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Fortune International Announces Senior Level Promotions


DDP Entries Not Affected by New SIMP Requirements, Despite Some Importer Confusion


VIDEO: Shrimp Seized in FL; Fishing Captain Arrested; Japan Sounds Alarm Over Fugu; Sector IX Update


$300K Tuna Sold at Final Tsukiji Fish Market Heads to NYC Sushi Chain  


Sea Otters Ravaging Shellfish in Southeast Alaska  


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Thu. Jan 18 2018

UK Retailers Express Concerns Over Sustainable Tuna  


Claims of 300 Job Losses Due to Sector IX shutdown Are Overblown  


Coast Guard, NOAA Seize 6,000 Pounds of Illegal Shrimp from Florida Fishing Vessel  


Russian Pollock Producers Again Vow to Focus more on Domestic Market  


Shanghai Sets New Live Seafood Import Record in 2017  


ASMI Educating Chefs About Quality of Frozen Fresh Alaska Seafood


Scallop Group Praises NMFS Decisions on Openings, But Still Wants Georges Bank Area as Well  


Open Seat On Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission Draws Applicants


Tampa Maid Foods Adds Former Cargill VP of Sales As COO, Executive VP


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, January 18


Wed. Jan 17 2018

Richard Stavis Steps Down as CEO, as Stavis Brings in International Investor with Ties to Argentina


High Liner Foods Restructuring Canadian Operations After COO Jeff O’Neill Exits


North Carolina Congressman Calls for Shrimp to be Included in SIMP  


Florida Keys Commercial Fishing Captain Arrested After Illegally Dumping Lobster Traps  


ADF&G Wants to List Southeast Chinook as a Stock of Concern; Board of Fish Hears Dire Outlook  


CDFW Opens More Areas to Commercial Rock Crab Fishery as Domoic Acid Levels Drop  


NOAA Appoints Kevin Wheeler as New Deputy Chief of Staff


Survey Shows Lobster Recruitment Up Around P.E.I.  


How a Food Additive Could Change Food Safety in Fish


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, January 17


Tue. Jan 16 2018

Jeff Davis Retires From Blue Harvest Fisheries; Keith Decker Named New CEO


European Importers Move to Strengthen India Shrimp Trade with High Level Meetings in Goa  


ANALYSIS: Fresh Chilean Fillet Imports Up YTD, But Overall Fresh Fillet Imports Down  


How Pacific Seafood Became the First Company to Offer BAP 4 Star Oysters  


Kodiak's Tanner Crab Fishery Opens For First Time in 4 Years  


Carrefour's Innovation Brings Lobster, Oyster Delivery to Chinese Online Consumers in One Hour  


Global Fishing Watch Partners With NOAA to End Illegal Fishing in Indonesia


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, January 16


Alaska Salmon Protections Get Enough Signatures for Ballot  


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South Atlantic Council Wants Public Input on Management Changes for Atlantic Cobia


Concern for Whales as Northern California Crab Season Opens  


South Korea Plans US $500 Million Investment in Pollock Processing Factories in Russia    


Sysco Acquires UK-Based Foodservice Distributor Kent Frozen Foods


Beijing Customs Uncovers Frozen Seafood Smuggling Case Worth Millions  


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Shrimp Imports from India Highest Ever for Oct, Up 17%; Total US Shipments on Record Pace in 2016 

Sharp increases in shrimp imports from India and Ecuador to the US market drove shipments in October up 4 percent for the month. Shipments for the year remain at an all-time record pace with year-to-date figures up over 3 percent from 2015. Shipments from India were up 17.6 percent for the month; it is the highest shrimp import volume ever recorded to the US market from India in the month of October. To date, imports from India, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam are all higher in 2016. Ecuador is the only US supplier among the top five to post a decline in imports year-to-date through October.

A US Federal Court in Washington state overturned a 2011 decision relating to halibut quota shares harvested by hired skippers. Due to the court’s ruling, NOAA will have to open that group back up after limiting it in 2011. Prior to this ruling quota holders couldn’t use a hired master for fishing any quota they acquired after February 2010. This is the second time in the last three months that a federal court has overturned a management decision made by the North Pacific Council.

In other news, August flooding in south Louisiana is expected to have less of a negative impact on crawfish pond production than originally believed. Within the past six weeks, small crawfish have started hatching, "and it's looking pretty much like a normal crawfish year, at this point, early in the season," said Mark Shirley, an aquaculture specialist with the LSU AgCenter.

Meanwhile, oyster operators in Wellfleet are worried that a lengthy harvesting closure because of Norovirus will hurt sales moving forward even though the ban was lifted weeks ago. State and local officials say this past fall's atypical harvesting closure cost Wellfleet millions of dollars in business. Operators say marketing efforts are needed to tell consumers and potential buyers that Wellfleet oysters are once again safe to eat.

Finally, the Parties to the Nauru Agreement or PNA says it will object to any new membership to the Western Pacific Central Fisheries Commission. The chief executive of the PNA Ludwig Kumoru said having countries without direct fishing interests admitted to the commission would weaken island countries influence on the management of the fishery.

Make sure to check out our latest podcast, which can be downloaded or streamed to iPhone and Andriod mobile devices through iTunesGoogle Play or SoundCloud. In our latest show, we talk about the reported pollock biomass in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska and recap some of the developments surrounding the delay to Dungeness crab fishing in Oregon and Washington. 

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