Wed. Jun 20 2018

VIDEO: Crop Progress; Pizza Hut Chicken Without Antibiotics; Cattle on Feed Predictions


Tue. Jun 19 2018

North Pacific Council Looks at Limits for Cod Deliveries to Motherships in the Bering Sea


Russian Barents Sea Inshore Crab Harvesters Say They are Locked Out by Big Monopolies  


Zach Krokos Joins Cannon Fish as New National Sales Team Member


American Shrimp Processors Assoc Praises Their Friendly Senators for Language in Appropriation Bill  


Sea Pact Brings Funding to Sri Lanka Tuna Fishery Project  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, June 19


Mon. Jun 18 2018

Seafood Trade War: What’s Next (News Analysis)


China Tariffs Raise Alarms Throughout the Industry; Read Some Reactions  


LISTEN: Seafood News Podcast Welcomes Samuels and Son Seafood’s William Bradford


Washington Commission Selects Kelly Susewind as New WDFW Director  


Opinion: NL Harvesters Trotting Out Same Arguments Used Against Cod Moratorium 26 Years Ago


Lobster Council of Canada: Lobster Harvesters Unfairly Blamed for Right Whale Threat  


Alaska Air Cargo Grows Service by 40% Thanks to Virgin America Merger


Oceana Canada Says CFIA’s New Food Regulations Do Not Address Seafood Fraud


Australis Barramundi Receives 4-Star BAP Certification  


Direct Air Routes Between China and Norway to Start in 2019


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, June 18


Fri. Jun 15 2018

BREAKING NEWS: China Slams Alaska and US Seafood Industry with 25% Tariff on $1 Billion in Exports


Council Separates Adak Cod Issue from Broader Cod Allocation issues, Expects Action by Dec 2018


Possible North Atlantic Right Whale Death Off Virginia Coast


WWF Canada Says DFO Cod Cuts Too Little; Differs with FFAW and GIDC Partners who See Differently  


Celebrate National Lobster Day With the Top Lobster Stories  


ANALYSIS: Ecuadorian Shrimp Exports Continue to Advance


China’s Frozen Salmon Prices Have Been Dropping; Dealers Stuck with High Cost Inventory  


VIDEO: Maine's Lobster Industry; SAVE Right Whales Act of 2018 and More


Final Sentence Handed Down in Maine Eel Trafficking Case


Fish Radio: Ferry Tests for Ocean Acidity Produce First Results


Lobster Day 2018: Indulge With These 5 Lobster Recipes  


Shelf-Life Extension Co. BluWrap Receives Additional Financing from Existing Investors


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, June 15


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, June 15


Thu. Jun 14 2018

In Example of Flexibility Pacific Council Eases Yelloweye Rockfish Constraints in Groundfish Fishery  


Alaska Salmon Season Subdued So Far - Calm Before the Bristol Bay Storm?


WPRFMC Managers Recommend Changes to Swordfish Longline Fishery in Light of Turtle Interactions  


SAVE Right Whales Act Could Provide $50 Million Grant For Ropeless Fishing Technology


‘Weaponized’ McDowell Report on Value of Shore Processing Opening Gun in Fight Over Cod Allocations   


Basa Price Likely to Drop in China After Due to Greater Supply  


Canadian Food Inspection Agency Introduces Safe Food For Canadians Regulations, Effective January


Russia's FAS Wants to Abolish All Historical Fishing Quota Rights in Exchange for 15 Year Leases


New Video Previews Nordic Aquafarm’s Belfast Facility  


Lobster Council of Canada Speaks Out on Right Whale Mitigation Issues  


Alaska Governor Candidates Don't Like Salmon Ballot Initiative  


Coastal Villages Region Fund Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Internship Program


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, June 14


Wed. Jun 13 2018

Arctic Storm Building 'Largest and Most Advanced Fishing Vessel' Ever Built in US    


Processing Plants Coming up Short as Whale Closures Hit Last Weeks of Lobster, Crab Fishery in Gulf  


DFO Cuts Northern Cod Stewardship Fishery by 25%, to 9500 tons, Critics Say too Little, or too Much


Federal Managers Increase Catch Limits in Hawaii Deep-Water Bottomfish


NZ Green Shell Mussel Harvest May Be Postponed; Algal Blooms an Issue  


Lack of Sustainable Fish in UK Force Buyers to Import  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, June 13


Iceland’s IS Seafood Being Sold by China’s Acorn Fresh


Georgia Commercial and Recreational Shrimp Harvest Opens Tuesday, June 19  


Skeena Nations Oppose DFO’s Recreational Fishing Actions, Fear Salmon Crisis  


Cermaq Upset Over Gov't Caution on iFarm Licenses  


Alaska Governor Candidates’ Positions on Pebble Mine


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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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