Fri. Mar 24 2017

Torrential Rain, Massive Flooding Deals Blow to Peruvian Scallop Production  


VIDEO: Back from Boston; Alaska Salmon Season Forecast and Stolen Scallops Reach New England Market  


New Wave's Vegan, Algae-Based Shrimp Ahead of Distribution Schedule as Gets Quick Market Interest  


EU Funding Same DNA Technology That Identified Horsemeat to Properly Label Imported Snapper


Hillborn to Speak on Sustaining Food From the Seas in Prestigious Lecture


Cuba Inaugurates Ocean Acidification Observatory


StarKist Goes Bold With New Tuna Pouch Flavors  


Seafood.com News Summary Friday March 24, 2017


Thu. Mar 23 2017

Oregon Pink Shrimp Price Negotiations Canceled This Week  


Sitka Herring Roe Fleet Has Now Caught More than Half the Quota  


Proposed Rule Will Allow Alaska Fishermen to Test New, Voluntary Electronic Monitoring


Thai Union Expands Work Against Human Trafficking in Supply Chain to Include Global Retailers


Worldwide Industry, NGOs Advocate for Policy Changes in Tuna Fisheries in 2017


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday March 23, 2017


Wed. Mar 22 2017

Sakhalin Officials Arrested For Allowing IUU Russian Crab to Flow to China  


GAA, MultiExport Foods and Mitsui Sign Initiative to reduce SRS Salmon Disease in Chile  


SFP Announces Merger of Two Major Squid FIP Monitoring Groups in South America and Asia  


Western Pacific Council to Tackle Management in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Tue. Mar 21 2017

Boston Show Upbeat Again this Year as Footprint Expands


Sitka Herring Roe Fleet Catches 25 Percent of GHL in Three Hours


Fishpeople Seafood and Open Blue Win Seafood Excellence Awards at Boston Show


Mariner Seafood Prepared for Retail Distribution of GO WILD Brand That Extends Fresh Shelf Life


SeaWeb Names 16 Finalists for 2017 Seafood Champion Awards


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Mon. Mar 20 2017

SeaWatch Launches Foodservice Line of Frozen Soups; Expands to Retail in Partnership with Bar Harbor  


GAA Signs Agreement for Major Chinese E-Commerce Retailer JD.com to Distribute BAP Certified Seafood


Mike Tourkistas Steps Down from CEO Role as East Coast Seafoods Hires New CEO  


Preferred Freezers Will Open Facilities in Texas, Chicago this Year; to Build Ninth NJ/NY Warehouse


OCI Announces Project to Move Canadian Redfish towards MSC Requirements  


Vons Albertsons, Hannaford Retailers Will Carry Bristol Seafood's Fair Trade USA Certified Scallops  


Raw Seafoods Hires Former "Boston Chef of the Year" Walter Zuromski as Director of R&D


San Diego's Catalina Offshore Products Launches Domestically Caught Hook and Line Canned Tuna


Anomalous 2015 Ocean Conditions May Bode Poorly for West Coast Juvenile Chinook Salmon Survival  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday, March 20, 2017


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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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