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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US Scallop Catches Likely Stable for 2017 after NE Council Approves Plan 

The New England Fishery Management Council opted for stability in the scallop fishery for 2017, approving a plan that slightly reduces fishing pressure in open areas, and provides for one more trip to the rotational closed areas. Landings are expected to be around 47 million lbs. which is just marginally higher compared to the current fishing year.

An EU delegation visited Thailand earlier this month to inspect the progress the country has made to combat IUU issues in its seafood sector. Thai officials said the visit went well. The EU is expected to announce its assessment of Thailand in tackling the IUU fishing issue in January 2017.

In other news, Hanwa, a major Japanese trading firm, reported significant recovery in its consolidated profit in the first half of its current business year because of improved profitability of Seattle Shrimp, its US subsidiary.

Meanwhile, VASEP told Vietnam's shrimp producers and exporters that production costs need to be reduced and the quality of shrimp needs to improve if the industry wants to remain competitive in the global market. Exporters were told they will lose their market share to Thai and Chinese producers if they do not make improvements. 

Finally, Charoen Pokphand Foods (CP Foods) announced a deal to buy frozen foods distributor Bellisio Foods for $ 1.075 billion that will close this December. Bellisio is the third-largest frozen food company in North America. "We are excited to be part of CP Foods and look forward to leading the North American strategy for one of the world's most successful and innovative food companies,” said Joel Conner, Chairman of Bellisio.

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