Fri. May 26 2017

Atlantic Scallop Prices Continue to Crash in May with Landings Up 23% from Last Year  


Oregon, California Governors Ask Feds to Declare Catastrophic Salmon Disaster  


California Salmon Hearing Includes Warnings of Impending Disasters, Some Solutions  


Southeast Alaska Spring Troll Fishery for Chinook Closes Monday  


VIDEO: Ecuador’s Shrimp Production and Sales to Asia Reach Records; Alaska’s Salmon is Underway  


Ancient Genetic Markers in Sockeye Salmon Can Help Manage Healthier Fish Stocks  


Study Says US Investments on Aquaculture Research Pay Dividends


New Zealand Boosts Fisheries Budget by US$21.5 Million


MSC Certifies the Greenland Halibut Fishery off West Greenland as Sustainable  


Seafood.com News Summary Friday May 26, 2017


New Zealand Boosts Fisheries Budget by US$21.5 Million


Thu. May 25 2017

Further Restrictions on Copper River Kings as Landings Higher than Expected in First Two Fishing Per  


New Rockfish Longevity and Spawning Info Will Help Stock Assessments and Ensure Healthy Populations   (0) 


Rick Speed Joins ISA as VP Sales; Parent Company Shifts Marketing Approach  


Miffed Land Grabber Attempts to Block Pacific’s Surimi Plant Deal in Threat to Whiting Fishery  


DHL Now Shipping Live Crabs and Seafood from Northern Norway to South Korea and US Markets  


Sea to Table Expands Seafood Delivery Service Directly to Consumers


Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Teams Up With Spain's Largest Seafood Canner Jealsa  


DFO Identifies 140,000 km of Ocean West of Vancouver Island for MPA Designation


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday May 25, 2017


Wed. May 24 2017

Oregon Pink Shrimp Volume Steady; Small Sizes Remain a Concern  


DFO Opens Newfoundland's 3Ps Inshore Cod Fishery But Issues No Decision for Offshore Harvesters  


Chilean Customs Workers Go On Strike Indefinitely  


WWF Study: Shrimp Can Be Traced Back to Their Country of Origin Through Elemental Profiling  


ISSF Compliance Report Focuses on Tuna Best Practices, Collaboration  


SCeMFiS Funds Seven Research Projects Affecting Fisheries Management  


Cape Greig Walrus are Back, ADF&G Plans Changed Fishery Boundary Again


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday May 24, 2017


Tue. May 23 2017

Congressional Trade Committee Hears Testimony About US Seafood Trade Deficits from ASPA and NFI  


RFM Certification Underway for Five Alaska Crab Fisheries, ASMI Calls for Stakeholders Input  


Chinook Salmon Research in Yukon and Nushagak Rivers Designed to Help Manage Fisheries  


Commerce Department Rescinds Duty Rate Review for Chinese Shrimp Exporters  


Santa Monica Hires Dave Harrison as VP of Procurement


Long John's Featuring Buttermilk Breaded Alaskan Cod on Menu for the Summer  


Canada's Redfish Fishery Earns MSC Certification  


VIDEO: Ecuador's Shrimp Output and Sales to Asia Reach Records  


James Beard Chef Says Maine Should Start Eating its Invasive Green Crab Problem


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday May 23, 2017


Mon. May 22 2017

Ecuadorian Shrimp Exports at Record Level in 2017 as Sales to Asia Dominate Market Share  


F/V America's Finest, Largest Catcher Processor Built in US in 30 Years, May Need Jones Act Waiver


First Copper River Opener Took Nearly Half the Chinook Forecasted Harvest and 36,000 Sockeye  


PODCAST: Canada’s Snow Crab Market Stabilizes and China’s Era of High Shrimp Output Fades  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday May 22, 2017


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Commerce Issues Mixed Bag of Preliminary Duty Rates for Indian and Thai Shrimp Exporters

Preliminary shrimp duty rates for Indian and Thai exporters were adjusted higher or lower depending on the respondent when compared to tenth final review rates. A report from the Department of Commerce issued preliminary duty rates for Indian and Thai shrimp exporters for the 11th period of review, which covered shipments from February 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016. Rates for Indian exporter Falcon Marine were higher compared to the final tenth review rates. Meanwhile, the review specific rate was lower by about half in Commerce's preliminary report. For Thailand, shrimp exporter Thai Union /Pakfood’s rate was preliminarily raised from zero percent while the average rate was lowered. These rates are preliminary, which means there be a 120 day review period before a final determination is made. This means the rates could go final sometime in early July.

John R. Sevier was named ISA-AK’s new president in early February. As president, he is in charge of ISA’s Kodiak-based processing and cold storage operation. Sevier has a nearly 40-year history in the seafood industry, starting as a quality assurance manager with Alaska Pacific Seafoods in 1976. He served as plant manager for APS in Kodiak, after they became a division of North Pacific Processors.

In other news, West Coast groundfish trawlers will fish for rockfish again. Four groups worked together to craft an exempted fishing permit that was recently approved. Trawlers received their permits to start fishing Friday. “Now that rockfish species are largely rebuilt, these antiquated gear restrictions would have impeded fishermen’s ability to actively target the over 60 million pounds of rockfish that is available to them this year," said Brad Pettinger, director of the Oregon Trawl Commission.

Meanwhile, the number of byline seafood items refused by the FDA in February plummeted compared to January figures and compared to last February. The figures are conspicuously lower compared to the last two years of refusals in February. These refusal numbers are sourced directly from the FDA’s OASIS database. A look at the FDA’s entire refusal figures for the month of February showed how rejections for all items were down significantly from January figures and compared to 2016 levels.

Finally, a Hawaii bill that sought to change the way commercial fishing licenses are granted died in committee hearings. The bill sought to restrict commercial fishing licenses to people who are legally allowed to enter the U.S. But that's the role of the federal government, not the state, said state Sen. Brian Tanighuchi, chairman of the Senate Committee on International Affairs and the Arts. "It's hard to set up a whole government procedure to just maybe bump into that problem when you have a federal agency that's actually supposed to enforce that," Taniguchi said.

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