and 36,000 Sockeye  


PODCAST: Canada’s Snow Crab Market Stabilizes and China’s Era of High Shrimp Output Fades  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday May 22, 2017


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West Coast Crabbers Strike for Higher Dungeness Price 

West Coast crabbers from Bodega Bay north through Oregon and Washington to the Canadian border went on strike this week after wholesale Dungeness crab buyers offered low prices for the crab at the docks. Earlier this month some West Coast crabbers and processors agreed to a $3 per pound price. But this week some buyers were offering $2.75 per pound. The strike was possible because staggered season openings along the California coast mean that the price of crab has not been set in all fisheries. “There’s going to be no crabbing from any port from Bodega Bay to the Washington-Canada border,” said Lorne Edwards, president of the Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Marketing Association. “It’s huge … I’m not expecting a change until after New Year’s.”

The proposed budget for Alaska's Department of Fish and Game in 2018 will slash funding to the Department 36 percent to $28.9 million. The budget cut is expected to reduce the ADF&G's ability to accurately monitor Alaska's key fish stocks, including salmon. The expectation is that the state's fishery managers will take very conservative approaches in setting harvest quotas since they will not have access to the best available stock data.

In other news, the Gulf of Alaska's commercial sablefish fishing quota will take into consideration the number of fish lost to "depredation" by killer and sperm whales for the first time starting next year. The NPFMC increased the sablefish quota in the Gulf for next year to 10,074 metric tons. Fishermen will also be permitted to use pot gear to harvest sablefish as part of a regulatory decision intended to reduce the impact from whales.

Meanwhile, prices for king and snow crab in the Japanese market are up as much as 50 percent because of limited supplies. Imports from key suppliers in Russia and Alaska are down sharply in 2016. 

Finally, we publish a story about an assessment of China’s farmed white shrimp industry in 2016, which was recently released by China’s Ministry of Agriculture. The agency’s experts visited 38 white shrimp aquaculture facilities in six different provinces. The report concluded that China's white shrimp output declined in 2016 from a combination of poor broodstock and feed quality, pollution, disease and issues with the weather.

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