Tue. Sep 18 2018

10% Tariffs on $200 Billion Chinese Exports Take Effect; Some Pollock and Cod Products May be Exempt  


Mon. Sep 17 2018

USDA Approves Vietnam, China, Thailand Catfish Exports, Says They Meet Equivalent US Standards  


ASC Salmon Standard Recognized by GSSI  


Impacts of the Blob: West Coast Fishermen Now Live with Heightened Uncertainty


Growth of Ecuador White Shrimp, Tilapia Export Problems, Bank Pressure in Dalian Mark 2018 in China  


Chinese Demand for Russian King Crab Reshaping Crab Market  


Vietnam Shrimp Review Released in Federal Register  


SeafoodNews Podcast: J50; Lobster Prices; Chinese Red Swimming Crab Meat Market Update and More  


Chinese Importers Bank on Upcoming Festivals to Boost Lobster Prices  


Oregon Congressman DeFazio Announces Funding for Port Maintenance and Improvement Projects


MLMC Brings New Shell Lobster to Chicago  


Southeast Alaska Fishermen Win Bycatch Reduction Grant to Avoid Sperm Whales


Pollock Market on the Rise Again as Demand Exceeds Supply


American Shrimp Processors Association Supports Bill to Address IUU Fishing


Nordic Aquafarms Announces New Hires at Denmark and Belfast Facility


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, September 17


Fri. Sep 14 2018

CAP Report: Vulnerable Lobster and Oyster in New England, More ‘Funny Fish’ in Mid-Atlantic


Nordic Aquafarms Gives Update on Maine Land-Based Salmon Site  


VIDEO: Red Swimming Crabs; Atlantic Sapphire Update; Processed Pollock Exports and More


Tassal Group Investing $24 Million in Prawn Aquaculture  


Thai Union, CPF Recognized in Dow Jones Sustainability Indices Emerging Markets


Non-Profit Gets Award to Investigate a Commercial Green Crab industry in New England  


Cooke Aquaculture Hires Claire Ryan as Director of Public Relations


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, September 14


Thu. Sep 13 2018

Massive Canadian Buying of Lobster Keeping Prices Steady in Maine, Despite Loss of China Market  


Hurricane Florence Closes Ports, Could Impact Seafood Prices


CAP Report: Fishermen Describe Impacts of Warming Oceans on Businesses and Communities


Alaska Fall Fisheries Gearing Up as Salmon Season Draws to a Close  


Australis Aquaculture Sells Land-Based Barramundi Aquaculture Business in Turner Falls  


Peru Starts White Shrimp Exports to China  


Andrew Mallison Officially Joins GAA at their New Hampshire Headquarters


Warming Waters May Threaten Aquaculture Productivity, Especially in Asia


Economic and Social Assessment of Tasmanian Fisheries Released  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, September 13


Wed. Sep 12 2018

Georgia Shrimper Gets Six Years in Prison For Fraudulent Claims of Import Injury  


Prosecutors Delay Tuna Price Fixing Case to Pursue Criminal Charge Against Chris Lischewski  


Minister of Fisheries Releases Remaining Arctic Surf Clam Quota to Clearwater Thru 2019


Atlantic Sapphire Says Miami Land-Raised Salmon Farm ‘On Track,’ Denmark Expansion Near Completion  


Bangladesh Takes First Steps to Cultivate Vannamei along with Black Tiger Shrimp  


ANALYSIS: Chinese Red Swimming Crab Meat Imports Rise; 74 Percent Higher than Year Ago  


NFI’s Latest “Seafood, See Jobs” Campaign Videos Highlight More Seafood Jobs in Minnesota


Letters: Chignik Fishermen Says NO 'Silver Lining' This Year; Story was Misleading


Early Bird Pricing for Urner Barry’s Seafood Import Workshop in Boston Ends Friday


Thai Union and Mars Petcare Partner on Digital Traceability Scheme Against IUU Fishing


ANALYSIS: Chinese Red Swimming Crab Meat Imports Rise; 74 Percent Higher than Year Ago


Earth Friendly Fishing Certifications Ranked as Important by Seafood Consumers   


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, September 12


Fraser Sockeye Season Steady With About 70 Percent Landed So Far; Alaska Catch Now Over 110 Million


Tue. Sep 11 2018

SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, September 11, 2018


ASMFC Tables Menhaden Issue; Giving Virginia a Year to Come into Compliance


India’s Boosters Say they will Overtake China in Shrimp Production This Year; Others Skeptical  


White Shrimp Price Continue to Rise in China Thanks to Enthusiastic Traders  


AFDF Calls for Seafood Products for the 26th Alaska Symphony of Seafood


Second Smoking Facility Increases DuckTrap’s Production by 75 Percent


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10% Tariffs on $200 Billion Chinese Exports Take Effect; Some Pollock and Cod Products May be Exempt

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton - September 18, 2018

The Trump administration, over tremendous industry opposition, went ahead with a new round of punitive tariffs on Chinese products sent to America.

