Wed. Feb 21 2018

Price Gap Between Russian Red and Golden King Crab at Historic Levels  


AK Bering Sea Crabbers Launch Search for New Executive Director


Santa Monica Seafood Expanding Pre-Packed Chilled Seafood Operations


Alaska Fisheries Trust Bill Supported During First House Hearing


Russia Concerned About Chinese Poaching Activities in Territorial Waters  


Washington Fish Farmers Urge State Lawmakers to Oppose Ban on Salmon Farms


Walmart Canada Introducing Sustainable Delivery For Vancouver Online Grocery Shoppers


Vietnam's Hung Vuong Sells Fish Meal Factory to Increase Capital; Plans to Up Basa Sales  


White Castle Brings Back Seafood Crab Cake Slider, Shrimp Nibblers For Lent  


Time for PWS Sablefish Fishermen To Register For the 2018 Fishery


Sea Watch Celebrating National Clam Chowder Day by Providing Bowls to Shelters, Food Pantries  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, February 21


Tue. Feb 20 2018

Thai Union Group Sales Up 1.6%, Profits up 14.6%, With Strong North American Business


Industry Responds to Erroneous Reports about Dungeness Fishery  


Ecuador Shrimp Prices to China Fall to Lowest Level in Five Years  


Tassal 17th Company to Join Global Salmon Initiative  


Burned California Bears Treated With Tilapia Skin Now in Good Health  


ASC and MSC Team Up for Think Fish Week in France


GAA, IFFO Provide Update on South East Asia Fishmeal Project  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, February 20


Mon. Feb 19 2018

California Crabbers Slow Landings, Say Won't Deliver at $2.50 per lb.  


Processors Must Eviscerate Dungeness Crab from Southern Oregon Due to Domoic Acid Levels  


China's Tariff Reduction Coincides with Imported Seafood Price Drops Around Chinese New Year  


Cooke Expresses Strong Disappointment with Washington House and Senate Votes to Ban Netpens


Trump Administration Wants to Cut Budget for NOAA, But Congress Unlikely to Accept   


New Seafood News Podcast Episode: Kingfish Zeeland Dutch Yellowtail, Coast Guard Rescue & More  


Vietnam’s Seafood Export Value Rises to U.S. $560 Million in January; Exports to China Grew in 2017  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, February 19


Fri. Feb 16 2018

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


NFI's Crab Council Grows to 33 Members  


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


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, February 15


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


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


New Bedford-Based Northern Wind Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary  


Company Introduces Individual Package Temp Indicators for Low Oxygen Packaging


Lent Kicks Off Biggest Time of the Year for Seafood Sales


Wed. Feb 14 2018

SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, February 14


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


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


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


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


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


Myanmar Looks to Boost Farmed Shrimp Production  


Fresco Fisheries Joins NFI Crab Council as 32nd Member  


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


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


Invermar and AquaChile Confirm Salmon Losses from Algae Blooms  


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


The Most Popular Seafood Options for Valentine's Day  


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


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Today's Main Story: Sharp Fall in April Shrimp Imports From India, Indonesia Drags Down Shipments 3.6% YTD 

Shrimp imports to the US market in April fell over 13 percent for the month driven by declines in shipments from top producers India and Indonesia. Imports are now down 3.6 percent through the first four months this year, a difference of about 14 million pounds compared to 2015. The drop in imports was somewhat expected from a combination of El Nino-related weather issues and issues and helps explain why some spot market quotations have started to trend higher.

Resolute Forest Products, a Montreal Company that is one of the largest producers of newsprint, pulp, and other paper and wood products in the world, sued Greenpeace, alleging racketeering, over a multiyear campaign to get businesses to boycott Resolute's products. The heart of Resolute's case is that Greenpeace’s claims against it are false, and were made for the purpose of generating emotional heat that would result in massive donations. Resolute's case cites several examples from the seafood industry as well where Greenpeace has made false claims that have been refuted by NOAA and scientific consensus, and yet Greenpeace has pursued those claims to try and halt sales of products.

In other news, a full review of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute's Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Fisheries Standard Version 2.0 is underway. The public comment begins today and runs through August 4. This is the first complete review of the RFM standard since it was released in 2011.

Meanwhile, farmed shrimp and tilapia producer Goulian Aquatic will pursue four-star BAP certification at 12 of its tilapia operations in China. The operations will seek four-star approval through the GAA's iBAP program. The operations combine to produce over 14,000 metric tons of fish annually. Goulian supplies California-based distributor Sunnyvale Seafood.

Finally, five lobster operators in PEI will receive funding to increase their live lobster holding capacity. The multi-million project with funding from Innovation PEI and the private sector wants to raise the province's capacity by 500,000 pounds.

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