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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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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