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Chicken Of The Sea International Resolves Antitrust Lawsuit With Walmart


Long John Silver’s Acquires 76 Franchised Restaurants


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Mon. May 21 2018

ANALYSIS: Shrimp Replacement Cost From Indonesia Lower Than India    


Qingdao Plans Construction of 3 More Fisheries Economic Zones, Improving Local Access to  


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Copper River Sockeye Harvest Below Forecast For Opener, But Kings Look Good


IFFO RS Paves Way for Certification Standard Improvements with MEL Report


Basa Industry Growth Forces Vietnam to Work Through Market, Environmental Challenges  


ANALYSIS: Shrimp Replacement Cost From Indonesia Lower Than India


Fri. May 18 2018

Captain D's Triples Loyalty Program Registration with "Text-To-Join" Enrollment Feature


Coastal Villages Delivers Record-Breaking 100,000 Gallons of Heating Oil in 2018


ASMI Celebrates Wild Alaska Salmon Season with Summer Grilling Push  


Pescanova 5th Largest High Consumption Brand With Greatest Penetration in Spain


SmartCatch Wins Rabobank FoodBytes! Award for Sustainable Technology


Copper River Opens to Slow Catches, Record Prices  


High Crawfish Prices in China Have Consumers Complaining About Costs, Restaurants About Margin


Wild Alaska Salmon Season Starts With Alaska Air Cargo Delivering More Than 64,000 Lbs. to Seattle  


WDFW Denies Permit for Cooke Aquaculture to Transport Juvenile Atlantic Salmon Through Puget Sound


VIDEO: Right Whale Sighting; Canned Tuna Price Fixing; Royal Wedding Salmon and More


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Thu. May 17 2018

Chris Lischewski, CEO of Bumble Bee, 4th Individual Indicted for Price Fixing in Tuna Industry


Russia Says Volume of King Crab in Barents Sea May Equal Far East in a Few Years; Cod Catches Drop  


Copper River Fleet and Processors Partner with ADF&G to Buy ARIS Sonar Counter


Bristol Bay Sockeye Fishery Trending Upward on Quality and Value


NOAA's Says 91% of Stocks Not Subject to Overfishing, Did Record Number of Assessments in 2017


Cousins Maine Lobster Opening First Brick and Mortar Franchise Location in Tennessee  


NOAA Warns Fishermen Not to Shoot Seals or Sea Lions


Pacific Marine Expo Gets Sidelined by Seattle Seahawks Football Game


NOAA Announcing Findings From 2017 Status of U.S. Fisheries Report Thursday Afternoon


EU's Ocean Plastics Lab Coming to Washington National Mall


Leigh Habegger Joins Seafood Harvesters of America as Their New Executive Director


Land Based Fish Farm Being Built in South Africa  


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Wed. May 16 2018

Oregon District Court Judge Throws Out Last Anti-Trust Lawsuit Against Pacific Seafoods


China Submerges First Salmon Cage Off Qingdao; Industry Hopes it Will Help with Salmon Shortage  


ADF&G Budget Increase of $1 Million Survives Legislative Process


Negotiations Underway for Renewal of Pacific Salmon Treaty Amidst Pressure of Declining Stocks


Bristol Bay Salmon Fishermen Set Record for Chilling Their Fish  


Red Lobster Expands Sustainability Efforts with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program Partners


Companies and Chains Cash in on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding  


Amazon Opening 2 More ‘Amazon Go’ Convenience Stores


Sysco Highlights Their Return to National Restaurant Association Show


Save the Date: Pacific Marine Expo Will Be November 18- 20, 2018 in Seattle


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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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