Fri. Mar 24 2017

Torrential Rain, Massive Flooding Deals Blow to Peruvian Scallop Production  


VIDEO: Back from Boston; Alaska Salmon Season Forecast and Stolen Scallops Reach New England Market  


New Wave's Vegan, Algae-Based Shrimp Ahead of Distribution Schedule as Gets Quick Market Interest  


EU Funding Same DNA Technology That Identified Horsemeat to Properly Label Imported Snapper


Hillborn to Speak on Sustaining Food From the Seas in Prestigious Lecture


Cuba Inaugurates Ocean Acidification Observatory


StarKist Goes Bold With New Tuna Pouch Flavors  


Seafood.com News Summary Friday March 24, 2017


Thu. Mar 23 2017

Oregon Pink Shrimp Price Negotiations Canceled This Week  


Sitka Herring Roe Fleet Has Now Caught More than Half the Quota  


Proposed Rule Will Allow Alaska Fishermen to Test New, Voluntary Electronic Monitoring


Thai Union Expands Work Against Human Trafficking in Supply Chain to Include Global Retailers


Worldwide Industry, NGOs Advocate for Policy Changes in Tuna Fisheries in 2017


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday March 23, 2017


Wed. Mar 22 2017

Sakhalin Officials Arrested For Allowing IUU Russian Crab to Flow to China  


GAA, MultiExport Foods and Mitsui Sign Initiative to reduce SRS Salmon Disease in Chile  


SFP Announces Merger of Two Major Squid FIP Monitoring Groups in South America and Asia  


Western Pacific Council to Tackle Management in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Tue. Mar 21 2017

Boston Show Upbeat Again this Year as Footprint Expands


Sitka Herring Roe Fleet Catches 25 Percent of GHL in Three Hours


Fishpeople Seafood and Open Blue Win Seafood Excellence Awards at Boston Show


Mariner Seafood Prepared for Retail Distribution of GO WILD Brand That Extends Fresh Shelf Life


SeaWeb Names 16 Finalists for 2017 Seafood Champion Awards


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Mon. Mar 20 2017

SeaWatch Launches Foodservice Line of Frozen Soups; Expands to Retail in Partnership with Bar Harbor  


GAA Signs Agreement for Major Chinese E-Commerce Retailer JD.com to Distribute BAP Certified Seafood


Mike Tourkistas Steps Down from CEO Role as East Coast Seafoods Hires New CEO  


Preferred Freezers Will Open Facilities in Texas, Chicago this Year; to Build Ninth NJ/NY Warehouse


OCI Announces Project to Move Canadian Redfish towards MSC Requirements  


Vons Albertsons, Hannaford Retailers Will Carry Bristol Seafood's Fair Trade USA Certified Scallops  


Raw Seafoods Hires Former "Boston Chef of the Year" Walter Zuromski as Director of R&D


San Diego's Catalina Offshore Products Launches Domestically Caught Hook and Line Canned Tuna


Anomalous 2015 Ocean Conditions May Bode Poorly for West Coast Juvenile Chinook Salmon Survival  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday, March 20, 2017


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Biosecurity Concerns Deepen as Wild Prawns in the Logan River Test Positive for White Spot Disease 

Eight Australian shrimp farms on the Logan River, south of Brisbane, are on heightened alert as the country is now dealing with its first ever outbreak of white spot in its waters. The virus was detected earlier this week. Biosecurity Queensland officers have destroyed all prawns on one farm, while work continues on the other two where the disease had affected some but not all ponds. Australia's government says it plans to support the affected farmers with funding. "While biosecurity efforts are centered on containing the disease I have told the farmers that the Palaszczuk Government will support them back into disease-free production," said Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Bill Byrne. "We will look at reimbursing the costs they incur in carrying out work under the direction of Biosecurity Queensland."

The European Fish Processors and Traders Association reported a 9 million ton decline in overall fish import volumes in 2015. The EU's pollock imports from China and the US fell by 5% between From 2014 to 2015, while imports from Russia increased by 19%. Clearly, with the MSC approvals, more Russian pollock is being shipped directly to the EU writes John Sackton.

In other news, Vietnam's prices for its shrimp exports are in decline because of competition from other foreign producers and because of a fluctuation in the exchange rates with the US dollar. Vietnam's shrimp processors are now working to improve the quality of their shrimp to raise prices.

Elsewhere, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's challenges to China on trade and Taiwan are rattling American companies who benefited from stable relations between the two countries but now fear retaliation by Beijing if Trump were to act. The total value of U.S. trade with China was $599 billion in 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, of which $116 billion was exports to China from U.S. producers, while U.S. companies imported $483 billion in goods from China.

Finally, Alaskan fishermen paid higher fees to cover the management and enforcement costs for halibut and sablefish because of higher prices paid for the fish at the docks this year. At a three percent fee, those fisheries yielded slightly more for coverage costs at $5.9 million.

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