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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Support For Repealing USDA Catfish Inspection Program Gaining Strength in House 

A letter signed by 180 Representatives was sent to the House leadership that favors taking up a measure to repeal the USDA's Catfish Inspection Program. A majority of the signees are Republican representatives that control the House. “There’s little doubt that, by and large, the House wants to take this up,” said Gavin Gibbons, Vice President of Communications for the National Fisheries Institue. In May, it was Senate Republicans, led by Arizona Senator John McCain, that fast tracked Joint Resolution 28 in an effort to remove the program from the Farm Bill. The Resolution only needs House approval and a White House signature to disapprove the program from law.

John Sackton comments on the widespread repercussions that last night's vote in favor of removing Britain from the European Union will have on US and Canadian seafood sales. The unexpected vote caused some of the largest currency movements in decades, which left many buyers of US and Canadian seafood products poorer. Additionally, the "Brexit" vote is likely to freeze available liquidity among major financial institutions, which will limit investment in the seafood industry. Lastly, the vote is another sign of weak leadership among the world's political figures that have been largely unable to solve an assortment of state and federal financial issues.

In other news, NOAA said it will refund as much as 85 percent of the costs needed to fund fishery observers for the Northeast's groundfishing fleet. NOAA said any groundfish sector trip beginning on or after July 1 may be eligible for the reimbursement of at-sea monitoring costs through a program the federal fisheries regulator is developing with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Details of that plan remain a work in progress, but it appears fishermen will still have to pay for the monitoring services for which they or their sector have privately contracted and then submit those expenses for reimbursement.

Meanwhile, chum salmon landings out of the Yukon River's commercial dip-net fishery are more than double last year at this time. To date, the Lower Yukon River total catch (both district 1 and 2) is 145,892 chum salmon and 0 chinook salmon. Dip-nets are being used in order to protect the Yukon king salmon run, which has been severely low over the last several years. “Our best opener so far was on June 14th, when 107 dip net boats hauled in over 15,000 fish, which is rather remarkable when taking into consideration the inefficiency of dip nets and fishing a river that is 7 miles wide at the mouth,” said Jack Schultheis, owner of Emmonak-based Kwik-Pak Fisheries.

Finally, a group of East and West Coast Senators introduced a bill to prohibit the sale of shark fins in the U.S. The Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act of 2016 seeks to: Remove the U.S. contribution of shark fins to the global market; allow for stronger enforcement of the “no finning” ban in the United States;and put the U.S. in a stronger position to advocate internationally for abolishing the fin trade in other countries. The proposal was met with opposition from commercial fishing groups that say the law is unfair to legal, responsibly managed commercial shark fisheries in the US.

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