Fri. Apr 28 2017

Russian Pollock Fisheries Begin MSC Recertification Process, Join Industry Group Within MSC  

West Coast Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Pending NMFS' Approval  

VIDEO: Nissui Backs GSSI; Snow Crab Fishing Starts; India, Gulf, Newfoundland Shrimp Updates

Zhonggang Fisheries is Latest Pacific Andes Subsidiary to Seek Chapter 11 Protection

Cetacean Ban at Vancouver Aquarium Called Threat to Marine Mammals

West African Pelagic Fisheries Start Fishery Improvement Project News Summary April 28, 2017

Thu. Apr 27 2017

Russia May Increase Duties on Fish Exports to Slow Shipments Out of Its Market

NGOs Vow to Fight Trump Administration's Executive Order that WIll Review MPA Designations

Responsible Aquaculture Foundation Launches New Seafood Safety Courses  

Iceland's Samherji Boosts Stake in Major Norwegian Fish Producer Nergård News Summary Thursday April 27, 2017

Wed. Apr 26 2017

Cozy Harbor Wins Two Seafood Excellence Awards at European Seafood Expo for Retail Lobster Products  

WTO Says Mexico Can Levy $163 Million in Annual Sanctions Against US Over Dolphin Safe Tuna Dispute  

Weak Sockeye Forecast for Cook Inlet This Year  

PODCAST: Gulf Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectation; Whole Salmon Floods US Market; Brussels Show Starts  

Sales of MSC, ASC Labeled Seafood Trended Higher in Germany, UK, Asia, Australia and New Zealand

Vietnam Attempts to Restore Prawns in Australian Market

Developer Outbids Cook’s Lobster Owner to Buy Historic Maine Island Wharf

Blumar Completes First Step Towards Achieving ASC Certification at Chilean Salmon Farms News Summary Wednesday April 26, 2017

Tue. Apr 25 2017

Nippon Suisan and its Gortons and Unisea Subsidiaries Partner with GSSI, Along with More Retailers

Newfoundland Price Panel Sets Cold-Water Shrimp Minimum Price at $0.95  

New Brunswick Snow Crab Fishery Opening Today  

Gulf Shrimp Landings in Q1 About Even with Last Year; Market Waits for New Season Production  

Togiak Update: Aerial Surveys Are Underway, No Sign of Herring Yet

VIDEO: Seats Still Open for Urner Barry's Seafood Import Workshop on May 23 in Miami

MSC Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Goal to Certify or Engage 1/3 Global Marine Catch by 2030 News Summary Tuesday April 25, 2017

Mon. Apr 24 2017

Cautious Optimism About Recovery of Canada's Northern Cod Stocks Noted During Meeting in Brussels  

Newfoundland's Fisheries Minister Supports $14 Million Federal Commitment to Study Cod Stocks  

About 500 Walmart Stores in Midwest Market to Carry The Salmon Man's Norwegian Salmon Portions  

Marine Harvest Canada Selects Poseidon Ocean Systems to Build 29 Salmon Pens Around Vancouver Island  

VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectations; European Whole Salmon Floods US  

Vietnam Fails to Score Big in Egyptian Fish Market

Southeastern Grocers, Pole-and-Line Foundation Join in Retail Effort  

Panera to Hire 10,000 as it Expands Delivery Service News Summary Monday April 24, 2017

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India Opens Shrimp Farming Sector to Overseas Foreign Investment

India has announced new rules to allow 100 percent foreign investment and ownership in its fisheries and aquaculture sector. The policy radically changes its foreign direct investment (FDI) program for foreign investment in India's aquaculture sector, which includes breeding and brood stock. The reform is expected to help India boost its fish and shrimp production and exports of high-valued products.

Major Chinese white shrimp exporter Guolian signed a contract with Yum! Brands to supply the company's fast food chains with shrimp. Yum! Brands owns and operates the KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut restaurant brands. In addition to supplying the chains with shrimp, Goulian will also develop new products for the operators' menus. Additionally, Goulian will manage Yum!'s seafood supply chain.

In other news, a lobster model produced by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute gives a 96 percent probability that a surge in Maine's lobster landings will occur before June 26th. This is about two weeks earlier than normal. This is because of temperatures in the central Gulf of Maine running about 1 degree Fahrenheit higher than the 14 year average. So far, lobsters are just trickling in although more and more new shell lobsters are entering the market according to reports from the region's fishermen.

Meanwhile, U.S Cado Holdings is the first seafood distributor in the US to recall imported pangasius fillets for not meeting federal requirements under the USDA’s Catfish Inspection Program. The company recalled 25,760 pounds of its Sea Queen brand of frozen pangasius fillets imported from Vietnamese producer and supplier Golden Quality Seafood. The 2-lb packages containing skinless and boneless fillets were produced and packed on March 30, 2016. The items were shipped to Aldi distribution centers in Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

Finally, a Maine fishing boat captain faces prosecution after an inspector reported finding additional shellfish, worth more than $6,000, hidden in the vessel's hold. The vessel in question, the Loriann, was unloading its catch at the Cape Ann Seafood Exchange in Gloucester when the hidden scallops were uncovered. The inspector found an additional 361 pounds of scallop meat in six bags hidden under the ice in the ice pens. The case was turned over to NMFS to handle the prosecution.

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