Fri. Aug 18 2017

StarKist Samoa Cannery to Shut Down Due to Fish Shortages


Russian Crab Producers Say Production is Now at Highest Sustainable Levels, Consolodation is Next  


ANALYSIS: Gulf Oyster Gallon Meat Prices Spike  


Norwegian Seafood Exports to China Show Dramatic Rise  


Tally’s New Zealand Gets its Purse Seine Skipjack Certified by MSC


Researchers Discover Reason for Deafness in Farmed Salmon  


West Coast Scientists, Industry Collaborate on Sardine Survey  


Marine Biologist Hopes to Solve Mystery of Blue King Crab Population Flatline in Pribilof Islands  


Aquamar and LM Foods Create New Platform In Surimi Seafood Market


VIDEO: Seafood Plant Fire; Joe’s Crab Shacks Closed; High Liner CEO; Maxfield Sues; Seafood Meal Kit


Liberty Seafoods Names Greer Vest as Director of National Accounts


Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Washington Hosts Exhibit On Early Years of Salmon Derbies  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, August 18


Thu. Aug 17 2017

ANALYSIS: Atlantic Salmon Frozen Fillets and Portions also under Downward Pricing Pressure  


Northern California Petitions for More Squid Permits  


COLTO Responds Forcefully to Baseless Amazon Petition Asking to Ban Sale of Toothfish  


ANALYSIS: Imports of Mexican Shrimp  


Danish Fish Scandal Hints at illegal Quota Manipulations Going Back Years


GAA and Fishin’ Company Partner to Promote Positive Aspects Of Aquaculture Industry  


Striped Bass Being Caught in Labrador Which is Far Beyond their Normal Range  


Annual Fishing Ban in South China Sea Lifted


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, August 17


Wed. Aug 16 2017

High Liner Will be Looking for New CEO Says Henry Demone


Prices Drop as Sick Shrimp in China Flood the Market Again -- Except in Guangxi  


Southeast Alaska Dungeness Fall Season Reduced to One Month  


NOAA Endorses Eating Small Haddock — But What About Cod?  


Canada Announces Largest Marine Protected Area in High Arctic


Midwest Supermarket Chain Hy-Vee Offering 100% Responsibly Sourced Fresh and Frozen Seafood  


Sea Pact Announces 2017 Request for Grant Proposals


Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission Looking to Fill Staff Position  


Calysta Trial Reveals FeedKind Protein Could Replace Fishmeal in Shrimp Feed  


Washington Governor Appointments Former PFMC Director to Fish and Wildlife Commission  


As right whales move into Gulf of St. Lawrence Protection Creates Dilemma for Canadian Gov’t


Cargill Survey Reveals U.S. Consumers are Willing To Spend Extra for Sustainable Seafood  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, August 16


Tue. Aug 15 2017

Henry Demone Returns as CEO of High Liner Foods, Effective Immediately, As Company Stumbles in 1st Q


Boston Seafood Hall of Fame Inducts GAA Executive Director Wally Stevens


Trū Shrimp Company, Schwan’s Company Enter into Partnership to Provide Safe, Natural Shrimp  


West Coast Groundfish Marketing Group Hires Jana Hennig as Director  


ANALYSIS: Shrimp Imports Continue to Soar  


Aquaculture Could Satisfy Global Seafood Demand Using Ocean Space the Size of Lake Michigan


North Atlantic Traders President Seeking Attorney Fees After Being Cleared of NOAA Bluefin Charges  


Cooke Again Faces Local Opposition to Potential Salmon Hatchery in Nova Scotia  


NMFS Institutes More Swordfish Research Off Florida, Praised by EDF  


"Inefficient" Methods of Fishing is Keeping a Cornish Oyster Fishery in Business  


Urner Barry Wraps Up 2017 Intern Program


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, August 15


Mon. Aug 14 2017

Stronger Canadian Dollar Creating Standoff Over Falling Shore Lobster Prices in New Brunswick   (0) 


Maxfield Seafood Sues Freight Co. Over Theft of $318,00 Load of Frozen Lobster from Boston  


Diana Evans New Deputy Director at North Pacific Fisheries Council


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, August 14


Seattle's Fancy Canned Fish Restaurant Lands RealNetworks CEO as Investor  


Western Pacific Council Wrestling with Cultural, Commercial Fishing Definitions in Monuments  


Dubai Seafex Show Highlights Growth of Seafood Consumption in Middle East


Norwegian Salmon Titan Gustav Witzoe Concerned Over Cost of Sea Lice Control  


Added-value Seafood Products Will be the Rising Star of Guolian  


Guolian Supports E-commerce Companies to Find Solutions to Online Seafood Sales Problems  


Fri. Aug 11 2017

SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, August 11


FAO Predicts Decline of North American Lobster Production in 2017, Rise of China Imports  


Railway Companies Improving Cold Chain Delivery on Vietnam/China Border  


Qingdao Clears Live Lobsters from Canada in 40 Minutes  


Cermaq Named the Most Transparent Salmon Farming Company By Seafood Intelligence  


Russian Crab Companies Delay Fishing Due to New Processing Rules; Crab Prices Rise  


VIDEO: Joe’s Crab Shack; GM Salmon; Russian Sockeye; Fisheries Improvement Act; Destination Hearing


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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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