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Apr 27 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 27, 2017


Apr 27 - Iceland's Samherji Boosts Stake in Major Norwegian Fish Producer Nergård


Apr 26 - PODCAST: Gulf Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectation; Whole Salmon Floods US Market; Brussels Show Starts


Apr 26 - Blumar Completes First Step Towards Achieving ASC Certification at Chilean Salmon Farms


Apr 26 - Weak Sockeye Forecast for Cook Inlet This Year


Apr 24 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 24, 2017


Apr 24 - About 500 Walmart Stores in Midwest Market to Carry The Salmon Man's Norwegian Salmon Portions


Apr 24 - Vietnam Fails to Score Big in Egyptian Fish Market


Apr 24 - Marine Harvest Canada Selects Poseidon Ocean Systems to Build 29 Salmon Pens Around Vancouver Island


Apr 24 - VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectations; European Whole Salmon Floods US


Apr 21 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday April 21, 2017


Apr 20 - PWS Pink and Chum Salmon Get Determination of MSC Sustainability Prior to Public Objection Period


Apr 20 - Marine Harvest's Q1 Production Falls 13% in 2017 But Earnings Double from a Year Ago


Apr 19 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 19, 2017


Apr 19 - West Coast EFP Successfully Targets Pelagic Rockfish with Minimal Bycatch


Apr 19 - European Whole Salmon Floods US and Cuts into Canada's Market Share


Apr 19 - Russia Squeezed by High Salmon Prices as Chilean Companies Cut Back Shipments


Apr 17 - The Smokehouse of NY Recalls Smoked Salmon and Fish Products Over Listeria Concerns


Apr 13 - VIDEO: Trident Sells to Pacific; Alaska’s Salmon Forecast and Vietnam Makes Lots of News


Apr 13 - Northern Dynasty Stock Jumps After They Get Alaska Land Use Permit, But Hurdles Remain for Pebble


Apr 13 - Unique Database Details 5.8 trillion-ton Global Fishing Catch Since 1950


Apr 13 - Bristol Bay Harvest Forecast 27.5 Million Sockeye, Down From 2016


Apr 12 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 12, 2017


Apr 12 - Tom Mazzetta Calls on Domestic and Imported Seafood Industries to Come Together to Promote US Sales


Apr 12 - PFMC Approves Limited Salmon Seasons; Effects Ripple to Other Fisheries


Apr 11 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 11, 2017


Apr 11 - Icelandic Group Sheds Another Asset With Sale of Belgian Subsidiary Gadus to Steinasalir


Apr 11 - ADF&G Forecasts Massive Pink Run in PWS, Modest Sockeye Return for Copper River


Apr 10 - Chuitna Coal Suspension Fails to Resolve State Debate Over Mining and Salmon Habitat


Apr 7 - Cesar Lago Promoted to President of Camanchaca's US Operations


Apr 7 - Scotland Seeing Rise in Food Sales to US Including Salmon and Seaweed


Apr 5 - Surimi Producers Trying Hard to Change Consumer Ideas of Kamaboko Beyond Traditional Products


Apr 5 - Oregon Senators Urge Administration to Maintain Funding for National Sea Grant Program


Apr 4 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 4, 2017


Mar 31 - Chinese Ecommerce Companies Discount Seafood, Expect Daily Volume to Exceed New Year's Period


Mar 30 - Ocean Beauty Moving to Renton, as They Have Outgrown Historic Location Near Ballard Bridge


Mar 30 - Cermaq Names David Kiemele Managing Director for Canada


Mar 29 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday March 29, 2017


Mar 29 - AquaChile Joins NFI's Salmon Council


Mar 28 - PODCAST: Alaska’s Summer Salmon Forecast; Lots of Scallop News and Back from Boston Recap


Mar 28 - BluGlacier, Ventisqueros Bring ASC, BAP Certified Silverside Premium Farmed Coho Salmon to US Market


Mar 28 - Court Grants Increased 'Spill' to Aid Endangered Columbia/Snake River Salmon


Mar 28 - Oregon Salmon Industry Requests 2016 Fishery Disaster Declaration


Mar 27 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday March 27, 2017


Mar 27 - US Shrimp Consumption Poised to Take Off With Other Seafood Markets at Record High Prices


