Fri. Jul 21 2017

ANALYSIS: Shrimp Market Prices Generally Stable  


ANALYSIS: Imported Mahi Mahi Prices Remain Near Record High Levels Amid Limited Production  


NOAA Locates Crabber F/V Destination Wreckage; Coast Guard Hearing Set for August


New President of B.C. Wildlife Federation Aims for Stability


Clean Seas Seafood Rebrands and Launches New Kingfish Campaign


Senators Collins, King Introduce Resolution to Designate September 25, 2017, as National Lobster Day


Australian Heard and McDonald Islands Toothfish Fishery is Recertified Under MSC  


Seafood.com News Summary Friday, July 21, 2017


Thu. Jul 20 2017

ANALYSIS: Chilean Market Continues to Weaken to Levels Now Below 2016  


West Coast Dungeness Crab Season: Rocky Start, Good Markets, High Value  


BlueOcean Expanding Market for Pure Polar Shrimp Oil  


VIDEO: Trident Seafoods Value; Bakkafrost Bacteria Outbreak; UK Seafood Fraud


Canadian Fisheries Puts $8.9 Million in Upgrade, Expansion of St. Andrews Biological Station in NB


High Quality Shrimp Breeding Farm Set Up in Mekong Delta


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 20, 2017


Wed. Jul 19 2017

Bakkafrost Shuts Down Salmon Harvesting Due to Listeria; Market to be Short Large Fish


UK Sushi Bars Accused of Mislabeling Some Seafood, but Not as Much as US   (0)


New Study Quantifies Impact of Different Types of Bottom Trawls on Seabed Ecosystem  


Global Salmon Initiative Strengthens Global Presence with Acceptance of Four New Members  


China Research Vessel Leaves Tomorrow for First Circumnavigation of Arctic Rim


Chicago Tastemakers Meet Maine's Most Iconic Seafood: Lobster  


Live Canadian Geoducks Arrive at New Airport Clearance Site in Qingdao For First Time  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday July 19, 2017


Tue. Jul 18 2017

Bristol Bay Run Exceeds 50M, Catch Over 33M, Season Not Over Yet  


Gulf Reef Fishermen Support Conservationists Lawsuit Against NOAA Fisheries on Red Snapper  


Russian Salmon Season off to Strong Start; up 30-40% Over 2015  


Japan Claims China Exceeded International Management Measures for Mackerel  


Chinese Mainland Demand for Crayfish is High; Industry Employs 5 Million  


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 18, 2017


Fish Oil Group Launches Improved Standard in Marine Ingredient Industry  


Mon. Jul 17 2017

ASMFC Blasts Secretary Ross Decision on Summer Flounder in Favor of New Jersey’s Recreational Sector


Seafood.com News Summary Monday July 17, 2017


Russian Fishing Tycoon Gurinov to Control 30% of Catch of Sardines and Mackerel in Russia  


Guangxi Shrimp Farmers Worried About Shrimp Survival After Heavy Rains  


Inslee Vetoes Anti-Shrimp Legislation That Would Have Helped Washington Oyster Growers  


Ron Jensen, Long Time Seafood Industry Leader, Has Died


Sun. Jul 16 2017

Bristol Bay Run Exceeds 50M, Catch Over 33M, Season Not Over Yet  


Bristol Bay Run Exceeds 50M, Catch Over 33M, Season Not Over Yet  


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Carlos Rafael Pleads Guilty; Up to 13 New Bedford Vessels Could be Seized by Government

Carlos Rafael, owner of one of the largest fishing fleets in New England, pled guilty in Federal District Court in Boston yesterday to 27 counts lodged against him by the Dept. of Justice for fishery fraud, conspiracy and cash smuggling. Most of the charges have sentences of up to 5 years in prison with 2 of the offenses having penalties of up to 20 years. But there is also a forfeiture clause. For the mislabeling and false reporting charges, the US attorney says that on conviction of one or more of the false reporting offenses, the vessels and permits are to be forfeited. These vessels represent the majority of the active vessels fishing for Carlos Rafael in New Bedford. The fate of the vessels and especially the fishing permits is of great concern in New Bedford.

The Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced Northern shrimp quotas for the upcoming season, and the news was just as bad as the industry in Newfoundland feared. The quota for Area 6 was slashed 62 percent. Area six is the largest inshore shrimp fishing area in Newfoundland and the basis for much of the cooked and peeled inshore industry. The Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) said the federal cuts to shrimp quotas for the inshore fleet will have a devastating impact on the industry, including all shrimp plants.

In other news, monthly shrimp landings from the Gulf of Mexico in February were down from last month and from the same time last year. Traders say they are anxiously waiting new season production with inventories low and market prices high. Spring season shrimp fishing is at least a month and a half away, and contingent on the size of the shrimp in the waters.

Meanwhile, Market demand for Vietnamese pangasius in China over the last couple of years is up and now officials say they will issue a list of approved suppliers and ban imports of fish with quality problems. The Chinese also plan to strengthen pangasius traceability.

Finally, President Trump signed two executive orders aimed at combating foreign trade abuses. The Commerce Department and US trade representative will compile a thorough accounting of the US's trade deficits with its top trading partners within 90 days. The American Shrimp Processors Association supported the executive orders. This week American shrimp producers scored a victory in International Trade Court when they won reconsideration of shrimp anti-dumping duties on Vietnamese exports by highlighting labor abuse.

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