Fri. Sep 22 2017

ANALYSIS: Retail Shrimp Promotions Very Stable  


Changes Coming for Icelandic Brand in US, as High Liner Agrees to Renegotiate Licensing Terms  


Anti-MSC Coalition Wins a Battle in Fight to Prevent MSC Recertification of PNA Tuna by FAD vessels  


Russian Fishing Profits Fall in 2017; Industry on Verge of Financial Crisis  


Walmart Testing Straight-To-Fridge Delivery Service


Salmones Camanchaca to Become Public Company, Langostino Lobster Gets MSC Certification  


Scientists Pan Proposal to Open Pristine Pacific Islands to Fishing


Ralphs Grocery Store Launches Prepared Meal Kits with Fish Tacos, Peruvian Salmon  


Four Arrested in California for Selling Abalone on the Black Market  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, September 22


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  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, September 19


SeaPak Expands Their Pub Style Beer Battered Frozen Seafood Line


Chinese helping Establish Tilapia Production in Laos  


Mon. Sep 18 2017

SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, September 18


Hurricane Harvey dropped Restaurant Sales in Texas 15%, and 1% Nationally for Last Week of August


US Lobster Industry Braces for Christmas Disruption as Canada’s Zero Tariff for EU Goes Into Effect  


China-Based Grocery E-Commerce Site Signs MoU with GAA


Study Reveals Adults Not Getting Enough Omega-3 Fatty Acids


Zinke Memo Recommends Restoring Commercial Fishing to Northeast Canyon and Other Marine Monuments


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High Liner Posts Annual Sales Decline in 2016 Noting Weak US Demand for Breaded, Battered Seafood

High Liner Foods posted a decline in annual sales volumes and values last year because of the continued dip in demand for its traditional line of breaded and battered frozen seafood items in the US market. The major seafood producer and distributor reported a 4.5 percent decrease in its annual sales in US dollars and a 3 percent decline in Canadian dollars in 2016. The operator's sales by volume were down 2.5 percent for the year. High Liner CEO Keith Decker said he expects US demand for breaded and battered seafood to continue to decline in 2017. “We expect the trend of lower demand for frozen breaded and battered seafood products will continue into 2017 and that we will not return to volume growth until our new product sales can offset the decline that the traditional breaded and battered category is experiencing," said Decker.

Canada and the EU signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement last week, which included a three-year stop gap measure that will phase out seafood processing requirements in Newfoundland. The province uses the minimum local processing requirements to protect jobs, particularly in more remote fishing communities. But the implementation of the deal requires such restrictions to end. Newfoundland officials will use the three-year phase-out period to come up with a stastrategy protect the economic impacts from the trade deal. "We're going to take the time that's required to have the discussion, take the discussions to the fullest extent to see what's available to us," said Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball.

In other news, Alaska's Pacific cod season in state waters will open to pot gear in Prince William Sound and Cook Inlet at noon this Friday. The parallel seasons for jig and longline gear remains open until closed by emergency order from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The season follows the closure of the parallel Pacific cod pot season one day before. This coincides with the National Marine Fisheries Service closure of the Pacific cod pot gear sector in the federal Central Gulf of Alaska.

Meanwhile, Vietnamese seafood export officials said a misleading news broadcast in Spain is what triggered panagsius sales bans at Carrefour stores in EU markets. VASEP said a broadcast by Spain’s Cuatro TV on Jan 5 depicted Vietnamese pangasius being raised in unclean cages and fed with non-industrialized feed like dead fish and other food waste. VASEP said such depictions of Vietnam's pangasius industry were demonstrably false and asked federal officals to take action to defend the industry.

Finally, an Alaska Seafood Marking Institute overview, compiled by the McDowell Group, shows that for sockeye salmon, wholesale prices are expected to remain strong based on robust demand in 2016 sales and increasing farmed salmon prices. Japan also has re-emerged as an important buyer of smaller sized sockeye and larger fish are reportedly selling well in Europe’s smoked salmon market. Conversely, canned prices have fallen sharply and the “Brexit” vote has further reduced demand in the U.K., the largest canned red market.

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