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Mar 23 - Thai Union to Work With Global Brands and Retailers to Address Human Trafficking in Supply Chain


Mar 23 - Worldwide Industry, NGOs Advocate for Policy Changes in Tuna Fisheries in 2017


Mar 23 - Proposed Rule Will Allow Alaska Fishermen to Test New, Voluntary Electronic Monitoring


Mar 23 - Oregon Pink Shrimp Price Negotiations Canceled This Week


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


Mar 22 - SFP Announces Merger of Two Major Squid FIP Monitoring Groups in South America and Asia


Mar 22 - Western Pacific Council to Tackle Management in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument


Mar 22 - Sakhalin Officials Arrested For Allowing IUU Russian Crab to Flow to China


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 - SeaWeb Names 16 Finalists for 2017 Seafood Champion Awards


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 21 - Boston Show Upbeat Again this Year as Footprint Expands


Mar 21 - Sitka Herring Roe Fleet Catches 25 Percent of GHL in Three Hours


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


Mar 20 - Vons Albertsons, Hannaford Retailers Will Carry Bristol Seafood's Fair Trade USA Certified Scallops


Mar 20 - Raw Seafoods Hires Former "Boston Chef of the Year" Walter Zuromski as Director of R&D


Mar 20 - SeaWatch Launches Foodservice Line of Frozen Soups; Expands to Retail in Partnership with Bar Harbor


Mar 20 - Preferred Freezers Will Open Facilities in Texas, Chicago this Year; to Build Ninth NJ/NY Warehouse


Mar 20 - GAA Signs Agreement for Major Chinese E-Commerce Retailer JD.com to Distribute BAP Certified Seafood


Mar 20 - San Diego's Catalina Offshore Products Launches Domestically Caught Hook and Line Canned Tuna


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


Mar 20 - OCI Announces Project to Move Canadian Redfish towards MSC Requirements


Mar 20 - Mike Tourkistas Steps Down from CEO Role as East Coast Seafoods Hires New CEO


Mar 17 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday, March 17, 2017


Mar 17 - Whitecap Will Celebrate 50 Years of Luxury Brand Canadian Crab at Boston, Brussels and China Shows


Mar 17 - PODCAST: Pangasius Under Attack in the EU and the Road to the Boston Seafood Show


Mar 17 - Lerøy Seafood Group Objects to Norwegian Restructuring That Will Cost it 20% of Its Cod Quota


Mar 17 - Lobsters 2nd Largest Volume Import at Zhengzhou Airport as Expanded Air Cargo Capacity Continues


Mar 17 - NOAA Wants More At Sea Monitoring of Groundfish in New England


Mar 17 - Russian Crab Importer Direct Source Raises $45 Million Credit Line, Absorbs Sister Company


Mar 17 - Russian Fishing Industry Faces More Consolidation as Companies Prepare for 10 Year Quota Auctions


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


Mar 17 - Oregon State Study Says Workplace Injuries Rising in Seafood Processing Sector


Mar 17 - NGO’s Stumble at Start of Boston Seafood Show with Call for Mexican Shrimp Boycott


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 - Crabmeat Importer Blue Star Implments Cloud-Based Supply Chain Tracking for Indonesian Blue Crab


Mar 16 - Stavis Seafoods Names Retail Veteran Chuck Marble President


Mar 16 - VIDEO: Alfa Gamma Seafood and Seattle Fish Company Oppose Proposed Border Tax


Mar 16 - Australia Quarantines Shellfish in Moreton Bay to Combat Spread of Whitespot Disease


Mar 16 - Seal Predation Seen Impacting Snow Crab Stocks in Newfoundland


Mar 16 - Whole Foods' New Canned Tuna Policy: Only Pole-and-Line, Troll, or Handline Caught Tuna By 2018


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


Mar 16 - Plea Hearing for Carlos Rafael Delayed to March 30, 2017


Mar 16 - NMFS Sets 16 Percent Observer Coverage Level for NE Groundfish Sector for 2017


