Thu. Oct 19 2017

China Jumps on Argentine Red Shrimp, Which Had a Near Record Harvest This Year


Fisheries Council of Canada Says Government Secrecy on New Fisheries Law Threatens Jobs, Investment


In its 22nd year, China Fisheries & Seafood Expo Still Setting Records


Riverside Lobster in Nova Scotia Struggles to Find Plant Workers  


MSC Responds to Criticisms of PNA MSC Tuna Using Vessels That Target Both FAD and Free Swimming Fish


One-by-One Tuna Conference Pens Global Principles for Stakeholders and Supply Chain  


Indianapolis Based First Choice Seafood Acquired by Cincinnati Distributor Enson Group


Oysters Could Reduce Nutrient Pollution, According to New Study  


Rainforest Tilapia Earns 4th and Final BAP Certification Star  


Canadian Centre For Fisheries Innovation Hosting Cod Fishery Conference  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, October 19


Wed. Oct 18 2017

Lawsuit Documents Show Pattern of Collusion Between Commerce and Rec Fishery  


Fortune Fish Hopes to Haul in E-commerce Sales With Lobster Gram  


Maine Weighs Lottery to Issue First New Scallop Licenses Since 2009  


StarKist Expands BOLD Line of Tuna Pouches with New Sriracha Flavor  


White Shrimp Prices Drop in Some China Regions Due to Market, Environmental Factors  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, October 18


Tue. Oct 17 2017

DFO Cracks Down on Peaceful Crab Protest in Port Au Choix  


New Chicken of the Sea Ad Campaign Tackles the Question: Is It Chicken or Is It Fish?  


Captain D’s Franchisee Opens Second Restaurant In Less Than 60 Days  


Canadian Oyster Companies Recalling Some Products  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, October 17


Mon. Oct 16 2017

Newfoundland Snow Crab Survey Likely to Show Further Decline According to DFO Biologists


Royal Greenland Looking to Buy More Snow Crab and Coldwater Shrimp Access, CFO Tells Japanese


Alibaba's New Hema Fresh Supermarkets Generating Overwhelming Response in China  


Kodiak May See a Small Tanner Crab Fishery This Year


Thai Union Forms New Management Structure in Europe Headed by Paul Reenan of John West


ANALYSIS: Traders Outlook Positive Amid New Seasonal Mahi Production  


American Fisheries Society Strongly Objects to EPA’s Recent Effort to Reverse its Own Protection of  


Tilapia Prices Drop after National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival in China  


Blue Revolution Promoting Seaweed Mariculture in Alaska


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, October 16


Fri. Oct 13 2017

Bering Sea Pacific Cod Quota May Drop by a Third for 2018


Walton Foundation Flops As NOAA Demands an Outrageous Paper They Funded on IUU Fishing be Retracted


Maryland Could Potentially Increase Imports of Egg-Bearing Female Crabs  


VIDEO: Codfather Vessels; Imports Block; Maine Lobster Catch; Red Snapper Plot; Salmon Ballot  


Aramark Working to Ensure 100% Of their Seafood Purchases Meet Seafood Watch Recommendations


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, October 13


Barents Sea Cod Quota for 2018 Reduced For Russia and Norway  


Corporate Players Make Big Commitments At 2017 Our Ocean Conference


Cook Inlet Salmon Fisherman Wins Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Fishing Video Contest


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NOAA Predicts 30 Percent Lower Brown Shrimp Catch off Texas and Louisiana

NOAA is predicting a 12-month brown shrimp harvest of 39.2 million pounds in the western Gulf of Mexico, far below the historical 55-year average of 56.4 million pounds. The prediction covers the period from July 2016 through June 2017 for state and federal waters off Louisiana and federal waters off Texas. NOAA blames torrential rainfalls and record flooding across the Gulf Coast but especially in Texas. "These extreme environmental factors may impact our forecast of the harvest of brown shrimp this year since it is unknown whether survival of shrimp was reduced or shrimp just moved out of our sampling area because of the reduced salinities and low oxygen levels."

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker unveiled proposals for a new 3 percent statewide sales tax and two oil-tax increases as part of his latest deficit-reduction package released at the start of the state Legislature's second special session of the year. The legislation will be considered during the session along with a separate omnibus tax bill that increases existing charges on alcohol, cigarettes, commercial fishing, mining and motor fuel.

In other news, tilapia prices in China are either stable or down slightly in June as reports indicate poor market conditions for the fish in overseas markets. Producers are reporting small profits from low export prices. According to US Census data, the overall import price per pound for frozen tilapia fillets sold in the US market through May is down about 11 percent compared to this time last year.

Meanwhile, Susan Chambers writes of opposition to establish marine monuments around nine seamounts, ridges and banks of the California coast. Nearly 40 people representing sport and commercial fisheries signed on to a letter opposing the designation of monuments that could include Gorda Ridges and Mendocino Ridge off of northern California; Gumdrop and Pioneer seamounts, Guide Seamount and Taney Seamounts off of central California; and Rodriguez Seamount, San Juan Seamount, Northeast Bank and Tanner and Cortes Banks off of southern California. “Those are productive fishing grounds and to lose them forever would be a huge economic blow to many fishermen, processors, and local communities," said Diane Pleschner-Steele, one of the signatories to an opposition letter.

Finally, updated harvest figures from Bristol Bay show this year's salmon season is running close to 2015 timing. As of yesterday the cumulative catch in the Bay was 17 million sockeye. This year’s forecasted harvest is 29.52 million sockeye, which if realized, means the season is at about the halfway point, writes Peggy Parker.

 

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