Mon. Dec 18 2017

ANALYSIS: HLSO Shrimp Wholesale Prices Decreasing, Replacement Costs Increasing  


Nantucket Squid Restrictions Not Approved by Mid Atlantic Council  


White Shrimp Prices Rise in China; Seasonal Shrimp Shortage May Lead to Further Increases  


Captain D’s Acquired by Sentinel Capital Partners, Will Continue to Grow into New Regions


Russian Crab Exports May Set New Record This Year  


NOAA Study Finds Vessel Traffic Could Reduce Communication Amongst Atlantic Cod, Haddock  


Washington Dungeness Crab Meat Recovery Drops; Further Delay Possible  


Turkish Aquaculture Player to Launch New Sea Bream, Sea Bass Fish Farm  


Squid fishery Proposed for Southeast Alaska as Waters Warm


Chinese Farmers Changing from Tilapia to Pangasius Find Themselves with Too Many Fish  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, December 18


Fri. Dec 15 2017

Pacific Whiting Season Closes on a Good Season; 2018 Outlook is Mixed  


Pat Quinlan, Legendary Newfoundland Fish Magnate, Dies at 88


85% Cut in Yellowtail Allocation to Scallopers Will Have Little Effect on Scallop Catch in 2018  


Canada Counts on China for Lobster Gold Rush  


VIDEO: FDA Red List; New Bedford Struggling; Walmart Meal Kits; Pacific Ocean Perch Stock Rebuilt


Study Finds that Salmon Deaths After Spawning Aid Offspring    


WTO Ministerial Conference Ends with Mixed Feelings After Failing to End Harmful Fisheries Subsidies


Trump NOAA Nominee Cleared By Senate Despite Conflict of Interest Concerns


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, December 15


Thu. Dec 14 2017

Northern California Dungeness Crab Meat Recovery Rates Show Incremental Growth  


China’s Domestic Shrimp Output Drops by 10%; Decrease Could Mean Higher Imports  


Analysis: Seasonal Upswing Fully Underway for Farmed Fresh Salmon  


North Sea Brown Shrimp Fishery Achieves MSC Certificate for Sustainability  


Canadians to Spend More at Restaurants in 2018, Price of Seafood Not Expected to Rise Much


FDA Posts Import Alert For Vietnamese Seafood Company Due to Hepatitis A Contamination  


DFO Seeking Public Opinion On Plans to Ticket for Minor Fishing Violations


South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Working on New Regulation App for Commercial Fishermen


WTO Releases Draft Ministerial Decision on Fisheries Subsidies


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, December 14


Wed. Dec 13 2017

Russia will Expand Pollock to 2 Million Tons of Production Next Year; Aims to Undercut US on Price    


ANALYSIS: Demand For Octopus Growing Globally, But Lower Catches Reported  


FSIS Discontinuing Third-Party Hold and Test Sampling of Catfish  


Are Bering Sea Cod and Pollock Shifting Northward?  


EU Ministers Announce Atlantic & North Sea 2018 Catch Limits, ClientEarth Says Limits Ignore Science


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, December 13


Captain D’s Promotes Tim Ward to COO, Andy Castle to VP of Company Operations


Phillips Seafoods Names Sarah Palmer As Vice President of Foodservices


Tue. Dec 12 2017

SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, December 12


Nova Scotia Lobster Landings Similar to Last Year After First Two Weeks  


Trans-Ocean Gets its Surimi Verified with Non-GMO Label  


Cooke Aquaculture VP of Communications Nell Halse Retiring at the End of the Year


Hawaii Longliners Paying for Fishing Bigeye Rights in U.S. Territories  


Gulf Fishermen Set Up Retail Stores in Mid-West, Rotate from Boat to Retail and Back


Walmart Offering Shelf-Stable Crab in New Delivery Meal Kit  


FDA Expands Rule on ‘Refusal of Inspection’ Gives Foreign Plants 24 Hours to Answer Query


Nova Scotia Car Dealership Hosts 2nd Annual Crazy Lobster Photo Contest  


West Coast's Pacific Ocean Perch Stock Declared Rebuilt, Will Lead to Higher Groundfish Catches  


MSC Says Hands Tied on PNA Review, Says Our Story Mischaracterized Parliamentary Interest


Washington State Crabber Sentenced to 90 Days House Arrest, Fined $5K for Stealing Crab Pots


China's Tilapia Industry Faces Struggles Along the Road to Acceptance  


Mon. Dec 11 2017

SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, December 11


England's Largest Fishing Port to Get £3.4 Million Shellfish Processing Plant


Another Lobster Zone Votes to Continue Maine's Lobster Marketing Program  


Shell Shack Seafood Chain Restaurant Expanding Outside of Texas


Changes in the Warm Kuroshio current in Japan to affect fishing operations


Larry Cotter, CEO of APICDA Since its Founding, Announces Retirement at End of 2018


Gulf of Alaska P-Cod TACs Drop by 80% for 2018, Council Approves Increase in BSAI Pollock


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Thailand and Mexico Making Up for Ecuador Shortfall in US Shrimp 

A deeper look at shrimp imports to the US market through the first half of the year shows shipments from Mexico and Thailand are offsetting steep declines in imports from Ecuador. Through June, Thailand has shipped 41 million lbs, up 58 percent from their level in 2014. Mexico has shipped 24 million lbs., up 140 percent from 2014. Meanwhile, shipments from Ecuador are down sharply as its sales to Asia continue to outpace those to the US mostly because of Ecuador's preference to sell head on shrimp to China. India and Indonesia continue to be the top suppliers to the US market with their shipments down just marginally from year ago levels.

It appears commercial and tribal sockeye fishing in the Fraser River will be a no-go this year after a recent assessment showed the run was trending below expectations while the river remains warmer than normal. The preseason prediction estimated about 840,000 sockeye salmon would arrive at the Fraser River by Saturday, Aug. 6., but by Friday, Aug. 5, the Pacific Salmon Commission could only account for around 450,000 fish.

Beaver Street Fisheries and Marine Gold Products have sponsored nine shrimp farms in southern Thailand’s Surat Thani province to enroll in the Best Aquaculture Practices’ (BAP) iBAP program. The iBAP program is designed to provide assistance and encouragement to aquaculture facilities interested in pursuing BAP certification. “Beaver Street and Marine Gold are quietly, but very effectively, demonstrating their commitment to responsible aquaculture in Thailand. Their knowledge and understanding of the farmers’ hard work and challenges allow them to value better their product,” said BAP Global Business Development Manager Marcos Moya. “We are sure this is the beginning of a long route of successful improvement of the farmers in Surat Thani.”

In other news, the USDA announced changes to its Catfish Inspection Program that will allow for new overseas catfish exporters to apply for a permit to ship product to the US market. Prior to this change, overseas exporters that never shipped fish to the US market were banned from exporting until their country’s entire fishery food safety system was approved by the FSIS as having an equivalent process to the US. “This policy will allow FSIS to systematically review a country’s food safety system prior to allowing exports from newly exporting foreign establishments. It also encourages foreign countries to establish equivalent food safety systems for fish as soon as possible,” the USDA said.

Finally, the FDA's Seafood Compliance and Labeling Enforcement system (SCALE) is showing positive developments in detecting mislabeled seafood among retailers and restaurants through the use of DNA testing. However, many food writers continue to skirt around the success of these scientifically-based approaches to improve the transparency of the seafood supply chain in favor of focusing on fish fraud as a rampant problem in the US market.

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