The new tariffs were set at 10% initially, and will rise to 25% on Jan 1, 2019.

Despite over 6000 comments opposing the tariffs, few changes were made in the list to accommodate individual companies or industries.  The exception was Apple, which secured exemptions for its watch, airpods, and ...

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USDA Approves Vietnam, China, Thailand Catfish Exports, Says They Meet Equivalent US Standards

from vasepSEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton - September 17, 2018

The Food Safety and Inspection Service of the USDA (FSIS) has approved Vietnam, along with Thailand and China, as countries with equivalent food safety systems to the United States for the production of catfish.

The notice will be published in the federal register on Sept. 19th.

This opens a 30 day comment period.

The finding of equivalency means that the USDA has approved both the Vietnam government’s catfish industry inspection systems, and operations at ...

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ASC Salmon Standard Recognized by GSSI

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 17, 2018

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) announced on Monday that their Salmon Standard has been recognized by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI).

ASC’s Salmon Standard, which launched in 2012, “requires producers to demonstrate responsible aquaculture to minimize both environmental and social impacts, and requires an unprecedented level of transparency and traceability.” The Standard met all of the components of GSSI’s benchmark, which aims to give clarity on seafood clarification schemes. According to the ASC, their Salmon Standard achieved 100% of the components in governance and operational management ...

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Growth of Ecuador White Shrimp, Tilapia Export Problems, Bank Pressure in Dalian Mark 2018 in China 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FishFirst] translate by Amy Zhong - September 17, 2018

Ecuador’s white shrimp export to China continues to grow at a rapid rate

In the first half of this year, Ecuador has sold to China 43,000 tons of white shrimps, a growth of 390 percent. However, Chinese importers are becoming more cautious because they are under pressure of the Chinese currency, Renminbi, devaluation and they are concerned about high risks from stocking shrimp whose prices may further contract.

Meanwhile, Ecuador’s processing plants are ...

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Vietnam Shrimp Review Released in Federal Register

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 17, 2018

Last week local Vietnam news outlets reported that the U.S. Department of Commerce lowered antidumping tax on Vietnamese frozen shrimp to 4.78% from the previous 25.39% announced in March. The full notice from the Department of Commerce has now been posted by the International Trade Administration (ITA) in the Federal Register.

According to the notice, the Department of Commerce has determined that Fimex VN sold certain frozen warmwater shrimp from Vietnam at less than normal value during the ...

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Chinese Importers Bank on Upcoming Festivals to Boost Lobster Prices

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FishFirst] translated by Amy Zhong - September 17, 2018

Recently the Boston lobster market in China has been damaged with excessive supply when the demand fails to catch up, said one Boston lobster importer in Shanghai. Boston lobster prices are in decline, especially the small ones. Though the demand is greater for the large ones, it is difficult to source any, importers say. The price contraction of live seafood such as Boston lobsters and box crab has begun after the Qixi Festival (Chinese Valentine's Day) on August 17 ...

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MLMC Brings New Shell Lobster to Chicago

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 17, 2018

Chicago got a bite of Maine last week with the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative’s (MLMC) “Trap to Table” event.

The MLMC’s “Trap to Table” event is currently circulating around new shell season, which starts in mid-summer and runs through the fall and into early November. New shell, which has a sweeter meat, occurs when lobsters shed their old shells and grow new ones.

“Lobster is so often associated with summer, but there are many ways to purchase and use Maine lobster ...

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Pollock Market on the Rise Again as Demand Exceeds Supply

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [URNER BARRY] by Lorin Castiglione - September 17, 2018 

Pollock prices, along with whitefish in general, have been steadily increasing throughout 2018 due to shortages worldwide. B season processed pollock blocks demanded premiums above A season pricing at the beginning of June, and as B season quickly comes to an end, this market continues to firm and pricing once again is increasing.

The range on single frozen PBO increased to a 10-cent spread, ranging from $1.48 to $1.58/lb, Alaskan single frozen ...

