Mon. Oct 22 2018

ANALYSIS: Stone Crab Season Opens With Initial Low Landings  


Sea of Okhotsk Pollock Catch Will be More Than 1 million Tons with Improved Fall Fishing  


NFI’s Seafood, See Jobs Campaign Returns to Minnesota to Highlight Importance of Trade


Like Other Sectors, UK Seafood Industry Faces Waves of Uncertainty Over Brexit


Ak Governor Walker Drops out of Race for Re-election, Urges Support for Begich


White Shrimp Prices Drop in Guangxi, Where Farmers Hope for Better Winter Market  


Alaska Ferry Acidity Tests Show Water is More Corrosive in Fall/Winter


Fri. Oct 19 2018

StarKist Gets $100 Million Fine in Guilty Plea on Tuna Price Fixing; More Payments to Vendors Likely


Preliminary Sablefish TACs Don’t Necessarily Mean High Quotas for 2019


VIDEO: Trawler Damaged; Global Whitefish Supply Declines; Seafood, See Jobs Campaign and More  


Urner Barry’s Seafood Import Workshop Brings Together Industry Professionals and Government Reps


West Coast Pink Shrimp Fishery Improved This Year: Better Landings, Better Shrimp  


Norway: Skretting Factory in Averøy Now Producing Salmon Feed with Insect Meal  


Seafish Launching Young Seafood Leaders Network For U.K. Seafood Professionals


INSIGHT: Arrival of New Insect Feed Capacities May Give New Dynamic to Aqua Feed Sector


FFAW applauds National Report on Canadian Marine Reserves that Warns Against Arbitrary Timelines


Indonesia To Produce 400,000 tons of Pangasius This Year, Attracted by High Price  


EU, Republic of Korea Join Forces in Fight Against IUU Fishing


All About Healthy Foods Launches Plant-Based Seafood Alternative  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, October 19


Thu. Oct 18 2018

Jeff Bolton new CEO at Atlantic Capes as Danny Cohen Retires, Remains Chairman of the Board


Ak. Gov Candidate Mike Dunleavy Accused of Turning Back on Fishing Industry after Cancelling Debate


Norway and Russia Reduce 2019 Barents Sea Cod Quota to 725,000 tons, a 7% Decrease over 2018  


UK study says farmed shrimp is as safe as any food, but websites continue to push false information


FFAW Calls on DFO to Re-open Mackerel Fishery, Says Biomass Estimates of Low Abundance are Wrong


Norwegian Fishing Company and Software Group Create PC Game Based on Fishing the Barents Sea


Sea Grant Announces 2018 Aquaculture Research Awards  


Canada's SeaChoice Criticizes ASC Certified Salmon Farms for Often Being Below Stated Standards


NOAA announces three at-large appointments to Regional Fishery Management Councils


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, October 18


Wed. Oct 17 2018

Alaska Board of Fish Rejects Pressure to Rule on Hatchery Issues at October Meeting   


California Spiny Lobster Fishery Closed in State Waters Around Anacapa Island Due to Domoic Acid  


Ugly Crab Campaign Aims to Expand Markets for Old Shell Crab  


AquaBounty gets CA$2 Million Construction Loan From PEI to Build 250 Ton Salmon Production Facility


NOAA Confirms 3rd North Atlantic Right Whale Mortality of 2018


New Nielsen Study Shows Sustainability is an Opportunity for Growth


America Buys More Pangasius and China Exerts Less Influence on the Global Market  


Sen Elizabeth Warren Again Reiterates her Support for Carlos’ Permits Remaining in New Bedford


China Likely to See More Pangasius Price Increases Due to Exchange Rates, Farm Prices  


Captain D’s Opens 29th Location in Mississippi


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, October 17


Tue. Oct 16 2018

Groundfish Forum: Global Whitefish Supply Continues to Decline for 2019  


Alaska Board of Fish To Hear Prince Willian Sound Hatchery Issues Today


With Sufficient Supply, King Crab Becomes More Common and Popular in China  


Ecuador Small Pelagics Fishery Accepted by IFFO RS into Fishery Improvement Program


Stay Ahead of the Curve With Urner Barry’s Seafood Import Workshop, Taking Place This Thursday


Russia to Start Export Fish Sales Through Auctions in Coming Months  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, October 16


Biomar Opens New Shrimp Research Unit in Ecuador  


Mon. Oct 15 2018

SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, October 15


Nordic Aquafarms Opens Corporate Office as They Continue to Move Forward with Belfast Facility  


The Seafood Industry and the China Tariffs: A Deep Dive Into NFI's Seafood, See Jobs Campaign


Australian Trawl Fishers Cheer as Massive Seismic Survey Rejected


Major High Resolution Study of Global Trawl Footprint Finds it is Far Lower Than Some NGO's Suggest