Mar 27 - Sealord Will Sell Caistor to Nissui


Mar 27 - Yurok Tribe Warns of ‘Most Catastrophic Fisheries Collapse in Klamath River History’


Mar 24 - VIDEO: Back from Boston; Alaska Salmon Season Forecast and Stolen Scallops Reach New England Market


Mar 24 - Hillborn to Speak on Sustaining Food From the Seas in Prestigious Lecture


Mar 24 - StarKist Goes Bold With New Tuna Pouch Flavors


Mar 23 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday March 23, 2017


Mar 22 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Mar 22 - GAA, MultiExport Foods and Mitsui Sign Initiative to reduce SRS Salmon Disease in Chile


Mar 21 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Mar 21 - Fishpeople Seafood and Open Blue Win Seafood Excellence Awards at Boston Show


Mar 21 - Mariner Seafood Prepared for Retail Distribution of GO WILD Brand That Extends Fresh Shelf Life


Mar 20 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday, March 20, 2017


Mar 20 - Anomalous 2015 Ocean Conditions May Bode Poorly for West Coast Juvenile Chinook Salmon Survival


Mar 17 - Japanese Fish Sellers Adapt to Changing Market with More Prepared Items, Different Species of Fish


Mar 17 - Commentator Gives up In Confusion Over Sustainable Fish Guides; Just a Personal Choice, She Says


Mar 16 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday March 16, 2017


Mar 16 - Alaska's Salmon Hatchery Production Fell Far Short of Forecast in 2016 (Fish Radio)


Mar 16 - Fish 2.0 2017 Competition Opens West Coast Track with Investment Event in Seattle


Mar 15 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday March 15, 2017


Mar 15 - California, Oregon Salmon Season Options Range from Some to None


Mar 15 - Chinese Press Hints at More Crackdown on Lobster and Shrimp Smuggling Through Vietnam


Mar 15 - Alaska Salmon Fishery Recertified Under Responsible Fisheries Management Program


Mar 14 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday March 14, 2017


Mar 14 - Camanchaca Enters Shrimp Market in Joint Venture with Krustagroup to Sell Argentine Shrimp Products


Mar 13 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday March 13, 2017


Mar 13 - Fishermen Funded Bristol Bay Sockeye Promotion Boost Sales in Colorado Market (Fish Radio)


Mar 10 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday March 10, 2017


Mar 10 - FDA Now Using Whole Genome Sequencing During US Seafood Plant Inspections to Detect Listeria


Mar 10 - Norwegian Fish Oil and Byproducts Producer Biomega Acquired by New York's AMERRA Capital


Mar 10 - The Saucy Fish Co Lands Distribution Deals With US Grocers Mariano's and Hannaford


Mar 9 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday March 9, 2017


Mar 6 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday March 6, 2017


Mar 6 - Young's Seafood Weathers Tough First Quarter to Post £3m Profit


Mar 6 - Report: Restoration Efforts in Columbia Basin Helping Salmon


Mar 6 - Mariner Seafood to Debut GO WILD Brand of Vacum Packed Line of Wild Caught Seafood at Boston


Mar 3 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday March 3, 2017


Mar 3 - Santa Monica Seafood Wins Food Safety Award


Mar 2 - John Sevier Named New President of International Seafoods - Alaska


Mar 2 - West Coast Trawlers Receive Permits to Target Rebuilt Rockfish Stocks


Mar 1 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday March 1, 2017


Mar 1 - NFI Salmon Council's Heart Healthy Social Media Campaign Generates Strong Online Traffic


Mar 1 - Patagonia SeaFarms Now Offering Four Star Certified BAP Salmon


Mar 1 - Grim Forecast for West Coast Chinook Seasons; Fishermen Aware of Option of Closure


Feb 28 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday February 28, 2017


Feb 28 - Marine Harvest's Polish Salmon Processor Morpol Gets BAP Certification


Feb 24 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday February 24, 2017


Feb 24 - Marine Harvest Canada Gets Approval to Buy Gray Aqua's Salmon Farming Assets in New Brunswick


Feb 24 - High Salmon Prices Offset Sea Lice Losses as Scottish Salmon Company Posts Sales Increase in 2016


