Fri. Apr 28 2017

Russian Pollock Fisheries Begin MSC Recertification Process, Join Industry Group Within MSC  


West Coast Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Pending NMFS' Approval  


VIDEO: Nissui Backs GSSI; Snow Crab Fishing Starts; India, Gulf, Newfoundland Shrimp Updates


Zhonggang Fisheries is Latest Pacific Andes Subsidiary to Seek Chapter 11 Protection


Cetacean Ban at Vancouver Aquarium Called Threat to Marine Mammals


West African Pelagic Fisheries Start Fishery Improvement Project  


Seafood.com News Summary April 28, 2017


Thu. Apr 27 2017

Russia May Increase Duties on Fish Exports to Slow Shipments Out of Its Market


NGOs Vow to Fight Trump Administration's Executive Order that WIll Review MPA Designations


Responsible Aquaculture Foundation Launches New Seafood Safety Courses  


Iceland's Samherji Boosts Stake in Major Norwegian Fish Producer Nergård  


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 27, 2017


Wed. Apr 26 2017

Cozy Harbor Wins Two Seafood Excellence Awards at European Seafood Expo for Retail Lobster Products  


WTO Says Mexico Can Levy $163 Million in Annual Sanctions Against US Over Dolphin Safe Tuna Dispute  


Weak Sockeye Forecast for Cook Inlet This Year  


PODCAST: Gulf Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectation; Whole Salmon Floods US Market; Brussels Show Starts  


Sales of MSC, ASC Labeled Seafood Trended Higher in Germany, UK, Asia, Australia and New Zealand


Vietnam Attempts to Restore Prawns in Australian Market


Developer Outbids Cook’s Lobster Owner to Buy Historic Maine Island Wharf


Blumar Completes First Step Towards Achieving ASC Certification at Chilean Salmon Farms  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 26, 2017


Tue. Apr 25 2017

Nippon Suisan and its Gortons and Unisea Subsidiaries Partner with GSSI, Along with More Retailers


Newfoundland Price Panel Sets Cold-Water Shrimp Minimum Price at $0.95  


New Brunswick Snow Crab Fishery Opening Today  


Gulf Shrimp Landings in Q1 About Even with Last Year; Market Waits for New Season Production  


Togiak Update: Aerial Surveys Are Underway, No Sign of Herring Yet


VIDEO: Seats Still Open for Urner Barry's Seafood Import Workshop on May 23 in Miami


MSC Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Goal to Certify or Engage 1/3 Global Marine Catch by 2030


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 25, 2017


Mon. Apr 24 2017

Cautious Optimism About Recovery of Canada's Northern Cod Stocks Noted During Meeting in Brussels  


Newfoundland's Fisheries Minister Supports $14 Million Federal Commitment to Study Cod Stocks  


About 500 Walmart Stores in Midwest Market to Carry The Salmon Man's Norwegian Salmon Portions  


Marine Harvest Canada Selects Poseidon Ocean Systems to Build 29 Salmon Pens Around Vancouver Island  


VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectations; European Whole Salmon Floods US  


Vietnam Fails to Score Big in Egyptian Fish Market


Southeastern Grocers, Pole-and-Line Foundation Join in Retail Effort  


Panera to Hire 10,000 as it Expands Delivery Service


Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 24, 2017


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Gulf Shrimp Landings Dip Again in October as Domestic Market Holds at Annual Highs 

Landings for shrimp caught in the Gulf of Mexico in October fell to at least a six-year-low for this particular month in a sign that fourth quarter inventories are not likely to improve for Gulf product in 2016. October landings contribute to a disappointing season for Gulf shrimp production, at least in terms of volume. Both the spring and fall fishing seasons posted lower volumes compared to 2015 and from the five-year average for the fishery. More limited raw materials out of the Gulf States sparked a bidding war among processors at the docks this year. The result has been higher wholesale prices across the Gulf shrimp complex.

The Oregon commercial crab fishery has a chance of starting on time after all. Or maybe part of the Oregon coast. It's still uncertain heading into the Thanksgiving holiday writes Susan Chambers. The industry and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will discuss recent domoic acid testing results today on a conference call. ODFW cautioned that some areas did have levels above 20 ppm -- below the alert level, but still elevated -- in the Coos Bay and Astoria areas.

In other news, when Ian Smith was named chief executive officer of Clearwater Seafoods, in May 2010, the seafood harvester, processor, and exporter was struggling. However, we run a profile of the company that explains how Smith — a former Fortune 500 executive — pushed to improve the company’s marketing, selling, and distribution efforts, with a particular focus on courting higher-end customers willing to pay more for Canadian seafood.

Meanwhile, an annual update by the McDowell Group shows that the value of Alaska seafood at the docks has dropped seven percent from 2011 through 2015 to $4.3 billion. Salmon was tops for dockside values over the past two years at $541 million, or 29 percent of the value of all Alaska catches; pollock ranked second at $477 million, 26 percent of the value. Pollock is Alaska’s largest fishery by volume at 54 percent.

Finally, Chilean salmon producer Camanchaca announced a plan to build a $5 million salmon processing facility in the Los Rios region at the same time that its existing operations received four-star approval from the Best Aquaculture Practices program. Camanchaca’s new processing facility will be able to produce as much as 5,000 tons of frozen salmon fillets per month. Meanwhile, Camanchaca was awarded four star BAP certification after its Rio Petrohue salmon hatchery achieved BAP approval.

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