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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Marine Harvest Will Resume Salmon Exports to China With Chinese, Norwegian Trade Relations Restored 

Marine Harvest said it will resume shipping salmon to the Chinese market this year now that political tensions between Norway and China have eased. Marine Harvest’s Chief Executive Alf Helge Aarskog said he expects shipments to resume to the Chinese market sometime in the first or second quarter this year. In mid-December, diplomatic relations between Norway and China were normalized when the two countries signed a joint statement in Beijing. This eased tensions between the countries that dated back to 2010 when Norway gave a Nobel Prize to a Chinese dissident. Given the agreement signed in December and Marine Harvest’s decision to resume shipments, it’s possible for China’s market share for Norwegian salmon increase in 2017.

The first chartered flight carrying live North American lobsters from Halifax to China landed at the Zhengzhou Xinzheng Int'l Airport in Zhengzhou, the capital of the central province of Henan. It took the plane 19 hours to fly its cargo of about 74 metric tons of live lobster to China. Two more chartered flights with lobsters are expected to land in China before the Chinese New Year on January 27.

Meanwhile, China's Ministry of Finance announced a significant range of tariff reductions on seafood products, to take effect January 1, 2017. The principal beneficiaries of the tariff reduction will be companies in Russia, Canada, the US and Norway. The major reductions include H&G frozen cod and pollock. Our story includes a full table of the tariff reductions.

In other news, A group of US senators led by Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski reintroduced the Improved National Monument Designation Process Act, a bill that if passed will require increased local input and state approval before national monuments can be designated on federal lands and waters. The law will require one of three points of criteria be met before any national monument can be declared on public land or within waters of the exclusive economic zone. "At this point, we have no choice but to reform the Antiquities Act to ensure that the people being impacted by these designations are heard and respected," Murkowski said.

Finally, a report says the Canadian Food Inspection Agency expedited its approval of Aquabounty's genetically modified salmon eggs for export. Emails obtained by the CBC News said Aquabounty wanted inspectors to complete their testing since the eggs could start hatching and would be useless to customers. CFIA's chief regional inspector in Atlantic Canada, David Cameron said it is not unusual for companies to ask inspectors to reprioritize their testing schedules for export permits so they can meet deadlines.
 

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