Feb 24 - Driftnet Ban Fails to Save Ireland's Atlantic Wild Salmon


Feb 23 - Platina Seafood Names Damien Claire President; Starts Crystal Seafood to Focus on Fresh Salmon


Feb 23 - Russia's Federal Fishing Agency, Director Implicated in Corruption Ring for Upcoming Quota Auctions


Feb 22 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday February 22, 2017


Feb 22 - Hello Fresh's Meal Kit Delivery Service Commits to Monterey Bay's Seafood Watch Program


Feb 21 - Leroy Seafoods: High Prices Generate Good Earnings


Feb 21 - Grieg Posts Record 4Q Earnings on Strong Salmon Prices, Higher Production


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Alaska's Salmon Permit Values on the Decline Ahead of Summer Season

The value of Alaska's salmon fishing permits is on the decline this year. Some say Alaska's poor season last year is pushing down the cost of the permits even though preseason forecasts for the upcoming 2017 harvest period are quite positive. "If you were involved in salmon last year you probably didn’t have a great year, unless you were in the bay. So there wasn’t a lot of extra money to pick up an extra permit or move into a different fishery and I think we’re seeing that," said Doug Bowen runs Alaska Boats and Permits in Homer. Bowen says what’s needed to perk up salmon permit values is a good fishing season.

The Russian government is considering increasing duties on exports of fish and seafood in an attempt to prevent massive exports of fish out of the country. Currently, duty rates on Rusian fish exports are set at 3 percent, however, the state could increase these rates up to 10 percent. Analysts at the Russian Ministry of Agriculture said this could prevent a surge in Russian fish exports to China where the fish is sold at a very cheap price. But Russian fisherman said the duty increase can make further fish production unprofitable and could result in fisherman leaving the business.

In other news, the Washington State Department of Health closed commercial shellfish harvesting in six areas. State tests of the water quality in the Hood Canal, Annas Bay, North Bay, Rocky Bay, Swinomish and Port Susan showed high bacteria levels. State health officials are working with local public health and county partners as well as shellfish growers to implement plans to find and fix pollution problems in these areas.

Alaska's Department of Fish and Game is poised to open the state’s largest herring fishery in Togiak after a few thousand tons of the fish were spotted from an aerial survey off the tip of Hagemeister Island. The state estimates 130,852 tons of herring this year, and the fishery can be opened when 35,000 tons have been documented on the grounds. “I’m thinking it’s the vanguard of fish starting to move in,” said ADF&G area management biologist Tim Sands. “My expectation at this point is over the next couple of days the biomass will build up. I’m hoping we can go Thursday and document threshold biomass and open up the fishery.”

Finally, Japan surpassed the U.S. to become the biggest buyer of Vietnamese seafood in the first quarter of this year, according to the monthly report of Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

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Iceland's Samherji Boosts Stake in Major Norwegian Fish Producer Nergård

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 27, 2017

Major Icelandic seafood producer and distributor Samherji and Norwegian operator Norsk Sjømat each increased their controlling interest in Northern Norwegian fish producer Nergård.

According to the deal, Samherji now owns roughly 40 percent of Nergård, which is Northern Norway’s second-largest fishing group. Norsk also increased its stake in Nergård’s operations and now owns a controlling interest of about 60 percent.

The two companies want to increase Nergård’s ability to produced more value-added fish products...

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Blumar Completes First Step Towards Achieving ASC Certification at Chilean Salmon Farms

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 26, 2017

WWF Chile and major Chilean salmon producer Salmones Blumar S.A completed the evaluation and work plan needed to enter all of their production sites into aquaculture improvement projects so that the company can ultimately earn certification against the Aquaculture Stewardship Council scheme.  

“This important work reinforces our company’s commitment to achieving the ASC standard at all of our sites as well as engaging other industry members, government and stakeholders like WWF to work together and make progress on some of the key sustainability challenges for salmon farming in Chile,” Said Gerardo Balbontín, CEO of Blumar...

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Alaska Orders Pebble Developers to Cleanup Mine Site and Commit $2 Million to Restore Land

Alaska will require developers of the stalled Pebble mine to do extensive cleanup and monitoring this summer — and to commit $2 million to ensure disturbed land is eventually restored. The conditions were announced by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources and immediately drew a favorable reaction from Bristol Bay tribes, environmental groups and fishing interests. "We are thankful that the Department of Natural Resources took a hard look at what was happening at the Pebble site, rather than simply rubber stamping these permits as was done in the past," said Robert Heyano, president of The United Tribes of Bristol Bay. Pebble said its work this summer will be as DNR has directed, and will protect the public interest.

