Fri. Feb 16 2018

NFI's Crab Council Grows to 33 Members  


Russian Security Service Challenging Crab Quota Holders as Illegal Foreign Controlled Business  


Oregon Readies New Waste Water Requirements for Seafood Processors


Fisheries Council of Canada Welcomes Designation of Ocean Supercluster by Ottawa


VIDEO: F/V Sinks; Record Shrimp Consumption; Nemesis Pulled From Water; New Whole Foods Policies


Alaska Deckhand Apprentice Program Calls for Applicants


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, February 16


Thu. Feb 15 2018

Pacific Whiting Stock Looks Strong for 2018, Coming off Record 440,944 tons in 2017


4 Rescued from Atlantic Cape’s Vessel Sea Star, After Sinking off Martha’s Vineyard


Cermaq Reports Excellent Salmon Survival Rates in 2017


After Years of Delays Tsukiji Move is Now on Track


Grieg Seafood Temporarily Banned from Exporting Norwegian Salmon to China after Document Mistake  


SeaShare Distributed Over 6.9 Million Servings of Seafood to Struggling Americans in 2017


California Bill Would Crack Down on Fishing Operations That Poach in Marine Protected Areas


GAA Executive Director Wally Stevens Transitioning Out of Role for Andrew Mallison


Pacific Fisheries Technology Conference Hears Shortage of Workers will Plague Alaska Industry


Lent Kicks Off Biggest Time of the Year for Seafood Sales


New Bedford-Based Northern Wind Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary  


Company Introduces Individual Package Temp Indicators for Low Oxygen Packaging


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, February 15


Wed. Feb 14 2018

Adak 5000 ton Cod Allocation Gets Discussed at Council, as Unforeseen Scenario Put it at Risk


China Shrimp Importers Anxious About Fall in Prices After New Year, Leaving High Cost Inventory  


Virginia Legislature Opposes 2018 ASMFC Reductions in Menhaden Quota, Supported by Omega Protein  


Invermar and AquaChile Confirm Salmon Losses from Algae Blooms  


The Most Popular Seafood Options for Valentine's Day  


Myanmar Looks to Boost Farmed Shrimp Production  


Oregon, Washington Pink Shrimp Fishery Re-Certified as MSC as Certifiers Laud Management, Ecosystem  


Fresco Fisheries Joins NFI Crab Council as 32nd Member  


SeaPak Introduces New 'Selections' Line for Healthier, More Convenient Meals


New Zealand King Salmon Supports Recommendation to Relocate Marlborough Sound Salmon Farms  


Arby's Adds Nashville Hot Fish Pollock Fillet to Menu as Lent Begins  


New Zealand Slows, May Stop, Roll Out of Camera on Board Monitoring


What You Need to Know About Fast-Food Fryer Oil During Lent


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, February 14


Tue. Feb 13 2018

NOAA Issues SIMP Update; All Data Must Be Complete Before Entry Beginning April 7


Thai Union of Canada Announces Daley Sfds Will Manage New Brunswick Lobster Plant in Tracadie-Sheila  


Baader Brings New Generation of Filleting Machines to Newfoundland, Icewater to Invest $3 million  


Chinese Market Helps Argentine Seafood Exports Exceed U.S. $2 billion in 2017  


Captain D’s Rolls Out Flounder Feast For Lent  


Hema Fresh Opens Second Store in Shenzhen; Imported Seafood Can Arrive in Two Days  


Totoaba Farming May Help Vaquita Porpoise


Innovative Feed Produces Salmon With Double the Omega-3 Content  


Seafood Nutrition Partnership Adds GAA VP Dr. Steve Hart to Board of Directors


Protix Develops ‘Friendly Salmon,’ First-Ever Insect-Fed Salmon  


New Study Reveals Benefits and Concerns of Phytoplankton In Coastal Areas


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, February 13


Mon. Feb 12 2018

Prince William Sound Pot Cod Fishery Opens February 15 With 150,000 lb Allocation


US on Track for Record Shrimp Consumption in 2017, Above 4.4 lbs Per Person  


Record Russian Salmon Catch Expected for 2018  


Dutch Harbor Shows Off Massive Seafood Industry to European Buyers


Secretary of Commerce Declares Fisheries Disasters in Three Areas Due to Hurricanes Irma and Maria


Senators Push for Shrimp to be Included in SIMP, NFI Issues Statement


Bering Sea Snow Crab Season Half Over, Tanner Crab TAC is 82% Landed  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, February 12


Urner Barry Brings Seafood Import Workshop to Los Angeles


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No Agreement on Oregon Crab Price; Domoic Acid Test Results Imminent 

Oregon fishermen and processors met Nov. 16 and 17 during state-monitored price negotiations but came away with no resolution writes Susan Chambers. There was some concern about the meat quality test results from the Astoria area that showed crab weren't quite mature. It was unclear whether crab from that area would mature in time for a Dec. 1 opening. Another meeting is planned for this week. Meanwhile, California fishermen report the central California fishery around Sn Francisco is going well, with an ex-vessel price of around $3 a pound since the season opened on Nov. 15. Some reported a significant drop in productivity after the first pull, but some of the larger vessels made only one delivery as of Sunday, Nov. 20.

South Korea plans to significantly increase the volume of pollock imports from Russia in the coming years, according to recent statements of the Russian Pollock Association. South Korea has faced with a shortage of pollock, caused by a significant decline of its stocks in the Sea of Japan and the reduction of supplies from Japan. Soth Korea's pollock supplies also took a hit because of reduced fishing quotas for South Korean fisherman that were operating in Russian waters.

In other news, Chinese e-commerce retailers battled over market share for seafood sales during China's annual "Singles Day" sales event. The day is known for generating some of the highest sales figures for online retailers in China each year. This includes more seafood sales for JD Fresh and Alibaba, two operators that are now competing to sell and deliver more fresh seafood directly to consumers. Alibaba recently invested several million dollars in Gfresh's online platform while JD Fresh announced a deal to distribute Canadian seafood products directly to Chinese consumers.

Meanwhile, the Pacific Seafood Processors Association has hired Kristine D. Lynch, PhD to replace Dennis Phelan who is retiring after 32 years as Vice President for government relations in Washington, DC. “I’m incredibly honored to be able to work in the Alaskan seafood industry,” Lynch said. “PSPA has a long, proud tradition of bringing value to its members, and I’m fully committed to advancing that goal through effective engagements and collaboration in Washington, DC."

Finally, Ocean Choice International has secured a refinancing loan through a deal orchestrated by Antarctica Advisors. The deal ends a multi-year attempt by the Newfoundland-based seafood processor to refinance its debt. "This transaction is an important milestone for the future of OCI as a leading global seafood supplier. The company has now secured a flexible capital structure that will allow OCI to continue to grow and develop our operations for the benefit of all stakeholders, including our customers, our employees and the communities in which we operate," said Martin Sullivan, the CEO of OCI.

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