Tue. Jan 16 2018

ANALYSIS: Fresh Chilean Fillet Imports Up YTD, But Overall Fresh Fillet Imports Down  


Alaska Salmon Protections Get Enough Signatures for Ballot  


Kodiak's Tanner Crab Fishery Opens For First Time in 4 Years  


Board of Fisheries Weighs Proposals Protecting Chinook Stocks in Southeast  


Mon. Jan 15 2018

South Korea Plans US $500 Million Investment in Pollock Processing Factories in Russia  


South Atlantic Council Wants Public Input on Management Changes for Atlantic Cobia


Beijing Customs Uncovers Frozen Seafood Smuggling Case Worth Millions  


Latest Seafood News Podcast Breaks Down Swiss Lobster Rule, New Netflix Series & More


Concern for Whales as Northern California Crab Season Opens  


Sysco Acquires UK-Based Foodservice Distributor Kent Frozen Foods


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, January 15


Fri. Jan 12 2018

New Charges Against Carlos Rafael Include Count Against Sector IX, 12 Counts Misreporting Scallops  


Ocean Choice Hires Carey Bonnell as VP of Sustainabiity and Engagement; Loyola Sullivan Retires


Pricing a Concern as Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Prepares To Open on January 15  


NOAA Names Michael Pentony As Regional Administrator John Bullard’s Successor


China to Drive Seafood Consumption Growth Over Next Decade Says Rabobank in New Report


VIDEO: Rafael’s Permits Revoked; Swiss Lobster Rule; Shrimp Disaster Fears; Alaska Year-Round Jobs


Birds Eye Focusing on Simplicity, Authenticity With New Campaign


Scottish Salmon Company Commissions New State-of-the-Art Feed Barge  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, January 12


Thu. Jan 11 2018

NOAA Moves to Revoke All Carlos Rafael’s Permits, New Charges Include Cheating on Scallop Landings  


Alaska Opilio Fishing Off to Slow Start; Most Expect Prices to Settle Lower than Last Year  


Matthew Tourkistas Joins Whitecap as Director of Sales  


Northern California Announces Dungeness Opening, Part of Oregon Holds Off  


NOAA Continuing Pilot Project on Longline Gear that is More Protective of Swordfish and Tuna  


Many Tuna Stocks Not Meeting Standards, Says ISSF  


Maine Elver License Lottery Closing Monday, January 15  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, January 11


Wed. Jan 10 2018

No Price Agreement in Oregon-Supervised Crab Negotiations


NMFS Approves New England Council Habitat Amendments; Will Provide Boost to Scallops up to 60 Millio  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, January 10


North Carolina Restaurant Adds Green Gill Oysters to Their Menu  


Bankruptcy Closes Homer’s Auction Block, City Objects to Pending Sale


More China Crack Downs on High-Value Seafood Smuggling From Vietnam  


National Weather Service Seeks Industry Input on Marine Weather Statements


U.S. Fastest Growing Market for Norwegian Seafood  


Captain D’s Opening First Location in Wisconsin


Slapfish Announces Expansion Plans For 2018


Poland Takes Lead in Norwegian Salmon Imports for its Growing Processing Industry


Tue. Jan 9 2018

SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, January 9


Importers Fearful of Shrimp Disaster  


P.E.I. Lobstermen Landed 36.4 Million Pounds in 2017, up 20% over Last Year  


Guolian Supplies Crayfish to KFC in China  


Chinese Seasonal Shrimp Price Rise Stronger This Year Due to Shortages  


Americold Cold Storage Company Announces IPO


Chinese-Flagged Illegal Fishing Vessel Arrested by Liberian Coast Guard and Sea Shepherd


Rubicon Cleared by California Judge in Trafficking Case Involving Thai Shrimp Companies  


GAA's 2018 GOAL Conference to be Held for First Time in Ecuador  


Pacifico Aquaculture Acquired by Top Los Angeles Private Investment Firm  


Total Lobster Imports are Lower for 5 Straight Months; Led by Declines of Tails and Meat from Canada  


November Salmon Imports Show Europe Remains Higher, Continues to Dig into Canada's Market Share  


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Vietnam Emerged as Major Market for Indian Shrimp Exports in 2016

At the same time that India has become as major shrimp supplier to the US market, it has also stepped up exports to Vietnam with shipments in some months even surpassing those to the US. Last year Indian shrimp exports to Vietnamese and US markets increased 28 and 29 percent respectively and were the top two markets for Indian shippers. During India’s heavy harvest period last spring India’s shrimp exports to Vietnam were higher than exports to the US. Additionally, by December of last year, Indian shrimp exports to Vietnam and the US were about the same both in terms of volume and as a percentage of India’s overall exported market share. Vietnamese processors continue to report severe raw material shortages from domestic producers and higher dependence on imported materials. This is an indication that Vietnam will continue to buy foreign raw shrimp supplies so it can meet a goal to export $7.5 billion worth of seafood in 2017.

Vietnam loosened it soaking standards on pangasius fillets allowing for an 18 percent increase in moisture content. The new standard now requires only 14 percent of fish protein in treated pangasius fillets. This decision reverses an attempt by the Vietnamese government to cap soaking at 83 percent net weight. But this decree was staunchly opposed by some Vietnamese producers.

In other news, South Korea’s wild pollock population, considered near-extinct since the turn of the millennium, may be making a comeback. The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said Thursday that a wild pollock was caught in eastern waters near Uljin, North Gyeongsang Province. Experts blame global warming along with overfishing for the decline of the pollack population in South Korea, which according to data accounted for 14.9 percent of Korea’s entire seafood market in 1942. Currently, approximately 90 percent of pollock consumed in Korea is imported from either Russia or Japan.

Meanwhile, some Chinese shrimp farmers in Guangxi, are restarting production early this season. Currently more than half of the farmers have stocked their seed. Farmers are reporting high success rates in shrimp farming and satisfactory profit margins in the first round of seed stocking from last year. The first round of shrimp supplies are expected to hit the Chinese market this May.

Finally, Alaska's House Fisheries Committee will assess a resolution sponsored by several House Representatives “urging the United States government to continue to work with the government of Canada to investigate the long-term, region-wide downstream effects of proposed and existing industrial development and to develop measures to ensure that state resources are not harmed by upstream development in B.C.” Chris Zimmer, Rivers Without Borders Alaska campaign director, said Alaskans are troubled by B.C.’s lack of enforcement of mining regulations. The problem is that Canadian mining operations that go out of business are not required to clean up their sites. This has created leakage from abandoned mine works and sludge ponds, which have been polluting Alaskan waterways for decades.

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