Thu. Sep 21 2017

U.S. Coast Guard Refuses to Document “America’s Finest”; Congressional Action Still Possible


Boston's North Coast Seafood Put up For Sale According to Norway Sources


Editor's View: Carlos Rafael Must Go to Prison; Forfeit Vessels   


Whole Foods Offering Vegan Raw Tuna Alternative for Sushi  


New Brunswick Seafood Exports to China Have Skyrocketed by 238 Percent  


Oceana Canada Executive Director Writes Open Letter To Raise Seafood Fraud Awareness


Sea Turtle Populations on the Rise, But Conservation Still a Concern


New Sea Grant Bulletin a Boost for Alaskans Wanting to Farm Kelp


Tasmania Passes New Salmon Farming Laws  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, September 21


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  


Total Ecuadorean Exports of Shrimp Declined in August after Reaching Record in July


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, September 15


Samherji Awarded Outstanding Fish Processing and Outstanding Captain at Icelandic Fisheries Awards


Fish Around the Globe Will Face "Mounting Challenges" Due to Climate Change


Maine Wholesaler Corea Lobster Co-op Building New Refrigeration Facility  


Thu. Sep 14 2017

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  


Phones Help California Crabbers Retrieve Gear Before it Kills Whales  


Three Weeks Later, More Than 100,000 Atlantic Salmon May Still Be in Pacific NW Waters


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Performance Food Group Buys Assets to Orlando-Based Distributor Bar Harbor Seafood 

Performance Food Group (PGF) has purchased the assets to major Florida-based seafood distributor Bar Harbor Seafood. According to the deal, Bar Harbor’s current president and founder Jeff Hazell will retain his title. The company will also keep its name and will be roped into PFG’s Specialty Company cluster. Bar Harbor is a $73 million seafood distributor with headquarters in Orlando. The company operates out of a 41,000 square foot facility and employs 150. “Bar Seafood is a highly regarded organization dedicated to delivering a full range of live, fresh and frozen seafood items with a reputation for high-quality products and great service,” said Jim Hope, PFG’s Executive Vice President of Operations. “This acquisition will enable Performance Foodservice to expand its seafood offerings and strengthen its focus on independent street business and especially customers in the Florida market.”

A new study says marine “dead zones” in the Gulf of Mexico are responsible for causing price spikes for large-sized, wild caught Gulf brown shrimp. According to Martin D. Smith, a professor at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, this study provides the first, long-sought evidence linking Gulf hypoxia to economic impacts. “Many studies have documented the ecological impacts of hypoxia, but establishing a clear causal link to economic losses in affected fisheries has been elusive. Our study does this by showing how seasonal hypoxia off the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts drives monthly fluctuations in market prices in the Gulf brown shrimp fishery,” Smith said.

In other news, the longstanding tension between Canada and the US regarding best ways to manage a shared resource was brought into sharper relief this year at the annual meeting of the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) in Victoria, B.C, writes Peggy Parker. In the end, catch limits were agreed to, Canada again received 58 percent more than the Blueline and 41 percent higher than the Spawning Potential Ratio since the stock assessment numbers are good in Canada. But it’s not the assessment in area 2B that the IPHC’s science team and the U.S. Commissioners worry about. It’s what the increased intensity of fishing in 2B could be doing to the rest of the coastwide stock.

Meanwhile, the Department of Commerce said that exported shrimp would continue to be dumped on the US market if it lifted duty rates on Vietnamese shippers. That was Commerce’s conclusion in its second five-year sunset review of the antidumping duty order on certain frozen shrimp exports from Vietnamese suppliers. “As a result of our analysis, the Department finds that revocation of the AD order would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping,” Commerce said in the January 30 edition of the Federal Register.

Finally, we run a letter to the editor from Shannon Carrol, Fisheries Policy Director for the Alaska Marine Conservation Council that is critical of John Sackton's column about the NPFMC's decision to table without further action all options for the Gulf of Alaska groundfish rationalization during their December meeting. "[John Sackton] compares the Gulf of Alaska groundfish fishery to the groundfish fishery in New England, and claims that the Council decision will take the Gulf down the same downward path followed by New England. Yet, the case of the New England groundfish fishery is entirely inapposite to that of the Gulf of Alaska," Carrol says in the letter.

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