Tue. Aug 22 2017

Congressional Bills Would Alter National MSA to Benefit Recreational Fisheries in Gulf of Mexico  


ANALYSIS: Lobster Meat Market Retreats From All-time High  


Russia Far East Salmon Season Going Well, With Catches up 13% Over 2015


Global Shortage of Squid Pushes up Price of Iconic Squid Products in Japan


A Seafood Restaurant Chain Has Started a Petition to Add a Lobster Emoji  


United Fishermen of Alaska Seeking New Executive Director


ANALYSIS: Ecuador Shrimp Production Continues to Set Records Monthly  


Congressional Bills Would Alter MSA to Benefit Recreational Fisheries in Gulf of Mexico  


Congressional Bills Would Alter MSA to Benefit Recreational Fisheries in Gulf of Mexico  


Congressional Bills Would Alter MSA to Benefit Recreational Fisheries in Gulf of Mexico  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, August 22


Congressional Bills Would Alter MSA to Benefit Recreational Fisheries in Gulf of Mexico  


Mon. Aug 21 2017

High Prices on Crayfish in China’s Domestic Market Has Some Traders Concerned  


Louisiana White Shrimp Season Officially Open  


COLTO Successfully Gets Amazon Toothfish Ban Petition Removed  


Capital Seafood Rebuilding in Nova Scotia After 2016 Fire  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, August 21


Fri. Aug 18 2017

StarKist Samoa Cannery to Shut Down Due to Fish Shortages


Russian Crab Producers Say Production is Now at Highest Sustainable Levels, Consolodation is Next  


ANALYSIS: Gulf Oyster Gallon Meat Prices Spike  


Norwegian Seafood Exports to China Show Dramatic Rise  


Tally’s New Zealand Gets its Purse Seine Skipjack Certified by MSC


Researchers Discover Reason for Deafness in Farmed Salmon  


West Coast Scientists, Industry Collaborate on Sardine Survey  


Marine Biologist Hopes to Solve Mystery of Blue King Crab Population Flatline in Pribilof Islands  


Aquamar and LM Foods Create New Platform In Surimi Seafood Market


VIDEO: Seafood Plant Fire; Joe’s Crab Shacks Closed; High Liner CEO; Maxfield Sues; Seafood Meal Kit


Liberty Seafoods Names Greer Vest as Director of National Accounts


Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Washington Hosts Exhibit On Early Years of Salmon Derbies  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, August 18


Thu. Aug 17 2017

ANALYSIS: Atlantic Salmon Frozen Fillets and Portions also under Downward Pricing Pressure  


Northern California Petitions for More Squid Permits  


COLTO Responds Forcefully to Baseless Amazon Petition Asking to Ban Sale of Toothfish  


ANALYSIS: Imports of Mexican Shrimp  


Danish Fish Scandal Hints at illegal Quota Manipulations Going Back Years


GAA and Fishin’ Company Partner to Promote Positive Aspects Of Aquaculture Industry  


Striped Bass Being Caught in Labrador Which is Far Beyond their Normal Range  


Annual Fishing Ban in South China Sea Lifted


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, August 17


Wed. Aug 16 2017

High Liner Will be Looking for New CEO Says Henry Demone


Prices Drop as Sick Shrimp in China Flood the Market Again -- Except in Guangxi  


Southeast Alaska Dungeness Fall Season Reduced to One Month  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, August 16


Calysta Trial Reveals FeedKind Protein Could Replace Fishmeal in Shrimp Feed  


Cargill Survey Reveals U.S. Consumers are Willing To Spend Extra for Sustainable Seafood  


As right whales move into Gulf of St. Lawrence Protection Creates Dilemma for Canadian Gov’t


Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission Looking to Fill Staff Position  


Midwest Supermarket Chain Hy-Vee Offering 100% Responsibly Sourced Fresh and Frozen Seafood  


NOAA Endorses Eating Small Haddock — But What About Cod?  


Washington Governor Appointments Former PFMC Director to Fish and Wildlife Commission  


Canada Announces Largest Marine Protected Area in High Arctic


Sea Pact Announces 2017 Request for Grant Proposals


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Today's Main Story: US Pangasius Imports Spike to All-Time Monthly High in February Ahead of USDA Inspections 

The US imported a record amount of frozen pangasius fillets in February with buyers unsure how the implementation of the USDA’s catfish inspection program would impact the market. The program started on March 1 though overseas suppliers were granted an 18-month grace period to get their facilities under compliance.  So far, the bulk of the US’s major pangasius suppliers are on the USDA’s list of approved operators. There’s been a lot of uncertainty surrounding the overall implementation of the program; some of that was seen in a mid-February spike in wholesale prices. However, there are no indications that the USDA’s inspection program will impede shipments to the market this year and given the available import data, the US is on track to set another record for imported pangasius volumes in 2016.

The US State Department said Wednesday that forced labour on Thai fishing vessels continued in the past year despite legal reforms and arrests. The department made the assessment in its annual global review of human rights practices, released in Washington by Secretary of State John Kerry.  "The lack of clarity in law and practice on what constitutes forced labour or debt bondage undermined the government's efforts to identify labour trafficking victims and prosecute forced labour," the report said.

In other news, NOAA forecasts the record-setting El Nino weather pattern to dissipate by the summer this year. The Administration reported cooling temperatures around the equatorial Pacific over the last several weeks. This year’s El Niño become one of the top three strongest on record and also set a new record for peak “instantaneous” strength.

Finally, the US Customs and Border Patrol is starting to exercise its powers under a revised law that allows it to ban imported goods from the US market if they are suspected of originating from suppliers using forced labor. So far no seafood shipments have been detained, but human rights agencies believe the imported seafood sector will become a target by US Customs agents moving forward. 

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