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Aug 18 - Norwegian Seafood Exports to China Show Dramatic Rise

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Aug 16 - NOAA Endorses Eating Small Haddock — But What About Cod?

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Aug 11 - Summary Friday, August 11

Aug 10 - SEAFOOD: Frozen Groundfish Closing Commentary

Aug 10 - Summary Thursday, August 10

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Aug 9 - Crocker & Winsor Seafoods Acquired By Newport International Parent Co.

Aug 8 - Summary Tuesday, August 8

Aug 8 - Chicken of the Sea Investing $1.4 Million in Upgrade to Georgia Plant

Aug 7 - Summary Monday, August 7

Aug 4 - Summary Friday, August 4

Aug 3 - Summary Wednesday August 3, 2017

Aug 3 - Klawock Oceanside Workers Return Home After Reportedly Being Stuck On Fishing Processor in Alaska

Aug 2 - News Summary Wednesday August 2, 2017

Aug 2 - Genetic Tool Could Prevent Oyster Herpes Virus Outbreaks

Aug 2 - Alaska Fishing Season Booming With Salmon, Pollock, Cod and More

Aug 1 - News Summary Tuesday August 1, 2017

Jul 31 - News Summary Monday July 31, 2017

Jul 28 - News Summary Friday July 28, 2017

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Jul 27 - Compass, UK’s Largest Foodservice Provider joins Sustainable Seafood Coalition

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Jul 19 - UK Sushi Bars Accused of Mislabeling Some Seafood, but Not as Much as US

Jul 18 - News Summary Tuesday July 18, 2017

Jul 18 - Fish Oil Group Launches Improved Standard in Marine Ingredient Industry

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Jul 14 - Hampton Fisherman Takes Case to US Supreme Court

Jul 13 - News Summary Thursday July 13, 2017

Jul 13 - NOAA's Bullard to Retire; No Plans to Slow Down Before He Leaves in January

Jul 12 - News Summary Wednesday July 12, 2017

Jul 12 - Mississippi Senator Wicker Authors Bills to Boost Recreational Fishing, Marine Management

Jul 11 - News Summary Tuesday July 11, 2017

Jul 11 - Thai Union and Greenpeace Sign Agreement on Tuna Harvesting and Labor Issues

Jul 11 - After Re-entering Chinese Market, Norwegian Salmon Makes Push to Lure Foodies

Jul 10 - News Summary Monday July 10, 2017

Jul 10 - Young’s Launches a New, Best Tasting ‘Simply Breaded’ Range of Products

Jul 7 - News Summary Friday July 07, 2017

Jul 7 - New England’s Major Groundfish, Except Cod, Enter into MSC Assessment

Jul 6 - News Summary Thursday July 06, 2017

Jul 6 - Baader and Cermaq Announce Deal for End to End Computer Controlled Salmon Factory

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Jun 29 - Rethinking MSC and West Coast Fisheries: Brad Pettinger Makes an Important Point

Jun 28 - Fishery Management Council Appointments Announced, with Continuity in Most Regions

Jun 28 - News Summary Wednesday June 28, 2017

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Jun 27 - China's Fresh Food Unit Inks Agreement with Norway for Salmon

Jun 26 - News Summary Monday June 26, 2017

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Jun 23 - UB REPORTER: Icelandic Strike and Fresh Cod Production; Haddock Imports Up; Pollock Market Weakens

Jun 22 - News Summary Thursday June 22, 2017

Jun 22 - Norway Sees Rise in Export Values in May

Jun 21 - News Summary Wednesday June 21, 2017

Jun 21 - Just Shrimp Adds Healthy Alternatives to Attract Younger Diners

Jun 20 - News Summary Tuesday June 20, 2017

Jun 20 - Bocaccio, Darkblotch Rockfish Assessment Updates Show Stocks Rebuilt

Jun 19 - News Summary Monday June 19, 2017

Jun 19 - MSC Could be Kiss of Death for West Coast Groundfish

Jun 16 - News Summary Friday June 16, 2017

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Jun 15 - NOAA Fisheries Appoints Dr. Cisco Werner as the New Director of Scientific Programs

Jun 15 - Changes to Halibut Fishery in the Bering Sea Being Considered by North Pacific Council

Jun 14 - News Summary Wednesday June 14, 2017

Jun 14 - Slade Gorton Tilapia Recall Expands to Giant Eagle

Jun 13 - News Summary Tuesday June 13, 2017

Jun 13 - ICES Recommends 20% Cut to 2018 Barents Sea Cod Quotas Citing Weak Recruitment

