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


Fri. Apr 21 2017

NMFS Put Councils on Notice About Overfishing or Overfished Conditions on Bigeye, Four Other Stocks


Icelandic Group Puts Major UK Seafood Distributor Seachill Up For Sale


Russian Pollock Producers Plan to Grow Exports to EU Market 40% by 2019  


Newfoundland Fisherman Continues Hunger Strike Protest After Call From Minister


Westward Seafoods Settles with EPA Over Clean Air Act Violations


Seafood.com News Summary Friday April 21, 2017


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Barents Sea Cod Quota Virtually Unchanged 

The Norwegian-Russian Fisheries Commission announced that the cod quota will be 890,000 tons, reduced just 4,000 tons from 2016. This contradicts the official recommendation of ICES which called for a 10% cut in the quota. This marks the second year in a row that the joint Barents sea commission has ignored ICES advice. The implication of the meeting is that cod stocks are still at a high level. 

US Foods finalized a deal to acquire Florida-based seafood processor and distributor Save on Seafood. The company is based in St. Petersburg and provides fresh and frozen seafood to restaurants and grocery stores across the Southeast market. Save on Seafood reported $80 million in annual sales. US Foods will retain all of Save on Seafood’s 170 employees. Save On’s Owner Gib Migliano will stay on board as president of the company. Save On will continue to operate out of its current headquarters as a subsidiary of US Foods under its Stock Yards organization. “Seafood sales continue to rise throughout the Southeast, and with Save On Seafood we are able to expand our fresh and frozen seafood offerings to our customers in these markets,” said David Norton, president, Stock Yards, US Foods.

In other news, Chinese shrimp distributor Guolian Aquatic said it has increased its profits 20-fold through the first three-quarters of 2016 compared to year ago levels. Guolian said its sharply higher profits is the result of diverse sales to chain restaurant and because of improved sales to the US market through its Sunnyvale Seafoods subsidiary. Guolian's board also said that the stronger dollar has helped its profitability and that the ending of the FDA automatic detention for some of its shrimp products has also cut costs.

Meanwhile, Tri-Marine's Cheif Operation Officer Joe Hamby told the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council that American Samoa's tuna processing industry is struggling to compete with US suppliers because of ongoing fish shortages. Hamby said American Samoan canneries are no longer able to take advantage of selling tuna to the US market duty-free since they have limited fish supplies to process. “American Samoa’s only advantage besides duty-free access to the US market is fish supply. That advantage has been reduced and may be considered lost due to closure or reduced access to of some of American Samoa’s traditional fishing grounds,” Hamby said.

Finally, Patrice McCarron, the Executive Director of the Maine Lobstermen's Association said the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission should reverse its decision on Atlantic menhaden quotas since there is overwhelming scientific evidence that shows the stocks can support higher catch limits. "When the issue of raising the menhaden quota is again brought to a vote, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has the opportunity to reverse its flawed decision to cut the menhaden harvest," said McCarron.

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