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  

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

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

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

ISSF Celebrates Successful 2017 Skippers Workshop Program Summary Friday, March 16

Thu. Mar 15 2018

US Launches WTO Fight Over Indian Export Subsidies; Shrimp Trade Could Become an Issue  

Mixed Bag of West Coast Ocean Salmon Seasons Set for Public Review  

New Bedford Seafood Wholesaler George F. Estudante Sentenced For Tax Evasion

'Get Ugly' Campaign Aims to Get Alaska Crabbers More Money For Scarred or Darker Shells  

Russia Postpones Distribution of Pollock Investment Quotas; Move May Favor Largest Companies  

Kristen Koch Named NOAA’s New Science and Research Director for Southwest Fisheries Science Center

China, Norway Continue Free Trade Negotiations in May; Salmon is Key Norwegian Export Summary Thursday, March 15

Wed. Mar 14 2018

NGOs Challenge MSC’s Claim of Sustainability, Point to Flaws in Certification Standard

Ecuador Launches Sustainable Shrimp Partnership Modeled after the Global Salmon Initiative  

Grieg Holds Raucous Public Information Meeting on Salmon Project for Placentia Bay  

Passamaquoddy Tribe Seeks First Nation Status in Canada, Could Expand Fishing in Bay of Fundy

Guangzhou Customs Seize 14 People in another Vietnam Border Smuggling Gang Arrest  

Thai Union Announces Appointment of Dan Goldstone as Chicken of the Sea SVP of Human Resources

Timestrip: How a Developer of Smart Indicator Technology Entered the Seafood Industry

Middle East Discount Supermarket VIVA Partners With Vinh Hoan

Starkist Samoa Donates $50K for Cyclone Gita Relief Efforts in American Samoa Summary Wednesday, March 14

Tue. Mar 13 2018

High Liner’s Chris Mulder Breaks Down Sea Cuisine’s New Look at Seafood Expo North America  

Paturel Lobster Employees to get Financial Help from East Coast Seafoods  

Very Successful Boston Seafood Show Cut Short By Snow Storm

Mark Foods Names Former Icicle CEO Chris Ruettgers As New President

Norwegian Salmon Prices Shoot Up, Creating Major Headache for Retailers  

James Faro and CFO from Sea Star Seafood Plead Guilty to Bank Fraud over False Receivables

Russian Fish Industry Posts First Revenue Decline in 4 Years

Belfast Maine Residents Express Concerns Prior to Zoning Meeting on Indoor Salmon Project

SeaPak Wants Consumers to Find Their 'Moment of Zen' with Seafood Summary Tuesday, March 13

Mon. Mar 12 2018

Photos From Day 1 of Seafood Expo North America; Major Snow Storm May Scramble Plans

69,000 lbs of US Domestic Catfish Recalled for Contamination with Malachite Green by USDA    

West Coast Waters Returning to Normal; Some Fisheries Remain Disrupted  

MSC Launches New “Wild and Sustainable” Website on 20th Anniversary; ASMI Says 'Win-Win'

Stavis Seafoods Earns British Retail Consortium Certification

Seafood Excellence Awards Winners Announced at Seafood Expo North America 2018

Canadian Seafood Exports to China Up 25% As Overall Seafood Exports Grew by 5%

Old Dutch Harbor Nets Sent to Denmark for Recycling

Latest Seafood News Podcast Features January Shrimp Imports, February 2018 Refusals and More Summary Monday, March 12

Lund’s Fisheries Offering Fair Trade Certified Scallops  

Seafood Champion Awards Finalists Announced; Winners to be Revealed in June

China Increased its Seafood Imports in January; Seafood Exports Drop During Same Month

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Trade Court Remands More Vietnamese Shrimp Duty Rates Over Forced Labor

The United States Court of International Trade issued a slip opinion that remanded shrimp duty rates calculated for Vietnamese exporters from its eighth period of review back to the United States Department of Commerce. The rates covered shipments made from February 1, 2012 through January 31, 2013. Domestic shrimpers raised the issue of forced labor in Bangladesh's supply chain as a reason why Commerce must provide more information about its calculations and if Bangladesh should have been used as a surrogate economy when the eight review rates were calculated. In March, the domestic shrimp industry successfully petitioned the Court to remand shrimp duty rates for Vietnamese exporters from its ninth review back to Commerce also because of the use of Bangladesh and its labor problems.

Ocean Choice International is overhauling its shrimp trawler the Katsheshuk II so it can start fishing for groundfish. OCI committed to the $8 million renovations since Newfoundland's coldwater shrimp quotas were cut sharply for the upcoming season. "Our purpose now is to focus on red fish and some other species, but yes, definitely, when we built this vessel we expected cod to increase in the future," said Blaine Sullivan, COO at OCI.

In other news, Southwind Foods has reached an agreement to acquire Galaxy Foods and Equator Seafood. The two companies will merge into Southwind’s operations, which are based in Carson, California. Southwind distributes seafood products under the Great American Seafood brand among others. "We think this merger will result in additional distribution channels for us as well as an opportunity to collaborate with the excellent management teams at Galaxy and Equator about exciting new ideas for our companies,” said Buddy Galletti, CEO of Southwind Foods, LLC.

Meanwhile, the Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association (APICDA) announced that Grant Mirick has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Luke Fanning has accepted the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO). "We are very happy to have such a strong and solid leadership team in place. Grant has played a vital role in strengthening our processing operations in Alaska and Kent, Washington. Luke brings a solid background in banking and finance," said Larry Cotter, APICDA CEO.

Finally, a developer aligned with the New Boston Food Market cooperative has won the bidding for a 3.4-acre site at the the city's marine industrial park, now known as the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park, in South Boston. “This was a unique opportunity ... we had to pursue in order to control our own destiny," said Michael Vaughan, a representative for the wholesalers. “This is an important first step. We're grateful the city chose us. By providing new facilities, these businesses will be able to grow."

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