Jun 12 - News Summary Monday June 12, 2017

Jun 12 - West Coast Senators Cosponsor Young Fishermen’s Development Act

Jun 12 - Slade Gorton Voluntarily Recalls Tilapia Products for Undeclared Milk

Jun 12 - What a State Budget-Triggered Shutdown Will Mean for Alaska's Fisheries

Jun 9 - News Summary Friday June 9, 2017

Jun 9 - Canada's St. Anns Bank, New Marine Reserve, Open to Non-Trawl Fishing, Including Crab and Lobster

Jun 8 - SEAFOOD: Mid-Atlantic Wholefish & Eastern Fresh Fish Fillet Closing Commentary

Jun 8 - News Summary Thursday June 8, 2017

Jun 7 - News Summary Wednesday June 7, 2017

Jun 6 - SEAFOOD: Frozen Groundfish Closing Commentary

Jun 6 - News Summary Tuesday June 6, 2017

Jun 6 - Fisheries Scientists Launch Independent Effort to Expand Sustainable Practices to Africa, Asia

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Jun 2 - News Summary Friday June 2, 2017

Jun 1 - News Summary Thursday June 1, 2017

Jun 1 - Northern SEAlaska Sablefish Quota Up 10.7% From Last Year

May 31 - News Summary Wednesday May 31, 2017

May 31 - Red Lobster Promoting Wild Caught Red Shrimp on Summerfest Menu

May 30 - News Summary Tuesday May 30, 2017

May 30 - Pacific Halibut Catch On Track at Nearly 8 Million Pounds To Date

May 26 - News Summary Friday May 26, 2017

May 26 - VIDEO: Ecuador’s Shrimp Production and Sales to Asia Reach Records; Alaska’s Salmon is Underway

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News Summary August 18, 2017 

Today's Main Story: New Details on Peter Pan Seafoods Plant Fire in Port Moller; Company Appears Ready to Rebuild

Today's lead item reveals more details on the massive fire that destroyed the Peter Pan Seafoods processing plant in Port Moller, Alaska. Witnesses told KDLG that 40% of the structures located on the dock were affected by the fire, which started late Tuesday night. It’s unclear if the remaining structures on the dock were affected by the heat, but there are reports that the company plans to rebuild with new state-of-the-art ...

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Norwegian Seafood Exports to China Show Dramatic Rise

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Cappma] translated by Amy Zhong - August 18, 2017

Norway’s seafood export to China has reached 91,842 tons during the first seven months this year. It has jumped by 44% from 63,834 tons in the same period last year, according to the Norwegian Seafood Council. The dramatic increase undoubtedly shows great potential of Norwegian seafood in Chinese market, said Sigmund Bjorgo, the NSC director for the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong.

Among all seafood, the pelagic ones like mackerels have enjoyed obvious increase in export volumes. Their export volume is 35,536 tons in ...

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News Summary August 16, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Multiple Joe’s Crab Shacks Close Down Following Bankruptcy Court Auction

Today's lead item reports that multiple Joe’s Crab Shacks have closed following Landry’s Inc. winning the bankruptcy court auction for Ignite Restaurant Group. The deal hasn’t gone through yet, but a judge is expected to approve the $55 million sale during an August 17 court hearing.

In other news, “Codfather” Carlos Rafael has filed a motion to oppose the forfeiture of his vessels and permits. Rafael called upon the Eighth Amendment, which states that “excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments ...

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News Summary August 15, 2017

Today's Main Story: Henry Demone Returns as CEO of High Liner Foods, Effective Immediately, As Company Stumbles in First Quarter

Today's lead item from Seafood News editor John Sackton reports that High Liner Chairman Henry Demone will take back the CEO role from Keith Decker. Demone was CEO of High Liner from 1992 to 2015 and led the company through a series of acquisitions to become a billion dollar sales company. The announcement comes after the company reported gross sales of $508.1 million for the first half of 2017 ...

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News Summary August 11, 2017

Today's Main Story: Russian Crab Companies Delay Fishing Due to New Processing Rules

Today's lead item from Seafood News contributor Eugene Gerden reports that crab season in Russia is under threat of failure this year. The Russian government recently introduced a ban of on-board processing of crabs caught within Russian territorial waters. Leading crab producers in the Russian Far East have already started protesting, preferring not to fish until the ban is lifted.

Meanwhile, the U.S. may cease importing Vietnamese pangasius if processors in Vietnam fail to meet with new ...

