Mon. Dec 18 2017

ANALYSIS: HLSO Shrimp Wholesale Prices Decreasing, Replacement Costs Increasing  


Nantucket Squid Restrictions Not Approved by Mid Atlantic Council  


White Shrimp Prices Rise in China; Seasonal Shrimp Shortage May Lead to Further Increases  


Captain D’s Acquired by Sentinel Capital Partners, Will Continue to Grow into New Regions


Russian Crab Exports May Set New Record This Year  


NOAA Study Finds Vessel Traffic Could Reduce Communication Amongst Atlantic Cod, Haddock  


Washington Dungeness Crab Meat Recovery Drops; Further Delay Possible  


Turkish Aquaculture Player to Launch New Sea Bream, Sea Bass Fish Farm  


Squid fishery Proposed for Southeast Alaska as Waters Warm


Chinese Farmers Changing from Tilapia to Pangasius Find Themselves with Too Many Fish  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, December 18


Fri. Dec 15 2017

Pacific Whiting Season Closes on a Good Season; 2018 Outlook is Mixed  


Pat Quinlan, Legendary Newfoundland Fish Magnate, Dies at 88


85% Cut in Yellowtail Allocation to Scallopers Will Have Little Effect on Scallop Catch in 2018  


Canada Counts on China for Lobster Gold Rush  


VIDEO: FDA Red List; New Bedford Struggling; Walmart Meal Kits; Pacific Ocean Perch Stock Rebuilt


Study Finds that Salmon Deaths After Spawning Aid Offspring    


WTO Ministerial Conference Ends with Mixed Feelings After Failing to End Harmful Fisheries Subsidies


Trump NOAA Nominee Cleared By Senate Despite Conflict of Interest Concerns


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, December 15


Thu. Dec 14 2017

Northern California Dungeness Crab Meat Recovery Rates Show Incremental Growth  


China’s Domestic Shrimp Output Drops by 10%; Decrease Could Mean Higher Imports  


Analysis: Seasonal Upswing Fully Underway for Farmed Fresh Salmon  


North Sea Brown Shrimp Fishery Achieves MSC Certificate for Sustainability  


Canadians to Spend More at Restaurants in 2018, Price of Seafood Not Expected to Rise Much


FDA Posts Import Alert For Vietnamese Seafood Company Due to Hepatitis A Contamination  


DFO Seeking Public Opinion On Plans to Ticket for Minor Fishing Violations


South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Working on New Regulation App for Commercial Fishermen


WTO Releases Draft Ministerial Decision on Fisheries Subsidies


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, December 14


Wed. Dec 13 2017

Russia will Expand Pollock to 2 Million Tons of Production Next Year; Aims to Undercut US on Price    


ANALYSIS: Demand For Octopus Growing Globally, But Lower Catches Reported  


FSIS Discontinuing Third-Party Hold and Test Sampling of Catfish  


Are Bering Sea Cod and Pollock Shifting Northward?  


EU Ministers Announce Atlantic & North Sea 2018 Catch Limits, ClientEarth Says Limits Ignore Science


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, December 13


Captain D’s Promotes Tim Ward to COO, Andy Castle to VP of Company Operations


Phillips Seafoods Names Sarah Palmer As Vice President of Foodservices


Tue. Dec 12 2017

SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, December 12


Nova Scotia Lobster Landings Similar to Last Year After First Two Weeks  


Trans-Ocean Gets its Surimi Verified with Non-GMO Label  


Cooke Aquaculture VP of Communications Nell Halse Retiring at the End of the Year


Hawaii Longliners Paying for Fishing Bigeye Rights in U.S. Territories  


Gulf Fishermen Set Up Retail Stores in Mid-West, Rotate from Boat to Retail and Back


Walmart Offering Shelf-Stable Crab in New Delivery Meal Kit  


FDA Expands Rule on ‘Refusal of Inspection’ Gives Foreign Plants 24 Hours to Answer Query


Nova Scotia Car Dealership Hosts 2nd Annual Crazy Lobster Photo Contest  


West Coast's Pacific Ocean Perch Stock Declared Rebuilt, Will Lead to Higher Groundfish Catches  


MSC Says Hands Tied on PNA Review, Says Our Story Mischaracterized Parliamentary Interest


Washington State Crabber Sentenced to 90 Days House Arrest, Fined $5K for Stealing Crab Pots


