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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Gulf Snow Crab May Not be Underway Until Week of April 23rd due to Ice

After a cold March, ice is thick in the harbor at Caraquet in New Brunswick writes John Sackton. The first icebreaker to try and open the harbor to prepare for the start of the crab season encountered ice 4 feet thick, and was unable to do the job, reported some of the people at the crab and lobster meetings held in Shippagan, NB yesterday. A larger icebreaker will have to be scheduled. Some participants thought this would push back the opening of the Gulf crab season to the week of April 23rd, the last week in April. The industry is looking at a doubling of crab quota in this area and is anxious to start the season.

A report released last week by the Ecology Action Centre said Canada's seafood labeling standards are the vaguest compared to the EU and US. Basics such as the species' scientific names, along with how and where the fish was caught and processed, should be on the labels the Centre said. "It's shocking that our products from Canada are being sold with more detail in the United States and the European Union than they are in Canada," said Colleen Turlo, a spokeswoman for the Centre.

In other news, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council will open up a process next week to redesign the Cook Inlet salmon fishery management plan. The Council is tentatively scheduled to hear the first discussion paper prepared by the National Marine Fisheries Service on what the plan could look like and how they should proceed during the council’s meeting April 6 in Anchorage. The federal rulemaking process can take multiple years, so the council will have to reach a working plan to allow the fisheries to operate for the 2017 season before moving forward with a finalized fishery management plan.

Meanwhile, due to budget cuts to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, biologists used an average of the last 37-years to estimate 2017 biomass for Togiak herring. Normally, the spawning biomass would have been estimated in 2016 by aerial surveys. But no estimates of age composition in the 2016 harvest were made. “Because that data is no longer available to us, we forecast the 2017 biomass as the average spawning biomass for all years for which we have data (1978-2015) less 10% in order to be conservative,” wrote Tim Sands, Area Management Biologist in Dillingham.

Finally, the Olive Garden posted an increase in same stores last quarter that was far above analysts expectations and its shrimp scampi is getting a lot of credit for the turnaround. The Darden-owned Italian chain revamped its menu to adapt to shifting consumer tastes, including a greater focus on cutting calories. Olive Garden's low-calorie shrimp scampi was the best selling option in January, beating out the restaurant's popular chicken alfredo entree. Analysts said Olive Garden's sales rebound was a key factor in Darden's largest stock market rally in the last three years.

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