Richard J. Pandolfo, a senior executive at Gloucester-based National Fish & Seafood pleaded guilty to one count of tax fraud Thursday in U.S. District Court in Boston and is set to be sentenced in July, the Justice Department announced. Prosecutors allege Pandolfo failed to pay federal tax on about $90,000 of the $95,000 in “substantial supplemental income” he received from former National Fish & Seafood executive and part-owner Jack Ventola from 2008 to 2012.

In other news, cautious optimism about the status of Canada’s Northern Cod fishery was noted during the second annual consultation meeting among the Association of Seafood Producers, the Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council and the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, which was held in Brussels this week. Meanwhile, Canada's federal government said it would commit $14 million over the next five years to conduct full northern cod stock assessments starting in 2017-18. “We are cautiously optimistic, but must practice restraint with respect to catch increases until a stainable recovery trajectory is confirmed," said Jim Cannon, President of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership.

Nearly 500 Walmart stores in the Midwest market will sell frozen, pre-portioned and seasoned Norwegian Salmon fillets distributed by The Salmon Man. The salmon is supplied by Platina Seafood, which has a sales office in Miami, Florida. The Norwegian Seafood Council said there is an especially high demand for European salmon in the midwest because of a large Scandinavian population in the region.

Finally, a competition dubbed the "Lionfish Throwdown" was held in Bermuda last week that challenged chefs to come up with restaurant quality dishes that feature invasive lionfish. This is part of a growing movement to create a consumer market for lionfish that have pushed into Atlantic waters around the Gulf of Mexico. Some local retailers in the Southeast are featuring lionfish in seafood cases.

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Vietnam Fails to Score Big in Egyptian Fish Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Viet Nam News] - April 24, 2017

Consumption of fish is a traditional and vital component of the Egyptian diet, and a primary source of inexpensive animal protein for the growing population, said Vietnam Trade Counsellor Pham The Cuong recently.

Fish and fisheries in Egypt are expected to produce 1.4 million metric tons of product in 2017, principally seabass, tilapia and catfish, said Mr Cuong, adding that 40% of it is allocated for domestic consumption and 60% for export to EU countries and Gulf states.

Mr Cuong noted fish and fishery imports of Egypt for the year...

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VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectations; European Whole Salmon Floods US 




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PWS Pink and Chum Salmon Get Determination of MSC Sustainability Prior to Public Objection Period


SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - April 21, 2017

The final report of the results of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) assessment of the Prince William Sound (PWS) salmon fisheries is out and this time, pink and chum hatchery salmon from that area were determined to be certified as sustainable.

The determination triggers a 15 working day objection period. Once that period passes without MSC receiving an objection...

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European Whole Salmon Floods US and Cuts into Canada's Market Share

European salmon producers, beset with sea lice problems, appear to be harvesting fish early and flooding the US market with unusual amounts of smaller whole fish. This has had an impact on Canadian producers, who normally dominate the whole fish market in the US. while demand for salmon in the US and other global markets has been exceptionally high, this particular rise in European shipments to the US market has not been totally demand driven. Rather, it appears US buyers have opted to import more whole salmon from Europe in 2017 because the surge in available supplies lowered prices to competitive levels compared to Canadian product.

More than 750,000 pounds of West Coast rockfish have been landed in roughly a month under an exempted fishing permit, creating a small boon for fishermen and markets. The harvest included only four Chinook salmon and no catches of green sturgeon or eulachon smelt, both ESA-listed species. Five vessels made 17 trips since the beginning of March. Oregon Trawl Commission Director Brad Pettinger said the success of a midwater rockfish fishery + something common when he was fishing more than 20 years ago + is a validation of sacrifices made since 2000. "We're on the verge of placing the last piece of the puzzle to rebuilding this fishery," Pettinger said. "It's been a lot of work over the last decade-plus."

