Fri. Mar 24 2017

Torrential Rain, Massive Flooding Deals Blow to Peruvian Scallop Production  


VIDEO: Back from Boston; Alaska Salmon Season Forecast and Stolen Scallops Reach New England Market  


New Wave's Vegan, Algae-Based Shrimp Ahead of Distribution Schedule as Gets Quick Market Interest  


EU Funding Same DNA Technology That Identified Horsemeat to Properly Label Imported Snapper


Hillborn to Speak on Sustaining Food From the Seas in Prestigious Lecture


Cuba Inaugurates Ocean Acidification Observatory


StarKist Goes Bold With New Tuna Pouch Flavors  


Seafood.com News Summary Friday March 24, 2017


Thu. Mar 23 2017

Oregon Pink Shrimp Price Negotiations Canceled This Week  


Sitka Herring Roe Fleet Has Now Caught More than Half the Quota  


Proposed Rule Will Allow Alaska Fishermen to Test New, Voluntary Electronic Monitoring


Thai Union Expands Work Against Human Trafficking in Supply Chain to Include Global Retailers


Worldwide Industry, NGOs Advocate for Policy Changes in Tuna Fisheries in 2017


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday March 23, 2017


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


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Obama Creates 5000 sq Mile Marine Monument in three Submarine Canyons on Georges Bank

President Obama announced the creation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, a 5,000 square mile area of protected waters southeast of Cape Cod on the Georges Bank. This is the first Marine Protected Area in the Atlantic.  The monument will include three submarine canyons, Oceanographer, Gilbert, and Lydonia.  These canyons are used by the offshore lobster fishery, and the deep-sea red crab fishery, which will now no longer be open to fishing. White House officials emphasized the reduced size of the area of the national monument as a balance between conservation and creating a “sustainable environment for the fishing industry going forward.” Still, the designation was conducted without scientific review as is permitted under the Antiquities Act. 

John Sackton comments on the George Bank MPA announcement suggesting that while such designations might be victories for NGOs in the short-term, they could ultimately backfire in years to come. "NGOs are winning the battle on creating no-take marine monuments.  But to do this, they have to deny the validity of the scientific and public review that has led to the dramatic changes in global fisheries sustainability over the past twenty years," writes Sackton. "The NGO's, by failing to recognize the strong advancement of protections already in place, may end up weakening these protections in a future of warmer waters and fisheries crisis.  That will be precisely when we may need them the most."

In other news, a letter co-authored by over 200 members of the House of Representatives showed strong support to repeal the USDA’s catfish inspection program if a vote can be brought to the floor.  “This program has no place in our government and only serves to add to our national debt.  It fragments our food safety system by making catfish the only type of fish under USDA inspection; the FDA should be inspecting catfish, just as it inspects all other fish," said California Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard.  "I hope that House leaders will schedule S.J. Res 28 for rapid consideration, as more than 200 members of Congress are now demanding.”

Meanwhile, Joseph Robertson of Aberdeen will be the UK’s first seafood supplier to participate in Sustainable Fishery Partnership's (SFP) Ocean Disclosure Project. Ocean Disclosure is SFP's attempt to have companies link their purchasing species/areas to SFP's own scoring system, that gives even MSC certified fisheries various rankings from A to C. 

Finally, Vietnam's seafood exporters are planning to sue the US Department of Commerce for raising shrimp duty rates sharply higher in its tenth final review assessment. Exporters country-wide were assessed higher shrimp rates after Vietnam's top shrimp exporter Minh Phu was removed as a respondent in the review as part of a WTO agreement between the US and Vietnam.  

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