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


Mar 15 - VIDEO: Vietnam's Pangasius Industry is Under Attack in Europe


Mar 15 - Regal Springs' Corporate Social Responsibility Officer Magdalena Wallhoff Resigns


Mar 15 - MSC Opens Up Consultation Period to Develop Six Areas in its Certification Scheme


Mar 15 - Clearwater to Debut Norway Lobster, Rock Crab and Additional Arctic Surf Clam Products at Boston


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


Mar 15 - Bristol Seafood's Sea Scallops are First US Harvested Seafood Item to Get Fair Trade Certification


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


Mar 15 - GSSI Formally Recognizes MSC as meeting the Global Benchmarks


Mar 15 - Russia Plans to Seize Fishing Quotas from Producers Who Build Trawlers With Foreign Capital


Mar 15 - First In-Season Cod Closure Announced for Some Southeast AK Waters


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


Mar 15 - Russia's Pollock Catch in Okhotsk Sea Loses Momentum in Early March


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


Mar 14 - VIDEO: Global Demand Pinches Argentine Red Shrimp Supplies


Mar 14 - Great American Seafoods Steps Up Supply Chain Traceability with New Tracking Software


Mar 14 - Stavis Seafoods Hires Former Icicle QA manager Brandii Holmdahl as Director of Quality


Mar 14 - Thai Union Donates $50,000 to Support of East Indonesian Tuna FIPs


Mar 14 - Crabmeat Importer Blue Star Foods Forms First Blue Swimming Crab Crab Co-Op in Indonesia


Mar 14 - Soy Aquaculture Program,. Soybean Export Council Launch Next Version of Feed Forumlation Database


Mar 14 - Seafood Nutrition Partnership Teams Up With Burger Chain Krystal to Promote Seafood


Mar 14 - Vietnam's Pangasius Industry Under Attack in EU as Carrefour's Sales Ban Fuels NGO, Media Criticism


Mar 14 - Harvest Select Expands Beyond Catfish to Other Gulf Seafood with Purchase of Steel City Seafood


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


Mar 14 - Urchinomics: A Revolutionary Way to Farm Sea Urchins and Save Kelp Forests


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


Mar 13 - Seattle Crab Distributor Keyport Celebrates 20 Years in Business After Record Sales Year in 2016


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


Mar 13 - PODCAST: Maine Lobster Reaches Record Values and Mahi Comes Off US Restaurant Menus


Mar 13 - Bumble Bee Subsidiary Anova Foods Gets Labor Practices Certified at Vietnamese Tuna Processing Plant


Mar 13 - As Season Wraps, Bering Sea Crabbers Focus on New Rules, Harvest Policy


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


Mar 10 - VIDEO: Maine’s Lobster Fishery Reaches Record Values; High Priced Mahi Starts to Come off Menus


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


Mar 10 - ASMI Promotes Weekend Start to Alaska's Halibut and Sablefish Seasons


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


Mar 10 - IFFO Applauds Launch of Fisheries Improvement Project for Peruvian Anchovy


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


Mar 10 - High Global Demand for Argentine Red Shrimp Pinched Supplies, Raised Prices in 2016


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


Mar 9 - NOAA Says Some Hawaiian Reef Fishes are being Overfished


Mar 9 - Major Retailer Commits to Source Tuna from One-by-One-Caught Fishery in Maldives


Mar 8 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday March 8, 2017


Mar 8 - Mahi Coming Off Menus With 2016/17 Season a Bust, US Inventories Limited and Market at Record Highs


Mar 8 - Zhangzidao Greatly Improves its Performance over the Past Year


Mar 8 - Clearwater Reports 2016 Results and Positive Outlook for 2017


Mar 8 - As Herring Season Opens, Japan Inventory of Salted Kazunoko is 10% Higher Than Last Year


Mar 7 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday March 7, 2017


Mar 7 - Shrimp Imports from India and Indonesia Continue Higher in January; Buoy 2.2% YTD Increase


Mar 7 - Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods Enters Scallop Business in Marketing Deal with Northern Wind


Mar 7 - Russian Fishery Co. Buying Dalmore Pollock Business, Will Have Nearly 300,000 tons of Quota


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


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Thai Union to Work With Global Brands and Retailers to Address Human Trafficking in Supply Chain 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 23, 2017

Thai Union Group and Issara Institute are now Regional Partners in an effort to improve working conditions in Thai Union's supply chain. 