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News Summary August 10, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Pink Salmon Found Spawning in Scotland, a Threat to Atlantic Salmon 

Today's lead report states that Atlantic salmon in Scotland is under threat due to salmon farming and the arrival of Pacific humpback salmon. The fear is that these “invaders” could affect salmon and sea trout runs in the future.

In other news, the Code of Practice Publicly Available Specification (PAS) has been developed with the support of 16 stakeholders. The goal of PAS is to “support working conditions of board vessels, in factories and all throughout the seafood supply chain.” Its introduction comes after a Trafficking in Persons Report from the US Department of State highlighted cases of slavery in the seafood industry...

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Crocker & Winsor Seafoods Acquired By Newport Organization

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle August 9, 2017

Crocker & Winsor Seafoods, a supplier of over 600 frozen seafood items, has been acquired by Newport Organization. Newport Organization is the parent company of Newport International, which supplies high-quality seafood to restaurants, supermarkets, distributors and manufacturers.

Crocker & Winsor was founded in 1895 by Cape Cod fishermen Ed Crocker and Bill Winsor, who not only strived to deliver quality products to their consumers, but ensured that their seafood was “sustained and appreciated.” Thos viewpoints are shared by their new owner. Newport International has also ...

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Chicken of the Sea Investing $1.4 Million in Upgrade to Georgia Plant

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle August 8, 2017

Chicken of the Sea, a Thai Union Group Company, is upgrading their 200,000 square foot facility in Lyons, Georgia.

The company initially opened the processing plant in 2009, and is now sinking a $1.4 million investment into technology upgrades. The upgrades will include a new, high-speed vision system, as well as a new canning line. Plant manager Greg Riekhof says that the improvements will increase the plant’s efficiency and strengthen Chicken of the Sea’s food safety program...

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News Summary August 4, 2017

Today's Main Story: Senate Bill on New National Fisheries Marketing Regional Groups Moves Through Committee

Today's lead item from Seafood News science and sustainability editor Peggy Parker reports that a bill to create an advisory committee to guide seafood marketing and research projects nationwide was approved by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. The American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act would create a 25-member national panel to advice the Secretary of Commerce on projects aimed at boosting fisheries research and/or seafood marketing initiatives in six regional areas across the country.

Meanwhile, shoreside and at-sea whiting fleets are having a better season this year thanks to...

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Klawock Oceanside Workers Return Home After Reportedly Being Stuck On Fishing Processor in Alaska

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle August 3, 2017

Fourteen people working on a fishing vessel operated by Klawock Oceanside Inc. have returned to Houston after reportedly being “trapped” on a boat in Alaska.

The workers reached out to Houston’s ABC News affiliate earlier this week, claiming to be “stuck” on the ship without answers from Klawock Oceanside, a small, family-owned seafood processor that operates around Southeast Alaska.

“We are stuck here,” said worker Darlene Drummer, who was onboard the fishing vessel at the time. “We are just about out of food..."

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Genetic Tool Could Prevent Oyster Herpes Virus Outbreaks

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Global Aquaculture Alliance] by Lauren Kramer August 2, 2017

For farmers of Pacific and European flat oysters, a new genetic tool promises to help resolve losses caused by the oyster herpes virus (Ostreid herpesvirus-1).

Dr. Ross Houston, lead researcher at the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute, said mortalities to the virus are high in individual outbreaks, sometimes up to 90 percent, although the exact number of losses, as well as the frequency of outbreaks, varies substantially from year...


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News Summary August 1, 2017

Today's Main Story: Sen Appropriations Committee Protects NOAA and NMFS Budget From Drastic Cuts

Today's lead item from Seafood News editor John Sackton reports that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a budget for NOAA last week that is nearly $1 billion higher than the President’s Request, and keeps NOAA overall funding near fiscal year 2017 levels.

In other news, Russia may cut Pollock exports this year amid the ever-growing domestic demand for it. Planned cuts are currently not disclosed. However, according to some sources close to the Russian Ministry of Agriculture, they may reach 30% of the total exports of Pollock out of Russia, which is estimated at about 800,000 tonnes per year.

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News Summary July 28, 2017

Today's Main Story: Cochran Adds Shrimp to Seafood Traceability Rules as part of Senate Appropriations Bill

Today's lead item from Seafood News editor John Sackton reports that Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran, appropriations Chairman, and Richard Shelby, of Alabama, chair of the Commerce Justice and Science subcommittee, confirmed that they added language to the appropriations bill to make shrimp subject to the Seafood Import Monitoring Program. The appropriations bill was passed by the full committee yesterday.