In other news, we run a Letter to the Editor from Garrett Fine, the cooking business unit manager for Laitram Machinery who disagrees with claims from our April 18 article that said some in Japan think steam cooking snow crabs hurts the quality of the product. "Myself and my colleagues have literally been in the plant with one of the “Big 3” Japanese buyers, have feedback from our customers’ other Japanese buyers, as well as the plants’ QC department and owners, Canadian, and US buyers. The overwhelming feedback is that the product quality is better; in fact, they say the product texture, color, taste, and extractability are all much better," Fine writes.

Meanwhile, Russia may face a shortage of salmon this year, due to the lack of supplies from Norway and the inability of producers from the Faroe Islands, Chile and Iceland to fill the vacant niche according to federal fishery officials at Rosrybolovstvo. Among the issues causing the shortages is the inability of the domestic industry and producers in South America to replace imports from more than 500 Norway salmon producers and importers, which were banned from exporting fish to the Russia at the beginning of 2015 due to sanctions.

Finally, the New England Fishery Management Council has initiate changes that will attempt to reduce the conflict between large and small boat scallopers in the Northern Gulf of Maine. The management council says there is a "critical need to initiate surveys and develop additional tools to better manage the area." It also says the new rules could include limiting some boats from fishing in the area until the total scallop population can be more accurately determined.

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European Whole Salmon Floods US and Cuts into Canada's Market Share

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - April 19, 2017

European salmon producers, beset with sea lice problems, appear to be harvesting fish early and flooding the US market with unusual amounts of smaller whole fish.

This has had an impact on Canadian producers, who normally dominate the whole fish market in the US.

Import data from the US Department of Commerce in February showed whole salmon imports from Europe about equal to shipments from Canada...

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The Smokehouse of NY Recalls Smoked Salmon and Fish Products Over Listeria Concerns

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 17, 2017 

The Smokehouse of NY issued a recall for several smoked fish products, including salmon, over the possibility the fish are contaminated with a listeria-causing bacteria.

The Mamaroneck, NY- based company said the products were distributed through New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Alabama, Minnesota, and Montana.  The products were sold in restaurants and hotels.

The recall was a result of a routine inspection sampling program by the company which revealed there was listeria present in the warehouse... 

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Northern Dynasty Stock Jumps After They Get Alaska Land Use Permit, But Hurdles Remain for Pebble

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [National Post]  April 13, 2017

Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. stock closed up 32 percent Wednesday after it received a crucial permit from the Alaska government that could see its Pebble project clear a 10-year-long development hurdle.

The Vancouver-based company, which has also recently been the target of a short-seller campaign, said late Tuesday its U.S. subsidiary Pebble Limited Partnership has received notice of approval for a miscellaneous land use permit from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.

Its stock closed up 32.4 per cent at $2.42 apiece on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Shares had been on a tear, rising nearly 300 per cent since the November election of U.S...

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Bristol Bay Harvest Forecast 27.5 Million Sockeye, Down From 2016  

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - April 13, 2017

The 2017 Bristol Bay sockeye salmon run forecast is 41.5 million fish, about 10 million less than last year's actual run of 51.4 million sockeye. Last year ranked second out of the last 20 years and was nearly 50 percent above the 35.1 million average run for the same period.

Based on the forecasted run and other indicators, a harvest of 27.5 million sockeye is predicted for 2017....

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Tom Mazzetta Calls on Domestic and Imported Seafood Industries to Come Together to Promote US Sales

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] Opinion by Tom Mazzetta - April 12, 2017

Tom Mazzetta is the founder and CEO of Mazzetta Company, LLC

We need to come together as an industry to support increased seafood consumption as an overall goal, not only for the benefit of our collective bottom-lines, but for the health benefits of eating more seafood, the environmental benefits of seafood production versus other proteins, and to address regulations that artificially inflate prices for American shoppers and diners. We are not talking about steel, auto parts, or sugar. We are talking about healthy food...

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Trident to Sell Newport Surimi Plant to Pacific Seafoods, If Pacific Gains Community Support

Trident Seafoods intends to sell their Newport, Oregon surimi plant to Pacific Seafoods. Trident said it believes Pacific has the best chance of successfully operating the plant because of its existing infrastructure in Newport and experience marketing products produced from Pacific whiting. However, there is an issue that could prevent the deal from happening, and that is the anti-trust lawsuit that has been filed against Pacific by some harvester groups. Pacific Seafood and Trident plan to meet with fishermen, community stakeholders, and government regulators to gauge support for the proposed sale, with hopes of saving the 2017 whiting season. "We wanted to do everything possible to make sure that the people who work at the plant have stable employment and our fishermen continue to have good markets for their catches," said Trident's CEO Joe Bundrant.

