Tue. Jun 27 2017

Bristol Bay Run Nears 5 Million Fish, Nushagak Surging, Naknek Still Waiting


Oregon Fishing Industry Uncertain about Future Access to International Terminal in Newport  


China's JD.com Fresh Food Unit Inks Agreement with Norway for Salmon  


Changsha Airport Imports Large Quantities of Norwegian Salmon as Norway-China Agreement Takes Hold  


ANALYSIS: Ecuadorean Shrimp Exports Reach Monthly Record High  


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday June 27, 2017


Mon. Jun 26 2017

ANALYSIS: May and Year-to-Date Gulf Shrimp Landings Surge  


Russian Crab Quota Auction Challenged Over Corruption After Primorye Producers Secure Few Pounds


Acme Smoked Fish Introduces Ready-to-eat Hawaiian Smoked Fish Poke Bowls From Blue Hill Bay  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday June 26, 2017


Japanese Salmon Consumption Fell More than 10% in 2016-17; Supply Shrank Too  


Japan Becomes Signatory of Anti-IUU Treaty; Pledges to Eliminate Illegal Fishing Activities  


Global Aquaculture Alliance BAP is First Aquaculture Standard to Near GSSI Approval


Some Tasmanian Chefs Take Local Salmon Off Menu due to Environmental Concerns


John Bullard - NOAA Admin for Atlantic Region, Says No Silver Bullet for Groundfish   (0)


Perdue Volunteers and Oyster Recovery Partnership Fill Shell Bags to Help Restore Bay’s Oyster Pop


Fri. Jun 23 2017

Seafood.com News Summary Friday June 23, 2017


Chinese Engineers Finish First Semi-Submersible Aquaculture Pen for SalMar ASA  


Tesco Hikes UK Salmon Retail Prices, Following Sainsbury  


China Shrimp Seed Stocking Drops 25% in First Half, Output to Be Stable on higher Quality seed  


FFAW wins Higher Summer Shrimp Price as Panel Sets $1.25 per Lb. as Benchmark  


Atlantic Capes Promotes Two Executives to Operations and Financial Roles  


NFI, Importers Dealt Setback by Court in Ruling over Seafood Traceability Rule


ANALYSIS: Live Lobster Market Following Seasonal Trends  


Thu. Jun 22 2017

Seafood.com News Summary Thursday June 22, 2017


ANALYSIS: Atlantic Salmon Frozen Fillet Imports Beginning to Rise  


Zhanjiang Aquatic Products Exposition Draws Purchaser and Visitors from Around the World  


Norway Sees Rise in Export Values in May  


Brits All At Sea on Old Fish Names


Japan Frozen Salmon Market Weakens Ahead of New Season Production in Russia and Alaska  


Wed. Jun 21 2017

Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday June 21, 2017


BuyBack Program for Non-Whiting Trawl Fleet Continues to Generate Excessive Costs with no Relief   (0)


Mexican Film on Tilapia Workers Wins First Prize for World Seafood Congress Women in Seafood Videos


Just Shrimp Adds Healthy Alternatives to Attract Younger Diners  


New Bedford Mayor Says Rafael Represented 75% of their Groundfish Landings; Pleads to Keep Permits


ANALYSIS: Scallop Market Prices Retreat from All-Time Highs  


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Bristol Bay King Crab Prices at Record Levels, Similar to 2011 

Bristol Bay king crab prices are at record levels again, equaling the prices of $20 per lb. last reached in 2011 reports John Sackton. Packers issued preliminary prices for Ocean run king crab in Seattle at $20.10, with higher prices for over 900 gram and slightly lower for under 900 gram sections. For Japan the price offer is $19.75 C&F, but we have not confirmed contracts at those prices. According to Sackton, while Alaska's more limited crab quotas this season are certainly contributing to the hike in prices, there is also just a lot of demand for Alaskan king crab that has been pushing up the market all year.

The 21st edition of the China Fisheries & Seafood Expo will open in Qingdao on November 2nd. The show has steadily grown and will set a new record for exhibit space this year, with around 35,000 square meters sold. This is a 16 percent increase over last year. An estimated 25,000 visitors from 100 countries will attend. The show is on track to surpass Seafood Expo Europe in Brussels as the single largest seafood trade show in the world by 2017. The increase is being driven by overseas exhibitors who are increasingly seeing China as a major market. "Asia is the world’s largest consumer of seafood, so it’s logical that over time China Fisheries & Seafood Expo becomes the world’s largest seafood show,” said Yang Hong, general manager of Sea Fare China.

In other news, Alaska's Board of Fish concluded its meeting in Soldotna and said it will take up a proposal to eliminate the mature female Bairdi crab biomass threshold to open the fishery at its next meeting scheduled for this January in Kodiak. The proposal to adjust the Bairdi management regulation was a response from Alaskan crab industry representatives after the ADF&G closed this year's fishing season outright because of insufficient crab biomass in the Bering Sea. The industry wants the fishery to reopen out of a belief that there are more crabs in the water than what the summer surveys are indicating.

Meanwhile, the EU is scrambling to save the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) free trade deal with Canada. The agreement is supposed to be signed next week in Canada at a formal ceremony. It has support from all 28 EU member states. However, Belgium cannot sign the deal since one of its regional parliaments continues to oppose the treaty. CETA is supposed to give Canada's seafood exporters a second major trading partner outside of the US market since it would cut tariffs on its seafood shipments, some that are as high as 20 percent. There are also some lingering issues with the deal in Canada. In Newfoundland, provincial officials were promised a $400 million fisheries transition fund if they would agree to CETA. However, federal officials are unsure how they will honor that financial commitment.

Finally, fishery officials in Massachusetts will keep shellfish harvesting in Nantucket Sound closed until at least November 1st because of domoic acid in the waters. A closure extended past November would delay the start to scallop harvesting in the Sound, which is slated to start on November 1st.  A delay to the scallop season would not necessarily impact supplies to the wholesale market in any meaningful way. Still, it would be an atypical closure for shellfish harvesters in Massachusetts given the time of the year. Usually by this time waters are cold enough to prevent waterborne outbreaks in shellfish. As we reported earlier this week, this is the first ever outbreak of domoic acid to impact the East Coast shellfish industry. 

We've also published our latest Weekly Seafood News Video Recap, which can be viewed by clicking on the thumbnail in today's newsletter. Alternatively, the video can be viewed directly on our homepage through the embedded playlist. You can also listen to Seafood News content through our podcast channels available to iPhone and Andriod users through iTunesGoogle Play or SoundCloud.

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