Fri. Jan 19 2018

Fortune International Announces Senior Level Promotions


DDP Entries Not Affected by New SIMP Requirements, Despite Some Importer Confusion


VIDEO: Shrimp Seized in FL; Fishing Captain Arrested; Japan Sounds Alarm Over Fugu; Sector IX Update


$300K Tuna Sold at Final Tsukiji Fish Market Heads to NYC Sushi Chain  


Sea Otters Ravaging Shellfish in Southeast Alaska  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, January 19


Thu. Jan 18 2018

UK Retailers Express Concerns Over Sustainable Tuna  


Claims of 300 Job Losses Due to Sector IX shutdown Are Overblown  


Coast Guard, NOAA Seize 6,000 Pounds of Illegal Shrimp from Florida Fishing Vessel  


Russian Pollock Producers Again Vow to Focus more on Domestic Market  


Shanghai Sets New Live Seafood Import Record in 2017  


ASMI Educating Chefs About Quality of Frozen Fresh Alaska Seafood


Scallop Group Praises NMFS Decisions on Openings, But Still Wants Georges Bank Area as Well  


Open Seat On Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission Draws Applicants


Tampa Maid Foods Adds Former Cargill VP of Sales As COO, Executive VP


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, January 18


Wed. Jan 17 2018

Richard Stavis Steps Down as CEO, as Stavis Brings in International Investor with Ties to Argentina


High Liner Foods Restructuring Canadian Operations After COO Jeff O’Neill Exits


North Carolina Congressman Calls for Shrimp to be Included in SIMP  


Florida Keys Commercial Fishing Captain Arrested After Illegally Dumping Lobster Traps  


ADF&G Wants to List Southeast Chinook as a Stock of Concern; Board of Fish Hears Dire Outlook  


CDFW Opens More Areas to Commercial Rock Crab Fishery as Domoic Acid Levels Drop  


NOAA Appoints Kevin Wheeler as New Deputy Chief of Staff


Survey Shows Lobster Recruitment Up Around P.E.I.  


How a Food Additive Could Change Food Safety in Fish


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, January 17


Tue. Jan 16 2018

Jeff Davis Retires From Blue Harvest Fisheries; Keith Decker Named New CEO


European Importers Move to Strengthen India Shrimp Trade with High Level Meetings in Goa  


ANALYSIS: Fresh Chilean Fillet Imports Up YTD, But Overall Fresh Fillet Imports Down  


How Pacific Seafood Became the First Company to Offer BAP 4 Star Oysters  


Kodiak's Tanner Crab Fishery Opens For First Time in 4 Years  


Carrefour's Innovation Brings Lobster, Oyster Delivery to Chinese Online Consumers in One Hour  


Global Fishing Watch Partners With NOAA to End Illegal Fishing in Indonesia


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, January 16


Alaska Salmon Protections Get Enough Signatures for Ballot  


Mon. Jan 15 2018

SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, January 15


Latest Seafood News Podcast Breaks Down Swiss Lobster Rule, New Netflix Series & More


South Atlantic Council Wants Public Input on Management Changes for Atlantic Cobia


Concern for Whales as Northern California Crab Season Opens  


South Korea Plans US $500 Million Investment in Pollock Processing Factories in Russia    


Sysco Acquires UK-Based Foodservice Distributor Kent Frozen Foods


Beijing Customs Uncovers Frozen Seafood Smuggling Case Worth Millions  


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Weakness in Ecuador 26-30 Count Shrimp in US Suggests Premium for Latin America Shrimp May Ease 

Over the past year the price spread between 26-30 headless shell-on Latin American and Asian shrimp has grown to the highest on record, with the price differential now around $1.00. This has largely been driven by the lack of supply for Ecuador shrimp in the US market. However, buyers may now be reacting to this high premium, and there are signs it may decrease.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game predicts next year’s Bristol Bay red salmon harvest will be 27.5 million fish, about ten million less than this year’s 37.3 million sockeye. The total run projected for 2017 in the Bay is 39.93 million sockeye in the nine river systems. That compares to the 2016 season of a 51.4 million fish return. The announcement describes the run as “virtually identical to the most recent 10-year average of Bristol Bay total runs and 27 percent greater than the long-term mean."

In other news, the Nova Scotia broker that took out an advertisement for foreign investors to buy lobster licenses in LFAs 33, 34 and 35 is denying involvement. The advertiser behind the classified was identified as Novi Marine Brokers in Yarmouth. But Tammy Ward, the director of operations at that company denied any knowledge of the advertisement. The Canadian fishers’ federation fears that foreign buyers will scoop up inshore lobster fishery licenses to ensure a steady supply of lobsters for their processing plants.

Meanwhile, Icewater President Alberto Wareham explains how quality is the only way Newfoundland can get value from cod as it comes back. Icewater is the only large producer of cod loins in Newfoundland. Wareham said it's better to get best practices in place now to create a global demand for Newfoundland and Labrador's fish. "You've got to have the top quality and the supply to compete in those markets but we are not there today," Wareham said.

Finally, Pope Francis spoke out in support of stiffer anti-IUU regulations across the global fishery sector. Pope Francis spoke on the topic as part of his message to the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, in honor of World Fisheries Day, which is next week. Pope Francis applauded the expansion of the Port State Measures Agreement and of other efforts to combat IUU fishing practices, particularly measures to fight labor abuse. ”Human trafficking is a crime against humanity," said Pope Francis. "We must unite our efforts to free the victims and stop this increasingly aggressive crime which threatens not only individuals but the basic values of society and of international security and justice, to say nothing of the economy, and the fabric of the family and our coexistence."

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