This is an expansion of Thai Union's agreement with Issara Institute. Thai Union said it will work with global brands and retailers such as Marks and Spencer, Mars, Nestle, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose, and Walmart in a collaborative approach to address human trafficking in global supply chains.     

“Thai Union considers our work with Issara Institute an imperative to effectively combating the difficult issues migrants often face,” said Darian McBain Ph.D., Thai Union’s global director for sustainable development.

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Proposed Rule Will Allow Alaska Fishermen to Test New, Voluntary Electronic Monitoring 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 23, 2017

Yesterday a proposed rule to integrate electronic monitoring (EM) into the North Pacific Observer Program was published in the Federal Register, triggering a 60-day public comment period.

When NOAA Fisheries restructured the North Pacific Observer Program in 2013, it was the first time fisheries observers were placed on small boats between 40 and 60 feet, and boats harvesting halibut in Alaska. Under NOAA’s proposed rule, EM technology would only...

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News Summary March 22, 2017

Today's Main Story: Sakhalin Officials Arrested for Allowing IUU Russian Crab to Flow to China

Headlining the news today is a focus on how the Russian Sakhalin Island continues to be a battlefield between local officials and the Russian crab mafia, which is trying to restore its positions that have been significantly affected by the recently tightened fight with crab poaching in Russia. Alexander Khoroshavin, the former governor of the Sakhalin Island was arrested and the investigation of his case continues. Additionally, Alexander Taratenko, head of Rosrybolovstvo of Sakhalin, together with Mikhail Kuzmenko, the Minister of Agriculture of Sakhalin (and a person, who oversees the development of regional fish industry, and in particular its crab segment) were arrested on the suspicions of power abuse.

In other news, catches of Alaska halibut are starting to pick up after wild weather got the fishery off to a slow start after the March 11 opener. Less than half a million pounds have been landed through Tuesday by 82 deliveries, with Sitka leading all ports, followed by Seward and Kodiak. Just seven boats had delivered about 36-thousand pounds of halibut at Kodiak through Tuesday; 52-thousand pounds crossed the docks at Seward from eight landings, and nearly 65-thousand pounds at Sitka from 15 boats. Landings at other Alaska ports weren’t available because they were too few yet to record. The prized fish are getting big prices, up 30 cents a pound compared to the start of the season last year.

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Western Pacific Council to Tackle Management in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 22, 2017

At this week's Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council in Honolulu, members are developing new fishing rules for the marine national monument that was expanded last year and decided which species will be under federal management as components of the area's ecosystem.

The Presidential proclamation under the Antiquities Act that expanded the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument calls for closing offshore commercial fisheries...

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GAA, MultiExport Foods and Mitsui Sign Initiative to Reduce SRS Salmon Disease in Chile

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 22, 2017

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), along with Multiexport Foods SA ("Multiexport"), Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ("Mitsui Tokyo") and the Monterey Aquarium Seafood Watch program Bay, is spearheading an initiative in Chile aimed at contributing to a reduction in the incidence of Salmonid Rickettsial Septicemia (SRS) in salmon and trout that are grown in the South American country.

The Piscirickettsia salmonis , or SRS, intercellular bacterium endemic allegedly cost the salmon farming industry more than US $ 300 million a year. It is that SRS can spread rapidly, causing high mortalities if not treated promptly.

Announced during the third and final day  of the Seafood Expo..

