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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Gov. Bill Walker Asks Feds to Declare Alaska's 2016 Pink Salmon Season a Disaster 

Governor Bill Walker has officially requested the federal government to declare the 2016 pink salmon season a disaster for four Alaska regions. "After consulting with the Dept. of Fish and Game and the Dept. of Commerce, Community and Economic Development I am making a formal request to the U.S. Dept. of Commerce for a declaration of fishery disaster in the Kodiak management area, Prince William Sound, the Chignik management area and the Lower Cook Inlet management area," Gov. Walker said in a letter. The total Alaska pink salmon catch to date is 38.2 million on a 90 million harvest forecast. A federal disaster declaration would qualify Alaska's fishermen to receive disaster funds. Alaska received nearly $8 million in federal money in 2012 due to low king salmon runs on the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers and in the Cook Inlet region.

In other news Alaskan salmon news, Bristol Bay's sockeye run was the second best season in the last 20 years. A report from the ADF&G said the commercial harvest was 26 percent above the preseason forecast. “The 2016 inshore Bristol Bay sockeye salmon run of 51.4 million fish ranks 2nd out of the last 20 years (1996–2015) and was 46 percent above the 35.1 million average run for the same period,” according to a season summary from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. At the same time, the ADFG estimates the ex-vessel value of the haul at $156.2 million, which is 40 percent above the 20-year average of $111 million.

Meanwhile, Pacific Aquaculture International officially launched its North American headquarters near Saltery Bay in British Columbia this week. The company plans to expand its land-based operation into one of North America’s largest shellfish hatcheries within its first four years. Pacific Aquaculture will start by harvesting scallops, but also has a federal commercial fishing licence for 23 other shellfish species, including clams, geoducks, oysters and mussels.

Target says it has nearly met its goal to source all of its fresh and frozen seafood from fisheries that are either certified sustainable or on their way toward achieving sustainability certification. “Today, we’re proud to say we’ve made it 97 percent of the way to our goal, and that we’ve already achieved it for 100 percent of our owned-brand seafood products. And we’re still pushing ahead to achieve full compliance across the remaining products later this year,” Target said in a blog post on its website. Target partnered with FishWise to develop its sustainability policy and buys seafood rated Green or Yellow by the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program.

Finally, Vietnam's seafood exporters warned pangasius producers in the Mekong to dial back plans to expand production for the time being. VASEP issued the warning since pangasius sales to China have been in decline.

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