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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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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