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SeaWeb Names 16 Finalists for 2017 Seafood Champion Awards

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 21, 2017

SeaWeb announced 16 finalists for the 2017 Seafood Champion Awards who have demonstrated brilliance and tenacity in working across borders, language barriers and industries to change our relationship with the sea. From fish cops in East Africa to the creator of easily replicated 3-D ocean farms, and from a chef who cycled across Canada promoting sustainable seafood to a company whose solar-powered data collector puts small-scale fishing boats on the map, these Champions show an inspiring level of ingenuity and commitment

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 21, 2017

Mariner Seafood launched a line of wild caught seafood items at the Seafood Expo North America in Boston that uses a patented technology that gives retailers an option to feature the items in fresh seafood cases.

The GO WILD seafood brand uses patented, breathable film that allows oxygen to flow through the products. This super chill pack technology extends the shelf life of the portioned out seafood products...

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Sitka Herring Roe Fleet Catches 25 Percent of GHL in Three Hours

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 21, 2017

The Sitka Sound herring sac roe fishery opened March 19 for a three-hour-and-twenty-minute first opener, after being on a two-hour notice since March 17. Preliminary hails from processors put the total harvest at 3,500 mt of a total GHL of 14,649 mt.

The opening was based on three samples taken from the area with the following results: Mountain Point, 11.3% mature roe, 1.1% immature roe, 128 gram average weight; Rob Point, 10.9% mature roe...

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Vons Albertsons, Hannaford Retailers Will Carry Bristol Seafood's Fair Trade USA Certified Scallops

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 20, 2017

Major West Coast and East Coast retailers Vons/Albertons and Hannaford confirmed they will carry Bristol Seafood’s Fair Trade USA certified scallops starting this April.

On the west Coast, Santa Monica Seafood will work with Bristol to distribute the Fair Trade scallops to its Vons/Albertsons stories. Santa Monica named Bristol its Vendor of the Year in 2016.

“We are proud to be the first seafood distributor to offer a Fair Trade Certified™ scallop to our retail customers in the western U.S...

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SeaWatch Launches Foodservice Line of Frozen Soups; Expands to Retail in Partnership with Bar Harbor

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 20, 2017

Major Atlantic clam distributer SeaWatch announced a foodservice line of frozen soups and continued to expand its footprint in the retail sector through a partnership with Bar Harbor Foods during the Seafood Expo North America in Boston this week.

Based in Maryland, SeaWatch is the largest Atlantic clam harvester and processor in the world. A majority of SeaWatch’s name brand clam producsts are sold into the foodservice and industrial markets.

During this week’s Seafood Expo the distributor launched a line of frozen soups for foodservice distribution. The line includes New England Clam Chowder; Mediterranean Clam Soup and Clam Chili...

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GAA Signs Agreement for Major Chinese E-Commerce Retailer JD.com to Distribute BAP Certified Seafood

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 20, 2017

The Global Aquaculture Alliance and major Chinese e-commerce platform JD.fresh signed an agreement for the online retailer to start selling BAP certified seafood directly to consumers in China.

The deal was signed during the Seafood Expo North America (SENA), which is taking place in Boston between March 19-21. The two organizations said the understanding will raise awareness of responsible aquaculture and food safety to Chinese consumers through its perishable foods division, JD Fresh Food...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - March 20, 2017

NEWPORT, Ore. – Fisheries managers have been predicting a slightly below-average run of spring Chinook salmon on the Columbia River this year but a newly published suggests it may be worse.

According to researchers from Oregon State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, ocean conditions were historically bad in the spring of 2015, when migrating yearling fish that will comprise the bulk of this spring’s adult Chinook salmon run first went out to sea. In fact, Pacific Decadal Oscillation values, which reflect warm and cold sea surface temperatures, suggest it was one of the warmest ...

