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: Snow Crab Well Over $6.00 in US as Japan Buying in Tatters  

Any attempt to have orderly snow crab sales to Japan from Newfoundland this year has collapsed, in the face of soaring US prices writes John Sackton. This week, Urner Barry is reporting Newfoundland 5-8 sections at $6.10 which is the highest price ever recorded for snow crab in June. Part of the problem is weaker Japanese demand for raw frozen sections. But also, some Japanese traders simply can't afford these prices, and there is wide variation from company to company as to their needs and abilities. The turmoil has also extended to the US market, where many contracts are either being cancelled or simply not filled, unless buyers keep up with the price increases. 

Canada's Federal Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo has resigned from the cabinet and is leaving the Liberal caucus to seek help for addiction problems, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday. Tootoo served just over six months in office and is the first minister to resign from Trudeau's cabinet. He was the first northerner to be named fisheries minister.   

In other news, pangasius prices in the U.S. could go higher this summer as two of the market’s three major suppliers were hit with an unexpected duty rate revision and import refusal notification from the USDA's catfish inspection program in May. Urner Barry pangasius prices are unchanged since February, averaging $1.75 per pound. The last increase was a market reaction to the March 1st implementation of the USDA’s catfish inspection program.

Meanwhile, Diversified Communications confirmed some of our earlier estimates that attendance was down during this year's Seafood Expo Global in Brussels.  Total visitors and exhibitors for the 2016 show dropped to 22,160  17 percent compared to last year's figure attendees. However, exhibitors did say the quality of the buyers was higher, as more casual visitors were less likely to attend.

Finally, the 2016 Bristol Bay salmon season officially opens today with a run forecast to reach 30 million sockeye with another 2 million returning to the Peninsula rivers. Peggy Parker recaps the forecasted runs and harvests from each of the fishery's five districts. The peak of the Bristol Bay season usually doesn't hit until early July. 

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