China's Tilapia Industry Faces Struggles Along the Road to Acceptance  


Mon. Dec 11 2017

SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, December 11


England's Largest Fishing Port to Get £3.4 Million Shellfish Processing Plant


Another Lobster Zone Votes to Continue Maine's Lobster Marketing Program  


Shell Shack Seafood Chain Restaurant Expanding Outside of Texas


Changes in the Warm Kuroshio current in Japan to affect fishing operations


Larry Cotter, CEO of APICDA Since its Founding, Announces Retirement at End of 2018


Gulf of Alaska P-Cod TACs Drop by 80% for 2018, Council Approves Increase in BSAI Pollock


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ANALYSIS: HLSO Shrimp Wholesale Prices Decreasing, Replacement Costs Increasing 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Paul Brown & Angel Rubio - December 18, 2017

This week we take a look at margins between wholesale prices in the U.S. and replacement costs, which are represented by the import price per pound...

 

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Nantucket Squid Restrictions Not Approved by Mid Atlantic Council

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - December 18, 2017

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council voted to discontinue a proposed squid buffer zone framework off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts.

According to The Independent, Narragansett Town Council members signed a letter requesting that the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council reject the buffer zone for the summer squid fishery off Nantucket. The council members wrote that “any exclusion zone or restrictions” could potentially  result in “economic devastation,” not only for the fishing industry, but other ...

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White Shrimp Prices Rise in China; Seasonal Shrimp Shortage May Lead to Further Increases

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - December 18, 2017

On December 13, China’s shrimp price index is reported to be 124.82 points, which is an increase of 4.28 percent (5.12 points) from the last statistic date (Dec 6). The average farm gate price is 25.82 yuan/jin ($7.80/kg USD) for those weighing about 40 shrimps/jin (80 shrimp/kg), which increases 1.06 yuan/jin ($0.32/kg USD).

A review of China’s farm gate prices of white shrimps shows they have rebounded quickly within the past week, especially in the main aquaculture regions ...

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Russian Crab Exports May Set New Record This Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - December 18, 2017

Crab exports out of Russia may set a new record this year, mainly due to high landings, according to the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo) predictions.

In 2016, 52,000 tons of crab worth USD $580 million were exported from Russia, while experts predict these figures may grow up to 55,000 to 57,000 tons this year. That will be a new record in the modern history of Russian crab industry.

Despite a relatively small share of crab ...

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NOAA Study Finds Vessel Traffic Could Reduce Communication Amongst Atlantic Cod, Haddock

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - December 18, 2017

Scientists at NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) have discovered that vessel traffic noise at Atlantic cod and haddock spawning sites in the Gulf of Maine are “reducing the distance over which these animals can communicate with each other.”

For three months researchers at NEFSC monitored multiple sites, including three in Massachusetts Bay, two inside Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (SBNMS) and one inshore south of Cape Ann. The researchers recorded vocalization from ...

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Washington Dungeness Crab Meat Recovery Drops; Further Delay Possible

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - December 18, 2017

The Dungeness crab fishery on the West Coast continues to surprise.

Round 2 of testing in Washington showed meat recovery rates from Long Beach and Westport at 25 percent and 23.9 percent, respectively. But that all changed Friday.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife completed a third round of pre-season testing in the Long Beach test stations only, conducted at the request of members of the coastal crab industry in order to confirm the results of the second round of tests from the same area.

The third round of testing ...

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Squid Fishery Proposed for Southeast Alaska as Waters Warm 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Juneau Empire] By KEVIN GULLUFSEN - December 18, 2017

As squid follow warmer waters to Alaska, Board of Fisheries considers a new money maker

Following warmer waters to Alaska, market squid may be here to stay and at least four Southeast fishermen think there’s enough here to begin catching and marketing them.

A proposal to create a squid fishery in Southeast is slated for the Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting Jan. 11-23 in Sitka. If adopted, the board would work with fishermen and stakeholders to develop a purse seine fishery for market squid, which are already being caught in lucrative fisheries in California and Oregon.

Four fishermen currently hold “commissioner’s permits” to test a market squid fishery in Southeast, Alaska ...

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Chinese Farmers Changing from Tilapia to Pangasius Find Themselves with Too Many Fish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - December 18, 2017

Xu, the president for a freshwater fish aquaculture cooperative in Maoming city of Guangdong asked Agricultural Wealth, an influential magazine in the South China, for help on Dec. 14. Farmers in this cooperative are very upset because there are no buyers for about 400,000 jin (200,000 kg) of basa fish  stocked in local ponds. These fish weigh between one to five jin (0.5 to 2.5 kg) each and some have been raised for as long as two years. Basa fish are acceptable in markets when ...