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Mike Tourkistas Steps Down from CEO Role as East Coast Seafoods Hires New CEO

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  March 20, 2017

Michael Tourkistas, who together with his wife Heidi built East Coast Seafoods from a two person operation into the largest distributor of live and frozen North American Lobster, is realizing a transition plan that allows him to step back somewhat from the company but propels the $400 million operation on a robust growth path.

For several years Michael has been working on this ...

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Whitecap Will Celebrate 50 Years of Luxury Brand Canadian Crab at Boston, Brussels, and China Shows

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews]  March 17, 2017

Whitecap, the Canadian crab lobster and shrimp producer and marketer that is a part of Sirena Group is celebrating 50 years of their Luxury crab brand.

"During each of the Boston, Brussels, and China seafood shows in 2017 we are celebrating 50 years of the Luxury brand.  The brand was created in 1967 by Atlantic Queen Seafoods (a group of crab processors) to market their snow crab collectively.  The founders of Atlantic Queen saw at an early stage the benefits of consolidated selling.  The Luxury brand has expanded into a global premium shellfish brand selling cold water shrimp, lobster, Rock ...

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Lerøy Seafood Group Objects to Norwegian Restructuring That Will Cost it 20% of Its Cod Quota

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 17, 2017

The Leroy Group has filed public objections over a Norwegian government plan that they say will mean a loss of 20% of their cod quota.  

"The Government announced today a proposal that would imply in part significant changes to the regulatory framework for the fishing industry. Should they adopt the proposed changes, this will have an impact on operations for Lerøy Seafood Group ASA's (Lerøy) subsidiaries, Havfisk AS and Norway Seafoods Group AS. The proposal is the result of a consultation process in which Lerøy also provided input. To date, the Lerøy Group has not had the ...

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Worldwide Industry, NGOs Advocate for Policy Changes in Tuna Fisheries in 2017

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 23, 2017

Washington, DC – A diverse, global group of commercial and non-profit organizations has joined the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation’s (ISSF) call for immediate improvements on tuna management, including developing harvest strategies, strengthening monitoring, control and surveillance tools, and improving the management of fish aggregating devices (FADs).

A March 21 outreach letter to four tuna Regional Fishing Management Organizations (RFMO) was co-signed by 83 nongovernment organizations, tuna processing companies...

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Oregon Pink Shrimp Price Negotiations Canceled This Week

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - March 23, 2017

State-supervised price negotiations between shrimp fishermen and processors have been canceled this week and likely postponed due to a lack of fishermen available. It would have been the first time in seven years that shrimpers and processors would have met to negotiate and settle on an ex-vessel price.

The coldwater pink shrimp price negotiations operate similarly to Dungeness crab price negotiations in Oregon, where the state Department of Agriculture oversees the talks. Those discussions were scheduled for today, but Oregon Trawl Commission Director Brad Pettinger said fishermen's associations didn't have enough members to participate.

The state of Oregon's interpretation of the rules is partly to blame. Fishermen ...

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SFP Announces Merger of Two Major Squid FIP Monitoring Groups in South America and Asia 


SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 22, 2017

The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) combined two squid supply chain roundtables into one global unit and received continued support from the Indonesian government during the Seafood Expo North America, which was held this week in Boston.

Under the merger, two squid Supply Chain Roundtables (SRs) in Southeast Asia and South America will combine. In total, 20 squid fisheries will now cooperate. The move will unite sectors; simplify efforts by industry stakeholders to monitor and operate various squid fishery improve projects around the world...

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Sakhalin Officials Arrested For Allowing IUU Russian Crab to Flow to China

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  March 22, 2017 

The Russian Sakhalin Island continues to be a battlefield between local officials and the Russian crab mafia, which is trying to restore its positions, significantly affected by the recently tightened fight with crab poaching in Russia.

Recently  Alexander Khoroshavin, the former governor of the Sakhalin Island was arrested and the investigation of his case continues.   Several days ago Alexander Taratenko, head of Rosrybolovstvo of Sakhalin, together with Mikhail Kuzmenko, the Minister of Agriculture of Sakhalin (and a person, who ...

