Tue. Feb 20 2018

Thai Union Group Sales Up 1.6%, Profits up 14.6%, With Strong North American Business


Industry Responds to Erroneous Reports about Dungeness Fishery  


Burned California Bears Treated With Tilapia Skin Now in Good Health  


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  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, February 14


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


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


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


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


Fresco Fisheries Joins NFI Crab Council as 32nd Member  


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


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


Tue. Feb 13 2018

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


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  


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


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


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


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


Captain D’s Rolls Out Flounder Feast For Lent  


Totoaba Farming May Help Vaquita Porpoise


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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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