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  


Alaska Governor Candidates’ Positions on Pebble Mine


Cermaq Upset Over Gov't Caution on iFarm Licenses  


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


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


Georgia Commercial and Recreational Shrimp Harvest Opens Tuesday, June 19  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, June 13


Tue. Jun 12 2018

Damanzaihao, World's Largest Factory Vessel, Detained for IUU by Peru After Belize Strips Flag


New Whale Closures Near Lameque, Shippagan, Prompt Emergency Harvester Meeting in New Brunswick


Warming Waters an Issue For Maine Lobster Industry, But State Committed to Protecting Fishery  


Former Disney Head Turns to Sustainable Seafood from Iceland, Partners With Seattle Fish Co.   


Canadian Agencies Working to Unravel Cause of Lobster Boat Collision that Left Two Men Dead


Alaska Net Hack Challenge Aims to Identify Opportunities For Old Nets


Fisheries Observer Service AIS, Inc. Awarded $50 Million Contract by NOAA NEFSC


Green Island Salmon and its Norwegian Partners Plan 3 New NL Salmon Farms  


Captain D’s Unveils New 5 Under $5 Deal


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, June 12


Mon. Jun 11 2018

New Seafood News Podcast: Market Update; Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone; SIRF and More


Researchers Look at Global Cost of Fishing in the High Seas


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, June 11


Sea Pact Announces Funding to Support Advance Aquaculture Sustainability Globally


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Oregon, Washington Take Caution, Delay Commercial Dungeness Season for More Domoic Acid Testing 

Oregon and Washington fishery officials delayed the start to commercial Dungeness crab fishing in most waters. The season was supposed to start on December 1, but fishery officials opted for caution and elected to the delay the season so they can conduct additional testing on the crabs for domoic acid. The most recent round of testing results showed domoic acid warranted an alert level in only one area in Oregon, but other places were trending upward. Levels off Washington's coast showed the crabs were safe to eat but again, officials wanted to conduct additional testing before opening the fishery. "We're taking extra precautions due to the high volume of crab typically caught within the first weeks of the commercial opening," said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the Washington Department of Health. "We want people to feel confident the crab they buy is safe to eat."

Alaska's commercial, sport and personal-use fishermen are likely to fight for shares of more limited sockeye resources when the state's Fish Board hosts its next meeting. The Board will be in charge of divvying up fish between each sector. This is set up to be an especially arduous process for the 2017 season given low sockeye harvest projections in the Upper Cook Inlet and elsewhere. In addition to low return projections, there is also growing political clout of personal-use fishermen and a fair amount of uncertainty following the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision on state salmon management.

In other news, Nova Scotia's winter lobster fishing season in LFAs 33 and 34 will commence on November 28, weather permitting. With prices and markets holding strong, there is optimism in the industry that this year’s fishery will be a repeat of last season. “All in all I think we’re going to see the same kind of season that we seen last year,” said Lockeport based buyer Mike Cotter, Cotter’s Oceans Products.

Meanwhile, retailer Lidl is the first grocer in the UK market to announce a holiday season promotion for its whole, cooked frozen lobsters. The store will feature the item at a discounted price of €2.99, which is down from last year's sale price of €5.99. “Christmas is a very expensive time of year for shoppers up and down the country and our ambition is to put the control back into the hands of consumers, and save them even more in the run up to Christmas," said Lidl spokesperson Georgina Hall.

Finally, Thai Union said its loss-making salmon business will continue in the red in the fourth quarter due to higher raw material costs. The company also said prices will take longer to recover than originally expected. Higher salmon prices and an unexpected rise in tuna prices dragged down the company's third-quarter gross margin to 14.1 percent, the lowest in six quarters, an earnings presentation showed on Wednesday. "We had earlier expected the salmon business to recover in the second half of this year, but now it should take longer than expected to recover (in Q1, 2017)," said TU's Chief Financial Officer Joerg Ayrle.

Urner Barry and Seafood News will be closed on November 24 and November 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday in the US. We will return to our normal publication schedule on Monday, November 28. On behalf of John, Peggy, Susan, Linda and the rest of our team, we wish all of our readers and their families a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

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