Fri. Nov 17 2017

Trident Invests in APICDA’s Bering Pacific and Cannon Fish Subsidiaries


Giant Canadian Pension Firm Enters Seafood Industry with Purchase of Largest PEI Mussel Grower  


Russian 2017 Salmon Season Had Major Failures; New Fishing Restrictions Planned


ANALYSIS: Argentinian Pink Shrimp Will Stay in the US Market For the Long Term    


Oregon Delays Dungeness Crab Season Due to Low Meat Recovery  


Global Aquaculture Alliance CFO Jeff Fort Takes On COO Position


JD Fresh Moves 20,000 Tons of Fresh Food, Garnering Huge Success on Singles' Day  


VIDEO: EU Importers & Indian Shrimp; Maine Lobstermen; Alternative Tuna; Canadian Trade Benefits


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, November 17


Thu. Nov 16 2017

How Ocean Hugger Foods Is Breaking Into the Seafood Industry  


Bering Sea Pollock and Cod in Good Shape But Could Be Moving North


Chile Prolongs King Crab Season as Prices in China Rise More than 20 Percent  


California Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Opens With Dock Prices Around $3 A Pound  


China’s Fresh Food Ecommerce Changing the Equation for Air Cargo


France First Country to Put Legal Teeth Behind Claims of Supply Chain Dilligence


Moody’s Affirms Red Lobster Debt Rating, but Downgrades Outlook to Negative


Study Finds ‘Tipping Point’ That Could Change Oyster Restoration Efforts  


Young’s Seafood Launches New Shellfish Line in the UK  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, November 16


Wed. Nov 15 2017

EU Importers Already Shifting Away from Indian Shrimp Prior to EU Inspection Visit  


Latest Stock Assessment Shows 80% drop in GOA Pacific Cod ABC for 2018  


Center For Biological Diversity Takes Aim at California Dungeness Fishery With New Petition  


ADF&G Releases Bristol Bay Forecast for 2018; Harvest Predicted at 39 Million Sockeye


On the Central California Coast, Dungeness Crab Season Gets Under Way  


Euromonitor Says Fresh Fish Consumption Falling in Europe


Maine Opens Eel License Lottery for 2018 Season  


Captain D’s Data Sheds Light on Customer Base


Cermaq Announces Improvement in Fish Survival Rate for Atlantic Salmon  


Sanford Releases Annual Financial Results As They Look to the Future  


Bristol Seafood Accepts Portland, Maine’s Business of The Year Award


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, November 15


Tue. Nov 14 2017

Maine Lobster Harvesters: Don't Abandon Marketing Program Just When It is Needed (Editorial)    


Branding Fight Breaks Out as Local Community Supported Fisheries Object to FultonFishMarket.com


Tassal Backs Away from Dumping Treated Wastewater from Salmon Pens Back into Macquarie Harbour  


Pangasius Farm Gate Prices Hit Record After Rains in Mekong  


Restaurant Industry Third Quarter Earnings Report Shows Drop in Sales


Open Blue First Coba Supplier To Achieve 4-Star BAP Certification  


South Coast Cod Fishery Secures Local Jobs Over the Winter  


Australia Seafood Co-Op Working On Alternative to Planned Carp Herpes Virus Release  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, November 14


Mon. Nov 13 2017

JD.com Gives Alibaba Competition, With $19.14 Billion Singles Day Haul and More Focus on Seafood


With Prices Lower, Japanese King Crab Buyers Still Expect Strong Competition for Supplies  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, November 13


Hokkaido Port Celebrates 80 Years of Kazunoko (Herring Roe) Production, Plans Market Campaign  


Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Joins Forces With Nueva Pescanova Group


United Fishermen of Alaska Hire New Executive Director


IFFO Announces Incoming President And Full Management Board For 2018  


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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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