Fri. Nov 17 2017

Trident Invests in APICDA’s Bering Pacific and Cannon Fish Subsidiaries


Giant Canadian Pension Firm Enters Seafood Industry with Purchase of Largest PEI Mussel Grower  


Russian 2017 Salmon Season Had Major Failures; New Fishing Restrictions Planned


ANALYSIS: Argentinian Pink Shrimp Will Stay in the US Market For the Long Term    


Oregon Delays Dungeness Crab Season Due to Low Meat Recovery  


Global Aquaculture Alliance CFO Jeff Fort Takes On COO Position


JD Fresh Moves 20,000 Tons of Fresh Food, Garnering Huge Success on Singles' Day  


VIDEO: EU Importers & Indian Shrimp; Maine Lobstermen; Alternative Tuna; Canadian Trade Benefits


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, November 17


Thu. Nov 16 2017

How Ocean Hugger Foods Is Breaking Into the Seafood Industry  


Bering Sea Pollock and Cod in Good Shape But Could Be Moving North


Chile Prolongs King Crab Season as Prices in China Rise More than 20 Percent  


California Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Opens With Dock Prices Around $3 A Pound  


China’s Fresh Food Ecommerce Changing the Equation for Air Cargo


France First Country to Put Legal Teeth Behind Claims of Supply Chain Dilligence


Moody’s Affirms Red Lobster Debt Rating, but Downgrades Outlook to Negative


Study Finds ‘Tipping Point’ That Could Change Oyster Restoration Efforts  


Young’s Seafood Launches New Shellfish Line in the UK  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, November 16


Wed. Nov 15 2017

EU Importers Already Shifting Away from Indian Shrimp Prior to EU Inspection Visit  


Latest Stock Assessment Shows 80% drop in GOA Pacific Cod ABC for 2018  


Center For Biological Diversity Takes Aim at California Dungeness Fishery With New Petition  


ADF&G Releases Bristol Bay Forecast for 2018; Harvest Predicted at 39 Million Sockeye


On the Central California Coast, Dungeness Crab Season Gets Under Way  


Euromonitor Says Fresh Fish Consumption Falling in Europe


Maine Opens Eel License Lottery for 2018 Season  


Captain D’s Data Sheds Light on Customer Base


Cermaq Announces Improvement in Fish Survival Rate for Atlantic Salmon  


Sanford Releases Annual Financial Results As They Look to the Future  


Bristol Seafood Accepts Portland, Maine’s Business of The Year Award


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, November 15


Tue. Nov 14 2017

Maine Lobster Harvesters: Don't Abandon Marketing Program Just When It is Needed (Editorial)    


Branding Fight Breaks Out as Local Community Supported Fisheries Object to FultonFishMarket.com


Tassal Backs Away from Dumping Treated Wastewater from Salmon Pens Back into Macquarie Harbour  


Pangasius Farm Gate Prices Hit Record After Rains in Mekong  


Restaurant Industry Third Quarter Earnings Report Shows Drop in Sales


Open Blue First Coba Supplier To Achieve 4-Star BAP Certification  


South Coast Cod Fishery Secures Local Jobs Over the Winter  


Australia Seafood Co-Op Working On Alternative to Planned Carp Herpes Virus Release  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, November 14


Mon. Nov 13 2017

JD.com Gives Alibaba Competition, With $19.14 Billion Singles Day Haul and More Focus on Seafood


With Prices Lower, Japanese King Crab Buyers Still Expect Strong Competition for Supplies  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, November 13


Hokkaido Port Celebrates 80 Years of Kazunoko (Herring Roe) Production, Plans Market Campaign  


Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Joins Forces With Nueva Pescanova Group


United Fishermen of Alaska Hire New Executive Director


IFFO Announces Incoming President And Full Management Board For 2018  


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American Seafoods Names Corporate Food Industry Exec Mikel Durham CEO; Bodal to Stay on as Chairman 

The Board of Directors for American Seafoods Group named Mikel Durham the next CEO of the company, she will replace current CEO Bernt Bodal on January 16. Bodal, who has served as American’s CEO since 2000, will continue as Chairman of the company. Durham is a veteran of the corporate food industry. She is an independent Board member of Tyson Foods and has previously worked for PepsiCo, Burger King, Cadbury Schweppes, Guinness Venture Markets, CSM Bakery Solutions and Yum! Brands. “American Seafoods is a leader in supplying high-quality, sustainably harvested, and healthy wild-caught seafood products throughout the world,” said Durham. “I’m excited for the opportunity to work with this dynamic organization to further realize its growth objectives.”

Sales of high-end imported seafood including items such as lobster, king crab, salmon, Dungeness crabs and Argentinean shrimp appear to be surging in China prior to the Chinese New Year on January 28th. For lobsters, unlike 2016 when New Year's sales were barely over the prior year, all indications are that sales are up substantially. Many Chinese companies have started their promotion activities on e-commerce platforms, which have emerged as key sales and distribution channel for fresh seafood to Chinese consumers.

In other news, The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) has signed a cooperative agreement with the China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance (CAPPMA) to open an office in Shanghai. Jane Bi, the GAA’s Asia business development director, will relocate to China to run the office. The GAA said the partnership represents the next step in its efforts to advance responsible aquaculture in China through the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification program. "My job is to assist both the marketplace and industry with the resources and information that they require to advance that mission. Being from China, I cannot feel more excited and honored to be leading our efforts there,” said Bi.

Meanwhile, the last remaining commercial Dungeness crab fishery closure area on the California coast, between Ten Mile River and Shelter Cove, will open on Jan. 16. Following this opening, areas in all three states -- Washington, Oregon and California -- have domoic acid test results below the action level and are open to fishing. However, the season has not progressed cleanly, with live export problems to China and a fishermen's strike that lasted more than a week.

Finally, Urner Barry is bringing back its popular Seafood Import Workshop series (SIW). The first edition of the re-launch will be held on February 28, 2017 at Urner Barry’s news headquarters in Toms River, New Jersey. This February’s workshop will feature an expert panel of speakers including Scott Zimmerman, founder and CEO of Safe Quality Seafood Associates; Jarrod Goldfeder, Jon Freed and Corey Norton of Trade Pacific Law PLLC; Michael Lieberman of Foa & Son and Jonathan Lieberman of New York Customs Brokers.

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