Tue. Apr 24 2018

The Global Aquaculture Alliance Moves to Wild Caught Seafood with Its New Partnership with SeaFish


Tyre Lanier, Father of American Surimi, Returns to Alaska with New Ideas


NOAA Confirms Shrimp and Abalone to Be Included in SIMP by December 31    


Mazzetta Latest Company to Join GSSI


Seafood News Podcast: Supreme Crab's Mark Laubner Talks Bobby Flay; Plus 2018 Scallop Plan and More  


ADF&G Gets Small Budget Boost for FY 19  


Daley Bros. Criticized for Failure to Tell Province They Won't Open Trinity Bay Crab Plant


ASC Farmer’s Survey Reveals Benefits of Certification


Sodexo Recommends Students Eat Fish High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids During Finals Season


AFT Holdings Withdraws Investments From U.S. Tuna Fleet


Two Alaska Commercial Fishermen Charged With Harassing, Killing Steller Sea Lions


Live Atlantic Salmon Available in Yantai of Shandong Thanks to Oriental Ocean's Aquaculture  


Australia’s National Measurement Institute Clarifies Policy on Net Weight of Frozen Seafood


Red Lobster Announces New Dishes For Create Your Own Shrimp Trios Event  


Rhode Island Fishing Industry Releases 'Blueprint for Resilience'


Norwegian Salmon Producer Hofseth Invests in BAADER Production Line


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, April 24


Mon. Apr 23 2018

On Eve of Brussels Show, Russian Pollock Producers Promise Market War in Europe  


Supreme Crab & Seafood Executive Chef Mark Laubner Tells All About His "Beat Bobby Flay" Episode


Northern Cod Fisheries Improvement Project to Aid in Understanding of Stock Components  


DFO announces Newfoundland Shrimp Quotas with further cut in Area 6  


Upper Cook Inlet’s Commercial Herring, Smelt Fisheries Pay Big Bucks to Fishermen  


Guangxi Designates Trains to Deliver Seafood from ASEAN Countries to Northern China  


Oregon Sens. Wyden, Merkley Call on Administration to Maintain Funding for Sea Grant Programs


CDFW Opens More Northern Area to Rock Crab Fishing in California  


Another Study Shows How Eating Fish Supports Brain Health, Prevents Parkinson's


Hunchun City Develops Seafood Resources to Become Distribution Hub for NE Asia  


Research Models How Deadly Virus Moves Among Columbia River Salmon, Trout  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, April 23


Fri. Apr 20 2018

Coastal Villages Fund Sponsors New Report to Reopen Question of Fish Allocations Among CDQ Groups


Jackie Ventola Attorneys Claim Jail Sentence Would Lead to Demise of National Fish


A Short History of National Fish and Seafood, as Described by Jack Ventola Attorneys


China, Norway Work On Better Seafood Trade Relations, More Direct Flights  


VIDEO: British Sustainable Seafood; Houston Restaurants Caught; Norovirus Outbreak; Scallop Plan


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, April 20


Portion of Louisiana Offshore Waters Opening April 24 For Shrimp Season  


Florida Keys 'Who Caught It?' Campaign Aims to Stop Seafood Fraud


South Australian Sardine Fishery Begins Assessment For MSC Certification  


Norwegian Government Rejects Marine Harvest's Cargo Ship Fish Farm Concept  


Earth Day: What's Trashing Our Oceans?


Norwegian Seafood Council Launches "Seafood From Norway" Quality Logo  


Thu. Apr 19 2018

SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, April 19


NOAA Gives Final Approval to 2018 Scallop Plan Which Will Result in 60 Million Lb. Harvest  


New ISSF Report Gives Tuna Purse Seine Fleet Recipe For Becoming MSC Certified


Novia Scotia Lobstermen Seeking Response From DFO on Industry-Led By-Catch Monitoring Program  


Hawaiian Businesses Could Lose Billfish Sales to Mainland Under Proposed Federal Bill  


Opinions Far Apart on Upcoming Newfoundland Northern Cod Quota; With Decision Up to Minister  


Herring and Smelt Fisheries at Cook Inlet Fetch Nice Prices  


NFI Red Crab Council Implementing First FIP in China Thanks to New MoU With CAPPMA, O2


Newfoundland Keeps its Lobster Price Formula for Another Year, in Victory for Harvesters  


UK Aldi's Offer Largest Percentage of Sustainable Seafood


Ice Still Holding up Crab Fishery Around PEI and New Brunswick  


Wed. Apr 18 2018

SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, April 18


Sustainable Shark Alliance Condemn Fin Ban, Push For Sustainable Shark Fisheries and Trade Act  


