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Russian Pollock Fisheries Begin MSC Recertification Process, Join Industry Group Within MSC  


West Coast Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Pending NMFS' Approval  


VIDEO: Nissui Backs GSSI; Snow Crab Fishing Starts; India, Gulf, Newfoundland Shrimp Updates


Zhonggang Fisheries is Latest Pacific Andes Subsidiary to Seek Chapter 11 Protection


Cetacean Ban at Vancouver Aquarium Called Threat to Marine Mammals


West African Pelagic Fisheries Start Fishery Improvement Project  


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Thu. Apr 27 2017

Russia May Increase Duties on Fish Exports to Slow Shipments Out of Its Market


NGOs Vow to Fight Trump Administration's Executive Order that WIll Review MPA Designations


Responsible Aquaculture Foundation Launches New Seafood Safety Courses  


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


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Wed. Apr 26 2017

Cozy Harbor Wins Two Seafood Excellence Awards at European Seafood Expo for Retail Lobster Products  


WTO Says Mexico Can Levy $163 Million in Annual Sanctions Against US Over Dolphin Safe Tuna Dispute  


Weak Sockeye Forecast for Cook Inlet This Year  


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


Sales of MSC, ASC Labeled Seafood Trended Higher in Germany, UK, Asia, Australia and New Zealand


Vietnam Attempts to Restore Prawns in Australian Market


Developer Outbids Cook’s Lobster Owner to Buy Historic Maine Island Wharf


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


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Tue. Apr 25 2017

Nippon Suisan and its Gortons and Unisea Subsidiaries Partner with GSSI, Along with More Retailers


Newfoundland Price Panel Sets Cold-Water Shrimp Minimum Price at $0.95  


New Brunswick Snow Crab Fishery Opening Today  


Gulf Shrimp Landings in Q1 About Even with Last Year; Market Waits for New Season Production  


Togiak Update: Aerial Surveys Are Underway, No Sign of Herring Yet


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MSC Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Goal to Certify or Engage 1/3 Global Marine Catch by 2030


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Cautious Optimism About Recovery of Canada's Northern Cod Stocks Noted During Meeting in Brussels  


Newfoundland's Fisheries Minister Supports $14 Million Federal Commitment to Study Cod Stocks  


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


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


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


Vietnam Fails to Score Big in Egyptian Fish Market


Southeastern Grocers, Pole-and-Line Foundation Join in Retail Effort  


Panera to Hire 10,000 as it Expands Delivery Service


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Today's Main Story: Tensions Flare in Oregon over Shrimp Stand Down, as Some Washington Boats Start Fishing  

An agreement among Oregon pink shrimp fishing vessels to stand down from fishing to give the stocks more time to grow may unravel after just a few days. Nearly half a dozen shrimp boats from Washington traveled 250 miles to fish off Oregon's coast reportedly because there are more shrimp of larger sizes in the water. Oregon processors were considering whether to join the Washington boats and send their boats out to fish or continue to wait until the shrimp matured. Ultimately, they agreed to support the stand down, at least for the time being.“We are concerned that the strong stand taken by the Oregon shrimp fleet in support of conservation is being undermined by boats from other states,” said Rod Moore, Senior Policy Adviser for West Coast Seafood Processors Association. “As of now, our members continue to stand with the Oregon fleet and we again urge others to do the same.”

Squid prices for Chinese buyers are up 150 percent because of lower catches among the world's top suppliers. According to some large squid companies in Argentina, their squid catching volume has dropped by 60 percent so far this season compared with the same period last year.  

In other news, Canada will add 135 science-related personnel to its staff at the DFO. The new hires would boost the DFO's science staff by about 15 percent. It is the largest increase in the department's workforce since the 1970s and early 1980s. “This level of hiring will almost certainly strengthen the capacity of ministry staff to provide high-quality science advice to decision makers," said Jeff Hutchings, a fisheries scientist, and professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

Japanese scallop catches from Hokkaido are down more than 30 percent for the 2015 fishing season which ended this past March. Landings compiled by the Hokkaido Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations totaled 333,252 tons. The production decline is blamed on sluggish performance in the main harvest grounds of the Okhotsk Sea and the Funka Bay. Lower production out of the Hokkaido region is expected to stretch into the 2016/2017 fishing season. 

Finally, Russia may face a salmon shortage this year because of the algae bloom that wiped out about 100,000 tons of Chile's anticipated salmon production this year. In 2014, Russia turned to Chilean suppliers for salmon after it banned imports from its former top supplier Norway. 

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