Meanwhile, Texas shrimpers are struggling with a lack of crew, as visa applications are stuck in the pipeline. A Brownsville shrimp boat owner said he's losing thousands of dollars every day in the industry.

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Compass, UK’s Largest Foodservice Provider joins Sustainable Seafood Coalition

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 27, 2017

Compass UK & Ireland, the largest foodservice company in the UK, has joined the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC), committing to using responsibly sourced fish across its business.

“In our Corporate Responsibility Report 2016, we outlined as a business our commitments to avoid the use of endangered species of fish, to buy more certified fish every year and only use line and pole caught tuna in packaged sandwiches,"  said Duncan Gray, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Compass Group UK & Ireland.

"We are signing up to the Sustainable Seafood Coalition to further extend our dedication...

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News Summary July 25, 2017

Today's Main Story: Former Pacific Seafood Executive Sentenced for Embezzlement 

Opening the news today is a focus on how a former executive who embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from Pacific Seafood Group was sentenced Monday in federal court to two years in federal prison. Andrew Henry Jacobs, 50, spent 11 years at the family-owned company Pacific Seafood Group, rising to serve as vice president of employee leadership and development for the company's 2,500-member staff. While receiving a six-figure salary, he spent at least his last four years embezzling money from the company, stealing an estimated $900,000, according to prosecutors. 

In other news, Louisiana shrimp landings in June were the lowest in the past ten years. The total for headless shrimp in June 2017 came in at 4.470 million pounds partly due to the “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico. In comparison, June 2016 brought in 6.672 million pounds. The dead zone, which is caused by nutrient pollution, is the third-largest dead zone that the area has experienced. The toxins in the zones are released in the waterways and cause the growth of algae. The algae decompose in the water, resulting in low-oxygen, which in turn kills stationary marine life and drives other species out of the area. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that in May the equivalent of “2,800 train cars of fertilizer poured into the Gulf.” 

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News Summary July 21, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Shrimp Market Prices Generally Stable 

Today’s lead story focuses on how although the shrimp market has remained relatively stable throughout the year, we have seen slight price declines in recent weeks for some HSLO sizes as well as value-added products. Urner Barry's Market Reporter, Angel Rubio, provides commentary and analysis on this commodity. 

In other news, on the Eastern Coast of the US some shoreline restaurants are dealing with a low supply of clams. Clam shacks reportedly said they haven't been able to get their normal supply of clams at the peak of the season. The demand is high and the prices are the same. To that end, Atlantic Capes Fisheries announced on Tuesday that the supply will increase this week thanks to the purchase of Mandy Lynn, which is a new two-truckload surf clam vessel which gives them seven ...

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News Summary August 17, 2017

Today's Main Story: Peter Pan Seafoods Plant in Port Moller Burns, Ending Season with Fish Still in the Water

Today's lead item reports that the 100-year-old Peter Pan Seafoods processing plant in Port Moller has been “devastated” by a massive fire. Approximately a third of the fleet that fishes in the area is still in the water, but it’s not clear if they’ll be able to find another market.

In other news, multiple members of the Prince Edward Island Shellfish Association have resigned following disagreements with the provincial government over funding. Former director Stan Casey is speaking out, saying that the members are volunteers and that the association hasn’t been able to properly run the program without the appropriate government funding and resources ...

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NOAA Endorses Eating Small Haddock — But What About Cod?

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle August 16, 2017

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are giving their stamp of approval to eat small haddock.

In the July issue of the NOAA Fisheries Navigator, the government agency reports that smaller haddock does not necessarily mean an unhealthy stock. Looking at stats dating back to 1995, the size of the fish has been decreasing — but the population has been growing.

This trend is something that the organization has seen in the past. “A decline in the average size of Georges Bank haddock ...

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News Summary August 14, 2017

Today's Main Story: Stronger Canadian Dollar Creating Standoff Over Falling Shore Lobster Prices in New Brunswick

Today's lead item from Seafood News editor John Sackton reports that the strengthening Canadian dollar is pressuring the lobster industry. The season is currently closed in Nova Scotia, which means that dealers are selling off live inventory purchased at higher prices. With the Canadian dollar dropping from $1.35 to $1.25 in late July, this is the equivalent of a 7% drop in money returned back to Canada, squeezing margins.