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VIDEO: FDA Red List; New Bedford Struggling; Walmart Meal Kits; Pacific Ocean Perch Stock Rebuilt

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WTO Ministerial Conference Ends with Mixed Feelings After Failing to End Harmful Fisheries Subsidies

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - December 15, 2017

The World Trade Organization (WTO) held their 11th Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, earlier this week, which concluded with members agreeing to “continue to engage constructively in the fisheries subsidies negotiations.”

According to a draft ministerial decision on fisheries subsidies, members agreed to adopt “comprehensive and effective disciplines that prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies that contribute to overcapacity and overfishing” by the Ministerial Conference in 2019. Members also ...

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Captain D’s Acquired by Sentinel Capital Partners, Will Continue to Grow into New Regions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - December 18, 2017

Seafood chain Captain D’s had a big year, expanding their operations with 11 new locations in 2017. Now, Sentinel Capital Partners, a private equity firm, has announced that they have acquired the franchise.

Sentinel Capital Partners previously invested in Minnesota-based Border Foods, and owns, operates and franchises Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC restaurants in the state. They’re also the franchisor and operator of Checkers and Rally’s restaurants, as well as TGI Fridays ...

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Pacific Whiting Season Closes on a Good Season; 2018 Outlook is Mixed

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers and John Sackton - December 15, 2017

The 2017 Pacific whiting season improved over 2016, with higher landings, bigger fish and improved markets, but the preliminary biomass estimate for 2018 is down.

The U.S. mothership sector caught close to as much hake as it did last year, harvesting 66,421 mt through Dec. 14. That's only 69 percent of the 96,884 mt mothership allocation but higher than 2016 landings of 65,035 mt.

One mothership was absent this year, U.S. representatives said ...

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Turkish Aquaculture Player to Launch New Sea Bream, Sea Bass Fish Farm

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] By Jaroslaw Adamowski - December 18, 2017

Turkish fish farmer Kılıç Deniz has unveiled plans to launch a new sea bream and sea bass fish farm in Mersin, in Turkey’s southern part, in late 2018. 

Currently, the company sells some 65,000 tonnes per year, and in 2016, it generated exports of about $142 million, according to senior company representatives. 

The new farm will allow Kılıç Deniz to raise its sales by a further 20,000 tonnes per year ... 

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Pat Quinlan, Legendary Newfoundland Fish Magnate, Dies at 88

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  December 15, 2017

Quinlan Bros. announced with deep sadness this morning that Pat Quinlan, founder and president of the company, died peacefully after a short illness.   Pat was 88 years old.

"All of our employees, suppliers, customers and clients will surely miss Pat.  He was truly a remarkable person who touched the lives of so many over his long-lived years dedicated to our business and our industry."

"Pat 's passion for the fishery was a tremendous source of inspiration and motivation. Indeed, the depth of knowledge and wisdom that he passed on to so many will live on for many more decades to come."

Quinlan was from the Bay de Verde area, where he began operating..

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85% Cut in Yellowtail Allocation to Scallopers Will Have Little Effect on Scallop Catch in 2018

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  December 15, 2017

How is it that scallops catches will rise next year, while the scallop fleet takes an 85% reduction in yellowtail bycatch in Southern New England.

Actually these two things are not contradictory.  The scallop industry and the New England regional council have been working for years to reduce yellowtail bycatch in the scallop industry by modifying dredges, and by providing a large mesh escape nets above the dredge.  The council has also prohibited possession of yellowtail by Scallopers.

This year, yellowtail flounder in Southern New England was one of the worst performing stocks, with biomass ...

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Canada Counts on China for Lobster Gold Rush

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Sohu] translated by Amy Zhong - December 15, 2017

This has been a fantastic year for Canada regarding lobster export and its future is positive as well. According to Geoff Irvine from the Lobster Council of Canada (LCC), the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement effective on September 21 allows Canada to export lobsters to Europe at zero tariff. Meanwhile, the export to Asian countries, especially China, has grown rapidly. The export value to Asia has jumped from 211 million yuan in 2014 to 378 million yuan in 2016. The lobster prices are very competitive  ...

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Study Finds that Salmon Deaths After Spawning Aid Offspring

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - December 15, 2017

A new study published in Ecology Letters has found that spawning salmon aid their offspring by dying after migrating home.

Researchers at the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine conducted an experimental study of salmon streams in northern Scotland. Ten streams containing the same number of salmon eggs were studied. Five of the streams “received the normal level of nutrients” that came from a decaying salmon carcass. The remaining five streams had ...

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