Senator John Kennedy Wants President Trump to Add Chinese Crawfish, Shrimp to Tariff List  


US Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank Waiting on MSC Final Consultation for Haddock, Pollock and Redfish  


INTERVIEW: Aqua Industry Must Adapt to Deceleration, Says BioMar VP


Increase in Ukraine's Fish Imports Likely to Lead to Pollock, Whiting Opportunities for US  


Price Quotations for Alaska 5-8 Snow Crab Restarted by Urner Barry for First Time Since 2016  


Seafood Volume Sales Flat, But Bright Spots for Fresh Shrimp, Scallops and Flounder  


NOAA Tells NE Management Council That Sectors 7 and 9 Plans May Not be Approved Until Mid-Summer


Seafood Companies in Zhejiang Developing New Markets at Home and Abroad  


CPF Acquires 40% Stake Brazil's Camanor for $17.5 million; Company Leads Shrimp Innovation in Brazil  


Ross Hails NMFS Transfer of Red Snapper Management to States, Ocean Conservancy Not As Thrilled


Memorial Service Remembers Wilburn Hall, Pioneer in Dungeness and King Crab, who Died at 98


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The Global Aquaculture Alliance Moves to Wild Caught Seafood with Its New Partnership with SeaFish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - April 24, 2018

The Global Aquaculture Alliance and the UK SeaFish Authority announced in Brussels today that the GAA would take over the SeaFish Responsible Fishing Scheme and make it global.

This will entail the GAA setting up a wild catch monitoring scheme that will be called Global Seafood Assurances (GSA) Program.

The move is a radical way to incorporate crew safety and labor standard within overall seafood certification.

The Seafish responsible fishing scheme grew out of UK Seafood Buyers demands to ...

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Tyre Lanier, Father of American Surimi, Returns to Alaska with New Ideas 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [APN]  by Elizabeth Jenkins - April 24, 2018

by Lauren Rosenthal KUCBWhen people think of Alaska seafood, salmon and halibut come to mind. But the state also produces a lesser-known fish product sought after all around the world: surimi, the base for imitation crab.

Now the guy who helped establish surimi in America — more than 30 years ago — is on a mission to improve how it’s made.

Tyre Lanier is a food scientist at at North Carolina State University, where he’s been since the 1970s ...

 

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NOAA Confirms Shrimp and Abalone to Be Included in SIMP by December 31

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 24, 2018

NOAA Fisheries announced on Monday that they have taken action to include shrimp and abalone in the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) by December 31, 2018.

Shrimp and abalone was initially excluded from SIMP, which was created to combat seafood fraud and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Informed compliance for Atlantic cod, blue crab, mahi mahi, grouper, king crab, Pacific cod, red snapper, sea cucumber, sharks, swordfish and tunas began on January 1, 2018 ...

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Mazzetta Latest Company to Join GSSI

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 24, 2018

The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative announced today that Mazzetta Company, LLC has joined the GSSI Global Partnership as a Funding Partner.

“Mazzetta has long been committed to integrating environmental responsibility in their operating practices and the products they deliver to the marketplace," said Herman Wisse, Managing Director, GSSI.

"Partnering with Mazzetta strengthens our Global Partnership and our non-competitive effort in ensuring clarity, credibility and choice in the supply and promotion of certified seafood,” Wisse added.

Mazzetta Company is a fully integrated importer ... 

 

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Seafood News Podcast: Supreme Crab's Mark Laubner Talks Bobby Flay; Plus 2018 Scallop Plan and More

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 24, 2018

On this week’s episode of the Seafood News podcast hosts Nicole Christie and Amanda Buckle talk to Supreme Crab & Seafood chef Mark Laubner about his experience on "Beat Bobby Flay." Get some behind-the-scenes scoop on the fan-favorite Food Network show. Plus, we talk about one of the survivors of the Alaska Ranger changing his story 10 years after the vessel sank, take a look at seafood volume sales, and ...

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ADF&G Gets Small Budget Boost for FY 19

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio With Laine Welch] - April 24, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch. The commercial fisheries budget is set for a boost.

The commercial fisheries division is in line for a slight increase to its $69 million operating budget that will benefit projects around the state.

The budget, plus a nearly one million dollar increment, added by Representative Dan Ortiz of Ketchikan, was passed by Alaska  lawmakers.

“The amount is the same, the projects are the same, but the house version had them in our ...

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On Eve of Brussels Show, Russian Pollock Producers Promise Market War in Europe

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] By Eugene Gerden - April 23, 2018

The vice-president of the Russian Pollock Association (RPA), Alexei Buglak, says that Russian producers expect low prices to help them continue to rapidly expand their share of single frozen pollock markets in Europe.