The forecasted harvest for Prince William Sound pink salmon this year is the largest on record while the Copper River sockeye harvest was reported at a more modest level according to the latest ADF&FG forecast. If the 2017 natural stock pink salmon forecast is realized it would be the second largest natural run on record, and well above the 1997–2015 odd-year average return. The Alaska salmon seasons have expected start dates between mid-May and mid-June depending on the region and the species.

In other news the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Commission said they want more data before setting the dates for the season. LDWF biologist Jeff Marx said data he’s collected show better conditions than in previous years. But nearly all of the shrimpers at the meeting said they would rather wait for the season to open at the normal time so the shrimp can grow to be larger. The spring shrimp season usually opens in mid to late May.

Meanwhile, Hogne I. Tyssoy, a portfolio manager for major Norwegian seafood investment fund Holberg Triton will accompany Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg's delegation to China this month as the two countries continue to rebuild their trade relations. Tyssoy said he is interested in seeing first hand what growth opportunities are in store for Norwegian fish farmers in China.

Finally, some members of Atlantic Canada's fishing industry are concerned how the United State's implementation of new seafood import rules will impact shipments to the market. As of this week the US is requiring proof that its seafood imports are harvested in a way that minimizes harm to marine mammals. Countries now have to submit a list of fisheries measures in place to limit by-catch and gear entanglements with whales, turtles, porpoises and seals. "I think for everybody this is really concerning," she said. "We have not been privy to the actual ongoing discussions between the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the U.S. government. What for us is uncomfortable is how these things are being viewed from office buildings," said Melanie Sonneberg of the Grand Manan Fishermen's Association in New Brunswick.

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ADF&G Forecasts Massive Pink Run in PWS, Modest Sockeye Return for Copper River

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - April 11, 2017

The forecasted harvest for Prince William Sound pink salmon this year is 58.92 million, the largest on record.

The Copper River sockeye harvest is a more modest 889,000 fish, with an additional 1.2 million sockeyes forecasted as harvest from Prince William Sound, mostly from the Main Bay facility.

If the 2017 natural stock pink salmon total run forecast is realized it would be the second largest natural run on record...

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Cesar Lago Promoted to President of Camanchaca's US Operations

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 7, 2017

Major Chilean salmon producer Camanchaca has promoted Cesar Lago to president of its US operations.

Lago has been with Camanchaca for 16 years having worked his way up to Vice President of Sales for the company’s US office.

In this time Lago oversaw the development of a successful sales team that increased Camanchaca’s US sales to the food service and retail sectors across the country...

Lago will take over as president on July 1. 

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PODCAST: Gulf Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectation; Whole Salmon Floods US Market; Brussels Show Starts

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Weak Sockeye Forecast for Cook Inlet This Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Peninsula Clarion] by Elizabeth Earl - April 26, 2017

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s 2017 commercial salmon fishery outlook predicts a total run of about 4 million salmon in Upper Cook Inlet, which includes the Kenai, Kasilof and Susitna rivers as well as a number of smaller streams. Commercial fishermen are projected to harvest about 1.7 million of that, the lowest projected harvest in the last 15 years.

It’s largely the Kenai River not living up the recent 10-year average. The river is projected to see a return of 2.2 million sockeye, about 39 percent below the recent 10-year average...

 

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About 500 Walmart Stores in Midwest Market to Carry The Salmon Man's Norwegian Salmon Portions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 24, 2017

Nearly 500 Walmart stores in the Midwest market will sell frozen, pre-portioned and seasoned Norwegian Salmon fillets distributed the Salmon Man Salmon.

The Salmon Man Salmon Portions are flash-frozen and available in three tasting options—Original, Salmon with Garlic & Herb Crust, Salmon with Cajun Crust.

