Fri. Jun 15 2018

BREAKING NEWS: China Slams Alaska and US Seafood Industry with 25% Tariff on $1 Billion in Exports


Council Separates Adak Cod Issue from Broader Cod Allocation issues, Expects Action by Dec 2018


Possible North Atlantic Right Whale Death Off Virginia Coast


WWF Canada Says DFO Cod Cuts Too Little; Differs with FFAW and GIDC Partners who See Differently  


Celebrate National Lobster Day With the Top Lobster Stories  


ANALYSIS: Ecuadorian Shrimp Exports Continue to Advance


China’s Frozen Salmon Prices Have Been Dropping; Dealers Stuck with High Cost Inventory  


VIDEO: Maine's Lobster Industry; SAVE Right Whales Act of 2018 and More


Final Sentence Handed Down in Maine Eel Trafficking Case


Fish Radio: Ferry Tests for Ocean Acidity Produce First Results


Lobster Day 2018: Indulge With These 5 Lobster Recipes  


Shelf-Life Extension Co. BluWrap Receives Additional Financing from Existing Investors


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, June 15


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, June 15


Thu. Jun 14 2018

In Example of Flexibility Pacific Council Eases Yelloweye Rockfish Constraints in Groundfish Fishery  


Alaska Salmon Season Subdued So Far - Calm Before the Bristol Bay Storm?


WPRFMC Managers Recommend Changes to Swordfish Longline Fishery in Light of Turtle Interactions  


SAVE Right Whales Act Could Provide $50 Million Grant For Ropeless Fishing Technology


‘Weaponized’ McDowell Report on Value of Shore Processing Opening Gun in Fight Over Cod Allocations


Basa Price Likely to Drop in China After Due to Greater Supply  


Canadian Food Inspection Agency Introduces Safe Food For Canadians Regulations, Effective January


Russia's FAS Wants to Abolish All Historical Fishing Quota Rights in Exchange for 15 Year Leases


New Video Previews Nordic Aquafarm’s Belfast Facility  


Lobster Council of Canada Speaks Out on Right Whale Mitigation Issues  


Alaska Governor Candidates Don't Like Salmon Ballot Initiative  


Coastal Villages Region Fund Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Internship Program


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, June 14


Wed. Jun 13 2018

Arctic Storm Building 'Largest and Most Advanced Fishing Vessel' Ever Built in US    


Processing Plants Coming up Short as Whale Closures Hit Last Weeks of Lobster, Crab Fishery in Gulf  


DFO Cuts Northern Cod Stewardship Fishery by 25%, to 9500 tons, Critics Say too Little, or too Much


Federal Managers Increase Catch Limits in Hawaii Deep-Water Bottomfish


NZ Green Shell Mussel Harvest May Be Postponed; Algal Blooms an Issue  


Lack of Sustainable Fish in UK Force Buyers to Import  


Alaska Governor Candidates’ Positions on Pebble Mine


Cermaq Upset Over Gov't Caution on iFarm Licenses  


Iceland’s IS Seafood Being Sold by China’s Acorn Fresh


Skeena Nations Oppose DFO’s Recreational Fishing Actions, Fear Salmon Crisis  


Georgia Commercial and Recreational Shrimp Harvest Opens Tuesday, June 19  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, June 13


Tue. Jun 12 2018

Damanzaihao, World's Largest Factory Vessel, Detained for IUU by Peru After Belize Strips Flag


New Whale Closures Near Lameque, Shippagan, Prompt Emergency Harvester Meeting in New Brunswick


Warming Waters an Issue For Maine Lobster Industry, But State Committed to Protecting Fishery  


Former Disney Head Turns to Sustainable Seafood from Iceland, Partners With Seattle Fish Co.   


Canadian Agencies Working to Unravel Cause of Lobster Boat Collision that Left Two Men Dead


Alaska Net Hack Challenge Aims to Identify Opportunities For Old Nets


Fisheries Observer Service AIS, Inc. Awarded $50 Million Contract by NOAA NEFSC


Green Island Salmon and its Norwegian Partners Plan 3 New NL Salmon Farms  


Captain D’s Unveils New 5 Under $5 Deal


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, June 12


Mon. Jun 11 2018

New Seafood News Podcast: Market Update; Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone; SIRF and More


Researchers Look at Global Cost of Fishing in the High Seas


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, June 11


Sea Pact Announces Funding to Support Advance Aquaculture Sustainability Globally


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Today's Main Story: Atlantic Scallop Surveys Delayed After NOAA Loses $450,000 Underwater HabCam  

Atlantic scallop survey data could be limited after NOAA lost its underwater habitat camera during a survey expedition in Delaware Bay. Scientists aboard the research vessel Sharp lost the $450,000 camera after its tow cable was ensnared on a sunken ship in the Bay. It's expected to take about a week for NOAA to retrieve the camera. In the meantime, researchers said they will complete the scallop assessment using dredge surveys. Industry stakeholders said the accident was preventable. “It’s an accident that shouldn’t have happened — the wreck is well-known and its location is well known, so the captain shouldn’t have been towing in that area,” said Drew Minkiewicz an attorney for the Fisheries Survival Fund. “It’s going to take them over a week, of the very limited time on the research vessel Sharp, to get back on the survey. …We’re going to lose data.”

Provincial Fisheries Minister Steve Crocker said proposed quota cuts to Newfoundland's shrimp industry will hurt the inshore industry more than the offshore sector because of how the Last-In, First-Out (LIFO) policy is structured. "If LIFO is applied this year, the inshore harvesters are going to have approximately 10,000 tonnes to harvest. Last year they harvested I think it was 32 or 34,000 tonnes," said Crocker in a presentation to federal officials. Crocker also argued that the policy could cause the number of shrimp processing plants to drop from ten to two.  

In other news, McDonald’s, Tesco, Birds Eye, Young’s Seafood, and Fiskebat, which represent the Norwegian oceangoing fishing fleet, will not source cod from Arctic waters. The industry agreed to work with the Norwegian government to define and protect areas that may be vulnerable to trawling. “From the 2016 season the catching sector will not expand their cod fishing activities with trawl gear into those areas where regular fishing has not taken place before," the agreement states. 

Meanwhile, domestic seafood processors in Maryland and Virginia say they are short on labor because of five and six-week delays in getting workers from the Department of Labor's H-2B visa program. The Department is backed up from a flood of applicants and because of technical glitches with the agency's e-filing system. 

Finally, the hike to Alaska's state fish taxes is part of Gov. Bill Walkers's proposed omnibus tax bill that will once again go up for consideration during fourth special session of the state Legislature. Most fisheries landing taxes would be raised 1 percent, as in the regular session legislation; the major exception being a tax decrease from 4 percent to 1 percent on developing commercial fisheries. Alaska's state government could shut down in six weeks if the bill is not passed. 

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