Fri. Apr 28 2017

Russian Pollock Fisheries Begin MSC Recertification Process, Join Industry Group Within MSC  


West Coast Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Pending NMFS' Approval  


VIDEO: Nissui Backs GSSI; Snow Crab Fishing Starts; India, Gulf, Newfoundland Shrimp Updates


Zhonggang Fisheries is Latest Pacific Andes Subsidiary to Seek Chapter 11 Protection


Cetacean Ban at Vancouver Aquarium Called Threat to Marine Mammals


West African Pelagic Fisheries Start Fishery Improvement Project  


Seafood.com News Summary April 28, 2017


Thu. Apr 27 2017

Russia May Increase Duties on Fish Exports to Slow Shipments Out of Its Market


NGOs Vow to Fight Trump Administration's Executive Order that WIll Review MPA Designations


Responsible Aquaculture Foundation Launches New Seafood Safety Courses  


Iceland's Samherji Boosts Stake in Major Norwegian Fish Producer Nergård  


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 27, 2017


Wed. Apr 26 2017

Cozy Harbor Wins Two Seafood Excellence Awards at European Seafood Expo for Retail Lobster Products  


WTO Says Mexico Can Levy $163 Million in Annual Sanctions Against US Over Dolphin Safe Tuna Dispute  


Weak Sockeye Forecast for Cook Inlet This Year  


PODCAST: Gulf Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectation; Whole Salmon Floods US Market; Brussels Show Starts  


Sales of MSC, ASC Labeled Seafood Trended Higher in Germany, UK, Asia, Australia and New Zealand


Vietnam Attempts to Restore Prawns in Australian Market


Developer Outbids Cook’s Lobster Owner to Buy Historic Maine Island Wharf


Blumar Completes First Step Towards Achieving ASC Certification at Chilean Salmon Farms  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 26, 2017


Tue. Apr 25 2017

Nippon Suisan and its Gortons and Unisea Subsidiaries Partner with GSSI, Along with More Retailers


Newfoundland Price Panel Sets Cold-Water Shrimp Minimum Price at $0.95  


New Brunswick Snow Crab Fishery Opening Today  


Gulf Shrimp Landings in Q1 About Even with Last Year; Market Waits for New Season Production  


Togiak Update: Aerial Surveys Are Underway, No Sign of Herring Yet


VIDEO: Seats Still Open for Urner Barry's Seafood Import Workshop on May 23 in Miami


MSC Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Goal to Certify or Engage 1/3 Global Marine Catch by 2030


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 25, 2017


Mon. Apr 24 2017

Cautious Optimism About Recovery of Canada's Northern Cod Stocks Noted During Meeting in Brussels  


Newfoundland's Fisheries Minister Supports $14 Million Federal Commitment to Study Cod Stocks  


About 500 Walmart Stores in Midwest Market to Carry The Salmon Man's Norwegian Salmon Portions  


Marine Harvest Canada Selects Poseidon Ocean Systems to Build 29 Salmon Pens Around Vancouver Island  


VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectations; European Whole Salmon Floods US  


Vietnam Fails to Score Big in Egyptian Fish Market


Southeastern Grocers, Pole-and-Line Foundation Join in Retail Effort  


Panera to Hire 10,000 as it Expands Delivery Service


Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 24, 2017


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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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