Wed. Jan 17 2018

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


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  


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


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

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  


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


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


Alaska Salmon Protections Get Enough Signatures for Ballot  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, January 16


Mon. Jan 15 2018

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


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


Beijing Customs Uncovers Frozen Seafood Smuggling Case Worth Millions  


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


Concern for Whales as Northern California Crab Season Opens  


Sysco Acquires UK-Based Foodservice Distributor Kent Frozen Foods


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, January 15


Fri. Jan 12 2018

New Charges Against Carlos Rafael Include Count Against Sector IX, 12 Counts Misreporting Scallops  


Ocean Choice Hires Carey Bonnell as VP of Sustainabiity and Engagement; Loyola Sullivan Retires


Pricing a Concern as Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Prepares To Open on January 15  


NOAA Names Michael Pentony As Regional Administrator John Bullard’s Successor


China to Drive Seafood Consumption Growth Over Next Decade Says Rabobank in New Report


VIDEO: Rafael’s Permits Revoked; Swiss Lobster Rule; Shrimp Disaster Fears; Alaska Year-Round Jobs


Birds Eye Focusing on Simplicity, Authenticity With New Campaign


Scottish Salmon Company Commissions New State-of-the-Art Feed Barge  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, January 12


Thu. Jan 11 2018

NOAA Moves to Revoke All Carlos Rafael’s Permits, New Charges Include Cheating on Scallop Landings  


Alaska Opilio Fishing Off to Slow Start; Most Expect Prices to Settle Lower than Last Year  


Matthew Tourkistas Joins Whitecap as Director of Sales  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, January 11


Many Tuna Stocks Not Meeting Standards, Says ISSF  


Maine Elver License Lottery Closing Monday, January 15  


Northern California Announces Dungeness Opening, Part of Oregon Holds Off  


NOAA Continuing Pilot Project on Longline Gear that is More Protective of Swordfish and Tuna  


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Russia Plans to Seize Fishing Quotas from Producers Who Build Trawlers With Foreign Capital

Russia's federal fisheries agency plans to start more active seizures of fishing quotas from harvesters who rely on foreign capital to build vessels. The seizures are part of a plan is to encourage fishermen to build fishing trawlers at local shipyards, according to a spokesman at Rosrybolovstvo. Initially, the goal will be to distribute about 20% of the total volume of fishing quotas to local producers that use domestic shipyards. Ultimately, Russia wants as much as 35 percent of quotas distributed to producers that use domestic shipbuilders. In more Russian fishery news, Japan's Hokkaido Federation of Fishermen say Russia's catch of pollock with roe from the Sea of Okhotsk is down about 7 percent during the A season. The federation says that the pace of production slowed from last year around late February, and showed no signs of recovery in the first week of March.

Reports in China suggest customs officials are cracking down on illegal shrimp and lobster shipments imported through Vietnam. Reports suggest buyers in China are pushing for illegal seafood smuggling to avoid high tariffs. It is beleived that the illegal trade will continue for a couple more years until a free trade agreement between China and Australia goes into effect in 2019. That agreement will eliminate rates on Australian seafood shipped to the Chinese market over the course of four years.

In other news, Maine seafood distributor Bristol Seafood has earned Fair Trade Certification for its line of North Atlantic Sea Scallops. This is the first domestically harvested seafood item in the US market to earn recognition from the Fair Trade program. “We are very proud to be the first to introduce Fair Trade Certified seafood harvested in the United States,” said Peter Handy, Presi­dent and CEO of Bristol Seafood. “All of our products are based on integrity and sustainable practices, and Fair Trade certification gives our customers third-party valida­tion that we operate in a socially responsible manner as well.”

Meanwhile, commercial salmon fishermen in Oregon and California are once again looking at no significant summer season this year -- a repeat of similar conditions in the late 2000s. The Pacific Fishery Management Council this week announced sport and commercial salmon fishing seasons that would go out for public review between now and its April 6-11 meeting. The Council will choose the final fishing seasons in April for submittal to the National Marine Fisheries Service's approval and implementation by May 1.

Finally, a new bill is being proposed by Alaska lawmakers that would require captains collect an as yet undefined amount of each crew’s wages and remit it to the state Department of Revenue. The United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA) opposes the proposal. “We don’t want to be tax collectors, we just want to be able to send a 1099 to the state and then they collect from the crews. We have no idea what their taxes are and I think they are going to make more work for themselves," said UFA's president Jerry McCune.

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