Tue. Feb 21 2017

Grieg Posts Record 4Q Earnings on Strong Salmon Prices, Higher Production  


Perciformes’s First Harvest of Farmed Sablefish Off To Market


Mon. Feb 20 2017

Iceland's Commercial Fishermen Resume Fishing as Labor Deal Gets Narrow Approval  


Russia's Quota Incentive Program Does Not Spur Crab Producers to Place Domestic Shipbuilding Orders  


PODCAST: India Carries US Shrimp Imports to Record; Snow Crab Prices Smash Records Before Boston  


Handy Seafood Launches Line of Value Added Oysters in Time for Boston Show


Effective Management Can Navigate Climate Impacts on the Fisheries


Seafood.com News Summary Monday February 20, 2017


Fri. Feb 17 2017

Red Chamber to Allow Federal Observers Aboard its Red Shrimp Boats in Argentina to Meet FIP Goal  


Feds to Analyze Environmental Impacts of Western Pacific Longline Fisheries for Bigeye and Tuna  


Scientists Find Extreme Forage Fish Populations are Natural, Likely Unavoidable


Sharp Increase in Iceland's Capelin Quota Could End Fishermen's Strike


Bumble Bee Adds Flavors and Launches Snack Kit Packaging to Tuna Pouch Lineup


Bojangles' Features Alaska Pollock Fish Sandwich for Lent


Great Eastern Seafood Celebrates 35 Years in Business With First Boston Show Exhibit Since 1992


Seafood.com News Summary Friday February 17, 2017


Thu. Feb 16 2017

IATTC Makes Progress on Decreasing Effort on Bigeye and Yellowfin Tunas


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday February 16, 2017


Wed. Feb 15 2017

How Alaskans Forced Snow Crab Prices Above $8.00; This Price Likely to Carry Through to Boston   (1) 


Marine Harvest Doubles Earnings in 2016; Adding Processing, Farming Sites to Grow N. American Sales  


China Update: Tilapia Processors Restart with Stable Prices; Shrimp Production Above Expectations  


HB Grandi Says Japan's Roe Market Could Benefit as Iceland Raises Capelin Quota to 299,000 MT


Second Alaska Buyback Program for Southeast Seine Permits Not Approved  


Hokkaido Crab Dealer Goes Bankrupt After Russia Tightens Crab Enforcement  


Pacific Andes Confirms Insolvency Proceedings Have Started for One Subsidiary


China's Xuzhou Jinjiangfoodstuffs Becomes First Crawfish Producer to Earn BAP Certification   (2)


Samherji-Owned Íslandsbleikja Gets Arctic Char Processing Plant in Iceland BAP Certified


US Foods Acquires Assets to Rhode Island Broadline Distributor All American Foods


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday February 15, 2017


Tue. Feb 14 2017

Russian Fishery Co. Plans Major Pollock Expansion with Chinese Backing  


Krystal and King & Prince Seafood Partner Up to Bring Back Shrimp Po' Boys for Lent  


Fishery Tensions Rise Between China and South Korea after Korean Landings Hit Record Lows


Rain Forest Aquaculture Gets Three-Star BAP Certification at Fresh Tilapia Facility in Costa Rica


World Bank Report Says Fisheries Reform with Catch Limits Shows Promising Results


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday February 14, 2017


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Nova Scotia Tests Project with Chinese Online Retailer Tmall  to Export Only Premium Quality Lobsters

Three Nova Scotia lobsters exporters and Chinese online retailer Tmall agreed to participate in a pilot project that will ensure Chinese consumers are getting premium lobsters. During this project, which is to run from May through to September, three Nova Scotia companies will export 300,000 live lobsters to be sold through Tmall. Under the deal inked by Nova Scotia and Tmall, which is part of Alibaba's e-commerce business, lobster exporters will submit to a quality-control initiative. This will include a quality standards manual, a training program and regular audits at participating export plants in Nova Scotia and the receiver sites in China. “The online market in China is a huge, huge business opportunity and we’re seeing this as an opportunity to reach new customers," said Robert MacDonald, Gidney’s president and general manager.

Alaskan cod and pollock fishing and processing in Adak has been put on hold for the second straight year. According to Adak city officials, fishermen do not want to catch pollock because of low prices. Meanwhile, the city's processing plant said it would likely only process pollock if it could also start receiving cod deliveries. However, cod fishermen are currently suing to stop a 2015 NPFMC decision that requires them to deliver tons of their harvest to Adak.

In other news, Hawaii lawmakers advanced a bill that requires more oversight of the commercial fishing industry after an Associated Press investigation found labor abuse aboard US owned and operated commercial tuna longliners. The bill would require fishing boat owners who want a commercial license in Hawaii to provide state officials with a copy of employment contracts held with every fisherman on board before the license is granted. The bill passed the House Committee on Ocean, Marine Resources and Hawaiian Affairs Tuesday and it goes next to the Judiciary Committee.

Meanwhile, the European Parliament has approved the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada. The deal, which has been seven years in the making, will eliminate almost all trade tariffs between the European Union and Canada. Economists say tariffs on Canada's seafood exports to the EU are likely to be phased out over the next three to seven years under CETA.

Finally, Eastern Pacific fisheries managers finally reached an agreement last week on fishing for Pacific bigeye and yellowfin tunas. It took more than seven months and the measures are not without criticism, but the regulations align with other international management and acknowledge excessive fishing effort may harm the tuna resources.

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