In other news, the fleet owned by New Bedford fishing mogul Carlos Rafael is continuing to fish nearly five months after the Codfather pled...

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News Summary August 9, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Shrimp Imports Continue at Record Pace, Up 15.7% in June Driven by Peeled Shrimp 

Today's lead item from Urner Barry’s Paul Brown Jr. reports that shrimp imports continue to be heavy and on a record pace for the year. Imports for the month of June compared to a year ago are 15.7% higher while YTD imports are up 8.4%.

In other news, Crocker & Winsor Seafood, the supplier of over 600 frozen seafood items, was acquired by Newport International parent company, Newport Organization. According to Newport president Anjan Tharakan, the team at Crocker & Winsor will continue to run the company and will have the “full financial support of the Newport Organization.”

Meanwhile, there is a clam strip shortage...

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News Summary August 8, 2017

Today's Main Story: Weaker US Dollar Roiling Seafood Imports, Putting Pressure on Lobster, Crab and Shrimp Producers 

Today's lead item from Seafood News editor John Sackton reports that after a period of dollar strength, which contributed to record seafood imports of commodities like shrimp and salmon in 2016, the dollar has reversed course. The dollar has fallen about 7% since January of this year against a composite of foreign currencies. The change in currency values could potentially have a big impact on profitability for overseas exporters to the US.

In other news, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game called for a complete ban on Chinook salmon catches throughout Southeast Alaska. Deputy commissioner of ADF&G, Charles O. Swanton, released a statement explaining that “extreme management measures are necessary to restrict harvests...

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News Summary August 7, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Japanese Imports of Ikura Falling as Buyers Can’t Match US Sushi Demand

Today's lead item from Seafood News editor John Sackton reports that Japanese imports of ikura are falling because buyers can’t match the US’s demand for sushi. Traders say that Japan is “losing-out in the world market” and that the price of ikura has soared in the past two years due to continued poor harvests of fall chum.

Meanwhile, Russia’s largest fish and crab producer, Dalmoreproduct, is reportedly considering selling its crab business to local competitors. Potential bidders include Nakhodinskaya BAMR and the Russian Fishery Company...

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News Summary August 3, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Bumble Bee Foods Pleads Guilty to Price Fixing with Reduced $25 Million Fine 

Today's lead item from Seafood News editor John Sackton reports that Bumble Bee Foods, the third largest tuna canner in the US, has pled guilty to price fixing yesterday in a Northern California District Court. The plea is the result of the government’s price fixing lawsuit that charged Bumble Bee and the other major tuna canners, Chicken of the Sea and Starkist, with colluding to fix prices of canned tuna at retail.

In other news, Alaska’s pink salmon harvest total as of August 1 is 49.08 million pinks. Cautious optimism is taking hold that the preseason...

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News Summary August 2, 2017

Today's Main Story: Quebec Private Equity Creates $140 Million Lobster and Crab Group Merging Riverside and Cheticamp

Today's lead item from Seafood News editor John Sackton reports that Montreal based private equity firm Champlain Financial has purchased Riverside Lobster of Nova Scotia, and will merge the company with Cheticamp Fisheries, which it purchased in May 2017.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has passed a bill to include shrimp in the Seafood Import Monitoring Program, a risk-based traceability program that requires certain imported seafood products to have records and specific data. The move is being commended by the National Chamber of Aquaculture of Ecuador, which exported 86,082,995 pounds of shrimp in June — a record high for the country.

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Alaska Fishing Season Booming With Salmon, Pollock, Cod and More

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] August 2, 2017

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch –Lots of fishing going on besides salmon. August updates after this –


Salmon takes center stage all summer but lots of other fisheries are out on the water as well. For salmon, the catch is on its way to 111 million fish, with sockeyes totaling about 50 million and pinks nearing 43 million - over half of the humpies are from Prince William Sound.

The total Alaska salmon catch for this year is pegged at...


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News Summary July 31, 2017

Today's Main Story: Surging Sockeye Leads to Jump in Retail Promotions in July, Outstripping Farmed Salmon

Today's lead item from Seafood News editor John Sackton reports that high spring Atlantic salmon prices, coupled with surging production of Sockeye, has had a significant impact on retail promotions of salmon. It is leading to a stellar summer selling season for sockeye at retail, with volume up, and prices up as well.

Also highlighted today is a report that Argentine red shrimp has become an increasingly important shrimp commodity as catches have increased. This year, as the season enters its peak period, catches appear to be running 60% ahead of last year. If this paces continues, it would mean catches well over 200,000 tons...

