Wed. Jun 20 2018

First Port Moeller Analysis for Bristol Bay Run is Flashing Yellow


Bristol Bay Drift Fishermen Ready for First Set Today in Nushagak as Escapement Numbers Look Good


Andy Wink Appointed New Executive Director of Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Assoc.  


New Kuskokwim Model Corrects Overestimate of Chinook Run, Could Affect Chinook Bycatch in Bering Sea


Stavis Seafoods Unveils Prince Edward Frozen Organic Mussels for Retail and Foodservice


Court Confirms Decision Rejecting Catch Limit for California Anchovy Fishery  


VIDEO: Crop Progress; Pizza Hut Chicken Without Antibiotics; Cattle on Feed Predictions


New Kuskokwim Model Corrects Overestimate of Chinook Run, Could Affect Chinook Bycatch in Bering Sea


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, June 20


Tue. Jun 19 2018

Russian Barents Sea Inshore Crab Harvesters Say They are Locked Out by Big Monopolies  


Zach Krokos Joins Cannon Fish as New National Sales Team Member


North Pacific Council Looks at Limits for Cod Deliveries to Motherships in the Bering Sea


American Shrimp Processors Assoc Praises Their Friendly Senators for Language in Appropriation Bill  


Sea Pact Brings Funding to Sri Lanka Tuna Fishery Project  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, June 19


Mon. Jun 18 2018

Seafood Trade War: What’s Next (News Analysis)


China Tariffs Raise Alarms Throughout the Industry; Read Some Reactions  


LISTEN: Seafood News Podcast Welcomes Samuels and Son Seafood’s William Bradford


Washington Commission Selects Kelly Susewind as New WDFW Director  


Opinion: NL Harvesters Trotting Out Same Arguments Used Against Cod Moratorium 26 Years Ago


Lobster Council of Canada: Lobster Harvesters Unfairly Blamed for Right Whale Threat  


Alaska Air Cargo Grows Service by 40% Thanks to Virgin America Merger


Oceana Canada Says CFIA’s New Food Regulations Do Not Address Seafood Fraud


Australis Barramundi Receives 4-Star BAP Certification  


Direct Air Routes Between China and Norway to Start in 2019


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, June 18


Fri. Jun 15 2018

BREAKING NEWS: China Slams Alaska and US Seafood Industry with 25% Tariff on $1 Billion in Exports


Council Separates Adak Cod Issue from Broader Cod Allocation issues, Expects Action by Dec 2018


Possible North Atlantic Right Whale Death Off Virginia Coast


WWF Canada Says DFO Cod Cuts Too Little; Differs with FFAW and GIDC Partners who See Differently  


Celebrate National Lobster Day With the Top Lobster Stories  


ANALYSIS: Ecuadorian Shrimp Exports Continue to Advance


China’s Frozen Salmon Prices Have Been Dropping; Dealers Stuck with High Cost Inventory  


VIDEO: Maine's Lobster Industry; SAVE Right Whales Act of 2018 and More


Final Sentence Handed Down in Maine Eel Trafficking Case


Fish Radio: Ferry Tests for Ocean Acidity Produce First Results


Lobster Day 2018: Indulge With These 5 Lobster Recipes  


Shelf-Life Extension Co. BluWrap Receives Additional Financing from Existing Investors


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, June 15


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, June 15


Thu. Jun 14 2018

In Example of Flexibility Pacific Council Eases Yelloweye Rockfish Constraints in Groundfish Fishery  


Alaska Salmon Season Subdued So Far - Calm Before the Bristol Bay Storm?


WPRFMC Managers Recommend Changes to Swordfish Longline Fishery in Light of Turtle Interactions  


SAVE Right Whales Act Could Provide $50 Million Grant For Ropeless Fishing Technology


‘Weaponized’ McDowell Report on Value of Shore Processing Opening Gun in Fight Over Cod Allocations   


Basa Price Likely to Drop in China After Due to Greater Supply  


Canadian Food Inspection Agency Introduces Safe Food For Canadians Regulations, Effective January


Russia's FAS Wants to Abolish All Historical Fishing Quota Rights in Exchange for 15 Year Leases


New Video Previews Nordic Aquafarm’s Belfast Facility  


Lobster Council of Canada Speaks Out on Right Whale Mitigation Issues  


Alaska Governor Candidates Don't Like Salmon Ballot Initiative  


Coastal Villages Region Fund Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Internship Program


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, June 14


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First Port Moeller Analysis for Bristol Bay Run is Flashing Yellow

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton – June 20, 2018

The Bristol Bay Science and Research Institute, supported by the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association, along with ADF&G, conducts a regular test fishery at Port Moeller to gauge the timing and strength of the salmon run in Bristol Bay.

