Wed. Sep 20 2017

Yukon and Norton Sound See Record Chum Salmon Harvest  


Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill Releases Statement on Hurricane Irma Damage


Cape Cod Oyster Company Purchases 23-Acre Aquaculture Grant in Massachusetts  


Maine Department of Marine Resources Recovers 98% of Recalled Mussels  


Univ of Washington Urges Fishermen to Diversify Permits Across Multiple Species to Preserve Income


Researchers Discover Caribbean Queen Conch Populations Are Fragmented  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, September 20


Tue. Sep 19 2017

Snow Crab Fishery Likely in Alaska This Year With Positive News from Survey; King Crab Will Be Down  


Rafael Seeks to Sell Vessels, Pay Small Fine; Opposes Gov't Forfeiture Demand


IUU Lobster Fishing and Dumping Must be Stopped Immediately in Canada (Editorial)


B.C. Atlantic Farm Raised Salmon Named "Good Alternative" By Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch  


US Lowers Indian Shrimp Duty Rates by 62%  


Sysco Now Offering Sustainable and Artificial Additive-Free Wild Caught Shrimp  


Alaska Legislature Keeps Salmon Habitat Protections Alive  


SeaPak Expands Their Pub Style Beer Battered Frozen Seafood Line


Chinese helping Establish Tilapia Production in Laos  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, September 19


Mon. Sep 18 2017

US Lobster Industry Braces for Christmas Disruption as Canada’s Zero Tariff for EU Goes Into Effect  


Zinke Memo Recommends Restoring Commercial Fishing to Northeast Canyon and Other Marine Monuments


Hurricane Harvey dropped Restaurant Sales in Texas 15%, and 1% Nationally for Last Week of August


Study Reveals Adults Not Getting Enough Omega-3 Fatty Acids


China-Based Grocery E-Commerce Site Signs MoU with GAA


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, September 18


Fri. Sep 15 2017

Canadian Shrimp Dispute Erupts As DFO Indicates Low Level Shrimp Quotas Will Continue Next Year  


ADFG: 2017 Bristol Bay Salmon Season 2nd Best in Twenty Years  


Fish Around the Globe Will Face "Mounting Challenges" Due to Climate Change


Maine Wholesaler Corea Lobster Co-op Building New Refrigeration Facility  


Samherji Awarded Outstanding Fish Processing and Outstanding Captain at Icelandic Fisheries Awards


Total Ecuadorean Exports of Shrimp Declined in August after Reaching Record in July


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, September 15


Thu. Sep 14 2017

Three Weeks Later, More Than 100,000 Atlantic Salmon May Still Be in Pacific NW Waters


Phones Help California Crabbers Retrieve Gear Before it Kills Whales  


Seafoodnews.com Summary Thursday, September 14


Alaska Working to Build Blue Economy


Biologists Say Sea Lions are Eating Too Many Salmon  


Alaska Lt. Gov. Mallott Rejects Salmon Habitat Ballot Initiative  


Wed. Sep 13 2017

Seafoodnews.com Summary Wednesday, September 13


Climate Change Will Impact SE Alaska Rivers, and Salmon  


Australia's National Seafood Body, Seafood Industry Australia, Has its First CEO


Alaska Sea Grant Gears Up for Smoked Fish Training, and Processing Workshop


Chilean BioTech Company TerraVia Will Get GAA's Innovation Award for Algae Based Omega-3 Salmon Feed


JD.com Offers 'Fresh Crab Insurance' as Part of its 'Super Hairy Crab Day' Promotion  


With Largest EEZ in World US Won't Grow a Single Lb. of Fish in Federal Waters Say Ocean Stewards


East and West Coast Fisheries Associations Testify Today Before Senate Subcommittee on Magnuson


Embargoed N. Korean Seafood Still Sold in China


Red Lobster Has a "Secret Menu" During Their Endless Shrimp Promotion  


California Acting Governor Gavin Newsom Requests Disaster Relief for Sardine, Urchin Fisheries  


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Fishing Company of Alaska Vessels and Quotas Sold to Ocean Peace, O'Hara Corp. 

The Fishing Company of Alaska, which is headquartered in Renton, Washington, is ending its operations and selling its assets. It was confirmed last Friday that the Fishing Company of Alaska has sold its three factory trawlers and catch quotas to Ocean Peace and O’Hara Corporation. A sale price was not disclosed. “We could not be any happier for our company, all the crew and our customers and vendors,” said Frank O’Hara Jr., executive vice president of O’Hara Corporation.

With December Gulf shrimp landings reported down again, it appears that this year will see the lowest level of domestic warm water shrimp landings since at least the year 2000. At the same time, since the imposition of antidumping duties in 2004, the value of the domestic Gulf shrimp industry has continually increased. John Sackton writes that these circumstances would remove any argument for the continuation of the shrimp anti-dumping duties against the major exporting countries of India, Thailand, Vietnam and China. "But we do not live in a rational seafood world. Instead, our government is whipsawed by political factions trying to use trade laws to enrich themselves and pass on costs to the American consumer," Sackton writes.

In other news, a Latvian Crab vessel and the 30 crew members on board were arrested last week as it was operating in the waters around Svalbard, the Norwegian Arctic archipelago. It is suspected of having engaged in illegal catch of snow crab on the Norwegian shelf in the Svalbard fishery protection zone, said the Norwegian Navy. Reports say the Latvian vessel The Senator had put out 2,600 snow crab traps in the area.

Meanwhile, an industry letter signed by more than 50 companies and fisheries groups to Vice President Pence and Secretary of Commerce nominee Wilbur Ross, urges the appointment of Chris Oliver to the post of Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries. Oliver is the executive director of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, a position he has held for 16 years. Prior to that, he worked as staff for the council for another ten years. "We need a leader of NOAA Fisheries who is committed to the economic productivity of American waters, and we are confident that Mr. Oliver is the right choice," the letter says.

Finally, McDowell Group's Senior Seafood Analyst Andy Wink says a downturn in farmed salmon production from suppliers in Chile and Norway is going to pinch supplies and make it difficult for buyers to fill orders. “So we’re looking at several years of either lower or constrained supply growth for farmed salmon. And that is pretty important because typically farmed salmon production has grown around 5 percent a year over the last 20 years," said Wink.  This lack of supply will clash with higher demand for salmon in many major markets, including in the US.

 

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