Thu. Jun 22 2017

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


ANALYSIS: Atlantic Salmon Frozen Fillet Imports Beginning to Rise  


Brits All At Sea on Old Fish Names


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday June 22, 2017


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


Norway Sees Rise in Export Values in May  


Wed. Jun 21 2017

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


ANALYSIS: Scallop Market Prices Retreat from All-Time Highs  


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


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  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday June 21, 2017


Tue. Jun 20 2017

Peeled Shrimp Margins Squeezed by Two Year Decline  


Bocaccio, Darkblotch Rockfish Assessment Updates Show Stocks Rebuilt  


Oregon Trawl Commission Strongly Disputes Our Criticism of MSC's Approach to West Coast Groundfish   (0)


Chris Oliver Named Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries


Stavis Seafoods to Pack Fresh Fish in 100% Recyclable Material


Americold Announces Appointment of Tim Hinckley as Executive VP & CCO


Editorial Changes at Seafood News Announced With Susan Chambers Named Associate Editor


VIDEO: Farmed Salmon Prices in Seasonal Decline  


Canadian Gov’t Says NL Plant Workers Will get Extra 5 Weeks of Employment Insurance Benefit


California Budget Bill Lowers Landing Fees From State Proposal  


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday June 20, 2017


Mon. Jun 19 2017

MSC Could be Kiss of Death for West Coast Groundfish   (0)


Flood of Sick and Weak Shrimp Depresses Market Prices in China during first part of June  


Battle Over Snow Crab by Russian Oligarchs Leads to Record Bidding in Quota Auction  


Port Moller Test Boat Out for Today, Bristol Bay Pre-Season Measurement Program in 50th Year  


New Shrimp Prices to be Set in Newfoundland, With Uncertainty Whether Market Will Accept Increase  


Antibiotic Usage Among Chilean Fish Farms Down 30% in 2016  


Acme Smoked Fish Adds Sashimi Style Smoked Salmon to Blue Hill Bay Brand  


Australia's Southern Rock Lobster Stocks Showing Resistance to Climate Change  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday June 19, 2017


Fri. Jun 16 2017

Farmed Salmon Prices Enter Summer Season Decline  


First Port Moeller Report Suggests Bristol Bay Sockeye Run Timing Normal, Close to Forecasts  


Hokkaido Squid Processors Ask Japan to Increase Import Quota After Poor Harvests  


Omega Protein Enters Atlantic and Gulf Mendaden Fisheries into MSC Assessment Process  


Seafood.com News Summary Friday June 16, 2017


Thu. Jun 15 2017

Changes to Halibut Fishery in the Bering Sea Being Considered by North Pacific Council  


NMFS and Gulf States Agree to Extend Federal Red Snapper Fishing to September But Only on Weekends  


Opponents of Extended Federal Red Snapper Season Want to Know How Feds Will Prevent Overfishing  


NOAA Fisheries Appoints Dr. Cisco Werner as the New Director of Scientific Programs


Evonik and Royal DSM to Build $200 Million Algae-Based Omega-3 Production Facility in Nebraska


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday June 15, 2017


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Alaska Concludes Best Halibut Season in Decades With Stocks Stable, Catches Up and Prices Higher 

For the first time in decades, the total Pacific halibut catch for Alaskan and Canadian fishermen is expected to increase 2.3 percent to nearly 30 million pounds this season. Alaska's halibut fishery ended on November 7 for about 2,000 longliners with IFQs. The fishery is expected to produce about 20 million pounds if the entire quota is landed. Assessment data shows Alaska's halibut stock is stabilizing and recovering after a long period of decline. “Fishermen say they’re seeing some of the best fishing they’ve ever seen in their lives there, bigger fish, better production and you see that reflected in IFQ prices,” said Doug Bowen of Alaska Boats and Permits in Homer.

According to the Canadian Independent Fish Harvesters’ Federation foreign buyers are seeking to illegally buy Canadian lobster licenses in Southwest Nova Scotia. Canadian law restricts harvest licenses to fishermen who own or operate their vessels and live in a fishing community. But over time, back door financing has left some of these licenses as little more than fronts for the true owners. “This is against Atlantic Canadian policy in the Fisheries; the only person who can own an inshore lobster fishing license is a Canadian inshore fisherman; someone who lives in a fishing community and goes to work on a fishing boat which he or she owns and operates," said the Harvesters' President Christian Brun.

Meanwhile, about half of Iceland’s fishermen will get back to work after just a three-day-long strike that started last Thursday night. According to a release from government fishery officials with Fisheries Iceland, the Fishermen’s Union of Iceland known as SSI signed a two-year labor deal over the weekend to end the work stoppage. However, two factions of Iceland’s fishing unions, which represent almost 50 percent of the industry, did not sign the deal. Further negotiations with those groups are expected to continue this week.

In other news, Ecuador has signed a free trade agreement with the European Union (EU), Colombia and Peru that is expected to ease tariffs on Ecuadorian shrimp and seafood shipments to the EU market. As of September, the EU accounted for about 30 percent of Ecuador’s shrimp exports, second to Asia. Ecuador’s shrimp export volume to the EU in 2016 is up 14 percent compared to 2012. "The accession of Ecuador to the agreement will provide the parties with new market access opportunities for some of their main exports. These include automobiles, alcoholic beverages and dairy products on the EU side, and fisheries, banana, cut flowers and cacao on the Ecuadorian side," the EU Council said.

Finally, the two major Japanese companies Maruha Nichiro and Nippon Suisan had differing half-year reports, showing them exposed to different economic and market factors. Both companies reported declining sales, problems with pollock roe and surimi markets, and favorable trends in salmon. But Maruha Nichiro achieved record mid-term profit on the strength of decreasing procurement costs due to the yen’s upswing while Nippon Suisan reported a difficult first half of the year, with net profits falling 31 percent.

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