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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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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