With a series of test fishing sites, they have a historical record of catch and how various seasons progressed which helps answer questions as to timing, and whether the run is over or under projections.

The first analysis of a week’s worth of test fishing was released today, and it is cautionary...

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Bristol Bay Drift Fishermen Ready for First Set Today in Nushagak as Escapement Numbers Look Good

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [KDLG] BY Austin Fast - June 20, 2018

Many drift boats plan to ride Tuesday night’s tide out into the bay for the first commercial drift gillnet opening from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.
 

In the harbor, 10 people from various boats teamed up to unlash the fishing vessel Emma Lynn from its neighboring boats and guide it into free water. It’s a scene replayed all day long.

"You saw it here – as soon as that announcement...

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Russian Barents Sea Inshore Crab Harvesters Say They are Locked Out by Big Monopolies

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gergen - June 19, 2018

Russian small scale crab producers have once again called on the Russian government to lift the existing ban on the catch within the coastal 12-mile zone.  They hope to increase the revenue of their business and to bring additional crab volumes to the domestic market, according to representatives of fisherman

According to the inshore fishermen, in recent years commercial stocks of some crab species in the Russian territorial waters have significantly grown.  They hope to convince the Russian government to lift the existing ban on the coastal zone catch, which was imposed as far back as in 2011.

Fisherman say in the..

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New Kuskokwim Model Corrects Overestimate of Chinook Run, Could Affect Chinook Bycatch in Bering Sea Pollock Fleet

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - June 20, 2018

The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council adopted a new more accurate model to estimate the size of the Chinook run in the Kuskokwim River system at their early June meeting in Kodiak.

The model is used to calculate part of the Western Alaska Three River Index, a calculation used in determining the level of Chinook bycatch in the Bering Sea pollock trawl fishery. The old version of the model has been overestimating the size ...

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Seafood Trade War: What’s Next (News Analysis)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] News Analysis by John Sackton – June 18, 2018

What’s next after China has announced a 25% tariff on over 170 different US seafood products, to take effect on July 6th?

First, the disruption is already having immediate consequences.  We have heard of order cancellations over the weekend.  For example, a squid supplier from California had his Chinese buyer immediately cancel his order.

This kind of disruption will continue over the next couple of weeks.  China has a holiday, the dragon boat festival, today, Monday, June 18th.  This is delaying the opening of many offices.

Second, the biggest question facing many Alaskan exporters is whether the tariffs apply to product sent to China for re-export...

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American Shrimp Processors Assoc Praises Their Friendly Senators for Language in Appropriation Bill

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] -  June 19, 2018

The American Shrimp Processors Association, which is one of the leading advocates for restricting imported shrimp, praised their Southern Senate allies after securing some favorable language in the latest Senate Appropriations Bill for Dept. of Commerce.

Within that bill were several measures to assist the shrimp sector.

First, the CJS Subcommittee provided $1.4 million in implementation monies for the transition of shrimp to the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP). 

Shrimp is included in SIMP beginning in December 2018, and implementation funding was also provided in FY18. This was largely due to the lobbying of the American Shrimp Processors, as there is no food safety ...

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China Tariffs Raise Alarms Throughout the Industry; Read Some Reactions 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - June 18, 2018

On Friday the People’s Republic of China imposed 25% tariffs on a number of products, including major seafood exports like salmon and lobster. The move came as a response to President Donald Trump’s recent increase on Chinese imports. The new 25% tariff will go into effect on July 6th, and be in addition to any tariffs that are already levied on products.

The tariff is raising alarms throughout the industry. Check out some of the reactions ...

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LISTEN: Seafood News Podcast Welcomes Samuels and Son Seafood’s William Bradford 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - June 18, 2018

This week’s episode of the Seafood News podcast features a very special guest – Samuels and Son Seafood’s Marketing Communications Manager Bill Bradford.

Samuels and Son Seafood is a wholesale distributor with a 60,000 square foot facility on Lawrence Street in Philadelphia. Bill joins us to talk about the company’s rich history and some summer trends they’re seeing.

The Seafood News Podcast is available to download via SoundCloud or iTunes. This episode was sponsored by the Seafood Innovation Expo ...