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News Summary July 27, 2017

Today's Main Story: Huge Bristol Bay Run Meant $ Millions in Lost Revenue Due to Congress’ Disastrous Labor Policies 

Topping today's headlines is a look at how while celebrating the fantastic run of salmon into Bristol Bay, which saw sockeye harvests exceed forecasts by 35%, there is an undercurrent of dissatisfaction. SeafoodNews' John Sackton and Peggy Parker write that bad governmental policy decisions crippled the Alaska processing labor force, and meant that some packers in Bristol Bay were operating with 15-20% fewer workers than they had originally planned. In the Bay, where over a thousand permit holders vie for their share of 37 million sockeye salmon, mostly within a one-week time period, a 15-20% shortage in plant workers is big news, an it had a ripple effect throughout the area and the industry. 

In other news, there appears to be a significant fall-out from Carlos Rafael’s case of massive fisheries corruption. One thread seems to be a concerted effort by the Dept. of Justice to look at tax evasion in the seafood industry in both New Bedford and Gloucester. New tax evasion charges were added to the Rafael case in March, 2017. The charges were that Rafael failed to pay taxes in the sum of $108,929. The U.S. attorney also alleges Rafael omitted $267,061 in reportable cash income in 2014. Since then there have been a flurry of tax evasion charges against seafood executives in both New Bedford and Gloucester. 

In Virginia, the blue crab pot season is officially shorter than last year after the Virginia Marine Resources Commission voted unanimously to reduce bushel limits and end the season 16...

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News Summary July 26, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Walmart Selects BAP as First Seafood-Related 3rd Party Auditor for Social Compliance

Headlining the news today is word that Walmart announced in a June 30th notice to suppliers that it is simplifying its Responsible Sourcing Program to focus its resources on areas that make the greatest difference for workers in its supply chain. The move reemphasizes its commitment to preventing forced and child labor, as well as unsafe working conditions. Specifically, Walmart is requiring that suppliers get annual 3rd Party social compliance audits if they're located in countries that they deem at risk of abusive labor practices. 

In other news, the Bell Aquaculture fish farm has been sold for $14 million to AquaBounty Technologies, based in Maynard, Mass. which is focused on building better fish. At one time, Bell's trout, perch and coho salmon farm, including two dozen indoor tanks containing 70,000 gallons of water each, had been hailed as a model of land-based, containment aquaculture. AquaBounty, in 2015, obtained the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's first approval for a genetically engineered (GE) animal intended for food: AquaAdvantage Salmon. It reaches market size more quickly than non-GE, farm-raised Atlantic salmon. 

According to the 2017 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report released last week by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and The Hartman Group, one in four consumers shop at ...

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News Summary July 24, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Stavis Seafoods to Greatly Expand West Coast Distribution with Partnership with R.W. Zant 

Today's lead item reports that Stavis Seafoods of Boston, and RW Zant, a major west coast broadline distributor, have announced a primary distribution partnership that will begin August 1, 2017. RW Zant is one of the largest redistribution companies in the US. The partnership will include the warehousing and delivery of Stavis Seafoods’ products to RW Zant customers. RW Zant specializes in all aspects of protein and dairy wholesale distribution to foodservice and retail distributors throughout the Western United States. This agreement will not only enhance Stavis Seafoods’ supply chain capabilities on the West Coast, it will also greatly expand RW Zant’s product offerings in the seafood category.

Also highlighted today is word that the Russian Fishery Company (RFC), one of Russia’s leading fish producers, is beginning massive production of fish products under the Nordeco brand. According to the company’s plans, RFC should become one of the largest suppliers of fish products that will be mostly manufactured from pollock on the domestic market. A spokesman for RFC said that the company wants to produce fish products that will be processed and frozen on board immediately after the catch. It is reported that future production will be positioned for middle-priced and premium segments of the market. According to RFC, the company currently sells all the products to wholesale buyers and processors.

In other news, Canadian Environment Minister, Eddie Joyce, says a Supreme Court decision ordering an environmental impact statement will be reviewed by the Department of Justice and Public Safety. The Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador on Thursday overturned the provincial government's decision to release a quarter-billion dollar salmon farming project in Placentia Bay from further environmental assessment. Justice Gillian Butler ruled on July 20 that Perry Trimper, then the environment and climate change minister, "lacked jurisdiction" to release the project from a full environmental assessment, and that an environmental impact statement had to be completed. Joyce says it's standard practice for the Department of Justice

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