“These pre-portioned salmon fillets offer a convenient solution for getting dinner on the table during the busy week.  From grilling to oven roasting, salmon is incredibly versatile, quick cooking and compliments a wide-range of flavors,” the

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Marine Harvest Canada Selects Poseidon Ocean Systems to Build 29 Salmon Pens Around Vancouver Island

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 24, 2017

Campbell River, B.C. -- Vancouver Island and Danish companies have been awarded a three-year deal to build new pen systems for British Columbia’s largest salmon aquaculture company.

The construction of high-density polyethylene circular fish pens, almost 400 feet in diameter, was awarded by Marine Harvest Canada to Poseidon Ocean Systems dealing on behalf of manufacturer Hvalpsund Net. The net pen's design name is branded HD 500 Extreme, according to a press release.

“The HD 500 Extreme pens are a wider and ...

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News Summary April 21, 2017

Today's Main Story: NMFS Put Councils on Notice about Overfishing or Overfished Conditions on Bigeye, Four Other Stocks

Leading the headlines today is word that the National Marine Fisheries Service has notified regional councils that five species are subject to overfishing and/or are overfishing or overfished, requiring measures be put in place to remedy the situations. Bigeye tuna in the Western and Central Pacific and South Atlantic golden tilefish are subject to overfishing, according to NMFS. South Atlantic blueline tilefish remains subject to overfishing. Pacific Bluefin tuna in the North Pacific Ocean and South Atlantic red snapper are both overfished and also subject to overfishing.

In other news, Russian pollock producers plan to significantly increase the volume of their supplies to the EU market during the next several years, according to an official spokesman of the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo). That will be

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Marine Harvest's Q1 Production Falls 13% in 2017 But Earnings Double from a Year Ago

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - April 20, 2017

Marine Harvest’s salmon harvest volumes were down but earnings were about double in the first quarter of 2017 compared to last year.

According to the major salmon producer’s preliminary earnings report, Marine Harvest produced about 83,000 metric tons of salmon from its key farms in Norway, Scotland, Canada and Chile. This figure is down about 13 percent, or 14,000 metric tons from its harvest volumes from the first quarter in 2016.

Production from Marine Harvest’s Norwegian, Chilean and Canadian sites was down. In Chile, the industry is still recovering from an algae bloom in 2016 that set production schedules back by almost a full year for all major producers in the Southern part of Chile...

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West Coast EFP Successfully Targets Pelagic Rockfish with Minimal Bycatch

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Susan Chambers - April 19, 2017

More than 750,000 pounds of West Coast rockfish have been landed in roughly a month under an exempted fishing permit, creating a small boon for fishermen and markets.

The 2017 annual catch limits (ACLs) for many rockfish species such as canary and widow rockfish, formerly listed as overfished, increased more than five times what they were in 2016 -- but the trawl fleet had no real way to access them under the catch shares program, which holds fishermen 100 percent accountable but did not remove archaic management regulations...

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Russia Squeezed by High Salmon Prices as Chilean Companies Cut Back Shipments

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden - April 19, 2017

Russia may face a shortage of salmon this year, due to the lack of supplies from Norway and the inability of producers from Faroe Islands, Chile and Iceland to fill the vacant niche.  This was laid out by Ilya Shestakov, head of the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo). 

Despite state hopes, domestic fisherman, as well as salmon producers from South America, were not able to replace more than 500 Norway salmon producers and importers, which were banned from Russia at the beginning of 2015 due to sanctions...

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VIDEO: Trident Sells to Pacific; Alaska’s Salmon Forecast and Vietnam Makes Lots of News

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Unique Database Details 5.8 trillion-ton Global Fishing Catch since 1950

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 13, 2017

A fisheries database created by an Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies (IMAS) researcher at the University of Tasmania, Australia, provides unprecedented insights into global fishing catches between 1950 and 2014.

During the 65 years covered by the records, fishers from 193 countries caught more than 5.8 trillion tons of fish from 1,443 species, including 892 million tons taken illegally and 629 million tons discarded at sea.

Featured in the latest edition of the Nature journal Scientific Data, the information was collated by Professor Reg Watson, who said it illustrated the finite nature of the global marine fishery. ...