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Nordic Aquafarms Announces New Hires at Denmark and Belfast Facility

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 17, 2018

Nordic Aquafarms is expanding their team at both their Denmark and Belfast, Maine facilities.

On the U.S. side, the company announced the hiring of Ed Cotter as their new project director. Cotter, who previously worked at Gilbane Building Company, will be responsible for overseeing engineering, design and constructions for the Belfast facility, along with other “follow-on projects” for Nordic Aquafarms. Meanwhile, Cathal Dinneen will join the Belfast team as their future grow-out manager. Dineen is experienced in ...

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Nordic Aquafarms Gives Update on Maine Land-Based Salmon Site

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 14, 2018

Nordic Aquafarms is continuing to move forward with their land-based salmon farm in Belfast, Maine. The company announced earlier this month that they are expecting to submit an application for a Maine Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permit within the next month.

According to the company, they’ll be holding their first required public information meeting for the application before submitting it. The meeting, which will be the first of several, is expected to take place during the last week of ...

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Impacts of the Blob: West Coast Fishermen Now Live with Heightened Uncertainty

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - September 17, 2018

This is the third in a four-part series summarizing Warming Seas Falling Fortunes, a new report by the Center for American Progress released last week. 

While West Coast fishermen are used to El Nino, a warming of Pacific equatorial surface temperatures that brings drier conditions to the Pacific Northwest and wetter winters to California, they were not prepared for “the blob” when it hit in 2014.

In the fall of 2013, NOAA detected a large mass of unusually warm ...

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Chinese Demand for Russian King Crab Reshaping Crab Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - September 17, 2018

Exports of Russian king crab to China have skyrocketed during the first seven months of the this year, due to the ever-growing Chinese demand and the launch of new delivery routes, according to Russian Rosrybolovstvo and senior officials from the Russian Ministry of Agriculture.

Kamchatka crab exports to China during the period of January-July grew by 5.6 times, compared to the same period of last year. The total value of these exports is up to ...

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SeafoodNews Podcast: J50; Lobster Prices; Chinese Red Swimming Crab Meat Market Update and More

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 17, 2018

This week on the SeafoodNews Podcast hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione discuss J50, the ailing 3-year-old killer whale from the J-pod. Plus, learn more about lobster prices, find out the latest on the Chinese red swimming crab meat market and much more.

This week’s episode is brought to you by Urner Barry’s Seafood Import Workshop, taking place in Boston on Thursday, October 18. The Seafood import workshop is a unique opportunity for businesses to ...

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Oregon Congressman DeFazio Announces Funding for Port Maintenance and Improvement Projects

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Susan Chambers - September 17. 2018

Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., Ranking Member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, recently announced $8.7 million in funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the dredging of Oregon’s ports and other operations and maintenance.

The funds were included in H.R. 5895, the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act of 2019.

“Oregon’s ports are the lifeline of our coastal communities,” DeFazio said in a press release. “Regular maintenance of these ...

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Southeast Alaska Fishermen Win Bycatch Reduction Grant to Avoid Sperm Whales

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 17, 2018

Southeast Alaska fishermen who set longlines for black cod, also known as sablefish, have been competing with sperm whales for their catch for several years. Figuring out ways to avoid the whales means there will be fish to sell at the end of the trip. Seeing whales nearby almost always means they’ve been stripping the longline of expensive black cod. 

The Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association (ALFA) has been working on a tool to help fishermen ...

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American Shrimp Processors Association Supports Bill to Address IUU Fishing

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 17, 2018

Last week the American Shrimp Processors Association (ASPA) attended a panel discussion in Washington D.C. on IUU Fishing in an effort to support a bill introduced in late August: The Maritime SAFE Act.

The panel, titled “The Security Impacts of IUU Fishing,” was sponsored by the Stimson Center and the Ocean Caucus Foundation and focused on the Maritime SAFE Act. Panelists included ASPA executive director David Yeal, United States Coast Guard Rear Admiral Meredith Austin, and ...

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CAP Report: Vulnerable Lobster and Oyster in New England, More ‘Funny Fish’ in Mid-Atlantic

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - September 14, 2018

The Center for American Progress released a new report earlier this week called “Warming Seas Falling Fortunes.” In it, fishermen on the front lines of climate change describe the impact of warming oceans on their jobs and communities. 

In a five-part series, SeafoodNews is summarizing the report. Today we look at the Mid-Atlantic and New England. 

Along the Mid-Atlantic coast, commercial and recreational fishing are important economic drivers. In 2015, the fishing industries supported ...

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