Fri. Jan 19 2018

Fortune International Announces Senior Level Promotions


DDP Entries Not Affected by New SIMP Requirements, Despite Some Importer Confusion


VIDEO: Shrimp Seized in FL; Fishing Captain Arrested; Japan Sounds Alarm Over Fugu; Sector IX Update


$300K Tuna Sold at Final Tsukiji Fish Market Heads to NYC Sushi Chain  


Sea Otters Ravaging Shellfish in Southeast Alaska  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, January 19


Thu. Jan 18 2018

UK Retailers Express Concerns Over Sustainable Tuna  


Claims of 300 Job Losses Due to Sector IX shutdown Are Overblown  


Coast Guard, NOAA Seize 6,000 Pounds of Illegal Shrimp from Florida Fishing Vessel  


Russian Pollock Producers Again Vow to Focus more on Domestic Market  


Shanghai Sets New Live Seafood Import Record in 2017  


ASMI Educating Chefs About Quality of Frozen Fresh Alaska Seafood


Scallop Group Praises NMFS Decisions on Openings, But Still Wants Georges Bank Area as Well  


Open Seat On Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission Draws Applicants


Tampa Maid Foods Adds Former Cargill VP of Sales As COO, Executive VP


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, January 18


Wed. Jan 17 2018

Richard Stavis Steps Down as CEO, as Stavis Brings in International Investor with Ties to Argentina


High Liner Foods Restructuring Canadian Operations After COO Jeff O’Neill Exits


North Carolina Congressman Calls for Shrimp to be Included in SIMP  


Florida Keys Commercial Fishing Captain Arrested After Illegally Dumping Lobster Traps  


ADF&G Wants to List Southeast Chinook as a Stock of Concern; Board of Fish Hears Dire Outlook  


CDFW Opens More Areas to Commercial Rock Crab Fishery as Domoic Acid Levels Drop  


NOAA Appoints Kevin Wheeler as New Deputy Chief of Staff


Survey Shows Lobster Recruitment Up Around P.E.I.  


How a Food Additive Could Change Food Safety in Fish


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, January 17


Tue. Jan 16 2018

Jeff Davis Retires From Blue Harvest Fisheries; Keith Decker Named New CEO


European Importers Move to Strengthen India Shrimp Trade with High Level Meetings in Goa  


ANALYSIS: Fresh Chilean Fillet Imports Up YTD, But Overall Fresh Fillet Imports Down  


How Pacific Seafood Became the First Company to Offer BAP 4 Star Oysters  


Kodiak's Tanner Crab Fishery Opens For First Time in 4 Years  


Carrefour's Innovation Brings Lobster, Oyster Delivery to Chinese Online Consumers in One Hour  


Global Fishing Watch Partners With NOAA to End Illegal Fishing in Indonesia


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, January 16


Alaska Salmon Protections Get Enough Signatures for Ballot  


Mon. Jan 15 2018

SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, January 15


Latest Seafood News Podcast Breaks Down Swiss Lobster Rule, New Netflix Series & More


South Atlantic Council Wants Public Input on Management Changes for Atlantic Cobia


Concern for Whales as Northern California Crab Season Opens  


South Korea Plans US $500 Million Investment in Pollock Processing Factories in Russia    


Sysco Acquires UK-Based Foodservice Distributor Kent Frozen Foods


Beijing Customs Uncovers Frozen Seafood Smuggling Case Worth Millions  


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Trident Diverts Fishing Tenders from Wrangell Plant, Limits Processing Because of Water Shortage 

Trident Seafoods was forced to direct two of its fishing tenders away from its processing plant in Wrangell, Alaska and limit its production activities on Tuesday to just three hours because of a shortage of treated water in the town. Trident took the measures after Wrangell's Borough Assembly officially declared the city to be in a state of disaster because its supply of treated water is dangerously low. Trident and Sea Level Seafoods are the two major processing plants that operate in Wrangell, which use about half of the town's treated water. Both plants have been working with the city to reduce their overall water usage, finding efficiencies with salt water where possible. Trident Southeast manager John Webby estimated the Wrangell plant had cut its treated water usage in half since last year. Managers at both Trident and Sea Level are now concerned about Wrangell's water treatment production capabilities and questioned if the utility could be relied on to deliver when fish production escalates next month. The water situation has been added to the Wrangell Assembly agenda for its next scheduled meeting on July 26.

Northern Canada's largest shrimp harvester Baffin Fisheries is worried that federal officials will reallocate a portion of their shrimp quota to other operators. Baffin is among the four First Nation fishing companies that operate in Canada's Nunavut territory. Baffin wants to ensure that decisions made by the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board on shrimp allocation are respected and not superseded by any new policies dictated by the federal government, which now includes the recent decision to scrap the LIFO management plan

In other news, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission extended some of Maine's emergency Atlantic herring restrictions to Massachusetts to try to close a loophole that threatened to derail the summer supply of lobster bait. The Council voted to cut the number of days that herring boats can land fish each week within its jurisdiction from five to two, with Maine and New Hampshire representatives voting in favor of the landing day reduction and Massachusetts voting against it. "Without constraints on the landing (in Massachusetts) we would not make it into August, much less September," said Terry Stockwell of Maine Department of Marine Resources.

Meanwhile, the MSC announced its intention to develop a certification scheme that will address labor issues in the seafood supply chain. John Sackton writes that the MSC's dive into labor issues does not relate to the basic mission that their scheme was founded on. "The original success of the MSC came about due to the confluence of environmental and economic concerns. Labor issues - no matter how severe and complex they are, are economic and social issues, not environmental ones," Sackton writes.

Finally, the New England Fishery Management Council submitted a proposal to NMFS that asks to shift the start to commercial scallop fishing in the Mid-Atlantic fishery one month to April 1. The proposal is an effort to give federal and third party researchers more time to submit stock assessment findings so a comprehensive fishery management plan can be finalized before each fishing season. This would reduce the need for mid-season adjustments to the management plan. The shift is not likely to have a large impact tio Mid-Atlantic scallop fishing since most major industry stakeholders have been aware of the plan. Additionally, historical data shows that March and April are generally low producing months for a majority of the region's scallopers.

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