Mon. Sep 25 2017

Clearwater's Chinese Sales up 500%, Largely Driven by Ecommerce  


Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative and Chef Barton Seaver Celebrate National Lobster Day  


ANALYSIS: Fresh Whole Swordfish Prices Depress as Seasonal Imports Pick Up


Hokkaido Scallop Grounds Hit Hard by Typhoon, Lowering Production Expectations  


Shrimp Disease Outbreak in Fujian and Guangdong has Flooded Market, Lowering Prices  


NAFO Wraps Up 2017 Meeting With TAC, Quota Decisions and More


Japanese Companies Explore Full-Cycle Aquaculture of Species such as Octopus, Yellowtail, Bluefin  


Turbot Catch Increased At NAFO Meeting in Montreal  


Guolian Plans to Raise Private Funding to Boost White Shrimp Production in China  


City of Monterey Looking to Buy Quota Rights from Local Fisherman


Cape Town Fishermen Protesting Over Potential New Fishing Quotas  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, September 25


Fri. Sep 22 2017

ANALYSIS: Retail Shrimp Promotions Very Stable  


Changes Coming for Icelandic Brand in US, as High Liner Agrees to Renegotiate Licensing Terms  


Anti-MSC Coalition Wins a Battle in Fight to Prevent MSC Recertification of PNA Tuna by FAD vessels  


Russian Fishing Profits Fall in 2017; Industry on Verge of Financial Crisis  


Walmart Testing Straight-To-Fridge Delivery Service


Salmones Camanchaca to Become Public Company, Langostino Lobster Gets MSC Certification  


Scientists Pan Proposal to Open Pristine Pacific Islands to Fishing


Ralphs Grocery Store Launches Prepared Meal Kits with Fish Tacos, Peruvian Salmon  


Four Arrested in California for Selling Abalone on the Black Market  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, September 22


Thu. Sep 21 2017

U.S. Coast Guard Refuses to Document “America’s Finest”; Congressional Action Still Possible


Boston's North Coast Seafood Put up For Sale According to Norway Sources


Editor's View: Carlos Rafael Must Go to Prison; Forfeit Vessels   


Whole Foods Offering Vegan Raw Tuna Alternative for Sushi  


New Brunswick Seafood Exports to China Have Skyrocketed by 238 Percent  


Oceana Canada Executive Director Writes Open Letter To Raise Seafood Fraud Awareness


Sea Turtle Populations on the Rise, But Conservation Still a Concern


New Sea Grant Bulletin a Boost for Alaskans Wanting to Farm Kelp


Tasmania Passes New Salmon Farming Laws  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, September 21


Wed. Sep 20 2017

Yukon and Norton Sound See Record Chum Salmon Harvest  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, September 20


Researchers Discover Caribbean Queen Conch Populations Are Fragmented  


Maine Department of Marine Resources Recovers 98% of Recalled Mussels  


Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill Releases Statement on Hurricane Irma Damage


Univ of Washington Urges Fishermen to Diversify Permits Across Multiple Species to Preserve Income


Cape Cod Oyster Company Purchases 23-Acre Aquaculture Grant in Massachusetts  


Tue. Sep 19 2017

SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, September 19


Rafael Seeks to Sell Vessels, Pay Small Fine; Opposes Gov't Forfeiture Demand


SeaPak Expands Their Pub Style Beer Battered Frozen Seafood Line


Chinese helping Establish Tilapia Production in Laos  


IUU Lobster Fishing and Dumping Must be Stopped Immediately in Canada (Editorial)


B.C. Atlantic Farm Raised Salmon Named "Good Alternative" By Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch  


Sysco Now Offering Sustainable and Artificial Additive-Free Wild Caught Shrimp  


Alaska Legislature Keeps Salmon Habitat Protections Alive  


US Lowers Indian Shrimp Duty Rates by 62%  


Snow Crab Fishery Likely in Alaska This Year With Positive News from Survey; King Crab Will Be Down  


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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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