Mon. Feb 19 2018

California Crabbers Slow Landings, Say Won't Deliver at $2.50 per lb.  


Processors Must Eviscerate Dungeness Crab from Southern Oregon Due to Domoic Acid Levels  


China's Tariff Reduction Coincides with Imported Seafood Price Drops Around Chinese New Year  


Cooke Expresses Strong Disappointment with Washington House and Senate Votes to Ban Netpens


Trump Administration Wants to Cut Budget for NOAA, But Congress Unlikely to Accept   


New Seafood News Podcast Episode: Kingfish Zeeland Dutch Yellowtail, Coast Guard Rescue & More  


Vietnam’s Seafood Export Value Rises to U.S. $560 Million in January; Exports to China Grew in 2017  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, February 19


Fri. Feb 16 2018

Russian Security Service Challenging Crab Quota Holders as Illegal Foreign Controlled Business  


NFI's Crab Council Grows to 33 Members  


Oregon Readies New Waste Water Requirements for Seafood Processors


Fisheries Council of Canada Welcomes Designation of Ocean Supercluster by Ottawa


VIDEO: F/V Sinks; Record Shrimp Consumption; Nemesis Pulled From Water; New Whole Foods Policies


Alaska Deckhand Apprentice Program Calls for Applicants


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, February 16


Thu. Feb 15 2018

Pacific Whiting Stock Looks Strong for 2018, Coming off Record 440,944 tons in 2017


4 Rescued from Atlantic Cape’s Vessel Sea Star, After Sinking off Martha’s Vineyard


Cermaq Reports Excellent Salmon Survival Rates in 2017


After Years of Delays Tsukiji Move is Now on Track


Grieg Seafood Temporarily Banned from Exporting Norwegian Salmon to China after Document Mistake  


SeaShare Distributed Over 6.9 Million Servings of Seafood to Struggling Americans in 2017


California Bill Would Crack Down on Fishing Operations That Poach in Marine Protected Areas


GAA Executive Director Wally Stevens Transitioning Out of Role for Andrew Mallison


Pacific Fisheries Technology Conference Hears Shortage of Workers will Plague Alaska Industry


Lent Kicks Off Biggest Time of the Year for Seafood Sales


New Bedford-Based Northern Wind Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary  


Company Introduces Individual Package Temp Indicators for Low Oxygen Packaging


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, February 15


Wed. Feb 14 2018

Adak 5000 ton Cod Allocation Gets Discussed at Council, as Unforeseen Scenario Put it at Risk


China Shrimp Importers Anxious About Fall in Prices After New Year, Leaving High Cost Inventory  


Virginia Legislature Opposes 2018 ASMFC Reductions in Menhaden Quota, Supported by Omega Protein  


Invermar and AquaChile Confirm Salmon Losses from Algae Blooms  


The Most Popular Seafood Options for Valentine's Day  


Myanmar Looks to Boost Farmed Shrimp Production  


Oregon, Washington Pink Shrimp Fishery Re-Certified as MSC as Certifiers Laud Management, Ecosystem  


Fresco Fisheries Joins NFI Crab Council as 32nd Member  


SeaPak Introduces New 'Selections' Line for Healthier, More Convenient Meals


New Zealand King Salmon Supports Recommendation to Relocate Marlborough Sound Salmon Farms  


Arby's Adds Nashville Hot Fish Pollock Fillet to Menu as Lent Begins  


New Zealand Slows, May Stop, Roll Out of Camera on Board Monitoring


What You Need to Know About Fast-Food Fryer Oil During Lent


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, February 14


Tue. Feb 13 2018

NOAA Issues SIMP Update; All Data Must Be Complete Before Entry Beginning April 7


Thai Union of Canada Announces Daley Sfds Will Manage New Brunswick Lobster Plant in Tracadie-Sheila  


Baader Brings New Generation of Filleting Machines to Newfoundland, Icewater to Invest $3 million  


Chinese Market Helps Argentine Seafood Exports Exceed U.S. $2 billion in 2017  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, February 13


Protix Develops ‘Friendly Salmon,’ First-Ever Insect-Fed Salmon  


New Study Reveals Benefits and Concerns of Phytoplankton In Coastal Areas


Seafood Nutrition Partnership Adds GAA VP Dr. Steve Hart to Board of Directors


Innovative Feed Produces Salmon With Double the Omega-3 Content  


Hema Fresh Opens Second Store in Shenzhen; Imported Seafood Can Arrive in Two Days  


Captain D’s Rolls Out Flounder Feast For Lent  


Totoaba Farming May Help Vaquita Porpoise


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NMFS's Budget Spared in Trump Administration's Proposal to Slash Commerce Department Funding 16%

The Trump Administration's proposal to cut the Department of Commerce's budget by 16 percent does not specify the extent of cuts to NOAA's satellite programs but it appears to include only minor reductions to NMFS. It has been reported that the budget proposal would eliminate $250 million in coastal research programs including $73 million for Sea Grant programs.

One of the issues flagged in the dismal assessment of Newfoundland snow crab stocks this year was increased predation on snow crabs. One source of the increased predation is thought to be cod, which are eating more snow crab as capelin, their primary food, has not recovered sufficiently to support current cod populations. Another source of predation is seals. Recently Baie Verde native Danny Dicks harvested a bearded seal that had 181 female and 2 male snow crab in its stomach. The seal weighed between 200 and 300 pounds.

In other news, a Minnesota state lawmaker proposed a bill to provide short-term tax incentives for entrepreneurs who want to jump into the shrimp farming business in the state. The bill proposed by Rep. Chris Swedzinski was positively received by the state's House Agriculture Policy Committee. “We’re looking to build a whole new industry of agriculture in Minnesota, one that uses local commodities and creates very good jobs,” Rep. Swedzinski said.

Meanwhile, about 27 million adult salmon returned to Alaska’s 28 hatcheries last summer dotted throughout Prince William Sound, Southeast and Kodiak. That was less than half of the forecast and the lowest return since 1992. From that, the hatchery catch plummeted to 24 million salmon, or just 22 percent of the statewide harvest, again the lowest since 1992. The dockside value of the hatchery fish at $85 million was the lowest since 2005.

Finally, we publish a video by the National Fisheries Institute that features an interview with attorney Katherine Alveraz, who is the general counsel for Alfa Gamma Seafood Group in Miami and Derek Figueroa, COO of Seattle Fish Company in Denver who discuss the potential impact of the Trump Administration's proposed border tax on the seafood market in the US. The border adjustment tax 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. Alvarez and Figueroa emphasize that a majority of the wild caught and farmed seafood Americans eat—at least 85 percent—is imported. This means the tax could increase the cost of seafood for consumers in the US market. This could result in a decline in seafood sales and actually in job losses, not job creation, across the country.

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