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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Alaska's 2017 Copper River Salmon Run Forecast Would Tie 2016 as Lowest in Decades

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game released a Copper River forecast on Friday for 2017 that anticipates a king salmon run that would tie 2016 as the smallest since 1980. The ADFG's 2017 chinook salmon total run forecast of 29,000 is about 34,000 less than the 18-year average total run size of 63,000. The forecast for the king salmon return is barely more than the minimum escapement goal of 24,000. After accounting for sport and subsistence harvest, that would allow for a commercial harvest of just 3,500 of the species. Additionally, ADFG forecasts 1.5 million sockeye to return to Copper River, the third-lowest in the last 20 years.

John Sackton writes why the Alaska Board of Fisheries' decision to deny a well-researched plan for a small Bairdi fishery this year put out of date science over the interests of the “economy and well-being” of the people of the state. The reason the Bairdi was closed was not for lack of a surplus of harvestable males. Instead, it was due to the poor survey results for females even though there were real issues with the conclusion that female abundance was below the target threshold Sackton writes. "At a time where the financial future of the state and many communities are on the line, to forgo that revenue due to poor science or the inability to adjust models to current data is simply not an acceptable outcome," Sackton says in today's story.

In other news, UK restaurant chain Burger and Lobster may be in serious financial trouble because of the high cost of lobster meat. The restaurant chain, which opened a 170 seat location in Manchester said it is struggling to pay back debts after racking up a pre-tax loss of more than £7m (US$8.7 million), according to accounts filed with Companies House. The chain has already sold off its loss-making 300-seat Cardiff site. Burger and Lobster has also ditched its £20 ($24.95) fixed price policy for its burgers, lobsters and lobster rolls last year, dropping burgers to £16 ($19.96) and pricing lobster dishes between £19 ($23.70) and £54 ($67.36).

Meanwhile, biologists say Nova Scotia's haddock biomass in the Bay of Fundy and Georges Bank are potentially massive. A population assessment for the southern Scotian Shelf and Bay of Fundy estimates that 264 million haddock were hatched there in 2013 and survived their first year. This means the population of adult haddock in those waters could be around 100,00 metric tons this year and in 2018. On Georges Bank, the population is predicted to be even bigger, with Canadian and American scientists estimating the 2013 hatch at 1.3 billion fish. "We're seeing signs of it now, but we would expect to see the fish at the larger, more commercially harvestable sizes in a couple of years," said Alain d'Entremont, chief operating officer at O'Neil Fisheries in Digby.

Finally, a Massachusetts District Court judge granted a motion for a delay in the trial for both Carlos Rafael and Antonio Freitas. Rafael's attorney asked for a 5 week continuance based on another upcoming trial, and also on possible talks with the US attorney to settle the case. Rafael is accused of falsifying fish landing information, and selling fish not counted against his quota allocation, in violation of numerous federal fisheries statutes. The tentative date for a trial for Rafael, if it comes to pass, would be after March 20th.

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