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


Fri. May 19 2017

First 22,000 Lbs of Copper River Salmon Lands in Seattle; 77,000 More Lbs. Expected Today  


VIDEO: Canada’s Snow Crab Market Stabilizes as the Era of High Chinese Shrimp Output Fades  


New England Fisheries Council to Consider Deep Sea Coral-Protection Rules


Seafood.com News Summary Friday May 19, 2017


Thu. May 18 2017

NE Fisheries Scientists Expect Drastic Changes as Gulf of Maine and Georges warm 7 to 9 degrees


USDA Adopts FDA Definition of Processing for Domestic Catfish Operators and Limits Inspections  


Facing Headwinds on European Standards, Russia's White Fish Producers Turn to Brazil  


Ecology Action Centre Says Suspension of Offshore MSC Certificate 3Ps Cod Confirms Objections  


Alaska's Sablefish Population Bigger Than Thought Due to Better Understanding of Whale Take  


No Relief Funds for 2016 Pink Fishery, Salmon Season Opens Today  


Lidl to Sell MSC, ASC and BAP Certified Seafood as Discount Retailer Expands to US Market


Brad Bodenman Announces Retirement as CFO of American Seafoods


The Fishin' Company is Ready to Support Aquaculture Expansion Across Southeast Asia


Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries Names Paul Anderson Executive Director


Oregon State Partners with NIOSH to Focus on Maritime Safety  


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday September 18, 2017


Wed. May 17 2017

Era of High Shrimp Output in China is 'Gone Forever'  


Spike in Mortalities Prompts Voluntary Suspension of MSC Certification for NL's 3Ps Cod Stock  


2017 Copper River Season Starts Tomorrow: Expect Fresh Sockeye But Few Chinook  


First Ever Bristol Bay Fish Expo to Be Held June 9-10


Congressional Seafood Names Matthew Berrie as Food Safety Director  


CDFW Director Extends Rock Crab Closure Due to Domoic Acid  


Salmon Season Threatened by Budget Impasse  


WWF Says Vaquitas Could Go Extinct by 2018 But Ignores Efforts Underway to Try and Save Them


SeaShare Partners with Native Association to Donate Pollock to Communities in Bristol Bay  


2017 Copper River Season Starts Tomorrow: Expect Fresh Sockeye But Few Chinook  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday May 17, 2017


Tue. May 16 2017

Tuna Price Fixing Civil Suit Picks Up as Wal-Mart, Other Retailers File Amended Complaints   (0) 


North Atlantic Inc: First U.S. Company Commits to Lofty U.N. Oceans Sustainability Goal   (0)


Bob O’Bryant to Take Over as President of Cannon Fish Company


Investment Community Recognizes Thai Union Among Best Managed Companies in Asia


VIDEO: Atlantic Scallop Prices in a Tailspin  


Tiny Island in the Middle of the Pacific Littered with Highest Density of Trash in World


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday May 16, 2017


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Bering Sea Snow Crab Season Going Slow 

Fishermen are having the toughest time in the past five years finding snow crab, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, in Unalaska. The fleet of 60 crab boats has caught 74 percent of the quota in the Bering Sea according to ADF&G biologist Ethan Nichols. But based on the number of crab in an average pot, the catch has plummeted. Meanwhile, Alaskan crabbers and their allies in the Pribilof Islands say a hybrid should be considered part of the catch of whatever the fishermen are targeting, whether Tanner bairdi or Tanner opilio. "The mixed physical characteristics make it extremely difficult to identify hybrid Tanner crab in a quick and efficient manner, especially during active fishing operations," the crab group said.

A Washington state fish buyer, Pacific Harvest Seafood, intends to bring a processing vessel to Bethel and park it at the seawall during the late summer silver salmon run in the Kuskokwim River and in the Kuskokwim Bay according to Pacific Harvest Seafood's President Jim Gonzalez. The Renton-based company also will run a tender to go back and forth between the fishing village of Quinhagak on Kuskokwim Bay to the self-sustained floating processor

In other news, the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) is calling for an independent, external review of the management and science capabilities of Canada's federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) in relation to the reported dramatic decline of key stocks off Newfoundland and Labrador. The request for review follows recent federal stock assessments for Newfoundland's coldwater shrimp and snow crab fisheries, which each showed poor biomass results.

Meanwhile, Red Lobster is expanding its Lobsterfest promotion to its lunch menu with the addition of a Maine lobster roll among other lunchtime offerings that feature Maine lobster. Last week, we reported how the value of Maine lobster landings reached a record high in 2016 from unprecedented demand in US and Chinese markets. In the United States, the restaurant sector has featured more lobster meat items on menus in recent years and Red Lobster's lunch special is one such example. The lunchtime offerings will retail for $9.99 at participating locations.

Finally, the FDA issued more seafood refusal data for the month of February over the weekend, which showed by line item refusals more in line with historical averages but on the decline compared to 2016. According to the data, refusals from China were the highest among all suppliers to the US market in February. Filth remains on the FDA’s radar accounting for 40 percent of the month’s seafood rejections. However, FDA seafood refusals in 2017 are trending below last year’s levels so far.

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