Fri. Apr 21 2017

NMFS Put Councils on Notice About Overfishing or Overfished Conditions on Bigeye, Four Other Stocks


Russian Pollock Producers Plan to Grow Exports to EU Market 40% by 2019  


Icelandic Group Puts Major UK Seafood Distributor Seachill Up For Sale


Westward Seafoods Settles with EPA Over Clean Air Act Violations


VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectations; European Whole Salmon Floods US  


Newfoundland Fisherman Continues Hunger Strike Protest After Call From Minister


Seafood.com News Summary Friday April 21, 2017


Thu. Apr 20 2017

PWS Pink and Chum Salmon Get Determination of MSC Sustainability Prior to Public Objection Period  


Greenpeace Tuna Ranking Charade a Market Opportunity for Some Retailers Not a Sustainability Advance  


Scientists Spawn Pacific Sardines In Captivity; Results Could Inform Potential for Good Fishing  


Peru Hikes Anchovy Quota 1 Million Metric Tons With Season Set to Start on April 22  


Chesapeake Bay's Spawning Female Blue Crab Stocks at Highest Level in 28 Years   (0) 


Marine Harvest's Q1 Production Falls 13% in 2017 But Earnings Double from a Year Ago  


Feds Close Flatfish, Rockfish, Sablefish Trawling in Gulf of Alaska 2 Weeks Earlier Than Last Year


American Shrimp Processors Assoc. Backs "Buy American" Executive Order  


Portion of Kodiak Sac Roe Herring Fishery Temporarily Shut Down for Lack of Fish  


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 20, 2017


Wed. Apr 19 2017

European Whole Salmon Floods US and Cuts into Canada's Market Share  


West Coast EFP Successfully Targets Pelagic Rockfish with Minimal Bycatch


Russia Squeezed by High Salmon Prices as Chilean Companies Cut Back Shipments  


Letters: Laitram Says Steam Cookers Catching on In NB Crab Industry with Quality Advantages  


VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quotas Announced  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 19, 2017


Tue. Apr 18 2017

Japanese Crab Negotiations with Newfoundland Full of Uncertainty  


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 18, 2017


NFI's Shrimp Council Partners with Popular Food Blogger Chungah Rhee to Promote Shrimp Consumption  


Kroger Backs WWF with $50,000 Donation as Part of Earth Month Sustainability Campaign


Mon. Apr 17 2017

The Smokehouse of NY Recalls Smoked Salmon and Fish Products Over Listeria Concerns  


High Liner Recalls Captain's Crew Fish Strips for Undeclared Allergen


Thai Union CEO Thiraphong Chansiri to Run Virgin London Marathon in Support of WWF-UK


Fortune Fish Expands into E-Commerce Seafood Sales With Deal to Buy Lobster Gram  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 17, 2017


Indonesian Canned Tuna Producer PT Bali Maya Permai Joins ISSF  


China’s Tilapia Industry Faces Moment of Truth at Volume Remains Flat and Prices Fall  


New Zealand's Most Controversial Fishery Deemed Sustainable by Global Body  


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DFO Says Newfoundland's Shrimp Stock Still at Critically Low Level; Sank 25% Between '15 - '16

The latest stock assessment of Newfoundland's pink shrimp biomass by federal biologists showed not much improvement compared to 2015. This assessment was conducted on shrimp fishing areas (SFA) 6, 5 and 4 — off the Northern Peninsula and the coast of Labrador. For the key SFA 6, the fishable biomass — the weight of all commercial-sized male and female shrimp — declined from 785,000 metric tons in 2006 to just 104,000 metric tons in 2016. And there was a 25 percent decline from 2015 to 2016. DFO said work is currently underway on a stock advisory report, which will be ready for publication next week. on March 9, the Northern Shrimp Advisory Committee will meet to hear the latest report from DFO and to offer their suggestions on quota levels for this year’s shrimp fishing season

The federal freeze on approving new regulatory measures issued by the Trump Administration last month has stalled some fishery policies across the country. However, regional management councils and lawmakers have been able to secure quick exemptions from the freeze for some quota allocation changes and other vital fishery management protocols. One such exemption was secured by Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio and other West Coast lawmakers, who successfully petitioned this week to get updated West Coast rockfish quotas implemented.

In other news, Nova Scotia's provincial Fisheries Minister Keith Colwell said there is an intention to expand premium quality seafood shipments to the Chinese market. The announcement was made after three lobster exporters in Nova Scotia elected to participate in a pilot program with China's major online sales platform Tmall to sell premium quality live lobsters. “I can’t disclose that but (Alibaba is) very anxious to work with us and other products,” said Colwell. “It’s going to be a while because these things take a long time to negotiate.”

Meanwhile, the US Commerce Department finalized the duty rates for Frozen Warmwater Shrimp exports out of Vietnam in its 11th period of review. The final rate makes no change for 12 exporters compared to the 10th final review rates.

Finally, Northern Dynasty responded to an investor report that said its Pebble mine asset near Alaska's Bristol Bay watershed was "worthless." Northern Dynasty said Kerrsidale Capital's report was "unfounded" and based on "unsupported speculation."

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