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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Tumultuous Dungeness Crab Season Leads to Abundant Supply 

A spike in West Coast Dungeness crab deliveries in early January resulted in a glut of landings with nowhere to go reports Susan Chambers. This year's Dungeness season has been far from smooth. Openings were slightly delayed and scattered, China shut down imports of live crabs from the US and fishermen went on strike for better boat prices. But once fishing started, West Coast processors were unable to keep up with a surge of deliveries. Crab was everywhere: stacked in totes, chilled on vessels, stored in live tanks, cooked and frozen. However, reports now suggest the back up is easing after a series of storms slowed fishing last week. This gave processors some time to catch up. Meanwhile, China is now accepting limited live crab shipments.

Based on numbers by the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game, fishery managers are predicting a much better pink salmon run for 2017 in the major producing regions. The pinks returning to Alaska this summer will be from the 2015 pack, the largest year on record. For Southeast Alaska, the catch forecast calls for 43 million pink salmon, slightly above the 10 year average. The Prince William Sound run could top 60 million pinks this summer according to ADF&G.

Chinese shrimp producers Beihai Wanjing Marine Products and Beihai Evergreen Aquatic Product Science and Technology have passed an official FDA examination against new standards in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). These are the first food companies in Beihai of Guangxi to get FDA approval under the FSMA guidelines. Both companies process and sell shrimp to the US and other markets.

In other news, prices for imported frozen salmon from Chile are now at all-time record high levels in January according to Urner Barry. This is a function of more limited farmed production from both Chilean and European suppliers, in addition to Alaska’s historically poor pink salmon run in 2016. Fresh salmon demand has limited the available supply to produce more frozen product. This happened at the same time that Alaska’s pink salmon run was a major bust, which forced buyers to use Chilean salmon to fill their need for frozen product.

Finally, seafood wholesalers in Australia are preparing their customers for a spike in shrimp prices because of the country's ban on imported raw white shrimp. Australia banned imports after the 's first ever case of white spot was confirmed in five shrimp farms in Queensland. Wholesalers say supplies are getting tight and the expectation is for prices to possibly triple in just a few months.

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