He says that the US media and US pollock producers have continued their attacks on Russian pollock, especially since the fishery achieved MSC certification in 2013.

He said the pressure on Russian fisherman has significantly increased after granting ...

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Sodexo Recommends Students Eat Fish High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids During Finals Season

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 24, 2018

It’s almost time for final exams, and this one tip could help students ace their tests: eat fatty fish.

Beth Winthrop, a national dietitian with food service and facilities management company Sodexo, has been working with the company’s college and university clients to create “healthy, well-balanced food options” for students across the country. According to Winthrop, students who want to keep their brain healthy during finals season need to indulge in more fatty fish that are ...

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Two Alaska Commercial Fishermen Charged With Harassing, Killing Steller Sea Lions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 24, 2018

Jon Nicholas, a captain of the F/V Iron Hide, and Theodore “Teddy” Turgeon, a deckhand on the Iron Hide, have been charged with harassing and killing 15 Steller sea lions.

The sea lions were found dead during the opening of the 2015 Copper River salmon season. Nicholas reportedly ordered his crew, including Turgeon, to shoot at Steller sea lions while fishing in the Copper River fishing district. According to reports, Nicholas would ...

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Live Atlantic Salmon Available in Yantai of Shandong Thanks to Oriental Ocean's Aquaculture

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - April 24, 2018

Atlantic salmon are swimming freely inside the aquaculture facility of Oriental Ocean, an aquatic company in Yantai of Shandong. This is the first time live salmon have appeared in China. Now locals can get access to very fresh salmon meat.

Salmon are mostly raised in sea cages abroad, but some overseas companies have been challenged by problems of diseases, parasites, high cost and limitation of supply in recent years. It is likely that Oriental Ocean’s indoor industrialized aquaculture will  ...

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Red Lobster Announces New Dishes For Create Your Own Shrimp Trios Event

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 24, 2018

Shrimp lovers can head to Red Lobster to indulge in not one, not two, but three shrimp selections.

On Monday the seafood chain restaurant announced the launch of their Create Your Own Shrimp Trios event. The promotion gives diners a chance to choose three of nine “craveable shrimp selections” for $15.99. Options include classic favorites, like garlic shrimp scampi, popcorn shrimp, shrimp linguini alfredo, Cajun chicken linguini alfredo and the teriyaki grilled shrimp. In addition, Red Lobster has also added some new dishes ...

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Norwegian Salmon Producer Hofseth Invests in BAADER Production Line

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 24, 2018

Hofseth Aalesund AS announced this week that they have invested in a new production line from food processing machinery company BAADER.

“Hofseth has chosen BAADER’s fillet line because we have seen through several years of operation that BAADER’s fillet solution ensures the best yield while guaranteeing high capacity and stable operation,” Hofseth CEO and founder Roger Hofseth said in a press release. “BAADER’s filleting line ensures good quality and good earnings.”

The machinery is a complete fillet line ...

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DFO announces Newfoundland Shrimp Quotas with further cut in Area 6

EAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton April 23, 2018

The Canadian DFO announced shrimp quotas for 2018.  As the industry expected, there was another significant cut in Area 6, the primary location of Newfoundland’s inshore shrimp harvests.

The area 6 quota will be 8730 metric tons, down 16% from 2017.  This is in line with industry expectations.

Further North, some quotas increased.  Area 5 will have a TAC of 25,630 tons, and area 4 will get 15,725 tons, along with a bycatch quota for montagui of 4,033 tons, which is unchanged.

For area 6, 6,076 tons will go to the inshore fleet; 2,017 tons to offshore, and SABRI, the Innu Nation, and Fogo Island will all get small specified quotas from the remainder.

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Guangxi Designates Trains to Deliver Seafood from ASEAN Countries to Northern China

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Dayoo] translated by Amy Zhong - April 23, 2018

According to the Nanning office of China Railway on April 13, 1,209 containers of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) seafood weighing 31,000 tons were transferred to northern China from Fangchenggang by cold chain trains since their operation. These trains started in February 2016 and they delivered live foreign seafood to the Beijing train station. With increasing demand for such seafood in northern China, now Guangxi has cold chain delivery systems to connect ASEAN countries with ...

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Another Study Shows How Eating Fish Supports Brain Health, Prevents Parkinson's

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 23, 2018

A new study from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, shines more light on the link between consumption of fish and better long-term neurological health. 

Parvalbumin, a protein found in great quantities in several different fish species, has been shown to help prevent the formation of certain protein structures closely associated with Parkinson's disease.

