Fri. Jan 19 2018

Fortune International Announces Senior Level Promotions


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


VIDEO: Shrimp Seized in FL; Fishing Captain Arrested; Japan Sounds Alarm Over Fugu; Sector IX Update


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


Sea Otters Ravaging Shellfish in Southeast Alaska  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, January 19


Thu. Jan 18 2018

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


Tue. Jan 16 2018

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  


Mon. Jan 15 2018

SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, January 15


Latest Seafood News Podcast Breaks Down Swiss Lobster Rule, New Netflix Series & More


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


Beijing Customs Uncovers Frozen Seafood Smuggling Case Worth Millions  


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Fortune Fish's CEO Sean O' Scannlain Critical of Potential Costs of Proposed Border Tax 

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal Sean O' Scannlain, the CEO of Fortune Fish and Gourmet in Bensenville, IL, is critical of the Trump Administration's proposed the border adjustment tax. The plan would tax imports and exempt exports as part of a plan to encourage companies to locate or keep jobs and production in the U.S. O' Scannlain warns that industries that rely on imported raw materials, like the seafood business, will have to raise their prices on consumers in order to offset higher taxes on imports to the US market. “It’s crazy, absolutely crazy,” Mr. O’Scannlain said. “Politically, it is a bad idea for Congress to have to defend increasing the average consumer’s food costs by a couple thousand dollars a year.”

The coho and chinook salmon returns for West Coast fisheries are forecast to be poor according to state forecasts. The Klamath River fall Chinook escapements of natural spawning Chinook for 2016 are much lower than expected, some of the worst on record. Sacramento River fall Chinook returns also are down. The general consensus is that commercial salmon fishing seasons in Oregon, California and Washington will be quite limited or nonexistent.

In other news, When President Trump first announced an executive order calling for two regulations to be repealed for every one enacted, many in the commercial seafood industry feared chaos, since every regulated fishery in the US and all US IFQ quota licenses are managed with new regulations each year. However, it appears the issue is now more manageable, as several sources have confirmed that most fisheries regulations will not be impacted by the order.

Meanwhile, Alaska's Board of Fisheries passed two proposals Tuesday that relaxed some of the season restrictions on the east side set of the Upper Cook Inlet's gillnet fishery, which operates in two sections between Ninilchik and Nikiski. The result is that fishermen may get an extra week in August and a subset of fishermen in North Kalifornsky Beach may get a few extra days in July.

Finally, fishing regulators and industry representatives support a plan for a lottery system to get new fishermen into Maine’s lucrative baby eel fishery. A group of lawmakers wants to create a lottery system to allow new people to get into the fishery when other fishermen leave it. The goal of the plan is to encourage a younger generation of fishermen to enter the fishery.

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