Fri. Sep 22 2017

ANALYSIS: Retail Shrimp Promotions Very Stable  


Changes Coming for Icelandic Brand in US, as High Liner Agrees to Renegotiate Licensing Terms  


Anti-MSC Coalition Wins a Battle in Fight to Prevent MSC Recertification of PNA Tuna by FAD vessels  


Russian Fishing Profits Fall in 2017; Industry on Verge of Financial Crisis  


Walmart Testing Straight-To-Fridge Delivery Service


Salmones Camanchaca to Become Public Company, Langostino Lobster Gets MSC Certification  


Scientists Pan Proposal to Open Pristine Pacific Islands to Fishing


Ralphs Grocery Store Launches Prepared Meal Kits with Fish Tacos, Peruvian Salmon  


Four Arrested in California for Selling Abalone on the Black Market  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, September 22


Thu. Sep 21 2017

U.S. Coast Guard Refuses to Document “America’s Finest”; Congressional Action Still Possible


Boston's North Coast Seafood Put up For Sale According to Norway Sources


Editor's View: Carlos Rafael Must Go to Prison; Forfeit Vessels   


Whole Foods Offering Vegan Raw Tuna Alternative for Sushi  


New Brunswick Seafood Exports to China Have Skyrocketed by 238 Percent  


Oceana Canada Executive Director Writes Open Letter To Raise Seafood Fraud Awareness


Sea Turtle Populations on the Rise, But Conservation Still a Concern


New Sea Grant Bulletin a Boost for Alaskans Wanting to Farm Kelp


Tasmania Passes New Salmon Farming Laws  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, September 21


Wed. Sep 20 2017

Yukon and Norton Sound See Record Chum Salmon Harvest  


Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill Releases Statement on Hurricane Irma Damage


Cape Cod Oyster Company Purchases 23-Acre Aquaculture Grant in Massachusetts  


Maine Department of Marine Resources Recovers 98% of Recalled Mussels  


Univ of Washington Urges Fishermen to Diversify Permits Across Multiple Species to Preserve Income


Researchers Discover Caribbean Queen Conch Populations Are Fragmented  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, September 20


Tue. Sep 19 2017

Snow Crab Fishery Likely in Alaska This Year With Positive News from Survey; King Crab Will Be Down  


Rafael Seeks to Sell Vessels, Pay Small Fine; Opposes Gov't Forfeiture Demand


IUU Lobster Fishing and Dumping Must be Stopped Immediately in Canada (Editorial)


B.C. Atlantic Farm Raised Salmon Named "Good Alternative" By Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch  


US Lowers Indian Shrimp Duty Rates by 62%  


Sysco Now Offering Sustainable and Artificial Additive-Free Wild Caught Shrimp  


Alaska Legislature Keeps Salmon Habitat Protections Alive  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, September 19


SeaPak Expands Their Pub Style Beer Battered Frozen Seafood Line


Chinese helping Establish Tilapia Production in Laos  


Mon. Sep 18 2017

SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, September 18


Hurricane Harvey dropped Restaurant Sales in Texas 15%, and 1% Nationally for Last Week of August


US Lobster Industry Braces for Christmas Disruption as Canada’s Zero Tariff for EU Goes Into Effect  


China-Based Grocery E-Commerce Site Signs MoU with GAA


Study Reveals Adults Not Getting Enough Omega-3 Fatty Acids


Zinke Memo Recommends Restoring Commercial Fishing to Northeast Canyon and Other Marine Monuments


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Oregon Dungeness Crabbers, Processors Return to Price Negotiations 

Fishermen and processors in Oregon have returned to the state-supervised negotiating table in Newport, Ore., in an effort to end a strike by fishermen over Dungeness crab ex-vessel prices. "Buyers and sellers each have to decide what they think the market will support," said Occhipinti. "It can be challenging to find the right balance, but we're confident that at the end of the day, consumers will get wholesome, sustainably harvested Dungeness crab at a price they can afford," said Dan Occhipinti, Pacific Seafood's General Counsel in a statement.

The FDA’s overall seafood rejection rates in 2016 finished the year up 10 percent compared to the 2015 total. Mahi emerged as the most rejected seafood item in 2016 with rejections 3.5 times higher from 2015 levels, and more than double the five-year-average of mahi refusals according to the FDA’s data. Filth accounted for over 80 percent of the FDA's mahi refusals while about 65 percent of all seafood refusals were because of filth.

In other news, the Parties to the Nauru Agreement expect to double their Marine Stewardship Council-caught tuna in the Pacific fishing zones of its member nations in 2017. “We expect the volume to double to about 100,000 metric tons in 2017 based upon existing orders,” said PNA CEO Ludwig Kumoruin a press release. Still, at 100,000 mt, the MSC-certified catch remains a fraction of the overall PNA tuna harvests, which have been on a downward trend.

Meanwhile, the 2016/2017 commercial Tanner crab fishery in Southeast Alaska will open concurrently with the commercial golden king crab fishery noon on Friday, February 17, 2017. The five-year average catch in Southeast Alaska for tanner crab is 1.2 million pounds or just under half a million individual crab.

Finally, Florida's stone crab harvesters hope to improve their landings now that a lingering wave of red tide has dissipated from the Collier County coastline. Crabbers have been hammered by the red tide that followed Hurricane Matthew in October. Stone crab counts are down throughout the state at monitoring sites checked by state wildlife officials when compared with this time last year. In Collier County alone, the crab count has been cut nearly in half according to state officials.

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