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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Ken Coons, Seafood Industry Advocate and Long Time Associate Editor of Seafood News, Passes Away 

We are sad to report that Kenelm W. Coons passed away on February Friday, 3, 2017 after a three-month illness. Ken was a well known advocate for the US seafood. His long career in the industry started at Doxsee, marketing clam products. He later helped found and was named the Executive Director of the New England Fisheries Development Foundation, which was eventually renamed the New England Fisheries Development Association (NEFDA). He held this position in Boston for two decades. While at NEFDA Ken partnered with the Canadian Consulate in Boston to found the Boston Seafood Show. Later on, Ken worked with John Sackton as an Associate Editor for Seafood News. “It was truly a gift that in the last 13 years Ken was able to contribute to SeafoodNews. His broad experience, commitment to the industry, and wide range of seafood interests was a perfect fit," said John Sackton. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Ken's memory may contribute to the Kenelm W. Coons Marine Affairs Scholarship at the University of Rhode Island.

The year’s first round of seafood refusal data from the FDA showed a decline in the volume of rejections but that filth is still on the Administration’s radar. A decline in snapper rejections is mostly why January refusals were down overall and specifically for filth. Still, filth accounted for the bulk of the month’s rejection, responsible for 40 percent of January’s refusals. Mahi, which was last year’s most rejected seafood item of the year, was the fifth most refused item in January all because of filth.

In other news Trident and Alaska Airlines are actively planning to build an airport terminal on Akun Island to increase the number of charter flights available for its employees. Many seafood workers change planes in Anchorage, after flying in from the south 48 states and other countries, going from big jets to the smaller planes that fly to rural Alaska. The Unalaska airport saw fewer Trident Seafoods workers this year as the company chartered flights directly to their Akutan plant, with the planes landing at the 5-year-old state airport on Akun Island and then taking a short hop in a helicopter across the bay. Akutan is about 40 miles east of Unalaska.

Meanwhile, proposed legislation wants to allow non-Texas shrimpers to sell their catch in the state. State Rep. Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont, recently filed House Bill 1260 that would allow non-Texas commercial shrimpers to obtain an occupational license in order to unload their catches in Texas. If passed, out-of-state shrimpers who trawl federal waters would be able to pass through, come to port and unload at Texas docks thus giving Texas the economic value. The bill would not allow the fishermen to harvest in state waters.

Finally, the Monterey Bay's Seafood Watch program downgraded Washington state's geoduck fishery in Puget Sound from "best choice" to "good alternative" because of the industry's use of plastic gear. “Any sort of plastic in the environment is not the best choice,” said Ryan Bigelow, a Seafood Watch program manager. “Plastics tend to break down, and that works its way into fish and shellfish. Eventually, all that ends up back in us.”

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