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Quinlan Bros. Starts Snow Crab Processing at Rebuilt Plant in Bay de Verde

Quinlan Brothers Ltd. announced on Tuesday that a small quantity of snow crab will be run through the processing line to ensure the plant is ready as boats begin returning to shore with their first landings of the new season later this week. The plant will process only snow crab this season, but the company is preparing to expand into groundfish when stocks allow. Around a year ago the Quinlan Brothers' processing facility burned to the ground, which had widespread implications for Newfoundland's snow crab industry from the people the plant employed to buyers that had lined up snow crab deals for the season.

The Russian Federal Fishery Agency officially announced that it will hold an auction for the distribution of crab quotas in the Far Eastern fishing basin on May 18-19 of the current year. The auctions will allow companies to control crab quota through 2026. The quotas will include all of the major crab species in particular species of king crab, helmet crab, and opilio crab in major crab-producing areas.

A report on raw material prices for Vietnamese shrimp shows prices are up 24 percent since 2016 and are at a two-year high. Lack of domestic shrimp in the market has been attributed to the spike in prices this year. The Vietnamese have stepped up importing shrimp from foreign suppliers like India in order to meet the needs of processors.

We run an opinion from Tom Mazzetta who calls for increased cooperation between domestic and imported seafood operators in the United States. Mazzetta points to the success of the Maine lobster and Alaskan salmon industries as examples of how domestically sourced and imported seafood products can coexist in the US. "We need to come together as an industry to support increased seafood consumption as an overall goal, not only for the benefit of our collective bottom-lines, but for the health benefits of eating more seafood, the environmental benefits of seafood production versus other proteins, and to address regulations that artificially inflate prices for American shoppers and diners," said Mazzetta.

Finally, dire West Coast ocean salmon seasons haven't officially started but are already affecting non-salmon fisheries such as sablefish and Pacific whiting writes Susan Chambers. The Pacific Fishery Management Council approved no summer salmon seasons in parts of Oregon and California and limited seasons on the rest of the coast to protect struggling stocks such as coho in Washington and Klamath fall Chinook and Sacramento winter Chinook in Oregon and California. Sablefish harvesters will get increased trip limits to help avoid salmon conflicts, and the whiting fleet will get a special additional bycatch allocation since moving out of Klamath salmon areas will force them into a higher bycatch zone.

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PFMC Approves Limited Salmon Seasons; Effects Ripple to Other Fisheries

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - April 12, 2017

Sacramento, Calif. -- Dire West Coast ocean salmon seasons haven't officially started but already are affecting non-salmon fisheries such as sablefish and Pacific whiting.

Sablefish harvesters will get increased trip limits to help avoid salmon conflicts, and the whiting fleet will get a special additional bycatch allocation since moving out of Klamath salmon areas will force them into a higher bycatch zone.

The Pacific Fishery Management Council approved Tuesday no summer salmon seasons in parts of Oregon and California and limited seasons on the rest of the coast to protect struggling stocks such as coho in Washington and Klamath fall Chinook and Sacramento winter Chinook in Oregon and California. ...

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Icelandic Group Sheds Another Asset With Sale of Belgian Subsidiary Gadus to Steinasalir 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - April 11, 2017

Icelandic Group has completed the sale of its Belgian subsidiary, Gadus, to another group of seafood companies based in Iceland.

Steinasalir has acquired the full assets to Gadus’ operations. Steinasalir is owned by established Icelandic seafood companies, including Saemark Seafood, Fishproducts Iceland, and Akur, an Icelandic based private equity fund. The buyers aim to further promote sales and marketing of high quality seafood in Belgium and Central Europe.

Gadus handles and produces about 7.000 metric tons of products annually and employs about 130 people...

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Chuitna Coal Suspension Fails to Resolve State Debate Over Mining and Salmon Habitat

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Peninsula Clarion] by Ben Boettger - April 10. 2017

Although a plan to strip-mine coal from beneath the Chuitna River’s west Cook Inlet tributaries is done for the moment, elements of controversy may continue to ricochet.

For opponents, the Chuitna Coal Project’s eleven years of permitting were a weary battle against the dewatering of salmon spawning streams. For proponents such as Alaska Mining Association executive director Deantha Crockett, it was a regulatory and legal “death by a thousand cuts.” After Monday’s announcement that Delaware-based PacRim Coal, the Chuitna project’s parent company, was halting its quest for permits, ...

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