Fri. Mar 24 2017

Torrential Rain, Massive Flooding Deals Blow to Peruvian Scallop Production  


VIDEO: Back from Boston; Alaska Salmon Season Forecast and Stolen Scallops Reach New England Market  


New Wave's Vegan, Algae-Based Shrimp Ahead of Distribution Schedule as Gets Quick Market Interest  


EU Funding Same DNA Technology That Identified Horsemeat to Properly Label Imported Snapper


Hillborn to Speak on Sustaining Food From the Seas in Prestigious Lecture


Cuba Inaugurates Ocean Acidification Observatory


StarKist Goes Bold With New Tuna Pouch Flavors  


Seafood.com News Summary Friday March 24, 2017


Thu. Mar 23 2017

Oregon Pink Shrimp Price Negotiations Canceled This Week  


Sitka Herring Roe Fleet Has Now Caught More than Half the Quota  


Proposed Rule Will Allow Alaska Fishermen to Test New, Voluntary Electronic Monitoring


Thai Union Expands Work Against Human Trafficking in Supply Chain to Include Global Retailers


Worldwide Industry, NGOs Advocate for Policy Changes in Tuna Fisheries in 2017


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday March 23, 2017


Wed. Mar 22 2017

Sakhalin Officials Arrested For Allowing IUU Russian Crab to Flow to China  


GAA, MultiExport Foods and Mitsui Sign Initiative to reduce SRS Salmon Disease in Chile  


SFP Announces Merger of Two Major Squid FIP Monitoring Groups in South America and Asia  


Western Pacific Council to Tackle Management in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Tue. Mar 21 2017

Boston Show Upbeat Again this Year as Footprint Expands


Sitka Herring Roe Fleet Catches 25 Percent of GHL in Three Hours


Fishpeople Seafood and Open Blue Win Seafood Excellence Awards at Boston Show


Mariner Seafood Prepared for Retail Distribution of GO WILD Brand That Extends Fresh Shelf Life


SeaWeb Names 16 Finalists for 2017 Seafood Champion Awards


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Mon. Mar 20 2017

SeaWatch Launches Foodservice Line of Frozen Soups; Expands to Retail in Partnership with Bar Harbor  


GAA Signs Agreement for Major Chinese E-Commerce Retailer JD.com to Distribute BAP Certified Seafood


Mike Tourkistas Steps Down from CEO Role as East Coast Seafoods Hires New CEO  


Preferred Freezers Will Open Facilities in Texas, Chicago this Year; to Build Ninth NJ/NY Warehouse


OCI Announces Project to Move Canadian Redfish towards MSC Requirements  


Vons Albertsons, Hannaford Retailers Will Carry Bristol Seafood's Fair Trade USA Certified Scallops  


Raw Seafoods Hires Former "Boston Chef of the Year" Walter Zuromski as Director of R&D


San Diego's Catalina Offshore Products Launches Domestically Caught Hook and Line Canned Tuna


Anomalous 2015 Ocean Conditions May Bode Poorly for West Coast Juvenile Chinook Salmon Survival  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday, March 20, 2017


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Vietnam Lifts Costly Quarantine Procedures on Imported Seafood Bound for Processing and Re-Export 

The Vietnamese government has reversed a policy that required immediate quarantine and inspection of imported seafood items before they could be cleared to the market. Vietnam's seafood exporters lobbied hard against the policy that was set up over the summer since it created a costly and time consuming process for importers to get their shipments into the country. The policy mostly hurt Vietnam's shrimp and seafood processors that were dependent on imported raw materials to process for reexport orders.

Yesterday the ADF&G released their harvest forecast of 43 million pink salmon for Southeast Alaska in 2017. This year, results ranked 6th out of the 20 years of data, indicating a higher abundance of juvenile pink salmon. That result helps to correct what ADF&G called a “forecast error”, and in this case, added 5 million fish to the forecast writes Peggy Parker. “Perhaps the largest potential source of uncertainty regarding the 2017 pink salmon return is the anomalously warm sea surface temperatures that have persisted throughout the Gulf of Alaska since fall 2013,” said Andy Piston and Steve Heinl, co-authors of the forecast and management biologists from ADF&G’s Ketchikan office.

In other news, the $20 million investment from China's e-commerce giant Alibaba into Gfresh's online seafood sales platform is expected to bode well for British Columbia's fresh Dungeness crab, oyster and other seafood exports. Gfresh claims it already owns 70 percent of the market for BC's Dungeness crabs in Shanghai. The portal said it has sold $268 million in seafood — from markets such as Canada and Australia — in the last two years. Gfresh now expects to double its market access in China with its investment funds.

Meanwhile, Russia expects more pollock production and the return of pacific sardine processing to drive growth in its fishing industry over the next several years. Fishery officials expect the pollock industry to double its earnings under the production expansion. As for sardine, this will be the first time in 25 years that Russia will produce the fish since the stocks were depleted during the Soviet era. Russian estimates peg the current sardine stock at around 600,000 metric tons.

Finally, a record two million chum salmon returned to the Fraser River. At the same time, the Johnstone Strait haul reached 1.3 million fish. This is some atypically good news for the Fraser River salmon industry that has been plagued by a record low abundance of sockeye salmon.

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