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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Iceland Fishing Crews Vote Overwhelmingly to Strike Nov. 10th if no Agreement Reached 

Several contentious issues in the structure of the Icelandic fishing industry are coming to a head, with the fishermen's unions overwhelmingly voting for a nationwide strike on November 10th. There are two primary issues that are sparking the possible strike. First, the crews are dissatisfied by the gap between the auction prices and prices paid by the vertically integrated companies that do not go through the auction. A second, and possibly bigger issue, is a tax that vessel owners are charging crew members of new vessels. Should the strike take place November 10th, it would significantly disrupt fresh cod markets in the US and the UK. The longer term consequences would depend on how long the strike goes on.

According to buyers in Japan, red snow crab has been staying in a high price zone in continuation from last year. This means Japanese buyers looking towards other species outside of Alaska snow crab are not going to find price relief from that item. Japanese fishing sources said the main cause of the higher red snow crab prices because of the decline in Japan’s imports from Russia.

In other news, East Coast shellfish harvesters from Maine to Rhode Island are in the midst of an unprecedented wave of harvesting closures this fall because of high levels of toxins in the waters. The problem has been two-fold since the start of October. Issues started in Maine when officials confirmed the first ever outbreak of domoic acid in East Coast waters and shut down shellfish harvesting. The domoic acid outbreak spread to shellfish harvesting areas in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, prompting similar closures. Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, raw oyster consumption was linked to sickening 75 people with Norovirus. This prompted state health authorities to close oyster harvesting in Wellfleet and take raw oysters off the town's annual OysterFest menu last weekend.

Meanwhile, Alaska's crabbers are hoping to get high prices for their harvests this season in order to offset sharp cuts to the quota. Due to the lower quota, crabbers will have trouble making the fishery fiscally solvent. Even with a big spike in prices, the ex-vessel prices paid to crabbers won’t likely make up for the quota declines. Alaska's red king and snow crab seasons started on October 15 and early harvest reports say the crabs look good and heavy with pots full.

Finally, the Vietnam Australia Seafood Company, known as Viet-UC,is now the world's largest shrimp seedstock producer and has plans to increase Vietnam's overall aquaculture output. The Vietnamese and Australian company has successfully built a shrimp seedstock hatchery and feed producing operation and wants to expand its shrimp production venture and farm more seafood species like catfish.

We've posted a new episode of our Seafood News podcast show, which recaps some of our tops from late last week and earlier this week. We also recap some seafood import data and FDA refusal figures. Download or stream our podcast content to your iPhone or Andriod device using iTunesGoogle Play or SoundCloud

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