Wed. Jul 26 2017

Walmart Selects BAP as First Seafood-Related 3rd Party Auditor for Social Compliance


United Fishermen of Alaska's Fish Facts Shows Proportion of in-State vs. Out of State Fish Income


Zhejiang Province Imports White Shrimp Seed from Thailand for the First Time  


Hawaii Longline Leader Testifies on Ways to Strengthen the MSA  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday July 26, 2017


Tue. Jul 25 2017

Former Pacific Seafood Executive Sentenced for Embezzlement


Louisiana Shrimp Landings Lowest in 10 Years Due to Dead Zone Becoming More of a Problem


MSA Reauthorization Fault Lines on Recreation and Stock Target Flexibility Exposed in House Hearing


Court Battle over Placentia Bay Salmon Farm Could Scare Off Future Investors, Says Marystown Mayor


Guolian’s Net Profit Expected to Balloon by 700% or More in First Half of 2017  


Pacifico First Company to Raise Salt Water Striped Bass, Gets 4 Star BAP Rating  


Alibaba Joins Argentina's Ocean Family to Bring Fresh Red Shrimp to Chinese E-commerce Consumers  


Domestic Red Crayfish is a Big Success for Chinese E-commerce Platforms  


ISSF Seeks to Strengthen Tuna Conservation Efforts at IAATC


National Fisheries Institute Introduces Unique and Easy Summer Shrimp Recipes


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 25, 2017


Mon. Jul 24 2017

Stavis Seafoods to Greatly Expand West Coast Distribution with Partnership with R.W. Zant


Russian Fish Co. to Expand Sales of Single Frozen Pollock to Domestic Market, Citing Weakness in EU  


Increasing Shortage of Vietnam Basa Could Lead to Higher Prices Later This Year  


Shanghai Crayfish Season at its Peak; Prices Have Skyrocketed Over Last Decade  


UFA Turns to Text Messaging to Build Fisherman Support for Alaska Salmon Habitat Measures


Summa Equity Acquires 75 Percent of Salmon Smoker Milarex  


Summa Equity Acquires 75 Percent of Salmon Smoker Milarex  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday July 24, 2017


Fri. Jul 21 2017

ANALYSIS: Shrimp Market an Island of Stability in Shellfish Sector  


ANALYSIS: Imported Mahi Mahi Prices Remain Near Record High Levels Amid Limited Production  


NOAA Locates Crabber F/V Destination Wreckage; Coast Guard Hearing Set for August


New President of B.C. Wildlife Federation Aims for Stability


Clean Seas Seafood Rebrands and Launches New Kingfish Campaign


Senators Collins, King Introduce Resolution to Designate September 25, 2017, as National Lobster Day


Australian Heard and McDonald Islands Toothfish Fishery is Recertified Under MSC  


Seafood.com News Summary Friday, July 21, 2017


Thu. Jul 20 2017

ANALYSIS: Chilean Market Continues to Weaken to Levels Now Below 2016  


West Coast Dungeness Crab Season: Rocky Start, Good Markets, High Value  


BlueOcean Expanding Market for Pure Polar Shrimp Oil  


VIDEO: Trident Seafoods Value; Bakkafrost Bacteria Outbreak; UK Seafood Fraud


Canadian Fisheries Puts $8.9 Million in Upgrade, Expansion of St. Andrews Biological Station in NB


High Quality Shrimp Breeding Farm Set Up in Mekong Delta


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 20, 2017


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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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