Wed. Nov 22 2017

Seafood News Closed For Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday


John Garner Retiring as North Pacific Seafoods President and COO, Dave Hambleton to Replace


AFDF Announces Winners of 2017 Alaska Symphony of Seafood Contest  


Lobster Council of Canada Optimistic Heading Into 2017 Lobster Season  


ASMI Consolidates Offices in Juneau, Hires New Staff


Southeast Pink Salmon Catch Could Disappoint Again in 2018


Pew Charitable Trusts Blasts ICCAT's Bluefin Tuna Decisions  


Pacific Council Gives Preliminary Nod to Two Coastal Sardine and Other Pelagic Species Projects  


ASC and MSC Join Forces For New Seaweed Standard  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, November 22


Tue. Nov 21 2017

Russian Government to Consider a Return to Crab Industry Auctions


Norway’s Salmon Biomass up 10% This Year, and Rising  


Royal Greenland Strengthens Export Success in Chinese Market  


Red Lobster Adds Nephrops to Their Menu For ‘Ultimate Surf & Turf’ Event  


UK Portrait Calendar Raises Money For Fishermen's Mission Charity


New Zealand King Salmon Appoints David Whyte as New COO  


International "Tools of the Trade" Tech Conference Slated for February in Alaska


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, November 21


Mon. Nov 20 2017

NMFS Shuts Down Carlos Rafael’s Sector IX, Orders Vessels at Sea to Return to Port Immediately


Massive Recruitment Event Shows Up in Alaska Sablefish Stocks  


Mark Leslie, VP at High Liner,  Passed Away on Saturday at Age 59


ANALYSIS: Norwegian Wholefish Market Drops Leading Into Thanksgiving Week


Direct Flights Between Canada and China Expected to Boost Exports of Live Lobster  


Most of West Coast Dungeness Season Delayed Until Dec 16th to Allow for Better Meat Fill  


Maryland's Blue Pointe Seafood Opens Direct to Consumer Overnight Delivery Service  


Japan's YO! Sushi Acquires North America Brand Bento Sushi


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, November 20


Fri. Nov 17 2017

Trident Invests in APICDA’s Bering Pacific and Cannon Fish Subsidiaries


Giant Canadian Pension Firm Enters Seafood Industry with Purchase of Largest PEI Mussel Grower  


Russian 2017 Salmon Season Had Major Failures; New Fishing Restrictions Planned


ANALYSIS: Argentinian Pink Shrimp Will Stay in the US Market For the Long Term    


Oregon Delays Dungeness Crab Season Due to Low Meat Recovery  


Global Aquaculture Alliance CFO Jeff Fort Takes On COO Position


JD Fresh Moves 20,000 Tons of Fresh Food, Garnering Huge Success on Singles' Day  


VIDEO: EU Importers & Indian Shrimp; Maine Lobstermen; Alternative Tuna; Canadian Trade Benefits


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, November 17


Thu. Nov 16 2017

How Ocean Hugger Foods Is Breaking Into the Seafood Industry  


Bering Sea Pollock and Cod in Good Shape But Could Be Moving North


Chile Prolongs King Crab Season as Prices in China Rise More than 20 Percent  


California Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Opens With Dock Prices Around $3 A Pound  


China’s Fresh Food Ecommerce Changing the Equation for Air Cargo


France First Country to Put Legal Teeth Behind Claims of Supply Chain Dilligence


Moody’s Affirms Red Lobster Debt Rating, but Downgrades Outlook to Negative


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, November 16


Study Finds ‘Tipping Point’ That Could Change Oyster Restoration Efforts  


Young’s Seafood Launches New Shellfish Line in the UK  


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Halibut Quotas Mostly increased by IPHC for 2nd Year in Row 

The International Pacific Halibut Commission Friday approved a coast-wide catch limit of 31.4 million pounds of the valuable bottom fish. That’s an increase from just under 30 million pounds last year. “What we’re seeing this year is slightly flatter trends than we saw last year,” said fishery scientists Ian Stewart. “The stock assessment itself has come down just slightly in its estimate of overall spawning biomass. But the projections, the 1-3 year projections are still suggesting that removals of around 40 million pounds are pretty close to the overall surplus production that’s available from the stock.”

John Sackton writes of the grave risk that the US Fisheries sector is faced with over federal attempts to stifle scientific research. The commentary is a response to two stories today, one from Canada, and one from Seattle, about the impacts of government suppression of scientific research for political purposes. "Dismantling or crippling the science that undergirds our ability to have sustainable fisheries ends up limiting harvests, undermining consumer trust, increasing fish population volatility and boom and bust, and in short driving down the value of our entire wild capture industry," Sackton writes.

In other news, targeted and scientifically established Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in Pacific waters would have a better chance of attaining specific environmental goals according to Kitty Simonds, the Executive Director of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council. Simonds comments explaining this position were published last week on Professor Ray Hilborn’s Cfood blog. They were in response to three specific questions Cfood posed to fishery scientists about the US government’s use of MPAs. The questions were: What is the utility of setting MPA targets? Do MPAs need to be No Take Zones (NTZs)? and What is the utility and wisdom of creating large ocean MPAs?

Meanwhile, Indian shrimp and seafood producer and exporter WestCoast Group says India needs to set up tax incentives to spur investment in its aquaculture and seafood supply chain industries. The operators said there is plenty of opportunity for India to expands its farmed shrimp and seafood output but investors need incentives to build out the industry.

Finally, we have a couple stories from Vietnam. First, is a report about the possibility that Vietnam might not meet the USDA's September 1 deadline to have all of its pangasius production standards compliant, which could lead to a country-wide ban on exports. The other story reports an expectation from Vietnam's Ministry of Trade that the number of anti-dumping lawsuits against its exports will increase dramatically once Vietnam becomes a World Trade Organisation member.

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