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


Fri. Mar 17 2017

NGO’s Stumble at Start of Boston Seafood Show with Call for Mexican Shrimp Boycott   (0) 


Russian Crab Importer Direct Source Raises $45 Million Credit Line, Absorbs Sister Company  


Lobsters 2nd Largest Volume Import at Zhengzhou Airport as Expanded Air Cargo Capacity Continues  


Lerøy Seafood Group Objects to Norwegian Restructuring That Will Cost it 20% of Its Cod Quota  


Whitecap Will Celebrate 50 Years of Luxury Brand Canadian Crab at Boston, Brussels and China Shows


Russian Fishing Industry Faces More Consolidation as Companies Prepare for 10 Year Quota Auctions  


PODCAST: Pangasius Under Attack in the EU and the Road to the Boston Seafood Show


Commentator Gives up In Confusion Over Sustainable Fish Guides; Just a Personal Choice, She Says


NOAA Wants More At Sea Monitoring of Groundfish in New England


Japanese Fish Sellers Adapt to Changing Market with More Prepared Items, Different Species of Fish


Oregon State Study Says Workplace Injuries Rising in Seafood Processing Sector


Seafood.com News Summary Friday, March 17, 2017


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Federal Rule Freeze Could Stall Alaska's Halibut Season; Use of Pot Gear for Sablefish

A memo issued by President Donald Trump that freezes all new or pending regulations at executive departments and agencies could delay the start to Alaska's halibut fishery and the use of pot gear for sablefish. The memo delays regulations for 60 days with potential for even longer notices and reviews. That would push the soonest fishery start date to March 27. The halibut fishery traditionally opens in early March. Also potentially stalled due to Trump’s regulation freeze is the use of pots to catch sablefish in the Gulf of Alaska. That gear was approved by federal advisors to start this March as a way to prevent sperm whales from snatching the fish from longlines. NOAA Fisheries in Alaska is aware of the potential impacts posed by the Trump freeze said Tom Gemmell, director of the Halibut Coalition. He said fishery managers are working to ensure that the 2017 halibut and sablefish regulations are published in the rule books on time.

The ISSF has released a report showing that one of the critical elements in the Marine Stewardship Council’s 2.0 standard, the presence of harvest control rules, is almost entirely missing in the tuna sector. According to an analysis by John Sackton, out of 19 distinct tuna stocks in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, North and South Pacific, and the Indian Ocean, only 3 have harvest control rules that meet the minimum MSC passing score of 80. All the others cannot yet meet that standard. "In effect, the ISSF is saying that 16 out of 19 global tuna fisheries are not up to the MSC standard in this area," Sackton writes. "This includes 15 of 17 MSC tuna fisheries that are already certified or currently in assessment."

In other news, Alaska seafood exporters are disappointed by President Trump's executive order to withdraw the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The deal would have cut tariffs on Alaska's seafood exports. For instance, the deal would have helped Alaska's pollock industry by cutting import taxes of 4.2 percent to zero in Japan, the largest consumer of pollock surimi and roe. "We're disappointed that the reduction in tariffs did not take place," said Ron Rogness, a spokesperson for American Seafoods, an Alaska pollock processor based in Seattle.

Meanwhile, Costco Wholesale Corp won dismissal of a lawsuit claiming it didn’t disclose to customers that it was selling farmed shrimp from Thailand that might have been fed with fishmeal produced by abused workers. A San Francisco federal judge threw out the case Tuesday, finding that the consumers who filed it failed to allege the company had a duty to disclose the information about labor abuses in its supply chain.

Finally, fishermen in Maine want to develop a distinct brand for the state's small, day boat scallop fishery and market them as a "super premium" item. By differentiating Maine’s scallops from the rest of the catch, the fishermen hope to build a market that can sustain Maine’s fishery. “I think that if you want to get the most out of the Maine fishery, you’ve got to separate it from the rest of the fisheries out there. You’ve got to market it from a standpoint of what it is: a dayboat fishery that is traceability to the source,” said Dana Temple, who owns Crescent Bay, a wholesale seafood company.

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