Fri. Mar 16 2018

EDF Calls on NOAA to Make Sure Rafael’s Permits Are Spread to Multiple Buyers    

VIDEO: US-India WTO Fight; Catfish Recall; Salmon Price Surge; SENA 2018  

Chicken of the Sea Celebrates ‘Best New Foodservice Product Award’ Win for Yellowfin Tuna Slices  

WTO Misses Deadline to Rule on Mexico Appeal of Dolphin-Safe Label Dispute with the US

UK Politicians Wants to Withdraw from EU’s Common Fisheries Policy

Dr. Praeger’s Brand Introduces New MSC Certified Frozen Seafood Products  

ISSF Celebrates Successful 2017 Skippers Workshop Program Summary Friday, March 16

Thu. Mar 15 2018

US Launches WTO Fight Over Indian Export Subsidies; Shrimp Trade Could Become an Issue  

Mixed Bag of West Coast Ocean Salmon Seasons Set for Public Review  

New Bedford Seafood Wholesaler George F. Estudante Sentenced For Tax Evasion

'Get Ugly' Campaign Aims to Get Alaska Crabbers More Money For Scarred or Darker Shells  

Russia Postpones Distribution of Pollock Investment Quotas; Move May Favor Largest Companies  

Kristen Koch Named NOAA’s New Science and Research Director for Southwest Fisheries Science Center

China, Norway Continue Free Trade Negotiations in May; Salmon is Key Norwegian Export Summary Thursday, March 15

Wed. Mar 14 2018

NGOs Challenge MSC’s Claim of Sustainability, Point to Flaws in Certification Standard

Ecuador Launches Sustainable Shrimp Partnership Modeled after the Global Salmon Initiative  

Grieg Holds Raucous Public Information Meeting on Salmon Project for Placentia Bay  

Passamaquoddy Tribe Seeks First Nation Status in Canada, Could Expand Fishing in Bay of Fundy

Guangzhou Customs Seize 14 People in another Vietnam Border Smuggling Gang Arrest  

Thai Union Announces Appointment of Dan Goldstone as Chicken of the Sea SVP of Human Resources

Timestrip: How a Developer of Smart Indicator Technology Entered the Seafood Industry

Middle East Discount Supermarket VIVA Partners With Vinh Hoan

Starkist Samoa Donates $50K for Cyclone Gita Relief Efforts in American Samoa Summary Wednesday, March 14

Tue. Mar 13 2018

High Liner’s Chris Mulder Breaks Down Sea Cuisine’s New Look at Seafood Expo North America  

Paturel Lobster Employees to get Financial Help from East Coast Seafoods  

Very Successful Boston Seafood Show Cut Short By Snow Storm

Mark Foods Names Former Icicle CEO Chris Ruettgers As New President

Norwegian Salmon Prices Shoot Up, Creating Major Headache for Retailers  

James Faro and CFO from Sea Star Seafood Plead Guilty to Bank Fraud over False Receivables

Russian Fish Industry Posts First Revenue Decline in 4 Years

Belfast Maine Residents Express Concerns Prior to Zoning Meeting on Indoor Salmon Project

SeaPak Wants Consumers to Find Their 'Moment of Zen' with Seafood Summary Tuesday, March 13

Mon. Mar 12 2018

Photos From Day 1 of Seafood Expo North America; Major Snow Storm May Scramble Plans

69,000 lbs of US Domestic Catfish Recalled for Contamination with Malachite Green by USDA    

West Coast Waters Returning to Normal; Some Fisheries Remain Disrupted  

MSC Launches New “Wild and Sustainable” Website on 20th Anniversary; ASMI Says 'Win-Win'

Stavis Seafoods Earns British Retail Consortium Certification

Seafood Excellence Awards Winners Announced at Seafood Expo North America 2018

Canadian Seafood Exports to China Up 25% As Overall Seafood Exports Grew by 5%

Old Dutch Harbor Nets Sent to Denmark for Recycling

Latest Seafood News Podcast Features January Shrimp Imports, February 2018 Refusals and More Summary Monday, March 12

Lund’s Fisheries Offering Fair Trade Certified Scallops  

Seafood Champion Awards Finalists Announced; Winners to be Revealed in June

China Increased its Seafood Imports in January; Seafood Exports Drop During Same Month

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Massive Smear Article in Businessweek Aims to Push Shrimp Imports Under USDA Inspection 

John Sackton comments on an exposè published by Bloomberg that smears the imported shrimp industry and pushes for the USDA to take over inspection duties for shrimp similiar to the catfish program. The authors of the article take a series of health problems and weaponize them against shrimp whether they are factual, true, or even about shrimp in the first place. The article also calls into question most of Asian aquaculture production, as the claims it makes apply not just to shrimp, but to any pond, cage raised or estuary cultivated seafood. "Articles like this imply aquaculture seafood is far more dangerous and tainted than any other part of our food supply. They have created a headwind for consumer acceptance of farmed seafood that turns safety on its head; worsens environmental pressures of food production, and fundamentally harms public health," writes Sackton.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has approved the implmentation of a recreational quota entity (RQE) plan to manage recreational and commercial halibut quotas in Alaska. The plan involves allowing guided recreational halibut fishermen to buy up commercial quota. This differs from an existing program that allows sport guides to lease, but not buy, commercial quota. Alaska's commercial fishermen think the RQE will usher in the absolute death of Southeast Alaska coastal village fleets in a matter of five years

In other news, Nova Scotia's fishing industry hopes the federal government upholds a policy that enforces owner-operator and fleet separation policies that insulates Atlantic Canada’s inshore fishery from corporate interests.

Meanwhile, as of the end of the year, the International Fishmeal and Fish oil Organization’s (IFFO) RS Standard will have certified 45 percent of the world’s total fishmeal and fish oil output. IFFO now has plans in 2017 to carry out a full review of the standard. "The purpose of this review is to agree a strategy for the Standard going forward to 2025," IFFO said in a press release.

Finally, ASMI has released an updated edition of its Alaska Salmon Buyer's Guide. The 20 page, full-color publication is a resource is made up of contributtions from members of ASMI’s technical and salmon committees. It includes sections on harvest areas and times, species profiles, fishing techniques, and sustainability.

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