Mon. Apr 24 2017

VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectations; European Whole Salmon Floods US  


Newfoundland's Fisheries Minister Supports $14 Million Federal Committment to Study Cod Stocks  


Cautious Optimism About Recovery of Canada's Northern Cod Stocks Noted During Meeting in Brussels  


Panera to Hire 10,000 as it Expands Delivery Service


Multi-million Dollar Pen System Contract Awarded to Campbell River Dealer  


Southeastern Grocers, Pole-and-Line Foundation Join in Retail Effort  


Alaska Gives Pebble OK for Work


Vietnam Fails to Score Big in Egyptian Fish Market


Fri. Apr 21 2017

NMFS Put Councils on Notice About Overfishing or Overfished Conditions on Bigeye, Four Other Stocks


Russian Pollock Producers Plan to Grow Exports to EU Market 40% by 2019  


Icelandic Group Puts Major UK Seafood Distributor Seachill Up For Sale


Westward Seafoods Settles with EPA Over Clean Air Act Violations


Newfoundland Fisherman Continues Hunger Strike Protest After Call From Minister


Seafood.com News Summary Friday April 21, 2017


Thu. Apr 20 2017

PWS Pink and Chum Salmon Get Determination of MSC Sustainability Prior to Public Objection Period  


Greenpeace Tuna Ranking Charade a Market Opportunity for Some Retailers Not a Sustainability Advance  


Scientists Spawn Pacific Sardines In Captivity; Results Could Inform Potential for Good Fishing  


Peru Hikes Anchovy Quota 1 Million Metric Tons With Season Set to Start on April 22  


Chesapeake Bay's Spawning Female Blue Crab Stocks at Highest Level in 28 Years   (0) 


Marine Harvest's Q1 Production Falls 13% in 2017 But Earnings Double from a Year Ago  


Feds Close Flatfish, Rockfish, Sablefish Trawling in Gulf of Alaska 2 Weeks Earlier Than Last Year


American Shrimp Processors Assoc. Backs "Buy American" Executive Order  


Portion of Kodiak Sac Roe Herring Fishery Temporarily Shut Down for Lack of Fish  


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 20, 2017


Wed. Apr 19 2017

European Whole Salmon Floods US and Cuts into Canada's Market Share  


West Coast EFP Successfully Targets Pelagic Rockfish with Minimal Bycatch


Russia Squeezed by High Salmon Prices as Chilean Companies Cut Back Shipments  


Letters: Laitram Says Steam Cookers Catching on In NB Crab Industry with Quality Advantages  


VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quotas Announced  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 19, 2017


Tue. Apr 18 2017

Japanese Crab Negotiations with Newfoundland Full of Uncertainty  


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 18, 2017


NFI's Shrimp Council Partners with Popular Food Blogger Chungah Rhee to Promote Shrimp Consumption  


Kroger Backs WWF with $50,000 Donation as Part of Earth Month Sustainability Campaign


Mon. Apr 17 2017

The Smokehouse of NY Recalls Smoked Salmon and Fish Products Over Listeria Concerns  


High Liner Recalls Captain's Crew Fish Strips for Undeclared Allergen


Thai Union CEO Thiraphong Chansiri to Run Virgin London Marathon in Support of WWF-UK


Fortune Fish Expands into E-Commerce Seafood Sales With Deal to Buy Lobster Gram  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 17, 2017


Indonesian Canned Tuna Producer PT Bali Maya Permai Joins ISSF  


China’s Tilapia Industry Faces Moment of Truth at Volume Remains Flat and Prices Fall  


New Zealand's Most Controversial Fishery Deemed Sustainable by Global Body  


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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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