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News Summary March 21, 2017

Today's Main Story: ADF&G Forecasts Alaska's Salmon Catch to Top 200 Million Fish this Summer

Alaska salmon fishermen could haul in a harvest nearly double last year's catch due to a projected uptick in the number of pinks. An Alaska Department of Fish and Game report on 2017 salmon run forecasts and harvest projections pegs the catch at 204 million fish. That compares to just over 112 million salmon taken by fishermen in 2016. The catch last season included 53 million sockeye salmon — the fifth-largest harvest since 1970 — but only 39 million pinks, the smallest since 1977. This year's forecast calls for an average catch of sockeye salmon at 41 million, 12 million fewer than last year. For those hard-to-predict pinks, the harvest projection of nearly 142 million is nearly 103 million more than last summer.

The Boston Seafood Show, now called Seafood Expo North America, has an upbeat feel this year. The Show owner, Diversified, says it is the biggest show ever in terms of booth space. In the past, the organizers had co-located the show with a regional New England Foodservice Show. This year that is not happening and the entire hall is seafood only. Despite high prices on a number of items, the overall feeling here is one of optimism.

In other news, food safety authorities have seized shrimps injected with gelatin from a wet market in southern China. Gelatin was found in three batches of frozen shrimps in a wet market in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, in recent days, according to Guangdong Satellite TV. The shrimps’ bodies and head were glued together by edible gelatin, which is often used to make jellies and other desserts. Experts were quoted in the report as saying the suppliers injected the gelatin to make the shrimps appear healthier or to cover up rotten meat.

The Sitka Sound herring sac roe fishery opened March 19 for a three-hour-and-twenty-minute first opener, after being on a two-hour notice since March 17. Preliminary hails from processors put the total harvest at 3,500 mt of a total GHL of 14,649 mt. The opening was based on three samples taken from the area with the following results: Mountain Point, 11.3% mature roe, 1.1% immature roe, 128 gram a

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Fishpeople Seafood and Open Blue Win Seafood Excellence Awards at Boston Show 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 21, 2017

The 2017 Seafood Excellence Awards winners were announced at Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America in Boston this week and Fishpeople Seafood won the “Best New Retail” award while Open Blue won the “Best New Foodservice” award

Fishpeople Seafood won for its Meyer Lemon & Herb Panko Wild Alaska Salmon Kit and Open Blue Won for its Frozen Open Blue Cobia Fillet...

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Boston Show Upbeat Again this Year as Footprint Expands

SEAFOODNEWS.COM     by John Sackton March 21, 2017

The Boston Seafood Show, now called Seafood Expo North America, has an upbeat feel this year.  The Show owner Diversified says it is the biggest show ever in terms of booth space.  In the past the organizers had co-located the show with a regional New England Foodservice Show.  This year that is not happening and the entire hall is seafood only.

Despite high prices on a number of items, the overall feeling here is one of optimism.  Few people have any significant inventories on high priced product, and it is only a couple of items.. such as small coldwater shrimp and some smaller sizes of lobster tails that seem in ample supply.

On the other hand, many buyers are expecting lower...

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News Summary March 20, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Mike Tourkistas Steps Down from CEO Role as East Coast Seafoods Hires New CEO

Leading the headlines today is word that Michael Tourkistas, who together with his wife Heidi built East Coast Seafoods from a two person operation into the largest distributor of live and frozen North American Lobster, is realizing a transition plan that allows him to step back somewhat from the company, but propels the $400 million operation on a robust growth path.

In other news, a new trade deal looming between Canada and the European Union is setting off alarm bells in the Maine lobster industry. The deal between Canada and the EU – the largest seafood consumer market in the world – would eliminate tariffs on Canadian lobster exports into Europe and give the Maritimes a competitive advantage over their American counterparts, who would be stuck selling lobsters with tariffs ranging from 8 percent for a live lobster to 20 percent on processed or cooked lobster.

