Tue. Jun 27 2017

Bristol Bay Run Nears 5 Million Fish, Nushagak Surging, Naknek Still Waiting


Oregon Fishing Industry Uncertain about Future Access to International Terminal in Newport  


China's JD.com Fresh Food Unit Inks Agreement with Norway for Salmon  


Changsha Airport Imports Large Quantities of Norwegian Salmon as Norway-China Agreement Takes Hold  


ANALYSIS: Ecuadorean Shrimp Exports Reach Monthly Record High  


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday June 27, 2017


Mon. Jun 26 2017

ANALYSIS: May and Year-to-Date Gulf Shrimp Landings Surge  


Russian Crab Quota Auction Challenged Over Corruption After Primorye Producers Secure Few Pounds


Acme Smoked Fish Introduces Ready-to-eat Hawaiian Smoked Fish Poke Bowls From Blue Hill Bay  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday June 26, 2017


Japanese Salmon Consumption Fell More than 10% in 2016-17; Supply Shrank Too  


Japan Becomes Signatory of Anti-IUU Treaty; Pledges to Eliminate Illegal Fishing Activities  


Global Aquaculture Alliance BAP is First Aquaculture Standard to Near GSSI Approval


Some Tasmanian Chefs Take Local Salmon Off Menu due to Environmental Concerns


John Bullard - NOAA Admin for Atlantic Region, Says No Silver Bullet for Groundfish   (0)


Perdue Volunteers and Oyster Recovery Partnership Fill Shell Bags to Help Restore Bay’s Oyster Pop


Fri. Jun 23 2017

Seafood.com News Summary Friday June 23, 2017


Chinese Engineers Finish First Semi-Submersible Aquaculture Pen for SalMar ASA  


Tesco Hikes UK Salmon Retail Prices, Following Sainsbury  


China Shrimp Seed Stocking Drops 25% in First Half, Output to Be Stable on higher Quality seed  


FFAW wins Higher Summer Shrimp Price as Panel Sets $1.25 per Lb. as Benchmark  


Atlantic Capes Promotes Two Executives to Operations and Financial Roles  


NFI, Importers Dealt Setback by Court in Ruling over Seafood Traceability Rule


ANALYSIS: Live Lobster Market Following Seasonal Trends  


Thu. Jun 22 2017

Seafood.com News Summary Thursday June 22, 2017


ANALYSIS: Atlantic Salmon Frozen Fillet Imports Beginning to Rise  


Zhanjiang Aquatic Products Exposition Draws Purchaser and Visitors from Around the World  


Norway Sees Rise in Export Values in May  


Brits All At Sea on Old Fish Names


Japan Frozen Salmon Market Weakens Ahead of New Season Production in Russia and Alaska  


Wed. Jun 21 2017

Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday June 21, 2017


BuyBack Program for Non-Whiting Trawl Fleet Continues to Generate Excessive Costs with no Relief   (0)


Mexican Film on Tilapia Workers Wins First Prize for World Seafood Congress Women in Seafood Videos


Just Shrimp Adds Healthy Alternatives to Attract Younger Diners  


New Bedford Mayor Says Rafael Represented 75% of their Groundfish Landings; Pleads to Keep Permits


ANALYSIS: Scallop Market Prices Retreat from All-Time Highs  


Tue. Jun 20 2017

Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday June 20, 2017


VIDEO: Farmed Salmon Prices in Seasonal Decline  


Chris Oliver Named Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries


Stavis Seafoods to Pack Fresh Fish in 100% Recyclable Material


Americold Announces Appointment of Tim Hinckley as Executive VP & CCO


Canadian Gov’t Says NL Plant Workers Will get Extra 5 Weeks of Employment Insurance Benefit


Editorial Changes at Seafood News Announced With Susan Chambers Named Associate Editor


Oregon Trawl Commission Strongly Disputes Our Criticism of MSC's Approach to West Coast Groundfish   (0)


Bocaccio, Darkblotch Rockfish Assessment Updates Show Stocks Rebuilt  


California Budget Bill Lowers Landing Fees From State Proposal  


Peeled Shrimp Margins Squeezed by Two Year Decline  


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NPFMC Director Chris Oliver Receives Massive Industry-Wide Support to be NOAA's Next Fisheries Admin 

Several letters from major US seafood industry associations and companies were sent to the White House that overwhelmingly support the candidacy of NPFMC Director Chris Oliver to be the next Assistant Administrator for Fisheries at NOAA. In total, the letters represented 55 seafood companies, trade associations and conservation groups. Oliver has spent his career in fisheries management, serving for the past 16 years as the Executive Director of the NPFMC. Prior to serving as Executive Director, Oliver also worked served as the Deputy Director and Gulf of Alaska Fishery Management Plan Coordinator. “America’s fisheries generate millions of jobs and contribute billions to the economy, but we could do a lot more,” said Daniel Occhipinti, General Counsel of Oregon-based Pacific Seafood Group and one of the leaders of the coalition. “We believe Chris Oliver has the experience to increase the economic productivity of our fisheries while also promoting conservation and sustainability, which is critical.”

In another step forward for global acceptance of the Global Seafood Sustainability Initiative (GSSI), the Japan Fisheries Association announced that the Japan Marine Ecolabel, known as MEL-Japan, will seek to be benchmarked by the standard. Initially, the Marine Ecolabel Japan Council will revise the current certification standards of the MEL Japan scheme and will announce the new standards in mid-February this year. As of last October, this certification had been granted to a total of 70 Japanese operators (with 11 of them having duplicate certification for fisheries and distribution/processing.)

Demand is high for octopus in the US and other major markets since its versatility in the kitchen makes it one of the emerging items in the seafood industry. "It is extremely popular with millennials who can build their own poke cups or bowls and have fresh ingredients with no waste or leftovers and have tons of variety," said Mike Daniels, VP of Operations and Sales at Seaport. But while demand for octopus in the US is booming, production declines have limited supplies. This is has pushed up prices in all octopus categories in the US for this emerging seafood item.

Meanwhile, Chilean mussel company St. Andrews Seafood intends to double its sales to the Asian market. St. Andrews is already largest mussel seller in the world, so the increase means its planned output will reach 25 thousand tons.

Finally, Russia's Association of Crab Catchers of the Far East says domestic king crab consumption has doubled. Demand for crab in Russia is steadily growing because of the country' improving economic situation, which has given rise to the purchasing power of local consumers. The Association says as much as 25 percent of Russia's crab landings are now making it to the domestic market and that this figure could go higher in the next several years.

Also be sure to check out our latest Seafood News Weekly recap video. This week's show discusses some of our top stories including the canceled Bairdi crab season in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico's poor shrimp harvest. Also featured is a special segment from the National Fisheries Insitute that recaps the Global Seafood Market Conference in San Francisco. 

Have a great weekend.

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