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Opinion: NL Harvesters Trotting Out Same Arguments Used Against Cod Moratorium 26 Years Ago

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Southern Gazette] Opinion - June 18, 2018

In a few short weeks, it will have been 26 years since the cod moratorium was first put in place.

And the amazing thing, for anyone who remembers that day personally, is that the same arguments are being made about a fish stock that is still clearly in trouble.

This past week, the federal government announced it was cutting this year’s total allowable catch by 25 percent, after a single-year decline in the biomass of 30 percent. The cod biomass now is roughly where it was in 1992...

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Andy Wink Appointed New Executive Director of Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Assoc.

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton - June 20, 2018

The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Associaton announced it has hired Andy Wink, a well known Alaskan fisheries economist and researcher, as its permanent Executive Director.

Wink has nearly 10 years of experience in researching and analyzing Alaska fisheries and has worked extensively with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI), especially on Alaska Salmon.

In January, Wink left McDowell Group and formed his own consulting company.  His new position does not preclude continuing non-conflicting consulting jobs, but he told SeafoodNews he will be focused on the needs of Bristol Bay...

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Zach Krokos Joins Cannon Fish as New National Sales Team Member 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - June 19, 2018 

Kent, Washington – Cannon Fish Company (CFC) announced yesterday that Zach Krokos has joined the company’s National Sales Team. Krokos will be responsible for driving sales in the U.S. East Coast and assisting with purchasing initiatives.

Krokos’ background in sales, branded product management and customer service will be a critical addition to Cannon’s seafood processing and marketing firm. 

Krokos is known throughout the industry for his exceptional customer service skills and his ability to brand and market value-added seafood products ...

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Stavis Seafoods Unveils Prince Edward Frozen Organic Mussels for Retail and Foodservice

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - June 20, 2018

Stavis Seafoods, a vertically integrated importer and manufacturer of quality fresh & frozen seafood, unveiled its new frozen Prince Edward Whole Organic Mussels, available in both a one pound retail-ready bag and two pound foodservice bag.

Stavis said the Prince Edward Whole Organic Mussels are certified as an organic seafood item by Global Trust and an as ocean-friendly seafood choice by OceanWise.

The mussels are sustainably grown in the clean, clear waters of Newfoundland located on the East Coast of...

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North Pacific Council Looks at Limits for Cod Deliveries to Motherships in the Bering Sea

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - June 19, 2018

Twelve years ago Amendment 80 was adopted by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to allocate several non-pollock groundfish among trawl sectors, and help form cooperatives in that sector. The amendment covered dozens of competing concerns and succeeded in striking a balance that has worked well in the last decade.

But Amendment 80 was silent on whether the catcher/processors (CPs) in that fleet could act as motherships in the Bering Sea limited access cod fishery ...

 

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Court Confirms Decision Rejecting Catch Limit for California Anchovy Fishery

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Susan Chambers - June 20, 2018

A federal judge last week confirmed a January 2018 decision requiring the National Marine Fisheries Service to use the best available science to reconsider the annual catch limit and other limits to prevent overfishing for the central sub-population of northern anchovy.

The court also granted part of the NMFS motion, to apply the reference points argued in court to only the central population of northern anchovy, not other stocks.

The January 2018 court decision was in response to a lawsuit brought by Oceana, represented by Earthjustice, and ...

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BREAKING NEWS:
China Slams Alaska and US Seafood Industry with 25% Tariff on $1 Billion in Exports

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton – June 15, 2018

China wasted no time retaliating against President Trump’s trade war.  The US seafood industry has been hit hard.

China will impose 25% punitive tariffs on a range of US seafood exports worth nearly $1 billion in 2017. The announcement was made by the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council this afternoon.

The tariffs will go into effect on July 6th.  They are calculated as 25% additional tax on the imported cost of the product, including any previous tariffs. 

So if  a dungeness crab product was taxed at 12%, the 25% will be on the total cost, ie import cost plus previous tariff....

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Washington Commission Selects Kelly Susewind as New WDFW Director

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - June 18, 2018

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission on Friday appointed Kelly Susewind of Olympia as the new director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The commission voted unanimously to select Susewind after interviewing seven candidates in May and narrowing the field to three finalists, who were interviewed for a second time earlier last week.

Susewind accepted the appointment as permanent director following the commission's vote. He will oversee an agency of 1,800 employees and an operating budget of $460 million for the ...

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