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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FFAW Says Hundreds of Crab Vessels Iced in Will Need Compensation Due to Late Start, As in Past

The Fish, Food and Allied Workers union said that hundreds of snow crab fishing boats are being kept ashore by the ice that has built up around Newfoundland and Labrador. President Keith Sullivan called on the federal government to pay compensation to fish harvesters who are kept away from the fishery. "For many, E.I. benefits run out next week, which will leave families without any income for the foreseeable future, since ice is expected to be a problem until at least mid-May," the FFAW wrote in a statement.

New England regulators will allow lobster fishing in proposed deep-sea coral protection zones on the Mount Desert Rock and Outer Schoodic Ridges. The New England Fishery Management Council voted 14-1 Tuesday to ban most fishing in the canyons and plateaus where slow-growing, cold-water coral gardens flourish in the dark waters of the Gulf of Maine. But pleas from Maine lobster fishermen who say a trap ban in fertile gulf fishing grounds would cost them millions of dollars helped sway an initially resistant council to grant a lobstering exemption. The Council will vote on the exemption at its meeting in June.

In other news, Greenpeace released its annual sustainability rankings of canned tuna products sold in the US market. John Sackton writes how these rankings have almost nothing to do with tuna sustainability. "Instead, like other supermarket rankings undertaken by Greenpeace, the ranking system is used to reward banners that conform to Greenpeace’s ideology and punish banners that don’t," Sackton writes.

Meanwhile, the Gulf Seafood Institute and six other Gulf of Mexico seafood industry organizations endorsed North Pacific Fishery Management Council Executive Director Chris Oliver for the open position of Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries. “It is imperative that NOAA Fisheries be guided by an experienced Administrator with a solid track record of uniting these varying interests with a spirit of positivity and mutual respect,” the groups said in a letter sent to Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Jr.

Finally, biologists at NOAA Fisheries’ Southwest Fisheries Science Center cracked the code on how to spawn Pacific sardines in the laboratory, opening a new window on the life cycle of the commercially important species. Some in the industry hope it will better inform industry and managers as to what environmental factors would augment wild reproduction and recruitment.

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