Thu. Mar 22 2018

Conservation Groups Seek to Ban Mexican Shrimp, Other Seafood to Save Endangered Vaquita Porpoise  

The Fish Guys Expand into Beef, Pork and Chicken with Launch of Market House Meats

H & N Group Acquires NJ-Based Seafood Wholesaler Network Commodities

Chinese Domestic Tilapia Market is Promising; Prices Remain High  

Alaska’s Governor Taps John Jensen for North Pacific Council, Two Incumbents Also Supported

Update on Stand for Salmon Ballot Initiative  

SeaPak Brings New Frozen Seafood Soup to Walmart  

Ocean Hugger Foods Partners with Aramark to Expand Distribution of Vegan Tuna Alternative  

The Fishin’ Company Partners With Trace Register for Seafood Assurance Traceability

Laitram LLC Files Patent Application for Shrimp Deveiner  

New MAFAC Members Shift Majority From New England to the Pacific Northwest and Alaska

NOAA Establishes New Voluntary Right Whale Speed Restriction Zone Off Nantucket Summary Thursday, March 22

Wed. Mar 21 2018

DFO Releases Statement on MSC Certification Suspension of Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Fishery    

Annual Allocation of $1.1 Billion for Sportsmen & Conservation Announced

Long John Silver’s Shows Off New Contemporary Look At Kentucky Flagship Opening

MSC Appoints New Science and Standards Director

NOAA Appoints New Science and Research Director for Southeast Fisheries Science Center

IFFO RS Announces Launch of New Improver Programme Application Mechanism Summary Wednesday, March 21

Tue. Mar 20 2018

MSC Suspends Certificate of Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Fishery Due to Right Whale Deaths  

Senator John McCain, Jeanne Shaheen Write Letter to USTR Supporting Repeal of USDA Catfish Program  

Sitka Herring Fleet on Two-hour Notice

Halibut Catch Limits for Alaska Made Official Today

John West Debuts its Products on JD in its Entry to Chinese Market  

Marine Harvest Reports ‘Best Year Ever’ in 2017, But Faced Challenges Due to Sea Lice  

New Study Shows Fish Was An Important Part of Stone Age Diet Summary Tuesday, March 20

Mon. Mar 19 2018

Mitsui & Co. Enter Into Strategic Alliance With Mark Foods  

Kingfish Zeeland CEO Ohad Maiman Talks Bringing Dutch Yellowtail to U.S.  

Latest Seafood News Podcast Recaps Seafood Expo North America

WPRFMC Fishery Managers Postpone American Samoa Large Vessel Prohibited Area Decision  

Chinese White Shrimp Shortage Pushes Prices Higher, Even for Small Sizes this Winter  

Russia Plans to Make Kara Sea Center of Domestic Fish Production  

Maine DMR Hires New Scientists to Support Lobster Research, Inshore Trawl Survey Summary Monday, March 19

Fri. Mar 16 2018

EDF Calls on NOAA to Make Sure Rafael’s Permits Are Spread to Multiple Buyers    

VIDEO: US-India WTO Fight; Catfish Recall; Salmon Price Surge; SENA 2018  

Chicken of the Sea Celebrates ‘Best New Foodservice Product Award’ Win for Yellowfin Tuna Slices Summary Friday, March 16

UK Politicians Wants to Withdraw from EU’s Common Fisheries Policy

ISSF Celebrates Successful 2017 Skippers Workshop Program

Dr. Praeger’s Brand Introduces New MSC Certified Frozen Seafood Products  

WTO Misses Deadline to Rule on Mexico Appeal of Dolphin-Safe Label Dispute with the US

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EU Inspecting Mekong Shrimp Exporters for Possible Transshipment of Indian Shrimp Through Vietnam

Vietnam's Ministry of Trade confirmed that EU inspectors examined several shrimp exporters in the Mekong Delta under the suspicion that Indian shrimp is being transshipped to the EU market through Vietnam. Currently, EU import tariffs for Vietnam's shrimp are much lower than those for India. Particularly, the tariff for unprocessed shrimp imports from Vietnam is 4.2 percent, compared to 12 percent for India. For semi-processed shrimp, Vietnam's tariff is about 7 percent while India's is 20 percent. Officials with the EU said they will raise Vietnam's tariff rates for its shrimp shipments if transshipping is detected.

Fortune International has acquired the assets to online seafood distributor Lobster Gram in a deal that expands Fortune's market reach to consumers across the country. “I have always admired Lobster Gram and how [Lobster Gram founder Dan Zawacki] successfully started a live Maine lobster home delivery company from his parents’ garage, now that is entrepreneurship,” said Sean J. O’Scannlain, Fortune International’s President and CEO. “We have always considered entering the e-commerce business given the growth potential and what better way than with an icon like Lobster Gram that shares our commitment to quality service and products.” This is Fortune’s first acquisition of 2017 but just the latest deal that the Bensenville, Illinois-based seafood distributor has made since 2012. Fortune purchased JDY Gourmet in 2012, Chef Martin Old World Butcher Shop Sausage in 2014 and Coastal Seafoods of MN in July of 2016.

The retail market for Bristol Bay sockeye is looking good again this year because of a large push to chill majority of the fish and sell it as a premium product. Last year harvesters set a record volume for the amount of raw material they chilled. "This is huge for the retail potential of Bristol Bay," said Rebecca Martello, the association's executive director. "The fleet is making great strides to ensure Bristol Bay is a quality product and this definitely ties into all aspects of marketing and making Bristol Bay the premium brand we know it to be."

In other news, Chinese tilapia production was flat and the value of its exports fell last year. The industry says its needs to do a better job of developing more international markets to boost sales. In order to do this, producers and processors are being encouraged to increase overseas marketing efforts, develop more competitive brands and increase the quality of the fish.

Finally, the eight percent tariff on Canadian live lobster shipped to Europe will immediately disappear when the free trade deal known as CETA is signed, which could happen as soon as May 1. This coincides with the spring lobster season opener in P.E.I. "For the lobster sector it will mean tariff free access to 27 countries in Europe over the next number of years," said Geoff Irvine, executive director of the Lobster Council of Canada. "[That] will give us, hopefully, an advantage in that market as we compete against other seafood products and other proteins in a market that has 500 million people."

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