Wed. Mar 22 2017

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


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


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


Western Pacific Council to Tackle Management in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Tue. Mar 21 2017

Boston Show Upbeat Again this Year as Footprint Expands


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


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


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


SeaWeb Names 16 Finalists for 2017 Seafood Champion Awards


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Mon. Mar 20 2017

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


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


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


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


OCI Announces Project to Move Canadian Redfish towards MSC Requirements  


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


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


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


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


Seafood.com News Summary Monday, March 20, 2017


Fri. Mar 17 2017

NGO’s Stumble at Start of Boston Seafood Show with Call for Mexican Shrimp Boycott   (1) 


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


NOAA Wants More At Sea Monitoring of Groundfish in New England


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


Oregon State Study Says Workplace Injuries Rising in Seafood Processing Sector


Seafood.com News Summary Friday, March 17, 2017


Thu. Mar 16 2017

Seal Predation Seen Impacting Snow Crab Stocks in Newfoundland  


Alaska's Salmon Hatchery Production Fell Far Short of Forecast in 2016 (Fish Radio)   (1) 


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


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


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


Stavis Seafoods Names Retail Veteran Chuck Marble President


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


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


Plea Hearing for Carlos Rafael Delayed to March 30, 2017


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


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday March 16, 2017


Wed. Mar 15 2017

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


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


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


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


California, Oregon Salmon Season Options Range from Some to None


Regal Springs' Corporate Social Responsibility Officer Magdalena Wallhoff Resigns


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


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


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


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


Alaska Salmon Fishery Recertified Under Responsible Fisheries Management Program   (1) 


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday March 15, 2017


GSSI Formally Recognizes MSC as meeting the Global Benchmarks


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Today's Main Story: Senate Fast Tracks Resolution to House that Will Kill USDA Catfish Inspection Program  

Yesterday the U.S. Senate voted in favor of repealing the USDA’s Catfish Inspection program in a maneuver that brings the highly criticized program just two procedures away from nullification from the Farm Bill. Joint  Resolution 28 (S.J. Res 28) cleared the Senate in a 55-43 vote.  The resolution strikes the USDA’s Catfish Inspection program from the Farm Bill. The provision just needs to clear a House vote and a signature from the White House to be cleared into law. “We’re pleased to see the Senate take such decisive and bipartisan action in order to get rid of a duplicative regulation that has already cost untold millions in tax dollars. We look forward to the House following up with its own vote and the President once and for all closing this chapter on Washington waste with his signature,” said the National Fisheries Institute’s President John Connelly.

New Zealand’s hoki quota holders have asked the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to expedite a planned audit of the fishery in response to a report that said New Zealand’s commercial fish catch is underreported.“We remain confident the hoki fisheries are well managed, monitored and sustainable. The fisheries undergo MSC audits each year as a means to independently verify their performance, but to address the allegations we will undertake an expedited audit as soon as possible,” said George Clement of Deepwater Group, which represents the MSC certified hoki fisheries.  

In other news, Alaska's budget battle is threatening 750 full-time and seasonal jobs with the ADF&G's commercial fisehries division. If a budget cannot be approved by June 1 all state workers will be on notice for layoffs starting July 1.

We run a Letter to the Editor from Tom Mazzetta, founder and CEO of the Mazzetta Company, supporting Oceana's recent call to require the Gulf of Mexico's shrimp skimmers to equip turtle excluder devices. In addition to TED requirments, Mazzetta also wants to see stiffer catch regulations and enforcement placed on the Gulf's skimmer sector.

Finally, Togiak's herring season opened and closed earlier this season. The fishery's final harvest of 15,171 tons was just slightly below the 2004−2013 average purse seine harvest. The harvest was 75 percent of the 20,148 ton harvest guideline. “The department decided to shut the fishery down before the quota was harvested because of concerns of decreasing fish size," the ADF&G said in its final report. 

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