Fri. Apr 21 2017

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


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


Icelandic Group Puts Major UK Seafood Distributor Seachill Up For Sale


Westward Seafoods Settles with EPA Over Clean Air Act Violations


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


Newfoundland Fisherman Continues Hunger Strike Protest After Call From Minister


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


Wed. Apr 19 2017

European Whole Salmon Floods US and Cuts into Canada's Market Share  


West Coast EFP Successfully Targets Pelagic Rockfish with Minimal Bycatch


Russia Squeezed by High Salmon Prices as Chilean Companies Cut Back Shipments  


Letters: Laitram Says Steam Cookers Catching on In NB Crab Industry with Quality Advantages  


VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quotas Announced  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 19, 2017


Tue. Apr 18 2017

Japanese Crab Negotiations with Newfoundland Full of Uncertainty  


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 18, 2017


NFI's Shrimp Council Partners with Popular Food Blogger Chungah Rhee to Promote Shrimp Consumption  


Kroger Backs WWF with $50,000 Donation as Part of Earth Month Sustainability Campaign


Mon. Apr 17 2017

The Smokehouse of NY Recalls Smoked Salmon and Fish Products Over Listeria Concerns  


High Liner Recalls Captain's Crew Fish Strips for Undeclared Allergen


Thai Union CEO Thiraphong Chansiri to Run Virgin London Marathon in Support of WWF-UK


Fortune Fish Expands into E-Commerce Seafood Sales With Deal to Buy Lobster Gram  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 17, 2017


Indonesian Canned Tuna Producer PT Bali Maya Permai Joins ISSF  


China’s Tilapia Industry Faces Moment of Truth at Volume Remains Flat and Prices Fall  


New Zealand's Most Controversial Fishery Deemed Sustainable by Global Body  


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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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