Fri. Feb 16 2018

NFI's Crab Council Grows to 33 Members  


Russian Security Service Challenging Crab Quota Holders as Illegal Foreign Controlled Business  


Oregon Readies New Waste Water Requirements for Seafood Processors


Fisheries Council of Canada Welcomes Designation of Ocean Supercluster by Ottawa


VIDEO: F/V Sinks; Record Shrimp Consumption; Nemesis Pulled From Water; New Whole Foods Policies


Alaska Deckhand Apprentice Program Calls for Applicants


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, February 16


Thu. Feb 15 2018

Pacific Whiting Stock Looks Strong for 2018, Coming off Record 440,944 tons in 2017


4 Rescued from Atlantic Cape’s Vessel Sea Star, After Sinking off Martha’s Vineyard


Cermaq Reports Excellent Salmon Survival Rates in 2017


After Years of Delays Tsukiji Move is Now on Track


Grieg Seafood Temporarily Banned from Exporting Norwegian Salmon to China after Document Mistake  


SeaShare Distributed Over 6.9 Million Servings of Seafood to Struggling Americans in 2017


California Bill Would Crack Down on Fishing Operations That Poach in Marine Protected Areas


GAA Executive Director Wally Stevens Transitioning Out of Role for Andrew Mallison


Pacific Fisheries Technology Conference Hears Shortage of Workers will Plague Alaska Industry


Lent Kicks Off Biggest Time of the Year for Seafood Sales


New Bedford-Based Northern Wind Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary  


Company Introduces Individual Package Temp Indicators for Low Oxygen Packaging


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, February 15


Wed. Feb 14 2018

Adak 5000 ton Cod Allocation Gets Discussed at Council, as Unforeseen Scenario Put it at Risk


China Shrimp Importers Anxious About Fall in Prices After New Year, Leaving High Cost Inventory  


Virginia Legislature Opposes 2018 ASMFC Reductions in Menhaden Quota, Supported by Omega Protein  


Invermar and AquaChile Confirm Salmon Losses from Algae Blooms  


The Most Popular Seafood Options for Valentine's Day  


Myanmar Looks to Boost Farmed Shrimp Production  


Oregon, Washington Pink Shrimp Fishery Re-Certified as MSC as Certifiers Laud Management, Ecosystem  


Fresco Fisheries Joins NFI Crab Council as 32nd Member  


SeaPak Introduces New 'Selections' Line for Healthier, More Convenient Meals


New Zealand King Salmon Supports Recommendation to Relocate Marlborough Sound Salmon Farms  


Arby's Adds Nashville Hot Fish Pollock Fillet to Menu as Lent Begins  


New Zealand Slows, May Stop, Roll Out of Camera on Board Monitoring


What You Need to Know About Fast-Food Fryer Oil During Lent


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, February 14


Tue. Feb 13 2018

NOAA Issues SIMP Update; All Data Must Be Complete Before Entry Beginning April 7


Thai Union of Canada Announces Daley Sfds Will Manage New Brunswick Lobster Plant in Tracadie-Sheila  


Baader Brings New Generation of Filleting Machines to Newfoundland, Icewater to Invest $3 million  


Chinese Market Helps Argentine Seafood Exports Exceed U.S. $2 billion in 2017  


Captain D’s Rolls Out Flounder Feast For Lent  


Hema Fresh Opens Second Store in Shenzhen; Imported Seafood Can Arrive in Two Days  


Totoaba Farming May Help Vaquita Porpoise


Innovative Feed Produces Salmon With Double the Omega-3 Content  


Seafood Nutrition Partnership Adds GAA VP Dr. Steve Hart to Board of Directors


Protix Develops ‘Friendly Salmon,’ First-Ever Insect-Fed Salmon  


New Study Reveals Benefits and Concerns of Phytoplankton In Coastal Areas


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, February 13


Mon. Feb 12 2018

Prince William Sound Pot Cod Fishery Opens February 15 With 150,000 lb Allocation


US on Track for Record Shrimp Consumption in 2017, Above 4.4 lbs Per Person  


Record Russian Salmon Catch Expected for 2018  


Dutch Harbor Shows Off Massive Seafood Industry to European Buyers


Secretary of Commerce Declares Fisheries Disasters in Three Areas Due to Hurricanes Irma and Maria


Senators Push for Shrimp to be Included in SIMP, NFI Issues Statement


Bering Sea Snow Crab Season Half Over, Tanner Crab TAC is 82% Landed  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, February 12


Urner Barry Brings Seafood Import Workshop to Los Angeles


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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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