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Fortune International Announces Senior Level Promotions


DDP Entries Not Affected by New SIMP Requirements, Despite Some Importer Confusion


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$300K Tuna Sold at Final Tsukiji Fish Market Heads to NYC Sushi Chain  


Sea Otters Ravaging Shellfish in Southeast Alaska  


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UK Retailers Express Concerns Over Sustainable Tuna  


Claims of 300 Job Losses Due to Sector IX shutdown Are Overblown  


Coast Guard, NOAA Seize 6,000 Pounds of Illegal Shrimp from Florida Fishing Vessel  


Russian Pollock Producers Again Vow to Focus more on Domestic Market  


Shanghai Sets New Live Seafood Import Record in 2017  


ASMI Educating Chefs About Quality of Frozen Fresh Alaska Seafood


Scallop Group Praises NMFS Decisions on Openings, But Still Wants Georges Bank Area as Well  


Open Seat On Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission Draws Applicants


Tampa Maid Foods Adds Former Cargill VP of Sales As COO, Executive VP


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, January 18


Wed. Jan 17 2018

Richard Stavis Steps Down as CEO, as Stavis Brings in International Investor with Ties to Argentina


High Liner Foods Restructuring Canadian Operations After COO Jeff O’Neill Exits


North Carolina Congressman Calls for Shrimp to be Included in SIMP  


Florida Keys Commercial Fishing Captain Arrested After Illegally Dumping Lobster Traps  


ADF&G Wants to List Southeast Chinook as a Stock of Concern; Board of Fish Hears Dire Outlook  


CDFW Opens More Areas to Commercial Rock Crab Fishery as Domoic Acid Levels Drop  


NOAA Appoints Kevin Wheeler as New Deputy Chief of Staff


Survey Shows Lobster Recruitment Up Around P.E.I.  


How a Food Additive Could Change Food Safety in Fish


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, January 17


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Jeff Davis Retires From Blue Harvest Fisheries; Keith Decker Named New CEO


European Importers Move to Strengthen India Shrimp Trade with High Level Meetings in Goa  


ANALYSIS: Fresh Chilean Fillet Imports Up YTD, But Overall Fresh Fillet Imports Down  


How Pacific Seafood Became the First Company to Offer BAP 4 Star Oysters  


Kodiak's Tanner Crab Fishery Opens For First Time in 4 Years  


Carrefour's Innovation Brings Lobster, Oyster Delivery to Chinese Online Consumers in One Hour  


Global Fishing Watch Partners With NOAA to End Illegal Fishing in Indonesia


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, January 16


Alaska Salmon Protections Get Enough Signatures for Ballot  


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South Atlantic Council Wants Public Input on Management Changes for Atlantic Cobia


Concern for Whales as Northern California Crab Season Opens  


South Korea Plans US $500 Million Investment in Pollock Processing Factories in Russia    


Sysco Acquires UK-Based Foodservice Distributor Kent Frozen Foods


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Amid Adak Plant Delays and Law Suit Against AM 113, Pacific Cod “A” Season Closes Today

We clarify a story from last week that said Adak's cod and pollock processing plant was not taking cod deliveries because of a lawsuit over the Amendment 113 regulation requiring mandatory cod deliveries to the plant. However, the plant has actually been out of commission since a severe 2015 winter storm-damaged portions of the roof. The city sent a letter to NMFS, according to Amendment 113 protocol, notifying them they would not be buying cod this winter and last fall. The lawsuit, meanwhile, was filed by The Groundfish Forum claiming it violated national standards and other laws. But the lawsuit itself is not responsible for the current lack of cod processing at the Adak plant."There are trawl catcher vessel owners, who have delivered a fair amount of cod to the Adak plant over the years when it was operating, that would be willing to deliver to another renovated shore plant if it was in operation," said Brent Paine, executive director of the United Catcher Boats, a plaintiff in the suit. "They just want an option to deliver their catch to multiple markets, onshore or offshore."

Russian investigators suspect federal fishing authorities at Rosrybolovstvo are involved in a corruption ring to fix a fishery quota auction scheduled to take place next month. The auction will distribute fishing quotas to Russian producers at 700 new sites. Authorities had already arrested a consultant on the suspicion that the person was involved in a criminal scheme to fix the outcome of certain quota auctions. Reports suggest Ilya Shestakov, the current head of Rosrybolovstvo, may be suspended or even fired for his alleged involvement in the scandal that is still under investigation.

The Hawaii Longline Association opposes a bill that would change the rules for how fishing licenses are issued to foreign crew members that make up the majority of the state's commercial fleet. The bill would require anyone seeking a commercial fishing license in Hawaii to appear in person. "It could lead to the use of no foreign crew in the fishery, which would be very devastating," said Jim Cook, a member of the association's board of directors. "It would be similar to having no immigrant people in agriculture in Hawaii or any other part of the United States."

In other news, Thai Union Group reported a 7.3 percent rise in sales last year. Chief executive Thiraphong Chansiri said the US market accounted for 39 percent of its total sales. "Despite challenging costs for raw materials and economic volatility in various markets around the world, we delivered a stable bottom line," said Chansiri.

Finally, Ecuador’s SONGA was awarded four-star certification against the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices Program for its shrimp production operation. SONGA is one of the top four white shrimp producers in Ecuador. In 2015 and 2016, SONGA was the top Ecuadorian exporter to mainland China, South Korea and the United States.

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