Fish has long been considered a healthy food, linked to improved long-term cognitive health, but the reasons for this have been unclear ...

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Hunchun City Develops Seafood Resources to Become Distribution Hub for NE Asia

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - April 23, 2018

With limited seafood resources, Hunchun city of Jilin province has developed the local aquatic industry with seafood resources from neighboring countries like Russia. It has attracted many seafood companies with its easy access to resources and markets at home and abroad. Now this city has become a seafood distribution region of great importance in Northeast Asia.

Wang, the general manager for Hehe seafood market, is among the first importers in Hunchun to buy seafood from Russia ...

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Jack Ventola Attorneys Claim Jail Sentence Would Lead to Demise of National Fish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  April 20, 2018

Jack Ventola, founder and President of National Fish and Seafood, now a subsidiary of Pacific Andes, pled guilty to falsifying income tax returns between 2007 and 2013 in December, 2017.

The sentencing hearing will be held on April 27, 2018.  The memo suggests that guidelines would mean a prison sentence of 24 to 30 months, plus the $1 million in restitution prosecutors won as part of the plea deal.

The sentencing memorandum filed by Ventola’s attorneys argues that jail time should be waived in this case, and Ventola should be placed on probation only.

As part of his plea, Ventola agreed to pay more than $1 million to the government in fines and penalties, of which he has already placed $200,000 in an escrow account.

The memorandum from his attorneys first makes the case that Ventola is a self-made man who started unloading trucks with a 9th grade education, and eventually founded and became president of National Fish..

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A Short History of National Fish and Seafood, as Described by Jack Ventola Attorneys

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafoodnews]  April 20, 2018

The sentencing memorandum for Jack Ventola also details the history of National Fish and Seafood.  It is a quintessential New England fish business story, and for that reason, we publish the entire description here.

In working his way up from a gofer waiting in gas lines  for Mass Coastal Seafoods to a salesman with a national client base in the course of just five years, Mr. Ventola developed wide-ranging knowledge, skills, and expertise in the seafood business. He understood sales, transportation, industry control, and retail and “breaded” product lines. So, when Mass Coastal closed, Mr. Ventola decided to go into business on his own. He started NFS in 1979 when he was 31 years-old, just shy of his 32nd birthday.

In the beginning, NFS had only one employee: Mr. Ventola. He rented a windowless office with no bathroom for $200/month. His office supplies were just pads, pencils and three phone lines. He did not even have a desk. He sat on the floor with his back against the wall,...

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Daley Bros. Criticized for Failure to Tell Province They Won't Open Trinity Bay Crab Plant

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Compass]  by Andrew Robinson April 24, 2018

The Trinity South community of New Harbour is facing an unheard-of predicament, as Daley Brothers has decided not to open the local fish plant for the 2018 harvesting season.

News of the company’s intentions began to trickle through the community over the weekend after employees began receiving notices from Daley Brothers informing them of the company’s decision.

Reached by The Compass Monday afternoon, provincial Fisheries Minister Gerry Byrne said he first heard from concerned workers on Saturday, April 21. The workers said they were surprised equipment at the plant was not being set up for processing as it normally would this time of year.

“Little did I know that there was actually more to the problem than what was identified to me on Saturday,” he said, noting workers who received notice ..

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ASC Farmer’s Survey Reveals Benefits of Certification

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 24, 2018

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has released the results of their first Farmer’s Survey, a global survey administered at the end of 2017 to get feedback from members.

“We have come a long way since 2010 but to ensure we remain in tune with the needs of our famers, we undertook a global survey at the end of 2017,” ASC CEO Chris Ninnes said in a press release. “We asked what fish and shellfish farmers value most about ASC certification and what economic ...

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AFT Holdings Withdraws Investments From U.S. Tuna Fleet

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Peggy Parker - April 24, 2018

AFT Holdings, Inc. today announced its intent this year to withdraw its direct investment in the U.S. distant water fleet of tuna seiners. The firm, under its Hines Management Group, represents the largest US shareholder of the US-flagged tuna fleet based in the Western Pacific.

According to the HMG website South Pacific Tuna Company, the investment represents 14 "super seiners," managed by the San Diego-based SPTC.

In addition to the strategic development of its fleet ...

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Supreme Crab & Seafood Executive Chef Mark Laubner Tells All About His "Beat Bobby Flay" Episode

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - April 23, 2018

“Beat Bobby Flay” is a Food Network competition series that pits chefs from around the country against celebrity chef Bobby Flay. Earlier this month, viewers watched as Supreme Crab & Seafood executive chef Mark Laubner competed against Flay to gain bragging rights. And although he couldn’t pull off the win, he did put up a good fight, and is now spilling secrets from the Food Network set.

