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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China's Online Seafood Dealer Gfresh Lands Investment Deal with E-Commerce Titan Alibaba

Chinese seafood e-commerce retailer G-fresh has secured US$20 million in funding from China’s premier online purveyor Alibaba and from investment firm Legend Capital that will support an expansion of Gfresh’s fresh seafood sales directly to Chinese consumers. The investment deal was announced this week at the China Fisheries and Seafood Expo in Qingdao. In addition to funding Gfresh’s online seafood marketplace, Alibaba and Legend Capital will also become board members for the company. This partnership represents continued expansion and evolution of China’s online seafood delivery industry. The investment shows a concerted effort by Gfresh to improve the cold-chain infrastructure of China’s online seafood retailers. “With this new investment, Gfresh plans to pursue product initiatives for its online seafood marketplace; expand to new markets; and upgrade its logistics supply chain service. All while leading the Chinese seafood industry into a new stage of development,” the company said in a press release.

Beginning in 2018 the Mid-Atlantic sea scallop season will start one month later in April now that NMFS has passed a final rule that delays the start to the fishery. Federal officials said they wanted to push back the start the date to give government scientists and third-party researchers more time to collect stock data. The change is not likely to have a large impact on the Mid-Atlantic scallop fishery since most major industry stakeholders have been aware of that the delay could happen and because historical data shows that March and April are generally low producing months for a majority of Mid-Atlantic scallopers.

The ban on shellfish harvesting in Wellfleet Harbor issued on Oct. 13 because of a norovirus outbreak will continue through at least Nov. 17, according to the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. The initial closure notice, which also ordered the recall of shellfish harvested from Sept. 26 onward, said the ban would last at least 21 days. That period has now been lengthened to at least five weeks.

In other news, the CMA CGM Group, COSCO Container Lines, Evergreen Line and Orient Overseas Container Line propsoed the formation of the Ocean Alliance, which woul dbe the largest shipping alliance in the world. The four partners will share their capacity on several routes to offer more services for their customers. Together, they will operate 40 services on the East-West trades with around 100 ports of call and almost 500 port pairs. "By offering more ports and more direct calls as well as better transit times, we will provide our customers with unmatched quality services. This new offering is a cornerstone of our strategy as it reinforces our competitiveness and strengthens our position as a key player in the shipping industry," said Rodolphe Saadé, Vice Chairman of the CMA CGM Group.

Finally, state fishery managers in New England are seeking public input on an addendum to the fishery management plan for Southern New England lobster stocks, which lays out options for addressing stock decline in the region. The goal is to increase egg production and reduce fishing mortality, through a

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