Meanwhile, the expanding market for lobsters in China is continuing to grow, with the country setting a new record for the value of its imports of the crustaceans from the United States. Last year, China imported more than $108 million in lobsters from America, surpassing the previous high of about $90.2 million in 2014. Chinese importers took in more than 14 million pounds of U.S. lobsters last year, which was also a record. The 

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Raw Seafoods Hires Former "Boston Chef of the Year" Walter Zuromski as Director of R&D

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 20, 2017

Raw Seafoods hired Chef Walter Zuromski as Director of Research and Development.

Chef Zuromski was most recently the President and Culinary Director of Chef Services Group. In that role he consulted for a wide variety of seafood companies and other clients. He is a former Executive Committee member and Founding member of the Research Chefs Association, where he was part of the team that spearheaded the development of the "Culinology" profession, the blending of food science with culinary arts...

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Preferred Freezers Will Open Facilities in Texas, Chicago this Year; to Build Ninth NJ Warehouse

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 20, 2017 

During the Seafood Expo North America in Boston, Preferred Freezer Services (PFS) continued to expand its presence in the US market as the company announced plans to open or build new cold storage warehouses in the New Jersey, Chicago and Texas markets.

Based in Elizabeth, NJ Preferred will open another warehouse in the New York / New Jersey market with a facility in Kearny, NJ.

The cold storage warehouse, set to open in the summer of 2018, will add 197,000 sq. ft. of freezer space to support the growing needs of their customers in this area Preferred said...

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San Diego's Catalina Offshore Products Launches Domestically Caught Hook and Line Canned Tuna

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 20, 2017

Catalina Offshore Products has launched its own brand of sustainable, locally harvested, premium canned tuna that features domestically harvested hook-and-line Eastern Pacific bigeye and yellowfin.

Catalina’s Choice Solid Pack Tuna in Olive Oil and Catalina’s Choice Smoked Solid Pack Tuna in Olive Oil will be distributed to wholesalers, restaurants, retail customers and institutions including schools and hospitals.

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OCI Announces Project to Move Canadian Redfish towards MSC Requirements

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 20, 2017

Ocean Choice international announced the launch of a Fisheries Improvement Project, through the Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council, that will aim to bring two more Canadian trawl fisheries up to MSC standards.

For redfish / ocean perch, the FIP will cover the offshore fisheries in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Laurentian Channel, between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.  The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership will support the project to move towards certification of these fisheries.  The offshore TAC for these fisheries is around 8000 tons, of which OCI holds 40% of the quota.

OCI also announced their Greysole / Witch Flounder fisheries in NAFO...

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News Summary March 17, 2017 

Today's Main Story: NGO’s Stumble at Start of Boston Seafood Show with Call for Mexican Shrimp Boycott

Today's news opens reporting that a group of 45 conservation organizations, led by the Natural Resources Defense Council, will target seafood distributors and retailers at the Boston Seafood Show to urge them to boycott Mexican shrimp. Trader Joe's will also be a focal point for this campaign. The hastily arranged campaign, to save the Vaquita Porpoise, ignores all the efforts that are ...

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PODCAST: Pangasius Under Attack in the EU and the Road to the Boston Seafood Show

In this week’s Seafood News Podcast, ...
 

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Lobsters 2nd Largest Volume Import at Zhengzhou Airport as Expanded Air Cargo Capacity Continues

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [henandaily] Translated by Amy Zhong  March 17, 2017

Zhengzhou of Henan welcomes its 13th flight of Canadian lobsters this year. More and more high-end seafood is being flown here from the North America.

One reason is the expansion of airfreight capacity to China from seafood shipping locations such as Halifax.  Even after Chinese New Year has ended, there are two flights a week of wide-body cargo jets with service from Nova Scotia to China.

At 3 am of March 15, a cargo plane from Canada landed in Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport. On the plane are 71.3 tons of Canadian lobsters worth around 6.5 million yuan. This ...

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