“At first I thought it was spam,” Laubner told Seafood News ...

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Australia’s National Measurement Institute Clarifies Policy on Determining Net Weight of Frozen Seafood

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 24, 2018

After consulting with the seafood industry, Australia’s National Measurement Institute (NMI) has clarified its policy on determining the net weight of frozen seafood in retail and foodservice packaging.

According to NMI, the Frozen Fish method – also known as the partial thaw method – will be the only method to determine the net weight of non value-added seafood. This applies for all species of fish, crustaceans and mollusks that are normally traded ...

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Rhode Island Fishing Industry Releases 'Blueprint for Resilience'

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 24, 2018

After two years members of the Rhode Island fishing industry have put together the Rhode Island Commercial Fisheries Blueprint for Resilience.

The Blueprint for Resilience was created to address issues that the state fisheries are facing: warming water temperatures, changing food webs, habitat alteration, shifting demographics and labor markets, increasing competition from other ocean industries, and regulatory strain. With financial support from the Saltonstall-Kennedy grant from NOAA, the project allows the industry to identify goals, tools and tactics for ...

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Northern Cod Fisheries Improvement Project to Aid in Understanding of Stock Components

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 23, 2018

A new Northern Cod Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) will help researchers understand Northern Cod stock components and their movement along the slope of the continental shelf, as well as their inshore offshore migration patterns.

The project is being led by the Groundfish Allocation Council (GEAC) and the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) in an effort to “enable more effective stock assessment modeling and management measures to control fishing mortality.” Acoustic receivers will be dropped in waters off Eastern Canada and acoustic tags will be placed on ...

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Upper Cook Inlet’s Commercial Herring, Smelt Fisheries Pay Big Bucks to Fishermen

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - April 23, 2018

Two commercial fisheries open each spring at Upper Cook Inlet that attract little notice and few participants, but each pays big bucks to fishermen.

The first is a food and bait herring fishery that runs from April 20 through the end of May. The 150 ton catch quota is small compared to most of Alaska’s other herring fisheries, but the payout is far higher than all others.

“They get $1.00 to $1.50 a pound ...

 

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Oregon Sens. Wyden, Merkley Call on Administration to Maintain Funding for Sea Grant Programs

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - April 23, 2018

Oregon’s U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, both Democrats, joined 24 of their colleagues in urging the administration to reconsider its plan to eliminate funding for the National Sea Grant program in the president’s fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget.

“As senators from some of the states with Sea Grant programs, we see firsthand how this federal investment is leveraged locally to bring immense returns to coastal communities, fishermen, universities, and students,” the senators wrote to members of the ...

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CDFW Opens More Northern Areas to Rock Crab Fishing in California

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] By Susan Chambers - April 23, 2018

California rock crab fishermen will be able to fish in more areas thanks to dropping levels of domoic acid.

Following the recommendation of state health agencies, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Friday it will extend the area open to commercial rock crab fishing from the Sonoma/Mendocino County line to near the Mendocino/Humboldt County line at 40° 00.00 ‘ N. Lat. This will open all commercial rock crab fishing from  ...

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Coastal Villages Fund Sponsors New Report to Reopen Question of Fish Allocations Among CDQ Groups

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews]  April 20, 2018

Coastal Villages Region Fund has commissioned and released a report examining economic need among the areas served by each of the six Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) groups. Coastal Villages is sharing the report with attendees at the Arctic Encounter Symposium in Seattle on April 19-20 and will follow up with a series of community meetings across Western Alaska over the coming months.

The CDQ program was created in 1992 to alleviate poverty and to support economic development in Alaska Native communities along the coast of the Bering Sea. It allocates 10% of federal groundfish fisheries to 65 communities served by six designated CDQ groups that provide their residents a means to invest in the fisheries.

CVRF says that the way the program’s benefits are distributed does not reflect the communities’ relative populations or need, but rather the political influence they wielded in the 1990s.

“Coastal Villages has known for years that the program’s benefits flow disproportionately to the two CDQ groups serving the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands...

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Research Models How Deadly Virus Moves Among Columbia River Salmon, Trout

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 23, 2018

For the first time, researchers studying a deadly virus modeled how it spreads to young salmon and trout in the Columbia River Basin, showing that migrating adult fish are the main source of exposure.

The ecological modeling of the infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus, or IHNV, shows how it moves across the landscape over time, providing a crucial understanding for managers of hatchery programs attempting to protect juvenile salmon and trout.

"Knowing the relative role of these transmission pathways and ...

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