Tue. Jun 19 2018

North Pacific Council Looks at Limits for Cod Deliveries to Motherships in the Bering Sea


Russian Barents Sea Inshore Crab Harvesters Say They are Locked Out by Big Monopolies  


Zach Krokos Joins Cannon Fish as New National Sales Team Member


American Shrimp Processors Assoc Praises Their Friendly Senators for Language in Appropriation Bill  


Sea Pact Brings Funding to Sri Lanka Tuna Fishery Project  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, June 19


Mon. Jun 18 2018

Seafood Trade War: What’s Next (News Analysis)


China Tariffs Raise Alarms Throughout the Industry; Read Some Reactions  


LISTEN: Seafood News Podcast Welcomes Samuels and Son Seafood’s William Bradford


Washington Commission Selects Kelly Susewind as New WDFW Director  


Opinion: NL Harvesters Trotting Out Same Arguments Used Against Cod Moratorium 26 Years Ago


Lobster Council of Canada: Lobster Harvesters Unfairly Blamed for Right Whale Threat  


Alaska Air Cargo Grows Service by 40% Thanks to Virgin America Merger


Oceana Canada Says CFIA’s New Food Regulations Do Not Address Seafood Fraud


Australis Barramundi Receives 4-Star BAP Certification  


Direct Air Routes Between China and Norway to Start in 2019


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, June 18


Fri. Jun 15 2018

BREAKING NEWS: China Slams Alaska and US Seafood Industry with 25% Tariff on $1 Billion in Exports


Council Separates Adak Cod Issue from Broader Cod Allocation issues, Expects Action by Dec 2018


Possible North Atlantic Right Whale Death Off Virginia Coast


WWF Canada Says DFO Cod Cuts Too Little; Differs with FFAW and GIDC Partners who See Differently  


Celebrate National Lobster Day With the Top Lobster Stories  


ANALYSIS: Ecuadorian Shrimp Exports Continue to Advance


China’s Frozen Salmon Prices Have Been Dropping; Dealers Stuck with High Cost Inventory  


VIDEO: Maine's Lobster Industry; SAVE Right Whales Act of 2018 and More


Final Sentence Handed Down in Maine Eel Trafficking Case


Fish Radio: Ferry Tests for Ocean Acidity Produce First Results


Lobster Day 2018: Indulge With These 5 Lobster Recipes  


Shelf-Life Extension Co. BluWrap Receives Additional Financing from Existing Investors


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, June 15


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, June 15


Thu. Jun 14 2018

In Example of Flexibility Pacific Council Eases Yelloweye Rockfish Constraints in Groundfish Fishery  


Alaska Salmon Season Subdued So Far - Calm Before the Bristol Bay Storm?


WPRFMC Managers Recommend Changes to Swordfish Longline Fishery in Light of Turtle Interactions  


SAVE Right Whales Act Could Provide $50 Million Grant For Ropeless Fishing Technology


‘Weaponized’ McDowell Report on Value of Shore Processing Opening Gun in Fight Over Cod Allocations   


Basa Price Likely to Drop in China After Due to Greater Supply  


Canadian Food Inspection Agency Introduces Safe Food For Canadians Regulations, Effective January


Russia's FAS Wants to Abolish All Historical Fishing Quota Rights in Exchange for 15 Year Leases


New Video Previews Nordic Aquafarm’s Belfast Facility  


Lobster Council of Canada Speaks Out on Right Whale Mitigation Issues  


Alaska Governor Candidates Don't Like Salmon Ballot Initiative  


Coastal Villages Region Fund Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Internship Program


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, June 14


Wed. Jun 13 2018

Arctic Storm Building 'Largest and Most Advanced Fishing Vessel' Ever Built in US    


Processing Plants Coming up Short as Whale Closures Hit Last Weeks of Lobster, Crab Fishery in Gulf  


DFO Cuts Northern Cod Stewardship Fishery by 25%, to 9500 tons, Critics Say too Little, or too Much


Federal Managers Increase Catch Limits in Hawaii Deep-Water Bottomfish


NZ Green Shell Mussel Harvest May Be Postponed; Algal Blooms an Issue  


Lack of Sustainable Fish in UK Force Buyers to Import  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, June 13


Iceland’s IS Seafood Being Sold by China’s Acorn Fresh


Georgia Commercial and Recreational Shrimp Harvest Opens Tuesday, June 19  


Skeena Nations Oppose DFO’s Recreational Fishing Actions, Fear Salmon Crisis  


Cermaq Upset Over Gov't Caution on iFarm Licenses  


Alaska Governor Candidates’ Positions on Pebble Mine


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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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