'Puntada Invisible' Wins WSI Video Competition


Norwegian Food Safety Authority Denies Company Permission for Land Based Salmon Farm


E-commerce Boosts Guolian’s Sales in China


Imported Seafood Lures More Chinese Foodies, According to JD Report  


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ANALYSIS: Stone Crab Season Opens With Initial Low Landings 

The 2017 season started a month after Hurricane Irma crossed the Florida Keys, eventually making landfall further up the west coast and hitting two of the state’s largest stone crab producing regions. Luckily, most traps avoided destruction and initial landings were strong. Many attributed the strong landings to the hurricane churning the water and making it cloudy, which gives protection to the crabs as they search for food. However, by November, landings started to diminish. Many attributed the lack of catches to the warmer weather ...

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Sea of Okhotsk Pollock Catch Will be More Than 1 million Tons with Improved Fall Fishing

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - October 22, 2018

Russia has officially started a new autumn-winter fishing season for pollock and herring in the Far East, according to the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo).

As part of these plans, particular attention will be paid to the catch in the Sea of Okhotsk, particularly the North-Okhotsk sea subzone, where all the quotas, allocated for the current year, should be used.

By the end of the year total quotas for ...

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NFI’s Seafood, See Jobs Campaign Returns to Minnesota to Highlight Importance of Trade

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 22, 2018

Minnesota is back in the spotlight thanks to the National Fisheries Institute’s (NFI) “Seafood, See Jobs” campaign.

NFI highlighted a handful of companies from Minnesota last month in an effort to show the “importance of trade to the Land of 10,000 Lakes.” Now the campaign is focusing on Minnesota again, releasing three more videos to educate Americans about how the tariffs are hurting American seafood jobs in the state.

“There are very few other jobs in the area ...

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Ak Governor Walker Drops out of Race for Re-election, Urges Support for Begich

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Associated Press/LA Times]  October 22, 2018

[The Alaska Governor appoints the majority of the N. Pacific Fisheries Mgt. Council, as well as selects the head of ADF&G, and nominates members of the Board of Fish.  Dunleavy had refused to participate in a fisheries debate, run for the past 27 years by the Kodiak chamber of commerce.  With Walker dropping out, and Dunleavy refusing to participate, the debate, scheduled for tonight, Oct. 22nd, has been cancelled. - JS]

 
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker's surprising announcement that he was quitting his bid for reelection with less than 21 days to go was an effort to boost Democratic rival Mark Begich's chances of beating Republican Mike Dunleavy....
 

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StarKist Gets $100 Million Fine in Guilty Plea on Tuna Price Fixing; More Payments to Vendors Likely

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton October 19, 2018

Starkist has pled guilty to a single count of price fixing for canned tuna, and has agreed to pay a $100 million fine.

The Justice Dept. announced the plea and fine amount in a filing in California’s northern district federal court.

The charge is that between November 2011, and December 2013, StarKist engaged in a conspiracy with Bumble Bee and Chicken of the Sea (Owned by Thai Union), to fix prices for ...

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Alaska Ferry Acidity Tests Show Water is More Corrosive in Fall/Winter 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - October 22, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – The state ferry Columbia has been testing the waters for acidity since last October from Southeast Alaska across the entire Province of British Columbia to Bellingham, Washington. 

It is part of an unprecedented Alaska/Canada project to learn how increasing ocean acidity affects regional fisheries.

“The fantastic thing about this vessel is it’s going from Bellingham to Skagway and back every week ...

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Urner Barry’s Seafood Import Workshop Brings Together Industry Professionals and Government Reps

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 19, 2018

Urner Barry just wrapped up another successful Seafood Import Workshop in Boston this past Thursday, bringing together industry professionals and government representatives for a day of learning and networking.

Scott Zimmerman of Safe Quality Seafood Associates kicked off the Workshop with a lecture on modernizing seafood safety, quality and sustainability compliance. Attendees then welcomed Corey L. Norton, Thai Union’s Group Counsel for Responsible Sourcing, for an informative discussion about the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) ...

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Norway: Skretting Factory in Averøy Now Producing Salmon Feed with Insect Mealv

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Skretting] - October 19, 2018

Skretting Norway's factory in Averøy has produced commercial salmon feed with insect meal for the first time. Nordlaks is the first customer to test the feeds containing insect meal, with 360,000 fry receiving this pioneering feed.

"We expect it to be as good as our regular feed and hope that the commercial test will show the same good results as Skretting has seen in its efforts to improve feed intake," says Eirik Welde, freshwater director in Nordlaks.

Insect meal offers an alternative to fish meal and ...

