Fri. Mar 16 2018

EDF Calls on NOAA to Make Sure Rafael’s Permits Are Spread to Multiple Buyers    

VIDEO: US-India WTO Fight; Catfish Recall; Salmon Price Surge; SENA 2018  

Chicken of the Sea Celebrates ‘Best New Foodservice Product Award’ Win for Yellowfin Tuna Slices  

WTO Misses Deadline to Rule on Mexico Appeal of Dolphin-Safe Label Dispute with the US

UK Politicians Wants to Withdraw from EU’s Common Fisheries Policy

Dr. Praeger’s Brand Introduces New MSC Certified Frozen Seafood Products  

ISSF Celebrates Successful 2017 Skippers Workshop Program Summary Friday, March 16

Thu. Mar 15 2018

US Launches WTO Fight Over Indian Export Subsidies; Shrimp Trade Could Become an Issue  

Mixed Bag of West Coast Ocean Salmon Seasons Set for Public Review  

New Bedford Seafood Wholesaler George F. Estudante Sentenced For Tax Evasion

'Get Ugly' Campaign Aims to Get Alaska Crabbers More Money For Scarred or Darker Shells  

Russia Postpones Distribution of Pollock Investment Quotas; Move May Favor Largest Companies  

Kristen Koch Named NOAA’s New Science and Research Director for Southwest Fisheries Science Center

China, Norway Continue Free Trade Negotiations in May; Salmon is Key Norwegian Export Summary Thursday, March 15

Wed. Mar 14 2018

NGOs Challenge MSC’s Claim of Sustainability, Point to Flaws in Certification Standard

Ecuador Launches Sustainable Shrimp Partnership Modeled after the Global Salmon Initiative  

Grieg Holds Raucous Public Information Meeting on Salmon Project for Placentia Bay  

Passamaquoddy Tribe Seeks First Nation Status in Canada, Could Expand Fishing in Bay of Fundy

Guangzhou Customs Seize 14 People in another Vietnam Border Smuggling Gang Arrest  

Thai Union Announces Appointment of Dan Goldstone as Chicken of the Sea SVP of Human Resources

Timestrip: How a Developer of Smart Indicator Technology Entered the Seafood Industry

Middle East Discount Supermarket VIVA Partners With Vinh Hoan

Starkist Samoa Donates $50K for Cyclone Gita Relief Efforts in American Samoa Summary Wednesday, March 14

Tue. Mar 13 2018

High Liner’s Chris Mulder Breaks Down Sea Cuisine’s New Look at Seafood Expo North America  

Paturel Lobster Employees to get Financial Help from East Coast Seafoods  

Very Successful Boston Seafood Show Cut Short By Snow Storm

Mark Foods Names Former Icicle CEO Chris Ruettgers As New President

Norwegian Salmon Prices Shoot Up, Creating Major Headache for Retailers  

James Faro and CFO from Sea Star Seafood Plead Guilty to Bank Fraud over False Receivables

Russian Fish Industry Posts First Revenue Decline in 4 Years

Belfast Maine Residents Express Concerns Prior to Zoning Meeting on Indoor Salmon Project

SeaPak Wants Consumers to Find Their 'Moment of Zen' with Seafood Summary Tuesday, March 13

Mon. Mar 12 2018

Photos From Day 1 of Seafood Expo North America; Major Snow Storm May Scramble Plans

69,000 lbs of US Domestic Catfish Recalled for Contamination with Malachite Green by USDA    

West Coast Waters Returning to Normal; Some Fisheries Remain Disrupted  

MSC Launches New “Wild and Sustainable” Website on 20th Anniversary; ASMI Says 'Win-Win'

Stavis Seafoods Earns British Retail Consortium Certification

Seafood Excellence Awards Winners Announced at Seafood Expo North America 2018

Canadian Seafood Exports to China Up 25% As Overall Seafood Exports Grew by 5%

Old Dutch Harbor Nets Sent to Denmark for Recycling

Latest Seafood News Podcast Features January Shrimp Imports, February 2018 Refusals and More Summary Monday, March 12

Lund’s Fisheries Offering Fair Trade Certified Scallops  

Seafood Champion Awards Finalists Announced; Winners to be Revealed in June

China Increased its Seafood Imports in January; Seafood Exports Drop During Same Month

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Alaska Closes 2016/17 Bering Sea Bairdi Crab Season For Low Biomass; Opilio Decision Still Pending 

The ADF&G announced the closure to the Bering Sea’s bairdi crab fishery for the 2016/17 season because of low stock abundance. The closure is not much of a surprise at this point since evidence of a subpar female bairdi crab biomass was first reported at the end of August. Alaska’s crabbers will now have to wait two years for the commercial bairdi fishery to reopen. Management protocols require that the stock meet minimum biomass thresholds for two consecutive years before the fishery can resume. Alaska’s opilio or snow crab season is now the last commercial crab fishery announcement pending release before the season starts on October 15. Here again, summer survey results were not positive for the fishery. At the very least Alaska’s snow crab fishery is expected to open under a reduced quota. It is also a very real possibility that the fishery is closed outright.

The FDA's total number of seafood refusals in September was the lowest monthly figure of the year in 2016, the second straight year that September figures represented a monthly low. However, this year’s generally higher rate of rejections continued as monthly and year-to-date figures remain well above 2015 levels. Over half of this year’s rejections are attributed to filth in the product. There is actually a notable balance in the number of rejections across the top five species in 2016, which is unlike last year when Malaysian shrimp was a key driver.

In other news, reports of delivery issues among E-commerce stores selling fresh seafood in China are starting to surface. Specifically, issues with maintaining an effective cold supply chain have been reported. This means E-commerce retailers have been ineffective at preventing fresh seafood products from spoiling before they make it to consumers. Live lobsters have reportedly arrived dead, while spoiled oyster deliveries have been reported by Chinese consumers.

Meanwhile, Russia is planning to significantly increase pollock processing in its Far East region in an effort to compete in global markets. The Russian government plans to allocate funds to build modern trawlers and onshore processing plants. This focus on higher pollock production coincides with Russia's 10-year quota renewal process, which is scheduled to happen in 2018.

Finally, China needs to focus on increasing domestic demand for tilapia in order to absorb expected production increases. China expects its tilapia output to rise about 3 percent in 2017. However, the US --the top export market for Chinese tilapia-- is already said to be saturated with tilapia supplies. In order to boost sales and clear inventories, CAPPMA says the tilapia industry must develop domestic demand to move product in 2017 and 2018.

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