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INSIGHT: Arrival of New Insect Feed Capacities May Give New Dynamic to Aqua Feed Sector

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FeedInfo News Service] - October 19, 2018

The insect feed sector is scaling up.

In recent months, French InnovaFeed said it was planning to locate its new production plant in Nesle (Somme department), while French insect rearing company Ynsect announced that it would begin construction next year on a mealworm production site outside of Amiens. Elsewhere, North America’s Enterra Feed Corporation has added three major funding partners and is on track to complete construction of new ...

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Indonesia To Produce 400,000 tons of Pangasius This Year, Attracted by High Price

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - October 19, 2018

Vietnam’s basa farm gate prices have risen to VND 36,000 per kg ($1.54/kg USD) recently, which means an increase of 40 percent from that of early August. This sets a new record and now the market is challenged by price increase and supply shortage.

Processing plants in Vietnam have encountered great difficulties. They have to cancel much of the previously signed orders unless buyers agree to pay more. The prices have risen more than 20 percent compared with ...

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Like Other Sectors, UK Seafood Industry Faces Waves of Uncertainty Over Brexit

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton - October 22, 2018

The UK Seafood Summit, held October 17-18, was a chance for government agencies and experts to weigh in on potential changes facing the industry with Brexit.

The verdict, at least to an outsider: tremendous confusion everywhere you look.

On the one hand, Mike Park from the Scottish Whitefish Producers said that Norway and Iceland catch 80% to 90% of the fish species in their own EEZ.  Therefore, it would be reasonable to think that UK producers who ...

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White Shrimp Prices Drop in Guangxi, Where Farmers Hope for Better Winter Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - October 22, 2018

The year of 2016 was greatly successful for Guangxi’s white shrimp aquaculture. The success rate was close to 70 percent in the first round, which encouraged local farmers and strengthened their confidence. However, they were disappointed again in the mid round with the success rate having plummeted to about 20 to 30 percent.

Local farming was depressed both last year and this one as well. Great changes have occurred to the industry ...

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Preliminary Sablefish TACs Don’t Necessarily Mean High Quotas for 2019

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

At the October North Pacific Council meeting, preliminary -- not final -- catch limits were adopted for about two dozen species in the Gulf of Alaska. There were a few changes in the table from last year, but the sablefish Allowable Biological Catch (ABC) and projected Total Allowable Catch (TAC) were not changed. The Council makes two-year projections as part of their guidance to industry, but stock assessments are done each year on sablefish.

The final 2019 sablefish catch numbers will be set ...

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VIDEO: Trawler Damaged; Global Whitefish Supply Declines; Seafood, See Jobs Campaign and More

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 19, 2018

Watch the latest Seafood News Weekly Recap with hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione. This week we talk about Hurricane Michael damaging a factory trawler; the global whitefish supply declining; the Seafood, See Jobs Campaign; and King Crab in China.

This video is sponsored by Urner Barry’s Reporter, the quarterly newsmagazine for the food industry professional packed with the latest industry headlines, analysis and trending articles. Contact advertise@urnerbarry.com to be a featured sponsor in ...

 

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West Coast Pink Shrimp Fishery Improved This Year: Better Landings, Better Shrimp

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Susan Chambers - October 19, 2018

This year's coldwater pink shrimp season was a definite improvement over last year, according to fishermen and processors.

So far, Oregon's landings stand at 34.93 million pounds, according to Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission's PacFIN preliminary data. That's roughly one-third more than last year's landings at 23.06 million pounds. Washington's landings also are up, at 8.42 million pounds in 2018 from 6.9 million pounds in 2017.

Still, this year's landings are a far cry from the boom year in 2015, ...

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Seafish Launching Young Seafood Leaders Network For U.K. Seafood Professionals 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 19, 2018

Seafish, a non-departmental public body to improve efficiency and raise standards across the seafood industry in the U.K., announced at the UK Seafood Summit on Thursday that they are launching a “Young Seafood Leaders Network.”

The Young Seafood Leaders Network will be a platform for young seafood professionals to explore different business ideas, network with others in the industry, develop leadership skills and more. “At Seafish we believe that Seafood is the way forward,” CEO Marcus Coleman said in a press release ...

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FFAW applauds National Report on Canadian Marine Reserves that Warns Against Arbitrary Timelines

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  October 19, 2018

The FFAW has responded to a recent Canadian national advisory panel on MPAs.  The panel watned that the government currently has no standards for what constitutes an MPA, and that a rush to check tick boxes by meeting a certain target by a certain time might create 'paper parks' that don't meet goals, nor have the requisite impact from stakeholders on how best to meet conservation goals.

One of the discrepancies pointed to by the FFAW is that in Newfoundland, a double standard exists where oil and gas is permitted in MPA's with all the ecological damage of siesmic exploration, but fishing activities are...

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